Episode Recap: 10/06 GH Photo Shoot

Go away, camera!

Sorry, Joelly, but that didn’t happen last week and it’s not going to work for you this week, either, as the Gosselins do double duty working a photo shoot for the cover and a feature article in the November issue of Good Housekeeping magazine and providing footage for the latest episode of Jon & Kate + 8.

In fact, so I don’t inadvertently promote the magazine, and because Halloween, my favorite holiday, is just around the corner, I’m going to refer to the magazine as Ghouled Housefreaking magazine. After all, Kate is on that cover and I can’t think anything more ghoulish than that. In fact, for Halloween, I’m going to find a keg sized vat of hair gel, grease up my legs, and walk down the street bitching at my husband in her honor.

Unfortunately, it’s not Halloween yet. It’s not even fall when the Ghouled Housefreaking caravan of exploitive madness pulls up to the Gosselin home. (I guess that sign in the yard doesn’t apply to them.) In fact it’s still summer, when all of this goes down. It’s so much summer, that the temperature is hovering around 95 degrees. The crews set up tents, cameras, and stations for wardrobe, hair, and makeup. They also decorate the deck and hang a few wreaths on the walls to get rid of that sanitarium look of which Kate is so fond.

Kate informs the hair lady that she needs styled but that she has already applied an Exxon Valdez dose of hair gel to her Foghorn Leghorn hair do.

The kids LOVE this stuff. They love wearing a shirt under a long-sleeved sweater outside in 95-degree heat. That ROCKS. They even get to hold pumpkins and a couple of stuffed toys while they stand there unable to move or wipe the sweat from their damp, slightly heat stroke-ish, little brows.

Jon and Kate hit the couch to tell us that the cover will be great (over) exposure for the show and will be good for their family. How is standing outside in 95-degree heat good for anyone? Jon comments that they have never had a professional photo shoot before. I guess they had all those publicity photos that we’ve seen all over the place done by chimpanzees -- amateur chimpanzees at that.

Much to J & K’s chagrin, the Ghouled Housefreaking crew was large. Too large, in fact, for the mere 2000 sq. ft. first floor of their jammed house. Huh? The average American house isn’t 2000 square feet all together, let alone on a single floor. That figure doesn’t include the Gosselin’s finished basement. I think Jon is suffering from square footage envy. They’ll need a 8000 sq. ft. North Carolina estate to cure that.

Kate is worried about the memories the children will have of seeing Jon in make-up. One of the kids is heard saying “Daddy is a girl”. Apparently they are less concerned with memories the children have of their mother belittling their father. My mind hearkens back to a show where Jon and Kate were going out to dinner and Jon asks Kate if she needs anything ironed. While Jon is doing the ironing, Kate is in the kitchen screaming while she belittles his manhood because he isn’t helping her in the kitchen. Ah, it’s all about the MEMORIES isn’t it.

They pile onto the deck and Jon & Kate begin to complain that the photographer's strobe wasn’t working. Um, that strobe isn’t the only thing not working in your house. Kate holds Hannah, the favored child, while the others stand or sit around them. The highlight of Collin’s day is when he gets to say “busted” because, according to Kate, the puppets weren’t funny.

Mady, the voice of truth and honesty in this family, declares that she doesn’t care if she’s a super star. She was done. Unfortunately, Jon & Kate learn that Cara looked like someone told her she had to get her mother’s haircut because she didn’t crack a smile during the entire shoot. The kids LOVE photo shoots. It’s FUN for them.

Lunch, naps, then they get to do it all over again, in air conditioning this time.

One of the production people plays the piano with Mady. Why is it that Mady gets so attached to any adult female who pays her any positive attention? Hmmmm, I wonder what relationship is lacking in that child’s life?

The next day, they get up early and climb into the ginormous bus/limo thing that comes to pick them up for day two of this job. Yes, it is a job for those children. If there is any doubt about that after this episode, then there is something very wrong in the minds of those who think this isn’t work for these children.

Today’s photo shoot is much more comfortable because the temperature is 65 degrees. Kate requested that the temperature be 65 degrees. Did you hear that? KATE WANTS THE TEMPERATURE TO BE 65 DEGREES! Voila! It is so!

Upon arrival, the kids are immediately bribed to behave with Luna bars. This will also meet all their female nutritional needs and ensure that they understand that they only have to behave when they are given a treat.

The kids go around hugging everyone because they apparently think film crews are the same as trusted friends and family. Again, Mady finds a female crew member with which to bond. Jon thinks the most important thing is that the kids bond with the strangers. Yes, you want your kids to bond with strangers. Kate seems to be a bit concerned about it, which is the smartest thing I’ve heard her say in two years.

Everyone has to be skinny to fit on the cover. The whole family crams into this little space with a couple of small risers. Mady refuses to smile -- bless her little non-conformist heart. Kate says the kids were nervous because of the people holding them on the risers. Of course, the kids don’t know what it is to be nervous, right, Kate? This is FUN. The kids LOVE this stuff.

