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S01.E10: Reality Check

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Karine wonders what happened to Paul; Larry insults Jenny's family when he visits; Sean questions his future with Abby after their fight; Cortney wants more insight on Antonio's feelings; Patrick and Myriam have a heart to heart in Paris.

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Oh oh oh where to start.

If Larry wanted a wife, he should have gone on one of those bride tours.  His 401k would have been better spent.  Jenny looks just beyond dead. Amrika is the prize – Larry is the means. For gawds sake if he was smarter, he would ask her to call him by his first name.   I wonder where Jenny’s mom is.  Maybe Australia?

Courtney is just plain stupid. European men are not more family oriented, they have a roving eye and are just plain lazy.  She would have more luck with Larry above.

Karine honey, Paul will never “man up”.  Marry him for the green card and take off.

I really don’t care about Abby and Paul.

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Re: Larry insulting Jenny's family - if you aren't open minded and totally willing to embrace another culture and their food, don't go looking for love outside your comfort zone.  I am picky AF and know what I'm willing to try or not try and would hate try to force something down while everybody was staring me down.  I wouldn't be successful at looking for foreign love. But I'm also not desperate for anybody with a pulse either. 

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I'll never understand WHY these people don't do a quick Wiki about appropriate cultural norms.  But then...we wouldn't have a show.

Cortney continues to be a big ole' idiot.   Samuel was obviously playing wingman for Antonio, and she fell for it hook, line, and sinker.  In the same way I laugh at Jorge's suffering b/c "all American girls are evil feminists", I laugh at Cortney for "I thought Europeans were all about family".  Ya dumbass.

Larry, Larry, Larry...homie.  This chick isn't even a little into him.  Every talking head is about her going to America, and Larry is soooo awkward.  Family Jenny are obviously trying to be kind, but the second they step out of Larry's comfort zone, he behaves terribly.  I can tell you in my culture (we are Indo Caribbean), it would be very offensive to treat the food my family spent time, effort, and money to acquire and make, and behave like Larry did that lechon.  Also, Larry lives in Pinellas....HOW HAVEN'T YOU BEEN TO A CUBAN'S HOUSE FOR CHRISTMAS LECHON BEFORE?!  I don't eat pork and I've been invited multiple times for lechon.  Come on, man.

Karine should be done with Paul.  I'm completely with his continued "poor me" POV:  He should be alone.  And sad.  And leave all the women alone.  

Myriam and Patrick are frustrating.  Why, WHY is Patrick always flipping and tumbling on things?  That's weird.  Stop.  And Myriam needs to pick a situation and stick to it.  This is getting sad.

Whatever, Sean.  You experienced Abby for real last episode, and you still are considering marrying her?!  My.  Gawd.  I hope she fleeces you for every Buckeye penny you got, man.  Lame.

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15 minutes ago, Bibi said:

Larry : I love your goats! It's pretty!

God that was cringeworthy. Her dad was like "ummmm...yeah"

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Myriam really enjoys the ego boos she gets from Patrick, doesn't she? She really grates on me...although Patrick is acting a fool.

There aren't enough words to describe how awkward and cringe worthy Larry is. He's never eaten pork? And all that hugging and bowing to Jenny's family.

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Cortney, many Italian men live at home for a looooong time. Antonio wants his bed back. You have no business giving him orders in his own home. His friend was just scamming you along. Antonio does not want you.

Larry, the family roasted a pig. You were not expected to eat jellied pigs feet - an Eastern European delicacy. You could have eaten a few bites with some rice. Jenny’s family is poor. You were the savior for them and you acted like a donkey.  For Jenny, you are probably one of many options for a Green Card and you sending money to her family. Maybe go home and find a counselor first and deal with your own demons. Jenny, find another savior on the Cupid site.

Patrick, you don’t go jogging shirtless in Paris. And do not play Myriam. She chooses between her boyfriend, you, or someone else. Step back and give her the space to make the right choice for her. You are just filling a need for her right now and she likes it.

Paul, Karine must really want to go to Merica. Yeah, most women would run from a guy who has spent time in jail, burned his house down  and has a restraining order.

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Just now, kacesq said:

Myriam really enjoys the ego boos she gets from Patrick, doesn't she? She really grates on me...although Patrick is acting a fool.

