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Season 9 / Episode 5 and airs on 23 October 2017 22:00
The First Dates restaurant throws open its doors to single people looking for love.
Billericay Podiatrist Felicity puts her best foot forward and meets handsome city boy Jethro, who describes himself as 'Marmite'. Both have strange dance moves - this could just be a match made in weird heaven. Twenty-four-year-old Irishman Damian has Tourette's, and believes this is the reason he has yet to find the man of his dreams. It falls to part-time model Kai to see past Damian's disability - he's a sucker for an Irish accent. At the ripe old age of 79, history student Joe wants to prove that love is not a thing of the past.
Twenty-one-year-old best mates Josh and Jack descend on the restaurant for what proves to be an unforgettable double date. The most eligible lads in Croydon are after a pair of 'absolute stunners' and aren't short changed when they meet Morgan and Jasmine. But when both boys fall hard for the same girl, their bromance is tested to its limits. With her mantra 'stilettos or trainers', hyperactive Sandy's passions are keeping fit and drinking champagne. The divorced mum-of-two may have recently climbed Everest, but her biggest challenge might just be in the form of scarlet-trousered astrology expert Steve.
Wine connoisseur Jack has always had a taste for the finer things in life. When he was asked at school what he wanted to be when he grew up, he borrowed his 'great uncle Arthur's top hat and came in as a millionaire'. His date, 18-year-old It girl and self-proclaimed bitch Kim, also enjoys the high life, hobnobbing with the likes of Prince Harry in her family's West End bar. Is their shared love of fois gras and fizz the perfect First Dates cocktail? Terry - the cheeky East Ender whose last visit to the restaurant hit the skids when he couldn't remember his date's name - returns. And his date this time, formidable hairdresser Levana, is unforgettable. 'I haven't had a grope for so long it'll be like Madonna's Like a Virgin: for the very first time!', she says.
Twenty-six-year-old Welsh receptionist Kirsty has high expectations for her date with six-foot Essex funny guy Oliver. Pint-sized powerhouse Kirsty wastes no time in telling Oliver that she wants marriage and kids very soon. Undaunted, party boy Oliver goes on the charm offensive. Could Kirsty tame his wild ways? Twenty-five-year-old part-time DJ Tom struggles with confidence away from his decks. He's matched with Classics student Olivia, who's been told she looks like an edgy librarian. It's Olivia's first ever date and she's never had a boyfriend. Can Tom overcome his nerves to make it to a second date?
Charlie, who's 25, is searching for his perfect 'unicorn' to fit his 'hot, crazy matrix', but with his sights set so high, he's yet to find his holy grail. Public relations whizz Lorna seems to tick all of Charlie's boxes, but her love life has yet to match the success of her corporate career, and when Charlie tells her that he's looking for a unicorn, the date hangs in the balance. Olympic Team GB bobsleigh athlete Jordan is often surrounded by fit ladies; he loves them and they love him, so he's slightly torn over his decision to turn over a new leaf and start a relationship.
Thirty-eight-year-old meat-loving teacher Marie is so worried about failing to find Mr Right that verbal diarrhoea always get the better of her on dates. Can she keep her sledgehammer wit in check when she finds out that her date - 36-year-old teacher Davin - is vegan? In the past, 64-year-old self-confessed cougar Lynda says she's been partial to the allure of the younger man: 'My rule is I would never date a man younger than my youngest son.' But now Lynda wants to find a more mature man who shares her lust for life. Her date is former rock 'n' roll roadie Chris, who feels a decade younger than his 65 years, and is no stranger to female attention. Like Lynda, 61-year-old retired hair salon owner and flamboyant millionaire Philip also loves the younger man but is keen to change his ways.
Twenty-six-year-old personal trainer Kriss uses his bulging biceps to attract the ladies, but a cheating ex has left him with trust issues and a desire to find a lasting relationship. He's looking for someone confident and smoking hot that he can share a conversation with. Confidence is no issue for 18-year-old beauty therapist Ruby. She's been on a lot of dates, but they've all been with 'bad boys'. When Kriss reveals his sensitive side, will Ruby follow her head and plump for the 'good boy' or follow her heart and revert to type? Retired secretary and all-round lover-of-life Patricia is 'a young 80 darling!' She's embarking on a bucket year, which includes a search for a new partner.
