Legoland and Animal Safari Recap

On this episode of Jon and Kate Plus 8! Kate and Jon are on vacation! Vacation from what, nobody knows.

We're still trying to get to Hawaii so this ridiculous couple can renew their vows and go home, but we're not even remotely close to that moment yet, unfortunately. The family needs five days to adjust to a three hour time change, and do this by relaxing at LegoLand and Wild Animal Kingdom in San Diego. San Diego just happened to offer them a free trip at exactly the same time that Hawaii did! San Diego is not to be outdone by Hawaii, of course. Gotta keep up with the Joneses. Going around America's most expensive cities spending money is quite relaxing, I suppose, if you have money in the first place.

Credits roll. I appreciate the sympathy for my 401k in my last recap. If anyone is wondering, it's doing a bit better this week. It felt your love.

At the airport, which I think is Philadelphia--hey, it looks just like that episode Plane Ride to Utah, with maybe the kids a little older. Oh, yeah, and no Beth helping. They don't need no stinking friends or relatives anymore. Not when they have a catatonic nanny.

Kate leads the kids to the restroom, which everyone insists is still called the "potty." At a certain point that will no longer be cute, and it's coming soon. This is actually one of those few moments that harkens back to what I thought was the real premise and "hook" of this show--which is the logistics of getting eight little kids all about the same age through day-to-day life. For instance, how will only a few adults get this many kids in and out of an airport restroom (or potty, if you're a Gosselin)? Well, they line them up outside, Jon watches the line, and it looks like Kate and Jenni take them in one at a time. But that's all we're gonna get of the mundane stuff that is surprisingly interesting. TLC is much more interested in the thousands-of-dollars trips, and are convinced we are, too! Networks. I wish I could vote them as our president.

The kids are getting really good at going through security. That's odd, because just a short while ago Kate was insisting that the kids have barely ever flown before. In their spare time have they been jet-setting to Japan like Brad Pitt does making watch commercials only the Japanese see for some extra cash? I have my suspicions. But seriously, I really want to know how these kids got so used to airplanes when everyone always likes to try to pretend they stay home and live very normal uneventful lives. Yeah, I don't think so.

The kids are crying and screaming, probably because they're hungry for breakfast, tired, sick of the cameras, or all three, and Kate is yelling at Jon about something. "We're very disorganized on this trip," she complains. Probably because she no longer has real pros the kids really respond to along, like Beth or Jodi.

Kate picks a completely stupid fight with Jon about who will lead the group and who will head up the rear. Seriously, why does it matter? Just someone over the age of 18 get in front and someone also over 18 get in rear. Kate insists she has to be in the rear because she's not good with directions. I've been to the Philly airport at least six times on connecting flights if not more; it may be huge but it couldn't be more simple to get where you're going. Step one, you look at your gate on your ticket. Step two, you look at the yellow signs above your head which clearly point which way your gate is. Step three, you proceed in that direction to said gate. Jon explains that it is annoying to be in front because Kate is always telling him to walk faster and overall irritating him while he's trying to be the leader. Yeah, I can see that. Poor Jon, another damned if he does damned if he doesn't situation. Kate has him just where she wants him.

Jon snaps, "You're stinkin' annoying. Too bad." They keep fighting over this for quite some time, all in front of the kids, too, as well as the nanny, who probably feels super awkward right now. Hysterically, while this is going on, the nanny kind of quietly wanders to the front with a few kids and starts to lead. Jon and Kate STILL keep fighting. Kate claims that she is dealing with everything and Jon is doing jack, just like she always does. And she's completely wrong, just like she always is, since Jon is, as usual, busting his balls. That is if he still has any, which is open to debate. I'm reminded why this couple and this marriage completely, utterly, BUG.

On the couch, Kate is still not letting this go. Another of her admirable qualities--she holds grudges as hard as some people are trying to hold onto their jobs in this economy. She is talking in circles not making any sense at all about why Jon had to be up front. She finally tells Jon to just say that she is right and get it over with. She even grabs his mouth and tries to make him form the words. Man, she is desperate! My grandfather always said the more wrong they are the louder they talk. Good advice, Grandpa. Thankfully, Jon is like, no way not sayin' it. I have a great book recommendation for Kate, it's called "Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In." I think the techniques in that book might work a little better for her rather than her current strategy.

The howler monkeys and their parents herd onto the plane. Kate is, of course, "exhausted." She's got a four-buck Starbucks grande in hand to pep her up. Jenny is stuck in the very back row where you can't even recline your seat because it's built up right against the bathroom wall. She kind of casually suggests she sits somewhere else, but Kate forces her to the back. Being a nanny for a celebrity family has such wonderful perks, doesn't it? Surprisingly, Cara, not Mady, is having a complete meltdown. And they haven't even left PA yet! She bangs her hand on the seat for emphasis. "This is the worst trip ever!" she sobs. "Ever! Ever!" Cara coming alive! I love it!

Kate already made it abundantly clear she doesn't want to sit next to Alexis on the plane in the last episode. Now, right in front of Alexis, she reiterates that she was avoiding this child and doing everything she could to pass her off on Jon. I guess she thinks Alexis is not old enough to realize her mom is talking about her, making fun of her, and doesn't want to be around her? "My seats are full!" Kate laughs evilly. I give her a dirty look.

So very oddly, Kate says they've been with the kids to California "numerous" times. Huh? As far as we know they've only been with the Tups to California once for the Ellen show, and with the twins to northern California once for a speaking engagement. That's only two. But I actually believe Kate that it's been numerous, because of how good the kids are at traveling cross country. I think there is a shitload of jet setting going on above and beyond what we see on the show, which I don't think is very healthy for these kids--the stress, the time change, the long flights, the instability, and so on. I don't know where they are going--photo shoots maybe, production meetings, free trips we don't know about, but it's a lot. Also out of curiosity, what is the plan to keep all this up when they are in school?

Oh God we're only five minutes into this episode. I better speed this up.

Kate and Jon justify a huge thousands-of-dollars trip to San Diego by insisting that the children couldn't possibly adjust to a six hour time difference without five days of fun, sun and a resort in San Diego. This way they can slowly adjust to about forty minutes a day. I see their point.

The kids are fairly good on the plane and Kate actually made a great effort to try to entertain them with various games, food, and things like that. She ruins the moment by reminding us again really truly no one likes Alexis, like, at all. Personally? I think the little leprechaun is great.

They land. Kate gloats on and on about how a flight attendant thought her kids were so well behaved. Cut to Collin who is refusing to get off the plane with Jenni and in fact wants to go backward down the aisle. I'm afraid that won't get you back to PA, Collin, or out of this family, either. Jenni, the alleged nanny, is utterly clueless how to handle this, and Collin bolts ahead. On his way out, he smacks his head hard on the bulkhead. He's wearing crocs. I wonder if that made him trip, because I've heard a lot of people complain that crocs make little kids trip. Incidentally, I thought Kate was heading up the rear. Why is the nanny now heading up the rear? It seems like a parent would want to be last out of the plane to check for stray children, ipods, sweaters, things like that. Oh, well.

Kate explains that the reason Collin got hurt was that God was punishing him for not obeying Jenni. Um, what? HOLD UP. Does anyone still actually believe that God punishes anyone, much less an adorable four-year-old little boy, by causing them to fall on their head and possibly get a concussion, skull fracture, or worse? I thought that was something 17th century Puritans and possibly a few leftover followers of Jerry Fawell held fast to, but certainly not mainstream Christians these days. And for the record, if not for the show, Collin wouldn't have been on this airplane in the first place, let alone had a nanny who can't control him. He could have been seriously hurt and Kate is sitting around talking about some vengeful God.

I know religion is a hot topic and that a casual reader might just think I'm prejudiced against the Bible Belt. But I am actually a very regular church goer myself (I attend an evangelical Presbyterian church), and I'm still really shocked that Kate believes this, I have to say. It's clear to me she is a religious nut, and TLC has done a damn good job of keeping it on the down low for much of this series since they already had the religious angle with the Duggars. Jon and Kate were inconveniently just as Godly, so they had to sort of try to avoid it. I’m super curious now what she actually says at her church speaking engagements, if anyone can afford to hear her anymore.

While we're on the subject, let's talk about Jenni. She's not a stand out nanny by any means. She's not all that enthusiastic, creative, or affectionate. But she does the job and puts up with a lot of, well, shit. The kids seem moderately attached, at least some of them. But she'll be gone in another couple months of course, when she does something that offends Kate and gets herself estranged. Kids can get super attached to caregivers, and to shuffle in and shuffle out a bunch of rotating faces without really giving them any lasting stability, is really cruel, I think, and also really insensitive. I wonder if anyone has helped the Gosselin kids feel and process the loss of Beth, Jodi, or others. Eh, probably not. Moving on!

They get on a bus to Paradise Point, a gorgeous resort, which invited them. Read: Paid for it all.

Coming up, Kate manages to ruin some more fun!

The family has settled in at Paradise Point on Mission Bay island, which also has a spa. I bet Kate requested that! Kate explains that it was perfect because they never had to interact with anyone since it had a bunch of private entrances. That's nice. I hate interacting with people, too.

"Jenni had her own room," Jon explains. Then Jenni explains that actually Mady and Cara slept with her on the rollaways. So yes Jenni had her own room, I suppose, not counting the two kids in it. Ha! I certainly predicted that one correctly. I am really curious how much Jenni is getting paid for not even being allowed two minutes to herself on this entire trip.

They explain where everyone else slept, which is boring, and then they explain that the kids no longer need potties. Seriously? Hallelujah. How old are they, like twelve now? Notably, Kate and Jon have their own master suite "away from the kids." I see why they needed to bring the nanny along.

Jon and Kate take all the kids to the pool. The kids are really turning into little fishies after getting some swimming lessons. They should consider getting a swimming pool at their house in PA, huh? Perfect investment in this economy.

For like the sixth time Jon explains why they need to spend five days in California spending TLC's money and adjusting to the time difference. The three…hour….time difference. We get it, we get it!

After lunch Jon and Kate take the kids to a lagoon, except Mady, who is back in the hotel with the nanny. Mady was misbehaving so she wasn't allowed to come along. I actually don't have a problem with this. If a kid is misbehaving, she should lose privileges like doing something fun with everyone else. But I do have a problem with Kate calling her "ugly." She is a misbehaving child, not a duckling. All kids misbehave at some time. They are appropriately punished, and hopefully they act better next time and eventually grow into nice adults. Ugly has nothing to do with it.

They buy some fish food and let the kids sprinkle it in the water. This is such a great activity and kids always love stuff like this. Kate is even taking pictures and everyone is having a blast. Jon gets some drippy squid to feed the sharks, which is super cool. Everything is going so great until Joel drips a little squid water on himself. Kate freaks and tells him he's going to stink like a fish but "we can't change you!"

Um, why can't they change him? Because the boys won't match? Because they don't have any other clean clothes? Because the nanny is not available to change him? That's just ridiculous. A nice moment ruined. Thanks Kate!

Commercials. The Duggars have their own show now. Copiers! The Duggars may be odd ducks, but I like them so much better than this family and I could write a dissertation on why. Starting with how much more appreciative they are of the little things in life and how aware they are of how wonderful and blessed their happy and healthy family is. But alas I'm stuck recapping this crap. God must be punishing me.

We're back! Jon decided to get a paddleboat which unfortunately only seats three kids. Kate decides who has been really good today and who will get along with who, and Jon and Kate manage to split the kids up without them realizing it so that Cara, Hannah and Collin go with Jon to the paddleboats and the rest of the kids go with Kate to the beach. Aw.

Jon insists that Cara has to ride backwards in the paddleboat. She has a meltdown and says riding backwards makes her sick, which I'm sure it does. It does quite a few people. Thankfully Jon figures out a way where she can kneel on her knees and face forward in her seat. Problem solved. I don't want to even imagine how Kate would have handled this issue. Probably call her ugly and banish her to the nanny, I suspect. And involve God somehow.

Back at the resort, the nanny is watching the kids on the beach. At least the nanny is having some nice quality time with these kids that aren't hers. And Kate is standing around crossing her arms and talking to the cameras. After all the efforts to not let the kids know they had to split them up for the boats, Jon paddles straight up to everyone to say hello. Wow, that's kinda mean. Of course the other kids want a ride, too. Aw, that stinks that they all couldn't go.

Kate takes a couple pictures with her iphone. Yet another thing the average American really probably can't afford. Or at least shouldn't get, budget wise. Of course I have a Blackberry I can't afford whatsoever, so who am I to talk. I "need" it, I promise.

The production crew rented another paddle boat and desperately tried to keep up with Jon and the kids to film them, but they really couldn't. I think that's a sign from God. You know, to leave them alone for once.

Kon finally realizes it's totally unfair to just arbitrarily take two kids on a paddleboat, and Hannah is always the good child anyway so that's really an uneven contest, so they start taking turns with all the kids and shockingly, even Kate participates. Everyone is getting a chance to ride at some point, which I'm very happy about. Unfortunately with eight kids, you're going to either have to make an effort to make things like this as fair as you can, or not do them at all. I know critics will say life is not fair, but trust me, these kids will get that lesson plenty of other times.

