Episode Recap: A Day in the Life - 01/07/2008

Written by Dew

Alexis or Leah: "On this episode of Jon and Kate Plus Eight!" I cannot for the life of me tell those two apart. Not that I'm trying very hard. Though everyone else? No problem.

Anyway, on this episode: Screaming! Crying! Hitting! Harder hitting! Chaos! More screaming! Kate says huffily, "Kids everywhere!" Yeah, that might happen when you have eight children. It's 6:10 AM, and everyone is awake. Even Kate, who has said many times before she routinely gets to sleep in while Jon and everyone else takes care of her responsibilities. She's complaining about being up so early, of course, and pounding the coffee. I think the producers thought it might look odd to just let Kate sleep in like normal on a filming day. Besides, Figure 8 knows for damn sure it's all calm and pleasant and rather boring, frankly, when Kate is not around, so I suspect producer Jen probably dragged her out of bed at the ungodly hour of six AM so they could get some good footage right off the bat and not have to wait several more hours for the real show to begin. I try to remember the last time I got up later than six AM, but I'm only depressing myself. Kate informs us that perfect twin Cara always awakes and gets ready for the day "beautifully," because she is the good twin. Mady, the evil twin, in case you didn't remember, does not. "Say whha???" says Jon. Jon rightly and justifiably corrects Kate and tells her actually no, Cara is just as much of a pain as Mady, get your facts right, beeitch! Well, that's not exactly how he says it, but close enough. Turns out reality is Cara does not get up quite as beautifully as she does in Kate's head. This six-year-old can't even dress herself, actually. Jon has to practically put her clothes on for her. And for some reason she brings her clothes downstairs to dress. Even with the crew there and the cameras and the rest of the zoo? That's a little odd. But no one else seems to think this is all that strange.

Cara is shown whining around downstairs. It's so beautiful when a child whines. Jon says "let the people know" that he is the one who gets the twins ready for school. It's okay Jon, we already knew that. We believed you a long time ago. Kate is all making fun of him that he wants his public, I guess that means us, to be clear about who is pulling more than their fair share here. It would be fine to make fun if she actually did stuff. But since she doesn't, point goes to Jon here. Again, it was always perfectly clear who does the lion's share of the work in this family, so Jon can just relax.

Haha, Mady is informing Cara over breakfast that she is sitting in her spot. Cara is all, I am not. Mady insists, "Just one day you just stole my place." I'm sure that's exactly what happened back in the day, and I'm sure everyone believed Cara's version of the story and not Mady's. But since "places" at a table are a little silly, and it should kind of be first come first served, like most things in life are, I'm afraid Mady's gonna have to suck up this particular issue. Jon and Kate talk about how their schedule has changed so much since the twins started first grade and go to school all day. I assume they mean they can't plan as many production events that involve the twins during the week anymore, and since production usually wants all eight kids present come hell or high water, now that they're in school scheduling certain tapings has become really hard! Good job, twins, it's all your fault.

Jon and Kate seemed genuinely shocked that the girls are actually in school all day now, as if they didn't realize this moment would come and come very soon. It's not nostalgia exactly, it's more like, dang, I didn't notice our children are in first grade until now. Well, it would be hard to notice what with trying to put on a national television show all the time. Kate takes us through a laundry list of foods Cara and Mady like and don't like as she finishes packing their lunches. I suppose this is to convince us she pays attention to the individuality of her children. Not convinced. And, yawn, boring. Except for the part about Mady not liking dairy products. Really, all dairy products? Kate scoffs at this just being Mady, but I worry that the child might possibly be lactose intolerant which, by the way, occurs much more frequently among the Asian population. Kate maybe should know that, being a nurse, bring it to the attention of her pediatrician and maybe get her some meds that would make dairy a lot more pleasant for her. However, Kate never sees Mady's little quirks as anything more than annoying inconveniences Mady has dreamed up to make Kate's life harder. Poor Mady, she's going to miss out on string cheese her whole life AND have brittle bones, because of Kate. Kate tucks a family photo and a note in their lunchboxes to read at school, which is what my mom did sometimes, and I adored it. Kate made a little bubble coming from her mouth in the photo. Oh, God, Kate won't shut up even when it's just a picture of her! I assume the bubble says, "Hello, over here, eight kids coming through!" or something to that effect. Okay, Kate's napkin note to Mady is debatable. On the one hand it's sweet in that it talks about how much she loves her and misses her. On the other hand, it's a passive-aggressive lecture about being kind and not being a brat at school. Which is annoying at any age. I would feel better if Cara's note were identical so I would know Kate's not just picking on Mady as usual, but we never see hers. Nonetheless, I've never known a first grader to actually pull out their napkin and use it for anything other than spit wads, so I don't know if Mady ever even saw the note.

