90 Day Fiance continues with Season 8, Episode 6.
We see Natalie and Mike adjusting to their new normal, but Natalie feels frustrated as an isolated “housewife.”
Rebecca is so excited to welcome Zied to America.
Unfortunately for her, she’ll be chaperoned.
Tarik introduces Hazel to his friends, but the most important introduction is between Hazel and his daughter.
Yara says goodbye to Jovi under less than ideal circumstances, then learns a lot about his past.
Andrew feels powerless to help Amira, and has to be the one to tell her father.
Stephanie is frustrated after Ryan ignores her calls. When he does talk to her, however, things get even worse.
1. Mike Youngquist and Natalie Mordovtseva
2. She is also preparing breakfast
3. She loved the waterfall trip
4. But she is still uneasy
5. Breakfast goes well
Brandon Gibbs’ parents mandated separate rooms, interrogated Julia about birth control, and set her to work on the farm.
That was just the beginning. A freakout over a small hickey turned into a meltdown over Brandon and Julia’s wedding date.
Before we get into what happened in the outrageous clip that we have included, we need to set the context.
There was an entire long, long day of nonsense that came before the awkward, divisive dinner.
It started at 4:30AM, when Brandon got up early in his own, unshared bedroom to head to work as an exterminator.
Seven hours later, Julia awoke at a more sensible time for anyone not being paid to awaken in the pre-noon darkness.
She was all alone on a strange farm in total isolation.
And though she had never asked for them, she had chores to do.
Julia went out to feed the livestock … or try to.
She ended up trying to “bargain” with the chickens in exchange for eggs.
Betty’s tour of the farm and the list of the mandatory tasks that Julia would need to perform was a lot to take in; no wonder she forgot some of them.
Fortunately, the family friend Aspen came by to lend Julia a hand.
Of course, Aspen also judged her for “slacking” — for getting up at a normal time.
She told her that the animals need to be fed at 7AM … in the morning.
This was astonishing to Julia because, well, that’s a ridiculous time for a human to be awake for free.
If you’re being paid, sure. If you have kids, of course.
But on her own, she’s a professional nightclub dancer in her 20s. 7AM is a more reasonable bedtime than it is a viable time to wake up.
After once again feeding the livestock and especially dealing with the pigs, Julia has given this a very fair shake.
Despite approaching it with an open mind, she cannot see herself doing this.
It’s not just long term worries — she doesn’t want to keep doing this until she and Brandon marry, either. And who could blame her? This isn’t for everyone.
When Brandon finally came home, however, he just … went to his room.
He didn’t stop by to give Julia a hug or a kiss.
Maybe it’s his post-work routine or maybe he just wanted to freshen up before saying hello, but Julia didn’t care for that.
Instead, she went to see Brandon.
She told him in no uncertain terms that this is just not working out or making her happy.
It’s not about him — she loves Brandon. It’s the attached baggage that is making her absolutely miserable.
Brandon tries to get Julia to see this as an “opportunity.”
Translation: he doesn’t want to argue with his mother because she always wins.
It would be much more convenient if Julia could just go along with whatever Betty demands until the two of them are on their own.
However, the two of them went to dinner.
This is where Julia first met Pop Pop, Brandon’s grandfather.
He was friendly — very friendly — with Julia, and was happy to see his grandson.
Of course, speaking to the camera, Pop Pop did share his concerns.
He seemed less worried about Julia being a scammer and more about it not ending well.
Producers were there asking him leading questions, so … we’ll take that with a grain of salt.
Julia has been wearing turtlenecks around the house for a couple of days to cover up a mild hickey.
Tonight, she is wearing a big fur trim coat to keep her neck hidden.
Somehow, Betty spots the hickey — shown here being deliberately exposed for the cameras, mystifying Julia as to how Betty could have spotted it.
At this point, Betty and Ron begin scolding their son — a grown man — for, what, kissing his fiancee?
Pop Pop is totally weirded out by their over-the-top controlling behavior.
He asks them to stop, but Ron and Betty keep on. Awkward.
Then Brandon and Julia reveal, in response to Pop Pop’s question, that they’ve chosen a wedding date.
That’s great news … to Pop Pop.
Betty sounds taken aback — not only that they’ve chosen a date, but that they didn’t, what, seek her approval for it?
“May 9,” they reveal, will be the wedding date. Why? It’s their anniversary.
Betty and Ron immediately say that this is not a good day, as Saturday, May 9 is on Mother’s Day Weekend.
