Married at First Sight on Channel 9 – Today marks expert Alessandra Rampolla’s favourite day of the year – it’s the start of Married At First Sight’s Intimacy Week!

Sara is already fired up over her husband Tim, but not in the way you might think.

She has a bone to pick with him after he voiced his concerns about her refusal to do the Phone Swapping Challenge during last night’s Commitment Ceremony

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“I feel really blindsided by you,” Sara scolds Tim.

Tim is finally explaining his side when DING DONG! LaurenEden and Tori rock up with wine bottles and brie cheese because it’s girls’ night! 

The groom is of course booted out of the apartment. We have no idea where he’s taken refuge, but he’s probably thinking of a better comeback than “relax” to tell Sara later on (ahh, remember that blissful Honeymoon moment?)

There’s giggles and squeals as the girls enjoy a gossip and raise a glass of Champagne to celebrate the week that was.

Down the hall, it’s a completely different story. 

Lucinda and Timothy 

Lucinda and Timothy also have a lot to unpack from the Commitment Ceremony, but they won’t be doing so with a glass of bubbly as there’s really not a lot to celebrate. 

The bride is feeling “humiliated” after Timothy was outed for saying he would sleep with his bride on the wedding night if there was a connection. 

MAFS EPISODE 9 RECAP: One groom is caught out in a lie while Collins challenges John Aiken at the first Commitment Ceremony

It was a surprising revelation for Lucinda to hear, considering Timothy has been harping on about how much of a slow burn he is and rejecting all her gestures for affection. 

Timothy says that it was just boys’ night talk and that after a few drinks “loose lips sink ships”. Once again Timothy reminds Lucinda that “attraction can build”. 

Basically Timothy has slapped a big “she’ll be right” on his and Lucinda’s relationship and is hoping for the best without actually doing anything. 

That’s simply not good enough for Lucinda, who wants to know what actual steps Timothy will be taking to move their relationship forward. What did he extract from the experts’ wisdom? Is he in or out this week? Is he attracted to Lucinda? 

Lucinda’s umpteenth question is the final straw for Timothy.

“Now I’m getting pissed off. I give an answer and you just keep prodding and prodding!” he snaps. 

“I feel like I’m talking to a fourth expert. I’m getting pulled across the poles by you and by John and now I’m done, I’m actually done filming.” 

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Timothy has had enough. (Nine)

Timothy slams the door and storms out of the room like a grumpy teenager. “I can’t handle this!” he fumes.

His outburst is enough to bring the bride to tears, and it’s the first time we’ve seen Lucinda’s light really dim.  

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Lucinda isn’t feeling very bright. (Nine)

A little while later, Timothy returns and the ever-patient Lucinda understands that she may have pushed him a bit too hard. 

He apologises for losing his cool and they have a good giggle over Timothy accidentally cleaning his nose with a Windex wipe. The dad from My Big Fat Greek Wedding was right, Windex fixes everything – even Lucinda and Timothy’s relationship. 

The couple even have a crack at the Eye Gazing task and after staring into each other’s eyes for three minutes, Lucinda is feeling a flicker of chemistry. And we feel like they’re having a breakthrough. 

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This looks like progress to us! (Nine)

But we spoke too soon. 

Overnight the couple have had a bit of a run-in after Lucinda went to bed shirtless.

Despite it being the most natural thing in the world, apparently it’s all too much for Timothy and he requests that Lucinda “maybe come to bed with a shirt on.” 

Lucinda is quick to hit back at the double standard, and says the following: “You’ve got boobs as well.

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One step forward, many steps back, many. (Nine)

“This whole time you’ve been walking around in your undies and I’ve been in my pyjamas so if you don’t like me with my top off then that’s fine, but you do the same.” 

It’s a big blow for an already deflated Timothy. He hangs his head down, and it seems like there’s no hope for the couple.

So it’s time to bring in the big guns – Alessandra is doing a house call! 

Timothy opens the door and plasters on a grin as he hears the sexologist’s plan of action – her favourite task, the ‘Melting Hug’.

