90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days Season 4 premieres tonight, February 23 at 8 p.m. EST/7 p.m. CST on TLC. The synopsis for the premiere episode, titled “Love Can’t Wait,” reads, “Ed, Avery, Geoffrey, Lisa, Stephanie, Yolanda, and David are on a mission to meet their overseas soulmates in person for the very first time. Nothing can stop them from seeing if their dreams of love can become a reality, and Darcey returns for some answers.”
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The couples featured on Season 4 of Before the 90 Days include seven new couples and one returning, fan-favorite pair; Darcey and Tom will be returning this season alongside the franchise’s first ever same-sex couple, Stephanie and Erika. The other couples include: Ed and Rosemarie, Yolanda and Williams, Avery and Ash, Geoffrey and Varya, Lisa and Usman and David and Lana.
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The season premiere kicks off with Ed Brown, a 54-year-old professional photographer from San Diego. The scene opens with Ed snapping photos of a model while he tells the cameras about his life. He notes that he gave himself the name “Big Ed,” which is ironic because he is only 4’11” tall, but he says the nickname helps him feel more confident about his height.
He talks about his dog Teddy and discusses his ex-wife. He says he was married for two years and the marriage fell apart because he wasn’t faithful, but he got his “beautiful” daughter Tiffany out of the marriage.
Ed notes that after his divorce, he didn’t believe he would find love again, and he decided to focus on his daughter and his dog for the next 28 years. However, when he met Rosemarie, he says “everything changed.”
The reality star met Rose through social media, and the two have been together for about three months. He says she has the most “amazing, deep brown eyes” and he admits he’s in love with her. “Talking to Rose has become the best part of my day, so I asked her to be my girlfriend,” Ed tells the cameras. “Her response was ‘sure, I’ll be your queen, and you can be my king!'”
Ed tells the TLC producers that he’s traveling “7,500 miles” next week to meet Rose in person. He stops at a post office to drop off a gift for Rose, and he says he’s sent her quite a few gifts in the last few months, although most of them haven’t been delivered because she lives in a poor side of town, according to Ed.
Next, we meet Avery, a 32-year-old dental assistant from Seattle. She talks about how important health and wellness is to her, and how it makes her “feel more beautiful as a woman,” and love herself more. Avery also notes that loves to cook, and often posts her dishes online, although she mentions that she’s a “nontraditional” cook and often adds cannabis to her meals.
We then meet her two daughters – Scarlet, 10 and Silver, 2. She tells the cameras that she got pregnant with Silver when she had an IUD, and she ended up selling all of her things and moving two states away to be with Silver’s father. However, the relationship fell through and she ended up a single mother with nothing to return to Seattle with.
Avery says she was in a “dark place” but that everything changed when she met Ash through Instagram. “We started talking, and then it eventually moved to video chat, and it was just a straight connection,” she tells the cameras. She reads a sweet text message from Ash, but notes that she isn’t a fan of his job. Ash is a relationship coach and Avery worries that he just “knows all the right things to say,” which is why she fell in love with him.
Avery meets up with an ex named Jared, who is a close friend today. He worries about Avery’s trip to Australia; Avery admits that he works closely with single women all day, and tells the producers that she’s broken up with him three times already because she is insecure about his relationship and the amount of time he spends with his female clients.
Next, we meet Geoffrey, a 41-year-old landlord from Tennessee. He says that he was a “bad boy” growing up, but “all that changed” when he became a father. Geoffrey has four sons – Paxton, Dakota, Cayven and Kazhem.
Geoffrey talks about his failed relationships with the mothers of all of his children, which is why he turned to an international dating site. He says he and Varya had an immediate connection, and the two quickly fell in love after they started talking through WhatsApp. Varya and Geoffrey have a lot in common, including similar goals and a love of adventure. “Right now, she’s checking everything off the list,” which is why the reality star decided to take a trip to Russia to meet his long-distance girlfriend in person.
We meet Paxton and Dakota next, and Geoffrey discusses the fact that he might propose to Varya when he gets to Russia. His sons aren’t too keen on the idea and worry that their father is rushing things; they worry that he will get hurt, and tell the cameras that it’s “way too soon for marriage.”
