Renovations & Vacations Recap

After a brief hiatus to give the Gosselin family some time to regroup after the divorce announcement, or a break to give the editors a chance to try to make this disaster of a show a little less disastrous, which ever your take might be, it seems Jon and Kate plus Eight is picking right up where we left off. Fighting, freebies, and fame whoring, that’s the Gosselin way. continue

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fostersmom said...

After a brief hiatus to give the Gosselin family some time to regroup after the divorce announcement, or a break to give the editors a chance to try to make this disaster of a show a little less disastrous, which ever your take might be, it seems Jon and Kate plus Eight is picking right up where we left off. Fighting, freebies, and fame whoring, that’s the Gosselin way.

The show opens with voice overs from Jon and Kate talking about their separation while TLC shows random shots of the two of them shooting daggers at each other and all around detesting their spouse. Classy as always, TLC. Kate martyrs on that the official decisions have been made and blah, blah, blah.

We flash back to January 2009... or what TLC claims is January 2009. Seeing as Kate is wearing that stupid green baby doll dress she seems to love, I have serious doubts about this timeline. Especially since I’m pretty sure they are both wearing the same outfits they wore in the episode where the American Chopper guys came to visit in April. You know the same outfits that showed up in the BBQ scene in another episode where Jon cooked enough food for an army, chicken, seafood, all sorts of stuff, but yet the family sat down with nothing but hot dogs on their plates. Hey TLC, if you want to use the same day’s footage for other episodes, I’m all for that, less filming for the kids, but you could at least try to not make the lies obvious.

Anyway, Kate tells us that while things were pretty bad between her and Jon, her best friend’s husband offered up a kitchen remodel through the company he works for. And of course she took them up on that offer. Wow, look at that gorgeous bunch of tulips on the table, I always see tulips in January, don’t you? Especially in Pennsylvania. Guess it was a fluke winter where you could run around in baby doll dresses, bare legs and feet, and have tulips.

Jon tells us it’s strange to be doing a remodel in the middle of a separation, but they had already planned this before hand and it’s really for the kids. Cuz what kid doesn’t beg and beg for new kitchen cabinets?

We see Jon and Kate meeting with the designers. This shot actually looks to have taken place in January. Kate bitches and moans about having to bend over to look into the cabinets like 99% of the rest of America. Princess wants cabinets that she can pull the shelves out of so she can see what’s in them. Here’s a tip, Kate. You have a massive ass amount of storage space in that house. Laying individual rolls of paper towels length wise across the cabinet in the kitchen is just a ridiculous way to store them. Feel free to use that in you next book. I’ll let you have that tip for free. I know you like free stuff, so have at it.

Jon tells us that the problem with the kitchen, that while there’s a ton of cabinets, there was really no storage space, no pull outs, and nothing was accessible. It wasn’t designed for a family of ten. Seeing as I have exactly 4 full sized cabinets and 3 half sized cabinets (two of which are over the stove and fridge and I have to climb a chair to reach into), I’m having a really hard time feeling bad for these two dinks because their 25 kitchen cabinets don’t pull out.

Kate tells us she didn’t know what she wanted in a kitchen, she had never thought about it. *Cough* Until someone offered up a free one *Cough* She tells us Jon worked for a contractor so he knew the lingo. She doesn’t mention that he got fired for doing a side job on company time and then tried to claim he was fired because of health insurance reasons.

fostersmom said...

Jon says they should have a small refrigerator under the counter. Kate puts on her extreme bitch face, heaves a massive sigh, and asks him what planet he lives on. Once the designers tell her what it’s for, drinks, easy access for the kids, she gets all happy and says maybe he does live on this planet. But no apology to Jon.

Meanwhile some of the kids are playing in yet another living room I’ve never seen. Alexis, Aaden, and Collin play with some Light Brite looking thing. Product placement, I’m sure, since the kids seem to have no idea what to do with it or what it is.

Kate blathers on that she doesn’t know what she wants or what she likes, but she knows it when she sees it. She interrupts herself to send her errand boy, Jon, to dispose of some flowers on the counter, “Can you get rid of those? They are really distracting and ugly.”, with a wave of her hands. Hey, maybe you can get tulips in January. This bouquet is different from the other one, I even rewound and checked just to be sure.

More talking with the designers, picking out things that no one needs. Special drawers to put a kitchen sponge? Seriously? One of the designers tells her this will take at least a week to two weeks and they will have no cabinets. The other designer pipes up that she will have to do dishes in the tub. Kate instantly says “haven’t you heard of paper?” and the designer reminds her of pots and pans. Cut to Kate all bitchy on the couch saying she will not be washing dishes in the tub, she will do whatever it takes to not do dishes in the tub. She will use paper products and the microwave. Here’s another free tip for you, Kate. When doing a kitchen remodel and you have a second kitchenette down stairs, there’s no reason to do dishes in the bath tub. Put that in the book too. Credit Fostersmom on that one, okay?

Suddenly it’s May. Kate and a friend are packing up the pantry. And boy am I noticing a huge amount of space. Seeing as Kate was away before this, she only had one day to empty the kitchen. That’s wheat happens when you skip being with your family to do interviews with People, add book tour dates, and meetings at Wal-Mart. Carla and another friend, who looks to be Carla’s daughter Not a Nanny Ashley, help pack things up. She pitches the kids bibs. ABOUT FRICKEN TIME! And prepares one of her gourmet crackers, grapes, and yogurt lunches for the kids.

Collin and Joel wander through the kitchen that now has no cabinets and ask why they are getting a new kitchen. Mr. Trim, their handyman, tells us they are getting new cabinets and new appliances to help Kate cook. Uh, they’ve lived in this house for a grand total of like 7 months. The first appliances weren’t good enough, a speck of mold in a fridge sent her into melt down mode and we saw the dish washer installation. And now they are getting new appliances again? I believe gluttonous is the only word for this.

Jon tells us they were going through with the remodel even though they were in the middle of the separation yet again. I think TLC is just playing this sound bite on a loop now. And oh yeah, it’s for the kids.

Who knows where Jon and Kate are, the little boys are trying to get across the kitchen in bare feet. With nails on the floor. Good thing the handy man is there to tell the kids no. Kate martyrs that she dealt with the kitchen as long as she could, she can’t do take out for two weeks (this is in many styrofoam boxes as compared to the usual craft services food that’s in casserole dishes), and she’s magically managed to get a house on the beach somewhere for her and the kids on less than one day’s notice and they are off to vacation. This is an epiphany for her.

fostersmom said...

Jon is going to stay home and over see construction.

Jon tells us how the horrible, mean paparazzi are always outside their house now and following them around. Kate and the kids had to sneak out at four in the morning to head to Bald Head Island, NC on their bus, but it didn’t work. The paparazzi still found them. Tip number three. If you don’t want paparazzi to find you, DON’T CALL THEM! Arriving in NC we tour the house that just magically was available on a days notice over Memorial Day weekend. Kate tells us she’s not even thinking about her kitchen back home, she’s on vacation, she’s just going to go to the beach, play in the sand, go to the pool.

The kids show off their new bathing suits to the camera guys. Aaden tells us he was dreaming of the beach. Kate and the kids traipse down to the beach right in their back yard. The kids run for the water. Remember when Kate had a heart attack because Jon dared to let go of a hand in ankle deep water? Yeah, forget that. She lets all eight kids run right into the water. I hope the camera guy has quick reflexes.

Back home Jon meets the cabinet guys.

In NC, the kids are in the ocean, jumping the surf, playing in the sand. Kate’s beach bikini fashion show starts. We all remember that one, right? She of course talks about the paparazzi. They showed up after two and a half days. Just in time for TLC to tape them. Again, if you don’t tip them off, they won’t come. She tells us the kids are braver this year and they weren’t afraid of the ocean. Yeah, that happens when their mother isn’t shrieking about them drowning in an inch of water at their ankles. Mostly we see the kids playing and Kate plopped on her ass in a beach chair. Just like at home.

