After last week's 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After? featured Asuelu's verbal abuse of Kalani, it was time for consequences.
To the delight of many viewers, Kalani's father managed to be both righteously furious with his son-in-law yet respectfully restrained in his response.
But Kalani isn't the only one whose husband is speaking to her in unacceptable ways.
In Moldova, Andrei's abysmal behavior is worse, not better, in front of his friends and family.
Paul is disappointing both his wife and mother. At the same time, Colt is full on making out in front of his mother.
Larissa just dodged a bullet and is in the mood to date again.
And Tania and Syngin are starting to realize that not being "soulmates" is the least of their problems.
Where is Asuelu?
Kalani sits down with her family, including her dad, for a mouth-watering breakfast (it's been years since I've eaten a breakfast like that). This is when Low, her father, asks where her husband could possibly be. Did he know the answer already? Probably. But any forewarning that he may have gotten from his wife about his son-in-law's behavior did not make this any less entertaining to watch.
Asuelu went into the room with the baby after coming back
Kalani left in a huff the day before, then sent Kalani multiple FAKE locations for her to pick him up, leaving her driving in circles for his own amusement, before he finally got into the car and came back with her. So it was time to relay his childish clownery to Low.
Kalani tells her dad what's up
She has tried sorting things out with Asuelu. Some spouses might have lied to their families to make their husband seem nicer than he is, but Kalani knows that the truth is the best option -- especially since her mom witnessed all of Asuelu's abhorrent behavior herself.
In case you need a refresher
The show flashed back to Asuelu calling Kalani a "lying bitch." By the way, if your spouse ever calls you that in all seriousness, you are 100% justified in divorcing them. Don't let anyone ever talk to you how Asuelu is speaking to Kalani.
Asuelu couldn't stop
(Yes he could, but he chose not to) "The sound of your voice is so f--king annoying," he grunted resentfully at Kalani in the same car as her mother. That is not an acceptable way for one human being to speak to another.
Asuelu insisted that it was fine
"It's my wife, I can talk to her however I want" ... he absolutely cannot.
Low did NOT like what he was hearing
Can you imagine? Hearing that your son-in-law disrespected your daughter AND your wife?
Kolini was there
Kolini is smart and likeable. So is Kalani, but Kolini is a fan-favorite in part because she doesn't have the baggage of being married to Asuelu.
Low was Big Mad
"I'm starting to get pissed off," he understated.
Time for some real questions
"Are you going to put up with that s--t?" he asked Kalani. It's not a rhetorical question.
He'd be happy to help
"Do I need to step in?" Low asked Kalani. That could take a number of forms if Low speaks to Asuelu, Samoan to Samoan. Some of those forms would be worse for Asuelu than others.
Kalani is leery of that
She hopes to resolve things with her husband because, well, a marriage where one spouse is only nice because he's afraid of his Father-in-Law is a toxic one. He should love and respect his wife or he should be single.
Low wants to help
For the record, as much as we understand how many viewers might find it cathartic to see Asuelu put in his place, we here at THG do not condone domestic violence under any circumstances -- and yes, Low getting into a fight with Asuelu would qualify. The correct response to Asuelu no longer respecting Kalani would be divorce.
Fortunately, Low respects HIS wife
He actually pinky swore, on camera, to not escalate things with Asuelu.
That said ...
He isn't going to pummel Asuelu, but he's also not going to allow anyone to disrespect his wife and daughter. That seems like a good balance.
Meanwhile, Kalani ...
Behind the closed door, she asks Asuelu if he can take a break from his game. Folks, she is being SO patient with him -- it's an admirable way to treat your spouse.
Look, I love video games -- who doesn't? -- but Asuelu needs to talk to his wife and engage with his family. At this point, his pouting is childish and absurd. He also owes Kalani a serious apology for the way that he spoke to her.
Then it was time for the party
It's Oliver's birthday weekend, and the party starts without Asuelu because he's a man-baby.
Kolini is there
Once again, as she did for months after Oliver was born, Kolini is stepping up when Asuelu is not around for Oliver. The first time around, we understood -- it's hard to uproot your life and move, not to mention the paperwork involved. This time, there's no need for a visa or saving up to move to be there for his son. Asuelu just has to stop pouting in his room.
Low DOES speak to Asuelu
He simply tells him that he needs to set aside his current issues and be there for his son. It's important to Kalani that he be part of Oliver's party. Clearly, it's important to Asuelu, too.
Asuelu does engage
But he also complains to the camera that the weekend has been "rough and tough."
Buddy, you have no idea
Low makes it clear that his threshold for how much BS Asuelu can put his wife and daughter through is very limited. We'll leave it at that.
As for Kalani
She feels like her marriage is at a crossroads and she is uncertain about the future. It's heartbreaking for her, really.
On to Tania Maduro
Tania is getting her nails done with a friend. Her lower leg is still in a brace as she recovers from a serious vehicular accident.
Her friend tells it like it is
Tania's friend acknowledges -- to the camera -- that Tania seemed to jump into a marriage with Syngin pretty quickly instead of taking her time and learning if they are truly compatible in terms of things like life goals.
Tania explains the latest setback
Syngin applied for a bunch of jobs, interviewed for one job as a bartender ... but did not get it. Then, he came home drunk.
Syngin, on the other hand
Tania's friend may understand the toll that Tania's injuries are taking on him more than Tania does, because she is (validly!) preoccupied with how it is impacting her. Syngin insists that he is not an alcoholic, but more or less admits to self-medicating with alcohol which is ... not great.
They go on a "date"
The date turns into ... not an intervention, but a little like a litany of complaints by Syngin. Maybe there were a bunch of good parts about dinner that didn't make it into the show itself.
"The wedding came so fast"
Expressing a similar sentiment to Tania's friend, Syngin admits that they went from "wow we met in South Africa and we love boning each other" to "married in the American Northeast" very, very quickly.
But there's more to it
Syngin came here for Tania, not because he dreamt of coming to America. And he is unhappy.
He's uncertain about the future
Syngin tells Tania that he's not sure that a future in America is right for him.
They may have different dreams
Syngin doesn't want to become a millionaire, he says, he just wants to make enough to buy some property and a house. That's a pretty common dream, and while that doesn't seem to be intrinsically linked to whether he's in South Africa or the US, it sounds like he's saying that he doesn't have much ambition and that HER version of an American lifestyle may not be for him.
But also? His feelings are hurt
We could mince words over what Tania meant by soulmate (some people believe that they're spiritual things but that it doesn't mean that they'd be perfect spouses or that people who are not soul mates couldn't be just as happy together, others use the term more casually), but at the end of the day, she hurt his feelings.
Paul and Karine
We see Paul and Karine squabbling like always (seriously, no couple should ever be like this!), and Paul weirdly drape a blanket over Karine while she fees Pierre. Dude, if the cameras need to blur something, they will, stop being so uptight.
Karine has a lot of doubts
She warns that if Paul can't -- for seemingly the first time in his life -- get his act together and provide for her, she and Pierre will head back to Brazil.
Paul wants help from his mother
And by "help" he means a loan. As Mary notes, she has given him "loans" in the past that he has never repaid.