The Married at First Sight: The First Year couples have a lot on their minds. As they attempt to make their new marriages work, they’re coming to the realization that individual demons are holding them back from moving forward. On the March 29 episode, entitled “You Need Therapy,” frustration builds for one couple while another is bonding over a beautiful memorial. Let’s take a look at the show’s highlights as the Married at First Sight: The First Year couples navigate their way through the unknowns of married life.
Jason Carrion and Cortney Hendrix: After finding his half-sister and sending her an email, Jason is finally beginning to piece his family mystery together. It turns out his sister had been looking for him too, and the siblings are going to meet after an 18-year hiatus.
It has been a year since Jason’s mother passed away from cancer. He was unable to give her a “proper funeral” due to being in the firefighter academy. He wants to host an art show as a way to honor his beloved mother. Cortney helps to create his vision, which includes pizza and wine.
The art show proves to be an emotional experience for Jason. The turnout is great, and the other Married at First Sight: The First Year couples attend. Cortney can see her husband “emotionally growing.” She’s proud of Jason for how far he’s come.
Just before the episode ends, Jason is at a coffee shop waiting for his half-sister. She walks in, but viewers only see her shoes. How will the meeting go?
Doug Hehner and Jamie Otis: After not seeing eye-to-eye on the Married at First Sight: The First Year season 2 premiere, Doug is trying to make Jamie understand that she and her family are his “top priority.” Jamie tells him that she believes he is his own top priority. “I don’t feel like you really love me or care about me,” she tells Doug. “It hurts to hear that,” he replies. “I am in this, and I do want to work on the relationship. I’m sorry you felt like you were the only one. I don’t mean to be difficult, and I’m gonna work more on my priorities. I’m sorry that you even had to feel the way you did. I really do love you.” Sadly, Doug’s apology seems to fall on deaf ears. “I don’t really feel it,” Jamie tells him. She admits she is wary of his apologies.
Dr. Pepper, the Married at First Sight sociologist, has followed Doug and Jamie’s journey, and she weighs in on their issues. She believes Doug is suffering from “emotional fatigue.” He’s withdrawing from Jamie, because he doesn’t know what else to do to prove he’s invested in their marriage.
Doug takes Jamie out for a romantic dinner as a peace offering. He attempts to apologize again, but Jamie isn’t ready to accept his words. He knows there’s “nothing else [he] can do or say that’s gonna take away this anger.” Doug is visibly frustrated with the lack of understanding. He’s hurt when Jamie takes it a step further by comparing him to her mom.
The couple invites Dr. Pepper to their home for a visit. Jamie admits that she has not followed through with the doctor’s suggestion to seek a therapist. Doug says he would feel like more of a priority if Jamie had started therapy; Jamie is stunned by his admission, not knowing Doug felt so strongly. “Some of this is not fair to put on Doug,” Dr. Pepper tells her. “It’s not your issue with him; it’s your issue with you.”
Later, Jamie has some girl time with her mother-in-law. They go to a salon for pedicures, and they talk about Jamie going to therapy. Doug’s mom encourages her to do it for herself; she has first-hand experience with how helpful therapy can be. Her motherly advice is spot on: “Your past is not your fault.” She encourages her to “get over these trust issues. You have to do it for you.”
Neph Rodriguez and Jasmine Gaona: On the latest episode, Neph broke the news to Jasmine that he had bought a house. His new home is currently under construction, and he’s not ready for her to see it. After some probing, he shows her some photos of the fixer upper. Jasmine is unimpressed, and Neph is worried she doesn’t trust his judgment. “That’s kinda scary,” he shares with viewers, “because without trust, how can you have a good relationship?”
Sneak Peek: On the April 5 episode of Married at First Sight: The First Year, Jason and Cortney are house-hunting online. Jamie meets with a therapist; is she ready to dig into her past?