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1 hour ago, TVJunkee said:

King Protea from South Africa.  gorgeous flower but odd looking in a bouquet

Oh wow, you really know flowers. I'll bet the bouquet looked better in person. I wished she had carried it walking down the isle after they were married.

My favorite part of this show is the wedding dresses and the bouquets!

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I've only watched the matching episode so far, so I'm behind. I do like Bao and Johnny individually, so I hope they don't let me down.

Jose is pinging something, and it seems like a few others here might've picked up on it as well.

It was definitely winter time, since when Ryan had his house visit, he had a Christmas tree up.

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4 hours ago, Stardancer Supreme said:

Also, I will give MAFS small props for matching Johnny and Bao's ethnic backgrounds.  I could imagine what would have happened had the show matched a Vietnamese person with a Chinese, Japanese, or Thai person thinking all Asians are alike...

Did I miss something? Did either one or both of them request a spouse of Vietnamese background?

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6 minutes ago, ECM1231 said:

Did I miss something? Did either one or both of them request a spouse of Vietnamese background?

It wasn't specifically stated on the show, but how else could MAFS have matched them? They didn't match them with a spouse that wasn't Asian. 

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Okay, my gaydar is really, really bad so would some of you please message me? I suspected one person in particular, but now I'm thinking there may be more.

Thanks in advance.

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10 minutes ago, ECM1231 said:

Did I miss something? Did either one or both of them request a spouse of Vietnamese background?

I don't remember Johnny.  Bao said caucasian or asian, but no one she already knew from "the community" which I took to mean the asian community.

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12 minutes ago, princelina said:

no one she already knew from "the community" which I took to mean the asian community.

Me too. I didn’t watch the matching shows but I assumed they both requested an Asian spouse. They both seem like their culture is very important to them. 

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10 minutes ago, Empress1 said:

They both seem like their culture is very important to them. 

Yes, and the fact that they both requested traditional tea services was really nice. I was wondering where we would see those gorgeous red outfits, since that is not what they wore to their wedding. I like them so far. She is gorgeous, but may be pretty rigid in her expectations. He seems like he might be fun. I hope they make it work. I just have a feeling they will be the only ones.

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5 hours ago, StatisticalOutlier said:

 

 

They put on the screen Jose's job title at NASA, but I can't remember what it was.  Sounded kind of impressive, like having to do with mission control. 

 

6 hours ago, Allison1 said:

Replaying to myself, Brett is a teacher/volleyball coach; Ryan is an "oil & gas liaison" (?)

 

9 hours ago, Empress1 said:

 Did they say what they all did for a living? Gil is a firefighter and Michaela is a realtor, but I don't think I know about the rest of them. Bao said something about working with cancer researchers.

I think that's due to COVID. I think there were more masks this episode than in all of the New Orleans season.

Jose is a "flight mission specialist" with NASA.

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6 hours ago, LennieBriscoe said:

Sonofabeehive! They sneaked it in at the end of "Unfiltered"! 

So I re-wound and am watching this segment! 😁

Thanks, DOUBLEMINT!

You're welcome!

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10 hours ago, Sycophant4Lease said:

Once again, my wife and I agreed with you.  We questioned her "friend's" motives.  I'm not trying shame anyone's weight.  But maybe her "friend" was a bit jealous.  Rachel was heavier and reshaped her body and is regaining her self-esteem.  Sometimes people are NOT happy when you're happy. And try to mind f**k you into remaining as miserable as they are.

Everything she said was negative and hurtful.  And Rachel's mom never jumped in to show any support.

 

of course she has a toxic friend.  

8 hours ago, Crashcourse said:

I'm surprised, too, because I think he's attractive.  I'd choose him over Jose or Ryan in a heartbeat.  

Agreed.  Johnny is cute because he is upbeat!

1 hour ago, Auntie Anxiety said:

Did Gil know how to work the pole because he’s used the one at the firehouse?

I was thinking the same thing but he probably knows how to work a pole from watching a few girls work the pole. 