The scene then cuts over to Geoffrey, who is talking to the TLC producers during a confessional. He explains that he lost his youngest son Kazhem a few years ago, after the infant suffered a seizure. “I’ve had a lot of heartbreak in my life, but by far the absolute worst is what happened to Kazhem,” Paschel tells the cameras. “I actually had two kids with my recent ex. Cayvan had a younger brother named Kazhem. In March of last year, my son Kazhem actually passed away.”
Geoffrey tearfully continues, “He was a year and a month old … he was at the house and he had a seizure. While in the hospital, they put him in a coma. Several days later they had him on life support and I held him as they pulled the plug.” He pauses, wiping his eyes, and notes, “Losing a child is the absolute worst thing that could ever happen to you. There’s going to be a hole in my heart for the rest of my life, but I know that Kazhem’s all around me, and that gives me peace in my heart to know that.”
When the cameras cut back over to his sons, he tells them that he is still hopeful that things will work with Varya, and he believes Kazhem’s death might have opened him up to finding love once again.
Next, we meet Lisa, a 52-year-old hospice worker from Pennsylvania. She is getting her entire body waxed before her trip to Nigeria, where she is flying to meet her 30-year-old Nigerian musician Usman, who often goes by his stage name “SojaBoy.” She met Usman through social media, and the two quickly fell in love after they started video-chatting.
Usman “looked very trustworthy” to Lisa, and the two began talking every single day for months. She then talks about how “sensual” their chats started to become, and how Usman has seen her naked on video. Clips show Usman telling his American beau how much he loves her, and Lisa mentions how excited she is to finally meet him in person.
She then tells the cameras about Usman’s music career and how he has over 20 thousand followers and fans on social media. She notes that he wrote her a song, and she loves her fiance very much, but she says she has a hard time dealing with his “thirsty” female fans, who message him and comment on his posts throughout the day. Lisa can then be seen scrolling through the messages and comments on his Instagram page and asking Usman about every female who puts a heart emoji in the comments or gives him a shoutout online. She tells the cameras she has doubts and insecurities because of her ex-husband, and that she questions whether or not Usman is faithful to her, all the while messaging Usman and telling him he needs to “tighten up his page.”
Our next couple introduced is Yolanda and Williams. Yolanda is a 51-year-old mother of six from Las Vegas, who has “overcome a lot of struggles” in her life, including her weight. Yolanda says she was over 300 pounds for most of her life, but she worked hard and eventually lost over 150 pounds. She says she started trying to get in shape when her husband of 30 years got sick and eventually passed away due to health complications.
Yolanda says her husband’s death was an eye-opener, which kickstarted her healthier lifestyle. She decided to share her transformation online, which is how she met Williams, 41, from England. Yolanda and Williams hit it off quickly, and now Yolanda is traveling to England to meet him in person.
However, there’s a catch … not only has Yolanda not revealed her true age to Williams, she admits that she hasn’t video-chatted with Williams yet. According to Yolanda, Williams’ camera is broken, so “he can see [Yolanda] but she can’t see him.” Yolanda’s daughter is concerned that Williams is catfishing her mother, and insisted she come along with Yolanda when she travels to England.
The episode cuts back over to Ed who heads to his mother’s house to discuss his trip to the Philippines. The two talk about how excited he is to meet Rose, and how he bought a ring and is hoping to propose. His mother doesn’t believe he should propose, and thinks he needs to talk more to his daughter and work out issues with her before he commits to Rose. Ed reveals that his daughter doesn’t support his relationship and is embarrassed that he is dating somebody who is so much younger than she is. He agrees, and when he leaves his mother’s house, he attempts to call his daughter while he’s sitting in the car; he leaves her a message telling her how much she means to him and how he doesn’t want to hurt her.
Next, we revisit Avery, who heads out to meet up with a few friends. She sits down with her friends Jen and Josh, and discusses some of her insecurities and concerns with the two. She admits that the two have broken up several times in the few times they’ve been together, and she tells them a concerning story about how Ash removed all of her pictures off of his social media page at one point in their relationship (he claims someone hacked his account), which doesn’t sit well with either of her friends. Ash also apparently admitted to Avery that he went bankrupt, which is why he can’t get a visa to come to the U.S. They discuss her trust issues and both Jen and Josh tell the cameras that they’re worried Avery is being impulsive and not thinking through her decision to be with Ash.