As a surprise, the crew brings out a dog to stop the meltdown of several of the children. It’s unknown whether the family is keeping the dog, which looks like a little Dandie Dinmont, but that’s just a guess on my part. The pup was cute and playful and I’m sure if it stays with the Gosselins, like a leach, Kate will suck the spirit right out of it.

Apparently, the kids were done working before their job was complete so the crew broke for lunch. As a reward (which is our new word for freebie) the children got these great little backpack/lunchbox things with a yummy lunch inside so that blood sugars won’t drop any lower than necessary. Of course, a paycheck is what these children should have gotten, but their parents will take care of that. We hope.

After their meal, it was back to work and that didn’t go well. (Isn’t this FUN, kids?) The kids were tired. They had spent two days in uncomfortable clothing under lights that were too bright and too hot with no guarantee of compensation.

Another, much funnier puppet lady comes out to save the day and the photographer was able to get the shot. They all dance to Footloose, the song about a bunch of rebelling young people growing up in a secluded and oppressive environment. Perfect. Everyone danced and had fun because fun looks better to the cameras than a bunch of kids doing two days of sweaty work. Kate dances with Hannah, of course. Jon dances with Leah and the rest just grab onto any adult who has time for them. The boys, however, still looked miserable, as if they’d never seen dancing before in their lives.

If you didn’t want to read the recap and decided to just jump to the last paragraph, here’s a summary. Hair was gelled, pictures were taken, children were miserable. At the end, everyone pretended to be happy. (Just like the last couple of episodes where J & K spent the end telling us how fab their marriage is.) They show us the finished Ghouled Housefreaking cover complete with appropriate airbrushing. Gosh, happiness sure is hard work.

Submitted by ThreeFarmers

84 comments:

Anonymous said...

"They pile onto the deck and Jon & Kate begin to complain that the photographer's strobe wasn’t working. Um, that strobe isn’t the only thing not working in your house."

LOL! I love it.

Anne said...

Lets really send emails out, we all including myself love to add to this blog but lets go a step further and try to stop this. Send one email and cc it to all, People, Goodhousekeeping, Media 8 productions, K-Mart, TLC and the list goes on. After the photo shoot show I was in tears for many reasons. Nobody but us bloggers seem to be concerend for these kids please take a minute and send an email or even better make a phone call, tie up the phone lines with real concerns for these kids. Kate and Jon aren't going to stop soon we will see cookbooks, more videos, clothing and so on. They hear the cash register and they are there. Enough is enough. thanks all

Anonymous said...

Here's the cover:

http://justjared.buzznet.com/2008/10/07/gosselins-good-housekeeping/

Anonymous said...

93 degree weather and they dress them up and put them under more lights(which is more heat) this whole show made me ill and I am embarrssed to say I watched it. I wish I lived in their area to go to one the speaking sessions to give them a peice of my mind. Shame, shame on you kon and jate.

Katie O said...

You're my favorite, ThreeFarmers. Your recaps crack me up!

Paula S said...

You forgot the most important point. The reason they had to take the ginormous bus the second day was because their van was in the shop.

Wait, was that a hint to be BLESSED with a new van? A reward for all of their hard work that doesn't include the kids. Time will tell but if I were a betting woman .......

betsy said...

HAHA! So perfect! My heart breaks for Cara and Mady. They knew life before the little ones. Mady made it clear from the beginning she didn't want 6 more kids in the family and now look at her. She knew her life was going to change dramaticly but could she have guessed all this? And Cara is finally showing it all on the surface. If the parents are really asking the kids if they want to continue is it only the 4 year olds they are asking? Poor Mady. All she wants is some attention and people/children will do what they need to do to get their needs met.I fear what that will mean in the long run for her.

Carol said...

Ah yes, a hint to be blessed with a new van. I'm sure some poor sucker will give them one. The recap was hilarious.

Anonymous said...

Enough is enough after this show I am on a wild email campain to anyone who has anything to do with jon and kate/the show. If I have to send 50 emails a day I will do it. They really need to fire their PR team as this last show IMO really made them look like the cash sucking parents I feel they are. Now back to my emailing....

grannie annie said...

I must say, threefarmers, WRITE A BOOK, the unofficial biography of Kate G.. You're a hoot!! :))

Anonymous said...

Another great job, Three Farmers. Can anybody answer this question - I've been wondering about it for a while. Why does Kate put grease on her legs? Is this something that is routinely done for TV - is it intended to be "leg make-up" or something? Three Farmers, you saw she had it on again for this episode - any idea why?? Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I wonder how their neighbours felt about haveing the crew there? Great post, when I watched it I felt sick but reading your post made me laugh. Great job their PR team is doing.

ThreeFarmers said...

Why does Kate put grease on her legs? Is this something that is routinely done for TV - is it intended to be "leg make-up" or something? Three Farmers, you saw she had it on again for this episode - any idea why?? Thanks.

So I could make fun of it.

Thanks, Kate.

Anonymous said...

You forgot at the end when Jon asks, with a smile, if TLC can arrange for them to meet Kenny Loggins...these people have no shame!

patrickwm68 said...

Awesome recap, I couldn't have described it better myself.

