'Jilted?': Did you watch it? We sure did!

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Oh, reality television. Just when we think we’ve seen it all, here comes WE’s new show Jilted?. (Yes, that question mark is part of the title, not just some last-minute ambivalence on the part of the producers) Here’s the premise: A woman is fed up with waiting for her boyfriend to propose, so she takes matters into her own hands and does the job herself. But wait, there’s a twist! There’s a wedding set in one week’s time and we — both the viewer and the would-be bride — won’t know if the man will actually show. Got it?

Here’s how it went down with tonight’s premiere episode featuring Lauren, 25, and James, 27. The two have been dating for six years, Lauren tells us. But now Lauren is frustrated. “Why hasn’t James proposed to me?” she tearfully wonders. “I wonder what I’m doing wrong.” Oh, Lauren. Turns out, James is recently unemployed and doesn’t seem that ready for marriage … or at least, not until he feels financially stable. So far, James is winning the reasonable race.

Lauren takes James to a sunny al fresco dining spot, and he quite reasonably looks a bit concerned when she starts crying. (The show helpfully explains that James thinks he’s on a show about “relationships” so the cameras aren’t an instant tip-off) Lauren finally chokes out that she wants to marry him, BUT she doesn’t want an answer right away. “I have everything planned, including our wedding,” she tells him. (James hilariously replies, “Like, in your head?” Another point for James! ) And, she says, if he doesn’t marry her in one week’s time, they might be finished. Dum dum dum!

Suddenly it’s the night before the wedding and Lauren is out for her bachelorette party (with a very unfortunate pink tiara and sash). She admits that she doesn’t know what James’ answer is going to be. Her friends look worried. At no point do any of them bring up how insane an idea this was to begin with. Bad friends. Across town, James is still mad and talking it through with his friends. “I feel betrayed,” he says, which is just what you want your maybe-fiancé saying on the night before your potential wedding. Meanwhile, Lauren is beginning to have a few doubts herself and sheds some tears. “I want him to know I’m doing this because I love him,” she says. Sigh.

And before you know it, it’s the morning of the wedding. James is hoping Lauren will “come to her senses and everything can go back to normal.” (Good luck with that one, buddy.) Lauren hopes that James isn’t mad at her. Somehow James comes up with a plan that would appear to involve putting on a tux and telling her no in person, and then seeing if she’ll stick with him anyway. James, we’re taking a reasonable point away from you.

Yeesh! It’s stressful watching this wedding. And quite honestly, we’re not sure whether if we are rooting for James to hightail it out of there or bend to the will of his girlfriend. Lauren looks lovely in her wedding gown, clutching her champagne flute just a little too hard. James has a quick man-to-man with his dad, who seems to be taking a roundabout way of saying, “Oh, just go ahead and marry her already.”  So we’re at the altar and after Lauren tearfully explains her reasons, it’s time for James’ answer. And after a little bit more waffling, he begrudgingly agrees that they should marry. Yea?

What about you guys? Did you watch Jilted? And would you be mad if your boyfriend/girlfriend did this to you on national television?

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  • Jen

    This will end in divorce. I was dating my boyfriend for 3 years and suddenly he wanted to get married. I wasn’t ready, but he pushed and pushed and I eventually relented. Well he shouldn’t have pushed because I cheated 2 months in our marriage and now we’re over. We could have been so good together but he had to ruin it by wanting to marry.

    • Nathan

      No Jen, you had to ruin it by being a cheating slut.

    • Megan

      sure he shouldn’t have been so pushy. But no one forced you to cheat. Good job on taking some responsibility…not!

    • BrandonK

      Ha ha! Wow…that’s the craziest justification for cheating I’ve ever heard.

    • me

      dude seriously? way to take responsibility

    • T

      Goodness, Jen, what an excuse! You should be ashamed of yourself. How about just saying NO and remaining a decent person? Truly disgusting…

    • Tish

      You cheated and it was your husband’s fault? Held a gun to you, did he?

