They've been apart for 8 months
They're waiting on the spousal visa, but it's not exactly guaranteed given Ronald's criminal history. Meanwhile, he's not supporting her, Daniel, or their daughter, Carley.
International divorce with kids? It's trucky
The attorney says that they always hope for whatever the best thing for the kids would be. He also tells Tiffany that he strongly recommends that she and Ronald try marital counseling before they take the step of divorce.
It's Ronald's turn
In South Africa, he notes that he and Tiffany filed for the visa 8 months ago, and that this is the longest that they've been apart -- certainly since they married. It's tough.
Ronald arrives at a job
He arrives on a motorcycle. It looks reasonably nice (I do not know anything about motorcycles for so many reasons but I've seen worse ones)
Ronald feels like Tiffany is being unfair
As far as he is concerned, his gambling addiction is in his past so all of his past mistakes and wrongdoings should also be in the past.
Ronald says that his work situation is not his fault
According to him, it's all but impossible to find a steady job in South Africa at that time, so he has been taking odd jobs like painting walls, which he is doing here.
Tiffany has canceled her tickets
She tells Ronald that she can't keep paying for everything herself when she has to support two kids solo. Ronald is furious, but she wishes that he'd offered to at least pay for half.
And let's be real ...
Tiffany points out that Ronald spent $3,000 to fix up his bike. She recognizes that there are economic differences between South Africa and the United States, but ultimately, Ronald is showing his priorities with how he spends money on himself.
Brandon Gibbs and Julia Trubkina
Julia is not happy with how resistant Brandon is to her idea of just living in Las Vegas. This is one of those disagreements where viewers can see both of their sides pretty clearly.
Julia's fear is simple
It's less about Vegas and more about Brandon being a little too comfortable in a miserable, untenable situation -- living with his parents. The thing is that people like Brandon get "stuck" in their habits even if they're unhappy, and it may take living independently for it to sink in how unhappy and dysfunctional their previous living situation was.
That's not the only topic at hand
Julia teases Brandon by asking if she (infamously opposed to and judgmental about cosmetic surgery) needs to get a boob job. Why? Because she spotted him looking at another woman's breasts. (They are at a pool ... unless he's staring, which is rude, it's normal to see others around you)
Julia is admittedly a jealous person
This is, in fact, foreshadowing problems that Julia and Brandon are going to have later in the season.
Julia doesn't believe in "girl and man friend"
This is a frankly deranged perspective, and it's unclear whether it is personal or cultural, but it's normal to have friends of various genders and anyone claiming otherwise is waving a huge red flag about their own issues.
Julia seems to be expressing feelings of internalized misogyny. It's no insult to Brandon (who's definitely a hottie, we acknowledge that) to say that not every woman who sees him wants to bone him, or that it doesn't matter who wants to bone him because he MARRIED Julia.
Julia's weird, unrelatable insecurities are interrupted by a phone call
Brandon's parents call and, with permission, open a letter to Julia from US immigration. She's invited to go to her green card interview for permanent residency in the US.
This is bittersweet
On the one hand, hooray, this is an important step in their marriage. On the other hand, there's a lot riding on Julia's tiny shoulders. If things went poorly, she could have to return to Russia, effectively ending the marriage.
They're still not over the conversation about where to live
Brandon says that he doesn't want to live in a big city (it would be interesting to hear him explain why), Julia notes that he didn't say that before they married, and he said that it would be "fine" to live in a big city but that he doesn't actually want to.
They go to dinner
Julia is also part of the accidental conspiracy to make me crave sushi today.
Brandon suggests a compromise
He says that they can move to the Richmond area, so that he can continue doing his job, which is a more urban environment (226,000 people isn't a big city, but it's a city nonetheless), and then maybe they can think about moving to a larger city from there some time down the road.
Works for Julia!
Julia is, in most areas, a very reasonable person who is very willing to compromise, and she agrees with this.
Julia explains to the camera that she doesn't want Brandon to go back on this or retreat. Again, she's afraid that he's a little too comfortable in their current, untenable situation.
Julia also wants to start work
She notes that she wants to be a wedding planner, which sounds amazing after she and Brandon had such a good wedding despite the truly undesirable circumstances.
Brandon's response is ... not great
It's normal to say "okay, if you want this goal, you'll need to cross these hurdles to get there," but that's not what Brandon did. He basically shot her down, saying that her English isn't good enough for the job instead of "okay, one of the things to work on will be speaking English a little more fluently."
Julia wishes that she had a little more support from Brandon. She believes in him more than he believes in himself, but he doesn't always seem to return the favor.
Elizabeth Potthast and Andrei Castravet
Elizabeth is preparing to meet up with her family, where Chuck will talk over the idea of Andrei joining the family company. Elizabeth makes several predictions about how it's going to go, and she's right.
They meet at Becky's house
Chuck's adult children work for the family business, so he wanted to hear them out about hiring Andrei -- even though ultimately, the decision is his.
S U S H I
It's a very popular food so it's no surprise that so many people on the show like it but this layout just looks so good. There's nothing like looking at sushi rolls glisten in the light on camera to get you to crave it.
Chuck pitches the idea
He does include the whole story, including how Andrei approached him seeking a $100,000 loan, which of course does not go over well.
Everybody has reservations
Becky and Jenny explain to the camera their very nuanced view -- how Andrei seems to want to skip steps in an "unbalanced" way, and it's "not meshing well" with the family.
Almost everyone says "ugh, fine"
But Charlie has real misgivings and does not want to work with Andrei after they have clashed in the past. He also says "f--k Andrei."
That's right, "f--k Andrei"
At this, Elizabeth storms out. She was mad enough when her dad was using Andrei's accent (or attempting to; sorry Chuck), but she does not want to listen to her family accurately describe her husband.
Outside, Libby explains how she feels like her husband isn't being given a chance ... now that he finally wants to. Of them all, Becky is probably the most sympathetic.
Charlie apologizes ... "but"
He's immediately called out on following his apology with "but," since that negates the apology.
Back inside ...
It does look like Andrei and Charlie have a lot to work out, but it looks like Libby's hard-fought battle is won.
She gets home
Andrei accuses Elizabeth of not advocating hard enough for him and also insists that he's not working with Charlie. So, great.
Kalani Faagata and Asuelu Pulaa
Asuelu is excited to spend some "one by one time" with Kalani, an adorable approximation of English phrases that makes Kalani smile.