This recap is going to be a twofer mostly because I watch these shows on my lunch break and the episode that aired 09.12 did not have any sound on my streaming service so I didn’t get to watch it for a week… So here we go…
Episode 9: Courtney & Nick
Courtney believes that trust, loyalty and great sex are the key to good relationship and I would tend to agree
The way they were
She describes her ex Nick as charismatic, charming with a swag about him… just like Obama.
A classic beauty and a man with what the Rose Pricks podcast has coined as “Big Boy” hair, in another life these could have been Bachelor/Bachelorette contestants.
Nick says that they were together for a year and half. It was the deepest relationship he’s ever had because he fell in love with her and her daughter. Courtney explains that she has a daughter from a previous relationship that had ended in cheating (foreshadowing their issue was/is cheating). Courtney says her daughter liking him so much made her trust him more but the night it ended was because she saw some inappropriate texts.
Courtney arrives first and finds the Patrón. Nick says 8 months later he still thinks about the night they broke up because it ended so abruptly but he’s changed and wants the chance to explain himself… OK. He walks in and its …. Lukewarm.
They bullshit over what they are doing now, she is a stylist and he asks if she is still making people beautiful. Courtney explains that they would often be late to places because she would be blowing out his hair. OH SO THAT’S HOW THEY DO IT also, LOL that’s true love girl. Nick asks about her daughter and she casually mentions that she misses him.
Does she ask about me…….
Of course she does because little kids remember and ask about the craziest things over and over again. Courtney said her daughter loves him and always wants to know if they can go to the park with him. She says if they got back together it would have to be for reals to bring him back in their lives. They rock, paper, scissors to decide on Greek or Italian for dinner. Courtney says that was the best thing about them they could have fun anywhere.
Like Bobby and Whitney, minus the hard drugs
That’s literally what she said and I laughed so hard not because of the sad times of recent but because their show was balls crazy and one of the first reality shows I ever watched. Doody bubbles 4eva.
They reminisce about the road trips they took together, one to Savanah and to Mardi Gras …..what they wore, how they did their hair. Zzzzzzzzz. Then they get into it and from what I gather from this conversation, Courtney found a text and just broke-up with him right then and there without letting him explain himself. She tells him she did so because what she found wasn’t just a little flirt.
So I found a text on his phone that he sent to a co-worker that said, hey are you up? I am horny do you want to come over and play … then she sent him back a picture of her boobs
Oh Nick you big boob, that is completely drop-kick you to the curb offense that really does not require commentary. But he wants to explain his point of view and apologize. They don’t mention it but they have busted out the sand glass, previously seen with other couples to make them work through their issues in a certain amount of time. They both glance at it while talking through this, which makes me suspicious. However Courtney says that what happened will be hard to get over and they move to the couch area.
Nick explains that they would fight and break-up as teenagers do. The last time they fought he gave up hope and wanted some so, he texted up a coworker to see if she was available to warm his bed. Makes sense. But then they ended up getting back together and he realized he should not have done that. WAIT, so did he hook up with his co-worker? Never says but she does consider the texting cheating and doesn’t believe nothing happened (psst, neither do I Courtney). then he calls her out for doing the same thing. They were having problems and she was texting someone else too.
Yeah, but to be fair, he doesn’t make me blow out his hair before we go out sooooooooo
She admits to emotionally cheating, which is a real thing and she said she was sorry. But he says when he sexted the co-worker her emotional cheating was still weighing on his mind. He asks why she brought him here, why did she want to see him.
Because I love you
Nick storms out AND answers my question how this show was casted. On person submits the former couple and they both have to agree to appear, seems super manipulative. He stands in the hallway drinking as he says in voiceover that hearing she loved him made him feel worse and realize that they still have their issues. He comes back and they prepare to sit down and eat in silence. They agree that it’s good that they are getting stuff out on the table but he tells her that she needs to take responsibility for their shit too, like how she breaks up with him and then disappears. She admits that it is something that she needs to work on so they have a chance to work. She can’t always be looking for the next person to hurt her, um yeah that a pretty big issue that needs work.
Courtney takes a shower yet her make-up and hair remains intact. They play some card game with the condition of having to make-out with each other no matter what. Spoiler… they kiss and snuggle later that night. They agree the next morning to make it work again.
We’re in LOVE
Ok I am going to be honest; I think that they were talking again and/or back together before they filmed this. At one point I figured out how long ago this show was filmed but I now forgot, but I want to say it was in the spring. Deciding to get back together and move in together is pretty big step, even more so when you have a child so in that short time since they reconciled and moved in together makes me suspicious of the actual timeline of events. ALSO, there were several times that it appeared they were dragging out the conversation AND Nick storming out to the hall seemed staged. However they are seemingly nice people and I hope they can work it out because kids and cats.
Episode 10: Cornelius and Gary
This dude is the worst. Even worse than cold rice Ted Bundy from episode 1.
So Cornelius is one of those dudes who think everybody wants him, is pompous and nothing is ever his fault.
You can tell by his pensive walk
And the fact you know he practiced this face in the mirror many times
He says Gary was the love of his life, they had the fairytale romance. He loved him so much he wanted to skin him and wear him, which is a sentiment he must have gotten from the Buffalo Bill Hallmark collection. Then one day Gary up and left taking the whole apartment with him FOR NO REASON AT ALL. Already I am side-eyeing this story.
The way they were
I guess the old adage isn’t true that the couple who wears matching Cosby sweaters on holiday cards stays together
He says at first he thought they got robbed but then he called Gary’s job and found out he hadn’t worked there in two weeks and wouldn’t take his calls. Cornelius arrives first and is all over the place with nerves, he works himself into such a dither that the cameras catch him doing the Multiplicity all over the apartment just like Michael Keaton.
