Giving Back Recap

Our right jolly old elves, Jon and Kate, hitch up their eight tiny meal tickets and fly down to Memphis to spread holiday cheer and Kmart toys to the children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. I love St. Jude’s and I’m not going to rip on them. However, I will note that it is wrong to give the impression that the Gosselins paid for any of the gifts or items that they delivered, when they clearly did not. I'm not even going to touch J&K's inability to do basic math. It was nice to see Bev, though.



Twas the night before some random November day when all through the $1.3 million-dollar house,
Not a creature was stirring, not even Jon’s spouse.
The stockings were hung by the suitcases with care,
In hopes that free toys from Kmart soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds
While visions of organic catered sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And Kate in her wonky asymmetrical kerchief, and Jon in his free Phillies cap
Had just settled their under achieving brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the professionally manicured lawn there arose such a clatter,
Jon sprang from his basement bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window he flew like a flash
Tore open the shutters and threw up the production crew’s poorly-installed sash.

The moon on the ill-supported breast of the trespassing new snow
Gave the luster of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my freshly-lasered eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh and eight Asian-featured reindeer.

With a despotic driver so exhausted and hick,
I knew it a moment it must be Kate’s schtick.
More rapid than beagles her coursers they came,
As she complained and shouted and called them by name!

Now, Mady! Now, Cara! Now, Leah and Collin!
On, Hannah! On, Joelly! On, Alexis and Aaden!
To the end of the driveway, to the top of the mall!
Now, cash away! Cash away! Cash away, all!

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly
When they meet with an obstacle mount to the sky.
So on down to Memphis, the coursers they flew
With a sleigh full of toys and Kate’s enormous sense of entitlement, too.

And then in a twinkling, I heard on the hotel roof,
The hitting and whining of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down to the hospital lobby they came with a bound.

She was dressed all in free clothes from her head to her foot,
And her soul was all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of toys she had Jon throw on his back,
She looked like a peddler with an Ann Taylor Loft sack.

Her tummy, how flat! His hair plugs, so scary!
Her teeth were all glowy. He wondered, What did I marry?
His droll little mouth was tied shut with a bow.
Will the children forgive him? He just doesn’t know.

What remained of Jon’s manhood, she held tight in her teeth.
She needed a pedicure and it showed on her feet!
With her white plastic chair and a surgically taut belly,
She published her recipe for crackers with organic jelly.

He was chubby and plump before getting a trainer for himself,
And Kate handed out books from Zondervan’s shelf.
A wink from his eye and a twist of her head
Soon let us all know of the lies we’ve been fed.

She made up some words, then put the children to work.
She filled all their sippy cups then called Jon a jerk
Before giving her husband a punch in the nose,
She belittled her children, that’s just how it goes.


"It must be done my way," to Aunt Jodi, Kate bristled.
And away they all flew like a Hawaii-bound missile.
And I heard them proclaim as they drove out of sight,
Our life is our show and our show is our life!

Submitted by ThreeFarmers

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timetogokon said...

Oh. My. God. That was unbelievable.

If something I read/watch on tv can make me cry or laugh out loud, it's a winner.

You rule 3F.

BTW, maybe next week you can do a spin on "How KON Stole Christmas"? Heck, even the Grinch truly did GIVE BACK at the end of the story.

Corinne said...

I'm seriously CRYING with laughter over here...you should write a book! Maybe you and Beth can collaborate?

ChristyinTN said...

Love it, love it love it! The loathing flows from your pen effortlessly! The reindeer children...brilliant!

Thank you!

Sarah said...

Wow! That was great! Soooooo funny! Thanks!

RegardingtheRecap said...

Not the best recap, funny but still.......... KON giving back really did do wonders of good. I don't think the good dead should be disregarded.

Molly said...

That. is amazing.

FXfanatic said...

oooh, I've been waiting for your recap all day. Thanks for taking the time and watching the infomercial.

FXfanatic said...

BRAVO!!!!

timetogokon said...

I don't think the good dead should be disregarded.

---------------

It wasn't a good deed. It was KON's self promotion under the guise of a good deed.

Hopefully KON's latest "business trip" will bring some money to St Jude's.

ThreeFarmers said...

I really have no desire to rag on the donations to St. Jude's, hence the modified quasi-recap.

The bickering on here during the last couple of days has gotten really ridiculous in my opinion and I didn't want to throw fuel on the fire. I wrote, what I feel to be, a lighter than normal version of a recap to hopefully redirect the conversation a bit.

Those who don't like it are free to submit their own recaps.

noteventhetrees said...

Wow, very creative!!! Great job!! :)

ScarySkierNewJersey said...

"Now cash away cash away cash away all."

I am laughing and my dear hubby is looking at me like I lost my last brain cell.

Excellent 3F..........Thanks

Jan said...

FAB-U-LOUS! I have been boycotting the show, especially since the recaps are more entertaining!

Sharla said...

Thank you so much 3 Farmers for not only watching the episode but providing a humorous recap and trying to defuse the discussion.

I have yet to watch the episode.

ThreeFarmers said...

Thanks for all the positive comments, btw. I sincerely appreciate them.

Barb said...

Thank you 3F for a wonderful poem! Of course the best line is....

Now, cash away! Cash away! Cash away, all!

hmm... said...

Im not sure that was an actual recap but it was hilarious non-the-less.

NancyH said...

Great job 3farmers. Keep up the good writing!

UniStudent said...

Thank you 3 Farmers,
I'm usually an avid reader, but all the bickering over the giving back episode is giving me a headache!
I really appreciate your recap and your avoidance of the petty sqauabbling that's been going on in this blog amognst the readers for the past day.

qtrfan said...

O.M.G.

Totally unexpected recap but DEAD ON. What a hoot!

Keep 'em coming!

3rd Rock From The Sun said...

ThreeFarmers,

Excellent recap. A+. You have got some great writing abilities, and are so creative. I wish I could write like you. Thanks for the good laugh. You should give yourself a pat on the back. :)

Kids&Life said...

I love the closing line...When I read that she said that, I was thinking - Wow! Don't most people say "Our kids are our life, and our life is our kids"? She is just really, truly messed up...

timetogokon said...

3F and Unistudent:

IMO, there is no more heated commentary in this thread than the other recent and equally horrible episodes.

Many of the past episodes garnered 300-400+ comments . I think those figures reflect the outrage many of us feel - KON's behavior just seems to worsen every minute.

I don't think it's fair to say that the discussions have become ridiculous or seem like petty squabbling. Most of us here want what is best for the kids - we all "discuss" our concerns in different ways.

That being said, I am still a huge fan of your writing 3F ( I was the first to post on this thread!).

3Ffan said...

Whether a recap, poem or amusing aside
3F lets us all come along for the ride
Sitting here happy with my upside-down frown
3F, you most certainly rock the house down!

