"The proper basis for a marriage is a
mutual misunderstanding." -Oscar Wilde.
Getting married... Easy. Staying
married... The hard bit. Luckily, there's this show, which begins its
second season tonight, as nine newlywed couples come together to put
their relationships to the ultimate test. Think of it as GSN's Newlywed
Game... cubed... with a fifth of the episodes and a thousandth of the
entertainment value. In the end, one couple will win a dowry worth
hundreds of thousands of dollars. That said...
"Here come the newlyweds!" -Johnny
- Mark & Marlo Corliss: met in college;
people think he's a tattooed punk and she's a hooker.
- Matt & Ashley Cox: met in 5th grade; outdoor Tennessee folk.
- Jed & Sarin Hinkins: met at church; devout Mormons from Utah.
- Brendan & Bridget Huffman: met at a rock show; rock'n'rollers.
- Sonarak & Michele Ieng: met at a date auction; probably horny as I
- Kenny & Makayla McMorris: met at a club; they don't have a lot of
couples to gauge off.
- Rich & Audra Newbery: met at a lounge; he's... British.
- Nick & Katie Oskowski: met at a gym; very take-charge.
- Matt & Andrea Smith: met at a friend's party; easily overwhelmed.
The couples will work together as one to
build up a pot that, in the end, only one couple will win. At the end of
each week, the house will vote for one couple to be sent home. And
because Pat is a giving sort, he's starting the pot at $100,000.
Last season, Johnnie & Crystal Moutra won
$465,000. Think you lot can beat it? Love to see you try.
Challenge 1: First Impressions
Pat will ask you one question about your
first impressions of the other couples. Each time an answer matches, the
pot increases by $5000. Do it right, and there's $45,000 to be made.
Smiths: Which couple do you think has
been together the longest?
- Andrea: McMorris
- Matt: McMorris. MATCH for $5000.
Huffmans: Which couple will you annoy the
- Bridget: Cox
- Brendan: Smith. NO MATCH.
Ieng: Which couple do you think has sex
- Michele: Smith
- Sonarak: Hinkins. NO MATCH.
McMorris: Which couple has completely
opposite tastes in music than you guys?
- Kenny: Smith
- Makayla: Huffman. NO MATCH.
Newbery: Which couple has the best sex
- Rich: Cox
- Audra: Oskowski. NO MATCH.
Corliss: Which couple is the most
- Mark: Oskowski
- Marlo: Oskowski. MATCH for $5000.
Cox: Which couple here is your polar
- Ashley: Corliss
- Matt: Corliss. MATCH for $5000.
Oskowski: Which couple laughs together
- Katie: Ieng
- Nick: McMorris. NO MATCH.
Hinkins: Which couple fights the most?
- Jed: Huffman
- Sarin: Corliss. NO MATCH.
Next up.. Field trip! To a battlefield.
With firearms. What we have here is a battle of the sexes... Men vs.
women. It's a classic game of capture-the-flag. First person to do so
wins. Get hit and you're out. This is not an official challenge, but
just a way to let out some steam.
By the way... Losers cook breakfast
for the winners.
Guys take the early charge, find their
flag, and come back with it easily.
That night, libations at the bar as the
couples get to know each other. Then it's off to bed. We learn that the
Iengs are self-conscious, that Bridget thinks people from the south are
stupid (save for Ashley), and the McMorrises need to have kids before
they run out of time.
Morning comes, and the women are to make
breakfast for the men... ending up making "wieners" for the winners.
After that, a test of teamwork.
Challenge 2: Undressed
The guys will be blindfolded and stripped
to their undies in a race to see who can get dressed the quickest. Their
wives will be guiding them to jeans, shirts, socks, shoes, belt, and
sportcoat. The couple that gets dressed the quickest is safe from
The McMorris are first, getting it done
in 5:26. But not without some stuff getting knocked over and some
physical comedy. Even more so with the other couples.
The other couples, from worst to best...
Newbery, Ieng, Oskowski, McMorris, Hinkins, Corliss, Cox...
And in first... The Smiths! They're safe
from the vote. But before they lay out their game plan for next week,
Pat makes it interesting... whipping out $10,000. That is yours if you
want it. And all it will cost them is their safety.
Matt S. says it's a lot of money, while
Andrea says they're strong enough to go all the way. It's a lot of
money. It's their trip to Australia and money in the bank. In the end...
they decide to take the money. They won't necessarily be voted out, but
they COULD be.
At the pool, skinny Matt says he can take
muscular Nick "like a spider monkey". Nick then throws him in the pool.
That night, we know that Rich & Audra are
falling on hard times, while Bridget is a little bitchy. Ashley's here
to win. They want to watch out for the Hinkins. The Iengs think about
the Newberys' last place finish and the Smiths' taking the money.
Newberys think about who did best and who did worst. The Smiths roll
around in their money, saying that they want to keep people who can
learn from this. Bridget just wants to get rid of people who annoy her.
Time to vote... And after that... the
Smiths and the Oskowskis are called to the chopping block. The
Smiths are not surprised to be there, because they took the money. The
Oskowskis see themselves as a threat.
Leaving tonight... are the Smiths. But
they leave with $10,000. They say it was an awesome experience, and they
made a little money out of it.
Next week, which wife knows the maximus
about her husband's gluteus?
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