"Ball Game" recap - Jon & Kate Plus 8

Submitted by 3Farmers

The old ball game might never be the same after Jon takes Cara and the boys to their first big league game in Philadelphia. Will the Phillies clinch their division? Will there be enough nachos to maintain healthy blood sugar levels? You’ll find out on this episode of Jon & Kate + 8.

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SecretMonkey said...

I am an enormous baseball fan. I was born in a small town about 50 miles outside of St. Louis and was raised to believe that my blood ran red because I was a Cardinal fan. I was born in October of 1964, the same month that the Cardinals won the World Series. I went to many games with my Father and Grandfather. We could afford it because we sat in the bleachers, shared a Coke, and ate peanuts from the shell. I can still feel those peanut shells crunching under my feet. I believe that baseball is America’s game and weep at all the poetry and romantic notions that go along with it. I’ve stood in that Iowa cornfield and dreamed that my father were with me so we could “have a catch.”

Every child should get the opportunity to enjoy a big league game. Baseball is the great bridge between generations. When I was a petulant teen, I could still talk to my father about baseball. As an adult, I still make sure I know the scores because my 80-year-old father will always ask when he can’t think of anything else to say. I will not entertain the ridiculous notion about whether or not the Gosselins are “real fans” or how much they “deserve” to be there. Baseball is there for everyone. From the sandlots to Astroturf fields, baseball covers the spectrum of humanity and that includes the Gosselins.

Jon and Kate decide to split up the team and take only the children who are interested in baseball to the game in Philadelphia. It quickly becomes apparent that Kate wasn’t interested so she stays home. Kate mentions how much she looks forward to her day with Mady and the little girls and tells us that they baked, made popcorn, and watched a movie. Jon and Kate make it very clear that no one was FORCED to go to the game. I think that is great. Now, tell me, were the kids who willing went to the game FORCED to be filmed while there? Did they have the option of going to the game totally off camera? Ah, there’s the rub.

Jon bought . .er, um. . assembled this play market stand so the little girls would have something exciting to do while the others were away. This way the girls could go to the stand and ask for FREE organic meats and produce just like Mommy and Daddy. There is a cute moment when Jon is on the floor with Leah and the boys eating FREE pretend organic ice cream from the scoop. Gender rolls are reinforced as Jon instructs the boys to allow Leah to serve them.

Jon and the kids arrive at Citizens Bank Park late and are greeted by Melissa Manuel the wife of Phillies Manager Charlie Manuel and fan of the show. The kids are given caps and rally towels just in case they have yet to perfect the art of towel snapping as means to attack each other.

Jon says the Manuels are southern and heartwarming. Kate declares that she is heartwarming (implying how well she’ll fit in when they get to North Carolina) then Jon leads their viewers in a huge eye roll. I believe Jon said that this was his first big league game as well. It’s odd to me that the man-of-a-thousand-experiences has never been to a Major League Baseball game.

Jon and gang watch the game from the Manuel's sky box. As an adult, I would love to enjoy that sort of luxury once in a while. I have to admit, however, that there’s nothing quite like the feel of the crowd. A full stadium actually has a rhythm which is heightened by the nervous anticipation surrounding the pursuit of a pennant. Have you ever felt your heart swell with the roar of the crowd? I hope the kids get to feel that one day. I hope all kids get to feel that.

In an effort to dodge the trauma of receding blood sugar levels, Jon loads the kids up on junk food. He mentions that Kate would not approve, but he doesn’t care and buys the kids a round of chicken fingers, cheese fries, hot dogs, Cracker Jack, and lemonade. I keep waiting for one of the kids to explode due to a serious lack of organic goodness, but all seems to be well in preservative land. It’s a Philly Frank, so who cares!

A quick detour to the couch finds Kate singing way too many bars of Take Me Out To The Ballgame in a key so off that Harry Caray’s ears are bleeding in his grave. I swear the only purpose of this couch break was so that we could hear Kate’s voice more. I think Jen, the producer, needs to be locked in a room and forced to listen to the Toys-R-Us episode in an endless loop for a week then maybe she will understand that it is a contribution to world peace if less of Kate’s voice is heard.

The Phillie Fanatic pays a visit to the sky box area and the boys just love him. The Fanatic plays with all the kids and Cara even cracks a brief smile. There are stuffed toys and hugs all around and the Fanatic poses for a picture with Jon and the children. At the last moment, the Fanatic puts his hand over Jon’s face and Jon comments that it must be Kate in the costume.

Insert quick couch cut-away so that Kate can correct Jon’s grammar. Apparently, Jon stamples all over the English language.

