The ‘social experiment’ has hit the halfway mark. Time to celebrate with an awkward dinner party and some yelling.
Here are the highlights from tonight’s episode:
Alex and Zoe are turning out better than anyone expected.
Zoe went to visit Alex in his plumber workplace, but she wore heels. “There’s a lot of people here wearing fluro, but fluro is not really in this winter.” Classic Zoe. She watched Alex drive a bulldozer, and admitted she got turned on seeing him operate his big, huge piece of machinery (her words, I promise).
Later, Alex asked Zoe a completely unscripted question, “how many times do you think a couple should have sex in a long-term relationship?”.
Zoe: “4-5 times a week.”
Alex: “Wow. I was hovering around 2-3. Didn’t know I was married to a hornbag.”
Michael has a boys night. Roni does the ironing. They are turning out worse than anyone expected.
Michael said to his mates “You need some time apart for the heart to grow a bit fonder sometimes.” He also admitted that he is worried the spark isn’t there between himself and Roni (I can only hope Roni is not watching this at home on her couch right now).
He got home to Roni, who’d had a fun night with the ironing board and some crumpets, but didn’t really articulate the problem. He told the camera about his conundrum, “I do enjoy Roni’s company so I don’t want to hurt her feelings.” But in a deep conversation with her, he only said “I do enjoy your company”.
Speak up, Mick.
But they started so well: Roni and Michael in Week One.
The couples prepare to meet the other couples at a dinner party.
The psychologists told us four times, this is “a key part of the experiment, so the couples can compare their relationships.” Meanwhile, Alex looked forward to asking the other couples if they’d ‘done it’ yet. Stay classy, Al.
Zoe and Alex discussed how they intended to make the other couples cry, so they can be the last couple standing. I’m beginning to think they’ve mistaken this show for The Amazing Race.
Lachlan and Clare were convinced that no other couple would have hit it off like they have. Lachlan said “I hope that Clare and myself have the deepest connection, the deepest love.” Beginning to think they’ve mistaken this show for The Bachelor.
The dinner party.
It was at some big fancy house that none of them lived in. And yet, they had to bring their own food and cook it. Maybe prioritise your budget there, Channel Nine.
Lachlan and Clare touched knees. Michelle and James held hands. The psychologists frothed at their evil plan working.
The couples took it in turns to express surprise that the other couples were so intimate (except Michael and Roni). Lots of praise to the
evil geniuses matchmakers.
The shit hit the fan.
The conversation was turned (by the script) to ‘annoying habits in your partner’. Zoe accused Roni of not being honest, when Roni couldn’t find any annoying habits in Michael. Roni got so mad that she put down her cutlery.