Rock it out 3F!!! We need to collect your recaps, a la Sex and the City and publish a book ("cowritten" by Beth, perhaps?)

Carol said...

That was hysterical, I loved it!

Karen said...

OMG. Three Farmers. YOU are AMAZING!

Thank you!

Brilliant!

You are creative and inspiring and a poet!

One word: AMAZING.

UniStudent said...

Timtogokon

I appreciate what you're saying and I didn't mean it to diminish anyones opinion. To me the posts this week have just seemed riddled with praise for Jon and Kate. For me it's difficult to read the arguments because those supporting them are just saying "well now they're giving back what's the big deal, they've changed for the better". It's hard to argue with someone who sees things as so cut and dry, and so rather than discussing the show its become one big debate over how to give back and saying they have changed overnight. Amongst a lot of other things, and it just feels like no one is talking about how this is effecting the children anymore, this episode was a diversion.

I just thought that three farmers did a great job recapping without delving too deep into whether them going to st judes was right or wrong. I do apologize for saying squabbling, because that term in no way referred to all the posters, and I always appreciate what you have to say ttgk.

Grace said...

OMG I think that was just about the best thing I have ever read!! ThreeFarmers you should write a book or something!



Cant wait to read what you write next!!!

C said...

You are too too funny. Thanks for this. All your recaps are simply brilliant!

Anonymous said...

I've been lurking and reading for a while now, but this is my first post......

I've got to say WOW! ThreeFarmers, that was BRILLIANT. I'm so impressed.

SO GOOD!

Michelle said...

sitting here laughing my butt off, i havent even read past 2 lines..for some reason in my head today i was thinking if the recap would sound something like 'twas the night before christmas' lo and behold, you did it!! awesome..now i need to finish reading it..lol

konspiracytheory said...

Brilliant - I'm going back to read that again - thanks 3F!

timetogokon said...

Unistudent -

Thanks for the clarification - I actually completely agree with your comments . However, in your previous post, it sounded like you were sick of the people who said that this episode was a crock when in fact, you were thinking the exact opposite. My misunderstanding - sorry.

RuthinVA said...

I had to read it again, too. It is even better the second time around!

goredsox said...

Whenever I read the word "wonky" I seriously start to laugh .

laura linger said...

With a despotic driver so exhausted and hick,
I knew it a moment it must be Kate’s schtick.

********************

The whole thing is priceless, but this line made me laugh the hardest. You're one hell of a writer, 3F. Well done.

UniStudent said...

goredsox, that's my favourite word!
Something about the word wonky just makes me giggle uncontrollably...

Protect8 said...

I hope you are well paid for your creative talent - a talent that soars much higher than just the Kate and Jon topic. I agree with others. Your synopsis is brilliant. Funny, yes, but it does reveal J&K for what they are.

But here is the part that struck me:

"His droll little mouth was tied shut with a bow.
Will the children forgive him? He just doesn’t know."

It seemed in this so called "Giving Back" episode that Jon's mouth was closed very tight - and lots of body language between the two of them (Kate all curled up into herself on the couch in the interviews and at the hospital blocking her chest with a book) that spoke volumes. All of that "convincing" during the Hawaii wedding seemed for naught.

I think that Bev made a statement by showing up apparently at an unscheduled time - perhaps not following the gameplan by the producers - and then she made a point of getting down on the children's level to talk to them and ignored Kate. To her credit, she did not seem to want to be part of the shenanigans. And oh my gosh - did Kate really make the comment: "She loves us ...."

I hope Jon realizes that his job right now is not to defend Kate, even if it means they lose the lifestyle, but rather his job is to protect his children from her narcissistic behavior.

Michelle said...

3F that was classic!! Very creative writing! Thanks for a good humorous recap.

noteasybeingstupid said...

Too funny! I didn't see the show Monday night so I look forward to watching it tomorrow night and comparing the two!

Gloria said...

Great job, 3F. Very well stated.

shawna said...

Absolutely the best!

Judy aka "I knew 3F before she became famous" said...

3F~ You have such a gift! I think you should submit this to Joel McHale!
I honestly did almost spew coffee out my nose while reading it!

shelbysmom said...

Simply the best!!!!

stylistgarnie said...

Thanks for all the giggles 3F!

Sarah said...

I can't even breathe! That was amazing! Screw Kate Gosselin, you should have you're own book!!

LeeLee said...

Outstanding 3F as usual! But this one has to be the best yet.

My favorite line was Kate's asymmetrical kerchief and Jon's free Phillies cap.

Please continue your writings here and link us to any of your other writings...if this whole fiasco ever resolves I don't want to lose track of you and your genius works!

ThreeFarmers said...

Please continue your writings here and link us to any of your other writings...if this whole fiasco ever resolves I don't want to lose track of you and your genius works!


Before calling me a genius, you need to know that just this morning I put two freshly filled ice trays in the oven. It wasn't on, thank goodness.

GrammyPie said...

3F you are a gift to this blog. I didn't have a chance to watch the show until tonight. I noticed KON has added the word amaze to augment the use of awesome.
Kate reading the bedtime story did have it's plus side. The boys were actually sitting next to her. Hmmmm for our benefit, no doubt.
The tups still have major pronoun issues, and Kate telling them to say good bye to the "duckies" gagged me.
I think the hitting and shoving is escalating, and the shrill screaming is getting all over my last nerve. If this behavior is allowed to continue, I think even the sheeple will tire of this show. I would not want my impressionable young children watching this behavior being tolerated.
The tups are rapidly turning into spoiled little brats. They will no longer be viewed as adorable.
I realize this is not their fault, but KON is going to lose their free ride if this behavior is allowed to continue. Well maybe it should just long enough to get them booted off the air.

alana said...

3 Farmers -

My Darlingest Sweetie of 18years thinks I have, at long last, lost my mind; I laughed so hard I wet my pants...oh well!

ALL of your writing is SO SUPERB but IMHO, this one was the best; made me laugh out loud and, well, you know the other part - tee hee!

All laughing aside, I have a feeling you're one very sensitive woman with a huge heart; that's why you're probably the most vocal one of us when it comes to the Gosselin children being used and exploited. People of great humor are often those with great hurt.

You're a rare joy and always a treat!
Thanks for making my Christmas funnier.

rjs3000 said...

"Oh Lordy Beee" I never saw that one coming. Farmers Three.Great.

babygrl77 said...

ThreeFarmers,
I hope you don't ever stop doing what you do!!
You have a gift of making people laugh.
I always look for your recaps and comments.
Thanks for making my day!!

Shell76 said...

Wow, that was absolutely brilliant, 3Farmers! I respect your desire to avoid fueling the fire, and what a creative way to do so. Wonderful job. :)

Judy said...