This is where the show gets weird. I guess the point is to so show just how many high-profile fans the Gosselins have, which could make them important by association -- I don’t know. It just seems like a lot of video name dropping to me. First into the sky box is the Phillies Senior Vice President of Marketing David Buck, his wife, and children. I did a quick check to see if David Buck is the brother of Fox Sports announcer Joe Buck and the son of the late Baseball Hall of Fame announcer, Jack Buck. He’s not, but his kids are the same age as the Gosselin children and there are lots of toys in his adjoining sky box so I guess he deserves some camera time.

Next come the big guns. Phillies President David Montgomery and his wife present the kids with First Game certificates, which is nice. I wonder if we'll see these framed and hung on the Gosselin's walls? Jon remembers that Mady wants a foam finger and the kids need jerseys for spirit week at school. Jon and the kids load up on good stuff at the souvenir stand. Cara reminds Jon that Kate doesn’t want the little kids to have the foam fingers (I guess she prefers that they hit each other with something more substantial), but Jon says that he's getting them anyway. Atta boy, Jon. The amount of items they take is rather shocking considering that half their brood already got several free items from the Manuels and the mascot. Kate hates baseball, why bring her a cap? I agree that it would be refreshing if we could see them show some restraint when it comes to the freebies. At least they didn’t show any lame attempt to pay for items that were probably gratis.

The Phillies won the game and their division and the kids head down to the field to meet Manager Charlie Manuel and run the bases. Charlie Manuel is tall and makes Jon feel short. Perhaps Jon should have stood on his big pile of money or perhaps the backs of his children. Jon, you’ll always have Kate around to make sure you feel small so get used to it.

The kids take off on their trip around the bases, but Joel gets dirt in his shoe and doesn’t quite make it to first. Where’s that damn bike when you need it, eh, Joel? Cara took off like she was shot out of a cannon. I guess when you see the possibility of a few seconds of alone time you make a run for it.

Next they meet centerfielder Shane Victorino who, like Jon, has some Hawaiian heritage. We find out that Jon’s mother was born in Hawaii, which explains a previous comment about the family tracing Jon’s roots and why they chose Hawaii as the site for the vow renewal. It seems insane to me that they would renew their vows on the land of his Mother’s birth and not have the family be part of the ceremony. I certainly hope that all reports to the contrary are wrong and that we see J&K’s family at the vow renewal ceremony. I can’t believe that these two would be so obtuse as to omit the family during something so meaningful. Unless, of course, the ceremony was completely meaningless and just done for entertainment purposes and to reinforce to the audience that the Gosselin marriage is solid.

The day was long and exhausting and Jon and the kids didn’t get home until 1 a.m. (Hope it wasn’t a school night.) Kate was sound asleep so I suppose Jon had to put the kids to bed by himself. What else is new. Kate seems irritated that the show wasn’t all about her, hence the endless stream of stupid questions. Kate appeared extremely uncomfortable throughout this episode. I think the realization has finally sunk in that the masses view Jon as the parent who is easiest to watch. Jon just spent several hours with four tired children, yet there wasn't a single meltdown. The kids seem less stressed when Kate isn't around.

Jon talks about how thankful he is for the trip to the ballgame and I'd actually believe him if it weren't for the blatant use of his children for monetary gain. They wrap with another round of Take Me Out To The Ballgame because apparently, Harry Caray isn’t dead enough.

Rosey in Washington said...

ThreeFarmers you are just plain BRILLIANT and HILARIUS with your recaps. I wish that instead of showing Jon and Kate on their magic couch every episode, TLC would employ you to read your commentary throughout the show...now that would be good television!!

I also noticed that the kids were much more relaxed without their organic mother there to put on their bibs before they ate. Wow, who would have thought that these kids CAN go hours without melting down EVEN if they don't eat their moms "home made" organic garbage....oh....eh.... I meant meals.

Maybe Mady has moved out, maybe she went to live at a "low blood sugar boarding school" so that she can get away from those damn cameras that she doesn't like. Either way, I am glad that Mady is getting a break from getting filmed. I would like to think that Jon and Kate are finally listening to their precious intelligent daughter and giving her some privacy, but I know the truth is probably that they have just started editing her out, you know due to her constant "low blood sugar". Because God forbid her blood sugar gets low enough to where it causes her to blurt out the truth behind the show.

For the record, Mady is my favorite. =)

Anonymous said...

It wasn't a school night. The Phillies clinched the division on a Saturday night. It was the night of 9/27 which was was a Saturday.

allison parker said...

