Kate's Birthday Surprise Recap

Kate’s Konkokted Kake

You will need...

One TLC crew to make arrangements

Eight kids to pretend this is real

A husband out of town

Bakery who works for the same network

Diva to passive aggressively complain about freebie

Toss all together and film, edit, and manipulate footage into a trite 30 minutes


This week we see Kate’s birthday, March 28. This was supposedly before they even decided if there was going to be a 5th season. Good thing they went ahead and taped, just in case! This was also a month ahead of the 100 tabloid reports, affair accusations, and Kate’s wounded bird publicity tour to throw Jon under the bus. So... just your typical reality!

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fostersmom said...

Kate’s Konkokted Kake

You will need...

One TLC crew to make arrangements

Eight kids to pretend this is real

A husband out of town

Bakery who works for the same network

Diva to passive aggressively complain about freebie

Toss all together and film, edit, and manipulate footage into a trite 30 minutes


This week we see Kate’s birthday, March 28. This was supposedly before they even decided if there was going to be a 5th season. Good thing they went ahead and taped, just in case! This was also a month ahead of the 100 tabloid reports, affair accusations, and Kate’s wounded bird publicity tour to throw Jon under the bus. So... just your typical reality!

After the new McMansion hiding credits, we see Kate telling us how the kids are the reason she does everything. She looks deranged. Laid on bed rest for 30 weeks, wrote the books, everything. She knows it looks like it’s always about her, but deep down inside it’s a “desperate desire” to provide for her kids. How deep inside is this desire? It must be black hole kind of deep. This sets up a montage of book signings in various places.

Now it’s Jon’s turn and he actually gets to talk without being interrupted, reprimanded, verbally and emotionally berated, and without the fear of being smacked. Woohoo for Jon! He tells us that they’ve decided that one parent always needs to be home, with help, while the other is traveling. Raise your hand if you think Jon had any say? What, no takers? Anyway, this goes against what Kate the Martyr told us last week, poor little thing was home all alone with those kids. What? You didn’t believe her either? Jon is feeding the kids dinner. A real one; I see some kind of casserole and fruits. But it’s on paper plates, in the high chairs and bibs. So close, yet still so far away. He’s a stay at home dad now, but he doesn’t try to be a mom. Good thing for these kids, I’m thinking one mom is enough.

fostersmom said...

Back to modest Kate and her self pimping. She’s enjoying it, it’s “so succeeding”, her books are “doing so well”, she loves what she’s doing and traveling and meeting people. But you all remember now, this ISN’T about Kate, it’s really all for the kids. More shots of her in Sam’s Clubs playing to the cameras. Some little girl tells Kate she skipped school for this. Kate doesn’t want to hear this, she plugs her ears and starts making noise. Ironic since her own kids are pulled out of school for every morning show, Oprah call, or random vacation offered that you can think of. In fact, they are missing school as I type this, on vacation at the beach instead of finishing up the last days with their classmates. Oh Kate, you are so funny!

At the house, Jon and the kids are finishing up their dinner. Jon’s got a bowl of candy and each kid can pick one piece for dessert. Hannah’s plate is still full and she’s not getting her piece. She tries to say Leah didn’t eat either, but Jon’s not falling for it. It’s a hard decision for Joel and he tries to scam two pieces, but Jon just laughs and doesn’t give in. Jon voiceovers that he and Kate are a team and know what needs to be done, but they have someone helping to get through the day. The not a nanny must feel so appreciated. Hannah’s still begging for the candy, whines a bit, but Jon calmly tells her she didn’t eat so she doesn’t get dessert and gives her a hug. I’d stake my life that whole thing would have played out a lot differently with Kate.

Finally, it’s the actual birthday, which, given the dates of the book tour, I’m thinking was a month before the shots we just saw. The kids are wandering through the new house and it’s many living rooms. Kate voiceovers that Jon’s away and she’s making her birthday fun for the kids. After all, she’s a mom and that’s what moms do, her birthday is really all for them. What a saint this woman is! Too bad I remember when the tups turned four and she refused to let any of the boys have their birthday cupcakes and all I can think is “bitch, please”. She martyrs that she’s all alone, Jon’s away, and she’s going to make her own birthday cake just like she does every year. This sets us up a shot of her measuring ingredients to bake a cake from scratch. Now remember, she doesn’t bake and doesn’t follow recipes, so reserve your copy of her upcoming cookbook today! Her hair is looking so shockingly stripe-ed in this shot that I pause the DVR just to gaze in awe at it.

Meanwhile, across the country in Utah, Jon is hitting the snow boarding slopes to ride with his friends. He says it “just happened to fall on Kate’s birthday”. Um, yeah, sure it did. And I just happened to not believe this. He’s swooshing around and telling us how it’s his passion and something he used to do with his dad. The trip isn’t all just for him. Jon visits the National Ability Center, a center designed to help children and adults with varying handicaps get out and learn how to enjoy the slopes, too. He’s using a few terms wrong, but I’m going to cut him some slack. He tells us that his dad was very involved in helping children with handicaps and spent 30 years doing so. Jon seems very sincere about his desire to help at the center. Jon is working with a young man, Shey, with cerebral palsy. Again, Jon isn’t quite using the right terms or quite understanding cerebral palsy, but he’s trying. As someone with two degrees in special education, I have to say he worked well with the young man and appeared comfortable from what we saw. That’s not always the case with adults.

fostersmom said...

Since the National Ability Center wasn’t offering anything to Kate for free, it’s back to PA we go. Somehow those darn kids managed to arrange for a bus to show up at the front door. In more interesting reality, it’s their regular bus and driver. Jerry the bus driver won’t tell her where she’s going. Kate throws on her hooker heels and red leather jacket and climbs into the limo bus of every bachelor party goer’s dreams. Kate fesses up that the crew helped set this up. Finally after a couple of hours they arrive at Charm City Cakes in Baltimore. I hope someone turned off the oven back at home.

Mary Alice from CCC tells us they were thrilled when they found out Kate and the kids wanted to come. Hmm... that’s not working well with what Kate’s telling us, this being a surprise and all to her. Kate still doesn’t know where she’s going, but good thing there’s a camera crew to point her in the right direction. She teeters down the sidewalk in her heels while Mady tries to carry one of her sisters who’s almost as big as she is. And oh joy! It’s Duff. Kate tells us how much Cara and Mady love the show. You’d think for two little girls who love it they wouldn’t be wearing scowls on their faces. Kate does this fakey fake flirty laughing thing and sees a pink birthday cake just for her.

After a tour of the bakery, the kids are each given a cake to decorate. Lots of icing and fondant is involved. Duff and his crew let the kids go wild and pretty soon the cakes have 4 inches of icing piled on top. To quote Kate, “they looked like a rainbow vomited”. What great encouragement for the kids and publicity for Duff and his $1000 (minimum) cakes. The kids have icing dripping down their arms and are licking it off, there’s enough icing for about 25 cakes just being poured on at this point. The Kate we all knows starts to rear her head. She and Jon are both together on their new couch and she starts doing that disgusting snarfling noise she makes. She calls it quits on the cakes and gets a few digs in on the couch. Duff and crew were nice enough to sing her Happy Birthday and then she eats the cake that isn’t part of her diet. By this point, Duff, Mary Alice and crew seem more than ready for this to be over.

One more recap of the snow boarding trip and Jon’s day on the slopes with Shey and Duff encouraging the kids to scream at the top of their lungs ends the show. The most interesting part of the whole show finally happens. In the background is Mr. Gray with his face blurred out. They were a little too slow with the blur and you can catch him. Plus, since he’s been photographed with Kate a billion times, he’s pretty hard to not recognize. Bakeries are rough places, you never know when surprise icing attacks can happen.

Am I First To Comment? said...

The most interesting part of the whole show finally happens. In the background is Mr. Gray with his face blurred out. They were a little too slow with the blur and you can catch him. Plus, since he’s been photographed with Kate a billion times, he’s pretty hard to not recognize. Bakeries are rough places, you never know when surprise icing attacks can happen.
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oh, fostersmom, that last sentence is KILLER and I'm laughing so hard; thanks to you, I didn't miss a thing!

Teen1 said...

Excellent recap, fostersmom. This episode was sad, pathetic, annoying...did I mention sad? Kate's fake laugh drives me insane. And I don't know about you, but all the moms around here (including me) wear hooker heels and miniskirts all over town with our kids in tow.

Yeah, right.

kate said...

I keep thinking Kate seems happier and I really think it's because she is getting her way. Jon is the fall guy for her behavior. She gets to keep doing her show, despite her husband's desire not to. It makes me sick how much happier she seems in the midst of so much apparent strife.

mama22girls said...

Kate does a really great job of proving a point that many people on here go out of their way to drive home: you can take the girl out of the trailer park but you can't take the trailer park out of the girl. NO OFFENSE to anyone who has lived in a trailer park, but Kate oozes trashiness in everything she does and says. Her clothing KILLS me. This has gotten ridiculous and sorry to say but the sextuplets' "kateattitudes" are really starting to ring a bell.

Pink said...

Fostersmom, you just nailed it to the nines!!! You wrote everything I was thinking and it was so much fun to read your recap. Thanks again......the best recap so far! These are my favorite lines from you......sheer perfection.

"After the new McMansion hiding credits, we see Kate telling us how the kids are the reason she does everything. She looks deranged.

Kate does this fakey fake flirty laughing thing and sees a pink birthday cake just for her."
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LOLOL!!! She really did look deranged and that laugh of hers is unbearable. It's bad news.

*~*Nicole*~* said...

Anyone watch Chelsea Handler? Yeah..late night TV...couldn't sleep. Anyway they mentioned K8 and the bikini photos and Chelsea asked if Edward Scissorhands cut her hoo-hoo the same way he chopped her hair..something along those lines. LOL! Then someone said [paraphrased] "Some women choose to finish law school to gain wealth...others choose to have between 7 and 13 children." And Chelsea said "Isn't law school easier???" Haha...just wanted to throw in some humor and lighten the mood as much as can be done around here. Love this blog :)

mmmsoap said...

/sigh...I really would kind of go with it if she could just say. "We thought it would be kind of cool to go to CCC for my birthday." Instead, there was the lame-o "twins planned a surprise" bit. Sorry, I don't know any 8-yo that can keep a secret like that with Mom totally unsuspecting, unless they kept the secret for all of a morning.

Also, did it seem to anyone else that this was planned specifically to counteract the tups-decorate-cupcakes disaster from last year? I noticed that there were a lot fewer kids deprived of their cake (on camera) this time, and everyone (in theory) got to have their snack. Interesting that it would happen on Kate's birthday rather than the 4/5 year olds....

Jessica said...

Ehh I wouldn't give Jon so much credit. I mean, I bet TLC paid for his trip only if he went to the Ability Center. I'm sure it wasn't his idea and he was only doing it to make himself look better. He deserves just about as much "slack" as Kate does.

No Longer a Fan said...

I refuse to watch the farce any longer. If enough people stop watching this show then maybe, just maybe the kids can have a normal life; if that is even possible with a self absorbed narcissist like Kate and an "Im outta here" dad.

MamaJane said...

Fostersmom.... Bullseye! I laughed so hard the cat flew off the bed at ran away.

A thought I had during the cake segment. In the beginning when Kate is blabbing on about having to make her own cake but its a good thing blah blah and "the bus? What bus?" like she is trying to convince us that she is 1) mom of the millenium and 2) like the whole bus thing is a big surprise and she is clueless (ok, maybe the clueless part is real), but the cake and bus parts were SO acting and she SO can't act and is SO not believable... Anyway I thought no way the marital mess is contrived for ratings because her anger and disinterest in Jon and at times her children and her enthusiasm for traveling and her "career" have the only ring of authenticity you ever see from her. The rest is acting. Very bad acting.

SundayRose said...

Fabulous recap, Fostersmom! I agree with all that you wrote. I also enjoyed the fact that Jon finally got to talk without Kate's hideous nagging and reprimanding. It was so refreshing, and I have always thought Jon was more enjoyable to listen to than her. He is sincere and she comes across as fake and deluded (all for show).

Also, I agreed with your insightful commentary on how Jon dealt with the issues at the table with the kids in such a CALM manner. Just imagine how different those kids would be if they had lived that type of life vs. what they have had with Kate!

And finally, I agreed with your thoughtful point on how Jon
"worked well with the young man in Utah, and appeared comfortable from what we saw. That’s not always the case with adults."

