Spoilers for Too Hot to Handle below.
On Friday, Netflix answered our prayers for some mindless reality TV with the new show Too Hot to Handle, a program in which a bunch of sexy people inadvertently go on a sexless retreat together for one month. That’s right. These sex-positive, commitment-phobic humans are thrown together in a house and can’t have sex. They can’t kiss. They can’t masturbate. If they do, money is deducted from a $100,000 pot. Most of these people are models who love to wear tight clothing and take selfies. Let’s just say they lose some money. (Come on; was that really a spoiler?)
From the beginning, some key couples stood out among the crowd. Francesca Farago, a “plant-based” model from Vancouver with her own clothing label, and Harry Jowsey, a man from Queensland, Australia, who has a clothing company called Naughty Possums, were attracted to each other from day one. Now, here’s where we get into some spoilers, so in case you haven’t already watched this thing in one sitting, you might want to stop reading now.
Farago and Jowsey broke the rules more than anyone else on the show. They lost the group a significant portion of the collective $100,000 prize money by making out, having sex, and getting frisky under the sheets. This made a lot of people unhappy, but the pair somehow managed to redeem themselves (and the money they’d lost) by going one night without touching each other. These two seemed pretty hopeless in the beginning, to be honest; they were the first ones to break the rules, they never seemed to know what they wanted, and they stole all the attention away from the other contestants. But in the end, they were pretty cute, I guess. Jowsey even entertained the idea of moving to Vancouver.
So, did that happen? Where are these sexy people now, and are they together?
They visited each other in their respective hometowns.
The show was filmed at the Casa Tau resort in Punta Mita, Mexico last summer. A lot has happened since then. According to Farago’s Instagram, she visited Jowsey’s homeland, Australia, on June 30 of last year. She took a photo with a kangaroo. Original.
Jowsey took a photo at the Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary at the same time as his reality TV love, so it’s safe to say that was a date. Okay, okay, so Farago only tagged “Gold Coast, Queensland” on her Instagram, but that wildlife sanctuary is located in Queensland. Also, speaking as an American who has flown to Australia to visit a crush, the first thing you have to do when you get there is pose with a kangaroo. It makes sense that this is exactly where Jowsey and Farago would head for a little one-on-one tourist time.
Jowsey also appeared to be a perfectly acceptable Instagram boyfriend during Farago’s visit.
If you scroll up their grids a little further, you’ll see Jowsey actually made his way to Vancouver before Farago’s visit to Australia. Here’s a photo of him posing in a car on June 27 with the geotag West Vancouver.
Aaaand here’s Farago with the same bright-green car. “Who wants a ride? 🚕”:
But it’s clear they aren’t together now.
What do we do to check if someone’s single? We check their Valentine’s Day Instagram posts, of course. Obviously this couple hasn’t been posting pictures together since the show, because that would spoil the ending and, in effect, our quarantine. But it’s hard to be vague on Valentine’s Day if you’re single and in your feelings about it.
Here’s Jowsey’s V-Day post, with the caption, “As Valentine’s Day approaches it’s a good time to think about relationships and how it’s two people coming together to solve problems you wouldn’t have if you were just single.” Comments from fans, such as one that reads “Bachelor Jowsey,” makes it clear that this guy is doing life on his own right now.
Meanwhile, Farago posted from “Single Island.” Her caption? “happy V day to everyone getting drunk w their friends tonight & NOT texting their exs ;)”.
They both spend time in Los Angeles.
It looks like Jowsey spends most of his time in L.A., and he’s currently quarantining there during the coronavirus pandemic.
Farago appears to be quarantined in Vancouver, but her bio on her Instagram account does read “⇄ vancouver/LA.” Does this mean they cross paths? TBD.
Their friends still seem to stan them as a couple.
When people are sheltering in place, they get bored. When they get bored, they comment on their friend’s ex’s Instagram account. Kristian Barbarich and Jacob Botica, who, based on their past Instagram comments, are friends of Jowsey’s, both commented on Farago’s Instagram post with the caption “tag your quarantine buddy.”
Barbarich tagged Botica and Jowsey with sad-eyes emojis. “Hi can we all quarantine together??” Farago wrote back.
On another photo, Botica asked to be a “flower girl” at Farago’s wedding—not necessarily Farago and Jowsey’s wedding, but a wedding.
Maybe there’s still hope for them post-quarantine. For now, though, they make decent TV.