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Suburban ‘Married at First Sight’ star doesn’t want her arguments filmed

Sheila Downs and Nate Duhon visit Duhon’s family in Michigan on Thursday’s episode of "Married at First Sight."

So much for "reality" television. One "Married at First Sight" star said his wife doesn’t want to fight on camera because she’s "extremely worried about what people will think of us."

"Sheila would always tell me like, hey if we have another dispute, don’t talk about it on camera. … At the same time we have to make sure that we resolve our issues and problems," Nate Duhon said on Thursday’s episode about his wife, Round Lake facilities operations director Sheila Downs. The couple was arguing about whether it’s OK for Downs to have a close male friend.

"Our couples feel pressure because of the documentation by the camera almost on a daily basis, and that’s completely natural. I think Sheila, however, is particularly struggling with this, and really wants to keep her relationship with Nate as private as possible," series sociologist Pepper Schwartz said.

The show’s three couples went out of town to learn more about their partners on Thursday’s episode. Duhon and West Town marketing executive Anthony D’Amico took their wives to their respective home towns in Michigan. Chicago dietitian Danielle DeGroot brought her husband, Genoa native Cody Knapek, to a Fox River Grove park she liked to visit with her ex.

Some notable moments:

>> Four weeks after the wedding, DeGroot and Knapek still haven’t consummated their marriage while the other couples have.

>> D’Amico revealed he knocked his teeth out playing soccer and it cost $30,000 to get new teeth. His wife, suburban bar manager Ashley Petta, seemed annoyed he didn’t immediately share this information with her, even after she complimented him multiple times on his smile.

>> Don’t call Duhon’s mom’s chicken "crack chicken." "I lived through the epidemic in Flint when a lot of people were getting on crack and so I can’t joke about it. It’s just that I find that very offensive," she told Duhon, who requested her "crack chicken."

Season 5 of "Married at First Sight" airs 8 p.m. Thursdays on the Lifetime network. Couples have eight weeks after the wedding to decide if they will stay married or get divorced.

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