Hey maybe we should not say Jon is the better parent coz Kate might axe him out of the picture like she did with Aunt Jodie and Beth. Jon's making Kate look bad. It's all about Kate, Kate, Kate!

tripletsmom said...

The next show Jon and Kate will be on is "Divorce Court".

ThreeFarmers said...

I think there is something to that remark. I'll bet Kate bristles when people say Jon is the better parent. Sure hope he doesn't bet bannished to the basement.

Also, I realize now that it wasn't a school night. I didn't know on what date they attended the game at the time I wrote this.

Aunt Connie said...

Watching the couch session was difficult -- but, hey, I managed to get through it!
Just because Kate annoys the heck out of me, I intend to keep watching until the very end - which would be a good thing. The end, that is.

Kate was pretty lost since she was most certainly "acting" through this session. She kept well to the left of the sofa, and she pulled her left ear lobe and ear ring most of the time. I do believe she was really TRYING to act stupid, and she did it very well. I don't watch ball games, but I knew the answers to her oh-so-dumb questions. Didn't she even ask what a bat was used for? I think she even asked if the game was outside or inside. I guess she needed to prove to us how very much she really hates sports and knows nothing about baseball.

She mostly did not interrupt Jon's diatribe with one of her own. She never did hit, slap, smack, or belittle Jon. We also saw more of the activity and less of the couch, which was surely a welcome change. Too much of the couch is getting old fast.

Annie8575 said...

Absolutely lovely, 3Farmers. You caught the spirit of the game perfectly. Well Done.

Anonymous said...

Was the baseball game episode filmed "after" the Hawaii trip? Wasn't Hawaii fimed in August?

Are they using the Hawaii trip as the end of season episodes?

Hey, even the Brady Bunch tanked in season five. I believe this Gosselin gimmee train may be 'bout to hit the skids....unless Kate is hiding another meal ticket in her head poof and its name is cousin Oliver.

Anonymous said...

The excessive freebies are getting sickening. They totally loaded up at the gift shop just like when they went to see the Christian play. All that free stuff and special treatment and not one kid said "thank you".

Anonymous said...

Iam a 1st time poster and new to the site. I used to like Kate until I read through this site and enlightened myself. I then noticed all the freebies and product placement. Before I came here I actually bought Jucie Juice because Kate used it. I thought she was super mom! But now I realize those poor kids are in way to much. In the GHK magazine they said that the family films 4 days a week. HOLY MOLEY!

This baseball episode was horrific. All the freebies! Jon bought so much food you'd think the family were starving. But then again, all that organic crap kate calls food much get tiresome. Good that those kids got to experience a ballpark hotdog. Poooor Cara was soo over having her picture taken. When that baseball player wanted to take a picture with them since "they are the famous ones" cara groans and says, "I'll stand right here." Everyone laughed.....but we can see shes obviously tired of being placed for pictures. Thanks for this site!

PS: I swiched back to Tree Top Juice!

my9cats said...

"Gender rolls are reinforced as Jon instructs the boys to allow Leah to serve them."

Ummm..if gender roles are inforced, how come they do not apply to KON? After all, Jon is the perfect mother and homemaker, while Kate, like Ozzie (from 'Ozzie and Harriet') stays in a closet (or room) all day and 'returns home' at dinner time.
Another example of KON not practising what they preach.

diane said...

It wasn't a school night. The Phillies clinched the division on a Saturday night. It was the night of 9/27 which was was a Saturday.

As I recall, the game they clinched was not a night game. I believe it was an afternoon 4pm start time on FOX. I remember watching the postgame celebrations on Comcast Sportsnet replayed over and over until about 10pm at night LOL. Are we sure they were at the clinching game and not just one of the other games where they had the possibility of clinching? If it was indeed the clinching game then the kids running the bases on the field with Charlie after the game seems odd because that entire stadium was empty. People stuck around in the stands after that clinching game for quite a while. So either the kids were forced to wait hours to do that and Charlie cleaned up and took a shower (cause he certainly didn't look champagne soaked lol), or it was a different night game. Maybe the night before?

katie said...

"Jon just spent several hours with four tired children, yet there wasn't a single meltdown. The kids seem less stressed when Kate isn't around."

I wonder how legitimate the "meltdowns" really are. Chldren are just that, children, and they aren't perfect. Even though some people might say a parent should do something you can't always guarantee that the child will follow through. Maybe the kids don't melt down around Jon because he doesn't give it any credibiliy or make excuses for them. I don't know this for sure, and I've never seen it (but I see this with my husband) - when one of my children start on the downward spiral he is able to distract and stop the meltdown, or he just ignores it...."if you're so tired you can't behave properly we should leave now/go home/whaever". Of course that wouldn't happen on a show day in the G household but you get the idea.

