A lot went down in episode 5 of TOWIE.

From the ‘End of Summer Ball’ – any excuse to have a party in Essex, right? – to tearful apologies, and talk of hiring real-life elves for the month of December.

Summer may be over but things haven’t cooled down in Essex!

This is the TOWIE recap – The Only Way is Essex season 23 episode 5.

Gemma Collins Plays Matchmaker

Now that Gemma has found true love with TOWIE co-star James ‘Arg’ Argent, she’s helping her nearest and dearest find ‘the one’, too.

After last week’s singles night, Bobby Norris reported back to Gemma with the news that her BFF, Saffron Lempriere, and straight-talking TOWIE star Jon Clark had chemistry!

Screenshot: Gemma Collins TOWIE - ITVBe, series 23.

Screenshot: Gemma Collins TOWIE – ITVBe, series 23.

Screenshot: Gemma plays matchmaker TOWIE - ITVBe, series 23

Screenshot: Gemma plays matchmaker TOWIE – ITVBe, series 23

After sharing her thoughts with Jon, Gemma expected him to sweep best friend Saffron off her feet.

Jon didn’t turn up to the party, though.

Screenshot: Saffron and Gemma chat TOWIE - ITVBe, series 23

Screenshot: Saffron and Gemma chat TOWIE – ITVBe, The Only Way is Essex season 23 episode 5

So that one went down like a lead balloon.

Perhaps stick to retail, Gem.

Diags Gets a Spray Tan

Episode 5 gave us a bit more than we bargained for – in other words, James ‘Daigs’ Bennewith’s upper thigh.

Thanks for that, TOWIE!

Daigs has got to be the least stereotypical Essex guy – opting out of a spray tan one leg in?

Are you even from Essex?

Screenshot: Diags gets a spray tan TOWIE - ITVBe, series 23

Screenshot: Diags gets a spray tan TOWIE – ITVBe, series 23

Yazmin Oukhellou Reaches Breaking Point

The last two episodes of TOWIE have seen Yazmin Oukhellou have more breakdowns than Britney Spears.

But this time, things got serious as she admitted she needs to seek help.

Screenshot: Yaz opens up TOWIE - ITVBe, series 23

Screenshot: Yaz opens up TOWIE – ITVBe, The Only Way is Essex season 23 episode 5

Yaz’s long-term boyfriend, James ‘Lockie’ Lock has been supporting her throughout her rough patch.

Screenshot: Yaz and Lockie chat TOWIE - ITVBe, series 23

Screenshot: Yaz and Lockie chat TOWIE – ITVBe, series 23

Yaz’s Mum Steps in

Yaz’s mum, Lisa Oukhellou, shared a few wise words with her daughter.

As Yaz admitted she “doesn’t know what to do” and “knows she’s not her happy self”.

Her mum said it’s time to get out of Essex for a while and to clear her head.

Screenshot: Yaz and Lisa chat TOWIE - ITVBe, series 23

Screenshot: Yaz and Lisa chat TOWIE – ITVBe, series 23

 

Screenshot: Yaz and Lisa chat TOWIE - ITVBe, series 23

Screenshot: Yaz and Lisa chat TOWIE – ITVBe, series 23

Screenshot: Yaz and Lisa chat TOWIE - ITVBe, series 23

Screenshot: Yaz and Lisa chat TOWIE – ITVBe, The Only Way is Essex season 23 episode 5

Gemma Collins is Getting Festive

It may be October, but Gemma is already planning Christmas.

In true GC style, of course.

Screenshot: Gemma talks Christmas TOWIE - ITVBe, series 23

Screenshot: Gemma talks Christmas TOWIE – ITVBe, series 23

Screenshot: Gemma talks Christmas TOWIE - ITVBe, series 23

Screenshot: Gemma talks Christmas TOWIE – ITVBe, series 23

Kady McDermott Makes an Entrance

The Essex-lot gathered together this episode to celebrate the end of summer.

And, while Courtney Green was celebrating her new edgy self, her ex’s new girlfriend totally turned up.

Enter Kady McDermott, ladies and gents!

