The last episode of FYI’s series Seven Year Switch has officially aired! Now that the couples have returned home, it is time for them to make a decision on whether or not they want to stay married or part ways. Tears are shed, arguments are started, and more counseling is pursued, but a decision is finally made. Who will stay together?
Check out last week’s episode first! Seven Year Switch 2015 Recap: S1 E7 – Reunited with Reality.
Houston and Aleshia
The first Seven Year Switch couple we see was sitting down discussing how happy they were to be back home and the big decision they had to make. Houston told Aleshia that he received an email with some marriage information from Leah, but they haven’t really talked. He said he felt it was kind of inappropriate to be constantly talking with her about her marriage problems now that they are both back home. Aleshia agreed, but she actually said that she wanted to catch back up with Neal, which didn’t make Houston too happy. He said he didn’t think that was necessary, but she said she really wanted to make sure things with him were good and the marriage was improving. Houston still said that she’s been talking about Neal too much, but this shows him that he really needs to work hard to show Aleshia that he wants to work this out and really loves her.
Later Houston taught Aleshia how to DJ, hoping that they would be able to bond over it. This wound up working, because Leah admitted that she felt welcomed by his gesture, especially since she used to not be allowed in his DJ room. He later also taught her how to cook on the grill.
The couple told the experts about how much progress they’ve made. The experts were really glad to see their happiness and commended them on all their hard work.
Eric and Danielle
When we found these two, they were trying to finish their 5-year plan homework assignment, which was actually led by Eric. When Eric showed her what he had written down, she seemed critical. She said she appreciated his effort and focus, but some of the things he wrote down (vacations, house, children) seemed out of order and she felt that them discussing career goals was important to note. She also mentioned how she was afraid he didn’t learn anything from the experiment and starting talking about her and CW’s similar career goals. You could tell that this kind of broke Eric’s spirit, but he tried to not shut down and speak up in an attempt to make her happy. And that’s what gets on my nerves – Eric is obviously trying to make an effort to make her happy and communicate, but everything is about CW. Ugh!
Danielle later met up with some friends to discuss the switch. She told them about the experiment and talked about how she and CW connected and everything. She also talked about how Eric and Rachel were really similar, which kind of scared her. The next day, Eric took Danielle fishing. When Danielle asked her how it was fishing with Rachel, he said it was pretty cool. That made her jealous, making her feel like they aren’t meant to be together. I think she’s acting like that over guilt, but she needs to get over it.
In talking with the experts, they discussed how they’re arguments have improved and Eric felt confident about the 5-year plan. They both stated that they are happy that they did the experiment, which helped them save their marriage.
CW and Rachel
Speaking the devil, he and Rachel were up on Seven Year Switch next! CW told Rachel about his promotion and bonus, which he was super excited about. However, his vibe was killed when Rachel didn’t seem as happy about it as he did – but remember she talked to Eric about this a few episodes ago. She knows that he’s going to be even busier, which isn’t good for their relationship. He said he was hurt because Danielle was always happy for him and said that he’s frustrated because he feels like she doesn’t appreciate his sacrifice. As he was trying to talk to her about it, Rachel cut him off and told him that “he is free to express him feelings, but she has to be free to react to it.” And while she was trying to finally speak up for herself, CW cuts her off, asking her to change the topic – he’s officially the Seven Year Switch husband I don’t like. He’s already lied to her about drinking with Danielle, but now he wants to cut her off when she’s finally found her voice? Forget that! And as a result, Rachel couldn’t help but wonder if she married the wrong man, and she talked her to friend about that.
The day before the experiment, Rachel went to CW and apologized for her not being as excited as he wanted her to be about his promotion (*eye roll*). He accepted, but she wanted to make sure he knew that he needs to work with her.
When the experts came, they asked them if they had had any disagreements. CW said that they did, but he was happy with how they got through it. Just when he thought they got past that, the experts asked them to have a mock argument in front of them, kind of the same way they asked Eric and Danielle. CW declined, stating that it would bring too much negative energy into the relationship. I think he just doesn’t want them to find out he lied, but that’s just me. Dr. Jessica Griffin suggested that they consider couples therapy, to which CW also declined; Rachel didn’t say anything.
Neal and Leah
When we saw this final Seven Year Switch couple, they seemed to be oddly optimistic. Neal tried to talk to Leah about how he’s still hurt by the affair but he’s trying to get out of it, but Leah just responded kind of harshly to it, just kind of telling him that he needs to go ahead and try to move past this. She’s just too hard sometimes and she still has her own issues to work through, whether she wants to face it or not.
Neal talked to his dad about the switch and told him that he wants kids now. His dad told him that that decision is huge, because for them to have a good marriage, they need to be on the same page with the same desires. The day before the experiment, they went to their pastor and first lady about the experiment. This wound up not being so good, because it showed how much discord was still apparent in the relationship. Neal claimed he was open to working things out, but Leah said that he told her yesterday that he wanted a divorce. She also claimed that she’s tired of him saying he’s open and her getting her hopes up, only to be let down again when he changes his mind. Then she just says that he can say whatever he wants, he’s been screaming divorce for the past year and nothing’s happened. So she’s just chilling. And that’s not a good way to be. She said she wants the marriage, but Neal couldn’t answer that question so easily, and he knew that was unfair to Leah.
When the experts came over, they could tell that things were not right – Neal and Leah had different expressions on their faces and were sitting apart. Neal felt fine, but Leah expressed that she felt that the experiment made things worse for the marriage, rather than better. Dr. Dan Shapiro brought back up the notion that Leah just kind of felt like she didn’t have anything to fix and that Neal needed to meet her where she’s at, while Neal was just kind of done and trying to figure out how to come to terms with that. And Neal told him he was spot on, which hurt Leah.
So in the end….
All of the couples, except for Neal and Leah, chose to stay together. Although CW and Rachel chose to stay together, Dr. Jessica expressed her concern for their relationship.
Two weeks later….
Neal and Leah are officially apart, but neither one of them seems completely happy. It’s sad.
CW and Rachel had a re commitment ceremony.
Eric and Danielle had a small party with their family, where he apologized to her dad for not asking for Danielle’s hand in marriage.
Houston and Aleshia had a barbecue, where Aleshia showed off her DJ-ing skills. And at the end of the episode, they revealed that they are expecting a baby girl!
So what did you guys think of the series? Were you surprised?