Coming up, building more memories at expensive amusement parks!

We're back. They're going to Legoland, which is actually in Carlsbad, not really that close to San Diego. But that's okay we can pretend it's in San Diego. Anyway, you would think part of the hook of traveling with this many kids is how you're going to get them to where you want to go, but not this show anymore. Production has chartered a shuttle which drives everyone there, and everyone naps peacefully on the way. Drama gone. Yawn.

Legoland is pretty much just like every other amusement park episode of which there have been way too many, so I'm going to skip most of it. The short of it is Kate can't go on a ride without yelling at Jon and making everyone edgy and nervous.

At one point Alexis tries to make her escape from this family, but unfortunately Kate catches her and drags her back. I've never seen Kate run so fast after something. But after all it's like watching money blow away in the wind when a child in this family wanders off. They should get these kids insured. Mady gets super frustrated when trying to drive these cute little Lego boats. She's going to be a fun one to teach to parallel park.

Coming up, more fun at the amusement park! More screaming, but at least it's happy screaming.

We're back! "If you're in San Diego you oughta do Legoland!" Kate announces. Or, Carlsbad. Whatever.

The nice people at Legoland let the children into their new totally awesome aquarium. It has fish and little Lego scuba divers and cool stuff like that. Most things are built down low so that it's incredibly kid friendly. It's not even open to the public yet. I hope someone explained to the kids what an incredible privilege it is to have a private advanced viewing of an exhibit like this. I hope they don't break it. These kids are destructive. I really fear for these kids when eventually they realize first, that one day they will have to stand in line for maybe hours for this stuff, and two, they will actually have to pay for it and that a lot of parents will probably say sorry honey not this time. Maybe if we get a coupon someday.

Poor Aaden's having a tummy ache. Maybe God is punishing him? Nope, Kate attributes this to not eating organically. Oh for Christ sake. Okay, then I'm gonna attribute it to the stress of having his entire two weeks of his what was meant to be relaxing vacation filmed 24/7. Two different opinions. Both equally possible I think!

Coming up! More amusement park fun/spending money.

We're back. Finally it's their last day in San Diego. I hope to God everyone has adjusted to the three hour time difference by now. They head over on their private shuttle to Wild Animal Park. At the park some nice park lady is taking them around on another shuttle.

I think it's really funny that Aaden says his favorite animal is a dragon. That's not even a real animal, cutie pie. The park lady seems like she's thinking, um, well, not sure if I can show you that one. What a cute child.

The park lady does her best to educate the family about the various animals, but no one really listens, not surprisingly. They're on vacation. This is no time to learn!

Another park lady gives the family a private viewing of a bunch of smaller animals. There's a super cute owl and the kids are getting a lot better at petting gently compared to other animals parks we've seen them at in the past.

The lady brings out a really tired, shy springhass, which looks like a bunny and a kangaroo had sex. Seriously. It's creepy.

The kids want to know why the springhass is so shy. "Don't you like a little privacy?" the park lady asks. Ha, I almost think she might have read GWOP at one point the way she said that.

"Yes!" Kate cries. Oh, gimme a break, Kate. If privacy is an issue, you're welcome at any time to turn the cameras off. Lord knows there are plenty of us who have been asking you to do that for over a year now.

Some people have claimed on the boards that Mady said, "But we never get it!" in response to the comment about privacy. My closed caption doesn't know. I honestly can't really hear for sure what Mady said. But I'm sure it was something snarky and awesome. I love those smart-mouthed twins. Their parents deserve it.

They bring out a little alligator. Alexis is truly THRILLED. It's so adorable. And her parents actually appreciate her pure joy, which is nice.

Finally the day is done, and they have to get back to the hotel and pack for Hawaii. They thank Paradise Point, which just reaffirms to me that they paid for everything.

This was a nice trip, I guess. Expensive of course, completely unnecessary, but nice. There were a few moments where Kate and Jon were good parents, involved and engaged and happy. And not to be outdone, there were many more moments where they were back to their ridiculous selves. I still can't believe we're not in Hawaii yet.

Coming up, allegedly we finally get to Hawaii, but I'm not banking anything on it.

Submitted by Dew.

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Misty said...

Totally hilarious - captured the spirit of this show to the tea (tee?) !!! Great recap!!

Anonymous said...

I just want to compliment you on your great writing ability. I watched this episode and you were right on! Good job and keep your recaps coming!Bravo!

Sarah said...

Even if Alexis doesn't know what they're saying, don't they realize this is being filmed, and she will probably watch it at a later date?

I was a fan of the Gosselins for a long time, and I still watch, but I think enough is enough. I don;t think the kids are doing well with all of the cameras anymore.

Anyone else notice that they aren't airing Mady's "meltdowns" anymore?

Anonymous said...

Love love love these recaps. Don't watch a"nymore but find these so funny. I did want to clarify one thing though, and I can't believe I'm sort of defending Kate. The use of the word "ugly" by Kate to describe how Mady was acting is a very common Pennsylvania Dutch expression. I would not put it past Kate to comment on the looks of her children, but in this instance she was likely only talking about behavior. Kate probably says she "gets her hairs cut" too!

momforthekids said...

I also want to compliment you on your great writing ability. I think your recaps are better than the show! I am very sure that Jon and Kate read what is written here. They don't show Mady's "meltdowns" anymore on air because we have talked about them numerous times here. Also, Kate "hitting" Jon hasn't been shown. Now she "pets" his face instead. I truly believe the show is on it's last leg. The public is realizing that Jon and Kate are frauds.

Anonymous said...

My mom and I officially stopped watching weeks ago because we don't think it's good for the kids, even if they are adorable. We didn't know there were so many people out there that realized how everything is handed to them now. It's not realistic, it's freebies!

Since I didn't watch, just curious, who stayed with Mady while everyone else went out? Some one did stay with her, right?

homelife said...

Love this recap! Hilarious!

I hadn't gotten around to watching it yet, but I'm definitely not going to now. After the Alexis issues Kate was having on the plane, it's enough to make me stop watching for good.

iluveeyore said...

Mady was left with the nanny -- ooops, I mean helper -- Jenny, and actually got to have fun feeding ducks.

chiasmus said...

Exceptionally exceptional! Thank you for the fun read.

You didn't mention that when Kate was freaking out at the airport, Jon threatens to not talk to her the entire rest of the trip. Now THAT would have been worth watching!

My favorite line from your recap:

"I can't really hear for sure what Mady said. But I'm sure it was something snarky and awesome."

Ha! I just love Mady...so worried about her, though.

Alexis' reaction to the alligator was worth suffering through the rest of the train wreck. What a darling child. I want her to be my friend when she grows up.

Thanks for the brilliant recap, Dew.

Anonymous said...

I love the recap - my only beef....

Jenny is not a nanny. She's a parents helper. A nanny is someone who is capable of running the show in the absence of the parents - and Jenny is not capable. Calling her a nanny makes all the REAL nannies of the world look pretty bad :) Be kind to us! :) There are a lot of us that do a great job - and don't deserve to have our title continually slandered in the media :)

(end vent!) ;)

MelB said...

Is it just me or does Jenny not seem to be very much into the kids. She never smiles, we see minimal interaction other than the times the kids are disobeying her. Perhaps it's just editing or she is told to keep her motuh shut and fade into the background? Hmmm.

Anonymous said...

I don't know..I think Jenny should be left alone on this..but yeah she is called the helper.. (pack mule) but maybe they should have a nanny instead.. Someone to play with them; teach them proper speech, manners (all the head slaps these kids do is ridiculous). All the things Kate should be doing; instead of standing around with her arms crossed and yucking it up with the camera guys. Poor guys; they are just stuck there. Ha.

Anonymous said...

"For like the sixth time Jon explains why they need to spend five days in California... adjusting to the time difference. The three…hour….time difference. "

If they are so concerned about the time difference, will they be stopping back in CA on there way home from Hawaii too? Or will they be all out of freebies by then?

CAAngel said...

Awwwww, I missed the commerical breaks!

Anonymous said...

I havent watched the past several episodes but are J & K actually referring to Jenny as the children's nanny or has her role of 'nanny' been assumed based on what is seen of her in the show? There is a big difference between the actual duties and responsibilites of the title nanny and that of what J & K would refer to as the 'occassional helper' and or, what Jenny IS actually qualified for and what the expectations J & K have of her, where the children are concerned.

Paula S said...

Did Jon say that when Aexis went to school she was going to be a child - a demon? Did he really say that? I hope I misunderstood.

I like reading the recaps before I see the episode. That way I know what the look and listen for when I watch it.

Thanks for the recap!

Anonymous said...

I have to compliment the writer here...great recap.

However, I disagree with your statement about Cara not wanting to ride in the paddle boat. How Jon handled things well, and heaven only knows how Kate would have. Well, I found Jon to be completely rude and negligent to Cara's feelings and fears. He kept saying "you have to" sit backwards and because of editing we have no idea how long this would have argument would have taken place.

Anonymous said...

to the tee*

penelope said...

Jenny and her short-shorts are obviously there as visual interest for any unfortunate husbands who are forced to stay in the room while us ladies watch this trainwreck of a show. Why do I watch, then, you ask? Actually, I don't anymore. But I've seen previews and I've read the recaps.

Anonymous said...

I hate scrolling down to find the most recent post and comments-- can't the "read more" feature be used?

Sharla said...

I'm sorry, but once the comments have started being posted, it's too late to "fold" the post to make it shorter on the blog.

Anonymous said...

Jenny is not very good with the kids. If she's taking her cues from Kate, I pity those kids.

juicyone said...

Honestly, I could care less about the kids-- I just love to snark on Kate. She is a hateful wench who should have listened to God when he made her (rightfully) barren!

tha squirrel watcha said...

First of all, as a nanny, I believe Jenny is a nanny who was hired by J&K to be a "mother's helper". We nannies are some abused lil' professionals & Jenny's behavior is a common reaction to passive agressive communication, of which many nannies are expected to be proficient. One other expected behavior is to NEVER, EVER act like you're smarter than your employer, hence the catatonic, slug-like actions (appearance is another big one, notice J doesn't interact with her much). If you pay attention, you'll catch her acting a little more lively, then K will swing into the picture & the life will drain out of her. There are also small glimpses of the kids being excited to see her, but the camera quickly pans away. I think she has more to do with these kids than we see.

I think the plane scenario was a staged sequence gone wrong & Jenny was confused as to what to do. She tried to grab him, but it did happen pretty fast. I'm really more concerned that the camera people didn't just drop the camera & help out in a potentially dangerous situation. I really wouldn't expect J&K to have the common sense to make sure a parent was in the back.

I will give Kate or the producers credit--we never see her abusing the nanny. That scene where Jenny questioned where the kids were, then said she was confused--I wondered if a smart aleck remark from Kated was edited out!

Love your recaps!

challahbread said...

Could Jon have been more negative about the kids in this ep? I think he should have bowel issues and then see if it's good to be critical of Aaden.

slappypappy said...

This recap was so great! I don't watch the show anymore, but I sure do like reading the recaps. The way this one was written, I could totally see the Katie Irene I remember doing these things.

Anne said...

The worse part for me was when Kate went in the boat and said "we arent coming back" the little girl already has shown issues with them leaving and she taunts her. I am embarrassed to say I watched it. Kate and Jon make me sick. One day all this greed is going to bite them in the butt at the kids expense of course. so sad,

jamie said...

I was flipping through the channels and my wife made me stop. Kate was very annoying when they were in the aquarium part. I can't imagine my wife being so unfeeling towards our kids.

Barbara said...

Great recap, Dew. Glad to have you back, hopefully for good.

I agree with the poster who wondered if they would have to stop in SD on the way home to adapt to the time change.

Anne said...

Jon made Cara sit in the back as he was afraid the small kids would fall out but when he and Kate went for a ride, different story, 2 small kids in back (alone) and kate in the front. He was very rude to Cara about this as well. He is lookin as good as Kate nowadays and thats really bad!!

Anonymous said...

Yup! the "band of howler monkeys" reference was spot-on.

I am fed up with this bunch. They are not cute. Not. Unmannered, whiney, not even housebroken. And the kids are even worse!

Anonymous said...

anonymous said...
"For like the sixth time Jon explains why they need to spend five days in California... adjusting to the time difference. The three…hour….time difference. "

If they are so concerned about the time difference, will they be stopping back in CA on there way home from Hawaii too? Or will they be all out of freebies by then?

11/05/2008 5:38 PM
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If they ever come to CA again, I hope they never come to San Francisco. Jon and Kate Gosselin - you are NOT welcome here. Stay Away!!!! We have enough homeless people and beggars to take care of without you coming here with your hands out.
To the 8 kids, come anytime you want but as long as you come alone and not with your parents.

pam said...

So if they have stopped showing Maddy's meltdowns, that is a good thing. I've had the feeling that she is the most frustrated with the cameras invading her privacy so maybe they are starting to respect it. She was left in the room with the helper where she could decompress in private and that should be praised not criticized.
Kate has her issues but who doesn't? I'm a mom of seven, far from perfect and I would hate to find out what might be said about me when I am behaving as a less than perfect mom.

