Battleship & Barber recap

The episode opens with four birds flying in the sky. Like Jon, they are fleeing the coop.

Kate tells us that after the first week on vacation, Mady and Cara had to go and finish three days of school. They didn't want to miss their school picnic. Yes, it's normal for kids to have a weeks vacation before the exhaustion of the last three days of school sets in, together with its draining picnic. But don't worry, Kate reassures us that Mady and Cara are at the top of their class, so missing school is no big deal! As a matter of fact, the more school they miss, the topper of their class they get! continue

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163 comments:

Marinka said...

The episode opens with four birds flying in the sky. Like Jon, they are fleeing the coop.

Kate tells us that after the first week on vacation, Mady and Cara had to go and finish three days of school. They didn't want to miss their school picnic. Yes, it's normal for kids to have a weeks vacation before the exhaustion of the last three days of school sets in, together with its draining picnic. But don't worry, Kate reassures us that Mady and Cara are at the top of their class, so missing school is no big deal! As a matter of fact, the more school they miss, the topper of their class they get!

Jon gives the girls a hug. The words and images on his shirt are blurred out so he appears amorphous. Neither girl seems alarmed. Jon asks if they have tattoos on their legs. He also tells the camera that it's nice that the girls are back because now he has someone to talk to. Since we've been reading Us Weekly all summer and know all about his Kate tummy tuck administering doctor's daughter brainiac girlfriend, we can only assume that he means it's nice to talk to someone who is multi syllabic.

Kate lets us know that the second week in Bald Head Island was focused on field trips for the little kids. They travel by golf cart or is it a tram? But don't worry, because Kate has a Starbucks. Kate gets to hold some stranger's baby. For no apparent reason. Then they take the ferry. I don't want to alarm Kate, but she seems to have forgotten the girls at home, because only the boys are on this outing.

Meanwhile, Jon takes Cara and Mady to some kind of hell on earth. Mady speaks in an ultrasonic voice. 

OMG, we're now on Battleship USS North Carolina. Wow, these producers sure got their job cut out for them. The boys get sailor hats, so if this TLC thing doesn't work out, they'll be able to transition to the Cracker Jack gig smoothly.

After the commercial break, Kate tells us that everywhere they go, she likes the kids to learn something. Other than that mommy and daddy are self-promoting whores, that is. They walk down some stairs and the kids comment that it's scary dangerous.

Then Kate asks the boys if they are going to take care of her when they grow up. Feeling trapped on the battleship and seeing that their mom is the only way off, they agree. Kate then pushes them for a concrete business plan.

The kids are nervous to walk on grates which Kate thinks is funny. Because the fear of falling to your death is hysterical.

Marinka said...

Cara is walking on some horrific high rope, while she's chained for safety. I get vertigo just watching. Mady, clearly the brains in the family, says that she doesn't like being that high up and stays down below, where God intended people to be. Jon offers reassurances to Cara, like "it's ok if you fall!" and then tells us that even though Mady and Cara have the same birthday, they are different people. I hope that all viewers had a pencil ready to jot down that pearl of wisdom. Really, if Kate wants her kids to have educational experiences, she should just play "the Best of Jon" for them.

The boys come to the bunk room and Kate says "do you want to lie in the bed? You're allowed to try it!" and one of the kids says, "are we allowed to lie in them?" They stay in for three seconds.

The boys are excited about the ammunition room. The boys discuss how big the bullets were, but sadly, I lose consciousness during the discussion so I can't provide any provide many details.

When I wake up from that coma, it’s to hear Kate saying that the people who were there to see the battleship were now there to see them. Kate notices that they also had "disruptive paparazzi friends" a distance away. So, this is what I don't understand. Kate and her kids are being filmed the entire day, right? By people with cameras. Why are the paparazzi who are standing a distance away and shooting the same things that TLC is shooting the "bad guys" that she encourages her kids to shoot with guns, while TLC is not? 

Jon goes to drive the go carts with the girls. Jon says it was fun to drive the go carts but he wished the go carts could go faster. Like super fast. Because that's normal behavior for a father of eight.

Kate takes the boys for a haircut! Her yardstick is when Collin starts looking like a Wolfman. The boys get haircuts. I don't know why they don't just film paint drying at this point. Kate finishes off the day with the boys by getting them ice cream. She deems the day a successful mommy-boy day. I, however, was a little disappointed. Because I don't understand how it's possible to be out for a kazillion hours with three 5 year olds and not see one meltdown. You'd think that they'd stage a few of those to make me feel better.

franky said...

ROFLMAO..

cracker jack ..LOL

much better than watching the show..thanks so much!!!!

Mary said...

Beautiful, just beautiful. Thanks for the laughs. I needed them today.

goldie said...

Loved the recap!

third_grade_teacher said...

As a teacher, I'm so glad that Mady and Cara are not in my class. They are great children, I'm sure, but I would NOT want to deal with all the extra work that comes with parents taking their kids out of school for unnecessary stuff.

Connie said...

Kate complains about the paparazzi to pump up her ego. Only "special" people, movie stars and the like, have p-people following them. She's just letting us know how special SHE is and using her children to do so. What a gal!

PaLisa said...

Have the ratings been posted yet?

Tyra said...

I laughed way more at the recap than I did watching the show. Thanks for the laughs.

glenda said...

I wondered why there were not meltdowns either especially when she got them ice cream! Don't you know she was dying to have a meltdown because of the mess? I bet the PR people were going 'Don't do it breath!' Also again I think it is HILARIOUS that anytime she talks about the 'P' people there are only like 2 people taking photos. I bet they are just tourists LOL

Carole in Pa said...

Nice Recap

I was wondering if anyone noticed the quick blip of Kate's rudeness.
The boys were being given their sailor caps and I think the hostess wanted to try on a few different sizes of caps on the boys. I think she said something like this is a small and before she could finish her sentence Kate just grabbed the caps and plopped them on their heads. To me it just shows that Kate wanted the day over quickly and she really has zero appreciation for anything she receives. It's sad.

saratogachris said...

Saw the tail end of the show by accident! Thanks for the recap, so I know I missed nothing.

I noticed that the show has become weird because nobody interacts anymore. Jon and Kate talk to the crew both when on the couch/chair and while they film. They say little to the kids... bizarre stuff to five year olds... shoot the p people, will you take care of me? What? To a five year old? So, now that Jon and Kate don't talk (scream) at eachother, the show has become a give and take with the TLC crew. It will never last. They should actually film paint drying or grass growing... it is , after all, The LEARNING channel.

stopthemadness said...

Kate asks the boys if they are going to take care of her when they grow up. Feeling trapped on the battleship and seeing that their mom is the only way off, they agree. Kate then pushes them for a concrete business plan.


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PRICELESS.

I went to a movie with my kid to avoid the urge to watch this and am so glad I did.

As usual, brilliant recap.

Can't wait for the show where Kate pens all the kids in the basement and annouces that they are getting their PhD's, because this is, after all, what's good for THEM.

Jon wants to go fast! He's so cool and he likes fast stuff! And earrings!! No wonder Kate has a dim view of the male population if this is her role model. WHAT AN ASS Jon is. Don't worry Cara if you fall they will catch you? How about, (as her little legs are trembling) "Don't worry honey, they won't let you fall, that is what the safety harness is for?"

Really Kate, though - all the attention seeking, then treating the photographers as "bad guys??" What kind of mental issues are you setting these poor kids up for? They've had cameras in their faces since they were tiny. Are all these people bad guys? Why is mommy letting them be around us then? Mom can't protect us and in fact needs us to take care of HER.

O well - they ARE five after all. Time to put away the toys and face the realities of work, - Time to man the battle stations and fill in for the adult male who should be helping mom, protecting all of you, and supporting you. You had a good (relatively) five years.

Where's the button that shoots? Planted deeply inside their little heads, Kate. Get ready for it because at some point they are going to figure out who the bad guys have been all along, although they are somewhat confused about it today. And when that happens there will be plenty of material out there to show them that this wasn't mom doing the best she could for us, despite being ignorant, this is about choices she made, and your father made, with a whole segment of the population including your closest relatives telling them to STOP.

Marinka said...

Oh, that whacky Jon and fun loving Kate! Their hijinx have stayed with me all day!

NN said...

The boys get sailor hats, so if this TLC thing doesn't work out, they'll be able to transition to the Cracker Jack gig smoothly.
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ROFLMAO...good one!!

Awesome job Marinka!!

Coco said...

I swear that before the whole divorce mess started, TLC was showing previews for a show where Kate was on a battleship with the boys. If this is right, then it really makes me wonder about the filming of this show.. Does this ring a bell with anyone or am I just crazy?

Christian_N_Daniel_Mommy said...

Why are the paparazzi who are standing a distance away and shooting the same things that TLC is shooting the "bad guys" that she encourages her kids to shoot with guns, while TLC is not?
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Because the paps don't pay J&K loads of money for the exploitation of their kids, unlike TLC!! People with cameras aimed at the Gosselins are BAD unless they're throwing money in your face, right Kate?

Ohio Buckeye said...

Thanks for the recap - somehow you made what sounds like another sleepfest of an episode into a fun read!

Time on a highwire seems an odd choice for a Cara & Mady activity, since Mady (like her mother) acted afraid of heights and, so, refused to even climb the lighthouse stairs last year in the Carolinas. I guess I'd speak in an ultrasonic voice, too, if my Day O'Daddy Fun included an activity that encompassed one of my biggest fears. Yeah, good times for Mady. Oh, all the misty, water-colored memories....

Is it even possible for K8 to be any more narcissistic?? "Will you take care of me when they grow up?" WHO asks 5 year olds such a thing? (And if you follow that thought a little further, who on this planet would ever want to be K8's daughter-in-law???! Yegods.)

K8 has always asked for constant attention & validation - I recall episodes of yore when she'd act like an insecure child, asking Jon on camera to say he loves her, telling the kids when snapping a photo, "Everybody who loves MOMMY, smile!" There was an episode after Jon became a stay at home dad, and K8 acted like an abandoned orphan...demanding him to hurry up with (her) errands so he would be back again at her side. She complained constantly any time he spent part of a day completing household chores (painting a bedroom, assembling furniture, hanging garage shelving) - as if having to spend time on her own with her own kids was just such an outrageous and insurmountable challenge. The chick has issues. MAJOR issues.

