The Ultimatum: Marry or Move On (2022–…): Season 1, Episode 9 - Ultimatum Day - full transcript

Ultimatum Day arrives. Now the couples must decide whether they'll marry the love they know, reconnect with an attractive alternative--or walk away.

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[dramatic music plays]

[Vanessa] You're here because
someone in your relationship

has issued an ultimatum.

You'll each choose a new partner.

[Vanessa] You'll move in together
for three weeks in a trial marriage.

Holy shit. We have a lot in common.
Like, everything.

I definitely do feel like
there's sexual attraction.

Cheers to hopefully
finding love in the end.

-Yes! [chuckles]

-I'm just having a good time.
-You make it easy.

I am getting a connection with somebody
that I did not think I would have.

You're not sure
you wanna marry your current partner.

The risk is that they're gonna find
someone else who is.

Guys, I wanna marry Alexis.

[Nate] Lauren, will you marry me?


If you guys aren't gonna be real
with yourself, why the fuck are you here?

Have I thought about
spending my life with you? Absolutely.

If Randall's the one initiating,
he should be okay with me doing the same.

♪ Everything is about to change ♪

The person that
I would wanna leave with is you.

♪ It's coming ♪

Tonight marks the end
of your first vision of marriage.

[Nick] You're gonna go through exactly
the same experience

with the person you arrived here with.

I wanna be engaged with you
when I leave here.

I just don't need to be engaged right now.

[Zay] Crazy how eight weeks
can change your whole fucking life.

-[Rae] I broke up with him.
-Oh, shit.

So, I need to know what's going on
with you and April.

-I can't just give you what you want.
-Fuck the ring.

I didn't need you
to hook up with somebody.

I regret the way
I went about making it real.

Who did you make it real for?

You, obviously.

This is literally insane.
This is insane. Look at me.

It's not gonna work.

I can't marry a man that can't accept
responsibility for his actions.

[music abruptly ends]

[upbeat music playing]

♪ Hold on! ♪

[Randall] My heart is beating fast.

My mind is racing.

I'm just super nervous.

In my heart, I know what I wanna do.

But in my mind,
I don't know what I wanna do.

♪ Hold on! ♪

[Shanique] I gave Randall an ultimatum.

Two months came and went so quickly.

Whatever happens today is going
to change our lives forever.

♪ Hold on! ♪

♪ It's coming ♪

[music abruptly ends]


[suspenseful music playing]

How are you feeling?

I'm a little nervous.

Yeah, me too.


I know we've kind of been preparing
ourselves for today, and so, um…

Just trying to, you know, take it all in.

I know this experience has been
a huge challenge for the both of us.

It has been hard. A lot of lows.

Some highs also, but…



I do just wanna say, um,
I think this experience has…

taught me that I haven't been
the most appreciative, um, to you.

I did ask you to come
and be a part of this.

And I commend you for,

um, taking it on
the way that you have and… [sniffles]

I just can't tell you
how much I'm thankful for that

and grateful for the man that you are
and have been to me,

um, even before this experience.

So I hope you know I really do love you
and I appreciate everything about you.

I'm happy that we did this.

[Shanique sniffles]

[whimpers, sniffles]

Coming into this,
you were wanting a lot from me.

Things were hard.


It's been tough
and it's been difficult and challenging.


[sighs, whimpers]

I think the easiest thing is just…


[breathing shakily]

[sighs] You are my best friend.


And the love you give me
is something I can't explain.


The way you make me feel…

When I'm down,
you pick me back up. [sniffles]

And I can talk to you
about anything and everything and--

[both sniffle]


You're somebody who thinks
about the future more than I might.

Somebody who's optimistic about things.

Somebody who's sexy and a great listener.

-And I think you embody all of that.


And that's what I want in a wife.

[happy music playing]

I wanted you to be my wife
since the day I laid eyes on you.



I just didn't know how to show it.

And this experience has taught me that…


I was just scared I was gonna lose you.

[sighs] So, without further ado…

Shanique Imari Brown…

-[gentle music playing]
-[sniffles, sighs]

[inhales sharply]

Will you marry me?

[Shanique cries]


♪…When I'm with you, babe ♪

-I love you.
-I love you.

[Shanique sniffles]

I'm sorry.

I had to Google which finger to put it on.


-Hope I got it.
-Oh, my God. It's so pretty.

I love you.

I love this,
and I love you too. [chuckles]

♪ Don't slow down
Just move to the beat ♪

♪ Are you ready?
'Cause I'm ready ♪

♪ Are you ready? ♪

♪ 'Cause I'm with you, babe ♪


♪ I'm with you, babe ♪

♪ I'm with you, babe ♪

[Shanique] I love you. [chuckles]

I love you too.