Exactly!

Tuesday75 said...

so it's Kate plus Kate plus Kate plus Kate, then Kate gets a cake? Great recap! That saved me wasting 27 minutes of my life. I love you.

Marie_Quile said...

Haha! What a great recap! Nice work fostersmom.

The episode was just boring and annoying. Its sad that they think that we're all stupid, and don't know whats REALLY going on...

JenTru said...

Thank you for the excellent recap, you never disappoint! Not watching (other than when I write a recap) is so liberating. I am watch-free since the Disney trip. The recaps are great though, I couldn't give those up. I love a good train wreck, as long as no kids are hurt.

sbryle said...

I just re-watched a few parts of this episode to take a look at some things that were mentioned that I missed. Did anyone else notice or suspect that Kate likely had that Hot Pink Tank on under her sweatshirt the entire time she was trying to pretend she had no idea what was going on? I noticed it looked like she was wearing the same jeans, so I think she was already dressed and ready except for taking the sweatshirt off and putting her shoes and jacket on. That whole staged segment that they tried to pull off just wasn't at all believable! Nice try TLC, but nobody's buying it!

Renee said...

Both with the tup's party and Kate's birthday, Jon seems to act like he and Kate have this agreement that it's no problem that he's not there, and then she hauls out all this "poor me, single mom" drama. I can't help but wonder whether Jon's not being shown what Kate is saying in her separate interviews. Is he seeing how all this has been edited for the first time after production and getting blind-sided with these episodes, or is her really that distanced from the family now? Jon seems so clueless compared to Kate's plastic veneer.

Elise said...

Oh, and I love how Kate meet Duff and says, "I'm acting just like a fan" LOL

Sugarpop said...

Great recap! "bitch, please" was my favorite part lol! It pretty much sums up my reaction to everything out of her mouth!

It's noticeable how uncomfortable the kids are with any messy activity, and moreso because they don't know what kind of reaction to expect since Kate acts one way when the cameras are on and another way when they're off.

Lisa said...

wow!!! i never noticed Mr.Grey but I just watched the ending on youtube!!!

You can actually see him when the bakery guy tells everyone to stop yelling....but then at the end when they blur out his face....oh please!!!!!!!!

Cherier1 said...

Great recap! I loved: "I hope someone remembered to turn the oven off" at home!!

sbryle said...
I just re-watched ..... Did anyone else notice or suspect that Kate likely had that Hot Pink Tank on under her sweatshirt the entire time she was trying to pretend she had no idea what was going on? .....Nice try TLC, but nobody's buying it!

I thought so too! LAME. Totally.

Kat-e-Tonic said...

Fostersmom,

Holy Hooker Heels! That was stupendous!! Very nice...My favorite line of all...

Her hair is looking so shockingly stripe-ed in this shot that I pause the DVR just to gaze in awe at it

Awesome! :)

sitswithpurses said...

Awesome recap, fostersmom. I loved that you use "martyrs" as a verb. "Martyr" is the word my daughter, now 26, learned to use with great effect whenever I was behaving in a manipulative way. I was raised by a mother with narcissistic tendencies who would often pull a martyr act. My dad would call her on it by doing his favorite impression: "If I could just get my hands down off of this cross, I could get your dinner on the table even faster." So my daughter knew that was the one "mom" thing I didn't want to affect. She'd say "Stop being a martyr and just tell me what you'd like me to do."

Interestingly, it took this same daughter mere minutes to figure out the problem with Jon and Kate Plus 8. It was the first or second season when she walked into a room where I was watching it. After I responded to her "What's this?" with the most cursory synopsis, she sounded appalled and said, "That's exploitation, they're pimping out their kids." I felt a little self-conscious for watching it but I think I said something like, "hey, I don't give you crap about watching "Girls Next Door." which isn't true. I give her plenty of crap about that.

FN Fan said...

Great recap, but the bakery doesn't work for the same network. It works for the Food Network.

Dianna said...

kate said...

I keep thinking Kate seems happier and I really think it's because she is getting her way. Jon is the fall guy for her behavior. She gets to keep doing her show, despite her husband's desire not to. It makes me sick how much happier she seems in the midst of so much apparent strife.
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Totally agree!

Thanks forstersmom for another great recap!

Phoebe said...

Why are those kids still in bib and highchairs and wearing matching outfits at 5 years old?

Phoebe said...

I think the kids should have seatbelts on when riding in the Bus

Dallas said...

I didn't watch the show but "hooker heels"? I am dying of laughter at the moment!! GREAT recap!!! Thank you!!

Amigo22 said...

The cake decorating looked like so much fun! Shame Kate didn't have anything positive to say about the kids' creativity. Her comment about their cakes looking like a "rainbow vomited" was so unnecessary.

Danielle said...

Phoebe said...
Why are those kids still in bib and highchairs and wearing matching outfits at 5 years old?
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Because Kate wants them to stay "babies"??
The older they get, the less marketable they get.

Leslie said...

Pink.....LOLOL!!! She really did look deranged

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There are shots of her that some sites stilled of her and with that expression, if she had a knife in her hand, someone would be lying in a pool of blood. deranged, indeed.

Leslie said...

my fav line:

In fact, they are missing school as I type this, on vacation at the beach instead of finishing up the last days with their classmates. Oh Kate, you are so funny!
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heh-heh! love the "kate, you are so funny!"

This is such good stuff.
thank you for doing that, it is quite comical!

Laura said...

I watched both of the shows. *Cringing*

Both recaps were good. One thing that was missed - and may not be important enough to mention - was when Kate first met Duff and she said something like "I'll try not to act like a fan." Bitch, please.

I don't know what has happened between last season and this season but Kate is EXTREMELY obnoxious.

Oh I love the part where she mentions her "regular bus" and "Jerry the driver" Really?!
TLC needs to edit Kate better than this or the sheeple will wake up and see what the GWOPers see - that this show is a sham.

Reality?? Bitch please. TLC don't insult my intelligence.

Jana said...

Thank you Fostersmom for the great recap. I am no longer watching anything on TLC, but you bravely suffered through so I can still hear about the phony baloney Kate and TLC are still trying to sell, even though it's past its expiration date and smells worse than the fish that Kate was kissing.

Does anyone think that Mr. Gray is there to keep an eye on Kate at all times, in case she goes completely batsh*t crazy and starts screaming at people for "breathing too loud"? Because honestly, there is absolutely no reason he has to be right there in the bakery!

If Kate thinks she needs protection when out in public doing a book signing (*eye roll), that's one thing. But in a cross-show promo, there are only the film crew, the bakery staff, Kate and the kids. What is she (or TLC) so afraid of that Mr. Gray has to be right there?

I don't trust that Mr. Gray, but I wouldn't be surprised to one day learn that TLC arranged for this "bodyguard" as a sort of minder for crazy Kate Gosselin, to be sure she didn't attack a fan or screech at some poor little kid and make her cry. So Mr. Gray keeps everyone at a safe distance, and runs interference. Because she's cuckoo-acho!

emma said...

BRILLIANT AND HYSTERICAL RECAP!!! THANK YOU!!!

OrganicLollipops said...

OK, am I the only one who thought that Kate was gagging on the cake? For a 1K cake it looked pretty... dry. Dry and plain. Plus she had to have known that the fondant was rolled around by human hands, sort of like... her kids' hands. "If they make it, we don't eat it!"

Ms.Peach said...

How can TLC claim this show is reality? Are you watching, state of PA?

Too funny that Mr. Gray's face was blurred out! Like you can't recognize the guy. I bet he was sitting there in her house the whole time while the crew was filming (no place like home!). And yes, you never know when an icing attack may occur!!!!

sueshe said...

Great recap!!! Kate's beloved birthday sure makes for great tv. I wonder why we haven't celebrated it in past episodes...
It truly amazes me the transformation of this woman. When she was with Jon, she dressed more appropriately, now that she is out and about and basically free, she feels the need to put her body "out there" for all to see. Her head along with her chest seems to be bulging with conceit.
Her act of being a mother is very scripted, as we can see there are real moments of her true personality that slips out. And what a shame the camera caught it, and better yet, TLC didn't edit it out.
IMHO, if Kate could have her way, he nannies would totally be taking care of the kids, and Kate would be off to the spas, shopping, baking her body, counting her money, working with the personal trainer, coming up with more legal contracts for Jon, and the list goes on, and on, on, on, on...
Those poor kids....

RockyDC said...

I was wondering why they went to "Ace of Cakes" instead of the "Cake Boss" as they usually try to cross-promote TLC/Discovery shows...I can't wait until they go pumpkin picking at Roloff Farms (TM) next October!

just wondering said...

I posted this yesterday, but I don't know if it came through.

All of Jon's snowboarding scenes were footage that was already aired on a previous episode. All of it.

I'm betting that the footage from him at the National Ability Center was also previously taped but never shown. That was the week he was in Utah with Deanna, and I seriously doubt that TLC was there with him.

IMHO said...

I know this won't be popular but I happen to be fully on TEAM JON. He continues to be the most hands on with the kids. The locals say he is a nice guy. I do believe that he would help kids with disabilities even without the cameras there.

I think it's funny that TLC has attempted to edit some nice into Kate and yet Jon is the one coming out on top.

Lachrymist said...

Just a quick note to the recap poster: Food Network and TLC are NOT part of the same network. TLC is owned by Discovery Communications which also owns Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and a whole set of others. Food Network (the channel which Ace of Cakes is on) is owned by Scripps Interactive Network and Tribune Company, and whose sister channels include HGTV, Fine Living, and the DIY Network.

Ace of Cakes is one of my favorite shows, and I was appalled when I heard that Kate might be contaminating my poor bakery. I too wondered if the same company owned both shows, but since they are from different companies, this was probably harder to arrange than if they were part of the same company.

AnneMarie said...

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*~*Nicole*~* said...
Anyone watch Chelsea Handler? Yeah..late night TV...couldn't sleep. Anyway they mentioned K8 and the bikini photos and Chelsea asked if Edward Scissorhands cut her hoo-hoo the same way he chopped her hair..something along those lines. LOL! Then someone said [paraphrased] "Some women choose to finish law school to gain wealth...others choose to have between 7 and 13 children." And Chelsea said "Isn't law school easier???" Haha...just wanted to throw in some humor and lighten the mood as much as can be done around here. Love this blog :)

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LOL! I read that and thought to myself, "ya, and lawyers have more credibility too!"

AnneMarie said...

You know what annoys the heck out of my about Jon claiming to be so "into" helping the special needs group in Utah? That he's ignoring the needs of his OWN children on a monumental scale every single day.

It starts at home buddy. It starts at home.

CountMeOut said...

"Not watching (other than when I write a recap) is so liberating. I am watch-free since the Disney trip."

This cracked me up - it's like AA... one day at a time! Do we get a coin if we go the whole season without watching? :)

Also, to the poster who mentioned about the Martyr act -- I always want to yell at Kate with a line from a terrible Dolly Parton movie where Dolly plays a radio advice personality:

"Get down off the cross, honey! Somebody need the wood!"

Anonymous said...

I have to agree that the children were certainly calmer with Jon taking care of them. He shows more warmth and affection then Kate does. Even though Hannah was upset at not getting her candy, she still reached out to hug Jon and he returned the love. I have NEVER seen that with Kate with any of her kids. It was also nice to be able to listen to Jon talk without Kate constantly treating him with disrespect and criticism.

Cheryl

DrNewleywed said...

If you pause this video at 5:39 I think that's our Mr. Grey skulking in the background behind the pillar...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eU_9LsJh9e4

Maude said...

With all the money and freebies, why, oh why, did Kate not get an interior designer to help with that house?

The furniture, and the placement... ugh! Who puts a kitchen table and chairs in what is supposed to be the formal living room!? It just looks like odds and ends all crammed together. Or like a furniture showroom. What a waste.

Obviously she was greedy as usual and took all the furniture she could jam into each room.

The woman has not one iota of taste, or class.

Sorry, I know it has nothing to do with the kids, or their well-being, but it irks me that she gets it all and doesn't appreciate any of it. She just looks forward to the next freebie.

Save Gosselin the Kids! said...

Great Recap!

I have to say, when I got divorced, I really did look good, I'd lost some weight, was working out, etc. Although everyone told me I looked like a million bucks, and at the time I thought I was pretty hot stuff, NOW that I am settled back in a relationship, I realize I was desperatly unhappy, and possibly trying to fill a void.

