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‘Married at First Sight’ Recap: One Wife Holds Hands With Another Man — and Her Husband Gives Her Age in Dog Years

Them’s fightin’ words! On the Tuesday, August 23, episode of Married at First Sight, two of the unions were moving along swimmingly — but the third was absolutely drowning as the spouses stopped making any effort to veil their loathing of each other. (Oops.)

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The morning after Heather Seidel and Derek Schwartz‘s blowout fight (in which Heather said he had an issue with smoking, and he accused her of being an alcoholic), the newlyweds shared breakfast on the balcony. Though they weren’t screaming at each other — which was an obvious improvement — Derek reported they were simply being “fake nice.” Still, he was optimistic that their upcoming surfing lesson would bring them closer together … and he wasn’t the only one. 

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“I woke up rested, and I woke up with a fresh attitude,” Heather reported. “I realize we can still turn this around and have fun.” It sounded like a good, clean start.

Heather Holds Hands With the Surf Instructor

Their surf lesson started out well as the pair seemed determined to put the past behind them — that was, until Derek saw his wife holding the surf instructor’s hand. While Derek acknowledged that the instructor may have just been trying to help Heather out, he couldn’t help but note that the instructor hadn’t tried to hold his hand. “The surf instructor got more action than I ever have,” Derek laughed. Well, he was sort of laughing.

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It seemed that the more he thought about it, the more upset he got. “Heather got along very well with the surf instructors. I know some hand-holding went down, which I thought was interesting because I know she’s not big on that kind of stuff,” he reflected to the camera. “I’m feeling a little stressed out.”

It’s All Downhill From Here

Later that day, Derek and Heather headed to some local caves. At that point, Heather was in the best mood she’d been in since their honeymoon started, reporting that Derek had been “really fun” to hang out with and that everything was “awesome.” Derek, however, did not agree. Having silently festered over what he saw as Heather flirting with their surf instructor, he finally snapped at her, sparking a whole new fight.

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“I’m just her bottom priority in every situation,” he lamented before berating her for flicking a bug off the surf instructor’s chest after she’d claimed to be scared of bugs. “You’re just doing your own thing and rubbing bugs off of the surf instructor!” he shouted at his bride, who looked completely over him in every way possible.

“I feel like I’m talking to an emotional teenage girl right now,” she sighed to the camera. “We are like oil and water,” Derek noted with a disheartened shrug.

Sonia Still Isn’t Convinced Nick Is Attracted to Her

At least things were going better for Nick Pendergrast and Sonia Granados. The couple enjoyed a smattering of fun activities on their honeymoon, including ATV riding, kite surfing and salsa dancing (which Sonia hoped would bring them closer together on a physical level).

Though they’d had a minor disagreement the night before, it turned out to be barely a blip on the radar, since they settled it without shouting, insults or tears. (Heather and Derek could definitely learn a thing or two from this pair.) “People always told me, ‘Don’t go to bed angry,'” Nick said to Sonia. “And we didn’t!” They high-fived each other in celebration of this small victory and cheered, “Winning!” It was a quirky, cute moment that definitely reflected the overall tone of their relationship.

Which was something Sonia wasn’t thrilled with. In nearly every camera interview, the bubbly bride brought up the fact that she wasn’t convinced Nick was attracted to her, and while she had been hoping for more of a spark during the dance class, she didn’t get it, since Nick was too nervous about his dancing skills (or lack thereof).

“This is probably the most awkward activity for me,” he explained before calling himself a gringo and admitting he wasn’t much of a dancer. He did note that he found Sonia sexy, but he certainly hadn’t communicated that to her.

Tom Considers Telling Lillian He Lives in a Bus (and Doesn’t)

Meanwhile, Lillian Vilchez and Tom Wilson continued their hot and heavy honeymoon, seemingly more attracted to each other than ever. But through every romantic activity and passionate kiss, Tom was worrying about confessing to Lillian — a real estate agent who sold high-end homes — that he lives in a bus.

“This has to be too good to be true,” Lillian gushed to the camera. Tom feared that she would be upset when he revealed his secret, but he seemed more fearful that he would ruin the honeymoon if he told her. So he didn’t. Only time will tell what Lillian thinks when she learns the truth about his home.

Heather Seidel and Derek Schwartz
Heather Seidel and Derek Schwartz

Derek Flings Insults at Heather Like a Pro

On the final day of their honeymoon, Heather suggested they go to the rain forest, but Derek claimed he wasn’t feeling well, so they stayed by the pool instead. Heather was annoyed they hadn’t seen more of Puerto Rico because they’d wasted so much time fighting, but opted to remain at the resort with Derek rather than going off on her own. Still, when asked about the status of their relationship, she didn’t mince words.

“It’s gnarly,” she said. “It’s bad.” But that was nothing compared to what her husband said.

“I’m very well aware of the fact that not everyone’s going to be attracted to me,” Derek began. “She’s not really my type either. Heather’s no spring chicken. You know, they say men age like wine, and women age like milk. She’s 32 years old. In dog years, she’s 180 or whatever, so you do the math, and I don’t know, she’s not attracted to me.” Yes, he gave Heather’s age in dog years (though he didn’t do the math correctly).

Not having heard Derek (basically) calling her a dog (and offending women everywhere), Heather went to dinner with him for a final supper before heading home. During the meal, she was more sociable than usual … probably because she got very, very drunk. Derek actually saw this as a good thing, noting that it was the friendliest she’d ever been with him.

Tell Us: Do you think Heather and Derek are doomed?

Married at First Sight airs on FYI Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. ET. 

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