This episode should be put aside as evidence so when the children file for emancipation they can say to the judge "Your honor, look at what these two knuckleheads made us do".

elleroy said...

Why does Kate put grease on her legs? Is this something that is routinely done for TV - is it intended to be "leg make-up" or something? Three Farmers, you saw she had it on again for this episode - any idea why?? Thanks.

I've noticed that quite a few celebrities grease up their legs too. I have no idea why. I know this will sound nit-picky, but with regard to how vain Ms. Kate is, it just annoyed me the way she "posed" on the couch during the train episode. It didn't look comfortable at all and it looked like she was posing to show off her legs. I wish she'd realize it's not all about her. We're not watching to see how fabulous Kate freaking Gosselin is. We watch for the kids.

Ravello said...

Thanks 3 Farmers for another great recap. It was such a sad episode to watch. Afterwards, I was as angry as I was after JoelGate and CupcakeGate. I could not sleep. I need to stop watching this stupid show.
Everyone is doing a great job writing, email'ng.
Our voices are being heard, I am sure of it. I hope corporate types are squirming as we speak, anyone involved with the KONS should be mortified.

Anonymous said...

Beth and Kate's (oh, and Jon's lets not forget all the work he did) book comes out on Oct. 14. My guess is that the People spread, Regis and Kelly and Good Housekeeping are part of the publicity campaign. However, there was no mention of the book on R&K. there was someone who worked in publishing read an advance copy of the book and had a copy of their publicity tour. If they could update a copy and post it here, that would be great!

michelle said...

I'm so concerned for all of the children.
Poor Cara looks so sad in the Good housekeeping photo shoot.
Cara looks incredibly sad in the pictures in the People magazine at their "second" wedding.
Mady does not look happy either. But, it is so evident on Cara's face. So SAD.
Why can't Kate, the mom, not see this! Instead she just brushes it off, it seems!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the laugh ThreeFarmers. You are too funny - love it!

Anonymous said...

Quote by Kate for the GH article
KATE: “Mady will come in and close the toilet lid and sit there and talk to me while I’m in the shower. I like to hear what they have to say. For me, that’s more like normal parenting"

Sitting on the toilet talking to your mom when she is in the shower just for undivided attention. That's beyond sad.

Lola said...

Some of what's inside GH:


During the First Months with Eight Children
KATE: “There were days I just wanted to cover my head with a pillow. But I knew my babies were counting on me, and I had to keep it together. I had to keep it together for Jon, who was falling apart – he’d been laid off when I was pregnant and was applying for every job under the sun.”

The Strain on their Marriage
KATE: “But our marriage is going to go through many more years of fine-tuning. Right now it’s taking a beating, because we have a house full of children. People see us arguing, and they say ‘When will Kate and Jon split up?’ Well, never. He’s the only one who’s been by my side through all of this.”

Life Will Never Be Normal Again
KATE: “People come here and say, ‘I feel like I’m watching your show.’ That’s because this is our show. We will never feel normal again, TV show or not. Does anyone see a family with twins and sextuplets every day? No. It took me until the little kids were almost two to completely accept it.”

Parenting Eight Kids
KATE: “I’m trying to focus on the enjoyable moments, rather than keeping them clean every minute. You have to realize you’re setting the rules for life. With six, we have no room for error.”
KATE: “It’s hard to turn my brain off at night. When I choose Leah to take to the grocery store, and I don’t know when I can tell the rest of them when their chances will be, that’s guilt.”
KATE: “Mady will come in and close the toilet lid and sit there and talk to me while I’m in the shower. I like to hear what they have to say. For me, that’s more like normal parenting.”

When They’re All Grown Up
JON: “I suddenly realized that I’m going to have five son-in-laws.”
KATE: “I have very vivid dreams of our family in the future – a house full of love, laughter, and lots of grandkids to spoil. I’m already worried about that empty-nest syndrome. Just as they came in a big group and overwhelmed us, they will likely leave in a big group, and the quite will be even more deafening.”

Anonymous said...

Animals that act in movies at least have PETA looking after them. Children in reality shows have nothing. If the public was to see that little dog under hot lights for 3 to 4 days a week you better believe there would be outrage expressed from every group in the US including magazines, PETA, the National Humane Society, newspapers and it would headline on every tv show. But let 8 children star in a reality show that they work the same way, because it gives people some "sick" enjoyment that makes it ok.. BTW I do not watch anymore. I like to read ThreeFarmers Epi recaps.

Anonymous said...

Great recap job, Three Farmers...this episode made me sad, most episodes just anger me... Mady, bless her heart, is so starved for attention that she latches onto any available female and Cara looks absolutely shell shocked, even Kate noticed Cara's sadness in the pictures... good job, Kate, that's a step in the right direction, NOW DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT, STOP THIS MADNESS!! And Kon seemed quite proud of their 'celebrity' staus, talking about their 'photo shoot' and 'wardrobe' and 'makeup'...it gets worse every week

Anonymous said...

Great job once again ThreeFarmers! I love you!

ThreeFarmers said...

I'm beginning to think that Cara is doing the sad face on purpose because she's smart enough to know that lots and lots of people see those photos. She does it in photo afer photo.

