I don’t know about you, but it’s been a pretty long old week waiting for a fix of Love Island. I’m not ashamed to admit I’ve been counting down the days in fact!
I was absolutely gutted when it came to an end last Monday. I wasn’t quite ready to give up on the show that has totally taken over my life since June. Like I’ve said previously, I’ve not been so emotionally invested in a TV programme in quite a while.
Aside from the very strange background dancers in last week’s live final (what the actual F was that about? It was like a scene from TOWIE c.2012), I really quite enjoyed the episode. Cara and Nathan winning felt right and while I’d have liked Kady and Scott to have come second, I was such a fan of Fitlord Alex that I didn’t mind him and Liv pipping them to the post.
So, stick the kettle on and make yourself comfy as this post is all about my thoughts on the very last episode of Love Island Series 2. Thanks for the memories guys, it’s been emotional (and sometimes utter cringe).
First things first we’re going all the way back to when Malin was unceremoniously given the old heave ho from the island “I’m gutted to be leaving the villa with Terry still in there” she said. Yeah, I don’t think the feelings mutual there love, I’m afraid. Malin and her friends watching the first episode since returning to English soil made my toes curl slightly. Especially when she muttered the immortal words “Ah, he’s a good guy” while watching the scene between Terry and Tina agreeing to couple up platonically. “He’s a keeper” Malin’s friend concurred. Hmmmmm, the words tempting and fate spring to mind.
Watching Malin realise Terry had gone from hero to zero was a little uncomfortable, possibly made worse by the fact she drew comparisons with regards to herself and Emma. Am I the only one who can’t see it?
Onto Tom and Sophie now. I was a champion of Sophie’s from the off. Possibly because she’s the same age as me – doing it for us over 30’s (still can’t believe I’m 30) and also because Sophie seemed a little more level headed than the rest of the islanders.
How cute were Tom’s Nan and Grandad by the way? “Well, I thought she (Sophie) was a lovely woman and he’d be a bloody fool to say no thanks”. Go on, Nan!
I actually can’t quite believe Tom didn’t realise there was a narrator talking throughout the show. The penny dropping when he asked his friend “whose voice is that” was as hilarious as it was ridiculous.
If Tom was ever so slightly over expressional while watching Sophie go on a date with Katie, then that was cancelled out slightly by his motionless friend Dan who he had chosen to watch the show with. Literally looked like he couldn’t give one.
Now that Tom had watched Sophie “cheat” with Katie, that was it. “UNLEASH THE REAL TOM” he said to the camera. Errmmm, so just who have we been watching over the last 4 weeks then, love?
Back to Malin now and we watch as she heads back to Mallorca to confront her ex Terry. Well, I say ex but they never technically split did they? She’s shaking, he’s totally unaware until she delivers the killer line “HELLO BOYS”.
Forget Malin and Terry for a minute because it’s now time to focus on Rykard & Rachel. Remember them? You’ll be forgiven if you can’t.
Just to give you a quick recap: Rykard was ‘platonically paired up’ with ‘best mate’ Olivia. In came Rachel, who he developed feelings for instantly but this still didn’t stop him from indulging in some bed action with Olivia. AWKWARD.
Anyway, Rachel and Rykard are now ‘offish’ (that’s official to any of you who may be over 30, I know it took me a while to decipher it too) and what better way to celebrate than to meet the parents. Rykard is meeting his new girlfriend’s Mother over a spot of afternoon tea. Quaint.
Rykard looks like he’d rather be anywhere other than sitting opposite his new Mother in Law, but hey, it makes great TV (ish) so sit yourself down and have yourself a scone Rykard.
Luckily for Rykard, Helen (Rachel’s Mum) gives Rykard the seal of approval. “He’s lovely” she declares. I still give it to Christmas mind you, with or without Mum’s backing.
Now that’s all done and dusted and we’ve left the 3 of them to finish their afternoon tea (looked like a Groupon deal to me) we’re rewinding the clock back to the very first week of Love Island.
Now, while I may forgive you for failing to remember Rachel and Rykard, I will certainly forgive you if the names Javi and Dan don’t ring any bells.
