Independent Lens

FULL EPISODE

A Match Made in Heaven | Blind Love ep. 5

A gifted choir musician, Mario finds his Congregation getting involved in playing matchmaker, and then needs his sister's help to vet a potential date. Meanwhile, Simon gets a style makeover in preparation for a speed dating event and discovers it's a lot different when it's not his mom picking out clothes for him.

AIRED: February 18, 2020 | 0:08:28
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
TRANSCRIPT

- I've only dated white girls.

I'm sorry I'm being honest,

am I allowed to just say that?

- Hello there.

- Hi.

- Becoming independent for me was an act of rebellion.

- I'll be right back okay.

- Okay cool. - Okay.

(slow bright music)

(music booming)

♪ Better than good

♪ Better than good to me

♪ Me

(congregation applauding)

- [Woman] Worthy, worthy.

- [Mario] I was feeling that song,

I mean it got to me.

So it's a regular church service

in a regular Sunday.

- [Woman] All right Mario. All right bye.

Emmanuel usually walks me out

at the end of every service.

How's it going? Good, good. - Congratulations sweetie.

- Thank you, God bless you. - God bless you.

- Ah ha jinx.

And then the choir director comes up and says.

- I want to say goodbye to you boo boo.

- Suddenly without preamble,

without warning,

without saying Mario brace yourself

here comes a million dollar moment.

- Kim is gonna say goodbye to you so stay right here.

- Oh okay, there's someone here.

- Ha ha how you doing?

- I'm doing well goodbye Mario.

- Did you enjoy the service?

- I sure did as always. - Good.

- So down.

- That was oh my God,

I feel like a school boy.

I remember at choir rehearsals there was a girl

there who was always laughing at stuff I said.

And I had heard rumors of her being really interested.

I hugged her.

- What? - Sister V set me up

for a hug real quick.

- Oh my God.

- And she's super skinny.

- Give her his phone number.

- That's a fantastic idea.

to give it to her. - Don't tell her

that E or I'll disown you.

- [Man] Come on man, Simon!

Come on!

Come on last 50.

(people yelling)

- [Man] Good job Simon.

(people applauding)

Beautiful. - 14:40.

- Do you realize you just swam 400 meters?

I'm so proud of you. - One two three.

- [Francesco] That was fun last night.

- Uh

I know, what'd you think?

- Just gotta get used to whether they're interested or not.

- Oh yeah it's just practice.

I mean the music was loud like, usually

for us, for blind people, loud music isn't.

- But would it work I don't know,

would speed dating be like a cool thing to do or just like.

- Honestly dude you should try whatever you want to

and see what works best.

- Yeah just try anything.

- Yeah. - Right.

- [Nora] There he goes, he's coming back.

- Wait what happened?

- She smiled when I told her

that you wanted me to give her your number.

- She's in great shape. - How do you know?

- I hugged her. - Oh, Ray Charles.

- And we get all that information.

- I told her the ball was now in her court.

- There you go.

That's what I wanted you to say.

- It's not in her court.

Guys don't put stuff in female's courts.

Tell her I need her to text me because I want

to set up a date. - Okay I--

- No tell her I want to set up conversation over coffee.

- [Nora] No just tell her to text him.

- Text me so I can have her number

because I'm interested in setting up conversation

over a meal, there we go.

- That's just too much. - That's how I talk.

- Do not tell her all of that okay.

- That's okay Mario I gotcha you okay.

- Tell her, "He wants conversation over a meal."

- You can tell her that when she texts you.

- I gotcha you though Mario I'm gonna let her know

to text you.

- We'll have a conversation over a meal.

- [Nora] Over dinner, yeah, yeah.

- I appreciate you for doing this man.

Seriously, say "he wanted your number for a conversation over a meal."

(phone dinging)

- Hello.

- Ah good how are you?

- [Woman] I'm fine.

Do you have a little bit of time to talk?

- Thank you for calling sure.

I'm going to a speed dating event on Wednesday.

- Okay. - I'm basically looking

for something that represents me.

- Awesome. - I'm an athlete,

I do triathlons.

I'm training for one right now.

- Okay. - I listen

to mostly heavy metal.

- [Woman] What are your sizes in shirts?

- I mean normally I usually go shopping with my parents.

So for like shirts I'm a small.

- Okay. - Waist size I'm like a 32.

Would you have different materials I could feel

'cause I can't tell you exactly what type

of material that I like. - Of course, of course,

I'll have a lot of different things pulled out for you.

Based off what our conversation was

and based off of like what you've told me about.