It could be she's trying to send out some sort of message. That that message isn't a positive one.

Anonymous said...

Can Kate please get a clue. When I read the GH excerpt about her dreaming of a house full of love and laughter and GRANDCHILDREN??

What gives her the right to think her kids will want anything to do with her when they are grown? Her parents could never have treated her worse than she treats her brood. Those kids "may very well" discard her and Jon just as they did to their families and friends.

Kate Gosselin is indeed delusional. And those sheeple who relpied to the article...YIKES! Talk about narrow minded..."I love this family..the kids are so cute...I love the way Jon & Kate interact...you are all jealous...do you have 8 kids?" Give me a break!

Thanks 3F for making a difficult situation in to a once in awhile smile with your perspective!

Anonymous said...

I emailed Paul Petersen today (via his website contact info) and thanked him for all he has done and asked him to please watch this episode which so blatantly illustrates that those kids are WORKING. I'm going to keep checking his website to see if he has anything to say about it.

allison parker said...

Photoshopped Good Housekeeping Cover

did anyone already see the cover of the Good Housekeeping Magazine?
Oh my gosh, they are awful photoshoppers. Here is the link to a blow up pic:
http://justjared.buzznet.com/gallery/photos.php?yr=2008&mon=10&evt=gosselins-housekeeping&pic=gosselins-good-housekeeping-01.jpg

and you can see that they tried to photoshopped Hannah. She did not look anything like her at all! It looks like the photoshoppers just flipped one of her eyes and pasted it on the other side, the same thing they did with Jon's eyes!!! Creepy. I wonder how Kate will react that they sabotaged her favorite girl's face!?
They also made Kate's arm leaner...

ThreeFarmers said...

I certainly hope there's more of that photograph because not only is there less of Kate's arm, there is one less sextuplet. Where's Aaden?

I think Hannah looks about the same as always.

Anonymous said...

Allison-you are so right. Jon and Hannie look like Stepford Wives. Actually, it looks like they made everyone have two identical eyes...which nobody has. Creepy indeed.

Anne said...

Anonymous said...
I emailed Paul Petersen today (via his website contact info) and thanked him for all he has done and asked him to please watch this episode which so blatantly illustrates that those kids are WORKING. I'm going to keep checking his website to see if he has anything to say about it.

10/07/2008 7:54 PM

I swear I did the exact same thing 5 min ago, I cant tell you how I felt when I read you did the same, really it made me feel so good as I am so frustrated after mondays photo shoot show that my blood is boiling. I have sent over 20 emails out today it might be a waste of time but it is eating at my heart. Thanks all for your comments as I feel I am not alone,

Anonymous said...

did anyone already see the cover of the Good Housekeeping Magazine?
Oh my gosh, they are awful photoshoppers. Here is the link to a blow up pic:
http://justjared.buzznet.com/gallery/photos.php?yr=2008&mon=10&evt=gosselins-housekeeping&pic=gosselins-good-housekeeping-01.jpg
_____

So they just cut Aaden out? Must have stuck him on the floor because he's not visible in this even when I changed it to full screen. And Jon has that super geeky fake smile he always does. I wonder if he realizes how stupid he looks.

Anonymous said...

I found Aaden (where's waldo style!). The second link on this thread has a cropped shot of the cover - Aaden is sitting/kneeling in front of Cara, under some text.

Poor Hannah ... looks a little photoshopped!! At least Mady and Cara are both mostly smiling! You can tell on Cara's face that she's sad, though, those eyes ... I just want to go shower them with some positive attention and hugs!!

Anonymous said...

That was perfect...way too funny (and sad)!

Anonymous said...

Can Kate please get a clue. When I read the GH excerpt about her dreaming of a house full of love and laughter and GRANDCHILDREN?? I know, she's crazy. Those children will run far, far away from her pathology. No, crazy lady you're not going to use my child for some sort of scheme. You don't let your children laugh and have fun, really, whose going to believe you'd be any better as granny.
During the First Months with Eight Children
KATE: “There were days I just wanted to cover my head with a pillow. But I knew my babies were counting on me, and I had to keep it together. I had to keep it together for Jon, who was falling apart – he’d been laid off when I was pregnant and was applying for every job under the sun.
I'm so tired of this freaking lie about Jon losing his job. He stopped showing up for work. He wasn't laid off, he wasn't let go due to insurance. He stopped going. A responsible person would have gotten FMLA but not our Jon boy. I guess the cash started rolling in when they cried about their story the minute the dr. told them the number of fetuses and the money started rolling in and Jon said screw going to work.
To bad that article and the retraction is no where on the net to point to when that lie gets repeated so much.

ThreeFarmers said...

Thanks for all the positive feedback. Frankly, when I wrote this I thought it sounded kinda lame.

So, if you're all saying good things just to be nice, it's working. I've fallen for it, completely.