The little kids are in the master bedroom watching morning cartoons, according to their parents. You know, Kate and Jon often lie and say the kids don't watch TV, when they in fact do watch TV. But it appears they watch a reasonable amount and it's never been suggested they watch too much or are plopped in front of the tube for any lengthy period of time, and I don't get why Jon and Kate ever felt the need to pretend that their children don't watch TV. It doesn't mean you're a bad parent or something. It's perfectly reasonable to let them watch twenty minutes of cartoons while the adults focus on getting the twins out the door. Sadly, I think the TV thing is truly a reflection of how on the defensive they are right now about their parenting. And how much they miss the mark on what the real issue is that so many people have with them. I'll give them a hint, it's not about how much TV the children watch. But it does have to do with TV, and how your children are on it. Every week. Without so much as a break between seasons. It's like they heard the public was upset about something to do with TV, but didn't quite get all the details. On the actual TV though? That looks like Jon and Kate Plus 8 to me. Is this considered a cartoon to Kate? I suppose sometimes it feels like maybe Road Runner the way she clonks Jon all the time. All she needs is an anvil. Good, so the kids can start the day fresh watching their parents berate, belittle and ridicule the six of them, Mady, and each other. They might need cups of coffee of their own after this. Collin says "Sassy" hit him. Who's Sassy? A Tup we don't know about who until now managed to escape all this madness somehow? Oh, it's just Alexis. I guess that's her new nickname or something. I'm not sure how Kate says with a straight face, "We don't touch other people. We keep our hands to ourselves." Since Sassy/Alexis was just watching Jon and Kate Plus 8, maybe she saw her mother hit her father and just imitated it. Like kids imitate video games and things like that. Anyway, she heads to time out. I wish someone would send Kate to time out when she slaps Jon. Kate and Jon say time outs are "sporadic" and "often." Last time I checked, those two words were antonyms. Kate needs to be donated a dictionary. Maybe the Webster people were watching this episode.

These parents get into a ridiculously long explanation of their use of time outs. They've already covered this ad nauseum in previous episodes, so I won't go into it lest I fall asleep. Bottom line, when the kids hit, they go into time out. When Kate hits, it's a big joke. Geez, Kate says when Alexis wants something "she'll like beat somebody to get it, and that's just Alexis." Um, no, that's just bad behavior.

Kate says it is so lonely with the twins gone all day, even though that's crazy to say. It's crazy to miss your kids? Okay, Crazy. Coming up! Kate is so lonely without the twins she has resorted to throwing dirty diapers around. And at the producer who pretty much made her who she is, no less! We're back, and the kids are talking about how Aaden peed on the floor last night. Ew, how did that happen?! Kate can't believe the boys still aren't potty trained. But wasn't it Kate herself who said she was holding back the boys because she wanted to do the girls first? So, maybe that's why they're not potty trained, genius. The thing is, these kids have everything else done for them, it doesn't surprise me they don't realize they actually have to go to the bathroom by themselves. Kate indulges Aaden by changing his diaper in the middle of the living room floor. For some reason Kate chucks Aaden's dirty diaper at producer Jen. I thought the point of a reality show is to pretend the crew isn't there. She is treating Jen like her, well, her maid, I guess. Although most people I know with maids are much more polite to them. Kate claims she can't even remember this incident. She has what is termed selective memory, just like what my grandmother always said my grandfather had. Fortunately, Kate's dirty deed was captured on film, otherwise we might as well just resign ourselves to the fact that it never happened. Jen says, "You wanna tell me why you think that's okay?" That's right, Jen! It's not okay! Kate kind of laughs it off, and Jen somewhat chuckles, but you can tell it's a chuckle that sort of says, "I'm irritated about this and it was very inappropriate, but it's kind of hard to convey that without being a total bitch." To that I say, go ahead be a bitch. But that's just me. Kate actually apologies. Although it really has no actual sincerity behind it, because Kate is one dimensional and thinks Jen is completely joking. Even though Jen really isn't. At most, she's half joking. Jen continues firmly, "you're sorry that you threw feces at me?" I'm for one sorry that Jen got feces thrown at her. I think Jen is smart, kind of hip, and I like her glasses. But I do not like that she is an active participant in the child exploitation that is this show.

Moving on. It's breakfast time, and now Kate is throwing stuff at her children, this time a bib at Collin. Kate thinks this is hysterical, but Collin is slightly annoyed, I'm not sure over the fact that his bib was thrown at his face, or that he still has to wear a bib. Honestly, they need bibs at breakfast? For heaven's sake, are they having barbecued fruit loops or something? I wish Collin had a little better hand/eye coordination and threw that bib right back in her face. Oh well, the time will come, soon. Kate says in that martyr tone she loves to embody, all she does all day is make a meal, clean up a meal, and change diapers. She forgot, and make her TV show. Hannah has a few bits of cereal on her placemat and is eating them off the mat. At most it's like four little cereal flakes. Kate warns her, "If you make a mess, you're done." Done? What does that mean? That sounds serious. And Hannah is only three and physically doesn't have the coordination yet to eat as neat as a new pin, so how much of a mess will Kate allow here? You know, Kate puts these children in bibs, sort of acknowledging messes are going to happen. Certainly they shouldn't be intentionally making huge messes, but a little disorganization is a reality at meals when kids are this little. Besides, that's how you learn how to handle the task better. Before Hannah can even get a chance to clean up her four-cereal-flakes "mess," and mind you there wasn't even a cut here to indicate any passage of time, Kate says that's it, she's done, and takes her cereal away! So, she doesn't get to eat breakfast now? Hannah is understandably upset. Normally I think Hannah gets away with murder just like her mentor Cara and I'd be happy to see her not getting away with something for once, but this is way out of line. Even more disturbing? Hannah tries to explain that she simply didn't want to eat the milk and was trying to get the cereal out of the milk. She wants dry cereal, you see. Heck, maybe she's lactose intolerant, too. But that doesn't cross Kate's mind, again. All Kate has to ask is, "Does the milk make your tummy hurt, honey?" This is not hard. Instead, she drags Hannah into time out when Hannah tries to explain herself further. Kate suggests a whole episode about kids going to time outs. Um, no thanks. After breakfast she brushes their teeth. Tip from Kate: leave a set of toothbrushes downstairs and one upstairs. Okay, that might actually be the first rather useful household tip she has ever given us, even though most mothers have probably figured this out already. Because kids never want to brush their teeth in the first place, so having toothbrushes close by so they don't have to trudge all the way upstairs to do it isn't a bad idea. Of course Kate might be surprised to learn that a heck of a lot of Americans can't even afford a two-story house, so this isn't really an issue for many families. Production lets the kids listen to the headphones and play with the microphone and camera and interact with the crew. This episode really lives up to its name, Day in the Life, in that the children do indeed spend many days with headphones, microphones, and cameras in their faces! Well done.