Meltdowns happen. You go with it. But they're not all as dramatic and significant as Kate would make the viewers think. Of course if 2 or 4 or 8 kids melted down at once it could be a challenge but don't J&K say they're the experts on raising 8 kids??? They should know how to handle this.

Ravello said...

3Farmers, thanks for another great recap. You should contact Zondervan and try to get a book published. These recaps could be side by side the KONS BS book.

I loved watching the low ranked boy tups and Cara eating the ball park food without bibs. And as you said, there were no meltdowns with Jon in charge. He at least loves and enjoys the kids.
Kate managed to ruin the episode with the painful couch talk. She tried to insert herself into the outing with some story about baking with the stay at home girls, then popcorn and a movie. Somehow I did not believe her. I picture Jenny, the Nanny for hire, feeding them the catered dinner, then bathing and bedding the kids.
Kate was obnoxious and inappropriate in that cap and the singing should never ever happen again. Kate, keep your day job, oh I forgot you do not have one.

I thought Melissa Manuel was lovely and maybe she was an insightful viewer worried about the kids. The boy tups got more attention from her than they receive from their mother. And she actually seemed to like them. I do not get the feeling from kate that she likes her kids.

Anonymous said...

As I recall, the game they clinched was not a night game. I believe it was an afternoon 4pm start time on FOX. I remember watching the postgame celebrations on Comcast Sportsnet replayed over and over until about 10pm at night LOL. Are we sure they were at the clinching game and not just one of the other games where they had the possibility of clinching? If it was indeed the clinching game then the kids running the bases on the field with Charlie after the game seems odd because that entire stadium was empty. People stuck around in the stands after that clinching game for quite a while. So either the kids were forced to wait hours to do that and Charlie cleaned up and took a shower (cause he certainly didn't look champagne soaked lol), or it was a different night game. Maybe the night before?

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I believe that you are correct. If I recall correctly, the Phils played the Marlins on Friday night, Saturday Afternoon on Fox and Sunday afternoon. The Mets lost early Saturday afternoon (1 pm start I believe), giving the Phils the division with the Saturday afternoon win, and Sunday all of the starters had the day off for the final game.

With all that said, I belive the family went to the Friday night game. With a 7 pm start, the games easily go to 10 and I'm sure Charlie and Victorino had to do the press stuff prior to meeting with Jon and the kids, which means their meeting could easily have been at 11:00.

I think Cara was pretty rude for saying that to Victorino. I know everyone laughed, but these kids just have no manners to me, to no fault of their own. I'm sure they were tired though.

I was only half paying attention to the beginning with the kitchen set, so I thought I might have missed the first half of the conversation when Jon told the boys to let Leah serve them. The show is much more enjoyable when Kate has less air time.

Anonymous said...

Okay, I'm confused- I know not all of you watch the show, but most do...so why are we given a recap?

grammieof4 said...

Anonymous said...

Okay, I'm confused- I know not all of you watch the show, but most do...so why are we given a recap?<<<

A recap allows you to experience the show through another person's eyes. Something small that you might have missed, might have been picked up by someone else and magnified to make it more humorous. Snarky recaps are just plain fun. Laughing once in a while is good for human beings.

Just a few reasons why most people like having recaps on this site. I'm sure people can think of others.

Moons in Leo said...

Anonymous said...
Okay, I'm confused- I know not all of you watch the show, but most do...so why are we given a recap?

10/22/2008 6:26 AM

I don't watch the show, and I enjoy Three Farmers' recaps much more than the actual program anyway.

Just too much jumping the shark this season, IMO. Please God let it be cancelled.

Anonymous said...

They were at Friday night's game, the game before the Phils clinched the division. Saturday was a 4 p.m. start, but Friday's was 7:05 p.m...the game they attended.

Anonymous said...

As a long-time Phillies fan I was actually MAD about this episode! A more appropriate venue for these kids would've been the Reading Phillies, the Phila. club's farm league team. The Reading stadium is kid friendly--even has a pool--and the prices are reasonable for a family affair. Oh, wait...since they don't have to pay for anything why not high-tail it to the skybox. To me, the kids seemed pretty disinterested in the game. My son (now 20) could hit a baseball at 18 mo. and had basic knowledge of the game by 4.5. (he now has an ice hockey scholarship in college, so sports came naturally to him). These kids seem baby-fied to me; immature for their age. If it were me, I'd have at least prepped the kids on the basics of the game, what to watch for, etc. But then again, I would've been sitting in the bleachers at Reading's FirstEnergy Stadium in mid-summer watching the Reading Phils. They cater to kids. If the show is to emulate a "normal" family's experiences then this episode sealed it for me--they are no longer the epitome of American Main Street--no matter how many kids they have.