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OK, I just finished watching the episode, and I think Bao and Johnny are freaking adorable together. I also have a feeling that both sets of parents are relieved that their in-laws are somewhat of a known quantity. I really hope these two make it because I'm not getting the best vibes from the other couples-to-be. If they stay together they will have some adorable (and probably genius) babies.

Also, what was up with Dr. Viviana's Pocahontas cosplay in her talking heads? 

And, yes, why was Rachel's friend such a beyotch? Way to boost her confidence. I think Rachel's very attractive, and probably one of the most appealing people this season so I don't why her friend was being such a Negative Nancy.

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Yes, and the fact that they both requested traditional tea services was really nice. I was wondering where we would see those gorgeous red outfits, since that is not what they wore to their wedding.

Maybe next week? I'd love to see it! There was a little clip of it where he said he requested "burgundy and rose gold" and he is wearing apple red and gold, so I think we maybe will see at least a little of it.

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21 hours ago, Lurk said:

Since they went to 5 couples, they've drug out the pre-wedding stuff for at least 2 hours on 2 nights with the respective pre-wedding stuff for the couples shown getting married that night. This season is off to an awful start with the 2-3 hours already spent on the matching and couple info last week. Then rehashing couple info tonight with the pre-wedding stuff. I haven't looked to see how many hours the show is next week......

I think they could have done some of the pre-wedding stuff and all the weddings tonight in 3 hours. That's another reason I record the show so I can FF.

[eta: Just looked back at things I deleted on the DVR - 2 hours matchmaking special 2 weeks ago and 3 hours last week on couple info with the commentary and previous participants. So 8 hours in and we've had 1, one, uno, single, solitary, lone wedding. Lord help us all!]

Agreed. This was just way too long. Three hours, plus Unfiltered, and then some Couples Cam all wore me out.

Also, Unfiltered seemed oddly placed this season. Having three grooms on to comment, but only Johnny had met and married his wife yet by the end of the episode.

 

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13 hours ago, cardigirl said:

My unpopular opinion right now is I'm not fond of Michaela, I don't know that she's a good match for Zach.  I like him, but 27 seems young to be thinking he's running out of time to find love, especially for a man. 

I don't like Michaela either. Don't think she and reserved/sensitive Zack will make it. 

13 hours ago, Yeah No said:

Mia was half Jamaican and half Trinidadian which could mean she's any number of races.  One of my close friends is half Trinidadian but that half is actually Chinese.  What I can't get out of my head is that I heard Pastor Cal say in a voiceover that Myrla and Gil have shared ethnic backgrounds but nowhere does it say that she is Columbian, so maybe it's just a general "Latin American" connection?  Plus the bios I've read so far on her say her ethnicity is "white", which I can't fully understand because she appears on a site for aspiring Latino leaders.  I suppose it's possible but the point is who knows?  I'm white and I have a mixed race cousin so anything is possible.  I still see a resemblance!  🤷‍♀️😉

My ethnicity is Hispanic. My race is white.

12 hours ago, Crashcourse said:

Whoever basically called Myrla an older J-Lo wannabe was spot on. 

It was her. She said it.

"I wanna look like Jlo when I'm 50."

11 hours ago, Sycophant4Lease said:

Once again, my wife and I agreed with you.  We questioned her "friend's" motives.  I'm not trying shame anyone's weight.  But maybe her "friend" was a bit jealous.  Rachel was heavier and reshaped her body and is regaining her self-esteem.  Sometimes people are NOT happy when you're happy. And try to mind f**k you into remaining as miserable as they are.

That's exactly what I was thinking. What a B!

And right in front of Rachel's mom! I just know Rachel's mom has told her "Esa muchacha no me gusta."

 

Some of you are saying Myrla looks like Mia. I somewhat agree. But I really thought Jamie was a dead ringer for her on Unfiltered.

