“MAFS” 2024 Recap: “Rancid or Not”, Tim’s Best Man Returns, Stirring Trouble


Alright, folks, we’re smack dab in the middle of family and friends week on “MAFS“, and let me tell you, things are heating up. Some couples are basking in the spotlight, eager to flaunt their blossoming connections, while others are facing uncomfortable truths brought to light by their nearest and dearest.

Sara and Tim seem to be on the upswing after some rocky patches, but the return of Tim’s notorious best man threatens to throw a wrench in their progress. And as for Ellie and Ben? Let’s just say they’re barely hanging on by a thread, with each day in the experiment feeling more pointless than the last.

It’s a rollercoaster of emotions, and we’ve got all the juicy details in store for you. Get ready, because here’s your recap of all the drama from episode 19 of “MAFS”.

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The Return of the “Worst” Best Man

Sara and Tim have been through it all from the chaotic beginning of their union to finding a groove that feels just right. But just when things are smoothing out, here comes Tim’s buddy Ben, the king of cringeworthy comments, ready to shake things up.

For those who need a reminder, Ben’s best man speech at Sara and Tim’s wedding was dubbed the “worst best man speech of all time”. With a parting line that left wedding guests in stunned silence “Sara, you can find solace in the fact… rancid or not, Tim will still eat you” Ben made quite the impression. Now, he’s back and armed with a fresh arsenal of digs aimed at his mate’s new wife.


According to Ben, he’s been catching wind of the ups and downs in Tim and Sara’s journey. But his attempts at lightening the mood just aren’t hitting the mark with Sara. He even tells her to “relax”, which, if you watched their honeymoon, you’d know is a big no-no. So, you can imagine Sara is feeling more than a little put off by his jokes.

“He just feels a bit childish. It’s just inappropriate, you’ve come here to discuss our relationship, take it seriously,” Sara tells the producers, clearly not amused by Ben’s antics.

But fear not, because Tim’s not about to let his buddy’s banter ruin the vibe. He steps in to defend Sara and their relationship, showing just how solid their bond has become.

With Tim’s support, Sara feels reassured, and their connection grows even stronger. And just like that, they’re back on track, ready to face whatever the experiment throws their way.

Ellie and Ben Reach Breaking Point

Okay, let’s talk about Ellie and Ben or should I say, the couple we barely even knew was still in the experiment until tonight? Every time they pop up, it’s like watching a comedy act gone wrong. But tonight? Tonight takes the cake.

After the last Commitment Ceremony, Ben decided to ‘Stay’ while Ellie was ready to throw in the towel. And you know what the experts say to Ben? “You’ve got seven days to turn things around”. But instead of facing the music, what does Ben do? He pulls a disappearing act, leaving Ellie high and dry. Smooth move, buddy.

But surprise, surprise Ben finally resurfaces, armed with a guitar and a heartfelt song for Ellie. And just when you think he’s making up for lost time, he hits her with a two-hour lecture on everything he doesn’t like about their relationship.

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Ellie Has Had Enough, and So Have We


Naturally, Ellie’s not having any of it. She tells Ben to pack his bags and hit the road after his little “honesty session”. And can you blame her? From Ellie’s perspective, Ben’s complaints seem more like nitpicking than anything else. I mean, who cares if she wears too much makeup or if she’s from the Gold Coast? And a man who says a woman is “too emotional” is an instant red flag, in our opinion.

“I don’t know what the purpose was; it’s just so hurtful,” Ellie tells the producers, clearly fed up with Ben’s antics.

In the end, Ellie’s had enough. She tells the producers she’d rather be flying solo than deal with Ben’s drama any longer. And honestly, who can blame her?

For more drama, check out all our “MAFS” 2024 recaps here.

“MAFS” airs Sunday at 7.00pm and Monday  Wednesday at 7.30pm on Channel 9 and 9Now.

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