"Before calling me a genius, you need to know that just this morning I put two freshly filled ice trays in the oven. It wasn't on, thank goodness."

Plead insanity from being forced to watch Jon and Kate just so you can recap for us...LOL

Maggie said...

Twas the night 'fore the episode,
And all cross the blogs,
Tempers were flaring,
The show hadn't logged!

The kiddies went to the hospital to give,
In hopes that the sick little children would live
I worried "how can we ever recap this show"?...................

But I didn't have to worry about completing that, thanks 3F for getting it right!

Janine said...

I cannot believe you do not have a high-paying job with the New York Times or something like that with such a brillant talent like your 3Farmers!!

Seriously, it takes sheer and pure talent to come up with the things you write!! I would never in a million years be able to come up with even one of the spot-on rhymes that you did so many times in this poem!!

You are so talented...seriously, you should think about it as a career if you havent already....me and everyone else here at GWoP will give you TONS AND TONS of GREAT references!!!

my9cats said...

3F,
Just wonderful. You have such a gift. Thanks for sharing it with us.
The comment on the the icecube tray was funny and reminded me of a blonde moment I had years ago when still legitimately blonde. Absent minded me grabbed the wrong can out of the bathroom cabinet and sprayed my underarms with hairspray. We all have our 'duh' moments. Life would be dull without them.
Thanks again for your recaps. They are terrific. Happy Holidays!

Weed said...

I made a comment yesterday about their big-blue bus, I re-watched the episode last night and I was wrong. It wasn't their bus and I'm sorry for the mis-information I posted. Thanks for the recap - it's always so much better than the real show. I actually chuckle instead of throw items at the t.v. screen :-)

LauraJean said...

LOL superbly written, kudos to you 3F .

ratherbkayaking said...

Oh, lordy. 3F, that was brilliant. Thank you for the Santa-like belly laugh. Then when I read your admission to ice cube trays in the oven.... I lost it. This blog is far more entertaining than the J&K+8 show, which is not allowed to be on in our house.

avidshrewwatchernolonger said...

BRAVO! Three Farmers, you have truly out done yourself with this! I am rolling on the floor here in my cubicle! Your recaps are so much more fun and entertaining than watching the actualy drivel!! Thanks!

heidiiiii said...

Love it! Thank you for the early Christmas present.

avasmommy said...

A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.

3F you are so clever and witty. I just love it. What I wouldn't give to see Kate's face when she reads this. That would be priceless!

Thanks for taking the time to make all of us laugh.

Rebecca said...

Three Farmers-
Well, I am on day 6 of NO power, which means NO heat and hotwater. I have been a right bitch, but let me tell you, your poem just put a smile on my face! Keep up the good work.

Emma's Mom said...

After watching every other 10 mins of this horribly horrendous episode of the JON & KATE SHOW I really couldn't imagine what substance you'd come away with... Hat's off! You nailed this one! Oh yea, I live in Grand Rapids, Mi and I DID NOT GO SEE KATE while she was here. I'd rather pound nails in my eyeballs.
Thanks for the great recap!

NEliseH said...

3F,
All I have to say is PERFECT!

cheryl said...

Adjectives can't describe the recap: Wow, Wonderful,Playful,
Truthful. Thanks so much for your
creative writings.
Am wondering - whose taking care of the dog??? Let's hear again from their uptheroad neighbor.
You made my day!

beachchick said...

nice! threefarmers I wonder if j&k will read that LOL

SchaedenKON said...

This is just spot on wonderful! Thank you 3F and also to the Mods for all your contributions to this board.

Moons in Leo said...

3F, I refilled my coffee cup before settling down to read the recap. I was not disappointed even though it's really not the typical recap! I think you took the high road with this one.

Clement Moore would be proud of you, my dear.

NotaHateroraSheeple said...

Great recap 3F!

However, I don't think the discussion has gotten out of hand because that is what this blog is for. I do think Jon and Kate are mending their broken lives, but I am not a sheeple, I just don't hate them. There are some really valid statements from both sides of the argument.

Tracy in New Mexico said...

3F Thank you so much for each week making me laugh out loud. Please, please continue to post your recaps.

God Bless You!

Virginia said...

I don't watch the show and haven't for some time, but I do anxiously await your recaps each week, 3F. You are able to hit these two so right-on every time and this time even made it holiday specific. What a riot! Thank you. My favorite line was Kate calling Jon a jerk.

Wendy Bird said...

3F~
Thank you for making me laugh during a very difficult week. I didn't watch the show. Although St. Jude is a wonderful cause, I couldn't stomach what I assumed would be another episode that was really all about Kate.

Just reading about her asking the sick child, "How are you?," and alluding to her hospital bedrest while pregnant with the tups as being something a cancer patient could relate to made me cringe.

I believe that the Gosselin "marriage" is over and this is now a business partnership. The "vow renewal" was a travesty. I am sure that Jon and Kate do not share a bedroom in that new house.

lori said...

HILARIOUS!!!!!

Charlie Rose said...

Brilliant! Keep up the great work 3F.

kmart employee said...

Ohhs Ahhs and a couple Amazings - Read 3F post twice and didn't laugh. Why all the fuss? But I did laugh when I watched the giving episode because I knew the KON's didn't give a dime. Even those brand new dollar bills they handed out to their kids were given to them by their production assistant.

shawna said...

Nothing to do about recap. When do you think they are going to LET Maddie and Cara dress differently from one another They are 8 1/2. It drives me crazy!!!

Skraps said...

3F - Again so well written - so amusing - tears rolling down my face.

Her tummy, how flat! His hair plugs, so scary!
Her teeth were all glowy. He wondered, What did I marry?

You should save all the recaps you have written - make a book - put Kate Gosselin as a co-writer & see if she'll take credit for it.

DirtyDisher said...

ThreeFarmers, I bow before your snark. You are the queen.

Meg said...

great for not getting into the controversy, 3F! Thanks for all the laughs!!!

Cracking Up said...

That was HILARIOUS! I am seriously sitting here at my desk cracking up and hoping no one goes by. You made my day!

Cherie said...

