Episode Recap: 9/29 Viewer FAQ

Ask me no questions and I'll tell you no lies. Such a nice thought, however, this is the Gosselin house and I'm afraid that statement just isn't going to work.

Truthiness is, according to Steven Colbert, fact that we know not from books, research, or history, but statements we know to be true because of how we feel. That gut instinct that allows us to proceed blindly through the process of life without worry, conscience, or thought.

It's FAQ night on the Gosselin couch. Thankfully, Jon reminds us all that FAQ stands for "frequently asked questions" so that the folks will understand.

Kate is asked how she provides all those meals. Kate's truthiness is she spends her time making a meal, serving a meal, cleaning up after the meal, then cleaning up everything else.

The truth is that Kate makes her way to the Craft Services table, serves the Craft Services food to the family, has the family helper clean up after everyone, then has the helper clean up everything else. Unless it's personal chef night, then the chef does all that. An astute viewer asks: Why don't the children play in the backyard? Kate digs into her Ann Taylor Loft bag of truthiness and explains how the children love their bikes and other rolly toys and since the driveway is large and flat, it's more fun for the children to play there.

Later in the episode, Mady is thoughtful enough to truthfully tell us that Kate sits in the chair in the garage and barks orders at Jon like she is a queen bee. Thanks, Mady. When the children are playing in the driveway, it allows Kate to take notice of those rude, obnoxious neighbors who insist on waving, smiling, or speaking to the Gosselins.

Why do the children wear shoes in hotel rooms? Well, the truthiness of the matter is that hotel floors are icky. They are ickier even than standing barefooted on the petroleum-product-and-urine-covered pavement of a gas station. Why, you ask? Because it rains at gas stations. Even under those giant car port-like pavilion things, the pavement manages to get cleaner than hotel carpet after housekeeping. Besides, rain is just more natural.

Common sense tells us that if "natural" is what Kate wants, anything that falls or drips from the human body is more "natural" than the oil/gasoline/window washer fluid the rain fails to wash away, particularly from under those giant car port-like pavilions, at the gas station. That, however, is beside the point. I'm betting that way more loogies get hauked in the parking lot of that gas station than on the carpet of any given hotel room. I'd be more worried about the last time the bedspread was washed. Besides, I don't think the Gosselins are Motel 6ing it these days.

The truthiness of why we see the children hit each other so often, particularly on the head, lies in the fact that they are all the same age and at the same developmental age so sibling rivalry is magnified by the sheer number of children.

Any Kindergarten or Pre-school teacher will tell you that they have classes of well over 6 or 8 students in which all the children are the same age and hitting is not allowed. If the children are monitored closely and receive appropriate consequences each time they strike another child, the unwanted behavior will stop. Even with both parents at home and helpers available, this doesn't happen in the Gosselin house, so the hitting continues. It might also help if Kate would stop hitting Jon.

Inquiring emailers want to know when J&K knew Aaden needed glasses and if he has a strong prescription. The truthiness version tells us that Aaden's eyesight is likely due to receiving oxygen as a result of being born premature and standing too close to the televison. There was plenty of discussion of whether the child is near sighted or far sighted. Neither J nor K knew for sure.

Honestly, the whole bit about the oxygen and premies is probably the truth. However, if Aaden's eyesight is damaged from standing too close to the television then I have to believe that when he crosses his eyes they will stick that way. And, as he and most other boys mature, he will eventually be walking around with hairy palms. The truth is that the boy is probably near sighted, meaning he can't see things at a distance, which is why he needs to stand near the television. It also means he probably needs a new prescription. I won't even go into the hours the child spends standing under the studio lights that have been installed in his home.

This also brings to mind the time when J&K went to court to keep their Government-provided nurse an extra year, despite the fact that the children were healthy. Didn't Kate argue that Aaden's eyesight was a disability? Now J&K are saying that his prescription is very mild. Whatever.

Jon cuts off Kate and for a brief second (*snicker*) and we're hopeful that we won't have to listen to her, but she cuts him off right back (because that's only fair) and chatters on. YAWN

If you were wondering how the Gosselins find so many fun activities for the children and how they keep them interested, you're about to find out. I was nodding off here, but Kate spews some truthiness about looking for places to go that can accommodate 8 kids and appeal to both the twins and the tups. They are all about providing their children with experiences.

I'll keep the truth short. They go places that are FREE. The experience of paying for things is apparently not of much importance.

Is Mady like Kate and Cara like Jon? Truthinessly, Kate doesn't think Mady is like her because Kate wasn't like that (whatever "that" is) when she was young. Mady is dramatic and outspoken. Cara is sort of like Jon, but they don't like to label the kids. Cara keeps things inside and then explodes later like her father does whereas Kate's explosions are peppered throughout the day like landmines.

