90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days stars seven Americans and their partners overseas trying to make a romance work. In order to pursue a fairy-tale ending, these couples must overcome immense odds and obstacles, including flying halfway across the world just to meet or spend time together.
Each couple hopes a marriage proposal or wedding will take place within 90 days, or else one's Tourist Visa will expire.
The two returning pairs on 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days are Darcey Silva, a 42-year-old who works in the fashion industry from Middletown, CT, and Jesse Meester, a 24-year-old from Amsterdam, Netherlands, as well as Paul Staehle, a 34-year-old who works in IT from Louisville, KY, and Karine Martins, a 21-year-old from Brazil.
The five new couples starring on the series are Angela Deem, a 52-year-old nursing assistant for Hospice from Hazlehurst, GA, and Michael Ilesanmi, a 30-year-old from Nigeria; Rachel Bear, a 33-year-old from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Jon Walters, a 34-year-old from England; Ricky Reyes, a 33-year-old photographer and videographer from Columbus, OH, and Ximena, a 27-year-old from Villanueva, Colombia; Tarik Myers, a 43-year-old realtor and single father from Virginia Beach, VA, and Hazel Cagalitan, a 25-year-old from Manila, Philippines; and Marta Maldanado, a 30-year-old from Milwaukee, WI, and Daya, a 26-year-old Muslim man from Algeria.
Below is the latest on each American and international pairing, according to the latest episode:
ANGELA and MICHAEL
Angela packed up her stuff and threatened to leave to go to a hotel.
"He made me look like a f-cking fool," Angela said.
Michael admitted to cheating on Angela early in their relationship, saying the girl was very aggressive. But she found out Michael lied because the woman didn't throw herself at him; he went out with his friends and got drunk and was looking for a woman to hook up with.
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Angela spent so much money on the trip already and couldn't afford the flight- change fees, so she decided to ride it out.
"I'm devastated and mad at myself because I want to spend my life with her in America... [but] the fighting, I'm worried it might never end and it's kind of stressful," she said.
Angela wanted Michael to prove he loved her and would be loyal to her. She was exhausted mentally and couldn't picture marrying Michael anymore. But since Angela loved him, she decided to hear him out.
Michael apologized and wanted to make it up to her, but Angela said his road of lies made her "psycho." Angela wasn't happy.
Michael continued to try to gain Angela's trust, and he kept apologizing to her for his mistakes and lies. Michael wanted to be a better man for her, and then Angela also apologized for saying some extremely hurtful things to her boyfriend.
Angela was thinking Michael had been scamming her in order to enter the United States, but he assured her that wasn't the case and his heart was pure.
"I don't want to use you. I love you so much, Angela, okay?" Michael insisted.
Angela loved Michael with all of her heart, but she said she wouldn't tolerate any more lies.
Ricky finally told her that the reason he came to Colombia was not for her; it was for Melissa. Ximena flipped out in shock and left the dinner table. She didn't know how to act because she never wanted to be a man's second choice.
Ximena remembered Ricky had once called her Melissa by mistake as well, and so she felt "stupid" and "betrayed."
But Ricky said he never even kissed Melissa and she had been distant for a while.
Ricky told Ximena that although he had chemistry with Melissa, his relationship with Ximena was real and he loved her and just wanted to be honest with her. Ximena hated feeling like she was Ricky's "Plan B," but he considered her the best woman he could ask for and hoped she would forgive him.
"I don't want nobody else but you," Ricky told her, as Ximena was bawling her eyes out.
The next morning, Ximena had been silent and Ricky was hoping to win her heart back. He was happy and relieved to have lifted the burden that weighed heavily upon him, but it was tough for Ricky to see Ximena so upset.
"You betrayed me. You told me lies," she said. "The truth is, I don't know if I can trust you."
Ximena felt in love with Ricky but then said she fell back to reality. Despite talking and getting to know Ricky, Ximena admitted he felt like a stranger to her. But Ximena allowed Ricky to prove to her that he's not a deceitful man and deserved her trust.
The couple then promised each other not to speak of Melissa again, and Ricky knew he had a lot of work to do because their relationship was hanging by "a thin thread." Ricky was ready to step it up because he only had a few days left in Colombia and wanted to propose marriage to Ximena.
DARCEY and JESSE
It had been a couple of months since Jesse left America. She hoped the time apart would bring them both clarity, but it just left them with a lot of unanswered questions and confusion about where they stood.
Darcey still loved Jesse but they were distant and communication had slowed down. Darcey felt he got upset about "superficial things."
"I feel like there's been a little bit of a slow death to [our relationship]... I don't know why he's changed," Darcey told the cameras, before telling her hair stylist she didn't want her romance to "die out."
Darcey wasn't ready to give up, and she saw Jesse's spontaneous trip as being a good sign. She thought the reunion could only be a positive thing or else he wouldn't bother traveling to see her.
Darcey fixed up her veneers so she would look her best for Jesse and feel confident, but Jesse had no desire to go on. He booked a flight to New York to basically end their relationship.
"I've come to the realization you can't change someone if she doesn't want to," Jesse told a pal several days before leaving Amsterdam.
Jesse felt breaking up with Darcey in person was a sign of respect. He said his mistake was "holding on" for as long as he did.
