Recap - Turning Five and the Future!

Paparazzi and Birthdays and Confessons, Oh My.
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Welcome to the season premiere recap of Kate and Kate plus Kate, introducing the newest stars of the show…the paparazzi! And there’s a new intro! A montage of the kids’ pictures, including shots of the kids at the birthday party, Mady getting braces, Kate running through a field with the kids, Jonless, and ending with a Brady Bunch-esque shot of all of them in their own little squares, Jon and Kate at opposite corners. The only shot with both of them is a forced looking posed one and the parachute picture from last season. My guess is the production people threw this together at the last minute knowing that the original intro they had filmed would have to be scrapped once the divorce papers are filed.

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Recap thanks to JenTru. Thank you!

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Sharla said...

The show starts out with the kids doing some very scripted looking “on this episode of Jon and Kate..”. All of a sudden Kate is dragging the kids through the Party City parking lot, directing them like traffic. Paparazzi photographers are running ahead of them, snapping pictures. Jon hates the media storm stuff. Kate explains that she can’t do ANYTHING to stop them, they are on public property you know! Well Kate, you are wrong. You can stop them. You can stay home. You can quit filming a tv show. You can stay off every magazine cover under the sun. Jon then says that he didn’t sign up for the public scrutiny, ad neither did Kate. Wrong again! You signed up for it on your TLC/Figure Eight contract. Jon, sounding almost stoned says, “I mean, people are getting paid off, just to say whatever they want to say. I mean, if I paid you $20,000, I mean, who knows what you’d say.” Well, for $20,000 I don’t know, but for $75,000 an episode? I’d probably say a lot. We know your wife would.

They continue, on separate couches, in separate rooms, to complain about the paps…they are outside their HOUSE 24/7 for Pete’s sake! Kate never imagined she would be on the cover of a tabloid or see and read those words that are there-it kills her. She only imagines being on the cover of “legitimate” magazines that pay her and let her check her hair and makeup first. Kate laments that whether they are true or false, they affect every part of your life, affect your security, privacy and everything. I read somewhere, maybe in a tabloid, that reality tv shows have that effect on your life too. But on Planet Kate, everything she says makes sense, or at least allows her to rationalize all the mistakes she makes and lies she tells. Jon thinks people might say he brought all of this on himself, but “that was just me and my personality and me doing nothing but being innocent and hanging out. I never cheated on Kate, and you know, that’s the way it is. I don’t care who believes me (including Kate?), I know what I know. And she only knows what she knows. ” Jon then goes on to say blah, blah in the recent months he wasn’t thinking clearly enough and he didn’t think it would turn into such a big deal. Jon, you haven’t been thinking at all for a long time. You also look like you fell asleep in the sun with sunglasses on and have gained about 20 pounds.

The thing that makes Kate MADDEST is that “Jon made mistakes and he was out and whatever, and ok so that makes people question him. I am doing what I’m supposed to be doing. I’m working and traveling. Yes, I take security with me. Yes, I travel here, there and everywhere. Because that’s my job. And I’ll be darned if they are going to take me down for that.” Again, on Planet Kate, she does not realize that what people are taking her down for is NOT BEING A MOTHER, being a hypocrite and piling lie after lie on top of each other. No one cares about her career. She then gets all pissy about the “allegations” and has to stop talking about because it makes her so mad.

Three minutes into this interview and the kids have finally been mentioned! Jon worries that the kids will believe the media and not them, but thinks it will be ok since they have an open relationship (Freudian slip anyone?) and the kids tell them everything (what?). Kate then wants us to feel sorry for the humans on magazine covers, since it affects everything in their lives. She never thought about them, but now that it is interrupting her life, she does.

Sharla said...

One of the best, and probably saddest, lines in the show is next. Jon: “One day my kids are going to Google me. And I’m going to have to explain myself.” At the rate things are going, they are more likely to have to Google Kate so they can remember what she looks like. But seriously, this is sad. This will happen someday only they won’t have to Google, they can just watch the dvds of their old episodes. Hopefully, Jon says, “they will be mature enough to understand that it was just all crap.” YES! Jon hits the nail on the head again. It’s all crap. Not the rumors maybe, but the whole sham-family show. The producer prompts him and he sort of apologizes to the family, and again says he wasn’t thinking, didn’t know how this would affect everything, and “everyone knows what I’m talking about, I don’t have to explain it.”

Kate goes on to say that she is dealing with the anger and she’s been dealing with it for six months, probably longer if she is being honest with herself (not bloody likely). She has seen Jon slowly resent having to take care of eight kids by himself, he is at home a lot, she is traveling a lot, she gets that it is a long, frustrating job. How does she know this? Must be from watching her show, because she has never done it. She doesn’t want us to think Jon is super dad or anything, so she actually deigns to admit that that…he has help! He isn’t doing it alone (Deanna?). Jon is angry that she's gone, but then she admits that he doesn't really want her there anyway since they aren't getting along. It is so complicated she can hardly put it into words-unless of course they are words that will go into a tv spot or an article of a magazine that she is gracing the cover of. Here is the kicker: "I don't know what the solution is-I don't think he knows what the solution is." Kate, everyone in America can help you out with this. Quit taping your show. Quit traveling 20 out of every 30 days. Go home and be a mother, maybe a wife, but be a mother. Think about someone other than Kate for five minutes.

More revelations from Kate, "Um, have I been hard on him over the last ten, almost ten years that we've been married? Yes, absolutely. I wouldn't deny that, I mean, you have it on tape! So yes, I've been really hard on him and um, I've always regretted it. Have I pushed him to this? I don't feel like I have because I feel like everyone is responsible for their own actions." Everyone but you, right Kate? And interesting that you say you regretted treating Jon that way when on your own website you claim that you have no regrets of anything that has been filmed. It's that Kate brand of double-speak again, the one they speak on Planet Kate. Kate didn't envision their futures like this. She says she could behave like an idiot over all this (could behave?) and disappear off the face of the earth, but even though she has lots of anger she wants to handle it constructively. And with as much media attention as possible, right Kate? It's all Jon's fault. We get it.

Sharla said...

Finally we are relieved from the separate couch interviews, and we get to see the kids! They are sitting around the table and-drum roll please-NOT WEARING BIBS! There are covered cups on the table but some of the kids are drinking, with a straw, from REGULAR CUPS! Of course, with Kate being gone so much, this probably is a result of the now-we-do-have-a-nanny rather than Kate trusting five year olds not to spill. The tups have horrible manners, everyone is chewing with their mouths open, slurping their drinks and burping-maybe some people find this cute? Back to Kate complaining about having to plan the birthday party all by herself because Jon wanted the weekend off. Poor Kate, welcome home. The nannies must've fled the building when she came home. Or they needed some footage WITH THE KIDS for the show so they had to make something up, like a trip to Party City, where Kate has to take the kids, by herself. A few cute shots of the kids excited about their upcoming birthday party...Alexis vogues for the camera and says "We're gonna be eleven!". Cute shot of Collin(?) throwing out his Gosselins go Green brand paper plate and almost tossing in the real fork with it, he giggles at the camera and says, "noooo!" Of course Kate's voice is ruining most of the cute kid stuff. And then, while she nibbles on a salad, two of the kids dare to interrupt the interview crying about some argument and she shoos them away, talking right over them, "Whooooa. Uh huh, Uh huh. Go get dressed." Queen Kate absolutely and totally dismisses them, other than threatening them with naps instead of picking out party decorations. She listened to nothing they were saying, and then rolled her eyes, grunted and grimaced at the camera. Those annoying kids you know. They keep you in Ann Taylor and tanning beds but what else are they good for?

More shots of the kids getting ready to go, squabbling. Alexis(?) screeching, "Get off my blanket!" to one of the boy tups, and the boys fighting, kicking each other. One of them even says, "I am going to kick you in the belly, stupid.", and then does so (I might have misheard the stupid part, the captioning did not pick it up). Meanwhile, Jon giggles and talks about how the boys love each other, love to pick on each other, blame each other, they are just like the Three Stooges. Neat shot of Mady(?) and Leah(?) playing and talking about the party, that boys were coming and the tups teachers from school. More squabbling and shots of Mady(?) helping the tups find their shoes. `Kate then comes screaming in, yelling at Aaden and telling him to go get ready and letting everyone know that she is going to go sit by the front door (does she still have the white plastic chair?) and anyone who is not here in five minutes is left behind. Who are they left behind with? Only Jon has "help", right? She sends Collin to go yell at the girls and tell them to get in the car NOW or they will be left behind. Shot of the cameraman following Collin through 3000 square feet of the house (sped up) to find the girls watching tv. They get up and go right away though, Kate means business. After all, she has a party to buy stuff for, all by herself. They leave, in matching Gymboree outfits.

Sharla said...

Kate pulls into Party City, taking up two parking spots with the van. She then tells the kids to unbuckle quickly, because "the paparazzi is coming after us!" Way to go Kate! Threaten to leave them at home, then bring them and scare them with paparazzi. Joel gets out of the car and asks, "What's paparazzi?" Then cut to Kate on the couch misquoting him by saying whatever do you do when your five year old Joel says "There's the paparazzi?". There are so many things wrong with that statement I can't comment. Back at the van, she yells at Joel, admonishing him for saying the word paparazzi. The kids are only allowed to call them "P" people so kids and teachers at school don't hear them say they are being followed. The kids and teachers at their school must live in a vacuum if they have to hear from the tups that their parents are being followed. Kate drags the kids into the store.. When they come out the paps are there snapping pictures and Kate wonders aloud why their family are so exciting, maybe they should take pictures of another mom, ooooh, look! There's one now! Sarcasm, and little else, are pretty on Kate.

They get home and we get to see one of the dogs for about thirty seconds, probably brought in from wherever they are boarded. Collin's balloon flies away and he has a brief meltdown but Mady(?) sweetly gives him a treat to cheer him up. Kate carries the party supplies in from the van, looking like she hasn't carried anything herself in about ten years, then has to scream through the locked door for someone to open it. Then there are shots of Kate at one of her book tour events and she sucks up to the sheeple/fans by telling them they she used to not like them much but now she is so grateful, appreciative, even for the "naysayers" because she doesn't care what you say as long as you watch. She realizes that for some people, the Gosselins are part of their family, because they come in their living rooms. Sounds like the PR (that means public relations) people wrote that for her. A few staged scenes of her being nice to fans, including one where a little girl tells Kate her favorite episode is the one where they get the puppies and Kate quips, "You can have the dogs. If your mom says it's ok, you can have them." One awesome thing that happens is a pretty, young girl fan walks away from Kate and says, "Tell Jon we said hi!" Hee hee. Kate, after saying ten seconds earlier that the book tour was fun, says that it isn't fun and it is a lot of work.

More couch interview crap. Jon states the obvious, that they have been going through a lot. Kate says, very tellingly, that even before Jon's "erratic behavior" that they were discussing what was best for the kids. Kate states the obvious that Jon no longer likes the limelight and dealing with fans. Jon just wants to bust out of here and make it all go away. Kate sends Jon a newsflash: It's not going to go away. NO KATE- NOT WHILE YOU STILL HAVE A SHOW! Jon points out that the show being their career is like nothing else, your career is your life. The producer asks what it would be like if he was out touring and Kate was at home. Jon laughs and says that since he can't write, that'll probably never happen. He also awesomely says that some people say he can't talk, or even breathe right. Snap! But he's worked his whole life and he likes staying home with his kids, he just doesn't like that this life was chosen for him. Jon says his mom told him that life is all about choices, and everyone wants different things. Kate says her career is becoming more like work- doing laundry, setting out meals, packing and unpacking, the kids (wow, they actually got mentioned FOURTH!), and settling in. But if the kids are healthy, happy, safe, and loved everything is good. The kids know they're loved, Kate just has some Mommy Guilt. Especially since one of the kids called her the babysitter's name, something she claims has never happened before and just kills her. Well, if you aren't home, the kids can't call you anything now, can they?

Sharla said...

Finally, back to the kids, kind of. Kate whines again about having to do the party by herself, and how exhausted she is, something that will happen four times before the next commercial break. Throughout this segment she is chewing gum or candy like a cow, adding to her usual classiness. Kate has to put together thirty whole gift bags and stuff four whole piñatas. The twins help her a lot, which is sweet, and she actually praises them for it and mentions their new independence in a positive fashion. Yay! Joel looks at some rubber frogs that were being added to the piñatas and asks, innocently, if they are candy. But Kate humiliates him by treating him like a total moron for not knowing.

Finally, we are at the party location where they are setting up, the kids still at home. Kate is the cruise director, running around in heels and earrings, telling everyone what to do, including Carla and Ashley who are apparently back from the dead. They are in a covered park shelter, putting up decorations. There are bugs. Swarms of bugs. And it is cold. Fridgity-frigid even. Kate reminds us of this constantly. Since she is “un-streamerish”, everyone else has to do the decorations. She continues to direct the poor production assistants who are made to help, and poor Carla and Ashley, who must be on a mission from God. The party is cute, and not too over the top, although one would think that with a zillion acres at home and Kate's alleged hatred of the paparazzi, you would think they would have the party at their house and not in a public park. Hm. I'll let you fill in the blanks there. The tups have been allowed to invite their whole class to the party, and their teachers. Mady and Cara even get to bring a friend. The kids start to arrive, some bringing six presents. Jon arrives in his fancy new sports car and Kate ignores him completely, turning away from him and demanding that Carla get her black jacket. Jon is sent home to get Kate's forgotten phone. Then Jon is sent back to get the cake that Kate forgot. Then she actually speaks to him to ask him to clean up the water in the bouncy houses. Kate runs around pointing out photographers hiding in the bushes to everyone who will listen, calling them "our new friends". Don't you mean YOUR new friends? Mady goes to spray silly string on a camera and Kate grabs it from her and does it herself. Cruise Director Kate tells everyone where to go and what to do-time to eat! The magician is here! Time for cake! There are jumping bouncy houses, food and a magician who eventually produces a real live rabbit. They do the cake, and right before Kate makes everyone, including Jon, sit down for a family photo. Mady stomps over and proclaims she will only do “one picture, exactly”, and Jon looks like he feels the same way. The camera snaps once and Mady rushes off. But the kids do seem to have fun. There is a boy named Braden who shows up and apparently two of the tup girls are friends with him and maybe have a little crush... It is absolutely precious when he arrives. One of the girls hugs her friend Megan and says, "I hug her a lot, that's why she likes me."

Sharla said...

The shots of the kids with Jon are sad, they have obviously not seen him in awhile. He asks one of the girl tups about the boys at the party and then asks if she hugs them. She says no, she only hugs and kisses her parents, giving Jon a relieved look. Alexis (?) comes over to Jon and says "Daddy, I don’t want you to leave anymore." He looks down and says something about having to do work. The cakes are brought out, candles are lit and the ritual singing of Happy Birthday six times is done. Time for piñatas! Everyone gets a chance to hit the Backyardigans, Leah going last since she stole candy the night before. Kate thinks the piñatas are kind of violent. However, when the heads come off she grabs them and rips the bodies open to sprinkle the candy around. OK. She says she can take out her frustrations. Jon tries to help with one of piñatas and Kate practically snatches it from him, whining that she wants to do it. He actually keeps it and rips it open! Amen to frustrations. Kids grab candy like mad and Collin gets a little trampled but is comforted by Jon and recovers quickly. The party seems way too long to Kate (kind of like this recap) and she proclaims that it is overscheduled. The cameras go around and ask the tups what their favorite parts were...the bouncy houses, cake, balloons, piñatas, eating, the bunny. They definitely had fun, Joel goes up to Kate and thanks her for the party, which is very sweet. She says Alexis and Leah thanked her too. Kate can’t believe they are five already, they aren’t babies anymore. There is a montage of cute flashbacks from the past five years, with sappy music.

Back to the couch crap again, but this time they are together. The producers ask the big question, "What's the status of where you guys are right now?" Kate: "I wish I knew." Jon: "I don't know. I really don't know." Well. That was informative. Glad I sat through an hour of tv for this. Kate says that she is wholeheartedly doing everything for the kids, she breathes, eats, sleeps, works for the kids, works harder for the kids. She doesn't want this to harm the kids, and she will be as positive as possible for them. Jon then says he is for the kids too, he takes them to school every day, he is home every day and he quit his job to be with the kids, all so Kate could go to her speaking engagements and book stuff. You go, girl! The producer asks what the future holds. Kate says she can only speak for herself. She is here. She is here for the kids every waking moment that work (or the spa, or tanning) doesn't require her to be away. Jon says simply, I am here for my kids.