"Even those brand new dollar bills they handed out to their kids were given to them by their production assistant."

~~~~~~~~~

Why am I not surprised? They can't even give $10 of their children's money away.

Tammy H. said...

That is the most hilarious poem I have ever read. You are so right on the money..what a mind you have! I hope if KON and all their sponsors (TLC & Figure 8)have never read anything that has been written on this blog, I pray to the Almight God himself, to please let them read this! *clap* *clap* *clap*....STANDING OVATION FROM THIS SOUTHERN WOMAN! 3F, you need an emmy or something! Way to go!

And now just a thing or 2 I have to say about the last episode...yes it is great to give and donate to childrens hospitals and all that but Kate and Jon didn't pay a dime for anything. They want us to believe they did, well, we don't fall for it..and I think maybe, just maybe, their followers saw through this fascade! I mean, Kate and Jon (if they had been paying) would of never told all 8 kids to "Go get 3 of anything". I am tired of her looking for a pat on the back, what she needs is a smack in the head!

Tammy H. said...

And to all the people who are sick of the bickering about the "giving back"....well, when it's all a farse and lies upon lies are being told and the damage control is getting out of hand..we call it like we see it..This is our place to let out our aggressions (to an extent) and have friendly debates...but when it comes to KON, if people can't see what they are doing and these kids continue to be exploited...then we have a right to stand up for the children without voices loud enough to be heard and do whatever it takes to try and get them a normal life.

Susan said...

Genius, just genius. I bow to your greatness, 3 Farmers. I just LOVED that!

Travis Noodle said...

Nice!

Good Job!

Lizzy said...

The was a classic!!!!

Arieslikekate said...

I may have missed this being mentioned before ( I have tears in my eyes, from laughter, after reading the recap ).

Didn't Jon pay Kmarts with a check? I saw him signing something at the register BEFORE Katie gave out the $1 donation signs.

Arieslikekate said...

I noticed the Roloff's Christmas special was about family and how special family is around the holidays.

Now if Jon and Kate had a family get together, how many settings at the table might kate need to set?

10??

TLC the circus sideshow network said...

You have got to be kidding a production Crew person gave dollars for them to donate. I am absolutely appalled.

I can not WAIT for this disaster that TLC calls entertainment to be over.

I just can not for the life of me figure out why they as a family could not donate on their own without song and dance of this freakin show to help them pat themselves on their backs.

OK before I get madder than I am...

3F this was the best as soon as I caught the first line of this Xmas classic, I knew it was going to be a hoot!!!

NuthinToSeeHere said...

AriesLikeKate I may be wrong and if I am "sorry" - But I think Jon was filling out the donation forms for the kids.

Tami said...

Not the best recap, funny but still.......... KON giving back really did do wonders of good. I don't think the good dead should be disregarded.
________
Wonders of good? Really? Delivering toys donated by Kmart? Because Kmart can't just ship them there and needs their spokesperson to do it? I have been thinking about this. I don't have a promotion, obviously. But let's just say I worked in Target. The manager of Target tells me he would like me to deliver a bunch of toys to a kid's hospital. So I gather them up and take them. I would not pat myself on the back and say that I have given back. I would simply be the delivery person, just as KON were the delivery people and also got free publicity for their OTHER promotions, a free trip and more exposure..oh and money for another show. I'd have respect for them if they did this on their own with no cameras, even if they had a story written up about it so we would all know they gave, as long as they don't do their reality show about it and get paid to do it! Kmart would also have more respect if the whole thing was not done as a commericial for them on the KON show. So what you feel is a good deed others may just feel..not so much.

Tami said...

Those who don't like it are free to submit their own recaps.
____
Or..hopefully stick to blogs that are not titled Gosselins WITHOUT pity, considering there are blogs out there where herds of sheeple can sing the praises of KON all day long without interference. Seriously, do people who frequent GWOP go over there and try to convince them not to enjoy KON? Somehow I think not.

Marcy and Loki said...

Brilliant! Absolutley Brilliant!! I shouldn't have read this at work as I was LOL'ing quite loudly in my cubical!

nc resident said...

Kmart employee is that a statement of fact, if not it isn't really fair.

Wendy I had a bad week too blogging on the other site and was bashed. They love me, well not love, more like tolerate. I mentioned that KMart and Gymboree are corporate sponsors of St. Jude. As worthy a cause as it is I don't think it is without saying J&K would never have done this on their own. In fact Kate comments that when we found out we were going. Somebody please show me how to bold text LOL

kate is a cocky bitch said...

OK what I don't understand is KON doesn't have a job and are completely supported by donations/welfare/TLC so who exaclty is paying for their "giving back" ??

Mary said...

you never fail to amaze me..I agree..contact beth and the 2 of you could write a fantastic book on Kate!
You have the talent of words!

kate is a cocky bitch said...

OMG I love the poem. It's so funny and true.

wildflowers said...

I can't imagine why KON continues with this charade. The parents and kids all seem to be completely miserable, almost to the point of appearing disoriented at times.
They have lost friends and family.
They all seem to lead surreal lives. They should have plenty of money at this point. Unless they are trying to bank enough so they will never have to get real jobs. Or are they under some long contract. What ever it is, it really doesn't seem worth it to the sane person. Maybe after the show ends, so does Jon. Honestly, at this point, when it ends, it will take a chunk of their 'earnings' to get these kids staightened out. They may never be able to repair all of the damage that has occurred with their family members.

kmart employee said...

All I will say is the kmart employees that day where asked to come early and look nice. We were told a "famous" person would be coming into the store and there would be camera's. We were not told in advance who it would be. The store was open but it was early and there were not alot of shoppers. Anyway- What I saw is what I saw. I don't lie. I was a big fan of the show then when I met the Gosselins in person, not so much. Jon and the kids were really sweet and nice to all of the employees at kmart, and thats all I will say about that.

CincyMom said...

Tami said:
Or..hopefully stick to blogs that are not titled Gosselins WITHOUT pity, considering there are blogs out there where herds of sheeple can sing the praises of KON all day long without interference. Seriously, do people who frequent GWOP go over there and try to convince them not to enjoy KON? Somehow I think not.
_________
I have always been confused by the word "pity" in the blogs. Pity seems to invoke sympathy or sorrow, according to the dictionary. I don't pity the Gosselins and I don't worship them. Why doesn't it seem ok to ask a few questions about a show I watch? Obviously, I must like something about it to watch it, but it doesn't mean I don't have a brain or get confused with things seem inconsistent. Why do we need to be pigeonholed here as lovers or haters?

kmart employee said...

And at the risk of making the moderators mad- It was total chaos the day they filmed they arrived early and it took longer than even they expected. It was stressful on Jon & Kate and all the kids. By the end of them filming tears had been shed. So anyone that thinks this show isn't STRESSFUL on the children are dead wrong. Ok I'm done.

Addison said...

"Now, Mady! Now Cara! Now Leah and Collin! On Hannah, on Joelie, on Alexis and Aaden."


Lolz. Hilarious recap.

Mrs. Ricardo said...

I wrote a while ago on this blog and am glad to have returned and to have read this take on the classic. I am sitting at my desk with eyes watering in laughter. I have not watched the show in months after attending one of their church appearances and having decided to completely boycott the bunch. This poem is insanely hilarious and on target. Kudos!

