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Season 4 | Episode 1 | “Perfect Match at First Sight” | Aired Jun 13, 2016

MTV’s most ambitious dating show is back for another season! Fill your red Solo cups, bring out your inner–Sherlock Holmes, and get ready for 10 rounds of hearing the word “match” like it’s no one’s business: Are You the One? is here. Over the course of three seasons, these 20–21 singles have sought out their perfect matches (since they’re terrible at love), and with a sweet cash prize at the end, finding their soulmate is all too stressful. But after three winning seasons, will the current singles be as successful?

After a quick tease of events to come, Ryan Devlin, the cheeky Are You the One? host, welcomes the cast to their new pursuit of finding love. Joining this year’s group: Camille, a girl who went on a date with someone who went to jail; Mikala, who is tired of guys who only hook up; and Morgan, the self-professed “9” on the hot scale (insert your eye-rolls here).

The matchmakers have put these singles through rounds of dating and personality tests, including speaking with family, friends, and exes. Victoria casually admits that many of her exes would call her crazy (the red flags are strong with this one). The group only has 10 chances to find their perfect match, and if they do, they’ll split a million dollars. If even one person is wrong, they get nothing.

Ryan asks the singles if they believe in love at first sight. Kaylen likes Stephen; Tyler is attracted to Alyssa; and Tori likes her tall, dark, and handsome guy (Prosper). Ryan pulls these three couples together and says that he’s changing things up for the first night: These pairs will be the first to go on the Getaway Date, but the group must vote one of them into the Truth Booth, the only way to accurately confirm if someone is a perfect match.

If they successfully confirm a “Love at First Sight” couple in the first round, the prize will go up by $250,000. The singles head into the house to get to know each other and size up their potential matches.

Prosper takes advantage of the time to get to know Tori. Stephen, on the other hand, plans to get know everyone else first instead of Kaylen, so that he can determine later if he’s her match. Camille disagrees with the lack of communication and pushes for the First Sight couples to get to know each other before the Truth Booth vote.

Julia catches John’s eye, and the two spark an instant romance over their Louisiana roots. Asaf, meanwhile, is rubbing her the wrong way. She states that she finds him obnoxious, and in turn, he calls her a fatass. It’s well beyond disrespectful, and she’s not taking lightly. He apologizes, blaming his lack of English, but she’s having none of it, going so far as to leave the room instead of slapping him.

John Emma ATYO Season 4 Episode 1

Later that night, sparks fly between the singles. Julia’s also attracted to Morgan, while John is opening up to Emma, admitting that he likes her too. Kaylen and Giovanni connect over their passion for life — he has plenty of it, as he sleeps with 90 percent of first dates.

Nicole and Tyler are getting close. She says that she wants to be put first; she confesses she finds him adorable and they share a kiss. Emma, on the other hand, is in low spirits over John. She doesn’t like seeing him show affection to Julia since she likes him, too.

The following day, the three couples go on their whale-watching date. Things fizzle between Alyssa and Tyler, while Tori and Prosper connect over their love of music. While they enjoy the whales, the rest of the singles vote for one couple to head into the Truth Booth. They decide to send Tori and Prosper, and it’s revealed: NO MATCH! The budding lovers aren’t a match, which means the group loses the extra prize money.

The Truth Booth is a wake-up call for the singles. John wants to stop the brewing love triangle and confirms that he likes Julia more than Emma. Emma doesn’t want to feel like an idiot and go for John, but she wants to play smart and follow her gut.

Francesca ATYO Season 4 Episode 1

Later at the Matchup Ceremony, the singles will pair up to figure out their perfect matches. If they guess all 10 correctly, they win the game. But the “Blackout Rule” has returned: If the group fails to get a single match during the ceremony, they lose $250,000 from the prize.

The girls choose first, and there are a few surprises. Nicole doesn’t pick Tyler, after it’s revealed that he asked Francesca to the “Boom Boom Room” last night. Also surprising is the backlash Emma gets for choosing John — both Julia and John call her out for going with her feelings instead of what John wants. She’s understandably blindsided and hurt by the guy she likes.


  • Kaylen chooses Gio
  • Victoria chooses Cam
  • Francesca chooses Asaf
  • Emma chooses John
  • Camille chooses Prosper
  • Alyssa chooses Sam
  • Mikala chooses Cameron
  • Julia chooses Morgan
  • Nicole chooses Stephen
  • Tori chooses Tyler


It’s a good start for the AYTO singles. They’re ALREADY doing much better than last season’s group. But it’s still only the first week, and based on the teasers at the beginning of the show, there could be trouble in their pursuit of money. I mean … love AND money.


  • There’s a strong possibility Kaylen isn’t Gio’s match. She’s still in the game by Day 31 and if they like each other, why haven’t they been in the Truth Booth yet?
  • In the love triangle of Julia/John/Emma, could the events of Day 12 mean Emma and John matched in the Truth Booth?

Are You the One? airs Mondays 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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