'The Proposal' recap: LisaRaye McCoy receives two marriage proposals, gets engaged to Anthony Bryant
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 07/10/2018
The Proposal's fourth episode featured 10 men competing to win one mystery woman's heart, and by the end of the episode, there was an engagement!
LisaRaye McCoy, an actress, businesswoman, mother, and grandmother nicknamed "Raye" from Los Angeles, CA, got engaged to contestant Anthony Bryant, a 44-year-old sales representative from Chicago, IL, after two marriage proposals.
The broadcast of ABC's new reality dating series from The Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss featured 10 men -- selected by a panel of matchmakers -- attempting to win the heart of a woman whose identity was initially concealed from them by participating in four pageant-style rounds of competition.
After viewers got to know Raye, who was married once before and believes in love at first sight, the suitors were brought out onstage one by one.
Anthony Royer, a 38-year-old model and photographer from Paris, France, was welcomed onstage first, and then he was followed by Justin Lockett, a 31-year-old national guardsman from Madison, AL; Chris Lee, a 28-year-old financial analyst from Southern California; Jacob Ehm, a 22-year-old foreman from San Diego, CA; and Thomas Powell, a 35-year-old barbershop owner from Atlanta, GA.
Next up was Adonis Gonzalez, a 36-year-old firefighter from Biscayne Park, FL; Chris Hahn, a 47-year-old bodybuilder from Mansfield, OH; Mehdi Ajroudi, a 27-year-old engineer from the South of France; Victor Jones, a 55-year-old nightclub owner from Jacksonville, FL; and finally Anthony B.
After brief introductions, Raye decided she'd like to see more of the following seven men: Anthony R., Thomas, Adonis, Mehdi, Anthony B., Justin, and Chris H.
It then became time for the best of beachwear or swimwear round. While some guys felt comfortable enough to go shirtless, several men wore shirts.
A highlight was when Anthony B. delivered a poem to Raye about passion, and he insisted he was ready to find real, true love.
Once this round concluded, Raye advanced the men she'd like to get to know better: Anthony B., Anthony R., Mehdi, and Adonis.
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In the next stage of competition, Raye was allowed to ask each man a serious question about topics that matter to her, such as religion, politics, sex, or past relationships -- and each man was given 30 seconds to answer.
Adonis told Raye he has no problem with public displays of affection, Anthony B. insisted a woman with a career is not intimidating to him, and Mehdi revealed he finds happiness through spending time with friends and family.
And Anthony R. learned from his last relationship it's important to be compatible with his spouse and he's looking for someone who can be his best friend and business partner.
Following the interview round, Raye wanted to keep seeing Adonis, Anthony B., and Mehdi.
The three men then got to meet Raye's daughter, who was afforded the opportunity to ask each man a question since he could become her future father.
Adonis made it known it's not a dealbreaker for him to have a partner with a child, Mehdi insisted he went on the show for the right reasons given he's a little younger than the other gentlemen, and Anthony B. said he can hang and have fun although he comes across reserved and laid back.
Towards the end of the show, Raye could sincerely see herself accepting a proposal from either Adonia or Anthony B.
As a result, the two men got to meet Raye face-to-face. The guys had big smiles on their faces when she walked out, so they seemed very pleased with her appearance.
Adonis and Anthony B. were then instructed to explain to Raye how far they'd be willing to go for love and for her.
Before Adonis began his speech, he told Raye he needed to check for chemistry, so he made out with her on the stage. The audience gasped, as it was a little forward, and Raye seemed to enjoy the kiss but also be offended at the same time.
Adonis then asked Raye to take a leap of faith with him and do something crazy by accepting his marriage proposal.
Anthony B. was up next, and he took a bit of a different approach, as he spoke about his seven-year-old son who wants his father to find a "lady friend."
Anthony told Raye he wants to travel with her but wake up next to her beautiful face every morning in Chicago. Anthony's speech tugged at the heartstrings, and then Raye decided to accept a marriage proposal from him.
Former The Bachelor star and NFL quarterback Jesse Palmer serves as host of The Proposal.