Tami said...

I have always been confused by the word "pity" in the blogs. Pity seems to invoke sympathy or sorrow, according to the dictionary. I don't pity the Gosselins and I don't worship them. Why doesn't it seem ok to ask a few questions about a show I watch? Obviously, I must like something about it to watch it, but it doesn't mean I don't have a brain or get confused with things seem inconsistent. Why do we need to be pigeonholed here as lovers or haters?
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Oh I don't know. Have you maybe read what this blog is about? Or how it came about? Where does it say that it is geared toward fans of KON or for fans to come and try to convince us they are great? Seems to me I saw on the front page that one should state your opinion without trying to convince others what to think.

ohpoorkate said...

And at the risk of making the moderators mad- It was total chaos the day they filmed they arrived early and it took longer than even they expected. It was stressful on Jon & Kate and all the kids. By the end of them filming tears had been shed. So anyone that thinks this show isn't STRESSFUL on the children are dead wrong. Ok I'm done.
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Oh I believe it. There is stress and crying on every episode no matter what they are doing. Most of the tears are by Kate and how stressed and exhausted SHE is!

MommyAtSt.Jude said...

This recap really saddens me. I am a mother of 4 (soon to be 5) and my third child was recently diagnosed with acute leukemia. She is a patient at St. Jude and I am very happy that St. Judes was on the Gosselins show. I wont go into details about how hard it is having a child battling for her life because Im sure you can all imagine, however I think its very wrong of you guys to be talking about Kate. I was lucky enough to meet her and she is very kind. She sat with a bunch of us moms and dads and was just very nice. I am very thankful towards the Gosselin's, they gave some great publicity for St. Jude. Its a disgrace that the bloggers here can't realize and appreciate this.

Thank You Gosselin's

Cally from PA said...

"I am very thankful towards the Gosselin's, they gave some great publicity for St. Jude. Its a disgrace that the bloggers here can't realize and appreciate this."

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First of all I am sorry for your pain. No one deserves to go through that. NO ONE.

Second of all, they weren't trying to give St. Jude publicity, it was about THEM.... Of course, she was being nice to YOU. But I can guarantee if you met her outside of that hospital, she would have NOT been nice to you. After all, she is the STAR of the show and you aren't. Just sayin.

Sabrina Duncan said...

Of course the kids cry, they aren't just actors, they are humans who are living their lives for their parents at this stage in the game whether they want to or not.

Can't Fool Me said...

I don't support Jon or Kate and I can handle different opinions. However, I do find it hard to believe that a MOM who has a child with cancer would give two cents about what we think about them and would jump on board and post HER thoughts. In my humble opinion, I think it is just one of Kate's fans trying to defend her. Funny how MommyatSt.Jude and ForKate posted about the same time??? Coincidence? Probably not.

MommyAtSt.Jude said...

Can't Fool Me:

Well when Kate was here she mentioned that its hard for her because she doesn't want her kids to hear what they are saying on the blogs. When my daughter sleeps I am usually reading a book because I AM NOT going to leave her side, however when Kate mentioned the blogs I decided I would check it out. At this is where I got........ and I care what is being said because the majority of the stuff that I have read is wrong, and you all seem very concerned for the welfare of the children but you don't really care because Mady and Cara do have friends who talk about the blogs and they do here some of what you say and it makes them feel very crappy. Its not right.

Maggie said...

Perhaps Mady and Cara's parents should consider these issues very carefully the next time they renew that TLC contract. The whole world can't be held responsible for the choices that the parents make. As long as they want to keep their children in the public eye and show them on potties and in embarrassing moments, there will be talk and they have only themselves to blame.

cheryl said...

Didn't watch the show - however, what did I miss - re the 'duckies'?
3F's you're great!!

Rebecca said...

MommyAtSt.Jude said...
Can't Fool Me:

"Well when Kate was here she mentioned that its hard for her because she doesn't want her kids to hear what they are saying on the blogs."

It's such a shame Kate couldn't have been positive and encouraging when visiting with a family, who has such a sick child. Why would any parent care about how the Gosselins feel about the blogs? Why would Kate even bring something like that up?? Again it seems just another way Kate tries to make it all about her. If it bothers them so much, all they have to do is cancel their show. Very simple really.
As far as St. Jude hospital goes, yes it is a very worthy cause. It also gets a lot of publicity. Many real celebrities lend their name/support to it. Here are just a "few"
Anna Kournikova
Antonio Banderas
Ashlee Simpson
Ashton Kutcher
Billy Bob Thornton
Calista Flockhart
Cindy Crawford
Clint Black
Ellen DeGeneres
Eva Longoria
Faith Hill
Gisele Bundchen
Jeff Probst
Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Jim Carrey
John Travolta
Keith Urban
Kellie Pickler
Kelly Preston
Liv Tyler
Marlo Thomas
Martha Stewart
Matthew McConaughey
Melinda Doolittle
Mike Miller
Minnie Driver
Penelope Cruz
Princess Madiha
Robin Williams
Romero Britto
Selena Gomez
Sharon Stone
Tim Allen
Tim McGraw
Vijay Singh
Whoopi Goldberg
So as anyone can see they hardly need the Gosselins.

snarkygirl said...

MommyAtSt.Jude said...
Can't Fool Me:

Mady and Cara do have friends who talk about the blogs and they do here some of what you say and it makes them feel very crappy. Its not right.
If you put your kids in front of an audience you should fully expect that people will comment. My heart breaks for those kids, especially Mady and Cara, who I assume are now the school pariahs. Kate has some nerve blaming bloggers for that. If her daughters are targets it is because she made that bed.

SmartyQ said...

MommyAtSt.Jude said... Well when Kate was here she mentioned that its hard for her because she doesn't want her kids to hear what they are saying on the blogs. When my daughter sleeps I am usually reading a book because I AM NOT going to leave her side, however when Kate mentioned the blogs I decided I would check it out. At this is where I got........ and I care what is being said because the majority of the stuff that I have read is wrong, and you all seem very concerned for the welfare of the children but you don't really care because Mady and Cara do have friends who talk about the blogs and they do here some of what you say and it makes them feel very crappy. Its not right.

How odd that Queen Freebie Irene should be concerned about the children 'hearing' things from the blogs. How did that subject come up? It certainly isn't a usual conversational gambit among the people I meet. I wouldn't plop myself down by a stranger and start reciting a litany of concerns about my loved ones. How coarse and inappropriate!

If you have watched a few episodes of the show, you'd know that QFI and Prince Ka-Ching make some very awful remarks about their children. Remarkable that QFI doesn't worry about that.

wramblinwreck said...

I don't watch the show anymore and prefer reading the recaps here. 3F, this is the perfect way to recap the episode. Absolutely snarkilicious!!

Diane said...

If you have watched a few episodes of the show, you'd know that QFI and Prince Ka-Ching make some very awful remarks about their children. Remarkable that QFI doesn't worry about that.

Very well put. Kate said the kids love watching their own show. If I were Kate, I'd be much more concerned about the children hearing how their own parents degrade them and make fun of them for everyone to hear. It's just heartless.

Mady and Cara's classmates talking about the blogs is the least of those girls' problems. What about how they have to constantly listen to their parents fight and insult each other?

BTW, I highly doubt 8 year olds are reading blogs about the Gosselins. But, I bet they surely watch the show, see the children's horrific behavior and hear how Jon and Kate speak, especially how negative they are about Mady.