Ah, well, good thing TLC has now given us all the new, improved K8, eh? You know, the one who loves 'having my babies all around me' (?!) and the brave trouper who has that oh-so-perky, newfound "Can Do!" attitude.

Now if we could just get her a new and improved (any change would be an improvement - why does she want to look like Adam Lambert??) hairdo to go with her store-bought breasts and newly-courageous 'tude, possibly an episode might be a little less painful for viewers to suffer through.

But I'm sure I'm being way too optimistically optimisticish.

Unbelievable! said...

I was surfing through the channels the other night and saw the "One Year Later" special, the update on J&K when the twins were just toddling around. It was really interesting to hear them talk about a recent trip they took without the kids, saying that they were surprised at how little they fought. They chatted and laughed about it. Hindsight is 20/20, that's for certain. Here we are, a few years later and it's no longer a laughing matter.

I also caught a few moments ( that's all I could stand ) of a recent episode, where Jon was putting the twin's beds together in the new mansion and Joel was having an issue getting his shoes on. He went to Jon and was told that he had someone elses shoe on the wrong foot and to "go figure it out!". The end result of that sort of parenting is a child who won't come to you with a problem, because they've been told time and time again to "go figure it out".

Don't have 8 children if you don't want to spend the time needed to... oh, I don't know... PARENT THEM!

LP said...

Caught the tail end of the show (by mistake) and thought it very telling when K8 pushed one of the kids off her and told him to stop climbing on me. His response was "but I LIKE you". If she were a warm and loving mother don't you think that his response would have been "but I LOVE you"? Of course, she wouldn't have pushed him away if she were a warm and loving mom. I hug my puppy more than she hugs those boys!

Deb said...

Gotta luv this headline!!

Jon Gosselin's Girlfriend Slams TLC as "the Lying Channel"


http://www.usmagazine.com/news/jon-gosselin-girlfriend-slams-tlc-as-the-lying-channel-2009188?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily

Maxwell said...

OMG I just love your recap! I nearly busted a gut reading it!

Thank you for the great belly laugh! LMAO

wramblinwreck said...

"Since we've been reading Us Weekly all summer and know all about his Kate tummy tuck administering doctor's daughter brainiac girlfriend, we can only assume that he means it's nice to talk to someone who is multi syllabic."


LMAO!! Love the recap, it's much more entertaining than the show has ever been.

"...all the attention seeking, then treating the photographers as "bad guys??" What kind of mental issues are you setting these poor kids up for? They've had cameras in their faces since they were tiny. Are all these people bad guys? Why is mommy letting them be around us then?"


Ah, Kate's Business 101 lesson to the boys (who she expects to take care of her someday): P-people should be shot because they don't pay us for the photos they take of us. TLC cameramen and the photographers TLC sends them to for photo shoots are good because then we get paid. Best to ingrain this fundamental principle at an early age because those kids will be photographed for years to come.

PaLisa said...

ratings continue to slide...radaronline

JessicaP said...

I was also going to comment on the part when Kate holds that newborn baby. Was it just me or did she totally look like a fish out of water!? To see her hold that baby one would never know that once apon a time she had eight of her own babies. She looked like that was her first encounter with an infant giving that poor baby no neck support. Who would let that crazy lady hold thier baby when she doesn't/ didn't (obviously) hold her own.

SuperFreak said...

I thought the best part was when Joel said (to Kate), "When I grow up and I'm a bad guy, I'm not going to shoot you." Kate promptly freaks out and says he won't be a bad guy, ever. Minutes later, Kate instructs the boys to 'shoot' at the p-people. Nice Job, Kate. No wonder your son wants to grow up and be a bad guy.

annabanana said...

I didn't catch the exact wording, but one of the boys kept taking his sailor hat off during the tour. Kate made a comment that she was going to glue the hat to his head. Why? It's not a safety helmet? Why does he have to wear it? Oh yeah, because they gave her a free tour and special treatment (secret passageways from the "P" people) if they wore their logo covered sailor hats!

Amanda O. said...

Been reading for a while, first time commenter.


At no point did Mady seem happy to ride in the cars. I don't think she picked out that activity.

Jon said something like, "They are here for five minutes and now they are gone..."
Where did the girls go after coming home to him?

Kate mentioned too many times about taking care of mommy. She certainly focused on that.

I love how the cameras focused on the ice cream spill and Kate not screaming over it. Like they are trying to show she is relaxing.

JJL said...

I haven't watched the show in a long time, because it's BORING. Thanks for the laugh.

NeverLikedKate said...

Ya know, I got a different take on little Joel's comment about being a bad guy when he grows up. I haven't read all the comments so it is possible that someone else shares this theory.

I think that Kate refers to the paps as p-people and, quite possibly, bad guys to differentiate from the TLC/hired photographers that follow them around on a daily basis.

So when Joel kept referring to the bad guys, I think he was referring to the paps. And when he said that he was going to be a bad guy when he grew up but he wouldn't shoot Kate, he was really saying,

"I'm going to be a paparazzi when I grow up, but I won't film you mommy."

amymo said...

LOVE LOVE the re-cap....

I live right down the road (about 3 miles) from where Jon took Cara and Mady.
Ozzy's is a big thing here for the locals. The place is great (they have laser tag, a roller rink, etc), and the ropes course actually is one of it's biggest highlights. I didn't watch the show, but saw some highlights. I'm sure both girls had a blast. I hate that TLC has to edit things to make Jon look like he's a doof while Kate does the stupid safe trip.

Team 8 said...

I am actually giddy over the ratings! Tee-Hee! To me it has always been about the kids. Always. I couldn't stand to see their sad little faces anymore. Maybe now they will finally have a chance to experience a private life.

If they think the ratings are going down now, just wait until the fall when the new season of TV shows starts! Jon, Kates, Haley, The
Babysitter-let them duke it out.

At .least the kids will finallly be free.

MyKidsAreKoreanToo said...

In the scene where Jon takes the girls on a go-cart ride he keeps talking about how they loved it, had fun, etc... Those girls couldn't have looked more miserable! I really think they are tired of being filmed. TLC probably had to drag all three of them kicking and screaming to be filmed.
Side note: I was at a party recently and a woman had the dead-skunk-road-kill-reverse-mullet-thingy-hairdo. It's even scarier in person.

moi said...

Wait, Kate is holding the baby on THIS episode? I don't watch anymore, but I do remember a pic on the 'net back in, oh, I think the springtime, of Kate holding a stranger's baby on a boat.

Holy cow, how old is this stuff they're just showing NOW??

MBach said...

I agree with Coco that it seemed to me the film of kate/Hate on the battleship with the boys was all over the entertainment news shows, the same time the divorce was announced. I posted the timeline question a week ago, and Ms Peach gave May for the battleship trip, and June for the divorce announcement. (sorry, if I have this wrong again, I didn't write it down, and now I can't find the answer in the old posts)

I haven't watched the show for over a year now, but it became impossible to avoid seeing her royal highness as the clip was shown over and over. She was holding one of boys while he turned a wheel. The part I found disgusting was kate/Hate laughing her big open mouth hehaw behind her son - making herself the focus. Again I say, UGH!

Please everyone, stop watching, just say I WILL NOT WATCH. You are being counted, and TLC is happy to "see" you out there, even if you are watching in disgust.

Jon get a good lawyer said...

Thanks for the great recap. I have not watched since the big divorce announcement. I too would rather watch paint dry.

I'm Grinning said...

Maxwell said...
OMG I just love your recap! I nearly busted a gut reading it!

Thank you for the great belly laugh! LMAO
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I agree with Maxwell and everybody else; TOO FUNNY. Who needs the darn show when we've got RECAPS!!

Geri said...

BRAVO! Excellent recap! I laughed my hiney off!

Dianew said...

Marinka ~
Bravo! Bravo!
Great re-cap.I had quite a laugh.

Made me feel like I actually watched it.

Pamela Jaye said...

Ah, Kate's Business 101 lesson to the boys (who she expects to take care of her someday): P-people should be shot because they don't pay us for the photos they take of us. TLC cameramen and the photographers TLC sends them to for photo shoots are good because then we get paid.

but the P-people sell pictures to publishers who then use them to promote "Scandalous!" (gasp) stories, which cause more people to tune in to the show.

I think Kate's missed something.

Also, I don't think they were tourists - but you would have to see the size of the lenses on their cameras to understand why I think so.

The recap was awesome - tons more fun than the actual episode. I *should* look up the author's website.

fidosmommy said...

Amanda O. said...

At no point did Mady seem happy to ride in the cars. I don't think she picked out that activity.

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I didn't watch, but did see one of the promos. JON was driving the car and Mady looked squished beside him in the passenger's seat looking very glum. Maybe she wanted to "drive fast", and Jon was hogging the wheel? I thought the idea was for the KIDS to get to do things, not watch while Daddy was doing things.

I admit, not having actually watched the show, I might have a skewed perception of how it really was.

mommy23 said...

I think it's interesting that Joel told kate "I like you." I remember Kate saying that to Jon a few times whenever they spent time alone. I always thought it kind of odd that a married couple said "I like you" instead of "I love you."

So glad I'm not watching this show anymore. It sounds extremely boring. Recaps are much funnier!

Lindsay said...

Then Kate asks the boys if they are going to take care of her when they grow up. Feeling trapped on the battleship and seeing that their mom is the only way off, they agree. Kate then pushes them for a concrete business plan.
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LOL!! :P

the kids are being exploited and it's so sad said...

"Jon offers reassurances to Cara, like "it's ok if you fall!" and then tells us that even though Mady and Cara have the same birthday, they are different people. I hope that all viewers had a pencil ready to jot down that pearl of wisdom"

Marinka, you're so funny! That made me laugh out loud.

I'm happy about last night's show because it made me think that cancellation is in the near future. The show is so incredibly boring. How lame that they are trying to make Kate look so fun and wonderful now. Whatever.

I know that everyone wants to say that Jon is a joke because of the earrings and girlfriends. But let's not forget about Kate in all of this. Money hungry, husband belittling, control-freak Kate.

