You've heard of the hall pass. Maybe you and your S.O. even have an agreement about it -- in case one day, you're stuck in an elevator with your celebrity crush (because, you know, that happens). And, in a way, isn't going on Temptation Island a form of a hall pass? A way of saying, yes, we're in a committed relationship, but maybe it would be cool to hook up with someone else?
Yes and no. For some of our couples, they're really embracing the idea that Temptation Island is an opportunity to explore connections with other people. And for others? Giving into temptation is a total deal-breaker.
When it comes to giving your mate a hall pass, we checked in Temptation Island relationship expert Tracy McMillan, author of Why You're Not Married . . . Yet: The Straight Talk You Need to Get the Relationship You Deserve.
"If you want the hall pass, what is it that you're getting?" McMillan posed to USA Network. "A one-time, interesting experience, like you went to the amusement park or something for the day? Okay, maybe. But, I'm not sure about that."
What, then, is the hall pass really about, if not a one-time sexy freebie? "I think the hall pass is also related to fantasy," McMillan explained, "and imagining that there's somebody who has some magical quality, that's going to deliver an experience for you that you're not having in your relationship."
So what's McMillan's advice? "What I would prefer people do is accept that marriage is not like a candy store, where you pick out all these feelings that you want to have. That's not what your relationship is about. Your relationship is about learning to love another person, more and better, and building something in your life."
Which of our four couples will come out together on the other side of this extended "hall pass?" Find out in the last two episodes of Temptation Island, airing Tuesdays at 10/9c on USA!