Meg said...

Rebecca
Are you saying that because real celebrities support St. Jude's Hospital, then anyone else that supports them is just pointless???

"So as anyone can see they hardly need the Gosselins."

I think they seriously need the Gosselins as well as every single person who is able and willing to not only donate to them, but also to promote them in any way possible.

computergeek said...

The manager of Target tells me he would like me to deliver a bunch of toys to a kid's hospital. So I gather them up and take them. I would not pat myself on the back and say that I have given back. I would simply be the delivery person, just as KON were the delivery people and also got free publicity for their OTHER promotions, a free trip and more exposure..oh and money for another show.

Obviously there were people there who watched the show(including children) and it was special to them to have Jon, Kate, and the kids come there. I don't think they were just "delivery" people. They gave their time to people who would appreciate it when they could have stayed home and still been on tv promoting whatever they wanted.

How do we know that they don't give on their own time without the cameras? How would we? Just because we don't see it doesn't mean it doesn't happen.

JudgingKON said...

computergeek:

Great point, we don't know what goes on off camera. It just doesn't seem fair to judge Jon and Kate based on a one hour episode once a week.

Knowledge said...

Diane:

8 year olds may not be reading but you can bet their parents are. Kids are smart, they know way more than we think they do.

MommyAtSt.Jude said...

SmartyQ said...
How odd that Queen Freebie Irene should be concerned about the children 'hearing' things from the blogs. How did that subject come up? It certainly isn't a usual conversational gambit among the people I meet. I wouldn't plop myself down by a stranger and start reciting a litany of concerns about my loved ones. How coarse and inappropriate!

Actually it wasn't coarse or inappropriate, a few of us parents asked how the show has changed their lives, if it had made it better or worse. So no Kate didn't plop herself down and start complaining, we asked and she gave us an honest answer. She is a very loving and honest person and it really bugs me that some people are so insensitive.

CincyMom said...

Tami said:
Seems to me I saw on the front page that one should state your opinion without trying to convince others what to think.

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With all due respect Tami, aren't you telling me that only people who don't like the Gosselins are allowed to post here? You told me to read the point of the blog at the top of the page.
All I was trying to say when questioning the name was that just because I don't "pity" them (like the blog name implies), do I have to be a hater or a lover? I truly wonder how people view this.
Thx

grandee4 said...

3F what a wonderfully, funny and true recap! Thanks
I am a nurse and if I were in Kate's position, not having to work, I would be yearning to get back into bedside care. I did not read all the responses but, did she ever say how much she misses nursing? I know not everyone that becomes a nurse actually works in the field.
I don't think Kate misses anything about her life before the show, including her friends and family.
One thing has not changed, all her spots are in the same place, but her head is certainly bigger.

Tangerine Tanya said...

I was snowed in @ work for 3 1/2 days. Besides my own bed what I missed just as much was my computer. Once I got home I dashed home and turned on my p.c and COULDN'T WAIT to read the re-cap of J/K/8......ThreeFarmers....YOU ARE BRILLLLLLANT. To pick out a favorite part or your poem is as hard as a child having to pick out one piece of candy @ a candy store.
THANK YOU 3F for making me laugh and smile and then laugh again.You are a true talent. YOUR FAN!

gwop2009 said...

The Gosselins didn't give of themselves at all. They took toys from Kmart (which Kate has shilled for) and went to a hospital that is hard up for anything they can get.

It was just another way for the Gosselin's to look good while foisting their own children off on artificial care givers.

laura linger said...

Cindy Crawford has been one of the most active and vociferous advocates for St. Jude's, as she lost her little brother to pediatric leukemia. Her brother's battle with the disease was very traumatic for everyone involved, as it was protracted and the child was in constant pain. His treatment and eventual hospice care also left the family thousands of dollars in debt, nearly bankrupting them.

She became involved with St. Jude's because of their wonderful work with sick children, and their policy that no sick child is ever turned away because of an inability to pay for treatment.

There are some beautiful photos of Cindy on The Internets modeling in fashion shows that benefit St. Jude's.

KittenKat said...

I really don't believe Jon and Kate were responsible for the idea to "give back". Like the yard sale, I'm sure the producers developed the idea and Jon and Kate simply had to show up. I too am glad that very deserving children benefited from this episode, but please don't give Jon and Kate credit they don't deserve.

RuthinVA said...

I for one am glad there is a ST. Jude's mother that felt something from Kate's visit.I am truly glad she (in some way) helped a mother whose child has cancer. If it brightened her day, wonderful.

This still does not change the way I feel about Kate. Kate has done and continues to do damage to her children. Kate sees what Kate wants to see, this is very disturbing to me. It is not only that she continues to exploit her children. She sees the dysfunction she causes to her family and still thinks the way she acts toward her family is alright. She has very deep issues and I am afraid a lot will be lost before she wakes up. In my opinion she uses her children and exploits others along the way........If the mothers at St. Jude's don't feel exploited I can understand that after all they have a very sick child to worry about and I imagine Kate is the least of their worries.

RuthinVA said...

I should have said doesn't feel exploited...must have had another thought in my mind.

Tigerfan said...

MommyAtSt.Jude said... Well when Kate was here she mentioned that its hard for her because she doesn't want her kids to hear what they are saying on the blogs. When my daughter sleeps I am usually reading a book because I AM NOT going to leave her side, however when Kate mentioned the blogs I decided I would check it out. At this is where I got........ and I care what is being said because the majority of the stuff that I have read is wrong, and you all seem very concerned for the welfare of the children but you don't really care because Mady and Cara do have friends who talk about the blogs and they do here some of what you say and it makes them feel very crappy. Its not right.


Again, Kate utilizes an opportunity to point the finger of blame outward, rather than owning an ounce of accountability for her choices. J & K made the decision to participate and include their children a reality tv show. Obviously, J & K are not of the parental fortitude to realize that when taking on the role of a ' reality television personality' there are potential ramifications, 'good, bad, and ugly' as a result. J & K had knowledge of the negative criticicms and opinions, per Jon's own responses on various blog sites, prior to their agreeing to a reality tv show. Despite the fact that the negative criticisms and opinions exist, J & K agreed to allow the public an opportunity to 'peek in their windows' via a television reality tv show, which in turn instigated even more criticism and negative opinion.
J & K made the decision to exploit their children via a reality tv show for personal and monetary gain; a decision they claim, was in the best interest of the family and one that ALL the children were in favor of continuing. My opinion of J & K is under no obligation to refrain from expression on a blog site because the happen chance that what is said might make J & K or one of their 8 children 'feel very crappy'. I am not going to 'sugar coat' or 'tip toe' around an opinion I express on a blog site because there are parents out there that allow their children unsupervised access to a computer, including that of internet blog sites and the children in turn use what is said as a means to make another 'feel very crappy'. Kate's own comment is on point to what so many have said regarding the issues surrounding the topic of child exploitation and selling one's privacy for the sake of reality tv entertainment. J & K made the choice to exploit their children via the terms and conditions of a reality tv show, without any due regard for how their decision will/may have a negative affect on the lives of their children. Perhaps if they (J & K) had made choices that were in the BEST interest OF and FOR their children, first and foremost, their children wouldnt 'feel very crappy' about what people are saying about them on internet blog sites.