Kate takes the kids outside where she has tied in about six knots a jump rope to Collin's little car and a little wagon. Collin is picking up and pulling around various siblings, which is cute. Kate says he does things like this because he's a control freak. Wonder where he gets that from. Aaden wants a ride, too, and Kate instructs him to say "Excuse me, Joel, it's my turn." Instead, Aaden turns to Joel and just says: "Out." Ha! After all the people on the forums complained for about six months that Kate never reads with her children, they finally show us Kate sharing a book with them. Well, when I say children, I mean the important ones. The girls, that is. Alexis, I think, clonks Collin on the head. Kate sends her to time out, where she screams and a sound guy stands by to capture it all with the microphone. Why is the crew in every shot of this episode? So weird. I guess I go back to, since it's day in the life, and the crew is part of that, that's why they keep showing them. Commercials.

We're back, and in a further attempt to convince us Kate is attentive and engages her children, she is setting up little art projects for them with crayons and stamps and things. She warns them if they fight over the crayons they will be "gone." Into the black hole where Hannah's cereal went I assume! Kate admits she needs to make more of an effort to do things like this with them, which is refreshing to hear. Kate is making lunch. And by lunch I mean about four tortilla chips with a little bit of salsa on top. That looks so very filling and satisfying. Kate has left all of these children outside alone in the garage again, Mady and Cara for sure aren't there since they're at school and Jon is at work, and when she opens the door we don't even see any crew anywhere at least making sure nobody dies. I really fear someday some terrible accident is going to happen and not only will no one have seen it to know what happened, but no one will be around to help the poor child. Frightening. Alexis, I think, is screaming and clutching her head. Collin hit her. Kate orders Collin to say he's sorry and hug her. Alexis rightly cries, "No!" and brushes Collin off. Be battered by an abuser, then hug the abuser. Yeah, I think I would be saying "No!" too. I also think there were no crew out there with them because nobody caught this incident on film. Otherwise they would have shown it. Though I'm more concerned poor Alexis was told to hug the child who just hurt her. Kate brings them out their four tortilla chips. She remarks how cranky her children are at lunch and how "horrible." Maybe because their lunch consists of about four tortilla chips? Just a hunch. Alexis and Collin are fighting once again. This is getting old. Collin forcefully pushes her off the bench at lunch. I shouldn't find this funny, but I do. He was so persistent about it, pushing and pushing until she topples over. Alexis screams like a banshee. A literal banshee. God. Kate and Jon explain those two are not good together. You might say they go together like oil and water, tea and salt, or Kate and her estranged family members. Kate's punishment? She orders them to "hug each other. Now!" I thought punishment was time out. They just explained time outs before the last commercial. Now the punishment is hugging? Realizing she doesn't have much of a choice here, Alexis reluctantly leans in for a second to allow the abuser to touch her again. "They will not be taking each other to the prom," Kate remarks. Ew, I would hope they wouldn't be doing that anyways. This isn't the Duggar family or something. At least I don't think so. However, Kate loves Collin because he helps clean up everything. He is her helper boy. He is forgiven I guess. The way to Mommy's heart is through a dust cloth. It's naptime, and Kate is still insisting the kids hug. Why? It is naptime, not disembarking for the Italian Riviera for the summer. The kids are like, whatever. Even one of the boys says, "For cripe sake, Mother, I don't want to hug!" Actually, he just says "I don't want to hug," but same idea. The girls say they want to have nap time with the boys, and Kate says they may not sleep with the boys until they are married. I know what she means, but ick! It makes it sound like they can't sleep with their brothers until they get married. Gross. Naptime isn't exactly naptime, we find out. It's a time for Kate to turn on the TV for the kids and have some quiet. Fair enough. Woo-hoo, they're watching Dutch Wonderland, which I recapped here. And if you read my recap you'll know how horrendously traumatic and stressful this episode was, not the least of which was Kate and Jon remarking about what a downright pain in the ass Mady is all the time, so this is great naptime viewing here for the kids. Even Kate admits, "A lot of howling in that one." Ha!

Kate says the episodes are comforting to the kids. Comforting is not exactly the word that comes to mind when I think of this show. I suppose since Mommy and Daddy are telling their story all over the country every weekend at various speaking engagements, or locked downstairs doing interviews, or on the phone about the show and everything else, this is all they have sometimes. And then something truly hysterical happens. Truly, truly hysterical. An episode is playing on TV, and in the episode Kate is yapping about something as the camera films the TV as the episode plays. And a child reaches up their hand and draws a giant "X" with their finger over Kate on the TV screen. What the hell?? Oh my God, who did this? And how outrageously hysterical! I swear to God this hand looks a lot bigger than the little kids'. Kinda like it might be Mady's hand, even though she's not home. But this could have been filmed out of order. I just about pee my pants. And wish so much I knew which child that was. But to whomever that was, I salute you!