Anonymous said...

Kate has her issues but who doesn't? I'm a mom of seven, far from perfect and I would hate to find out what might be said about me when I am behaving as a less than perfect mom.
Well, you won't have to worry about that if you don't sign away your kids' childhoods for $$$. Since Katie dear has then she will be judged for the behavior she has chosen to have broadcast to millions of viewers in exchange for her children's birthrights. She wants privacy but signed up for 40-50 episodes in a year and on top on that prances off to gather love offerings and $25,000 speaker fees several weekends a month and to go on various TV shows to hawk Kmart and her book. So big fat lie again she wants lots of attention but she wants no critics just swooning fans. Ha.

Sharon said...

"At one point, Alexis tries to make her escape from this family, but unfortunately Kate catches her and drags her back"

Too funny!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the re-cap, too funny!I have not watched the show since the hospital visit episode. I am so tired of Katie Irene and No Balls. This show has had it's time. We don't want to see the freebies and hand outs each week. Especially in this ecomomy where the average family is just trying to make ends meet. They are so selfish and just care about themselves. And every week off they go parading around the country again. Little Miss Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie, geez Kate, wake up and grow a conscience! Is that even possible for you? You are not the only person in the world that has a lot of kids, you brought this on yourself, live with it, get over it and grow up already. Let your kids be kids, turn off the camera.

dotsicle said...

'I believe Jenny is a nanny who was hired by J&K to be a "mother's helper"."
Actually, Jenny is a college grad whose goal is to work in production. She was, indeed, a production asistant with Figure before they made her pretend to be a "nanny". She still may be listed as a production assistant.

"Well, I found Jon to be completely rude and negligent to Cara's feelings and fears. He kept saying "you have to" sit...."
Yes, and that is because he is the DAD. I certainly don't see him as being "rude"... he was telling his kid what to do; that's his job as a parent. SOMEBODY has to be the "good parent" and it ain't Katie Irene!

I also bet that the scene of Leah crying, right after we heard Kate say she wasn't coming back, was edited in at that point for its "awww poor kid" value. I seriously doubt Leah heard Kate and was crying because of what she said. Those kids cry for every reason under the sun... or for no reason at all. There is so much editing on this show that we can never be sure what's in sequence and what isn't.

uppityredhead said...

I apologize if this has been brought up on this thread or others, but it's a point that has been bugging me.

Isn't it illegal to make the hired nanny sleep in the same room as the children?

diane said...

So if they have stopped showing Maddy's meltdowns, that is a good thing. I've had the feeling that she is the most frustrated with the cameras invading her privacy so maybe they are starting to respect it.

I agree with you. However, this Mady off-camera issue begs the question: Why is this show continuing if (clearly) one of their children does NOT want to be on camera anymore? I recall Kate saying they will keep doing the show (or "family job") as long as the kids want to. Doesn't Mady's opinion matter? Or is she outvoted?

Anonymous said...

Great recap!

I ended up watching the show again last night to see if I could pick up some of the things others had said on here. One thing I noticed was Maddie threw a lot of temper tantrums this episode but was most defiantely only shown in the background throwing them. Heck, 10 minutes into the show she was shown having one in the airport security line. I feel so sorry for her and the life she's having to have. :(

Anyways, whay I was really posting was I could have sworn when it came to the privacy thing when they were at zoo it was edited out. The zoo lady was explaining the animal to the kidds and said the privacy thing and we didn't see or hear Kate go into the camera 'Oh yes...I would totally like privacy.' Or whatever she said on the first.

Gee...do they work fast over there at TLC or what???

Anonymous said...

First of all I'm a husband to a kon watcher. I was reading these comments over my wife's shoulder (at her request) when I noticed a particular one. As for this husband..I do not find Jenny attractive. Her outfits are not very flattering to her figure and they (meaning people behind camera) make sure she is shown void of personality.
As for kon's little money units (the kids)..their negative behavior is obvioulsy due to horrible parenting. They're with adults all day and each other, but they lack many social & coping skills. The lack of discipline equals aggressive behavior.They were not taught any other ways to cope with frustration, hurt, anger, etc.. They were told to sit in "time out", but there was no consistant follow through (talking to them about what they did wrong and why they went to time out). After "time out" they were told to kiss and make-up. Nothing was resolved. They (kon) pushed the issues under the rug and ignored the pink elephant in the room (sorta speak). These kids are dealing with inner turmoil and show it in an outward way. Kon is telling them that their feelings don't matter,that they don't have the time or energy to deal with it, and blowing it off as "that's just their personlity".
The kids watch kate rip jon and emulate her. They don't use their mouths because they can't formulate their thoughts into words like Kate can so they resort to hitting. We see so much sarcasm, nagging, complaining, and yelling. If this is how they act in front of the cameras when they know they're being watched, I can't help but wonder what life is like when the cameras are gone.

Anonymous said...

Sarah posted:Anyone else notice that they aren't airing Mady's "meltdowns" anymore?

If you watch carefully in the background of the camera shot when Mady gets off the lego boat (that she unfortunately wasn't able to drive very well), she stomps over to where Kate is standing, throws down a pamphlet (or something) right in front Kate and starts talking loud...that's one Mady meltdown that wasn't aired...

Anonymous said...

I don't understand Jon & Kate's issues with Alexis. She is adorable. She has the most personality of any of the tups. She is so full of life and seems to be the most well-adjusted of all of them. It breaks my heart how negative they are towards her. I would take six of her in minute over the others.

Anonymous said...

I have to say, I don't think Jenny is the problem with the children. We have seen several of the children challenge her (Alexis in NC and Collin in CA on the plane). Another poster commented that she didn't seem to mesh well with the children. Personally I think it's a simple case of the children are used to having tantrums around their parents and J&K do nothing about it. So they try to push their limits with Jenny, who I can see tries to be firm with them. Sometimes I see a look of total resignation of her face. Maybe she's not firm enough because she's afraid of Kate?

It could also be that the kids were used to having family members watching over them (which ironically I don't recall seeing too many tantrums when Aunt Jodi cared for them...coincidence?) Jenny is a stranger so the kids have to see how far they can push their limits with her, until they learn what those limits are with her.

Moons in Leo said...

Oh Lordy Be, Dew! You have totally outdone yourself!

I am so grateful I don't have to watch this stupid show to be able to enjoy it!

THANK YOU!!!

Anonymous said...

Carlsbad is in San Diego County... hence, it is in San Diego.

Anonymous said...

In response to: "diane said...
So if they have stopped showing Maddy's meltdowns, that is a good thing. I've had the feeling that she is the most frustrated with the cameras invading her privacy so maybe they are starting to respect it.

I agree with you. However, this Mady off-camera issue begs the question: Why is this show continuing if (clearly) one of their children does NOT want to be on camera anymore? I recall Kate saying they will keep doing the show (or "family job") as long as the kids want to. Doesn't Mady's opinion matter? Or is she outvoted?"

11/06/2008 5:03 AM

It appears in the most recent episodes viewers are seeing less and less camera time focusing on the twins. If the twins minimal camera time is a result of #1 per the twin's request or #2 J & K/TLC coming to the realization that the camera is having a negative impact on the twins, physically, emotionally, socially etc. then its time to call an end to the show. PERIOD.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know Jenny's last name?

Someone was saying that she is a production assistant as well, and was hired on the side.

There is a Jennifer Cromley on the credits list, and I didn't know if that was her.

Anonymous said...

I don't think any (or at least most) of Jenny's behavior is her fault. I think she is acting the way she has been told (either Kate or production). Obviously, she can't be better with the children than their parents, how would that look? So she is just there to keep a head count, which allows Kate time for the all important narrative. I think Jenny should have put her foot down about the parents wanting to be far away from the kids at night. This is just not safe. That many kids with one person.
Maybe (even if it has to be a new story line), the kids will get to play on their own some. It's got to be horrible to always be attached to 5 other people. I just makes sense that some of these kids might be a 'loner' by nature. By this age, usually kids develop their own interests: music, art, bugs, whatever - these poor darlings are still playing with floor toys as a group. Some should be allowed to play in their room, outside or watch the dreaded TV. The camera can chase after them, at least that won't be boring.

Anonymous said...

One poster made a good point about Jenny not appearing to get along better with the children than the parents do. Kate would be furious if she thought that any of the children preferred anyone but her. I remember the dirty look Kate gave Jon when he mentioned (on the couch) that Joel really liked him. Perhaps this was another reason Aunt Jodie and Beth got the boot. The kids loved them.

Anonymous said...

I think that it's a little overboard when people attribute every disagreeable aspect of the children's behavior to bad parenting. Children act out, whether brought up on a television show or not, and sometimes they are disrespectful to adults. Yes, I agree that ultimately, this show has the potential to be very damaging to these children and it's time that it goes off the air, and I also don't think Kate is the sort of person I would be friends with, but I don't think that she's a bad mother and refrain from judging her on rumors that for the most part are unconfirmed.

Anonymous said...

I don't think that she's a bad mother and refrain from judging her on rumors that for the most part are unconfirmed.

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Many comments are posted because of what is seen every week by this awful woman. Putting your wants/needs before your children's is terrible. Exploiting your kids for financial security is terrible. Constantly insulting your husband ( even if he is a jerk too) and children is terrible. Isolating your children from loving friends and family is terrible. Lying to anyone who will listen about your financial status and constantly asking for more, more, more is terrible. Going on a national book tour without the author of the book is terrible. Claiming to be devout Christians and then using God as your scapegoat from any accountability is terrible. Being ungrateful to anyone who helps or has helped you is terrible. And on, and on, and on.

Kate is a terrible person and mother - this is not based on speculation or rumors, only what has been shown on national tv, seen in churches or heard on the radio.

dotsicle said...

Posted by Anon:
Anonymous said...

Does anyone know Jenny's last name?

Someone was saying that she is a production assistant as well, and was hired on the side.

There is a Jennifer Cromley on the credits list, and I didn't know if that was her.
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Yes, I believe that's Jenny.

Anonymous said...

Anon said, I recall Kate saying they will keep doing the show (or "family job") as long as the kids want to.

She also said that they (she and Jon) have a good life because of the kids. Does anyone think that Kate will walk away from the good life (that she clearly enjoys) because the workers are unhappy? I think she'll milk this deal as long as she possibly can.

Anonymous said...

She also said that they (she and Jon) have a good life because of the kids. Does anyone think that Kate will walk away from the good life (that she clearly enjoys) because the workers are unhappy? I think she'll milk this deal as long as she possibly can.
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I never took Kate's comment to mean that she and Jon had a good life because of what the kids (or show) physically provides for them. I took it to mean that her life was good simply because her kids were in it. My kids don't have to do anything for me to feel blessed that I have them in my life. I love them because of who they are and my life is better because of them. That is all Kate meant by that comment IMHO.

Anonymous said...

So very oddly, Kate says they've been with the kids to California "numerous" times. Huh? As far as we know they've only been with the Tups to California once for the Ellen show, and with the twins to northern California once for a speaking engagement. That's only two.

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Just because they've only shown it twice on the show doesn't mean they haven't gone more often. I realize this family is filmed alot but the bottom line is there are still parts of their lives that we don't see. We only see what Jon and Kate will allow to be filmed and even then only what the producers want us to see.

Nila said...

Did anyone notice that all the girl tups and Mady and Cara changed their outfits for Legoland but Kate would not/could not change Joel's shirt?!!?!?

babeeberry said...

This recap is awesome! Thanks so much for taking the time to write it out for us, really.

My 16yr.old daughter was a lot like Mady. Around the age of 5 we came up with some tricks to help her deal with her melt downs. Most of the time it was just lack of sleep, especially once she started school. If she was getting worked up after school we'd give her a bubble bath and read books while she sat there calming down. We taught her to tell us what was bothering her BEFORE it became a screaming tantrum. It didn't always work, but getting to know your child inside and out is the first step, a step Kate seems to have skipped over. Sometimes my daughter just wanted to lay in our big bed and watch a movie, by herself. Imo as a parent you take the time to figure out what works. It seems like no one is listening to any of the kids.

I feel really bad for the life these children are living. Sure, the trips and big houses are nice, but that isn't what is important to a child. A child needs to know that their mommy (and daddy) will be a solid source of comfort for them. Right now all Kon seem to be is a couple of bully's.

Anonymous said...

Posted by Anon:
Anonymous said...

Does anyone know Jenny's last name?

Someone was saying that she is a production assistant as well, and was hired on the side.

There is a Jennifer Cromley on the credits list, and I didn't know if that was her.
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Yes, I believe that's Jenny.
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How did you confirm the idea that her last name is Cromley??

I don't think that is it. I think it is either Bragg, or just a totally different Jenny. The Jennifer Bragg is under the production assistant.

Anonymous said...

Jenny is an attractive girl, that is obvious..why try and bash her? I think she holds back a lot. I know I would with Queen Bee around, seeing how she treats her own husband.

