I’m excited to do this 90 Day Fiance The Other Way recap. However, All I want to do lately is sleep. So this probably will not get finished until tomorrow. I love when I catch some Arabic words I understand on this show. I have a very, very limited vocabulary because the male Arabic instructor at my school was very mean. And as a southern child, making a bunch of unfamiliar sounds while learning a new language was …well I was not very good at it. Eventually, I just started going straight to the principal’s office and said “The Arabic teacher sent me here.” It’s in the top three of my life’s biggest regrets.
Ariela & Biniyam
I simply cannot understand American woman wanting to go to ETHIOPIA to have a baby with a guy who has already done this once. Thirty million strikes and you are… dumber than dogshit. But please, let us continue like this is something even 1% of the population feels is smart.Oh look! Mama has a triple hotel room for the three of them. How convenient. But it was a very nice hotel IN ETHIOPIA. Ari keeps saying her mama will make her have the baby in American if the don’t like this hospital. She’s a nurse. The problem is she is too far gone to get back on the plane. Ari thinks she is going to have a private room for delivery! Actually, the hospital looks fine and there are private rooms. I am almost as embarrassed as her mother for being so surprised how nice this hospital is. It’s way better than the South African birthing situations we have seen.
Later Ari, Her mama and Biniyam go to an Ethiopian coffee house. I bet they have very good coffee. Apparently, coffee also comes with popcorn! Mom is disappointed that the hospital was so nice. She was hoping to taker Ari home with her. So she takes a new tact and asks Biniyam to explain why his first wife left him. Sounds like she read some texts between another woman and Biniyam. He claims she is an old friend. Ari’s Mom nails him to the wall. He’s clearly guilty of cheating. And Mama knows there is no way he can support her daughter and her kid.
Tim (and his cat) & Melyza
Can I just skip this couple? They are not interesting. Melyza has a nice car. Why is it necessary to bring two dogs to an airport to pick up your boyfriend? And he brings his cat. Melyza says that Tim had gotten fat. Tim even says the dogs should have stayed home and now he has no room for his luggage, AND THE CAT. I really do not care about this couple. Tim has apparently been with another international girl during their relationship. Tim is a dirtbag. Melyza needs to run. Tim says that happened a year ago. Tim says that is part of “all the bad things they have gone through” not “All the bad things he has done.”
On Tim’s first day in Colombia, the happy couple set out to check out the city together. They talked Tim’s cheating. Did she not know all the details before? He cheated with a co-worker. Melyza is not buying it. Tim tries to say it is Melyza’s fault for being so far away. Have I mentioned I had this couple? Or more specifically, Tim.
Jihoon & Deavan
I almost went to South Korea once to visit a guy I used to date who was allegedly stationed there. But literally everything about him was allegedly. She is living with her mom in a hotel. They go to the market and they love it. At least they are not ugly Americans. I should point out that this market is much cleaner than the Nigerian one. I used to love going to the souk as a kid in Libya. It smelled like cumin and everyone was very nice to us. Sadly, I have come to realize that I will never be able to go back to Libya. That was the number one item on my bucket list.
Deavan can speak a bit of Korean very well. But she can’t read it. She is trying to fit to the culture. Drucilla is having the time of her life. She doesn’t even flinch when she’s allowed two fish to buy for dinner and the guy cuts off the head and takes the guts out. She also eats the Korean food with relish. Clearly, she’s not one of those kids that will only eat chicken nuggets and fries. I am so enjoying these scene! She is a good little traveler! Deavan’s mom on the other hand… not so much. Deavan talks to her mother. She want to talk tela’selao Jihoon’s mom to find out if he is telling the truth or note. Um, what do you think?
Deavan Meets Jihoon And His Parents For Dinner
Deavan takes the baby and goes to meet Jihoon at his parents at a restaurant. Jihoon seems to clearly understand what he did wrong and why she can’t trust him when he chats with his parents waiting for her to arrive. When Deavan arrives, she is takes off her shoes (as one does apparently I imagine the pedicure industry thrives there). Jihoon’s dad realizing she is there stands up and tells his wife to stand up. She replies with, “Shut up! Don’t tell me what to do there is no need to stand up!” I love Jihoon’s mom. Jihoon walks right past Deavan and the baby with water for his parents. He can’t even face her.
Jihoon’s dad begins the conversation for apologizing profusely for not send her any support. Sadly, it is grossly mistranslated. So was Jihoon’s apology. This is going very badly. Deavan has no idea what anyone is saying, and I wish she knew. She says he ruined her life. That translated pretty well and his mother laughed? Jihoon storms off and tells her to go back to America (In Korean). This was a terrible situation in which no one understood what the other was saying.
Kenny & Armando
I was so happy with this relationship! (Not that it matters) But I feel like Kenny is going to ruin the best thing we… um… they had. Who moves to another country and disrespects it the way he has so far? Let’s hope Kenny gets his shit together. It’s only been two days. Kenny doesn’t get that being gay in public in some countries will get you killed. WTF IS WRONG WITH KENNY? He says “I would think he would be farther along than what he is.” regarding PDA. It’s the culture that is not farther along, not Armando. I already want Armando to move home. As Armando says, Kenny has been out longer than he has (been alive) and he is worried about their safety.
They go to see Christ of the Sacred Heart. Armando wonders if Jesus would approve of his relationship. I’m not crying, YOU’RE CRYING. And Kenny says that Jesus is all about love. Kenny is so pushy. The age difference is starting to show. Armando just came out! Kenny lives in a world where homosexuality is (mostly) accepted. Armando lives in a world where is it (mostly) not accepted. Stop being a dick, Kenny.
Yazan & Brittany
Oh Lord (or Allah) here we go! It’s like day three of Brittany being in Jordan and it’s already a clusterfuck. The charming couple are off to a fancy restaurant to talk to Yazan’s uncle, Ibrahim about their situation. Oh my! Brittany greets the brother with a greeting we used in Libya. It’s the first time I have heard it on any show. Essentially during the conversation, the uncle agrees to speak to Yazan’s father and make him understand that before Brittany converts to Islam. I feel like Yazan really wants Brittany to be clear on what she is committing to by converting to Islam and marrying a Muslim. I respect him for that. And I don’t think she gets it. But they do seem to be in love.
Next week: Will Sumit take Jenny home to meet the parents? Ari and her mom got to watch Biniyam perform a dance, with his ex girlfriend! Tim faces Melyza’s parents and begs for another chance with their daughter. Deavan and Jihoon have another serious conversation.