Kate, who never has a nanny, brought Ashley along. She’s known her since she was one. Kate slips up and says Ashley was looking forward to coming with them. Psst... Kate... the trip magically came together in a day... Ashley didn’t have time to look forward to it, remember?

In PA, Jon tells us how quiet and boring the house was without the kids. But it was super dangerous and handy man Bart had a drill fall on his head. Bloody head wound shot included.

On the beach, Kate tells us how besides getting away from the kitchen, her goal for the two weeks on the beach was to just forget about everything else and actually spend two whole weeks with her kids. It’s a big stretch for her, I’m sure. She had to leave emails and phone calls, and everything else alone for two whole weeks. God forbid if she had left the camera crew at home though. She tells us that many times a day she thought about this being minus Jon and the kids kept telling her that they missed him.

We see the kids practice their swimming in the pool. Some of them need “swimmies” (water wings) and some of them don’t. The kids splash around like little fish, looking all happy. Kate’s still parked in a chair.

After a few quick shots of the second half of this episode, airing next week, the episode is over. We will have to wait until then to see the finished kitchen and the rest of Kate’s bikini fashion show. I don’t know about you, but I can hardly wait.

Steph said...

awesome recap as usual!

RandomThoughts said...

Wait, hold on--I can't get past the fourth paragraph. Kate has a FRIEND? A BEST friend at that? Or is this person just a friend/best friend BECAUSE of the cabinets?

met said...

Fostersmom....that is another GREAT recap!

I think this train wreck of a show is on it's way out. The comments on GWOP have slowed down to a crawl. (I barely comment anymore) I think the only thing I enjoy about these recaps (the show sounds terribly boring) is your sarcasm and wit.

Thanks for suffering through the scripted hour for us!

Home in Illinois said...

Did you see that lady in Texas gave birth to her six children Wednesday? It didn't say how much they weighed but they were quite early. One of them died today, a boy. They seem religious but then so did another TV family with a litter of children. Their names are Stansel.

franky said...

In all respect fostermom..your great re-cap forgot...

Khate in the bikini, just before the break saying.."after the break"..honk honk..while posing in the bikini and making like a honk pedal with her foot in the sand?..so cool???? yah..too cool MOM...

Disgusted said...

When my sister did a kitchen remodel a few years ago--on a well used kitchen I might add--she refused to leave as she wanted to oversee the work and the details. It's a good thing she did because of all of the mistakes and work that had to be corrected along the way. Hard to believe this neurotic witch was not interested in micromanaging the crew except that we know she was so clueless about what she wanted in a kitchen that she didn't care. Besides, she has never used it and still doesn't know what to do with it.

Who in their right mind doesn't have a wish list of things to change? Her ignorance is exhausting!!!

Disgusted said...

ManicNarcissism:
regarding anti-depressants, yes she may very well be on them. not sure as i do not have any personal experience with them and i do not know how they cause a person to behave. but she was waaaaaaay too happy! maybe it was an anti-depressant PLUS something!!!

cj said...

Fostermom ~

Thanks for the recap, yours are always great. But, I think this one tops all the rest. Just the right amount of snarkiness and edge. And maybe disgust...

bflohockeygirl said...

I'm confused...wasn't Jon in New York with the Glassmans on Memorial Day weekend? Nice that he managed to duplicate himself so he could do that AND stay at home overseeing the kitchen construction so Kate & the kids could get away from it all...

Pony said...

bflohockeygirl said...
I'm confused...wasn't Jon in New York with the Glassmans on Memorial Day weekend? Nice that he managed to duplicate himself so he could do that AND stay at home overseeing the kitchen construction so Kate & the kids could get away from it all...

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I doubt that the contractors were working over Memorial Day weekend, thus Jon was free to go visit the Glassmans.

emptynesterof3 said...

If someone could help clarify this i would appreciate it...isn't it possible that many of their "assets and freebies" are really paid/bartered for through TLC and therefore the Gosselins are not responsible for reporting any of it to the IRS? Maybe TLC also paid for some/all of their new house just for shooting purposes? I did see someone else on another post say the possible reason they stayed in PA was because they don't have laws for the working kids....

LiLo said...

I just wanted to say that "swimmies" isn't a Kate-ism - I grew up in NJ and we say "swimmies". It might be a Northeast thing. :)

ali said...

I watched a rerun today, when they were getting the new puppies, and it hit me (again) how much this woman just derides her children in public, to the point that they really understand the little digs.

Fine, you don't want your kids naming the new puppies Truck and FruFru? (Not that I agree, but...) no problem. Tell them that these puppies came with names already, and that they wouldn't understand if we called them something different. This is not a hard ruse to pull over on the 8-and-under set.

But no, Ms. Thing has to tell her kids "This is why you don't get to name the puppy. That's a terrible name." And...commence meltdown times 4.

Holy crap, most of the time it's not the message that really matters, it's the delivery.

Anyway, this episode seemed particularly catty, even more than usual, unless I was just extra-sensitive. I saw those big, restaurant grade appliances being wheeled out in the middle of a recession, and I wanted to vomit. Seriously, you have a desperate need for a new kitchen? At least try to come up with a better cover story than "my friends love me so much they continually want to give me new things" line.

Amy G. said...

I enjoyed Jon's snarky comment about Kate "not wanting to stick around for the big show here." So they're not even attempting to be civil. Nice!

Willow #1 said...

Fostersmom: You are an outstanding writer. That is a FAB recap (I'm trying not to use the word awesome!) :) You made me feel as if I was there and that makes it SO worth it not to watch. Again, Kudos.

Amy Lou said...

Sweet jeezus that sounded like a boring episode...

The reason she didn't care about what the kitchen was shaping up to be is because she really *doesn't* live there. Her kids live on a TV set, remember?

Kittycat said...

Great recap, Fostermom....

Hilarious, witty, and you captured the freakshow...PERFECTLY..

Thanks !!

Carezee said...

Fostermom that was superb. No need to watch that show. You made it funnier and much more entertaining than it would have been to watch. Thank you:)

Cleveland Rocks said...

LiLo...

We don't say swimmies here, we say floaties. I bet each region has their own word for the arm bands.

Where's the Reality? said...

I’ve known about Jon and Kate’s TV show for a few years, but have never seen more than segments of a few episodes. As a busy mom of six, including higher order multiples, TV viewing isn’t usually part of my daily agenda. However, when Jon and Kate’s media attention started impacting my life, I felt the need to watch at least one episode in its entirety. If I had $1 for every time I heard “You’re like Jon and Kate + 8,” my DH and I could probably buy our own million dollar mansion. Not that we need or want one. Our house is enough to clean thank you. There’s also a group of people who’ve become increasing rude and are critical of our childbearing decisions. Just yesterday, a lady in the grocery store cussed me out in front of my children nonetheless and accused us of being like J&K and the mom with the octuplets. Frankly, childbearing decisions are no one else’s business. Plus, tax payers aren’t paying for our kids. Unlike these figures she listed, we’re financially stable and don’t walk around with our hands out.

I tuned into Monday’s Renovation and Vacation program thinking I was going to get some great parenting tips, since her children are older than mine, or at least watch a mom that I can relate to. That’s the point of the show right? Man, was I wrong. What I watched for a ½ hour was nowhere close to my reality or the reality of other moms of multiples that I’m in contact with. Sitting (much less in a beach chair), 2 week vacations, live in helpers and well shaped hair cuts are almost unheard of luxuries. Yet, I’d never trade her life for my reality.

I agree with J&K on one thing, everything we do is in the best interest of our children. The way we approach this is a little different. No, our kitchen wasn’t remodeled for children, but they aren’t gourmet chefs or food critics. It was rearranged to fit more highchairs so that we can eat family meals together. I’m still at a loss as to why J&K’s kids wanted a new kitchen. Isn’t that what Jon said? Do they cook? No, we can’t go vacation whenever work is being done in our home. But, we can do what J&K claimed was impossible. We added an addition without leaving or being bombed with power tools. It wasn’t without chaos, but we prefer confronting challenges head on instead of running for the nearest getaway.

