And we are back in beautiful, relaxing, peaceful Denver. I’m sure our four couples will all have a stressfree romantic couple of days here, right? Let’s find out.
Stephanie and Michael
Stephanie and Michael are sitting on the floor at the airport so Stephanie can try to rap. Stephanie’s face is really pretty, like really pretty. Especially when she loosens up, which she seems to be making progress with.
Stephanie and Michael’s challenge this week is to climb a large tree using a harness and collect five medallions place in five buckets high up in the tree. Neither of them is thrilled about this. Stephanie is afraid of heights. I have to say this is a ridiculously hard challenge for a female. It is all upper body strength. Michael ends up getting for of the medallions and helps Stephanie get the lowest one. They really did earn this hotel suite! Great teamwork! Later they talk more deeply about religion. Stephanie was very impressed by his testimony. This good go somewhere!
Their second date is high tea. This is more in her comfort zone than his. These two are falling for each other.
Alma and Michael
Alma and Michael have know each other for ten whole days and we keep having to hear about how Michael hasn’t opened up and laid his soul bare to her yet. I mean I’ve been in long-term relationships where that didn’t happen. It’s been ten days.
These two go on a scavenger hunt on a snowy mountain trail for their challenge. Michael loves this challenge. They have to find five canisters containing questions. They have to find and answer the questions to reveal more of themselves to their partner. Michael is nervous about opening up. Question One, What worries you the most about me and why? Alma is worried that she won’t feel the chemistry with him again. Michael says their geography is what worries him most. The second question is to share something that makes you feel vulnerable. Alma says she was abandoned by her father. Michael says it is very hard for him to open up. Basically he doesn’t answer. Biggest regret in life? Michael says not moving away after college. We don’t get Alma’s answer. What is the most embarrassing thing about you that people who know you well know? Michael says he used to be an altar boy and he once passed out in front of the whole church. AH! There is the deep secret he doesn’t want coming out.
Alma and Michael go to dinner the next night and talk about opening up again. This would drive me crazy. So would Alma’s black lipstick. Michael decides to lay his cards on the table. His brother committed suicide and it changed his own life deeply. The reason he doesn’t want to risk making bonds is because he is afraid to risk being hurt again. The agree to let down their walls.
Jenna and Cale
Jenna is excited about going to Denver. She seems in very good spirits. Cale seems to be going through the motions at this point. That strategy of Cale’s is what triggers bitch mode in Jenna. Plus she want a dominant male who will challenge her negative behaviors. Cale says the Sedona trip did significant damage to their relationship.
Their challenge today is to make a love totem using a chainsaw. Jenna starts throwing out some ideas and Cale is not participating. He’s basically giving Jenna a taste of her previous challenge attitude. Apparently, it is unintentional though and he is just seething with anger. I started out this journey out hating Jenna and I have been consistently moving over to her side in every episode. Cale’s mask is starting to fall and I am not liking what I see. The eventually “win” the challenge. I don’t think they should have, and I also notice they tend to do better when they get the crappy room.
These two go to a salt cave spa. First they get a foot bath. They do not talk. Then they sit in the salt cave for fifty minutes and do not talk. They barely even made eye contact the entire time they were in Denver.
Stephanie and Ryan
These two are fighting in the car already over whether or not Denver is where they should live. Stephanie is pissed that Ryan said he doesn’t want to live on the east coast. Ryan would like her to consider Denver and she said she would but she does have some negative associations with the place. But they are there now and she’s willing to give it a shot Ryan practically accuses her of hiding her true feelings on the city. It’s a super dumb fight that we get three full minutes of.
These two get stuck going to an alligator park. They are supposed to pick up baby alligators so they can get some medical treatment. Nope. Give me the tent or the sleeping bag on the side of the highway or whatever. This is not going to happen. But Stephanie came around and participated with one of the crocs.
Back at the hotel they are in total makeout mode when they get their text sending them on a date. They go to an exotic meats restaurant. They want steak and some oysters. It seems that Ryan accidentally orders Rocky Mountain Oysters not knowing what they really are. They seem to be eating them anyway as they talk about their fears. Stephanie says her main thing is that Ryan is only 26 and she wants to be sure that he is really ready for marriage. Ryan gets very defensive when they talk about serious things. Things get tense.Then they find out they are eating bull testicles start to laugh. Fun times.
Next week: The couples are off to Vegas. I hope they bring them all together at this point for a group chat.