This season of Married at First Sight is full of pretty bad matches. If you are just watching for the first time, it’s not usually like this. They are showing so many serious issues that I wonder if they are setting us up to be shocked a who stays together, because usually we have a lot of hope for at least some of them at the end, and then get disappointed. But that’s probably just me looking for reasons to keep watching.
Derek and Heather
For the love of God just put these two out of their misery and tell them they can both have their full stipends.
But that is not how their contracts work. Heather says apologizes and says Derek is not a bad person, but she can’t be married to him. Thank God. This has never happened before. But it is what is best for Derek, and what is best for us.
Later, Derek feels betrayed and wonders if he is destined to be alone. I don’t care how Heather feels. Derek has to tell his family and friends about the divorce. He’s embarrassed. His friend is a great guy and very supportive of Derek. That makes me happy.
Tom and Lilly
Tom got up and walked the dogs, and when he came back Lilly was gone. She did not answer his texts. Tom has no idea what is going on. Lilly returns to the house upset and closes herself off in their room without the cameras. Something is really wrong.
It seems that Lilly was in a serious car accident at some previous point and the doctor told her that her shoulder isn’t healing properly and she is going to need surgery. Lilly is scared and is worried that Tom won’t want to care for her during the recovery. Tom takes the news well and tells her they will get through it together.
Rachel arrives to counsel them and finds Lilly upset in her bed in her “love me, love me, love me.” outfit. Lilly seems to be pushing Tom away and asking for time alone. So Rachel talks to Tom and tells him that constant reassurance is key in this time. Rachel gets Lilly out there so he can start reassuring her. Rachel tries to get Lilly to let her guard down. Rachel leaves them with a gift. Body paints. Really Rachel?
Nick and Sonia
It’s morning after their big fight where Nick told Sonia he wasn’t in love with her and Sonia took offense. She felt like he thought she was in love with him and has an expectation of reciprocation, but that is not the case. I have been disagreeing with my commenters here about Nick and Sonia. I think they are a good match that just needs a lot of counseling and support to learn to communicate. This episode may win me over to the side of “this was a terrible match.” We shall see. I take things like them unloading the dishwasher together as a good sign. Then Sonia tries to talk to Nick and he does the “I don’t know what do you think…” routine. Sonia isn’t any better about bring up the elephant in the room. They dance around the subject not saying much but seem to make up despite themselves.
Nick planned a romantic date for Sonia. He brought her a sunflower because he listened to her and remembered that sunflowers are her favorite. SEE? You guys always act like he doesn’t like her. He is trying! He just has some social awkwardness and is not a very good communicator! He includes a wine sampling on the date so that they can get a bit drunk and loosen up. Nick says the wine glide made things a bit easier. Lots of smiles and a dozen wine glasses on the table.
That night is their first night sleeping in the same bed because Nick was sleeping with the dogs. The dogs go in the crate. But the crate is practically in the bed with them. Nick can literally pet the dog from the bed.
The next day Rachel shows up. She speaks with Nick first. He says he is attracted to Sonia but not as much as with past women he has chosen himself. He does want to have sex with her (that was seriously edited audio) but he is not on a schedule. Nick says the date the previous night brought them closer than the entire previous week. He does say that they both need to be more open. She tells Nick exactly how to talk to Sonia.
Sonia tells Rachel things are up and down. She talks about the effort that Nick is putting in. Rachel tells Sonia they are both terrible communicators.
That night Nick and Sonia have a cocktail. Alcohol seems to be a key element for their marriage. They play truth or dare. Nick is very open when drinking Jack Daniels.
Nick and Sonia go to a tantric massage therapist to force them to touch each other. Sonia seemed to fall in love with the female therapist. Not quite what we were going for. Nick is surprisingly open to the therapist as well. Sonia is ready to go home and get busy with Nick. But I’m not sure he is…