Dew said...

Thanks everyone for your nice comments!

"Just because they've only shown it twice on the show doesn't mean they haven't gone more often. I realize this family is filmed alot but the bottom line is there are still parts of their lives that we don't see. We only see what Jon and Kate will allow to be filmed and even then only what the producers want us to see."

Actually that was my point. I go on to say that there is a lot of behind the scenes travelling that we don't see, and that I don't think it's particularily healthy to cart little children all over the country all the time, whether you are filming them or not. Moreover, Kate lies and says that the children hardly ever fly, then she turns around and says they've been on all these trips to CA. Which is it?

Anonymous said...

I think they may have flown to San Diego from the BWI airport in MD, considering there was a MD flag shown in the airport.

Anonymous said...

"but I don't think that she's a bad mother and refrain from judging her on rumors that for the most part are unconfirmed."

I know what kind of person and mother she is by watching the show. Do you ever watch it? I sure wouldn't let my kids anywhere near her. What about her says that she is NOT a bad mother? I'd really like to know.

Thaise said...

dew said answering someone:

"Actually that was my point. I go on to say that there is a lot of behind the scenes travelling that we don't see, and that I don't think it's particularily healthy to cart little children all over the country all the time..."
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I have to disagree with the 'not healthy to travel all over' part. My parents had a music ministry when I was growing up, and even though we did not profit from it (all CD sales are reinvested in recording new CD's), it did run very much like a business. Every weekend we traveled all over the country, sometimes by bus, sometimes by air, with many other people that were part of this ministry. Many times I had to miss a Friday or Monday due to being on the road (teachers understood and helped us to keep up with work), and I would not exchange that for anything! My parents always took their three kids, ever since we were born.
Even though I can't remember some of the places I went to on my first 2 or 3 years, I know they shaped who I am today. Because of that lifestyle, I got to know almost every state in the country and see places most adults never been to, let alone kids and teenagers. The type of knowledge I was fortunate to receive through those trips (and so are the Gosselin Kids), no money can buy.

I may not agree with the cameras all the time, but I think that the experiences and trips will make a positive difference in those kids lives. So what if they're being 'dragged around'? Home is where your heart is, and being that young, I'd say that home is where your parents are.

Anonymous said...

Good recap!! :)

Legoland, though, IS in San Diego. It's not in the City of San Diego, but it's in the county of San Diego and isn't as far from SD as they said.

dizzy_squishling_and_bean said...

I don't know I think that Jenny has been briefed as to what she is allowed to do, how much she is allowed to talk and that she sure as hell better not upstage Kate, they had enough of that with Jodi, they want someone that Kate won't look completely horrible next to, there were a lot of comparisons between Kate and the other helpers, Jenny is completely inconspicuous and that's the way Kate wants her.

Who knows what she normally does, I am betting her main job is to be Kate's slave and Jon takes care of the kids on most days.

ThreeFarmers said...

The Legoland and San Diego Zoo visit don't seem like they are much different than the crayon factory, chocolate factory, Pittsburgh Zoo, Dutchland, Disney World, or the countless other excursions we've seen them take.

It's like watching a talk show that does paternity tests everyday. (Sorry, Maury.)

Becky said...

I love the fight in the airport. Kate saying "I want to follow you like I usually do" and saying "Your supposed to be the leader. I'm the follower." We all know that's totally not true, in any instance. But the best part is when Jon says in his understandable frustration, "I'm not listening to you anymore. I'm done. I'm ignoring you the rest of the trip." The rest of their renewing their wedding vows trip! That's classic.

dizzy_squishling_and_bean said...

Okay holy wow I'm sorry but why are so many negative comments about the children being posted. If they have issues its simply because of all the crap their parents have and have not done for and to them. Let's put the blame where it belongs and quit bashing on the kids I really thought that this was against the rules.

Anonymous said...

Why is Kate called Queen Bee again?

I checked IMDB and Jenny is not there. At first I thought she was to be Kate's personal assistant but her work broadened to taking care of the kids as well. I am pretty sure she is trying her best to take care of the kids but she may be given specific instructions not to overshine Kate or Jon.
There's another version of the "It's a Beautiful Life" commercial. It starts with Kate pushing Aaden on the swing, then all the other kids, then it switches to the other shows on TLC. I say it is a well done commercial and I love the song too. The commercial ends with cutie Alexis!

Back to IMDB, I checked the title of the next episodes, this coming monday is "Leis and Luaus" and then next next Monday is "For Better or Worse" I did not realize how many episodes are dedicated to this trip!

SmartyQ said...

Anonymous's husband said... As for kon's little money units (the kids)..
What a perfect description! I pictured 8 children in tee-shirts with big green dollar signs on them. To this end, I have given all of the children new middle names that accurately reflect their importance to their parents.

Aaden Gelt Gosselin
Collin Cash Gosselin
Joel Dough Gosselin
Hannah Moola Gosselin
Alexis Gravy Gosselin
Leah Lettuce Gosselin
Cara Dough Gosselin
Mady Loot Gosselin

Anonymous said...

Jenny spells her name 'Jenny', not 'Jenni'. Someone so invested in the show should at least spell the names right.

Anonymous said...

"At one point Alexis tries to make her escape from this family, but unfortunately Kate catches her and drags her back. I've never seen Kate run so fast after something. But after all it's like watching money blow away in the wind when a child in this family wanders off. They should get these kids insured. Mady gets super frustrated when trying to drive these cute little Lego boats. She's going to be a fun one to teach to parallel park."


This is the funniest thing I have heard in a long time :)) Ha!
I think it's so boring anyway. I didn't watch it. I just read your recaps here. Good job!

dotsicle said...

"How did you confirm the idea that her last name is Cromley??

I don't think that is it. I think it is either Bragg, or just a totally different Jenny. The Jennifer Bragg is under the production assistant."

No, I didn't "confirm" anything. I said I BELIEVE Cromley is the correct name. I know nothing for a positive fact except that Jennifer Bragg also works on the Loud family show. If Jennifer Bragg is the correct name, then she certainly does work hard for Figure8.

Anonymous said...

"I never took Kate's comment to mean that she and Jon had a good life because of what the kids (or show) physically provides for them."

But the truth of the matter is, J & K DO have a good life as a direct result of what their children HAVE physically provided for them. Additionally, the Gosselin children ARE the money generators of and for the family. J & K certainly did not acquire all they have financially and otherwise over the past four plus years soley on the merit of their own 'careers', individually or collectively. Jon wasnt even consistently employed just prior to the tups being born and had some 2-3 'jobs' since. Kate went back to work part time for a short period of time after the tups were born. The Gosselin children, especially the tups, have/are/continue to 'work' full time from the moment they took their first breath to provide their parents with the 'good life'.

Anonymous said...

Love the recap, nice job. In response to Anon 11:36 who said "It's got to be horrible to always be attached to 5 other people. " I feel differently. I think they are lucky to have each other. I have 2.5 yr old twins and it has made me feel that everyone should have a twin. They always have each other. They go to bed without a fuss every day because they aren't alone. My singletons would go to bed fussing most nights and looking back, they were put into a dark room all alone, of course they were upset. Sure a little alone time once in a while would probably be enjoyable to them all but for the most part I'm pretty sure they are lucky to have each other.

Anonymous said...

Did anyone catch Jon telling Kate she could hide in his arm pit when the animal lady was talking about privacy? that was funny....

Ravello said...

Jenny is not a professional nanny or a child care professional as far as we know.
I'm sure Kate would fire her in a heartbeat if Jenny asserted any authority or independence.

Jenny generally has a flat expressionless look on her face most of the time. I give the girl credit for keeping a straight face. I would be fired within a day or two as my face would show my total disgust with Kate.

I think the kids like Jenny, in spite of the hitting because she is calm and doesnt scream yell and threaten like Queen BEE KON.

I agree Jenny does not offer a lot of child care expertise. However, Kate would not tolerate any assertiveness.
I don't think Jenny should be bashed.

beachluvin said...

Nila said...
Did anyone notice that all the girl tups and Mady and Cara changed their outfits for Legoland but Kate would not/could not change Joel's shirt?!!?!?

11/06/2008 7:17 PM
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Just another "costume" change for the girls. The boys were wearing theirs for the episode which is why Kate didn't change Joel's shirt. Any other mother would have pulled out another shirt but the show must go on as planned! The way Jon likes to buy souvenirs, I am surprised that Kon didn't beg Legoland for matching shirts or outfits once they arrived.

Anonymous said...

I definitely agree that we should lay off Jenny. She's doing the job she was hired to do.

Just wear longer shorts please. :)

SC said...

Yes, LegoLand is in Carlsbad, CA, which is in San Diego County not the city proper. They went to the Wild Animal Park not the San Diego Zoo. While the two are related they aren't the same place. The Wild Animal Park is outside Escondido in the San Pasqual valley area. It's about 30 minutes from where they stayed to LegoLand and a bit longer to Escondido. Since they can't get the simplest of details stated accurately and feel the need to exaggerate on things anyone can check, it makes me distrust anything that duo says.

Melibee said...

"At one point Alexis tries to make her escape from this family, but unfortunately Kate catches her and drags her back. I've never seen Kate run so fast after something. But after all it's like watching money blow away in the wind when a child in this family wanders off."

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LOL! LOL!!! That is too funny! (still chuckling!!)

Great, hilarious, recap!


I have to say though (and I am so NOT a Kate fan) but she really did sound panicked and distraught when Collin clunked into the bulkhead on the plane. She sounded just as scared as any concerned mother ought have been.
I was actually really surprised though, on the couch session recap, that she didn't wiggle in some reference to his big head into the situation. Since she like to talk about his huge noggin so much, you know. *eye roll*

kelly s said...

This may be a little off subject but I was watching the duggars, the episode following this one, and i noticed the older sound guy that has the glasses and almost walrus mustoche now jumped from the gosselins to the duggars. The duggars were showing him the spider that jumped out of a box and then i they showed him. HMMM, I wonder why he ditched the gosselins? LOL

Anonymous said...

IMO, Jenny's appearance on the show offers nothing more than presenting the 'illusion' to viewers that the children have a figure in their lives resembling that of 'family' other than the camera and production crew. Jenny is the pseudo 'Aunt Jodi', 'Beth', 'Nana' etc. Jenny is obviously not a qualified professional nanny or child care specialist. She is a 'character', young attractive female with a nice body wearing short shorts, that TLC has created and introduced in to the Gosselin family to secure the longevity of the show and target a select viewing audience ie, older teen, college age , adult males.

Barbara said...

Oh my gosh Becky! That was a beautiful comment about the airport confrontation. "I'm the follower" - Right, Kate. And Jon's "I'm ignoring you", on the way to renewing their vows. Classic for these two.

dizzy_squishling_and_bean, the comments about Jenny are right on. You just know that Kate has set that situation up so Jenny can't stand out in any way. It's so obvious. I feel very sorry for her. I hope TLC is compensating her very well for what she is enduring.

Anonymous said...

What does everyone keep saying "lay off Jenny." I must have read 10 comments stating that. Can just 1 person point out a comment that otherwise attacked her? I have not found it yet.

fvr4mvp said...

OMG-One of the most hilarious posts. I dont watch J&K anymore but I always tune into your synopsis. It is far more entertaining that way! Keep up the good work :-)

Jen said...

I wonder if Mady is starting to invent "melt-downs" because she knows she'll be able to stay home and have some alone time. She never seems to enjoy herself when going on an adventure with the whole family (i.e., Dutch Wonderland). She seemed so content and peaceful when she was feeding the ducks by herself.

Poor Mady. It seems like "punishment" is the only way she can get some happiness.

Anonymous said...

Omg I hope they do not adopt another child!!!! When I heard kate say they have looked into it, I just wanted to scream. They should get a nanny. And does TLC not realize that the show is becoming an infomercial???? They have to see how that could kill the show. And I am sure the kids will be homeschooled real quick. We cant let them be around regular people...that is just not safe and would cost them money.

Anonymous said...

I have to say though (and I am so NOT a Kate fan) but she really did sound panicked and distraught when Collin clunked into the bulkhead on the plane. She sounded just as scared as any concerned mother ought have been.
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I can't stand Kate and I will even admit that she comforted him very nicely.

Anonymous said...

They flew out of BWI, same as the Utah trip. Southwest has a major hub there.

mamamia said...

I've skimmed, but not read all the posts in detail, so I'll apologize if this has been commented on before. But the thing that bothers me the most is how absolutely miserable Cara looks. Most of the time you don't even see her, which is good I guess, but when you do the look on her face is so sad. Did anyone notice during live animal demonstration how she sat as far away as she could from the rest of the family - I'm assuming in an attempt to stay off camera. Anyway, it just broke my heart.

SmartyQ said...

11/07/2008 10:12 AM Anonymous said... I have to say though (and I am so NOT a Kate fan) but she really did sound panicked and distraught when Collin clunked into the bulkhead on the plane. She sounded just as scared as any concerned mother ought have been.
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I can't stand Kate and I will even admit that she comforted him very nicely.

