Within a few days, Jolien, Brecht, Isabelle, Matthieu, Fleur, Alexander, Emma and Emile have to decide whether to stay married or not. So it’s high time to focus on one last quality time, despite busy schedules and rising tension.
Bruxelles, ma belle
On a day off, Alexander takes Fleur to Brussels, the city where he lives, works and has lost his heart. He shows her his favorite places, including the running track. “Such a nice atmosphere, I immediately feel at home here,” concluded Fleur. The fact that the couple then bumps into a bunch of baby ducks further increases the dopamine level.
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Alexander is used to the hustle and bustle of the big city, but why he wants to cross at a red traffic light is a mystery to the West Flemish. He asks, somewhat surprised, whether she always stops at a red light. “Yes, that’s what normal people do.” She has a point, Alexander. It doesn’t spoil the atmosphere, on the contrary. Everything is going well smooth, to put it in Fleur’s words. “You notice that Fleur was very interested, and I really liked that,” says Alexander.
Things are also running smoothly for Emma and Emiel. Especially in the household, thanks to a good division of tasks. Emiel seems to have emerged as an ideal househusband. “Are you more attracted to me if I do this?” Emiel asks while he is busy with the drying rack. “I always thought that I didn’t necessarily need a man to do the household chores,” says Emma. “But now I’ve honestly gotten used to it.” (laughs)
When Emma and Emiel want to get started with their recently delivered food box, the choice is quickly made: spaghetti with salmon, because that is easy and, above all, quickly ready. However, the cooking moment results in a moment of disbelief. Did Emma just break the spaghetti in half? Scandalous, Emiel also knows. “My heart broke the moment the spaghetti broke.” Emma also makes a mistake in timing the cooking of the spaghetti strands. “Oh, this is why we do it. Our moments of pleasure do not disappear.”
So breaking the spaghetti is not a breaking point, but the two are not completely sure of each other. They go tango dancing as their last date. The perfect opportunity to discover whether or not there is a physical click. “We felt each other very well,” Emma says afterwards. “The dance itself was confirmation for me that there can still be some chemistry. Maybe there is more than friendship after all.” An evaluation is necessary, also for Emiel. “I’m going to miss it here, and I’m going to miss Emma. But being alone for a few days will also be nice.”
Both Emma and Emiel consult their sisters. Is there potential to develop something romantic? “You have to get your heart and head in line, but the road to get there is difficult,” Emma summarizes.
Tears by the campfire
Matthieu and Isabelle are doing a little less well smooth to it. The differences between the two seem very visible. On a weekend away in the Ardennes, Isabelle points out what the viewer at home also sees: things are tough. “It has been more difficult since the couples weekend,” she says. “I feel like you’ve been blocking conversations. That made me crawl into my shell.” Matthieu agrees with his now-wife. “I didn’t like having the conversation either. It seemed like everything was up to me, or the decision to move on was solely my responsibility.”
But Matthieu and Isabelle are not avoiding the difficult conversation this time. “I understand that it is difficult, but I just want to understand it,” says Isabelle at the evening fire. According to her, Matthieu has not opened up enough. “As soon as there was a click, I thought: okay, we’ll try. If it doesn’t work out, you can always say ‘no’. But not the other way around: if you say ‘no’ it will not immediately become ‘yes’.” A logic that Matthieu has difficulty following. “I just want to follow my gut.”
The difficult conversation brings tears to Isabelle. “This was tough, but not bad that everything has been said once.” Can the sparks from the campfire still spread to the two? The chance seems increasingly smaller, although: “nothing has been decided yet.”
Love of his life
With Jolien and Brecht, on the other hand, the decision seems to have already been made. They choose a sporty and romantic date. From wakeboarding to picnicking in a very symbolic place. They drive a Vespa to the place where they tied the knot. “I think it’s special that we are here again,” says Jolien. “And soon we will be faced with the moment of decision again. The circle is round.”
“We really trust each other 100 percent,” says Jolien. “I am still super grateful, I couldn’t have had a better time than with someone who has such an attitude.” That feeling seems completely mutual. In addition to being a firefighter, Brecht has recently also become a paramedic, and during a dinner they echo his good points. “I am very proud,” she says. It naturally progresses to a deeper conversation: what if he had to move? Brecht is certain: “Changing posts is a small thing when you find the love of your life. I take that for granted. I’m never going to put my work before you, never.”
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