There aren't enough words to describe how awkward and cringe worthy Larry is. He's never eaten pork? And all that hugging and bowing to Jenny's family.

He works at McDonald’s.  He’s likely eaten far more “exotic” and questionable than pork.

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It's a roast pig. People in the US have pig roast all the time. If he was offended by the fact that he was eating an animal,he wouldn't be working as a McDonald's manager. 

Courtney thinks men in Europe are more family oriented ? What planet is she from? 

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None of these people should be in relationships with ANYONE until they learn how to communicate like adults.  It helps to actually speak the language and not have an app to communicate with the person YOU WANT TO MARRY.

Larry is too dumb to do any research or even at the very least ask his cousin’s wife? about cultural norms or even understand that his behavior was just plain rude.  It’s asking a lot of him because he just isn’t smart or barely functioning on an adult level.  I think Jenny and her deadpan “yes love” self was more upset that her family was upset that she couldn’t even be bothered to explain to Larry what she said on camera about how big of a deal it was.

Run Karine.  Paul is looney.  Granted, I’m sure he wasn’t aware that you would be mugged by machete, but he isn’t all there upstairs. He’s pushed you away and told you he set his own shit on fire.  Girl, get back on that dating app.

I think Patrick must have some sort of sensitive skin condition that prevents him from wearing a shirt at all times.  I love hearing about his knowledge of all American women and how we are with his limited experience.

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3 minutes ago, poeticlicensed said:

It's a roast pig. People in the US have pig roast all the time. If he was offended by the fact that he was eating an animal,he wouldn't be working as a McDonald's manager. 

Courtney thinks men in Europe are more family oriented ? What planet is she from? 

Planet delusional.  Something is severely “off”with her.

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4 minutes ago, poeticlicensed said:

It's a roast pig. People in the US have pig roast all the time. If he was offended by the fact that he was eating an animal,he wouldn't be working as a McDonald's manager. 

Courtney thinks men in Europe are more family oriented ? What planet is she from? 

Had some BBQ pork last night myself, yhe pig had been on the spit mere hours earlier, family cook it. 

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Hey Larry, stop telling everyone that you put "everything on the line".   You spent between 5K and 10K on a vacation.   If anyone is getting anything out of this is you, the experience of a vacation outside the US, which you never had.   When you truly care for someone, you don't throw this on their face over and over.

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I guess Larry only eats Big Macs...

 

Jenny is growing on me, I hope she rips off Larry's head and "diarears" down his neck.

 

Sean lives in an alternate reality.

 

Karine, don't do it, girl...

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1 hour ago, AmyBre said:

And then with the roasted pig, he really messed it up.  Larry has no manners and no idea on social graces.   Couldn't he just taste the pig?  I mean, he's been kissing that other pig (Jenny) why couldn't he eat part of the other pig?   They were right, that was highly disrespectful.   He works at a goddamned McDonals, he's already eaten dog and cats.   Jenny should have also given Larry a heads up about the little feast they had planned for him and what was expected of him.

Patrick running in the middle of Paris.  I've been to Paris three times and I have never seen people running like that in the middle of the streets and through the monuments.  That dude is so self centered is not even funny.  Then they went to Sacred Heart and he's doing his flips again and sticking his tongue and licking his lips.  Patrick makes me want to renounce my US citizenship.

I know we're bitching around but no need to go this far. Jenny may be poor but still . She's a woman.  Not a pig.

Larry knew he was going to a feast. Why did she need to tell him about? You go to a feast, you eat and you drink.  First of all, he didn't bother to dress properly. And Jenny should have told him he was expected to eat?

 "Why is it such a big deal?" Seriously Larry. This family is so poor they can only afford one bed in a studio. They offer you a meal and you don't even taste it. I thought he was vegan maybe. Hell no, he just fears diarrhea. It's not veggies !  It's roasted meat!

I'm very proud of her father. Despite his poverty he didn't offer his daughter like Karine's  parents and Abby's did. " Oh American? Yes take my daughter away please. Do whatever you want!"

I'm so tired of these stupid Americans (thank you Mother Pedro). I won't eat this, I won't it that, I'm not going into the water, I run half-naked in the middle of Paris...

I really hope Jenny can get her green card, dump him and find a smart guy.

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17 minutes ago, hawkhd said:

 

 

Jenny is growing on me, I hope she rips off Larry's head and "diarears" down his neck.

