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‘Bride & Prejudice: Forbidden Love’: Couples Unite to Earn Family Blessing, Kareem Combusts

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Only one week remains before Commitment Day on Bride & Prejudice: Forbidden Love. For the three committed couples in the family experiment, that leaves only days to prove themselves worthy of parental blessings, and hopefully, a much smoother road in marriage.  This week, Pastor Calvin Roberson was very straightforward, with no surprise plays like last week’s switcheroo on the supposed dream dates for the lovebirds.

In the April 15 episode, “Pray On It,” the Bride & Prejudice: Forbidden Love expert pronounced that it was time for the couples to be a united front and declare their future intentions boldly to their families. The hope in showing such solidarity is that parents will see the strength of their union, and be more likely to support it.

Chris and Blair, Cameron and Willi, and Kareem and Kee Kee have come this far in proving their committed love, but one pair, and one prospective groom, blows up under the burn of the pressure in  Bride & Prejudice: Forbidden Love.

Marvalene is no longer the major is for Kee Kee and Kareem in their ‘Bride & Prejudice: Forbidden Love’ journey

Kee Kee and Kareem worked feverishly to tidy up their place and host Kee Kee’s mom, Marvalene, again.  She made the trip up from Alabama again, and the greetings were much warmer than the couple received a few weeks ago.  When Kee Kee announced that she and Kareem intended to be married, as the culmination of their Bride & Prejudice: Forbidden Love experience, Marvalene was no softer in her stance.  “I’ll get up and walk out,” she said at one point.

The would-be mother-in-law knows that her daughter and Kareem have a committed family unit with Kee Kee son, Geoffrey, and the scenes of the three of them together on a park trail echo with everything a mother could want.   By the end of the episode, however, a meltdown would ensue in this Bride & Prejudice: Forbidden Love.

Kee Kee seemed dreadfully disappointed that her mother would not be in attendance at the wedding.  After all, every daughter dreams of that, and Kee Kee already carries guilt about not spending family time before it was too late.  Heavy gave a preview of the concerns.

Kareem proclaims his love for Geoffrey again and asks that he and Kee Kee make an appointment with a lawyer to investigate the process.  Kee Kee starts to have her first doubts about the marriage, thinking she should try to respect her mother’s feelings by waiting a while.

From the future to up in flames

Kareem and Kee Kee are seen squabbling in the entrance area to the attorney’s office.  Kee Kee narrates that their argument started in the car.  She proposed that she and Kareem put their marriage first, before making any adoption plans.  Kareem became defensive, and his anger spiraled.

“You don’t know what to do with a good man, ‘cause you’ve only had #$@%” Kareem declares.  Kee Kee stands at a distance, and Kareem gets more demonstrative as she comes closer.  He insists that his feelings are never her priority and that he spends all his time hearing her out on camera for Bride & Prejudice: Forbidden Love. Kee Kee has hinted that Kareem is different off-camera.  This is just the first time that viewers have seen anything like this.  “No this, no wedding, no nothing. I’m gonna go!” Kareem shouts, bolting for his car.

At the start of the evening, Pastor Cal teased Kee Kee about being “salty” after losing her dream date.  That problem seems minuscule compared to this episode-ending blowup.  Real love is worth the fight, but hurt feelings still have to be understood.

Whether the emotions are prompted by the pressure of Bride & Prejudice: Forbidden Love production or issues of readiness and maturity, it’s sad to see such conflict at this point in the process, and it takes two willing to give and take to work through issues.  Fans will have to wait and see what commitment day brings for this union that already seems like a family.

‘Bride & Prejudice: Forbidden Love’ takes Cameron and Willi on a calmer path

Willi and Cameron arrive at the temple for their meeting with Rabbi Lebow, and the entire encounter was the absolute delight of this Bride & Prejudice: Forbidden Love installment.  Immediately, the religious leader put Cameron at ease, and Willi was honest in saying that they plan to remain an interfaith couple, with Cameron not converting to her faith.

The Rabbi has known Willi and her whole family all her life.  He explained that “every other person” in the rows for a temple service is not Jewish, but someone who loves and supports the faith of someone else.  He said that parents really have no control over the faith decisions in a marriage, but every Jewish father wants to guide his daughter that way.

Bride & Prejudice: Forbidden Love viewers could feel the relief when Rabbi Lebow assured Cameron that he would be welcome at any service, at the bar mitzvah for his child, or any other.  It would have been a blessing to see Michael and Leah at this meeting with the couple.  Faith shines most when it heals, not divides.

One thing that Pastor Cal gave Cameron a hard time over was his “pretend” proposals.  Next week, the previews of Bride & Prejudice: Forbidden Love went to show the real thing for these two.

The couple came to see Michael and Leah in the kitchen, as always, and Michael never once interrupted or interjected.  Cameron and Willi explain their commitment to stay an interfaith couple.  Michael asked only that they constantly keep communication open, and keep having the harder discussions.  Willi’s parents also asked that their daughter and son-in-law come to them for advice.  Of course, that was a promise.

As they got ready for bed, Cameron and Willi talked about how hard the talk was.  Compared to the uphill battle for Kareem and Kee Kee, it seemed like nothing, but Willi needs to use the new voice that she has found from Bride & Prejudice: Forbidden Love.

Kelly comes close, but no cigar

“You’re never going to change her,” Chris reminds Blair as they prepare for their “unified front” show of commitment.   The location is “cute,” according to Blair, but Kelly is still too touchy to enjoy the atmosphere.

Blair flat-out asks her mother if she’s going to give her blessing.  “I can’t dictate what you do,” Kelly responds,” blotting tears with her fingers from under her eyes.  She repeats herself two more times, simply unwilling to give her daughter any support or satisfaction.

The disapproving mom leaves with a brush-off goodbye.  She really knows how to push Blair’s buttons, and that is why all of this matters to Chris.  Probably no one, no matter how Caucasian or any other hue, would meet Kelly’s approval.  Chris and Blair need to be strong in the confidence of their love in this Bride & Prejudice: Forbidden Love process, and be glad for the support they do have from Chris’s side.

A miracle could happen– Kelly still has a few days to muster some mother-of-the-bride joy.

It’s commitment time next week on Bride & Prejudice: Forbidden Love.

Bride & Prejudice: Forbidden Love airs Wednesday on Lifetime.

Tresa Patterson

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