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7 hours ago, Adeejay said:

I was shocked when Rachel's friend said, "what if he finds you repulsive?" Right then and there, it became clear why Rachel said she used to have low self esteem. With friends like this, you don't need enemies.  

I can't get over Bao throwing a hissy fit over a jersey, because she wanted a "Nobel prize winner".  She probably figured that if she couldn't find one, perhaps the experts could.  Guess she hasn't seen the show.  I didn't know that intelligent people don't like sports.  If Johnny wants someone who is going to love and adore him, I don't think Bao is the one.  

 

7 hours ago, Auntie Anxiety said:

Perfectionist Jose is going to have a difficult time overlooking Rachel’s cystic acne scars. Not cystic acne shaming, just stating an opinion.

If I had to bet, I’d say that Bao probably got a full scholarship from U of H. With a background like hers, wasting big bucks to go to a higher status university wouldn’t make any sense. Wonder if/where she went to grad school.

I like Bao but she should really apologize to sports fans. My husband is a giant Steelers fan and he graduated from Johns Hopkins with many merit-based scholarships. He is also in cancer research.

How would Bao like it if someone judged her because her University is not considered prestigious by others? She would think those people are ignorant as Hell.

2 hours ago, gingerandcloves said:

OK, I just finished watching the episode, and I think Bao and Johnny are freaking adorable together. I also have a feeling that both sets of parents are relieved that their in-laws are somewhat of a known quantity. I really hope these two make it because I'm not getting the best vibes from the other couples-to-be. If they stay together they will have some adorable (and probably genius) babies.

Also, what was up with Dr. Viviana's Pocahontas cosplay in her talking heads? 

And, yes, why was Rachel's friend such a beyotch? Way to boost her confidence. I think Rachel's very attractive, and probably one of the most appealing people this season so I don't why her friend was being such a Negative Nancy.

WHAT THE FUCK was up with the Pocahontas shit? Was she trolling us? Does she set up a sex therapist advice booth at Comic-Con? Which should probably be canceled this year anyway.

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11 hours ago, seacliffsal said:

First of all, my new favorite person is Johnny's father who refused to be a part of this fiasco wedding. 

Johnny's dad isn't my favorite. But, I get why he made the choice that he made. I wonder if he was a little less disappointed after he found out that Johnny married Bao. 

10 hours ago, StatisticalOutlier said:

his message on the card got too long; he had started it in the middle (below the fold) and got to the bottom and put an arrow from the bottom up along the side to the top to continue, and he said that Bao's reaction was that she thinks someone should have the foresight to realize...  He actually trailed off.  I laughed out loud.

I think she was afraid he was introducing her to all of his likes.  I'd be scared, too.

Johnny, his card, and his wedding gifts were adorable. Hopefully Bao will grow to appreciate him and won't steal his joy. 

7 hours ago, humbleopinion said:

A-Marry a complete stranger?

B-Marry someone you crossed paths with in college but did not date over 10 years ago?

And explain why you made your choice…..

If I was the sort of person who would apply to be on this show, I'd totally be okay with them selecting me and then recruiting my husband from some number of guys that would have been in the same places I was or had the same interests I had from ages 17-25. 

A lot can happen in ten years. But, I'd be more confident that the guy is who he shows up as while being filmed if I knew him back in the day, or knew people who know/knew him as opposed to if he was just some random dude the show recruited from IG or wherever.

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8 hours ago, TVJunkee said:

King Protea from South Africa.  gorgeous flower but odd looking in a bouquet

Retired floral designer here ,have to say I’ve never seen one in a bouquet and the shape of bouquet was odd too, flat like a fan. The dress deserved much better. 

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9 minutes ago, greeneyedscorpio said:

I sense a deep sadness in Ryan.  :(

 

I do too. And, unpopular opinion, I like him. On Unfiltered he came across as very open to making it work.  He even said he'd be happy with a honeymoon baby. I like Brett for him.  She seems like she's serious about the experiment. She's cute. He's cute. They're a cute couple.