 

 

Omg I scream laughed and couldn't catch my breath for a good 3 minutes after reading this. 

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19 minutes ago, Mercolleen said:

Where did Karine get her new phone with her mom's number already in it? Hmmm ... 

I know my mother's number and I think most people do.

If someone gave me their phone, I could call my mother.

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33 minutes ago, Mercolleen said:

Where did Karine get her new phone with her mom's number already in it? Hmmm ... 

I figure she has a girl girl phone (the one she lets Paul see) and a naughty girl phone (for continuing  to play the field). 

 

Is there any chance Larry doesn’t eat pork for religious reasons and they edited it out?

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 I think that Patrick was really sweet with Mariam today.  He may want to be her boyfriend, but from what we’ve seen he doesn’t try to grab her, he doesn’t try to grope her, he’s not trying to force her into a kiss, he  has his own place to stay, etc. He seems genuine as he’s trying to win her heart. 

 I think they could be very good supportive friends for one another.  

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If Larry is a vegetarian or doesn't eat pork for religious reasons, perhaps he should have mentioned it to Jenny in one of their chats.  Even though they appear to live in abject poverty, Jenny's dad didn't seem the least impressed with her American boyfriend.  I have a feeling he has met many, many of them, knows how this will end and is over it. 

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Larry says he doesn’t eat meat.  That’s fine.  But share it with her family before getting there. His awkward bro hugs for the win  

Miryam is making up the “boyfriend”. 

 

Hubby and I noticed Karine and her phone that was supposedly stolen. 

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We are being too hard on Larry!

There's nothing he likes better for breakfast than buttered toast,  scrambled eggs and bacon.  

And he sneaks away from McDonald's after the lunch rush for his favorite deli -- Virginia ham and Swiss on a hard roll, spicy mustard.

Then his fave dinner at Mama Pileggi's once a week are pork chops slowly simmered for hours in marinara,  served over thin spaghetti, topped with parmesan.

But a PIG !  How can ANYBODY expect him to eat a PIG ?  Come on!

Moron.

And take off your hat while you're at it, Larry!

When this season began, my initial impression of Larry was that he was a pathetic schlub, clueless and frittering away his 401K for the hope of sex.   No one I would admire, but not exactly a criminal. (Though he seemed to love his dog, which is sweet.)

Watching him tonight gave us the perfect illustration of why Larry can't connect with an American woman.  Zero communication skills and THICK. Idiot.

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50 minutes ago, Desert Rat said:

Patrick, if you want to woo a woman, leave your old ripped up clothes from Goodwill at home. 

I was in a store yesterday and walked around the young mens' wear section. Ripped up clothes are on the racks.

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2 hours ago, PityFree said:

 Oh Larry, Larry, Larry what was that ridiculous bowing and genuflecting to Jenny’s parents?  And then she refused to eat the food that was specially prepared for you as a huge and expensive honor? It’s just pork, Larry. 

Anthony needs to  find a way to just tell Courtney that she needs to get a hotel room.  She’s being rude to insist on sleeping on the bed and making him sleep on the couch.  Why isn’t she on the couch?  she’s ridiculous I can’t stand her.

The way she views sex as a huge favor and how she's really put upon with the whole idea should be a huge red flag.

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Patrick - So DUN with him.  All I can see is his BabyMama, stuck permanently in the Friend Zone, looking hurt that he's heading for Paris to a New Gal.  Really?  Karma is rough and we are all watching with the popcorn.  Marium is enjoying the attention, and had no interest in him.  IF she has a BF, she told him about Patrick only to try to get him jealous, and he's either not jealous at all, or else he's bugged and giving her the silent treatment.  Their story is annoying and the only ending I would like to see is Patrick going back to the BabyMama and putting some Serious Effort into making that family work.  Sheesh.

Larry - the look on his face as he gingerly took a bite of the pork then immediately ripped it out of his mouth, all the while sweating up a storm.....seriously?  I saw that delish looking pork and thought "Man!  That skin looks nice and crunchy....YUMM!"  He has zero social graces, and while Jenny looks to be in it for the green card, it seems like she thought he had a tiny bit of manners and was shocked and dismayed to realize that she's stuck with an social idiot.  I am guessing her Mom is in the Middle East as a domestic.  My heart breaks for her in not seeing her Mom for 3 years.  Larry should have taken one look at that home and insisted on using his 401K to get them BEDS and some some minor comforts instead of judging them and leaving.  He is useless. On the other hand, if she gets a grip on his financial situation, she may just dodge a bullet when she realizes that his income will not allow them to help her family financially....so there is that.

