After weeks of speculation about what was to come, Seven Year Switch came to an end on Tuesday night.
And while all four couples committed to stay together and work on their relationships, there was one pair who stood apart from the pack for all the wrong reasons.
From the get go, Brad and Tallena’s relationship raised question marks. Brad had a fiery temper and an inability to express his feelings. Tallena was shut down or yelled at whenever she expressed a different opinion, which left her feeling as though she had no voice.
Before the show, the Queensland couple were engaged, but due to Brad’s spending the wedding had been postponed. Whenever they fought, Brad would take Tallena’s engagement ring away and hold it ransom until “they” were happy again.
On the rare occasions where Tallena did do things for herself, Brad would lose his temper and detail in great length how it had affected him, how it made him feel, why his irrational response was in some way her fault.
Tallena and Brad at the start of the experiment. Source: Channel 7.
And on Tuesday night's final episode, this emotionally abusive behaviour became more glaring and more unsettling than ever before.
Having been reunited the previous week, Tallena advised Brad that she wasn't yet ready to come home and decided to stay at a hotel while she collected her thoughts.
And look, that kind of news would naturally upset and disappoint anyone, I understand that. Especially if you'd been making plans to surprise someone and show them how much you love them.
But Brad's response was extreme. He hung up on Tallena's phone call. He sped off in his car. He ripped up a cheque he'd written out that was set to go towards their wedding. "What I need her to tell me is why the fuck she done it to me," he told the camera.
To me. Not to us. Not why she feels this way. Not, 'I want to understand why her uncertainty remains and what I can do to repair that.' It was "why the fuck she done it to me."
Preparing to be reunited, Tallena appeared anxious, commenting that Brad didn't ask her once how she was or what she was thinking. But the real clincher was her final comment, when she admitted, "I'm just a bit worried that I pushed him a little bit too far yesterday with wanting another night to myself."
Tallena spent much of the series in tears over Brad's tempremental behaviour. Source: Channel 7.
When Tallena did return home to join Brad and the therapists, she was given the silent treatment, before the manipulation was lay on fast and thick.
"I was destroyed," Brad told her. "Because you know how much birthdays mean to me and to you," he said through tears.