wramblinwreck said...

"... a few of us parents asked how the show has changed their lives, if it had made it better or worse."

I'm amazed that parents of such seriously ill children would have the presence of mind to ask such probing quesitons during a totally impromptu situation. Equally amazing is that you found time away from your child who you describe as "battling for her life" to post 3 comments on this thread this afternoon.

RuthinVA said...

tigerfan said
Kate's own comment is on point to what so many have said regarding the issues surrounding the topic of child exploitation and selling one's privacy for the sake of reality tv entertainment.

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AMEN!

timetogokon said...

If the bloggers here can't handle some Jon and Kate supporters then are their opinions really that solid to begin with?
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I can handle supporter comments just fine. I personally just don't want to hear/read them.

Chrissy said...

Great point, we don't know what goes on off camera. It just doesn't seem fair to judge Jon and Kate based on a one hour episode once a week.
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Why not? You've obviously judged her based on what you see on tv.
Why is okay for the fans to be able to judge Kate to be a great mother and awesome person based on what they see on tv but I can't possibly form an opposite opinion based on what I see? Is it because I don't agree with you? What's fair about that?

timetogokon said...

Is the reason it's so hard to believe this woman with a child at St. Jude's posting here not because she has an ill, suffering child (and thus should have more important things to worry about), but because she has positive things to say about the Gosselins?

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There are many ( more than usual I must say) comments posted here that say something positive about this episode or the Gosselins. I think KON are low life scam artists, and do not find one redeeming quality in either of them.

That being said, when someone posts a long, overly detailed comment about "knowing" Jon or Kate in any way, my red flag odometer starts ringing. I didn't jump on the bandwagon to believe the "relative" that had a bad experience with KON in Maui, and I didn't jump on the bandwagon to believe the "relative" who had a good experience with KON in Maui.

Unless there is proof (video or similiar) I am very suspicious of anyone who gives lengthy descriptions of personal experiences with KON. I certainly do not like KON, but I am not a blind hater that believes everything I read.

Amy said...

Oh lordy be! How Kate will pull out her already freaky hair when she sees this...so incredibly funny.

RuthinVA said...

timetogokon said...
If the bloggers here can't handle some Jon and Kate supporters then are their opinions really that solid to begin with?
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I can handle supporter comments just fine. I personally just don't want to hear/read them.

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I can also handle their opinions but have very solid opinion of my own. I just do not understand how someone can have their opinions, when there is so much information to the detriment of child t.v. personalities. I have a problem when history tells us what could happen and we don't take heed to that information. I have a problem when people don't learn from other's mistakes and evolve. To me, the worst thing is we are dealing with 8 children's lives here. What are the odds that at least 1 (but in my opinion all 8)will be negatively affected? I don't know anyone that would take those odds.

NEliseH said...

MommyatStJude...did it bother you that Kate kept referring to her time being hospitalized as if she was in the same boat as children with an illness? Also, when did she sit down and socialize with the parents? Where were her kids?

Ms.L said...

I think that Kate was relating to being on bedrest at the hospital to knowing what it is like to be confined for a long period of time.

Michelle said...

Well when Kate was here she mentioned that its hard for her because she doesn't want her kids to hear what they are saying on the blogs. -----------
maybe someone can shed some light on this in case my thought or opinion is wrong. But why would Kate even mention the above at her St. Jude visit? Seems odd to me. But then again IF she did, she of course must have been searching for attention on her instead of focusing her attention where it shouldve been-to the children at St Jude's. And to hear how KON sat and talked with the parents and were very nice, is surprising because i have read so many posts throughout this site of people who have seen or met KON and described them as not so nice and friendly. But then again who am i to say anything, I have never met them,never will. Im just going by what is posted,theres all kinds of opinions going around. I cannot say what i believe except what is portrayed by KON on tv.

ABC said...

This episode just re-affirms to me that TLC and figure 8 are giving KON just more rope to hang themselves. No human being in there right mind would desire to portray themselves as they do. It is sad to use these "children that are ill" (I cringed when KON kept saying "sick kids") to promote themselves and that ridiculous show. These are two seriously delusional people.

KJN in UT said...

3F...loved the recap!

now a ? totally off topic:

Why aren't all the kids on the 'Christmas Greeting'? I thought that was really weird.

nosheeple said...

MommyAtSt.Jude said... Well when Kate was here she mentioned that its hard for her because she doesn't want her kids to hear what they are saying on the blogs. When my daughter sleeps I am usually reading a book because I AM NOT going to leave her side, however when Kate mentioned the blogs I decided I would check it out. At this is where I got........ and I care what is being said because the majority of the stuff that I have read is wrong, and you all seem very concerned for the welfare of the children but you don't really care because Mady and Cara do have friends who talk about the blogs and they do here some of what you say and it makes them feel very crappy. Its not right.
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How can you say the majority of what is said is wrong? What specifically is wrong anyway? You know all this from one little conversation with a stranger? How about all the information that you can learn just watching the show, which is where most of this information comes from? Mady and Cara do not have friends other than ones they might see at school. Kate won't let them. Yes, it has been shown on tv. I have something in common with the Gosselins I guess. I feel "very crappy" too--when I think about those poor kids and not being able to have normal lives because mommy and daddy are lazy : (

BadPenny said...

She is a very loving and honest person and it really bugs me that some people are so insensitive. LOL, yeah, maybe in one minute bursts once every two weeks but never seen that on the show or from the folks that stood in line for books to get autograph or pay for the 20 buck family photos. Kate does more insensitive things in a 22 minute episode then I could hope to do in a year. When she stops exploiting her children and living the high life by selling off their innocence and childhoods then I might buy she has an speck of love in her.
Tigerfan said.. Long but most excellent post and I'd love to post it every time someone comes up with what a wonderful woman and mother Katie Irene is, because facts show she is a horrid greedy goblin of a mother. Really telling she'd be whining to mother of dieing children about how she worries about comments on blogs yet in interviews claims negative comments don't bother her and they don't read them anyhow ... which in itself is a big, huh?