Unfortunately Kon are enough to make a saint suspicious. Was her fear because her son might be hurt or because one of the 'money units' might not be able to perform? I don't think my suspicions are farfetched because Collin had to perform when he was severely constipated; Kon had to go to California for Jon to get hairplugs even though all of their children were sick and would be 3000 miles from them; and Aaden wasn't cut any slack for having bad diarrhea. 'Get out there and sparkle, kids!'

Dew mentioned life insurance on the children. I think Kon would be stupid not to insure their little money units for $1 Million each, and I wouldn't be surprised to learn that such policies are already purchased.

Anonymous said...

I'm currently watching "Baby Story...where are they now?" on TLC and you know those annoying little pop-ups that appear at the bottom of the screen advertising upcoming shows....this one says 'Jon & Kate Plus 8 Wedding Event MONTH'...oy vey...a month? really? a month? geesh.

Jen said...

"I think they may have flown to San Diego from the BWI airport in MD, considering there was a MD flag shown in the airport."

Yes, they do fly from BWI airport in Maryland. I live in Maryland and have flown from BWI several times and I recognized the airport in the episode. Also, Jon said they always go to the same airport and in the Utah episode when Kate was having her meltdown on the plane (after it missed it's approach) Jon said "let's just fly back to Baltimore".

Anonymous said...

Sorry, but I do not see anyone "bashing" Jenny. Saying that she is not a professional nanny is not bashing her. It is telling the truth.

Anonymous said...

Someone asked why Kate was called the Queen Bee. In an episode in which Kate was permanently stuck to her white plastic chair in the garage, but harping on Jon to work in the garage cleaning instead of playing with the kids, Jon takes off on his rollerblades and Kate starts yelling (and then all the kids start yelling). In telling the story afterward, Mady and Cara, Mady said that Jon was trying to play and have fun and that her mommy was sitting there issuing orders to her dad like the Queen Bee. That was a priceless comment by Mady and so right-on that it stuck.

Anonymous said...

really hilarious!!! the funniest thing is that going to San Diego so the kids can adjust to a 3 hour difference sounds so funny to me! I travel with my 2 year old to my home country where there is a similar time difference and she adjusts pretty well! Of course just an excuse to spend TLC's money!

Anonymous said...

Did anyone catch Jon telling Kate she could hide in his arm pit when the animal lady was talking about privacy? that was funny....
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It makes me wonder if a crowd was not gathered behind the camera people to watch the filming of KON and she was making snarky comments for their benefit. We all know how she loves strangers..

Anonymous said...

Anonymous's husband said... As for kon's little money units (the kids)..
What a perfect description! I pictured 8 children in tee-shirts with big green dollar signs on them. To this end, I have given all of the children new middle names that accurately reflect their importance to their parents.

Aaden Gelt Gosselin
Collin Cash Gosselin
Joel Dough Gosselin
Hannah Moola Gosselin
Alexis Gravy Gosselin
Leah Lettuce Gosselin
Cara Dough Gosselin
Mady Loot Gosselin
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Oops..you left out ka-ching. since Cara and Joel are duplicated maybe it can be Cara Ka-Ching Gosselin

Anonymous said...

RE: TLC hyping the J & K wedding renewal 'story line'. One word, ratings.
What viewers are witnessing is an attempt on the part of TLC to introduce a 'new and improved' version J & K Gosselin with the hope of targeting an audience that are tuning in for the first time. Even more so, viewers that have little or no awareness of the negative publicity that has been attached to J & K over the past several months. However, IMO viewers are not going to disregard what they know of J & K past tense and new viewers will not be convinced in what they see of J & K present day. The blatant exploitation of the children and unrelatable premise continues to be the underlying scenerio obvious to even a first time observer of the show. TLC's attempt to introduce a 'new and improved' version of J & K will be in vain ultimately be its downfall as J & K's never ending greed and over zealous sense of entitlement at the expense of their 8 children continue to play the starring role in this reality show.

Anonymous said...

I think Jenny has found this board through KON. Why are their so many posts defending the comments made about her which were not all that bad? She must enjoy being on tv and going on all those free trips. I'm sure she is not there because she loves Jon and Kate and wants to help them. IMO if you choose to be in the public eye you can't expect privacy. One day she will leave in disgust and disappear like Aunt Jodi. Then maybe we'll find out how she really feels.

Dew said...

"Jenny spells her name 'Jenny', not 'Jenni'. Someone so invested in the show should at least spell the names right."

Sorry the difference between y and i bothered you so much! It pains me but I try to spell everyone's names right, even Aaden. My good friend spells it Jenni so I guess it's natural to spell it that way.

I don't think comments about JennY are necessarily bashing. I see a lot of people pointing out that she is not a real nanny. That is more fact than bashing. She is what she is. It seems like she's a nice person for what she is. Stating the facts, like the children hit her, she walks around in a very solemn state, and she has trouble controlling the kids, is not attacking her. It's what happened. It's not her fault TLC hijacked her for this job knowing she had no experience. I blame TLC/Kon for this situation, not poor Jenny. And really, these are your kids. And you're intrusting them, sometimes huge numbers of them, over to a caretaker this incompetent? Because you can't stand certain relatives and friends who are much more competent and experienced and have a better rapport with these kids? It's shameful.

Anonymous said...

I watched the episode again on DVR. It is really funny because when Jon and Kate are arguing about where to go in the airport, you can see Jenny try to talk giving input of where to go, but then she just blatantly bites her lip and shuts up. I can't imagine how awkward that would be to be there in front of cameras, in the middle of arguing parents. She probably is used to it. Anyone else catch that?

Anonymous said...

The Gosselin children, especially the tups, have/are/continue to 'work' full time from the moment they took their first breath to provide their parents with the 'good life'.

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If you call constantly traveling to new places and visiting amusement parks "working" full time, then sign me up. I would love that job, and would have even more when I was younger.

Anonymous said...

"Actually that was my point. I go on to say that there is a lot of behind the scenes travelling that we don't see, and that I don't think it's particularily healthy to cart little children all over the country all the time..."

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I very much disagree. My father was a professional race car driver when I was a child and I had literally been to every state (other than Alaska and Hawaii)by the time I was six years old. I had a wonderful childhood!!! My fondest memories are of being on the rode with my family. I wish I could give my children the same opportunities to see this beautiful country that I had.

Steph said...

you know what would be really hilarious? a POP UP VIDEO episode of the show! there could be all kinds of references from the past (kate's inconsistencies and lies mostly) and snarky comments...priceless!

Anonymous said...

Kate is a terrible person and mother - this is not based on speculation or rumors, only what has been shown on national tv, seen in churches or heard on the radio.

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CAN I GET AN AMEN??? :)

Anonymous said...

Saw on Paradise Points website, that their lovely little bungalow runs about $1000 per night. I know my kids would like a vacation!

pinkdiamond611 said...

All I can say is the more in the public eye the Gosselins are, the more the National Enquirer et al will work to expose them to who and what they really are. I am not even discrediting their parenting style, or getting paid for allowing the kids to be on t.v.. But all the other free stuff, such as hair plugs, teeth whitening, new clothes, vacations, and now mansion is what makes me shake my head in disgust.

Dew said...

"It's reality TV! It is edited in a way to draw in viewers...and from the looks of it, it's working."

I think this is a chicken or egg argument. I think Kate was edited in a fair way early on--as in, this is how she actually is. TLC picked up on the fact that people love to hate her so to speak. They picked up on the fact that the controversy was bringing in viewers. So they continued to edit her that way.

I don't believe for a second TLC sat around at the beginning of this madness and said let's edit Kate so she looks like a controlling, cold, money hungry shrew, because it will bring in great ratings! Please. It was AFTER people realized she was like that after editing let slip a few awful things and we reacted, that TLC started focusing all the more on her personality.

Anonymous said...

I think we see Jenny's real personality when she first enters into the house at the beginning of the show. I'm not sure if it was this episode or last epsiode. The little boys ran up to her so excited to hug her, and she had a big smile on her face. Jon and Kate weren't downstairs , and the camera quickly turned away of course.

Anonymous said...

mamamia said...
"I've skimmed, but not read all the posts in detail, so I'll apologize if this has been commented on before. But the thing that bothers me the most is how absolutely miserable Cara looks."

I too feel very sad for Cara; often times she appears totally out of place in her own environment. I truly felt sorry and sad for Cara in the past episode, Color Me Gosselin, when the family goes to the Crayola Factory. During an activity, Cara is seen crying and makes a comment to Kate, ' It would be more fun if it were just me, daddy, and Mady. Later in the episode, a miserable and seemingly defeated Cara says to her dad, ' I would be happy right now if you would just take me to the bathroom'. This episode aired seasons past, but the obvious still remains today on the face of this innocent child.

Anonymous said...

"It's reality TV! It is edited in a way to draw in viewers...and from the looks of it, it's working."

That may be true, however, but at the expense of the 8 minor Gosselin children! J & K may be of the ability and maturity to shrug off the negative opinions and criticisms that come with having a reality show but there are 8 minor children to consider in the process. J & K + 8 may be editted 'reality tv' to its viewers, but for the 8 Gosselin children it is their LIFE and to exploit these minor children in the name of editted entertainment as a means to 'draw in viewers' IMO, is all kinds of wrong!

Linda said...

I think its interesting that suddenly there are several posts discussing how lucky they were as kids to do alot of traveling, how well adjusted they are and how they can relate to the Go$$elin kids.

I don't recall any of the posters mentioning being followed by a camera crew...

Paula S said...

I don't know if this has been commented on, too many comments to go back and read, but the airport was BWI. Beautiful airport. You would really have to be trying hard to get lost in that airport. It has just been totally remodeled and has many, many signs.

ThreeFarmers said...

I don't know if this has been commented on, too many comments to go back and read, but the airport was BWI. Beautiful airport. You would really have to be trying hard to get lost in that airport. It has just been totally remodeled and has many, many signs.

I'm no world traveler, but I generally fly a couple times a year and have been in many US airports and they are ALL so well marked that it seems impossible than any sensible adult could ever get lost in one. Oops. Answered my own question.

Anonymous said...

Linda said...
I think its interesting that suddenly there are several posts discussing how lucky they were as kids to do alot of traveling, how well adjusted they are and how they can relate to the Go$$elin kids.

I don't recall any of the posters mentioning being followed by a camera crew...

Not to mention the exploitation, isolation, invasion of privacy, loss of family members in the process, potential for ridicule by peers, etc.............

Anonymous said...

In response to: I don't believe for a second TLC sat around at the beginning of this madness and said let's edit Kate so she looks like a controlling, cold, money hungry shrew, because it will bring in great ratings! Please. It was AFTER people realized she was like that after editing let slip a few awful things and we reacted, that TLC started focusing all the more on her personality.

The 'editting' changes with respect to Kate coincidentally took place around or about the same time that her PR team made the big push to promote Kate as the 'super mom' , 'smart budget' advisor, and expert sandwich maker. The editting changes viewers have witnessed in Kate from seasons past to present are nothing more than ploy to promote her appeal as one that is more marketable. IMO, in the past Kate Gosselin was NEVER editted to look bad, she is who she is. However, through the magic of tv, she is now being intentionally editted in a more positive light in an attempt to expand her marketable potential.

Anonymous said...

Or possibly the PR firm or agent she hired was able to do what no mortal had done before - get through the thick head of Kate so that now she's making a conscious effort herself to be more "presentable."

Anonymous said...

One point that is easy to forget: Everything the viewer sees has been captured through the lens of a camera. A cameraperson and boom mike person and possibly a director have been in that space, filming that event. Because we don't see the camera, it's hard to imagine it. The children know what it's like to share their personal space with an invader, however.

Nancy said...

I thought we are in an economic meltdown. How can they go on all these trips when the rest of us can't afford to do so. However, these poor kids have to be with Kate...ugh!

How can Kate and Jon re-affirm their wedding vows? Their marriage is a train wreck. Jon needs to let Kate "have it." Once Jon tells Kate off, the kids can do so next...especially Maddie and Alexis who always get the short end of the stick. Those two are definitely going to rebel against the parents when they get older. Maddie has issues, true. Alexis is the most interesting of the bunch I think. She is a trip and has a beautiful smile. What's going on with Cara? She doesn't seems that happy these days?

Do we need to see J&K in the commercial staring adoringly at each other? It makes me sick!

J&K are going to end up with no marriage and kids who don't want anything to do with them!!

Travis said...

At the rate they're showing the wedding episodes, J&K will be due for another vow renewal before the first one is shown. Such a waste of time and money.

I just hope we don't have to hear a repeat of Kate saying that she promises to stand by Jon's side and encourage him (blah, blah, blah) that she said in her "toddlerish" (see I can make up words too) voice in the first ceremony. What a crock!

Anonymous said...

Barf Alert... Did anyone see the promo for the J&KPlus 8 Hawaii episode? It featured J&K both in yellow dancing towards each other. Lots of closeup shots of both of them. Couldn't help but think of the beach scene in From Here to Eternity where the couple run towards each other. Very noticeable that Kate is taller than Jon...I guess I have rarely seen them side by side.

