The first episode of Married At First Sight had 1.5 million viewers, with an additional 400,000 watching the encore.
Due to various questions about the ethics of two people committing to each other at first sight (Note: It’s not an actual ‘marriage’ at first sight, due to Australian marriage laws – it’s a commitment ceremony), I was determined to dislike it.
But dammit, it has sucked me in with the second episode.
It’s okay though, because three of Australia’s leading relationship experts set these couples up from a mix of science, psychology and a touch-screen computer. It’s not some crappy reality television program. IT’S SCIENCE.
Missed last week? The 6 most awkward moments from Married at First Sight.
Here’s the top five moments from tonight’s fake marriages.
1. The mornings after the first two weddings.
Two couples were ‘married’ last week. Clare, 37, and Lachlan, 36, were off to an awkward start. But it looks like things got wedding-night dirty. The two contradicted each other to the camera, eventually sort of admitting to some rumpy-pumpy.
“I can’t remember what happened last night. We were… so tired…” said Clare, while Lachlan mumbled “A gentleman never talks”. (Probably meant ‘never tells’, because gentlemen are, in fact, allowed to talk).
Clare: “We had a glass of wine (cut to shot of SMASHED WINE GLASS next to the bed… Channel Nine obvi wants us to believe that they got up to some weird earthquake-y, high-pitched sex that smashed all the surrounding glass), some conversation, and we were so tired, we just sort of… passed out….
Lachlan: “We slept together.” BOOM. Sex bomb. It is unclear whether he meant literally slept next to each other, but Clare’s reaction “Shhhh! Don’t tell them that!” was the kind of telling reaction that producers froth over.
So yep… probably had sex. Voyeuristic high-five.
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The other newlyweds Roni and Michael definitely didn’t do it, according to Michael. “We did not do as the tradition would suggest… we decided to go our separate ways last night and have our own room, and wait ’til we got to know each other before we worried about sharing a bed.” Cute giggles. Quick eye contact. Awkward sips of coffee.
So… did not have sex. Do seem to like each other.
2. Meeting the new couples.
Zoe, 25, is a digital marketing executive who was adopted as a five-year-old with her twin brother from an Ehtiopian orphanage. As far as reality TV back-stories go, she wins. “I’ve never believed that a man will complete me, I’ve always believed that a man will complement me.” Looks like a mini-Beyonce.