♪ I'm with you! ♪

I'm getting married, bitches.
That's all I got to say.

I'm getting married.

[Randall] Coming here,
I thought this would be

the most stupid thing
I've ever done in my life.

And-- No, truthfully, I-- I did.
I didn't think it would do anything

but just cause more drama
and issues in our relationship.

And going through it, I was seeing
the effect that it was having on me.

And I think it's something you probably
didn't know or appreciate at the time

-because it wasn't with you or around you.

And then moving in with you
and having our weeks together,

I gained the appreciation
for Shanique's words

and the challenges that she gave me
throughout this experience.


it just translated into me showing
that love and affection for you

in more ways than I could've thought.

I'm just excited in starting
the new journey of life with you.

I can't wait until we

have that big wedding day
and eventually have kids.

Hopefully-- I mean, maybe not four kids
like you're saying, but…

[Shanique chuckles]

-We're engaged!
-We're engaged! [chuckles]

["Standing Tall" playing]

♪ I need a hand, but here I stand alone… ♪

[April] The Ultimatum is coming to an end.

♪ I hear a cry
But I think it's just my own ♪

I'm excited to just have
that final day of the--

The biggest day of this experience
of who we're gonna choose.

♪ How can I see
When the darkness blinds my eyes? ♪

I'd love to think Jake and I can change
and be who we need out of each other.

And be in this happy-go-lucky relationship
we walked in with.

♪ How can I love
When my heart's broken inside? ♪

I really have to figure out
what it is that I want.

And what the future is gonna hold
for me walking out of here.

♪ Let the rain ♪

♪ Keep pouring down ♪

This experience was
a shit show. [chuckles]

♪ Wash away my sin ♪

But I'm pretty sure
everyone's glad they did it.

Rae, April, and everybody.

Actually, I think it helped me and April
because I learned a lot about myself.

Definitely certain that
everything that happened on here,

um, happened for a reason.


So, yeah. I'm-- I'm just kinda anxious,
I guess you could say.

Anxious to get this over with.

♪ Watch me rise up when the others fall ♪

♪ I'll give more after I've given all ♪

[April] Two months ago,
I gave Jake an ultimatum.

I wanted this experience to end in Jake

getting his shit together
and being ready to commit.

Throughout this experience,
we have pushed each other.

We have faced obstacles
and learned to overcome them.

It's a beautiful thing
putting that puzzle back together.

I want you to feel 100% comfortable

and understand that
I will 100% try to hear you out.

What you just said is something
I've needed to hear for a long time.

[April] I do believe these trials
and tribulations make us stronger.

["Hole In The Sky" by Jack Door playing]

♪ So step outside and question ♪

[Jake] April's my best friend.

I've been with her for two years.
I love her to death.

Before coming on this thing,

I felt like I wasn't
really ready to marry April.

But this experience has reminded me
what true loyalty is.

Give me a piggyback ride.
Let's go. Go. Go. Get up.

I got you.

-I'm going everywhere you go.
-[Jake chuckles]

[Jake] I'm scared to lose April.
But I feel like on the other hand,

we've been butting heads
and going at each other a lot.

I came over here. You're passed out.

Your phone was unlocked,
and I went through it.

-That's some bull--
-No, it's not some bullshit.

Why are there multiple videos of you
recording some other girl's ass?

[Jake] That's fucked up for you
to go through my phone.

It is complicated 'cause I've gone through
a lot of shit through this thing.

At first, I'm feeling this way.
Then I'm feeling this way. Then like this.

I've had such a good connection with Rae.

So there's a lot of things
to take into account.

♪ This is the moment ♪

♪ It's the cold, it's the flames
It's the fog lights ♪

[April] There's like a knot in my throat.

My stomach is turned. I feel like
I'm in a boxing fight right now.

And I'm just getting my ass whupped
with these emotions.

If Jake doesn't want to get engaged,
then I'm done.


[April] Hello.

-How are you?
-[April] Great.

-You look nice.
-You look good today.

-I like the outfit.

-Is that new?

So how are we doing?


I just wanna say thank you for


It's crazy that
this time has flown by so fast.


really happy about
how things have been. Um…

I just want you to know
that I do love you.

And I do appreciate you for everything.

Every time I look at you,
the past two years just flash…

through my brain.
Like, all the fun times we've had.

All the laughs. Like, stupid shit
we've done together that no one knows.

Just funny times we've had that I have not
experienced with anybody else but Jake.

Our relationship has been beautiful.

How we met was beautiful and…

You've been my best friend.

