90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After? Season 5 Episode 7 featured some family dinners, some apologies, and some FIGHTS.
Angela is so terrorized by a goat head that Michael doesn't know how to respond.
Colt's family dinner with Jess goes well ... right up until Jess tells Debbie to eff off.
Chuck arrives in Moldova, determined to learn more about Andrei's past.
Asuelu apologizes to Kalani ... but can he keep his promise?
Paul actually secures lodgings for Karine.
Larissa moves in with her boyfriend ... only to learn a horrifying truth about what happened after their last breakup.
Let's break it all down!
Let's start with Angela and Michael
Angela Deem and Michael Ilesanmi are preparing for dinner with Michael's mom at their apartment. Angela is a mix of "very reasonably objecting to gender roles" and "I'm an AMERICAN." She could find a more respectful way to explain why she's not going to be Michael's servant, but that's not in her nature.
Michael tries to talk her into it
Angela says that so many things will be done the American way because they are in Nigeria, but she also expects to do things the American way in America, so it's hard to see where Michael comes out on top in any of these "compromises."
They go shopping for food
Angela is horrified by the lack of refrigeration in the open food market. This is where she once again isn't unreasonable in some ways (it's okay to have hygiene standards!) but cannot behave herself in a civil manner. Atrocious behavior, entertaining reality TV.
She doesn't love how many ingredients they have to buy
Michael wants to serve his mom traditional food. Angela wants to just order an American style pizza.
Angela is put off by the sight and smell of the goat meat in the market.
Michael encourages her to get some meat
It's not clear if Michael is really encouraging her or if he is deliberately trolling her because of what a huge weenie she's being.
It's unclear just how many of these things are Angela's focus and how many are just the cameras playing up her environment. You know, she's from the rural south. Pig feet are not that uncommon of a food in some parts of the rural south, especially given Angela's age. Are goat legs so different?
Michael presses the issue
Okay, he has to be trolling her at this point, not because buying meat is inherently cringeworthy but because her reaction is playing so well for the cameras.
Wouldst thou live deliciously?
The goat heads sort of stole the show on Happily Ever After?, and Angela had had enough.
Angela flipped out
This time, instead of jealously screaming at Michael like she did on last week's episode, she's just visibly disgusted. Is Michael playing this up for reality TV or as revenge for the way that she treats him? I'm so curious.
Ostensibly, Michael is bewildered
Culturally, Americans like to maintain a distance between their food and eating it. This has good elements (not having to live as any kind of farmer) and negative consequences (air pollution from transporting food longer distances). Most of us only see the severed head of anything on TV.
Still, it was too much
Even if he was trolling her, Angela should have acted like a respectful person and not someone running from a giant spider. Manners, please.
Look who's coming to dinner
Angela is told that she "should" cook for Michael's mom, but she is adamantly opposed to it. We don't know that we'd characterize Angela as a "feminist" but she is definitely taking some of the early steps in that direction. Just imagine what she might be like if she'd had a different life ... and could behave herself.
Her outfit is SOMETHING
She is basically draped in the American flag and it's tacky as all get out. That kind of thing is tacky on July 4th in the US.
Michael's mom does not enjoy what he cooked, but Angela ordered a pizza and even encourages everyone to eat it with their hands. Angela was grossed out by goat heads. I'm grossed out by the sight of people touching food with their hands. We are not the same.
A lot of people have compared him and Debbie to the show, Smothered. This episode and this Brazil trip in general feels more like Seeking Sister Wife. Colt wants to get married, but Debbie wants veto power.
Colt turns on the "charm"
Or whatever. As we have noted, many fans find Colt's mannerisms when he is trying to be charming or funny to be deeply off-putting. Clearly, it works on some people. Maybe he's really charismatic in person?
Jess introduces him
Remember, this is his first time meeting Jess's family. He has to make a good impression. And, of course, he's brought Debbie along.
This is not the only big family dinner in this episode. It's a great way to get to know people.
Naturally, there are questions
Colt met Jess just six months after his separation from Larissa, and just happened to date yet another Brazilian woman? Questions are fair. They want to make sure that he doesn't have a Brazil fetish and that Jess isn't a rebound. We're sure that the latter is not the case. As for the former ... who can say?
Jess' dad approves
Please note that we do not think that Silvio said "he's a good boy for you," literally, because that is how Jess talks. She did a decent job as a diplomatic translator, as far as we can tell.
Jess' family brings up marriage, suggesting that it should be soon (they have some ... we don't want to excuse it by saying "old fashioned" ... they have some ideas that people who are banging "need" to get married, it seems) and possibly even in that house.
Debbie is hearing Kill Bill sirens
She absolutely does not want even an engagement yet. Oh, Debbie. This will get MUCH messier next week, but it's already causing problems.
Jess is picking up on the hostility
"I think Debbie likes to fight" is 100% right. We doubt that Debbie sees herself that way, she just thinks that she is advocating for her son.
Jess' parents make a lot more sense
They see supporting Jess as supporting her life and her decisions because she's an adult.
Jess knows Debbie's issue with her
To be fair, Debbie might see her this way even if she weren't wary about a Larissa 2.0. After all, Debbie was wary of Larissa from the start.
Jess gets into it with Debbie
She points out that she's not like Larissa. By the way, this whole time, Colt just lays back and lets the two women in his life quarrel. Now THAT is a pattern from his marriage that continues to haunt him.
Jess goes for the jugular
She points out that Debbie cooks for Colt, does his laundry. This sounds like more of an indictment of Colt if you ask us, but whatever. (Nothing wrong with living with your mom in this nightmare economy, but I stopped letting my mom do my laundry when I was a teenager)
Colt is her child, but he is not A child
Colt is, Jess notes, 34 years old. He can do his own laundry -- or learn how.
Jess' parents hit the nail on the head
Debbie, they observe, seems to want Colt all for herself. There are normal attachments to your way of life and between family, and there is codependence. They have the latter.
Jess eventually says "f--k you!" to Debbie
Colt walks Debbie to catch a ride back to the hotel ... and she is surprised to learn that he is not coming back with her.
As for Colt
He continued drinking with Jess' family that night and was visibly hungover the next day.
He and Debbie played catch-up
Debbie is still not happy with any of this, but it's not clear if Colt suspects HOW unhappy she is.
Colt and Jess visit the beach
Colt wears a speedo at Jess' insistence and the two of them go walking along the beach.
Colt keeps defending his mom
Jess once again calls him a "baby boy," referring to his constant defending of his mother.
And yet Jess is close with her dad
Colt tries to point out that it's the same, probably because he doesn't understand what a healthy mother-son relationship looks like. Jess notes that she does not live with her father.