Truthfully, Mady may not be like Kate was when she was young, but she's a lot like Kate is TODAY. The glaringly obvious difference between Kate and Mady is that Mady is quite intelligent and tends to blurt out the truth. Kate, on the other hand, is dumber than a bag of hammers and blurts out whatever she has to to make herself look good. I think Jon and Cara are very similar, except Cara's future employment prospects are much brighter.

Do they pay for their trips? The truthiness of the matter is the Gosselins are invited to visit various resorts and vacation spots and they go to promote the resort. They are very grateful and enjoy making family memories.

Do they pay for their trips? No.

In all truthiness, Kate's suggestions for fussy eaters are as follows: kids will eat when they are hungry and they will eat what is put in front of them. They will not starve themselves.

Starving becomes increasingly less likely as long as the Craft Services table and private chefs are around.

Do Mady & Cara have favorites among the tups? Mady and Cara love all the tups equally, except Mady seems to be extra close to Leah and Cara and Collin are C buddies since their names start with the same letter.

Yes, absolutely, the kids all love each other as is proven by the constant complaining and whining and the near-constant hitting and sibling rivalry.

Are the Gosselins moving? Stay tuned, big things will be coming. They won't be living in the same town or the same school district. They have to go somewhere where they will have space because they are jammed into their little house.

The truth is evident when the children are shown running through the little girls' very large and practically empty bedroom. We know the boys' room is about the same. We also know that there is a study room for Mady and Cara despite the fact that the twins have a huge bedroom upstairs. I suspect that the Gosselin home would be much more spacious if they'd lose the film crew and all the equipment. Cutting down on the staff of "helpers" wouldn't hurt, either. Note to Gosselins: just because you tell us how badly you're jammed into that house doesn't mean it's true. We can see for ourselves there is lots of room to grow in that house.

What is the BRATT diet or the sick kid diet? We learn that nothing binds up kids with runny poop better than a diet of bananas, rice, applesauce, tea, and toast.

Seriously, how is that different than how we see those kids eat on most other days? Is being banished to the laundry room floor also part of the diet?

How long will they keep the cameras around? They gauge the future of the show from season to season. They will keep the cameras around as long as it feels healthy. And yes, the cameras make them a stronger family.

How can they tell one "season" from the next when they all seam to run together. We're on Season 4 of the series and the tups are 4 and the series started (specials not included) when the tups were 2. That's two very long seasons a year. How can they tell what's "healthy" and what isn't when they've never had a real break? How, exactly, does a camera make you healthy? Someone explain this to me, please! I can't even fathom how the cameras make them a stronger family. Maybe pretending to be a happy family in front of the cameras is rubbing off in the real life, I don't know. Bottom line: they will keep the cameras around as long as it is profitable to do so.

Do they have tattoos? Yes, they have tattoos. In a truthiness world, Kate is sporting a Pooh tat on her ankle and an olive branch on her belly. Jon has four tattoos including a Korean flag, a yin yang symbol, some letters and a sand thing. The tattoos were the dumbest thing they ever did, but they teach the children not to let other people color on them. Did you hear that? THEY WISH THEY DIDN'T HAVE TATTOOS! I'm sure laser tattoo removal will suddenly appear on their doorstep.

In reality, Kate's olive branch was a rose that was hacked away during her free tummy tuck. (I'm surprised she didn't charge the Doctor for the cost of her tattoo.) And those tattoos are by no stretch of the imagination the dumbest things this pair has ever done. Those tats won't teach the kids not to let others color on them, but they may teach the kids not to get drunk, go to a tattoo parlor, and PAY to let someone else color on them.

It's decided that while J&K are being interviewed, the kids are with a babysitter/helper and are playing or doing crafts or something.

Most notably, for the second new episode in a row, we are clued in on how strong J&K's relationship is. They maintain their spark because they realize that they are the only two people in the world who understand each other, totally disregarding the fact that they are the only two people in the world who can tolerate the other. Maybe if they'd give the in-laws a call, they would find a whole bunch of other people who would love them whether they had a show or not.

Submitted by ThreeFarmers

51 comments:

Sharla said...