Jesse was then shown traveling to Darcey in the United States and venting about how he was ready to break up with her for good.
"When I was in Amsterdam, I found out something horrible about Darcey. When I heard about the incident, I was shocked, and that was just the nail in the coffin for me. That was it. I cannot change the situation I'm in. The only thing I can do is walk away from it and hope she will learn and grow from the things that she's done," Jesse told the cameras.
Darcey assumed Jesse was visiting her so they could work things out, but she had a rude awakening in store. Darcey packed clothes for potential adventures ahead, but she wasn't aware she was going to get her heart broken.
A couple of months had passed since Rachel spent time with Jon in England. She said meeting him was one of the best decisions she ever made.
Rachel said she and Jon couldn't wait any longer to become husband and wife so she planned to travel back to England in a few weeks to get married.
"Having a wedding so soon with a man I physically met once may seem like I'm rushing things, but thus absolutely not the case. I've been looking for Jon my entire life and I don't want to wait another minute," Rachel told the cameras.
Getting married would make it easier to get Jon into the United States, but it wasn't a guarantee due to his criminal record. Rachel therefore met with an immigration lawyer to discuss the couple's options.
Immigrant visa processing would move them straight into getting a green card, but Rachel learned there would be a three-year processing time and so she and Jon would have a long-term separation. There were few ways to go around such a waiting period given the mistakes of Jon's past.
Rachel cried about having to be so far apart from the man she loved. Rachel's wedding plans were rolling, and they planned to wed in an English garden. None of her friends and family, unfortunately, could not attend her wedding -- even her father and eldest daughter. She then went shopping for a wedding dress.
Rachel, however, struggled to find the perfect dress because she was insecure about her body weight after giving birth to two children.
Rachel said she was aware Jon had previously dated women with blonde hair and blue eyes, who were also very thin. Prior to getting pregnant for the first time, Rachel noted she had weighed 105 pounds.
Rachel did eventually find a flattering dress, but it was too expensive at nearly $800.
Tarik only had one week left in the Philippines with Hazel and hoped to escape all the drama that went down with his brother Dean. The couple headed to an expensive, beautiful resort, where Tarik planned to propose as long as things went well between them with no distractions.
Tarik and Hazel didn't have sex yet, and he said she was "decidedly less affectionate" than he thought she would be.
Tarik needed to know Hazel was in their relationship for the right reasons, because he wanted to marry for love. He didn't know if she was a little standoffish due to cultural reasons or not.
Hazel thought Tarik was "too affectionate" considering they weren't married.
"I really want to propose, but I need to know for sure if she's in this for love and not for money. Hazel can be a bit of a mystery," he said.
Tarik said Hazel kissed her like they were best friends. He said his grandmother gave him more than that. Tarik felt he didn't have enough time to feel confident in a proposal, but he whisked her off on a romantic expedition and said it was going to be "sink or swim" for their relationship.
While they were in the water near a private beach, Hazel said, "I love you," and he replied, "I love you too."
Tarik didn't expect her declaration of love but said it felt "amazing."
Marta began packing for her trip to Nigeria. She fell in love with a 26-year-old Muslim man named Daya, whom she called sexy and her "soul mate." Marta wanted to get engaged during her trip abroad.
Daya came from a very traditional family but Marta had been exotic dancing for five years, which was a lifestyle he disapproved of.
Marta then learned she needed a letter of invitation from Daya in order to travel or else she couldn't obtain a visa. Marta said it was up to him to do his part, because he needed to be the one to write the letter.
Daya didn't speak much English and she couldn't speak Arabic, so they struggled to communicate, but Daya still promised to compile the letter.
Marta, however, felt Daya was pushing her into Islam. She grew up Catholic and noted her faith is important to her, but Daya seemed upset with her when he spotted a cross necklace around her neck during a video chat.
Marta said she wasn't trying to push her religion into Daya, but he was angry and annoyed, so much so that he abruptly ended their video chat.
Paul said Karine's family viewed him as "an unlimited ATM machine." He couldn't take care of her loved ones financially, but she had been hurt and offended by his behavior.
Paul was stressed out. Karine's mother pushed for them to divorce, but Paul said it was like "pulling teeth" to get Karine to talk. Paul's mother advised him to talk things out and work things out or just come home because they had too many differences.
"I need to figure out if I want to get this divorce and go home or really fight for this marriage," Paul said in a confessional.
Paul hadn't heard from Karine in several days because she wanted a divorce, but then Paul got a text message she was "at the clinic with her mother." Paul never saw this coming, because Karine informed him that she might be pregnant.
When they met at the clinic, Karine was looking to confirm whether she was pregnant because she had apparently taken a positive pregnancy test at home.
Karine's mother no longer trusted Paul and wanted Karine to divorce him no matter what the results turned out to be. Two hours from that point, Karine discovered she was four or five weeks pregnant.
"I'm surprised. I still can't believe it. Paul and I have a lot of problems in the relationship, and now a child is coming, I don't know if I want to be with Paul," Karine told the cameras.
Paul, however, insisted he was dedicated to Karine and the baby and wanted their marriage to work more than ever. Karine's mom told Paul that Karine's baby needed to grow up in an environment with unconditional love and affection.
Paul worried Karine and her family might not let him be involved in his child's life.