Anonymous said...

I'm no world traveler, but I generally fly a couple times a year and have been in many US airports and they are ALL so well marked that it seems impossible than any sensible adult could ever get lost in one. Oops. Answered my own question.
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Seriously. My 10-year old could have led KON and the whole crew to the gate. That whole scene was so absurd.

Anonymous said...

This show IMO is real pathos. TLC is aware that both Jon and Kate are a bundle of contradictions and are allowing them much rope. The show is packaged as "family entertainment" but all except the G family are aware this is going to end badly. I find it very depressing.

Anonymous said...

Barf Alert... Did anyone see the promo for the J&KPlus 8 Hawaii episode? It featured J&K both in yellow dancing towards each other. Lots of closeup shots of both of them.

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I wouldn't be surprised. Kate has the maturity level of a teenage girl (not to insult teenage girls anywhere!).

In their old home videos, when KON are at Disney (was it their honeymoon?) you could hear Kate ask Jon several times " Are you filming me? Are you filming me?" while she danced in circles on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom. Seriously, what adult does this ? I'm sure Kate also made Jon film the Christmas where they got engaged - as a matter of fact, that was probably staged also.

Dew said...

If it is BWI I've been there too. Many times actually. It's just as simple as any other airport.

That being said, that's quite a long hike from their town isn't it?

I remember when I first flew alone without parents I was about 15 years old and I was so nervous about it. But when I actually got to the airport and just looked at the signs I was shocked at how simple it was. Can you read a sign that says gates 1 through 20 this way? Can you read a sign that says 20 through 40 this way? Then you'll be fine in any airport.

Jen said...

I'm beginning to wonder if TLC is playing both sides here. They're creating a product that is intriguing to two entirely different groups: those of us who are horrified; and the sheeple. This essentially doubles the viewing audience, publicity, and attention to the show.

That would be why they sometimes seem to edit and portray Kate in an unflattering light, or go out of their way to highlight Kate's contradictions -- they are purposefully creating more fodder for the anti-KON to discuss. Sort of like how Sesame Street and SpongeBob SquarePants operate on two levels: one level that the kids understand and love, and another level with some sarcastic jokes that only the adults understand.

Anonymous said...

I have seen the commercials too...about 300 times an hour! Please give me a barf bag! They are so lovey dovey, but argued the whole trip there! So fake!

Anonymous said...

This show IMO is real pathos. TLC is aware that both Jon and Kate are a bundle of contradictions and are allowing them much rope.
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I'm beginning to wonder if TLC is playing both sides here. They're creating a product that is intriguing to two entirely different groups: those of us who are horrified; and the sheeple. This essentially doubles the viewing audience, publicity, and attention to the show
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It is not an accident. It makes for good TV. J&K are so immature and have no guidance.They do not see this. They are "children in a candy store", the price of course is the actual children.

Mari said...

I agree with Linda about the traveling thing.
First of all, I'm a circus performer and have traveled with many big families (often 6+ people). The kids I have met are very well adjusted to the life they were born into...HOWEVER...
a documentary crew once spent 4 weeks with us and I have to say it destroyed the dynamic of the family. One of the youngest said to me, "Momma was scolding me and the camera people put a camera close to my face". It left her and the rest of the kids embarrassed, agitated, and they soon realized the attention they'd get if they threw fits. Their usual whimpers and complaints quickly turned into full-on tantrums.
I think Linda is right. While traveling was the best part of my growing up and others like me, I don't know what I would have done if there was a camera shoved in my face whenever I was embarrassed, hurt, scared or just plain needed a moment alone.

ThreeFarmers said...

Regarding those of you who had positive experiences doing a lot of traveling while young, good for you. Really, it seems as if you were traveling with adults who made the experience positive for you.

Some people, however, do not travel well. Kate is on edge the entire time. From over packing, to her inability to navigate an airport, she doesn't travel well. Anyone remember her meltdown during the delay on the way to Utah? She made that trip horrible for everyone. Delays like that happen. You deal with it.

Also, while some children are natural travelers, others aren't. My nephew HATED going anywhere more than maybe 10 miles from home. He didn't like being confined in a car or a plane or anything else, for that matter.

I traveled a lot as a kid, and some trips were better than others.

Anonymous said...

Just in case you didn't catch it the first three times, it's PARADISE POINT. And, for further clarification, the one on VACATION DRIVE. Wow, way to hit us over the head with that one.

carlsbad05 said...

"I'm beginning to wonder if TLC is playing both sides here. They're creating a product that is intriguing to two entirely different groups: those of us who are horrified; and the sheeple. This essentially doubles the viewing audience, publicity, and attention to the show."

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I absolutely agree! TLC is making out like bandits. I haven't watched the show in weeks, and it feels great! At first, I was dying to tune in and see what was going on. But now, I just feel mostly free of it all. The only reason I'm back on GWOP is because I like the site, I still do worry about the Gosselin kids, and I saw that horrible new commercial for the show (while I was watching L.A. Ink). The Jon and Kate wedding event?? Gag.

highondegrassi said...

"Anyone remember her meltdown during the delay on the way to Utah? She made that trip horrible for everyone."

Yeah, and we haven't seen Beth since. That trip seems to be when the friendship started going downhill.

Kate was ridiculous on the airplane. Kate was also ridiculous at the vacation house when she faked being sick so she didn't have to help Jon dress the kids. I still love her miraculous recovery as soon as they left and she hauled ass to the spa. Beth has class. This trip is when she finally opened her eyes and saw the real Kate.

Anonymous said...

Jen said...
I'm beginning to wonder if TLC is playing both sides here. They're creating a product.......
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I have to disagree with you a bit Jen. Yes, TLC & J&K's PR team are trying their best to shine the best light possible on J&K and create a product - to eliminate unflattering behavior, etc, but the camera doesn't lie. Sure, it's edited, but it's still what actually happened. K's nasty comments, her snarky replys to everyone, and her meltdowns. It all happens and will continue because that's who she is. I don't think TLC is trying to do much other than editing OUT the things they think will bring negative comments.

People are different and naturally interpret things differently. IMHO, no amount of PR work or editing can make J&K into the people everyone thinks would be best for the kids. We see their immature, and many times abusive, behavior and attitudes because it can't be hidden - that's who they are.

I have no doubt J&K believe they love their children with all their might and believe in their hearts they're making the best choices for their family. But those choices simply demonstrate their level of maturity, value system, sense of entitlement, level of greed, parenting and decision making abilities, and their skewed views on parenting.

Bev, your recaps keep me informed on the show episodes and this blog updates me on the controvercies surrounding the family. I stopped watching after Kate shopped for her dress on the other show. I write to show sponsors and advertisers, TLC, Discovery, PA state officials, etc, but I won't give them any of my time or use any electricity to watch their show which exploits their children.

Anonymous said...

Kate was ridiculous on the airplane. Kate was also ridiculous at the vacation house when she faked being sick so she didn't have to help Jon dress the kids. I still love her miraculous recovery as soon as they left and she hauled ass to the spa. Beth has class. This trip is when she finally opened her eyes and saw the real Kate.
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To anon who doesn't judge based on "perceptions" that are mostly unconfirmed rumors (and any sheeple peeking over here, cause we know you do)

The above post is a PERFECT example of Kate being a terrible person and mother. This is not a judgment, it was shown on the tv for all of America to see.....

How people can see Kate act like this and still defend her is beyond me.

Anonymous said...

Although not a real word, here is the meaning of the term sheeple:

Sheeple
People unable to think for themselves. Followers. Lemmings. Those with no cognitive ablilities of their own.
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I take offense to bloggers using this term when refering to people like myself that watch and like the show.

I request that this term be barred as part of your "no use of offensive language" policy.

I love reading your blog, because I am an open minded person who respects other people's opinion, even when I don't agree with it.


Thanks you.

Mari said...

You know what cracks me up the most?
They stayed at Paradise Point, right? That's all of a 5 minute drive to Sea World (if that! It's right along the Bay!) from the resort, yet they go to Legoland all the way in Carlsbad which is 40 minutes away (with no traffic). And in a private shuttle, no less!Meh. Not very economical, if you ask me, but what do I know about freebies? lol

Anonymous said...

Linda said...
I think its interesting that suddenly there are several posts discussing how lucky they were as kids to do alot of traveling, how well adjusted they are and how they can relate to the Go$$elin kids.

I don't recall any of the posters mentioning being followed by a camera crew...

Not to mention the exploitation, isolation, invasion of privacy, loss of family members in the process, potential for ridicule by peers, etc.............

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The comment I was responding to said nothing about the camera crew, only that it was "unhealthy" to cart kids across the country. I agree with the camera thing. That would not be fun at all. However, to say these kids suffer merely from traveling is wrong imo. Also as far as the way Kate is on vacation, she acts just as uptight at home so really what does it matter? At least while they're traveling these kids can have life experiences as well as experience other people. Better than being stuck in the house with Kate and the camera crew.

Anonymous said...

High,

if I recall on this episode didn't Beth have to leave early. Jodi flew out and met them and came back with them.

Anonymous said...

Here's an idea:

If people want the word "sheeple" barred from this blog, how about barring the word "jealous"?

See what I'm saying?

highondegrassi said...

Anon at 7:11 am
Yes, Beth did leave early. She wanted to get home for her daughter's birthday. After the BS that she witnessed on that Utah trip, she's probably glad she did!

Anonymous said...

I take offense to bloggers using this term when refering to people like myself that watch and like the show.

I request that this term be barred as part of your "no use of offensive language" policy.

I love reading your blog, because I am an open minded person who respects other people's opinion, even when I don't agree with it.


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I take offense to people who like the show/Jon & Kate. I am an open minded person - I used to love this show until I started noticing KON's (especially Kate) behavior. I did a little googling and found this site.

After all that's been written, seen, documented, heard, witnessed, etc, it is unbelievable to me how people - sheeple - can defend the behavior of these two, including the constant pimping out of their children, who I think are great.

Yes, I know the show is edited , but you can't add footage that isn't there, and there is PLENTY of footage of KON'S terrible parenting.

Anonymous said...

Mari said that Paradise Point is only five minutes from Sea World. We took our children to that Sea World and it is a fabulous place, better than the Sea World in Florida. Too bad Kon didn't take the kids there.

Anonymous said...

ari said...
You know what cracks me up the most?
They stayed at Paradise Point, right? That's all of a 5 minute drive to Sea World (if that! It's right along the Bay!) from the resort, yet they go to Legoland all the way in Carlsbad which is 40 minutes away (with no traffic). And in a private shuttle, no less!Meh. Not very economical, if you ask me, but what do I know about freebies? lol
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Good for Sea World not contributing to their Kon game! I think I might write them a nice letter!

Moons in Leo said...

Anonymous said...
Mari said that Paradise Point is only five minutes from Sea World. We took our children to that Sea World and it is a fabulous place, better than the Sea World in Florida. Too bad Kon didn't take the kids there.


They probably didn't get free tickets.

Anonymous said...

At least while they're traveling these kids can have life experiences as well as experience other people. Better than being stuck in the house with Kate and the camera crew.
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These life experiences come at a very high price for the kids (certainly not KON who don't pay for anything).

Of course, going to Maui is wonderful, going skiing is wonderful, going to every amusement park in North America is wonderful. But....how about taking the kids to a park for the afternoon? How about taking the kids to the library ? How about letting the kids have play dates ? These kinds of life experiences are more important than all the fancy trips.

Oh, IMO, they really don't get to experience other people either. It's them, Jenny and the film crew all.the.time. Nobody else is allowed near them, and many times they have a whole attraction to themselves.

Anonymous said...

I love reading your blog, because I am an open minded person who respects other people's opinion, even when I don't agree with it.


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I take offense to people who like the show/Jon & Kate. I am an open minded person - I used to love this show until I started noticing KON's (especially Kate) behavior. I did a little googling and found this site.

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Oh, and by you stating that you are an open minded person you are implying that anybody who uses the term sheeple isn't.

soon2bwife said...

Trip to San Diego:$Free
Hotel Stay @ Paradise Point:$Free
Wedding Dress for Kate:$Free
Zoo Lady, "Don't you like a little privacy?"
Mady,"But we never get it." PRICELESS!!!!

I'm starting to understand Mady more and more. She is extremly bright and intuitive. She's shows her dissapointment in the situation the only way she knows how, "meltdowns".

Anonymous said...

anonymous said...

At least while they're traveling these kids can have life experiences as well as experience other people. Better than being stuck in the house with Kate and the camera crew.


Seriously? Do these poor kids looked relaxed? Their wonderful experiences end when Kate starts screeching. They are only allowed to interact with anyone (usually an adult) who is providing KON with free stuff. Rewind and listen to Kate's comment on the plane, she doesn't want 'other people' near them. And it doesn't matter where they are, having a camera crew following day after day does not make wonderful memories.

I'm sure if the kids were asked, they would vote to stay home, sleep in their own beds and have friends over. Without the camera crew.

Linda said...

anonymous said...
At least while they're traveling these kids can have life experiences as well as experience other people. Better than being stuck in the house with Kate and the camera crew...