I don’t care if Kate’s hair is purple with orange stripes or if she dresses in Saran wrap; I don’t care if they live at Neverland Ranch and take yearly trips to Timbuktu; it’s beside the point. What they’re doing is child exploitation. The show is clearly not reality and clearly not for the kids. Will the children really remember the grand planned activities that were engineered to create a good plot? It’s more likely that they’ll remember the more routine stuff.

Watching this family, I was reminded of the Dionne children. Did you hear them thanking their parents or the Ontario government for being paraded in front of the world? No, you see resentment and a profound psychological impact. They said it best in a letter to the McCaugheys. “We hope your children receive more respect than we did. Their fate should be no different from that of other children. Multiple births should not be confused with entertainment, nor should they be an opportunity to sell products.” It’s been tried; the results weren’t pretty. The Gosselin’s story’s the same; the glass is just different.

I’m left in complete horrification.

kate is a cocky bitch said...

"fighting, freebies and fane whoring, that's the gosseline way"
OMG I LOVE IT!!!!

Beth said...

What about the part where one of the designers informs Kate that Jon has already ordered the tilt out sink tray that she decided she wanted and then says, "We need to give Jon another point." And she says, "Just one. Don't go crazy on me." When your cabinet designers are attempting to get you to give your husband credit for something, things have gotten out of control. But of course, even then, she's miserly about giving him any credit.

cossysmom said...

I wonder if Kate made the kitchen remodel crew take off their shoes or if they were allowed to wear their steel tips. Maybe that's why she suddenly had to leave.

buddysma said...

"Wait, hold on--I can't get past the fourth paragraph. Kate has a FRIEND? A BEST friend at that? Or is this person just a friend/best friend BECAUSE of the cabinets?"

She said this woman was her best friend, but did you catch as the woman as leaving, Kate shook her hand and said, "Nice to meet you."

Argh... said...

Thanks for the recap! I DVRd it to watch the next day, but after skipping through the first 10 minutes I realized it was just too boring.

That's just ridiculous - Of course a million dollar home needs new cabinets! Ones that are easier for poor little Kate who slaves all day in the kitchen (making her wonderful gourmet meals of crackers and grapes) to use. You expect the all-mighty Kate to get on her knees to get a pan or hop on a chair to get some spices? Ha! No way, she needs ones that pull out for easy access.

And as stated in the recap, they always say everything is for the kids. I'm sure the kids REALLY care about new kitchen cabinets and appliance!

NoUse4Kate said...

Oh for the love of Lucy! (insert rolling eyes icon here) Is this show supposed to be for real any more? Honestly, get your timing right TLC
people are not as stupid as you think. Also, people can spot greed a mile away and are turned off by it, so you may want to rethink the whole freebie/advertisement campaign that you currently use for the J&K weekly greed-a-thon. It doesn't fly any more. People are sick of seeing and hearing about their greed. Greed is ugly, even more so when you use children to gain more things for yourself like J&K do.

Great recap Fostermom, glad I didn't watch this pile of sh*t that TLC passes off as quality family television.

Seriously Irritated said...

This episode gave more than one perfect example of why Jon and Kate are getting a divorce. I mean could she possibly be ruder and meaner. Furthermore, while I've said before and I'll say again I don't really care whether or not the remodel their kitchen, I cannot believe that they would get rid of or replace perfectly decent, practically new appliances.

AnneMarie said...

ANYONE, and I mean ANYONE, who works in a kitchen, ANY kitchen, knows exactly what they would do to make it work for them after about a day of WORKING in it. Plain and simple. She doesn't work in her kitchen. She's remodeling for looks and bling factor only.

Janice in NC said...

Excellent recap! I didn't watch yet I feel like I saw everything these 2 idiots say and do! It feels so good to be Hate free!

Ms.Peach said...

Disgusted said...
Hard to believe this neurotic witch was not interested in micromanaging the crew except that we know she was so clueless about what she wanted in a kitchen that she didn't care. Besides, she has never used it and still doesn't know what to do with it.
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That's why Kate is so fake. Any woman who is doing a remodel, particularly an EXPENSIVE kitchen remodel, would want to be there. Having lived through a recent remodel, issues come up every day and you need to be for the subs. Geez, that woman does not cook and it's obvious. The kitchen was just a reason for a show, free publicity, and a resale gimmick to showcase the house when they eventually sell it. But hey, it's all for the kids!

stop the show said...

okay so I am rewatching. Check this out.

When Kate is in her minidress there is some sort of televsion on one of the countertops. Then that same countertop that she is showing the girl with paper towels. I beleive she says "I am standing on my head" there is no t.v. Is this televsion movable. OR did you really not film your green dress in January!!!

stop the show said...

Oh and another thing I noticed: This epsiode was filmed before they announced that they were getting a divorce. Yet where they officailly getting a divorce during this filming??

answers please

stop the show said...

and when they are showing up to their house in that huge blue car thing you can see kate up in the front and new to her is STEVE! You have to look very carefully but he is there!

lindahoyt said...

What do you bet, Jon bought her those tulips that she said were distracting and ugly?! Was Jon wearing the wedding ring?

Sukie said...

I particularly "loved" the part when she looked directly at the camera during an interview session and said "it was HORRENDOUS, shall we say" - in other words, either she and/or her agent/handlers read this blog. And they have noted the horrendously horrendous mocking of her bastardization of the English language.

By the way, Kate - your ass might not be so fugly and flat if your stopped parking it in a chair all the time - get off your butt and play with your kids!

Nacadamy said...

I agree that she doesn't care how the new kitchen turns out because it isn't her home. She just works there. And since she uses the hired help to fix the meals and do the cleaning up, there's no need for her to go in there that often.

Parental Greed said...

The kids have no escape or refuge, do they? The cameras and lighting are rigged up in their home, van and cars, their stupid parents sic the papapparazi on them constantly, both parents running to the media each week to grace a cover, and every single outing and activity is scripted for future shows/ratings. One day they'll back and all the cutting and splicing and editing and wonder why their lives were not worth enough for their parents to pull the plug. Jon and Kate should be mocked, ridiculed, shamed and shunned until they get the message and protect their kids.

cossysmom said...

Well said "Where's the REality!" I'm sorry that people are so rude to you becuase of these idots that happen to have a TV show. Best of luck with you bunch of little ones!

Punkin2448 said...

I don't know what they call those floaties here in Ioway, but I call them those blow up arm thingies!

Ohio Buckeye said...

Fostersmom: what a great recap! Thanks!

Memo to Kate, Queen of Criticism & Control: My mom raised 5 kids and actually DID stay home to raise us - you know, the concept you always TALK about ("I never want to miss another week of their life!!" Yeah - where is this NOW that the gravy train is rolling down the track??!), yet never seem to actually want to DO.

Ah, by I digress...my mom always welcomed our friends to join us even at the last minute for dinner, and there was always plenty for all. My mom wupped up delicious and nutritious (albeit your 'organic' was neither available nor in vogue then) balanced meals AND she did it in a teensy tinsy galley-style kitchen with a modicum of counter and storage space. Why, I believe she EVEN had to bend over to see what was in the cabinets - HORRORS! Her postage stamp-sized kitchen included just a plain old (el cheapo) 4 burner stove, and a non-commercial refrigerator. Imagine such a thing, Queen Kate.

And she often took us swimming. Not to a luxe location including airfare and overnight accommodations$$$, but to local pools and lakes - cheap or free. Yes, ALL BY HERSELF LIKE A BIG GIRL and, the best part: she actually played and swam in the water WITH US. Instead of going all martyr on us, she actually ENJOYED spending time with us in the water.

If you, and TLC want to show us something 'relatable', show us women (like most of us and most of our moms) who actually DO prevail against REAL (not imagined/contrived) hardships, and do so without constantly playing the victim card. Do NOT show us Phyllis Schlafly-types (like you, Queen Kate), always TALKING about women staying home and cooking for their beloved families, while they trade actually DOING these things for being constantly on the road, away from family, to cash in on speaking tours, book sales, and campaign pitches.

In short: SPARE US the b.s., Queen Kate and TLC. We are all grown up now and can tell the difference between REALITY and fantasy.

