“Arranged” is nearing the end of season 2 and the three couples each faced a crisis during the episode “Something Has to Give”. Two husbands came off as needy and haughty, while one is so emotionally blocked, he was unable to take the edge off the tension in his marriage.
One wife is careening towards making a career choice that could make her marriage crumble, while the other two women are struggling with feeling put upon and unappreciated, yet choosing different approaches to fixing it. Then there was the season finale. More troubles for all until abrupt happy endings. Satisfying?
Ben and Vicki
Ben’s been hard on Vicki, looking at her financial choices as problems, while not giving as much scrutiny to his own. He also has been less than complimentary about how well she’s adapted to her new Orthodox lifestyle. The latest blowup, after Vicki threw a holiday party she knew Ben would love, led to his demand that she get a part-time job. She attends school two fewer days a week than he does, but does everything to keep a kosher home and observe the Sabbath.
It’s a classic argument between spouses, when homemaking is devalued. It’s made worse because Vicki’s never had to bend to someone’s will like this. When she decided to investigate a job opportunity, you could see she was ready to compromise. Ben had to hear it from his father, before he realized he had been more critical and bull-headed than he needed to be. Give the girl a compliment, will you?
Maneka and Mayur
After last week’s, “Change your name and cook dinner” remark, you couldn’t have been blamed for wanting to deprive Mayur of his hair gel. Maneka is under pressure to be a sensational real estate powerhouse, yet cook three meals a day, according to her husband, and check off the list of valet services he needs. Oh yes, and she can’t work out at the gym because men might come on to her.
Add that to her running her family’s retail business and you have a woman who isn’t doing a good job anywhere. Her fashion show was poorly attended because she was late sending out invitations. A dinner she cooked for Mayur wasn’t well received because she didn’t follow the recipe in a precise manner. It has resulted in her floating the idea that she quit the real estate job. How’s that going to fly with the controlling and ambitious Mayur?
David and Taylor
Taylor didn’t get great grades in her flight attendant training classes and as a result, she beleved she would not be based anywhere near Dallas/Fort Worth or even the state of Texas. She was asked to relocate to the east coast and fears telling David. Meanwhile, he still can’t find a way to tell her about his emotional issues, and by putting it off he has convinced Taylor he wants a divorce.
When they video chatted throughout her six weeks in Arizona they didn’t speak of anything that could heal the breach, but one thing’s for certain, Taylor missed her husband. David felt the same way and the two actually embraced and kissed when she set foot back in the trailer she was thrilled to see again.
Did anyone think she’d finally realize that insisting on staying on this career path was certain to blow up her marriage? This could go right down to the wire and the season finale.
FYI airs new episodes of “Arranged” Season 2, Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT Image credit: FYI, used with permission