No way, seriously?
Do these poor kids looked relaxed? Everything they do is scripted and filmed...not by a loving family member but by a paid camera crew. The only people these poor kids can meet are usually adults who are busy trying to get free advertising off the their backs. Kate made it clear by her comments on the plane that she isn't interested in mingling with 'people'.
I'm sure given the choice, these poor kids would rather be sleeping in their own beds, playing with their own friends.

Anonymous said...

Furthest thing from a Kon fan, but I never took the "ugly" thing as K8 calling Mady's LOOKS ugly. She was calling her behavior ugly. I thought that was pretty obvious and not sure how anyone interpreted it the other way. Seriously?

Oh, great recap, but you forgot when Joooon said, "we like to fill up the back of the plane so that STRANGERS don't sit next to us."

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I take offense to bloggers using this term when refering to people like myself that watch and like the show.

I request that this term be barred as part of your "no use of offensive language" policy.

I love reading your blog, because I am an open minded person who respects other people's opinion, even when I don't agree with it.

I dont understand why someone that 'likes and watches the show' would be offended by posters using the term 'sheeple' in reference to J & K and the show in general and not the term 'KON' or any of the other words that have been used in a negative reference to the show. Much of what is posted within the context of this blog is based on that of personal opinion including the terminology or words that have been created (sheeple, KON, Queen Bee,the ball less wonder, Gimmie More Gosselins etc) in reference to show. With respect to opinion, AS IT RELATES TO THIS PARTICULAR BLOG, the level of offensiveness in the words that are written are subject to individual interpretation. Blog administrators should not be obligated to ban a word referenced in an expression of opinion because an individual's interpretation of a word(s) may or may not potentially be offensive.

Anonymous said...

Kate made it clear by her comments on the plane that she isn't interested in mingling with 'people'.

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Why does Kate always get blamed. Wasn't it Jon who said they sat in the back to avoid strangers?Actually this doesn't bother me. They are famous now. People know who their kids are. Yes granted it's because they do the show, but if the world knew who my kids were I wouldn't want "strangers" sitting beside them on a plane either. They were just protecting their kids. Almost all celebrities sit in first class on a plane. Why? To avoid crazy fans who know them. So why aren't Jon and Kate allowed to distance themselves and there kids from people like this? Same thing with the private entrance to there room in San Diego. Most celebrities try to avoid a seen when going places. Going in and out the back entrances having private entrances etc. This is not a typical family that can go on vacation without being noticed. They probably do get alot of attention. Of course they would want to avoid it whenever possible. I know they made the decision to do the show, but to say that just because they do the show they should expect to forfeit their privacy is crazy. If that's the case, then no celebrity should be allowed privacy.

Lisa said...

I am pretty new to the blog, having been a former fan of the show. I am certain you have probably discussed this before because he doesn't seem to do it as much, but does anyone else notice the "air quotes" Jon uses? It is usually when they are in the interview chair, but SO ANNOYING!

Anonymous said...

"If that's the case, then no celebrity should be allowed privacy."

IMO, it wasnt an issue of privacy on the plane, it was the issue of having to sit next to some Jon didnt know. There is a huge difference between demanding privacy and demanding preferential treatment because one feels they are entitled because of celebrity status or otherwise. To think that one can go through life in avoidance of strangers because they feel they are entitled to do so is ridiculous. To go about it because of a personal choice is quite another. The issue on the plane appeared to be one of personal choice and most likely sense of entitlement on Jon's part and not an issue involving securing the privacy and safety of the Gosselin family. It is only logical that when one travels on a plane they will be subjected to being among the presence of 'strangers'. Viewers have seen episode after episode of the Gosselin family receiving preferential treatment, ie businesses closing their doors to the general public, not having to wait in line at amusement parks etc. Again, it is only logical that when one is in a PUBLIC place they will be among the presence of the public, ie 'strangers'. The issue with J & K is their never ending sense of entitlement. Sure J & K have a right to their privacy, just as much as that 'STRANGER' has a right to sit in the plane seat next to him!

Rufus said...

Linda said,
"I'm sure given the choice, these poor kids would rather be sleeping in their own beds, playing with their own friends."

Sure they would. If they had their own friends.

Anonymous said...

notice the "air quotes" Jon uses

What are air quotes?

Steph said...

guess they weren't INVITED to Sea World!

Anonymous said...

That is the most hysterical blog post I have ever read!! Thank you for the laughs!!!! I REALLY needed that today! You should write for a living. And I'm a librarian...I know good writing when I read it.
high five!!! **still wiping my eyes from laughing till I cried!!!**
AWESOME!!!!!!!

highondegrassi said...

"Lisa said...
I am pretty new to the blog, having been a former fan of the show. I am certain you have probably discussed this before because he doesn't seem to do it as much, but does anyone else notice the "air quotes" Jon uses? It is usually when they are in the interview chair, but SO ANNOYING!"

I find that annoying as well, but I honestly haven't seen Jon do that. I must be focusing too much on what useless BS comes out of his mouth. I will start paying attention.

Now, I'm really surprised that Kate hasn't jumped on him about this. Let's face it, the shrew has bitched at him about breathing, grammar, etc, I can't believe she hasn't noticed this. Stay tuned.

I've also noticed, like others, Jon's sense of self-entitlement has reached a new level. Kate has always felt like she was owed, but I see that Jon is getting just as bad as her. Maybe he ought to take it down a notch. Would he rather have to go out and work a real job? Boyfriend better be thankful he has this gravy train.

Anonymous said...

Okay, TLC is re-running the Disney World road trip right now. The first 3 minutes of the show consisted of Kate explaining how flying with 8 kids is far too cost-prohibitive, which is why they chose to drive to Florida.

My, how things change.

Linda said...

Kon's attitude towards the those people who they consider not worthy has been discussed by people who have had contact with them. Read Gosselin sightings.

They are not celebrities, they are greedy adults who sold their children's privacy to the highest bidder. And they continue to do so.

Anonymous said...

am pretty new to the blog, having been a former fan of the show. I am certain you have probably discussed this before because he doesn't seem to do it as much, but does anyone else notice the "air quotes" Jon uses? It is usually when they are in the interview chair, but SO ANNOYING

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I haven't noticed, but will pay closer attention =)

Actually, what I find annoying ( not offensive, just annoying) is how Jon makes that silly, closed mouth half grin. I noticed a while back and he seems to do it constantly. I only notice it when KON are on the couch .

Anonymous said...

Kate is loud, so she gets the attention. Jon, however, has become worse in the past year. He's just as critical and unkind as his semi-literate wife. The poor kids are usually on the receiving end, although I bet there have been some interesting conversations with all the friends and family that have vanished. Jon gets no pass.

Anonymous said...

No show lives on forever. Sooner or later (listen up, Kate) everthing comes to an end. Including the money. The American public is making it abundantly clear that they are sick and tired of watching these kids (yes, yes, I know, 'but they're precious!', still...). Tick..tick..tick..what's that sound? Oh yeah, that would be time running out. Figure 666 is so aware of it in fact that they have extended themselves to such lengths as hairplugging and teeth whitening for entertaiment purposes. So what are the Gosselin's going to do when the next family comes rolling along? The family with sep or octuplets, or better yet "Organic Sextuplets! No fertility treatments here folks!". And their cash cow dies. Then what?

I would LOVE to watch that episode, the one where Kate sits in the waiting room of the local welfare office to beg for her Gold Card back.

Anonymous said...

I was mortified to see Kate slap Jon across the face not once, but twice on a re-run recently. What is this woman thinking of slapping her husband on national TV. If Kate would do that on TV - and not have it edited out - I wonder what she does to those children when the cameras aren't running? Jon, well I feel sorry for him. Got a face-slapping wife, 8 kids, no real job (but now plenty of money), why doesn't he have a real husband talk with Kate about the way she treats him?

Anonymous said...

To those who said Beth left the Utah trip early and Jodi flew in:

Yes, that's correct. Beth left early, and to be home in time for her daughter's birthday. You are right.

But don't you find it the least bit, commanding? Of Kate, and of Jon, to even request Beth's presence in Utah? As if their 'show' was more important to Beth than her own child? Do you not feel KON reached the ultimately low in that episode by just asking Beth to be their makeshift bellhop that week when she should have been at home in PA, maybe planning and preparing something special for her own child? Frankly, the Gosselin's are two selfish and arrogant pigs.

Am I the only one who thought that was beyond selfish of them?

ThreeFarmers said...

I am pretty new to the blog, having been a former fan of the show. I am certain you have probably discussed this before because he doesn't seem to do it as much, but does anyone else notice the "air quotes" Jon uses? It is usually when they are in the interview chair, but SO ANNOYING!

The way Jon uses air quotes isn't half as interesting as the way he misuses them at times.

Ilovemykids said...

Okay, TLC is re-running the Disney World road trip right now. The first 3 minutes of the show consisted of Kate explaining how flying with 8 kids is far too cost-prohibitive, which is why they chose to drive to Florida.

My, how things change


One of the problems with the constant reruns is that the lies that Jon and Kate are running rampant with now days are easy to identify.

Anonymous said...

Linda said...
Kon's attitude towards the those people who they consider not worthy has been discussed by people who have had contact with them. Read Gosselin sightings.

They are not celebrities, they are greedy adults who sold their children's privacy to the highest bidder. And they continue to do so.

11/08/2008 3:12 PM

J & K should really humble themselves and remember that those so called 'strangers' could very well be a person who put their last $20 in to the love offering basket, the individual that placed the paper towels that appeared on their door step, a person who donated diapers or a store gift card, an individual who took money from their own family and gave to theirs. J & K should remember that there was a time , not so long ago, that it was strangers who provided for them when they could not provide for themselves!! Just think if those who gave of themselves during J & K's time of need were of the same attitude as J & K and turned the other cheek because J & K were the 'strangers'.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Kate is loud, so she gets the attention. Jon, however, has become worse in the past year. He's just as critical and unkind as his semi-literate wife. The poor kids are usually on the receiving end, although I bet there have been some interesting conversations with all the friends and family that have vanished. Jon gets no pass.

11/08/2008 3:55 PM

Jon's ability to man up and think for himself was stunted the day he married Kate. Kate's infatuation with all things Disney is completely in sync with their Peter Pan and Wendy marriage.

Anonymous said...

J & K should remember that there was a time , not so long ago, that it was strangers who provided for them when they could not provide for themselves!!

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Could not or WOULD NOT?

Anonymous said...

Regarding the "Ugly" comment, that Kate made regarding Maddy. I took it to mean her mood was ugly, not the child's physical appearance. Where I grew up, in New England, that is a common expression regarding someone's mood. My mother, huband, father, siblings, friends etc... have all used the expression "Oh he/she was really ugly this morning." meaning he or she was in a bad mood. I don't take it to mean that Kate was calling Maddy's appearance ugly.

But please keep in mind, I am NOT a Kate supporter. In fact Kate is ugly a lot of the time especially in the way she talks to Jon.

(If this sounds repetative, I accidently posted this in "Birthday Musings" but meant to post it here.)

Michelle said...

It's amazing. I watched this episode and I picked up on all the freebies and special treatment, but your blog totally reveals other things. I am going to start watching with a very critical eye now.
That whole "privacy" comment is so hilarious but I thought nothing of it at the time.
I thoroughly enjoy your recaps! Keep it up please!

Anonymous said...

Dear Kate,

YOUR BEHAVIOR IS UGLY ! Your children act ugly because they are mirroring YOU. Mady is YOU!!!! You are Mady!!!!

My goodness get that hair out of your face and take a look at what you are doing. Your are teaching your children it is normal to be UGLY to your spouse and anyone who breathes the same air as you.
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Dear Jon,

Come on man, wake up and smell the organic coffee! Your kids are going to grow up thinking they can do the same to their spouse as their mother does to you. Nip her in the bud already...for the love of God, do it for all of us!

highondegrassi said...

"To those who said Beth left the Utah trip early and Jodi flew in:

Yes, that's correct. Beth left early, and to be home in time for her daughter's birthday. You are right.

But don't you find it the least bit, commanding? Of Kate, and of Jon, to even request Beth's presence in Utah? As if their 'show' was more important to Beth than her own child?"

Well, in Kon's defense (and I can't believe I would ever defend them...I must be sick) I think Beth liked going on these trips (Disney, Utah) because she enjoyed being with the kids, and she was still able to tolerate Kate. Like I said, when she finally came to her senses in Utah we never saw her again.

Is it just me, or did anyone else get the sense that Beth might have been treated kind of like the hired help on that Utah trip? That's when Kon had their special dinner at the fancy restaurant and I also think there was a few other times Beth babysat.

This is all we saw on the show, I'm guessing there was other drama behind the scenes. Just another "person that loves us" used and abused by KON.

Anonymous said...

Posted by Anon:
Anonymous said...

Does anyone know Jenny's last name?

Someone was saying that she is a production assistant as well, and was hired on the side.

There is a Jennifer Cromley on the credits list, and I didn't know if that was her.
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Yes, I believe that's Jenny.

