All four husbands go to a driving range to check in with each other about their experiences. It’s sort of group therapy. Keith is not the golfing kind. Keith’s big issue is whether or not Kristine will take his last name. The other guys don’t seem to care either way. That was it? No asking about sex? What a wasted scene.
The Girls Take A Yoga Class Together
When the girls meet up, for yoga, Stephanie is a pro while the others struggle. Stephanie is also the first to admit she and AJ have had sex. They can’t keep their hands off each other. Kristine denies having sex. I don’t believe her and either does Jasmine. Kate says they haven’t had sex but she is ready for it. She doesn’t mention he has not kissed her. Jasmine tells the girls they are more intimate by the day, and she can see the trolley coming, they just have not gotten there yet. Stephanie asks about any issues. Jasmine brings up their different beliefs about gender roles. Kristine says everything is great. Kate confesses that Luke hasn’t kissed her and he told her he is not attracted to her. The other girls are shocked. We flash back to Luke’s interview with Pastor Cal and his laundry list of exotic beauties, mixed race, Brazilian girl, white girl, and Palestinian. In retrospect that seems like a pack of lies. The girls are all very supportive of Kate.
The Group Date
All four couples go to a hot spring for a day out together. The girls tell their husbands that Luke said he is not attracted to Kate. Kristine and Kevin are so perfect for each other it makes Kristine nervous.
They have to cross a suspension bridge to get to the event and Will is not happy about the height of it all. Jasmine goes first and doesn’t stay with him. She does coach him from the other side. The four couples get in thee hot springs and three couples are very affectionate and Kate feels even more awkward. Next they go to the mud pit to paint each other with mud. When Jasmine paint’s Will’s chest, she sees tiny hairs in the mud and that was a complete turnoff. Really Jasmine? REALLY? Oh I thought it was his chest hair but apparently she thinks there is random people’s hair in the mud so now she doesn’t want mud on herself. So she sits apart from the group for the rest of the outing.
On the way back from the springs, Dr. Griffin calls each couple with a homework assignment. They need to express to their partner the things that are going well in the relationship, and then express any concerns they may have. This is where the wheels will come off for Kate and Luke.
The two seem relatively okay despite being at odds over traditional gender roles. They have some pretty conversations walking on the beach. Will admits he is slow to open up and it takes him a while to get to know someone. Still they seem fairly compatible.
Jasmine wants to go ziplining but Will is afraid of heights. I am not afraid of heights but I am afraid of dangling my life by a string. Will is not down for it either. Jasmine is disappointed. She wants someone who will go on adventures with her. I feel like the experts didn’t do their jobs at all this season.
At dinner, Will says he can’t wait to see her place and if she is neat or messy. He confesses he lives in organized chaos and doesn’t clean much. See, Will? If you would just pay the bills she would take care of all of that for you. You really need to reconsider traditional gender roles. You have a wife not a roommate. During this conversation, my station interrupted with an emergency broadcast test, but when we resumed, they seem to be getting along okay. She is very attached to her dog and he needs to respect that.
For their homework, Will says that he likes how genuine Jasmine is and he has not concerns but he does see an opportunity for her to be more vocal and not shut down when something is bothering her and to feel able to ask him whatever she wants to know. He tells us he feels like she is not expressing interest in him as a person. She thinks he is very caring and attentive. She wishes that he would not be so messy. He tells us that is what the maid service is for. So much for listening to her concerns.
Kristine & Keith
These two have been fucking like rabbits from the start. They go for a bike ride an Kristine is really active. Keith is a couch potato who could barely survive the ride. He promises to be in shape within a month.
During their homework assignment, Keith says that he sees a lot of positives in Kristine. For example, she is “stern” and knows what she wants. Well, that is flattering. He says he hasn’t tried her cooking yet so he has nothing to complain about. She just better be a good cook. He asks her if she has anything to complain about and there is a nervous hesitation before she weakly says no. So that was a yes. She says he is very considerate and thoughtful. She says other than his gas and snoring she has no complaints.
These two are headed back home, but there is a problem. He lives with grandma and she lives with her parents and Keith doesn’t want to stay in either place. I think they definitely need an extended stay in a hotel.
We didn’t see anything from these two until forty minutes in to the episode so I suspect something is up. We first see them having a private dinner on directly on the beach. AJ has a beautiful bouquet of tropical flowers delivered. They are so nice I may question his sexuality a little bit. These two seem very happily matched at this point.
During their homework assignment time, AJ is so resistant to the task that a producer has to come in and insist that they get to the assignement. (So they can go to bed for the night). AJ is being a dick to the female producer and refusing to complete the assignment. Stephanie begins to shed a few tears of frustration. This is a side of him she has never seen and she doesn’t like it. He says that his concern is that she is going to feel somehow responsible for his frustrations. I’m not really seeing his point. He’s concerned that she won’t like him being a dick? Stephanie tells us she is concerned that he is so upset over such a small issue. He promises her that his approach to her will be much more delicate than he is to the outside world. They hug it out. I say this is a red flag. I went on a first date with someone once who was a complete prick to the waitstaff and was very sweet to me. I almost ditched him at the first dickish encounter and I would have not wasted so much time in the future if I had. That “delicate with you but a prick to the outside world” lie can’t be maintained for long. I think Stephanie should dump him before they land in Philly. But I know she won’t.
We catch up with these two waking up for their first full day of their honeymoon. Luke brings Kate hot tea in bed. Kate tells us how caring Luke is with her. He still hasn’t kissed her and she can’t figure out why. I have a few ideas. Luke orders breakfast in bed and subtly tells her to go brush her teeth.
These two have a talk in their hotel room. Apparently, Kate and Luke talked the night before and Kate asked if he was attracted to her and he said no. She is not his type. The Internet has been rife with speculation that Luke’s type is male. If so this is so unfair and cruel to Kate. Luke tells us he is attracted to brunettes with dark eyes. That is exactly what she is, she just dyes her hair blond.
Back at the hotel, Luke and Kate kissed for the first time. He pulled away and she asked if he was okay and he replied that he felt “repulsed and dead inside.” They didn’t even make it to the homework assignment.
As they pack the next morning there is no conversation at all. In a confession, Luke tells us, ” Last night I had just kinda turned off my emotions inside to kiss her.” Let’s pause right there. What does that even mean? He continues,” I didn’t feel natural. It felt like disjointed somehow and it was definitely uncomfortable.” I mean this is how someone might describe a rectal exam, not a kiss. Even if the kiss was a bad one.
Next Week: Things remain to good to be true for Kristine and Keith. Meanwhile the other three couples start to hit roadblocks and adversity as they move in together.