Jon is now gone, and Kate is asked if the birthday party was bittersweet. She says, yeah, pretty much. She knew it may be the last time she got a family photo with everyone. She starts to cry but stops herself saying she doesn't want to ruin her makeup. She says she thought back five years ago (insert tissue here) and realizing that parents of multiples have 3 x the divorce rate, and that she thought they could beat that. But she doesn’t think she can say that anymore. "Very swiftly, we turned into two different people, and it's just hard. I've tried for six months to figure out what the problem is or how to remedy the problem, or um, I don’t know. It's so complicated, so it's just difficult." Suddenly, she starts talking about the birthday party again and that the party was pulled off, and then Jon says they got to have a normal party with both parents there, even though it has been tough. He says they will always love their kids, and regardless of their relationship they will get along for the kids. What? Now that they may be divorcing they will suddenly be able to get along? If the kids are safe and happy and well loved, says Jon, it is only their business. Kate says she is not perfect and has made some bad decisions , but she has to go to sleep at night knowing she did her best. That woman must never sleep. This is so sad.

Sharla said...

The show finishes with the kids playing in the yard, riding bikes and a contrived cookout. Jon and Kate are there, but apart. Kate comes out onto the deck looking like Martha Stewart in a designer dress with some fruit salad, and complains about the timing of Jon's barbeque. The kids are served hot dogs and "herngubers". Kate tries to make up Jon's plate like he is one of the kids. At least the kids look happy, even though this is 100% staged for the show.

Jon then ends by saying that whether parents are married or not married they have to do what is best for the kids, and sometimes being apart benefits them more. Kate says nothing is the kids fault and they deserve the best of both of them. Well, she got one thing right. Finally.

Thanks for making it through this VERY long recap, and apologies that I can't keep the kids straight. I only watch when I write, and I am bad with faces anyway!


Thanks again to JenTru for writing the recap!

realmommyof5 said...

So sad- I watched & now I feel bad I did! Those poor kids- do they not realize they have a chance if they pack up the tv cameras- stop the road trips, Katie & Jon- man up! At least for the sake of the kids... This is no longer fun to watch- I felt like she could care less when Collins balloons flew away. Poor Mady & Cara seem to be trying to pick up the pieces for the tups since both parents seem to be all but gone!

Dr. Spaceman said...

So it's really taken Kate 6 months to figure out what the problem is? I was almost certain she already had a mirror or two in the house.

Here's what I learned from Kate in this episode:

Beating a piñata that looks like one of your beloved characters=bad
Beating your husband=good

Ruining your makeup=bad
Ruining your family=good

Don't get me wrong, I don't think Jon is innocent at all. But at least he is not in total denial of his part in this.

abipjc said...

Love the recap. I also noticed the paper plates and was wondering what happened to "gosselins go green"...

other thoughts on my mind:

5 year old in high chairs? both my kids were out by 2, they did not want to stay in.

Didn't Jon have the hair plug transplant? There were a few shots of him bending over with a big bald spot...

highondegrassi said...

Thanks for the awesome recap. Katie Irene and her fake crocodile tears was the best part of the epi. She's turned into quite the actress, hasn't she?
Can someone explain the lopsided boobs at the end, when she was wearing the gray dress? WTH?

Callie1978 said...

I had on this insane marathon of JK8 yesterday b/c it was noise and better than anything else on. I caught a line, perhaps from this episode about her parents, I paraphrase Kate "My parents are not the spend time with the grandkids type". They show a photo of JOn's father with one of the twins, and explain that he died a while back.
What on earth kind of parents is she describing? I really really really really doubt that any decent and sane people who live a stone's throw from eight grandchildren would opt out of their lives completely... What gives?
And Jon's mother is still alive, apparently she had fallen and he was taking care of her. SHe hasn't been shown with her grandkids either.
What's the deal with Kate and her kids' grandparents? I would bet its a case of the grandparents not approving of using the kids as adorable little ATMs, but you'd think that they'd be allowed to see the kids and not be described as the kind of people who would have no interest in their grandchildren?
I know that there are grandparents who have minimal contact with their grandkids out there, but I seriously doubt that Kate's parents are those types of people.
And Jon's mom, he lives in a palace, doesn't he have room in his home to care for his frail mother full time?
This is true dysfunction. I am surprised that the grandparents and various aunts/uncles that have been squeezed out of the family haven't tried to get some sort of visitation in order to make sure the kdis are okay.

this is too sad said...

Anyone notice that Kate says that she invited the entire class, plus the teacher and her kid. However, they go on to show that each tup invited one friend, some didn't come. What was up with Kate being snarky about the magician?

Michelle said...

I was shocked after watching this episode. Its so sad watching a family fall apart.

CC said...

The moment with jon and alexis was absolutely heart breaking... someone needs to help this family

ScarySkierNewJersey said...

Excellent Recap! You captured everything and it did break my heart when Alexis was talking with Jon and gave him a hug. So sweet! I did feel bad for Joel when his "buddy" didn't show for the party. Poor Joel!

Again, you nailed it! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

spike1960 says:
I found last night's show terribly sad. My own parents were divorced when I was a teenager, following years of strife, so my heart goes out to the 10 Gosselin kids. If Jon & Kate think the youngsters are oblivious to the rift in their parents' relationship, they are kidding themselves. I suspect one reason the twins have suddenly become more helpful, as Kate says, is that they sense the tension in their home and are trying to do anything to make mommy and daddy happy. I can predict, from personal experience and observation, some of the wrenching pain that is in store for the Gosselin's kids if their parents don't do something to fix this mess and keep their marriage together. All Jon and Kate's protestations that they do everything "for the children" are laughable. If they really want to do something for the kids, they will pull the plug on the show and get some counseling to repair a badly damaged marriage. I wonder if the Christian publisher (Zondervan) and the adoring church crowds who flock to Kate's appearances will dry up now that they see behind the facade. I say this without rancor--I am a Christian and I have been praying for this family.

Danielle said...

I was in the grocery store today and who is staring at me in the checkout line? Lovely kate, with her perfect makeup and perfect teeth, looking utterly forlorn on People magazine. The cover reads "she'll go it alone if she has to". I see her PR team is trying to spin things and make her look like the victim. Uh, yeah....

TooSadtoWatch said...

Each time the kids watch the video of their fifth birthday, they get to watch all of the drama that happened along side of it. It makes me wonder if the parents of the kids who were there allowed their own children to watch the show.

honeyhush said...

Awesome recap, but the show sucked. Jon and Kate suck. We all need to quit watching this crap and stop making millionaires out of white trash Jon and Kate.

Organic Heinz ketchup anyone?

LikeKateisLikeSuchaFake said...

I broke down and watched the repeat. I think Satan just found my special spot in Hell for that.

I just realized what truly annoys me about Kate - there are several things, but the use of the word "like".

I have 6 kids. 2 in their 20s, 3 teenagers and a double digit.

Whenever they are telling about their day or something that they want to share I have a firm rule that they cannot use the word "like" - as in "So, Jon was like going to town and I like was home taking care of the kids. It was like SO unfair"

It drives me bananas and sounds so stupid. I know she makes up her own words, but please. Stop with the "like" every few words - you are not 13.

You act like it, but really, you aren't.

Additionally, this was the most self-serving, PR pap, let's make Kate look good piece of crap I have ever seen on TV.

Reality shouldn't be scripted. This so was.

ReRe said...

How is it that no adult at the party didn't know to just let each of the kids pull a string on the piñatas, they are designed that way for a reason.

Maegan said...

I...have read this blog for a while. I have never been sure how I feel about this particular family or it's 'cast' of characters. The kids can be cute at times, sometimes it's just boring old every day stuff (which I experience aplenty)...and the parents have had their moments. I don't really get into whether they always mean the things they say.

But I do feel this recap is overly critical of the situation itself. Yes, there was a lot of couch time...fans of the show WANT to know what is happening. The show is *Jon & Kate* plus 8. Not [insert plethora of names here] and their parents. Soo...the show is just as much about the parents as it is about the kids.

I have a 5 year old and a 20 month old...so they are not at the bickery stage yet (not intelligably anyway). But when I am with a group of kids in general & I have them running up to me screaming things about the other...I turn them away. If they can't speak without screaming, I don't want to hear it!

Having been in a relationship where I have to make the choice between trusting my husband's words versus trusting what others are saying...I understand the coldness, the akwardness...the desire to pretend nothing is wrong for a few minutes (or hours) so that life can go on. I spent two days crying and had to take my daughter [and spouse] to an Easter egg hunt and pretend nothing was wrong, but I wanted to cry every time I looked at my husband. It didn't help that I was also 5 months pregnant. I was sure that the look on my face told the world our marital problems.

If anyone had asked me about the situation after it had happened...I wouldn't have been able to answer them. Not with anything concrete. So...while I have found some of parental behaviors distasteful...I can't fault them for not having answers.

Jess said...

Should Jon and Kate get a divorce, I hope Jon is smart enough to know his rights to his children and prohibit his children from being part of the show anylonger, just like Dean Mcdermot's ex-wife (Tori Spelling Husband)forbid their son Jack's face to be shown on camera for their show, Lisa Wu from Real Housewives ATL ex-husband (Keith Sweat), did not allow their kids to be on camera, and Charlie Sheen almost did not allow his girls with Denise Richards to be on her show. As a parent of a minor, you have those rights to make decisions on the welfare of your children. Jon can put a stop to this if he wanted to and TLC cannot bind the kids to keep filming since they are minors. Without the kids, there is no show.

Jennotstocks said...

I watched last night, and after was just depressed for them. It's the children who suffer, it's the children who KNOW that mom and dad are not as together as they once were. I really felt for Maddie and Cara- trying to hold mom together so that she doesn't go even nuttier than she already is. I did feel for Jon- they both are to blame, but greed has just overtaken Kate, and I do think, that if Jon was given the option, to end the show, give his car back, lose his hair plugs, go back to IT, and live his normal life again, with a wife who loved and RESPECTED him, that he would do it in a heartbeat. Unfortunately life doesn't have a rewind button, and they can't go back to that without some intense Christian counseling and turning back to God. I'm not a sheeple by ANY means-I read this site daily and agree daily with what is written, but I do pray for them, and for the children, that they can find their way back through this mess, back to who they were when they were so "poor" but rich in love.

kate is a cocky bitch said...

I actually feel a litle bad for Jon. It can't be easy for him because I don't think he really embraced this lifestyle. He tried it, realized it didn't work and is now remourceful for what he did. On the other way, QFI seems to want to blame everyone but herself. It's so obvious why they have problems and it's so obvious why or who the cause of most of the problems are.

Carrie said...

It was really a sad episode. I have a feeling divorce lawyers have already been called. You can tell the kids know what's going on. Cara and Mady were especially quiet, and that scene with Alexis nearly broke my heart.

Shazbot said...

Kate's become quite the actress.Kills me how they still can't get their stories straight.This has really turned into the "Truman Show",it's so laborous for her to be civil and she's about to snap any second.I'm done,theyre just gonna milk this chapter for as long as possible.I'll still enjoy the blob and cool people here of course.

Joan said...

Kate is being a mother. Going out and working is okay for a woman and mother to do.
Welcome to the 21st century.

Daner said...

I felt sorry for Joel (?) when he was saying his friend didn't come. He couldn't understand why but all of us viewers knew.

I could care less about Kon and their marriage troubles. I knew a few years ago that this was the road that they would be on but now I just feel so sad for the kids. They didn't ask for this and Kate wants to train to keep on running. Choo choo!

One more tacky Kate thing, once we catch a glimps of her thong and one of her bra strap. She is acting like a teenage girl, and it is not cute or sexy.

Joan said...

If Jon was home being a father, the children would not need a babysitter.

Punkin2448 said...

OK, I just watched the repeat. Along with everything else people are saying, this is what bothered me:

The whole "Kissing train" thing or whatever she called it.

It seemed to me that every single kid tried to pull away from Kate when she was going down the line.
Are they THAT afraid of her, even when she seems to be in a good mood? Wow. How sad.

Darlene said...

In any other situation, I would feel deeply sorry for what Kate is going through regarding her divorce. Divorce is very painful and with children, it can be just plain unbearable. But Kate chose to make her life not so ordinary. Everything she does is either scripted, over the top, or both. She is so completely far gone from reality, and no average mom can relate to her anymore. I have three kids, and I barely have time to shave, much less workout rigorously, tan, blow out my hair so each strand is in a perfect peacock. I know NO "real" mom that can do this. When you are consumed in rearing your children, it is just near impossible. I am so disgusted with this. How can people possibly see her as a role model mother? What? She gave birth to a litter? With good fertility drugs, a lot of us can do this. Giving birth does not a mommy make. I do believe she "loves" her children, but she is not taking the time to "love on them." They need her. Not trips to Hawaii. Not a million dollar home. Not matching gymboree outfits (by the way, aren't Mady and Cara getting to an age where that is quite annoying). They need a mom.

mj said...

I can't resist adding my professional PR flack opinion here: Despite all their high-priced PR help, they made a big strategical error. Jon cannot simultaneously 1) deny wrongdoing, and 2) apologize for wrongdoing. It was sort of Clintonesque (FWIW I'm a huge Clinton fan, but it's a good example.) You can't straddle the fence - people won't buy it. You have to either deny, deny, deny or go the whole public apology route, which tends to go over very well.

Punkin2448 said...

Daner said...

"One more tacky Kate thing, once we catch a glimps of her thong and one of her bra strap. She is acting like a teenage girl, and it is not cute or sexy."

I saw the bra strap but am sooo glad I missed the thong!! Whew!

JenTru said...

I think I forgot (at least!) one thing I wanted to mention in the recap...Kissing Kate! The way she was going around kissing on them was so insincere and stagey it made me want to vomit. I hope the kids couldn't tell. :-( I almost hate to write snarky recaps because it is so sad, but I tried to just write it like I want them written when i read them. I get all my info from the recaps since I don't watch, so I tried to relay everything important for those who do the same, and keep it a little entertaining. 'Specially since it was so dang long!

Also, something she said in this week's People Magazine article spoke volumes...she was talking about being able to ignore the paparazzi, which incidentally, she is terrible at. "I have become a pro at compartmentalizing. When I am filming, nothing else matters." Exactly Kate. Nothing else matters-not your husband, your friends, least of all your kids or your integrity. None of it.

Lastly, I just noticed that in the People article two weeks ago where she got the cover, on the first page of the story she is wering the same dress that she wore at the "cook out" in the episode last night, but this was is orange instead of green.

Mara said...

Jon sees what is happening and wants to return to a normal life...Kate is so greedy that she doesn't care if this destroys her family. As long as she has her
$1M home, fancy nails and odd haircuts.

Also, I have always felt that Mady gets a bad rap. That little girl is smart, she sees what is going on and is fed up - she has been for a long time!

I hope Kate comes back to reality before it is too late.

Vicki said...

Did anyone else notice that there was hardly any Hannah footage on the show ?? All the other tups spoke to the camera but not Hannah.

Protecting the favorite one Kate ??

ILOVEUGOESSLINS said...

Great job on the recap!
Sadly, I do feel the paparazzi have a major role into this whole feud. Why is the paparazii following them?
OMG KATE IS WALKING! So, I walk too.
OMG KATE IS EATING! So, everyonen eats.
OMG JON IS CHEATING ON KATE! And so does many other people in the world.

Anonymous said...

Why did she rip the pinata. Look at it Kate, did she not see the pull strings. That is why it didn't break. You pull the strings not smack it. She seems like such a know it all, how did she miss that?? I feel for the kids. I feel that Jon and Kate brought this on themselves. You can't take the money but not the publicity. You can't only have camera's when you want and on your terms. That is the deal when you decide to let every detail of your life to be filmed. She expects privacy. Did those kids have any privacy telling all of their information and showing them pooping and peeing on pottys. Where is their sense of privacy?

not your average bear said...

I caught parts of the repeat tonight. I felt bad for Jon last night but not so much now. When he showed up at the party with the cakes Hannah and Mady (i think) ran to his car to greet him. When he steps out of the car Hannah tries to hug him and he brushes her off and starts getting the cakes from the trunk. Later on he didn't hesitate to hug and kiss Alexis, though.

I agree with whoever said that if Kate is all about following gods plan, then why oh why did she do the fertility treatments?! Clearly god didn't want her to have ANY children.

I believe that Jon is the one that told Kate to get lost, not the other way around. She seems all bothered about it and Jon just sits there like a ding dong.

Free the kids now before they become the next episode of True Hollywood Story.

OpenYourEyes said...

When Aaden and Alexis came up to Kate calling out for her to settle something going on with their siblings, Aaden visably flinched when Kate raised her hand to him prior to pushing him away from her. Makes me wonder.