Kate dressing like this- do you Think she's REALLY happy?
Could be, or, could be filling a void. The viod of running everyone off.

PS
Never in a million years would I have dreamed of wearing heels or a skirt going out with my kids, even then.

AnnieD said...

Love, love the recap. If they are trying to undo damage of past episodes they have failed miserably. I find it so offensive to have a huge gas guzzling bus pick them up and ferry them off to have eight kids pour tons of very expensive icing on eight very expensive cakes. Given all the noise in their lives, I would have appreciated seeing her spend her birthday doing something simple, modest, quiet, and genuine. Either TLC is clueless or Kate has them by the balls.

Save the Gosselin Kids! said...

"LIKE A RAINBOW VOMITED"
My goodness, If I had ever said that to my kids, their feelings would have been hurt.
SOMEONE SAVE THESE KIDS!
They must really have a guard already built up, or surly will be in therapy for years to come.

Oh, Lord, it hurts my heart to think how these kids most likely will be scarred enough to turn out like her, or be very damaged and have a lot of trouble with relationships.

And to think, it's all on tape for them. Little angels treated with such psychological disreguard.

I PRAY their babysitters love them. I had a verbally abusive mother who acted like she was the perfect mother. Thank god my dad bnuffered it some. TOO BAD, Jon won't be around enough to.

LoveToRead said...

At the book signing, it looked like Kate was in a big cage (too bad it wasn't gilded). With the guards letting people in one at a time, it reminded me of the panda exhibit at the zoo. An appropriate metaphor of what she has turned her life into. She still seemed abrupt with the fans. If that was supposed to be Kate showing appreciation for the fans, she didn't quite pull it off. She is not a warm, nurturing person at all.

ScriptChick said...

Excellent point - I missed this!

" All of Jon's snowboarding scenes were footage that was already aired on a previous episode. All of it.

I'm betting that the footage from him at the National Ability Center was also previously taped but never shown. That was the week he was in Utah with Deanna, and I seriously doubt that TLC was there with him."

MJC said...

Elise-

"Oh, I'm acting like a FAN" (shock and horror).

TOTALLY agree with you- best part of the episode.

Didn't she even say "I'd better stop" or something like that (as she was giggling and batting her eyes wildly)? Real nice. Cause acting like a fan is bad. And I'm sure all her fans appreciated that message.

Deb A. said...

Foster Mom's comments are perfect!
So they had to go all the way to Baltimore to make these cakes?
And two 8-year-olds planned the whole thing? Sure.
And what's with the five-year-old wearing bibs? They are heading to kindergarten next year — will the bibs be tucked into their lunch boxes?
So between the 24 acre estate and private schools and millions tucked away in their bank accounts to pay for spontaneous trips to San Diego — we're still supposed to believe this is just an average mom taking care of her brood? Not a chance!
I think folks will tire of Kate's shrewish behavior and start to tune out soon.

Patricia said...

I understand why so many don't like Kate. I have no idea why Jon gets a pass from so many though.

He seems to totally lack ambition or drive. We can't blame his not finishing college nor is losing a job for misusing company resources on Kate.

Being home with the kids the last two years, he has had plenty of opportunity to go back to school and find a way to help support the family that does not involve being on television. The question is - why is he not man enough to do that?

He talks about the admiration he has for his father. Well, his Dad worked hard to get through college and dental school. He worked hard to build a thriving practice. Jon needs to emulate that part of his father's legacy and work hard to build a career for himself. That is what is going to make him feel good about himself again.

Instead, we see Jon in the role of rich playboy all the time he is away from his kids. He is out drinking with friends, out snowboarding with friends, out shopping with friends, etc.

What kind of role model is that for the kids? "I am here grudgingly with you when I have to be, but as soon as I can I am going to leave you to go have fun. The kids will eventually see Jon on the show saying he doesn't like being Mr. Mom. They will eventually know he lied to Alexis when he said "Sometimes Daddy's have to work."

I am just curious why Jon is so seldom called out here.

wildflowers said...

A few days ago I caught a bit of an interview with Kate saying that she wished she had treated Jon with more respect, or not interupted him, or something like that.
She does the same with the kids. One of these days she may realize that.
Too bad she didn't learn with her mistakes with Jon and do better by the kids NOW.
It may not happen until she is old and alone, but when she looks back she will see how she treated everyone and why she is alone.
I doubt it though. I still think even then it will always be someone else's fault.
She deserves what she gets.

bcsurvivor2001 said...

Yeah - I think a lot of "reveals" was revealed in this. Their usual bus and driver? First I've seen of it - I always thought they did all their traveling in their own van? Interesting

And the camera had to follow her thru the house showing it trying to find the twins giggling upstairs - and not the usual front door stairs either.

I would have like so much better for the scenerio to be - geez Jon isn't here - what would you like to do for your BD kate? Kate - I'd love to go see Duff at AOC and take the kids to have a fun day baking.

Intead of the stupid "surpise" that the crew and Jon knew of.

Pleezzzz......blindly get dressed for a surprise that is HOURS away by bus? And why was she sittin way in the back all by her lonesome with all the kids up front? That just looked odd to me

JustAThought said...

It is most likely that Kate knew everything to expect during the filming of her birthday episode. Is it possible that Kate was pretending to be surprised for the benefit of the children? My mom would always act surprised even though she never was. If Kate was acting surprised for the benefit of the children, the editors could have done a better job of getting that across, the episode just exposed Kate as a really bad actress.

National Ability Center said...

To JustWondering & Script Chick, the footage of Jon snowboarding with the National Ability Center was shot late this spring at Park City Mountain Resort.
"As someone with two degrees in special education," fostersmom should understand that "handicaps" and "handicapped" are hardly used anymore. Individuals with disabilities should not have to tolerate being called "handicapped" any more than we tolerate racial, ethnic or religious slurs.
As for Kate, she is welcome to come out to the Ability Center anytime. We know she isn't much for the snow, but we have extended the invitation to come (with or without cameras) during the summer if that would be more enjoyable for her.

imdamom said...

We've taken that first difficult step and stopped watching JK8. Now it's time to get together and start a new initiative- SAVE THE GOSSELIN 8. Let's show Kon that they must learn to live like the rest of us- on a paycheck, enjoying and loving our children- as children, not mealtickets!!!

WHO'S WITH ME???

SAVE THE GOSSELIN 8

Arieslikekate said...

um. since when does DUFF work for TLC?

Thought he worked for the FOOD Channel?

Arieslikekate said...

I love this blog! I love the posters who make me crack up every time I come here and read it.

I loved in how Kate said the twins loved Duff and crew, considering Kate constantly tells us that the kids watch little or no TV!

stopthemadness said...

If it is FACT that jon was with the school teacher on Kate's Birthday...then is there really ANY chance they will "work it out".

Honestly, if you found out your husband was away on your birthday with a 23 year old snowbunny, wouldn't that be the end for you?

I know I could NEVER get past it. I would never be able to let it go...(and I don't think I'm nearly as bossy and A type as Kate)

Arieslikekate said...

I love Chelsea Handler. She uses another word for HOO HOO but I can't figure out how to spell it.

She has mentioned Kate and Jon before and she tells it like it is.

I just loved kate's reaction to "being a fan " when in the previous book tour episode, she was suddenly Miss Goody Two Shoes with her fans and the camera was there to catch all of it!

Imagine that! lalalalalalalala.... sez kate

Andrea and Rob said...

I have to agree! Who would blindly ride in a vehicle for HOURS and not know where you are going?? I do like the slip "OH! Our bus and usual driver" What the hell? Her sense of entitlement drives me BATTY! I know PLENTY of mothers who would LOVE to be able to take their children on even ONE memory-making trip and here Kateypoo has them handed to her on a silver platter and ALL of her thank yous sound scripted and fake. OBNOXIOUS!!!

Mystical said...

wildflowers said, "....It may not happen until she is old and alone, but when she looks back she will see how she treated everyone and why she is alone.
I doubt it though. I still think even then it will always be someone else's fault.
She deserves what she gets."
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Yes, she does Wildflowers (everytime I see your name, I envision a field of beautiful flowers...so serene lol). Anyway, you are absolutely correct saying that Kate will ALWAYS blame others for problems that she created. And when she is alone someday, she will be okay with that and will NOT be lonely. I know someone like her, and in her old age, she is still keeping others out of her life, by choice.

concerned wife and mommy said...

Wowie, wow, wow. Wow...

My husband has not always had the day off to spend with me on my birthday. He occasionally has to travel for work, thankfully not very often. BUT - he would absolutely never schedule a trip with friends over spending time with me on a day that is special to me. Thanks for the offer, sounds like fun, but I get to help my sweetie celebrate. That's one difference between us and them. We "get" to do things together (meaning, we look at it as an exciting, fun privilege) and they HAVE to do things together.

It is totally different seeing the kids when Kate is not around. I just keep thinking, "well, this should help Jon in a custody fight." Just compare and contrast their behavior when Daddy is in charge and when Mommy is in charge. And especially compare and contrast Mommy and Daddy's behavior.

Daddy - calmly explaining that the rules must be followed, there are consequences (no dinner, no dessert) followed with a calm hug.
Kate - "I better not hear you breathe."

The interview on the couch where Kate was oh so attractively mocking her children and their excitement about decorating cakes and eating the goodies while doing it. Is that face really necessary? I have a lot of kids, big age range. Especially with the younger kids, when I am sharing a story with someone about them, I am sharing it because I can't believe how adorable my kids are (really, they are!) and if I am imitating them, it is to try to show how cute they were. She makes hers look like weasels.

Kate, if you are reading this, it's just not attractive. Not attractive on the inside to be a Mommy who thinks her kids are icky, and it is not attractive to make that face - you look like a beady eyed weasel. I would have thought you would have learned after seeing how you looked while mocking your husband's breathing, but I guess not.

Remember those Team Aniston/Team Jolie shirts a while back? I prefer to think of myself as Team Eight, but I would also wear a Team "has hope Jon might wake up and make a change for his kids."

concerned wife and mommy said...

I also find it kind of funny that I think TLC is trying to make Kate seem sympathetic and throw Jon under the bus because they know which side their bread is buttered on. But the more they show, the better Jon looks compared to Kate. I don't think Jon is Mr. Innocent as far as how they got to where they are now, but I at least am holding out hope that he might actually make some changes for his family.

bcsurvivor2001 said...

stopthemadness - I totally agree with you 100%. And I think that is where I'm upset. Not that they go places, have things, blah blah....it's the blatant/in your face/fakeness/cut-paste-editing job of a "show" they are trying to cram down our throats.

Its running episodes out of sequence, out of context - editing til there is barely 15 min. to show and the rest is "interviews" and "recaps" by them in their chair.

It's the totally faked reality of the show now that burns me up. It's not the Stuff - but the lies

froggy mug said...

I don't think I would be very cheerful on my birthday if my lying cheating lazy childish husband decided that going skiing was better than spending my birthday with our family.

KATE TOLD JON TO GO CHEAT ON HER IF HE WANTED TO. The only condition she put on his cheating was that he continue to do the show so her lifestyle wouldn't be threatened. She didn't give a damn about the marriage, only about her lifestyle.

Dee Dee said...

OK, am I the only one who thought that Kate was gagging on the cake? For a 1K cake it looked pretty... dry. Dry and plain. Plus she had to have known that the fondant was rolled around by human hands, sort of like... her kids' hands. "If they make it, we don't eat it!"


I agree OrganicLollipops, I've never seen a cake produced by Ace of Cakes that looked like anything I'd actually want to eat, let alone pay $1,000. for.

Treece said...

Awrrr! So I just found Kate's Birthday is a Day after mines! We're both Aries which definitely explains her Spear-headed, Horn-Ramming attitude!! Yes I believe in Astrology! TO an extent anyways... Ahhh I luff Aries...:D
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I had to yell at the TV when she walked in though because one of her first comments was about a MESS! Hello chick, you DON'T Have to clean it up and it's YOUR birthday for the kids like you said before you left...I mean really? Does she see herself staying behind to clean up the mess? Come on now...Get over it. Like You coulda thought steam came out of my ears because that comment upset me something terrible...
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Shilohpeace said...