And, Queen Kate, on Monday's "Today" show, please start the first day of the rest of your life by permanently dropping the whole "everything I do, I do FOR MY KIDS". You can also lose the whole schtick about how difficult it is being on your own. You and your tired and disingenuous "Single Mom On Her Own" (you know, the new, improved "Kate CAN DO" persona) are making us all nauseous.

Oh, and P.S. - Stop your incessant whining (bragging) about your "P people" - if photogs are SUCH a burden to you, the solution is simple: pull the plug on your ridiculous excuse for a 'reality' show and let your children bloom & grow in the privacy they deserve.

met said...

ANYONE, and I mean ANYONE, who works in a kitchen, ANY kitchen, knows exactly what they would do to make it work for them after about a day of WORKING in it. Plain and simple. She doesn't work in her kitchen. She's remodeling for looks and bling factor only.

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Ann Marie,
ITA! The mcmansion in PA is a SET. It is not a home. John and Kate own their own little homes. The children live on set.

MM

Cheetah said...

Where's the Reality? said:
I agree with J&K on one thing, everything we do is in the best interest of our children.

Reality, I'm sure that you do make sure to do everything in the best interest of your children, but for Jon and Kate, this is just a phrase they say without even thinking of how rediculous it sounds in comparison with their corresponding actions.

I decided to make a list of all of the things that Jon and Kate do for their children, because the children "wanted" it. Others may feel free to add to my list:

-new kitchen
-birthday cupcakes they were not allowed to eat
-Kate's spa treatments so she can be a good mother (as if that worked)
-The half-dozen new vehicles in the past half-dozen months
-Kate's many plastic surgeries
-Day-long photo shoots in hot clothing
-Jon's hair plugs
-New appliances
-The Not-A-Nanny of the week
-Jon's $950 shoes
-Jon's Girlfriend of the day

Speaking of the photo shoots, I can't believe how much time these children spend posing for photos. There are the professional photo shoots and TLC promotional photo shoots that may take all day or several days. There are all of the photo ops when they go on trips. Then Kate often makes them pose for pictures that she takes. I specifically remember during the Phillies ballgame episode that Cara was asked to pose with players or staff after the game, and she was obviously hating it. These children probably prefer the paparazzi simply because they take pictures without asking them to pose.

lpcatz said...

I just happened to surf onto this episode at the very end and they were doing their stay tuned for next week's blah blah.....

And, it was just the audio to Kate's coming into the house and seeing the kitchen for the first time AND she doesn't sound too happy. Did anyone notice this?
It was like "oh!.........my! Well.......um"

Would not surprise me in the least that she found fault with it. I will have to come here next week and read the blog to find out becuz I am finally and totally disgusted with these two! I will not watch it.

Ya know what? I just realized that it's not that I'm disgusted with Jon & Kate as much as I am thoroughly disgusted with the media and sheeple that continue to feed into this poor excuse for a Mother and Father.

canitbe said...

My mother grew up as one of eight children in a very rural and poor area. The first house she remembers had two bedrooms and didn't have a bathroom, it had an outhouse. That meant using chamberpots in the winter. She also had to sleep in a double bed with two of her sisters. Her brothers slept in the living room on fold-out cots. It was a huge deal when all ten of them moved into a three bedroom house. Not only did they finally have an indoor bathroom, she only had to share the double bed with just ONE other sister.

I'd love to see Jon and Kate try to talk to my grandparents about "hardship". They'd be put to shame. Kate would leave crying (A mother who LEAVES her kids and lets strangers take of them? NOT!) and Jon would leave with his testicles figuratively cut off (A father who lets his family make the money while he sits around on his ass? NO WAY!). Neither of them know what a good honest days work is, and they certainly don't know what true hardship is. They are spoiled brats.

SwingsandRoundabouts said...

Fostermom: Thanks for a great recap.

I don't know what to add to what has already been said, and well said.

But one thing (actually one of many) that you caught that has always bothered me is the way Kate flaps her hands at people, particularly Jon, as though he were beneath her and just an encumbrance and he should jump instantly at her command. Is she shooing away nasty annoyances? Is she incapable of quietly removing for herself something that's bothering her without all the dramatic grand gestures and condescension? Is she truly unable to show basic civility?

TandLMommy28 said...

More, More, MORE! That should have been the title of this episode. It's never enough for them, is it? How much have they already done to that kitchen? Are they really getting MORE new appliances? Ugh.

Tami said...

I do almost all the work in the kitchen and I would not be interested in 'supervising' anyone renovating mine either. I would be happy with anything new. As long as I didn't end up with LESS cabinet space, I'd be fine once I showed people my preferences in color, style, etc. I can't fault Kate for once in her life not micromanaging. But of course I do find it ridiculous and unfair that once again she gets a 2 week freebie beach trip on her children's dime. @@ She could have just stayed home, did her work in the second kitchen and saved the money for their futures.

Disgusted said...

SwingsandRoundabouts said...
Is she incapable of quietly removing for herself something that's bothering her without all the dramatic grand gestures and condescension? Is she truly unable to show basic civility?

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YES, SHE IS INCAPABLE OF SHOWING BASIC CIVILITY. The woman has no manners, class, or taste. Completely ignorant. And, as they say, ignorance is bliss!

Any woman who continues to complain about taking care of her children the way she does should be ashamed of herself and worried for the emotional trauma being inflicted upon the kids. As far as I am concerned, the only sacrifice Kate made was spending a few weeks or so on bed rest. She dumped the rest of the work on Jon and her way too generous friends and neighbors. The kids are going to look back at these "home movies" courtesy of TLC and see how much their parents criticized, ridiculed, and blamed them for everything wrong in their (jon and kate's) lives.

The divorce benefits only Jon and Kate--it buys peace for them two, and gives them the freedom from each other AND the kids. Neither of them wants to be with the kids, and frankly, they see being with the kids as a job. Being parents is work and you don't get any extra credit for having them all at once. And newsflash--parents are not expected to get paid (or sympathy) for doing their parental duties!

The kids here have a job too--to work to take care of themselves, because their parents won't get normal jobs like the rest of us. Don't forget their parents are forcing them to work to support their lives too because they are abusers.

Also, I read a little of the comments on the Stansle family's blog, and people there are complaining that the media has not covered this family or the birth. I applaud the media for not glorifying this birth of multiples, but if any case should be talked about, it's this one that shows the dangers that actually became a sad reality for this family. Perhaps it will remind others that the risks are REAL, they HAPPEN, and babies are born prematurely, sick, and they can and do die. The BS the Gosselins and TLC are selling is not REAL.

"Disgusted" Nails It said...

Disgusted, I didn't copy any of your comments to put here but every single one of them from you was so well stated. Thank you for a really good post.

Willow #1 said...

oooh - I just get so angry. Its become really hard for me to even see Kate's face or hear her name. As others have mentioned here - the shooing hands, sitting on her butt, making fun of children, etc. just unbelievable. She has NO good points - none!!! She probably won't appreciate the new kitchen any more than anything else she has ever gotten - including her kids!!! I know a person that is very similar to Kate and she (this other person I know) considers all her children, grandchildren, husband, let alone the rest of the world, to be competition. I think Kate may be like that. She has to critisize everything that everyone else does because it might be threatening to her. Kate just does not want anyone else to have the slightest attention for even a minute. I was going to add something unkind about her looks, but I suppose that is not really necessary at this point. LOL. Steve MUST be blind and deaf. I mean, really, DUH.

Jennifer D said...

Watching them get that new kitchen and the attitude about the entire event was really puzzling.

Kate seemed irritated that she had to sit there to plan the kitchen. Then she complained about the possible disruption and used that to justify the obviously planned vacation. She went to a level beyond ungrateful...I can't even think of a word for it. Who does she think she is and why does she think she DESERVES all this? I can't imagine what is in her head that helps her to justify her attitudes.

Hollywood stars can be credited with acting or singing. Even Paris Hilton can explain her good fortune because of her heritage. How does Kate believe she came into this life of free renovations, appliances, plastic surgery, vacations...etc.etc.???