They insist that this means that Brandon and Julia must pick a new wedding date.
Brandon actually stands his ground on the wedding date, resulting in an immediately frustrated Betty, who must control everything at all times.
When Pop Pop goes to write down the date for him to remember, Betty tries to get him to stop, because that is how confident she is that she’s going to veto Brandon’s wedding plans.
It’s not clear how much his exterminator job is paying him, but Julia and Brandon need to get the hell out of there and never look back.
90 Day Fiance did not even pause for a breather over the holiday weekend.
On Season 8, Episode 4, we were introduced to this season’s final new couple — Stephanie and Ryan.
These two have a lot to deal with, from the age gap, the wealth gap, and Stephanie harboring a major secret that could scare away her cougar cub.
Brandon’s mother takes Julia on a tour of the farm … and a list of mandatory chores.
Rebecca gets good news about Zied’s visa, but his family finds the announcement bittersweet at best.
Natalie is cold and feels like Mike didn’t prepare for her at all. When he threatens to take her fishing, she wonders if he even knows her at all.
Andrew and Amira begin their plan to meet up in Mexico. The plan immediately backfires.
Yara and Jovi go furniture shopping together, but it all falls apart once Jovi starts putting his foot down about “his” apartment. Even the sales clerk is shocked by his behavior.
1. Stephanie Davison and Ryan Carr
2. Beauty and youth are her business
3. She’s good at business but not in love
4. She first saw Ryan on the beach
5. From then on, they were dating
6. And yes, she knows that she’s a cougar
But this summer, she was filmed attacking Black Lives Matter activists as she faced off against her castmates. This week, that footage aired.
It started off with the usual — talking behind a castmate’s back.
Kelly Dodd and Elizabeth Lynn Vargas stepped away from the other ladies and gossiped about Braunwyn Windham-Burke’s participation in this summer’s historic Black Lives Matter protests.
Kelly, not being able to fathom why anyone would do something good for its own reasons, seemed to think that Braunwyn was just doing it for PR.
“Be for the cause but don’t have a professional photo out there,” Kelly demanded, as if the participation of famous people did not help raise awareness.
“Everything’s about her image,” she accused, “and she’s full of s–t.”
“If you’re truly invested in it,” she added, “you don’t go around into a protest and have a professional photog taking photos of you. That just defeats the whole purpose of the protest.”
Later, things became more heated as they ladies discussed Rick Leventhal, Kelly’s then-fiance, now-husband who works for noted engine of societal collapse Fox News.
Kelly insisted that Rick wasn’t actually conservative, merely interested in “facts,” a claim that didn’t hold any water, and which Gina openly chided as absurd.
Kelly did very quickly confess that her claim wasn’t true, if not in so many words, by saying that Rick “doesn’t believe in tearing down history.”
Kelly whined about the push to remove a photo of one of history’s greatest monsters, describing Christopher Columbus as someone “who has been there since 1886.”
(Fun fact: Christopher Columbus’ crimes against Native Americans were considered so vile in his own time that he was later imprisoned in Spain by the people who started the Inquisition — that’s how bad he was)
Braunwyn, as you can see in this clip, very succinctly explained why it’s important to listen to marginalized communities when they raise their voices.
Kelly, like a thousand clowns before her this summer, exclaimed: “You can’t rewrite history!”
“I don’t think anyone’s trying to rewrite it,” Braunwyn replied. That makes sense, given that monuments glorify — they’re not where history is stored.
Kelly only became more unhinged and absurd as the talk continued.
“Are you gonna tear down Rome?” Kelly demanded. “You are gonna tear down the Coliseum? You have to learn from history so it doesn’t repeat itself!”
Well, there is no actual evidence that slave labor was used under Vespasian when the Flavian Amphitheater was constructed, but we’ll let that slide.
Because the real point is that Ancient Roman monuments do not reflect atrocities committed just a few generations ago or policies under which people continue to suffer.
And again, monuments aren’t where you learn history. That’s books.
Which is sort of funny, because Kelly is the one who tried to bring up Braunwyn’s lack of a college degree as if this made her less informed on this particular issue.
Kelly’s real goal was of course to silence her, which did not work, which is likely while Kelly’s outrageous statements became more frantic … and began to include more audible racist dogwhistles.
“You can’t go and destroy and loot and destroy things,” Kelly whined, as if what little looting there was this summer wasn’t part of a tradition spanning thousands of years.
Looking is the language of the unheard, and this was true millennia before the Roman Empire came into being.
