The three couples on Bride & Prejudice: Forbidden Love went deeper into resolving conflicts and gaining their families’ blessing on the April 1 episode, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.” Mentor and relationship expert, Pastor Cal Roberson, challenged each couple to the most dreaded encounter they could imagine– a family dinner with both sets of prospective in-laws. The expressions were like none thus far on Bride & Prejudice: Forbidden Love, and the tension mounted asked the pairs prepared for the occasion.
Kareem and Kee Kee have the toughest climb on ‘Bride & Prejudice: Forbidden Love’
Kareem and Kee Kee (Kiandria) have been together for almost 4 years. In one sense, they have the most proven and solid relationship of all the Bride & Prejudice: Forbidden Love participants this season. They also have double-barreled objectors.
Kee Kee’s mom, Marvalene, has made it clear that she has no trust in Kareem. Kareem related to Kee Kee how she had arranged the appointment at the undisclosed location. It turned out to be set up for a lie detector test to be administered to her would-be son-in-law.
Of course, Kareem declined the test fervently. The probing effort was especially painful, considering that Kareem’s father spent time in prison. Kareem vowed never to go down that road. Kee Kee understood how this took a couple “several steps backward” in their journey to get the blessing of their families. She knew she had to visit her mother to explain this traumatic Bride & Prejudice: Forbidden Love situation.
The meeting with Marvalene became even more traumatic for Kee Kee. She and her mother revisited the many times that Kee Kee had confided the rough times in her relationship with Kareem, and mom bluntly said: “you told me too much.” The details fostered mistrust. Looking back on the revelations also brought up the painful time of the loss of Kee Kee’s grandfather and her guilt for not spending more time with him.
“It was easier for me to blame him (Kareem) than to blame myself,” she tearfully spoke, feeling that trying to do as her fiancé wanted cost her precious time.
Too close for any comfort
In a more lighthearted moment, Kee Kee and Kareem discussed the menu for the dinner. When he mentioned that his mother-in-law to be liked appetizers, Kee Kee declared that “I was thinking of a cheese tray.”
Because of the close quarters of their small apartment, the “intimacy” of the dinner for this Bride & Prejudice: Forbidden Love pair was REALLY close. The glances between Kareem and Marvalene were like lasers. Kareem’s mom, Tia, is equally convinced that her son is not ready for marriage, so the two moms seem like an impenetrable wall. Both would-be mothers-in-law have voiced concerns about Geoffrey, Kee Kee’s son, who idolizes Kareem.
Kareem told Pastor Cal that the chip returned to his shoulder since the lie detector ordeal, and the expert asked whether Marvalene was going to get “the one (Kareem) with the chip, or without the chip.” Kareem answered that he didn’t know. What Kee Kee knows is that she feels “bullied” from both sides. Monsters & Critics featured April 1 coverage on the dilemma for the couple. Fans can only hope that communication with words can overcome the dagger looks that open this Bride & Prejudice: Forbidden Love dinner.
Willi and Cameron don’t want dinner conversation to be wide open
The moment Pastor Cal tasked Willi and Cameron to host their families at dinner, Willi began biting her bottom lip like a vise. She admitted to Blair and Kee Kee on a boxing date after work that she avoids conflict at all costs. What had upset her father, Michael, most is that Cameron told her that conversion was totally “off the table.” Michael worries that anytime his daughter speaks up, her voice and needs will not be heard.
After meeting with Michael, however, Cameron consented to meet with the family Rabbi to learn about the process. He told Pastor Cal that for him, the purpose was purely “academic” and not meant toward conversion. This surprised Willi, who thought it would be “a little bit of both” for Cameron. The Bride & Prejudice: Forbidden Love counselor only nodded.
Cameron’s parents had never even met Willi’s family, and his mother and sister were very cordial to their future extended family. Cameron’s mom asked if a Jewish wedding was very different looking than a Christian wedding. Michael said no, and she responded that “we need to learn more about the beliefs,” at least being open to blending an interfaith family.
Michael asked Cameron and Willi several times if they were “considering the questions.” “We are, we are,” his daughter responded. Viewers will see how this proceeds next week on Bride & Prejudice: Forbidden Love. Michael is never known for keeping his opinions quiet.
Will Korean barbecue do the trick with Kelly on ‘Bride & Prejudice: Forbidden Love’
Chris and Blair seemed fairly resigned to the fact that Kelly may never accept Chris, especially after her quizzing “card game” last week. She is also stuck on the fact that Chris’s mother will not be part of her questioning. Sometimes, food is the best way to win a friend, and Blair and Chris host their family dinner at a Korean BBQ restaurant.
Kelly made her usual entrance, playing the part of the maternal stormtrooper. She put on her smile and was pleasant enough to everyone. Chris’s dad already urged his son to be as nice and accommodating as possible to his future mother-in-law, but to keep Blair his first priority.
The good part was that alcohol started the evening, and that’s a good thing for Kelly. Chris explained the culinary elements of Korean barbecue, and how it began with a toast. They each downed a drink that was something like vodka, and when the cameras left this Bride & Prejudice: Forbidden Love installment, no one had been wounded yet, but the night was young.
Stay tuned next week for the feasting and the fireworks on Bride & Prejudice: Forbidden Love.
Bride & Prejudice: Forbidden Love airs Wednesday following Married at First Sight on Lifetime.