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I thought the bouquet was ugly and it was just so disproportionate the Bao’a size.  It was overwhelming her.  Seems like both of them are OCD so I think their biggest fights will be about how to fold the towels and color code the linen closet.   I think Bao looked very disappointed at the altar.  I knew she was going to know him as they kept bringing that up beforehand.  And I don’t think a list of 30 people she did not want to be matched with is very long.  I would have 30 people just from work alone that I would have no desire to marry.  They seemed to get along well after the ceremony but I feel like her knowing him ahead of time is going to affect their marriage. 
 

I like Brett a lot but there was some mention of him dating “model types” so I wonder if he will be disappointed in Brett.  She has a gorgeous body and a great personality. I was surprised she was so reserved at the bachelorette party as she seems really fun but then I read that she is a teacher so she may not have wanted to appear at all wild while on camera.  
 

Myrna is a total buzz kill.  Sounds like she is wild in the bedroom (or at least thinks she is) but is a real drag in real life. Why would they ever pair her with someone who loves to have fun and  does not make a lot of money? Seems like all they have in common is that they both want a lot of sex. She and Carlos would have been an interesting match with all of his extreme budgeting.  Wonder if she is in a lit of debt.  
 

The girl with Carlos seems really sweet but based on her friend’s comments, I think he is going to be unattracted to her at the altar and that’s going to be their issue for the season.  
 

I think Mickaela looks like 2 completely different people depending on how she wears her hair.  It seems like it changes the whole look of her face.  

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So ... was Michaela sleeping with someone else two weeks ago??? Is that what she said? 

 

ETA: Hahahahaaaaaa drunk Gil. "If that's what she's into, if that's what she wants, or even if that's what she isn't wants, but she doesn't know that she wants."

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11 hours ago, gingerandcloves said:

Also, what was up with Dr. Viviana's Pocahontas cosplay in her talking heads? 

I cackled...CACKLED, I tell you...when she showed up looking like that.  🤣

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9 hours ago, Rae Spellman said:

A lot can happen in ten years.

Hubby and I found this whole story-line interesting.  We had known each other for 10 years before we started dating.  I was dating the father of one of his friend's gf then wife.  (Yeah, much older guy).  My now-hubby and I were even in their wedding together back then.  It wasn't until we were both single those 10 years later that she set us up on a semi-blind date.  We will have been married 28 years this weekend.

Hubby often says he wishes we had gotten together when we first met.  I tell him it wouldn't have worked, we needed those years to grow into people who would appreciate each other.

I thought Boa and Johnny were really cute at the altar.  Neither seemed upset, they both seemed pleased.  I wonder if there had been some crushing going on those 10 years ago.

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Thought Viv was on her was on her way to Jake’s neon toga party but I can see the Pocahontas look.

Johnny must have had his heart string plucked when Bao said “I insisted on the tea ceremony” when he asked if she would do it for his family.

Hope they show the tea ceremony for a peek into the Viet culture 

Betcha Bao’s and Johnny’s is the happiest reception in MAFS history for the families and friends for the fortuitous match.

This was their destiny... to paraphrase Forest Forest Gump.

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On 7/21/2021 at 11:25 PM, humbleopinion said:

Calling out JamieO’s cottage cheesey thighs in a too short dress that is inches from showing the grooms her lady bits.

Hair extensions that need brushing out.

Bad, too small shoes.

Too tight beige jacket.

Her mauve tablecloth poncho would be welcome…cover thyself, JOtis.

 

Holy Hell. I know it's super mean, but you are 100% correct. Isn't there anybody on the set of that show to help dress her? If there isn't, there needs to be. You gotta know this show is making Lifetime serious bank judging by the fact that it is on 24/7. They can afford to dress her better! At the very least, why couldn't a producer say "Hey Jamie, uncross your legs and sit Kate Middleton Princess style - it doesn't look great from this angle".  The whole look was tragic. How hard is it to pick clothes (and shoes) that fit and cover the bits???