Coming up, Kate dreads the time of day when Cara and Mady come home from school. We're back. Kate and some of the children greet Mady and Cara off the bus. They don't even look at Kate, I notice. Mady says school is great. Oh, good, I am so relieved to hear that. Because after Dutch Wonderland I really pitied that child between the hours of nine and three. Then Mady says, well, not that great. Oh, geez. We find out that the jump rope used to tie Collin's car to the wagon? It was Mady's. And she's quite pissed off that her jump rope was tied in about six knots and used in this manner. On the one hand, she should share her toys. On the other hand, WTF! It's her jump rope, her property, nobody asked her if they could use it, and, moreover, they misused it by tying it up a bunch of times and then not even bothering to put it away when they were done. It probably has wrinkles in it now from all the knots. And Mady had to untie the damn thing herself and it looked like it took a long time. So I'm on Mady's side for this one. Kate points out how perfect twin Cara said they could use her jump rope. Fine, then go use Cara's. And that's different, since Cara is offering, and her jump rope wasn't taken from her behind her back before she could even say how she felt about it. But that doesn't make Mady's disgruntlement any less important. At minimum, I think Kate should have at least said, we so appreciate that your rope was around since the little kids needed something to tie the cars together. Thank you, Mady. Instead she acts like, golly gee I don't get why Mady would be bent out of shape about this! Maybe, just maybe, if they asked Mady first, Mady might very well have said no problem. The issue here is it was swiped from her without so much as giving her a say, and then wasn't untied and put back when they were done, showing a total lack of respect for her property. What I don't understand was why Kate didn't just return Mady's jump rope to the garage when they were done and Mady would have never been the wiser. Mind you, the car and wagon scene was before lunch, before their naps, hours before the twins came home. I sometimes wonder if Kate subconsciously likes to get a rise out of Mady by doing things like this. And if so, that's really sad. Kate has finally found a new word for exhausted. She must have gotten a thesaurus. She's "ragged" now.

Poor Aaden isn't feeling very well. Kate starts cooking dinner and freaks out over something. Not sure. I think she's mad that one child was in her way. Okay. Mady is outside watching the children. Kate starts to say how helpful that is and what a good job she does, but then she just can't do it and has to throw in how very rough and bossy Mady is. Rough and bossy. The pot calling the kettle black might we say? Upstairs, one of the blackout blinds on the window is refusing to go up. This happens all the time with these kind of blinds, you have to sort of just gently fiddle with it and it will slide up. Kate tries to fix it by pulling on it so hard that the whole thing comes crashing down on her. Ha! I suspect she will blame Mady or possibly Joel for the blind falling down. By the way, I love blackout blinds. I love as much darkness as possible when I'm sleeping. I'm getting tired, this episode feels really long for just being one day.

Aww, poor Aaden threw up. Kate gives him a bucket and he is so unbelievably precious with his little glasses staring forward as he clutches the bucket. His expression is all, "Ehh, my tummy don't feel so good." Poor little guy. Kate gives him a sweet kiss on his head. He goes to lie down in a chair and Leah strokes his hair and comforts him so sweetly. Hannah comes over and Leah is all like, you should get away from him or he'll throw up on your hands. Leah is basically like, shut up, Hannah. At least someone's not afraid to tell it to her like it is. Daddy is finally home. Kate is already bitching that Jon is going to be mad she hasn't turned the air conditioning on. He always says, "Why isn't the air on?!" And Kate says, "Because I don't have time to do a scavenger hunt through the house!" Does she mean closing all the windows? Because I would hope she knows where her house's windows are and doesn't have to actually do a hunt for them. She reminds us so often how small this house is, it can't have too many hidden windows for her to be looking for. When we turned the air on, I remember my mom making me and my sibling "hunt" around the house and close all the windows. I think it took all of 30 seconds. These kids are almost old enough to be able to close the windows themselves, depending on how hard to move they are. Cara and Mady for sure can be instructed to close all the windows. Unlike the twins ignoring their mother when they get off the bus, the kids run to Daddy and are thrilled to see him. Jon asks, "Who ripped the blind?!" Kate, Jon. Kate! Blindgate! Kate won't fess up though. The episode ends with even Jon complaining how annoying Mady is. I guess she wanted to hand him the art projects the little kids made. Who cares who hands it to him as long as someone does? Yes, that is just so annoying! Not. Mady wants to be in control. "I don't know anyone like that," Kate says dryly. You would think it's nice she at least acknowledges her control freak nature. Except for some reason I think she's actually referring to Jon here! Funny. Every day, Kate says, "is painfully the same, yet vastly different." The hell? Every day is painful to her? Sorry, but what an ungrateful bitch. She just got to spend a nice day with the kids when most working mothers would kill to be able to stay home when their children are this age. They read, they did art projects, pulled each other around in a wagon, and had a nice long nap. And that was painful to her? The kids will be watching this episode too during naptime, I presume. And then randomly, Kate and Jon make a beeline for some gourmet jellybeans behind the interview couch. I could use some gourmet jellybeans myself, to wash away the bad taste in my mouth after this episode.

50 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am pretty sure that the hand you saw marking an "X" over Kate (in her pretty pink bath robe on the video) was KATE'S hand ;-)

I don't know why that particular scene stuck with me, but it did!

merryway said...

I liked the filming of this episode. Mostly, because this is what I originally wanted the shows to be. Just a day in their lives. However, Kate is always hard to watch. I can't believe she didn't leave the door open while she was fixing lunch and the kids were out in the garage area playing. A million things could go wrong with that scenario. I posted the below on another board, but it's appropriate here. It truly shows Kate has no self awareness or is just a hypocrite.



Just was watching the replay of "a Day in the Life". Kate is holding the yellow bowl for Aaden to use if he throws up. Some of the other children are standing around him waiting to watch their brother toss his cookies. Kate turns to them and says "I don't think Aaden needs an audience for this" or something very close to that.

uhmm, really what can you say to that? Never mind that the world is watching.

W&MGrad said...

I thought it was Alexis, not Leah, who was comforting Aiden on the couch? Oh well, sometimes it is hard to tell those two apart.

Still, my favorite part of this episode was when Leah/Alexis looks up in the camera while Aiden is on the couch and says, "Aiden is MY buddy." Unbelievably cute!

And then she hits Hannah.

