You’ve tried everything from the bar scene to blind dates, and even online dating.But none of it has worked.” It has come to this, she seems to say, a bit pityingly.She hits her face while riding on the zip line and gets a black eye.The other good-sport contestants don’t know what to make of her.There are a multitude of reasons why this happens, but at the core, he is not ready or able to embark in a substantive relationship, regardless of what his profile says.Rather, he moves from one online-created connection to the next, or back and forth between many, and barely if ever have to leave the house.The host, who is not naked, counsels a new pair of contestants at the beginning of each episode.“Both of you are here for the same reason, you’re single.
When he needs connection or the fantasy of a relationship, he can effectively “order out” for a date.You know, I want the romance.”As far as romance goes, the following staged dating activities are done naked, to varying aesthetic and practical results: conga playing, bird-watching, water skiing, water tubing, A. V.ing, salsa dancing, horseback riding, spearfishing, paddleboarding, zip-lining. Safety helmets are allowed at times, as are hats: one pair wears matching pith helmets on a nature walk; another sports Stetsons.And, for a naked dating show, there are plenty of covered moments back at the so-called Jungle Villa (Clothing Optional), where the contestants, contrary to the spirit of the show, seem to get to know each other better when seeing less of one another.“You talked a little bit about how you go through guys like they’re chewing gum, and I am not a piece of candy,” Steven, a thirty-something Australian living in Los Angeles, says to one of his dates. “I’m hoping to meet my true love on this island,” Diane, aged twenty-eight, tells the camera.Later, she clarifies her intentions: “I don’t want someone who is going to try to get laid on the first date. Sometimes the contestants go barefoot when walking on the beach or through the jungle, other times they wear socks and sneakers.