90 Day Fiance The Other Way Red Wine Recap: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

90 day fiance the other way season 2 Deavan Clegg and Jihoon smiling with family
Everyone is happy on last night’s episode of 90-Day Fiancé: The Other Way! Well, at least in Korea. Pic credit: TLC

Monsters and Critics columnist Liz Long recaps 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way, Season 2, Episode 13, Sticks and Stones, with a little help from a glass of pinot (or two) …

Hello, my 90 Day Lovers and welcome to your Red Wine Recap of 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way!

This week, we celebrate Taeyang’s 100 days of life and how appropriate because, yes, it’s your faithful little recapper’s birthday today as well!

Unlike Taeyang, though, I’m a teense older than 100 days. Also, I didn’t get a cool little black cap. I did, however, get a couple bottles of red, so, sorry, Taeyang! Them’s the breaks.

Let’s just go ahead and bust out our best hanboks and recap, shall we?

90 day fiance other way Deavan and Jihoon's son smiling
I’m ready, Liz! Pic credit: TLC

Deavan & Jihoon – Baby Taeyang’s 100 Days!

Now is it just me or does it feel like as soon as any progress is made towards happiness on this show, someone is there, ready to suck it all away from us?! But, at least in Korea, no translator from hell or mother-in-law named Elicia will steal Taeyang’s thunder tonight!

90 day fiance other way Jihoon's mom putting an apron on Deavan Clegg
Which one of these carrots just doesn’t belong? It’s Deavan’s! Deavan’s! DEAVAN’S! Pic credit: TLC

It’s his 100-days-of-life party, dangit, and everyone WILL be happy! Now, if you’re like me, don’t worry. You didn’t rob your child of a happy childhood because you forgot to celebrate his or her 3-month and ten days birthday.

As Jihoon explained, it is a very common tradition to celebrate a Korean baby’s 100th day of life because a lot of Korean babies don’t live past 100 days.

And to help celebrate, Deavan is going to help Jihoon’s mom cook japcache! What could POSSIBLY go wrong?!

Cutting vegetables too thin, that’s what. Oh, and we have our trusty translator (who I’ve named Bob) to see us through it all. As Deavan and Jihoon’s mom discuss whether size matters (get your head out of the gutter you guys, I’m talking carrots here!), Bob guides the conversation:

Deavan: What do you want from a Korean daughter-in-law? Bob: Just stand there and say hello. Now, normally, Bob’s cheekiness would shut any sort of happiness down. But who can be mad when little Taeyang’s swanky birthday party is at hand?!

90 day fiance other way Jihoon dancing in Korean dress
It’s fun to stay at the Y-M-C-A! Pic credit: TLC

No one. That’s who. We had boujie decorations … we had Jihoon doing the YMCA in his traditional Korean attire. And we had Deavan smiling and “looking beautiful” according to great-grandma! I mean, could it get any better?

Deavan is getting showered with money envelopes! Little Drascilla is roaming around in her pink dress! And even Jihoon’s mother points out, “Deavan doesn’t smile a lot, so it was nice to see her smiling today.”

Elicia, not a word out of you no matter how traumatized you are from last week’s events. Okay?

90 day fiance other way deavan's mom elicia giving a thumbs up
Only for the sake of the party, Liz! Pic credit: TLC

Okay, great. By the way, how would you like the title of “Big big aunt?” Ah what does it matter? Everyone at this party is happy … Deavan feels accepted … and this crew is surprisingly the ONLY ones taking two steps forward tonight. (Thank you, Taeyang. Cheers to you, little squirt.)

Tim & Melyza – Describe yourself in three words

What is going on tonight, you guys?! Deavan and Jihoon the picture-perfect photo of family happiness tonight? Tim making the second slot of my recap?!

90 day fiance other way Tim walking outside, smiling
Tim is ready to conquer his KOH-lumbian day! Pic credit: TLC

Okay, so Cheesestick didn’t make a TON of progress tonight, but, hey, at least he isn’t still talking about his cheating, right?! Now unless Mey-LEE-Zah has a distant third cousin waiting in the wings that Tim needs to rehash this storyline to, I think we are in the clear. Hooray! We can actually focus on getting to know the man behind the nickname and khaki pants.

But I don’t even think Cheesestick knows who he is. You see, Tim woke up, ready to take on the world, but KOH-lumbia had other plans for him. Not only did his taxi turn out to be a motorcycle, which he kindly refused, but he floundered at the job agency as well: “Describe yourself in three words.”


90 day fiance other way Tim saying Finances and Teamwork looking confused
Uhhhhh ….. Pic credit: TLC

And the third adjective? Now, I know you’re dumbfounded because you couldn’t say “I’m a cheater,” but, come on, Tim! “Finances” and “Teamwork”?!

Not quite “killin’ it,” are ya there, bud?

