TLC is most popular for featuring little people and sister-wives. Little people who have a farm in Oregon, little women taking over LA, a little man with 14 wives who live in a treehouse (ok, that is not a real show) a little doctor and her little husband – who we have no idea what he does for a living, etc, etc. So it was refreshing to find something on TLC that didn’t involve little people or plural marriages. It is called, 90 Day Fiance.
I knew I had to close the blinds and turn the TV volume down while watching the show, on a count of someone revoking my Man Card. But the risk was well worth it. I love the show.
The premise is simple, follow someone from the United States as they go through the 90-day fiance visa process to marry someone from a foreign land. Or, as the urban dictionary would call them, mail-order brides. I think that the dictionary is a little harsh in its definition, but you get the point.
In fact, I know the Urban dictionary is way off base because not only do I have a Filipino sister-in-law, I have had the opportunity to get to know the 2 most popular stars from the 90-Day Fiance series, Jason and Cassia. Jason is from Florida and Cassia is from Brazil. They were the nicest couple a person would ever hope to meet. But their marriage sadly did not last beyond the glitter of the fading TV screen.
On first blush, you might be thinking that the foreigners on this reality series are just in it for the green card. The green card, is a legit card issued by the government to allow a person new to our country the right to work. Not be confused with the really bad movie from 1990 of the same name. From what I saw, I think 79.9% of them are in fact legit relationships… however, the jury quickly voted on the relationship between Danielle and Mohamed. Their relationship was just plain wacko. Total fantasyland. But enough about those two fruitloops.
On the TV series in that season, the real breakout stars were Cassia and Jason. It is obviously edited by TLC to make Cassia seem like the domineering-pants-wearing boss-of- the-family, but I saw it completely different. Cassia is beautiful and funny, Jason is focused and determined. The language barrier is often the source of the humor between the couple. Although Cassia speaks much better English than Jason speaks Portuguese (The native language of Brazil) sometimes she uses an incorrect verb or adverb and puts a new twist on an old phrase. That is how a T-shirt business got started. It was called “You’re So Idiot“. I think the marketing move is pure gold. It’s like one of those TV catchphrases that begins to take a life of its own. In fact, it is also the name of a new reality TV series the couple tried pitching to networks. “You’re So Idiot” it would have followed the couple as Cassia tries to fit her sassy Brazilian life into Jason’s conservative e-Bay South Florida life. Oh, did I forget to mention that they live in a small Florida retirement village, in a house they share with Jason’s elderly father and his 4 dogs? What possible shenanigans could happen there? I wanted to see more adventures with Jason and Cassia. But sadly not only did their marriage not work out, nor did the T-shirt empire, neither did the dreams of their own spin-off series.
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