Kate's WHOA comments once again showed her to be incapable of handling or resolving anything to do with her kids. She just gets overwhelmed, mad, and then reacts loudly and abrasively towards them.

Why not say....tell mommy what is happening in a calm voice? Because she can't. Maybe one of the kids was hurt or choking on something? She sure didn't give them a chance to even explain themselves.

Rachel said...

Long time lurker, first time poster.

I have to say, that episode completely broke my heart. I wanted to not watch it, but I did catch a little bit. Those poor kids. That one scene with Alexis and Jon, where she tells him that she doesn't want him to leave anymore, wow. Just wow. That was just so sad... Jon and Kate say that their kids don't know what is going on, but it is completely obvious that they do.

I also have to say, while I don't condone Jon OR Kate's recent behavior, watching those couch interviews was awful. I really felt bad for Jon... how can Kate NOT see what this is doing to her beautiful children? When is this woman going to realize that it is time to STOP?

JenTru said...

Maegan said...

But I do feel this recap is overly critical of the situation itself. Yes, there was a lot of couch time...fans of the show WANT to know what is happening. The show is *Jon & Kate* plus 8. Not [insert plethora of names here] and their parents. Soo...the show is just as much about the parents as it is about the kids.

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I just wanted to let you know that I was definitely overly hard on the couch time...some of it was probably because I watched the show twice-when I recap I watch it once and make notes on some of my initial reactions, and then I watch it again while I type. And you are 100% right that that is what most people are tuning in for-just not me! Since I am into the whole snarkiness thing, that comes through a lot too, but I really felt very sad after watching the whole thing.

Also, when I re-read it, I feel like I sound really pro-Jon, which I am not. I don't know if I can say I dislike them both equally, but I have have issues with Jon too. I was just so amazed that he sort of stood up for himself a few times, and gave a little credit.

Thanks for the comments. :-)

Lyn912 said...

I talked to my sister-in-law today, who was one of the Moms at the tups party. She said that Collin going over to thank Kate for the party was staged. She said she saw someone from the crew talking to Collin, then pointing to Kate. Then Collin goes over to Kate. Also, the part where Kate went down the line and kissed all the kids. As the kids were sitting, Kate was talking with a couple of crew people, and they all were looking at the kids. Then, she goes over and kisses them. The whole show is a scam.

may said...

kate is just such a liar!

TandLMommy28 said...

My 20 month old son has not used his high chair in almost a month. My daughter was 28 months old when my son was born and we packed up the high chair in the attic long before he was born. Five years old and still in high chairs? Really? Really? That's so... odd. But I guess it shows Kate's need for control. In high chairs, they are in place and can't get down. Sad. Of course, I moved my kids out of cribs at 18 months as well and Kate only took the kids out of their cribs sometime close to when they turned four, if I remember that right. Whatever's easier for her, right? Never what's better for the kids. Ugh.

GREAT recap by the way. Well done!!!

Michelle in Michigan said...

Danielle said...

I was in the grocery store today and who is staring at me in the checkout line? Lovely kate, with her perfect makeup and perfect teeth, looking utterly forlorn on People magazine. The cover reads "she'll go it alone if she has to". I see her PR team is trying to spin things and make her look like the victim. Uh, yeah....

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Whenever I see her mug on a magazine at the check out, I turn the magazine around. No one reads the back cover.

jeanne said...

It was a heartbreaking episode to watch. I truly believe they both love their kids. I see Kate changing...dressing differently and looking really great, despite her hair. She is aware of her power, both as a woman and a possible tv star. She doesn't seem to see how miserable Jon is. He was the father of eight in his twenties! He seems overwhelmed and overshadowed by Kate. Surely, from the outside, it seems like something could be done...some middle of the road approach... that would allow them to solve their problems.
Unfortunately, these things are so complicated and the children so vulnerable that it may all collapse under the sheer weight of minutia.

Angela said...

Long time lurker too....

It gave me great sadness to see this show last night. At the beginning I was a great fan, me & my boyfriend would watch the snarky comments, the laughter and the kids and found them all so endearing.

But this show quit being interesting or cute about 100 episodes ago. Kate's snarkiness turned to just plain bitchiness, and Jon's increasing numbness to it all just irked me beyond breathing.

The only reason I saw the show last night was because I wanted to know what would happen to the kids if they decided to get a divorce. Jon seemed to answer that when he said that the kids would never be apart, that no matter what happened to Kate & him they would stay together.
That settled me down, because it would be truly heartbreaking for them all if they had to pick who to live with.

As for the rest, I'm not tuning in anymore to see this family dissolve. That's what this season is actually about, and it really bothers me that TLC has gone so low as to broadcast the melting of a family and call it entertainment.

MelissaLG said...

Great recap.

What a sad show last night.

It was clear at the end of last season that Jon did not want to sign a contract for another season. He said he didn't like the attention, didn't like the direction it was taking them.

And it was equally clear that Kate disagreed. My guess is that she signed the contract disregarding his concerns completely. Understandably, he's angry and disgusted. It shows. She has never had any respect for him, and this is yet another example of it.


She left him with few choices. If one parent wants a child to do something that's legal, there is very little the other parent can do about it without serious court intervention. And even with court intervention, it is very hard to get a court to override and intervene in such things.

As a lawyer, I think Jon had 2 choices: Jon could either be involved with the filming and protect the kids as best he can. Or he could file for divorce and attempt to get a temporary order keeping her from filming the children. This would involve a MASSIVE media blitz, more unwanted attention, AND he would have restricted access to his kids while it was pending b/c Katie would be pissed. She'd have fully loaded TLC lawyers battling for her b/c they want those ratings. He'd have to hire his own. Add to that, unless he could show clear and convincing evidence that the filming was causing physical or emotional harm --- he'd lose. And while that sounds easy to prove -- it's difficult! He'd have a 90% chance of losing, and the show going on without him.

So, he is toughing it out. And I feel for him. Personally, I think Kate is an emotional abuser. She insults him, mocks him, degrades him, yells at him. She has NO clue how much emotional harm this kind of abuse can cause. She has zero empathy.

It is obvious that Jon has simply had enough. I imagine he is repulsed by her now. I can't blame him.

If she continues the show without him, I predict it will last one season tops. Seeing an obnoxist egotist haul her kids to an art studio, whining about how burdened she is, well....it's just not that interesting. I think Jon made her "real". Without him, she's in for a rude awakening.

Marie said...

(First time poster)

They have a poll on star magazine that asks if the show is affecting the kids, if they should discontinue the show, and who's fault it is.

Someone is sitting there and voting over and over that they should continue the show, it is not affecting the kids, and that it's Jon's fault. It's probably Kate herself voting.

http://www.starmagazine.com/polls/1985

Teen1 said...

I agree with whoever said that if Kate is all about following gods plan, then why oh why did she do the fertility treatments?! Clearly god didn't want her to have ANY children.
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I believe this has been brought up before. As someone who has suffered with infertility in the past, I feel this is a very hurtful comment.

mama22girls said...

Joan said...

Kate is being a mother. Going out and working is okay for a woman and mother to do.
Welcome to the 21st century.
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Going out and working IS okay for a mother to do. However, this "ideology" has nothing to do with Kate, her beliefs, or her lifestyle. Sorry, but if you can't see that the point you are trying to make and Kate's actions are totally irrelevant then there is something wrong there.

Heather D. said...

You know how there's "must-see TV"...? Well, J&K+8 is now FEEL-BAD TV. I definitely will have to stop watching it if it keeps making me feel so sad. Those poor kids. What a mess.

cossysmom said...

Last night's show was very difficult to watch. I feel sorry for the kids. Their friends will be watching the episode to see themselves on TV and of course, will be discussing with the Gosselins what they've seen. Kate, I don't know why you think the kids don't know what's going on!! Jon, you say that "some day" the kids will google you and you will have some 'splainin to do. Well, what makes you think they haven't already???

I think the reason that last night's show was so bad was because the entire season had been filmed BEFORE everything hit the tabloid fan. TLC had to scramble to address the "current events" and last nights show was put together in a hurry. They had to make sure they hit all the bullet points that this blog has been addressing: Kate showing no affection to the boys, rarely interacting with the children, always talking negatively about Maddy, Hannah being the favorite and so on and so on. Kate claims that the paparazzi are to blame for the disintegration of this family--so what do we see?--paparazzi! I thought it was hysterical that Kate claims that Joel said, "here come the paparazzi" when in reality he clearly said " what's paparazzi?" Slip up on TLC's part? They are trying desperately to show Kate in a better light, I find it hard to believe that Joel's comment wasn't cut out. Watch out...someone's head is going to roll on that one!

I feel sorry for the twins. They see very clearly what's going on between Jon and Kate. They are now "mommy's little helpers" and will probably take all the weight of this mess on their shoulders. I love those twins and I hope that they are able to get through this without the love and support of their mother. These children all need to be seeing a counselor to get through all this...

Emily said...

Kate should stop making herself out to be the martyr/victim and start taking responsibility for the fact that she's an ungreatful beyotch who has a HUGE hand in ruining her marriage and her family.

Scruffy's Mom said...

Observations:

Notice at the party when Keight is holding court with the moms. She mimics holding a microphone, and exclaims "I feel like I should be holding a microphone" hence a reference to her speaking engagements ...

... and obviously they are still getting the catering service: her Caesar salad in a plastic container, and the prepared feast at the end of the show. Notice the scallops on the grill? Jon was eating a hotdog. I bet Keight requests the scallops to keep her tummy-tucked figure. All those hamburgers were for the TLC crew.

JustJen said...

Another longtime lurker but first time poster. You guys always post what I think!

I know this was posted on another thread somewhere but it was very sad to me to see that Jon quite pointedly sat on his end of the chair and left the other part of the chair open. While the "Queen" was plopped right smack in the middle of the chair with pillows on either side supporting her (you know those sheeple don't give her all the support she needs!) leaving no room for anyone else... hmmmm kind of like real life.

The party was awkward, actually the whole episode was awkward (yes, sorry I watched it, I couldn't help myself). Kate and her PR/TLC people did a good job of trying to make sure they "fixed" everything we complain about. Imagine a whole episode of all Kate interacting with the kids. And she actually was involved with TWO meals on this episode. And she planned the party because you know "someone has to". Doesn't she always plan the party and just bark the orders to Jon? And isn't that what happened in this case? Really, give me a break.

Whoever said Carla and her daughter were on a mission from God was right. So sad to me that there were no family members there. I can't imagine a birthday party for my kids were strangers were the only people there.

I could go on all day but it's just sad. Sad because the way she is acting people are going to buy her sob story. Sad because its those children that will be bearing the brunt of all this. Sad because I and apparently millions of others can't stop watching this train wreck.

Wilma said...

To Lyn912,
can you find out more details from your sister-in-law.
Did she have to sign a non-disclosure?
Why wasn't the party held where the "p-people" couldn't come?
What do the other parents think of Kate and the kids?
etc.
thanks

Patrick Moore said...

Awesome awesome recap Sharla. I couldn't have explained it better myself.

Anne said...

Two things that really stuck out to me:

1. Kate totally threw Jon under the bus. Everything was his fault. She took no blame for anything!
2. I feel like either Kate or the production crew made up or blew out of proportion Jon's feelings about Kate getting to do the traveling while he's at home with the kids. I seriously doubt that's what this is about. It's about him and his kids being forced to do a show that they don't want to do!!!

I have nothing but contempt for Kate. She is so selfish. I also think she is a compulsive liar. What I heard from her was "I, I, I", I don't think she's concerned with the kids at all, as long as Kate gets what she wants in the short-term and long-term. It's truly all about Kate.

I laughed out loud when Kate didn't want to shed too many fake tears because she was concerned with her make-up. That's the real Kate right there!

Jon+Kate=Hate said...

Did anyone else notice the irony in Kate's statement about being responsible for your own actions, and not knowing if her behaviour toward Jon caused their rift...? She just doesn't get it.

Reflections said...

Considering the awful way she talked about Jon, I'm surprised she didn't get a dig in about his weight on this episode. Afterall, she never missed that opportunity before. Just one more thing to chip away at his self confidence.....which is almost non-existant anymore after all she has put him through.

Go Away Already! said...

As sad as this episode was, did anybody else bust a gut laughing when Jon said he worked all his life?? What would that be....4, maybe 5 years, tops? Who does he think he's kidding? Being a SAHD is right up his alley.

wonderbra said...

Kate cannot talk about Jon gaining weight as she looks like she is packing on the pounds too. I haven't figured it out, she gained it--everywhere. Did she get implants? Her legs are looking heavier then a month or so ago.

MelissaLG said...

Did anyone else notice the irony in Kate's statement about being responsible for your own actions, and not knowing if her behaviour toward Jon caused their rift...? She just doesn't get it.

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Great point! So true. If Kate truly understood how "hard" she has been on Jon, and actually felt bad about it, then she would understand that his obvious disgust for her is a direct consequence of years of HER emotionally abusive behavior. You simply cannot treat someone like a dog, year after year, and expect them to adore you for eternity. Like you said, she simply does not get it.

And she says she doesn't want this to hurt her children. Well, where was this concern in the past? Does she actually think her children have never noticed her harsh tone, and hateful comments? Maddy even commented on it in an episode saying "all she did was stand in the garage and scream at Daddy." And did you notice that Maddy ran away immediately after that family picture was taken at the party? That child completely gets what is going on. I note that next week's show Kate and Maddy go to California together, alone, for "girl time." My guess this is to address some serious Mommy issues that have bubbled up with Maddy. Poor kid.

JJ28 said...

I saw the episode twice now. I've watched almost every episode of Jon & Kate within the last year, and I can't believe what this show has become!

Jon & Kate Plus 8 used to be about a struggling family with 8 kids trying to make it. Now it's about a celebrity mom trying to make her family work since she's so busy traveling, trying to get away from paparazzi, and trying to make her marriage work. This show is more like "Kate Gosselin: Trying to Make It in The Entertainment Business & Be a Mom and Wife".

There were so many parts that made me tear up. The biggest one being Alexis and Jon's moment. It was so cute seeing them talk and hug, but then when Alexis was like, "Daddy, I don't want you to leave anymore" that just broke my heart! And Jon's response of "Sometimes daddy has to do work" was such bull! What work does he have to do? To me, that seemed like he was just using the (legitimate) excuse Kate uses for not being home.

I have to respect Kate for being strong for the kids and at least trying to make things seem somewhat normal.

Jon on the other hand is like a completely different person. He seems so depressed and can't even keep up appearances for the kids. It's SO OBVIOUS with Jon that there's something going on. He showed up to his own kids' birthday party hours later in a sports car, what the hell was that!? And he needs alone time and a "weekend off" the weekend of his kids' 5th birthday party? His miserable attitude is making it harder on the kids, and leaving them for what seems days at time isn't doing them any favors.

I don't even get why he's truly mad at Kate. Kate says he's resenting her for being gone a lot and he has to be stuck at home with the kids. TLC isn't letting them say the real reasons, which is most likely that Jon didn't want to do another season. But he doesn't have to act out by buying sports cars, running off with 23 year olds, and drinking at 2am.

I honestly don't see how this season is going to work. Especially after last night's episode. Is the whole season going to have Jon depressed and miserable, showing up once in a while for family events? I guess we'll be seeing mostly Kate and the kids doing things.

One last thing... ALEXIS AND BRAYDEN IS THE CUTEST THING EVER! SHE SO HAS A CRUSH ON HIM! THAT WAS THE BEST THING ALL EPISODE! When he showed up she got all happy and shouted BRAYDEN! and was all smiles! That was the only truly happy thing in that depressing, miserable episode.

Oh and where was Hannah all episode? All the other kids were shown and talked and got a good amount of camera time, but Hannah was no where to be seen/heard, she probably had like 30seconds camera time! I forgot all about her to be honest until half way though the episode!

rockypriscilla said...

Great recap. I have never posted here before, but have been a faithful reader of this blog for a while. I want to add a few things that I haven't yet seen mentioned..

1)While Kate is complaining about being alone with the kids while she is eating her salad, the kids are seen talking to the not-nanny about what shirt to wear, and the camera catches a glimpse of her foot (you can see at the bottom of the screen, 2 feet wearing hospital type shoe covers).

2)Kate is quick to point out that Jon is home with helpers, while she is doing everything "alone". Double talk, and what happened to having on part time "babysitter"? Now they have "helpers"?

3)I'd like to elaborate on the 2 kids coming up asking for her help? The boy (Aiden??) was trying to get dressed like Kate ordered, but the other 2 boys locked him out of the room. He runs to Kate to tell her, along with Alexis trying to explain, and then she freaks and threatens him with a nap if he doesn't get dressed.

