Too Hot To Handle was all about helping its contestants make deeper and more meaningful connections, and it did so by not allowing participants to make sexual contact with one another. The concept was kind of kooky — but it was definitely entertaining to watch. It was also apparently effective, because Harry and Francesca got engaged on the Too Hot To Handle reunion.
ICYMI, Too Hot To Handle is a Netflix reality show in which the contestants were prohibited from participating in any sort of sexual contact. Every time the participants broke the rules, they were penalized by having thousands of dollars removed from the collective $100,000 prize fund.
Most participants took the rules pretty seriously, because, you know, money was on the line. But others just couldn't help themselves. And when I say others, I mostly mean Harry Jowsey and Francesca Farago.
Within the first few days of being at the retreat, Harry and Francesca broke the rules by kissing. In their defense, they didn't know a kiss would cost the group a whopping $3,000 before they did it, but when the omniscient robot cone Lana told them this news, things got a bit sticky for them. Despite the fact Harry made obvious moves to make that kiss happen, he blamed it all on Francesca, which outraged fans and pulled the couple apart.
Eventually, the pair got back together on the show — and pushed many more rules during their time at the retreat — and the show ended with them together as a happy couple.
After the show, they stayed in touch while Harry moved back to Australia and Francesca went home to Vancouver. Due to their physical distance, they decided to break up for about eight months, but eventually got back together once Harry moved to Los Angeles. Now, they seem stronger than ever.
On the Too Hot To Handle reunion, which was recorded via Zoom due to the coronavirus pandemic, host Desiree Burch was eager to check in on the couple. "Now I want to know about the future of you too," she said.
"Francesca is looking at moving to LA, and we've also been looking at... uh, rings," Harry responded, with a smile on his face.
"I think it [the proposal] needs to be done in person," Francesca said, to which Harry responded, "Can it be done over Zoom?" He then hopped on a knee with a Ring Pop.
"I just wanna say, you've absolutely changed my life," Harry told Fran as Desiree looked on. "I love you so much, and I can't wait to spend forever with you. Do you want to do this thing? Do you want to get married?"
"Harry knows I want to marry him, so yes. Of course," Francesca responded, smiling ear to ear.
So, despite their messy beginnings, and now being quarantined separately from one another, this pair seems to be intent on lasting for the long haul.
The Too Hot To Handle reunion is on Netflix now.