'Temptation Island' recap: Kendal kisses Alexcys and invites her to bed, Nickole accuses Corey of doing her dirty, Thomas finds interest in Sophia, and Chelsea is "torn"
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/03/2021
Temptation Island featured Kendal Kirkland kissing Alexcys Homan in his bedroom, Nickole Ciszak accusing Corey Sobczyk of doing her dirty, Thomas Gipson flirting with Sophia Perez who's his "type," Chelsea Orcutt feeling "torn" between two men, and Erin Smith determining she's "the problem" during the USA revival's Season 3 episode Tuesday night.
Temptation Island follows four dating couples at a pivotal time in their relationship in which they must decide whether to stay committed to each other for the rest of their lives, go their separate ways as singles, or leave the island with a new partner.
The four couples are New Jersey-based couple Kristen Ramos, a 26-year-old physical therapist and Julian Allen, a 26-year-old personal trainer; West Hollywood-based couple Chelsea, a 29-year-old marketing coordinator, and Thomas, a 37-year-old investment trader; Los Angeles-based couple Erica Washington, a 24-year-old personal assistant, and Kendal, a 26-year-old business owner; and San Diego-based couple Erin, a 24-year-old behavioral therapist and Corey, a 25-year-old concierge manager.
Kristen and Julian were together for a whopping 11 years prior to Temptation Island, Chelsea and Thomas had dated for over a year before applying, Erica and Kendal dated for two years prior to the show, and Erin and Corey had been involved for one-and-a-half years.
The Temptation Island broadcast began where last week's episode had left off, with the ladies at their first bonfire meeting and Erica venting about how Kendal had already seemed to forget about her.
Temptation Island host Mark L. Walberg told Erica that "practical" is not always good and being "emotional" isn't bad. He told Erica to try to stay confident in her skin and not beat herself up.
Kristen then watched a clip of Julian asking the singe girls to have a dance-off which resulted in one woman about to give him a lap dance. Kristen said the girls could have taken it to that level -- and it may not have been Julian's intent -- but she was questioning where his priorities lied.
Kristen said Temptation Island was supposed to prove whether Julian can "walk the walk" since he says the right things and is very good at talking himself out of situations.
"It wasn't one time he was unfaithful to me; it was two times," Kristen revealed, adding that she's a victim of comfort in her relationship.
Erin watched Corey complaining to multiple women about how he seemed to "play second fiddle" in Erin's life and wondering whether there's another woman out there better suited for him because Erin always complained they're not compatible.
At the end of Corey's clip, he took a body shot off a woman.
Erin said she wasn't going to get upset unless she saw footage of Corey kissing someone or being in a bedroom with a woman.
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"I want him to have fun and I mean that wholeheartedly. I don't know, I'm now realizing that us being different isn't the worst thing, and I'm scared," Erin explained.
"I don't want it to be too late. I'm not saying Corey is perfect, but I am more of the issue -- and I've never admitted that because I've never been forced to."
Erin confessed she was afraid to get hurt and be vulnerable, especially since she had grown up in sports believing she must always be strong and tough in situations and relationships.
Erin cried to the cameras that she was the one making Corey think they're not compatible and pushing him away.
The men then arrived at their first bonfire meeting, and Thomas said he wanted to be able to talk and communicate with women without bothering her girlfriend or making her jealous.
Mark explained the guys were about to see "a moment" of their girlfriends on the island to provide them with perspective on their relationship.
Corey was up first and saw a glimpse of Erin bonding with Griffin Libhart, a 25-year-old business owner from Baltimore, MD, who is a retired pro soccer player. The pair have their love for soccer in common.
Corey acknowledged he was on a bit of an emotional rollercoaster because he had a hunch from the get-go Erin would vibe with Griffin and that hurt him. Since Erin had dated professional athletes before, this worried him.