Oh I love how Kate talks about the paparazzi. I hope she thinks about the fact that she and Jon got them into this mess. Anyone that gets into showbizness knows that paparazzi might be taking pictures of you. Shame on people, like Jon and Kate, who subject their children to this harassment.

Shame on your Jon, Kate, and TLC! Get the cameras out of the kids' faces, their life is not supposed to be entertainment.

BettyBoop said...

I've not watched this horrid show or anything on The Lying Channel but I do enjoy the recaps. My mind just boggles over how mentally unhinged Katie Irene is. Teach the children to hate and shoot people, guilting them into taking care of her when they grow up. Damn, woman, isn't it enough they've made you millions of dollars already, invest it and take care of your lazy assed self and set those kids free of your shackles of servitude. I'm pretty sure if they've learned how to care for another human from you they will isolate you out in the boonies and leave you with various caretakers. But never fear they'll come for visits when their reality show can use you to boost ratings.
Of course the kids get more special prizes that the other kids that come would have to bankrupt mom and dad in the gift shop for. Amazing that millionaires get freebies and the hard working military family that comes to visit can just buy any souvenirs themselves. She doesn't even sound like she teaches those kids to say thanks either. I wonder how they're going to be in a few years when they are no longer TV stars and don't get all the special treatment and gifts everywhere they go. Will they scream and pitch a fit like Katie did when the gym didn't know what a special princess she was. I fear for anyone having to deal with the famous Gosselin kids in a few years if they continue to follow in Katie's footsteps of rude, entitled behavior.

grounded said...

"Kate complains about the paparazzi to pump up her ego. Only "special" people, movie stars and the like, have p-people following them. She's just letting us know how special SHE is and using her children to do so. What a gal!"

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Paps in Los Angeles also follow porn stars, Heidi Fleiss, ex governor Eliot Spitzer's hooker Ashley Dupré , MJ's doctors who are suspicious of killing him, D-list entertainers who are dead beats or wife beaters or have criminal past or accused of any wrong doing.

Is Kate happy to be one of them?

escrowmama said...

Moi, this stuff is 6-8 weeks old

dede02 said...

this is only my 2nd time posting since usually everything i am thinking has already been posted by others. i have to agree, this show is OVER! i cannot stand to see these attention starved, unhappy kids being paraded around for money. i agree, these children are going to have so many issues from not only this show, but also from their parents. on another nite, does anyone but me think it is strange that the stansel's "tweet" constantly about their children? i mean, even after losing two of their children, they immediately "tweet" about it! am i just out of it or is this not ridiculous? i would be mourning the loss of my children, not posting it for the entire world to read. that would certainly be the last thing on my mind! i blame jon & kate for some of this because they made everyone aware of what you could gain by having multiples. jon & kate should be thanking GOD every day that their kids were born HEALTHY!!!! jmo!

Ryan's Mom said...

After reading the recap (because I cannot stand to watch this drivel any longer), I submitted a demo video to TLC to try to get my own show. I hung out wash for 25 minutes. Then I went in the house. Think it'll fly?

Kudos to Marinka for being able to sit through this crap. Do people really have such emptiness in their own lives that they have to watch someone else's kids getting a haircut? How about volunteering to help a family in REAL need? Or even reading a good book to your own kids.

What a waste. But thanks for confirming what we already know with that great recap!

Longuyland Girl said...

Love the recap Marinka! I can't wait to read your rehashing of next week's episode - Kate and the boys go to a dude ranch! (zzzzzzzz....!) I wonder what fun Jon will cook up for him and the twins? I wonder who will be taking care of Leah, Hannah and Alexis while everyone else is off having fun? Will it be not-the-nanny, the babysitter du jour, Steve the camera guy - heck, Shoka and Nala could probably fill in and neither Kate nor Jon would notice!
Thanks again for filling us in Marinka - and for "taking a bullet" for those of us who - gosh, darn - it had to miss another episode.

I Get It said...

Love it!!! 1st time I willed myself NOT to watch ANY of it & you are all right!!! It's much better reading about it on here. I can just picture the boring fake Kate, no need to watch. It is like watching someone elses "Home Movies". SOOOOOO boring!! And fake. At least even "Home movies" are REAL!!! Goodbye Jon & Kate + 8 show!! Don't even miss you!!! Hope ratins dropped BIG time!! America is done with the BS of it all.

bikini said...

Rating continues to drop. Finally, even the PR stunt like the police call and Hailey's interview don't help the rating. Kate's media tour and interview did nothing for the rating. We start to see the public is tired of the nasty couples. The curiosity has worn out.

Kate is probably shaking in her undersized bikini and filling her coffee cup with more vodka right now.

Tami said...

Kate mentioned too many times about taking care of mommy. She certainly focused on that.
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Like it has been said before, everything that is said here is later clarified on the show. People here have said they will shun her when she is old and now she is so worried about it she is desperate for reassurance from them and wants it on film. And yes, this stuff is from May. The trip happened while they were on their beach vacation. The girls probably just stayed with one of their nannies back at the beach house that day.

Kat_momof3 said...

The good news is the ratings on this horrible show that started out as being a cute little window inside a family with unusual circumstances that turned into a sideshow are continuing to go down... which means word is spreading, our boycott is growing, and we are making a difference.

http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2009/08/exclusive-jon-kate-ratings-continue-slide

not watching said...

Kate is nothing without Jon on screen. Jon is quite TV friendly because he has that "I am trying to have fun" attitude. He makes the segment with Kate in it more watchable. Kate appears to be mean spirited, demeaning, boring and awkward. She has that "me, me, me, look at me" attitude. She is just unpleasant to watch. Now Jon is gone, I just can't stand watching Kate. It's obnoxious and annoying.

LovingMom said...

After reading the recap (because I cannot stand to watch this drivel any longer), I submitted a demo video to TLC to try to get my own show. I hung out wash for 25 minutes. Then I went in the house. Think it'll fly?
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Hilarious Ryan's Mom! And it looks like The Lying Channel moniker is catching, thanks to a boost from Ms. Glassman. You can't pay for publicity like that.

kaziah said...

This is my first post. I have watched almost from the very beginning. And I've always said that Kate had better be nicer to Jon or he is going to leave her with all those kids. So it came to pass... and all I can think about is how much damage they've done to the kids.

Anyway, to stay on point; where were the little girls?!! Kate had the boys on the boat and Jon had the twins at the boring place. Nothing was said about what the little girls were doing at that time. Unless I fell asleep during that part.

Any thoughts?

Khate's such a fake said...

Is Kate running for office or something? Her holding the baby was so weird. Like, "Look at me! Look at me! I'm a family woman. I'm good with kids! I love kids! Family values matter!" What mother in her right mind would just hand over her baby to a stranger like that? My mom hated when strangers got a little bit too close to me when I was that little let alone let them hold me. She was definitely "putting on a show" in the part that I saw (the first 7 minutes) with the boys and the baby. She had her loving mother voice going for her. I don't think I've ever seen her that nice to the boys.

And whoever mentioned the rude moment with the hats (can't remember who said it, sorry), I definitely noticed it. Khate basically yanked that hat out of that woman's hand.

grannyoftwo said...

lovingmom you are hilarious, I think we should all send in videos of the most boring things we can think of and tell them that these are much more interesting than their show. Just flood them with videos. It would serve them right. The junk they put on the air these days. the learning channel, my foot. My two year old grandson could teach them things they never would understand. How about a show teaching the learning channel how to make a reality show a real reality show. Maybe TLC stands for the learning channel because they are still learning? Got a long way to go!!!

Melanie P. said...

http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2009/08/exclusive-jon-kate-ratings-continue-slide

Radar says that the amount of people watching is way down. I know Radar is a questionable source, but I'm hoping this is really the beginning of the end.

Ms.Peach said...

Enjoyed the recap. Went to Youtube to see what was on there.

I believe the reason one of the boys was talking about being a bad guy and not shooting mom had nothing to do with Kate's explanation that the boys associated guns on the ship with bad people living there---it was because MOMMY had called the p-people BAD and told them to SHOOT them. I bet that happened BEFORE they toured the ship. Kate is such a liar and the editing is a joke.

Also noticed the ever-present coffee cup on the ride to the battleship. Hmmmmm.....

Also, Mady acts more and more like Kate with the same expressions. Very scary.

Oh yeah, when the boys did their couch interview, one of them said the bullets were "HUGISH". OMG!

Still looking for the second part of the show to watch somewhere.

cossysmom said...

Whenever Kate complains about the "p-people" the camera pans to 3 photographers in the distance. 3! She isn't being swarmed, there are THREE photographers. Why not do what real celebrities do: pose for a picture or two, move on, and ignore them. Why make such a big deal over it to the kids. These people are responsible for keeping the Gosselins in the news and therefore making it possible for this greedy family to continue to take luxury vacations, buy very expensive cars, and remodel a brand new kitchen. Kate, why don't you explain to the kids just how important these THREE people are to your lifestyle.

Boredtodeath said...

Wow! Us Weekly is taking a poll to see if viewers would watch another show starring Jon Gosselin. Apparently talks are in progress for him to do a show called Divorced Dad's Club. Another name being tossed around is Michael Lohan. I took the poll, (said no way). The stats are something. 134 yes, 1694 no. Big surprise.

nana said...

Kate doesn't hate the p-people. She sees their presence as a badge of honor, that she's finally some great and worthy star. The woman can't shut up about them. Every episode she's right there pointing them out. Not only does she love the attention, she gets to use them as an excuse to ask for sympathy. "Look at me, the poor martyred single mother, being followed by these vicious people. Oh dear my life is so hard!"

Umm, no Kate, they're filming you because you're a walking pot ready to crack at any moment.....

Tami said...

Regarding the silly mom who foolishly let Hate hold her newborn, she might be one of those people who want their kid on film at all costs. Then she can say, "Looky everyone! MY kid is on tv!!" IOW, she could be a fame whore like Hate.

Tami said...