Screenshot: Courtney, Chloe M and Georgia chat TOWIE - ITVBe, series 23

Screenshot: Courtney, Chloe M and Georgia chat TOWIE – ITVBe, series 23

Screenshot: Courtney, Chloe M and Georgia chat TOWIE - ITVBe, series 23

Screenshot: Courtney, Chloe M and Georgia chat TOWIE – ITVBe, series 23

Myles was getting all soppy in a dark corner of the party, while his new girlfriend was making friends elsewhere.

Screenshot: Diags and Myles chat TOWIE - ITVBe, series 23

Screenshot: Diags and Myles chat TOWIE – ITVBe, The Only Way is Essex season 23 episode 5

Screenshot: Kady greets Courtney TOWIE - ITVBe, series 23

Screenshot: Kady greets Courtney TOWIE – ITVBe, series 23

Ballsy Kady went straight in for the kill!

TOWIE fave Courtney managed to hold it together – until she ran off crying, that is.

Screenshot: Kady greets Courtney TOWIE - ITVBe, series 23

Screenshot: Kady greets Courtney TOWIE – ITVBe, series 23

Sam Mucklow and Pete Wicks Have More Confrontation

Are they friends? Are they enemies? We still don’t know.

They had another argument this episode, although Pete seemed puzzled as to what he had done.

Screenshot: Sam and Pete argue TOWIE - ITVBe, series 23

Screenshot: Sam and Pete argue TOWIE – ITVBe, series 23

Remember that extreme impression you did of Sam, Pete?

Screenshot: Sam and Pete argue TOWIE - ITVBe, series 23

Screenshot: Sam and Pete argue TOWIE – ITVBe, series 23

The pair went back and forth, while their conversation was heated, it was going nowhere.

Screenshot: Sam and Pete argue TOWIE - ITVBe, series 23

Screenshot: Sam and Pete argue TOWIE – ITVBe, The Only Way is Essex season 23 episode 5

Screenshot: Sam and Pete argue TOWIE - ITVBe, series 23

Screenshot: Sam and Pete argue TOWIE – ITVBe, series 23

Pete said:

Look, as far as I’m concerned, this is all f*cking ridiculous.

A productive chat then, lads.

Big Lockie Makes an Appearance

Episode 5 saw Lockie open up to his dad, Big Lockie, on the subject of girlfriend Yaz’s recent troubles.

Big Lockie said he never sees his son anymore:

As soon as you’re on the dog I’m there for you.

Screenshot: Lockie catches up with his dad, Big Lockie TOWIE - ITVBe, series 23

Screenshot: Lockie catches up with his dad, Big Lockie TOWIE – ITVBe, series 23

Yaz Sees the Girls Face To Face

Finally, Yaz goes to meet the girls to apologise for her actions last week.

Screenshot: Yaz apologises to the girls TOWIE - ITVBe, series 23

Screenshot: Yaz apologises to the girls TOWIE – ITVBe, series 23

Screenshot: Yaz apologises to the girls TOWIE - ITVBe, series 23

Screenshot: Yaz apologises to the girls TOWIE – ITVBe, series 23

Yaz arrived at the cafe in bits and said sorry to Courtney and Chloe M.

She then said she was heading off to take time out to work on herself.

Screenshot: Yaz apologises to the girls TOWIE - ITVBe, series 23

Screenshot: Yaz apologises to the girls – ITVBe, The Only Way is Essex season 23 episode 5

Dan Edgar Finally Says It

Finally, the Amber Turner and Dan Edgar saga has reached an all-time high as he said those three words.

Dan admitted he isn’t the best with his emotions after handing his girlfriend a bouquet of roses and wagon wheels.

Screenshot: Dan Edgar TOWIE - ITVBe, series 23

Screenshot: Dan Edgar TOWIE – ITVBe, series 23

After Dan said ‘I love you’, Amber then cried ‘happy tears’ and said:

You know I’ve loved you for a long time.

Don’t we all, Amber, don’t we all.

TOWIE: Who is Sam Mucklow? Have we already met his girlfriend?

 

 

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