Marshall & Jackelina’s relationship arc in Love Is Blind season 4 thus far

Love Is Blind season 4 has a lot of couples in complete harmony and bliss that their compatibility offers them, while some of them are navigating pretty rough roads. Jackelina and Marshall are one of these couples that don’t seem to be treading the waters of their experimental relationship well.

Jackelina comes to the pods with a carefree, vibrant energy that’s an integral part of her character and lifestyle. There are two men on the blind dates she really connects with — Josh and Marshall.

While Josh is more her speed, Marshall offers her a side of masculinity she’s not that familiar with, and this subversive experience ends up appealing to her in way she didn’t expect or anticipate.

From blind to light

The pods dating stage is an affair full of romantic sparks for Jackelina and Marshall. She’s totally into him and Marshall falls for her in no time as well.

However, he’s one of the two contenders that Jackelina takes a liking to. The other one is Josh, a complete opposite of Marshall.

Whereas Marshall is reserved, quiet, and a romantic at heart, Josh is brash and loud and frenetic, a list of characteristics Jackelina admits fits her own set of attributes.

However, Marshall brings forth to the table a level of maturity and depth, as well as balance that Jackelina really finds attractive and thinks should consider for the first time.

The hurdles

The first challenge Marshall and Jackelina face in Love Is Blind is the one that Josh poses. He tries to bind Jackelina with a rather toxic ultimatum he gives her during the blind dating.

She should choose him or Josh will leave the show altogether, and Jackelina doesn’t want her conscience to suffer that kind of a weight. Marshall is also miffed when he learns about this and confronts Josh about this.

Jackelina finally overcomes the inner conflict and chooses Marshall over Josh. They meet each other outside of the pods and fall in love more.

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The next hurdle, though, doesn’t have anything to do with a third party, but Jackelina herself. During their stay at the Mexican resort, Jackelina gives in to her anxieties about her family, which she says is not that conducive to her choices and she fears about the consensus and state of things back home.

It’s a rather debilitating thing that keeps inflicting upon Jackelina throughout Love Is Blind season 4 following the pod-dating stage.

The final straws

Marshall tries to do his best to assuage Jackelina’s heart but she keeps distancing herself and not commit to their relationship. Despite these fluctuations in her mood, Marshall sticks by her side, gives her a shoulder to lean on, and space when she demands it.

Meanwhile, Jackelina also recognizes Marshall’s continuous efforts at comforting her and yet can’t seem to reciprocate the same treatment.

The shared living stage in Seattle comes as the harshest challenge yet for the couple as Jackelina has another row of anxieties before meeting Marshall’s family. Later, Marshall leaves the place for a while after Jackelina asks him to man up the previous night.

They have a heated argument about it and certain miscommunications and misinterpretations lead to the rift between them becoming bigger than ever. At Chelsea’s birthday party, Josh crashes in and tries to stir pot again.

Jackelina entertains him and listens to what he has to say, while Marshall seems to be done with the one-way dynamic he’s tried to contend with for so long. Love Is Blind season 4 episode 8 ends with the couple being at the most fragile turn of their relationship, and only time will tell if anything positive can come out of this situation that’s hanging by a thread.


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