Anonymous said...
You, 3 Farmers, are my new best friend. I agree with each and everything you wrote and especially loved the fact that you realize they DON't realize they are the only two people who could tolerate each other. LOL. And, oh, yes (I didn't see the show) their usual not-so-subtle hint about tat removal. Gosh, won't they be surprised when that's offered to them? Golly, gee.
September 30, 2008 1:56 PM
I just love the kids..... said...
3 Farmers!! I love your writings!!! You put it all out there for everyone to see!! Truth be told by 3 farmers!! Another well written post. You are my hero!!!!!
September 30, 2008 1:58 PM
Anonymous said...
If the children are monitored closely and receive appropriate consequences each time they strike another child, the unwanted behavior will stop. Even with both parents at home and helpers available, this doesn't happen in the Gosselin house, so the hitting continues.
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And on top of that, I don't know too many kids who DO hit other kids on the head in the first place. It may be "normal" but it's not common in my experience. None of my kids did it, their friends haven't done it around here, no kids I have babysat or saw in their classrooms were hitting each other. I never got a teacher report that another child hit mine on the head. They act as if we are going to believe it's ok just because there are so many of them. That's what kids do when they are not getting adult attention..
September 30, 2008 2:03 PM
ThreeFarmers said...
Thank you. The compliments are appreciated. I really just start at the beginning and state the obvious.
September 30, 2008 2:05 PM
Ravello said...
KUDOS to 3 Farmers for a great write up. Please write more. I love reading your material.
September 30, 2008 2:21 PM
Anonymous said...
Too funny! Much better than the show. I loved how put upon they seemed when asked how long they would continue the show. Come on--why would they give up this gravy train?
September 30, 2008 2:42 PM
Ilovemykids said...
Kate and Jon are this generations Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker - it's all about using religion to "con" people out of money. Heck, Kate even wears just about as much blush as Tammy Faye did.
September 30, 2008 2:44 PM
Anonymous said...
They didn't say standing too close to the television ruined his eye sight, that was one of the ways that they noticed it. He was always squinting and he was standing too close to the television.
September 30, 2008 2:55 PM
lori said...
Hilarious! I am hoping you will continue to do a weekly wrap-up for each episode. You had so many funny lines there are too many to nominate for comment of the week!
September 30, 2008 3:05 PM
Anonymous said...
"Truthiness", my new favorite word and one I would use in public except I am afraid people might think I am related to the Gosselins.

ThreeFarmers, you are hysterical, please keep it up, I have had a miserable day and you made me laugh my ass off!
September 30, 2008 3:08 PM
ThankYou said...
What parent does not know if their child is nearsighted or farsighted?
I don't get it. This episode answered no questions for me.
September 30, 2008 3:09 PM
Saint said...
Those little ones will not be hitting each other in preschool. The same kids, with the same siblings, in classes with probably more than six children, will manage to get through the morning without hitting each other.

Why do the Gosselins put themselves under this microscope? They don't look very good up close.
September 30, 2008 3:13 PM
Anonymous said...
THREE FARMERS ~ YOU ROCK!
September 30, 2008 3:15 PM
ThreeFarmers said...
They didn't say standing too close to the television ruined his eye sight, that was one of the ways that they noticed it. He was always squinting and he was standing too close to the television.

That may very well be the case, but it wasn't the way I understood it last night. When I do a recap, I don't tape the show and I only watch it once. That means I'm typing as I'm watching it. I had this recap completed and emailed before I went to bed last night, because I think it's awkward to post a recap several days or weeks after a program has aired.

If there are errors, I apologize. I recall them talking about the oxygen then immediately going into him standing too close to the television, so I understood it to mean they considered it another cause. If memory serves (and it doesn't always), Aaden had those glasses very young. He couldn't have been standing/walking too long before he got the glasses.
September 30, 2008 3:17 PM
Barb said...
Great recap! Did anyone notice when the woman who emailed the question about getting your children to eat, Kate Irene commented in shock, that that woman's child is eating all carbs! I know that was a comment to us since we were harping on all the carbs her children eat.
September 30, 2008 3:19 PM
Jennifer said...
Just an FYI from another Mom of preemies... Yes, nearsighteness is a common thing with preemies - due to the oxygen push from the ventilator. As for not knowing which Aiden was, half the time I have to think for a minute to remember if I'M farsighted or nearsighted.. As many strikes as the Gosselin's have against them in parenting skills, that really shouldn't matter.

BRAT's Diet is a common diet recommended when you have a child with a stomach virus, to start introducting food back to their system.

I don't agree with all the Gosselin's do, and think the children should be filmed far less, and in more spontaneous settings, but there are far worse parents then Jon and Kate. I think they both love the kids, and are caught up in the machine, and don't know another way to survive. I often wonder if at the start of all this Kate thought 'I have 8 kids and a husband that won't keep a job, what the hell am I going to do?'

Anyways, those are my thoughts.
September 30, 2008 3:49 PM
tracy said...
About the Aaden glasses thing....I recently got schooled about this having a 2lb preemie at 28 weeks. Healthy, full term babies retinas develop until about 44-46 weeks gestation (or aprox 4-6 weeks after birth). When a baby is born very premature, 32 weeks or less, the shock of the premature birth causes the blood vessels in the retinas to temporarily stop growing. They start to grow again around 32 weeks. Sometimes the blood vessels don't finish growing properly and that is why the tups still get their eyes rechecked. It really isn't so much the oxygen exposure anymore because the NICU doctors and staff monitor the baby's oxygen levels very closely , as not to overexpose the babies to O2. I would have never known any of this if not for my baby being born premature. and by the way if J & K + 8 would have stampeded thru my baby's NICU the way they did at Hershey I would have been PISSED. Visitors to my baby's NICU was very restricted, the way it should and needs to be.
September 30, 2008 3:54 PM
Anonymous said...
WAIT A MINUTE! I thought their lives were not to be thought of in SEASONS! How dare Kate say that they decide from "season to season" - or is Jon the only one not allowed to refer to their life in "seasons?"
September 30, 2008 4:11 PM
Anonymous said...
ThreeFarmers that is by far the funniest recap. You kept it funny and too the point. I love the "tat" reference.