“They shouldn’t ruin it, they should get together and vote on it. We’re a democracy,” she complained, ignoring that gerrymandered legislators often block locak governments from democratically doing just that.
Braunwyn countered that “hundreds of years of being nice” has clearly not done much good.
Millions of Black and Indigenous Americans are tired of driving to work by statues glorifying people who murdered, tortured, and enslaved people who look like them.
“You don’t destroy history by taking down a statue,” Braunwyn explained to her. “A statue does not educate, a statue sits there and pigeons s–t on it.”
Kelly’s jab that Braunwyn is “not college educated” did not really amount to much.
Braunwyn countered that she has “never seen anyone go to Arizona State who thinks they are a Mensa member, besides Kelly Dodd.”
Kelly also tried to deflect by pointing out her Mexican heritage, but Braunwyn again noted that this is not the same.
“When you go to the grocery store in a hoodie, you’re not worried about being shot. None of us here are,” Braunwyn pointed out.
“Black people are being killed disproportionally by cops,” she correctly noted.
“There’s bad cops! I know,” Kelly yelled in response. “You’re not going to fix it by destroying things!” (Really? Because a lot of the communities with the biggest improvements were places where protesting was the most intense)
Gina recalled her DUI arrest from last year and, like so many of us with white privilege, explained how that resonates in her mind now.
“I was scared because I f–ked up, I was scared of the consequences,” Gina said, adding that “never once was I scared of the police officers that were arresting me.”
Even Elizabeth chimed in that she’s learning about her own white privilege this year. Kelly, unable to win outside of a conservative bubble, went to plate the salmon for dinner.
On this week’s episode of 90 Day Fiance Season 8, fans were reintroduced to Tarik Myers.
Hazel isn’t there in the US with him yet. But when she arrives, their story will have more to it than just getting married.
Tarik is a fan-favorite, from his original season with Hazel to his reign on Pillow Talk alongside Dean Hashim (the brothers have since had a falling out).
So now, Hazel Cagalitan is preparing to join him in the US on Season 8.
Episode 2 of this season gave Tarik the chance to address, by speaking to the camera and to hsi friend, to bring them up to spead.
Tarik recaps his history, including his relationship to his fiance, Hazel.
He has a young autistic daughter and he’s hoping that she adjusts well to having Hazel in her life because she’s everything to him.
Hazel also has a young son who does not live with her, but Tarik hopes that one day that can change and they can all live as a family.
Of course, when he recaps all of this, he describes his love for Thailand by mentioning that he imported a Thai sword.
The tool that he swings around and also uses to slice cilantro appears to be a katana, even if it was made in Thailand, rather than a traditional dhaab.
Point is, the producers obviously goaded him into goofing around with his sword on camera.
Also, he’s passionate about rap, as we all recall from his rap-proposal. However, Tarik shared that he and Hazel had temporarily broken up at one point over a misunderstanding.
Hazel had received inconsistent results from a pregnancy test, causing Tarik to jump to conclusions that she had gotten pregnant and had an abortion.
Though affirming her right to choose, he simply felt betrayed that she hadn’t spoken to him, while she obviously felt hurt that he had made assumptions.
During tha time apart, Tarik began speaking with a woman named Misty.
While he says that he did not fell in love, he did catch himself falling “in like” with Misty.
But he and Hazel did end up reconciling.
Hazel is bi — part of the shockingly small community of LGBTQ+ 90 Day Fiance stars.
Her bisexuality is not news to those who follow her and Tarik on social media, but was not something that they disclosed earlier on the show. Hazel has been closeted for all of her life.
But now that she is no longer living in a conservative area, she feels comfortable coming out and would even like a girlfriend.
She and Tarik are going to be looking for another woman to include in their relationship. It’s not that most bi people are also polyamorous but, obviously, some are.
When three people are in a polyamorous relationship (not a one-time hookup; that’s just a threesome) it is often called a “throuple,” a portmanteau of “three” and “couple.”
This will be an exciting if somewhat daunting task — looking for a second partner isn’t any easier than looking for that first one. In fact, it’s often harder.
While that big adventure is coming when Hazel arrives in the US, they already had something of an adventure … dipping their toes into the throuple waters.
When Tarik told Hazel all about Misty, Hazel wanted to “holler at her.”
In other words, the two of them reached out to Misty … and for a short time, the three of them were all in a relationship.
But being polyamorous doesn’t magically mean that all relationships work out any more than being monogamous does.
