Viewers already knew things were going to get really ugly this week Lauren & Alexei: After 90 days.
The preview didn’t lie—not this time.
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After much discussion about the possible move, Lauren’s parents quickly hit it off and lashed out.
in this week’s episode Lauren & Alexei: After 90 daysthe tension grew and, frankly, exploded.
Lauren Brobalnik’s parents, Marlene and Brian, were still pushing the idea of the couple moving themselves and their small children to Israel.
The setting was of course a cooking party with Alexei’s family living in Israel.
Marlene conveys her concerns to Alexei’s friend Dmitry. To her fairness, she was answering questions about her feelings.
“The idea of them moving to the other side of the world,” she began.
Marlene admitted, “I don’t want to know what I really think about it.”
Dmitry wanted to know what she thought. So she said to him
“I think it could be very scary,” Marlene suggested.
“And I don’t know if Lauren can stand it.”
Alexei’s mother advised Marlene to “trust Lauren and Alexei” and try life in Israel.
This is when Lauren’s father, Brian, intervenes.
Like Marlene, he has big problems with the idea. And he was no longer willing to pare his words on his objections.
“I kept my mouth shut the whole time,” Brian characterized.
“I am against it,” he said. “Period.”
Bryan then stated, “Whatever you say doesn’t change my mind.”
Lauren asked why. Her father hesitated to explain, only saying he had “many reasons.”
“Let’s ask,” Lauren suggested.
With unthinkable rudeness, Brian then snapped: “Then shut up.”
Lauren backed away—understandably—to face her husband.
Alexei told Brian, “We’re not very aggressive yet.”
“We are very aggressive,” Brian retorted. “We’ve been aggressive all week.”
Bryan turned to the confession camera and explained why he snapped.
“I’m old. I’m old hearing motion, motion, motion,” he complained.
Bryan said, “I felt trapped. I kind of snapped at him because there was no way to go. I had to stop it. Come on.”
“And out of nowhere, this escalated into something that wasn’t necessary,” Lauren lamented in her confession.
Lauren bizarrely explained to her parents that a possible move to Israel might be “best for us as a couple.”
“You asked for my opinion on this and I’ll give it,” Brian said.
“He has a right to feel what he feels,” Marlene said.
“I know, I just listen, listen, listen,” Alexei replied.
“If you say something wrong, I will intervene,” he added.
Marlene objected to the idea that Bryan’s opinion could be “wrong”.
On the other hand, Brian told Alexei, “You often push your own opinion.”
Lauren told her parents that this would help children develop “character and strength.”
However, Marlene and Brian think this is about Lauren lacking both and doing whatever her husband wants.
“I’ve seen her say, ‘Okay, let’s do what you want,'” Marlene said.
“Because it’s not worth fighting for me, and he does the same for me,” countered Lauren.
“Why do you always give yourself up?” Marlene asked her daughter.
Lauren took her position and lamented, “I think you guys underestimate me as a person.”
“I think you underestimate my power.” That would be difficult to argue with.
“I think you underestimate my choices that are right for me and my family,” Lauren said. “And I don’t think you’re giving me enough credit because you’re not with us all the time.”
“My parents think I’m a doormat, spineless and incapable of doing this move. It hurts,” Lauren told the confessional cameras.
“It’s been years and I still can’t believe it. ‘What do I have to prove to my parents?'” Lauren asked. “Why do I have to keep proving myself to them?” ”