4) When Kate is done talking to the camera (at the table with the salad) she jumps up and tells one of the boys that if the kids don't all come they will be left. He sends him to threaten the girls, and all of the girls can be seen fully dressed and very nicely and quietly waiting to leave, watching TV. She made no effort to find them, just starts threatening them.

5) When Joel asks Kate about the toy being candy, she tells him to see for himself, and when he opens his mouth to take a bite, she gives him the most evil look that I have ever seen, especially directed at a child asking an innocent question. He looks scared and then smiles and says "I'm funny" to try to convince Kate that he's really not as stupid as she apparently thinks he is, and Kate replies something to the effect of "yeah, Joel, you were really kidding". I wanted to jump through the screen by this point and give little Joel a hug (and maybe give Kate a little "love-slap")!!

6)During the cake, Kate tells Carla "do we really need 2 cakes?" But I thought she planned the party herself?? Didn't she plan the 2 cakes? No one has mentioned this, but Carla looks absolutely disgusted with Kate. While Kate is shoving 3 more candles onto one cake for all the tups to blow out, she screeches in a very scary tone "I can't believe they're five" or something to that effect and Carla's face is priceless. Sort of like the tups with the kiss-train, a WTF look, mixed with disgust.

7)When Kate tries to open the pinatas by herself (after complaining that they shouldn't have gotten them) and Jon opens the second one, he tells her she can do the next one (pinata #3) and he steps back to let her. When the final pinata drops, Jon reaches to pick it up, and out of the left hand corner of the screen, you can barely see Kate rush in to grab it before Jon does. The camera quickly pans away, and Kate is seen dumping the contents onto the ground. You can tell how awkward it all is by the look on all of the parents faces.





I also want to say that I disagree with the people who think that this is a PR stunt. I think that Jon is done. He wants out. Many say that Jon was made to look bad by TLC and they were trying to show Kate as sympathetic. I disagree. Many times, I thought "I can't believe that they're showing that" when Kate would talk. It looked to me like they were giving Kate the rope to hang herself. Or maybe I'm wrong, and TLC really thought that people are stupid and wouldn't see through it. It definitely backfired. This is the worst of all of the episodes that I have ever watched, and that's saying a lot!!

Sue said...

I must say I feel disgusting and absolutely horrible for watching! I feel bad that I contributed to the 10 million number. I think we all thought well I won't matter but so many of us watched. People who had never heard of them until the tabloids watched and of course the lovers watched. I wish I hadn't. Not that me alone would of made a difference.

I must say I was glad to see more of the kids being cute and funny. Jon got my vote. Kate was same ole' same ole' Kate. Me, my kids, I'm alone, I have to ..., I'm exhausted.

They really do read this blog b/c kids were not in bibs, Kate showed affection, she didn't "lay" out their clothes for them - but then again they all did match so maybe they did.

I don't know.....I am still at such a crossroads. I don't want to watch a show about someone's marriage falling apart - not a whole lot of fun for me.

Again, I will NOT pray for these fools, I will prayer for people I know in MY REAL life, who are losing jobs, going through divorce, having a babu and at 1 week old had to have open heart surgery, my grandmother who is losing her memories to alzheimers, So many more important things. These people I will pray for . No offense to the kids. Hope the best for them, and maybe I will ask God to protect them, but when I lay down tonight this show will not be on the top of my prayer list.

ARealMom said...

Did anyone else watch this and feel like they shouldn't be? Like it was way too personal and just not for public consumption?

I don't know what is more sickening - the feeling of doom I have for these lovely helpless children, or the fact that (don't blast me) when the show started I didn't hate Kate....

jayley said...

Great recap and a great job done by this site to bring to light the problems faced by the children involved in this fiasco. Tons of media is now on the Gosselin 8 and hopefully it will set a stardard for the future of children in reality t.v.

I really love that the mods show pictures of missing children NOT in the daily spotlight.(what's so frustrating is to watch day upon day the Anthony circus on the news when so many families could benefit from a few minutes of nationally televised coverage)

Sorry if this offends anyone, but at this point in time I am not praying for these children, nor their parents. How about picking up a cause involving children in third world countries that are orphaned and starving, in war torn countries that don't have access to the most basic needs. The activism on this site is amazing.
If 5 million people wrote letters demanding free health care to the poorest of the poor in our grand USA... imagine the impact.

Sorry, not feeling too bad for that family right now.

Jaden's Mom said...

The whole thing is so sad and infuriating at the same time. I'm having a difficult time keeping anything close to a "Christiany" attitude toward the Jon and Kate, so I feel the need to take my leave of GWOP for awhile.

I pray they can do what is best for the kids, and that if they can't, something beyond them can and will. What it will take to stop this madness, I do not know. One thing is sure, though... The kids deserve so much better than what they are getting right now.

Sam said...

It was nice to see Kate affectionate towards the kids (even if it was scripted)and it was good to see the kids playing with other children but I think it’s a shame their extended family wasn't at the party.

Mikayla89 said...

Hi everyone,this has obviously been a CRAZY deal.In my opinion,it is all really just something they need to work out.I do feel bad for the kids,because they are there everyday watching them fight,yet I still feel bad for Jon and Kate because they are being bombarded by papparatzi.Kate did admit on the season premiere that she had been pretty hard on Jon.In my opinion,Jon has been a tad hard on Kate too.Yes,i do think it is pretty crazy that this whole thing started with Jon "cheating on Kate" when he was caught at a bar at 2:00 in the morning.I really think that if they hate the papparatzi and want this whole controversy to stop,they need to stop filming "Jon & Kate Plus 8".they have been filming since what,like,2005? That's all it takes.Thanks!

late for supper said...

Kate said, "you know we all look at those magazines. do you ever think about the human on the cover and how that has affected everywhere they go and everything they do? No, I never did. I do now." Good question - but your pathetic reflection upon it now is too little too late. Did you ever think about your 8 kids, especially Mady and Cara when you were making them pose for magazine covers? Ever think about how it may and will affect everywhere they go and everything they do for years to come? No, you only saw what it was doing for you. I hope you need stitches for those big ass karma bites!

Fla Mom said...

While K8 always seems to get what she wants, she could not have physically put Jon in the car and driven him to the clinic to drop off his samples in order for her to have "one more child". He should have said no and taken a stand then.

He did not want to do another season of the show. Again, he gave in - as if he didn't have a choice. He also had the choice to protect those kids; but chose not to. I am tired of hearing him whine and complain - you have a voice - use it to tell your bully of a wife no!

Because of his weakness at the beginning of this marriage, the rest of his life was planned out for him; and like a petulant, pouty child, he sullenly went along for the ride.

K8 has been a shrew since the beginning of the show, though it was a bit more understandable due to the stress of all those kids, money worries, and a husband who often acted like a child; you couldn't blame her for treating him like one.

However, you can't bully someone like that ON NATIONAL T.V. for years without it taking a toll.

K8 says something like they have become different people. Not true - what they are is just magnified with all of us watching and all of the money they are raking in.

As we watched the show last night, my kids and I decided the only way to save this family is for them to move to a less expensive home, and with all the kids in school now, Jon and K8 both need to get real jobs. Today, though, I've come to realize the spoiled K8 is never going back to that life; and she will sacrifice her husband and children to avoid it at all costs.

It seems the only answer is divorce and for Jon to find the strength to save his children by getting them out of the contract and away from their mother.

Lily said...

Whether it was staged as Lyn says or not, Collin going up to Kate and thanking her for the birthday party was cute. What was not cute was her reaction. She pretended not to hear him so he had to repeat himself three times, and only acknowledged him when the other mothers did. I was interested to see what the recap would say about that moment, but I guess there are just too many instances of Kate's great parenting to feature them all.

Wilma said...

Joel clearly states in the car "what's paparazzi" and then Kates voice over is the kids point out the paparazzi.

Did the TLC editors make a mistake not editing out Joel or did TLC leave it in on purpose to dis Kate?

irishqueen said...

Does anyone think/know if the mothers' of the other children who attended the birthday party were forced to sign agreements prohibiting them from speaking about the party or what was going on or being said by family or crew? I would be interested to know their take on it. Any being filmed in the middle of it all.

AndiMom said...

Just to bring up the topic of the children's rights here - I think we all agree that filming this show is detrimental in the long run to these precious 8 kids, who never asked for a million dollar mansion, their faces plastered in magazines and all the fancy freebies they receive - kids just don't care about that stuff (case in point - I bought my 2 y/o son a new toy today; he was far more imporessed with the box it came in...kids don't care about glitz and glamour). I think that it is even MORE detrimental to film these kids in the midst of a major potentially life-altering family crises. What TLC aired last night was NOT in the class as, say, their ski trip or other family outings. It's one thing to force these innocent kids to have every breath filmed as they go about their normal lives, but it is 100x worse to be filming them while their parents are crashing and burning.

I bet TLC could keep a show going WITHOUT the kids seeing what the ratings they brought in last night were - there's enough soap opera drama to make a couple more seasons. (Not that I think they would ever consider dropping the kids, but I can dream).

I guess I just feel that now, more than ever, these kids' right to privacy has been completely destroyed and that we need to focus less on Kate's celebrity lifestyle and Jon's frat lifestyle and REALLY make the case for the kids welfare in all of this. This show, in my mind, has finally crossed the line.

Sue said...

irishqueen said:

Does anyone think/know if the mothers' of the other children who attended the birthday party were forced to sign agreements prohibiting them from speaking about the party or what was going on or being said by family or crew? I would be interested to know their take on it. Any being filmed in the middle of it all.

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There was a woman on here last week talking about being at the party. She didn't say much but did defind the party - it was fun etc. So I guess they didn't have to sign anything BUT at the same time she was here under a psuedo name.

JenTru said...

Lily said...
Whether it was staged as Lyn says or not, Collin going up to Kate and thanking her for the birthday party was cute. What was not cute was her reaction. She pretended not to hear him so he had to repeat himself three times, and only acknowledged him when the other mothers did. I was interested to see what the recap would say about that moment, but I guess there are just too many instances of Kate's great parenting to feature them all.

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You hit that on the head! I definitely thought Kate as ignoring him, but I wasn't positive and when I was finishing up the recap at 2:30 am I decided I had enough examples of Kate's horrendously-horrendousness that I left that part out. Plus the recap was soo long already! But staged or not, she certainly didn;t give him any credit or attention, only talking about it later in an interview. Grrrr.

Tiffany said...

I agree with whoever said that if Kate is all about following gods plan, then why oh why did she do the fertility treatments?! Clearly god didn't want her to have ANY children.
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I believe this has been brought up before. As someone who has suffered with infertility in the past, I feel this is a very hurtful comment.
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ITA. Very hurtful.

emptynester said...

Lyn912 - Just curious if your SIL or any of the other parents at the party had even met Kate before? It didn't appear that she talked to any of the parents ... or for that matter, any of the kids.

beachluvin said...

JJ28 said...
I don't even get why he's truly mad at Kate. Kate says he's resenting her for being gone a lot and he has to be stuck at home with the kids. TLC isn't letting them say the real reasons, which is most likely that Jon didn't want to do another season. But he doesn't have to act out by buying sports cars, running off with 23 year olds, and drinking at 2am.
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Well, if you believe what Jodi and Kevin say, Jon should be pissed! Kate comes to Jon and says it's "over" and presents him with a contract that allows him girlfriends on the side. After Jon is busted, Kate throws him under the bus and plays the victim.
Of course Jon, Kate or TLC are going to reveal the truth to the viewers, that is just way too freaky even for TLC!

I am not condoning Jon's behavior and his alleged affair but I could see why is is angry! Kate is throwing herself a pity party at Jon's expense.

Sue said...

LYN 912 said:

talked to my sister-in-law today, who was one of the Moms at the tups party. She said that Collin going over to thank Kate for the party was staged. She said she saw someone from the crew talking to Collin, then pointing to Kate. Then Collin goes over to Kate. Also, the part where Kate went down the line and kissed all the kids. As the kids were sitting, Kate was talking with a couple of crew people, and they all were looking at the kids. Then, she goes over and kisses them. The whole show is a scam.



THANK YOU for the insight!!!!! You could see that from watching. Little Collin said "mommy thank you" TWICE before she reacted. He was holding on to her leg and she still didn't respond. It was the other mom said something that she went "OHHH HONEY BLAH BLAH"

If it was Hannah she would of been all over it IMMEDIATLY!!! I feel bad saying that b/c I don't want Hannah when she is old enough to read about how she was the favorite. When she is older she will feel bad. If she every goes through the whole "I have a conscious" thing but if she ends up like Kate I guess we don't need to worry :)

Annie-Amelia said...

Teriffic recap. Let me preface this rant with the fact that I am a military wife:

I think the whole episode was contrived and sad. I feel awful for all the kids and the fact that both parents, in their own ways, are horribly selfish. I specifically take issue with Kate constantly reminding us that she had to "plan" the party alone. Yeah, Kate, nice try. I gurantee that you didn't actually do a lick of work to plan the kids' birthday party. I'm sure behind the scenes party planner did that. Since your "lovely" show ran on Memorial Day, how about thinking of the real people who DO actually plan things alone. Military spouses are both Mommy and Daddy while their spouse is deployed. They actually have to plan their kids' parties by themselves, usually without the benefit of family around. When their kid is sick, they take care of them. When their kid cries because the kid misses their other parent, they comfort them. They don't push thier child away when the child has a question. They don't have a caterer to bring them food, flowers and wine. You may not like your husband very much right now, but at least you know that he would be able to come home if he was allowed to by you. So, quit your griping about the dang party planning, as you're not fooling anybody with the "I had to plan it totally alone" crap!

beachluvin said...

Lyn912 said...
I talked to my sister-in-law today, who was one of the Moms at the tups party. She said that Collin going over to thank Kate for the party was staged. She said she saw someone from the crew talking to Collin, then pointing to Kate. Then Collin goes over to Kate. Also, the part where Kate went down the line and kissed all the kids. As the kids were sitting, Kate was talking with a couple of crew people, and they all were looking at the kids. Then, she goes over and kisses them. The whole show is a scam.

5/26/2009 6:56 PM
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We all knew this whole show is a scam! Thanks for info!
Do you know if the invitation came in the mail or was it "passed" out like Kate mentioned on the show?

TandLMommy28 said...

Teen1 said...
I believe this has been brought up before. As someone who has suffered with infertility in the past, I feel this is a very hurtful comment.
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But Kate didn't even give God a chance. She was in her twenties, healthy and didn't even try to get pregnant for six months before running for drugs. She never gave GOD a chance. She was not willing to wait on him. She claims to trust God but she certainly did not trust him with her fertility. I do not believe that fertility treatments are necessarily out of God's plan. But I do believe that they should be very prayerfully considered for a long time before going that route. Kate didn't do that. She admits herself that she was in a rush and didn't get pregnant the first try so started using fertility meds when they probably weren't necessary.

Joy said...

Sharla you mentioned one of the little boys thanking Her for the party, but you didn't mention that she comepletely ignored him the first 3 times he tried to say thanks and finally when another mom prompted her by saying something along the lines of "how sweet!" she actually leaned down to say something, then she caught sight of the camera filming her and she really gets into it.

Teach Me to Be Still said...

Thank you for the recap--I like all the details since I didn't watch the show. Disappointed that 10 million people did :-(

Thrilled to hear Mady is helping and being sweet. My take...this is from spending time with caring nanny who is modeling patient, kind behavior for her. Good for Mady!

Sue said...

I don't know where to post this but OMG!!!! When the pinatas heads fell off, Kate was insanse about "shacking" out the candy! She ran and "grabed" it from even the kids (the one where it fell down) reminds me off the episode when the got the puppies and she ran ahead and said" I get to hold them first" SHe is ALL about her and what the "show" will "show"....She has to be in the center of attention.

I HATE the fact that she says "it's not just there 5th birthday, it's the fact we made it this far" NO HONEY!!! It's your kids b-day!! It's not about you!! or the fact you "survived" 5 years!!! She really doesn't understand how blessed she is! I don't know the facts of other multiples but normally there is some sort of disability way beyond her kids being "being a bit slow on speech" She should just be blessed.


Many children, even twins, born as multiples have many issues. Why can't she just be happy??? You wanted the children (maybe not 8) but I know my husband and (who are getting ready to fertility) if we ended up with 2-3-4-5-6-7-8!! WE would be blessed but WE WILL NOT allow ourselves to have 6 at one time. YOu can CHOOSE you fertility way! They choose the risky way.

julia said...