You have taken care of me.
You have put me first.

I do hope that…

walking out of here,
you do communicate how you're feeling

and truly listen to your heart
and what Jake wants.

And do what you want.

[dramatic music playing]

[Jake] Don't cry.

-You did this. Now fix it.
-Oh my God. [chuckles]


It put us through a lot. [chuckles]

My whole life just changed in two months.

This whole experience
is coming to an end, and…

I don't know. It's crazy.

I don't want the last three weeks
to ever happen again, know what I mean?

We still do have those feelings
and the love for each other.

-I think it's good--
-[horse neighs]

[April chuckles]

Me too. Me too. [chuckles]

I do love and I do care about you.

That's all that I wanted to fucking hear
in the past three weeks.

I just wanted to hear those words
from your mouth every day.

And then having to see that you're giving
this attention to somebody else

that we've just met
in this, like, experience did…

make it cut just that much more deep.

Me and Rae are not running off together.
We're not doing that.

Put your hand down.
Be in this moment and be real with me.

At the beginning of this experience,
I did issue an ultimatum.

I did say,

"Marry me or I'm moving the hell on."

I want to be a wife.

If it's not gonna be with you, like,
I want to be married.

I tried to push every little bit of me
to-- to get to that point.

I'm just not ready for it myself.




I'm sorry that I couldn't get there.
I never expected this to happen.

["No Turning Back" by WOODS playing]

I love you.

I do wish you the best.

That sounds very believable.

♪ I'm only human ♪

I'll see you later.

♪ There's no turning back ♪

♪ There's no turning back ♪

I said I wasn't gonna cry, but…

There's two years of my life
I've invested with this person.

I don't want to know what's next.
I just want it to happen and embrace it.

And I'm-- I'm tired of planning.

♪ Don't turn your back ♪

♪ Don't turn your back! ♪

Obviously, I still have feelings
and I still have love for April.

Um, but it's just we're just not
the right people for each other.

Even though I'll miss
the relationship I had with April,

now I'm able to do what I wanna do.

I still have one big, big choice to make.

["Burn Me Down" by NineOneOne playing]

♪ You sit there smoking ♪

♪ Putting gas on the flames ♪

♪ I don't know where we're going
But I'm glad we came ♪

♪ We keep on rollin' ♪

♪ Leaving nothing behind ♪

♪ Ain't got nothin' left
Can't catch my breath… ♪


Hey. [chuckles]

-[Jake] There she is.

How you doing, gorgeous?

[Rae chuckles]

[Jake chuckles]

You literally opened my eyes to know
there is someone out there for me.

There is someone out there that can

give me the same effort
in the relationship that I'm giving.

-Um, so, thank you so much.

I was hopefully gonna propose to her.

[Rae] Mm-hmm.

Definitely not what or how it happened.

I didn't think, coming on here,

that I would even break up
with the person I came with,

let alone get a connection
with somebody else…

-…and found someone like you.

[gentle music playing]

I enjoyed every second of it.

[Rae clears throat]

I literally could not have made it
through this without you, so…

We clicked.

Right away, I felt like
everything I was saying,

like, you could fill in my sentences.

You just got exactly
where I was coming from.

And, um…

I'm really happy I got to spend time
with you and get to know you because

this means a lot to me, so…

Lots to think about.

So there's one thing.

You deserve the world.

-You deserve everything.

Hopefully, one day I can give that to you.

I'm gonna propose something to you.


[dramatic music playing]

Two tickets.

Anywhere in the world.


Me and you, just, um…

Just living life.


-Would you like to go?

Yeah, of course.

♪ When it's only us ♪

♪ What you gonna do with all this love? ♪

♪ With all this love ♪

♪ When it's only us ♪

Can't get enough of that.

♪ With all this love ♪

♪ When it's only us ♪

-All right.

-[Rae] You wanna get something to eat?
-Let's do it.

[Rae whispers] I'm actually really hungry.

♪ With all this love ♪

[Rae] A trip.

A trip anywhere in the world.

-Wherever you wanna go.

-[Rae] Anywhere?
-[Jake] Anywhere.

♪ I only want you, you, you ♪

♪ I only want you, you, you ♪

I've never met someone like you.

I had a great time. It's literally
everything I wanted coming out of this.

This is not where I expected to be
at the end of the experience.

Um, I thought I was gonna be getting
a proposal from someone else.

But this is great too. [chuckles]

Just not what I planned, but it's fine.

