Well, it’s time for the couples to make a last-ditch effort at working things out. It’s the customary second honeymoon. Typically, these scenes have more positive interactions because they are somewhere nice. I am a bit worried about the bus trip though. Let’s see what happens.
Tom and Lilly
These two get some last-minute advice from Dr. Pepper before they get on the bus. The main problem with these two is that Lilly’s job requires her to be available 24/7. In fact, the large majority of real estate work happens after hours and on weekends when the clients are off work and have time to see properties. Tom’s no work after 6 p.m. rule is not realistic for Lilly at all. Lilly agrees to stay off electronics as much as possible on their weekend trip. Tom thinks living on the bus is his identity. That’s kind of sad.
The good news is they are only going to Key Largo and not all the way to Key West. The bad news is that Tom didn’t prep the bus for the trip before Lilly got there. When he turns on the air a ton of foam blows out all over the place. Lilly acts like it’s poison. This is a huge bus. Lilly was pretty whiney on the bus. In her defense, they are on a bus in Florida that has no air conditioning. I guess that foam party at the beginning was just for a fan.
Tom seems to be okay with living in a house if he can still keep his bus. However, we are starting to get the edit that Tom is not going to stay in this marriage. In his confessional he even calls Sonia a bit neurotic.
Tom and Lilly wake up on the bus. Lilly hates the bed and it makes her shoulder issues worse. Nonetheless, Lily leaves her phone behind and heads out snorkeling. Lilly is a bit fearful of the ocean. Tom stayed by her side the whole time. Lilly likes that Tom pushes her to try new things. The boat trip went well.
At dinner, they talk about Lilly’s shoulder surgery. You can tell by the way she is sitting that her left shoulder is really messed up. Tom wants Lilly to go to an alternative medicine practitioner. Lilly points out that she was in medical school in Nicaragua and she’s been to many doctors who all say she needs the surgery. This is a bad road for Tom to go down. She’s already fearful of the surgery. He needs to just support her in the process. Instead, he is being very pushy. Tom is very, very persistent. This is a side of Tom we have not seen. He’s basically mad at Lilly for not considering alternative medicine.
That conversation is where the honeymoon footage ends. We really didn’t see any serious deepening of a connection with these two. Instead we saw some things in Tom that are worrisome.
Sonia and Nick
I have been pulling for these two all season. I’m really hoping to see a deeper connection on their trip to South Beach. Their oceanfront hotel room is a great place for some good memories to happen. It’s really beautiful.
Nick has made a lot of plans for this trip, which is sweet. They start with riding a tandem bike. It’s a bit wobbly and scary for Sonia at first but she gets into it after a while. #Metaphor
Sonia goes all out getting ready for Nick and I was so worried that he would not tell her how great she looks but he did. Sonia really, really needs a lot of words of affirmation. Good job, Nick! On the down side, Nick is super under-dressed in his plain tee and hoodie for South Beach. I get their wardrobes are limited by production not to have logos and some other things that don’t film well, but he could have done better than this. A simple button down shirt would have sufficed. Why are they both in long sleeves when Lilly and Tom are sweating on the bus?
At dinner Nick asks Sonia if she would do it all over again. She is not sure. He says he would totally do it all over again and lists all the fun times. That is a big difference between these two. She can’t put the bad moments behind her and he puts them behind him a bit too quickly.
Nick really wants Sonia to move back in but he is approaching it very gently. Sonia really doesn’t see the difference between her moving back in or not moving back in. First of all, that is not a true statement. Clearly, she sees a benefit in not moving back in because that is the choice she keeps making. Secondly, that’s a bad sign for Nick because if she was committed to the marriage, she would see the benefit of moving back in. Nick says that the ball is in her court. Nick says that he accepts her decision either way, but that the general consensus of everyone they have talked to is that she should move back in. I my opinion, that was the deal she signed up for and there is only one week left!
In the sweetest moment of the season between these two, Sonia talks about building trust. Nick points out she trusted him on the bike today. She says that she did. And Nick says, “I just wish we could double bike forever.” Awww. That might have sealed the deal for you there, Nick. Good work.
And just like that, this second honeymoon is over.
Back at the house, Sonia does stay at the house with Nick. Nick seems to really want to stay married and Sonia is the wildcard. Sonia put her ring back on! So there is that.
Next week: It’s decision day. They are making it seem like Nick and Lilly are both in but their partners, Tom and Sonia are not so sure.