- I still don't realize what she looked like.

- I can tell you if she's pretty or not.

She's on Facebook let me see your phone.

- Hold on, let me pull it up.

Let me look at the mutual friends.

And it'll tell me. - Old enough to know better,

young enough to (beeping).

No this ain't her this person said they old enough

to know better but young enough not

not to give a (beeping).

That can't be her. - Well that better not be her.

We just came from church.

- Oh no it's her. - That's her.

- Sister Vanessa is a friend

and so is Toria from the church,

it's her.

- Oh my God. - Oh my goodness.

That's her status.

Using my sister to Facebook stalk someone is

a typical occurrence.

- I remember okay,

I saw her, she has braids in her hair.

So she's dark skin but my complexion.

- She pretty?

- Yeah she's pretty and skinny

oh all right, she's 35.

- I don't know about the young enough not

to give a (beeping) part.

- She a cougar,

you want a cougar?

- She a cougar,

if she messing with a 20 year old, I'm 30.

(bright upbeat music)

- So the first item that I pick is like

a quilted bomber jacket.

It's a really cool blue,

it's navy blue.

And then there's a shirt underneath it right here.

Which is a white polo similar

to what you have just feel right here, you see.

- Yeah it feels similar to what I'm wearing now yeah.

- And it has blue and gray stripes.

Next we have a two tone denim jacket.

- Jean jacket type of thing.

- Yeah I say denim you say jeans,

we're gonna say both today.

- Okay.

- So this is a two toned.

- Oh interesting never felt this before.

I've felt jean jackets

but they're a lot softer.

As a blind person I determine the clothes I wear

by how they feel.

- Some jeans are softer than others.

So this is the raw denim to give you

that raw kind of feeling combined

with a softer denim it's not as raw.

- I'm voting for this one,

I like this one.

That's gonna work for school,

for dates, for work,

for heavy metal concerts,

the whole run of it.

- This is a pair of Guess jeans

and they have rips in them.

- Ripped jeans.

- [Jill] His face (laughs)

He's like oh ripped jeans cool.

- People would tell me wear something trendy,

wear something hipster,

and I have no idea what any of that stuff means.

- The looks are sexier.

The denim is more fitted.

- Like tighter you mean?

- Fitted not tight,

just a more tailored look for you.

- My Mom buys my clothes for me

but it's not like they pick out sexy clothes

or anything like that so.

- Simon our job is to make sure

you catch the eye of many people.

So we're gonna accentuate certain parts of your body

that Mom's not going to okay.

- Got it.

- Kim just texted.

- [Phone Announcer] 2:46 PM,

hey Mario it's Kim from church.

I'm headed into work right now

but I think we should definitely get together.

- I think that would be excellent "period",

smiley face.

I will give you a call this week

to plan something "period."

Enjoy work.

I feel so nervous like I'm a high school boy or something.

I haven't felt it in a long time so this is good,

this is a good sign.

(upbeat music)

- So we had a little hiccup with sizes,

you are definitely smaller but it's okay.

- How many sizes smaller?

- Like two. - So this is

what we're talking about, Mom right?

She shops for you but she's not shopping

for you for a date. - Turn around

'cause we want

the ladies to see what's going on.

- [Simon] I've learned that the right fit and

the way clothes sit on you shows off

how your body actually looks.

Like that's just kind of fascinating to me.

- You look really great. - Thanks.

- But we want to show the broadness in your chest,

we want to show the definition in your arms,

we want to show your tush, you know.

- I'm pretty active so if I have

the body to show it off

then why not?

All right, monochromatic look A.

- We like this. - Yeah I like this.

It's very like put together.

- It's the first time I noticed

like the button downs actually like touching my chest.

Like my waist.

- That's because it actually fits you.

- So Mom's got her set of sizes

and then you know what your real sizes are.

(laughs)

- I got you.

- What I got out of today was if you want

to attract girls do not wear clothes

that your Mom bought for you.

Oh my goodness.

I'm losing it.

Oh God.

- I'm not sure where James

and I are going at this point.

- Hi Joanie?

Hi how's it going?

STREAM INDEPENDENT LENS ON

  • ios
  • apple_tv
  • android
  • roku
  • firetv

FEATURED PROGRAMS

World Channel
Vienna Blood
Under a Minute
The Cardinal’s Files
Talking Pictures with Neil Rosen
Room Tone
Reel 13
Pioneers of Television
PBS Remixed
PBS Online Film Festival
PBS Indies
Open Studio with Jared Bowen
One Day in the American City
On Story
New York Documentaries