Stephanie and Ryan
These two are doing well together and have already been intimate. Stephanie is doing better with her fear of flying. They are going to play golf. Ryan is thrilled and Stephanie is appalled. Especially by the golf outfits they are given.
Their challenge is foot golf. It is the hardest challenge so far. Stephanie has a stank attitude. It’s a beautiful day and gorgeous course and she is being a brat. They failed the experiment. I think that was what production wanted. The princess needs to be in an uncomfortable setting for the night. Or not, because Ryan insisted on finishing the course even though they lost they get the suite anyway. That night they sneak into the jacuzzi after hours by hopping the fence. Stephanie is already falling in love with Ryan and it scares her. She is having those “this is too good to be true” fears. Over a game of giant Jenga the next day, they realize they do have issues. Jenna wants to stay in NYC and Ryan wants to live out in some wide open space. He suggests Michigan, South Carolina or Colorado. Finally, some conflict!
Jenna and Cale
So Jenna signed up to be a travel show where you are essentially on a 30 day long first date traveling from city to city. Yet, she seems to hate dating, and traveling, and being hot, or cold, or eating, or not eating or doing pretty much anything except for complaining. This week the couples are going to Sedona. The itinerary says to trade in your cowboy boots for some hiking boots. Her reaction is “hiking boots and hot weather” heavy sigh. I am surprised Cale did not just through himself out the driver’s side door onto the highway rather than continue on. How in the hell did Jenna have an “overwhelmingly high compatibility score” with anyone, let alone Cale?
These two are going on a hike to meet a Shaman. Hopefully, he will smudge them and remove all the evilness. Jenna is optimistic about the date! Repeat, Jenna is optimistic about the date! YAY! She seems really into spirituality, at least in theory while Cale is less enthusiastic about the visit to the shaman because he’s a more logic based kind of guy.
Sedona is gorgeous and they meet Rahelio, the shaman on top of the red rocks. It was rather anticlimactic from there. Their entire challenge was to lay on the ground with their eyes closed while the shaman beat a drum. And they won the good hotel for the night. Weren’t they already in a hotel? And if they are really doing all this walking, shouldn’t they have water bottles? In her confessionals Jenna says the she hopes this exercise will make Cale be a bit more authentic. She basically says he is giving canned responses to the cameras. That could be. Lord knows she isn’t doing that. So that’s a point for her I guess.
Later over a bottle of champagne, Cale opens up a bit to Jenna hoping she will follow suit. He says he was a loner as a child and by high school he was laser focused on his goals. So he missed out on some relationship skills along the way and was a late bloomer. Jenna listens but does call bullshit a little. She says that he is just opening up because she did a little and what he offered was superficial bullshit and she needs something deeper. I’m trying to give Jenna the benefit of the doubt about her assertion that Cale is simply trying to say all the right things rather than be himself. I can see that being possible. But her delivery is harsh. Cale says he doesn’t understand what she needs to hear from him and he just wants to have a good time on the trip. She says she wants the same. He says she has been miserable the entire trip, she says he is putting words in her mouth. He says she is rude to people. She says that is a lie. She says he is fake as fuck. I’m willing to go with they are both right. She’s miserable and rude and he is fake as fuck.
Night falls and another bottle of wine is emptied and we come back to Cale saying, “Anytime I tried to do what I am supposed to do, or what I think I am supposed to do…” Jenna says you are not supposed to do anything but be yourself. Eventually, she concedes her case to lawyer Cale and says she’s done and doesn’t want to move forward with him. He says great.
Cale seems uber offended about being called fake. I don’t think this is the first time this has happened. What’s that saying… a hit dog will howl? The next morning he goes for a long run. Jenna goes to buy Cale a crystal.
Later, they seem to be in a better place and they get together to talk. Cale says that Jenna has been poking and prodding him all week and have a confrontation. She says she wasn’t looking for confrontation, just openness. Cale apologized. Jenna did not. She did not give him the crystal.
Stephanie and Michael
Michael enjoyed some complimentary drinks on the flight to Arizona. Stephanie probably reminded him he was late the whole way. Stephanie is still driving this relationship. And the car to their challenge. Then she tells him he is not giving her the direction properly and accuses him of yelling when if anything he was using his quiet seductive voice. Or maybe that is just his voice. But either way, it’s smooooooth. Michael says in confession it seems like Stephanie likes to wear the pants. I said that in my last recap and Stephanie told me on Twitter that Michael definitely wears the pants. Okay girl, but you’re going to have to take them off at some point during this show before he can put them on, and that is not happening yet.
The challenge for these two is to run a birthday party for about 20 kids in an ice cream shop. Things go well and they pass the challenge. We don’t see the hotel. The next day they go to a pottery class. Michael makes a few sexual innuendos about keeping the clay wet and so forth. Stephanie says Micheal is like a high school senior, or a frat boy. In my experience, men never outgrow their love of sexual innuendo they just learn when it is acceptable. I would think a pottery making date should end up like a scene from Ghost and sexual innuendo could be seen as more romantic than juvenile. Stephanie does not agree. Stephanie is sexually repressed. It may just be a religion issue. But it seems to me not being able to be around someone making sexually flirtatious jokes is going to make dating difficult for her. Michael has no clue why Stephanie is so uncomfortable and when he asks her, she refuses to answer. It’s so infuriating to have someone be upset with you and not explain why. Again, it’s a power thing. She’s basically holding on to power by refusing to provide information to her partner. It’s very passive aggressive.
Alma and Michael
Michael has anxiety issues. I know this because I have them myself. He also does the worst case scenario thing in his head. When they arrive at a small airport, he’s worried they are going skydiving. They didn’t skydive, they just got a plane ride over the canyon. Michael is relieved. Until they get to the caverns where they have to crawl in small spaces. He has anxiety about that too. To be fair, I would hate this date, I don’t like small prop planes or confined dark spaces. Is we were matched I’d suggest we just take the L and go drink beer somewhere with a view before sacking out in out fleabag hotel room. Michael agrees to do it. Alma is also terrified. This cavern experience is horrific. They are literally belly crawling in the dark. They complete the activity and Michael never let Alma know he was nervous until it was over. They won the challenge! YAY! But their suite in IN THE DAMN CAVERN. Oh hell no. I’ll sleep in the car.
Michael holds it together and they sleep in the cavern together. They both said they would not have slept down there alone. They agree it was a great date in spite of all the anxiety-ridden situations.
Next week : The couples fly to Denver. Great! Ryan and Stephanie can pick out their new home! Alma seems to be excited for the legal weed. Jenna is thrilled about Colorado. Stephanie tells the cameras that going into Denver they are doing well.