Another controversial show has officially premiered on FYI! The creators of Married at First Sight have presented us with another doozy of a show – Seven Year Switch! Basically, four couples decided to participate in an experimental type of therapy where they will swap spouses with another couple for two weeks. Sounds pretty crazy,huh?
Eric and Danielle
This couple has been together for about 6 years and married a year and a half. Danielle says that she feels like Erica is a bit too carefree and needs to “step it up as a man and as a husband.” Eric just feels like Danielle can be too uptight at times.
The experts, Dr. Jessica Griffin and Dr. Dan Shapiro, told Danielle that, because of her strict upbringing and personality, they are honestly surprised she is with someone like Eric. They also felt that Eric felt a bit as if he had to sometimes walk on eggshells in the relationship.
Leading up to the swap, the couple felt like they could handle things and were optimistic at the thought of helping their relationship. However, once it was time to leave, both Eric and Danielle were emotional while saying their goodbyes.
Houston and Alisha
This Seven Year Switch couple has been together for seven years, but married for 8 months. Alisha, a student and volunteer, feels that Houston, an engineer by and and DJ by night, values his job over her and hates that they never get spend time together. She also feels that divorce is a “definite possibility” at this point. Houston just feels like Alisha can be too clingy/dependent and doesn’t understand why she doesn’t want him to work and provide for them.
The experts believe that Houston doesn’t feel appreciated for all of his hard work providing, and that Alisha is taken for granted by Houston.
Leading up to their departure, Houston kept joking about how the grass could possibly be greener, which hurt Alisha’s feelings. However, a friend of his reminded him that just as easily as he can joke about that, another man could make the grass greener for Alisha – he better recognize!
Their departure was a bit weird. Alisha kept telling Houston that she was going to miss him, but Houston was kind of like, “Okay,bye!” He was a bit too excited, in my opinion.
CW and Rachel
These two were together for four and half years, but have been married 3 years. CW works for a fortune 500 company and Rachel is a voice-over artist who is trying to get a music career off the ground. Both of them work from home. The couple believes that, because they both work from home, that the lack of outside interaction with other couples or married people that they would possibly encounter in a workplace or other outside setting is what makes them perfect candidates for the experiment.
When the experts first walked into their home, the first thing that stood out to them was how the home didn’t even look homey – white and gray were the main colors in the house, and everything looked so empty. They were also bothered by how they didn’t always go to bed together, and how CW was okay with that(which took Rachel by surprise).
Although this couple seemed to be lacking in emotion/affection as a whole, CW actually cried when Rachel left. Rachel was nervous, but excited to work on her marriage.
Leah and Neal
This couple has been married 8 years and have a very interesting story. Because of Leah’s weight gain, Neal says that three years into the marriage he found himself not as attracted to her. Then when he lost his job, he entered a depression that made things worse for their marriage. More details about their troubled marriage are exposed when the experts arrive. Later it also comes out that he also decided to see someone else briefly after he found out about Leah’s infidelity.
When the experts show up, things look pretty normal. That is, until they see Neal’s man cave – turns out that the couple sleeps separately. When the four sat down to talk we learn that a while back Leah went to go talk to a male friend about her marriage woes. Her leaning on this man led to a sexual affair. She stated that she’s forgiven herself for the situation, but Neal says that he still has trust issues because of that. I’m pretty sure you can figure out what the experts were thinking about this one.
The night before they were to leave, things between the couple were pretty tense and awkward. Leah broke the ice, however, by confronting Neal about them discussing the affair with the experts – apparently after Neal found out about Leah’s affair, he decided to go out and see someone else also. It didn’t go as far as Leah’s affair, but Leah felt like he was trying to play innocent and throw her under the bus. Neal told her that he didn’t realize that it was a big deal since it wasn’t as serious as hers and because her affair was the catalyst. He also told the cameras that he thinks that Leah brought it up to make herself feel justified in what she did.
The Seven Year Switch couples are now:
Neal and Alisha
Houston and Leah
CW and Danielle
Eric and Rachel
One interesting thing about the experiment is that the couples can’t take their phones or any sort of technology with them. All they will have is a camcorder to record their thoughts. Also, all the new couples will move into a brand new home. That way they will be in a brand new environment so that it will really feel like they are living a new and different life.
When the couples first met their new spouses, they all seemed pleasantly surprised – everyone seemed to think that their new spouse looked pretty good. Eric and Rachel immediately developed a common bond over their love of music and playing the keyboard, and Houston and Leah both loved their house because of its view of the city. However, Rachel panicked when she realized there was only one bed in the house for her and CW, and Neal was perfectly fine with sharing a bed, which made Alisha a bit nervous.
Next week, we will get to see how the couples figure out the bed situation, along with a number of other “newlywed” situations. See you next Tuesday!