The ladies meet the men’s truth-tellers, of which the majority are their exes, leading to the idea that some minas well just eliminate themselves.
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The Truth Can Be Freeing – Sampson, Randall, Mike, Brandi, Kayla, Shareese, Jamala, Tranika, Lunie
For Sampson and Shareese, it’s pretty much a done deal. There is no chasing or needing to question things. She wants him, he wants her, and the only thing he needs to do is open up more to her. For clearly, Brandi isn’t an alternative nor Lunie. It isn’t even clear why Brandi is on Sampson’s radar beyond getting her more screen time.
Switching to Randall, things are a bit more complicated for him. Clearly, Jamala is his top, but when his ex meets everyone, she favors Kayla and doesn’t seem to like Tranika. As for Jamala? She thinks Jamala is far more into Randall than he is into her, and without that balance, his ex doesn’t see the two as a good match.
You Can’t Handle The Truth! – LJ, Tranika, Swasey, Kadian, Shareese, Mike, Lunie, Kayla
LJ has a really bad episode. First, he foolishly has his ex, of less than a few months, meet Lunie and Tranika. It starts badly when Tranika asks about the relationship and learns LJ and his ex had sex just before this season started. But then, when Lunie joins in, and it is revealed this woman still loves LJ? It’s a wrap for him at the next elimination.
That is, depending on Swasey’s next move. Like Sampson, Randall, LJ, and Mike, he is tasked with bringing a truth-teller to meet his love interest, but he is the sole person that brings a male instead of an ex or a family friend. This probably was the best idea for while Kadian does okay with Swasey’s friend, she is still very much Kadian, and between being around Swasey’s friend and then blowing up at Shareese in a group meet-up with LJ and Mike? Kadian shows that, when it comes to her and Swasey, they are sticking with each other because no one else wants them, or they don’t want to compete against already established connections.
Which leads to Mike. Brandi and Kayla are still vying for his love and attention, and Brandi continues to come out on top since, as said by multiple people at this point, the attraction between Mike and Kayla is lustful and the kind of passion that burns hot and will burn out. Meanwhile, when it is just Brandi, Mike gets fidgety and excited and is a bit more open. Almost like he doesn’t have to be his representative but himself. And while, yes, Brandi reveals she formerly didn’t want to be with a man who has kids, Mike has reassured her that his co-parenting situation is amicable, so she is trusting that it is.
Hard To Say Goodbye – Tranika, Mike, Sampson, Lunie
Despite the Shareese and Kadian situation, which was notable and dramatic, being that Swasey knows Kadian is the only one keeping him in the game and Shareese having the full protection of Sampson, that leaves Lunie and Tranika. Now, both women see the writing on the wall, but while Lunie is chill about it, Tranika curses up a storm for being in the bottom two. This is very out of character, but once she learns she is staying, things chill out.
Things To Note
- Dialog: So many bleeped curse words
- Violence: There were threats, but no one touched each other
- Sexual Content: Nope
- Miscellaneous: Usual drinking
Question(s) Left Unanswered
- Why did so many of these men choose their exes? Unlike past seasons, they weren’t required to have the ladies meet their ex.
What Could Happen Next
- End Game Couples: Mike and Brandi, Sampson and Shareese, Randall and Jamala or Kayla
- Eliminated Next (Men): Swasey, since only Kadian is checking for him, and it is clear they are saving each other so they won’t get eliminated. Also, LJ, due to not making much progress since his last time in the bottom two and losing one of the ladies who could have saved him. Never mind, Tranika was the one asking all the questions of his ex, and she didn’t seem pleased by his ex’s answers
- Eliminated Next (Women): Kadian, since she has only one connection, and they seem like they are at an end. Alongside her will likely be Tranika, if LJ gets eliminated in the next episode and she doesn’t make progress with Randall.
LJ Finding Drama
Poor LJ. He gets saved for another week and gets exposed for still messing around with his ex, who confesses she loves him, and then finds himself bearing witness to Shareese and Kadian going back and forth. This man is just unlucky, and clearly, his luck isn’t going to get better no time soon
It’s About Time For A Double Elimination
Kadian, Swasey, LJ, and Tranika exist in this realm of not being anyone’s top and seemingly hanging on by a thread. Swasey’s options dropped quickly amongst the women after Shakira, and then Kadian exposing his past dating habits. Kadian’s lack of communication skills has made her unattractive to most, including the guy who is likely saving her.
LJ, as nice as he is, got friend-zoned a long time ago and what has saved him is that he is nice, and with so many men who were not into the process existing, there was a hope those feelings of friendship could evolve. Unfortunately, they have not, and we’re running out of people to scapegoat. Then, with Tranika, it’s often like, she is just there. She is nice, and seems lovely, but what we see between Jamala and Randall, it seems at one time she could have offered that too, but then something happened. Maybe Randall backed off, lost interest, who knows? Either way, it doesn’t seem like she is sticking around.
And while this could easily go a few more episodes removing people one by one, I think many either need to call it or get cut.
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