Anonymous said...

I don't know where to post this so I guess I will try here.

I remember a posting by one of the blog administrators that discouraged the way Kate refers to low blood sugar in episodes. I would like to discourage the way posters here target OCD. I actually have OCD and am medicated for it- people make these generalizations about Kate and how she must have it. Based on what I have seen on the show I don't think she has it. Being anal and picky is not the same thing as OCD. Please stop- it's insensitive.

avasmommy said...

One anonymous poster brought up the point that this game was in September...and the G's were in Hawaii in August. Why the delay on airing that episode? Surely they won't wait until the end of this season, because who knows when that is considering it is a 40 episode season(if I recall correctly). Just goes to show how much this show is completely puppeteered. Most "day in the life" shows go cronologically. Not J&K. No, They're SPECIAL!!! They get celebrity treatment. gag.

Anyways, loved the post 3Farmers...as per usual.

Anonymous said...

I loved seeing Aaden being cuddled by Melissa. I bet that doesn't happen at home.

Also, when Jon said that he got home around 1:00 AM I immediately thought that it is a good thing he doesn't have to get up and go to work in the morning.

Anonymous said...

To the poster who asked why the recap:

Many of us now refuse to watch the show, but 3 Farmers has made it fun again because of the recaps. I look forward to the very last recap where Kon is standing behind their iron gated home, looking out at the world and telling each other they're doing what's best for the children. Then fade to black. Good-bye, Kon, we knew too much about ye.

Anonymous said...

Re: "I think Cara was pretty rude for saying that to Victorino."
Yes, that was a little rude. However, I'm gonna give her a little slack because she just turned 8, it was very late at night, and she probably didn't realize what a huge deal it was to have her picture taken with a sports celebrity (the G kids must have a very skewed perception of "reality"). She has posed for so many pictures and filmed so many "memories" in her short life that she may be a little jaded--or just plain tired.
However, I was glad to see the boys having fun and playing with the manager's kids--although it shouldn't take a free trip to the ball game and filming a tv episode for them to have fun.
Great recap as usual, 3F!

Anonymous said...

I loved seeing Aaden being cuddled by Melissa. I bet that doesn't happen at home.

Also, when Jon said that he got home around 1:00 AM I immediately thought that it is a good thing he doesn't have to get up and go to work in the morning.

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The game was a Friday night anyway.

Of course the kids are babied and immature for their age, they have a mother that makes them eat with bibs. I'm shocked that they don't have pacifiers.

MrsRef said...

Anonymous 7:30: We used to drive 2 hours from NJ to take the kids to the Reading Phillies. It was affordable family entertainment and there was not a bad seat in the house. We have also been to the Lancaster Barnstormers which is close to the Gosselins house. I love minor league baseball. Some of our best memories are going to Vet's Stadium, sitting in the 700 level and eating homemade hoagies and drinking from juiceboxes. No souveniers - just memories. We used to wait outside the "ramp" to get autographs with the kids and watch the players come out. My daughter met Shane Victorino this summer - has a great pic of the two of them.

Anonymous said...

I loved how at the beginning of the episode Jon talked as though "they" (J&K) decided to up and take the kids to see a baseball game. You know, kinda like how our families work where we all get together and decide something fun to do together? And then of course you're hit in the head with his explanation that "they" (someone else offering something free) made the offer for them to come out to the game. Yeah, that's family fun. And of course, fun for Mommy at home too because we must bring out new toys to entertain the kids who are left at home. No sense in spending time with them! Oh wait, "baking", I forgot that part. We've all seen how she lets them help "bake". So much fun!

betsy said...

I'm sure they were put in a sky box because no baseball fan where I come from, on a -huge- game night, wants to be looking around a camera crew to see the game. I, too, wished the kids could have felt the energy of the game but really, how mnay 4 year olds can or want to sit through a whole game? Whatever. They seemed happy, enough. I have really begum to like John after seeing him in several episodes away from "she who shall not me named for fear of my computer blowing up". I'll bet he was happy to go without her and her bitching. I wonder if he ever has moments when he looks around and wonders what has happened to his life. It sure has blown up. I have been trying to think of who he sort of looks like for a long time. The other night it came to me! He looks abit like Tattoo from Fantasy Island! Sorry, John...but I think so. HA!