Kate is nothing without Jon on screen. Jon is quite TV friendly because he has that "I am trying to have fun" attitude. He makes the segment with Kate in it more watchable. Kate appears to be mean spirited, demeaning, boring and awkward. She has that "me, me, me, look at me" attitude. She is just unpleasant to watch. Now Jon is gone, I just can't stand watching Kate. It's obnoxious and annoying.

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You got that right she's awkward!When she was telling her kid to get off her because he was "squishing" her, he said he likes her and her reaction was sooo awkward! She looked all embarrassed, looks at the camera people and stammers, "You like me? Uh, that's good you like me because you're stuck with me for a while". It's almost like with her sexy (in her mind) new image she is embarrassed to look motherly (but was she ever??) because it might ruin her hot image for Mr. Bodyguard or something. Ick.

teena said...

I have to say, for some time I continued to watch the show for no other reason except that I was attracted to the "train wreck".

Ever since they've been back from their hiatus, I haven't bothered. I did watch the end of the first show because I wanted to see what the kitchen looked like. When I was subject to the "hang" (we'll reveal it NEXT week) I was annoyed beyond belief and that was it--I have't watched it since.

I feel badly for the children because their irresponsible parents have likely spent all the money they've made. It will be very interesting how Jon and Kate attempt to make money after the sextuplet's gravy train has left the station...

stopthemadness said...

I am so glad Hailey Glassman said what she did, to Us magazine - The Lying Channel indeed! They made Gosselins cover up the fact that their marriage was in tatters a year ago (wasn't that abuot the time of the oh so fake wedding where Kate kept on SAYING while Jon said nothing, that they would be together forever?? All that crap about it's a beautiful life, all the sentimental music and the slow mos of the kids running up the hill, all the while knowing these two were fighting like cats and dogs and the family was down for the count. What cynical, lying bastards.

I am so glad she came out and said TLC can't tell me what to say, no one owns me. You go, girl. I knew Jon would find a way to get the truth out even if he did sign away his integrity for the $$ - just have the GF do it.

He looks more of a slob than ever, on that Us picture, however. Jon you have no job, hit the gym. You got time.

Connie said...

kaziah said...
Anyway, to stay on point; where were the little girls?!! Kate had the boys on the boat and Jon had the twins at the boring place. Nothing was said about what the little girls were doing at that time. Unless I fell asleep during that part.

Any thoughts?
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I read somewhere online (sorry I don't remember which tabloid or editorial) that the girls were back at the hotel with the regular sitter (Jenny?) who went with them. My first thought...I wonder if they said, okay girls, the boys get to go but you don't...

Connie said...

grounded said...
"Kate complains about the paparazzi to pump up her ego. Only "special" people, movie stars and the like, have p-people following them. She's just letting us know how special SHE is and using her children to do so. What a gal!"

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Paps in Los Angeles also follow porn stars, Heidi Fleiss, ex governor Eliot Spitzer's hooker Ashley Dupré , MJ's doctors who are suspicious of killing him, D-list entertainers who are dead beats or wife beaters or have criminal past or accused of any wrong doing.

Is Kate happy to be one of them?
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I had to laugh! Evidentally she is...

Not a fan of either said...

Thanks for the recap for those of us who didn't watch. It must be extremely hard to write about something this boring and make it funny and interesting. I'm optomistic, but still a little disappointed in the ratings. That's about 2.5 million people too many. In my wildest dreams I cannot fathom 3 million people watching this unless as someone once mentioned, some people watch to get a good laugh and poke fun.

Maude said...

OhioBuckeye said:
Is it even possible for K8 to be any more narcissistic?? "Will you take care of me when they grow up?" WHO asks 5 year olds such a thing?

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Amen!
At this age a child only needs to know that their MOM is there to take care of THEM.
Last week I read she asked Hannah if she would always love her, or something to that effect.
Pathetic.

Unbelievable said:
...went to Jon and was told that he had someone elses shoe on the wrong foot and to "go figure it out!". The end result of that sort of parenting is a child who won't come to you with a problem, because they've been told time and time again to "go figure it out".

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Again, I say Amen! Is he going to feel comfortable coming to either of his parents when he's presented with an issue like drugs or sex? No way, he's been told to "figure it out" by his father, and gotten the "get out of my space" hand flick from his mother.

Two pathetic human beings.

jane said...

The boys are 5 they're probably into spiderman, batman, gi joe, transformers, and all the other good guy bad guy shows. Why is that so impossible to believe? The simplest answer is usually the right answer. They're 5, no need to overthink it!

Peg said...

not watching said...

Jon is quite TV friendly because he has that "I am trying to have fun" attitude.


More like a "I'm trying to have fun and don't care how much damage it does to my eight kids" attitude.

FoodNetworkFan said...

What the what? My daughter doesn't even wear short sundresses and cowboy boots. Miz Katie Irene needs to stop raiding Mady and Cara's closet! LOL! I want this woman to realize how awful her dress is affecting those kids. Put on some pants and a blazer! Right now, I am cooking my kids potatos and meatload (yes, Katie Irene, a HOT meal with vitamins and minerals) wearing a sweatsuit and slippers. I am a mom, not a you-know-what. And I can like it. One thing Nana taught me was that we should be modest and have the attention on our minds, not our bodies. I don't think I ever saw a piece of Nana's skin, but I knew her brain to be smart. That's how we roll in this house. True and wise.

stopthemadness said...

Maybe Katie Irene is angling for a free $5000 makeover on that other TLC gem, What Not to Wear?

My Lord, has anyone worn cowboy boots with a short dress since Cindy Lauper, it wasn't that cute then and it sure isn't cute on this heifer.

Kate, you are now the Good parent, I think TLC wants you in some more of those nun dresses like on the Today show.

Hil said...

I didn't watch, but did see one of the promos. JON was driving the car and Mady looked squished beside him in the passenger's seat looking very glum. Maybe she wanted to "drive fast", and Jon was hogging the wheel? I thought the idea was for the KIDS to get to do things, not watch while Daddy was doing things.

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Not that I like defending either one of these chuckleheads, but Jon actually said that they had to use a P.A. to drive Cara's car because the girls weren't tall enough to drive on their own, so it's not like he was just selfishly hogging the wheel. The girls sure looked miserable in those cars, though, wow.

Horrified said...

I was taken aback with all the "bad guy" talk.

Is this where the bad guys sleep?

Did the bad guys wash their cloths here?

Then the cherry on the top ... when I grow up and I'm a bad guy, I won't shoot you.

I thought my jaw was going to hit the floor.

In retrospect, was he talking about the paparazzi? Was the shooting meant as in photography?

Possibly ... but those children DESPARATELY need some counseling. He was far too fixated on "bad guys" ...

AND it's terribly unhealthy for a grown woman to be asking her children, "Will you take care of me?" Normally, sure ... we joke with our kids. But the kids KNOW that their father and mother are separating ... so by asking "Will you take care of me?" the unspoken rest of the sentence is, "... because your father won't."

Gregory House said...

Lordy be, it has been a while!

Holy crap on a cracker... this was worse than I thought. Thanks for the recap because this show has gotten so monotonous and lackluster that my 8 year old (who used to loooooove jk+8) wont even watch.

Gotta love how Kate tells the boys when the bad guys conversation was going on that "there are no bad guys in my world" or something to that tune. Yep boys...just ask daddy. If mommy thinks you are bad, you just disappear.

Nothing is like being a witness to a family crashing and burning.

wickedsmart said...

Wait a minute, Kate already has a Starbucks and they haven't left the island yet?
Good catch Marinka!
Looks like all those speculations about what's in the coffee cup may be true.

Aunt Lulu said...

I didn't watch the entire show, but I did stop for a moment when the boys tell Kate they are going to be BAD GUYS when they grow up...but that they won't shoot her. A little mercy for Mommy-Dearest, but everyone else is GOING DOWN! Honestly, it wouldn't surprise me if those confused misguided taken-advantage-of, exploited children turn out 'bad'. They don't exactly have 'good' parents.

nanasez said...

Possibly ... but those children DESPARATELY need some counseling. He was far too fixated on "bad guys" ...

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I didn't see the show, so I don't know the full context of the child's remarks. But if I had a young patient making multiple references to bad guys, I'd suspect that to be a sign of the child's anxiety and insecurity - that he doesn't feel safe or protected, that he's worried about potential threats.

The remark about "when I'm a bad guy" would make me wonder if he's internalized some "men are bad" messages.

Martha said...

So the Smear Jon Campaign officially starts. TMZ is reporting several things about Jon without any named source. The paragraph always starts "We are told". There is no saying who are "We". It doesn't indicate "We" are TLC people. It's just anonymous source. Like that's believable.

The Jon and Kate show makes the network 130 millions a year. TLC wants to continue the show with Kate the single mom angle and face out Jon because Jon is not cooperative. So Jon must be destroyed by the media so the audience will feel sorry for Kate and embrace the show.

Pony said...

My take on the comments the boys were making about dangerous things and bad guys is that they are feeling very anxious, which is understandable given the situation they're in. This episode was filmed right before Kate came back and filed for divorce; it's also supposedly the time that Mady caught her and the bodyguard in flagrante delicto or something similar, so there had to be a huge amount of tension in the kids' lives.

As for asking the boys will they take care of her one day - I've been known to tease my sons about that - but they are grown and one of them makes more money than I do. :-) IMO, she's putting way too much pressure on kids who are too young to completely comprehend what is going on.

met said...

I just watched a portion of the epi on youtube. Very, very boring. (I haven't actually watched the show in over a year...just little bits on utube) ANYHOW..... I did not realize one of the boy tups has some serious issues. It is very apparent.

The twins. Cara is a sweetie. Reminds me of my daughter. Will try anything. I actually found that part of the show slightly interesting. Like painting...not watching it dry.

I can't even begin to imagine having our family on "reality" tv. It seems dirty.

Cindy said...

I don't believe in Kate Major's story. You are telling me that a gossip column writer who lives in New York and deals with entertainment industry people on daily basis can be played by a country boy Jon. PULEEEZE! A woman like that mingling with celebrities and power players always sets her eyes on bigger things and more powerful people not some dumb dumb who got his behind kicked by his ex wife. Kate Major is a social climber. Social climbers don't climb losers.

