I finally have a minute to pound out a MAFS Houston Recap. I am dying to see what happens with Bao and Johnny this episode. But, we start with Johnny and Ryan shooting some pool and talking about their relationships. It is only a couple of weeks or so until decision day and I don’t see many couples her are ready to stay together. This season may have the worst matches ever. Johnny seems to think things are good with Bao. She’s “making an effort.” Dude, she’s been making an effort all season and you constantly shut her down and degrade her. Ryan still isn’t feeling it with Brett. HA! Johnny thinks that Ryan is being very negative in his marriage. That, boys and girls is called projection.
Bao & Johnny
We see these two getting ready for bed. Apparently, they didn’t spend any time together during the day. Johnny says that he chatted with Ryan and Ryan is in even a worse place than he is. Well that is a charming way to start a conversation. Johnny says trust, communication and a solid friendship are all important things their relationship lacks. Then he goes on to say that any physical intimacy they have is just him “going through the motions.” He’s such a dick. When she says that they need to decide how to move forward together because there are two people in the marriage. He has another tantrum and storms off saying “we don’t have to do this.” At some point Bao just needs to throw in the towel.
But first they get some counseling. Johnny tells Dr. Pepper that when he is with Bao he is someone that he doesn’t want to be. Their arguments are not constructive. She says he needs to find better ways to communicate. He goes over his three things the relationship lacks. Dr. Pepper basically tells Johnny not to be so mean to Bao. Bao talks to Pastor Cal. She feels checked out. Johnny is mean and she feels underappreciated. She thinks that Johnny is already out the door. Bao cries. Pastor Cal says try just keeping things light for a bit. I think she really needs to bail. Johnny is not husband material.
They are both sad after counseling. Johnny apologizes for all the mean things he has said. Johnny seems agitated when Bao suggests that he needs to see things from her side. She asks him if he is fully in on trying to make things worse and stop running when things get hard. He doesn’t think he does that. Johnny can’t stop himself from being a dick. He tells Bao that the reason they didn’t dater 15 years ago was that he wasn’t attracted to her.
Myrla & Gil
All of the couples are going to individual therapy with either Pastor Cal or Dr. Pepper. Gil meets with Pastor Cal. These two are doing shockingly well. When pried for issues, Gil says that Myrla can be very negative and have tantrums. Myrla goes to meet with Dr. Pepper. However, on the way there she apparently stopped for 25 cent martinis. She’s wasted. Dr. Pepper knows immediately. She calls Myrla out for her negativity and constant criticism. Myrla thinks that is just her being honest. Myrla seems to really be in love with Gil. She gets really emotional because she is so happy. And, you know, drunk.
After therapy, these two chat about their sessions. Gil asks Myrla why she is such a Debbie Downer at times. And how he can change her mood. She says he already does that. He asks her to be more affectionate when she is in one of her moods. That showing affection, like a hug, could bring her out of it.
Michaela & Zack
Michaela goes to talk with Pastor Cal. This couple is actually making some positive progress after a whole lot of left turns. She says they only have one good week under their belts. Michaela wonders what Zack’s picture of a happy marriage is exactly. Michaela says she wants Zach to be happy. Yet, she doesn’t feel the need to contribute to his happiness. Pastor Cal isn’t sure how much Michaela wants the marriage to work. Basically, the question is, “Is Michaela putting in the work.” Dr. Pepper talks to Zack to see where he is at. Zach isn’t sure if their relationship is meant to be, or if they are just going along with the situation. Dr. Pepper says he has been given an opportunity. Also, he needs to make Michaela more secure. Zach cries. He always wants things to be perfect and he projects that on to Michaela.
Zach tells Michaela about his crying and calls it a break though. He has learned that he can’t bring his need for perfection into the relationship. She asks him what the perfect marriage looked like to him. Zach says basically that he envisions his wife and they are listening to music and making breakfast for their kids. Michaela talks about the partnership of a marriage and reaching goals together. Michaela says she still has her guard up. She is not sure he really wants a long term future. Zach’s response was rather vague.
Brett & Ryan
Brett meets with Pastor Cal. This is another one who just needs to bail on the marriage. Ryan is just not even trying to make a connection. Pastor Cal tells Brett to ask Ryan when he gave up on the marriage, and what he was expecting in the marriage. He seems to think there is a chance. But there is not. Dr. Pepper says that Ryan needs to actually try to get to know Brett. She’s right. But, I don’t see that happening. Ryan and Brett chat after counseling. Ryan says that he needs to be more open. Brett struggles to ask the questions that Pastor Cal suggested. She doesn’t want to know the answers. They are just uncomfortable talking to each other.
At the very end of the show, Brett talks to Ryan’s sister (?) who tells her that because they honeymoon went so well, she feels like there may be someone in Houston that Ryan has lingering feelings for.
Racheal & Jose
We really haven’t gotten much from these two this episode. Instead, we are straight to the counseling sessions. Dr. Pepper meets with Jose. Jose says everything is great and he could not be happier. Jose says he is struggling to find the boundary between being a husband and the provider without being seen as controlling. Dr. Pepper points out that Jose is controlling. Jose thinks that Racheal runs when things don’t go her way. No, she stands her ground when you lock her out of the house and mistreat her. She’s not going to tolerate that. Racheal says she doesn’t know if she is meeting Jose’s needs. And things like the lockout can never happen again.
Racheal wants to talk to Jose about his triggers. But first, Jose feels like when things get tough, Racheal leaves. They seem to have a lot of stuff they just don’t address because they both really want to be married. But all of that unaddressed emotion is going to eventually explode.
But Wait! There’s More!
Later, everyone goes to play volleyball together. Bao does not go to the volleyball game with Johnny. Then, she shows up on her own in a cheerleaders outfit with pom poms. Johnny hugs her. Which I think is weird and so does Bao. Bao talks to the girls about how mean Johnny is. Johnny whines to the guys about Bao.
After the game, Zack and Michaela get into a huge fight because they talked about decision day and as of now they are both wanting to divorce. So Michaela wants to sleep in separate beds. Zack is pissed about that. If she isn’t going to sleep in the bed with him, he just wants to go home. Weren’t these two fine after counseling? The next day Zack talks to his brothers about the fight. Apparently, Michaela moved out the next day. He’s irritated that she took all the seasoning. Really? That’s your concern? It looks like on next week’s episode, the couples trip, the two are back together. But, Michaela tries to literally kill him.