Tough Talk From Steve Ward – Season 2, Episode 7

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As he did last season, Master Matchmaker and VH1 Tough Love commander Steve Ward will weigh in with his thoughts on each episode of his show. Below, Steve talks about Episode 7: the game show, Taylor’s gold-digging and Liz’s ability to know men generally, not specifically.

Liz did really well in the game show, winning the audience over, and yet when it came to the two-on-one date, Nick went for Alicia instead. Ironic, no?

Liz was just being herself, and there’s nothing wrong with who she is as a person. I think she has good values. She knows men in general, but she doesn’t know men specifically. On the date, Liz was just too overbearing. That’s the bottom line. There’s nobody that you’re going to be able to attract and keep if you’re just going to bring so much intensity.

Did that outcome surprise you?

No. Nick is a friend from home. I brought him out there because I thought he could be a fit for either one of them, and he’s recently single. He told me he was looking to meet someone and he had the time to do it. I knew he could be with anybody. Liz was just being herself, though, which I thought was kind of funny.

Speaking of Alicia, it was disheartening to hear her say that she doesn’t think she’s good enough for a good guy.

I think she has this sort of personality where she doesn’t like to give herself enough credit. It was kind of obvious to me, but I knew that Nick wouldn’t mind that. Nick’s kind of the same way. There’s a lot of things he didn’t share with them that he could have, he’s a really cool guy who’s accomplished things with his life. But he’s also not the type of guy to brag about himself.

At the game show, Taylor proved to be every bit the gold-digger she has the reputation for being.

Of course. She feels that she should be appreciated with money. That’s not reality. She shouldn’t expected to be valued based purely on income.

What did you think of her discussion about her future with Willy?

Willy wasn’t even taking things that far. He was just trying to get her to essentially come down to earth. He didn’t want it to be expected of him to provide a fabulous life for her. He likes to do that sort of thing, but men don’t want to be generous because they’re expected to – they want to be generous because they like to. They want to be generous on their own accord.

What did you think of Angel not having enough money to pay for her date?

It was an example of how Angel doesn’t take responsibility very seriously. It was a little disappointing. I think even Adam noticed that, which was kind of sad.

Any thoughts on the Angel vs. Taylor argument?

I wasn’t necessarily surprised. It gets really intense later in the season, it all comes to a nasty head. I think the deal with Taylor is that she needs to be in control. She needs to feel like she’s the most important person in the room, and she doesn’t like to be marginalized in any way. For Angel, it boiled down to a respect issue, and the fact that Taylor wore that dress when Angel was planning on wearing it. That may seem petty, but to women it’s a big deal. She took it as a sign of disrespect. In the end, though, I don’t think it really matters whether I agree or disagree.

Sally did the best this episode.

She did, and the guy really liked her. Her dramatic change has been very obvious, and I think that’s what you’ll see for a lot of these women. It’s all coming together.

Liz, on the other hand, lands in the hot seat.

I just think Liz is a little uncouth. If she wants a guy who possesses all these qualities – somebody who’s strong, loyal, dependable and capable. A lot of guys who go into the military aren’t rednecks, and a lot of them come out gentlemen. They come out very respectful. And Dave struggled with that, too: “I thought I was supposed to be a gentleman, but she just wants me to be myself.” What I realized is even if Liz wants to be a low-class kind of girl, that’s her prerogative, and if the guy that wants to be with her doesn’t mind that, god bless ‘em. Who am I to judge?

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