It was the showdown that 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Day fans had been waiting on. After being left on the cliffhanger of Varya Malina showing up at Geoffrey Paschel’s house only to find he had a new girlfriend, viewers couldn’t wait to see what happened next. When the confrontation finally ensued, it was full of so much drama that some fans thought that TLC set the whole thing up.
According to Paschel, the confrontation wasn’t staged at all and there were a lot of moving parts to make it happen.
Geoffrey Paschel and Varya’s breakup
While visiting Malina in Russia, Paschel proposed. Unfortunately, Malina was not ready to make such a big commitment. She told Paschel that she felt like they were moving too fast. Paschel took that as a “no” and decided to end the relationship.
“The best thing for me to do is just ignore it and try to move on with my life,” he told the cameras. “I feel like she’s messing with my heart.”
Paschel moves on
When the show caught up with Paschel in the U.S., he had already moved on and started dating his friend, Mary.
“I want to find happiness and I want somebody to find that happiness with me,” he said in a confessional. “I really do see a future with Mary so I’m hoping the closer I get with her, I’ll naturally start forgetting these feelings I had with Varya.”
After going on a date with Mary and making things official, Paschel was on his way to forgetting Malina all together.
“Maybe I didn’t need to go all the way to Russia to find love,” he said later. “Maybe Mary is my life partner.”
How TLC made the confrontation happen
Paschel had no idea that Malina was even considering coming to America to surprise him. In his mind, the relationship was over.
“This was a complete surprise 100%,” Paschel said on the Domenick Nati Show of Malina showing up on his doorstep. “I hear people say this is so staged, this is so fake. I was caught in the moment. You saw my sh*t eating grin. I didn’t know what to do.”
He and Mary had gone out to dinner the night before for her birthday. She had a little too much to drink, so Paschel let her spend the night without telling production. The next morning, the show was set to film.
“The doorbell rang and I assumed it was production because they were going to come over and film some b-roll,” he said. “They had no idea Mary was there. They had 0 idea. So there was no communication to that because they were tending to Varya you know bringing Varya out and filming Varya.
“And you know, they told me, ‘hey, we are going to be there in 30 minutes, open the gate, tye up the dogs, whatever, which I did all of that. Went back in the house, hung out talked a little bit.”
Paschel and Mary were just waiting on the crew to arrive, but what they really got was a rude awakening.
“The door bell rings,” he said. “My door panel is translucent so you can’t really see through it. You can see through it but you can’t see what’s on the other side basically. So I went to the door thinking it was production and it was Varya.”
So, all of that drama was actually pretty organic.