Once again, 90 Day Fiance season 9 is proving why the franchise has become an addictive staple for so many fans. In an episode where viewers got to meet the very serene Yve, were exposed to Jibri's unique pink flamingo suit with the accompanying hole in the crotch and were left feeling bad for Guillermo after that uncomfortable lunch, there was a lot to focus on during Sunday night’s episode. However, like in the premiere episode of the season, our attention was again drawn to Bilal and Shaeeda.
In episode 1, Bilal’s prank on Shaeeda was in full effect and we were left questioning whether he was being smart or deceptive for hiding the truth about his finances. Furthermore, we weren’t sure how the woman from Trinidad and Tobago would take her fiance’s joke. Well, it’s official, Bilal hiding his money is unnecessarily deceptive as Shaeeda was clearly not laughing.
When Bilal meets Shaeeda in the airport, she is all smiles and excited to see him. He then leads her to the white work van and the smile immediately slides off her face. She’s thrown off by the vehicle and not happy he put her luggage on what she deemed trash in the back. After some banter between the two, in which she tried to be polite about her dissatisfaction with his ride, they eventually arrive at Bilal’s family home, where things go from awkward to downright uncomfortable.
Walking into the house, Shaeeda makes the comment, "Aw babe, a home from the 1900s." As she looks up at the ceiling to see several holes and takes in the old decor of the home, it becomes very clear that she’s not impressed at all. Bilal isn’t happy about her attitude either, trying to paint this picture that she’s not being grateful for the possessions they do have. He even makes it seem as if there was a chance Shaeeda was with him in part because she thought he had a lot of money. But then, Shaeeda makes it clear what her issue is and why this prank should have never happened.
Shaeeda mentions that when she met Bilal, he was "put together." He was draped in expensive watches and belts and was carrying Louis Vuitton luggage. Now in the states, he’s living in a home she calls "dilapidated." Whether or not he has costly material possessions is not her problem. Shaeeda feels he was trying to portray this image of wealth to her initially, but in her mind, he should have been trying to improve his living conditions. It boils down to her questioning his money management and what he prioritizes financially. That’s a very valid concern that appears to be lost on Bilal for now.
So, was this a poorly designed prank? Yes. Was it deceptive? Yes, and it's backfiring as Shaeeda is starting to believe other nefarious things are going on. Hard to blame her for her reaction.
At this point, we’re a bit nervous that once Bilal reveals the truth their relationship will be in big trouble. After all, the two already went through the Islamic tradition of The Nikah ceremony, which means the two are already married in the eyes of God. She may wonder why her husband in faith, though not by law, decided to go through with this plan in the first place.
90 Day Fiance fans react to Bilal's prank
Fans across Twitter are not backing Bilal's prank and are taking Shaeeda's side. We can't say that we blame them.
Why would her pick me up in a trash-filled van, take her to a dilapidated home, and expect her to feel grateful when she is a woman, flying to meet you for the first time, from another country? And then that lecture? Bilal, please seek help. #90DayFiance pic.twitter.com/t075NfXdxJApril 24, 2022
Shaeeda : I feel like I am being deceived.Bilal: Decieved how?BRO YOU ARE LITERALLY DECEIVING HER#90DayFiance pic.twitter.com/GEsz5A6t9HApril 25, 2022
This Bilal prank is like watching a horror movie. You know this won’t end well #90DayFianceApril 25, 2022
Bilal is being a mean girl playing Shaeeda like this. #90DayFiance pic.twitter.com/FBTpB7ZXOUApril 25, 2022
Tbh, I understand Shaeeda. It seems to her that he’s wasting his money on appearances when his home looks like that. Like from her perception, his priorities are screwed up. #90DayFianceApril 24, 2022
New episodes of 90 Day Fiance season 9 air Sundays on TLC at 8 pm ET/PT. Find out more about the 90 Day universe right here.
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Terrell Smith has a diverse writing background having penned material for a wide array of clients including the federal government and Bravo television personalities. When he’s not writing as Terrell, he’s writing under his pseudonym Tavion Scott, creating scripts for his audio drama podcasts. Terrell is a huge fan of great storytelling when it comes to television and film. Some of his favorite shows include The Crown, WandaVision, Abbot Elementary and Godfather of Harlem. And a fun fact is he's completely dialed into the TLC 90 Day Fiancé universe.