Fans of First Dates were treated to an explosive episode five, with Cecilia and Viv almost coming to blows over the bill.
Needless to say, it sparked an old-age question in the dating game.
Who should pay the pill?
Is this the biggest bill tug of war in #FirstDates history?! 😳💸
— First Dates (@FirstDates) May 2, 2018
The Women Should Pay the Bill
Powerful 23-year-old parliamentary advisor Cecilia was NOT happy when her date refused to let her pay the bill.
The pair jostled for the card reader at the end of their date, ruining a previously romantic dinner.
So refreshin to c a girl on #FirstDates actually pay the bill or go dutch 💕 females on this programme seem all too happy to let the males pay!? Some of them expect it!! 🤔 It's the 21st century.. we can't fight for equal rights then wait for the man to pay – come on ladies!
— 🌻 Stacey 🌻 (@Stacey_Claire) May 3, 2018
Eventually, Cecilia and Viv decided to split the bill, although the argument had tainted the evening.
Cecilia said: It actually frustrated me a lot that he did that. I thought it was completely irrational. It was really quite unnecessary and quite uncalled for.”
Twitter had various opinions on this subject.
Some felt but that C was simply overpowering.
#FirstDates irrational. unnecessary and uncalled for !! That's what she said of him because he wanted to pay for the bill. She is way over the top. He is not disrespectful he is a gentleman . How to emasculate your date in less than 60 seconds.
— Leigh-Catherine (@PsychicLC) May 3, 2018
Others believed that Viv should have caved in, given Cecilia’s relentless assertiveness that she wanted to pay the bill.
#FirstDates Just let the lady pay and get over yourself. Respect her wish
— Michael (@riprap1) May 2, 2018
The Man Should Pay the Bill
Viv was under the impression that to pay for the bill was a “gentlemanly” move, and that a man should always do the honours on a first date.
However, the argument that transpired – where Viv told Cecilia to shut up – wasn’t exactly a textbook gentleman’s move.
Not cool trying to be a "gentleman" but telling your date repeatedly to shut up. #FirstDates
— Khovanov (@Khovanov09) May 2, 2018
This is where Twitter was divided the most.
Some felt that the man should always pay, while others fiercely protested against the ‘outdated’ concept of being a gentleman.
If she can’t even let a man pay..run mate she’s gonna be hard work #Firstdates
— Riseandgrind (@Rise_and_grind7) May 3, 2018
– Man offers to pay bill, lady gets offended.
– Man suggests split it, lady gets offended.
– Man let’s lady pay, lady gets offended.
Man cannot win when it comes to bill etiquette! 🙃#FirstDates
— Mr Anti-Social! (@mrsociable123) May 2, 2018
@FirstDates yes please , a lovely woman, and she wants to pay for the meal ,and she's charming as well as independent 👏
— Eugene Leach (@EugeneLeach) May 2, 2018
You Should Split the Bill
Popularly known a ‘going Dutch’, we witnessed the other couple (and the majority of First Dates) comfortably agree to split the bill.
Former 1980’s pop-star and Curiosity Killed The Cat band member Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot split the bill with his date, Sarah.
Social media felt most at home here, with splitting the bill the most preferred option for a date.
Of course, unless someone is going absolutely mental at the prospect of not being able to pay – AKA Cecilia.
I consider myself to be feminist as, but Cecilia is quite insufferable. Paying the bill doesn't have to be a gender equality debate. Calm down. Half it. All done. #FirstDates
— Jennifer (@JennyPennySays) May 2, 2018
Errr, not really. Of course a woman can pay a bill but the way she acted was rude, patronising and without dignity. The “rational” thing would have been to split it. I’ll not be seeking any behaviour to model from this woman. Being polite is far more impressive.
— Caroline Hutt (@Carras1982) May 3, 2018
Should always split the bill on fd 😂😂 #firstdates
— lee mccleary (@81Lmc) May 2, 2018
Just split the bill ffs 🙄 #FirstDates
— Michael // 🇫🇮🇦🇿🇨🇾 (@MichaelM238) May 2, 2018
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