I’m not sure if this show is worth my time to recap or not, but I am desperate to try anything that y’all might like or love to hate as much as the real housewives franchises. So let’s give it a whirl.
Justin is 33 and Ali is 31 they have been married for four and a half years. He’s an accountant and she is a stylist. The producers ask how many items they think they have in the house, he says 1,700. The producer says it is actually more like 10,000. I need to watch this during the day because I am already getting the urge to get rid of stuff. I should probably start with the dog hair and junk mail that is for some reason all over my living room floor along with an empty box of wine. Fries bacon with his bare hands. He doesn’t seem that smart.
The movers come and pack everything up and take it all away except for the three pets and their belongings. The experiment lasts 21 days. Each day they can bring back one item. They are given minimal food rations, water and toilet paper. They can use the showers and sinks.
Justin could care less about being naked. He’s splayed out on the floor, he goes out into the yard to pick oranges. He’s having a blast. Our little fashionista is curled up in the fetal position leaning against the wall. She misses her Louboutins mightily. Justin likes the MREs but Ali can’t stand eating them.
They get a new item every day, but they have to go get it from the storage container a half mile away. So Justin tries to make them some clothes out of limbs and leaves from the yard. At the container, Ali picks a long knit dress, and Justin picks the couch. The couch counts as one item, but it has 27 pieces and they have to get it back to the house themselves. After multiple trips, Justin gives up and Ali goes to look for help. They really, really needed the couch because they got no sleep naked on the hard floor.
Day 2. He picks jeans, she picks a $1,500 pair of Givency boots. Pick lemons from the yard to use the rinds for toothbrushes. The also pick mint for breath freshening. Friends and family are allowed to buy them food and services. Ali’s friend comes to take her to the spa for a spa tan and some tacos. They stay gone all day. I don’t understand why a spa day is allowed during this experiment.
Day 3, He picks a hoodie because he has to go to work. She picks her phone for the same reason. Day four is toothpaste. He picks his truck. Justin still has no shoes so he goes to work barefoot. Day 5 soap and a towel. Day 6 Justin finally picks shoes. Ali takes a razor. A razor? Really? These people choose dumb things.
Justin is ready to have kids. Ali is not. Justin made sure that she wanted kids six years ago when they met. She’s 31 and if they want more than one they need to get started.
Justin really wants the TV, but Ali is against it. Justin ends up getting shorts. Um why? And she gets shampoo which she should have gotten instead of soap. Day 8 Justin is begging her to get the TV and cable box. But she refuses. She has a red carpet event and needs another dress. Justin reluctantly finally gets a t-shirt. Justin is bored out of his mind. I think he is going to read the truck manual while Ali is gone. Ali is unhappy that she has no makeup for the event. Ali cries at the event because she doesn’t feel like she looks nice. She’s actually very pretty without makeup. I would have tied her hair up into a messy topknot though since she seems used to a blown out look.
On Day 9 Ali realizes she doesn’t pay much attention to Justin. Day 9! And I am still not so sure she gets it. When Justin asks her not to dry the dog with their only towel, she does it anyway.
Day 12 she picks a third dress. In her defense she is still sort of not really working. She goes to a photo shoot. She says she is using her phone less to talk more with Justin. Justin’s friend comes over and they play a game they made up where they throw limes from the deck into the hot tub quite the distance away. They argue about scoring.
Day 16 they finally get the TV and cable box. Ali says Justin has been great about letting her get her things so he deserves it. She is also starting to think she could still be a mom and work. Wow. That is a novel concept. I wonder if any other women are aware of this? He still hasn’t gotten a fork. Because, priorities. A few days later he got a robe. He never got underwear but at some point Ali did. Again. Why?I don’t think Justin ever got his phone.
On day twenty their friends (probably production) bought them champagne. Ali says she maybe might consider going off the pill. Justin is thrilled. Justin is already talking about coaching little league. They are not trying, but they are not, not trying.
Ali gets her makeup back on day 21 and immediately starts putting it on. Justin tries to purge some of their crap. Ali is not as enthusiastic but she did donate 1,000 items of clothing (probably Justin’s) to charity.
Six months after the challenge, Justin redid a bathroom and it looks fantastic. Can he come do mine? Also, Ali is quite pregnant!
And that’s a wrap. I didn’t hate this show, but it doesn’t seem to be something that particularly lends itself to recapping. Some of the upcoming episodes seem more interesting than this one. You would think they would lead with the most interesting one to lure us in. What did you think?