Love Island week four recap: Racing hearts, mind readers and – finally

On Paper

The fourth week of Love Island 2022 kicked off with a rocky start for Tasha and Andrew – one of the strongest couples in the villa up to that point. Despite the pair staying together after the recoupling, Andrew was understandably shaken by his partner’s apparent attraction to the new boy Charlie (whose Made in Chelsea reject status has been confirmed by his friendship with Miles Nazaire). “I’m going to give her space,” he declared on Sunday night’s episode, before immediately going over and trying to cuddle her.

More exciting was the love triangle forming between Paige, her other half Jacques and Jay, who had chosen to recouple with her in Friday night’s ceremony. Jacques, ever the romantic, pulled Paige out for a clandestine chat on the stairs in which he romantically told her that he cannot express his feelings. Somehow, Paige took this as a positive personality trait and assured him he had nothing to worry about. They almost came to blows the very next day, however, when Jacques undid his shoelaces to get in the pool with Paige, only for her to blow off their planned swim for a chat with Jay. Unthinkable!

The first big ding dong of the week came straight after the revelation that Dami (now happily coupled up with Indiyah) can read minds. “You’re happy with Luca right now. I feel like it would take a lot for your head to turn but there is a small chance that it probably could if someone really came in that was 100 per cent you,” he told Gemma, who said he “wasn’t far wrong” . Quite impressive, if you believe in that sort of thing. But his whole enterprise went tits up when Ekin-Su – who has earned her £250 per week fee 10 times over – relayed the conversation back to Jacques, who promptly informed Luca of Gemma’s potential head turning. Gemma quickly rounded on Ekin-Su, telling her to “keep her nose out of other people’s business”.

But an even bigger fallout was on the way, thanks to one of Love Island‘s most iconic games: the Heart Race Challenge. For those not au fait with the trial, the islanders dress up in sexy outfits and give the players of the opposite sex a lap dance in the hope of raising their heart rates. Whichever team – the girls or boys – raises heart rates the most, wins.

The catch, of course, is that some islanders’ heartrates may increase the most for someone other than their partner – as happened with Jacques (whose heart was raised most by his ex-girlfriend Gemma) and Andrew (who apparently found Danica the sexiest during the challenge). As you can imagine, neither Paige nor Tasha were particularly happy with that result. The girls won, if you care.

Ekin-Su and Davide (Photo: Lifted Entertainment/ITV)

Let’s take a moment to discuss Danica. Yes, she questions the boys as if they’re in a job interview. Yes, she may not have done her utmost to ingratiate herself with the girl gang. But I can’t help but feel sorry for her, no more so than after Thursday night’s recoupling in which she chose Jay instead of Charlie – the wrong decision, by all accounts. But fair play to the girl, why shouldn’t she have picked the boy she fancies? Oh, yes. Because he told her not to and that he fancied someone else. That’ll do it.

Otherwise, the recoupling was rather uneventful, although it did bring our two agents of chaos – Davide and Ekin-Su – back together. Antigoni was rather upset with the result, especially since it meant she was left in a friendship couple with Charlie, but the rest of the nation cheered. He will never admit it, but we all know Davide is very sweet on Ekin-Su, and she’s openly said she’s keen to get on with him better. Top tier islanders, if you ask me.

The week came to an end with a public vote, with the three least compatible couples according to voters put at risk of being dumped from the island. It was up to the fellow islanders who would be packing their bags, however, and while the girls predictably sent Charlie packing, the boys took a left turn and decided to send Antigoni home.

Tasha didn’t take being placed in the bottom three very well – not because it made her worry about her relationship with Andrew, but because it planted a seed in her head that she might not be very well liked on the outside. I feel sorry for the girl, but she didn’t have a lot of time to ruminate, as the girls were soon shipped off to Casa Amor…

The bombshells arrive at Casa Amor: Josh, Jack, Samuel, Billy, George and Deji (Photo: Lifted Entertainment/ITV)

On that bombshell…

It’s finally here. Casa Amor. The week the whole game changes and the stakes ramp up to unprecedented heights. For the first time in three years, the girls are the ones to leave the original villa and meet five new boys.

There’s Jack Keating, son of Ronan who is already sunburnt, Mancunian model Samuel, another model Josh from Essex, roofer Billy, accounts manager Deji and Costwolds laborer George. Each one of them is looking for love with our girls (and a ticket back to the main villa), but who will have their head turned? I have a feeling we’re in for some surprises.

Back to Gatwick

Charlie, we hardly knew you. After just one week in Mallorca, it’s time for him to hop back on a flight back to Chelsea and fulfill his final contractual obligation: an awkward appearance on After Sun.

At least he’ll have Antigoni by his side. She hardly hid her disappointment of being chucked out of Danica, who has been in the villa longer than her and still not found a love interest (despite interviewing every boy there). I bet they’re both fuming they missed out on the Casa Amor experience by a hair’s breadth.

Antigoni and Charlie (Photo: Lifted Entertainment/ITV)

Bits and Pieces

  • Dami and Indiyah hold hands at every given opportunity and it’s making my cold heart melt. Hashtag Damiyah forever.
  • Charlie’s attempt at a sexy dance was… something. Although the standards for the boys have been astronomically high ever since dancer Curtis Pritchard’s unforgettable performance in 2019.
  • Luca and Gemma finally made it to the hideaway this week, giving them time to get to know each other on a deeper, more meaningful level. Luca asked her whether she liked brown or white bread more.
  • Ekin-Su: “You’ll never find another Turkish delight like me.”
    Davide: “I know… one is enough.”
  • While the cats are away the mice will bring all the cushions outside and try to cover up the grass. Whatever makes you happy Jacques.

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