’90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After?’: The Truth Comes Out (RECAP)
[Warning: The below contains MAJOR spoilers for Season 5, Episode 11 of 90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After?]
Couples come clean this week as real intentions are finally revealed. From Asuelu’s family confirming they don’t care about his children to Syngin acknowledging he wants to move back to South Africa, the layers of these relationships are peeled back like an onion…or a condom, according to Colt. Choke down those tears and let’s keep cutting deeper.
Submit to Me
Michael returns to the apartment, where the argument with Angela inevitably continues. The inconsistencies between what he had been telling his aunt versus what he had promised Angela pushed the conversation to the edge. “I think he needs to get married to his family, and I’ll take my a** right back home to America,” Angela tells the camera.
No matter how many times they yell, though, they can’t make the audience care about which partner is more submissive in their relationship. Angela threatens to stay at a hotel, and that’s about it.
Back in Moldova, Andrei and Elizabeth pick up her mother, stepfather (who knew that her parents were divorced?!) and sister Jenn. Immediately Jenn begins complaining about the weather in Moldova. “God, no wonder you wanted to move away from here,” Jenn teases Andrei. No matter how many times she threw a jab, Andrei held his promise to Elizabeth to not get angry.
Andrei’s family throws a small party now that Elizabeth’s whole clan had arrived. They sing the Moldovan national anthem, and even Andrei’s brother acknowledges Andrei’s change in demeanor. Elizabeth also applauds Andrei acting like a normal person. “It’s actually really sexy that you’re not being an a**hole,” she smiles.
Other Women, Same Colt
Colt, now having returned to Las Vegas, claims he and Jess have “broken up a few times” after he left Brazil. “Even though I have no idea where Jess and I stand, I still want to salvage this relationship because I still love her,” he tells the camera.
Colt FaceTimes Jess and invites her to Las Vegas to stay with him. She explicitly says she will go but has no desire to meet Vanessa. He tells Jess she can stay in his bedroom with him while in Nevada. Colt hopes that by staying in the same house, Jess and Debbie will become closer.
“I still love Jess and I really want to move forward with her, but our relationship right now is still at a standstill because Jess still doesn’t trust me,” Colt explains in a confessional. She has good reason: Colt confides to the camera that he has been talking to other women online since last seeing her. He prefers to wait to tell Jess in person, though, if they are going to have a future together.
Dreaming of a Different Life
Syngin’s family prepares for a braai, a traditional South African barbecue. Over dinner, his stepfather asks if he ever gets homesick. Syngin states that he now sees his future in South Africa instead of with Tania in the U.S. “I feel like I’m missing out on life living in America. I don’t care about the American Dream,” he explains.
Tania responds by announcing she has no desire to raise her child in South Africa—in front of Syngin’s parents, who raised all of their children there. “There’s a lot of racism, there’s a lot of poverty, there’s a lot of theft,” Tania defends her statement.
“Strong point of view, there,” Syngin’s stepfather mumbles.
Tania stresses that America is more of a melting pot, with different cultures and backgrounds. Syngin steps in to say that they might not even have children, which strikes a chord with Tania. “Syngin always knew that kids were in my plan. It wasn’t until he got the States when he was more like, ‘actually, I don’t even know if I actually even want kids,'” Tania reflects.
Syngin keeps bringing up that his dream is different than the American dream, but Tania pushes back, saying he doesn’t even have a clear path to his own elusive “dream” or ideal career. “I think it’s unfair of Syngin to get married if he had no plans on staying in America,” she admits in a confessional. “I just don’t want empty promises, so I need to start seeing action.”
At the table, Tania begins crying in frustration, saying that Syngin hasn’t even tried to make it work in the U.S. He gets up from his chair while his mother tells Tania that she’s being “a bit hard” on him and to “leave it.”
“You’re telling me who you want to be, the type of life you want to have, you’re telling me all these things, and I’m waiting!” Tania says to Syngin. She also brings up the fact that when left to his own devices, he chooses to drink and party. She walks away from the dinner to cry in the bedroom.
Kalani meets with Asuelu’s mother and sister Tammy to try to articulate her stance. “I’m here to tell you guys, I just don’t get why you all feel entitled to me and my family’s money,” Kalani tells them. “At the end of the day, it is going to be what I say.”
Asuelu’s mother explains the Samoan “culture,” while Tammy blames Kalani for being a stay-at-home mother for their lack of finances. “You don’t want to work. You’re lazy, right?” Tammy taunts.
Asuelu’s family also implies that Kalani got pregnant on purpose to take Asuelu away from Samoa and trap him into a marriage. His mother even goes so far as to say that Kalani has “brainwashed” Asuelu. “I’m sorry, Kalani, I don’t care about the kids. I want to take back my son to Samoa to do his duty as before,” Asuelu’s mother sighs to Kalani’s horror.
“Maybe you guys need to get divorced or separate,” Tammy snips.
“You want him to not just leave me, you want him to abandon his kids because he won’t give you all the money? This is crazy,” Kalani begins to tear up. “I apologize for loving Asuelu…This whole circus, I’m done. I don’t want anything to do with it.”
As Kalani calmly walks away, Asuelu’s sister tries to lunge at her, with her mother pulling her back. “Wait till I see you, I’m going to beat you up!” Tammy shouts.
“These people are just nuts. I’m done. I can’t do this anymore,” Kalani rightfully explains in a confessional.
Eric and Larissa go home goods shopping, but everything she wants is out of his budget. She tells him that to prove his commitment to her, he should pay for her breast implants and nose job. Larissa has been hoping for the surgeries since they begin dating. “Because with Colt, I didn’t care. He was fat anyways,” she tells Eric. “But with you I feel more young, I feel more happy, and I also feel like you’re going to appreciate me more.”
