Married at First Sight featured four of the five couples’ marriages crumbling under the stress of coronavirus lockdown as the experiment dragged on past 10 weeks with Olivia and Brett Lindsey agreeing to end their marriage, Miles Williams nearly checking out of his relationship, and Christina accusing Henry Rodriguez of cheating on her with a man during Wednesday night’s Season 11 broadcast on Lifetime.
Married at First Sight experts Pastor Calvin Roberson, Dr. Pepper Schwartz, and Dr. Viviana Coles matched five couples to marry at first sight on Season 11 of the reality series.
The couples starring on this season are Brett, a 35-year-old with a career in information technology from Gretna, LA, and Olivia, a 30-year-old nurse from Bossier City, LA; Christina, a 30-year-old flight attendant from Houma, LA, and Henry, a 35-year-old clinical recruiter from Arabi, LA; and Karen Landry, a 30-year-old consultant from New Orleans, LA, and Miles, a 26-year-old who works with youth from Spartanburg, SC.
The other couples are Amani, a 29-year-old non-profit worker who was raised in Chicago, IL, and Woody Randall, a 30-year-old teacher and coach from New Orleans, as well as Amelia Fatsi, a 27-year-old medical resident from Richmond, VA, and Bennett Kirschner, a 28-year-old artistic director from Montvale, NJ.
Married at First Sight, Episode 13
The Married at First Sight broadcast began on Day 32 of marriage in New Orleans amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Louisiana governor had just issued a stay-at-home order due to COVID-19, and Woody vented he couldn’t go swimming or go to parties.
Henry called New Orleans “a ghost town” because no one was out and about, and Miles was told he wasn’t even allowed in his school anymore.
An on-screen graphic then appeared and read, “For the first time in 11 seasons of Married at First Sight, production has been shut down… With production gone for the foreseeable future, our couples are documenting their lives together all on their own.”
Amelia was shown bicycling down an empty street and Brett revealed a co-worker had just been tested positive for coronavirus, which was a lot to take in.
Pastor Cal said in a voiceover that he couldn’t predict at the moment how long “Decision Day” was going to be delayed.
“Being confined to your home day in and day out can be trying for any couple, but for our couples who met and married as strangers, this will require a different level of adjustment — one no Married at First Sight couple has ever had to face,” Pastor Cal said.
“But our hope is they will use this time to grow closer in their marriages, even as this pandemic keeps all of us apart.”
On Day 33 of marriage, Amelia cut her hair while Bennett went out for a walk and the couple contemplated getting a rat so Amelia could see how Bennett “takes care of the little ones.”
Amelia said she and Bennett bonded and learned more about each other, including the fact Bennett only uses one square of toilet paper to wipe himself after going to the bathroom.