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On 7/21/2021 at 9:52 PM, Auntie Anxiety said:

Brett reminds me of some actress who always plays the star’s best friend but I can’t put my finger on the name. The guy she’s matched up with has zero affect and looks bored/depressed/zoned out. In any event, that’s three hours of my life I’ll never get back. 

I think Brett looks like a cross of Toni Collette and Julia Roberts.  Ryan has very shifty eyes.  Not sure if that's due to nerves or maybe anxiety.  I agree with who said he has a whole lot of sad going on. 

On 7/22/2021 at 8:20 AM, Sycophant4Lease said:

Once again, my wife and I agreed with you.  We questioned her "friend's" motives.  I'm not trying shame anyone's weight.  But maybe her "friend" was a bit jealous.  Rachel was heavier and reshaped her body and is regaining her self-esteem.  Sometimes people are NOT happy when you're happy. And try to mind f**k you into remaining as miserable as they are.

Everything she said was negative and hurtful.  And Rachel's mom never jumped in to show any support.

Rachel's friend... wow... harsh!  What if it's Rachel who doesn't like the husband (Jose?) at the altar?  What if she wants to turn and walk away?  With that friend, you don't need enemies! 

19 hours ago, TVJunkee said:

King Protea from South Africa.  gorgeous flower but odd looking in a bouquet

That bouquet was way. way too big for Bao. It completely overwhelmed her, though it would have been better had she held it down at waist level.  I'm not sure why brides hold them up so high and hide the front of their dresses. Bao was stunning though... just perfect.  That sparkly cape was gorgeous.  She and Johnny did seem to relax when they realized they knew each other. I have hope for this couple! 

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12 hours ago, greeneyedscorpio said:

I sense a deep sadness in Ryan.  :(

 

Didn’t his best friend die suddenly in the recent past? 

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21 hours ago, Adeejay said:

I can't get over Bao throwing a hissy fit over a jersey, because she wanted a "Nobel prize winner".  She probably figured that if she couldn't find one, perhaps the experts could.  Guess she hasn't seen the show.  I didn't know that intelligent people don't like sports.  If Johnny wants someone who is going to love and adore him, I don't think Bao is the one.  

I'm sure that was producer scripted!!

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Now that I’m finished laughing about Bao believing there is a Nobel prize winner who would lower himself to be on this show, I can concentrate on other things, like how the producers managed to get the marriage ceremonies done during the height of Covid.

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23 hours ago, JocelynCavanaugh said:

Johnny spoke to his father in Mandarin. That is not a normal thing for Vietnamese families to do.

Thank you!  I thought that was Mandarin (I can understand pronouns and numbers in Mandarin) but all the emphasis on Vietnamese culture had me unsure.

23 hours ago, JocelynCavanaugh said:

But I guess we're all wrong because Bao thinks sports fans are the opposite of "intellects."

I think it depends on the level of sports fan-ness.  If I were matched with someone who attends every game shirtless and with a painted face, without knowing more, I'd assume we wouldn't be a good match.  And to be honest, part of it would be that this activity doesn't generally ping my radar for great intellect.  And if I were finding this out right before I was to be married to this person about whom I know nothing else, it might precipitate a general nervousness meltdown I was otherwise holding at bay.

Having a wedding gift presented to me wrapped in football jerseys wouldn't read "casual fan" to me, and obviously didn't to Bao.  I'd be fine with a casual fan, but I definitely wouldn't want to be a football widow, or deal with issues presented if the fandom is accompanied by gambling. 

14 hours ago, qtpye said:

How would Bao like it if someone judged her because her University is not considered prestigious by others? She would think those people are ignorant as Hell.

I'm sure it happens all the time.  It happened in this thread!  And, really, the judgers aren't wrong.  They might not be taking into account the reasons she had for attending a less prestigious university, and they should be if they're judging her based on the university she chose to attend, but facts are facts.

22 hours ago, Auntie Anxiety said:

If I had to bet, I’d say that Bao probably got a full scholarship from U of H. With a background like hers, wasting big bucks to go to a higher status university wouldn’t make any sense.