You don't get a STAR magazine writer job by just sending a good resume. You get it through network and connection. True, it's not a prestige magazine but too many people want that job so they can be in the entertainment industry and get close to the major players. A person who builds network and connection is very calculative. Poor Jon without a good look and career is not a catch to Kate Major.

Kate Major probably has a deal with STAR magazine. They come up with all these stories and sell the magazine because they think Gosselin's business fortress crumbles is the "IT" story this summer.

Maybe Kate Major is paid by TLC to ruin Jon's reputation. Or Kate Major sees the opportunities selling stories to get richer.

Opus Option said...

I watched the episode and it was kind of boring. I think what made the show was the pandamonium of 8 kids in that pretty tiny house and stuff just everywhere and kate just going nuts all the time.

With the big house, it is so less hectic, at least what we see - i have a feeling that jon and kate just could not be together in the same room so that the filming was just a lot more structured - kate takes the kid to the party store, jon goes to ski, etc. well, that is boring.

So is watching the boys go to a ship - no screaming at jon, no public humiliation - where is the reality? If i had kate's or jon's life now, i would not need the drugs or alcohol they are on.

As for it just being kate plus 8 - i think that might work - that is what they are angling for. The idea of a single mom with a dad who only phones it in is perfectly 21st century - the narrow casting of TLC will be to folks who are single moms - what a great demo.

Jenthabadfish said...

Why is Maddy better for not participating? Just because you do not like heights doesn't mean that it is not fun for others. I try to encourage my kids to try new things - at least once.

Kate seemed so very fake on this episode like she was having to try really hard to be nice. She said on a previous show if she was all "hmm hmm hmm" that it would not be reality. At least she was showing her true colors then.

Paige said...

"The kids are nervous to walk on grates which Kate thinks is funny. Because the fear of falling to your death is hysterical."

LOL. (I can relate to those poor kids, since I get nervous walking over subway grates on my way to work.)

Pony said...

Opus Option said, "As for it just being kate plus 8 - i think that might work - that is what they are angling for. The idea of a single mom with a dad who only phones it in is perfectly 21st century - the narrow casting of TLC will be to folks who are single moms - what a great demo."

That may well be TLC's intent - but if they're thinking the average single mom has time to watch TV, they should think again. I remember those days - driving all over town to get one child to his activities while another had to be somewhere else, doing laundry at midnight, trying to clean the house faster than the kids could mess it up again. Fun times. Yeah - a great demographic group to make a bundle on.

Level Head said...

Shame. Shame. Shame.

Jon and Kate should be made to sit down and watch their own show. ANYONE who watched this episode and does not think that this family has SERIOUS problems needs their head examined.

Stop. It. Now.

Get. Help. Now.

All of you.

Ms.Peach said...

Opus Option said...
As for it just being kate plus 8 - i think that might work - that is what they are angling for. The idea of a single mom with a dad who only phones it in is perfectly 21st century - the narrow casting of TLC will be to folks who are single moms - what a great demo.
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There have been many shows on TV about single parents. However, since this is supposed to be a reality show, where is the conflict? I mean, just how many trips can she take those kids on? Unless you are a single parent, blessed with money, I don't see how anyone can relate.

chesterctymom said...

Those poor boys are dressed in long sleeves, jeans, boot and hate while Khate is in a sleeveless sun dress. It really is all about the photo op...who cares about the kids...

Tami said...

There have been many shows on TV about single parents. However, since this is supposed to be a reality show, where is the conflict? I mean, just how many trips can she take those kids on? Unless you are a single parent, blessed with money, I don't see how anyone can relate.
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That's why she created the conflict of her fake issues with paparazzi. They first claimed they were after them when they went to Mr. Chow. We saw a couple people take their pic and it was probably manufactured. Other than the tabloid stories they brought on themselves with bad behavior and fake pap problems, no one really cares about them yet she invites picture taking by doing things like sit in the driveway and show her underwear, go to Starbucks every day of her life when she could just drive, have parties in public parks instead of a huge backyard...

ICExploitation said...

I don't see how anyone can relate.

This show save for the first two specials was never about being able to relate.

This show is about misguided souls who want to emulate.

blackisthenewblack said...

Marinka,

YOU ARE AWESOME!! Your recaps are so entertaining and they always make me laugh out loud! Thank you!

2badsosad said...

Kate seemed so very fake on this episode like she was having to try really hard to be nice.

Kate's perfectly ACTED bonhomie attitude is so utterly fake its nauseating. When a parent ie KATE GOSSELIN has to ACT like a parent to prove themselves worthy, they are NOT parenting they are ACTING and the children are no longer children but 'co stars'.

Kat_momof3 said...

Okay... since no one else touched on it...

What the hell is with Kate continuing to be so sexist and raising her kids to believe boys and girls have to be interested in certain types of things and that boys are always one way and girls are always another?

It drives me totally INSANE to hear that kind of dribble from anyone... and it's one reason I have stopped watching this show, but especially a mother who is raising kids.

There is no reason a boy can't be artistic, quiet, thoughtful, creative, and expressive. I have no doubt Aaden (without an I) would be if she let him. I have wtached too many episodes and gotten enough of an idea of his more quiet and reserved personality to know that he'd probably have loved to go paint pottery, do beads, or any of the other "girl" things that Kate spends time doing while ranting about how the boys would have ruined it.

And hello, since when are girls these fragile little creatures who only wear girly things, don't frolic in the mud and get as rough and tumble as any boy, and who would not have LOVED every minute of that boat trip, and all the "boy" stuff that Kate finds so disgusting, weird, etc.

My daughter LOVES to play right along her brothers and share their interests and my second son, when he was little, loved nothing more than to put on one of my dresses, step into my high heels, and run around.

He also loved it when I'd let him have some lipgloss or clear nail polish.

He grew out of it as all boys would (I always said I'd wait to give any real thought to it until he was 15... then, if he was still doing it, I'd think there was a reason other than just being a little boy who wants to play dressup)

He loves to sing, dance, he's my quietest and most artistic child... he's also the one who reminds me of Mady.

And OMG... why did Jon not plan a day that had things both girls could enjoy without Mady sitting around doing nothing?

Not to say that they shouldn't both go with him to that place, but since Mady didn't want to do the ropes course or climb the wall, why not think ahead and bring something for her?

Hello, what I would have done or my husband would have done, is bring my CAMERA... and then taken that opportunity (because we don't have a film crew to do our photography work for us) to allow the 8yr old (who, with reminders not to use the zoom or anything other than just press the shutter button) to take pictures of it all and then praise her for participating that way.

Heck, maybe, because she would then pay more attention to the fun they were having, she would have wanted to try it.

TandLmommy28 said...

mommy23 said...

I think it's interesting that Joel told kate "I like you." I remember Kate saying that to Jon a few times whenever they spent time alone. I always thought it kind of odd that a married couple said "I like you" instead of "I love you."
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In no way defending these clowns, but I tell my husband I LIKE him all the time. To me, LIKING the person you are married to is far more important than loving him. Not that I don't love my husband, don't get me wrong. But he is my BEST FRIEND first, my husband second. At our wedding we hugged before we kissed as a symbol that our friendship was the most important part of our relationship. So I don't find it odd at all to say "I like you." Sometimes he'll say joking to me "Do you still love me after all these years?" And I say "Of course - and I even like you!"

elliepants4 said...

My secret shame is that I am still DVRing this trainwreck. I got around to watching it last night and I realized something. I DO have a point so please read on...

The "p-people" seen on the show are using zoom lenses and appear to be shooting from at least 100yds away. In the birthday episode (aired in the spring) they were hiding out in the woods across a STREAM. The Gosselin kids have been followed around by a production team most of their lives. In between "memory making" through staged adventures and the chaos created by an ever-present film crew, do you REALLY think they would have even NOTICED a few photogs if their narcissistic fame-whoring mother wasn't constantly pointing it out to them?

NO.

Kids learn certain behaviors from their parents...when Katie Irene screams and puts on a big dramatic show because she sees a bug or a snake, the kids are taught "This is how we should react to bugs and snakes." When Katie Irene gets "upset" by photographers and turns them into sinister bad guys, the "p-people", she is teaching her children to be afraid.

On the battleship, those boys were just exploring and having a normal day--as normal a day you can have while being followed around with large cameras and boom mics in your face--until Katie Irene decided to make a bigger spectacle by rushing them off into a secret hiding place. While they played on the big guns (heavy artillery?) KATIE IRENE once again made a spectacle by rotating them "just so". Then OH MY! P-people!

She's sick. And I don't know what kind of money TLC is spending on her image consultants but I'm not fooled by her new "caring, can-do, sensitive mother" act. The real Katie Irene showed up briefly during the ice cream scene when one of the boys did or said something to her and she responded to the camera with her signature "look of disbelief" as if to say "WTF?" Nice, Kate.

It all goes to show that you can't teach an old dog new tricks...or in this case, you can't polish a turd.

Mommy do you LOVE me? said...

When you LOVE someone, you TELL them that. What's with this I like you crap. That's a cop out if ever I heard one. Your children don't need to hear that they are LIKED, they need to know and FEEL that they are loved. Kate is a cold fish, and I doubt that she could ever LOVE anyone. That's why she uses the 'Like you' substitute.
Love is love, their IS no substitute.

chocoboat said...

I have to agree with TandLmommy28... there is nothing wrong with saying "I like you".

In a way I think it's even more caring. You have all these family members that you're sort of required to love, if that's the right term for it. Many people have family members who have personality flaws... you still love that person, but sometimes you don't always want to spend a lot of time around them.

Well, "I like you" shows that you really enjoy their company all of the time. I think it's great that Joel said that about this mom.

Disher said...

Mady hates heights, she's made that clear in other episodes, so Jon's an ass to make that a day for Cara AND Mady. Mady doesn't ever get anything special, except left behind or sent to her room. I hate those people.

chocoboat said...

BTW it has really surprised me how Jon has changed. I used to think he was a great guy, and got annoyed by seeing Kate nag him and order him around. But now, I wouldn't even want to speak to him. Wasn't he the guy who wanted his privacy and wanted the cameras gone? Now he's trying to become some mini celebrity, going out with all these girls... I never would have believed it.

