The couples were matched by Married at First Sight experts Dr. Jessica Griffin, Dr. Pepper Schwartz, and Pastor Calvin Roberson based on compatibility, personality, life goals, hobbies, religion, views of marriage and gender roles, and much more.
Over the course of the season, which filmed for seven weeks, each couple will be shown moving in together and then navigating the joys and struggles of daily life together.
The latest Married at First Sight broadcast began on Day 5 of marriage, with AJ feeding Stephanie fruit in bed and Kristine and Keith sharing a sweet kiss.
Kate worries Luke still won't kiss her
Kate said Luke was considerate about everything, as he made her tea in the morning and asked if she was okay every time she had a sad or worried look on her face.
"We sleep in the same bed, we cuddle every night, but he still hasn't kissed me since the wedding. So it's this weird, confusing place we're in right now, and I do think there's something Luke might be holding back or has a wall up. I'm still getting to know him," Kate told the cameras.
Luke expressed how he had signed up for Married at First Sight to find his partner in life and "to take over the world and build our own empire."
"Right now, I'm still trying to figure out if Kate is that woman for me, but we haven't even kissed since the day we met, which is a little hard, but I don't think it's weird for strangers who just got married to be a little rocky about intimacy immediately," Luke explained in a confessional.
Luke, however, was still committed to getting to know his wife and finding out why they were matched to begin with.
Kate saw glimpses of what she'd love their marriage to be, so she hoped those little moments would turn into more, and she remained pretty optimistic.
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Meanwhile, things were going great for Will and Jasmine. He thought she was "easy to talk to and fun to be around," but he was still concerned about their different views on gender roles.
"We're definitely going to have to figure out how a marriage works with those fundamental differences, but I'm hoping it won't be a problem moving forward," Will explained.
The couple walked a beach together in the morning, and Jasmine thought it was very romantic. Jasmine continued to learn about her husband, but she said it was time to turn up the heat!
"We need to have physical intimacy in order to make some babies soon," Jasmine told the cameras, although Luke admitted he tended to be low energy and somewhat guarded in a relationship.
Will thought they were getting close to sexual intimacy, but he was okay with taking things slow.
As for Kristine and Keith, Keith planned a bike ride for them in the morning to prove to his wife he'd do whatever it takes to make things work between them. After all, Kristine had a very active lifestyle.
Keith was so excited to be on vacation with a stranger who already felt like his best friend, and he noted if his wife wanted him to get a six pack of abs, he'd make that happen!
The guys talk about their new wives
Later on, the guys got together and bonded over some golf.
They talked about whether their wives wanted to take their last names, and Luke revealed Kate would be up for it but they were taking "baby steps" and building a friendship first so it probably wouldn't make sense to make a quick decision on that.
Keith said he'd like for Kristine to take his last name, but then Will said since Married at First Sight is so untraditional, he almost expected the ladies to not want to change their names.
As for AJ, he didn't care either way depending on what his wife would like to do.
Will and Jasmine were then shown going ziplining; however, Will chose not to participate because he's afraid of heights. He admitted the activity was simply not for him.
"I enjoy a good thrill and I am trying to get Will out of his comfort zone... I am a little disappointed honestly that Will is not as adventurous as I am, because I was looking for someone who is very outgoing," Jasmine said in a confessional.
"It seems like Will is the opposite of me, so it's challenging."
Will could tell Jasmine was disappointed, but he said he was doing his best to support her in her "crazy efforts."
Luke tells Kate she's not his type
Meanwhile, Kate and Luke enjoyed a glass of wine but then she dropped a bombshell.
"Last night, Luke and I did have a talk about how he feels about me in terms of, 'Is he attracted to me?' And it came out that, no, I'm not his type," Kate revealed to cameras.
"It's, like, worst case scenario. This is one of the fears that I had going into this, that one of us wouldn't be attracted to the other. And now it's happening and I'm just trying to figure out how we can move forward after this."
Dr. Pepper Schwartz explained the experts had matched Kate and Luke because they both had been dating the wrong person and wanted a stable family life.
Dr. Pepper insisted Luke was "sabotaging" his marriage by being so focused on his attraction to Kate and her looks. She said this experiment is about values, morals and finding someone to share a life with and grow old with.
"It's not all physical," Luke told his wife, who said she lucked out because she viewed him as the whole package.
"I'm trying to have hope because I wanted this marriage more than anything, but right now, my husband isn't attracted to me. Knowing that could be the reason why this marriage fails is very disheartening."
Luke noted the entire situation was tricky.
"It's kind of hard to have her not be what I am typically attracted to, which is darker features. I like brunettes and dark eyes, and Kate is the opposite," Luke acknowledged.
"But I'm hoping the attraction will grow between us as we spend more time together."
On Day 6 of marriage, Stephanie wrote AJ a note about how happy he made her and how she loved his ability to always make her laugh.
Will and Jasmine then enjoyed a romantic dinner out for their one-week anniversary. He was looking forward to seeing her in her natural environment, including how she acts with her dogs.
Will laughed about how he cleans "bi-weekly" and would describe his messy nature as organized confusion. Jasmine agreed to cook and clean as long as Will paid the bills, but the more likely solution seemed to be for the both of them to share their own weight.
Jasmine revealed her dog Bentley will be her top priority, but Will at least love dogs.
Meanwhile, AJ planned a special dinner on the beach for his wife. AJ was glad to have someone whom he could pull out all the stops for, and it meant a lot to him to be able to eat dinner with someone by his side.
Based on AJ's food choices for Stephanie, she could tell he was listening and paying attention. He also bought her a gorgeous bouquet of flowers. Thoughtfulness was "huge" for her, and these gestures went a long way.
"If he keeps this up, it will be really easy to fall in love with AJ," Stephanie said.