Anonymous said...

I remember a posting by one of the blog administrators that discouraged the way Kate refers to low blood sugar in episodes. I would like to discourage the way posters here target OCD. I actually have OCD and am medicated for it- people make these generalizations about Kate and how she must have it. Based on what I have seen on the show I don't think she has it. Being anal and picky is not the same thing as OCD. Please stop- it's insensitive.

I would agree with you except for the fact that Kate has declared herself as having OCD. On numerous occasions. Which is probably why it is repeated often here. Personally, I don't think she has it but I think she uses it as a convenient excuse for her bad behaviors.

PKD-in-Illinois said...

I was livid after this episode ... absolutely livid ... for many reasons. For one, the kids were exhausted by the end of the night and yet they're still be dragged along for publicity photos. Another reason was that they're being raised like veal ... in a solitary, protected environment away from real world experiences.

BUT ... what was over the top, for me ... was Jon & Kate making fun of Joel getting dirt in his shoe. Good LORD, people. Joel is your SON ... and he IS WHO HE IS. You know, your parents are supposed to be the ONE group of people in the world who love you and try to understand you even when no one else will. So, how in the world is Joel going to thrive when his PARENTS are the first ones mocking him???

It broke my heart ... and quite frankly ... this may be the straw that broke the camels back. I think I'm done.

Anonymous said...

I am new to the site and am enjoying the diverse comments and hilarious recaps. But I have a question: What is KON? I suppose it's an acromyn for abbreviation for something, but I can't figure it out. Can someone please shed some light?

Brooks said...

I've gone from being entertained by this show, in its early seasons, to seeing the darker side and the "Ball Game" episode is the most nauseating to date.
Jon traipsing the boys and Cara to the Phillies game was nothing more than a grand mutual publicity move on the side of the Phillies franchise and the Gosselins.

Jon, who I used to think was a decent guy, now reeks of arrogance in this episode every time he mentions some high-ranking member of the Phillies organization watching the show. The kids aren't there for baseball. They are there on the clock working for the show and being "paid" by more freebies than they can comprehend.
I know it's been said before, but these children are being raised in a fishbowl. They will have no way to relate to other children when they are always forced to be together making public appearances and at expecting to get every material desire (of the moment) handed to them in return.

I think the true sign of the negative impact the show is generating for the Gosselin family can be seen in the twins. The latest episodes show Cara and Mady very obviously sad, angry and frustrated. They are now at the age where they realize the impact constant national exposure is having on their lives and obvious red flags seem to be conveniently passed off as their own personal problems (at the ripe old ages of 8).

As PDK remarked, Jon and Kate's disgusting attitude about Joel getting sand his shoe at the ball park, really demonstrate their complete arrogance, greed and lack of consideration for the egos and senses of self that each of these children desperately need above and beyond all the high-priced free handouts and outings.

Like the nightmare scenarios of the generations of child actors before them, I feel like this show is a slow-motion train wreck and the seeds are being sown for a family that will become unhappy and fully dysfunctional once the children fully realize the degree of their exploitation. There's no other word for it.

Rosemary Woodhouse said...

ThreeFarmers:

On behalf of me, my little sister, my Grandpa John, the cheap seats at Riverfront Stadium, and the Big Red Machine, I would like to thank you for your touching recap, especially the intro. Well done.

ThreeFarmers said...

K is for Kate
ON is for Jon

The are referred to as KON because it describes them perfectly as a couple of CON artists.

Moons in Leo said...

Jon traipsing the boys and Cara to the Phillies game was nothing more than a grand mutual publicity move on the side of the Phillies franchise and the Gosselins.

Wonder if Tampa Bay will make them the same offer? Ya know, being as they are such celebrities and all.

mollybloom said...

"Wonder if Tampa Bay will make them the same offer? Ya know, being as they are such celebrities and all."

Hey, who are they to say no?

Anonymous said...

In response to: "I, too, wished the kids could have felt the energy of the game but really, how mnay 4 year olds can or want to sit through a whole game? Whatever."

