Each week, TV Guide is recapping CBS's Love Island USA — the U.S. take on the U.K. reality show phenomenon. Join us as we break down all the drama between these sexy humans who "packed more abs than shirts" for Fiji, and check back every night for the latest updates.
Forget the silly games. Friday night got serious. But it started out with a lot of one-on-one convos. And then a silly game. But THEN it got serious.
Caro opens up to Cormac about how she might be starting to like him. He responds by saying "I need to pee." So romantic. Instead of talking to her, Cormac goes and talks to Yamen. He says he's having fun, but Caro isn't the girl he's looking for. Luckily, Caro seems to pick up on that. She's telling the girls about this and they encourage her to flirt with Winston to try and make Cormac jealous. Sound advice!
The next morning the guys and girls separately break down the awkward kiss Christen and Yamen shared. Or at least Christen thinks so. Yamen is just "hella happy" to be with her.
It's time for the silly game, Fast Food. Each couple must transport fries, a loaded hot dog, a strawberry shake, an apple pie, and a sundae from one end to the other side ... with only their mouths. I have to admit I have never been so entertained and disgusted at the same time.
Because Weston was feeling under the weather, Winston sat in for him as Katrina's partner. He's catching some feelings after and tries to get her alone, but that proves to be difficult. When he finally does, they talk about a whole lot of nothing.
So, let's get to the main event: Arielle enters and tells the islanders that America voted on who was most compatible. The two couples who are least compatible are in jeopardy of going home. And the bottom two couples are...
Christen and Yamen and Caro and Cormac. Now it's up to the islanders to pick one person from each couple to stay. They debate and decide the OGs, Caro and Yamen, can stay. Cormac basically throws up deuces and walks out the door, but Yamen and Christen cry about how they didn't get to know each other better. I have a feeling when new women walk in next week, Yamen will be just fine. And, who knows, maybe Christen and Cormac will kindle a romance in the flight home...
You know who's not excited about Winston joining the Villa? Cashel. He worries that Kyra isn't opening up enough and maybe it's because she's waiting for someone else. Well fear not, Cashel.
After an uneventful dinner without any eating, Kyra and Winston go back to the house... which seems to be right next door. Kyra tells Cashel the whole time she was out, she wanted to be home with him. But Cashel isn't convinced. He tells Dylan later that despite what she says, Kyra is holding back.
The next morning Winston gets to invite three of the women on a lunch date, which he will make. The rain kills whatever plans the producers had, so they sit on one of the porches with all the other islanders close by. He meets with Katrina, Alexandra, and Caro. Not much happens, but immediately after, Caro talks to Cormac about how she wants something more than what they have. And he agrees. He tells the guys later that he wants to "play the game" because he knows a great girl is coming. We'll see.
The game of the night is Hearts on Fire, which requires the girls to wear heart rate monitors while the guys dance for them. And then vice versa. It's more funny than sexy — especially when Alexandra comes out in a hot dog costume. AND then when Alexandra in her hot dog costume gets Cormac's heart rate up the most. So, note to the girl coming in next, food costumes will win you a spot in Cormac's heart (rate).
Right after the mixup, Christen pulls aside Alana to explain that she wanted to get to know Yamen better. He was the only guy she couldn't learn enough about earlier, so why not share a bed with him? Alana honestly tells her she's not happy, but she's not mad. Her expression tells me otherwise.
Mallory also isn't pleased, which is surprising since she friend-zoned Weston days ago. But when she talks to Katrina the next day — and Katrina gushes about Weston — she tells her to go for it. Both Mallory and Alana are on edge since the guys get to pick the next recoupling.
Tonight's game is called Girl Power. They must battle the bad guys to save the guys they're coupled up with. Whoever shows the most girl power will win. Thanks to a couple cartwheels and the worm dance, Alana was chosen as the winner. But she doesn't come out as a winner at the end of the night...
During the recoupling, there are the expected couples: Dylan and Alexandra, Zac and Elizabeth, Cormac and Caro, and Cashel and Kyra. And for the wild cards of the night, Weston chooses Katrina (slight shock!), and Yamen chooses [pause for commercial break] Christen (slightly bigger shock!). They're both dumped from the island, and everyone acts like it's a complete shock. Alana shares an incredibly awkward kiss with Yamen, and the two women leave.
Once they're gone, Kyra gets a text saying she needs to go meet Winston for a date. You might recognize him from Big Brother Season 20. As a reality vet, hopefully he can spice up this house a bit!
After glowering from above and letting the guys introduce themselves, the ladies of the house decide to come down and meet Christen and Katrina. The OG women interrogate the newbies to learn about their type in men — you know, to make sure they aren't going to creep in on someone's turf. After this, Katrina says the women are "so freaking sweet and nice and welcoming." Little does she know...
Weston decides to induct the new women into the house with a game of Suck and Blow (OK, a text tells him to do this, but still). It immediately leads to Weston and Christen making out. Then she gets to kiss Yamen, which makes Alana get angry eyes.
After knowing her for maybe 12 hours, Mallory decides that Christen is a "fake bitch," and Caro agrees. They're certainly not going to like the new text news: The two new women get to go speed-dating with all the men. They sit and chat in one-on-ones while everyone else watches from a few feet away... a common occurrence on this show, I guess. Yamen and Cashel tell the new women that they're open to meeting people, which is not what their partners wanted them to say. Cashel goes back and tells Kyra about it, and she is TOTALLY CHILL about it.
Then Katrina gets another text. She has to pick a girl to send to the Hideaway for the night. Katrina will take over the banished girl's place in her bed and date her guy. And to make matters worse, Christen gets the same text. Katrina chooses Weston, and Christen chooses... Yamen! Let the jealousy games begin!
Welcome back to the villa! For those of you who were watching another reality show on Monday night, here's what you missed.
If you'll remember from last week, we were just saying goodbye to Michael. Don't feel too bad — the islanders sure don't, because they're all coupled up now and happy.
Okay, I spoke too soon. Weston and Mallory are not feeling romantic toward each other. They're just friends, and probably very ready for new people to arrive. Zac and Elizabeth are on the other end of the spectrum. They're talking about what kind of marriages they want in life. And just think, two nights ago they were only just "touching feet"! Eww.
The game of the night is Float My Boat, where couples work together to inflate a sea-worthy raft. The girls are blinded, so the guys must yell instructions. Once inflated, the couple must paddle together around a pink flamingo and get back to shore first. Alexandra and Dylan are the winners — by a long shot. (They win a stay in the Hideaway.) Yamen and Alana, on the other hand, are the losers by a long shot. Not only did they struggle to get their raft inflated in time, but Alana didn't help at all when it came to paddling. She sat atop the board while Yamen did all the work, like a "black Michael Feldman" (his name butchering, not mine).
The ladies have a sincere chat about how they're all feeling, and Alexandra gets emotional about how this process has really opened her up and given her confidence. Meanwhile, the guys are planning a prank. They pretend that Weston goes to the gate to meet a new girl. You know it's a good joke because all the guys say "it's a joke" while the girls stand around clueless.
To celebrate Weston's birthday, the house throws a Western-themed party, complete with line dancing and all. As they cut the cake, Weston gets a text from two new additions: Christen, 24, from Louisville, Kentucky, and Katrina, 25, from California. The guys welcome them with open arms (literally) while the women just glare at their new rivals. Finally, it's getting a little more fun!
We will be adding on to this recap each night this week, so be sure to come back tomorrow!
Love Island USA airs week nights at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.
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