90 day fiance Tim standing in front of motorcyclist who has his hand up dismissively
I think even the taxi cab driver is over ya. Pic credit: TLC

Ari & Biniyam – So long to Janice, the “Positive Gangster”

Tonight we had to say goodbye to the Positive Gangster, aka, Ari’s mom, aka, our wise, level-headed Janice. And now I can’t get that hotstepper song out of my head: “here come the hotstepper … I’m the lyrical positive gangster … Still love you like that.”

And we do love you like that, Janice. In fact, you haven’t even made it up the airport ramp yet, and Ari is getting hit with a ton of emotional bricks.

90 day fiance Ari crying holding her mom's hands
Remember, Ari. The Positive Gangster is just a plane ride away. Pic credit: TLC

Ari suddenly feels the realness of being in Ethiopia … alone. And I can’t blame her. I mean, Janice is AMAZING, and, if Bibi is wise, he should be penning a song incorporating her nickname to the hotstepper soundtrack, tout suite!

But, Ari … don’t forget … you still have two babies with you in Ethiopia: baby in your belly and Bibi Baby. You know, the guy you supposedly fell in love with the minute you saw him tossing his dreadlocks over his shoulder at the airport? The one who is the next up-and-coming Ethiopian dancing and singing SENSATION?! Also, your soon-to-be BABY DADDY?!?

90 day fiance Ari crying on bench to Biniyam
Pic credit: TLC

“I’m not looking forward to being alone with you,” Ari tells Bibi. And, yes, my friends, that was a direct quote.

How does that sit with you, Bibi? Now I don’t know if Biniyam lacks emotion or if he’s just one at peace with the world, but he doesn’t cry. He doesn’t seem phased. He just smiles and says, “Please don’t leave me. I’ll make you happy.”

But I’m not too optimistic this plea is going to work on the emotional Ari. She apparently doesn’t feel like Bibi even knows her and she can’t use just three words to describe her feelings (like apparently Bibi only knows). But, Ari, consider yourself lucky. He knows at least one more adjective than Tim!

Kenny & Armando – Local Taco PDA Backlash

90 day fiance other way couple Kenneth and Armando eating tacos
Hold the guac (and the judgment), please! Pic credit: TLC

Now I knew we needed Rita and Charles from last week to stick around a little longer because we are about to head to the local taco restaurant, and it’s not going to be all happy vibes like our engagement dinner was!

Not only are we dealing with bathrooms where you have to work for your flush, but we are dealing with people willing to tear down our beloved Kenny and Armando in an instant!

And there is no way I can be upbeat and snarky here guys … it just sucked. Here we have Taylor, Cassidy, Armando and Kenny just trying to enjoy their local tacos and Kenny and Armando just having their first PDA moment in Mexico when one jerk-face decides to sling a homophobic slur their way, ruining any good Taco Tuesday vibes we just had.

90 day fiance the other way kenny's daughters Taylor and Cassidy looking shocked and upset
Pic credit: TLC

Taylor, or is it Cassidy, is ready to throw down and I’m right there with her.

But we all need to listen to Daddy Kenny, who tells us, don’t let it get to you. Otherwise, you give the person what they want – power. And, because he’s right, that’s all I’ll say about that and focus on the fact that besides candy that tastes like blood clots, Kenny also doesn’t like guacamole, or having to work for his flush, and let that be that.

Brittany & Yazan: Smoking, Loving, and Instagram Drama

90 day fiance other way couple brittany banks and yazan sitting at restaurant
Do I look like a dragon, Yazan? Pic credit: TLC

Well, I knew it wouldn’t last. Family unity that is. Not with this crew. As Brittany and Yazan smoke and do their best dragon impressions, they discuss what happened since last week, when we made major progress with Yazan’s family.

And what happened was one little family member of Yazan’s stirring up some Instagram drama. You see, apparently, this family member wanted to cause trouble for Brittany, so he went through her feed and shared this photo with the rest of Yazan’s family:

90 day fiance other way brittany banks in a provocative bikini photo
Pic credit: TLC
Now that ain’t no asala dress, Ms. Banks! But Brittany doesn’t care. She is going to do her and not let Yazan’s family dictate her IG page! Yazan just wants peace, “smoking and loving” with Brittany, which instantly changes the conversation from IG drama to Ms. Banks trying to persuade the “virgin” Yazan to come back to her place. Yazan refuses, however, orange bikini or not!
So that about does it, my friends. Next week, we’ll probably take 3 to 5 steps back when Ari’s frustrations with her new Ethiopian lifestyle runneth over, Brittany travels back to the States for hidden reasons, and Sumit finally faces his parents to tell them he loves Jenny! (Haven’t we already had this conversation, though?) Ah, what does it matter? I’m off to join Taeyang’s birthday party! The little nugget is probably wondering where I am by now, and I don’t want to disappoint!
Til’ next week, my 90 Day Lovers!

90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way airs Monday nights at 9/8c on TLC.

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Judy seither
Judy seither
3 years ago

Love to read Liz’s recaps!