If you get a chance to watch youtube "ugly moments" season 4, you will see that Kate has pounced on Jon over and over and over and over again. If Jon ever had any self esteem prior to Kate, she knocked every ounce out of him and then some. It is no wonder that he feels totally lost. He devoted himself to his wife and his family and took Kate's constant abuse 24/7 on and off tv. Jon is not an ass. Some people are just not built to be secure around monsters like Kate and she manipulated him until he couldn't take it any more but by then, he was so lost, he didn't know which way to go. Jon was probably desperate to find a piece of himself and thus, he would go out to bars to be with the "regular people".. and also be flattered by female attention. Jon is definitely not the bad guy here. I used to dislike him because he accepted all of her crap and because he doesn't have a backbone but I can't dislike him for that fault and I hope that as he struggles through this divorce, he will get a sense of himself and gain a backbone. They will be together at family events for the rest of their lives and I would like to see Kate dare try to boss this man around in the future. I would like to see her be fearful of disrespecting Jon in the future so she could shut her mouth and accept her own strange controlling nature.

bcsurvivor2001 said...

I don't think anyone of us can "explain" as none of us are living it. Only they are. It's between them, TLC and their PR people - to feed us edited versions of what "they" want us to believe.

Unfortunately - all of the editing can't undo what's alrady been done in the can and what is happening simultaneously in front of our faces. The "show" can't back peddle fast enough.

It takes 2 to tango - but if we are to believe anything that is being fed to us - Jon stated back several months ago he basically wanted out. I think he was thinking - the show is over...lets deal with our problems in private - whatever that will entail- turn off the lights and cameras. Kate basically said no way jose....i'm enjoying this and will milk it til the cow dies a slow hard death.

Look what is happening THIS WEEK. Everyone is jumping to all kinds of self conclusions about Kate and her "working vacation" - parading on the beach in front of whom? Is that suppose to be paparazzi or TLC taking all those pictures.

And we belittle/berate her and show for removing the kids from their last week of school - only to find out today - but yet another tabloid "leak" that they are safe and sound at home - in their school uniforms.

Who would have thunk?

So see - all of us are being played by all the players.....shame shame on us and them. Will this also be used to throw right back in our faces - see...we all "think" we know what's realy going on but they can prove each and everyone of us wrong this week alone for 'assuming' what we saw was fact...............

just wondering said...

National Ability Center said...
To JustWondering & Script Chick, the footage of Jon snowboarding with the National Ability Center was shot late this spring at Park City Mountain Resort.

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But the footage of Jon alone was all older, previously aired footage.

So you are telling me that TLC schlepped all the way across the country with all of their gear to present less than two minutes of original film?

And was the footage with the National Ability Center actually shot the week of March 28th?

Because that would mean that TLC knew that Jon was there with Deanna, and that would be interestingly interesting on an entirely different level!!

Pauper Princess said...

I haven't read all 78 comments, yet, but one correction to make to your post.

We established on the other show thread that CCC is on Food Network, which is NOT part of Discovery Networks. Food Network is a Scripps network.

Otherwise, I loved the snark. The striped hair comment was hi-lari-ous! :)

Frances said...

I tivo'd the last two half-hour episodes but couldn't bring myself to watch them. These people have already separated and I can't watch them fake it.

Pragmatist said...

"If they are trying to undo damage of past episodes they have failed miserably."

You are so right. They only prove more clearly that the past episodes captured who they REALLY are -- snappish, mean, unloving, narcissistic -- because the "new and improved" Kate just comes across as scripted and FAKE. Everything she says and does sends the message that she is totally in love -- with herself.

I am so done with this show.

Jennifer D said...

Patricia said...
I understand why so many don't like Kate. I have no idea why Jon gets a pass from so many though.

Being home with the kids the last two years, he has had plenty of opportunity to go back to school and find a way to help support the family that does not involve being on television. The question is - why is he not man enough to do that?

Jon needs to emulate that part of his father's legacy and work hard to build a career for himself. That is what is going to make him feel good about himself again.

Instead, we see Jon in the role of rich playboy all the time he is away from his kids. He is out drinking with friends, out snowboarding with friends, out shopping with friends, etc.

What kind of role model is that for the kids? "I am here grudgingly with you when I have to be, but as soon as I can I am going to leave you to go have fun. The kids will eventually see Jon on the show saying he doesn't like being Mr. Mom. They will eventually know he lied to Alexis when he said "Sometimes Daddy's have to work."

I am just curious why Jon is so seldom called out here.

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Here is another point of view:

My brother has a Master's degree but chose to stay home with the kids. His wife brings home the bacon and my bro handles all the childcare and housework. He is still very much a man and a good role model. Not every parent needs a career.

debemac said...

fostermom's recap was dead on. I'll be reading it each week from now on as I deleted K8 from my Tivo lineup yesterday. In two episodes we watched a trip to Utah, a trip to California and a trip to an exclusive bakery that normally does not allow anyone to visit. And their cakes start out at $1000. This is light years from how this show started (I have been a viewer from the beginning). And now all I see is "glamour Barbie Kate", "I wanna be just Jon", and the exploitation of 8 beautiful children. I refuse to be a party to it by watching the show any longer and feel guilty for watching this long. And I strongly agree with the person who posted they treat the children as a set of twins and sextuplets and not as 8 children!

Wondering said...

Oh my gosh! I did not watch and I've just realized the recaps are 100 times better than any of the shows ever were!!! I'm serious!

Pauper Princess said...

One more thing to add. They never said the name of the cake show - ever. I know this because I was listening to them, waiting for them to say it. I didn't recognize Duff, and have never watched Ace of Cakes, so I never found out what the name of the show was until I read it on GWoP.

Makes me think that it really wasn't a promo, per se.

Deana said...

How do we know that Jon was in Utah with Deanna? I haven't seen anything in the media to substantiate that.

FMG said...

I'm ready for Dateline or 20/20 to get a hold of all this and do an hour investigation/interview.

On another note...
when does the Masche exploiting begin? Their show is on WE and supposedly starting this month sometime. The last sneakpeak I saw of them, they were arguing over who was going to change a diaper. Seems like they are being coached to show some domestic drama for ratings.

gibshad said...

Did anyone else notice that Leah said, "We're gonna say...Mommy, the big bus is here. Where are we going? And she'll give us a piece of candy." OOPS! I guess they forgot to edit that part out! So much for this being a "surprise!"

Jennifer D said...

I just watched part of this and I can't believe Kate apologized for "acting like a fan"....WOW. She really hates fans. She is an absolute moron.

What a Sham said...

OrganicLollipops said...

OK, am I the only one who thought that Kate was gagging on the cake? For a 1K cake it looked pretty... dry. Dry and plain. Plus she had to have known that the fondant was rolled around by human hands, sort of like... her kids' hands. "If they make it, we don't eat it!"

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I was actually thinking the same thing. Not to knock Duff and their staff (they are great artists!) but I have heard that his cakes taste bland and dry. Probably because it's hard to make a cake that detailed, which takes days, taste decent.

Pauper Princess said...

To: WHY??

I'd like to answer your question(s). I can only speak from my point of view and from what I have watched. I have no "first hand" knowledge.

I see some of myself in Kate, some of my husband in Jon. Regarding the problems we've had in 15 yrs of marriage, most of them were my fault because I can be a controlling "b" in my own right. In that regard, I sympathize with Jon.

Next, everything that I have read, everything that I have seen suggests that Kate engineered this gravy train, right into the current wreck that we watching now. It was HER way or the highway. SHE found her mealticket out of her menial life. SHE went for treatments, SHE shopped the reality show. OK, so Jon could have said "no", that's true. However, I don't think he was strong enough to endure the wrath of Kate. Plus, if he was really in love with her, he would want to do whatever it took to make her happy. I can't fault him for that, either.

What you call laziness, I call laid back. My DH is the same way. He looks lazy, and sometimes I get annoyed at that. However, he takes care of the children and does pretty much anything I ask of him. He goes to work before dawn so that he can provide for us and be there for the kids in the afternoon. We've already discussed that, if we could go down to one income, it would most likely be him to stay home (I can tell you why if you are interested). He struggles in school. Do you know what kind of student Jon was? Not everyone is cut out for college.

I could go on, but I will stop for now. Hopefully I have somewhat answered your question.

sueshe said...

I wonder how come there is no mention of Jon's birthday which is 3 days after Kate's...Guess Kate's was much more important. At least she could of shelled out a few thousand for a Ace of Cakes cake, or even better yet, she could've gone home and baked one for him.
So he wasn't there for her birthday, she wasn't there for his....It goes both ways! (Pure speculation on the latter...but I bet I am right!)

str8t talk said...

Just curious. Has there been anything published or broadcast about how Kate treats her bodyguard/boyfriend? Does he get the same treatment as Jon, or does she hold "Mr. Gray" in higher esteem than her husband? Could he be her absent father figure?

Sue in PA said...

A couple people have questions why people are not jumping all over Jon. He definitely isn't perfect, but there is one thing in all of this that makes him stand out. He wanted out of this show. I have to give him bonus points for that.

He has also been called lazy. I don't see him that way at all. He is always doing something, dressing the kids, feeding the kids, cleaning the garage. Have you ever actually just seen him sit and relax for a minute? Yeah, he lost his job. And rumors are he was fired. Even if that is true we don't know the reason. I won't be surprised if it wasn't the time that was demanded on him for the show conflicting with his work.

National Ability Center said...

@JustWondering,
Jon skied with us on Sunday, March 29th in a friggin' blizzard. He came to the National Ability Center alone. I'd guess they had to use some old stuff because it was tough for the camera guys to board or ski close enough to Jon to get much on tape besides the snow. Loading and unloading Shay usually happened under the cover of the lifts, so that part worked out to show.

As for TLC "schlepp[ing] all the way across the country with all of their gear to present less than two minutes of original film," I think you need to understand how this kind of thing works. Freelance videographers are frequently hired to help on a quick project like this. I don't recall the names of the two guys who came to shoot, but it wasn't a huge crew. One cameraman and one audio guy came with two backpacks. Not a tough set-up, and it didn't seem like anyone had to "schlep" a ton of gear anywhere.

I can only speak about details for what was shot at the NAC, but they've only aired two episodes of the season. Maybe other stuff from Park City will be used in another episode. I, too, doubt that they would have hired a crew just for the few minutes he was with us. If that is the case, though, I feel privileged!

tallblonde said...

Phoebe said...
Why are those kids still in bib and highchairs and wearing matching outfits at 5 years old?
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Because Kate is counting their age in the time she's spent with them...which would make them about 1 1/2 years old. ;-)

just wondering said...

Thank you for clearing up my confusion over the old footage. NAC..

So TLC was in Utah filming with Jon while he was there with Deanna. So TLC actually paid for his date??!!

Holy Crap!! Below is the statement from Us Weekly.


"According to Us Weekly, Jon actually spent the weekend with rumored girlfriend Deanna Hummel. Sources say the two were together at a Spring Gruv party at The Canyon in Utah on March 28, Kate's birthday."

Tops are Bribed to say Lines said...

Great recap!
I didnt see this mentioned in the recap so I thought I would bring it up. TLC would say the kids are not working as actors because they aren't given scripted lines to say. But in this episode it clearly points to the kids being bribed to say lines. Some of the tups are walking in the living room and looking out the front window. They are whispering that if they say to mom: "mom, the big bus is here" (or similar) "and then mom will give us candy to eat"...I had to just shake my head. Those kids are working every second those cameras are there and deserve to be compensated for it!

just wondering said...

Deana said...
How do we know that Jon was in Utah with Deanna? I haven't seen anything in the media to substantiate that.

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If you will see my above post, apparently he was in Utah to celebrate his own birthday with Deanna and just skipped Kate's all together!!

REALLY? said...

I can't believe people are still defending these two parents, oops idiots. Come on... both of them are guilty as hell and EXPLOIT their children.

So what if Jon went to the NAC, he still uses his children and exploits them. It just goes to show that no matter who you are, if it is free publicity or gets you a free trip, anything goes including the EXPLOITATION of children. Sickening.

Who cares if Jon has a mistress or Kate is "doing" her bodyguard. They BOTH exploit their children.

The Gosselin adults would be NOTHING and I mean NOTHING without those children and they are paying for every day that this idiotic show is on the air.

QUIT WATCHING IT.

tallblonde said...

You know - if Jon truly wants to do something with his life - he loves sports (especially winter sports) - he could set up a foundation for kids with disabilities to be involved with sports.

