I’ve Been Watching “Married At First Sight” and I’m Totally Into It
A couple of weeks ago, someone tweeted me to check out the new TV show “Married at First Sight.” It’s airing on the networked formerly known as A&E (now FYI). Finally, I bingewatched the first four episodes on Hulu Plus and I kinda fell in love with the show.
A team of experts match up singles who are ready to be committed with a life partner. Except, the first time the partners meet, talk to each other or even hear each others’ names is at the altar. They blindly marry this person who was chosen as a perfect scientific match, based on an extensive questionnaire they had to fill out and the therapist interviewing each of them.
The (extreme) arranged marriage can be annulled at the end of the show, after the couples spend 5 weeks living together in wedded bliss or chaos.
Crazy, I know. But hey, 72-day marriages that are supposedly real exist soooo why not this kind? The social experiment is fascinating because we see these strangers get to know each other in the most forced and awkward situation. Will they make the best of it or will it be a complete disaster?
In the first episode, we meet the experts (sexologist, spiritualist, psychologist and sociologist) and the people who are up to be coupled. It was cute how they acted like they weren’t going to match the Black man and woman (Vaughn and Monet) together. Super adorable. Then there’s Jamie/Doug, and Jason/Cortney.
When Jamie walks down the aisle to her husband to be (Doug), she is basically horrified because she isn’t attracted to him at all. After she begrudgingly mumbles “I do” and the ceremony ends, she *wall slides* and weeps because she thinks he’s ugmo. Jason/Cortney actually kiss after saying “I Do” and they have instant chemistry. Monet almost has a panic attack just because the magnitude of what she’s doing hits her but Vaughn takes it in stride and is a perfect gentleman.
Episodes 1 and 2 are all about the lead up to the wedding. We get to know the couples, their home lives and why they’re doing this. And then we watch the ceremonies and the receptions. It ends at the point where they end up alone for the first time ever, heading to their hotel rooms for their first nights as a married couple.
On the first night, Vaughn/Monet ended up making the sex, Jason/Cortney made out but no sex and Jamie/Doug didn’t even kiss. In fact, she told him not to touch her.
On the honeymoon, Vaughn/Monet struggle to make a connection and have their first argument when Vaughn tells Monet that she isn’t paying enough attention to him. Jason/Cortney make the secks continue to get closer. However, Jamie/Doug, who started out not even touching because Jamie was weirded out by everything (and Doug) got all emotionally intimate and close. By the end of it, they were going to sleep cuddling and they finally kissed and were being super affectionate! AAAAWWWWWW!!! The difference 4 days makes.
After the honeymoon, the couples have to talk finances and moving in together. Vaughn moves from south Jersey to Harlem, into Monet’s apartment. Monet doesn’t drive and her job is in Manhattan so moving to Jersey would be incredibly hard logistically. Doug moves out his parents house (that he moved into the year before when he got laid off) and into a new apartment that him and Jamie pick. Cortney and Jason move to a new place too, by the Brooklyn Bridge. Both of them needed to move because Cortney was living with a roommate, and her bedroom was their living room. Jason was living with his mom, who he is taking care of because she has stage 4 lung cancer.
At the end of episode 4, all the couples are settling in. BUT Vaughn and Monet get into an argument when Vaughn tells Monet he wants peace and quiet and she talks too much. He was acting like a bit of a jerk.
I really hope they all make it and decide to stay married. The hopeful romantic in me is rooting for all of them. I feel all invested in their relationships. Jason and Cortney are the cutest to me. Jason is completely adorable and he’s an EMT who’s training to be a firefighter. Doug and Jamie have come the furthest and she really likes him now. Vaughn and Monet? Well… I don’t know if they’re gon make it. There’s already so much conflict there. Lawd.
I’ll keep watching to find out.
Oh and one more thing. Vaughn looks like DJ Lance Rock from Yo Gabba Gabba. Anyone else notice that? I keep picturing him in an orange skintight jumpsuit.
That reminds me. I owe y’all a recap of Orange is the New Black season 2.
Anywho, is anyone else watching this show? What are your thoughts? Do you think any of the couples will stay together?