There are two things I want to express here:

1) Kate doesn't really care about that kitchen because it's not HER house. She is not mentally or emotionally invested in the place. In E-Town there was no question that she owned that kitchen. She was an absolute B about it. (Remember when Jon was bringing the throw rug in for her and she showed how aggravated she was and then said "get out of my kitchen and don't come back."??)
In this house Kate only feels ownership of "her" bedroom. The rest of the house is not her thing.

2)Kate has officially reached a place where NOTHING can make her feel content. A beautiful family, a lavish home, lots of money, travel, nannies, cooks, nice vehicles, a personal trainer and she doesn't even have to put in 9 to 5 at any place of employment. She has the real American Dream, the one that few of us could ever hope to have...and she is not at all content. NOT AT ALL.
She is in the position to buy what she wants and go where she wants....and she can't figure out what to buy or where to go because nothing is going to do the trick.

And my point in all this is to say that Kate lacks the ability to bond and form real and lasting relationships. Without this she will never really be happy. She fails to realize that the deepest need we have is to belong and to be connected in meaningful relationships.

Jon is not like her. He is clearly bonded with those kids and with his family. He even kept his relationship with Jodi and Kevin. Jon is NOT a bridge burner. He is acting out right now and I am giving him a slight pass. He has been caged with a crazy woman for ten years. Let him get his crazy out and I expect him to settle down within the next year or so. He will be with those kids to the very end. Kate will be there as long as there are cameras around.

Tami said...

@JenniferD

Sorry but Jon does not deserve a 'slight pass' for rebelling like a teenager. His 20's are gone and they are not coming back. He has 8 kids that he should be setting an example for and instead he has chosen to put their well-being on the back burner while he focuses on himself and his latest girlfriend. He is NO better than Kate. Jon loves the media attention and without it he is nothing. His lack of judgement is appalling and even when he is with his kids he is distracted by his girlfriend and constantly on the phone etc. The kids have become a business to both Jon and Kate. I do not think Jon would be able to get a woman within his own age group because he can only hang with young women who share his lack of maturity. I have no doubt when the spotlight soon fades and Jon is forced to actually get a real job that Hailey will be long gone. Sadly Jon cannot see the forest for the trees and cannot see that he is being used.

fidosmommy said...

2)Kate has officially reached a place where NOTHING can make her feel content. A beautiful family, a lavish home, lots of money, travel, nannies, cooks, nice vehicles, a personal trainer....

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Oh, I agree. Absolutely.

It's hard to be content with the things and the people around you when your heart and soul have not found their contentment. Many people could be happy in a shoe box
if their hearts were content and if they loved themselves.

Kate doesn't love anybody because Kate has never been able to love herself fully. That, I believe, is the crux of her facade of self importance and her attitude. If she loved herself, she would be able to extend love to others, most especially her children. She does not have the capability, IMO.
Self doubt comes across as a superiority complex in some people.
Feelings of unworthiness get put out as uber-worthy. It's all to fool the world about what's going on inside.

It's the same principle as an overweight person (like me) cracking jokes about my weight before you crack jokes about my weight. We can't be honest about
how much it hurts so we do the exact opposite. I believe Kate is
overcompensating for her lack of self-love by coming across like she's the only important person on the planet.

Jennifer D said...

Tami- I don't think I expressed myself well. I don't give Jon a FULL pass. I agree with everything you wrote. What I meant by saying "a slight pass" was that I can see why he is acting that way, I can't excuse it, but I understand it. He reminds me of kids who are overly sheltered and then go nuts when they get to college. Usually they balance out after a bit. I hope he will do that too.

Fidosmommy: I am sorry that your weight is something that affects you negatively. I admire your insight. I agree with your thoughts on the Kate. The saddest thing is that Kate herself might never get to a better place within herself. She will only allow surface relationships that she can completely control.

The irony is that the very thing that could make Kate happy doesn't cost a cent.

kim said...

I recently sent a message to TLC expressing my disgust with them for continuing to film the innocent, helpless Gosselin children. Here is the response I received from them:

Dear Viewer:

Thank you for contacting TLC. We appreciate your correspondence and for
taking the time to share your thoughts and concerns with us about Jon &
Kate Plus 8.

In an effort to ensure the highest quality programming, comments such as
these are taken very seriously. Each and every comment is forwarded on to
our programming executives for review and consideration. Maintaining the
integrity of all of our networks is our primary goal. It is these types of
comments that contribute to creating change and improving our programming.

Again, thank you for contacting TLC.

Sincerely,

Viewer Relations
TLC


If they are sincere in saying they listen to viewers' concerns then I recommend everyone write to them and let them know how we feel. However, this was most likely a canned response they send to all of their disgruntled viewers.

pinklady said...

2)Kate has officially reached a place where NOTHING can make her feel content. A beautiful family, a lavish home, lots of money, travel, nannies, cooks, nice vehicles, a personal trainer....

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Oh, I agree. Absolutely.

It's hard to be content with the things and the people around you when your heart and soul have not found their contentment. Many people could be happy in a shoe box
if their hearts were content and if they loved themselves.

Kate doesn't love anybody because Kate has never been able to love herself fully. That, I believe, is the crux of her facade of self importance and her attitude. If she loved herself, she would be able to extend love to others, most especially her children. She does not have the capability, IMO.
Self doubt comes across as a superiority complex in some people.
Feelings of unworthiness get put out as uber-worthy. It's all to fool the world about what's going on inside.

It's the same principle as an overweight person (like me) cracking jokes about my weight before you crack jokes about my weight. We can't be honest about
how much it hurts so we do the exact opposite. I believe Kate is
overcompensating for her lack of self-love by coming across like she's the only important person on the planet.

8/07/2009 6:03


Sorry, but the conventional thinking that narcissism stems from "not loving oneself enough" has been recently debunked in an excellent book called The Narcissism Epidemic. The two researchers have spent years studying this subject and do a great job explaining that this is a fallacy.

If anything, Kate loves herself TOO MUCH. She feels entitled to have the world because she deserves it! She is unique and special and her needs and desires trump all.

Many think that narcissism stems from low self esteem, but research proves that is not the case.

I highly recommend this book to anyone, or even check out their website. It is very enlightening.

Ravello said...

I love the recaps on GWOP and this one was excellent as always. I saw 5 minutes of the show, then changed channels. I did catch Kate bitching and moaning about needing to lower her head to see inside the base cabinets. She even demonstrated this ordeal as if to justify the wasteful redo.

rosie said...

You can never fully appreciate, what you have never earned.

tigerfan said...

Kate has officially reached a place where NOTHING can make her feel content. A beautiful family, a lavish home, lots of money, travel, nannies, cooks, nice vehicles, a personal trainer....

Kate is filled with way too much contempt to ever find contentment in her life. The chick has issues big time.

Nan From Canada said...

Correct me if I am wrong, BUT did Kate not "claim" that she is, and I quote: "I am constantly in the kitchen, preparing the food, serving the food, and cleaning up the kitchen, and then I start all over again"

Well then HOW ON EARTH, can she now claim that she knows NOTHING about a kitchen set up? Did she NOT write a cook book? Which apparently has all of "her" personal recipes in? The recipes that SHE HERSELF devised?

For someone who CLAIMS that they spend 3/4's of their day IN THE KITCHEN, and COOKS FROM SCRATCH, they would know EXACTLY what they WANT and NEED in a kitchen!!! She knows exactly what "HER" kitchen needs! She knows exactly how the new layout of "HER" kitchen will be! Did Jon not say that a kitchen reno, was planned ever since they bought this house? She has had a kitchen plan in her head AND on paper all along! There is NO WAY that Kate would let Jon or ANYONE design HER kitchen without HER DEMANDS! Does she really believe the viewers are that naive? Nothing gets past Kate without HER stamp of approval! I believe the reno company actually PAID her to leave!

I just had a thought! Will her next book be, "Living through the nightmare of a kitchen reno, with 8 children, and NO help from anyone!"

I bet HER new kitchen will have EXTRA WIDE countertops, JUST so the CATERING people, will have more space to leave all the food that SHE prepares for her kids?