I was just reading the website for the National Ability Center and some of its funding comes from foundations.

If Jon (or Kate) began to give back (other than a CD & book at a hospital visit) I think that would at least be something good that came out of this debacle.

Jill said...

I can't believe TLC is milking this exploitation of children for all it's worth. They are submitting the season 5 premier for an emmy.
See article here:

http://goldderby.latimes.com/awards_goldderby/2009/06/can-jon-kate-plus-8-make-an-emmy-date.html

I like to read the blogs here however I am getting sick of these people.

letthgamesbegin said...

Long term reader, first time poster. Ok I have to admit curiosity got the best of me.... I had to see what was going to happen after the "shocking season premiere"

I am not sure if I am the only one who noticed this, but it seems that the cake episode and even the San Diego episode occurred prior to the "poo hitting the fan"

I did not see the obvious tension between them that you saw in the premiere. I did think it was interesting however, the Jon did a voice over explaining that sometimes they will do a couch interview together and sometime not, depending on what is going on. Hmmm seems they had a lot of taping done prior to the blow up in their marriage.

I have for a long time been amazed on what a witch Kate has become, actually I felt that way about her from the very beginning of the show. The she embarrassed Jon at ToyRUs, her overall demeanor was troubling.

I will say the kids did not seem to care about the cameras (not that I agree with what they are doing) and while Jon tended to them they all seemed happy. He seems to be a very warm and caring parent, something his wife can take lessons from and may actually be a sore subject, you can see they respond differently with him.

Ok the cake episode, I could go on all day about it, but I will only make one point. Kate really seemed to struggle to have positive and nice things to say about their cakes. "Rainbow vomited" are you kidding me. Applaud their creativity and the fact they are letting loose and having fun. Too much sugar in the course of one day is not the end of the world.

Fleur said...

What about the awkward moment when Kate tried to get out of eating her birthday cake? She made a comment about wanting "a legal cake because I can't eat this". Someone said "But it's your birthday cake" and Kate started to ask "Do I have to eat it?" then quickly switched gears and said "You bet I do!" I just thought it showed such bad manners and a lack of appreciation. It can't be much fun living with someone who is so uptight she won't eat a slice of cake on her own birthday.

mossey2000 said...

What is wrong with being called handicapped? I have cerebral palsy and I don't mind the term.

MsJess said...

Regarding Jon being so unproductive, would he have been allowed to go to school if the entire point of him quitting his job for the show was to keep him at home as Kate's foil/whipping boy?

Claire B. said...

I understand taking issue with both Gosselin parents, but I will say I don't take issue with Jon for being gone on Kate's birthday. From everything they've said this season, it's seems fairly clear that they've split. One stays while the other travels, Jon's trip "just happened" to fall on Kate's birthday, they want to keep the kids there, no matter what, etc. It seems to me that they don't particularly want to be around each other.
Besides, as controlling as Kate can be, do you really think he would have made it out the door if she didn't want him to go?
She's playing the martyr about it after the fact, but I think that's all PR.

Also, regarding the Charm City Cakes thing, I don't think it was a cross-promo, because they said the name of the bakery but not the show, and didn't reference any of the extremely impressive cakes that the CCC crew has done in the past. This whole endeavor was probably just another case of Kate getting what she wants, which was a trip to CCC.
Also, I don't think it's very fair to hold the AoC people accountable/boycott them (I saw alot of comments along those lines on the other thread). This was filmed before most of this recent stuff went down, so there's a good chance the AoC people didn't realize what they were participating in.
Also they did this as fans, not as sponsors. The name of their show was never said, and they (especially Mary Alice) were clearly excited to meet the kids. Many people on this board started off as fans of the show, and prior to all that happened this spring, it would be hard to know how screwed up things are in that family without seeking outside info.
But beyond that, Kate (well, TLC) is a paying customer (and probably ALOT to get that many cakes, plus the whole bakery for a day). It wouldn't really be reasonable for them to turn away a customer because they've heard she's a bad wife/mother.
Boycotting AoC/CCC for being on an episode would be like refusing to let your kids watch Seasame Street because the Gosselins went to Sesame Street Live.

organizedblogroll said...

BRAVO, Fostersmom!!

Hey, don't forget somewhere in Utah, reports have that lovely elementary school teacher was in hiding waiting for Jon Boy, when he returned all sweaty from the slopes!!

I was wondering why she's been so quiet?!?

Jon's Motives?? said...

The National Ability Center sounds like a great organization and I'm glad they were able to get exposure. However, I question Jon's motives for doing that piece. It seemed a little bit out of place with the rest of the story line. It's obvious they didn't want to spend their birthdays with eachother so was this just a way to explain them being apart that weekend? Sometimes I think these organizations and people get "played" by TLC and it ends up making them look bad... Just my $.02

comeonpeoplegetreal said...

wonder how come there is no mention of Jon's birthday which is 3 days after Kate's...Guess Kate's was much more important. At least she could of shelled out a few thousand for a Ace of Cakes cake, or even better yet, she could've gone home and baked one for him.
So he wasn't there for her birthday, she wasn't there for his....It goes both ways! (Pure speculation on the latter...but I bet I am right!)


Regarding Kate's bday and Jon not being there etc.......

Show Biz was making a huge hoopla over Jon not being home for Kate's bday because 'he forgot' it was her birthday and rather remained in Utah to ski instead (and PAID by TLC for doing so). #1 Im not convinced that the PROBLEM was Jon 'forgot' about Kate's birthday but Jon actually being home on Kate's birthday would conflict with Jon and Kate's self defined tag team 'when I am home you are not' version of shared parenting. As you recall, these episodes were FILMED PRIOR TO the release of information that the Gosselin marriage is and has been in trouble for over 6 months. So to keep with the illusion that all is well at the Konpound, let's just say that Jon 'forgot' and let the viewers take it from there.
Considering the information that has been presented by the media and Kate herself in her interview in People magazine PRIOR to the airing of this week's J & K + 8 episode, that was filmed in MARCH it is absolutely insulting for TLC to think for one minute that the viewers are so stupid to believe the crock of shi* excuse of 'I forgot it was her birthday' to be true. The Gosselin marriage is and has been O.V.E.R. THAT'S WHY JON WASNT THERE!!! TLC knew it when they were filming the Kate's Birthday episode and when it aired 2 plus months later. TBut, ssshhhh ssshhhh dont tell anyone, there are still a few gullible viewers out there that still believe Jon is a 9-5 IT guy and Kate is a full time stay at home mommy to a set of 4 year old twins and 15 month old sextuplets.

organizedblogroll said...

Yep, in that Youtube video, that is "Mr. blue dress shirt never tucked in". Wow, she's really an important person, so he must be packing a rod.

Paige said...

@WHY??

No one here ever said Jon is blame-free. Quite the contrary, actually. He is also at fault for the exploitation of the kids, but at least he realizes the show needs to end. Kate, on the other hand, wants to keep going no matter what it does to the family. We're talking about Jon as the lesser of two evils.

bcsurvivor2001 said...

comeonpeoplegetreal said:

touche...........about summed it up

Pittsburgh Mom said...

I am wondering why TLC left what Leah said on purpose, "We're gonna say...Mommy, the big bus is here. Where are we going? And she'll give us a piece of candy." I wonder if TLC is trying to throw both Kate and Jon under the bus.. Maybe TLC is trying to get out of having 2 more seasons with this freak show. TLC is going to pay derly with all of the bad publicity.. I don't know anyone who still watches this show. I've told my kids that the show isn't on anymore. Friends of mine at my kids' school don't watch anymore either. We are all pretty disgusted with it. Kate is a narcissistic b*&%^ My sister in law is a lot like Kate. She is horible to her kids, but in public she "showers" them with praise. The kids are her own personal "show ponies" My neices are sweet, adorable little girls, but they are going to hate their mom someday... and possibly need therapy. I compare my brother to Jon.. he can't stand up to his wife either.. pathetic really.
Jon and Kate plus 8 needs to end. Those kids have paid their dues, let's let them grow up in peace. Kate, turn off the cameras!! A lot of us have tuned you out already! Give your kids the ift of a mommy.. not a "mother" I wish I could tell my own sister in law that too, but she and my brother have not spoken to family since Christmas 08. Go figure.. I have my own personal "Jon and Kate" here in soutwestern PA.. sad.

To the state of PA.. go get them. Those kids aren't living, they are working for a living. Please stop these s parents from screwing up their babies lives. Let them be kids, not show ponies.

48andFab said...

There's been plenty of speculation that this split is all a publicity stunt. And there are convincing arguments either way. I'm in the camp that thinks it is, since we know the show is manufactured. Not to say that there's not trouble a'brewin'! But does anyone remember the promos that Jon did in Season 4 for Season 5? I don't remember his exact words but he said somethng to the effect that "There's going to be lots of surprises..." or something like that. And he didn't seem to be promoting the show grudgingly, like now when he can barely force a smile for the cameras. My point being that the manufactured split-up COULD be one of the surprises. Does anyone remember ANY of the A or B list celebs getting this much media attention for a break-up? It's been in all the tabloids, covered on the morning news shows, on CNN, on MSN's homepage, on blogs, over-analyzed everywhere you look, and it seems like something about it is on Entertainment Tonight and Insider EVERY night! I could be wrong but it seems like some PR people are working overtime to keep the publicity going, to prop up the boredom this show had become.

Jennifer D said...

Something that I thought was interesting:

We all know that this was filmed prior to the media blitz regarding the failed marriage. Clearly they were intending to carry on the charade that they were still a family. Jon makes the big grand statement "We have decided that one of us will be home with the children..." Ummm...neither of them have J.O.B.s...so why would they need to even have that conversation?

It was a cover they designed to set up the season where Jon or Kate would be "missing" and they would hardly ever be together.

Treece said...

Jennifer D said...
I just watched part of this and I can't believe Kate apologized for "acting like a fan"....WOW. She really hates fans. She is an absolute moron.
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Slightly off topic, but just want to comment...

I got mad the first few seconds she said that too, but I thought about it...Growing up I just did not see the fascination of watching a rapper eat a bag of chips, and screaming about it...In a sense...I dislike fans too when it gets to the point of: I have to yell in this person's ear and crawl over everyone to get to the person on stage...it's just dumb to me, and maybe not my thing, so in that regard, I did not mind Kate's comment...and I think I smiled too...

Cherier1 said...

WHY?? said...
"I do not understand why Kate is the bad guy ..."

Some of us feel more sympathetic towards Jon because he is and always has been a real hands-on parent. He was the one who got the twins up and ready for school b4 going to work. As soon as he got home from work, he started in with dinner, playing with the kids, talking to them, listening, cuddling, bathing (all of them) and putting them to bed. Whatever he did, it was always not quite right: he didn't do it fast enough or well enough according to Kate's arbitrary and prefectionistic standards. She belittled him in front of his kids ("Don't listen to daddy; daddy's mean.") and in front of the world. ("Jon! Helllooooo. Stop playing with the toys and get over here." "Stop breathing so loud" et al). He shows genuine love and affection for the kids. When he got home from work, he picked the sick child up off the laundry room floor (where he had been for how long?) and made a bed for him in his own room. He didn't shut a boy, lights out, in the bathroom until he could perform. He wanted out of the tv show and said so, but she's happy being in the limelight, so his feelings apparently don't matter. Most of us do not condone cheating, but we understand what living with her would be like. Who can live with being put down all the time and in such a public way? It's all about her all the time. She picked the dogs, named the dogs, held the dogs first and uses the dogs as a threat. She can't be pleased. When you eventually get on her bad side, as everyone seems to, you are discarded. I think people genuinely understand Jon's faults and see how their dysfunctional personalities are enmeshed, and still feel more positively towards him because of the way he is with the kids most of the time. He is the best parent the children have.
We have cringed with him one too many times as he has been emasculated and attacked. Sure he needs to stand up for himself AND a lot of us know how hard it is to get there from where he is now.

Re: the candy bowl: Kate wouldn't have said no to Hannah and she certainly wouldn't have hugged a child after she said no.

She is criticized for the CCC outing because she is a bad actor and she obviously bribed the kids to say what they needed to say (per the 'non-scripted' child's words) to reinforce the idea of a surprise. She is criticized because she called her children's cakes a "rainbow of vomit" or something similar.

