Let’s Talk About the Married at First Sight Season 1 Finale
I fell in love with FYI’s Married at First Sight on first sight. By the end of episode 1, I was already hooked. After seeing 3 episodes of the social experiment, I was rooting for the couples, I figured out who would probably make it and I was invested in their relationships.
The couples had to get married, go on their honeymoons (for 4 days) and then move in together. In one week, they went from solo dolo to shacked up with a spouse.
Then they had 4 weeks to co-exist, get to know each other and then at the end of the 31 days, each person had to make a decision: stay with your spouse or get divorced. Going from strangers to wedded un-bliss was the challenge here and whoever could work through it and adjust would fare best. But in the process, they were also risking their hearts because what if someone wants to stay married and their partner was all “NAHH?” Ouchie.
Courtney and Jason
From the VERY START, Jason and Courtney hit it off. They were the couple who saw each other and the attraction seemed immediate. 5 minutes after they met when they were pronounced as husband and wife, they had their first kiss (on the mouth!). They looked so good together, too. Jason is a hunk with an amazing body and Courtney is really pretty too.
They’re both kinda laid back so that made them mesh well. On their honeymoon, they really bonded and made the secks. When they got back to New York, they found a new place and moved in together.
Challenges: He’s an EMT and she’s a burlesque dancer. They have opposing schedules and they’re both incredibly busy. He’s about to start at the Fire Academy to become a firefighter so his schedule is about to get even busier. Also, neither of them have their family’s support in this. His mother is terminally ill with cancer and her parents are in North Carolina, refusing to cheer her on for this experiment. Also, Jason is incredibly afraid of commitment and fears trusting anyone because he’s had a really tough life. He guards his heart and doesn’t let his new wife in all the way.
This was my favorite couple throughout because they really seemed to be right for each other. Jason even changed his schedule a bit so he could see Courtney more. SO SWEET!
Monet and Vaughn
At the wedding (aka their first meeting), Monet was basically shaking like a feather because of the magnitude of it all. Vaughn was the cool one who tried to put her at ease. Their first kiss was at the reception and they looked really cute together. They went back to their hotel room and made the sex. Seemed that this couple had a connection and they were both cute so they looked good together.
But at the honeymoon, they had their first fight because Vaughn wasn’t feeling that Monet was paying him enough attention. When they got back to NYC, he moved from his New Jersey apartment into her Harlem digs.
Challenges: Vaughn and Monet fought frequently. He felt she was too independent, didn’t cook enough and wasn’t returning what he thought were gestures of “like.” She felt that he was too immature, wasn’t really where he needed to be as a man and too needy. They definitely had communication problems. I felt like they had different love languages and were showing each other their own preferred one.
This couple had me worried the most since the beginning because there was no real “honeymoon” phase with them. They got together and BOOM arguments. I thought Vaughn was a bit of an insensitive douchenugget too so yeah.
Jamie and Doug
When Jamie was walking down the aisle and saw her husband, she started crying. But it wasn’t because she was moved, it was because she wasn’t attracted to him. She didn’t even let him touch her and hit a wall slide at the end of the ceremony. Their wedding photoshoot was painful to watch. That night, he slept on the couch in their room.
On the honeymoon, Doug slowly charmed Jamie and kinda won her over with his goofiness and they spooned on night 3. They ended up kissing for the first time right before they returned to NYC. They found a nice spot and moved in together to begin the experiment.
Challenges: Jamie had a really tough childhood, where she saw her mother be physically abused by her step-father, they were really poor and ended up in a trailer park and she had to raise her 4 siblings. People have always let her down so she cannot trust anyone easily and she puts up a giant wall to anyone who tries to get close. Doug is patient with her but the day she takes him to see where she grew up, he lied to her about smoking a cigarette. It flushes all that they’ve built down the toilet as she throws up the iron wall again. Will she learn to forgive and trust in time?
The couple that grew the most during the 5 weeks was definitely Jamie and Doug because going from her being almost repulsed by him to her opening up and being all about PDA with him was huge! Doug never pressured her to do anything she wanted, and when decision time came they still hadn’t had sex. They were the only couple that hadn’t consummated their marriage.
Each couple met with 2 of the experts and had to talk about their journey.
Vaughn and Monet have a breakthrough 2 days before the decision and she cooks for him, he’s playful with her. Their decision is tough. When they get to the experts, Vaughn speaks for both of them and says they’ve decided to go their separate ways. She says she doesn’t think he’s ready to be a husband and he says he doesn’t think they have chemistry. No surprise there. This is the couple I didn’t expect to make it.
Vaughn and Monet = Getting Divorced.
Doug knows what he wants and that is Jamie. Meanwhile, she isn’t quite sure because she still hasn’t forgiven him about lying to her and without trust, there’s nothing. In front of the experts, Doug gives his answer quickly: stay married. Jamie explains that she’s afraid of being let down again butttttt she wants to stay married. YES! Give love a try!
Doug and Jamie = Staying Married.
Courtney admits in her confessionals that she really feels connected to Jason and that she does not want a divorce. She thinks he’s her “person.” AAAAWWWWWW!!! Jason is not sure because the risk of being hurt in a relationship is so great and he fears what could happen.
Jason and Courtney BOTH decide to stay married. I may or may not have shed 2 tears here because I was REALLY rooting for them. This is the couple who would have broken MY heart if they did not stay together because they seem so right. They were the youngest couple but seemed to be the most mature.
Jason and Courtney = Staying Married.
2 out of 3 ain’t bad. And next week is the reunion show, which comes 6 months after these decisions were made. I NEED Jason and Courtney to still be going strong. NEED! I’m nervous, man. Is Jamie all in love with Doug yet (because he seemed to be falling for her already)? Did Monet and Vaughn find other boos yet? I hope Monet did. EEEEE! We shall find out next week Tuesday (I’ll find out next Wednesday because I don’t have FYI but I have Hulu Plus).
FYI already renewed the show for season 2 and I will be watching that for sure. This show is IT! I wonder if they’ll have a same-sex couple next season. They should definitely think about it. Maybe a mixed-race couple too, instead of just the same color matches. It shall be interesting what they switch up for season 2. This wasn’t just a social experiment, but it was clearly an experiment for the channel too.
So what are your thoughts on the results? What couple was your fave? Let’s talk bout it!