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'Married at First Sight' recap: The wedding night and honeymoon

Season 1 | Episodes 2 & 3 | “The Weddings” & “The Honeymoons” | Aired July 15 & 22, 2014

This is the social experiment that involves major life changes. Six people get coupled up and walk down the aisle. What’s the catch? They’ve never met, their friends haven’t met, they don’t know each other’s names and they won’t until they are saying “I do.” Last week, the three couples finished saying their vows, started having anxiety attacks and began to enjoy their new lives. But not everyone was thrilled with the person the panel of experts picked for them. Would someone refuse to go on the honeymoon and file for divorce before their breakfast even arrives?

Vaughan/Monet: Despite Vaughan being three years her junior, Monet warms up to her new husband and family, and they have a good banter in their honeymoon suite. What they don’t have is a conversation about the future and boundaries, although Monet makes it known nothing will happen anytime soon when she says he can sleep in the bathtub. It’s a surprise the next morning to find out they consummated the marriage.

They are headed to Puerto Rico for their honeymoon, and Vaughan has a list of places he wants to take Monet when they get there, but she doesn’t seem thrilled. She winds up enjoying activity No. 1: paddleboarding. Although she loves it, she realizes it’s not a great way to get to know each other. Vaughan starts to think the same thing, wondering if the sexual chemistry is enough in order for them to get to know each other on all levels. On a public bench, they argue about their emotional connection. Vaughan feels like Monet shuts him out, but Monet doesn’t agree at all. They reconnect during their final night with some drinks and time in the hot tub.

Jason/Cortney: These two define the title of the show. Both were glowing as soon as the door opened, and Cortney walked down the aisle to meet Jason. They definitely had some kind of love or lust at first sight, and their wedding reception was as if they had been dating since the sandbox. Let’s not forget that he’s a wrestler with tights, and she’s a burlesque dancer. Like two giddy newlyweds, they jumped on their bed and promised to be there for each other—sealed with a pinky swear. It’s surprising to find out they didn’t get intimate on their wedding night, and Cortney isn’t thrilled to find out they are going to the Poconos on a quick honeymoon. Once it clicks in her head that Jason takes care of his mom, I don’t think she has an issue wearing Uggs and a cute jacket. Since Cortney has a soft spot for firefighters and paramedics because they’re in her family, she understands and listens when he speaks about his job. The two of them relax in a Jacuzzi with rose petals and make s’mores by the fireplace while they get to know each other better. Cortney’s activity for the two is to go horseback riding, which Jason goes along with, despite his fears. In their next video, we find out they consummated their marriage. They discuss what life will be like when they get back.

Doug/Jamie: While Jamie said she didn’t care so much about looks, she spends the entire wedding day and celebration crying and whining about how she isn’t attracted to Doug, making it uncomfortable for everyone. They are possibly the most perfectly matched couple, and Jamie needs a solid, stable family—and husband—standing by her. He prepared a scrapbook of all of his extended family and important events of his life. She sets some obvious “move away from me” boundaries and keeps pushing him away all night. To make things worse, she has no idea what her new last name is in the morning. Good thing they’re off to St. Thomas for their honeymoon, where Doug can possibly trade her in for a woman who will at least hold his hand. She hates being called “wife,” says she expected a model, and gets upset when he puts a pair of his shorts in her suitcase. Doug just wants her to like him at this point, and it’s not really working: “I wouldn’t even let him touch me.” Great wife … er, married partner of the female species. To make Jamie feel better, the word “honeymoon” has been changed to  “vacation.” Since they planned a lot of activities and Doug respects her space, they naturally come together as each moment passes. Jamie even admits that she’s used to him touching her and being with him. Most important, she finally realizes how much they have in common (the reason they were matched). It takes a week, but they finally kiss and Jamie is happy to be Doug’s wife. Jamie tells the camera she finally likes Doug, but she’s gonna keep it a secret. After Doug brushes his teeth and does a happy dance in the bathroom, they kiss passionately, leading viewers to assume the marriage is consummated. But who knows with Jamie?

Next week is moving day. Monet has her own place, but gives it up to move in to Vaughan’s. Courtney was sharing a studio apartment and will now move in with Jason and his mom. Jamie will move in with Doug and his parents, which happened when he lost his job—but he’s almost ready to move out since he started a new job.

Married at First Sight, rated TV-14, airs Tuesdays at 9 ET/10 PT on FYI.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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