Antonio -- his friend is a complete wingman who hooked him up.  Corny got all goo-goo eyed when she heard the Back Up Singer tell her how Antonio's rudeness is simply cultural.  Nice!  Antonio can't wait for her to leave. I can't wait for her to leave.  Move on girlfriend, this exotic guy is too much for you....none of the passive aggressive cold shoulder will work on him in the long term.  Move on.....

Karine needs to get a person to translate what is going on...she will never understand with his "pat" answers "someone accused me of burning my personal belongings for insurance fraud."  WHAT?  There is a LOT to unpack there and without a translator, she is hopeless of getting close to the real story.  It sounded like she wanted to move forward and forget about the machete mugging, his abandoning her in a dangerous area, and avoiding talking about this past...this could work out for him....but she is making a serious mistake in not getting a translator to help her make that decision.

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3 minutes ago, Northernlights said:

Jenny is growing on me too!  In all fairness, of course she's talked to a lot of other guys.  Didn't we all before we landed on the right one?  Doesn't make her a bad person.  And she may not show a lot of emotion.  Some people just don't. 

I used to be on Team Larry, but not after tonight.  He blew right past uber doofus straight to ignorant dick tonight!  These people have literally NOTHING and they tried to honor him with a special meal which he turned up his snotty little nose at.  Like he's too good to eat that?  Whatever.  Jackass.

Poor Larry is clueless about American culture and Philippine culture. 

The family was definitely interviewing him to make sure he would be sending lots of $$’s back to support them.

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On 1 October, 2017 at 8:33 PM, Drogo said:

Karine wonders what happened to Paul; Larry insults Jenny's family when he visits; Sean questions his future with Abby after their fight; Cortney wants more insight on Antonio's feelings; Patrick and Myriam have a heart to heart in Paris.

Larry, Paul and Sean frustrate me so much. Why are these men travelling across the world to search for a wife, yet as soon as they arrive, they are obsessed with finding out if their 'loves' have been sexually active with anyone else? They place so much importance on sexual activity, even though they all are not virgins, themselves. Never ask a question if you don't want the real answer, boys. I realize these gals all want to get a chance to work in America and financially help their families, but Ugh… this is too much. These guys are gross.

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8 minutes ago, Chalby said:

Larry, Paul and Sean frustrate me so much. Why are these men travelling across the world to search for a wife, yet as soon as they arrive, they are obsessed with finding out if their 'loves' have been sexually active with anyone else? They place so much importance on sexual activity, even though they all are not virgins, themselves. Never ask a question if you don't want the real answer, boys. I realize these gals all want to get a chance to work in America and financially help their families, but Ugh… this is too much. These guys are gross.

It's something to hold over them. Power trip for them. Gives them the Green Card Upper Hand.

Have nothing against providing an STD screen if I am serious with someone. I expect him to do the same.

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I am starting to understand why Larry has not had sex in 12 years. What was so freaking annoying is that he didn’t get that jenny’s Poor family made him a special meal they likely had to scrape up the money for, if TLC didn’t pay for it, and spend hours making it. They made him a meal they can’t normally afford to have for themselves. It’s not just that he didn’t eat it, it’s the sentiment behind the meal itself. He is also an idiot because Lechon is amazing and I would gladly have taken his plate. Oh and I dated a few guys who dressed like Larry. Of course, they were in high school and it was the early 90s. 

I am over Paul and Karine. She will stay with him to get out of poverty. 

Sean is an idiot on every level. You know your 20 year-old girlfriend is still in love with her grandpa age ex-boyfriend but you are still contemplating asking her to marry you. You are officially dumber than Larry. 

Courtney doesn’t want a boyfriend, she wants someone to want her so she can reject them. It’s interesting how she was so upbeat prior to the trip and now she is just annoyed by everything. If you is so unhappy, go home like normal people. Nothing she is saying or doing would make any man throw themselves at her feet. With that attitude, very few men are going to hang around just for the hope of sex. I think she likes the chase but doesn’t want the actual relationship once caught. She reminds me of that person who is always looking for a reason to start an argument with their significant other. 

