From time to time, we’re all guilty of relying on a little Dutch courage.

However, pre-drinking before a date is pretty extreme.

That’s exactly what First Dates’ TJ did as he hit the pub with his brother to watch a football game in the run-up to his dinner with Chanelle.

Here’s how the slurring, drunken drama unfolded.

TJ Myths Merlin

First Dates’ Merlin is something of a small talk guru.

When it comes to making general chitter-chatter the cocktail master always seems to find a way to charm his guests, no matter their age or background.

However, TJ slumped himself on the bar as if it was an end-of-the-night kebab shop, blabbering so much babble that Merlin was literally clueless as to what he was attempting to say.

Screen Shot: First Dates TJ, Channel 4

Screen Shot: First Dates TJ, Channel 4

Screen Shot: First Dates TJ, Channel 4

Screen Shot: First Dates TJ, Channel 4

Screen Shot: First Dates TJ, Channel 4

Screen Shot: First Dates TJ, Channel 4

Screen Shot: First Dates TJ, Channel 4

Screen Shot: First Dates TJ, Channel 4

Screen Shot: First Dates TJ, Channel 4

Screen Shot: First Dates TJ, Channel 4

Screen Shot: First Dates TJ, Channel 4

Screen Shot: First Dates TJ, Channel 4

A Totally Different TJ

For anyone after a visual representation of the effect of alcohol, TJ’s piece to camera portrayed a very different man.

Clearly filmed prior to the date, sober TJ came across as charismatic and caring, explaining how he was married for five months before his partner told him that she was no longer in love with him.

Not to mention his face just looked totally different.

Screen Shot: First Dates TJ, Channel 4

Screen Shot: First Dates TJ, Channel 4

Screen Shot: First Dates TJ, Channel 4

Screen Shot: First Dates TJ, Channel 4

TJ and Chanelle’s date

Tanked up to the brim, TJ headed into his date with fellow Bristolian Chanelle.

At 40 years old, TJ certainly looked good for his age, but could he brush off the drunken unattractiveness that was sticking to his every word?

The short answer is no…

Screen Shot: First Dates TJ, Channel 4

Screen Shot: First Dates TJ, Channel 4

Screen Shot: First Dates TJ, Channel 4

Screen Shot: First Dates TJ, Channel 4

Screen Shot: First Dates TJ, Channel 4

Screen Shot: First Dates TJ, Channel 4

The Final Draw

TJ’s table antics – where he was just a tad too sloppy in speech – left Chanelle with a few burning questions.

AKA – what the hell have you been up to all day?

Screen Shot: First Dates TJ, Channel 4

Screen Shot: First Dates TJ, Channel 4

Screen Shot: First Dates TJ, Channel 4

Screen Shot: First Dates TJ, Channel 4

While the date wasn’t as disastrous as you may have expected from a man who couldn’t remember what he had been up to all day, it wasn’t a fairytale ending.

Mainly because fairytales rarely involve a heavily drunk protagonist.

Screen Shot: First Dates TJ and Chanelle, Channel 4

Screen Shot: First Dates TJ and Chanelle, Channel 4

Screen Shot: First Dates TJ and Chanelle, Channel 4

Screen Shot: First Dates TJ and Chanelle, Channel 4

Screen Shot: First Dates TJ and Chanelle, Channel 4

Screen Shot: First Dates TJ and Chanelle, Channel 4

 

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