This one does the airing of the pits move in front of the mirror
Cornelius says what hurt the most is that he felt like Gary was trying to tell him he wasn’t worth his time, he says that he found out later from Gary’s friends that he had moved to New York and then Miami. Although it’s been two and half years he still wants to know WHY?
We do not get a shot of Gary walking down the street, which make me wonder if he almost didn’t show up.
Instead he just arrives at the apartment where they are filming where his ex was just pouring over the shutterfly book he made for him when they were still in love.
Gary asks for a hug but Cornelius doesn’t want to, at first and then Gary spots the book of love on the table where Cornelius left it so he would see. Eventually they hug and Cornelius is beside himself with emotion.
Gary says that he knows that’s what he did was wrong but he didn’t want to talk to him about it at the time because he knew he would try and talk him out of leaving. That’s not a great excuse Gary. Nevertheless, Gary is trying to talk to Cornelius and ask him what’s up and Cornelius says he knows it’s because he still wants him. I feel like Cornelius may suffer from extremely high self-esteem.
Cornelius won’t let Gary sit by him because he wants to talk and not be blinded by his charm (also to force him to look at the love book).
When Gary comments how young he looks in those pictures Cornelius agrees that he used to be a hotty totty and now he’s not, well maybe to some people.
I hate you
WOW, Cornelius is so charming. Gary asks him why kept the love book and Cornelius tells him to remind himself the relationship wasn’t all bad. Gary agrees it wasn’t bad at all, it just the ended badly. Gary explains that when he left, yes he did take everything but that because it was all his. He admits that now he can see that was a bitch move.
Gary asks Cornelius what he wants to know and he says why did you leave so abruptly.
You’re joking right
Cornelius says no but Gary insists he absolutely knew why he left and accuses Cornelius of trying to make him seem crazy.
Gary calls him out and says they absolutely had a conversation about breaking up AND more to the point he was there when he packed up and left. He recalls telling him to get off his bed because he was taking it out of the apartment. At this point Cornelius looks crazy and has either:
A) Told the sob story of coming home to his boyfriend leaving like a thief in the night and not even leaving him a glass for water so many times he believed it to be true; OR
B) Gave this sob story as a plot point to get on the show because he strikes me as one of those people who others are always like, “GURL, you should have your own reality show.”
Gary calls Cornelius out for trying to have a date at the house while they were living together. Cornelius deflects and says that was him trying to impress and make a new friend with a candle lit pool, flowers and dinner…
It’s called ambiance bitch
Cornelius in his talking head says how would that even work, when there were pictures of them together everywhere. Um people have done that, it’s not unheard of for people to do that. Gary says that they were definitely flirting and yet Cornelius says that he is so over the top that he was just trying do the most to make this guy like him. Gary tells him to not try and justify his actions but Cornelius says that it doesn’t even matter because he didn’t become a friend anyway. Probably because he thought it was weird you invited him over to you and your boyfriend’s house to seduce him with candlelight and dinner while your boyfriend fumed inside. I have never been party to this but once I was with my friend visiting her boyfriend who clearly took us to the house of woman he was also seeing. IT WAS WEIRD.
In his talking head Gary says Cornelius is lying he knew why he was upset. Cornelius does himself no favors when he says Gary must feel humiliated right now knowing it wasn’t a date but Gary is not picking up what he is putting down. He explains that he was really unhappy at the time with his job and the date as well as his own insecurities sent him over the edge. Gary insists that Cornelius knew it was over and he didn’t ghost him but Cornelius clarifies that he really didn’t know that was what sent him spiraling.
Gary admits that he didn’t break-up with him because he didn’t love him anymore but because he was hurt by his actions. Cornelius puts his guard down a bit and says what they had was special but he’s sure Gary has moved on. But Gary says he hasn’t had love close to what they had. Cornelius and his delusions of grandeur says now he that knows that Gary hasn’t had love since him, he knows Gary recognizes what he lost and is trying to get it back.
Wouldn’t you want ALL THIS?
I don’t think so, I think the relationship came crashing down with Gary was at his lowest and instead of that beacon of light Cornelius was so wrapped up in himself he didn’t notice. Gary was the caretaker in the relationship and when he needed tending to and to be taken care of Cornelius wasn’t there for him. They sit down to dinner and they start talking about their lives now. Cornelius insists that Gary feed his ego at the same time by having him tell him all the things he loved about being with him and living together. Then Gary asks him if has anyone in his life right now and Cornelius barely admits that he has a boyfriend.
Gary has to coax it out of him. Upon hearing the news Gary says he will be sleeping on the couch then.
Cornelius tells us that his boyfriend did not want him to come but he need to do this for himself and for them, so he could “be a better me for him.” OMG, Cornelius you are a terrible person. He further cements this when Gary asks him why he would risk all that to see him he makes some asinine remark about flowers and food so clearly they are on a date. So charming.
As the light go out Cornelius insists on a long hug.
But I noted that for all of Cornelius’ talk that Gary wanted him back it was Cornelius who all over Gary and Gary was the first to pull away.
Gary wakes up first and starts breakfast with mimosas. Gary tries to wrap up the whole experience in bow and tells him how glad he is that they had a chance to talk and hope they can get to know each other again. Cornelius is not as gracious, he is not looking for a relationship with Gary because he doesn’t feel like he can be all giggles and warm feelings like nothing happened. Then Cornelius takes a giant bite of his bagel and cream cheese getting it all over his mouth and Gary looks at him in a way that says this is now over for him.
So the ending is not surprising to me.
And that is the end of this series. Whew.