11/06/2008 5:06 PM

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Seriously people, Google that name. IT is so not her! Sorry to burst your bubble!

Dew said...

"The issue with J & K is their never ending sense of entitlement. Sure J & K have a right to their privacy, just as much as that 'STRANGER' has a right to sit in the plane seat next to him!"

That's the problem with their demands for privacy. They don't want to row with the other slaves even when everyone else is. They demand private entrances to their hotel rooms, private viewing of half the things they see, their own carved out corner of the plane, they don't want anyone looking at them when they are in a public places with everyone else who has a right to be there, they don't seem to want their children to associate with other children that much. They like their church because no one talks to them (I thought fellowship was a huge part of church???). They even put a sign in front of their house telling people not to stop--ironically clearly a cry for attention.

These things aren't necessary for their privacy. They're so they can feel like more than the D-list celebrities that they are. I think their cries to leave them alone are actually just the reverse--a giant cry to look at them because deep down they love it. They're really quite pathetic actually.

I see celebrities all the time living in L.A. I've never in my life seen a celebrity waltz through a public place demanding special treatment like this. Mostly they try to blend in, not shout "don't look at me don't look at me leave me alone," as the Gosselins like to do. In fact oddly enough, the more famous they are, the less they call attention to themselves. (I've seen A lister Sally Field shop at the local grocery store in her sweats and a grimy baseball cap, while D-lister Kurt Cameron walks around with an entourage of six assistants.) Which just speaks to how desperate for attention I think the Gosselins actually are.

Anonymous said...

I don't watch the show anymore but I still watch TLC and enjoy LPBW and the Duggar show. I can't stand that new commercial in which they show Jon and Kate holding hands! How disgusting! It's a commercial showcasing their Monday night programming which includes Jon and Kate Plus 8, Little People Big World, and the Duggars. I did notice that they only show Jon and Kate in the beginning and show them a lot less than they do the Duggar and Roloff Family. At least they show the kids and not so much KON. Oh, these two make me sick to my stomach. I stopped watching the show but now I have to see them in commercials holding hands. YUK!!!!!! Doesn't TLC get that no one likes these two idiots?

MyAuntFanny said...

Regarding the "Ugly" comment, that Kate made regarding Maddy. I took it to mean her mood was ugly, not the child's physical appearance. Where I grew up, in New England, that is a common expression regarding someone's mood. My mother, huband, father, siblings, friends etc... have all used the expression "Oh he/she was really ugly this morning." meaning he or she was in a bad mood. I don't take it to mean that Kate was calling Maddy's appearance ugly.
Having spent the majority of my life in New England I agree I've heard that used when a young person is being ill mannered but it's like Alex Baldwin calling his child a pig. I don't think he was saying she was fat but I read a lot of commentary that it would be regarding that to her as a child. I also think having my behavior called ugly felt it was a comment on my appearance not just how my misbehavior was viewed. Just because it's a commonly used phrase I do think a child would also internalize it that they are ugly in looks. If Kate wasn't so mentally challenged she'd could find better language to describe behavior that is unacceptable. Just like telling the one not to even breath she speaks to those children so horrid that I was further driven to stop watching many moons ago.
Why does Kate always get blamed. Wasn't it Jon who said they sat in the back to avoid strangers?Actually this doesn't bother me. They are famous now. People know who their kids are. Yes granted it's because they do the show, but if the world knew who my kids were I wouldn't want "strangers" sitting beside them on a plane either. They were just protecting their kids. I agree that Jon is almost as vile as Kate and I personally don't get why he has less criticism thrown his way, regardless, neither of them should be whining about wanting to avoid other humans and wanting privacy when they not only sought out this TV show but agreed to producing almost an episode a week ensuring even less intrusion into their privacy.
They are not celebrities, they are greedy adults who sold their children's privacy to the highest bidder. And they continue to do so. No truer words were ever spoken. They are just the greedy parents of sextuplets which Kon turned around and sold as a sideshow freak show. Just because some misinformed media outlets call them stars doesn't make it true.
I'm so glad to have stopped watching this sorry excuse of a documentary. There is no reality in it either. I laugh at both those descriptions that are given by Figure 8 and TLC. I will continue to write sponsors and PA lawmakers to try and get some protection from the greedy people living the high life off the back of innocent children.

Dew said...

"I agree that Jon is almost as vile as Kate and I personally don't get why he has less criticism thrown his way,"

As a judge I know likes to say, there's no such thing as a non-offending parent. In other words, sitting back and letting your spouse act like a raging lunatic makes you responsible, too.

At the beginning of this show, I really liked Jon. He worked hard, enjoyed the kids, and put up with a lot. But as the months wore on and it was clear he certainly wasn't trying to stop any of this madness, I soured. Now I think he's just as bad as Kate in that he is putting his children through all of this. I think the only reason he doesn't get as much criticism as she does is because usually she is the mouthpiece for their shenanigans, and he just sits there a quiet party to it. Also, we usually see him working a lot harder than Kate, if you want to call their lives work anymore. At least for me, for some reason it's hard to hate someone whom you see really busting their butt all the time--be it putting together beds or painting a room or getting the kids up and ready to go every...single...day. And finally, in those moments where he is alone with the kids and away from the shrew, there have been times where he seems to be a loving, patient, devoted father. In fact the boards used to make fun of those people who vilified Kate and victimized Jon, by calling him St. Jon. Not quite, but he is no Kate either. He is aiding and abetting, which in the court of law is, while very serious, not quite the same as committing the crime itself.

Chris said...

They are not celebrities, they are greedy adults who sold their children's privacy to the highest bidder. And they continue to do so.

They're not even "D list" celebrities. Real celebrities try to shelter their children from photographers. Having been at a park when Paul McCartney took Beatrice there, his only request was "no photos".

vipersue said...

I used to really like Jon and admire how he interacted with his kids but I swear he's almost as bad as Kate lately. I hate it when he gets upset with Kate or whatever and starts dragging those little kids around by their arms. Sometimes it looks like he's going to pull their little arms out of the sockets. He's ususally not even upset with them they are just handy people to vent his rage. It cracked me up how Kate explained to the kids how this vow renewal in Hawaii was about how much she and Jon love each other and will never leave each other and they had not even left the Pa. airport and Jon yells at Kate "I'm not listening to you anymore. I'm done. I'm ignoring you the rest of the trip." Is that pathetic or what?

Anonymous said...

dew-

Your most recent post was rather long so I won't copy it here =) but I agree with every word you stated.

Among other things GRACIOUSNESS is not a part of KON's character. I've always loved hearing about well-known people ( I refuse to compare KON to actual celebrities) who are nice in grocery stores, at gas stations, etc. We've NEVER heard that about KON.

Another poster also stated that Jon used to be a bit more grounded than Kate, and he's gotten much worse with his own false sense of entitlement. So true.

Anonymous said...

They're not even "D list" celebrities. Real celebrities try to shelter their children from photographers. Having been at a park when Paul McCartney took Beatrice there, his only request was "no photos".

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Then Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie must not be "real celebritities". They sold picture of their children to the highest bidder (people mag)and received millions of dollars. Same for TomKat and Jamie Lynn Spears.

Anonymous said...

Then Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie must not be "real celebritities".
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It was one photo shoot and they donated the $ to charity.

Anonymous said...

anonymous said:
"Come on man, wake up and smell the organic coffee!"
Just curious, since Kate has been sporting the "venti" size Starbucks cup as her latest accessory, I am wondering if Starbucks coffee is organic and if it is a latte drink, is the milk organic? She is such a hypocrite.

Also, someone asked why Kate and Jon would want to go to Disneyworld on their honeymoon. Kate had never been on an airplane before much less Disneyworld before her honeymoon. Judging by her behavior on the video of her on the trip, it seems she was a deprived as a child and probably always dreamed of going. It must have been hard for her as a child when all her friends and classmates were going on trips and she was stuck at the trailer park and church. Boo Hoo!

Dew said...

"Then Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie must not be "real celebritities".
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It was one photo shoot and they donated the $ to charity."

And the reason they did it was sort of a deal, or trade off with the paparazzi. Basically they will let them do one photoshoot if the paparazzi leaves them alone. They know it's either try to avoid photographers all the time, or do the deal. In my book that is good, thoughtful parenting given their unique situations. And they made the best of it by giving the money to charity. Meanwhile Kon is desperate to sell any and all pictures of their children for CASH ONLY (shady!) any chance they get.

Fortunatly these days it's hard to find celebrities who expose their kids that much. While they shouldn't have to walk around with a jacket over their head the whole time, there's no need to have them in the public eye constantly either. Most celebrities seem to have come to understand how unfair it is to the child, the long term effects, and are more cautious these days. Frankly I can't think of a family that exposes their children more than Kon does. What other celebrity allows us a half hour to an hour glimpse into their lives every single week for four years, and the entire episode revolves around the children? Kon puts all other cases of hawking your kids to shame.

Dew said...

Starbucks discontinued serving organic milk earlier this year. You know why? I'm sure partly because of the cost, but partly because chains complained that the quality of the organic milk was all over the place. It would smell foul when heated at some places, be fine at others. Organic, Kate? Not always better.

I won't even get into the unhealthy drawbacks of drinking that much coffee all the time, nor the calories from milk and sugar, organic or not. Not to mention the cha-ching on your wallet. If you bought a coffee there for 3.25 every workday, you'd spend over $800 a year. I'm sure every mom of eight kids factors in Starbucks as part of her how to raise eight kids on a budget.

SmartyQ said...

I too thought going to WDW an unusual choice for a honeymoon, but perhaps each person's idea of romantic is different. I did find it down right bizarre that, in all of the videos, it was Katie saying the equivalent of 'Look at ME' or 'Tape ME while I run toward you.' This culminated in the Mary Richards/Katie Irene WDW version of twirling around in the middle of the street sans tossing her mouse ears in the air. That was creepy, and I'm sure that, when Lou Grant and Mary Richards are re-hired by WJM, they'll do a story on it.

Anonymous said...

In response to: "Then Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie must not be "real celebritities". They sold picture of their children to the highest bidder (people mag)and received millions of dollars. Same for TomKat and Jamie Lynn Spears."

I dont understand why some insist on comparing the actions of J & K Gosselin to likeness of Brad Pitt/Jolie , TomKat etc... J & K allowed total STRANGERS to take photographs of their minor children at their 'yard sale' in exhange for the $$ be donated to charity!! Come on. Do you actually believe that a internationally recognized and accomplished celebrity would allow complete strangers to photograph their minor/child children in the name of charity??? Let alone blatantly exploit their children as a means to provide a lifestyle that they could not and would not afford otherwise afford. J & K are ALL about utilizing their children as a means to their ultimate end and have done so non stop for the past four + years!

Anonymous said...

I'm laughing so hard I can hardly control myself...great post!!

Anonymous said...

I used to consider TLC a preeminent educational network. Not anymore! They're (almost) as bad as Kon because they are totally money-motivated. By the way, I am certain that TLC, the producers and Kon are all making a mint but I would not be surprised if the series disappeared as quickly as it took off. Because even under the best of circumstances these types of shows have a very short shelf-life. I think the blog admins should put a time-clock on the top of the homepage, COUNTDOWN TO THE CANCELATION OF JON & KATE PLUS 8.

dotsicle said...

"There is a Jennifer Cromley on the credits list, and I didn't know if that was her.
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Yes, I believe that's Jenny.

11/06/2008 5:06 PM

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Seriously people, Google that name. IT is so not her! Sorry to burst your bubble!

11/08/2008 8:30 PM"


Obviously the Professor Jennifer Cromley found at Google is not working with Figure8 Films. So, evidently, there is another woman by that name who DOES work for Figure8. Whether or not she is the Jenny being filmed on the show is something that has not been confirmed or denied.

Anonymous said...

i was happy to see the kids with life vests on the boat, unlike when riding bikes the helmets are swinging from the handle bars.

xsandlapper said...

Anonymous said...

Oh, great recap, but you forgot when Joooon said, "we like to fill up the back of the plane so that STRANGERS don't sit next to us."
11/08/2008 11:38 AM


But yet he doesn't mind millions of strangers watching his kids take a bath.

Great recap Dew! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Starbucks discontinued serving organic milk earlier this year. You know why? I'm sure partly because of the cost, but partly because chains complained that the quality of the organic milk was all over the place. It would smell foul when heated at some places, be fine at others. Organic, Kate? Not always better.

I won't even get into the unhealthy drawbacks of drinking that much coffee all the time, nor the calories from milk and sugar, organic or not. Not to mention the cha-ching on your wallet. If you bought a coffee there for 3.25 every workday, you'd spend over $800 a year. I'm sure every mom of eight kids factors in Starbucks as part of her how to raise eight kids on a budget.

I am not a fan of Kate in any way, however, I am an avid coffee drinker, and coffee actually has some health benefits. I don't know how much she drinks in a day, but in moderation it is fine. I do agree that they could make it at home, though. Maybe they are doing their part (wink, wink) to keep Starbucks in business after the recent closing of a lot of their stores.

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