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'Are You the One?' season 2 finale: How to get away with match-up drama

Season 2 | Episode 10 | “One Switch, One Glitch” | Aired Dec 8, 2014

Are You the One? investigators, we’ve done it. We’ve reached the end in triumph, correctly predicting the final outcome. Oh yeah, and the contestants found all the perfect matches to win $1 million.

Bouncing off their best Match-up Ceremony yet, the contestants returns to the house with new confidence. Still conflicted over Layton and Dario, Ashley vents her frustration to Brandon. Assured of who she wants to be her match (Dario, despite his misstatements in the last ceremony), she feels uneasy with the valid possibility that Layton could be her match.

Tyler makes the argument that Christina should be excluded from the last Match-up Ceremony to rid of the uncertain variable she presents. Everyone in the house agrees, including Christina, who still benefits from a share at the money if 10 lights shine that night. That is, everyone but Layton.

Throughout the season, Layton has been playing his own game, campaigning for whatever Layton wants. So much attention has been placed on the Eleventh Girl Conundrum and Brandon B.S.-o-meter that the true villain of the season has slipped under the radar. Layton and Christina share a one-on-one talk in the hot tub, spinning their strategies towards one another. Layton has a plan brewing, one that would assert his control on the other contestants and the game.

Ryan Devlin introduces the last Getaway Challenge, “Holy S— You Guys Have to Build Makeshift Rafts. ” He sounds extra-excited about this challenge. It could be because it has the best title over, or because it’s the last challenge. Despite 10 weeks in tropical paradise, Ryan Devlin more often than not rocks jeans, not shorts, and hasn’t tanned at all. Like most of us, he has fully sated his AYTO fix and looks forward to the long recuperation period.

Failing to keep hold of his throne as King of the Getaway Challenges, Brandon doesn’t do so well with the raft. This is despite reading the instructions, possibly the most attractive act he’s performed all season. Dario and Ashley, Layton and Tyler, and Anthony and Alex win slots on the Getaway Date, an exclusive tour of the Arecibo Observatory. Everyone seems to have a good time at the date, even Alex, who is no fan of heights. Still, I’m a bit disappointed no one pretended to be James Bond in GoldenEye, Jodie Foster in Contact, or kick-ass alien ambassador/secret agent Jodie Bond.

Dario and Ashley are voted into the final Truth Booth session to settle the Dario-Ashley-Layton triangle. The 80/20 odds evolve into 100 percent certainty that Ashley and Dario are a perfect match! Layton was wrong again, but that’s okay. He has that Wild Card still up his sleeve. With Dario and Christina not a match, Christina secures a spot in the final Match-up Ceremony, thereby linking her fate to that of the entire group. The Eleventh Girl Conundrum hasn’t been solved, necessarily, but it becomes a moot issue. That is, if she doesn’t partake in the ceremony. Hm.

The usual suspects choose one another in the final Match-up Ceremony. Having “kicked it” earlier in the week, Anthony and Alex believe they could be a perfect match. Nathan and Ellie, on the other hand, are on rockier ground. For the past couple of weeks, Ellie has determined Nathan to be her match. Nathan agrees, but he adamantly states he doesn’t want to pursue a romance. She’s not his “type.” Nathan and Ellie’s problem is the same: They both fixate on others, only to be disappointed with the alternatives, a.k.a. reality. Ellie offers herself a chance with Nathan, but as soon as he rebuffs her, she goes right back to obsessing over Anthony. Oh well, not all “true love” has a happy ending.

The last to choose her perfect match, Eleventh Girl Christina picks Layton, also chosen by Tyler. Red Flag: If Christina was confident that she was to stay out of the Match-up Ceremony, then why does she choose Layton as her perfect match? Why not choose someone she knows for a fact won’t choose her over his other potential perfect match? In a twist that surprises absolutely everyone, but on second thought shouldn’t have surprised a soul, Layton chooses the Eleventh Girl as his perfect match over Tyler, thereby asserting his dominance in making the most significant move of the game.

Choosing between women has always been an icky feature of the second season, but in this high-stakes final decision, the optics are especially problematic. A white man would rather risk his friends’ and his own chances at $1 million to pick a white woman over black woman? Really? The best reason Layton has in explaining his risky decision is his own megalomania, and the confidence that it’ll make for good television. The worst reason gets to murky racial issues that are nevertheless evident on Are You the One? (remember Dillon’s initial resistance to Coleysia as his perfect match in season 1?) and other romance reality series (hi, The Bachelor and The Bachelorette!).

Whatever the reason, his final choice turns out to be winning one, unlike his opinions on Jenni, Jessica, and Ashley. The contestants have found their perfect matches, and most important, win $1 million! To split between 21 people, not counting taxes. Oh. It sounds so much better when Ryan Devlin says it.

Match-up Ceremony

Excluded: Tyler

Assorted Comments

  • The biggest takeaway from AYTO season 2 for me isn’t actually from this season, but from other MTV news. It’s official: Are You the One? has become a feeder series for reality juggernaut The Challenge. This series isn’t just above love and money. Shocker, I know. It can also lead to a potentially lucrative MTV reality-star career. That means fan favorite Ellie has a shot of joining the upper echelons of MTV reality vets! And yes, I guess that means Layton too.
  • Three sheets of spreadsheets and countless scraps of paper later, I managed to eke out a correct prediction before the contestants, but not before some of the commenters. Share your early predictions, methods, and experiences on sussing out the truth from this especially troublesome AYTO mystery. Did the Eleventh Girl Conundrum throw a wrench into your prediction planning as much as it did mine?
  • The puzzle has been solved, but the drama continues in the Are You the One? reunion episode next week. All the juicy goodness with none of the brain teasers? Sounds like the perfect TV holiday treat. Prediction: No one is together. Love is dead. If Curtis and Briana aren’t together anymore, then how can love survive?!

Are You the One?, rated TV-14, airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on MTV.

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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