I realise that it's easy in this situation to blame Kate for everything - she's clearly the one deciding who does what, when, how and how much they get paid for it.... But after watching (via youtube - thanks to the uploaders keeping us Aussies in the loop) the season premiere I really do believe that Jon is a victim here. Seeing him talking to Alexis... and how Kate shut him out of most of that party, while in the same breath bashing him for his "poor choices" etc.... It became clear that he actually tries to parent those kids.

Whether the affair stuff is true or not - I'm starting to think he genuinely didn't cheat on Kate, simply because they were already separated at the time - it seems like Jon never wanted any of this to happen and has been the only one in that family trying to get that show cancelled. He seems to admit that he was all to passive in the beginning, letting Kate engineer the circus that it has become, but makes it no secret that he's not happy to continue filming.

I must say, hearing him make snide comments about "some people think I can't even talk... or breathe right" was truly hilarious.

It may be late in the game but it seems like Jon Gosselin has finally discovered his spine, genuinely loves his kids and may end up being the one person who can put a stop to the madness.

momoffour said...

i feel for the kids, but for jon and kate?

i have four kids and unfortunately my marriage ended recently.

it's affected my kids and since i was a full-time, stay at home mom, i now live below the poverty line while my ex is living it up.

complain all you want kate, it's what you asked for. traded privacy for riches.

having said that, it is a lot easier dealing with life when you have money than when you are poor.

silimom said...

one thing I noticed is that Jon is getting flack for saying he quit his job to be a stay at home Dad. People seem to think he's talking about the job he had when Kate was pregnant with the tups but I think he's either talking about the government job he had or the job with Beth's husband.

notafananymore said...

I sat and watched this show on Monday because I just couldn't help myself. I found myself watching from a very different viewpoint than most others and I found myself crying through most of the show. For Jon and Kate? NO. For the kids. You see my parents divorced when I was 11 and watching that show was like reliving it all over again. I wish I could write them a letter and tell them what they are really doing to their children and what the rest of their lives will be like. When they showed Jon and Kate sitting at different tables during the party...that's what it will be for the rest of the kids lives. Only when they're older they will be forced to choose a parent. They will forever now be forced to pick a side. And let me tell you, there is no right choice. Every holiday, party, get together they will be forced to choose a parent, always disappointing the other. The guilt that these kids will endure now that Kate has publicly blamed it on "having multiples". These parents stood in front of their children and millions of viewers and LIED to them when they renewed their vows less than 9 months ago. They said on camera that "they wanted their children to see that they were in this forever and that with so many parents divorcing they wanted to give their children the security that they are sticking together" and now the kids have it on video to see. In fifteen years these kids will gladly give back the "life experiences", gymboree clothes and huge house with a pool and trade it in for parents who decided that they made a vow to God and their children and gave 150% of themselves to fix this and be there for each other. Any parenting book, psychologist will tell you that kids need that security that mom and dad love each other and that they are both committed. Jon and Kate need to remember also that they are teaching their children how to someday be a parent and mate. Our children every day soak it all in and then they live what they've learned. What an awesome opportunity this couple has to humbly walk away from the show, go through therapy, work on their marriage and come back a year later and show how God can heal a broken marriage. They claim to be Christians and if they really care about what God wants for their lives divorce is NOT in his plan.
I had five children in 8 years, one with autism. I know what stress is. But, my kids are happy, safe, loved even though they've never been to Disney. Kate has this distorted view of what kids need to be happy. If she really had her kids as her top priority she would have been on a plane home the day the first tabloid hit the stands and she would have stayed there until she saved her marriage. Period.

meredith said...

I found this episode to be really depressing. I was sad when I sat down to watch it, shed a few tears during the Alexis and Jon scene, and was completely bawling by the time they showed the photo montage of the tups from birth til five. I agree that the show was spun to make it look like Kate was the victim. She had to plan the party alone..boohoo. Did she ever think that maybe Jon would have wanted to be involved? They are his kids too, not just her little cash cows. I found it surreal that Mady was kind to the tups and willing to help lovely Kate with the party chores. The twins definitely know something. You can tell by the way they are acting. And this after Katie Irene said on Larry King Live that they knew nothing. I guess whatever way the wind blows determines what side of her mouth Kate talks out of.

I also find it sad that the kids mistakenly called her by the babysitter's name. That should be enough to shock any parent back to reality. But not her. All she feels is a little "mommy guilt."

All eight need Jon now more than ever because it is now totally obvious that their mother no longer places their best interests at heart. All she can see are dollar signs.

meredith said...

Those kids (all 8, I might add) need their dad more than ever. Jon, if you read this, it's time to step up, be a man, and once and for all shut this thing down.

Kate said that they would only ever keep doing the show as long as it was safe and normal for the kids. It has never really been safe or normal, least of all when the paparazzi shows up at your five year old's birthday party. If Jon doesn't step up and be there for his kids, sadly, I don't think they will ever have a chance of escaping this show and their greedy shrew of a mother.

K8 is not Gr8 said...

Isn't it ironic? Kate says her job is to exploit her children (selling their pictures and putting them on tv, while taking in all the money), then the paparazzi are making money exploiting her. The saying is true, do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Kate your "new friends" the paparazzi are only following your example of exploitation. I don't feel bad for you.

Deb said...

Don't forget Kate’s constant reference to “it’s her JOB” as to why she is not home much, why Jon is home holding down the fort, why her child actually called her by the babysitters name, etc., Jon said it best while quoting his mother “life is full of choices”. The books and all they entail is not her “JOB” it’s a choice, and she choose to ride the caboose of the gravy train the TLC show created based on HER children. And there is a 3rd book coming out too! (Since you can’t see it, I am rolling my eyes) The first time I heard Kate was even writing the 1st book my reaction was “when does she have the time to do that! She has all those kids to take care of and she says she is always exhausted.” My other reaction was “what can she possibly cover in a book that hasn’t been covered in the show!”

Kate needs to remember why she became a mother and make a choice of going back to being the mother of her 8 children, let her husband return to the workforce and become some resemblance of a man. So he doesn’t have to look elsewhere for what remains of his ‘manhood’; which Kate has stripped him of.

HopeL said...

I can see it now:

"Next on Dr. Phil: Jon & Kate Gosselin and their 8 children enter the Dr. Phil House......"

Julie said...

That whole show was just a set up for her new spin off "Just Kate and Eight". The commenting about doing the party all by her poor little lonesome and then noting how mady and cara stepped up to the plate... yeah I see what is going to happen next... instead of Jon being the patsy, those poor girls will be when they divorce. Almost wanted to vomit with her comments on the kids thanking her... wonder how much candy she fed the one to get him to say it on camera.... Worse yet are her comments about how she just didn't know where this all came from with Jon...out of no where... Hmmmmmm how could you not know... didn't Kate (and Jon) say in an episode when describing all their children how Cara is like her father... holds it in and then blows... venting and finally reacting about things that bothered her months ago? As many have said before, Kate needs to give up her Anna Nicole Hollywood aspirations and get back to being a wife and a mother and learning to speak with kinder words... maybe then she would not have a husband who goes out late at night with women while she is out of town...

notafananymore said...

Of course Kate doesn't know who Jon is anymore - she's never home to spend time with him! When's the last time they spent any time together as a married couple?

Jon and Kate are kidding themselves if they think the kids are numb to this. Kids notice when their parents aren't speaking and they LOVE to see their parents be affectionate.

Like Jon said "Life is full of choices" and Kate is CHOOSING this for her family.

They should've titled this episode "Damage Control"

Ms.Peach said...

Thanks for the recap. Did not watch and have deleted TLC from my favorites list menu.

So TLC got their ratings, but it will go downhill. This cable network has a few decent shows, but most belong in a circus sideshow. Child exploitation and divorce as entertainment does not speak well for television.

Kate has hung herself. She can collaborate on a book and movie, but there will be negative books and movies about TLC and the Gosselins for years to come. No doubt the debate about reality TV has just started.

cossysmom said...

I don't know about other mothers, but whenever we had a birthday party I was with the kids and parents all day...organizing games,talking, getting to know my child's friends. TLC didn't show Kate doing anything at the party other than standing around. they didn't even show her standing by the bouncy castle watching--how hard would that have been? Show some interest in your kids, Kate!

I disagree with other posters who say that Kate's tears aren't real. I think they are. Not because she has realized that she has been a horrible and ineffective mother and wife, but because she realizes that the gravy train is coming to a grinding halt. Oh Lordy, how will she ever support her family? Probably will find someone else to write a book for her about this horrendously horrendous situation.

readerlady said...

I just went to the Star Magazine poll and voted, and the percentages are now 72+% say the kids are feeling the strain and 52+% put the blame on Kate. Go forth and vote. http://www.starmagazine.com/polls/1985.

uncle pain said...

The thing that's bothering me is all this paparazzi hullabaloo. This episode was taped the week of Mother's Day. These idiots (not the children) were already splashed across the covers of every tabloid in the country. Paparazzi were not following them because of the production of their show. Paparazzi were following them because of the scandal Jon & Kate created! It's not like they are Hollywood actors who are just trying to take their kids to school. They are REALITY TV STARS!! They asked, no, they begged for this. And I include Jon in this because if he was a real man and he didn't want to be drafted into being Mr. Mom while Kate jet sets around the country, HE SHOULD HAVE KEPT HIS JOB. He'd be the most famous I.T. Analyst in the world right now, and Kate would be traveling with twins and sextuplets and an army of nannies. But at least they would be honest and perhaps even still happy!

TandLMommy28 said...

I was just reading where someone said "When was the last time Jon and Kate spent time together as a married couple?" And it occurred to me that the last time they were shown traveling together without kids was Jon's 30th birthday party. Since they have an army of help, there is no need for that. They should spend time together without the kids often, little getaway weekends. They don't because the kids are the money maker.

It also occurred to me that the camera crew came along on the 30th birthday thing. ANd then it occurred to me that on Little People, Big World, Matt and Amy have gone away several times without camera crews following them. I've seen a few episodes where they are shown getting on a plane and once on a cruise ship and then that's it, the episode is about other things. Perhaps that is why Matt and Amy hold it together? They know what is important. (That and their show is still focused on a particular issue - what it is like to be a little person... oh and their kids are older and have a say in things... and they seem to mostly film in the summer time when the kids are out of school, not year round... and on and on).

Jon minus Kate/why r they still 2gether? said...

Kate has been yelling- demanding-
insisting- that everything had
to be done her way- Suddenly she
finds herself alone- no extended
family- no friends- no husband- I
think that is why she had tears in
her eyes-
Kate is realizing she pushed everyone away by her controlling ways and now for the first time she
has to do things- since she has
no one left to do it for her-
Now she will bathe-dress-feed the kids and she is terrified-

JJ said...

To give Kate an ounce of credit where credit is due, she only asked Carla where her coat was and got it herself.

There is too much to say about this episode so I won't even try.

CallitasIseeIT said...

In reference to the "kissing train" and the whole party in general, Kate seemed to really be "acting nice and friendly" and "motherly and affectionate". She was playing it up big time like she did on Rachael Ray, it did not seem like the real Kate at all, just the "Supermom" she plays on TV.

CallitasIseeIT said...

Was it just me or did the scenes with Kate and the kids alone in the house, seem contrived and fake? It seemed lonely and cold the house, no love. Empty and miserable, despite it being huge and fancily furnished? No one seemed happy, and there seemed to be no love there. I have the feeling the kids hardly know Kate anymore.

RealMom said...

I did not watch and won't again. I cannot stand the sound of her voice anymore and think they are crying all the way to the bank.

I read on here that Jon mentioned not being able to breathe or write. Interesting since people on the blog have been mentioning alot the episode where Kate criticized his breathing (and the coupon), and the recent Jodi and Kevin interview saying Kate did not write the book. Someone is reading the blogs, no?

Tami said...

I don't know about other mothers, but whenever we had a birthday party I was with the kids and parents all day...organizing games,talking, getting to know my child's friends. TLC didn't show Kate doing anything at the party other than standing around. they didn't even show her standing by the bouncy castle watching--how hard would that have been? Show some interest in your kids, Kate
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I'll bet the kids even questioned her. Why else would she have said more than once to a kid, "Yes, I love your friends". It's as if they wondered why their mom just wandered around talking about herself to cameras for their entire party instead of making it about them.

Heather said...

I watched the show the other night and quite honestly wanted to puke listening to Kate! It was all about Jon doing this or Jon doing that. As usual, it was all about HER! She obviously feels like Jon is the only one at fault here. I'm sorry, but you can't treat someone the way she has treated him and not expect them to get fed up. Should Jon have stood up for himself a long time ago. Yes! But, I think he was trying to keep the peace. I'm all for compromise. But he allowed himself to be walked on. And all the while, this anger is festering inside. And it all ends up with resentment towards the other person. That is why Kate can't understand the way Jon is acting. He's obviously always done things her way and bowed down to her and he's not doing that anymore. So, she thinks it's all him, when in all honesty, her actions have caused a lot of the problems!
And as she kept pointing out how she had to take the kids to the party store by herself and plan the party by herself, it was almost as if she was trying to pave the way for her own show with the kids. It would kind of hard for her to keep up her lifestyle if they get divorced and she loses the show!

bedonenow said...

First time poster but looong time reader.

I'd like to offer encouragement to those that are trying not to watch. I look at it this way: Tuning in means paying a weekly admission price (like going to the zoo) to gawk at these human children in their gilded velvet video cages. And then we all stand there and say "isnt it awful that they are in these cages and everyone is staring at them. Where are the parents? And look how cute they are when they move about - just like real children!" Well, the parents are floating in and out of the cage during peak viewing times, the rest of the time they are working the ticket counter collecting the money we paid to come and gawk at the cage.

We have to be done now. I said this in another forum, but these DVDs are out there for all time and the kids have to live them down. Good people on this blog have mentioned pedophiles. Try to imagine the cruel comments of teenage boys who WILL tease their classmate about the epi where he is disimpacted in a van in a parkinglot by his dad. Can you even imagine?

Maybe if we all just drive past the zoo and dont stop and dont pay admission to gawk at the cage this week, we can have an impact. It's hard but perhaps the best thing we can do is NOTHING. Be done now.
(You guys are a great bunch.)

lilmamaD said...

Thank you for providing the detailed recap of the show. I did not watch it and spent the majority of the Memorial Day BBQ, hosted by my sheeple sister, trying to convince her not to watch either. I don't think my sister gets it, but I hope my conversation with her at least planted a seed of doubt with her. My sister argued that she watches the show because it gives her hope {GAG} because "no matter how crazy paced their life is, Jon & Kate always seem to work everything out together." I almost excused myself to go throw up in her bathroom, but instead I just said "Debbie, that is so Season 2, you obviously haven't paid real attention to the show the past 2 years!" Anyway, I will not watch any YouTube vids or online vids of the premier. I caught O'Reily Factor last night (which was fabulous, by the way, because Bill O'Reily spoke out about the child exploitation side of the show) that showed a clip of the premier with Kate crying and I could barely stomach that. Her crocodile tears are nothing more than cleverly planned damage control. I could care less if she's hurt to the point of (staged) tears; if it's that hurtful then, clearly, cut the show off.

tina said...

Please I beg of all of you, let's boycott the sponsors, ban the show, and if possible take TLC off of our cable systems. These so-called reality shows involving children should be considered a form of child abuse. And, we should also let Doctor Phil, Oprah, and other talk show hosts that proclaim to be advocates for children know that we are unhappy they are giving Kate Gosselin screen time and promoting all of these shows. Having mulitiple children does not give you the right to use them to make money or receive freebies. There will be plenty more "Octomom's" out there in the next few years because they see how these families are profiting.

I find it interesting from reading comments that Kate was obsessed with the McGaughey family of mulitiples and then rushed to get fertility treatments after having a healthy set of twins. I think this was all part of her master plan to gain fame and wealth. We also need to work for legislation that possibly prohibits fertility treatments for families that already have healthy children.

Child advocacy groups, parents for healthy television programs, and state legislatures need to speak up now and prevent this from getting worse.

My husband has a friend who is a US customs agent, they investigate child molesters and child porn. You can't believe how many sick people are in the audiences of child beauty pageants like the ones TLC promotes with toddlers and tiarras. These people are watching these children on television in the comfort of their homes.

Reality-tv children are not child actors. They should not be subjected to this abuse. If Kate Gosselin really wanted to be a movie star, she would take her kids out of the limelight like most decent actors have done over the years.

And, finally...churches and christian groups, please wake up....use your money to help real struggling american families. There are many! Do not give these phoney people another dime!

Let's all work together to put a stop to all of this madness! Thanks for listening.

It's 2009 said...