Javi was axed very early doors with Dan following a couple of weeks later and if I’m honest, the show developed so much it almost felt like it was a totally different series.
Dan and Javi had fallen out over a prospective lady friend (Zara – remember she, now you won’t be forgiven if you’ve forgotten all about her!) but now they’ve put their differences aside over a pint in the local and seem to have purchased Adam M’s book of metaphors.
We’re back to the afternoon tea with Rykard, Rachel and Helen now (it doesn’t even look like 1 cake has been eaten yet). They’re dissecting the Olivia situation, which is all a bit odd. I could think of easier conversations to have with your new mother in law, than discussing the time you had a bit with another woman, while the girl you’re trying to hook up with is sleeping in the next bed. Confused? I was.
Rachel feels she is owed an apology from Olivia. Good luck there love, let us know how you get on with that one.
Now, I think we’re done with the afternoon tea scenario (still no cakes eaten – what is wrong with them?), it’s Case Of The Ex time.…..
Tom and Malin have decided to meet up for a drink.
“Me and Tom get on really, really well” Malin tells the camera. Um, sorry, did I miss something? I can’t actually remember them even exchanging more than 2 words to each other back in the villa.
As coincidence should have it (!), whilst Malin and Tom are rekindling that deep friendship of theirs, Tom gets a text (CUE THE TEXT). He goes silent for a while. Malin is on the edge of her seat. “Sophie’s left the villa” Tom informs Malin.
We have to forget about that for a second as the next couple up are Terry and Emma and we the viewers take a look back on their shock eviction from the Villa. We see them exit together and are surprised by their friends and family. “What the fuck?” screams Emma as she runs to her friends and Terry is greeted by his family. Great way to meet the new in laws there Emma.
“I’m just gonna keep playing it cool” Emma said. Whilst mouthing “how fit is he” to her mates and draping her arms around Terry and asking when he’s coming to see her. Yeah, real cool that Emma, real cool.
Time for Tom and Sophie to meet up now. Cue the slow music and the huge embrace between the two of them. Tom is still evidently hurt and it appears Sophie has a lot of making up to do, so we’re to watch this space.
Terry’s meeting up with his mates in his local boozer now for a glass of Rose wine(!). “She’s tanned, she’s got the eyes, and she’s got the body” Terry proclaims when talking about Emma. Now Terry has seen the bad publicity he’s been on the receiving end of, he realises the error of his ways and that he has to apologise to Malin. Interesting. I wonder how genuine that apology will be, eh?
Finally, over half way through we now see the rest of the couples. It’s about time if you ask me. I’ve missed that lot.
Reunion party time now and it feels a little like, dare I say it, an episode of TOWIE. Slow motion camera effects and those background dancers seem to be back again. Great.
Just as Rykard and Olivia are chewing the cud, in walks Rachel. All very TOWIE esque once again. Olivia apologises to Rachel (I know, I was shocked too) and all is well with the world again. Up until Rykard decides the four of them should meet up for a double date. Could that get filmed too please?
Time for some more apologies now. These come from Scott to Tom for being such an excitable puppy when Katie announced she too was bisexual like Sophie. Scott and the rest of the lads should have had Tom’s back more apparently.
Terry’s apology to Malin is on its way and dare I say it, it almost sounds genuine. Almost being the operative word here. Perhaps it’s that bad publicity that spurred him on. “Treat Emma well” Malin warns Terry. Um, is that the same Emma who called you a dickhead on TV, Malin?
In walks Katie and Adam now, and if the fact that Katie slammed her drink down on the table with brute force is a sign of things to come then my friends, we are in for a treat! This girl has some serious attitude on her!
“You are a sad excuse for a man” Katie says to Tom. Eyebrow gate has reared its head and it’s all down to some Tweets that have been thrown about (Tom, we’re looking at you pal). Good old Twitter, I love a ‘celeb’ argument.
“Your opinions are as bad as your eyebrows” Sophie chimes in with regards to eyebrow-gate. And before I know it, it feels like an episode of Jerry Springer when Katie hits back with “Honey (yes really), don’t even go there when you wanted to sit on my face at one point”.
TRASH TV. DON’T YOU JUST LOVE IT!!!!!