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1 hour ago, Eme said:

Larry - the look on his face as he gingerly took a bite of the pork then immediately ripped it out of his mouth, all the while sweating up a storm.....seriously?  I saw that delish looking pork and thought "Man!  That skin looks nice and crunchy....YUMM!"  He has zero social graces, and while Jenny looks to be in it for the green card, it seems like she thought he had a tiny bit of manners and was shocked and dismayed to realize that she's stuck with an social idiot.  I am guessing her Mom is in the Middle East as a domestic.  My heart breaks for her in not seeing her Mom for 3 years.  Larry should have taken one look at that home and insisted on using his 401K to get them BEDS and some some minor comforts instead of judging them and leaving.  He is useless. On the other hand, if she gets a grip on his financial situation, she may just dodge a bullet when she realizes that his income will not allow them to help her family financially....so there is that.

 

Yeah, it's terrible than she hasn't seen her mom. Many Filipinas leave the Philippines to earn money as domestic helpers in Hong Kong, Singapore, the Middle East, etc.  And many of them are not treated well by their rich Chinese or rich Arab bosses. Or they work for an employment service that hold on to their passport while they are abroad, deducts huge amounts from their pay to repay the plane ticket, etc.  Some of the younger ones then also work as freelance prostitutes in sleazy bars in Hong Kong.

If you want to read something heartbreaking on this general topic, read this story from the Atlantic about an American family that had a Filipina slave for 50 years.  https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/06/lolas-story/524490/

As far as Jenny is concerned, she's not going to reject Larry for being too poor.  He likely earns 10X what anyone in her family makes. Even if they can only send couple of hundred bucks a month home from Florida, that makes a huge difference. And she can work in the USA and send 90% of that money back.  Most definitely.  Jenny's not that young or that pretty and is in no position to reject any decent 30-55 year old American suitor. 

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The problem with Larry's meal is that the pork wasn't smushed into a rectangular patty and then slathered in BBQ sauce.  Larry's hosts really should have looked up a McRib recipe on the internet or something.*

As for Sean and Abby, I'm pulling for those two crazy kids and and their wedding.  Here's how I picture it....

The officiant looks out into the crowd of wedding guests.  "If anyone objects to this union, let him speak now or forever hold his peace."  Abby  looks expectantly at Chris, who sits a few rows back in the pews.  Chris appears to be playing a game on his iPhone.  Dejected, Abby sighs and looks at Sean.  Sean looks back at her and yells, "You invited him to our wedding?!"**

 

 

*I'm kidding.

**I think I'm kidding, but I might not be.  

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I think we’re all watching this for the train wreck that it is! 

I still think Jenny is playing Larry. I would like to see the dates on all of those Unread messages,are they really being unread? Or is she only showing all the messages she’s received while she’s been busy visiting him. Who’s to say she didn’t delete her sent messages all the way up until she got to his?     Plus why didn’t she just delete the app,if she no longer uses it? Her story is BS to me.

Larry if this is the women you “love” then just eat the freaking meal,you say you want her family to like you & respect you. Well sometimes you just have to lie to your in-laws to keep everyone happy & drama free (My mother in law makes dozens of home made cookies every Xmas because she thinks I love them. I don’t,they’re salty. But I love her effort & I love her for doing it) 

Patrick & maryiam,seem like they would be great together (even if he is obnoxious in public) but I can’t ever see her wanting to move to the US,she seems happy where she is. 

If Sean actually marries Abby then I don’t feel one bit sorry for how badly that ends for him. The signs are all there, Same thing for Darcy.

I’m not convinced the whole mugging situation went down. It’s Too much like a cheesy romantic movie, The guy reveals a flaw to the girl,the girl begs that she loves him no matter what. The guy runs off ashamed,she chases after. He pushes away,she leaves alone & then surprise surprise,she’s robbed & he wasn’t there to “protect” her (no one with a machete would be afraid of Paul,hell even with out they wouldn’t)

Courtney is an idiot,it’s almost too sad to watch. Hopefully a therapist will reach out to her & make her aware how stupid & gulliable she is & that’s why she ends up hurt. Easy target for douchebags.

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