I also wonder if the Gs read every e-mail? Do you think the e-mails go to production/Jen Stocks first? If the Gs read their own e-mails, then what do you they make of the negative ones? Hit delete or ponder what the sender is trying to tell them? I bet they pray for the person to have a better understanding of their hardships and "terrible financial circumstances."
September 30, 2008 4:19 PM
Anonymous said...
Re Jennifer
BRAT's Diet is a common diet recommended when you have a child with a stomach virus, to start introducting food back to their system.

I don't agree with all the Gosselin's do, and think the children should be filmed far less, and in more spontaneous settings, but there are far worse parents then Jon and Kate. I think they both love the kids, and are caught up in the machine, and don't know another way to survive. I often wonder if at the start of all this Kate thought 'I have 8 kids and a husband that won't keep a job, what the hell am I going to do?


I dont buy it I think that Kate and Jon should of explored other options besides exploit their children. They still had money coming in from all the donations and plenty of community support at the time, but that was not good enough. There is not a doubt in my mind that all Kate had to do was ask Aunt Jodi, or her countless other volunteers to watch her children while she was at work and they would of done it. Same with Jon. They both could be working and making a living for their children. They had an unimaginable amount of support that provided them with free childcare. What is their excuse now for not working? They do not look after their children their nannies do. So they have no excuse to not work. They just want that hollywood lifestyle that is why the choose the easy route, and pushed their family away.

As for the brat diet, it is no longer recommended. It is due to deprivation of nutrients from restricting your child to just certain foods. Many physicians will still recommend it though, despite it being a little bit dated practice.
September 30, 2008 4:21 PM
Anonymous said...
Great recap!

I can't believe Kate actually said the cameras make the family closer... :rollseyes
September 30, 2008 5:02 PM
Carrie said...
Things I actually agreed with Kate about: (I can't believe I'm doing this)
1. The BRATT diet is recommended when a child has runny poops or is vomiting. (I can't believe a viewer wrote them an e-mail about it because any pediatrician worth his salt will give you the same advice over the phone.)
2. Kids will not starve themselves so don't stress over the amount they eat. My kids have to try everything, and they better not come begging for snacks before the next meal if they didn't eat. (Again, that contradicts some of what we saw on Cupcakegate, but it's J&K, so I guess it's what we're going to call the truth.)

Now, what bugged. . .
You don't know if Aaden is near or far sighted? I can understand not knowing the prescription, but you should at least know why he needs the glasses.
Yes, their house is crowded. No, it is not too small. If they don't have storage room, rent a storage unit for all of the "collectionary" things, but don't tell me there's no room. The only room that is fairly tight is the kitchen, but since they have a big backyard that the kids apparently hate, they could extend out into the yard and build a dining room and extend the kitchen into the dining room. Other than that, their rooms are plenty big enough. If they had six linebackers for sons, I'd be more inclined to believe Kate. Now, not so much.

I'm sure there was more, but I was listening with only one ear. (The better to hear half-truths!)
September 30, 2008 5:13 PM
Libby said...
I personally have never thought or suggested that they don't love their children, although I can admit that I think they sometimes have a funny way of showing it. How they can show their love for their children is to get them out of the spotlights and let them be kids. They could also show that they love them by not cutting off all extended family members and close friends. I also think that before this started, Kate has always wanted to be the center of attention, she found a way to do that and get paid and she is so in love with herself that she can't end it. She is so special after all, that she is the center of attention on Say Yes to the Dress. She just can't get enough of herself. GAG!
September 30, 2008 6:06 PM
Nat said...
BRAVO 3F! Well done! Thanks for another fantastic recap, I loved it!
September 30, 2008 6:44 PM
Anonymous said...
Glad to see the board is up in at least a temporary location. I watched a recording this afternoon. Words simply cannot describe this trainwreck.
September 30, 2008 6:52 PM
Jayne said...
Love the recap!!! And so true! Spark and tolerate indeed!
September 30, 2008 6:53 PM
Anonymous said...
Anonymous said...
Great recap!

