“Married at First Sight: The First Year” Season 2 took a break, but the drama never stops for these couples. The midseason premiere of the FYI reality show picked up right where it left off in December. Cortney Hendrix and Jason Carrion are trying to balance their busy lives with their romance. Meanwhile, Jamie Otis and Doug Hehner are still stressed after recent fights about Jamie’s feelings for an ex. The tension only got worse in episode 8.

Jamie and Doug

Jamie is on her way to her sister Amy’s wedding with Doug, but first, she wants to introduce Doug to her ex-boyfriend. She still has to pick up some of her stuff from her ex’s house, and it makes Doug uncomfortable, especially since Jamie recently dealt with some old romantic feelings resurfacing.

Jamie’s ex cancels their meeting at the last minute, but they’re already on their way up. Doug wants to turn around and go home. The wedding isn’t until the next day, and he isn’t apart of the bachelorette party anyway. But Jamie is a little upset that he never wants to see her family. She has tried to integrate herself into the Hehner clan, but Doug hasn’t put in the same effort for the Otis side of the family.

Still, Jamie has a great time at the bachelorette party that she planned for her sister. She hires an exotic dancer for the bride, but Jamie ends up getting a little time with the performer. “My husband is not OK with this,” she giggles awkwardly.

After the party, she realizes she doesn’t need Doug to be friendly with her ex-boyfriend. “After thinking things through, Doug doesn’t really have to meet my ex,” she says. “At least Doug showed me that he was willing, and that shows me that he is committed to me. Maybe that was all I needed.”

Yet, they aren’t drama-free for long. Doug is running late to the wedding. He is the officiant, so it’s vital that he’s on time. He pulls in 20 minutes before the ceremony starts, and Jamie is clearly annoyed. Watching Amy get married reminds Jamie and Doug of their own wedding, and that makes Jamie forget all of their troubles ... for a little while.

She takes her husband aside after the wedding to talk to him about being late. She’s angry and even compares him to her unreliable mother. He thinks she is overreacting, but then says he has to leave that night for a softball game. It’s a memorial game for a coach who died, so it’s not something he can miss. However, Jamie doesn’t understand why he has to be the last to arrive and the first to leave.

When Jamie comes home, she tells Doug she doesn’t think his priorities are in order. She doesn’t feel like he puts in any effort to spend time with her family. Doug won’t apologize.

Cortney and Jason

After sending her an email to reach out for the first time in years, Jason still hasn’t heard anything from his half sister. It feels a little like rejection for Jason, but he still thinks he needs to talk to his family. He wants to have a conversation with his father eventually. But he has happier things to focus on right now.

Jason wants to surprise Cortney with something on her birthday, but first, he has to make plans. Jason’s schedule is a problem. He likely will have to work, and Cortney doesn’t really want to talk about it. She knows she can’t do anything about Jason’s difficult schedule, but she is clearly frustrated.

MAFS First Year Cortney Hendrix was tricked by Jason Carrion in “Married at First Sight: The First Year” Season 2, episode 8. Photo: FYI

He actually manages to get the whole day off and keeps it a secret. He gives her a chocolate cupcake in the morning and pretends he is going to work. He promises her that they’ll do other things to celebrate later in the week.

Jason goes to an Italian restaurant to learn how to make a great homemade meal for his wife. Cortney’s friend plans a girl’s night out for her birthday, but when she gets to the restaurant, she finds Jason with a bouquet and a special meal. Cortney feels bad that she had an attitude about Jason’s schedule earlier, but he understands.

Although Cortney seems happy with her birthday celebration, she is disappointed that she doesn’t have a ring yet. She really wants a symbol that Jason chose her, but her husband says he isn’t proposing tonight. “There’s a right time for everything, you know that,” he says.

Neph and Jasmine

“Married at First Sight: The First Year” continued to follow Jason’s childhood friend Neph Rodriguez and his girlfriend Jasmine Gaona as well. Jasmine returns from Texas, but she realizes she needs to know they’re headed toward marriage. But even without that reassurance, she knows she has to start building a life for herself in New York.

While Jasmine was away, Neph put in an offer for a house he found. He takes her out to a nice dinner and tells her, but she isn’t very happy. She was left out of a huge decision. He thinks she’ll love the house, but she isn’t so sure. Her name isn’t on the paperwork, and it makes her feel even less sure about her future with Neph.

“Married at First Sight: The First Year” Season 2 airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. EDT on FYI.