Deb said...
Don't forget Kate’s constant reference to “it’s her JOB” as to why she is not home much, why Jon is home holding down the fort, why her child actually called her by the babysitters name, etc., Jon said it best while quoting his mother “life is full of choices”. The books and all they entail is not her “JOB” it’s a choice, and she choose to ride the caboose of the gravy train the TLC show created based on HER children. And there is a 3rd book coming out too! (Since you can’t see it, I am rolling my eyes) The first time I heard Kate was even writing the 1st book my reaction was “when does she have the time to do that! She has all those kids to take care of and she says she is always exhausted.” My other reaction was “what can she possibly cover in a book that hasn’t been covered in the show!”

Kate needs to remember why she became a mother and make a choice of going back to being the mother of her 8 children, let her husband return to the workforce and become some resemblance of a man. So he doesn’t have to look elsewhere for what remains of his ‘manhood’; which Kate has stripped him of.

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Clearly you and I aren't living in the same century. In the currengt century, mothers can work without being accused of not mothering their children and fathers can be the stay-at-home parent without being ridiculed as unmanly.

cassandrau said...

Dr. Spaceman said...

Here's what I learned from Kate in this episode:

Beating a piñata that looks like one of your beloved characters=bad
Beating your husband=good

Ruining your makeup=bad
Ruining your family=good

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b said...

This episode was so sad. I watched with the hope that it actually might end on a positive note and that it would go back to being about the kids. It wasn't. Kate repeatedly alluded to the fact that Jon isn't the man she's always known, and that she doesn't know when he changed, etc. Just watching the show from the beginning, it is so incredibly clear that he HASN'T changed. SHE has changed to the point that she is barely recognizable, including her values and ambitions, save for coming across as unpleasant as she always did. Side note - Did anyone notice how nice Mady has been? I wonder if she has been put in counseling or something? Or maybe just spending less time around her mother has had a positive effect on her? Anyway, I just can't watch this show anymore. This family has been pretty much destroyed by the media obsession with them and I can't be a part of that.

JenTru said...

bedonenow said...
First time poster but looong time reader.

I'd like to offer encouragement to those that are trying not to watch. I look at it this way: Tuning in means paying a weekly admission price (like going to the zoo) to gawk at these human children in their gilded velvet video cages. And then we all stand there and say "isnt it awful that they are in these cages and everyone is staring at them. Where are the parents? And look how cute they are when they move about - just like real children!" Well, the parents are floating in and out of the cage during peak viewing times, the rest of the time they are working the ticket counter collecting the money we paid to come and gawk at the cage.

We have to be done now. I said this in another forum, but these DVDs are out there for all time and the kids have to live them down. Good people on this blog have mentioned pedophiles. Try to imagine the cruel comments of teenage boys who WILL tease their classmate about the epi where he is disimpacted in a van in a parking lot by his dad. Can you even imagine?

Maybe if we all just drive past the zoo and dont stop and dont pay admission to gawk at the cage this week, we can have an impact. It's hard but perhaps the best thing we can do is NOTHING. Be done now.
(You guys are a great bunch.)

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Excellent analogy with the zoo! Kind of reminds me of the Simpson's episode where Apu and his wife have octuplets and they end up in the zoo putting on shows every few hours, the rights of the kids signed away to the zoo owner. Only in this case the kids never had any rights to begin with. And after Apu and his wife realized the horror of having their kids on display they STOPPED IT. Even cartoon characters are smarter than Kon.

konspiracytheory said...

rockypriscilla said:

1)While Kate is complaining about being alone with the kids while she is eating her salad, the kids are seen talking to the not-nanny about what shirt to wear, and the camera catches a glimpse of her foot (you can see at the bottom of the screen, 2 feet wearing hospital type shoe covers).

2)Kate is quick to point out that Jon is home with helpers, while she is doing everything "alone". Double talk, and what happened to having on part time "babysitter"? Now they have "helpers"?

3)I'd like to elaborate on the 2 kids coming up asking for her help? The boy (Aiden??) was trying to get dressed like Kate ordered, but the other 2 boys locked him out of the room. He runs to Kate to tell her, along with Alexis trying to explain, and then she freaks and threatens him with a nap if he doesn't get dressed.

4) When Kate is done talking to the camera (at the table with the salad) she jumps up and tells one of the boys that if the kids don't all come they will be left. He sends him to threaten the girls, and all of the girls can be seen fully dressed and very nicely and quietly waiting to leave, watching TV. She made no effort to find them, just starts threatening them.

5) When Joel asks Kate about the toy being candy, she tells him to see for himself, and when he opens his mouth to take a bite, she gives him the most evil look that I have ever seen, especially directed at a child asking an innocent question. He looks scared and then smiles and says "I'm funny" to try to convince Kate that he's really not as stupid as she apparently thinks he is, and Kate replies something to the effect of "yeah, Joel, you were really kidding". I wanted to jump through the screen by this point and give little Joel a hug (and maybe give Kate a little "love-slap")!!

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Time away from this mess is time well spent - trust me! I've drastically scaled back on reading about J&K, but it's hard to go cold turkey! LOL - BTW, thanks "Don't Go" for the kind words a few weeks back.

rockypriscilla, I love your eye for detail! So many of those things jumped out at/bugged me too.

Another thing: if Kate did the Party City day "all alone", how did the girls' hair get magically styled while she sat there eating her craft services salad and rolling her eyes at any child who dared to come near her?

Kate has declared in the past that she can't do the girls' hair, which frankly was obvious - it was always in their faces. Since the arrival of the 'not-a-nanny', the girls have been sporting some adorable hairstyles (although I do agree with a PP that they're so tight as to look headache-inducing).

So...how did the girls' hair get done if she was doing it all alone? TLC obviously thinks/hopes we're too stupid to figure it out. OK, so the nanny was there. Why not leave the kids home with her? Or send the nanny to Party City? Or, if Kate really wanted to give them the experience of picking out the decorations (which I don't believe she really cared about for a second, but just stick with me) and was overwhelmed by doing it alone, why not bring the nanny?

None of the above was an option b/c they each would have spoiled the illusion that Kate and TLC are striving for. Speaking of illusions, gotta love the fake pap lightbulb flashes going off all around her at the beginning of the show. Nice try TLC.

For those who are wondering, it has been mentioned on GWoP in the past that Carla is a paid helper (whom they try to pass off as a friend when it suits them).

One more thing (!): I see what some of you who are on 'Team Jon' are saying, but really, he's just the lesser of two evils. No one has/is holding a gun to his head to continue - he loves the toys/perks/$$$$ just as much as she does.

(Jon X evil) + (Kate X 2evil) =
8 tiny lives ruined

TLC Wake Up said...

silimom said...
one thing I noticed is that Jon is getting flack for saying he quit his job to be a stay at home Dad. People seem to think he's talking about the job he had when Kate was pregnant with the tups but I think he's either talking about the government job he had or the job with Beth's husband.


Well there have been rumors that Jon was let go from that job as well, but being a state job of course no one is going to come forward and say that. It has been said Jon missed a lot of time and took sick days to film and than would say on camera "I took a sick day so I could......." Let's face it he said he was let go from his first job because his employer didn't want to insure his growing family and than it came out Jon was doing other things on company time and got caught! IMO he NEVER had a job with Bob Carson. He may have done some computer set up's or some little jobs but after he told us that, he was never seen going to or from work and was sitting in some sort of home office/closet!

Jon and Kate have become spin doctors and expect the viewers that watch their program will just blindly follow them. I guess they think we have the IQ of a hemroid! They have told lie after lie to suit their OWN needs. Karma is a you know what and it is coming back to get them big time!

I, like everyone else feel badly for the kids. The whole birthday party was a sad little affair when in fact it was a milestone in those kids lives. The Jon and Alexis scene was just heart breaking.

Rebecca said...

"Kate is being a mother. Going out and working is okay for a woman and mother to do.
Welcome to the 21st century."

Certainly. However, as her career consists of talking about what a great mother she is it seems disingenuous.

stunned said...

Thank you for the recap! Some observations:

1. Soooo grateful I didn’t watch. No way do I need/want that negativity piped into my home—manufactured or not.

2. If Kate & Jon are now producers, I’d have to guess that Controlling Kate was present & watching Jon’s couch interview from behind the camera--probably even directing it. Who knows, maybe they did both laugh about it afterward, like poster Sam suggested, all the way to the bank.

3. Nothing in the recap about Kate wearing a visible pink thong to her children's party, as reported in another thread, so maybe I misread it before. But if she did so (which I would believe because it would tend to go with so many new outfits, like the one she was wearing in the Baltimore airport w/Steve), then maybe the not-a-nannies should start laying out HER clothes. Ladies-in-waiting ARE the logical next step, I suppose. ;-)

dayna said...

chelle in Michigan said...
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Whenever I see her mug on a magazine at the check out, I turn the magazine around. No one reads the back cover.
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Great idea. My grocery stores routinely hides the cover of Cosmo (oh no! sex talk!) behind black plastic inserts. I think I'll move them so they hide KON instead.

stunned said...

Note to Team TLC: (Hi there!) If true, it's very interesting that Collin’s being prompted by cameramen (to thank Kate for the party) was caught on film. Wouldn’t that be a major gaff if it proves the kids ARE acting and thus should be covered by child actor protection laws? Would TLC/Discovery have liability for knowingly using child actors without observing their requisite protections?

Seems like cancelling the show rather than risking that liability and bad publicity exposure would be in your network’s—and shareholders’—best interests. You might want to shoot a quick memo over to your attorneys, just in case. ;-)

Momof4inTN said...

Bill O'Reilly had a great segment on this show last night.."We shouldn't be watching this garbage" and his take of it was spot-on. "What's the difference between watching an illegal dog-fight and this? Two parents tearing apart their marriage for fame and fortune and the kids getting hurt in the process". He's absolutely right. TLC should be ashamed of itself. It's "The Learning Channel" for heavens sake. What are we learning?? We are learning that TV executives don't care what the consequences are as long as they make a lot of money...and that reality show parents who make a lot of money and get famous don't care if they're children are humiliated and hurt. To take a line from Kate...I didn't sign up for this. I wanted a family show I could enjoy watching with my kids. If I wanted tabloid garbage I would have bought it at the grocery store. Please...everyone...make sure you let TLC know this is not the kind of programming you want to watch.

LeosLion said...

Divorcing Kate will be neither cheap nor easy. Jon will have to continue with the show. Perhaps the new title can be Jon plus 8 minus Kate :)

anna said...

while I think alot of the complaints about Kate are pretty bogus, I must admit this one thing did bother me. Collin walked up to his mom to thank her for the party. Collin couldnt get her attention despite being right next to her and it looked like he was touching her. He said 'Thank you' at least twice- Kate just sort of stood there ignoring him. A woman sitting at a table saw Collin and motioned to Kate that he was there. Only then did she bend over and give him any attention. Alot of the lovey dovey stuff with the kids seemed a bit forced to me. Sad. Jon on the other hand seemed genuinely loving to the kids- especally the scene with Alexis. That was also sad in a completely different way. While I dislike Kate I still hope they are able to repair the damage done and stay together. Kids need two parents.

Bellasmama2000 said...

Kate, get a GRIP! All the whining about planning the party alone - call me a "waaaambulance"!!! I am a single mother, who has been raising my kids alone for 8 years now! Grow up - you had them, now RAISE them.

Cherier1 said...

Nice recap - thank you!

Sukie said...

TLC gambled and lost on this season opener. Yes, they got their ratings - yet - the general consensus of the public is very negative.
All the blogs and comments on most websites (not just this one) are from people that disapprove. People feel "dirty" after watching it - because of the very private and sad moments that should never be shown on television. A crumbling marriage due to a "reality show" is NOT entertainment.
I sense a growing backlash.

my4kiddos said...

Who knew that filling pinatas and goody bags with "junkily clunkily" could be SO exhausting.

Oh, but I guess it would be when you do it *sigh* all alone.

I would think that traveling 20 days out of the month would be more exhausting than sticking candy in a box. But that's just me.

Ms.Peach said...

I just sent an email to CBS Early Show thanking them for having Kevin and Jodi on. Being on that show gave them much credibility. It was hard to see Kevin so emotional. I hope now the ball will get rolling to have a law passed to protect children on reality TV shows.

Sukie said...

Lyn912 said...
I talked to my sister-in-law today, who was one of the Moms at the tups party. She said that Collin going over to thank Kate for the party was staged. She said she saw someone from the crew talking to Collin, then pointing to Kate. Then Collin goes over to Kate.
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Very interesting - so the children are "acting" right?!
Did she have any other insight?
Did she have to sign a confidentiality agreement?

Bell said...

I work for a "family" friendly cruise line. July 2010 the family is scheduled to take a cruise to promote "family' cruises and their television show. So this tells me that TLC and J&K have no intention of cancelling this show. Its gonna be around for at least another season.

addicted to reality TV said...

I concur with this comment by
konspiracytheory :

One more thing (!): I see what some of you who are on 'Team Jon' are saying, but really, he's just the lesser of two evils. No one has/is holding a gun to his head to continue - he loves the toys/perks/$$$$ just as much as she does.

Treece said...

I've never heard a woman complain so much in my life. Yes I watched it, because I have extreme curiosity, and it will stay on my DVR along with the puppy episodes. Speaking of which I was hoping to see more of the dogs as the kids were so happy to have them, and all of a sudden the attention is back on Kate...I'm sorry, Kate & the kids. I kind of fear for the well being of the dogs (along with the kids yes), because who knows what Kate is doing to them...she didn't even really want the dogs. I was kind of concerned about a Shepherd having their ears laid back, but it could have just been them being very happy, but a Shepherd is the last dog I think of having their ears laid down when they're OK...Alright moving on...:)

Mady seemed rather happy through this episode, but then again you barely saw the kids. Mady is definitely more of a family child, and too bad she can't get more of her family.

I almost cried for kate at the end because she actually showed EMOTION, I died...I thought, Wow, she DOES have emotions. Who would've thunk it? But back to her complaining, she needs to get off her high horse because no Paparazzi will, in her words, "Lay down and die". I mean really, the media is the basis of many people's lives and anyone who strives to be famous KNOWS this. This is why I would never want to be in such a place. Does she think that being on TV (rather than acting, or singing) doing a "documentary" was going to give her some type of privacy? HELLO!! YOUR SHOW IS ON CABLE!!!! For someone so smart she does not think things through. I cannot feel sorry for her or anyone else who complains about their privacy being invaded when they put themselves out into the public though it pisses me off how they are almost seen as inhuman.

And I think kate uses paper plates because she would hate to see the clumsy and messy kids (oh God Forbid a child acts like a child) break a plate. THough she could purchase plastic I think that would be too much more work for her to wash them.

Just for fun, and hoping this gets posted I am going to make a Kate-Complain List:

1) Paparazzi
2) Puppy Pee & Poo
3) Puppy in general
4) Child interruptions
5) Messy children
6) Nanny's who "cross-contaminate"
7) Being interrupted by a significant other
8) Non-Matching items
9) Two Cakes
10) Jon
11) Fans
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I was actually shocked how she said she didn't appreciate FANS...um...these are the people who watch you and LIKE you...that really pushed my buttons because I didn't understand that comment at all.

Lastly...I cannot say that I HATE Kate despite all of the allegations. I dislike her, because of her attitude and whatever else, but I just cannot bring myself to Hate her *shrugs* And I am not against her receiving a Tummy Tuck...I would have taken it too if my stomach looked like that, and at the beginning she kind of deserved it. Plus it was upon another woman's discretion to give her a tuck, so she got lucky.

Daner said...

Please go to http://www.usmagazine.com/ and take the poll on the front page:

Are Jon and Kate exploiting their kids with their reality show?

Paige said...

@JJ28

Jon didn't "need a weekend off." I'm sure the crew told Kate she would be going to the party store alone. And if you were paying attention when Jon got to the party, he said he had to go back and forth to the house twice because Kate kept forgetting things; he didn't just show up "hours late."

Paige said...

@JJ28

You don't get why Jon is mad at Kate? Are we watching the same show?

Jon wants out of the charade but Katie Irene is too self-absorbed to stop the gravy train.

Jennifer D said...

Konspiracy Theory- DING DING DING!

I was just about to comment on the hair styles on the day Kate claimed to have been "alone"...she is busted on that one.

Tell me this: How does ANY mother expect 8 children to be dressed and ready without her actually having to lift a finger? Does she and TLC think we are all the gullible?

Another little thing I caught (sorry if this has been noted)

They show the Kate at the counter preparing food and then quickly cut to the children eating lunch. You are lead to believe that they are eating what Kate prepared. But when I froze the scene I realized that Kate is preparing her own salad! She did not make lunch for those kids.

