As soon as I saw the trailer for Temptation Island, I knew I was going to be hooked. After watching the first episode, I realized I was not wrong – but I don’t think I fully realized how insane this entire concept is.
Four couples who are at a crossroads in their relationship are embarking on a journey to find out if they’re meant to be together. In addition to the four couples, there will be 24 single males and females in the house, who are here to find love. We learn that the men will be staying in the Beach Villa, and the ladies will be staying in the Mountain Villa, separating each couple from their significant other. They will basically “date” these single people, and decide whether or not their current partner is the one, or if they’re ready to leave their relationship behind. (And potentially jump into a new one.)
Before I go any further, I have to say – this is literally the most terrible idea I’ve ever heard of. Terrible. I have so many thoughts, but let’s talk about the couples first.
Evan and Kaci are both 28, from LA,and have been dating off and on for the past ten years. Kaci feels like they’re both getting older, and she wants more of a commitment from Evan – an engagement ring, to be exact. Kaci tells us that her parents are super religious, and because she and Evan live together, they feel as though they’re “living in sin”. We also learn that Evan’s father cheated on his mother – and was murdered because of it. I can’t imagine what that must be like to carry around, however, I do agree with Kaci. If this is the girl you want to spend your life with, why not put a ring on it?
Shari and Javen are both 25, and are also from LA. They’ve been dating since they were 16 – they’re basically high school sweethearts. They’re each other’s first everything, pretty much. We learn that Javen has cheated on Shari in the past, which definitely causes her to have some reservations in their relationship.
John is 35 and Kady is 30, and they live in Texas and have been together for the past three years. It seems like Kady is the one who is questioning their relationship. She’s always wanted to be with more of an “Alpha Male”, and wanted someone more Southern than John. Kady tells us that John is “not the mold that I’m used to.” John tells us that Kady has questioned his masculinity in the past, and he hopes that this experience makes her realize what she has.
Lastly, we have Nicole and Karl. Nicole is 25 and Karl is 31, so there’s a bit of an age gap between them. They’ve been dating for 2 1/2 years. When they first met, Nicole had a boyfriend, who she ended up breaking up with and then started dating Karl. Nicole wonders if someone older would connect with Karl more than she would ever be able to. Karl worries that because Nicole left her last boyfriend for him, could she leave him for someone new?
The Couples all mingle with each other, check out their living quarters, and meet the host, Mark. They toast to finding the answers that they are seeking.
Mark, the host, digs a little bit deeper with the couples. He learns that Javen is here for redemption – he wants to prove to Shari that he’s changed. John tells us he’s worried that Kady is going to find a “Country Boy” and leave him behind. “We only have one life to live,” Kady says nonchalantly. “I don’t want to waste it on the wrong person, and you don’t either.” Kaci reiterates that she wants to get married, and Evan tells us in a confessional that he doesn’t understand why it matters so much. (God, guys are seriously so stupid.🤦🏼♀️) Nicole and Karl share their fears from earlier. It’s very clear to me that Kaci and Evan and Shari and Javen want their relationships to work, and want to be together when this is all over. I’m pretty sure Nicole and Karl want to stay together, too, but I’m not 100% positive on where they’re at. I’m totally confused on what Kady and John want. Time will tell?
Mark tells The Couples he has a surprise for them, and after a dramatic waterfall scene, stage lights shine down upon them, and 24 Singles are presented before them. Let the games begin! Shari is already annoyed – she immediately looks at the group and tells us, “I’m not impressed. Sorry not sorry.” (Dead.)
Let’s meet some of these singles….
Hannah is 22 and an “entrepreneur.” She tells us that this means she’s a Hustler. “When I see something I like, I go after it. And I like what I see.”
Johnny, 31, is from NYC and is a chiropractor. “I’m great with my hands and I’ll always have your back.” 🙄
Jeffri, 31, is a flight attendant from Arizona. She definitely has her sights set on Karl – which Nicole is not here for. She winks at him before she leaves the stage, and Nicole tells her, “Not having it.”
Brittney is 27 and lives in Cali. She’s a yoga retreat owner, and out of all the singles, she’s definitely my fav. She seems super sweet and genuine. (Unlike literally every other girl in the house.)
Allie is 26, and is an Academic Advisor from Fort Lauderdale. “I have a Masters in communication, so I’ve mastered the art of persuasion.” Shari’s eye roll at this is everything. Allie thinks Shari is intimidated by her.
Roman, 28, is a Sales Rep from Kentucky, and a true Southern Gentleman. John looks worried that Roman will be the one to win Kady over.
Sheldyn is 25, and is a student from Texas. She’s basically here to fuck your man.
Katheryn, 30, is a Medical Aesthetician from Nashville. She refers to herself as a Southern Belle, but she seems like trouble to me.
After a small introduction from everyone, The Singles are sent back inside. Shari and Javen are already arguing – Javen made a comment about how none of the guys are anything to look at, and Shari questions him – “So you like your choice of girls?” Javen tries to explain that he doesn’t, but Shari is pissed. The Couples go off to their own Villas, and we’re done for the night.
The next morning, The Couples meet back up again with Mark. They learn that the ladies will be hanging out with the Single guys today, and the guys will be hanging out with the Single girls. They’re going to have cocktails and get to know each other.
Kady and Carlos seem like they have a connection, but it’s coming across to me more platonic than anything else.
While I originally thought Kady was the only one into this entire thing, I was clearly mistaken. Don’t let John fool you – he’s loving the attention. I honestly didn’t care for him the moment he stepped off the boat, and my first impression wasn’t wrong – he’s a tool.
Evan seems to be feeling Brittney, but I think this relationship is also platonic. I think Evan is anxious and Britney is the only down to earth, sweet girl in the house.
Johnny is super aggressive toward Shari – unnecessarily so.
Jeffri, who originally had her sights set on Karl, starts chatting it up with Javen. It isn’t long before she ventures back to Karl, and she’s definitely interested. It seems like Karl is into her, too.
John is flirting it up with Katheryn – he clearly has a type, seeing that she looks exactly like Kady.
After their day mingling with The Singles, The Couples meet back up with Mark. Mark tells them that he is going to give each person from The Couples a necklace – if one of them decides he/she doesn’t want their significant other to go on a date with someone, they’re allowed to choose one person, and once they put the necklace on that person cannot go on a date with their S.O. It doesn’t mean, however, that they can’t hang out and talk (or hook up), just no dates. Mark asks if anyone would like to give their necklace to someone, and no one does – except Kady. She clearly knows her man, because she gives Katheryn that necklace so damn fast.
In return, John decides to give Roman his necklace, basically to be tit for tat with Kady.
The Singles leave, and The Couples are treated to a nice dinner. Mark joins them and asks them their thoughts so far. Evan tells him that it’s “wild to be put in this situation.” The guys all agree that the Single girls were pretty aggressive and came on strong, and the girls thought the Single guys were mostly respectful.
Shari shares her experience with Johnny and how he was aggressive, which causes Javen to get upset because Shari apparently didn’t tell him this sooner.
Mark drops a bombshell that this is the last time The Couples will see each other before they leave the island. Mark gives them ten minutes to say their goodbyes. Shit just got real.
Everyone is tearful and anxious, except for Shari and Javen, who are still arguing. When it’s time to say goodbye, they put their arguing aside and embrace each other. Everyone is super emotional as they part ways.
Wow. What an episode! What did you guys think? Which couple do you think will last? I’ve already changed my mind about Shari and Javen – I thought they were solid at the beginning of the episode, but those petty fights build up.
We’ll just have to wait and see!
Until next week…..