Kate on the other hand... well, she's still Kate. She's still all about making money from putting her kids on TV. But I think she is by far better suited to be a parent to these children, and is a better role model for them.

You certainly wouldn't see her making out with someone in front of the kids, as Jon supposedly just did.

vl said...

Didn't Khate say that she had a fear of heights in the lighthouse episode? She sure didn't seem to have a fear of them in this one, although the boys did. I'm scared of heights and I know I would have been freaked out walking across the grates. Now, I just think she was too lazy to walk up all the stairs in the lighthouse.

Get rid of TLC said...

There is no evidence that Jon even touched the babysitter except STAR magazine (gossip magazine) is saying so. AS IF STAR magazine is fair and balanced. No one even came out to say Jon had a fling with the babysitter because no one wants to accept the witness role.

Well, in the world of television. If you dare to mess with TV network's million dollar business, they are coming to ruin your life by making you look like a dirtbag.

TLC is going after Jon by using all the help from their media friends and associates. This is horrific. One middle class family is controlled by the evil TLC empire. TLC has no concern of the 8 kids' well being. TLC will ruin their dad because their stupid daddy is getting in the way of how TLC is going to make money.

It's too late for Jon to get out of the contract he already signed. Maybe he should consider not signing his kids for the next season. If one parent says no, TLC shouldn't be able to continue the show.

In fact, Jon should call for stopping the show RIGHT NOW and file a complaint to the judge that it's getting worse for the kids, tabloids, paps, and media. He and his kids should be allowed to get out of contract without penalty.

tummy tuck said...

The rating is still dropping, fast. It's pretty obvious we are all tired of this family's drama. Some people don't even care who is right and who is the bad guy no more. There's no team JON or team KATE left. There's team I DON'T CARE.

I predict it won't get the next season because of the decreasing rating. They can film the rest of the episodes and wrap this up. There won't be a lot of audience left in the end of this season.

I am tired. I don't care who is more disgusting and who is the lesser of the two evils. I don't care. Just GO AWAY. Fix your own family problems in private, OK? Stop hugging tabloid limelight. Tabloids belong for disgraced and scandalous actors or singers not some overweight dorky family people dragging their problems out in public.

Its all about LOVE said...

Joel, a five year old by the way, said to his OWN mother, "I like you" because its ALL he ever hears Kate say. He needs to hear he is loved. What is going on? I don't see how this is so hard to believe now a days with so much distance between family. Joel is a little boy, not just "a family member"
Kate treated Jon like crap, and the kids don't know how to say "I love you Mommy".

Denise said...

I had a poster when I went to college (in the 60s!!) It said

"You like someone BECAUSE,
you love someone ALTHOUGH"

therapist on call said...

“There's a long shot of Kate kissing the bejesus out of Hannah. Yes, I double check to make sure it's the favored tup. Kate wants to make sure that Hannah will still love her even when she's a teenager.” ...

“Then Kate asks the boys if they are going to take care of her when they grow up. Feeling trapped on the battleship and seeing that their mom is the only way off, they agree.”

Yep, Kate's locking in her future caregivers (but let’s call them “helpers”). She’s got Hannah booked for, say, 2017-2023, then one of the boys will take over (and if she’s smart, not the two who promise not to shoot her--they have time to change their minds). Hopefully, Mady will be the one to call the shots during the nursing home years.

a rose is a rose said...

Denise, That was a very wise saying about loving. Yes, its unconditional.

justthinking said...

While I agree that Kate may love the attention of the P-people because it makes her feel important, maybe she might really be a little annoyed with them because unlike TLC, they (the p-people) can and will expose her at her worst. TLC edits...they don't. So the control or lack there of may be another aspect that explains Kates obsession with them.

A Mom-ynous said...

The kids are nervous to walk on grates which Kate thinks is funny. Because the fear of falling to your death is hysterical.

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I hate walking on grates myself.

Always walk around--I hate anything with grates. I ran a marathon once that went on a bridge with these things--eeeeeek!

cossysmom said...

although Kate is being shown as a "loving mother" her interactions with the children are not relaxed and natural. I am far from being a fan or supporter of Jon right now, but when you see him having tender moments with his children they are clearly comfortable and heartfelt. Kate has apparently received direction from TLC (or her PR people--that would be the Public Relations people...thanks Jon for the explanation)that she needs to be more loving for the ratings. I also think she is on medication. No one with her issues would be able to make such a drastic change so quickly--even if only with the cameras running. There is nothing wrong with being treated with medication and I applaud her efforts if she is truly trying to work on her problems. Let's hope that this not all for the camera! She has a long way to go, but maybe someday if she is sincere she may be able to repair the damage she has caused.

cossysmom said...

"if they're thinking the average single mom has time to watch TV, they should think again. I remember those days - driving all over town to get one child to his activities while another had to be somewhere else, doing laundry at midnight, trying to clean the house faster than the kids could mess it up again."

You bring up a good point. None of us can relate to what this family has become. Why not show us a normal family...getting one child to soccer practice, another to music lesson, rushing to the school play for the little ones, baking cupcakes for school, doing homework and between all that, making dinner, doing laundry, and preparing for the friends and family that we will be entertaining on the week end. when this show started, we saw a glimmer of real life...that is until we realized it was all a scam and that Kate had tons of "helpers." I wish I could have someone just to fold my laundry and put it away so I could have more time with my family.

KC said...

This episode was so boring I stopped paying attention to it, so I never even saw this haircut scene. Didn't even know it happened.

But I think the bad guy thing is being taken out of control. You don't know what kind of run down they were given before the tour about the war, etc and perhaps little boys zoned in on exciting words like "bad guys" and just ran with it.

They're kids. It's just as likely that they were role playing, talking about the "bad guys" from the war, etc. They could have been talking about it the whole tour for all we know. The kids I used to babysit would hear one word on TV and use it to play with their toys for hours. Or ask me a question and use my answer as a storyline for their dolls.

Maegan said...

"Kate asks the boys if they are going to take care of her when they grow up. Feeling trapped on the battleship and seeing that their mom is the only way off, they agree. Kate then pushes them for a concrete business plan."
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I love this!!! Lol... I don't know if anyone noticed, but one of the kids was given a faux hawk by the barber guy...and as Kate is showing the kid off to the camera, she is un-doing the faux hawk. RIGHT THERE. ?? I mean, I get if you're not into that...but seriously, the guy was giving the kid a quick style. That kind of things usually makes the experience a little more fun for the kid.

And I have to say, it's not like Mady & Cara are in Rocket Science school. It's what, the 3rd or 4th grade?? What are they really missing the last week or so of school?? Even at that age, our end of year tests were bout 4-5 weeks before school end. The last month or so always seemed to be busy work. I was in middle school & missed the last day of school twice, b/c it was just party stuff and I wanted to go to Busch Gardens instead. (I live in the area and really could have gone *any* time, but I knew it would be the last day I could go before summer vacation & no thave to wait in any lines.) Do I regret it? Not one bit. And I actually had exams & things those years.

It annoyed me when Kate mentioned that they travel by tram or golf cart...cuz she has said it EVERY FREAKING TIME they got in one.

Andrea Murdock said...

You certainly wouldn't see her making out with someone in front of the kids, as Jon supposedly just did.

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No, you certainly won't. She does everything behind closed doors and wants everyone to be believe she is Saint Kate.

Just because you don't SEE Kate doing it, doesn't mean she doesn't do it.

Don't be fooled.

Melissa Gentry said...

Opus Option said...
As for it just being kate plus 8 - i think that might work - that is what they are angling for. The idea of a single mom with a dad who only phones it in is perfectly 21st century - the narrow casting of TLC will be to folks who are single moms - what a great demo.
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Why didn't they use that angle when Kate was parading her behind all over the country a few months back? Why didn't they focus more on Jon and his ability to raise the kids by himself. I mean really that is what Kate was telling everyone, that Jon was at home watching the kids, hence the reason he wasn't with her.

Because it was all LIES and she was just out there AWAY from her kids. She isn't worthy to be even be called a MOTHER. She just wants fame and the weatlh that her children can bring.

stopthemadness said...

Kate's obsession with P people is pretty simple in my view, she hates them because she cannot control what they see, or what they do.
With TLC she can reject footage and select footage that makes her look good - and, more recently, makes Jon look stupid and checked-out so no one will mind if he does the show without him - she can craft an image of herself both as to how she looks, which is highly critical to her (see, the boob job, fake tans, constant salon trips, ridiculous hair, tummy tucks, babydoll dresses) and how she wants to be perceived. The brains of the outfit, the good mommy who feeds organic foods etc.

With the paparazzi she cannot control what they take pictures of, if they catch her losing her temper and beating her kid, if they catch an unflattering angle of her face or decide to post four photos in a row of her with cellphone stuck to her face ignoring the kids, she has no control and for someone like her, who is trying to be famous for nothing, and who is pretty much a self confessed control freak, that has to be terrible. People are getting some idea of her that she did not put into their heads and doesn't want them to have!

I have to admit if the media wanted you to look like crap it woudl be easy to do - choose the shots, tell the story - it's what they are doing to Jon right now.

gdiblasi said...

I've read but never commented before. Something is very off with the starbucks coffee cup on Bald Head Island. We vacation there (and have been for several years) and there is no Starbucks on the island. You can get coffee at the market in mid island or maybe by the ferry terminal, but the shot of Kate on the tram with the Starbucks coffee cup is just not real.

Momof2 said...

I have spent the last 2 weeks with a narcissist....it is physically and emotionally draining. They literally suck the life right out of you....I couldn't imagine spending 10 years with one.

Julianne said...

OMG! This has got to be THE funniest re-cap I have ever read! Excellent job!

Larissa said...

gdiblasi said...

I've read but never commented before. Something is very off with the starbucks coffee cup on Bald Head Island. We vacation there (and have been for several years) and there is no Starbucks on the island. You can get coffee at the market in mid island or maybe by the ferry terminal, but the shot of Kate on the tram with the Starbucks coffee cup is just not real.


It could be product placement. TLC already assumes on so many levels that the viewers are stupid, and the show has always been rife with inconsistences. TLC surely wouldn't stop to worry about checking if there was actually a Starbucks on the island.