"I can't believe Kate actually said the cameras make the family closer... :rollseyes"

What Kate failed to acknowledge in her statement of 'the cameras make the family closer' (which I think is a load of crap) is that she is referring to 'family' as in J & K + 8. As the cameras, are the very reason why she is now estranged from any resemblance of blood family she once had.
September 30, 2008 6:59 PM
Anonymous said...
Kate only gets closer to Kate. She gets closer to Kate's money, Kate's sleep, and Kate's face time.
September 30, 2008 7:23 PM
Anonymous said...
They said one of the ways they noticed Aaden needed glasses is because he would stand so close to the tv.. and why will he have hairy palms?
September 30, 2008 7:34 PM
moonbeem said...
anonymous said...
They said one of the ways they noticed Aaden needed glasses is because he would stand so close to the tv.. and why will he have hairy palms?


You're kidding...right?!?!
September 30, 2008 8:15 PM
Anonymous said...
anonymous said...
They said one of the ways they noticed Aaden needed glasses is because he would stand so close to the tv.. and why will he have hairy palms?


You're kidding...right?!?!

___________

I was sort of wondering if Kate wrote this. lol.
September 30, 2008 9:23 PM
Anonymous said...
I would imagine the show DID make them closer. After all, now that they have alienated their entire extended family and friends, who do they have but each other?
September 30, 2008 9:24 PM
avasmommy said...
I did not watch the show, so as always 3F, thank you for the wonderfully written recap.

As always, Kate is caught contradicting herself. First of all, they say they first noticed Aaden needed glasses because he was standing too close to the tv, but I thought that they didn't allow them to watch tv.

Second of all the whole season to season thing as someone has already pointed out.

The rest of it is just full out lies and we all know that. So much for truthiness!
October 1, 2008 6:38 AM
Anonymous said...
Maybe the show has made them closer. Does anybody really think that irresponsible, unambitious, slacker Jon and petty, envious, self-centered primadonna Kate would still be married if they had to support that family themselves? Then again I wonder if when the cameras aren't rolling they even speak to each other let alone share the marital bed. I remember when The Sonny and Cher Show was very high in the ratings, that for at least a year both of them lived in their mansion separately, each with a lover, and the network tried to keep it a secret that their marriage was over.
October 1, 2008 6:55 AM

Anonymous said...

Had to read your review again - it is that good! Rock on!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recap, since I am no longer viewing I rely on the eyes/ears of others to stay informed.

Someone left a post earlier in the week speculating that J/K were attempting to market themselves as a "brand" (similar to M. Stewart). I actually think this is a great idea. K. has that personality (functional or not) that craves attention. She's all about what she can "get". Ie, trips, clothing, entertainment, products (food and household goods) or fame. I understand materialism/capitalism just as well as anyone, and I think it would be great for the Gosselin parents to pursue this avenue. As long as J or K (preferably) are the only people in that household working I'm all for it. Let those kids get back to going to school, playing and living childhood like it's meant to be lived. The world has no right to view the everyday lives of 8 minor children, and their parents have no right to keep the cameras rolling for our consumption and their greed. Let Kate get out there and work it for the fame she craves. Jon would be a great stay at home dad...if Kate wasn't around to belittle and control the puppet strings. And the best part of all, if Kate had this gig, no one in America would have to face the horror of being hospitalized only to find Kate Gosselin as their bedside RN. Of course this all jmho.

ThreeFarmers said...

Thanks, again to everyone for all the nice words. The positive feedback makes up for having to sit through the episodes.

Anonymous said...

I have four kids between the ages of 2 and 10 and I would say they spend half their play time on the driveway and half in our 1/2 acre back yard. They love riding bikes, drawing in chalk, etc. A lot of families near me play on the driveway too despite large yards. Kate did say that the kids are getting more interested in the swings, therefore playing more in the backyard.

I would imagine the "season to season" comment is because they sign contracts based on seasons. So even if they dont think of thier lives in seasons, as for business that is how it goes.

I dont think they answered anything crazy, just the normal stuff that isnt too out there. When Kate said about the move to stay tuned for big things to come I assume she was talking about her new BIG house.

Addison said...

I don't think Mady is like Kate and I feel bad for her whenever people make the comparison. Mady is a smart, funny and creative kid who can be a bit dramatic at times and likes to be the center of attention. She's only seven, but I think we've seen more of a sence of humor and intellegence/self-awareness from Mady than we have from her mother. JMO.

Oh and great recap! "Truthiness" Lol.

SmartyQ said...

Kon aren't the only two persons who understand them. Most of us understand them quite well because they are as transparent and as deep as Saran Wrap.

peas and carrots said...

It is interesting to me that the Gosselin's have to do the FAQ thing, and some of the issues that have been raised on blogs are showing up. Maybe it is getting through, but is also appears they are trying to counter bad publicity generated and the questioning of their motives

Bicoastal said...

As usual, very funny observations from Three Farmers.

I don't bother watching the show anymore; life's too short to be annoyed by such ciphers.

But I do like this blog and continue to check-in for my weekly dose of expose-the-KON-job.

From reading Three Farmers' recap, I'm struck by how much Kate wants to be respected by the public for her alleged intelligence.

She isn't satisfied with celebrity and hand-outs; she wants to be recognized for her advice, her opinions, and her pithy insights into the best peanut butter.