If Jon was left to "stupervise" the reno, I can hardly wait for the followup show to this!!! She will have a field day screaming and belittling him, because he did it this way and not HER way!

BUT WAIT!!!! I almost forgot! SHE took the kids to the beach for 2 weeks!!! I thought the kitchen reno was "FOR THE KIDS" Where is their input? Will the counter tops look like Alexis' Alligator? Will there be animal pictures' on the cupboard doors, for Aaden? Will there be a "folding area" for Hanna? Will Mady have mirrors all over? Will Cara have shelves for her stuffed animals? Will there be a place for Collin's bear? Will we see a place for Leah to jump and bounce? And what about cutie pie, Joel? Will he have his own "time out corner" Yeah, I bet those kids will NOT even be allowed into "their" kitchen without washing their hands before they enter!

Kudos' to Jon and Kate for making such memorable memories for their kids to have for the rest of their lives!

I do believe when the kids are older they will probably BLOW THAT HOUSE UP!

This show must cease and desist!

Ohio Buckeye said...

Pink Lady: Thank you for the reference to the book, "The Narcissism Epidemic" - I will try to find it.

You may find this one interesting, too: "Narcissism, Denial of the True Self", Alexander Lowen, M.D.

I was once married (I escaped to much better times!!) to a narcissist and still bear the emotional scars.

Researching/reading about what makes such a person tick was both enlightening and healing to me.

For anyone else out there trying to make sense of pain caused by narcissistic behaviors, knowledge is power, so read your way to an enlightened and more peace-filled life.

From what I lived through, my opinion is there is a slim-to-none chance a true narcissist will ever change much, as they are stuck in an arrested development niche.

But YOU can change the way YOU feel and react to their absolute insensitivity. And don't be afraid to move on, away from the toxic cloud created by narcissists. You have but ONE life - don't waste it by tolerating being treated poorly by people who are utterly incapable of empathy.

Wishing peace to all -

fidosmommy said...

Ohio Buckeye said...
Pink Lady: Thank you for the reference to the book, "The Narcissism Epidemic" - I will try to find it.

You may find this one interesting, too: "Narcissism, Denial of the True Self", Alexander Lowen, M.D.

I was once married (I escaped to much better times!!) to a narcissist and still bear the emotional scars.

Researching/reading about what makes such a person tick was both enlightening and healing to me.

For anyone else out there trying to make sense of pain caused by narcissistic behaviors, knowledge is power, so read your way to an enlightened and more peace-filled life.

*********

Could somebody send a copy to each of the 8 Gosselin children to read at some point so they can know what was going on with their mother when they were small?

Ohio Buckeye said...

Fido'smommy: I'd be happy to send the books to the Gosselin 8, but am sure their mom, The Queen of Narcissism, would never allow the kids to receive them.

Good point, though, to address the kids' pain, rather than waste time & energy trying to make a dent in Kate's tangled and pathological emotional make up.

I hope Jon & Kate are setting aside $$$ for psych counselling (and bail!) for the 8 kids - sadly, it seems unlikely all 8 will sail through this mess of a childhood unscathed.

It's just so sad seeing this whole Gosselin DramaRama unfold (& I doubt we've even seen the worst of it all yet).

Let us hope the ratings continue to decline, causing TLC to pull the plug - that, would, at least, spare the kids from the public's ongoing viewing of their dysfunctional family dynamic. Those poor 8 kids...

Aunt Chris said...

I agree that Kate wasn't there for the remodel because it is just a set to her, but also because now she can complain about it. "Look at that scratch. There's a gap between the cabinet and the wall. Can't anything get done (for free) without me? Was Jon even watching what the workerpeople were doing?!I was just trying to give my kids a normal (free) vacation. They didn't ask for all of this. But it's all for them."kiffytina@aol.

ClapNow! said...

Ok, since some have brought up the hand-shooing gestures that Hate uses: I have to announce this! LOL
**IF ANYONE, and I mean from DH to a family member, to a store clerk, CLAPPED THEIR HANDS AT ME, (like KHate has done apparently at Jon)---well I can say there would be TROUBLE. And I mean trouble. No way would I EVER tolerate that!
A store clerk would be reported to Management (but what store clerk would do this -oh unles Hate got a job as a store clerk, oh wait, forget that b/c of the JOB factor). A family member would get raised eyebrows and frozen expression, and a VERY slowly-said "EXCUSE ME????" "What did you just do/say??"
DH? Well ..I won't go in to what would happen between us if he ever DARED to CLAP at me!
I"ve been B**chy to DH in the past, admittedly, but NEVER have I even THOUGHT to CLAP AT HIM.
Just Horrendously HOrrifying behavior the woman has.

OverwithKON~~ said...

I have meant to post this many times, but my thoughts on why Jon says some of the same things over and over and over in the same half hour(think San Diego, and the time change thingy). I think it is because they have to say different lines(scripted you know their *job*) and so they do a couple of differnt takes of the same info so that they have choices when they go to edit the footage. But because KON fight so much and are always very ugly to each other, that they only have this over and over stuff as *good footage*.

So what do you all think?

stopthemadness said...

I had my own version of the Kate escape from kitchen remodel this week. We had a moth infestation in our pantry and had Terminix come in to spray. They have to do this in Houston 4 x a year, especially in spring and summer because the city is built on a swamp and if you don't keep up with spraying you could have worse things than a few moth larva. Anyhow I had to clean out my pantry with the "help" of the little boys, then we went to the community pool (free admission although we do pay for the right to use it when we pay our mandatory neighborhood association fees here of $470 a year) and ate hot dogs I cooked on the grill up there so we would not have to use the kitchen or be in side the house til the bug spray had a chance to air out. We were up there til 9 PM when they closed, along with a bunch of other parents and young kids and a group of noisy rough teenage boys, whee! Party on!

Then I made lunch today, which took a whole 30 minutes to do homemade enchiladas out of leftover roast chicken, tortillas and enchilada sauce with some cheese on top. But after cooking it I left it in the oven and put the plates on the table with just grapes, some wheat thins and a yoplait to see what my kids would make of a Kate lunch. The kids craned their necks around to see into the kitchen - where's our lunch? - this would be considered an after school snack in my house!
These are little 5 year old and 8 year olds, only a little younger than my boys - I can't imagine they got the size they are eating like that, surely at some moment someone must demand a MEAL. If Kate doesn't cook what's the cookbook about? Granted she hasn't cooked lately but who maintains the kids' organic diet when she's having her 2 weeks off? In fact does she have to come home, throw everything away to show her utter disgust with what Jon or the helper would feed them, go out and shop for all new food? Will we see her tantrum about how they eat when she's not there? God forbid they get a pizza or anything that might actually stick to their little ribs and give them a warm full feeling. Does she cook ahead, and leave things in the freezer for Jon to reheat?

I will be interested to see what kind of meals she comes up with in her cook book, not that I would buy it, Joy of Cooking and Betty Crocker are fine, if I wanted something else I'd get one from a real cook - Emeril, Jamie Oliver, even Rachel Ray, since she has her 30 minute meals. I don't need instructions on how to make a freakin pancake. Cooking for a big family is something I've done since I started helping my grandmother in the kitchen when I was about 5 years old. I have yet to see kate do anything worth repeating - she "helped" the twins make something on the day it was their turn to be mommy, she made "old grandma soup" which seemed like a huge chore to throw some chopped veggies in a pot of water - and I've seen Jon grill and make his Korean food, which actuallly looks great - other than that it's pancake Sunday or grapes on a plate. Or screaming at the kids while you prevent the boys from helping put berries on a flat cake, BIG DEAL. What a lousy cook, and lousy hostess.
Somebody else must be feeding the kids ...maybe TLC should distribute that cookbook, "Craft services food" - blech

fidosmommy said...

Kate USED to cook ahead and put food in the freezer. When she was preparing for her tummy tuck, she cooked about 2 weeks of food ahead.

Now, I doubt it. Very much.

