So, last Saturday, while I was icing my ankle down before I had to head to the store (I severely sprained it a couple of weeks ago) I decided to flip through the channels to see if there was something interesting to watch for 15-20 minutes before I headed out. On A&E, I saw a program called "The Marriage Test" that looked to be similar to Bridezillas:Marriage Boot Camp. I flip it over, wait for it to start and lo and behold who do I see?
Jeanine and Thomas of Bridezillas infamy. The couple from last season who claimed they were annulling the marriage (or not filing the license or something) after a fight at the reception. I recorded the ep (as it was an hour and a half long) and I just now got to watch all of it.
It was much shorter than B:MBC, only a week, and it didn't do any of the ridiculous exercises that MBC did, however I found the other 3 couples to be even worse than Jeanine and Thomas. No one looked good after that show was over. They claimed to have been married for 9 months when they did "The Marriage Test" so obviously they didn't get it annulled, and all the hinting that they've been separated is BS.
To talk specifically about Jeanine, I will say that I started to understand her a bit more after watching it. After her Bridezillas episodes, I think I was alone in not thinking she was completely psychotic (I don't excuse her behavior in any way however), and that Thomas had a lot to be blamed for too (and his family even more). After this show, while I don't excuse her behavior, I get it - especially why she flipped out at her father not being at the reception. At one point, she said - regarding her childhood, talking about her mother - "all I wanted was for her to take me to a park or hold my hand." She lavished praise on her father for him making sure she understood he loved her. They did have one screaming argument (that was shown), and the "counselors" shut it down before Jeanine was about to bring something up that seemed to really bother her (the root of the argument, actually) and told them "you're both done now." She was insightful into herself, and acknowledged that she needed help with some things.
As for Thomas, I thought he came off the worse of the two. He came across as completely passive-aggressive, and refused to take responsibility for anything at all. All the counselors and fellow couples kept yammering on about his "man card" and that's all he talked about too - how she "took it from him." The only thing they kept on about was him getting his "man card" back. He refused to accept responsibility for TWO affairs he's had on her, and put the blame on her for "not trusting him." He seemed to think that simply because he hadn't slept with the women, that the affairs were emotional rather than physical, that she shouldn't care. Absolutely nothing about his family was brought up, althoug Jeanine tried at one point, and was promptly shot down (see above - the argument I was referencing). I think she got "your parents" in before they told her to stop. I would have loved more exploration into that, because from what I remember about their Bridezillas episode, his family despised her, and he just let them attack her all the time.
(As a note: Only *one* of the guys was even slightly taken to task on how he treated his wife. All the other basically got to slide. One called his wife a failure of a human being because she physically couldn't not produce breastmilk to breastfeed their child, because of a previous bout of cancer. Except for one comment by Jeanine, absolutely nothing was made of it. I was horrified. Seven days later and everything was supposedly happy-happy-shiny.)
At the update at the end, they said Jeanine and Thomas were expecting their 3rd child, planning a second wedding so her entire family could attend (meaning, her mom - they are trying to reconcile), and he had yet ANOTHER affair on her. I believe they also said they are in therapy together.
I just thought it was interesting to see them both in another reality show, and compare how they came across this time around. This show was definitely more depressing than B:MBC, I wasn't rooting for any of them to be honest, and the "counseling" was even more of a joke than on MBC. So where will we see graduates of Bridezillas next?! (No where I hope.)
ETA: WhitneyWhit it wasn't an absentee parent - she acknowledged her mother was there physically, but the mom didn't love her - at all. I found that heartbreaking because I've personally seen the damage that can do. It makes it incredibly difficult to have a healthy relationship with anyone even after tons of therapy. I honestly also think that the "threatening violence, and threatening to beat your spouse" was all put on for Bridezillas. For over the past 3 years, it seems that *every* bride has done it, or actually does hit their spouse-to-be. She never threatened him during this show and he never brought that up, so either she's gotten help, or it was entirely put on. Given the number of people on Bridezillas who have also "threatened" to beat everyone (or actually have thrown things, slapped people, etc) I'm inclined to think it was scripted into the show. YMMV.
Edited by ArticWolfRS, Sep 27, 2013 @ 4:00 PM.