Love is Blind: Breaking Up a Shaky Reunion

Love is blindThe season 2 reunion has finally arrived, bringing with it all the drama viewers could have wished for after a chaotic season. The special, hosted by vanessa and Nick Lachey, answered the main questions fans have been asking since last week’s surprising finale. Below, vanity lounge writers Chris Murphy and Yohana Desta break down the biggest moments of the episode, from Shake Full-blown nastiness to married couples’ most surprising revelations Iyanna and Jarrette and Nick and Danielle.

Yohana Desta: Bless the evil television genius who invented the concept of reality TV reunions, because I, without exaggeration, might have died without this one. Shake has entered his villain era. Kyle confessed that he should have left for Deepti. Danielle and Nick does not have Argue. Nick Lachey said “musician to musician” for Sal, reawakening the nation’s pent-up memory of its pop star days. Chris, we have so much to unpack here!

Chris Murphy: I watched quietly from backstage as you covered Love is blind this season, appalled at how deeply and truly incompatible I’ve found nearly every pairing, including the “successful” ones like party animal Jarrette and homebody Iyanna. But the reunion would have us believe that they are still going strong. Still, I have doubts. It’s also kinda crazy that I can’t recognize half of the Love is blind lab rats – excuse me, I mean, vulnerable and brave daters – since the end of the season. (Kyle’s nose ring, in particular, got me thinking.)

Desta: Let’s dive a little deeper into real couples. The matching outfits they wore were a bit too much, but I will say that the reunion somewhat convinced me that Iyanna and Jarrette are…maybe the real deal? They seemed so happy and serene, and they talked about their problems so thoughtfully. There was no angst over past mistakes, no hard feelings. Maturity! In the meantime, I’m really surprised to see Nick and Danielle still together. Their wedding was one of the most stressful things I’ve seen this year, and I spend 92% of my waking hours watching TV.

But they are together! And they have matching fake Jeff Koons balloon dogs! Nick is dancing on the tables now, or at least on the kitchen island, because it’s granite. Against all odds (mostly, an evil eye cast by me), these two kind of make it work.

Murphy: While I wish Nick and Danielle and their balloon dogs Koons the best of luck, I would say I left the meeting most confident in Iyanna and Jarrette’s relationship. It’s shocking to type this, but I think these two crazy kids could pull it off! Iyanna in particular has really impressed me with her growth since the end of the season. She didn’t blame Mallory for Jarette’s shady actions and rightfully directed her anger at her fiancé! She correctly diagnosed Shake as a raging narcissist (though I suspect that’s just the tip of the iceberg)! Jarrette looks like he’s done some internal work on himself as well – no more Taco Tuesdays for you, mate!

But back to the pariah of the hour. Yohana, what did you think of Shake constantly interrupting other couples and complaining about his editing just 30 seconds into the meeting? For my part, I just don’t believe that Netflix has the technology to literally put words in people’s mouths. At least not yet.

Desta: Ted Sarandos is working on it right now. Corn Shake. Good god, Shake. I don’t even know where to start.

I feel so bad for Deepti, who elegantly dissociated herself on the sofa as Shake doubled down on her rude remarks and brotherly behavior. (“I always kept it completely 100!”) Shake said exactly one thing that was true – that Kyle and Shaina just wanted to stay on the show, whoops! – but that was it. I would say he talks like someone who has never been told to shut up in their life, but several cast members told him to shut up in the reunion episode alone. Sal didn’t even speak for the first 15 minutes of the meeting, but still used his first words to calmly tell Shake to shut up. Even Vanessa Lachey grew tired of him, telling Shake he should have been on a different show.

Personally, I agree – maybe Survivor, Where Naked and scared. Something that would keep him away from the dating circle and, you know, polite society in general.

Murphy: Shake flipped when he called out Kyle and Shaina for holding on because they wanted to stay on the show, because that’s exactly why he proposed to Deepti. A terrible game recognize a terrible game!

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