We are halfway through the eight week process and the couples are all in different places along their marital paths as they celebrate their one month anniversaries. I spent twenty minutes thinking I had missed an episode because they showed all these previews in the front where most shows give a quick recap of the prior episode.
Molly & Jon
Are coming off a major fight over Molly’s lack of desire to have the least bit of intimacy with Jon. Jon has bought her flowers as a peace-offering. Molly is so full of mixed signals. If it is not the editing, then the sudden swings back and forth between Molly saying she’s done to Molly claiming they are back on the same page is weird.
Molly and Jon celebrate their anniversary at a farm drinking apple juice and beer and go apple picking. Molly has never made apple pie before, and yet she is an expert and says baking is so much easier than cooking. Foreshadowing the apple pie fight? Later they have the top of their wedding cake. That is clearly production’s script. Normally the cake is a one year thing. Jon thinks it is a ten-year thing. Molly says they will never make it that far. Oh, Molly.
The next day they make an apple pie together. She has a cool apple peeler that she gives to Jon to use. So I am a bit more hopeful. She seems to be making her own crust. They may actually pull this off! And they did! Their pie was good! They start talking about how many kids they want. Does she realize how babies are made?
Shawniece & Jephte
Shawniece talks to her cousin who is her best friend while folding Jephte’s boxers. He’s a slob and she’s a neat freak. I need a wife.
Shawniece and Jephte get dressed up and go out to a fancy restaurant. Jephte tells us that he wants to be counting years and not just months. He brought the production required top of their wedding cakes. Shawniece gets him a lot of nice socks because apparently that is his thing and a new shirt. Jephte tells us she doesn’t know him well enough to know what to buy him. Le sigh. He got her a snow globe with a bride and groom inside with the inscription, “One month down and forever to go.” He got a her a pretty wall hanging that says Mr. & Mrs. Pierre. She cries. The girl is just so happy to be married.
The next scene we see is Shawniece and Jephte going out to a nice dinner again. I know the show pays for this, but they are living a lifestyle the can’t support. Then they start arguing about baby names. Jephte wants to go all George Foreman and name all of his kids Jephte.
Jaclyn & Ryan
Jaclyn is struggling with Ryan’s busy schedule and active social work. She wants him to make more time for her. She talks to Molly about this. At least I think that is Molly.
On their anniversary, Ryan brings the top layer of their wedding cake with scrambled eggs for breakfast in bed. He tells her he would make the same choice to marry her again. She gives him a book of photos of their life together. He gives her a couples massage. And perhaps a chest. These two seem fine for now.
Ryan takes Jaclyn to an indoor soccer field for a soccer lesson on their anniversary. I mean apple picking is better than this. After having Ryan kick soccer balls at her for a few hours, Jaclyn whips out a picnic for the soccer field.
Do the other couples all seem to be having an extended anniversary celebration, Ryan has gone out with the boys. He apparently asks to go out almost every night at 11 pm. She’s unhappy with this. She is there alone folding laundry and being sad when my DVR cuts off. Have I mentioned I hate my DVR?
Next Week: They work on communication. According to the episode guide the couples are asked to trade cell phones for an hour with no prior warning. This has never happened before on this show to my knowledge, so I feel like production has a nefarious reason for this.