♪ I only want you, you, you ♪

♪ I only want you, you, you ♪

[song fades out]

["Down To The Bottom"
by Daniel Farrant & Nick Kingsley playing]

♪ Maybe I should start recounting
Everything I've lost ♪

♪ Light up the fuselage, self sabotage ♪

♪ Burn me at the stake again ♪

♪ And all I feel right now is pain ♪

♪ Now all I want to do ♪

♪ Is shrink back down into the shadow ♪

♪ 'Cause all I feel right now is shame ♪

After dinner, I was able to
go back to the room and talk to her.

Um, I'm owning my stuff
and accepting what I did.

And it had nothing
to do with her in the end.

It was my choice.
It-- It was my wrongdoing.

I had full control of myself
and I still chose to do it.

I know now what we need to do
to move forward,

and how-- how well we can work together.

It's shown even in the roughest times that

we can get through it together.

In the last 24 hours,
Madlyn has changed her stance.

Multiple times.


But all I'm thinking about
right now is just

getting on one knee in front of Madlyn,
and asking for her hand in marriage.

[Madlyn] Last night didn't go well,
it was our last night together.

And today is a big day.

This is a decision that
I can't take back one way or another.

This is…

you know, committing to either
forever with Colby or without him.

♪ A million contradictions
And you're one ♪

I'm going to weigh out my pros and cons.

♪ I'm still holding out
Outside, inside, ooh ♪

Start to finish,

Colby has been so strong
and sure and confident in what he wants.

He has not wavered.

Me, on the other hand,

I've felt sure I needed to run
and I've felt sure I needed to stay.

I've been all over the place.

But I've made changes
throughout this that,

you know, I hope to carry with me
for the rest of my life.

[Colby] If she says no, I will--

I'll feel crushed.
I'll be heartbroken. Um…

Because I know if that happens,
I will have to walk away.

♪ I see the light in your eye ♪

♪ You know you can't hide, can't hide ♪

[dramatic music plays]

You look incredible, baby.

-Oh! How are you? You doing all right?
-[Madlyn chuckles]


-You all right?


[sighs] Our love has been challenged.

It's been tested.

It has been proven true.

My love for you is undeniable.

I promise to love you for who you are
and what comes with you.

And, uh…


You just make me feel invincible.

[sighs deeply]

I've given you my heart.

And I want you to keep it forever.



[Colby exhales]

Oh my God.

Madlyn Riley Ballatori…

Will you marry me?

[Madlyn chuckles]




-[both chuckle]
-Let's see--


Let me see that finger.

Let me see that finger.


["Crazy For You" by John Coggins playing]

♪ You say you just want
To love me for who I am ♪

[indistinct chatter]

♪ This love takes control of me ♪

[both chuckle]

♪ I wasn’t fine 'til you came
Into my view' ♪

♪ Thought I was going insane… ♪

-[Colby] I love you.
-[Madlyn] I love you too.

[both crying, chuckling]

-[both chuckle]

-Do you like it?
-[chuckles] Do I like it?

Oh my God.

I'm like, "What?!" [chuckles]

[Madlyn] I walked in here thinking
that I had nothing to learn.

And I couldn't have been more wrong.

I don't need somebody
who isn't gonna make mistakes,

but someone who can own up to them
and be willing to improve.

This is definitely
the best choice I could've made.

I have another question for you, though.



I've waited for a long time for this.

And now that you said yes,

I don't think I can wait another day.


Would you wanna get married today?



-Will you do it?


[Colby] Yeah?

Oh my-- Yeah.


-You ready to do this thing?

You ready to take a lifelong trip with me?


Do I have a booger?

Yeah, you're good. No, you're fine.

[Colby] I have somebody here.

-Oh, my God.
-[Colby] You look incredible.

-You're on this side.
-I'm on this side?

-[Colby] Hi, how are you?
-Hello, Colby and Madlyn.

Today you've come to be married,

to affirm and promise your commitment
to one another as husband and wife.

Today is an acknowledgement and a display
of your pledge to love one another.

Not just today, but also tomorrow,
and for all the rest of your days.

So I wanna share a reading called "Maybe."

It says, "Maybe we are supposed
to meet the wrong people

before we meet the right one.

So when we finally arrive,
we are truly grateful

for the gift we have been given."

"Maybe it's true that we don't know
what we've lost until we lose it,

but it is also true that we don't know
what we're missing until it arrives."

"Maybe the happiest of people
don't have the best of everything,

but they make the best of everything
that comes their way."

"Maybe the art of true love
is not about finding the perfect person,

but about seeing
an imperfect person perfectly."

Colby, as you hold her hand,
I want you to say to her,

"I, Colby."

I, Colby,

take you, Madlyn, to be my wedded wife.

To have and to hold.

From this day forward.

For better or for worse.

For richer and for poorer.

In sickness and in health.

