Married at First Sight stars Taylor Dunklin and Derek Sherman admit they have no idea why Zach Justice chose to recommit to Mindy Shiben on “Recommitment Day” given it seemed without a doubt he wanted out of his marriage.
During the March 25 broadcast of Married at First Sight: Unfiltered, a Season 10 clip aired of Married at First Sight expert Pastor Calvin Roberson scolding Zach on “Recommitment Day” for having “sucked as a husband.”
Much to Pastor Cal’s surprise, Zach insisted he wanted to stay married to Mindy and still had hope his marriage could pull through.
“Zach, with all due respect, I don’t even believe you!” Pastor Cal shouted during the counseling session. “I’m calling B-S, man!”
When reacting to the clip on Unfiltered, Taylor shared, “I mean, I don’t understand Zach’s reasoning for recommitting, like, he didn’t offer a reason. He just says, ‘Yeah, I didn’t do this for the last five weeks — but yeah, I can do it now!'”
“His decision doesn’t seem genuine to me,” added Taylor, who married Brandon Reid and also had a tumultuous relationship on the show.
Unfiltered host Jamie Otis agreed it didn’t make sense why Zach would choose to stay in his marriage to Mindy when he didn’t seem attracted to or interested in his wife.
“Yeah, I don’t understand why,” Taylor agreed.
“Like, you don’t seem to be into your wife, and you’ve clearly said you’re not attracted to her,” Jamie explained, referencing how Zach admitted multiple times during his honeymoon he lacked chemistry and a desire to be intimate with Mindy.
Derek also joined the women on Unfiltered and offered his thoughts on why Zach might’ve chosen to stick it out with Mindy when he was clearly given an out from his failing marriage.
“Honestly, I don’t know,” Derek replied. “I’ve been trying to figure that out.”
“It seems like Zach has kind of dug himself a hole and he doesn’t want to dig it any deeper,” reasoned Derek, who married Katie Conrad on Season 10 of Married at First Sight.
“And so [Zach] thinks he’s doing the right thing. But he’s doing the exact opposite.”
Jamie then asked her guests whether they believed Zach truly had “hope” his marriage could turn out to be a success.
“I was just wondering what hope he had,” Taylor said. “He said that, you know, they were able to have conversations.”
“Mature conversations,” Jamie interjected with skepticism, before throwing her arms up in the air in confusion.
“Well, that’s more than I’m having with Brandon, so maybe that’s what he’s talking about,” Taylor joked, cracking everybody up around her.
“Alright, this is Unfiltered!” Jamie exclaimed with a laugh.
Mindy and Zach chose to recommit to each other on “Recommitment Day” during last week’s episode, but only under certain circumstances.
Mindy demanded four things from Zach going forward if she would remain his wife: Honesty and transparency, spending more time together off camera, coming clean about his secrets, and Zach moving into her apartment.
Although Zach agreed to all of the above, he chose to sleep in the guest room of Mindy’s apartment when he finally slept over for the first time more than a month into marriage.
In the latest episode of Married at First Sight that aired on Wednesday night, Mindy ended her marriage to Zach once and for all after she caught him in a lie.
Zach previously told Mindy a person at their wedding — a friend of Mindy’s ex-boyfriend — had informed him that Mindy’s ex wanted to pick her up from the airport after she honeymooned in Panama, but Mindy later discovered from her friend Shannie that Lindsay was likely the one who had snitched that information.
“I specifically asked you if the secret came from Lindsay,” Mindy told Zach in the episode. “And today, I found out that you did lie to me.”
Mindy was already frustrated and felt disrespected by Zach and Lindsay’s friendship that had blossomed behind her back, so this was the final straw for her.
“He’s deliberately lying to me to protect Lindsay. I feel incredibly betrayed. Clearly he doesn’t care about me or else he wouldn’t have done that. I can’t take that anymore,” Mindy vented to the cameras.
Mindy later told her husband, “I told myself I was only going to let myself be disappointed like that one more time and that’s it, so I can’t subject myself to that. I’m sorry to say but I don’t want to be in this marriage anymore.”
Married at First Sight 10 also stars Meka Jones and Michael Watson as well as Jessica Studer and Austin Hurd.