UT is a higher status university and it's no more expensive than U of H, and maybe a little bit cheaper on tuition.  But if she could live at home while attending U of H, it would be cheaper.

And it could be that she couldn't get into UT.  I went to UT as a freshman back in the days when, as Mimi Schwartz reminisced in Texas Monthly, the biggest hurdle to going to UT Austin was finding a stamp to put on the application.  Things have changed dramatically in the intervening decades, and the admissions process is very numbers driven, with the result that some very qualified people don't get in.  It actually boggles my mind.

 

13 hours ago, Blissfool said:

And, unpopular opinion, I like him. On Unfiltered he came across as very open to making it work.  He even said he'd be happy with a honeymoon baby.

That makes me dislike him intensely.  It's one thing to enter into a marriage arranged by these "experts," but all of that can be undone if necessary, with just some embarrassment and maybe some good stories.  A baby can't be undone and definitely never agreed to be part of the experiment.

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I didn't see the whole show and only caught the end with Bao's and Johnny's wedding, but I read that the reasons for the jerseys (like I said, I don't know if this was mentioned) was that he had one Home jersey and it held something, I think a frame?, for their home and the other jersey was an Away jersey and that held something they could use when they weren't home. Of course, if she wasn't a sports fan, she might not even know that there are different uniforms, but I thought that was really creative.

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After the Unfiltered episode Johnny is my season favorite so far. He is intelligent, funny and easygoing. After the explanation, I think his gift was awesome and witty, however I didn’t get his idea of the home vs away jerseys either until he explained it to us. I just hope Bao will be able to keep his great smile.

 Zack is so young and sensitive. He needs a very different woman next to him.

Ryan - there Is no way he was a serial dater. He is a very average looking and so far boring…I will give him a couple of more episodes to redeem himself and show us how charming his personality is, and if not, he lied to make himself sounds more interesting.

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On 7/22/2021 at 11:42 AM, princelina said:

I am surprised to see that people here think Johnny is unattractive; I find him to be adorable.

Me too!  He has a great smile and looked Frank Sinatra cool in his red velvet jacket.  Swoon!

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1 hour ago, Maximadc said:

 Zack is so young and sensitive. He needs a very different woman next to him.

Butbutbut, the “experts” expertly matched him with his forever soulmate. Even though they have nothing in common.

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20 hours ago, Bees52 said:

Agreed. This was just way too long. Three hours, plus Unfiltered, and then some Couples Cam all wore me out.

Also, Unfiltered seemed oddly placed this season. Having three grooms on to comment, but only Johnny had met and married his wife yet by the end of the episode.

 

Couples Cam was on also?

How does Unfiltered still exist?

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22 hours ago, Doublemint said:

You're welcome!

Yes thank you!  I was able to catch it too!  Maybe three next week?

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Ryan acts like his pickup truck broke down, his dog died and his Momma went to prison....

This is the song Ryan plays on the jukebox as he cries into his beer....

Listen to the whole song...the payoff is in the last verse.

 

To be honest Ryan looks exactly like a 35 year old "oil man" you would meet at the Friday night Happy Hour at the Holiday Inn in Galveston...

What would be a surprise is that he isn't a sad divorced dad, even though he looks like one....

Ryan and Brett will get along fine if he embraces being Coach Brett's husband...the kids will love him riding around the  track with his doggie Hype waiting for his wife to finish practice. 

 He will be buoyed by their acceptance of him and their energy...

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4 hours ago, Maximadc said:

After the Unfiltered episode Johnny is my season favorite so far. He is intelligent, funny and easygoing. After the explanation, I think his gift was awesome and witty, however I didn’t get his idea of the home vs away jerseys either until he explained it to us. I just hope Bao will be able to keep his great smile.

 Zack is so young and sensitive. He needs a very different woman next to him.

