At last, the Chicago-area couples who wed shortly after meeting at the altar returned home from their honeymoons to begin merging their lives on Thursday’s episode of “Married at First Sight.”
Each of the three couples reviewed their finances — it was revealed that all three women make more than their new husbands — and decided to find new places to live together. The home tours provided a few speedbumps, though, as the pairs debated the merits of each home, including the importance of having a designated parking spot.
Ashley Petta, who lives in the South Loop, and Anthony D’Amico, who lives in Wicker Park, toured a two-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bathroom home that cost $2,200 per month to rent.
Both seemed to like the home’s closets and other amenities, but Petta said street parking was a dealbreaker.
“Yeah, no, it’s nice, my only concern is that it doesn’t have parking,” Petta said. “There’s no designated parking.”
Said D’Amico: “What the (expletive)? You gotta be kidding me. Having her own parking spot, who cares? This place is just amazing. I don’t get it. It just boggles my mind.”
The couple settled on a two-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bathroom home in a highrise for $2,400 per month that comes with parking.
Meanwhile, Cody Knapek and Danielle DeGroot picked out a two-story furnished house in Barrington for $1,400 per month. The location is a compromise for Knapek, who lives with his parents in Genoa while working in Rockford, and DeGroot, who lives in the city.
Both seemed to take their new commutes in stride, but wondered how Knapek would adjust to living with a significant other for the first time.
“There’s going to definitely be some growing pains there,” said Knapek, 26. “When we start living together, I hope definitely we make a bigger step toward romance. I know she wants a leader so I need to step up and kind of be the man of the house.”
The third couple, Sheila Downs and Nate Duhon, ended up signing paperwork on a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home for $2,300 a month.
Tensions arose when Duhon, who lives in Hyde Park, tried to show Downs, who lives in Arlington Heights, a four-bedroom house that costs $1,000 more per month.
“Like hell. It is above our price range and Nate is keenly aware of that,” Downs said. “He just doesn’t get it sometimes.”
The Chicago edition of “Married at First Sight” airs 8 p.m. Thursdays on the Lifetime network. After eight weeks, the couples decide if they will stay married or get divorced.
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