Anonymous said...

it was Kate that put an "X" over her face at least she realized she was acting like a bitch...

and it was Alexis not Leah who was with Aaden.

Anonymous said...

"Him will throw up on your hands!" is too cute!

Anonymous said...

I swear, these recaps are twenty times more entertaining than the show. And, there are about 5 or 6 potential quotes of the week just in this one recap.

My faves:

"I suppose sometimes it feels like maybe Road Runner the way she clonks Jon all the time. All she needs is an anvil."

"You might say they go together like oil and water, tea and salt, or Kate and her estranged family members."

" He is her helper boy. He is forgiven I guess. The way to Mommy's heart is through a dust cloth. "

Amanda said...

I may have a little too much time on my hands, but . . .

Kate reads Mady's note aloud. Then, as she is packing the lunches, you see her put a note in a lunch pack. If you pause, the note you can see is Cara's and it says nothing about being a friend. I don't have the episode in my DVR anymore, but it says something about working hard and doing her best. Just an FYI.

Anonymous said...

It was definitely Kate who put the 'X' through her face. I think she was reacting to how badly she looked with her bathrobe/no make-up etc.

Anonymous said...

I am right there thinking Kate is a whack-o, but come on, Mady is a brat and you to extreme lengths defending her brattiness. She was not home and thus not using her jumprope and she lives in a family of 10, she needs to know how to share and deal with others using her stuff. I know she is only 6, she is in a huge family, and her parents lack in so many areas, but unfortunately the girl is a brat.l

Nancy said...

Of course Mady wasn't asked about the jumprope; she was in school and wasn't using the jumprope. Kate needed a rope to help the little kids with playtime. What was wrong with borrowing Mady's? In our house, we knew what SHARING meant, and anyone who had dared to pitch a fit like Mady's because of a simple thing like a jumprope would have gotten a good lecture on sharing and kindness. Does Kate try to teach the kids old-fashioned values? Looks to me that they all mostly hit and/or scream/cry when an opportunity to share arises.

Anonymous said...

Only regarding the jumprope--she felt that it had been ruined because when you twist those plastic ones up tight like that, in knots, it gets all coiled up and stays that way and you cannot jump rope when it's all coily.

I don't think she would have minded if they simply played jump rope with or properly used it, but they abused it and caused it to be unusable for her. Her being upset was righteous, I thought, but fits are never okay. However, nobody acknowledged that they had ruined her toy.

Dew said...

I think that's what bothers me about the jump rope, the way it was misused. I said on the one hand she should share. But on the other, their blatant disregard for her property was rather rude. They tied it in a bunch of knots, and then no one even offered to untie it for her. It was in knots ALL DAY. It might very well have been ruined, frankly. Who knows, Mady might not have even minded if it were laying out there and used for its intended purpose. And I would note that Cara's jumprope was NOT the plastic kind that can get ruined and all coiled up by knots. It was a regular rope, and knots wouldn't hurt HER kind of jumprope. So easy for her to say she will just offer hers.

It's sort of like borrowing your sister's shirt without asking because she wasn't there to ask, and then jumping around in the mud with it. The borrowing the shirt is maybe ok. But the jumping around in the mud when that's someone else's property? Not so okay.

Elizabeth said...

Two things...

1) Interesting comment about Mady and lactose... definitely possible. I am lactose intollerant myself.. My aunt use to watch me as a child and she used to tell me "You have to finish your milk before you can have juice!!" ...needless to say I would get seriously ill...every day. I can't drink milk to this day because I associate it with getting sick.. the texture.. I can't even handle Lactaid milk. I also grew up resenting my aunt and hated going over there. Being older now, I'm past the dislike of my aunt for making me drink milk... even though I still can't drink it!! If it really is possible for Mady... I hope Kate does take the time to have her tested... Don't ignore it, it's not fun for the child!!

#2 THANK YOU!!!! For the "sporadic and often" comment regarding time out. I watched a re-run of this episode last night and that comment got under my skin just as much as the first time I watched it!! J&K should probably quit using words when they don't know the correct way to use them!! Wow... I'm glad I wasn't the only one bothered by that!

Great recap, as always!!

Anonymous said...

I love the Alexis/Aaden/Hannah scene. It's one of my favorites.
I would like to hear the kids talk about their special buddies more often. =)

I can understand why Mady was upset they abused her jump rope while she was at school. I'd be upset too. I grew up in a big family and I knew to share, but only when someone ASKS. If you're gone and they snag it, it's really annoying!

Maybe if they need ropes for playtime Kate should buy some more, (or ask Fisher Price to donate some). Or maybe Kate should use something of HERS to tie up the little kids toys. It would be nice of her to share her own things with them.

Anonymous said...

This is one seriously funny recap, especially the part about going on a scavenger hunt for your own windows. You need to hunt for your own windows? But Kate gets to stay home with her kids but can't seem to enjoy them and bitches about "preparing a meal, serving a meal, cleaning up after a mean." Yo Kate: THEY ARE YOUR KIDS! What were you expecting? It is like when people complain about babies waking in the middle of the night. As Kate herself would say, "HELLO? What were you expecting? More sleep?"

Kate is such a tool. And so is Jon.

Janet said...

Dew,

EXCELLENT recap!! I thoroughly enjoy reading them, they are more enjoyable then the show themselves sometimes! After reading it (& seeing the episode on TV), I keep thinking that Jon & Kate SHOULD have taken PARENTING CLASSES before they EVER became parents!! Kinda scary and very sad to watch them sometimes. Thanks for taking the time to write the recaps and keep them coming! =)

Dew said...