He and Lucinda must stand and embrace, heart to heart, and “melt into each other”.

But Timothy, who isn’t a big hugger, has some reservations.

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What the hell are you doing here? (Nine)

“I remember I would try and hug dad and he would just shove me and go, ‘You’re an idiot, get away’,” Timothy recalls, sadly.

With a dash of reluctance, Timothy agrees and the pair share a special moment.

“I was 100 per cent immersed in it and it was quite pleasant,” Timothy says, surprised.

We’ve been wrong, before but it feels like this couple are turning a corner.

Timothy farewells Alessandra with a hug – of course and at this point he’s handing them out like lollies. What a turnaround! 

Natalie and Collins   

The experts have been helping some of the other couples move leaps and bounds, but they can’t perform miracles. 

And so we find ourselves back at square one after Natalie and Collins’ disastrous Commitment Ceremony sit-down where Natalie voted to ‘leave’ the experiment. 

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Following his bizarre couch meltdown, Collins was advised by John Aiken to really fight for his relationship. 

But we don’t think Collins really understands what John was saying. He goes on to shower Natalie with a string of compliments that end up sounding like a monologue out of a Year 10 Romeo and Juliet play. 

“Every moment I see you I am happy because that’s what I’m here for,” Collins begins.

“That’s why I put ‘stay’…”

Collins barely gets through his second line – I mean sentence – when Natalie flips her lid.

“This feels like an Oscar’s performance,” she snaps.

“I can’t communicate with someone that talks to me like we’re on the set of Neighbours or Home and Away.”

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Natalie can’t do this all over again. (Nine)

Natalie has given Collins five minutes more than he deserves and she is calling time on their relationship. 

“Oh Nat… we’re on Married At First Sight and I feel like you’ve just done Mind Made Up At First Sight,” Collins wallows. 

And that was probably his last Oscar-worthy line because Natalie is DONE.  

She packs her bags and most likely breaks out into Nelly Furtado’s I’m Like a Bird.

“I don’t think he’s devastated because his time with me has ended…I think if he could stay on MAFS by himself he would,” Natalie scoffs before exiting.

EXCLUSIVE: Natalie reveals the most ‘unfair’ part of her relationship with Collins following the pair’s sudden exit from MAFS 2024

Lauren and Jono 

Lauren and Jono already sealed the deal on the wedding night but even they’re feeling a bit squeamish at the sounds of some of the Intimacy Week tasks. 

And the first task on the list is… genital cupping. Sorry, we must have written that wrong… no, it is in fact genital cupping. 

It’s actually not as weird as it sounds. The couples are asked to hover their hand over each other’s crotches just to test the waters and see how they feel in the hopes it might even bring them closer. OK, still strange but we’re open-minded.

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Jono has a very reasonable reaction to ‘genital cupping’. (Nine)

Jono for one is relieved that it’s not a “full on monkey grip”. We’re all relieved, Jono.

Surprisingly, it’s the Eye Gazing task that causes issues for the couple.

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Lauren admits she thinks the task is “cringe”, Jono agrees saying he wants to “get it over with” too but is happy to push through. Lauren takes this as Jono being too reserved and holding back his “real personality.” 

“I’m so sick of the, ‘OK, OK.’ I’m not going to do this experiment with some serial killer who has the same response to everything,” Lauren boils over. 

Things only escalate during the Listening Task. 

As Jono expresses his concerns around Lauren’s hot and cold attitude, she loses it again. 

“It’s like you’re on autopilot, I need to hear opinions and feelings and heightened emotions,” Lauren vents, feeling like she’s still not getting to know the real Jono. 

“Is he a robot?”  

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I need spice! Stop being beige! (Nine)

Jono is confused as hell. 

“I spent 20 years trying not to be reactive trying to be calm and it’s not what Lauren wants.”

Jono sighs because maybe it’s true, nice guys do finish last.  

We can’t wait to see what on earth happens as Intimacy Week continues tomorrow. Bring. It. On. 

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