What in the hell is going on with our friend David? I know what I said. I wasn't getting involved—but like, where is the joke? Where's Ashton, because I’m convinced we’re all being punk’d, You mean to tell me that MELIKA of all people, makes it down to the final 3, at which point she, not only tells you that she doesn’t want to move in with you, but also reveals that she’s not in love with you and that she’s done.
David, I hate to say I told you so. Like, actually hate it. But...
Now— I’m not messy, but I know we’re all wondering who David was going to really break up with, since Melika eliminated herself. My guess? It would have unfortunately been Tara because she doesn’t give David enough of a “chase” that he’s used to putting up with. He asks both Tara and Isabella to be his Trial Wife and they look really excited. Hint: Don’t ever watch these tapes, ladies… y’all might end up mad.
Vanessa knocks on Shannon’s door, and they sit on the couch to have a conversation about their experiences and their future. At this point, I’m making a snack because I just know that he’s going home. When she asks him to be her second Trial Husband, y’all should have seen my face. It’s not that that I wanted him to go per se, but Shannon and his jokes were starting to irritate even me, and I'm not even dating him.
Vanessa: I’d like to invite you to live with me for a week.
I guess that last minute post- Thailand effort to get back into her good graces, worked. Plus, as corny and annoying as Shannon can be sometimes, it does seem like he really cares for her.
So then it hits me. Time out... If Shannon and Dre are staying, that means *gasp*
Oh no…. Myles is going home. We see Vanessa walk up to his door—he opens it and welcomes her in with open arms, a hug and his cheesy smile as usual. When Vanessa sits him down and says that she thinks they should go their separate ways, the look on his face was heartbreaking.
Myles: Really? That’s how you feel?
Even though Myles’s family was… different, I thought he loved Vanessa with his whole heart, wanted to commit to her and make her happy. But since Vanessa has to do what’s best for her, she was convinced that their lifestyles wouldn’t match up, what with Myles selling (legal/medicinal) drugs, motorcycling/backpacking around wildernesses, and eating berries and living off the land. You can’t do that with a toddler. We can’t be mad at her. Myles said he’d be willing to compromise, but Vanessa’s mind is made up. They hug and part ways.
The datersre set up “neutral” houses with their respective Trial Partners, Dre and Isabella, who are up first. They pack up their things and meet each other at their new place of residence.
Oh, these houses are cute too! Y’all did good, Lifetime! The first night, Isabella whips up a huge plate of pasta and meat sauce for her and David. They talk about their experiences with living with a significant other, as Isabella has never done it before, and she admits that she hates sharing bathroom space with men. (I can imagine that it’s gross.) She loves the fact that this new house has two bathrooms that they each can use one if need be. After dinner, when they wash up the pots and plates, Isabella brings up her ex-boyfriend… yet again and talks about how good of a team they were. Girl, it’s starting to sound like you just want that old thing back.
Vanessa and Dre and their pets meet each other on the steps of their new house, and Dre’s cat is just disrespectful. Nola, is all like “hey, girl” and Piccolo (Bigalow??) was not having any of it. Just hissing and being rude. The first night in their place, they cook a chicken dish together, over glasses of wine and it’s really cute. As they eat though, Dre starts making this noise with his mouth.
At first I though... t it’s something that happens, you know—after the first couple of bites, and then he’d stop. Sometimes when the food is good, there’s a little extra emphasis. But the lip smacking continues.
Vanessa & Me & Us:
Cuz girl. No. He eats like my 5-year-old nephew. There’s just food flying out his mouth, left and right and the smacking. Fix it, Jesus.
Rachel the expert, meets with both couples after night 1 in the house and discuss what they need to do to grow, and potentially become spouses. Rachel reminds them to “look for the good, and you’ll find it” and that they should focus on self-awareness and empathy. Ok, Rach! Dropping gems! She gave Dre and Vanessa and intimacy game to play (which by the way gets hot and heavy, real quick) and tasked Isabella and Dave to throw a dinner party to integrate the different groups of friends.
Over dinner that night, David and Isabella start talking about their experience so far, and how, from their perspective—it is to live with another person. Isabella brings up the fact that when she woke up, her loofah was on the shower floor. David said he didn’t realize that it had fell on the floor, because he was getting ready to go to work. Isabella then responded, that if it was his loofah that dropped, she would have picked it up. They go back and forth; I’m watching this interaction like:
Obviously there’s something deeper going on here, and it’s hiding behind the damn loofah.
At Dre and Vanessa’s, Dre brings Vanessa breakfast in bed, which melted my heart—because if there's two things that I love more than anything, it’s food and laying around. Now, throw in some comfy clothes, and reruns of Law & Order? I am in heaven—but I digress. Dre’s lip smacking while eating continued, and both me and Vanessa wanted to rip our hair out, I’m sure. Dre makes a comment about Nola being a diva and needy, which Vanessa does not like, and was a sore spot in her last relationship. Watch it, Dre. That’s her baby.
Back over at David and Isabella’s, the dinner party is underway, but the loofah incident is still looming. Isabella looks gorgeous as she’s’ prepping whatever she’s cooking in the pot, but you can tell that she seems kind of over it. They’re standing around sipping wine, and giving each other death stares and cold shoulders in front of company. Poor Dave is trying to break the ice, and after a series of unsuccessful attempts, I feel like Isabella is finally like:
She walks off, the party ends rather awkwardly, and she leaves him in the house to clean. After waking up in separate beds the next morning, David decides to reach out to Rachel for help. Isabella attempts to talk to David and ignores her, so she makes her way out to leave, at which point he runs after her to talk. Getting her back inside the house, Rachel shows up to council the couple on the issues they’re having and how communication is an essential part if they’re going to be successful in it. On the final night, they talk over dinner, apologies were exchanged and David gave her a massage. Things seem to have blown over, and they’re back on the same page again but I’m not sure if this will be the determining factor for their relationship. Only time will tell.
Meanwhile, Dre and Vanessa seem to be having big fun. They play a couple of more intimacy games, and it’s very clear that there is a strong connection.
I’m already coming up with hashtags for their wedding. #FindingForbes #ForeverForbes. Vanessa Nelson-Forbes. (She seems like the type that would want a hyphen) Yes, sis! They seem really compatible and extremely into one another. Vanessa had set up a tent on the living room floor, and they slow danced and kissed as well. The next day, Andre put on a whole puppet show for Vanessa, which looked like took time. Homeboy spent hours in Michaels Craft Store for that set up—had to. Nola the pup seemed rather unimpressed, but I think Vanessa loved it.
The week is over, and it’s time for David and Vanessa to live with their second Trial Partners, Tara and Shannon to see if they would be a better fit for them, and ultimately, what that relationship would look like. It’s down to two, and I don’t know about y’all, but I’m invested. No turning back now. Until next week… drink water and oil your edges, family. This is getting extra good.