    • Paula

      Sorry, no you had to ruin it by cheating! Nobody put a gun to your head, either when it came time to get married or when you decided to cheat so you have no one to blame but yourself!!

    • Susan B.

      For the record, Jen, I’m basically with you! Women can get REALLY pressured into getting married, and it’s not as okay for women to want to wait like it is for men, in this society. Sounds like he was kind of controlling. Maybe cheating wasn’t the best response but you’re just human, and commenters calling you a slut just shows how unequal the standards are.

      • Scott

        So you’re a cheater trying to justify your actions too?

      • Megan

        if he was that controlling and she was thats unhappy she could have gotten out of the relationship. if she had commented that she took responsibility for HER actions, then I don’t think she would have these negative comments. just my opinion

      • Michelle

        I love it and EnglandDatingSite was great

    • jessie love

      Dont be biter jen because it didnt last for you. next time try talking and compromising, maybe adding some spice and knink into your own relationship before you go out and “do” what you want with out him. I feel bad for the guy who thought he seen something in you to want to marry you.

  • John

    Just FYI, it’s “altar,” not “alter.”

    • JohnC

      Brilliant submission!!!

  • aspasia

    I saw the two shows and all I can say is the man should love the woman more and be excited to marry her. If this is not the case, tragedy ensues: cue Charles and Diana footage.

  • Samantha

    my husband told me he would give me a double crow hop backslap if I had done that to him. Then again, i wouldn’t have waited 6 years. He was begging me after 3 months, ha.

    • Lovetta

      EXACTLY!!! Your man is suppose to be BEGGING to marry you, not the other way around.

  • Samantha

    Jen, you were with him 3 YEARS. Um sorry babe but you cheated after 3 YEARS, not 2 MONTHS. Slut.

  • T

    This arrangement, cornering the man, is a recipe for disaster.

  • Maz

    Reality TV: ruining lives for advertising dollars.

  • Jill

    I also think this will end in divorce…but not because he will cheat after 2 months. If it has been 6 years with no proposal :::NEWSFLASH:::
    He doesn’t want to marry you!!!!

  • jessie love

    I watched the show mostly because, the first couple, lauren and james, are two very good friends of mine. I was there for the taping of the show. Those tv guys cut out sooo sooo much of what went on the week of the wedding. It was short and sweet and to the point though. I thought it was great they got to experience something crazy and new. Every relationship needs that. From the moment I met James I knew he would be the one to marry lauren.(way to go Lauren!!! Woo Hoo for you) Sara V, I loved laruens pink tiara and all the party hats around the table. No one who just watched the show would know what thier friends or family said or thought about the whole thing because they cut all most all of what they filmed of those moments. (besides james dad) so again sara v, since you are a reporter of entertainment Next time you review a reality tv show please keep in mind the editing that goes into these show’s(as I would expect you to already know)and no matter what they finally put on the screen it’s never exactly “reality”.

  • Perry Fur

    I watched the show last night with Lauren and James who are still happily married… NEWSFLASH:
    He did want to marry her!!!

  • Lovetta

    “With a very unfortunate pink tiara and sash”?!! HAHAHHA!!! All jokes aside, I believe that this marriage is going to be full of resentment. Good Luck Lauren.

  • JohnC

    This show is beyond awesome! I love the real reactions on the guy’s faces, and the 50/50 chance you get with every couple. It takes a platform for bitchy-ness like Bridezillas, and it puts some of these spoiled, controlling types in a position where they have to earn that dress and ring. I love seeing how some of them are good saleswomen, and they put these guys together like used car deals! But of course- there’s no pleasure as guilty as that moment when they get told N-O!!! In de face!!! hehehe Enjoy

  • Billie

    Hey quick question re: Episode 4 of Jilted? from last night: Has anyone ever seen Samantha on some other reality show? As soon as she came on I could have sworn I saw her on TV before, but can not put my finger on it. It’s almost driving me crazy. Help! LOL

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