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Season 3 | Episode 5 | “The Little Merman” | Aired Oct 21, 2015

It’s finally happened! The cast of MTV’s Are You the One? has found a perfect match on this week’s episode. It may have taken them five rounds and one blackout (they lost $250,000 after getting no matches), but they did it. Could this be the spark they need to build momentum? Only time will tell, but with the history of this cast, the outlook could be grim.

Picking up from last week’s Matchup Ceremony misstep, the Are You the One? cast is trying to laugh off their latest disappointment. Four weeks in, they’ve never cracked more than three perfect matches. Many of the players are starting to realize that they’re really bad at this game. While some are drinking the night away, a few of the fake couples are dealing with their own drama.

Kayla is upset with Connor. She doesn’t like the way he talks about their relationship, especially since they know they’re not a match. She even hits him because of her frustration. Hannah, on the other hand, is willing to give Chuck a second chance. He drifted away last week after flirting with Britni, but she has feelings for him. She’s willing to leave it in the past, just this once.

The following day at the challenge, the girls are put to the test to see how badly they really want to go on the date. In a challenge called “Anything for Love,” the girls must compete in three disgusting rounds (the top two girls left at the end get to go on the group date). Each challenge is more disgusting than the next! The girls had to dunk their hands in a bucket of squids, drink five shots of hot sauce, eat a plate of pigs’ feet, and bob for apples in fish chum. One by one, the girls are eliminated, until only Chelsey and Rashida are left standing. Chelsey, as the first winner, chooses Connor as her date and selects Nelson as Rashida’s date.

The two girls, along with their lucky dates, go to the ocean to enjoy some together time. Chelsey is positive that Connor is her match, while Nelson is too distracted with his dating drama. He still has feelings for Cheyenne, even though she’s not his match. Rashida is left to try to convince him that she could be his match.

Chelsey & Connor from Are You The One? before finding out their a perfect match.

Back at the house, the rest of the Are You the One? cast votes for one of the two couples to go into the Truth Booth. They overwhelmingly vote for Chelsey and Connor, as they’re the most likely perfect match. Chelsey and Connor head into the Truth Booth, which reveals: PERFECT MATCH! They’re the first perfect match of the season and will be whisked away for some alone time, only to return during Matchup Ceremonies.

Even with the reveal of a new love connection, the drama in the house is still affecting the fake couples. Hannah has forgiven Chuck, and they’ve decided to enjoy time in the “Boom Boom Room” to celebrate their relationship. However, it wasn’t enough for him. He and Britni continue their flirtation from last week, and they share a passionate makeout session in the backyard—right in front of Hannah! She’s done and wants nothing to do with him.

Nelson, meanwhile, is handling his problems head-on. After finding out that Cheyenne and Zak made out, his temper gets out of hand. He confronts the pair and wants the truth about the kiss. Cheyenne and Zak admit the truth and Nelson storms off, leaving some destruction in his wake. (He broke the door handle!)

At the Matchup Ceremony, it’s the women’s turn to choose. Since Chelsey and Connor are a confirmed match, the group will always start with one beam of light. However, if they fail to get any other additional lights, they will “blackout” and lose $250,000. The Ceremony continues as planned, but Cheyenne takes a moment to say what all the women are thinking. She calls out the men for their disrespectful behavior to the women and demands they all work together—otherwise, they’ll lose together. It’s a powerful moment in Are You the One? and a reality check that many of the players need.


  • CONFIRMED: Chelsey and Connor.
  • Melanie chooses Hunter.
  • Britni chooses Mike.
  • Stacey chooses Alec.
  • Kayla chooses Zak.
  • Rashida chooses Nelson.
  • Cheyenne chooses Devin.
  • Hannah chooses Austin.
  • Kiki chooses Chuck.
  • Amanda chooses Tyler.


No change with this week’s Matchup Ceremony. In fact, it may have sent them a step backwards. Chelsey and Connor are now confirmed, so the group needs to make sure they always get at least one correct pairing when the time comes for making matches. From the looks of the choices, the next half of the season is going to be a long road.


  • Now that Chelsey and Connor are a confirmed match, it means they are one of the two confirmed matches from the first ceremony. This means Britni and Hunter, Kayla and Zak, or Stacey and Alec must be the second confirmed match.

Are You the One? airs Wednesdays at 10/9C 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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