Married at First Sight stars Taylor Dunklin and Michael Watson apparently don’t see eye-to-eye when it comes to Brandon Reid’s behavior on the show and Michael’s attempts to rationalize it.
During Wednesday night’s episode of Married at First Sight: Unfiltered, a clip played of Brandon having a meltdown on the last day of his Panama honeymoon with Taylor while boarding a shuttle outside of their hotel.
Brandon was fed up with cameras following him around and believed production was playing him, and when Taylor tried to calm her husband down, he yelled and cursed at her.
“F-ck you, Taylor. F-ck you!… I’m gonna calm down when I’m in Washington. F-ck y’all,” Brandon said.
On Unfiltered, Taylor said of Brandon, “Yeah, he kind of had an argument with himself.”
“And honestly, I was just so confused in the moment that I didn’t know what to say,” she elaborated. “It’s hard to deal with something when you don’t know where it’s coming from.”
Brandon eventually apologized for his actions once the pair reunited in Washington, D.C., but Taylor clearly felt Brandon’s abrasive reaction to being filmed was uncalled for and unjustified.
“I saw him kind of fight with production and then, it’s like, out of nowhere, he kind of turned on me,” Taylor recalled.
“It’s just like, ‘Why are you so weird about the cameras? You signed up to be on a TV show!'”
Michael and his fellow Married at First Sight groom Zach Justice joined Taylor on Unfiltered, and host Jamie Otis observed Michael sitting very quietly in his seat as Taylor vented her feelings.
“I know you guys are buddies,” Jamie told Michael. “How do you feel about this whole situation?”
“I think there was a misunderstanding, a disagreement. The week was hard for everybody,” Michael explained. “And for him, especially, I think there’s an adjustment period where you have to get used to the cameras.”
“How was it hard?” Taylor quietly interjected, before becoming more assertive. “We were literally enjoying our vacation. We were in a beautiful place — the week was not hard at all!”
And later in the broadcast, Taylor opened up about how she had never given Brandon a reason not to trust her and didn’t understand why he was so skeptical of her.
Jamie noticed Michael was “stewing over there” in his seat again, so she asked for his thoughts.
“I think we’ve all kind of just tried to figure out how best to move in these situations, especially when it’s very difficult. Everything is happening at warp speed, and this is your first time in this really unique space,” Michael shared.
“So everything you do — not excusing any actions — but everything you do is trial and error. So I’m not going to excuse anything that happens, but I feel like, you know, everyone is trying to get to their destination.”
As Michael spoke, Taylor noticeably shook her head from side to side and looked frustrated and a bit angry.
“It’s not trial and error,” Taylor argued. “It’s a lot, I’m sorry.”
Meanwhile, Zach just laughed out loud in the middle of all the tension.
Michael’s honeymoon turned out to be a disappointment as well after his wife Meka Jones accused him of giving her an off-camera ultimatum on the plane ride over to Panama.
Meka alleged Michael had said he wanted to sleep together before the honeymoon ended or else he’d probably want out of their marriage.
Meka and Michael therefore slept in different hotel rooms for the first two nights of their honeymoon. But after determining they wanted to make things work, Meka and Michael attempted to establish a friendship and at least get to know each other better.
In the latest tenth-season episode of Married at First Sight, Meka and Michael began to bond by moving in together, and Taylor and Brandon were shown trying to repair their marriage after the fight.
Taylor was shown accepting Brandon’s apology and moving forward, and the pair enjoyed each other’s company while hosting a housewarming party in their new apartment.
Married at First Sight’s tenth season, which currently airs on Wednesday nights on Lifetime, also stars Mindy Shiben, Derek Sherman, Katie Conrad, Jessica Studer, and Austin Hurd.