Julian watched back a clip of Kristen opening up to Jesse Stephanos, a 25-year-old business owner from Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Julian could see Kristen was struggling to let her walls down, probably because of his past mistakes five years prior.
"If she would marry you tomorrow, where would you be? Would you say 'yes' to that?" Mark asked Julian.
"Absolutely. I'm ready for that. But I've been told multiple times if I were to ask Kristen to be my wife, she would say, 'No,' at this point," Julian shared.
"She's been ready to pack it in, but I fought my ass off to make things right again and get things going in a positive direction."
Kendal observed Erica talking to Lex Lindquist, a 28-year-old event planner from Miami, FL, and saying there were things she needed to work on but hooking up with a new guy wasn't one of them.
Kendal said the single guys were in "the interview phase" at this point and so he was talking a lot of game -- which didn't worry Kendal at all. Kendal said he wasn't going to worry about Erica's actions or allow them to take away from his experience on the island.
Thomas was up next and witnessed Chelsea bonding with Dr. Blake Eyres, a 34-year-old dentist from St. Louis, MO, over their love for adventure such as snowboarding and scubadiving.
Chelsea said it didn't matter, but Blake said his parents' marriage is great because they enjoy the same hobbies and activities.
Thomas could see Chelsea was trying to connect with Blake but he was throwing "lines" at his girlfriend that sounded good. Thomas said he and Chelsea had "a very strong emotional connection" and so he didn't think she was trying to fill a void.
Thomas figured Chelsea was just trying to find herself, and so he wasn't worried or concerned about Chelsea doing something that could hurt him or break his heart.
After the bonfire, Erica lamented to her friends about how Kendal always wanted to fix things about her but never with himself, and Chelsea pointed out that Kendal sounded "manipulative" because he's definitely not perfect and that's not the right way to grow a relationship.
"I'm thinking he just brought me here to do whatever he wanted and I'm over here fixing myself and going through it... It's like I'm the least of his worries over there," Erica complained.
Chelsea told Erica that they had "way too much to offer" to "cut themselves short."
The next day, Corey opened up to two girls about how Erin kind of treated him like her "punching bag," and Amanda Spain-Butts, a 24-year-old operations coordinator from Austin, TX, said Erin was probably trying to project one of her insecurities from a previous relationship onto Corey.
Amanda told Corey that he can't always fix everything.
Thomas then told Sophia Perez, a 22-year-old makeup artist from Miami, FL, that being around her was "challenging" because she's definitely his type. Sophia said the couple got along well, and she promised Thomas she wouldn't bite -- or maybe "just a little bit."
Blake then talked to Chelsea about how he likes to be a leader and was almost "the dad" of the group. Chelsea figured Blake could help her grow, and so she asked the doctor to accompany her on a second date.
Nickole, a 22-year-old marketing manager from Oak Ridge, NJ, really liked Corey and gushed about how he's "hot and beautiful" and they would make "a really awesome couple."
Nickole told Corey that people thought they'd make a really cute couple, but Corey asked Amanda out on his second date instead.
"I feel like Nickole came on hot and heavy. This journey for me is an inward journey and so I picked Amanda... because we always have those deep conversations, and I'm excited," Corey said in a confessional.
Meanwhile, Shaquille Urie, a 24-year-old personal trainer from Denver, CO, was crushing on Erin so hard. He said while many of the single guys were drawn to Erin, they didn't see her in the same light he did.
Shaquille said his "inner soul" was connected to Erin and she's his type in every way possible.
Erin asked Shaquille out on a date and he was absolutely thrilled, and then Kristen asked out Griffin.
Kristen spoke to the single guys about how her and Julian's families were really close and she worried about them seeing footage of Julian misbehaving. Blake said Kristen didn't seem interested in making a new connection with anybody and something about her seemed "not real."
Blake accused Kristen of just talking about Julian all the time like an airhead.
That evening, the girls' villa enjoyed a 1970s disco party, and Evan McFadden, a 29-year-old sales associate from Simi Valley, CA, brought to light how he had heard the girlfriends didn't think fondly of him and planned to send him home.