Most parents complain about their kids at some point, but that is usually balanced out by how much they talk about how awesome their kids are, how proud they are of them, how much they love them. With Kate there is such a disturbing imbalance in that all she does is complain. She so rarely gushes about her own kids. She is so incredibly critical all the time and seems to always be looking for something wrong with them to point out. She is a bully to her own children.

minxie said...

Dew--Bravo! Just a hilariously perfect summary; I LMAO. I think I'll stop watching the show (I'm nearly at that point anyway) and just wait for your recaps.

SarahGrace said...

The Alexis/Aaden/Hannah scene towards the end is one of my all-time favorites. "Him will throw up on your hands!" LOL. And Alexis is so sure of herself when Hannah says he won't and she keeps telling her, "Yes." I felt just a teeny-weeny bit bad for Hannah, because she likes to be the "little mother" and Alexis was keeping her from doing that...But that girl's got to learn that she's not their mother, she's their (fellow) sextuplet!

pokie said...

Dew, I echo what other posters have said, your recaps are too funny. This was my favorite comment:

"They will not be taking each other to the prom," Kate remarks. Ew, I would hope they wouldn't be doing that anyways. This isn't the Duggar family or something."

This made me laugh because the Duggars are just so weird.

Anonymous said...

Hey--I like the Duggars!
But I would like to suggest something instead of using Mady's jumprope while she's not there.
Kate should have given the kids the tie from her pink bathrobe to make the choo choo train.

Anonymous said...

Here is a fun little blog on the nypost. I love her Jon & Kate Plus 8: The college Years comment.

http://blogs.nypost.com/popwrap/archives/2008/08/jon_kate_plus_8.html

somewhereinthemiddle said...

The Duggers are a little, well, off. They are certainly nice (as opposed to J&K). Maybe too nice. Sort of so nice that they are devoid of real personality.

The Duggers and the Gosselins should have a Road Rules Vs Real World type challenge.


Great recap. I can't wait for the next one.
I like this episode because it at least seems real. I get what Kate means by "painfully the same, yet vastly different." Staying with kids all day, day in and day out, does make the days sort of run together; they end up difficult to separate into Tuesday or Wednesday. At the same time, when you're with three or four year olds every day is different, new, an adventure of sorts. Though I guess Kate doesn't really find much adventure in her children.

I also like this episode because it reveals more about the kids - who is a buddy to whom, who doesn't get along, what sort of play each one enjoys. I'd like to see more of that sort of thing. And that real interaction could be achieved (to pick up on the topic of another thread) without as much staging. Just film the kids without making your presence known.

FIONA said...

I too enjoy the recaps very much. This one had some wrong info though, as mentioned it was kate who X ed herself out, and Alexis with Aaden. I think we all know Sassy is Alexis...otherwise nicely done.

I think Mady had a right to pissed but should not be allowed to hit her bro on anyone on the head!

I think especially in a large family, there should be definite boundaries with kids own personal toys.

Anonymous said...

Have they ever talked about bedtime from the chair? I haven't seen every episode.
I would think they would say something about after the baths, and stories, the kids are in bed by 7:30, then we clean up and get ready for the next day and are in bed by 10 or something like that. Have they ever said anything? The reason I ask, is that she gets up later than her husband and kids, and I've never known a woman to do that. Is she up half of the night or what?

Dew said...

"I think we all know Sassy is Alexis"

Yes now we do. Although if I'm not mistaken this was the first episode to mention it. That's why I wrote the recap as if I did not know who that was, because at the time, I didn't.

Phyllis said...

Kate informs us that perfect twin Cara always awakes and gets ready for the day "beautifully," because she is the good twin. Mady, the evil twin, in case you didn't remember, does not. "Say whha???" says Jon. Jon rightly and justifiably corrects Kate and tells her actually no, Cara is just as much of a pain as Mady, get your facts right, beeitch! Well, that's not exactly how he says it, but close enough.

And how would Kate know anyway? It's not like she's out of bed at that time to see anyway. Furthermore, there have been several examples of the show with Mady being up bright and early while Cara sleeps in. In one episode, Jon and/or Kate themselves even said that at night Mady falls asleep as soon as her head hits the pillow while Cara tosses and turns, so Mady wakes up early and entertains the tups while Cara wakes up later. (Not a judgment of Cara; I'm not a morning person myself.)

Before Hannah can even get a chance to clean up her four-cereal-flakes "mess," and mind you there wasn't even a cut here to indicate any passage of time, Kate says that's it, she's done, and takes her cereal away! So, she doesn't get to eat breakfast now? Hannah is understandably upset.

I find things like denying a child food (real food, not dessert or sweets) or basic bodily functions such as using the bathroom as punishment to be disturbing. (The latter seems to happen a lot amongst teachers) I think both are unhealthy for the child.

We find out that the jump rope used to tie Collin's car to the wagon? It was Mady's. And she's quite pissed off that her jump rope was tied in about six knots and used in this manner.

[snip]

Kate points out how perfect twin Cara said they could use her jump rope. Fine, then go use Cara's.


I agree. IIRC, Kate even said how Mady doesn't like people using her things and Cara doesn't mind. So why didn't she use Cara's rope in the first place if she already knew that Mady would throw a fit? It's not rocket science.

iluveeyore said...

"I find things like denying a child food (real food, not dessert or sweets) or basic bodily functions such as using the bathroom as punishment to be disturbing. (The latter seems to happen a lot amongst teachers) I think both are unhealthy for the child."

That's an interesting comment about teachers. In 2nd grade, my daughter had a teacher who would not allow anyone go to the bathroom before 11 AM. There were accidents happening right and left! And these were not little kids. They were old enough to be mortified. My daughter never had an accident, but based on other pedagogical practices of that teacher (e.g., writing the alphabet 3 times to practice penmanship), after two weeks I was lucky enough to be able to put my daughter in private school -- it was a sacrifice for the family but it was well worth it.

