Well, I am not longer hoping that Kate dumps Luke in this episode of Married At First Sight, or the next one. I think they must have been told they can’t give up on the relationship before the decision day is filmed or they lose their stipend. There was a clause in Celebrity Big Brother this year with that clause. Production wants to make sure everyone stays until the end. I’m ready for decision day at this point. The only couple I am undecided on is Jasmine and Will at this point. This week focuses on communication.
AJ & Stephanie
It’s time for the psychologist, Jessica to check in with the couples. Is it me or is this trial marriage period a couple weeks shorter than the eight weeks we are used to seeing. Are they hoping for more couples staying together on decision day? The topic is communication. AJ thinks their communication is just perfect. Or at least that is what he likes to tell the cameras. First they watch some examples of their “good communication” which was basically Stephanie adjusting to whatever mood AJ was in at the time.
Then Jessica got to the reason why she is there. AJ’s bad behavior. AJ says this tape has nothing to do with the marriage. “There have not been frustrations in the marriage.” I’d make him watch those tapes again and pay attention to Stephanie instead of looking at himself. He blames production for any tense moments in their marriage. AJ volunteers to fix production. He could revamp it and streamline it for them. AJ won’t let Stephanie speak. It’s textbook poor communication.
Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder?
Stephanie has her first trip for work since the marriage. AJ is a complete asshole all the way to the airport. I am sure this is just production making him look bad though, right? If he were in charge of production this would not be happening.
After the trip, AJ really missed Stephanie. Stephanie wants to revisit the communication therapy from Dr. Jessica. She lets him know that this sort of long-term aggression and anger cycle won’t work for her. Suddenly, AJ is very accountable and apologetic. I am not liking this for Jessica at all. Jessica falls for his routine hook, line and sinker. The problem is the good times are really good, and the bad times are really bad.
Will & Jasmine
Will has decided he wants to coach basketball. Jasmine is concerned about finances. Will wants to help the community. He talks to his friends about Jasmine’s disinterest in his desire to explore his passion, helping kids, rather than chasing the almighty dollar. With decision day only two weeks a way. This is a problem. For both of them. Like the other couples, they need more brutally honest communication.
The meet with Dr. Jessica who appears to simply say they have to figure out if their compromises are actually compromises or one or both of them behaving counter-intuitively to their core values. I am pretty sure in this case it is the latter.
Luke & Kate
Kate has yet another conversation with one of her friends. She points out every time they have free time, he leaves to go somewhere else. Kate is ready to seriously consider divorce.
Later, Kate calls Dr. Jessica and explains her position. She is ready for a divorce. Dr. Jessica says that they will totally support her in her decision. I think Dr. Jessica knows this relationship is never going to work. Kate is brokenhearted.
Kate approaches Luke with, “we need to talk.” That is never the beginning of a conversation about what the person being talked to wants for Christmas. This is the most creepy and monotone conversation of divorce Luke says several times he does not want a divorce. I have ever seen. Where was their therapy about communication? Luke makes no sense. Then he says she speaks in extreme absolutes. Then he says he has been trying to “make the best of the situation.” She actually asks him to repeat that insult. He says there are some things she does he finds attractive. Then he says he had no idea how upset she was. That’s probably because he is never there unless the cameras are. There is zero communication.
Keith & Kristine
Over dinner, Kristine and Keith differ on when to have children. Keith wants to start now. Kristine wants him to get out of school first. Plus she wants to get her brokerage license and that takes a lot of effort.
Kristine wants to work hard, save money and get some travel in before babies come. That sound perfectly reasonable. Keith is currently racking up student loans and making a fairly low salary at a job he works at the same time. He has no time for kids right now and they can’t afford them. Dr, Jessica needed to talk to these two about communication as well. Keith feels like Kristine is making all the decisions. That is because she is the only logical person in the couple.
Next week: The couples have just over a week to decide on their future. Luke has been hiding something from production that Kate shares with Dr. Pepper. It’s time for their mini-moons. Oddly, this season, MAFS production has decided to put them all in a cabin together instead. This leads to some mixed emotions among the newlyweds. AJ is angry and drinks. Kate looks sad as usual.