I have been to many many pro baseball games and have witnessed first hand numerous 4 year old boys and girls sitting on their father's or grandfather's lap, baseball mitt in hand, thoroughly enjoying the game until the end. I have sat behind many children the same age as the Gosselin children and heard them recite the players by name, position they play, and were able to follow the game inning by inning. IMO, the reason why the Gosselin children expressed little or no interest in the Phillies game, or the game baseball in general, is because they were not there for the love of the game or because they are diehard baseball fans, or spending a day with dad. Their presence at the game served nothing more than another in a long list of many 'who are we to say no' publicity generated episodes, exploiting the Gosselin children under the guise of 'making memories' and TLC's version of 'a day in the life of' reality tv. It is disturbing to say the least, that every single life experience that the Gosselin children are introduced to or participate in does not come without terms , conditions and obligations that are imposed on them by the hands of self serving agendas.Whether or not the Gosselin children are of the age to enjoy a pro baseball game does not excuse the balant exploitation of these children as witnessed in this episode and episodes past.

SCM said...

My memories of attending baseball games as a kid involve eating ice cream out of a plastic baseball hat, big crowds, lots of cheering, the chance of catching a fly ball, mascots, cracker jacks, etc. Going to a baseball game and going to a room inside a baseball stadium and watching the game out of a window that you can barely see out of are two different things. I'm sure the kids had a good time, but they did NOT go to a baseball game.

Anonymous said...

To Rosemary Woodhouse:

I was born and raised in Cincinnati and remember so many wonderful afternoons with my Dad at Riverfront watching the Big Red Machine !! Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, George Foster, Ken Griffey Senior, Pete Rose, Dave Concepcion. I can remember those days like it was yesterday and that was over 30 years ago. Thanks for bringing back some great memories.

Do you like Skyline Chili ? ha ha

Rosemary Woodhouse said...

Anonymous:

I'm making Skyline Chili for supper tonight!!!! LOL

RW

ThreeFarmers said...

Rosemary,

Thanks for the kind words. I really am just glad to be able to contribute something to the blog.

I honestly hope that any baseball fan who comes anywhere near eastern Iowa stops in Dyersville and visits the Field of Dreams former movie location. It's nearly exactly as it was in the movie. It's a dreamy place to have a catch.

Anonymous said...

I watched the re-run of this episode tonight and, since I can only take the show in small doses, I was flipping channels during it. On a different channel, I happened to see a commercial for the NEW "Playskool Dream Town Cherry Blossom Market". It just happened to be the same "farmer's market" toy that Jon "got" for them.

KathyGriffith said...

Perhaps the hospitality was so wonderful that the Gosselins decided to stay in Pa! Yay for the residents of the Commonwealth .... I'm sure they're all excited.

goldensglitter said...

I luv Skyline chili.....I am not from cinci, but one of hubby's buddies is and got us hooked. Just made it a couple weeks ago! Yummy! I order it online now.

avasmommy said...

I actually just caught a little bit of the episode when the re-run was on last night. The part when they made fun of Joel for his shoe - first of all, Kate was disgusted! Like she was totally embarressed and sickened by this. Second of all, does she not realize that he picked this up from her? As much as she freaks out when they get anything on all their FREE clothes. On one of those other re-runs that has been running lately where they go to the NICU reunion, Kate lost it when all the kids got their "good" shoes dirty. Joel has obvioulsy picked up on Kate's spastic behavior, although he does it in a tolerable and even kind of adorable manner, which she could NEVER pull off.

Lori said...

Awe... the Cinci references are the best! Who can forget Johnny Bench and that team??? Listening to "Paul Baby" Dixon and the "Everybodys Batty- about Cincinnati song" -- now that was a childhood! Hotdogs eaten in a crowd of cheering fans just somehow taste better -- don't you think?? The thrill of finding your seat, settling in and waiting for the game to start just builds up to the thrill of watching the team come out of the dug out and " PLAY BALL" The wave- the chanting-- how do you get that in a glass box that is designed for press and "royalty".

I wish they would let the kids speak for themselves. Interview them and let them tell us they had a good time. How would KON know the kids had a good time at the game, when they aren't even aware if one of the 'tups is far sighted or near sighted.

This is beyond sad...

Anonymous said...

Phillies win 3-2! Wonder if Jon knows this yet :)

ScarySkierNewJersey said...

I love your recaps 3Farmers......they are right on point and make me laugh, many times right when I need it.

One of the 50 places to see when I did my list when I turned 50 was the "Field of Dreams" baseball diamond. Can you really have a catch on it? I would love to do that!

ThreeFarmersWithAnAxe said...

Yep, you can have a catch and buy souvenirs and stuff. There are two souvenir stands because the property is owned by a couple of brothers who had some big dispute after the movie was made. The house and part of the field is owned by one brother and wife and most of the diamond and outfield is owned by the other. It's crazy. When I was there you could have a quick game on the diamond if you wanted to and, if the corn is high, they'd even let you pick an ear of corn from the outfield.

You can email me if you have any other questions or anything.

avasmommy said...