I personally can't believe that those 2 pots of soup she made (the day her stove top exploded) would have lasted the family more than 3 meals each, so I doubt too much went into the freezer that day. Soup tastes better the second and third day..... She seemed to have huge freezer space, however. She might have bought in bulk at the discount store she used to frequent when the children were very small, so that may be the whole reason to have all those freezers - not home cooked, frozen meals.

Don't know. I haven't asked her.
;-)

Rebecca said...

At least the episode wasn't completely boring for our poor recapper, the kids are still cute when they are playing (you know, like kids are supposed to do!).

"Just yesterday, a lady in the grocery store cussed me out in front of my children nonetheless and accused us of being like J&K and the mom with the octuplets. Frankly, childbearing decisions are no one else’s business."

Oh my gosh, I am so sorry that someone did that to you! What a jerk! Ugh, I can't even imagine thinking that is an appropriate comment.

stopthemadness said...

Kate already wrote a cookbook? And it's going to be published but that "project" is put on hold - probably because of all the negative press they've been getting? Or that was one of her ideas but she never got around to it because she'd have to do some work? I heard she has a personal organic chef. I assume he will be left in place for the children otherwise they'd have to eat pizza on Jon's turn and she'd have to cook, on hers (gasp!) I wonder what kind of recipes there will be - the ones the chef comes up with?
CHapter One. Hiding the styrofoam containers your numerous meals arrive in, so you can pretend to be Green.
Chapter 2, Making pancakes is so cooking!
Chapter 3 Ridiculing the efforts of your husband and kids if they try out of desperation to make a decent home cooked meal for once
Chapter 4 Weaseling free cows out of poor old organic farmer
Chapter 5 How I invented banana S'mores
Chapter 6 Getting to spend a day with an awesome chef like Emeril but instead of learning from him, stand around grandstanding and hitting him with a spatula, or Never Let the Bastards Steal your Limelight
Chapter 7 Controlling the food: how to make certain your kids end up with eating disorders

At least there will be no doubt about the title: "You get what you get, and don't get upset!"

Why anyone would want advice from her on anything I don't know but in particular the cook book is a stupid idea.

stopthemadness said...

I too had a Ohio Buckeye for a mom and it kind of irks me when people talk about Kate's hair and lack of sophistication like it has something to do with where she comes from. Class, and manners, can be found in an Eskimo igloo or a out of the way country suburb and I'm sure some of the tackiest most low class behaviors can be found in a Mnahattan high rise. (If not before, look for it soon.)

My mom had 5 kids, starting at age 19, by the time she was 30 she had five kids 12 and under. No one was forced to stay in their crib for hours at a time because she couldn't deal with it. I remember when we were little, we lived outside a tiny town in a farmhouse, there wasn't much to do and nothing on tv in those days, no VCR or any such entertainments. If it was raining and we had to be in, so as to mitigate the noise and chaos a bit she had a couple tricks, one was to play the piano for us so we could march or dance or move around the room using our imaginations, she would also play the records of stuff like Peter and The Wolf after reading the fairy tale, so we could act it out. We used to get huge canvases from my uncle's business and we would also paint on those, to illustrate parts of a story she or my dad would read to us, one chapter at a time - Winnie the Pooh was the first one I remember doing but my dad also read us the Odyssey, (he taught history in HS, my mom taught music and French). Having a rain day where you couldn't go outside and had to be all stuck in the house was something we all looked forward to, if she didn't look forward to it (my mother) she never let us figure that out.
Kate doesn't act the way she does because of where she's from, I think she has some kind of narcissistic controll freak mental disorder coupled with too much money, that allows her to exhibit bad manners to everyone. I'm not sure what "learning" TLC is expecting people to pick up from this, but there are so many other families who take poor or unusual circumstances and do amazing things, why do we have to focus on this woman with her "camping trip" where some PA sets up the tent, Kate makes faces and bitches about it, the kids run in with their canned sexist comments - is there no family with or without multiples that might actually be intersting enough to LEARN something from aside from what unbridled greed and self centeredness can do for you?

stopthemadness said...

Whoa - Kate has a best friend?

Who is that?

The only friend I'm trying to recall having met was Beth. Does Kate want us to believe that she has a friend who is so enamored of her that they wanted to GIVE her a kitchen remodel? Kate with the million dollar house and $50k per episode? Kitchen remo people work for a living, trust me, my brother is in that business. You don't GIVE someone who is a friend, that work and the materials.

If someone "gave" this to Kate it would not have been some "friend" of hers with a mom and pop shop as Kate OUGHT to be using her "friend's" husband's business to do the remo, to help HER - Kate and Jon get enough help! I thought at first it would be something like Home Depot for whom fifty or 70 grand is a line item in the marketing budget. But I feel sure if it'd have been Home Depot they'd have shown some commercials or something to leverage it. As with the Camping with Coleman episode. They never said who this was, so someone gave this to them free and they didn't even PLUG the friend's business, after a whopping freebie liek this??
What cheap @zzholes!

I have watched this show sporadically and had no idea there were over 100 episodes, I've maybe seen 12 or 15 of them. I must have missed the ones where Kate made food and froze it. I can't honestly recall anything other than the trip to the organic farm - seems like she made something with the beef but I think that was a chef she brought in who actually did that while she helped- and the grandma soup - and the pancakes.
My kids at 8-9 years old can do anything I have seen Kate do, and actually have fun doing it even the icky dirty noisy boy kids, who can't possibly know how to do girl stuff like cooking because of their defective Y chromosome.

I got one of them standing on the other side of the laptop niche making waffles right now, which he put minced apples, chopped walnuts and cinnamon in and they smell fantastic. Our treat for making it to church today on time. Wonder if Aaden Joel and Collin will ever be allowed to feel good about their ability to put some food on a plate so they can eat -- never mind that mommy will condescend to eat? If not I hope they can afford organic chefs to follow them around as adults - you would not believe the crap teenage boys will eat if they don't know how to feed themselves, my friend's stepson LIVES at Sonic or via Domino's delivery and has the complexion and body to prove it. Some lucky gal will see him at her table expecting to be fed one day and probably expecting someone else to do the clean up too. That's how it is at Gosselin's.

It's like there's this outine of a "classy" rich person Kate sees out there and is trying to fill it in. I'm a diva, I don't cook, I order people around and go to the spa! How long will that last if the ratings continue to plummet on this one trick pony? The one trick being to be a total B*tch to her OH and now he's gone I fear for those little boys. If they are a stand in for Jon who can never do anything right, god help them, because TLC won't.

Jonstheherohere said...

My mind was reeling as I watched this spoiled woman complaining, as usual, as the kitchen remodeling crew appeared to install new cabinets.

Maybe she isn't aware that there is a major recession going on in our country, and many Americans, far from remodeling or going on vacation, are LOSING THEIR HOMES TO FORECLOSURE. Yes, it's true, Kate. Millions of your fellow countrymen are in dire financial straights at this very moment.

The meanness, greed and arrogance we see on the show have been rewarded with the kind of financial freedom most can only dream about. To hear her complaining and bossing everyone around while she plans for free kitchen cabinets and a 2-wk. vacation to get away from it all, is absolutely over the top.

Instead of remodeling, many Americans are praying they won't be kicked out of their homes. And TLC continues to pay this woman exhorbitant amounts for ugliness to others and her well-honed sense of entitlement.

Life sure isn't fair now is it?

Ohio Buckeye said...

JonesTheHeroHere: What a great post! You have absolutely nailed the whole J&K+8 and TLC situation. I find it astounding that TLC execs can be THIS completely out of touch with what is 'relatable' and entertaining to the American viewers. These TLC execs must be extraterrestrial because their programming is at least a galaxy away from what we want to spend our time watching.

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Ohio Buckeye said...

Memo to Kate, Queen of Criticism & Control: My mom raised 5 kids and actually DID stay home to raise us - you know, the concept you always TALK about ("I never want to miss another week of their life!!" Yeah - where is this NOW that the gravy train is rolling down the track??!), yet never seem to actually want to DO.

