’90 Day Fiancé’: Ari and Bini say ‘I do’ (RECAP)
[Warning: The below contains MAJOR spoilers for 90 Day Fiancé Season 9, Episode 16, “Here Comes the Pride.”]
Kara and Guillermo were the first of our 90 day engaged couples to wed on last week episode, and the nuptial pleasure does not stop there. Two other couples are getting married in episode 15, while the other four are still preparing to get married or maybe separate for good. Hang in there, because it’s going to be a bumpy ride!
Ariela and Biniyam
It’s Ari and Bini’s wedding day, and Ari admits in an interview that she’s finally a little excited about it for the very first time, though she’s still taking a leap of faith. Bini isn’t thrilled that the wedding is taking place in a Jewish temple, but he notes in an interview that Ari promised that their son, Avi, would be baptized.
Ari’s parents both walk him down the aisle to the chuppah, a canopy under which Jewish couples get married, and this one was constructed with Ethiopian fabric as well as one of the old curtains from Ari’s grandmother. After Bini stomps the glass, another Jewish tradition, they are pronounced husband and wife. He later says that he can now see that they will have a happy future.
Ari echoes those thoughts: “We don’t know what the future holds, but I really think there will be a lot of adventures in the future,” she says in voiceover as Bini twirls her around in the air.
Yves and Mohammad
If Yve and Mohamed do not marry within the next 22 days, he will return to Egypt. For most of the season, it looked like he would do just that, but his mother advised him to open his mind and strict thoughts to what Yve should be and accept her for who she is.
Yve goes for manicures with her friend Rochelle, who notes that she herself was a runaway bride and this is an option Yve can consider if her feet really are as cold as she says.
“I have no doubts today,” Yve told Rochelle, who said in an interview that she was nervous for Yve and there were a lot of red flags.
Fast forward to Yves and Mohamed’s wedding day, an event most viewers probably didn’t see coming. Yve worries that Mohamed finds her dress too revealing. Her son Tharan, who has special needs, puts on a costume and everyone in the room is moved to see how happy he is to be there.
The ceremony is calm and beautiful. The only unexpected moment is when Tharan takes off his costume and instead puts on a “Legend of Awesome” t-shirt.
Emily and Kobe
The day before Emily and Kobe’s wedding, the family gathered to celebrate, and they’re all wearing traditional Cameroon outfits that Kobe brought, which he likes. He still feels heavy that Emily doesn’t tell her parents she’s pregnant again, but insists they wait until after the wedding. She even secretly treated herself to non-alcoholic beer at the party so as not to spill the secret.
As the night wears on, Emily gets cold feet and takes Kobe outside to express her doubts. A huge argument erupts.
“Do you think I’m here because of some advantage?” he asks angrily. “It’s insulting.”
He tells her he left everything at home to be with her and their son, Koban, adding before storming off, “If you can’t trust me on the eve of our wedding, I can’t trust me. ‘accept. Kiss my ass !”
Bilal and Shaida
With two days to go, Bilal and Shaeeda finally seem happy enough to get married. Bilal’s sister Nefertari brings Shaeeda the wedding dress she made for her, but first she plays a prank and presents a large shapeless garment to the bride-to-be. Shaeeda thinks it’s an old lady’s dress and just hideous, but Nefertari says, “Sometimes the customer doesn’t really know what they want.”
Nefertari then offers the real wedding dress, which is all Shaeeda wanted, and explains that pulling pranks is a family trait.
Jibri and Miona
A day before their wedding, Jibri, Miona and Jibri’s “gangster” grandmother, Cheyne, are at an adorable Airbnb in Joshua Tree, Calif., where they drove from South Dakota. Cheyne speaks to Jibri privately and asks how everything is going with him, since his parents have expressed major doubts about the union and will not be present. Jibri thinks marrying Miona is the right move for him, and Cheyne supports him. She says in an interview that he takes risks and is as ready as he will ever be.
Later, Jibri FaceTimes her mother Mahala and says he doesn’t feel good that she is not there. He asks if he can find her a last minute flight, and Mahala says she can’t. She later tells a cameraman that she can feel the emotional distance she put between herself and her son to protect his heart.
Jibri asks her mother if she will give her her blessing to marry Miona, and though she says she doesn’t support how it all happened, she supports him.
Patrick and Thais
Three days away from their vows, Pat and Thais celebrate on a yacht in Miami, a gift from longtime friends Jeremy, John and Phil. Thais are tired of traveling at this point, but they still have to venture to Orlando for the big day.
Pat’s friends really want it to work out for him, because they say his divorce from his first marriage hit him in the stomach. Thais hangs out on the boat with Jeremy’s partner, Tammy, and says in a voiceover that it’s hard to be at the party because she’s anxious and it’s not fun.
Thais tells Tammy that her father doesn’t approve, and her opinion matters more to her than Pat’s. Tammy tells him that if she is considering breaking up with him, she should do it now and not after they are married.
Later, Pat and Thais go to dinner, and she tells him that he’s still too controlling and that they need to make more decisions together. She also wants her brother John to move out if they get married, and Pat says he’ll give John three months’ notice. Family is an integral part of his life, he tells her, especially now, with his mother on the verge of death.
Pat asks Thais if she still wants to get married, and when she says it’s not easy, he’s genuinely surprised that’s the conversation they’re having days before they become husband and wife.
They go to Orlando the day before the wedding and call her father, Carlos Roberto, from the hotel room to ask for his blessing.
“Ah, no,” he said, “you don’t have my blessing.”
Pat worries in an interview that Thais might really choose to return to Brazil.
The next time
Jibri and Miona are about to have their intimate wedding in Joshua Tree, but their friend Igor is two hours late and Miona’s ideal day might be ruined. Shaeeda’s sisters tell her that she has one last chance to say no to Bilal’s marriage. Emily calls Kobe, who is still very troubled by their fight. And Thais still has doubts about her wedding day, prompting a friend to tell her that if her father objects to the wedding, she’ll postpone it. How many happy ever afters will we see next? Sunday will reveal everything to us.
90 Day Fiancé, Sunday, 8/7c, TLC (Streaming, discovery+)
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