The home stays in Married at First Sight Australia season five featured a spectacularly awkward dinner when Troy Delmege met his wife Ashley Irvin’s parents for the first time since the wedding – and was put on the spot when she asked him to reveal what led to their argument about sex.
Troy’s nervous laughter and long-winded retelling of the story wound up Ashley and they were soon snapping at each other like an ill-matched couple who had spent way too long in each other’s company.
Their antics dominated social media and Married at First Sight Australia viewers seemed perplexed about why they were still together, when they were “so badly matched it’s actually uncomfortable to watch”, according to one fan.
These two are so badly matched it’s actually uncomfortable to watch #MarriedAtFirstSightAustralia
— I’m not 5n (@MoreIvie) September 3, 2020
The dinner with the “in-laws” reminded some of Troy’s excessive friendliness towards Ashley’s mother at the wedding.
Oh gawd – remember the creepiness level of Mom loving Troy did at the wedding ????????????????????????????????#MarriedatfirstsightAustralia
— Blaise ???? (@BlaiseButterfly) September 3, 2020
When Ashley pushed him to repeat why they had argued about sex, when she overheard him discussing their sex life (or lack thereof) on national TV, viewers were losing their patience with the flight attendant.
What's with this trying to shame your husband in front of your parents in this episode?????#MarriedatfirstsightAustralia
— Yoyo ♀ ???????????????? (@YoyoS29) September 3, 2020
Ashley “pushed for him to explain himself (unnecessarily) to her parents, gets angry when he gets nervous and tries to brush it off and then blames him because her parents think she’s got no patience?”
I don’t like Ashley, she pushed for him to explain himself (unnecessarily) to her parents, gets angry when he gets nervous and tries to brush it off and then blames him because her parents think she’s got no patience? #MarriedatfirstsightAustralia
— Anjela???? (@AnjelaS83) September 3, 2020
The critics were out in force and the 25-year-old (at the time of filming) “needs to get out [of] the stroppy teenagers phase”.
Ashley is such a baby, she needs to get out the stroppy teenagers phase.
— Thetruthteller???????????????? (@Thetruth111016) September 3, 2020
Troy wasn’t escaping unscathed, however. Let’s face it his “maniacal” laugh would drive the most saintly of us up the wall.
Troy laughing maniacally when Ashley's parents were asking why he'd hurt their daughter so much she cried. I understand that some people react that way when they're nervous but he's not young,learn a coping technique so you dont come across as a prat #MarriedatfirstsightAustralia
— Eilidh Nash (@EilidhNash) September 3, 2020
Meanwhile, Dean Wells seemed to be showing more commitment to wife Tracey Jewel after his recent indiscretions with Davina Rankin (and subsequent evasivions). But viewers weren’t in a forgiving mood, especially after his comment he thought she was “falling in love” with him.
Dean "I think Tracey is falling in love with me" ????, can the man be any more arrogant! #MarriedAtFirstSightAustralia
— Crystal (@CrysTalksVlogs) September 3, 2020
Married at First Sight Australia viewers were all in Telv Williams’ corner when the show teased a confrontation between he and Dean in the next episode.
Telv said: “You think I’m just going to forget you’re an arrogant a—hole?”
Just when you think you can't love Telv anymore he says what we're all thinking #MarriedatfirstsightAustralia
— Kate (@whatkatedidnext) September 3, 2020
Married at First Sight Australia season five features another dinner party in the next episode on E4, where the drink flows and the partners almost come to blows. Read our update on what happened to the couples if you can’t wait until the end of the series.
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