About two and a half days into things, Hazel slammed on the brakes and put a stop to it, worried that Misty was really just there for another shot with Tarik.
Throuples only work if everyone has good intentions. So Hazel asked Tarik to not contact Misty again.
The twist? Tarik confesses to the camera that he did, in fact, reach out to Misty, just to check in when COVID-19 was ravaging Thailand.
Misty responded with a barrage of friendly texts … and now he has to tell Hazel, who will not like hearing that.
Despite the impending drama, we are excited by this show’s first polyamorous storyline. We hope that there are more to come!
On this week’s episode of 90 Day Fiance: The Other Way, we saw a lot of family conflicts.
But no one had more in-law trouble than Jenny and Sumit. It was enough to make Jenny want to give up and go home.
On Season 2, Episode 21, Sumit Singh told Jenny Slatten that they should hold off on the ring ceremony.
His brother had warned him that their parents would cut him off if he married Jenny, even though they can no longer legally prevent the marriage.
As a result, Sumit told Jenny that they should postpone their ring ceremony and marriage plans until he speaks to his parents.
Jenny is deeply nervous for multiple reasons.
One, the last time that she saw Sumit’s parents, they were effectively kidnapping him before her eyes.
Two, she’s worried that every delay puts their whole relationship and future in jeopardy.
Sumit was trying to stay positive.
His parents even agreed to visit them and sit down to talk — which was a pleasant surprise.
However, they didn’t do so eagerly.
Anil and Sahna admitted that they did not want to visit.
The reason was not theri son. Their reason for being reluctant to visit was Jenny.
Ever since she first slept with Sumit, they have decided that they do not like her.
Additionally, they were clearly not expecting Sumit’s announcement that he and Jenny will marry.
Instead, Sahna revealed to the camera their true purpose for the visit.
They wanted to make their grown adult son come home and live with them instead of with Jenny.
Sumit nipped that harebrained scheme in the bud pretty quickly.
As politely as one possibly can when speaking to controlling lunatics, he told his parents that he’s not going to live with them.
He’s living with Jenny, and he plans to for the rest of their lives.
Instead, Sumit implored his mother and father to just be happy for his happiness.
Anil shot down that idea, however.
He told Sumit in no uncertain terms that they will never be happy with Sumit’s “wrong decision.”
This is when Sumit whipped out the fact that he and Jenny will get married at an Arya Samaj temple.
This means that his parents have no power to intervene and it will be a legal marriage.
So if even the law isn’t standing in Sumit’s way, why are his parents, who are supposed to love him, still trying to ruin his life?
The most clownish nonsense of the entire conversation came out of Anil’s mouth.
“There is no law above parents’ law,” he insisted.
Burdening someone with existence does not give you lifelong control over their lives, my dude.
They responded to Sumit’s marriage plans in a less than optimal way.
“Marriage? Over our dead bodies,” Sahna exclaimed.
Their outrage over their son living his life as he chooses became worse over time.
“You’ll just marry whoever you want?” Anil asked. “Why don’t you find another oldie, and marry her? Find a hundred year old!”
“Her kids are older than you!” he griped. “This is all you could find? If you’ll look, you’ll find other women, a thousand times better, a million times better than her!”
“She is the only one you could find? Look harder!” Anil demanded rudely.
Their fixation on Jenny’s age is because of social pressures and because Jenny cannot give them grandchildren.
No one in this world is entitled to grandchildren. And social backlash for their son marrying an older woman is their problem, not Sumit’s.
However, as Sumit begged and pleaded and cried with his furious parents, Jenny’s heart was breaking.
As you can see in this clip, Jenny, who could not understand the words being spoken but could understand the tone, got up and left.
Lamenting that she felt responsible for fracturing this family, Jenny expressed: “I need to just go back to America.”
Fortunately, it looks like by the season finale, she will have considerably changed her tune.
90 Day Fiance: The Other Way‘s second season is winding to a close.
On Season 2, Episode 21, multiple stars and their parents and in-laws found themselves not seeing eye to eye.
First, Ariela’s mom all but begs her to come home with her before her own departure.
Sumit invites his parents, planning to tell them his wedding plans, but they only agree to the visit because they want to take him away from Jenny.
Deavan and Jihoon get the apartment ready before Deavan’s parents visit.
Tim gives Melyza news that could mean the heat death of their relationship.
And Brittany meets with Yazan and then with his brother, this time with a translator.
This is how she finds out exactly how dire things are … and that Yazan’s life has been threatened.