Many of us do not blame Jon for NOT wanting to spend time with her on her birthday after she, admittedly, has treated him so badly these last years in front of his children and the world. Remember the 'Games Gosselins Play' episode when she screamed at him as he skated with the twins down the street? Then the tups started screaming his name too and Mady tells the camera something like "She sits on her butt all day and orders him around - and thinks she's the Queen Bee". Mady tells it like it is and has been criticized for it unfairly. She has always been the emotional barometer of the family and the show.

re: college Surely they have enough money now and could put the focus back on what is really important in life: preserving their family. Their worth is estimated at 10 million.

re: Those other companies
Sure. They are all feeding off the success of these working children and we have called them out on it just as we have called out Jon and Kate and TLC.

I do not appreciate being called an idiot. Nor do my fellow posters, I'm sure. If you can converse rationally w/o calling names, please feel free to respond.

You can be assured that I will not refer to you as an idiot.

chesterctymom said...

Pittsburgh Mom said...
I am wondering why TLC left what Leah said on purpose, "We're gonna say...Mommy, the big bus is here. Where are we going? And she'll give us a piece of candy."


Did Leah really say that??? It will be interesting to see what TLC has to say about this.

Jennifer D said...

Treece said...
Jennifer D said...
I just watched part of this and I can't believe Kate apologized for "acting like a fan"....WOW. She really hates fans. She is an absolute moron.
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Slightly off topic, but just want to comment...

I got mad the first few seconds she said that too, but I thought about it...Growing up I just did not see the fascination of watching a rapper eat a bag of chips, and screaming about it...In a sense...I dislike fans too when it gets to the point of: I have to yell in this person's ear and crawl over everyone to get to the person on stage...it's just dumb to me, and maybe not my thing, so in that regard, I did not mind Kate's comment...and I think I smiled too...

6/03/2009 12:06
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Treece, I see what you are saying and if YOU said the comment I would smile. Kate is a different story. This is the same woman who has commented that she doesn't like fans. She recently commented that she is learning to like fans because she had some lightbuld moment where it occured to her that without fans they would not have millions in tha bank. In her case the comment has entirely different meaning.

tallblonde said...

Jennifer D said "Jon makes the big grand statement "We have decided that one of us will be home with the children..."

...and Jennifer there was something he said after that - something to the tune of "....so the kids will never be alone-it'll be me or Kate - orahelper..." (said all together in a rush and kind of whispered)

I just shook my head because the BIG STATEMENT was either Kate or Jon will be home.......the "whispered" statement was "or a helper" - which means that maybe one parent would be there - maybe not.....

It was just one of those "Gosselin un-statements" that makes you cringe.

Treece said...

Jennifer D said...
Treece, I see what you are saying and if YOU said the comment I would smile. Kate is a different story. This is the same woman who has commented that she doesn't like fans. She recently commented that she is learning to like fans because she had some lightbuld moment where it occured to her that without fans they would not have millions in tha bank. In her case the comment has entirely different meaning.
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I understand that point of it, and yeah that comment in particular pinched a nerve, because that's just so like her to want to be online and in HER world, but uh...THEY'RE paying for HER world...so I understand your point now. :)
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chesterctymom: Leah(?) Did make that comment, and without thinking my mind went back to Jon handing out the dessert, but obviously these are two different times, so right now that comment makes no sense to me.

B'more Gal said...

MJC said...
Elise-

"Oh, I'm acting like a FAN" (shock and horror).

TOTALLY agree with you- best part of the episode.

Didn't she even say "I'd better stop" or something like that (as she was giggling and batting her eyes wildly)? Real nice. Cause acting like a fan is bad. And I'm sure all her fans appreciated that message.
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I haven't read all of the comments yet, so I'm not sure if someone has already said this, but I'm not sure that Kate made the "fan comment" because she finds her fans annoying (how does she even still have fans??), which I'm sure she does... I didn't actually see the episode, but from what I know of Kate, I feel like the main reason that she made the comment was to remind Duff and all the other AoC folks (ever so subtle) that she is on THEIR level. She's a celebrity too, and they better not forget that! If anyone knows what it's like to have pesky fans it's the oh so great Kate Gosselin (gag!).

B'more Gal said...

OK, am I the only one who thought that Kate was gagging on the cake? For a 1K cake it looked pretty... dry. Dry and plain. Plus she had to have known that the fondant was rolled around by human hands, sort of like... her kids' hands. "If they make it, we don't eat it!"


I agree OrganicLollipops, I've never seen a cake produced by Ace of Cakes that looked like anything I'd actually want to eat, let alone pay $1,000. for.
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My friend had CCC do her wedding cake (it was even on tv!) and the fact is, the cakes really aren't that good. It is true that they are phenomenal artists and their cakes are beautiful, but as far as cakes go, I think I'd rather have mine made by a baker, not an artist.

abster said...

The "real" Kate would have been spa-hopping, not spending her day with 8 kids splattering cake frosting all over the place. I bet she WAS miserable on her birthday.

Kelly said...

sueshe said:
"... her chest seems to be bulging with conceit."

I just about choked on my drink laughing at this. The idea of her chest getting larger as she becomes more conceited is awesome. And after seeing those busty new pics of her, it looks like she's becoming VERY conceited indeed.

lindahoyt said...

Deana, yes, it was in the media, that Deanna was in Utah with Jon on Kate's birthday. US mag, I think. They went to a "spring gruv" concert. I remember Jon talking about hearing all the summer concerts while they were in Hershey, in the condo; while they waited for all the babies to be released from the medical center. He must like concerts, but his wife could not care in the least, and isn't willing to do anything for anyone else.

Sad. I think if wives acted more like girlfriends, marriage would be more fun for everyone--including the wife!

Yep, that was the boyfriend at 5:37 on the youtube video. He is also at the end, where the editors have chosen to fog out his face, for some unknown reason. They didn't blur his face when he was at the book signings...odd...

Now it leaves us to speculate...which is never good.

I would guess that he had a little too familiar look on his face. He was perhaps doing things that a professional security guard would not do; but a boyfriend would.

From now on the most fun I will have with this show, is NOT seeing the kids; but seeing if I can spot Steve!

Really, from what I have watched this is the worst episode ever...boring and totally unrealistic!

Jana said...

Patricia said...

I understand why so many don't like Kate. I have no idea why Jon gets a pass from so many though.
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I don't give Jon a free pass. In various comments I've made since finding this blog, I've noted my opinion of him. Simply put, I often have these thoughts about him:

1. He was a spoiled son of a wealthy man. He looks back with longing on his younger days, when his dad footed the bill so he could travel around, go skiing as often as he liked, and otherwise live a life of relative ease and no responsibility.

2. His dad didn't do everything wrong though -- because I believe it is from him that Jon learned how to feel love and affection for his own kids.

3. Jon doesn't really have any drive or ambition. Hey, some people are like that. That's one of the reasons Kate found him such a perfect fit for awhile. She's the one with the drive and ambition, and Jon was content to sit back and let her be in charge.

4. Jon has been the parent who has been hands-on from day one. Some call him lazy, but he's done the lion's share of actual work (bathing the children, putting together beds, painting bedrooms, preparing breakfast for them, getting them to school, greeting the twins at the bus when they arrive home, and doing activities with them)

5. Jon has many faults, but he does love his children. I don't feel Kate is able to actually love anyone but herself. She loves what having multiples has brought her, in terms of financial gain and other perks. But she does not love her children, per se. They were cute and cuddly as babies, but even then she handed them off to others to do the actual work. They have always been mere props, a means to an end, for Kate.

That's why it seems I give Jon a free pass. It's only because of the two parents, Jon at least does love his own children. Kate does not, and for that, she has earned my undying disgust and distaste (to put it very mildly!) She's an unnatural freak.

Karen said...

Who buzzed the bus through the gate if Kate didn't know it was coming? And how do you "miss" a giant bus in your driveway.

Naj said...

Jana said....
That's why it seems I give Jon a free pass. It's only because of the two parents, Jon at least does love his own children. Kate does not, and for that, she has earned my undying disgust and distaste (to put it very mildly!) She's an unnatural freak.
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Ditto to that, plus I have my own reasons. I was abused as a kid and then later verbally abused by my spouse. I saw Kate treating Jon the same way, as well as doing many of the same isolation tactics.

I sincerely believe if someone said to Jon--
"You're divorced from Kate, the show is over, go take your kids and live in peace." He'd be the happiest man alive.

But he's trapped. Abuse has made it hard for him to see ways out of an average trap, but this one would take Hercules break.

Leah Speaks and We Hear Her said...

Many posters have reported that Leah said the line posted here & that she was saying to another child. I believe it totally, although I don't watch the show anymore. And remember that Leah, among all the tups, has always been the one who speaks clearly.

christineontario said...

There will always be one of us here, or a helper ..

Wha???

Well I certainly hope so, or 5 5 year olds and 2 9 year olds will be unattended!

What a mensch ..

Security detail needed for a private coach ride to a bakery then home again. Very risky activity ..

biddymama in MA said...

Someone might have already mentioned this but did anyone notice that when one of the tups (Leah or Alexis??) went to tell Kate the "surprise" bus was there right after asked Kate for her candy...as if the kids were promised candy if they recited their lines correstly!! very sad

A Mom-ynous said...

Regarding Leah ( I think) about the line about the bus...

I do believe that Leah was reviewing what she was told to say but not necessarily what a director off camera told her to say.

I've heard my own kids plot in this manner, either with lines they created or that their daddy provided in a surpise they orchestrated or that dad helped with.

jessie said...

I did not watch the show but reading the recap makes it sounds like this episode proves that these kids will never know a "normal" life, just one of privilege and excess. If you go to Duff's website you'll see that they go into great detail about how they cannot allow ANYONE into the kitchen area and to not even bother coming to the shop unless you are a (paying $1000+ for a cake) customer. I can understand this for insurance purposes but apparently the rules do not apply to Queen Kate and her increasingly spoiled kids.

Rainbow Vomit said...

Did my eyes deceive me or were the girl tups wearing cupcake-themed clothing to the "SERPRIZE' bakery birthday? Those girls sure can coordinate!

Where's my candy for noticing that? ; )

Erin said...

I was wondering how, if the whole cake thing was a surprise to Kate, all the girls were wearing Gymboree outfits with cake on them! They sure looked dressed for the occasion!

Save the Gosselin Kids! said...

TOO FUNNY-
Bodyguards to the Bakery!

The Duggars don't need bodyguards.

Funny, I took an entire Kindergaretn class many times walking.. to the Post Office, Dairy Queen, etc, with the help of 1 aide.

These kids sure are guarded!
OH WAIT! SNAP!
Kate's ego is being guarded!!!!!!

anotherthing... said...

LOVED the re-cap. i watched about 30 secs. at the end. and vowed never again to do so. it was aweful/sad/misery. kate makes my skin crawl. and i feel so badly for those kids and yes, even jon (sorry, but i do).

i loved reading all the comments so far. i love that you guys are right there with me trying to put a timeline together....

heres a fun link about the new set of tabloid messy-ness... its from Dlisted... so language may be offensive to some. i found it humorous....

http://www.dlisted.com/node/32351

ismellakonspiracy said...

I'm thinking that Kate never wanted Jon to be there on her birthday. She got a cozy weekend with her lovah Steve, and he got a nice weekend with his Deanna.

As for the NAC, I don't have any problem whatsoever with what he did there, but you must think I'm some kind of idiot to defend him by saying that because he didn't show up with his chippie in tow means she wasn't there. I mean, really. You're not that naive, are you? And if you are really from the NAC and posting here, you should be careful about what you reveal because the reporters just may come a knocking.

Liela said...

mom22girls said:
Kate does a really great job of proving a point that many people on here go out of their way to drive home: you can take the girl out of the trailer park but you can't take the trailer park out of the girl. NO OFFENSE to anyone who has lived in a trailer park, but Kate oozes trashiness in everything she does and says. Her clothing KILLS me. This has gotten ridiculous and sorry to say but the sextuplets' "kateattitudes" are really starting to ring a bell.
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This is so hilarious....I said the same thing to my husband when I found out she grew up in a trailer park. I my self grew up in a trailer park and was not a bit offended.

Huh said...

I noticed when Kate was eating her cake, she was only eating the cake part and avoiding the icing. So as someone pointed out, maybe she was thinking about how hands had been rolling it. And it may have been my imagination, but either right before or right after her second bite, it seems she glances at the camera as if to say, "Are you done filming me? Can I stop eating this now?"