*grin*

Christian_N_Daniel_Mommy said...

and you can see that they tried to photoshopped Hannah. She did not look anything like her at all! It looks like the photoshoppers just flipped one of her eyes and pasted it on the other side, the same thing they did with Jon's eyes!!! Creepy. I wonder how Kate will react that they sabotaged her favorite girl's face!?
They also made Kate's arm leaner...
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Alexis' eyes were also photoshopped, they are the same eyes. Have Collin's eyes always looked that *ahem* WEIRD?! Jon's eyes are definitely the same ONE eye and you can tell that he has 2 left eyes - one is just flipped to look "right" but it looks awful like he had some kind of surgery! Kate's arm is definitely different and if I didn't know any better I would say that it looks like pretty much every child in there was photoshopped in.
Maybe that whole freakin episode on Monday night was done just so that the viewers would know they did a photo-shoot and not think twice about the cover of the magazine because it all looks VERY photo-shopped... but how could it be if the camera crews were there for 2 days straight trying to get "the perfect picture"?? HA! They probably took each person's picture individually and worked them in. With all the "pretending" they did that day they might have even just "pretended" to do the shoot knowing from the very beginning they wouldn't be able to get all 8 miserable kids to smile and pretend to be happy at once. Wretch people you are, Jon & Kate.

Anonymous said...

Kate Is Magical!

The witch and her wardrobe. All she has to do is mention something
she wants and magically it appears.

If devoted friends and family question her poof they are gone for
good.

When I turn my TV on and she is on,
my husband and daughter disappear in one second flat.

Anonymous said...

Alexis, Cara and the boys definitely look like they were cut and paste into this photo from others. Guess there wasn't a single shot they could use from those 2 days of shooting?

Susan said...

Three Farmers - you are a genius! Your epi recaps are some of my favorite online reading all week. Please keep it up.

T-bag said...

Ok, you say on your blog that this is not a website to spew hate but to get the word out there. While I appreciate you are trying to put these episode recaps in a fun way to read, they are a little mean. You talk about wanting to help these kids- don't you think you're stooping just as low as Kate when you make those hurtful comments? I am all for helping those children, but I really think they'd want nicer people than their parents representing them.

Anonymous said...

Nice recap 3F! I can't watch the show anymore - those two literally give me a stomach ache - but I still like to know what's going on.

Random question here: what color are Jon's eye's? On the GH cover, they look like they are blue/grey. I've heard he wears contact lenses so I'm wondering if they are colored lenses. Otherwise, I find it strange that none of the kids have light eyes, seeing as Kate has blue eyes.

Sorry for the rambling. It's just something I've been curious about.

Anonymous said...

This was a wonderful recap and now I'm going to imitate you and be Kate for Halloween too. I'll have to go to the store for extra strength blusher and make-up. I'm using chicken fat on my legs, how about you? Figured it would double as a hair gel.

avasmommy said...

Thanks ThreeFarmers for another wonderful recap! This was much better than the episode.

This was the first time I watched the show for quite some time, and it reminded me why. They suck. I was ill this entire episode. Those poor kids. It just gets worse and worse every week.

Anonymous said...

It is so ridiculous how Kate attempts to make it seem like the kids like everything or ask for everything or enjoy everything. Grown adults paid as models don't enjoy photoshoots, and yet 4 year olds do because it's an 'adventure'? Very sad, how helpful can little fans be when it's 90+ outside and your kids are in a sweater? On nearly every episode Kate explains how the kids enjoy something, when quite obviously they don't, and that's just the edited version.

Anonymous said...

I wonder why the photographers needed so many shots of the family. If the photogs could see the shoot going south, I wonder why they did not abandon it and photoshop what they had.

Anonymous said...

What I like about the GH cover photo is that Jon and Kate resemble a two headed pumpkin!
LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL

Anonymous said...

I thought I was the only one who noticed that Kate thinks her legs are her best feature.
If you notice in some of the older interview chair shots, on her right leg, there are some veins that she had fixed. At first I thought they were bruises, but then I look closeer and I'm sure they are normal veins that most women get. She had them fixed, and I have noticed now that no matter what the weather, she is wearing something short and recently she has been shoving her legs at the camera. Actually, not a good idea to do that -- just like with hands extended towards a camera...it makes them look larger. But in any case, I also noticed that on Regis and Kelly when her husband complimented Kate, she looked down at her body, and rubbed both hands down the outside of her legs....as though he had said "Gee, your legs look wonderful!" LOL

Anonymous said...

She's envisioning a houseful of love and laughter with grandkids?
She really is delusional.
I can just see her IF, that is IF her kids actually stay in touch with her -- and they each bring onver 2 or 3 kids.
She'll have everything covered in plastic, shouting orders left and right. Does she not realize that her grandchildren will run and play and touch things just as her own kids did? And they will also spill things and knock things over.
Do you see her with a house full of love and laughter as that happens? I don't.

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness. I was just looking at the photo while enlarged. I have never seem a child Cara's age with long fingernails like that!

lifeoriley said...

