I almost did this MAFS recap at three in the morning but ran out of steam. Especially since it is a two hour show. Let’s see how these couples are doing once the mandated lockdown is over. The were locked down for six weeks on top of the scheduled eight weeks. This has of course never happened before and being quarantined alone together has taken it’s toll on all of the couples. Brett finally had enough of Olivia and took his stuff and went back to his house. I can’t say as I blame him. He didn’t sign up for all of this. With only two weeks before the new decision day, the couple go to a retreat to check in with each other.
Olivia & Brett
At the end of last weeks episode we saw Brett take his stuff and leave. It looked like he just took a couple of dufflebags. But, Olivia is on the phone with someone complaining he took most of the food. Before he left he made it very clear he does not want to be married to Olivia. Amani comes over to help Olivia pack. She has decided to go home too. I guess these two won’t be going on the retreat. It was sweet of Amani to film with her though. I think Olivia will find her match. It’s just not Brett.
Christina & Henry
Henry is another groom who has definitely had enough of his bride, Christina. And yet, he says he is not ready to give up. It seems that Christina is the one who has lost all hope. Woody comes over to talk to Henry. Apparently, about three weeks prior, Christina accused Henry of being gay after one of her male friends called her to tell her he was sleeping with Henry. Henry denies this. Because of things that make me think Henry is on the spectrum, my gaydar isn’t working with him. Henry says that Christina’s feelings are hurt because he called her dishonest (and she looks like a bitch to production) so she is trying to make him look like the bad guy.
Since Christina made the accusations, Christina hasn’t been at the apartment much at all. Henry said that his feelings about Christina’s dishonesty all came to a head with the gay accusations. These two pack for the retreat without speaking. Christina admits that Henry is not gay and that she threw the accusation toward him out of anger. But then she says he just sees her as this lying person. Because she LIES! She seems clueless about how awful and self-centered she is. She is trying to backtrack her behavior and spin it. Henry says she was unable to produce the text from his alleged lover
Karen & Miles
Poor Miles is still hoping for some progression in his marriage, especially when it comes to intimacy. Karen says she is “too exhausted” in quarantine to give Miles the attention he needs. What in the world is she doing to tire herself out so? Karen is not really excited about the couples retreat. She is preoccupied with more important things like the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement. On the other hand unplugging from the world at the cabins might be a healthy break for her.
Amelia & Bennett
Amelia and Bennett are falling more and more in love every day while in quarantine. This is the best match ever in the history of MAFS. Bennett says he wants to split his time between Richmond and NOLA. I think when he gets to Richmond, he might like it more than expects. You must watch this episode all the way to the end for Bennett, lullaby to Amelia.
Amani & Woody
Amani had finally told Woody she loves him. She tells us she could not have asked for a better partner. These two are a perfect match. But, when they get to the cabins Amani shares with us that she is nervous about commitment day and not 100% sure she will say yes. Ut, Oh
The couples start with a round of shots. It seems that Woody and Miles took charge of the kitchen. Karen made some sort of fantastic dish. Christina wastes no time demeaning Henry to the group. He gracefully compliments the chefs. She dismisses him by saying, “he’s a lean pocket person.” Has she ever sad a kind word to this man? Then they move on to Brett and Olivia. People says supportive things and then Once again, Christina’s contribution was that she knew that Brett was here for the wrong reasons from the beginning and that he was an asshole. That might of been true, but Olivia was no angel. Then Christina cries because she wanted Olivia there.
Woody’s reaction to Christina’s me me me me comments was priceless. He tells us she needs to worry about her problems. Bennett randomly throws out that he and Amelia have sex. Everyone laughs. Miles brings up that he has been struggling with all of the illegal and unwarranted killings of black men. It’s been weighing on him a lot. Miles sad he really didn’t want to come. He doesn’t want to feel like he has to be on and engage with others when clearly his heart is hurting. I just want to give Miles a hug. Shut the fuck up Christina. Henry smirks at her declaration that she is so happy to be there. Because, lies.
The Next Day
The food this crew is making is in sane. Breakfast was pancakes and waffles and bacon and eggs and just a ton of food. I need to hang out with these people! Amelia and Bennett are still in their cabin where Bennett is trying to show off is dance moves with “the worm.” It’s hysterical and it also gives the others time to talk about them. Most people are happy that they are so in love and being intimate. But Christina says she could never relocate for her husband unless it was a job. A job for HER of course. The look on Amani’s face says it all.
Then Amani tries to get Henry to open up and seems pissed that he doesn’t want to. He basically says it has been rough but he is committed to seeing the experiment through. Then they ask Christina for her thoughts. She says some crap and then says she is hopeful the retreat will help her relationship. Woody calls her out on that. You know that Woody filled Amani in on the gay text rumor the minute he got home.
Karen and Miles go off to play ladder golf. Both of these two are extremely competitive and things like this don’t always end well for them. Once again, Karen smokes him. They discuss decision day. Miles asks her what she needs. She says more open and sincere conversations. These two seem like they could go either way. Karen still gives him ZERO physical affection. And for that reason I see her asking for a divorce. Miles talks toe Woody at the retreat about the total lack of intimacy. Miles has lost twenty pounds trying to work out his sexual tension. Miles is so cute. He says he doesn’t see sex happening before decision day and that will make his choice difficult.
Amani and Woody play dominos for sexual favors. Woody talks about how he feels about their relationship compared to others. He says they worked through a lot of things the other couples have not. Amani says she got lucky being matched with Woody. Woody asks if anything could change her mind on decision day. She said if she lost her trust in him. He says if she goes back to not being sure that would do it for him. He said something about communication and “him not getting it.” She didn’t care for that answer.
Amelia is a KILLER basketball player and beats the pants of Bennett at horse.
Letters To Their Former Selves
Amelia shares a sweet letter to her former self giving her a bit of life advice and ending with advising her to say yes to Married At First Sight. Then, Bennett reads his letter and it is all about a first edition pokeman card he had as a kid that is now extremely valuable. His advice to his younger self was not to let the friend borrow the card. Amelia is disappointed that the letter wasn’t about their romance at all.
Christina’s letter was very Christina. She cried about people being mean to her in anger and told her to be careful who she invests her time in. Wah, wah. Henry’s letter was about setting reasonable expectations, living in the moment, and trusting his intuition. Ha! Christina said Henry’s letter was very Henry. Later, Christina talks to the girls and Henry talks to the guys. Christina seems to be lying to the girls and tells them she is at a “better place” with Henry. Henry tells the guys that Christina is dishonest and he just wants to enjoy the retreat.
It’s the last night in the house and they are playing “stranger spouse.” It’s sort of like The Newlywed Game where each couple gets the chance to ask the other four couples a question. The spouse write their answers on a board to see if they really know each other. Woody is sure they will win. Miles and Karen won. But oddly, Christina and Henry did very well too. Amelia and Bennett came in last and this seemed to bother Bennett a little bit.