On Day 7 of marriage, the girls got together for a yoga class, and Jasmine asked the ladies whether they had sex with their husbands yet.
Stephanie admitted, "It's done!" But Kristine said she was "holding out" and "staying strong," although she and Keith were close to that point.
Kate said she didn't have sex with Luke but she was "ready," and then Jasmine said her flirtation with Will was building but they were being respectful of each other's space and getting to know each other on a deeper level.
As far as issues go, Jasmine brought up gender roles and how Will wanted a 50/50 partnership. Kristine insisted she was waiting for a problem with Keith to come up but they were just meshing well in the time being.
Kate tells the other girls Luke isn't attracted to her
And that's when Kate told the group she's not Luke's type and he had said he's not attracted to her at all. The girls agreed Kate is "hot," so no one understood what Luke's problem was.
"He said I'm just not what he was expecting," Kate disclosed to the girls. "I said, 'What is your type?' And he said, 'I don't have a type.'"
Jasmine pointed out that Luke wasn't making any sense
"The attraction can grow. I think that's so juvenile to say you're not attracted to someone on the first week of marriage and you're just getting to know each other. I think that is very selfish," Jasmine told the cameras.
A flashback clip from the season's casting process was then shown of Luke telling Pastor Cal he previously dated a diverse group women -- including Brazilian, Palestinian, Caucasian, and a mixed girl of black and Italian.
Kate expressed concern Luke might never become attracted to her, and she thought it was really unfortunate because they already had a great connection and got along very well. They were also having fun together.
"I feel like if Luke was attracted to me, this would be, like, out of this world," Kate shared.
Later that day, the couples met up so they could receive some support and advice from people in the same situation.
AJ told Stephanie on the way to a hot springs that a woman can become more beautiful in a man's eyes once he falls in love with her, so he thought things could change for Luke and Kate.
But everything was "perfect" for Kristine and Keith, although she figured out her husband was very gassy and they may end up discovering issues once they get home and settled into their daily routines and normal everyday life.
While most women would shut down if their husbands lacked an attraction for them, Kate said she believes in this process and was still looking forward to finding out why she and Luke were matched.
"Kate's very beautiful. She has beautiful eyes and a really nice smile. Her giggle is adorable, but she's just not what I would normally date. So, I've been very open minded... and I've been trying very hard to get to know her personality," Luke said.
"But at the same time, I feel like maybe I wasn't vocal enough about what you're into with the experts and then you start second guessing yourself and you feel like a complete idiot for going in with overwhelming optimism. You feel really dumb."
The couples, however, were playing in the mud and everyone was rubbing each other down.
When Jasmine rubbed mud on Will's back, she realized there were little hairs everywhere -- and that really turned her off. Jasmine therefore sat out of the activity for the rest of the time, and Will thought it was a lost opportunity to connect.
AJ lashes out at the producers
Dr. Jessica then called each couple and asked them to complete a little homework assignment in which each person had to share what he or she liked and appreciated about his or her partner as well as any concerns or reservations the person was feeling at this point of the experiment.
AJ however, grew angry the production team put them "on the spot."
AJ didn't want to do the homework on his honeymoon, especially when he was asked to tell his wife a concern he had about her in front of cameras.
AJ also insisted he didn't have a single concern to share about his wife and so it was a moot point.
"The production part of getting married at first sight, it's overwhelming, but I understand... in order to get Stephanie, this is what I have to go through. Is the juice worth the squeeze? Absolutely. But the stressors of the production aspect is mentally exhausting," AJ admitted.
Stephanie started to cry because she was really frustrated with her husband.
"That was the first time I've really seen him mad, so it took me off-guard. But I thought it was helpful to see him mad and how I need to handle how he gets when he's upset, because luckily, he's not upset at me," Stephanie told the cameras.
Stephanie hoped AJ's behavior wasn't a small glimpse into what may be coming in the future. AJ insisted he'd always be more delicate to his wife in situations when he's upset.
AJ said he would continue to prove himself to Stephanie and hoped his frustrations with being on a reality show wouldn't leave her annoyed with him. In the end, the couple hugged it out and everything was okay.
Everyone else does their homework
The rest of the couples then completed their homework assignments. Will asked Jasmine to be more vocal and communicative. He wanted her to ask more questions so that she could learn more about him.
And in turn, Jasmine asked Will to work on being more neat and organized. Since he left their hotel room a mess, she admitted he was making her "nervous" about how he might maintain their future home together.
Will expected his experience living with Jasmine would be "eye opening," but he predicted they would be fine.
Meanwhile, Kate was reeling from a tough conversation she had with Luke that night when cameras were off.
"Luke and I just kissed for the first time and I could sense something was wrong. So, he pulled away and I asked him if he was okay, and he said that he felt dead inside?" Kate revealed.
"And then he went to the bathroom and I asked him if he was okay again and he said he just felt repulsed, and I'm just kind of in shock. I'm on my honeymoon and I just expected things to go so differently. I really don't know how to deal with it."
On Day 8 of marriage, the other couples gushed about how they were looking forward to getting their lives started together in the real world and integrating their lifestyles and interests.
But Kate and Luke were on the rocks and their marriage was looking very bleak.
Kate said she knew Luke was "a pleaser" and knew she was attracted to him and so he probably kissed her just to try it. Since the connection wasn't there, she felt "terrible" and didn't know what to do.
"Last night, I had just kind of turned off my emotions inside to kiss her and it didn't feel natural. It felt really, like, disjointed somehow and it was definitely a situation that was uncomfortable," Luke said in a confessional.
"If you're marrying a stranger, there's a 100 percent chance you guys don't mesh, that you guys aren't attracted to each other. But it's definitely a risk that I took and it feels absolutely terrible that there's a chance this relationship won't work out."