Oh another thing I just remembered....did Kate look freakishly tan? Or was that just me?

Anonymous said...

avasmommy said... "Oh another thing I just remembered....did Kate look freakishly tan? Or was that just me?"

Yes she did look off color. Too much blush too. But most of all, she looked bored because none of the subject matter had anything to do with her. You could tell she had no interest in anything Jon had to say about the game and about how the kids enjoyed it (except to correct Jon on his "communication skills").

Oh does anyone remember at the beginning, before Kate cast Aunt Jodi out of her life, when she said she didn't bake? She let Aunt Jodi bake with the kids because she was so good at it? And what did Kate do while the boys and Cara were off at the game? She said she "baked" with the girls.

sandyjean said...

Also, when Jon said that he got home around 1:00 AM I immediately thought that it is a good thing he doesn't have to get up and go to work in the morning.

10/22/2008 7:55 AM

Shoot I've gotten home later than that and still woke up to go to work! 1am..please...when you have kids you learn to live off hardly any sleep...LOL! I only have 3 kids.

avasmommy said...

anon- I had forgotten about Kate saying she let Jodi do all the baking. But I am sure they actually didn't bake anyways. When asked what she and the girls did while Jon and the other kids were away, she was puzzled and caught off guard. It took her forever to come up with baking, popcorn, and a movie. I wonder if the baked goods and the popcorn were organic? And if the movie was something educational? Am I imagining that J&K once said that watching a movie was something special because they rarely let them do it?

Anonymous said...

Educational movies are a "rare treat."

Anonymous said...

10/23/2008 6:24 AM
Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heart always breaks when I watch the photo shoot re-run, and I hear Mady say, "I don't know what that is because I wasn't there," when the old family photo is unveiled.

The hurt in her voice was obvious. It was so tactless of all involved to create a moment of such fanfare that explicitly omitted Mady and Cara.

10/20/2008 6:59 PM


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Yes! You've got it. Another perfect example how Kate "loves the children equally" that picture moment was horrific.

It was so blatantly clear to Mady where she is in the family, non-existent.

I might add in here Kate's reaction to the picture was all about her, she didn't even acknowledge that Mady found it offensive. Mady was stung twice, the first being the choice of a "family" picture in front of their first home that excluded her and Cara, and the second time when Kate was so self-absorbed with "her" picture she didn't even ackowledge Mady's heartache.

I guess that's what you get from a narcissist.
10/23/2008 7:08 AM

Anonymous said...

Anon said: I remember a posting by one of the blog administrators that discouraged the way Kate refers to low blood sugar in episodes. I would like to discourage the way posters here target OCD. I actually have OCD and am medicated for it- people make these generalizations about Kate and how she must have it. Based on what I have seen on the show I don't think she has it. Being anal and picky is not the same thing as OCD. Please stop- it's insensitive.
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I NEVER thought Kate had OCD. If I had thought so, I would have cut her some slack. OCD is a terrible problem and causes great suffering. It's a slap in the face to people who struggle with OCD when Kate uses the self-imposed "OCD" diagnosis to rationalize her atrocious behavior. In other words, it's her cover for what she really is - a Bitch!!

Anonymous said...

I hate the low blood sugar and the OCD claim. I have struggled since I was a child with OCD and was hospitalized at 26 because of it. After medication and therapy now at 43 I know that I must deal with this for the rest of my life. How dare she. I can't believe she so flippantly uses that expression when those three little initials almost took my life.

Anonymous said...

Yes, damage control, but there were flashes of improvement. I loved the fact that Cara seemed to be genuinely happy at some points w/ a big grin on her face. Okay, so Jon was greedy, but the kids had a good time. I also loved the way Mady had the choice to stay home.

I don't remember seeing Collin so happy since 1) the nanny-nanny-boo-boo jig he performed in his 'unnawears' the day Kate chewed them out for the loose drawer knob and 2) the day he went to see the trains.

I also loved the way Melissa (was that her name?) lovingly cradled Aiden, wrapped in a coat when he was tired. Aiden darling,that's the way it should be....

Bless her for doting on all the children that night.

Anonymous said...

"I don't remember seeing Collin so happy since 1) the nanny-nanny-boo-boo jig he performed in his 'unnawears' the day Kate chewed them out for the loose drawer knob"

OMG. I thought that was just the cutest thing I have ever seen on the show. That and when Aiden did his little jig when they were at the beach house.

Anonymous said...

I aactualy think it was a school night. It WAS NOT the "night" the Phillies clinched the divison -- they clinched on a Saturday afternoon. They were not at that game.