Usually, on the days after the wedding there isn’t all that much to talk about as the couples are still a bit reserved around one another as they learn the ins and outs of their new spouse. But this season there is one character bringing the drama. And although it’s painful to watch the results of his actions, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t glued to the screen every time he comes around.
But Chris is not the only on the show. So we’re going to briefly touch on the other couples before doing a deeper dive into the dynamics between Chris and Paige. Check it all out below and on the following pages.
Clara and Ryan
I have to say, I’m interested to see why the experts matched these two. I understand that opposites attract and people need to be with people who are going to challenge them in one way or another. But with these two…I wonder if it’s too much, too fast, too soon. Clara talks a lot. And apparently, even chatters and walks about in her sleep. For someone who is cool with quiet time, that could get old. Thankfully, Ryan seems like a patient man.
The bigger issue is that these two don’t seem to see eye to eye when it comes to religion and what role it will play in their lives going forward. Clara is burnt out on the church and doesn’t agree with organized religion. Meanwhile, Ryan’s family is deeply entrenched. And from what I see, Ryan wants his children to grow up in the church.
We’ll see how this plays out.
Briana and Vincent
I love watching these two together! Honestly I can’t get enough. The show could be Vincent and Briana and Paige and Chris as far as I’m concerned. Two sides of the same coin. I thought from the first episode that it might take Vincent a while to open up. But he and Briana seem to have a nice comfortable energy with one another. And because Briana is a bit more outgoing, it seems like she’s going to be the one to bring Vincent out of his shell.
We all peeped how she told him to put an eggplant emoji next to his name. Oop! Good things are in store for these two.
— △⃒⃘ c.r.e.a.m ⚯͛ (@DaniePotterhead) February 4, 2021
How is Vincent when he’s mad?
Vincent seems like such a calm and mild mannered person so the thought that his temper could be out of control is hard to imagine. But in any relationship, it’s good to know not only what makes your partner angry but how they express said anger.
— Gina (@GinaBeana365) February 4, 2021
Dealing with a sick relative–especially a grandmother is never easy, no matter what’s going on in your life. But contemplating a loved one’s mortality (in the midst of a pandemic) when you want to be focused on your new spouse–especially one you didn’t know a few days is even more challenging. Thankfully, Briana showed how supportive she intends to be for him.
Haley and Jacob
Socially awkward people deserve love too. But lord knows trying to find it through this very unorthodox process is not only strange but it’s very odd for the viewing audience. Jacob seems like a lovely person. But he also talks quite a bit about some very odd things. And I wonder if he knows that the people listening aren’t entirely invested.
But Haley doesn’t seem to be too off put by it.
Virginia and Erik
Virginia’s daddy kept it all the way real when he met with Erik the morning after. They don’t think their age difference will be an issue but he told him straight up. She’s 26, not 33. Erik is cool with it now but we’ll see how that plays out.
I also thought it was interesting that Virginia is 50-50 on kids and Erik knows that he definitely wants them. That could also be a maturity/age thing. But wanting vs. not wanting children is a hard hurdle to overcome.
We’ll keep our eyes peeled.
Chris and Paige
Now for the main event. I foolishly thought that perhaps Chris was going to temper his level of jerk after he did so much at the wedding and reception. But I was wrong. It only escalated. After he and Paige consummated their marriage–twice–homeboy disappeared. For over an hour, with no explanation–lying about going to get breakfast. Seriously, did sis even eat that morning?
It’s a bad look. When he finally returned, Chris, through tears that I couldn’t tell if they were real of fake, says that he had a panic attack. I doubt he had a clinically defined panic attack but the weight of his decisions– marrying a stranger so soon after a failed engagement and then sleeping with a woman he to whom he was not all the way attracted–started to take a toll.
He did end up telling Paige that the attraction wasn’t all the way there. Something I’m sure she would have loved to hear before they had sex.
— 💎 (@Hillarybizzanks) February 4, 2021
Chris Used Paige
Because Chris told us that he had been abstaining from sex and self pleasure for the past couple of weeks, it was clear to see that perhaps he wasn’t being entirely honest when he shared his intentions for sleeping with Paige, despite not being attracted to her. He told his parents that he was hoping the sex would strengthen the attraction. I think the truth is closer to Paige was there and provided a release for him.
Chris’ father tried to say that he raised a gentleman and commended him for being honest with Paige about his feelings. But the honesty came after her got what he wanted. And there’s nothing chivalrous about that. It was manipulative. Thankfully, to his family’s credit, his father did tell him not to hurt her. Good luck.
— Deirdre “Jonese” Austin (@DeirdreJonese) February 4, 2021
Paige made an interesting choice in deciding to speak to Chris’ parents about the fact that they had sex last night. A lot of us wouldn’t have done that. Still, I know she was so confused, she was just looking for answers from anyone. Initially, they attempted to make excuses for him. ‘Well, did he have a drink?’
No, he was just on some wild stuff. And I got played in the process. And for people who claim to be so Godly, I’m glad that they finally acknowledged that he wasn’t moving right.
I did wonder why Chris didn’t meet with anyone from Paige’s family that morning. It might have been good for him to see that she’s more than just an object for his sexual gratification.
ANDDDD the nerve of Chris claiming Chicago!! Dont claim my city, sir!!
— jeniusj (@jeniusj) February 4, 2021
After Paige met with his family, Chris and Paige had another chance to talk and Chris–again through some strange tears–let Paige know that he didn’t appreciate her speaking about their sex life with his parents. But umm… Chris and his Daddy kept talking about sex and sex adjacent topics all through the reception. Which one is it?!
But the conversation took a turn for the the worst when he tried to play victim in this scenario. He told Paige that he had been talked about all his life. (Irrelevant.) And then he mentioned that he was from Chicago.
Ummm… so what?!
What the hell does that have to do with your conniving ways or the conversation at hand?!
Please, make it make sense.
— 💎 (@Hillarybizzanks) February 4, 2021
Paige is better than me.
Later, after Paige gets her hair braided for vacation, Chris seems to be in a better mood. He’s smiling at her. He apologizes and then says that’s not who I am. I absolutely loathe when people use that phrase after they’ve done something heinous. That’s exactly who you are! And while you may not want to be that person, it’s in you. And with Chris is keeps peeking out.
Interestingly enough, after all of this, Paige still seems to believe that this union is God-ordained. I was shocked to see her extend so much grace to Chris. But she believes that the worst is behind them.
Something tells me–mainly the previews from the following weeks–that Chris has a few more tricks up his sleeve.