Re: Anon above-- There are numerous sites on the internet that suggest that Jon was not fired from his job--that he simply stopped showing up. Without having proof of this, I can totally see that happening in J&K's case. I can imagine Kate calling Jon at work to complain, or to play the damsel in distress or the martyr so that Jon would have to leave work early or stop going altogether. She seemed to not want him to go to work in the early episodes (when he still had an outside job). She complained that when the twins' room was being done that he "got" to go to work while she had to "orchestrate" all of this (the remodel). As if SHE were the one hammering and sawing and nailing the room together while Jon was out having fun. I don't think she wants Jon to work outside the home at all. She doesn't appear to want to be left alone with the kids and she needs someone to order around.

Also, of course the photo was photoshopped--but that happens in most cases on magazine covers--they are changed or enhanced in some way to make them "perfect" for the publication. Covers sell magazines.

Anonymous said...

I did notice that the other night when it showed them posing for that exact photo, Kate was on the right of the pic; because I remember her yanking on Mady's arm because she was not standing up next to Kate's left hip and she was crying and not wanting to stay in the pic. They used that positioning, and then all said Yay that it was completed. That's why I was surprised to see them reversed in the cover photo.

scaryskiernewjersey said...

Wasn't "Joel Gate" when he was banished to the laundry room floor when he was sick with the flu? He got sick on his new comforter and off he went to the laundry room!

sammysam said...

Something that stood out to me was little Leah just looking down in the photo shoot.
Recently I have noticed how hard she is working to be noticed by her mother. Either by vomiting or being the perfect little girl saying and doing all the right things for Kate.
The fact that during the photo shoot she didn't smile or cry, she just seemed to shut down.

ThreeFarmers said...

This was a wonderful recap and now I'm going to imitate you and be Kate for Halloween too. I'll have to go to the store for extra strength blusher and make-up. I'm using chicken fat on my legs, how about you? Figured it would double as a hair gel.

The last thing my legs need is to have more fat rubbed on them.

Anonymous said...

Wasn't "Joel Gate" when he was banished to the laundry room floor when he was sick with the flu? He got sick on his new comforter and off he went to the laundry room!

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Just want to add a few details to make it crystal clear why this episode is one of the worst....

Some of the kids had the flu and poor Joel kept vomiting. He threw up on his comforter and as Kate refers to him as "vomitus boy", she proceeds to lay a thin blanket on the laundry room floor (which looks like a hard, cold linoleum)on which he is to lay, with his pillow and blankie. She explains that this is better FOR HER because it makes clean up easier. She then closes the door and leaves him there. Jon comes home , opens the laundry room door and reveals that Joel has a high fever and asks Kate if she gave him anything, and she says yes. Later on, Jon moves Joel to the master bedroom with a comforter , although he threw up on this one also, but Jon didn't seem to care.

The whole thing broke my heart- poor Joel was so sick and he just needed some cuddling and comfort, and doesn't get ANY from Kate.

themrs said...

oh, this just made me so sad. i'm embarassed to even admit i watched it. i've never seen the kids look so depressed. two whole days of a photo shoot for toddlers. did anyone notice in one clip one of the little girls was crying (not sure which one) and mady is yelling at her and then cara reaches over and pulls her hair. while kate stands there and smiles. also, kate says they got to play with the dog for a few minutes and that she enjoyed seeing them being kids. that it was their reward. so they got five minutes of acting like kids for two long days of work? paul peterson, help!

ThreeFarmers said...

Ok, you say on your blog that this is not a website to spew hate but to get the word out there. While I appreciate you are trying to put these episode recaps in a fun way to read, they are a little mean. You talk about wanting to help these kids- don't you think you're stooping just as low as Kate when you make those hurtful comments? I am all for helping those children, but I really think they'd want nicer people than their parents representing them.


I have written dozens of letters to networks, sponsors, and legislatures. I've already got letters written to legislators in North Carolina but I'm waiting for word that they've made their move.

I advocate plenty for the children.

Are all my comments about the Gosselins sweet and rosy. No, that's because I don't conider J & K to be sweet and rosy people. They day they start being honest about the things that they have said and done. The day that I don't see hypocracy when I watch that show is the day that I'll have good things to write about the program.

You don't, and won't, see me here talking about trivial things like sippy cups and naps. I don't make fun of the children. But, do I think a woman who can smile to your face and lie through her teeth is ghoulish. Yes, as a matter of fact, I do.

The Gosselins believe that our campaign to affect legislative change for all children in entertainment, including reality televison, in all states is evil. That is their word, not mine.

The Gosselins need to learn that they will reap what they sew and if they want people to say good things about them, then they need to be genuinely good people. Not just good in front of the cameras.

Just as word spread about their loutish behavior, word will spread if they have truely changed. When that happens, I will be more than happy to give honorable behavior honorable commentary. I pray for the day when I can come on here and write a recap of the final episode because J & K have decided that it's best for their children to not be on television. I hope I get to use words like charitable, honest, employed, and humble when describing J & K. Unfortunately, until this point. I've seen none of those things.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for that. The last pharagraph made me laugh out loud...which is really quite sad.

This episode more than any other I have seen shows how truly damaged these poor children are. This country really needs some child labor laws to get them out of this mess. Sadly, I think it's already too late for the this set of children though. I hope John and Kate are holding back some of their money for therapy for when these kids get older. Wait a minute, with John and Kate, they will be trying to get someone to donate it to them for free.