To the camera, Eric says that he supports any surgeries Larissa wants to have, but he hopes she is doing it “for the right reasons.” She states that breast implants cost $14,000, and combined with a nose job, the price tag will be over $25,000. She asks to borrow the money from Eric. “I would need a contract and an interest rate,” he responds. “I want there to be conditions.”
Bad Food, Worse Intentions
Elizabeth’s mother Pamela and sister Jenn go through the obligatory “the food here is so weird” reaction to Moldovan (aka non-American) food. “Can a girl get some eggs and bacon around here?” Jenn attempts to joke.
Chuck and Charlie fill them in on the latest drama with Andrei, specifically about his hidden past. “Talk about Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, that’s what we say,” Chuck dramatically says. “I want to know why [Andrei] went to Ireland.”
Just the Way You Are
Larissa and Eric go shopping for their apartment. “I feel Larissa is a lady of expensive taste,” he complains to the camera. To Larissa, money talks, and she demands Eric prove he’s a changed man by footing the bill, especially for breast implants and a nose job.
“I really don’t like my boobs, they don’t look that great. It’s about my satisfaction as a woman,” Larissa attempts to bargain. “This is very important to me because I lost my confidence after I gave birth. My boobs look smaller, and I always be self-conscious…So I feel like my boob job is going to boost my ego.”
Eric tells Larissa he likes her just the way she is, but she tries to convince him otherwise.
Don’t Tie Down a Free Spirit
Tania and Syngin keep fighting in front of his family. He tries to defend himself to his stepfather, who advises that they need to “grow in the same direction” and 90 days might have been too short for Syngin to really make the right decision.
Syngin follows Tania into the bedroom, while she eats a steak under the covers. He attempts an apology, but she isn’t having it. “Two years is more than enough for me to give you time, more than enough for you to show me so many chances that you failed out, that you’ve broken so many promises, that I’m still here is a f**king amazement,” Tania claps back. “You don’t make things happen for yourself….Where were you when I found you?”
“I’m going to leave you to eat your meat. This is too much for me,” Syngin exits.
Debbie and Colt splurge on monstrous frozen custards. “It’s like unwrapping a condom,” he jokes to his mother. Debbie asks how he and Jess are doing, and he floats the idea of Jess staying with them in Vegas.
And that’s when the real secret comes out: Colt’s former friends with benefits Vanessa has moved into their house…in the middle of her divorce…and Jess will stay with Vanessa. Debbie advises Colt to tell Jess about Vanessa before she travels from Chicago, but he believes if he tells the truth over FaceTime, Jess will end it for good.
“Between Vanessa moving in and me talking to other women, it’s definitely an uphill battle for me to convince Jess that I’m still a good guy and that she can trust me,” Colt tells the camera.
Second Dress and Second Thoughts
Elizabeth brings her mother, sister, and sister-in-law shopping for a traditional Moldovan bridal costume for the wedding ceremony. “It definitely looks like Little House on the Prairie outfits, not going to lie,” Jenn once again tries to be clever.
Between not making tired jokes and complaining, Jenn finds time to stir the pot and talk poorly about Andrei behind his back. Jenn asks the saleswoman to translate to find out the gossip from Andrei’s sister-in-law. Elizabeth comes out of the fitting room and scolds Jenn for “talking s**t.”
“Considering everything that’s happened, is [the wedding] really something you want to go through with?” Elizabeth’s mother Pamela asks her. Elizabeth explains the second Moldovan wedding was a promise she made to Andrei’s family and she intends on keeping her word.
Blessings and Prayers
Michael’s mother and brother meet with Angela and Michael to discuss their nuptials. Through a translator, Angela informs his mother about the argument the night prior involving his aunt. After some explaining, Michael’s mother gives her blessing for Angela and Michael to be viewed as equals in their marriage.
They also tell her that Angela may not be able to provide grandchildren. “God will make the marriage work,” Michael’s mother promises to pray for them. To the camera, his mother further explains her acceptance of the news: “I was sad to learn that Angela might find it difficult to conceive for Michael. Michael has indicated that he loves her. Who else will he love? They will continue to love each other.”
“Even if I never have a kid, I love Angela and that’s all that matters,” Michael echoes in a confessional. Angela screams in joy that there will be a wedding after all.
“From Level One to Level Seventy”
Kalani returns to the Airbnb and fills her sister Kolini in about the confrontation with Asuelu’s family. “At the end of the day, I don’t want to have anything to do with his mom or his sister anymore,” Kalani summarizes.
She explains what happened to Asuelu, and he understandably is angry. “Whoa, so now they step from like a level one to level seventy,” he processes his family’s escalation. “That’s not the level they should reach.”
However, moments later, Asuelu seems more concerned about whether Kalani could actually “knock out” his sister Tammy, and even goes so far as to say that Kalani might not be understanding what his mother meant. “I think you’re f**king crazy,” he mutters after she calls his family “a**holes.”
Kalani separately vents to Kolini, who advises her to rethink her marriage to Asuelu. “I don’t want kids to hold you in a situation that you don’t want to be in,” Kolini says.
“I can’t f**king live like this. This is insane,” Kalani empathetically cries. “If it keeps continuing on like this, I won’t want to be part of this marriage anymore.”
Elizabeth’s family continues their investigation into Andrei’s past, and Larissa lists off the other plastic surgery procedures she wants to have. In Kentucky, Karine meets with an attorney to discuss her legal options in the U.S., while Kalani tells her mother what happened with Asuelu’s family.
Plus, Colt comes clean with Jess after she arrives in Las Vegas. “I want to cut Colt’s d**k off,” she tells the camera. And in an interesting turn of events, a not-so-submissive Angela accompanies Michael to a strip club in Nigeria.
It’s all next week!
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