Get ready for David Norton and Vanessa Nelson to live with each of their final two choices for one week as “Married at First Sight: Second Chances” wraps up its season on Lifetime. Anyone find that uncomfortable? Of course, it’s up to the people involved whether or not they want to make it intimate and to what degree.
As for David, he broke up with Salem at the beginning of the episode, and she was none too happy. He gave her the standard line about it not clicking with them, that they hadn’t grown into enough of a feeling for her to stay in the race. Salem looked at him like he had two heads. As others have noted, that might be true for David, but Salem had built up enough feelings for him to be in it for the long haul.
Let’s get to the family meet-ups.
David’s Mom : She loved Tara and chose her as the best fit for him after meeting Melika and Isabella. David got his back up, with a stink face because his mom predicted trouble with Melika.
Tara’s family: Her mom gushed over David, but did warn him about hurting her little girl. She told David that Tara was pretty much over-the-moon about him. No pressure or anything, right?
Melika’s family: Only a good, male friend showed up. We learned that Melika is of Middle Eastern descent and her parents would not have come even if she asked them. She didn’t. Her friend asked very pointed questions of David in a protective way. When asked how he feels about Melika compared to the others, David went all-in. “If today was decision day, it would be you,” he said to Melika who gave him a blank stare and stammered without knowing how respond.
She went on and on about her being uncomfortable, and those feelings being very private. There they were at a restaurant with cameras and lights and Melika chose that time to realize that things were getting serious. David was gut-punched. He went back to the previous week when Melika met with his friends and said she could see a future with David if she were the one chosen. Melika’s friend said he saw David and her as friends, not ending up in a romantic situation.
Isabella’s family: She was the only one who had both a dad, mom and a sibling along for the meeting. Her parents put the screws to their own daughter when David left the table to go to the rest room. They made her ask him how she stacked up against Melika and Tara. He was not prepared and he hesitated. After a few platitudes he went to his go-to line, “No one’s ever made me feel this way”, which could mean anything, as we know.
There was only time for David to go to Melika’s home to tell her that despite what occurred at the restaurant, she was one of his choices for a live-in week. She recoiled in horror, having only said on camera to us that she “hoped” she could move forward to show David she has feelings for him, and be more open. Living together, however, was non-negotiable. If her parents weren’t asked to come to the dinner, you couldn’t have been surprised that Melika was unprepared to live with David as a try-out, so to speak.
He fell over himself, trying to explain that he wouldn’t sleep in the bed with her. He would sleep in another room or on the couch, he promised, but Melika was the stone-faced, woman of few words that we’ve seen throughout this process. “I know you can’t possibly understand it, but this is not okay,” she told him.
Then he went in for the kill: “I love you”, he told her. It was the ultimate shake your head moment. As we learned on the show, David holds on tight and when he fears something slipping away he holds tighter, which is a turnoff. Just for a moment, let’s ponder how a man can love a woman like Melika after getting virtually nothing in return? Is it her looks? Is it the fact that she give him coy smiles and a few words that he interprets the way he chooses?
Give us your thoughts on this strange turn of events. If Melika says no and means it, that means, by default, Tara and Isabella are his choices. How’s that gonna’ feel if you’re one of those women?
‘Married at First Sight: Second Chances’ airs Thursday on Lifetime, immediately following the newest episode of “Married at First Sight” season 5. Image credit: Lifetime, used with permission