Unfortunately for Kate, she is out-schooled by too many viewers; her ignorance on many issues comes across loud and clear.

I think since she's "smarter" than Jon she assumes she's smart.

Seriously, "tips" from Kate Gosselin? Unless she's offering insights on child exploitation and deep-rooted social pathology, she ought to zip-it.

Anonymous said...

3 --
You did a great job of explaining how everyone felt, while watching that program.
I would like to comment on the imbecilic parents who do NOT know if their four year old child is nearsighted or farsighted. Oh, yeah, this is the same mom who doesn't know for sure which side of the face that her other little boy has a droopy eyelid.
Any parent who looks into those eyes and admires them, sings to them, or just talks to them about themselves, would KNOW.
I am hoping that Mady and Cara grow up fast, so they can help the others. They certainly can't rely on the agents...oh I meant parents.

Anonymous said...

BRAT is a real diet used to reintroduce foods after a stomach virus or gastroentiritis. It stands for bananas, rice, applesauce, toast. There is only one "T". Tea is generally not recommended because the acid can be rough on the stomach. You would think an RN would know all of this already!

Anonymous said...

The reason that they didn't develop an interest in playing in their back yard is that they were not GUIDED to it as babies.
They didn't all of a sudden choose. They have been put out in the garage and driveway since they could stand up.
My babies automatically go to the back yard, because that's where I have shown them the swings and the fun.

Anonymous said...

Not to be nitpicky but I'd like to point out Jon and Kate said Aaden standing close to the tv is how they noticed he had a problem....not what caused it.

chiasmus said...

Thank you, thank you, 3F for your recap. I missed the show...Dancing With the Stars was on and by the time I remembered JK+8, it was over. I always look forward to the recaps...especially yours! Glad the blog is back up!

On another note...the repeat epi that followed where Jon skated away from Cara, etc. When Jon was in the driveway...can't remember what he was doing, but he KICKED the Little Tikes car that one of the boys was moving toward him and yelled something about "get away." Did anyone else notice that? Wow! It is burned in my brain.

Again, thank you for the recap. It made me laugh on a day that I am feeling deep sadness for Penn Mommy's family.

sabrinasmom said...

Does anyone feel they should just stop trying to "explain" things? Nothing rings true for me. The questions were so benign. Even when they were discussing the freebies - Jon and Kate both looked like they were "watching" their words. I say, please don't bother unless you are really going to be honest.

cupcake tin said...

I don't think Mady is like Kate. I think Kate is like a 7 year old girl.

Addison said...

I agree cupcake tin. Mady is acts older than Kate.

GreatLakesmom said...

Nice recap but I wouldn't call it a new show as it was taped at the same time their last FAQ session was. Did anyone noticed Kate's hair? It was her old short style, not the "I'm growing out my hair" fiasco that it is currently. The highlight for me was when Jon educated all of us to what "FAQ" meant. I'm just surprised "Professor Jon" didn't define what an acronym was after that. And the comments about the house are right on...the house is not too small. My master bedroom is about half the size of the girls' or boys' rooms. But if my ego was growing to massive proportions I might need a bigger house too.

iluveeyore said...

Thankfully, Jon reminds us all that FAQ stands for "frequently asked questions" so that the folks will understand.

Unfortunately, Jon does not know what an "acronym" is. He said "F-A-Q is an acronym for Frequently Asked Qestions." He spelled out the letters. That is NOT an acronym.

An acronym would be pronouncing the word "FAQ." (fak)

They try so hard to sound educated, it's pathetic.

Anonymous said...

I, too, was amused that Jon thinks FAQ is an acronym...AND that he felt the need to explain it to us!

It drives me crazy the way both Jon & Kate misuse the word "myself" when they should use the word "me." I think that they think it makes them sound "more intelligent." All it really does is draw attention to the fact that they are, indeed, uneducated. All they need to do to improve their English skills is read...a real book once in awhile!

Anonymous said...

Everyone has done or said something in their life they do not wish to relive and would rather forget it ever happened. Has anyone thought about the damage to these children by watching these episodes over and over again. They are put to bed with CDs of this show running all the time. They don't just see Kate antics once it is over and over again. I would think if I acted like Kate did about the gum I would want that to go away.

Anonymous said...

My favorite part about this episode was all the little clips of children telling the cameras to GO AWAY during the "how long do you plan to keep the cameras around?" Q.

I also found it interesting that the questions in general were much more NEGATIVE than the previous FAQ. "why do you let the kids hit? where are the kids now? what makes it okay for you to stand barefoot at a gas station but the kids can't stand on the floor?" ...looks like the Sheeple are getting SUSPICIOUS!

Anonymous said...

