The 4 Most Interesting Moments From TLC’s “Abby & Brittany” Premiere

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"Abby & Brittany" Recap
Abby and Brittany are just a couple of girls!

TLC is like my spirit animal cable channel, so my hopes were lofty for “Abby & Brittany,” the new show about 22-year-old identical, conjoined twins Abby and Brittany Hensel. I saw TLC’s special about them way back when they were 16 and getting their driver’s license. Then, I saw some British special filmed when they were 19 and Brittany was believed to be engaged. I was hoping “Abby & Brittany” would be all about navigating one twin’s relationship. And maybe even HOW SEX WORKS FOR THEM. They have one vagina. So is it considered a threesome when Brittany has sex with her fiance? I need to know!

But the premiere episodes came and went without any mention of Brittany’s dude. The twins both seem to be single and focusing on normal college stuff like hanging out with friends, throwing parties, dancing and graduating with a degree in childhood education. As they should be, of course. I like that Abby and Brittany are kicking so much ass at normal life, but I still have so many questions, most technical and vulgar. I’m sorry. I’m curious. As detailed as it got was a cursory explanation from one of their college roommates. “They have two hearts, two sets of lungs, two stomachs, and everything below the waist is just one. Like they have one reproductive system and Britt just controls the left side and Abby controls the right side of the body.” That was it. Blah.

We did get to see Abby and Brittany face a few of life’s every day challenges. Not including dating, sex or going to the bathroom. The things that I was curious about. But still, some interesting stuff nonetheless.

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This is how they make puppy chow, which I had never heard of before. It’s Chex with chocolate and powdered sugar. Anyhow, I thought it was interesting to hear them talk about their decision-making process. I can barely make decisions for myself. I imagine, making decisions about stuff as small as what to wear or what to eat, must be similar to the arguments I have with myself, just real instead of imagined, and with someone who doesn’t always agree with me. As they point out (and their friends confirm) they have very different personalities, but somehow still manage to talk in unison most of the time.

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Watching these two go shopping made me promise I would never complain about it again. If you think shopping is annoying for you, imagine if you had to shop for one body with two fashion preferences at once. Even though they have “different styles” and one is a tightwad with money and the other likes to spend, they have to agree on what to buy.

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It was more compromise when it came to deciding how to spend their spring break. They went to Texas for job interviews, but on their downtime, they visited the nail salon. Brittany doesn’t like getting her nails done, she’d rather do it at home, but she took one for the team and got a mani/pedi. During the pedi, they could only each feel one foot as it got exfoliated. Fascinating. Then we saw how the twins ride a bike (it’s all in the core!). And then they finished the day with a little tanning, their number one priority. Obvs.

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Filed under things I was not initially curious about but found fascinating, was hearing Abby and Brittany talk about negotiating a salary for their first job as teachers. They want to ask for one salary to start, but eventually, with experience, they want to negotiate for more because they have two degrees. Also of interest, they are graduating from Bethel college with two degrees, but they pay one and half times tuition because they attend all the same classes.

I’m hoping more of my burning questions will be answered as the series continues. Feel free to add your questions in the comments and we can speculate.

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