'90 Day Fiance' recap: Three couples get engaged, Jesse Meester and Darcey Silva break-up, Karine Martins suffers miscarriage
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/01/2018
90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days featured three marriage proposals, a breakup, and Karine Martins' devastating miscarriage during Sunday night's jam-packed episode on TLC.
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 Parra, 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.
Rachel had one week before her wedding in England to Jon. She said it was devastating Jon may never be able to come to the US because of his criminal record and that her family and friends couldn't attend the wedding.
But Rachel was also upset about a new discovery. She had to confront Jon about something before tying the knot but didn't want to do it right away.
Jon really missed Rachel. When he saw her at the airport, he said, "I f-cking love you and am going to marry you."
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The couple booked a cottage for the week where they'd be getting married. Rachel noted it was "surreal" to be back in England, and Jon had arranged a meeting with about 20 of his loved ones in honor of their nuptials, including an ex-girlfriend.
Rachel was surprised an ex-girlfriend was invited since he planned a pre-wedding celebration, and she felt "blindsided."
Jon had been unfaithful in a lot of his prior relationships, so this news worried Rachel and she said the woman's presence was inappropriate. Rachel felt "disrespected" and "uneasy" about the whole thing, and she needed some answers before their big day.
Later on, viewers learned Jon had given Rachel the password to his social media account so she could fix something for him and both accounts automatically log in when she goes on the computer. She said a notification popped up and she clicked on it, only to find an "ongoing conversation" between Jon and his ex-girlfriend.
Rachel admitted it "stung" to see the conversation, especially since it involved the same ex-girlfriend whom had been invited to the wedding party.
"I saw how you told her that you really did love her and about how bad you felt about how you treated her back then, as if there was some lingering closure on your end. You never told me that," Rachel confronted Jon, before telling the cameras, "It was like I was stabbed with a knife, and when I saw him write the word 'love,' the knife twisted."
Rachel said the word "love" should never be thrown around to an ex, and Jon said he felt some guilt for breaking the girl's heart. Jon explained he had known the woman for 18 years and thinking about the future made him think about the past, which left him ashamed of the person he used to be.
But Rachel was scared and those messages left her with doubts. She hoped she was making the right decision about marrying Jon because a lot was at stake.
Tarik was more invested in his relationship with Hazel than he had ever been with another woman. Thinking Hazel could be a perfect fit for his family, he decided to let Hazel meet his five-year-old daughter through video chat. However, Hazel discovered Tarik had never told his daughter's mother about their new relationship.
The conversation with Tarik's little girl didn't take place, as his ex, Rosita, never picked up the call and engaged in the video-chat session.
Tarik admitted he didn't tell Rosita about Hazel because they're in a custody battle. Tarik asked Hazel not to worry about the situation because it really didn't concern her at this point.
Later on, Hazel revealed to Tarik that she has a "crazy sister" in Japan who wasn't happy about Tarik entering her life. Hazel's sister wanted her to marry a Japanese man. Tarik was offended but insisted he loved Hazel and didn't care what anybody else said.
Hazel noted Tarik marrying her would prove his intentions were honorable, but he didn't appreciate feeling backed into a corner as well as pressure to propose.
During Tarik and Hazel's last day together, Tarik revealed to cameras Hazel's sister had a man lined up to marry her and there was pressure to go through with it. Hazel, however, promised Tarik that she wanted to be with him and only him -- and that she loved him very much.
Meanwhile, Tarik "absolutely loved her." He therefore played a song for Hazel that he had written and rapped for her as the walked along a romantic beach, and the song ended with Tarik down on one knee.
"Will you marry me?" Tarik asked.
After hesitating for what probably seemed like forever to Tarik, Hazel asked, "Are you sure?"
"Yes, dead serious," Tarik replied.
"Yes," Hazel noted as a result.
Tarik expected every man in America to think he's crazy, but he said every guy would have done the exact same thing had he been in his shoes. Tarik gushed about finding a love that people write songs about and how "the sky is the limit."
Jesse said he didn't want to be involved with Darcey anymore and his trip to the U.S. was last minute. He thought breaking up in person, rather than via text, was important and respectful.
Jesse explained it was time to call it quits on their relationship because he had made a discovery in Amsterdam that made it clear to him their relationship needed to be over.
"It was something she was caught up in that confirmed my worst fear about her," Jesse said in a confessional.
Darcey thought Jesse was meeting with her "in the name of love," but she acknowledged their romance wasn't healthy.
When the couple met in a park, Darcey started to cry and she knew something was off. Darcey said they had a lot of issues they needed to work on, and then on their way over to a hotel, they immediately began arguing -- and Jesse realized it was going to be "impossible" to have a calm and "mature" breakup conversation.
