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What Are the Challenges on The Big D? The "Ex-ercises" Explained

Each week, the ex-couples are put to the test with exciting "Ex-ercises" (pun very much intended).

By Caitlin Busch
The Big D contestants make a toast

What would it take for you to put up with your ex-husband or wife in order to potentially find new love? That's what the ex-couples competing on USA Network's reality dating show The Big D are living with while staying in their lavish mansion. Each week, the ex-couples are put to the test with exciting "Ex-ercises" (pun very much intended).

What do The Big D's "Ex-ercise" winners get?

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Couples who win the week's Ex-ercise get to go on an adventure outside of the house and bring along another person of their choice! On top of a romantic and exciting new date (jet-skiing on week one, for example), the folks who go on the date are safe from that week's elimination. 

RELATED: The Big D Hosts JoJo Fletcher & Jordan Rodgers Say Dr. Jada Jackson Helped Their Marriage

So, what have the Ex-ercises looked like thus far in Season 1. Read on to find out!

Ex-ercise Episode 1

In the premiere episode of The Big D, the women were forced to introduce their ex-husbands to their potential new suitors — either by selling their good qualities or, in some cases, warning the other women off about their exes' bad habits. Some of the women seemed genuinely excited to help their exes find new love (looking at you, Casey) while others seemed unwilling to truly let go (can Ariel move on with someone new? Or at least find the serenity to let Blair go?).

Ex-ercise Episode 2

The second time around, Dr. Jada Jackson leads the ex-couples through an Ex-ercise that caused a bit of tension.

"These Ex-ercises are not just about you gaining information about a potential partner. It's about getting a better look at yourself," Dr. Jackson says.

RELATED: JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers Share Their Thoughts on The Big D Divorcees

In Episode 2, non-exes paired up together and then were given a list of "deal breakers," bad habits that make for a bad relationship. These deal breakers ranged from "quick to anger" to simply "feisty."

The two couples' whose lists were most similar from top to bottom won. The two winning couples were Thakur and Gillian and David and Alexis!

New episodes of The Big D premiere on Wednesdays at 10 PM ET right after new episodes of Temptation Island as part of USA’s Wednesday night "Hump Day" programming line-up.

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