Aunt Chris said...

This whole concocted trip was so bad. The twins did NOT look excited even though Kate said they are addicted to Ace of Cakes "and they addicted me." WTF?!!?!? IMO, Duff looked like he didn't want to spend a moment on Kate, but did enjoy the kids. I think Mary Alice was just being polite to her since she knew Duff wouldn't give two hoots. And really Kate, if you're going to keep this up, get some acting lessons.

Cow said...

Chomp chomp chomp. She thinks she's classy and can't even chew her gum with her mouth closed?

I think the cakes the kids made were awesome--they had FUN making them, and that's all that should matter. Who cares what they look like?

Expositor said...

.... you can take the girl out of the trailer park but you can't take the trailer park out of the girl. NO OFFENSE to anyone who has lived in a trailer park, but Kate oozes trashiness in everything she does and says.
I thought that her parents owned a KOA campground, not a trailer park?

Sham Fam said...

I have been reading this blog since October after I noticed the changes in Kate and family. It seemed everyone here caught on early and it's just been only a few months that mainstream media is finally reporting on all the things we've noticed for a long time.

I don't know if it started out as a sham; maybe it did. But, it's surely evolved into one huge sham, and should be renamed Sham Fam.

I can't imagine how the children are going to feel as they grow older and really start seeing how their parents sold their childhoods to TLC and free trips

Mystical said...

Fleur said, "It can't be much fun living with someone who is so uptight she won't eat a slice of cake on her own birthday."
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That's for sure. I think Kate was looking for compliments about her figure from Duff and the crew, when she commented about her diet. Anything to get attention.

overwithKON said...

I didnt watch and I will not, but the recaps are great! Thank you!

A couple have mentioned that they think that TLC is accidentally leaving stuff in(like Leah with the candy for lines thing), there fore throwing these 2 idiots under the bus. Actually I have been thinking this for a long time. I think they have been slowly revealing more and more and just waiting for them to self destruct. I think that TLC does have a brain, but does not know how to get out of this with them smelling good. Even tho all of the world knows now that they are all to blame for this, and a quiet shut down would be the best. So I do think that the editing has slowly turned the tide, and even tho I dont think that TLC wants to loost its ca$h cow, I dont think that they want to deal with this crappy *family*. Sorry kids, its not your fault! All 8 of you are awesome and special!

What you all think about this?

Can't See Sheep said...

Love, love, love the recap!

Yikes, her birthday is March 28th, I know two other people who share that birthday with her, and well, they behave very scarily just like Kate, but sans the stripper streaked hedgehog on their heads. Maybe it's the 28th that's the problem......nah.

Can't See Sheep said...

Love, love, love the recap!

Yikes, her birthday is March 28th, I know two other people who share that birthday with her, and well, they behave a lot like Kate sans stripper streaked hedgehog on their heads. Maybe it's the day...nah.

phylly3 said...

When my kids were Mady and Cara's ages, birthday surprises were limited to construction paper, glue and glitter. If a bus had pulled up at my house you can be sure I would have known where it was going, and how my little kids had arranged for it, before I didn't get on it.

Mystical said...

overwithkon said, "A couple have mentioned that they think that TLC is accidentally leaving stuff in(like Leah with the candy for lines thing), there fore throwing these 2 idiots under the bus."
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I think it's possible, but I also wonder if these accidents are happening more since the Gosselins took over as producers and they are missing things? I bet their salary has really increased since they became the producers.....big time!

ImFrancie said...

sueshe said. . .
"... her chest seems to be bulging with conceit."

Kelly said. . .

I just about choked on my drink laughing at this. The idea of her chest getting larger as she becomes more conceited is awesome. And after seeing those busty new pics of her, it looks like she's becoming VERY conceited indeed.



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What if Kate's (alleged) fake boobies got bigger with every LIE she tells, like Pinocchio's nose?

Hmmm, that might make for an interesting crossover episode with the Mythbuster guys. TLC, what do you think?

theirlifeisanightmare said...

My kids are 10,4 and 3.They never planned a birthday surprise like that for me.I must be about 5 kids short of getting that kind of treatment.
Gotta go!I'm late for the infertility appointment.

SnowJob? said...

Did anyone notice that the snow falling during Jon's Utah interviews about the National Ability Center looked fake?

The snow falling when they were on the lifts was real but the images looked weird when he was standing outside talking & wearing a long sleeved shirt- not blizzard gear. It looked like they added in fake snow, maybe to distract from Jon's stupid commentary? He came across as ignorant and uninterested, kept saying things like "these kids can't do ANYthing" (which sounded self-aggrandizing & offensive since disabled kids do a lot without your oblivious presence, Mr. Gosselin) and diverted attention from a good organization. Jon even made it sound unorganized, like "we got this kid on the lift but how will we get him off?" instead of demonstrating anything he learned from the NAC staff & clients.

Also some fake flashes seemed to be added to the season premiere episode when Kate strolled around for the paps. Did they do these camera tricks in previous seasons?

nanasez said...

Great recap! It had completely escaped me that Kate was faking a from-scratch cake (just as the surprise bus conveniently arrived in time to save her the trouble). So much phoniness and fakery on the "realest reality show ever" (per Kate).

HannaBelleLechter said...

I think TLC is between a rock and a hard place now. I'm guessing that the producers and execs, writers and directors, and the Gosselin couple itself, just don't know where to go at this point with the family storyline. It seems they are afraid of presenting the Whole Truth.

Obviously, events and scenarios had already been planned and filmed, still portraying the lie that J&K were together and the status quo was alive and well. Then Jon was indiscreet and got caught. I maintain that's when Kate's tears were truly sincere. She was furious with Jon for being sloppy and ruining the illusion of the fairy-tale. However, she wasn't crying about their breakup -- she's the one who initiated the rift.

I absolutely believe Jon's version as related to the public by Jodi and Kevin. I can only imagine how his stomach dropped when Kate told him it was over between them. Sure, he was unhappy and probably complaining daily about SAHD duties and his wife's cutting manner with him; but he wasn't talking about separating, I bet. Then she fell for the lure of the road and the "romance" of the security guy on the road, and the die was cast. It's over, Jon. You can have gfs as long as you stay with the show and the sham of a marriage. Kate's a real cut-em-loose gal. Once she's done with you, she's done with you. Like last night's flounder. End of discussion.

Anyway, to take advantage of all the publicity and notoriety, the premier episode of the season was all about the couple breaking up, wasn't it? Two miserable people on the couch, individually, speaking with self-indulgent "sadness" and "tears."

Fast forward to this week, and both GWoP recaps make it sound like the couple is making excuses and fudging why one might be home, while the other isn't. As already has been said here, Jon mentioning that his ski trip "just happened" to fall on Kate's birthday, is totally, completely unbelievable. Kate's mention that Jon doesn't call her when she's on the road because "no news is good news," is a crock. They're just not talking. Period.

TLC needs to fish or to cut bait. Bite the bullet, tell the audience upfront they've split. Bam! Work out some kind of arrangement concerning the filming schedules to have them together for, maybe, important events like birthdays or the big overseas trip; do the voiceovers that say, for the sake of the kids, the couple feels it must stand united at important milestones. And when only one is at home without the other, just forget telling lies and made-up fairy tales about why one person is missing. We know why!

The death knell has sounded for this show, any way you look at it. Unfortunately, it won't come soon enough for those of us concerned about the children's welfare. The contract is signed for 40 episodes and there is no doubt in my mind that Kate will insist on sticking to the terms. TLC will go along with it. My god, the fact they've entered the season premier for Emmy consideration tells us that the network is damn proud of its little POS.

While I've read rumors that seasons 6 and 7 have also been contracted, I just don't believe that for one minute. No network would do that without first gauging what happens this season in its entirety.

If it does turn out that Kate and Mr Gray have a thing going, I think that might be the saddest side effect ever. (The children's welfare, of course, is paramount, not a side effect.) From what we know, Mr Gray has a wife and a child or children. This is sad beyond belief. Especially since Kate and he won't last. She's not loving-wife material. Frankly, I'm surprised that she might be hot-mama material. Didn't think she had it in her psyche. [MORE]

HannaBelleLechter said...

[continued]

You know, tonight on NBC News there was Part 2 of an inside look at the Obama White House. Part 2 focused on the president's family life with Michelle, his children, Bo the playful pup. When they showed scenes of the First Lady at various events, it reminded me of something I've noticed since inauguration day.

The secret service agent assigned to Mrs O is a huge, strapping guy, I'd say at least 6'5" or more, clean-shaven head, maybe 45ish, fit with a muscular build. Mrs O is 6 ft herself so she needs a big guy to guard her. Well, what I've noticed from the very beginning is when she plunges into a crowd to shake hands and to greet people, her agent often puts his hand directly on her back or in the vicinity of her waist. Obviously, he's at the ready should someone try to pull her off balance or attempt to hurt her in any way. His eyes are on the crowd, and he's a real, protective watchdog. Thank God.

Now, even though there is a certain physical contact and professional intimacy between those two, it's easy to see that the Secret Service guard is there to guard! Nothing untoward could ever be ascribed to his demeanor.

When we see Kate and Mr Gray these days, it's obvious that he is not just a bodyguard. If he is just a bodyguard, then he's not doing an adequate job. He should never be driving golf carts, holding children's hands or allowing children to hang off his legs. Somewhere along the way, Mr Gray crossed the line from bodyguard to friend, and it just doesn't look right. Obviously, neither Kate nor he nor TLC care about appearances, however.

TLC and the Gosselins MUST come clean about everything. The couple has separated; Kate prefers to go out on the road rather than be a 24/7 SAHM; Jon prefers trips to Utah to ski and to snowboard; they rely on nannies and other helpers for a great part of childcare; Jon has been dating, either one special girl or several; Kate and Mr Gray are a couple now; Kate is not at all a happy-homebody; Kate prefers not to drive herself, so they have a bus and driver when the family hits the road. None of those facts are sins (well, the affairs are heinous because innocent people are getting hurt). But just because some of their most diehard sheeple fans might flip out over Kate not wanting to be a SAHM is not an adequate reason to keep up all the obfuscations and phony baloney-ness.

Just be honest. How hard is that, really? The cat's out of the bag, and every time the show tries to present UP when we know the truth is DOWN, it loses more viewers and supporters and network-credibility.

GAmom said...

One thing this recap missed- in the closing credits, Kate mentions how nice it was for them to take time, on a Saturday, "on my actual birthday" to celebrate.

Hmmm, Kate. Would've been nice for you to do that for YOUR KIDS when they turned 5 instead of spending the day on yourself.

Rainbow Vomit said...

You know, we shouldn't be surprised that Kate wanted to go to CCC for her birthday. We all know how much she loves "dough".


; )

Naj said...

stopthemadness said...
If it is FACT that jon was with the school teacher on Kate's Birthday...then is there really ANY chance they will "work it out".

Honestly, if you found out your husband was away on your birthday with a 23 year old snowbunny, wouldn't that be the end for you?

I know I could NEVER get past it. I would never be able to let it go...(and I don't think I'm nearly as bossy and A type as Kate)
* * * * * * *

Again, one of the many reasons I quit watching was I 'got' from the first show that Kate hated Jon.

Not disliked, not didn't care for, flat out hated him. Yet, they brainwashed fans into saying things like "She's a little hard on him." or "She's stressed! You lash out at the ones you love!"

If I rolled my eyes any harder when folks talk aboout them 'working it out' or 'really loving each other' I could part my hair without a mirror.

I guess my point is, ANYONE would be nicer to Jon than Kate. A Ukranian power lifter would still have more appeal than Kate.

I don't think her 'feelings' were hurt as in those of a wife who loved her husband and he was unfaithful. Her massive ego took a slam.

Here she is, all powerful, super-mom Kate, desired by one an all, celebrity darling (in her own mind).

And this little worm of a man that she's ground under her heel for years has the NERVE to not only skip her birthday, but do it with a cutie pie!

If that wasn't Jon shooting a mile high bird at Kate, I don't know what was.

I'm on Team Jon. He's not perfect, but he's the better parent AND what he's doing now is driving Kate nuts!

Can't See Sheep said...

I thought I'd post this, it's interesting, brace yourself for the language though, they're not curbing it for anyone.

http://www.dailymotion.com/user/fluffybunnykins666/video/x9dzac_jon-kate-plus-my-hate_people

Sharon said...

