Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars Recap by Veena
Marriage Boot Camp opens with Aviva and Reid taking a walk around the grounds. Aviva is complaining about Natalie and Heidi waking them up all night asking them to come out and play. And be real. There was a lot of tequila involved. Of course there was. They are all probably bored out of their minds. The scene cuts to the three couples sitting in the living room, and Reid explains how annoying the ladies were. Aviva and Reid school the ladies on their behavior. Natalie sums it up as “they are old and we’re not.” Jacob and Spencer don’t say much – were they also drunk and running around the house all night? Reid tells Heidi that Aviva was scared out of her mind when the ladies were banging on the door. Exaggerate much? Heidi voices over that she’s over them. And they are fake. And liars. She should know – she lives with a fake liar.
Next scene, the ladies use a chalk board to write how selfish their spouses are. Some make a very very long list. It’s all pretty petty stuff – like “you keep the house too cold.” Is there a couple in the universe that doesn’t have issues on what temperature to keep the house? Next, someone wheels in a tray of cupcakes. The ladies must feed a cupcake to their man as they vocalize how their spouses’ selfish behavior makes them feel.
Next it’s the men’s turn. Round two – it’s hot dogs. Aviva – for some reason – tries to hide the hot dog under a napkin – she gets busted – but keeps doing it. Round three are donuts. Natalie is completely irritated with Aviva’s cheating, and gets up and tries to make Aviva and Reid participate fully in the exercise by eating all the food. Aviva says it’s not fair because she eats less than Natalie – burn – and Natalie gets in her face a little. If this is the best drama they can bring, we’re in for a long episode. I’m actually not sure what the point of the food is. For some people (like me) find the thought of eating hot dogs and donuts repulsive because I try to eat healthy – but for others it would be no big deal. And is the hot dog kosher? A few more courses and they’re all feeling sick to their stomachs – and I guess that was the point. Being selfish – or giving too much – makes you sick. Okay – I’m not sure what the lesson is. I’m probably the last person in the world that should recap this show – because none of it makes that much sense to me. In all fairness, I’m not paying that much attention. I just got my cat a new toy and I’d rather watch her play with it.
Jim and Elizabeth have a two-on-two with Aviva and Reid about the dynamic in the house. Reid says that some of the group are tired and emotionally drained so they are lashing out (deflection). Aviva claims Natalie’s fist hit her face and she says that the people here are barbaric. Elizabeth explains patiently to Aviva and Reid that they should explain how those things make them feel, rather than just telling people all the wrong things they did. I learned that in a conflict resolution class, and it really does work. No one wants to hear all the things someone thinks you did wrong – but they will respond if you explain how it makes you feel. At the same time, I wish Elizabeth would tell Aviva and Reid how their not participating fully in the exercises makes HER feel.
So armed with Elizabeth’s advice, Aviva confronts Natalie – telling Natalie everything she did wrong. Natalie apologizes for almost hitting Aviva, but everyone else jumps in and tells Aviva that she’s way off base and Natalie did no such thing. Am I the only one that noticed that Aviva just completely ignored Elizabeth’s advice? Things go so well with this discussion that production has to come in and break up the fight. Deep sigh.
Three days are left in Marriage Boot Camp, so each couple is led outside blindfolded. They remove the blindfold and there are two doors in front of them, each with a decision point. Natalie’s – for instance – are “Jacob’s Girl” versus “Bad Girl.” She chooses Jacob’s girl. It leads to a path. The other door led to a dead end. On the other end, Jacob is faced with a similar choice, and he chooses Natalie the way she is. It also leads to the path and they hug it out, glad that neither ended up at the dead end.
Speidi are up next. Spencer’s choice is either Heidi or No Children. Heidi’s choice is Spencer or Children. They both choose each other, but Elizabeth tells us that Heidi won’t be fulfilled unless they have children. Why didn’t they make Spencer choose Heidi and Children??? Anyway – no dead ends for this couple as well.
Syleena chooses the right path, but Kiwane doesn’t. He has to jump in a nasty pond. I guess he can’t swim, because he’s wearing a life jacket. Syleena jumps in with him because she doesn’t want him to be alone. Awww.
Aviva and Reid. Aviva’s choices: Heart or Brain. Brain is the path they are on now. Heart means opening up. Reid’s choices: 1st in someone’s life; 2nd in Aviva’s life. Aviva’s choice is easy – they are telling her which one to pick. Reid picks 2nd in Aviva’s life – how is that the best choice? He really got the short end of the stick on his choices.
Rachel – Married or Tyson. Tyson – Rachel (relationship as is) or Married. Rachel chooses Married. Tyson chooses as is. He ends up on the dead end path and she’s devastated. He tries to tell her that by jumping in the pond he’ll be on the right path – and for the first time she doesn’t buy his bullshit. Run Rachel run. She doesn’t jump in with him, and she tells him she’s totally disappointed. He tries again to talk his way out of it. Run Rachel run. Tyson really really really doesn’t get it. Inside, he tells her that he wants her to be maximum happy, even if it’s not with him. Actually, I think she’s the one that doesn’t get it. He doesn’t want to marry her. My guess is he’ll be married with a year of the time they break up.
Show’s over and there is another episode next week. Please let it be the last episode. Please.