Ryan - there Is no way he was a serial dater. He is a very average looking and so far boring…I will give him a couple of more episodes to redeem himself and show us how charming his personality is, and if not, he lied to make himself sounds more interesting.

What is the definition of a serial dater? Why do you have to be good looking to be a serial dater? I think a serial dater is someone who dates a lot in their search to find their mate and I don't see any problem in it. They made it a negative two seasons ago.  But if you're really trying to find a mate you do need to serial date.  you don't need to date long-term with people that you don't have a long-term possibilities with.

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11 hours ago, AnnMarie17 said:

I cackled...CACKLED, I tell you...when she showed up looking like that.  🤣

My daughter and I still laugh about an outfit she had in 7th grade.  We thought it was cute and that it worked, and then years later we saw  a pic and realized she was dressed exactly like Steve from Blue's Clues.  I'm laughing thinking about it!

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26 minutes ago, Kira53 said:

What is the definition of a serial dater? Why do you have to be good looking to be a serial dater? I think a serial dater is someone who dates a lot in their search to find their mate and I don't see any problem in it. They made it a negative two seasons ago.  But if you're really trying to find a mate you do need to serial date.  you don't need to date long-term with people that you don't have a long-term possibilities with.

A person who can find enough dates to make it a series.

 

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The Houston florist had a theme when designing Bao’s bouquet.

Google “baozi”

The  King Protea is the floral embodiment of a baozi….

Bao’s Baozi Bridal Bouquet….

bridge too far? blame it on the blah Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony and someone ate the last piece of baklava I was counting on…..


 

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On 7/21/2021 at 11:52 PM, Auntie Anxiety said:

Brett reminds me of some actress who always plays the star’s best friend but I can’t put my finger on the name. 

She reminds me of Busy Phillips.

 

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33 minutes ago, After7Only said:

She reminds me of Busy Phillips.

 

That was the name that came to my mind. I like Busy Phillips, though, and my jury is still out on Brett.

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I agree with everyone who is concerned that Jose will not do wonders for Rachel's already low self-esteem.  I just wanted to point out that if he criticizes her skin, it will be a case of people in glass houses throwing stones.

Also wanted to add--Johnny's comment about Ryan as a "weary traveler" was revealing in many ways, most importantly to me it showed that he actually noticed other people and cared enough about them to think about what they might be feeling.  The fact that his family in their speech about him to Bao emphasized his empathy and willingness to support her even when they didn't agree was another excellent sign. 

 

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On 7/23/2021 at 12:46 PM, StatisticalOutlier said:

 UT is a higher status university and it's no more expensive than U of H, and maybe a little bit cheaper on tuition.  But if she could live at home while attending U of H, it would be cheaper.

And it could be that she couldn't get into UT.  I went to UT as a freshman back in the days when, as Mimi Schwartz reminisced in Texas Monthly, the biggest hurdle to going to UT Austin was finding a stamp to put on the application.  Things have changed dramatically in the intervening decades, and the admissions process is very numbers driven, with the result that some very qualified people don't get in.  It actually boggles my mind.

Ah, the good old days when being in the top 10% of your senior class got you in UT-Austin no matter your SAT scores.....

Hook 'em.

1 minute ago, Alexander Pope said:

I agree with everyone who is concerned that Jose will not do wonders for Rachel's already low self-esteem.  I just wanted to point out that if he criticizes her skin, it will be a case of people in glass houses throwing stones.

Note to self: Start collecting stones to chuck at Jose's glass house....

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16 hours ago, humbleopinion said:

Ah, the good old days when being in the top 10% of your senior class got you in UT-Austin no matter your SAT scores.....

Hook 'em.

Longhorn for life!

Bao got her MBA at U of H, at the Bauer School of Business, which is very highly respected in H-town.  She's been at MD Anderson almost her entire career, having risen in several positions.  She has an extremely impressive list of philanthropic positions, so it was no surprise to me that she was President of the Vietnamese Students Association.

They are my favorite couple, and I loved their discussion of tea service.  I hope we can see it!

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