Perhaps Kate wouldn't have such ridiculous problems about food if she gave the kids CHOICES... cereal with/without milk. They don't seem to have a choice about what kind of cereal they want. It is just poured into a bowl and plopped in front of them.

Anonymous said...

"Before Hannah can even get a chance to clean up her four-cereal-flakes "mess," and mind you there wasn't even a cut here to indicate any passage of time, Kate says that's it, she's done, and takes her cereal away! So, she doesn't get to eat breakfast now? Hannah is understandably upset."

Kate is notorious for giving 'options' but SHE makes the ultimate choice that best suits HER needs or agenda. Example, when one of the boy tups was crying because daddy left he was put on the time out mat. Then given the option of either doing a project with the other kids or going to bed in his room. Before the boy was even given the opportunity to consider or comprehend his options, Kate nudges him up the stairs ordering him to go to his room. I not only took issue with the way Kate treated him, I found it disturbing that as he sat on his bed upset and crying for daddy, there was a man shoving a big camera in his face!

Anonymous said...

''Perhaps Kate wouldn't have such ridiculous problems about food if she gave the kids CHOICES... cereal with/without milk. They don't seem to have a choice about what kind of cereal they want. It is just poured into a bowl and plopped in front of them.'''

My mom would empty 2-3 boxes of different kinds of cereal into one bowl and give it to me. Did I like it? Not really but I ate it and I turned out just fine. Choices are great but not necessary for every little thing. She has 8 kids- does she need to keep 8 different kinds of cereal handy? I dont think so.

Anonymous said...

I was one of those Sheeple who thought I was doing "the right thing" and sent money and gifts off to the family thinking I was helping. And when I say money, I don't mean just a little. Thing is, those kids are so adorable your heart just pours out to them. But, after repeatedly seeing things on the show that I deemed questionable and then reading so much more info on this blog, I started to see the light and finally concluded that I too "had been taken in and fooled" by J&K as well. I guess it's better to learn later than never. I still watch the show because, as I said, the kids are so darn cute, but boy have my eyes been opened. Thanks so much for this blog!~

Anonymous said...

I don't think there is anything wrong with not having alot of choices when it comes to food. I was raised "Either eat what is on your plate or do without." Granted, there were some things I could not stand, but I ate them. Too many choices causes picky eaters. Not every family can afford to have a big variety of cereal, etc.

Janet said...

I myself wasn't thinking so much about Kate giving the choice of what cereal they wanted, but at least the choice if they want milk on it or dry, the way Hannah wanted it that day. I'm sorry, I just don't see why Kate couldn't understand this or listen to what Hannah was saying before automatically sending her to a time out. Just another example of Kate not listening to her kids, IMO.

sabrinasmom said...

I was one of those Sheeple who thought I was doing "the right thing" and sent money and gifts off to the family thinking I was helping.

Anon. 1:48 - were your gifts ever acknowledged?

Don't feel bad - it 's perfectly normal to want to help people. Having six kids at once is overwhelming - it's just sad Jon and Kate are taking advantage of people's kindness.

Anonymous said...

In response to:

"I don't think there is anything wrong with not having alot of choices when it comes to food. I was raised "Either eat what is on your plate or do without." Granted, there were some things I could not stand, but I ate them. Too many choices causes picky eaters. Not every family can afford to have a big variety of cereal, etc."

In the episode footage involving the cereal , the issue wasnt about 'food choice' but the tup's preference in wanting to eat her cereal dry. Kate was so all consumed with the 'mess' that she neglected to HEAR what her daughter was saying.
Maybe Hannah simply prefers to eat her cereal dry rather than with milk. Kate had no problem explaining to viewers when packing Mady and Cara's school lunches that one preferred a certain food over the other and packed lunches accordingly. IMO, the cereal situation had absolutely nothing to do with food, but everything to do with Kate not wanting to see 4-5 pieces of cereal laying on the table, ie MESS.

Anonymous said...

-In the episode footage involving the cereal , the issue wasnt about 'food choice' but the tup's preference in wanting to eat her cereal dry.


I wasn't saying that Kate shouldn't let Hannah have dry cereal. I don't want it to be misinterpreted that I'm defending Kate. I was simply responding to the comment someone made about giving the kids more cereal choices. I agree from a post before stating that this may be a
lactose intolerant issue that may need to be addressed.

Anonymous said...

In response to my previous comment about sending money and gifts - yes, I did receive one or two emails from Kate thanking me, mostly for the money - the toys and other things were just "nice". On another occasion I sent something and didn't receive any response at all, and I assumed that they were just extremely busy. The eye opener for me, though, were those episodes highlighting visits to the spa, personal trainers, golf jaunts, teeth whitening, hair transplants, etc. - all the little personal "ego" things that regular folks just never have a chance to experience or enjoy. I am not begrudging J&K the fact that they are in the public eye receiving freebies, it just became an issue of being up front and honest. And I sincerely did it for the children, thinking "Gee, it must be hard to make ends meet" with so many in the family. Then came the news about the personal assistant, the organic chef, the gardener - that coupled with the poor and crappy treatment of friends and family members - and that was it!

Anonymous said...

I wonder at what point, if ever, J & K will publically announce that they are no longer in need of cash donations and gifts and the generosity of others would be better served by those truly in need? It is clearly obvious that they are no longer 'searching the couch cushions for mortgage money' and their current lifestyle is hardly that of one that is struggling just to get by. I find it insulting that J & K believed that it was 'society's' obligation to accomodate them financially and then some. Even more insulting that J & K are pursuing and fulfilling the 'American dream' at the expense of the generosity of others.

sabrinasmom said...

