The rain that poured for most of Thursdays’ Love Island (Monday to Friday at 8 p.m. ET on CTV) matched our mood after seeing Alana and Mallory sent home, but as Weston said, “I’m not on Friend Island,” so it’s time to dry our tears, take a big swig from our personalized water bottle and move on. And what better way than with a sexy Love Island game? In this episode, “The One Where Everyone Strips,” everyone stripped. But—TWIST—they wore heart monitors, so you know, it was for “science.”
Newcomer Winston made his debut by picking a date with Kyra, who coincidentally has been having some private reservations about Cashel. It’s almost as if there’s a camera crew watching her every move who then instructed Winston to text her. Hmm. The date had Cashel shook to the point where he almost fully opened his eyes, but not quite that shook. Kyra admitted to the other girls that little things between her and Cashel, like different values and goals, have started to nag at her. (Little stuff.) Cashel is still upset that Kyra isn’t opening up to him more even though they’ve already been together an entire week. Don’t forget, Cashel is a musician, so that’s like three-years in drummer time.
Cashel says that he wants to be joined at the hip like Zac and Elizabeth, but he seems to forget that it was just a few days ago when he told Kyra he was going to keep his options open with Christen. You know who didn’t say they were keeping their options open? Zac and Elizabeth. That’s how you get hip action.
THE NEW GUY
Our first impression of Winston is that he’s the most mature out of all the guys and not just because he’s told every girl that he wants to settle down and have kids. We also haven’t heard him say “vibes” once; major points for that. He seems genuine with his intentions, but he was also on Season 20 of Big Brother (oh thaaat’s where we know him from), which could mean he’s there to play the game and take home the cash. Also, this guy really wanted out of Kentucky. Out of all his (super rainy) dates this episode, we’re kinda digging Winston and Katerina the most. She’s boo’d up with Weston but it’s just two letters different, so…
THE IRISH EXIT
Cormac is growing increasingly frustrated that Caro keeps nudging him to open up, because in his mind, you sleep together first and if it doesn’t work, you bounce. If it’s good, then you open up. Caro keeps trying to “get to know him” before doing that. She’s so old-fashioned.
THE MAGIC ISLANDERS
When it rains, it pours. In this case we mean dollar bills, except that the villa is all-inclusive and no one is carrying cash. The Islanders took turns stripping/dancing/grinding/making use out of a hot dog costume for the opposite sex, with heart rate monitors showing who had the biggest effect with their sexy moves. Caro scared the guys into heightened heart rates (not the intention, but technically, the technique worked), while the results of the girls’ monitors were split.
Dylan went with the game plan of “when in doubt, just jump on them,” while Cormac took things more seriously. He’s got both male and female friends who are strippers, so he knew to do a few push ups to get his pecs looking extra swole and worked his hips. It would have been more impressive if the Islanders weren’t already naked all the time.
The biggest surprise on the girls’ side was Elizabeth, who scared Zac, and then purposely made him jealous by giving Winston a lap dance. We were going to say that Elizabeth shouldn’t play games, but then we remembered that this is Love Island and she should probably be playing way more games.
THAT AWKWARD MOMENT
Every. Single. Person. Dancing.
Caro and Cormac
Cashel and Kyra
Dylan and Alexandra
Zac and Elizabeth
Yamen and Christen
Weston and Katrina
WHO WE’RE SHIPPING
Dylan is so into Alexandra that he not only applauded her decision to ‘stay true to herself’ and dance in a hot dog costume, he even backed up his comments with his heightened heart rate. As Caro would say, “That’s cahuuuuuuute.”
It doesn’t feel like any of the girls are vibing with Winston, which can only mean one thing—a new Islander is just around the corner.
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