Anonymous said...

I thought I was the only one who noticed that Kate thinks her legs are her best feature. That's old news. This chick has always been sitting around on that "love" seat like she was posing for cheesecakes photos. Such a demure Christian mother, NOT!
Covers sell magazines. This one though if just going to cause me uncontrolled vomiting. Urp. This thinking about it makes the old stomach revolt.

ThreeFarmers said...

Wasn't "Joel Gate" when he was banished to the laundry room floor when he was sick with the flu? He got sick on his new comforter and off he went to the laundry room!

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Just want to add a few details to make it crystal clear why this episode is one of the worst....

Some of the kids had the flu and poor Joel kept vomiting. He threw up on his comforter and as Kate refers to him as "vomitus boy", she proceeds to lay a thin blanket on the laundry room floor (which looks like a hard, cold linoleum)on which he is to lay, with his pillow and blankie. She explains that this is better FOR HER because it makes clean up easier. She then closes the door and leaves him there. Jon comes home , opens the laundry room door and reveals that Joel has a high fever and asks Kate if she gave him anything, and she says yes. Later on, Jon moves Joel to the master bedroom with a comforter , although he threw up on this one also, but Jon didn't seem to care.

The whole thing broke my heart- poor Joel was so sick and he just needed some cuddling and comfort, and doesn't get ANY from Kate.


I agree with you on that account. A cold hard floor isn't the place for a sick child.

I have always believed "Joelgate" as sort of the catch-all phrase for the way that Joel is treated. Is often forgotten, blamed, and singled out form the others in a negative way. I'm always struck when he's got that glazed over look about him. He also whines a bit and I think that irritates both parents.

AireZoe said...

3F, I'll go trick-or-treating with you! You can grease up your legs and frost your hair, and I'll go in khaki shorts and a big shirt as Jon. You can berate me and I'll mutter under my breath and roll my eyes.
The trick? Getting everyone to luuuuv us for appearances only.
The treat? A new definition of stay-at-home parents.

iluveeyore said...

I, too, wrote to Paul Petersen -- immediately after watching this episode... and asked him to watch it. I agree that it's a perfect example of the exploitation of the children.

(Aaden is sitting in the front right side of the picture. He's separated from the rest of the family by text, so it's easy to miss him.)

lynn/anon1967 said...

I wonder if mailing the grocery stores that are going to have the magazine in the stores will help, and also people that have subscriptions, calling and telling them that you don't want that issue mailed to you, and the reasons, or emailing them, will make a difference. I'm trying to think of more ideas and ways to make a difference, this makes me so sick.

Anonymous said...

This episode made me so sad for these kids. It is like TLC is now trying to make Kate look like an old shrew! When the kid she was holding in the photo shoot started crying, Mady was trying to calm her down. Now, (as Kate pointed out on the couch), if there is news to tell she knows Mady relishes being able to be the one to spill the beans. She saw that Mady was going tell the little girl about the dog surprise so Kate cuts her off just so she can be the one to tell the girl. Everyone reading this probably had the same thought I did, "Nice move, Kate. Now you will have another kid melting down!" And Mady did. She got all upset because her shrewmom couldn't let her revel in the small glory of being the one who was able to calm the child down. Did anyone else loathe Kate yet again when she was describing the poses they were doing and she said how they put Aiden behind her w/ his arms around her and she said something like "Aidan was dragging me down of course"? How rude! She will be sad the day he is too big to hug her and wants nothing to do with her! She will feel horrible that her little man no longer WANTS to put his arms around her! Oh, and then there was the part where she said the people with the puppets weren't funny. At least THEY tried to get the kids to cooperate. She just kept saying that all she could do was stand there and smile and couldn't be bothered to make sure the kids were happy and smiling too. Of course you couldn't, Mother of the Year!! That would mean you care more about your children's needs and wants than your own, which is becoming increasingly obvious that is not the case! Again, I am almost thinking TLC wants her become even more of a meanie. The bigger train wreck she is, the more people will tune in to see her freak out on her own children. Tsk Tsk, TLC! Shame on you!!!

lynn/anon1967 said...

Someone had mentioned Collin's eye, there was one episode, during an eye appt, that she was telling the Dr that he had a droopy eyelid, most noticeble when he was very tired. I'm guessing he was very tired during this episode. I also would bet that the naps were mentioned because they wanted to show that they didn't work straight through the day.
I also sent another letter to Paul Petersen.

funkycatt said...

Aaden also has a bar code across half his body. Visually I almost think he should have been sitting on a box like the brother opposite him. (convinent how they have a symetrical number of children so they always looked balanced in photos, eh?)

They very well could have just photoshopped in a smiling kid into the photo. Though Hannah looks completely fake, and not just due to funky eyes.

Anyway, I know we're not supposed to go on and on about how we do things for our kids. But. When I take my kids to get their pics done (JCPenney thank you very much) they last MAYBE a half hour of shooting. That's it. Once small children are done, crying, throwing fits, no longer smiling, its time to pack it in.