The episode pops back over to Lisa, who also meets up with a friend to discuss her upcoming trip to Nigeria. Lisa says she is excited to meet Usman in person so they can finally have sex, and when Nikki asks what Lisa will do if the “sex is whack,” Lisa notes that she has a “secret weapon,” which turns out to be sex without a condom. She says Usman has only been with women while using protection, and she plans on hooking him in by not using a condom, which elicits a skeptical response from Nikki, who asks if Lisa has “lost her mind.” Lisa says she and Usman love and trust each other, and she had him tested for STDs and he’s apparently “clean.” The two argue about the fact that Usman’s a musician and that he’s still a man, despite what “region he’s from,” according to Nikki, who worries that Lisa isn’t thinking things through. She specifically calls her delusional and questions if Usman is just using Lisa to “further his music career and get a green card.”
After the commercial break, we jump back over to Yolanda, who calls Williams and chats with him on the phone. Although he’s from England and she claims he has an English accent, he definitely doesn’t sound like he’s got any sort of British accent (from my experience at least, and I’m married to a Brit so I’m pretty familiar with the English accent). Williams asks about her kids and they chat for a few minutes before the cameras cut back over to a confessional with Yolanda. She talks about how Williams had never asked her for anything until recently, when he asked if he could come visit her in the U.S. and if she’d send him money (which is obviously another red flag from somebody who Yolanda has never seen). She said she was put off by his request, and told him that she would rather come visit him in England.
Next we jump back over to Geoffrey, who goes to visit a Russian friend of his from work. He and Olga sit down and eat crepes and talk about Varya, and Olga gives him some hard, cold facts – she knows Russian women, and she believes Varya has an “end goal,” which is to come to the U.S. and get a green card. “I’m just afraid she will use you as a step, because in Russia it is very hard to survive. The next step for her is America.” She believes Varya is just using Geoffrey for her green card, so she can start a new life in the U.S. She also thinks Varya will not enjoy living in Tennessee, and worries she will “turn around and leave” shortly after she gets here. None of this matters to Geoffrey, who isn’t swayed in his decision to head to Russia and meet her in person.
We hop back over to Ed, who is washing his hair in mayo in order to smooth out his scalp, so he can look “younger” for Rose. He explains that he has a skin condition which makes sleeping on sheets under 1000 thread count difficult, and causes him to break out in a rash. He jumps online and chats with Rose, who has her 4-year-old son Prince with her (who weirdly already calls Ed “daddy”). Ed then voices his concern that Rose will take off running in the opposite direction when she sees him, and she basically shrugs it off and says she doesn’t know what she would do in that situation. He is also worried about how many friends Rose has on Facebook, and he tells her he’s concerned that she’s talking to other men like she talks to him. When he asks her about her ex, she suddenly freezes and the chat cuts off; she doesn’t answer when he calls back, which doesn’t sit well with Ed. He tells the cameras that he’s a germaphobe and plans to ask Rose for an STD test when he meets her, so that should be interesting.
Next we see Yolanda, who has en emotional conversation with her six kids about her relationship with Williams. It’s immediately clear that her children are skeptical about their mother’s new man, and they all voice their concern that he is either using her for money and/or a green card, or that he’s a catfish. Yolanda breaks down crying and tells them she just wants them to be happy for her because she believes Williams is the man of her dreams.
We finally get to meet Varya after the commercial break – Geoffrey calls his Russian girlfriend and the two talk about how excited they are to meet. The phone call is pretty short, but we get an idea of Varya’s personality, which seems quirky and fun.
Our final confrontation/uncomfortable conversation of the evening is between Geoffrey and two of his friends, who he meets for lunch. After discussing his intentions of marrying Varya, Mark notes how impulsive Geoffrey is and his friend Mary, who the reality star used to apparently date, asks him why she’s not good enough for him, and why he feels he needs to travel halfway across the world to meet his soulmate. Both of Geoffrey’s friends appear unsurprisingly skeptical, and when they ask if he’s “told her about his past,” he says no, so we assume Geoffrey might have some shady skeletons in his closet that will likely come up later in the season.
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