The girls agreed someone was telling him "straight up lies" -- and that person was apparently Blake.
Evan said he trusted Blake's intuition and Blake had said the girls felt a negative way towards Evan.
"I feel Blake is putting his two cents where it shouldn't be and I'm surprised because we really do have so much in common. I'm really surprised he did that and I don't really know what to say," Chelsea said.
Meanwhile, the men had a slumber party with some pillow fighting involved, and Nickole was upset because she felt blindsided by Corey picking Amanda for a date and not warning her ahead of time.
Corey didn't understand why Nickole was angry at and attacking him because he said he had to set boundaries for himself.
Nickole -- who said she felt really "hurt" and "loves falling in love" -- told Corey that he "did [her] dirty" and made her look "so dumb."
"Now you are really playing with my emotions and that's not cool because you knew what you were doing," Nickole cried.
Corey felt his intentions were pure and there was compromise and growth to be had from both parties. Corey hoped to hash things out with Nickole the next day, and she replied with attitude, "Yeah sure."
Everyone then went on their date, and Erica had some fun with Jesse, whom she gushed is really attractive.
Several couples went standup paddleboarding and others went kayaking.
Amanda said Corey let loose in the water and it was nice to see that side of him, and Kendal and Alexcys, a 23-year-old personal assistant from Van Nuys, CA, continued getting to know each other better.
Thomas told Sophia that he liked her "essence," and Sophia said Tom made her "heart race." At one point, Thomas put a flower in Sophia's hair and then she gave him a kiss on the cheek.
"We're both just looking into each other's eyes and smiling. It feels right, it feels natural. My connection with Tom is 100 percent what I came on Temptation Island for, so I think we'll see what happens next!" Sophia shared in a confessional.
Chelsea then told Blake that she was nervous about hanging out with him because she was sincerely interested in him. Chelsea asked Blake to be patient with her because she liked spending time with him but the situation was a little scary.
"Together, I think we are tearing that wall down a little bit," Blake noted.
And Shaquille was open and vulnerable with Erin, who was apparently missing that from Corey in her relationship.
Kristen then talked to Griffin about how Julian wanted to marry her but had cheated on her. Kristen was therefore in search of clarity.
Julian went on a date with Lauren "Tula" Poindexter, a 28-year-old digital content creator from Waldorf, MD, and Julian said the possibility of Erin leaving or outgrowing him was starting to set in.
That night, Chelsea revealed she was experiencing feelings for both Thomas and Blake, who has some amazing qualities but appeared to be a flirt. Chelsea told Erin that she never felt feelings for two men at once and both guys wanted to be someone's shoulder to cry on.
Chelsea admitted she didn't feel special and hoped no one was going to play with her emotions. Chelsea desired a man who would respect her and give her attention -- "and not worry about the people around them all the time."
Erin suggested Chelsea should explore other options since Blake apparently wasn't giving Chelsea what she needed.
Alexcys then told the cameras Kendal was making her feel "some type of way" and she wanted to take their relationship to the next level. Kendal told Alexcys things were "looking good" and they'd keep "this thing rocking."
"At this point, I think I'm definitely building something legitimate with Alexcys, and it's really a place I wasn't expecting to be so fast," Kendal said in a confessional.
"The level of intensity from Day 1 to Day 2 jumped and I feel like I want to keep it going. I'm hoping it can jump another level."
Alexcys then followed Kendal into his bedroom.
Alexcys said she's never had a great guy like Kendal before and she was having the best time of her life.
Kendal then kissed Alexcys on the lips and hugged her, and Alexcys said she was ready for bed.
"This is on you," Kendal said.
"What's on me?!" Alexcys asked.
"You can stay if you want to stay," Kendal shared.
Kendal and Erica hadn't set any rules for each other, and so Kendal said he was interested in seeing where the night led him.