What's up with Lydia and Uche, 'Love Is Blind's' most shocking situation yet?

We're thrown a curveball, all thanks to Lydia and Uche, 'Love Is Blind's' craziest storyline to date

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Just when we think we've seen it all, Lydia and Uche, Love Is Blind season 5 cast members, come in to throw us for a loop. All seems status quo in the pods: we have connections forming, heartbreaks happening, and singles trying to figure things out—nothing out of the ordinary upon the season premiere on Friday, September 22. Then, the 30-year-old geologist and her blind date, Uche, a 33-year-old attorney, seem to send the series into uncharted waters. 

Upon both parties entering the pods, Uche introduced himself, to which Lydia bluntly said, "F***"

"That's not the reaction I was expecting," he admitted. 

So, what's going on, and why exactly is Lydia less-than-pleased to hear from someone she's never seen, let alone met? Well, we did hear that Love Is Blind season 5 would be the most dramatic yet. Is this what Netflix was referring to? Allow us to give you the scoop.

*Warning: Spoilers for episodes 1-4 ahead*

What's the drama between Lydia and Uche from 'Love Is Blind'?

As it turns out, Lydia and Uche actually dated outside of the pods and started cracking up upon recognizing each other's voices. 

"I don't know if this is a sign," Uche confessed. 

"Right? Is this a sign that we stop should—you know what I'm saying, cut the crap you want to start at zero? A blessing in disguise," Lydia suggested. 

Given that there's a lot of prep work involved, we were not expecting this blind run-in. 

"We like to be in places that have a big enough regional population that we can cast a really wide net and try to get people who haven't run into each other hanging out in the one bar in town, or they've all run into each other on a dating app," creator Chris Coelen told Entertainment Weekly. "We want a big enough diversity of people, so we tend to go for bigger metropolitan areas just because you find more people there."

All we can say is, "Whoops!"

Do Lydia and Uche reconnect on 'Love is Blind'?

Though the exes decided not to reconnect, there was one *tiny* problem. Uche is dating Aaliyah, Lydia's best friend in the pods—a detail both these exes kept from her. Given that Aaliyah had become so close to Lydia, so much so that she insisted she'd be a "great auntie" to her future children, this seems like a very interesting factor to omit. 

As things got more serious between Uche and Aaliyah and they worked through hurdles over her past indiscretion, that's when he decided to drop the bomb, and needless to say, trust was definitely in question.

"I walked into the pods, and I started talking, and the person seemed to recognize my voice and know certain things about me. It is a girl that I have dated in the past" Uche told Aaliyah. "It's Lydia."

Holy moly. Talk about a curve ball. How is Aaliyah supposed to carry on, especially when it seems that Lydia is a little *too* anxious to give her newfound friend details about their shared partner? 

Uche, for his part, planned to keep things separate, or so he said: "I think it's about me and you establishing our connection and not letting anything get in the way of that," he told Aaliyah. 

When an argument erupted between Lydia and Aaliyah—one which we don't see play out on TV—Aaliyah reassessed everything. Was this truly the right fit? Could she date a friend's ex? Would a Love Is Blind triangle *really* be manageable? Ultimately, she decided that she couldn't continue with the experiment.  

"It's difficult, you know. You're dating the same men. You're forming connections with the same friend, you're forming connections with one another through this, so it's really hard to kind of like navigate all of that," Aaliyah tells My Imperfect Life. 

Though Lydia and Milton go on to be one of the three Love Is Blind season 5 couples to get engaged, will we get closure for Aaliyah and Uche? You'll have to keep up with the rest of the series to find out what happens next.

Love Is Blind season 5 premieres on Netflix on Friday, September 22 with episodes 1-4. The show drops episodes weekly on Fridays until October 13.

Danielle Valente
Digital News Writer

Need a TV show recommendation? Maybe a few decor tips? Danielle, a digital news writer at Future, has you covered. Her work appears throughout the company’s lifestyle brands, including My Imperfect Life, Real Homes, and woman&home. Mainly, her time is spent at My Imperfect Life, where she’s attuned to the latest entertainment trends and dating advice for Gen Z.

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids, where she got to experience the best of the city from the point of view of its littlest residents. Before that, she was a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, and amNewYork, to name a few. 

When Danielle’s not writing, you can find her testing out a new recipe, reading a book (suggestions always welcome), or rearranging the furniture in her apartment…again.