Last Anon,

That's why I think Kate has some stability issues. Most of us look at an episode like that and say it's over-the-top behavior. People who are ill would blame that reaction on someone else's behavior. I'm sure when kate watches that episode she thinks that the obnoxious behavior should be attributed to Jodi, because Jodi dispensed the gum. Kate evidences no A+B=C logic (at least on what's been recorded for viewing). Again, Kate does not "OWN" her behavior. Everyone else has a problem not her. Hence, why there are no close family or friends involved with this family. Give the kids some time and they'll be on the outside of the circle, too. It'll just take a minor infraction here or there for Kate to crack. I just can't understand why this lady thought that she could raise 8 kids.

Unhealthiness and refusal to seek and adhere to treatment isolates people, big time. I would have quit this show, destroyed the tape and hit the MD office the first time I'd viewed myself acting in such a manner.

Anonymous said...

The things that struck me the most about the FAQ bull that they spewed the entire episode...all SPUN to barely answer just to get rid of the question and move on instead of really facing the truth...I totally agree with the original post...the gas station? Such crap...what Kate really means is so insulting: when we are forced to pay and stay on our own in cheap motels on the WAY to Disney, I think those places are (what did she say?) scary, dirty, gross???? So, they wear their shoes. But once they get to their FREE resorts, of course the carpet is clean enough!!!!! Also, I wonder if TLC knows how bad they are making Kate look when they air the "Kids By the Dozen" and those kind, humble families living in modest houses accepting (SHOCKING) hand-me-downs for clothes and cooking their own meals with families larger than the Gosselins. Kate is so disgusting when she complains about their house being too small...they have plenty of room. Just get rid of the camera crew and give your kids anonymous lives where they can have neighbors for friends instead of moving away to some remote location for safety and because you have no friends due to alienating everyone from your lives.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know why there are no pictures or decorations on any of the little kids' bedroom walls? And why does one of the little boys have to sleep flat out down on the floor on a mattress? Those bedrooms just look kind of pathetic and sad.

fostersmom said...

Does anyone know why there are no pictures or decorations on any of the little kids' bedroom walls? And why does one of the little boys have to sleep flat out down on the floor on a mattress? Those bedrooms just look kind of pathetic and sad.

I might be mistaken, but I think Kate said that she didn't want stuff on their walls. As for the bed on the floor, it's a pull out trundle bed. The girls have one too. Kate said that she wanted them for sleep overs and such. The kids are kind of young for sleeping on the top bunk (or too wild, you decide), so one of the boys sleeps on the trundle. One of the girls would have too if Alexis wasn't sleeping in the basement. They didn't let any of the boys sleep on the top bunk on vacation either.

Linda said...

Bravo 3Farmers! Great synopsis of tonight's FAQs - does that mean Frequently Asked Questions? OR Questions Kate emailed to herself?

Anonymous said...

I can't imagine why Kate would have a problem with hotel carpeting. All those germs and microbes she's worried about are organic.

Anonymous said...

Mrs. Duggar would know how to correct them quietly and with love, if they started hitting each other on the head; and it wouldn't take her 4 years to stop them from doing it.
Kate: Tune in and watch how Mrs. Duggar interacts with her little ones.

Anonymous said...

Does she think that the "rain" at the gas stations has bleach in it? Also, most have a "carport" type of roof over the pumps and where the customers stand.
I think there's a lot of spilling of drinks, spitting, dog pee and other stuff on that ground.
Wake up, Kate!

chrissyb said...

I have all the while thought that Kate's OCD with cleanliness is put on and the gas station vs hotel floor proves it. She is such a narcissist trying to prove to the world that everything she does is perfect that she can't possibly admit how wrong she is here. It makes me sick and now I have to banish myself to the laundry room floor!!!!!!

Ruthe said...

Someone up-thread asked why there are no decorations in the Gosselin house.

On the show where the two camera/crew members were installing privacy shades in the bay window in the living room, I remember Kate making the statement that she wasn't any sort of decorator - that's why she couldn't install the things herself and why there were no decorations in any rooms in her house.

Anonymous said...

2 things:

1) Kate does NOT have OCD (in my humble, non-medical opinion). She is just a control freak (not even a neat freak. I am a neat freak- but not OCD-and I would NEVER walk barefoot on a gas station platform - that's just nasty). As a side note: just because a hotel is 5 star does not mean it is clean- my family was lucky enough to stay at the Grand Wailea (yes, the very one where KON renewed their vows - I already sent a letter to management about KON) and the carpet was filthy in our room but fine in my in-laws'.
2) I caught a bit of Regis and Kelly today and saw Super Nanny Jojo-who is lovely. It just kills me that KON will be on the show tomorrow (10/3). Kelly seems like such a loving person- I can't imagine her finding ANYTHING appealing about KON. And, I do think it is ironic that Nanny Jojo was on the day before KON- too bad she wasn't there to give KON some advice.

IMHO said...

