We are a little over four weeks in now… Time for some fireworks… It’s the Fourth of July! Everyone is hosting a July 4th celebration.
David and Ashley
It looks like production is going to try to redeem Ashley a little bit this week. Good luck with that.
Ashley says she likes to bake, as we see her swiping a can of Betty Crocker frosting onto a sheet cake. Then she arranges graham crackers on a plate. She must be exhausted by all this effort. The good edit in talking heads continues. #eyeroll
Ashley greets all the visitors with hugs. So they have all now officially gotten more sex from Ashley than David has. Also, none of Ashley’s friends show up, which disappointed David who was hoping someone could explain his wife’s personality to him. I think the absence of friends says all he needs to know. All of David’s friends being there gives David a feeling of comfort. We’ll see if THAT lasts to the end of the episode.
Ashley tells us that she feels left out of the party. She says that David is being “single David.” Well Ashley, married people usually don’t have an aversion to touching each other. Also, do we know where Ashley is from? Because I’m betting she’s a Yankee. I’m just saying. David was thrilled with the party.
Conflict of the Week: Ashley tells David she feels like she was left out of the party. David is surprised. He thought the party went great. He wanted Ashley to mingle with his friends and get to know them without it being about him. Ashley is whining about feeling like a guest at her own party. David said he was on the grill for an hour and a half. They were hosting. They had hosting duties. David buys flowers for Ashley the next day to celebrate their one month anniversary. Ashley is not receiving things well. She says that she got a message last night that David asked a girl out for drinks the previous weekend. The show ends there. Next Week: We see Ashley throwing a fit and David crying at his parent’s grave. I forget which one is dead.
But keep reading for this week’s drama with our other two sets of newlywed…
Tres and Vanessa
These two seem to have a surprisingly easy time of things. Almost like it’s all an act. But we are setting up a conflict. Tres has a female friend named Jenna. They are just friends. Vanessa is already concerned. I would be too.
Tres prepares by pouring GALLONS of liquor into a fish bowl. All his rowdy friends are coming over tonight. Tres reminds us in his talking heads that he wants to be a serious family man and a good husband. Let’s see if that lasts through the end of the episode. Tres tries to put some chairs together. It seems difficult for him. Their celebration definitely seemed like the most fun of the three.
Conflict of the Week: Totally Jenna. She arrives late to the party and is introduced when Vanessa gets her production cue to go inside the house and see her sitting on the couch next to Tres. They shake hands and Vanessa walks away. Vanessa is prettier than Jenna. Vanessa suspects Jenna has feelings for Tres. Vanessa smiles and flirts with Tres who dutifully comes up to stand next to her. Vanessa tells Jenna to go out into the yard and see what’s out there. Jenna awkwardly does. Score: Vanessa 3 Jenna 0.
The next morning, Vanessa is furious with Tres and Tres has no idea why. Apparently, “their” dog has been sick. This morning Vanessa was very worried about the dog and thinking about going back to the Vet. But Tres just went to the gym as he had planned. Really? Is this the biggest issue in this marriage? Vanessa wants Tres to have more of a “husband mentality” he legitimately doesn’t know what she means by that and asks, but also accuses her of trying to build him into the perfect husband. She is really mad because at the party someone said, “I can see the chemistry! I can see the love!” When talking about them and Tres jokingly said that “love” is a strong word. Hey Tres, “husband mentality” means keeping your mouth shut in those situations and then complimenting your wife. Men do this so that the next day they don’t have built up resentments that come out over a sick dog. Vanessa shuts down and Tres asks for communication. Vanessa says she is going home! She wants time apart! She is really worried that Tres is not in this for the long haul. I’m not either. But Tres seems sincerely hurt that she is abandoning him. Tres does the diary cam alone. The next morning she comes back. Tres says he has changed his life and really committed to this. Vanessa telling him he is not doing enough was hurtful. He wishes she would make him a list. She asks what she could work on. She said, not abandoning him would be a good start. It reminds him of his mother.
Neil and Sam
Sam is still taking charge of everything. Including the BBQ. They are apparently forced back into staying at Sam’s place. The BBQ will be at the park since they can’t seem to live together. I’m sure Sam deducted points from her mental test score of Neil for not being the man doing the BBQ.
Sam is eavesdropping on Neil’s conversation with his friends and rolling her eyes as he politely answers their questions. She occasionally screams, “answer honestly!” Neil tells us he is still in friendship mode. Sam tells loud stories while Neil is much quieter. Neil’s friend asks Sam why she thinks they were matched. She says, ” Because we are both nice people (well Neil is) and he’s quiet and I’m loud!” As much as I am rooting for this couple and Sam in particular, I have to admit I am wondering if Neil was a really bad person in a previous life.
Neil takes some time to talk with Sam’s roommate, “Sammie” to get some advice. Sammie says she learned to change the way she talks to Sam. Meanwhile, Neil’s friend points out to Sam that Neil was clearly distraught and sitting alone earlier, and implies that she should have checked in with him to see what was wrong. Sam has a weird response (go figure) about how when it is just the two of them alone things are better between them. Which is odd since she refuses to live with him and be inconvenienced about a commute for six weeks while working on an arranged marriage. When are they having this alone time that is so, “fine?” Does she mean off camera? Back with Neil and Sammie, it seems that Sammie says that Neil is just what Sam needs.
Couples Time: Sam takes Neil to a gym where She likes to do aerial work on the silks. Even though Neil is not really into doing it himself, he tries it. He did love watching Sam do it.
Conflict of the Week: This week, we try to resolve Sam issue. We don’t get there, but Sam feels a lot better having met his friends and finding out that his friends are more like her than him. This makes her believe that he really does like her personality. Well, most of it. Sam says she wants this to work. Maybe she will take a few walls down to that end.
They also address the living arrangement issues. Sam says her five year plan is that they buy a house together. They both currently own, and yet we find out that dogs are not allowed at Neil’s condo. I do not understand buying any property that has a home/condo association. I can’t imagine letting someone set the rules for a home I own. That is what owning a home is all about. In the meantime, they will look for a place to stay together, and Neil will live with the two Sams. These two definitely had the most progress this episode.