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There were six of us in my family. I was the youngest. When I was born the oldest child was 14 and we moved into a small double wide mobile home that my parents scrimped to purchase brand new. It had three very small bedrooms. My two brothers had the smallest one that only had room enough for bunk beds and a dresser and us four younger girls had the master with two double beds in it that we shared two to a bed and my parents had the middle size room that pretty much had room for a queen size bed and that was it! and my two oldest sisters slept on pull out twin beds from a sofa in the living room which we LOVED to lounge around on, on a Saturday morning watching cartoons. But we had land and our house was at the base of a mountain. We were ALWAYS outside playing, we found tons to do and basically only came in when hunger struck. We had nothing fancy, swam and fished in the river and lake and camped but my childhood was awesome! There was always someone to play with and on Sunday Aunts and Uncles and cousins all came to our house and had picnics outside and would sit around the campfire till the mosquitos carried us away and it wasn't all for photo shots either. It breaks my heart that Kate and Jon have turned having 8 healthy kids into a chore and burden instead of a blessing. Everyone is at a loss here, especially the kids, but the parents also.
I can find not other way to describe them but pure SELF CENTERED & SELFISH!

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Jennifer D said...

Tami- I don't think I expressed myself well. I don't give Jon a FULL pass. I agree with everything you wrote. What I meant by saying "a slight pass" was that I can see why he is acting that way, I can't excuse it, but I understand it. He reminds me of kids who are overly sheltered and then go nuts when they get to college. Usually they balance out after a bit. I hope he will do that too.


Only problem with that is he is NOT a college age kid, he is a grown man and a father of 8 (by his own choice) and he should act as such.
He gets NO pass from me any more than Kate for a situation they brought upon themselves because of greed and selfishness.

Lisbeth said...

Thanks for the recap. I didn't watch. Sounds like the show is a disaster. I can't believe the G's remodeled their kitchen, just blows my mind.

I just keep hoping that each child has their own bank account for the future, but I sincerely doubt it. Should be illegal what they are doing.

If we read between the lines said...

Boohoohoo, "I'm a millionaire and its just SO hard that somedays I don't even want to get out of bed."
I know that I have MORE then most people, but that's not the problem, I don't know WHAT Jon was thinking, sob sob, sniff, sniff."
"The bodyguard and his wife and family are close friends of ours, and No, there', no affair." "Was any of it MY fault? Well no one is perfect, and if you mean did the show cause this, no, It would have happened anyway." (no eye contact, looking around)

rockypriscilla said...

Best recap ever!!!!!

rockypriscilla said...

Where's the reality,
Thanks for giving us insight into real life with multiples. I'm very sorry that people have been so rude to you. There is no excuse for people like that! Your reproductive decisions are your business, and I'm all for creating a family whatever way that you choose. I'm just against using multiples as an excuse to exploit them and sell their privacy to the highest bidder. You sound like a wonderful and very busy mother and absolutely nothing like Kate Gosselin and Nadya Suleman =)

babeeberry said...

I have a question..did they get rid of their new appliances during the remodel? I refuse to watch, but I read somewhere they got rid of perfectly good appliances for the new kitchen. Please, tell me I'm wrong!

Emma said...

Thanks for the recap.

You mention Jon getting fired for having a job on the side? I must have missed that story. Could someone please fill me in?

I can't believe how much Kate complained about the supposed lack of functionality in her kitchen! In what world is a kitchen with that much cabinet space impractical? I understand their choice to accept the remodel (who wouldn't want a free dream kitchen?), but I thought it was ridiculous that Kate tried to claim it was necessary. How she can still whine about not having enough space is beyond me. In a way I feel bad for her--a life without satisfaction is a miserable one.

Also, our kitchen came with a "sponge drawer" and it's actually very handy. I would highly recommend getting one if space and budget allow.

Alexandra said...

Hi all, long time GWOP lurker here.
The recap is, as per the usual, hilarious (I love all the discontinuities you point out, it's like a puzzle, lol!).

I had the (dis)pleasure of catching part of this episode. I had to leave the tv after a few minutes, watching Kate belittle John (the minifridge comment was just ridiculous). I did catch other bits of the show as I passed by the tv doing other things. My sister is a sheeple and attributes Kate's attitude and parenting to the fact that "she has eight kids" which is complete nonsense (our grandmother had six kids and she was a saint)

I'm a college student who lives in a tiny 3 person apartment who only very occasionally "cooks" (if boiling pasta/frying a steak and having a weakness for baking constitutes as cooking). It gets crazy in my kitchen, especially since my one roommate has her drafting table in there because there's no other place to put it.
When I saw Kate complaining about cabinets I burst out laughing. My cabinets don't even have handles to pull them open (That's how they were made, I have no idea why)! And she's worried about the cabinets being too low, or that they didn't pull out. Ha.
The fact that she didn't know what she wanted (as others have pointed out) just shows that she hasn't ever cooked in that kitchen once. I eat out maybe five or six days a week at school (school meal plans are unhealthy, but economic) and even I know what I would change if I had the good fortune to receive a ~*~FREE~*~ remodel.

After all that fuss about not being able to cook with remodeling, did Kate even cook at the beach? From what I saw it didn't look like she did, but like I said I only caught some of the episode. That boggles my mind...my extended family has been to the Outer Banks a few times and when we go everyone takes a different day of the week and makes dinner that day. Nothing better than trying to outcook relatives!

Then again, J&K have alienated themselves from their relatives afaik, and only the kids will suffer for this.

Well, at least they looked cute. I had flashbacks of my Outer Banks stays when I saw them playing in the water :)

Christian_N_Daniel_Mommy said...

Who cares about this crap? Are the American people SO BORED with their lives that they feel the need to sit on their couch and watch a crazy woman with a beaver on top of her head whine and complain about her FREE kitchen remodel is seriously disturbing her very scripted life?

And, honestly? If I want to see 8 kids run around on the beach I'll... go to the beach. And who wants to see Kate *cough* lochness monster* sitting in a beach chair complaining about her immature relationship and her free kitchen reno?

I mean, is this stuff actually even entertaining to the people that watch it? What is TLC doing? Are the intentionally trying to bore America?

Thanks for the recap fostermom.
So glad I didn't tune in for this crud.

marianna68 said...

I stopped watching this more than a year ago and popped in to hear about their announcement of separation. My grandmother raised 12 children and she wasn't rich. My grandfather died in 1974 and she still had kids at home and they didn't have much money but they took care of one another....I just don't get it with J&K....they should have thought over their decision of having more children if it was going to cause them such strife.

ShutUpKH8 said...

Dear KH8,

My kitchen cabinets were done on the cheap by a crappy contractor. They were so poorly made, that 3 of the drawer fronts have come off, despite our efforts to stop it.

My stove is old and my fridge is too. My oven isn't even a full sized one. My kitchen is tiny. My dishwasher is a year old and an economy model because the old one broke.

I still make it work. I know where everything is because I PUT IT THERE. I have no pantry. I would KILL for your pantry in your old kitchen. I cook in my kitchen and I clean as well.

Also, the only thing in the kitchen my child cares about is the rubbermaid with her cereal in it, the picture I make Kool-aid in, and her high chair. Otherwise she could care less about the kitchen. The remodel wasn't for the kids. I just can't imagine being that nasty to my husband. You deserve it if he cheated on you.

The problem here is your 8 innocent children. They are caught between an immature dad, and a selfish and narcissistic mother. You mentioned on the Today Show that they have college funds... I sure hope you have saved for therapy and rehab bills. Not that I wish that on your angels at all, I'm just a realist.

Get off your butt and play with your kids. I'd write more but she wants me to come watch "Bolt" with her for the millionth time. And I'll go cuddle her and try to ignore how annoying Miley Cyrus is because that's what parents do. They spend time with their children. Then we will go play in the sprinkers at the park across the street because we don't have a back yard at the condo we live in. Yes, we don't have acres and acres. We have a tiny house filled with love. I wouldn't trade that for a second for your McMansion.

ihatethisshow said...

it was said months ago, before everything hit the fan, that kate was toying with the idea of a cooking show for herself--hence, the free tlc/product placement kitchen makeover----now, she has a new kitchen that is never cooked in. she wasn't impressed with the new kitchen, it is a 'set' kitchen.