Last night, I watched ET. They had this psycologist on, (a woman with real short hair). She said she feels so bad for kate because all kate wants is for someone to love her. I wanted to throw up because she had someone that loved her, and all she did was berate him, and belittle him in front of the whole world. I think she is making a spectacle of her self,and her kids. I think it would be impossible for anyone to really love that woman unless she does some serious changing.

missycristin said...

B' more gal--
Re: the fan comment in CCC. I totally agree with you that Kate thought she was a "celebrity" too. Like 'I won't act like a fan"...wink wink, nudge nudge.
You hit the nail on the head for me.

National Ability Center said...

@SnowJob
Check out our blog post about Jon's visit. We didn't use any fake snow. Utah flakes are huge and light. That's why we claim to have the Greatest Snow on Earth.

When Jon talked about the kids not being able to do anything, he was trying to make a point. Many ski resorts don't have accommodations like we provide at the National Ability Center. You can't walk into a regular ski rental shop and get the equipment or the training we provide. Jon gets it. Yes, individuals with disabilities are 'able' to do millions of things. But the right gear isn't available at local sporting goods stores.

"Ability without opportunity is nothing." - Napoleon

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AnneMarie said...

WHOA! Back the BOAT UP! They went to the AOC on a SATURDAY ?!?!?!? HOLY CRAP! When I did wedding cakes and b-day cakes, that was my absolute BUSIEST TIME! Saturday's are NUTS. There are all kinds of final details on cakes to do. There are cakes to deliver. There is NO WAY I'd have been "open" to have my place trashed by the Greedlin 9, or their camera crew, or Steve. Are you kidding me???? Maybe a Monday, Maybe a Tuesday. NEVER a Friday or Saturday !!!

TLC must have booked FAR in advance, or paid BIG BIG money for AOC to eat that day.

delilahboyd said...

Here's the video link to the "Leah spills the beans" part of Kate's birthday bus "surprise":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbLlsZMdisM&NR=1

"...And she'll give us a piece of candy to eat" is the beans being spilled. It's morning; Kate's still in her robe (actually, she's fully dressed under the robe, but she's "acting"), and we're supposed to believe that The Wicked Witch of Wernersville would give her kids a piece of candy for no damned reason? Have you ever seen her do such a thing? Especially when it's a cake day?

Kate's just not nice enough to her kids to get away with this.

Ms.Peach said...

Thanks for posting the YouTube clip of Kate "faking" her surprise. She is the worst actress ever!!!! Too funny about Leah getting candy for saying the line correct! I am so glad I did not watch.

And it was so wierd in the couch interview that it was obvious they were sitting together, but they edited it so only one was speaking to the camera. TLC must think we are so dumb.

Mommytobe said...

I got a laugh out of one of the kids saying they would get candy after they mention the bus outside... so much for the healthy organic lifestyle.

lindahoyt said...

OH, you are right! That completely went over my head...but, the girls were discussing how they were going to say, "there's a bus here"..."Then Mommy will give us candy"!!

Yeah, THAT was their payment for acting!

They weren't talking about how to surprize Mommy; they were talking about what they had to do to get candy!

Look at their faces when they walk into the bakery. Terrified! The supposed "organisers" of the "surprize" didn't seem to recognise Duff or anyone else. They looked confused and even a little mad.

I would think if Mady and Cara loved the show, they would be squealing with excitement to meet Duff. But, the only one squealing was Kate.

She is such a child.

AnneMarie said...

And that's what they get hauled around in on a regular basis, for trips and such??? OMG Going GREEN?? Not so very much. Tad large for a group of 10 plus a sound and camera guy ya think????

AnneMarie said...

The snow on the interview is real. It LOOKING odd is an artifact of the digital filming.


This show has lied so much and twisted the truth so often, it's no wonder we're not believing a snowfall now.

(Love warm weather skiing in shirt sleeves BTW)

Huh said...

Another thing that struck me is when Kate mentions the twins "weren't convincing at all" when she asked if they knew what was going on. She sounded more annoyed with their acting skills than anything.

Wasn't it in one of the first episodes, or that FAQ episode, where Kate says that everything show is real? And that if the show ever became fake or that she had to act like Miss Happy Sunshine, she'd pull the plug? Whatever happened to that promise? Because her recent fake happy laugh and sudden love for cake messes isn't fooling anyone.

Sue in PA said...

GAWD I'm tired of cake :-)

allisonw said...

i didn't watch and it doesn't look like i missed much i'd love to hear what the ratings for this week were.

ratings were so high last week b/c of the realness (well at least they were 1/2 way addressing issues) this week it's just business as usual, that is no longer interesting, you can't go back to a day in the life of, and expect us to care.

i bet rating went way down.

Fluffily Cake said...

Sue in PA said...
GAWD I'm tired of cake :-)"
________________
Even "Slurppppp" "Fluffily Lemon Cake". GAG....me too. lol

Michelle said...

After last week's episode, I won't be watching anymore -- this woman literally makes me want to throw up. She doesn't even have the common sense to not flaunt all her money -- she thinks she's a star and that we all care about her days at the spa!

Mystical said...

Michelle: I agree with you. Kate is flaunting her life as one of the rich and famous in all her neurotic snobby glory.

That in itself is nauseating to watch because of Kate....she is intolerable to listen to and to watch! Her ego is so outta control. Then consider the state of economy and it really rackles ones nerves how TLC is daring to flaunt the easy life of the Gosslin family in our faces. And yet, the Gosselins' have the gall to complain about the paparazzi and media being a bother to them. I guess that puts a wrench in their easy breezy world.

Sue in PA said...

Michelle said...
After last week's episode, I won't be watching anymore -- this woman literally makes me want to throw up.

***************

I stopped watching regularly after the screaming at Jon in the Toys R Us incident. But I have to admit I've probably caught a lot of those shows since during weekend marathons on a rainy weekend.

I'm avoiding them now, but it will be tough not to peek in once in a while.

wendyzr said...

Wow! That was funny! I still refuse to watch the show but I will certainly read more recaps like this. Now THAT was entertaining!

blmangopit said...

Can't See Sheep - that was funny as hell! Bitchasaurus Rex and the cupcakes with the hair...lolololol

Jennifer D said...

I just retwatched the scene where Jon talks about one of them being there. What he says is "there is always a parent here and a helper or someone."

I think he meant that there is always a parent present and someone else will be there help. I watched it twice and I am pretty sure that is what he meant.

lovedoc said...

Besides my feelings re: the children and the exploitation....isn't it usually time for a reality show to end when 1) they have nothing left to do in their episodes but have other reality shows come into play like ace of cakes to make it interesting and 2) when they dont have enough footage where they are including the camera crew and staff of the show that they end up becoming a player in the episode as well? seriously

ihatethisshow said...

just a thought...i know plenty of people with 'class' that don't have a dime to their names...and plenty of people that have money that couldn't buy it if they could. someone with class imo treats ALL people as they would like to be treated...kate treats everyone (even her children) terribly--she just doesn't get it. how sad.

Jennifer D said...

Are they going to keep patching in damage control pieces to previously shot footage? Every week? This week we got treated to Kate's book signing and her details on the book tour. Of course we got to see her mentioning that she misses the kids. It could not have been more insincere.

Sisi said...

Um K8 why do you have a film crew filming you "doing nothing" but sitting around with your children???? Hmmmm.....

It was the plainest cake I've ever seen CCC make though. Pink with writing... Anyone who passed the beginner Wilton decorating class could have made it... Me thinks that CCC didn't feel the need to make any effort.

THe show isn't interesting at all anymore. But if it was truly about cute children doing adorable things I think I could watch for a while. Its KON that makes it irritating.

Save the Gosselin 8! said...

I watched the utube portion of the fake "bus coming".
I agree with all of you- it was faker than fake!

and, it made me think-if I had a new mcmansion, there'd be another reason not to leave!

I would never ever leave my kids when they were that little for most of the month!

Ella, Texas. said...

Rainbow Vomit said...
Did my eyes deceive me or were the girl tups wearing cupcake-themed clothing to the "SERPRIZE' bakery birthday? Those girls sure can coordinate!

Where's my candy for noticing that? ; )

Ella said.
Wauw!!! you are right! The tubs do wear cupcake shirts. What a coincidental coincidence!!! Right on the day that they planned a surprise (cough, cough) visit to a cake store.

JerseyShore said...

And you can buy those cupcake themed shirts at.................

TandLMommy28 said...

Jana said....
That's why it seems I give Jon a free pass. It's only because of the two parents, Jon at least does love his own children. Kate does not, and for that, she has earned my undying disgust and distaste (to put it very mildly!) She's an unnatural freak.

***

I agree completely with everything you said. In the end, Jon is the lesser of two evils. Someone has to care for and love the kids, and while Jon was wrong to take a back seat and let Kate boss him into fertility treatments and a television show, at least his commitment to his kids is clear. Besides that, Jon actually seems to be regretting some past decisions while Kate refuses to admit that the show could have caused any problems or will cause problems in the future.

WPA said...

A one hour recap of their problems was on TV tonight - I think it was on the E! channel. It repeated all the tabloid points.

The next show has Emeril from the Food Network and HSN. I bet he's regretting it now.

The viewer rating for this week was half of the season opener, about 5 million this week.

nomorekonartists said...

WPA-

Thanks for the info. I think the reason why the season premiere had so many viewers was because of the problems the JoKers were having and how the tabloids were milking it. People get interested in it, and decide to watch the show.

WPA said...

I read/saw a news story today that Kate's first fiance (in their teens?) gave photos of them and his story for a magazine. He said she was money-hungry then. He broke off the engagement.

HeatherR said...

Okay, I may be incorrect on the dates here, but I recall seeing Jon & Kate on one of the celebrity gossip websites around the timing of her birthday....they were together leaving Mr Chow's restaurant in Beverly Hills. I think it was on TMZ.com back in March. The paps asked her "how are you guys doing?" since that is when the affair runors first hit the news. I remember thinking "Wow they must be in CA to celebrate their birthdays since they are only a few days apart". I am going back to TMZ.com now to double check, but I'm PRETTY sure that TLC is playing us all on the timing here!!!!!!!!!

HeatherR said...

Okay I double checked on TMZ.com and the video of Jon & Kate at Mr Chow was on March 25th. Her Bday is March 28th. See below:

Jon & Kate Just Ate ... Together
Posted Mar 25th 2009 11:10AM by TMZ Staff

Nothing says "My husband ain't divorcin' me" like a dinner for two at Mr. Chow -- so amid rumors of a possible split, the "Jon & Kate Plus 8" couple had a very public date night last night in Beverly Hills.


When asked about their relationship, Kate Gosselin told our camera "We're good."


You can search on TMZ.com to find this article if you don't believe me! It seems like they *may* have spent their Bdays together in CA and this whole episode with CCC was contrived bullsh@t.

Terry K. said...

Wow! Wouldn't we all feel stupid if we're being duped by Jon

Savel the Gosselin 8! said...

Heather R--
YOU ARE SO RIGHT!
Good dectective work! I remember seeing that on TMZ, but never connected the dates!

Oh, yeah, everythings, "real", isn't it, KATE!
See- all of this must be very confusing to the children. God help them

Fiona said...

WPA said...


The next show has Emeril from the Food Network and HSN. I bet he's regretting it now.


A friend's cousin worked for Emeril, he said that offstage Emeril is "a tyrant with an ego the size of a cruise ship", and when he goes off it makes Kate look like Snow White. Whatever playful chop-busting you may see between Emeril and Kate onscreen, if she pulls her rude, nasty, diva act on Emeril when the cameras aren't rolling, he said "he'll rip her a new one big enough to park that big blue van."

Ms.Peach said...

HeatherR said....
You can search on TMZ.com to find this article if you don't believe me! It seems like they *may* have spent their Bdays together in CA and this whole episode with CCC was contrived bullsh@t.
---------------------------------
Yes, they were at Mr. Chow's March 25, but USWeekly has Jon and Deanna March 28 in Utah. So, the Mr. Chow pics were a set up to show the happy couple when really Jon took off to Utah probably from LA. TLC thinks we are a bunch of morons. Anything to cover up that those two have been separated BEFORE Jan. Remember, Jon's friend in one of the mags said Jon told him in Jan. that the marriage was over and Jon had already at that point confronted her about Steve Neild. So in Feb/March/April, after Jon got the green light to have his own flings, he went partying and found Deanna.

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