Jesse told Darcey that he could no longer put up with her "manipulation" and "lies," and that he had found her police records online.
"I found out through social media she got arrested for hitting her sister. Darcey tries to lie about it, and it just shows I do not want to be a part of it," Jesse said.
Darcey explained she had gotten into an argument with her twin sister that got out of control but they worked things out and were fine. Darcey said the fight wasn't Jesse's business at all and had nothing to do with him.
Darcey was furious because Jesse didn't come to America for love; he came to end things. Jesse also accused Darcey of alcoholism.
Darcey cried about how Jesse went through quite a bit just to "belittle her." She called him "cold" and insisted he never loved her.
Angela was trying to let her guard down and let Michael back in after a fight. She was worried, however, they were running out of time.
Michael asked Angela if she wanted to marry him, and she noted it wasn't about wanting to -- it was about needing them to be compatible and on the same page. Angela said she loved Michael and he had changed her life in "a lot of ways" but she didn't have an immediate answer for him.
"I'm scared he's going to hurt me," Angela told the cameras.
During a subsequent lunch date, Angela wondered if her problems with Michael would only get worse if they were to get married.
Angela warned Michael her life at home was boring because she lives in the country, but he still wanted to be with her since she made him feel very special.
Michael was concerned about how he'd get along with Angela's children, but he said he was "so ready" to find out.
Angela then started to cry about how she was afraid to make any more mistakes. Michael asked Angela to believe in him, and she could tell he loved her by the look in his eyes.
Angela therefore gave Michael the wedding ring she had bought, which was wrapped in an American flag. Michael appeared absolutely ecstatic. He didn't expect a marriage proposal and said it was "the best day of [his] life."
Michael hugged Angela and was so excited to come to the United States and meet Donald Trump.
Michael then got down on one knee and proposed marriage to Angela as well with a diamond engagement ring. He said, "I love you so much," and they kissed.
Paul felt overwhelmed because Karine was pregnant but she still wanted a divorce. He feared Karine's family wanted to raise the baby without him.
Karine didn't want to raise a child in an environment where the parents constantly fight, but Paul urged his wife to move forward as a team.
Because Paul kept apologizing and promising a better future, Karine decided to take him back and give him another chance because she loved him. Karine hoped, however, Paul was going to change, and she became optimistic.
Paul looked forward to Karine receiving her spousal visa.
Later on, Paul and Karine were shown heading to the hospital. During an ultrasound the previous day, the couple learned their baby had "abnormalities," so they had to meet with a doctor. Karine complained of having cramps every day.
During the follow-up ultrasound, the doctor revealed the baby was small and nothing was going through the umbilical cord, no blood or anything. There was also no cardiac activity, and so Karine learned she had suffered a miscarriage.
The baby apparently had a deformity, which likely caused the miscarriage eight weeks into Karine's pregnancy. The doctor insisted it was a "genetic" problem and nothing Karine had caused or had control over. Karine was asked to stay in the hospital in order to have the fetus removed.
Paul cried because the pair had already been picking out names and buying things for the baby. The baby brought them out of a "very dark time" in their relationship.
Ricky was set to return to Ohio the next day, so his time in Colombia was running out. He could tell Ximena was acting a little distant after the Melissa incident, but he continued to try to build trust.
While sitting on a dock, Ximena asked Ricky to prove his love for her by jumping into a river although he can't swim, and he did just that. Ximena joked how she's naughty at times and would've felt guilty if Ricky had drowned.
Ximena valued the gesture and forgave him for the whole Melissa ordeal. Ricky then gushed about how Ximena was "wife material," and he was ready to propose.
"She's definitely the love of my life," Ricky noted. "I want her to be the woman in my life for the rest of my life."
Ricky then treated Ximena to a romantic lunch on the water and was working hard to regain Ximena's faith in him.
Ricky then got down on one knee and said, "You are a marvelous person... do you want to be my wife?" Ricky added that the reason he told Ximena about Melissa was because he wants her to be his life partner and they could have no secrets from each other as man and wife.
Ximena said yes to the marriage proposal, and they both cried tears of joy. Ximena said it was the best day of her life.
Ricky anticipated many challenges ahead, but he hoped to grow upon and continue the foundation they had established.
MARTA and DAYA
Marta was concerned she wasn't going to get a visa in time for her flight. She was waiting on a letter of invitation from Daya and feared he was getting cold feet.
Marta was stressed out because she was invested in their relationship and wanted to marry Daya despite their differences in culture and religion.
Marta hoped he would come around, and she attempted to remain optimistic. However, Marta desired more effort from her man and said she had been waiting long enough already.