Being faithful to love you.

So long as we both shall live.

So long as we both shall live.

I see you have a beautiful wedding ring.

So that ring is there to remind you
of those vows you just spoke.

This ring…

is my dedication to you as your husband.

[Madlyn] As I accept this ring,
it symbolizes my dedication

-to you as your wife.

Oh, my goodness.

All right, you two.
You've committed yourselves

to each other in marriage
by the exchanging of vows.

with the authority vested in me,

I do pronounce
you are now husband and wife.

And, Colby, you may kiss your bride.

[upbeat music playing]

Oh, my God.

-You're my wife.
-[Madlyn chuckles]

I just married a man with a cowboy hat on.

[both chuckle]

And I just married the woman of my dreams.

Oh, my Goodness.

♪ Follow me ♪

Holy cow.

She said yes. She said yes.

[sighs] To not only
my proposal to get married,

but to actually getting married today.

And, uh, my dreams have come true.
I'm with the girl of my dreams.

I'm so happy.


-Only about you, baby.

-I can't.

I'm so lovey-dovey right now.

Oh, my God.


[Madlyn whispers] Thank you.

I wanted to marry Colby
coming in here, just not now.

I needed time.
I needed-- I needed the trials.

And be careful what you ask for,
because we got them.


our lows were low.
We hit rock bottom and it hurt.


But being able to get back up and fight,

um, not against each other,
but for each other,

is what got us here.

I can't wait
to spend the rest of life with you.

I wouldn't have said yes to a proposal
if I wasn't ready to get married, so…

Why not do it all in one day? [chuckles]

[Colby] Mmm.

-To us, and a beautiful future together.

To starting a family and, uh,
making tons of memories to cherish.

-To you.
-Don't hit me with it.


Come on.

♪ Follow me ♪

[music ends abruptly]

[sad music playing]

[Zay] This is definitely not the way
I wanted to end this experience.

Two months ago,
I was coming into this experience,

um, just thinking about…

What-- You know, what is it that
Zay needs to learn about my relationship?

I think, um, right now,

I'm just thinking about
what does Zay want, you know?

What does Zay deserve
and what does Zay need?

I feel like I really opened up
and I'm very proud of that.

Right now in my life,
a lot of things are uncertain for sure.

But, uh, I think one thing
that is certain is

I'm leaving this experience
a better person and a-- a better man.

So, I'm excited to see
what my next step is gonna be.

I think that, you know,
God puts you through things for a reason.

Even though it's not what I wanted,

I mean, I trust in God and His plan and
I just wanna see where it goes from there.

♪ I keep running ♪

♪ But I'm not running from who I am ♪

♪ I'm becoming something new ♪

[April] I gave an ultimatum.

But now, my ultimatum
moving forward is like,

"If it doesn't make me happy,
then it's not for me."

Single April is coming unleashed and…

if you're ready to get married
and have kids, let's do it.

I'm just kidding. [chuckles]

That's so bad. Just kidding.
DMs are closed. Sorry.

[Rae] We do still care about
the people we came with.

But, ultimately, I think we made
the best decision for ourselves.

[Jake] When I'm in a relationship,
I'm very loyal.

I don't look at anybody else.

Um, but because of this experience,
I was actually able to meet someone

as wonderful as she is.

And, um, I wouldn't take it back
for the world.

[Rae] The Ultimatum
did end up working for us

and we are happy with where we're at.

♪ When I can't find the stars ♪

♪ You show me home's not so far away ♪

♪ Our hearts are tethered together ♪

[Shanique] Giving Randall an ultimatum,

I thought it was gonna be an experience
for him to get his shit together.

That's how I saw it.

And I've learned that this was
just as much for me as it was for him.

And our relationship is better
because of it.

I think what we'll first do is get maybe
a two-two if you want your extra room.

She needs closet space.

-And Carter will like it too.

♪ Our hearts are, our hearts are ♪

♪ Our hearts are tethered together ♪

Believe it or not, I am glad that
Colby issued me an ultimatum.

You're my wife.

This is my husband.

-Mmm. I love you.


This is wifey, baby!

-Come on!

No, you gotta redo that
and not call me wifey.

[Colby chuckles]

-All right. Let's do that again.
-Oh, my God.

[Colby] I can't wait
to take her back and-- Mmm.

Show her some love.

Oh, man.

I just wanna love on you.

Let's do this thing.

Let's get out of here.

Yeah, baby!

Woo! Come on!

That's what it's about right there.

Oh, man. [chuckling]

We just did that.

[Madlyn] My dad's gonna be so pissed.

["So Good On Me" by Meaghan Smith playing]

[song fades out]