In her blog of lies she claims she got up, laid out clothes for the kids, made lunches and "played outside"....yeah. That was probably right before she took a trip to the moon on the spaceship she built by hand in her garage.

The really idiotic part is that Kate could have just told the truth and expressed gratitude: "I am so thankful to have help." Even I could forgive that if she was just honest about it.

lovemyfour said...

I started watching this show like so many others.We actually live only an hour or so north of this family, so that was pretty neat. I have 4 kids , 17,14,8 and 2.5. When I started watching in 2007, they really gave me strength when I needed it.After a while, Kate's behavior bugged me, but at the end of the day, they seemed to love each other.
The show that just made me say 'wait a minute' was the gum incident. To yell at the poor child and threaten to throw his lovie in the garbage is horrible. I was stunned when she got Jody on the phone and read her the riot act ! That was just it for me. I do not know anyone who would have handled that situation the way Kate did.
Many like minded people have commented on the many, many problems with the show, so no need to cover them again.

These are the things I GET:
The product placement and freebies.
Its a business, all about advertising, making money.
The new house. The show is a huge hit. I'm sure that living in a regular neighborhood was no longer a good thing for the Gosselins or their neighbors.The new clothing. Who doesn't want to look nice ?
The trips. We all sort of enjoyed seeing where they would go next.
This is what I don't get.
Why do they act like they have to budget for the things they buy ? We know they get freebies.
Why did Kate tell us the kids deserve the new house ? She could have told the truth, need for privacy, fortunate enough to have the money, etc.
The trips, each one grander than the next ? Even though it was neat to see where they went , their lack of gratitude just ruined it for me.Most of us would never be able to do all of the things this family has been privileged with.

Kate vowed to Jon in Hawaii to speak more kindly. It only got worse !
The show has become very hard to watch. Kate is right, they very rapidly became different people.I wanted to tell her to slow down and ease up, because she is missing out on some wonderful,sweet years with her kids. They are going to be grown and gone before she knows it. From what she has shown us, I don't think she really cares. It is crap when she speaks of birthdays as making it another year.

Now here we are today. Yes, I agree, Jon should have not put himself and his family in this position. What's done is done. He did apologize , and there is not much more that he can do. He has to move on and hopefully learn from his mistake.He obviously did not want season 5. Everyone saw that, except for Kate.She was loving where she was. Yes, she should be able to be fulfilled, but not at the expense of her family. She should have never gone to People magazine. She needs to stop playing the victim. She is thriving on the paparazzi. Jon needs to man up and do what is right for
his family. This maddness must be stopped for the sake of those eight innocent children. It is not cute anymore. It is not real life anymore. It has gone terribly wrong. Jon is obviously embarrassed, Kate should be. Please tell Kate to stop !!!

RealMom said...

Keep complaining Kate, my kids are older teens and I wish I could still be filling gift bags for their innocent birthday parties of yesterday.

JennN said...

Is it just me or are the kids starting to act out? I have never saw the boys being mean to each other like they were in this show.

Hater said...

Dayna, about the magazine covers - they should put the black bar across Kate's face so that people don't vomit when they see her.

ScriptChick said...

I have been nervous about putting this out on a blog, but since it was touched on in a Jodi & Kevin interview I will go ahead and let the cat out of the bag. When Jon and Kate went to Hawaii they just wanted to go on a (free) vacation. However TLC was worried the viewers/fans would uproar about the extravagance of it (remember this was during a time when they were claiming to be poor and normal) so they came up with the idea of renewing the vows. From this idea came the idea of tying the weding dress episode (nothing beats a tie-in with another TLC show!)The Gosselins were against the wedding vow renewal but did it ONLY so they could go to Hawaii. The producers also wanted to do it to show that "Jon and Kate really do love each other" in spite of what was filmed and what blog users thought about their marriage. They do scan blogs. My source? A production assisstant. She thinks they are slimy and I agree!

Al said...

I've got to say this: After watching this show from the beginning, I cannot believe Jon cheated on Kate. The man is thoroughly whipped and beaten. There's no way he had the cojones to step out on her unless Kate already threw him out of the house.

JerseyShore said...

I agree the Collin thank you was staged that is why I thought it looked phony. Also the "Alexis-Jon "don't go daddy" I thought was in reference to him having to keep leaving the party to get things, not about his supposed leaving the household to live separately. Just my take.

MichelleS said...

Did anyone notice how she was throwing trash on the camera? She sprayed the camera with silly string, later on shoved a gum wrapper on it and then something else.Poor camera crew.
My husband actually made a comment, as much as he hates the show and doesnt usually watch, when Kate was filling up the pinatas, she gave the kids some candy for being good. My hubby commented that theyre allowed to have candy now???..lol He said he has never seen that before.

Amanda said...

Congrats Kate. All of America has watched your family/marriage fall apart. BUT HEY! Show must go on.

After watching this cringe/tear up worthy show I needed a cold stiff drink and a cigarette.

NewWester said...

After watching this show off and on for the past few seasons I can honestly say this will be the last year you will see Jon and Kate in the same show together.
The producers are slowly but surely easing Jon out of the show so that it will be more focused on Kate and her coping with being a single mother dealing with 8 children. In one way this could be a good thing.
If Jon decides to go back to a private life and leave the show it can give the children a chance to go when things get to be too much with Kate and the show. Depending on what type of arrangement Jon and Kate come to if they decide to go their separte ways.
As for Mondays show did anyone happen to read the article in the "Vancouver Sun" ? It brought up a few good points about all the fuss on the subject of the paprazzi following the family. In particular the scene from Mondays show.
One last comment Jon and in particular Kate had better start thinking of the future and how their children will look back at thier lives growing up. If they want to read how some children of celebrities thought of their upbringing I would suggest they read the books the daughters of Joan Crawford and Bette Davis wrote! Like a previous poster wrote Karma can bite hard!!

ILoveTheInternet said...

Kate was complaining that she hadn't had time to plan for the party and she was loading up the kids to go to Party City to get decorations for the party. Why doesn't she do what other busy working mothers do? Use the internet! At night after her book signings and appearances, when she is sitting in the hotel room all alone, she could be shopping for her family needs. I order as much as I can online to save me the time from going to a store. I order from the drugstore online, I order groceries online, I order party supplies online, I order clothes online, etc. With free shipping it costs the same (sometimes less) and Mr. UPS leaves it at my door, leaving me to use my time better. Kate, no need be trailed by paparazzi when going to Target to buy toilet paper, buy it online. I do. BTW, I recycle the boxes and packing materials and donate to a non-profit that sells artwork made by disabled persons. Her complaints about being so busy just irritate me to no end, we might not all have 8 children but many of us have extremely demanding lives.

Merry said...

After watching Jodi and Kevin I wrote to tlc discovery ect and expressed my outrage in their continuing on with this farce.I am also writing to the sponsors.Clearly the parents have lost it.Let's hope the aunt and uncle will prevail and not lose hope.

rockypriscilla said...

I find it interesting that Kevin and Jodi have been so heavily criticized by the sheeple for talking to Star Magazine. I've seen comments saying "How could they dare talk to a trash gossip magazine. Well, here's a little article that I came across given before Christmas of '08 by Kate to, you guessed it, Star Magazine.
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The holidays are a busy time for most moms, but for Kate Gosselin, star of the TLC hit reality show Jon & Kate Plus 8, it's business as usual. A master at managing chaos, Kate knows how to buy in bulk and feed a large crowd. "I'm a well trained shopper," the mother of twins (8-year-old Cara and Mady) and sextuplets (4-year-old Aaden, Joel, Alexis, Hannah, Leah and Collin) told Star at P&G's brandSAVER Live! event. Here she shares her holiday plans and tips for saving money.

What are your plans for Christmas?
"We're just going to continue our Christmas tradition of caroling. And we'll bake."

Are you working on songs for this year?
"I haven't started yet. But the kids are older now so they'll learn faster. Or we'll do the ones from last year!"

What gifts are the kids asking for?
"Well, we have 4-year-olds and I remember this from when Cara and Maddy were 4. They come running and say, 'Mommy, Mommy, I want this'... and I'll say, 'What is it? Where did you hear of that?' And they'll say, 'On TV!'"

What kind of TV do they watch?
"They're Disney kids. And to be honest, our show is their favorite thing. They ask to watch it all the time. It's interesting. It's like them watching their memories."

Would you have ever thought 10 years ago you would be a TV star?
"No, it's ridiculously funny. I just think of myself as a mom so it's funny when people get all worked up about seeing us. It's not what I thought I'd ever be doing."

Rumor has it you are looking to move. Has that happened yet?
We don't say, but we are planning to move at some point and it will be covered on the show. We've outgrown our house. But the show will go on.

Have you felt the economic crunch?
"We all have, but I have always cut coupons. I've always looked at the sale fliers and I've always planned my meals ahead of time. You know, long before gas prices went up and they were saying 'group your errands,' we were already doing that out of necessity."

The kids are usually dressed alike. Do any of them prefer to dress differently?
"They don't mind either way. At home they open the drawers and dress themselves and you can imagine some of the outfits they come up with. And I don't fight them any more. I would have fought Maddy and Cara at that age. I did. I'd say, 'Go back upstairs and change, you're hurting my eyes.' But I don't fight them anymore.

Do the kids know that they're celebrities?
"They don't understand it. To them, it's their normal. They've been filming since they were 15-months-old and they don't know any different. And I've taught them — and at 4 they understand — that if people are taking pictures, and it bothers you, just say, 'No, thank you' and turn your back."

Do you enjoy doing the show?
The blessings are we get to work from home, we're there with them. We get to travel. There's so many experiences that we wouldn't otherwise have. I feel like it's making them so well-rounded.
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The only difference is that Jodi and Kevin told the truth. Kate, on the other hand....

Pauper Princess said...

I watched this train wreck again last night. I was telling my DH about it, and he wanted to watch it. Ugh. I feel dirty.

I don't know how it can be any sadder. It's just a mess. I can't imagine NOT wanting to at least TRY to make my marriage work. Six months (if you believe Kate's timeline) is not sufficient enough time, IMHO, to throw 10 yrs of marriage. C'mon.

Rosalie said...

Jon wasn't away for the weekend like Kate suggested. We drove past the house Saturday (the party was on Sunday) and he was sitting outside. The kids were around as well. I believe this was around 4 or 5pm.

rockypriscilla said...

I also came across a very interesting article on Radaronline about the long term effects to the kids.
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While the premiere of the fifth season of Jon & Kate Plus 8 drew a record 9.8 million viewers, Jon and Kate Gosselin are inflicting child abuse on their brood through the constant filming for the reality show, an expert exclusively tells RadarOnline.com. While the family gets many perks -- from free trips to free clothes -- the eight kids are being subjected to an environment that could inflict potentially long-term emotional damage.

“I don’t care if the father goes out and gets run over, or the mother shoots herself, that’s their choices. They’re adults. These poor children are being televised. It’s outrageous. Of course it has an effect.” Dr. Michael Brody, Media Chairman of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry said. He believes that the scrutiny, attention, and responsibilities placed on the children “is child abuse.”

“It creates a family situation where things are not genuine. This kind of behavior makes people into great actors and actresses, living this double life.” he added, commenting on the potential disparity between what is caught on camera versus the actual reality of Gosselins’ day-to-day lives.

“Here you have a situation where there is no privacy. The worst parts of their lives are probably picked up for the TV show because that makes good drama. [The kids will] learn how to deal with each of the parents in a certain way that is scripted and false and then they develop a false sense of themselves. They will not have real relationships with either parent.”

Brody -- who has never spoken with the Gosselins -- wrote Messages: Self Help Through Popular Culture and teaches a course on Children and Media at the University of Maryland. Even in normal situations he notes that “family life has become nothing more than career development - in terms of what camps the kids go to so they can get into a better college.”

In the extreme case of the Gosselins, that concept is taken to a whole different level. “This is just too much enhancement and these kids are too young, they’re helpless. They’re not given any choice in this. Some of the kids might like the attention but this just doesn’t work. This show is just outrageous.”

So five seasons in, Brody only sees one possible solution to help better the children’s lives: “The only way to help these kids is to get them off television. Somebody should intercede, some organization. The show should stop, aren’t there child labor laws? Can’t these kids have some protection?”

Sonja said...

I was laughing my head off at those poor kids trying to break the pinatas--- they were pull string and you don't have to beat them!!! Most pinatas these days are made that way so kids don't have to beat up their favorite characters :) just take turns pulling the strings till the 'candy door' opens.

Anonymous said...

First off, did anyone think Kate might be on some kind of happy pills? She was so nice decorating the pavilion for the party and even laughed about the bugs. Come on, normally she would be flipping out!
You can see it on those poor kids faces they are so unhappy with the filming of this show.
Kate was blaming John for everything in this split. No mention was made of the Uncle Kevin and Aunt Jodi video, and the contract that gives Jon his freedom in turn for showing up for filming.

Who really cares about Jon and Kate?
My heart goes out to the children. Mady and Kara especially.

Hannah W. said...

JennN said...

Is it just me or are the kids starting to act out? I have never saw the boys being mean to each other like they were in this show.

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I wouldn't say anything that the boys did or said was anything unusual. They're older now, they're going to wrestle, and lock each other out of rooms ( my brother did that to me all the time ), and all that fun stuff.It's part of being siblings.

Sadie said...

It was clear at the end of last season that Jon did not want to sign a contract for another season. He said he didn't like the attention, didn't like the direction it was taking them.
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I would agree it seemed that way. There's just one problem. Jon spoke at Penn State on February 7, 2009 where he said they had already signed on for season five. He was perfectly happy to film another season until the pictures with Deanna, until the accusation of an affair were made public.

cutie27634 said...

I have read several peoples comments on them saying that these people should quit the show and go on with their lives.While I agree completely,They can never go back to being normal.They are now on season 5 and have shared their lives with the public for way too long and the damage is already done. This family will continue to be followed by the media through these childrens whole lives and all the mistakes that they will make will be blamed on them being in a reality show when they were children.Jon and kate will never be able to be normal because if they were ever to get real jobs the paparazzi would follow them to and from work and where ever they decide to go for years to come.It breaks my heart that the show has become what it has.These two parents put fame and fortune ahead of their own children and sure they will google their parents one day but what is in the tabloids is not the only thing they will see.They will see their mother putting down their father,they will see their father saying that he can not be himself because of his children and they will see their mother blaming them for her marital problems.And now that Kate is working with Healthtex to create a line of childrens clothing it is far beyond the end of the road for the Gosselins.One final comment that I have is that through everything that has been going on why has neither parent spoke up about Jodi and Kevin.TRUTH HURTS DONT IT KON!!!!!!

Becca said...

spike1960 said: "All Jon and Kate's protestations that they do everything "for the children" are laughable. If they really want to do something for the kids, they will pull the plug on the show and get some counseling to repair a badly damaged marriage. I wonder if the Christian publisher (Zondervan) and the adoring church crowds who flock to Kate's appearances will dry up now that they see behind the facade. I say this without rancor--I am a Christian and I have been praying for this family."

I couldn't agree more. I read Kate's book back before all the media craziness started with the tabloids and everything. I found her book to be so encouraging with everything she learned about God's unconditional love and provision throughout the process of birthing the sextuplets. Not a week later the craziness started with the tabloids and I was so disappointed and sad for them. Kate's claims (in her book) of the way we, as Christians, can learn and grow through the struggles of our lives when we put our trust in the God we serve is absolutely 100% true and I live by that completely. However, part of me felt kinda embarrassed when I found out what was really going on in the Gosselin marriage.

After watching the season 5 premiere, I think that "spike1960" nailed it on the head with their assessment. If Jon and Kate are going to claim to be Christians, they ought to start acting as such - especially because they are in the public eye! They could be setting a good example for the rest of the world and instead they are doing the complete opposite. I, too, am praying for the Gosselin family. The best they could do "for the kids" and really for their entire family is to cancel the show and get some hard-core Christian counseling. To own up to your mistakes and take the difficult, honest, hard-working steps to fix them is more deserving of respect than continuing a show "for the kids" that is actually ruining their lives.

Heather M. said...

Thanks for the recap. I only caught the last half of the re-run. Watching that show was really uncomfortable. It's a private matter. I think that Kate just needs to let the show go. It's not doing anyone but her any good. The problem is that the show is done already and she's the only one who doesn't realize it.

Lyndsae said...

Joan said

"Kate is being a mother. Going out and working is okay for a woman and mother to do.
Welcome to the 21st century."

Thank you! That's exactly what I've been thinking. I don't agree with a lot of Kate's behavior, but I can't fault her for travelling on her book tour. I her husband was the one travelling on business, would anyone be complaining about him?