3F: I'm so glad you recapped again! I haven't been here in a week. That's a dumb thing to say now isn't it with the blog being down, but anyway, just popped back over, saw the blog is back in it's original spot, and saw you recapped. In a post I submitted two weeks ago that didn't get thru, most likely because it went off topic, I, like others, also suggested to GWoP that you recap as many as you can.

Truthiness. Very funny. That's such a Kate word anyway.

Anonymous said...

To imho: NEVER say 'truthiness' is a Kate word. It is an insult to Stephen Colbert.

April said...

Did anyone hear J&K answer questions about their laundry? In the description of the show it was mentioned. I was very curious if they would say ANYTHING about the most controversial subjects (such as Jodi, Beth, the old helpers etc.) They should have called the show ADC (another damage control)instead of FAQ.

AireZoe said...

Also, I wonder if TLC knows how bad they are making Kate look when they air the "Kids By the Dozen" and those kind, humble families living in modest houses accepting (SHOCKING) hand-me-downs for clothes and cooking their own meals with families larger than the Gosselins.

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I think it's done on purpose. JMO, but there's no way the contrast isn't obvious to all who watch - at network or at home.
Helps fee dthe fire and keeps the shows on the frontburner.

nofantasy said...

We also know that there is a study room for Mady and Cara despite the fact that the twins have a huge bedroom upstairs.

Can someone explain where this alleged study room is? I've seem it mentioned a couple times but I don't see where it fits into the house.

Anonymous said...

This is the first episode I was able to delete off my DVR without even watching it. I was so proud of myself! I'm so tired of the lies and it's become just heartbreaking to even watch. I don't feel right watching it anymore. All I really care about is how the kids are doing. I know they'll be doing much better once those cameras are out of their home.

Anonymous said...

Kelly seems like such a loving person- I can't imagine her finding ANYTHING appealing about KON.

IIRC Julie mentioned that when Kate and Jodi met Kelly, Kate was very rude to her.

Samanthaann said...

Can someone explain where this alleged study room is? I've seem it mentioned a couple times but I don't see where it fits into the house




The study room is right across from the laundry room. Its the room that Maddy puts her "no camera" sign on.

4tolove said...

Kate says she was not like Mady when she was younger but Mady has her "driveness" LOL--I wish someone had corrected her and embarrassed her they way she does Jon. PS Great Job 3F--you're awesome

Anonymous said...

Ok, kinda off topic, but what does
IIRC mean ?? I'm assuming it's text-talk but I haven't been able to figure out the letters/words.

And, no Jon, IIRC is not an acronym.

Sharla said...

IIRC - if I remember correctly.

Anonymous said...

"Truthiness", my new favorite word and one I would use in public except I am afraid people might think I am related to the Gosselins.
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Truthiness is from Stephen Colbert and is in no relation to the Gosselins.

I have watched half of an episode before and was pretty appalled by everything.

SamanthaGrace said...

Re: Mady's "no cameras" sign...When did we see that? I remember hearing about it, but I've never actually seen it. What episode was that?

Anonymous said...

If you watched the Duggers did you also notice that they navigated 17 children through New York City without ever YELLING at each other? Kate would yell at Jon if they had 2 kids; that's just her personality, not the stress of kids. Also, why can't the woman just say, "I know I am weird! I just don't like strange carpeting! I know it doesn't make sense why I stood on the dirty pavement!" She would be so much more human to just admit she contradicts herself. We all do!

Anonymous said...

I sense a lot of jealousy in the posts that I have read. Sure most everything is paid for in their lives, and they have many, many helping hands, but if you truly feel that they are doing a disservice to their children, then why do you keep tuning in?
I think Kate is bitchy...but America is genuinely intriguied by this family...they want to see what it is like to live day-in and day-out in a house like this one. Additionally, we are only seeing a small portion of their lives, it's not like they are taped and live feed is available 24/7.
America will lose its interest in the show and the cameras will go away...the children will be just fine.

Neysa ship, pa

Anonymous said...

Anon 1053,

Actually,many of us who post here are no longer viewers, but still keep up to date as we truly believe that the Gosselin parents are doing the kids a disservice by filming their day-to-day lives. When I saw how the kids were reacting/responding to the disruption that is their lives, I pulled the plug on the show in my home. My hope is that J/K will find some other avenue to support their large family; one that does not include the use of their minor children. I personally do not care if Kate and Jon continue in the limelight, procure every freebie known to mankind, or travel the globe many times over, just as long as THEY are the individuals doing the work. The kids should be allowed to do what kids do best, be kids far away from the public's critical eye. Absolutely no jealousy here!

Anonymous said...

Sometimes I am shocked that K is a nurse. She is so dumb bout medical things like the near verses far sight.

Anonymous said...

Please everyone on the barefoot issue Kate is merely trying to say "put me in the better (5 star) hotels so I can walk barefooted" LOL. I thought I heard a thud during the questioning, must have been the interviewer falling asleep with her scientific germ explanation.