Will sparks fly when 38-year-old teacher and self-confessed cougar Marie returns to the restaurant for a date with 32-year-old lighting technician Adrian? Twenty-five-year-old sports enthusiast Stephanie is winning on the tennis court but losing at love. Her twin sister has a boyfriend and uber-competitive Stephanie needs a plus-one for a family wedding. Will it be a match made in heaven when she meets the equally competitive Stuart, a former rugby player turned city boy? Seventy-one-year-old Janet and 87-year-old former soldier George are both craving bedtime antics. Saucepot Janet wants a man with hair that she can run her fingers through in bed. They bond over their shared love of travel and even joke about jetting off to Venezuela together.
Charlotte, who's 24, is bravely returning to the dating scene a year after she was tragically widowed. Teresa's 66 and has a lust for life; can James keep her entertained? And Ruby's back.
Justin's 25 and has never had a girlfriend; how will Maisie react to the dating methods he learned from a book? Ekow thinks love is insane; will Deborah change his mind? And Teresa returns.
A surprise ending leads to a First Dates first in this episode. The diners looking for love include self-confessed failure Arj, stand-up comedian Lynn, who's 82, and fantasy novelist Sarah.
A storm brews as 27-year-old hairdresser Ben breezes in for his date with Daisy, and fantasy writer Sarah returns after her last date went awry. And a steamy first kiss is on the cards.
With his cover boy looks and cut-glass accent, Adam comes straight off the slopes at Verbier for a date with 'ex-pat brat' Sophie. And can diamond in the rough Kevin charm blonde glamazon Meguel?
The First Dates restaurant serves up another platter of hopeful singletons. Forensics analyst Chelsea meets Alec, who in the past has relied on his Italian roots and unusual dating tricks to woo the ladies. As Alex pretends to speak fluent Italian, he and Chelsea bond over a banana. Will Alex be honest with Chelsea or will she fall for his charm? Colin, who was born with a birth defect resulting in a missing leg, has been on over 100 first dates. His date is bubbly phlebotomist Tracey, whose husband left her after having an affair with her best friend. Colin and Tracey hit it off with a shared sense of humour but will Colin reveal his disability and how will Tracey react?
There's instant attraction, flirtation, a dash of confusion and plenty of chemistry in this episode. With a degree in computer science, Irish nurse Becca's not just a pretty face. But night shifts are getting in the way of her love life. She meets deep thinking salesman John, who has a fear of first dates, but they bond over their eccentricities, until John drops a clanger about David Beckham... Iranian toy inventor Ali, who's 64, has been told he's 'too much' for some women but he meets his match in sequinned force of nature Julie, and their date turns flirty as Julie opens up about a previous heartbreak. Fashion blogger Carl's looking for a bubbly, pretty girl, and sparks fly why children's nurse Marissa breezes in.
The First Dates restaurant welcomes more daters who are hungry for love, as Fred and his team work hard to create the perfect menu. Pink-haired 21-year-old Tallulah and tattooed 26-year-old singer Teddy are looking for their soulmates. Tallulah wants to cuddle Teddy but her flirting turns him to jelly. Will their date hit a bum note or end in harmony? 'Mr Nice Guy' Derek, an underdog in love and business, meets shy mum-of-two Lisa. Their stuttering date bursts into life when they discover a shared passion for dancing, but can Derek sweep Lisa off her feet? 'Visual glazing enhancer' Daniel meets beautician and Margot Robbie lookalike Lora. After a split, she had a boob job and is raring to go. They bond over nostril waxing and raving, but is Daniel over his ex? Ellie, who's 23, is old fashioned and wants men to write love letters and open doors for her.
In a First Dates first, a mum and her son visit the restaurant together, each looking for love. Fifty-five-year-old divorcee Jane, who's been single for 12 years, wants to find a girl who she likes for her 30-year-old son Bobby, and also a new love for herself. Ladies' man Bobby meets 22-year-old megababe and professional nanny Tyler. And he's on his guard when 53-year-old retired shopkeeper Nick meets his mum. Thirty-two-year-old barber 'Lee from Leigh' has suffered from nerves all of his life and can't believe his luck when he's matched with the girl of his dreams: 'ten out of ten' 24-year-old nurse Abigail.
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