Having said that, I want to make it clear that I'm not on the Kate-is-Great train.

Danielle said...

State Of PA Legislative
LABOR & INDUSTRY COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/cteeInfo/cteeInfo.cfm?cde=21&body=S

CONTACT THEM TO PROPOSE LEGISLATION PROTECTING CHILDREN!!!!

Pauper Princess said...

@notyouraveragebear...

"I agree with whoever said that if Kate is all about following gods plan, then why oh why did she do the fertility treatments?! Clearly god didn't want her to have ANY children."

Oh please stop that nonsense. That's an insult to everyone that has struggled with infertility.


"I believe that Jon is the one that told Kate to get lost, not the other way around. She seems all bothered about it and Jon just sits there like a ding dong. "

I respectfully disagree. She wears the pants in that family - there's no way he called it off first. She made that decision.

Kateisanidiot said...

i am probably stretching it here, but....did anyone else notice Kate's interaction with the camera? Silly String, gum wrapper, etc....fisssshhhhyyyyy. Flirty.

susied2009 said...

I started watching J&K from the beginning. I was able top relate to K&J, and their daily struggles parenting 8 kids.
As the seasons rolled along, I found myself not relating to them, but using the show as a teaching tool.. for myself... how NOT to treat my DH and 2 DS's( ages 8 and 11).
I, like many, could not bring myself to turn off and look away from the J&K "trainwreck".
I told myself I would not watch Monday night..but I did ...with my 2 boys...
The show was VERY upsetting to my kids...so much so, I turned it off and sent them downstairs to read and watch a DVD with their father, and I continued to watch alone.
To see the expressions on MY kids faces as J&K "snubbed" and avoided it each during the BD party was too much for ME to take....I can't imagine how those poor kids feel every day.

My heart aches for them.

Monday night we prayed as a family for the Gosselins(all of them), and will continue to do so..
Thank you moderators for this blog. Keep up the good work!

Susied2009

JackfromNY said...

I think that TLC is as much at fault as J & K in this whole thing.

Clearly their marriage/family is in trouble and yet TLC is exploiting it for ratings.

TLC needs to realize that it's not the cute show it used to be and cut the cord. Let J & K work on their family for awhile. STOP FILMING THEM.

Who are the people in charge at TLC that think it's okay to be putting this on tv?

This is not some scripted tv drama. This is a real family, with real kids that are hurting and will continue to be hurt as long as they keep doing the show.

Obviously Kate doesn't want to stop doing the show. Jon wants to stop, but clearly he has no say in it.

I think it would be a huge wakeup call for Kate if TLC came to them and said "we're stopping the show for awhile, because you need to work on your marriage and your family prob;ems. Once you get it together, we'll be back to film again".

But of course TLC would never do that, because like all tv channels, they're only in it for ratings and money. If the show is making money, TLC clearly doesn't care what it's doing to the kids.

pam said...

I think one of your rules should be-

Spell the kid's named correctly!

I mean really- how long and how many times have we seen these names in print? And people still spell them wrong? It's just laziness.

elle said...

First of all, I do think Kate acts like she's on happy pills of some kind. As someone that has witnessed opiate use up close and personal, I know that they can make even the worst task seem not only tolerable, but grand. They make people animated, overly chatty and "fun". Obviously, this is just an observation- she could very well just be deciding to really step up the acting to make herself seem almost human in response to all the criticism. I think it's likely both. Secondly, I, too saw the Alexis/Jon scene differently than most people. I saw her affection towards him and clinginess as a sign that she is ACCUSTOMED to him being around all of the time and he was away for a very short period of time (ie-the length of time it took khate to be filmed pretending to go it alone). My opinion is that she misses Jon's presence when Khate has to step in and be a "parent" here and there for show.

OpenYourEyes said...

ILoveTheInternet Said, "Kate was complaining that she hadn't had time to plan for the party and she was loading up the kids to go to Party City to get decorations for the party. Why doesn't she do what other busy working mothers do? Use the internet!"
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Because the whole thing was fake....a set-up to show how the "p-people" are stalking Kate. Of course her personal assistants had already taken care of the party supplies. That show she put on for the cameras, while she went into the store to pick-up some pinatas was just ridiculous. Kate, how dare you claim the paparazzi are causing you pain when you put your kids thru the same thing nearly everyday in their own home with cameras shoved in their faces. What's the difference?

By the way, I totally agree with your internet shopping advice. It works for us real moms in the real world for sure.

Dee Dee said...

What a disappointing episode. I was hoping that Kate at least would show some determination to save her marriage. Neither of them expressed any interest in doing that so I guess it's over.

Kate seemed so awkward at the party, like a bad actress playing a Mom. Like she'd never organized or run a birthday party in her life. Seemed to me that insisting on tearing open all the piñatas herself was an attempt to keep the cameras on herself (as usual).

Another odd thing was that the septuplets seemed older and more grown up than their "classmates". Were they held back in school?

I also didn't buy how "exhausted" Kate claimed to be while getting the stuff put together for the party. She didn't look exhausted. She looked fit and energetic, albeit depressed.

chocoboat said...

It's sad to see how oblivious Kate is to the fact that all the problems are her fault. She truly seems unaware that things such as paparazzi followers and an unhappy Jon are the result of her insistence on continuing the show.

I completely agree with MelissaLG, that Jon would file for divorce, hire lawyers, and get the show stopped if that was a reasonable solution. Since that would only make things 100 times worse, he simply has to play along. At least he's getting paid well for it.

However, I think the Kate-bashers need to let up when it comes to her relationship with the kids. When she shows love and affection, it's "omg look how fake she is" and "Kate's putting on a show for the camera".

When she does anything else, it's "how could she treat them so badly, why doesn't she show affection for them". There's no way to win.

I believe that Kate loves the kids and it's clear that they love her back. Kate is being stupid and greedy and thinks she's the star of the show, but she does love her kids.

toad2250 said...

Bill O'Reilly spoke out about the show? You mean he and I are actually in agreement on something? Yeah, only frickin' Kate Gosselin could bring that about. *shakes head*

Love this blog!!

cindie said...

I just found this blog yesterday after watching the premier and DYING to find a message board to talk about it. Needless to say, I spent my entire day at work reading the comments and recaps from past episodes. Yeah, work is kind of slow.

I re-watched last night solely for the scene with Jon and Lex. I have never seen Jon so "intimate" with any of the kids and it just broke my heart. You could tell Jon has not been in the house for awhile and truly misses his kids. Kate, on the other hand, when one of the boys was thanking her for the party, ignored him twice and once she was told that he was there, then took notice to him.

I agree with the poster Al above, Jon would not have the balls to cheat on Kate, it's only after she threw him out of the house did he "move" on. I fully believe Jodi and Kevin when they say Kate went to John 6 months ago with a contract. They have no reason to lie. And the reason I'm on Team Jon? You have to a B for your own family to sell you out.

I also caught on to Jon saying in the interview last night that they had "an open relationship". It's not clear if he meant he and Kate, or if he meant he and the kids.

I am looking forward to reading the recaps each week and reading everyone's comments.

Sadie said...

We also need to work for legislation that possibly prohibits fertility treatments for families that already have healthy children.
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Wait...what???? That is a very offensive statement. The number of children one has is a personal decision and should not be based on whether medical intervention is required or not.

chocoboat said...

Do you ever think about who is being harmed the most by having the show continue?

Jon and Kate chose to do the show, and are getting paid nicely for it. Things turned out worse than they hoped, but they chose this path.

The tups don't know any other life. They know the cameramen, they're having fun, and showing no negative effects. By the time they're old enough to be embarrassed about anything, this show will have been over for years.

Cara and Mady are the real victims. They're the ones getting to see the tabloids and the rumors. They're the ones having friends ask if their parents are getting divorced, or if Mommy was having sex with the bodyguard.

Cara might be able to deal with it a little better, to shut out those people and just stay around her real friends. But Mady is going to have a terrible time dealing with it. She's the type of person who encourages teasing (because she reacts strongly), too.

Mady already feels the most unloved, and is always sick of how all the activities focus around the younger kids. She's sick of going to see Sesame Street characters. And now she's probably going to get the worst of it from kids at school. I don't think she'll be a very happy teenager.

Then again, the tups might get the same treatment even after the show's long gone, since the footage is still around. One day Collin could get in an argument with someone who will proceed to show everyone footage of him being constipated and having his dad help to dig the poo out.

g_whizz said...

First time poster here...
The saddest part: When Joel went up to Kate to thank her he repeated "Thank you mommy" several times and she ignored him completely until the woman she was talking to interrupted her saying, "Oh isn't that sweet!"
Kate does a whip-around and tries to cover that she didn't even notice the poor kid then goes on and on about how so many thanked her.

UGH!!!!!

Jin minus Kate/why r they still 2gether? said...

Why doesn't someone stand up for the
kids- can't a lawyer or a elected official from the area or state
propose a law to protect children
who work? Aren't there child labour laws in their state? If
Jon and Kate won't protect their kids- why don't Kevin and Jody
fight for the kids rights? Change
the laws- we are the government-

save the gosselin kids said...

I am starting to believe that the whole thing is a bunch of BS.
It's all a sham a big PR stunt. Neither of them will stop doing the show they both enjoy the benefits($$$ and trips and all the freebies) it provides to them. Jon doesn't want to do the show but he wants to be involved in the show when he wants too. Like the taping of the show when the guys from Orange County Choppers. They both are guilty of using the kids for stuff.

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Dianna said...

ScriptChick said...

I have been nervous about putting this out on a blog, but since it was touched on in a Jodi & Kevin interview I will go ahead and let the cat out of the bag. When Jon and Kate went to Hawaii they just wanted to go on a (free) vacation. However TLC was worried the viewers/fans would uproar about the extravagance of it (remember this was during a time when they were claiming to be poor and normal) so they came up with the idea of renewing the vows. From this idea came the idea of tying the weding dress episode (nothing beats a tie-in with another TLC show!)The Gosselins were against the wedding vow renewal but did it ONLY so they could go to Hawaii. The producers also wanted to do it to show that "Jon and Kate really do love each other" in spite of what was filmed and what blog users thought about their marriage. They do scan blogs. My source? A production assisstant. She thinks they are slimy and I agree!
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Another perfect example how KONs reality show isn't reality!

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10 million viewers.. just think how many of us didn't watch! I'd like to know those numbers!

OH! And.. Thanks for the awesome recap JenTru! You're the best!

Lost in Translation said...

Love the recap-thank you. I appreciate it because I've not watched it. TLC is not available on our cable!
Perez is talking about Kate again-although he doesn't like Jon either. He states Jon can get his money. He drew KATE INTO A DEVIL!! TOOO FUNNY!!!

http://perezhilton.com/page/2/

I think the reason we are all here is because it is just too disturbing to us that they continue the show. Ratiing or not.
Of course they WILL continue- w/10 million viewers.
Jon may quit, but then he'll just lose more contact with his kids. Someone said above that JON could stop the show---NOT NECESSARILY.
CHARLIE SHEEN LOST THE COURT BATTLE TO KEEP HIS KIDS OFF THEIR MOTHER'S REALITY SHOW!!!! So, she knows she can go on anyway.

This is a sick sick situation. I just hate her.

Lost in Translation said...

http://www.starmagazine.com/polls/1985

I'm a voting and voting, and it's not changing! Everyone come and vote!!

Serena said...

wanted to tell you that someone posted the PO BOX address in the comments section on US Magazine. I am sure you are going to get an influx of nasty letters mixed in with the nice ones.

That won't be anything new. :)

Laurie said...

In defense of Jon - I don't think him going out is a big deal. All parents go out, whether it is with their spouse or a group of friends. My sister and her husband alternate going out. Sometimes they go out together and then sometimes they go out at the same time but not together. If the kids have a babysitter or a nanny what is the problem?

Paul74 said...

Lyn912 said...
I talked to my sister-in-law today, who was one of the Moms at the tups party. She said that Collin going over to thank Kate for the party was staged. She said she saw someone from the crew talking to Collin, then pointing to Kate. Then Collin goes over to Kate. Also, the part where Kate went down the line and kissed all the kids. As the kids were sitting, Kate was talking with a couple of crew people, and they all were looking at the kids. Then, she goes over and kisses them. The whole show is a scam.
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Thanks for that! This is just a suggestion, but I think it might be useful if we contacted the television channels and asked them to, at the very least, stop creating a bias towards kate by having her actions / words staged. As far as I can tell, divorce might be a reality, and I question TLC's involvement in turning public opinion in favor of a PR created Kate. If it's a reality show, show us the real deal.

rockypriscilla said...

From the National Enquirer, just posted...
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"Jon & Kate Separate...and Head to Divorce Court!"

That could be the title of Jon and Kate Gosselin’s next reality TV show, as those close to the scandal-plagued pair say they’re heading for a nasty $10 million divorce.

Not only is the twosome tussling over their bank account, according to sources close to the couple, both of them have also consulted high-powered lawyers behind each other’s backs.

“Jon said their goal is to be legally separated by July 15 because Kate wants to move on quickly,” an insider told The ENQUIRER.

“Jon is going to push for half of their money, but Kate is determined to hang on to as much as she can — and they’re worth more than you think.”

Based on a reported paycheck of up to $75,000 for each episode, plus $20,000 per speaking engagement and additional income from book and autograph sales, the Gosselins are rolling in the dough.

“Needless to say, there’s a small fortune at stake here — easily $10 million,” said a family member. “And Jon and Kate will be fighting over it like cats and dogs!”

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Looks like Kon made all of the covers again this week.

Angie said...

Does anyone else find it odd that Jon and Kate kept claiming on Monday's episode that the Paparrazzi are following them night and day and yet the only pictures I've ever seen of the kids that the paparrazi took were taken on film days. I've seen an occassional pap picture of Kate on her book tour, and of course the pictures of Jon out getting drunk, but the kids pictures have only been taken on film days. Hmmmmmm Does anyone else find that just a little bit fishy. Is it because the kids are only taken out in public when they're filming (in which case that would be really sad) or is it because TLC is planting the paparrazzi to increase interest in the show. Somethings off here.

Bladeofgrass said...

I have lurked for quite some time but,it is my first time posting.

Sharla: wonderful recap as always.

I caved and watched the season premier but, it will not happen again. I am going to lockout my TLC channel in protest for the exploitation of the Gosselin children. I do not even want to click on the channel in error and come upon that screeching voice and orange skin. She is truly dispicable.

I just wanted to mention that "twitter" is a great engine for getting the word out to cancel the show. It is easy to sign up. You will also find a "Jon and Kate" topic that has some great comments. I will not stop fighting for these children until this show is cancelled.

Keep up the good work GWOP. I also want to thank Kevin and Jodi for having the courage to come forth. It must be so difficult for them.
I pray for these children every night that someday they will have a "normal" childhood.

KidsRthePriority said...

If I remember correctly, part of the Hawaii vow renewal "vacation" included a week in San Diego so the kids "could adjust to the time change." Nice long vacation...

I was not part of the 9.8 million who watched on Monday, but did read the fantastic recap on this site. In that recap, I recall reading Kate bragging she doesn't care what anyone thinks or says (good or bad) as long as people watch the show. That's it in a nutshell. THIS WILL CONTINUE UNTIL PEOPLE STOP WATCHING THE SHOW. If you want to know what happened, just read the recap.

Honestly, isn't those kids having an unscripted life far more important than our voyourism and rewarding Kons greed? Knowing what Jodi/Kevin have shared, anyone watching this show from this point on needs to know they are contributing to the kids' quality of life (or lack thereof).

What would you want people to do if it were your kids? Pass the word to everyone to PLEASE STOP WATCHING THIS SHOW.

TLC'sevil said...

I think most of the deal with the paps is FAKE. Now these pictures look real by the paparazzi.
Pinata Party ParentsAll that flashing on the show done by the paps was totally faked. I even wondered if the guys helping put up party decorations played a role as "paps" at Party City. TLC would fake anything for ratings these days, all they care about is $$$$$$$$$.

Tetotomom said...

I hope with the show showing again last night and who knows how many more times they'll show it for ratings that the ratings really bottom out and they finally take it off the air. With so many of the other networks speaking out against Kate and her viciousness in exploiting those kids hopefully it will soon tank.

Sue said...

I don't know where I read it but I saw a wondeful comment.

In the preview were they are checking out the new set. Jon and Kate don't seem to have all the hate and tension that they had on the show on Monday. I doubt that was filmed that long ago seeing as the dress she has on is the same one she wore on the front of People. Plus the dress is new at the Loft stores.

So my point is...Have we been dubbed again??

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