Momof2 said...

gdiblasi said...

I've read but never commented before. Something is very off with the starbucks coffee cup on Bald Head Island. We vacation there (and have been for several years) and there is no Starbucks on the island. You can get coffee at the market in mid island or maybe by the ferry terminal, but the shot of Kate on the tram with the Starbucks coffee cup is just not real.
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I seriously think TLC thinks they can feed their viewers anything and they'll fall for it. Lie after lie after lie.

Emily said...

Only came here to post about how much I loved the recap! Like many, I could care less about Team Jon or Team Kate anymore. Before it was humorous to poke fun at her absurdly false "reality" but now just the sight of her churns my insides.

I hope ratings to continue to decline and eventually these two lazy freeloaders will no longer be a subject of conversation.

Seriously, I prefer Paris Hilton, useless fame whore that she is, to Kate Gosselin. At least Paris never exploited kids- she only exploits herself. Kate is utterly useless but she also feeds off of other people.

PLEASE STOP WATCHING!

cossysmom said...

"there is no Starbucks on the island. You can get coffee at the market in mid island or maybe by the ferry terminal, but the shot of Kate on the tram with the Starbucks coffee cup is just not real."

I know it's a stretch, but the last time I was at Border's Book I think they sold ceramic Starbucks cups. I doubt Kate has ever been in a book store to buy a book, but she has done book signings and she may have asked a "helper" to buy her one, OR she may have asked for a free one, OR it may have been product placement.

I noticed on the Kitchen remodel show, she was showing off the table in the next room where she kept the coffee making supplies and the "left overy foodie thingys" so it's possible a "helper" makes coffee for her and keeps her ceramic Starbucks cup filled.

fidosmommy said...

vl said...
Didn't Khate say that she had a fear of heights in the lighthouse episode? She sure didn't seem to have a fear of them in this one, although the boys did. I'm scared of heights and I know I would have been freaked out walking across the grates. Now, I just think she was too lazy to walk up all the stairs in the lighthouse.


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I didn't watch, so I don't know about the grates or the heights. But I do remember when Steve Thomas was at the house putting up the solar panels and got Kate up in the cherry picker to get a closer look. She said there that she had a big fear of heights.

Do you think maybe she got some
fear-reduction therapy when we weren't looking? ;-)

SavetheGosselinkids said...

Hi...

Regarding Joel saying he liked his mother, I'm wondering if he's heard someone say, either in person or on tv, that they don't like Kate. Maybe this is what put it in his mind to say he liked his mother.

Also, I think it's further proof that some of Kate's handlers peruse this website, because she made it a point to say that Maddy and Cara were at the top of their class and could miss school. There's been alot of discussion on this website concerning how much school the kids miss and possible developmental issues.

Laurie said...

"I don't want to alarm Kate, but she seems to have forgotten the girls at home, because only the boys are on this outing."

Funniest recap line ever.

Momof2 said...

fidosmommy said...



Do you think maybe she got some
fear-reduction therapy when we weren't looking? ;-)

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...amazing the phobias a wad of cash can cure

Nielson said...

Jon and Kate are so boring. They don't have any appeal.

Octo-mom's two-hour special beats Jon and Kate in the ratings. I don't care for Octo-mom. But that's gonna hurt Kate's feeling like a knife stabbing in her heart.

met said...

Octo-mom's two-hour special beats Jon and Kate in the ratings. I don't care for Octo-mom.

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That is hysterical. TLC must not be happy about that! As long as OCTO-mom isn't on every week, she might continue to beat K8 in the ratings.

Calliope said...

[i]I swear that before the whole divorce mess started, TLC was showing previews for a show where Kate was on a battleship with the boys. If this is right, then it really makes me wonder about the filming of this show.. Does this ring a bell with anyone or am I just crazy?[/i]

I also think I'm losing it because I'm sure I saw the boys in navy and white sailor suits!

Calliope said...

Why doesn't Jon come out and say that he was home taking care of the kids while Kate was galivanting around at "book signings" and church talks? It drives me crazy that he is so dim-witted. He is digging himself deeper and deeper.

TLC contributed to the farce by only filming when Kate was home. They never showed her out by herself (with good ol' Steve) or Jon home by himself with all the kids.

Jon needs to fire his PR people or his lawyer -- or both. Nobody seems to be giving him ANY advice.

He's losing the "good parent" battle (even though he probably is the better parent) because he is not as wily, self-centered, or deceitful as Kate.

Connie said...

Jon also needs to hire a good private detective if he hasn't already. Kate's going somewhere when she's not with the kids. And she doesn't want anyone to know where.

vl said...

fidosmommy said...
I didn't watch, so I don't know about the grates or the heights. But I do remember when Steve Thomas was at the house putting up the solar panels and got Kate up in the cherry picker to get a closer look. She said there that she had a big fear of heights.

Do you think maybe she got some
fear-reduction therapy when we weren't looking? ;-)


Actually, I think the cherry picker thing was a case of "I'm too busy talking on my iPhone." I would have been more comfortable on a cherry picker where I'm kind of strapped in, but looking down while walking across those grates and seeing where I'm going to plummet to my death is a no-no.

Well, maybe this is the cause of all Khate's "fears"...laziness.

rosie5 said...

did anyone happen to watch the Octomom special?? She sure did call-out Kate on what she really is.(attention seeking).

I'd Talk Forever said...

Jon needs to fire his PR people or his lawyer -- or both. Nobody seems to be giving him ANY advice.
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Maybe they are giving him advice, but he's just not listening and he's doing whatever he feels like doing. Freedom, you understand!

fidosmommy said...

Calliope said...
[i]I swear that before the whole divorce mess started, TLC was showing previews for a show where Kate was on a battleship with the boys. If this is right, then it really makes me wonder about the filming of this show.. Does this ring a bell with anyone or am I just crazy?[/i]

I also think I'm losing it because I'm sure I saw the boys in navy and white sailor suits!


*****

If my memory serves, when the divorce was announced, TLC had several episodes already "in the can". Then they went on hiatus and were unable to show any new shows, even ones that had been previously promoted. So, it is entirely possible that you saw the Sailor Suit promos, but the show itself never aired until this past Monday.

Somebody correct me if I've got this wrong.

two clueless idiots said...

As many of you have noted, I too was taken aback when Kate told one of the tups not to crawl on her, and he responded in an almost embarrassed way, "But I like you". She didn't immediately respond with "And I LOVE you!!!" or "I like you too!" like any normal, loving parent would...she said something like, "well, you're stuck with me for a long time." (I don't remember the exact quote) And, she gave the camera one of her stupid grins that she thinks are so very precious and clever.

How can a parent not respond when their child says something like "I like you"??? I swear, that kid sounded embarrassed and tentative, like he knew he was going to get shot down. It was obvious that these children are not accustomed to expressing love and affection for their mom.

Kiki said...

Why did Octomom get higher ratings than Kate? Because people like to watch little babies. Kate's free ride is almost over, her kids are getting too big for the audience.

Lil'Chickpea said...

did anyone happen to watch the Octomom special?? She sure did call-out Kate on what she really is.(attention seeking).

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If that doesn't scream 'you've hit rock bottom', I don't know what will. You're in a bad situation if you've got the Octofreak calling you out for whoring your kids and wanting attention.

Rach Here said...

Calliope said...

You are right!!!!!
TLC showed the preview on the webpage . I actually posted it a while back, thinking it was going to be the return episode.
The girls were taken to a bead shop on the same preview.
Then the video suddenly disappeared.

Oh Brother said...

fidosmommy said...

I didn't watch, but did see one of the promos. JON was driving the car and Mady looked squished beside him in the passenger's seat looking very glum. Maybe she wanted to "drive fast", and Jon was hogging the wheel? I thought the idea was for the KIDS to get to do things, not watch while Daddy was doing things.

I admit, not having actually watched the show, I might have a skewed perception of how it really was.

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He was not "hogging" the wheel. The girls were not tall enough to drive.

stopthemadness said...

How did I miss the Octomom show? Not that I would have watched it but I missed knowing about it.

Yeah, when Octomom blasts you for your attention seeking and trying to make money off the kids, you pretty much have nowhere left to go but up. Wow, Kate's world is sort of down around her ears at this point between Idiot Boy's antics and whatever else she is doing to pull the ratings down.

lala81 said...

save the gosselins kids - or maybe kate knows that probably 95% of the people in the workd dislike the fact that the gosselin kids missed an entire week of school. I mean that is pretty much common sense to most people...maybe not to you but...

ihatethisshow said...

Kiki said...

Why did Octomom get higher ratings than Kate? Because people like to watch little babies. Kate's free ride is almost over, her kids are getting too big for the audience.

8/20/2009 10:04 PM

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could be, another freak show came to town. something new to gawk at.

stopthemadness said...

Hard to believe these boys were five last May. I know kids talk less when on camera and multiples have speech delay because they have each other to babble to, and premies can have language delay as well, but supposedly that all catches up by age 5.

I think going to school where hopefully they will have small class sizes (it's 20 or fewer here, for K-1st) and a teacher who will take time to listen to them and encourage them to speak will help a lot. I don't think they get a word in edgewise at home with Kate and her muppet mouth wide open at all times, and she had indicated on requesting the baby nurse an additional year that she couldn't handle their emotional needs "like reading a book."

I have not seen her or Jon ever read to the kids except that one book about the mouse, which sounded totally age inappropriate for the little kids and was clearly a product placement for their stupid movie trailer. Had they been read to for years before that, then you could try a big chapter book but not for kids who aren't read to on a regular basis. Don't you KNOW Kate never read beyond that one page.

The only book I can recall seeing around was Aaden's animal picture book which he appeared to dearly love.

I had a home daycare some years back and my kids, my own two and two to four others despending on the day, all piled into the station wagon and went to the library every Monday for circle time and to get a two foot tall stack of books to take home. This was ages 2 to 4. We read every day as a regular daycase activity, we read to our kids every night at bed time like most people do (ever see that little ritual in the Gosselin house?) and the surest way to get me or their dad or grandpa or anyone to stop what they were doing and pay attention to them was to run up with a book in their hand and say "Read to me!" I don't recall ever seeing, in 100 episodes of Jon and Kate, that particular scene. Weird. But not so weird the kids are behind in language skills. Although the boys do seem to be particularly slow at speaking skills.