I wonder at what point, if ever, J & K will publically announce that they are no longer in need of cash donations and gifts and the generosity of others would be better served by those truly in need?

Watch the "Chores" episode - this was the one where the Gosselin Family Mission Statement is discussed. It is chock full of bull about their faith, how they give back because (I swear Kate says this)they were "once" the recipients of the kindness of others. They also say above all "nothing" (including the show) comes above their family. I kept on waiting for EXCEPT trips to the spa, golf, tummy tucks & hair plugs and love offerings!

Manda said...

Anonymous who sent items to the Gosselins

It's shameful you were treated that way, no acknowledgement whatsoever. I wonder how she would have responded had you sent something geared more towards her or Jon. She got very excited over the offer for Jon to have his teeth whitened, so excited she worked herself into that freebie too.

You can tell she does get giddy when SHE gets fawned over. The kids? ehhh, who is she to say no? I wonder if there isn't some deep-deated jealousy there with her and the kids, like maybe she thinks 'they get enough attention/clothes/toys/trips to beautiful places. What about meeee? I gave birth to them.'

There's a maked difference in her reaction to the neat, fun, free things the kids get to do, i.e., cupcakes, Sesame Place, Crayola, and the neat, fun and free things only she benefits from, i.e., tummy tuck/makeover, spa trip in Utah, teeth whitening. She's MUCH happier during those times.

It's sad. Nothing in the world makes me happier than seeing my kids genuinely happy. I've got everything I could ever possibly need when I see that and especially when I experience that.

Anonymous said...

Regarding Cerealgate:
I can't understand why Kate was so quck to punish Hannah. Hannah, along with all of the other kids, has become USED to eating dry cereal. Jon came up with that idea because of the long ride in the car to get to church, remember? So they were all handed cereal dry.
Maybe she really LIKES the cereal that way now. If she can eat dry cereal in the car each week, but it's not allowed at the table--that's confusing to a child.
But you posters are right when you mention that she didn't really listen to what Hannah's problem was with the cereal.
That's a real control issue: They will eat it the way I put it in front of them and not go against me...that sort of thinking.

Anonymous said...

Here's an interesting tidbit. The Gosselins are guests at the Cornerstone Christian Fellowship on Sept 14 in Glenside, Pa. Here's what the advert says on their website: "We are excited to be hosting the cast of "Jon and Kate Plus 8" on Sunday, September 14 at 10:00 am. Completing the requested information below will pre-register you for this event. We are asking only those within a 15 mile radius of the church to pre-register and attend, as there is limited seating available. Thank you for understanding. This event is free, but please come prepared to give in a love offering toward the Gosselin’s."

Check it out for yourself - http://ccf-ag.org/index.php?option=com_performs&Itemid=43

Serena said...

Just so you know, we keep an up-to-date speaking engagement calendar here on GWoP. If you scroll through the sidebar of our homepage, under the section titled "Sticky Stuff", there is a link labelled "Gosselin Speaking Calendar". Just click on that and you'll see all the details.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I wonder at what point, if ever, J & K will publically announce that they are no longer in need of cash donations and gifts and the generosity of others would be better served by those truly in need?


Maybe when hell freezes over...
After all, who is Kate to say no?

Anonymous said...

I am confused as to which places give love offering to them and who pays them a $25,000 speaking fee. I thought the $25,000 speaking fee was all they were excepting now but I can't imagine those churches paying that!

FIONA said...

There's a maked difference in her reaction to the neat, fun, free things the kids get to do, i.e., cupcakes, Sesame Place, Crayola, and the neat, fun and free things only she benefits from, i.e., tummy tuck/makeover, spa trip in Utah, teeth whitening. She's MUCH happier during those times

____
She doesn't have her children with her then. I don't think she likes to be around her kids. I don't think she enjoys their company, or is particulary fond of kids period.

I wonder if she had stopped with Mady and Cara, no TV show, if she and Jon would have been able to settle into a more happy life.

It bothers me to say that because the tups are here and miraculosly healthy-but they will already know about the early struggles with the pregnancy and Jon not wanting more kids.

Just makes you wonder were j and k would be today. Would Grandma and Grandpa still be around? Things would have been emmensely different for Cara and Mady.

I am not particulary religious or spiritual. I do have beliefs that are personal. I know science got Kate pregnant, but a myriad of problems could have gone wrong with the tups. I think that all 6 are here and healthy for a reason. I don't know what that reason is...but I have to think there is something intended for them....don't know if that makes sense.

FIONA said...

I think Jodi has seen what TV can do to a family and has way too much integrity to ever look down that path.

As far as the speaking engagement in Sept...we already know they have tried/have cancel some of these bookings-going for the bigger venues now. This church is close by, and IMO a way to make some quick easy money! They will probably even take the kids and Jenny with them.


Comment about Jenny: don't we all wonder what kind of young person would get herself mixed up with this family? Can you imagine all the confidentialty agreements she must have had to sign? I hope she is being paid alot, and I truly hope she sticks around and cares about the kids. Her not being any realtion (not that that apparently matters) one can only speculate as to how Kate treats her.

Anonymous said...

"Her not being any realtion (not that that apparently matters) one can only speculate as to how Kate treats her."

Im sure Kate treats Jenny just fine as long as Jenny keeps her mouth shut and does what she is told.

Anonymous said...

I have reserved my seat at the speaking arrangement in Abington, and have no plans what-so-ever to give any kind of love offering.

Anonymous said...

I have reserved my seat at the speaking arrangement in Abington, and have no plans what-so-ever to give any kind of love offering.
I would give index cards with bible sayings regarding honor they mother and father, money is the root of all evil, I shall not covert other's belongings, and more sayings that apply.