Why did they need TWO DAYS worth of photos anyway? To prove to everyone that it is IMPOSSIBLE to get a photo of 10 people all looking happy. You know all those pics on the internet that everyone says proves how sad their kids are are the result of how HARD it is to get 10 people to smile at once. Not because their children are unhappy or have something missing in their lives. (That was sarcasm, in case its not coming across on the internet)

Andrea said...

That was by far the BEST recap I've read!!!! Anyone who thinks that these kids are doing all this for "fun" is not living in reality. Well-put, ThreeFarmers!!

Anonymous said...

Awesome recap! I quit watching the show Monday of last week, and reading this blog/recaps has been great. It's so sad to hear how miserable the kids are - I'm really hoping that Cara and Mady keep up the rebellion.

I believe today is also the twins' birthday, so Happy 8th Birthday Mady and Cara! Hoping they had a nice party, possibly with friends from school or someone who's not in their immediate family.

Moons in Leo said...

I don't watch the show but I do enjoy reading the recaps.

I know there are many more important things in the world to be concerned about above and beyond the Gosselins.

But I will continue to check back occasionally, hopeful that some day I will be reading about how the show has imploded.

Anonymous said...

Did anyone else watch the dog? It went from place to place searching for somewhere to hide. I felt so sorry for it - 16 arms and legs coming after it. I wonder if the dog is protected by any laws - we know the kids aren't.

Anonymous said...

There are tons and tons of children on TV and Im sure they are in front of the camera at least as much as the Gosselins are, which is legal. Other than the money issue, which I hope J&K are putting money aside for thier children, they may very well be within the child labor laws in thier state.

Anonymous said...

So funny I can't stand it. I literally laughed out loud reading your comments about Kate's hair.

IMHO said...

I guess they don't consider the photo shoot aunt the long lost Aunt Beth's place, done by the guy that does their annual photo shoots "professional" enough.

3F - again, I add to the pile of flowers at your feet for this great recap. Foghorn Leghorn - love it!

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Anonymous said...

I wonder if you can put "return to sender due to child exploitation" on the magazine to send it back? And if the magazine would have to pay the postage for it being returned?

Anonymous said...

Very good summary!

I found the following article at the Orange County Register. It is a very inspirting story regarding a couple which I would say is almost the complete opposite of Kon. Very inspiring.

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/says-parents-money-2182434-made-salary

Anonymous said...

After watching this episode it is obvious that there are one of two things going on with Mady. She either (1) is always whiny and melts down over very minor things, which means that she needs professional help to learn to deal with life's everyday problems, and Kate and Jon need to get rid of the cameras and focus on her emotional well-being; or (2) she is only whiny and melts down over very minor things when the cameras are rolling, which means that Kate and Jon need to get rid of the cameras because they are obviously unhealthy for her!!! Either way, this poor girl is suffering and her parents are ignoring her. How can they not see this???

Anonymous said...

Comment on anonymous' post of 10-9-08 7:57 am....I agree with your comments on Mady, and when I first began watching this show, I had a problem with Mady's behavior...until I realized the problems her parents have...my heart bleeds for Mady, I think she's a super smart kid stuck with 2 oafs for parents, and I feel badly for Cara, too, she is hurting just as much as Mady but doesn't act out as Mady does...my gut feeling is that Mady is a whiner by nature (Cara, not as much) and the way Kon continually deals with Mady, by just fluffing her off, and labeling her, just exacerbates the situation, doesn't try to get to the root her problems at all...sad

Anonymous said...

I just saw the november edition of GH on stands and it doesn´t have the Gosselins on the cover, it has the interview but the cover is a delicious apple pie!, do you already know this?

Christi said...

I just saw the november edition of GH on stands and it doesn´t have the Gosselins on the cover, it has the interview but the cover is a delicious apple pie!

Some magazines will have one cover for news stands and one for subscribers. There may be different covers for geographical regions sometimes, I'm not sure. Don't know if GH does this sort of thing, but it wouldn't surprise me. Although you'd think they'd use the G's as the news stand cover, to hopefully increase impulse buying. (TV Guide used to go to extremes - 4 Star Trek covers in one week, etc.)

chiasmus said...

"Anonymous said...
I just saw the november edition of GH on stands and it doesn´t have the Gosselins on the cover, it has the interview but the cover is a delicious apple pie!, do you already know this?"

Sorry, I don't know how to bold the quote above...Oh my...perhaps they were SUPPOSED to be on the cover and GH chose not to use them. Won't Kon think that this is just horrendously horrendous?!?

Anonymous said...

I am home sick today, and have been responding to several KON blogs. 3Farmers, I laughed so hard it almost made it worth being sick. I can just visualize Kate ExxonValdez sliding down through E-n bitching at a zombie Jon, and frightening the poor Amish who live in the area. They don't know about KON since they don't watch TV. They speak politely to each other, and the English (non-amish), and an Amish woman would never disrespect her husband in private, much less in public.

I have to confess, I don't watch the show anymore, but I sure do appreciate your recaps. If you are old enough to remember Mad magazine, your blog reminds me of their take-offs. Good job, 3Fmrs.

BTW, I'm thankful I can lay in bed when I am sick, rather than be stuck on the laundry room floor.