I know you can't do al lthe things you would want to do when you have 8 kids but the older ones can read to the younger ones and I think a bedtime story as a group is not above and beyond the call of duty especially as they get to 2 and 3 years old.

One good thing ab out public school they have all the resources to identify and help kids with reading and learning disabilities. I hope this private school does as well, just in case. I would not be surprised if the tups came home with a little note in their folder, "Aaden needs to be read to regularly to improve his vocabulary" etc...

I get the feeling that Kate has no interest and Jon too clueless to realize that it's not all skateboards and skiing. No one has time and no one is interested in hearing what the kids have to say. They get ONE special mommy and daddy day in 4 years where they can hear themselves speak?

Cheetah said...

although Kate is being shown as a "loving mother" her interactions with the children are not relaxed and natural.

I agree -- especially in regard to the boys. She acts like she is afraid to touch them. When she wants to show them affection for the camera, she grabs their faces in both hands and kisses the top of their heads. She never gives them a warm hug, and she rarely picks them up. You can almost read her thoughts: "The camera's rolling. I need to show affection to the boys, but I don't want to get their ickiness on me."

Tami said...

If my memory serves, when the divorce was announced, TLC had several episodes already "in the can". Then they went on hiatus and were unable to show any new shows, even ones that had been previously promoted. So, it is entirely possible that you saw the Sailor Suit promos, but the show itself never aired until this past Monday.

Somebody correct me if I've got this wrong.
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All that is true. There were pictures of the NC trip with her in the bikinis where this ship episode was filmed, way back in May. Now all they have to do is put in snippets of them explaining about their divorce since back then they actually thought they were going to pretend it was not happening--and get away with it! The kitchen episode was so bad because they had to throw in all these re-created scenes they never would have shown. Every episode from now on that they have previously in the can is going to be a mess with all the re-editing!

Jon&Kate=Not Great said...

I also noticed that when the lady was handing out the caps to the boys, before she was even done explaining she had hats for them, Kate ripped them out of her hands. Literally grabbed them like a little kid who can't share. Like she couldn't wait for the insignificant woman to finish her sentence.

Ohio Buckeye said...

Nielson said...
"Octo-mom's two-hour special beats Jon and Kate in the ratings. I don't care for Octo-mom. But that's gonna hurt Kate's feeling like a knife stabbing in her heart."

Kate has feelings and a heart????!!
:)

ronson said...

Jon and Kate have been quiet for 5 days now. Wow! That's a big improvement. I guess they are shocked their sideshows don't help the ratings and ratings are getting worse.

They used to get more ratings because of all the attention caused by public antic and scandals. Now it's not working anymore. Kate must be scared she would lose her millionaire lifestyle.

Pony said...

The way Kate holds the kids' faces between her hands when she kisses them is a common gesture used by actors/actresses when they don't really want a kiss to be too intimate. It keeps a bit of distance between kisser and kissee. And I really wish she would quit steering the boys with her hand on their heads.

Scarlett said...

Ok, my two cents...I stopped watching the show. I do keep up with the storyline etc...but it is getting harder to stomache. Kate has been and always will be a shrew. I hope people remember her critisizing Jon for "breathing wrong" and for all the times she made him feel like a piece of scum. Now she has no one else to torture but those poor kids. There is no genuine affection shown.
As for Jon, I really wish people would stop beating him up over his recient choices. Kate is the one who ended the relationship, that much is obvious. He is just being a single guy. He's not that old and that Hailey girl actually seems nice and sincere. Sure she's young, but maybe that's what he needs right now. Kate always killed his fun, now he gets to have some. As for taking Mady and Cara to that climbing experience my kids would have loved to go to, there is nothing wrong with it. It's great for kids to try new things. I bet if Mady would have tried it she would have had a blast. It's extremely safe like indoor rock climbing. I think the sour faces were probably more of not wanting the cameras on them anymore. It's hard to be "on" all the time and have people always watching you. And what's wrong with go-karts? I love them and I have three kids. Most kids think they're great too. You're never too old to enjoy yourself and having some fun does not make you a bad parent. Actually they have done studies that prove the opposite, the happier the parent the better well adjusted the kids are.
Kate on the other hand needs to take a que from her "soon-to-be" ex. She never seems relaxed and talks about the same things over and over. How she's all about the kids and how much she hates the paps and I just gotta love the cheap shots at Jon. (yes they are in every episode)But really people, I hope you can see through all of Kate's new PR. Sure Jon isn't perfect either but at least he doesn't pretend anymore. I wouldn't doubt that Kate's P-people are being paid off by miss perfect to slander dear Jon...just a thought.
Anyways, with any luck this will all be just a bad memory for those kids soon. I hope Jon gets custody.

AliceBlueGown said...

Kiki said...

Why did Octomom get higher ratings than Kate? Because people like to watch little babies. Kate's free ride is almost over, her kids are getting too big for the audience.
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I think it is safe to say that the Octomom show would never fly here in America. There was nothing even slightly compelling to make me want to see this more than once.

It looked like an ant hill when she had all her babies on the bed and the older kids were crawling around near by. YUK!

I did watch this once out of curiosity, but can't see myself ever being curious about them again.

That ridiculous woman has more than a screw loose. She is totally whacked.

Fed Up Of BOTH Of Them said...

I too used to watch the show in its first couple of seasons, but gave it up for the last two. I could no longer stand to see the way Kate belittled and humiliated her husband.

We've all seen people like that. People who play to the crowd for a cheap laugh at the expense of someone else. It seemed more and more that it was all about Kate and her intimate relationship with the production team - hence the snide little asides to the camera. The fourth wall no longer existed once the comments stopped being all on the sofa and started being directed at the camera all the way through the shooting. I thought at the time, it's only a matter of time until that particular worm turns and either hauls off and smacks her one or walks out the door. Glad it was the second option.

I had such high hopes for Jon once he was finally out from under Kate's dominating thumb. Unfortunately he hasn't exactly proved himself to be a shining star either. I tried excusing his behavior by saying that he's finally experiencing what it's like to be able to do what you want and say what you want without having someone to tell you you're "breathing too loud".

That was all well and good, but he doesn't seem to have taken a look at the big picture, which is, single or not, he's a father of eight little children. It behooves him to act in a more circumspect fashion for the sake of the children. It's not like he doesn't know that the paps are going to be all over him wherever he goes. I don't begrudge him a new girlfriend - perish that thought. The man deserves a little bit of happiness. But surely hanging out at clubs and bars until the early hours of the morning - without your girlfriend along - he's GOT to know that isn't going to reflect well on him when it's covered in the tabloids.

And it's easy to say, well it's his life. He loves the kids. He's the better parent. But any judge that's shown any of the tabloid or television stuff that's happened since the split is not going to look upon him as a responsible person when he's behaving the way he is at the moment.

Kate, on the other hand - if she is having her own dalliances - is at least doing it somewhere off where the paps cannot take pictures of her drunk with her arm wrapped around some toyboy. Does that make her sneaky? Maybe. But who APPEARS to be the more responsible and better parent? Sad, because I believe that she's the more toxic of the two of them, but unfortunately, she's acting her age, and he's acting his shoe size. Not good when the eyes of the tabloids...and later the judicial system...are upon you.

And seriously, with all the support staff and not-a-nannies the two of them have, is it REALLY probable that he'd have to bring in another babysitter? And if he did, it's only politic to discuss it with your soon-to-be-ex. I don't like Kate. At all. But I have to say that I can understand her attitude towards the babysitter. After all, he's SHARING the custody of the children, so what could possibly be more important than spending what time you have actually WITH your children? So why would he NEED a babysitter? (Not to mention that the pics of him snuggling up to the babysitter's baby while his own kids were standing around looking sad made me a little irritated.) Every time he's pictured or videoed with a long lens he's always on the phone or walking around while some poor child is trailing him and trying to get a little bit of attention. And I know she's a lover of the phone too...but she's way ahead of him in the morals sweepstakes at the moment.

I really wanted to be a champion for him. I wanted him to get the kids and be the good dad we've seen him being. But you can't all of a sudden start neglecting your children because you've been given your freedom. This is the time when they need you the most of all.

So sad.

Roxxy said...

You certainly wouldn't see her making out with someone in front of the kids, as Jon supposedly just did.


Supposedly is the key word here.

Addison said...

Joel wants to be a bad guy when he grows up? Does that mean he wants to work for TLC (and I mean in an executive sense not an "acting" sense as he does now). TLC is the ultimate bad guy in this story, after all. Not that I'm giving Jon and Kate a free pass, though. They're definitely bad guys too!

abbie said...

They can't even let the kids watch a movie like "Ice Age" for Family Movie Night. Instead, Kate says they will be watching The Planet Earth series or something similar. She says she names the real life animals in the movie the names of the kids, "they love it". Guess if a Baboon comes on, she says its Jon. So mature, Kate. Did Kate excuse herself before the movie to take her xanax so she could tolerate spilled popcorn?? Kate takes her spot for family movie night on the couch, with her pillow and blanket. She says she usually sleeps through it.
Also she admonished one of the kids who was carrying her pillow down to the familyroom to be sure to not touch anyone else with the pillow..she is "funny" about her pillow.

abbie said...

Maybe Jon doesn't WANT to be the responsible one, maybe he doesn't WANT custody of those kids, maybe hes doing exactly what he wants to do because he is ready to shed some of the responsibility. Kate did that to him, made him actually want to be less of a father. She must be proud, all the power she yields.

Chione said...

Excellent recap!
I can't believe you managed to sit through this...I need to bake you some cookies or something so that you can forget that you ever had to go through with watching that ;D
always feel like I've happened upon some horrible channel that broadcasts dysfunctional home movies.

I never got the point of watching other people's home movies anyway...if they're my family's, then I have context and funny stories to relate to them...but just watching a bunch of edited home movie footage of complete strangers is just not how I want to spend my free time. Sometimes J&K is slightly interesting (aww factor for the baby 'tups), but most often it's boring with a few cringe moments.

Just my two cents, lol.