I can just see her patting the mom of an child with cancer on the knee and telling her she's got no big worry because Katie's got it some much harder, boo hoo.

Tami said...

With all due respect Tami, aren't you telling me that only people who don't like the Gosselins are allowed to post here? You told me to read the point of the blog at the top of the page.
All I was trying to say when questioning the name was that just because I don't "pity" them (like the blog name implies), do I have to be a hater or a lover? I truly wonder how people view this.
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It doesn't concern me whether you pity them or not. But I believe you commented on one of my posts where I agree with 3F telling someone that if they don't like the recap, post their own. I don't recall talking to you directly or pigeon holing you as you went on to say. With all the people coming here--or more likely, one or two people with multiple names--in the last day since this has been up, they all sure seem to want to praise and defend KON and question everyone else's opinions. Made me wonder why they decided to appear at a blog obviously not created with sheeple fan sentiments in mind.

nosheeple said...

She is a very loving and honest person and it really bugs me that some people are so insensitive.
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It bugs me that Kate is insensitive also. Most people who meet them say they are rude, pompous and horrible.

Auntie said...

Great point, we don't know what goes on off camera. It just doesn't seem fair to judge Jon and Kate based on a one hour episode once a week."

They put themselves willingly in the public eye. People see plenty about their lives and how they are as people. Sure it's fair to judge what we see of them, just as sheeple feel it's correct to judge them as "awesome" parents from the same.

Tami said...

computergeek said...
*******
Aww! Is that you, Jon? : )

computergeek said...

Tami said...
computergeek said...
*******
Aww! Is that you, Jon? : )



Dangit! You caught me.


There are many ( more than usual I must say) comments posted here that say something positive about this episode or the Gosselins. I think KON are low life scam artists, and do not find one redeeming quality in either of them.


Well, I personally can't find anything wrong with them promoting a cause like this one. They aren't the first celebrities to do things like this and have it televised. In fact, I watched "Ace of Cakes" just a few days ago and they had toys donated to them by Hasbro and delivered them to the Ronald McDonald house. I'm sure that they make plenty of money(they have a show on Food Network plus they do a very good business selling very expensive cakes)but I never once thought it was shameful of them to give donated toys. I think it's good for recognizable people like them to give their time to a cause like this regardless of where the actual toys came from. Not only did they make some kids very happy, they also raised awareness by televising it. I just can't find fault in that.

I can also handle their opinions but have very solid opinion of my own. I just do not understand how someone can have their opinions, when there is so much information to the detriment of child t.v. personalities. I have a problem when history tells us what could happen and we don't take heed to that information. I have a problem when people don't learn from other's mistakes and evolve. To me, the worst thing is we are dealing with 8 children's lives here. What are the odds that at least 1 (but in my opinion all 8)will be negatively affected? I don't know anyone that would take those odds.


I haven't seen any real proof that these kids lives will be negatively affected by the exposure. I think the biggest problem is with Kate, but that won't change when the cameras stop rolling.

Dunwoody Mom said...

I think that Kate was relating to being on bedrest at the hospital to knowing what it is like to be confined for a long period of time.

There is NO relation between laying in bed for a few months and going through treatment for cancer.

Kate thinks laying around is saying equitable to having chemotherapy on a daily basis? Can you imagine if Kate had lost her hair?

Please - to even equate the two is nauseous.

Oh, and 3F - kudos - best recap ever.

StuckInTheMiddle said...

Well, I personally can't find anything wrong with them promoting a cause like this one. They aren't the first celebrities to do things like this and have it televised. In fact, I watched "Ace of Cakes" just a few days ago and they had toys donated to them by Hasbro and delivered them to the Ronald McDonald house.
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There's one big difference. Ace of Cakes' Mary Alice was very clear that they asked Hasbro to donate the toys and were grateful for what they received. No one at Charm City Cakes took any credit for buying or shopping for toys the way J&K did.

There's was also a world of difference in how the toys and cake were presented and the interaction between Duff and the kids at the Ronald McDonald house.

SmartyQ said...

MommyatStJude: I'm very curious about the CD Kate was distributing. Will you please tell us what's on it? Thanks!

wildflowers said...

Okay let me see if I can explain this this properly...Kate is blaming the bloggers for the negative comments that may reach the twins. When in truth, the comments are a result of the situation she created. If she is really concerned about what will reach the kids, it is her responsibility to create a better situation for them. If her 'show' was more positive the comments would be more positive. To me, this is just another case of her wanting her cake and eating it too.

ForKate said...

Regardless of what you think of Jon and Kate, it has to be acknowledge that they did a good thing this episode. They really are nice people, I think they just got caught up in some bad stuff.

wildflowers said...

IMO one of the biggest mistakes that TLC made was allowing J&K to change. They were probably more average in the beginning, but saw this as a golden opportunity to become famous, sophisticated, etc. maybe what they thought they really were deep down inside and that this show and the money would allow them to bring out this side of themselves. I think the fun shows to watch are the ones where everyone has stayed true to themselves. J&K may have thought that given the opportunity they could soar as the eagles they really are. BUT...they come across as uneducated and awkward in social situation. I'm sure Kate thought that she was saying all of the appropriate things at the hospital, but without que cards and help from TLC she appeared 'bumbling'. The sad thing is she doesn't see it like it really is, she probably thinks she 'wowed' them and made a great impression.

konspiracytheory said...

timetogokon said...
"That being said, when someone posts a long, overly detailed comment about "knowing" Jon or Kate in any way, my red flag odometer starts ringing. I didn't jump on the bandwagon to believe the "relative" that had a bad experience with KON in Maui, and I didn't jump on the bandwagon to believe the "relative" who had a good experience with KON in Maui.

Unless there is proof (video or similiar) I am very suspicious of anyone who gives lengthy descriptions of personal experiences with KON. I certainly do not like KON, but I am not a blind hater that believes everything I read."
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I completely agree with you. I thought both of those Hawaii 'relatives' were phony, and I'd the odds are very good that the same holds true this time.

wramblinwreck said...

"Is the reason it's so hard to believe this woman with a child at St. Jude's posting here not because she has an ill, suffering child (and thus should have more important things to worry about), but because she has positive things to say about the Gosselins?"

Not at all. The reason I'm skeptical is the timing of her appearance on this thread, and that it's highly unlikely that the parent of a child "battling for her life" would take the time to post on a blog when in the larger scheme of things, Kate and blogs are irrelevant compared to the challenge of caring for a seriously ill child.

Moxie said...

wramblinwreck said...

"... a few of us parents asked how the show has changed their lives, if it had made it better or worse."

I'm amazed that parents of such seriously ill children would have the presence of mind to ask such probing quesitons during a totally impromptu situation. Equally amazing is that you found time away from your child who you describe as "battling for her life" to post 3 comments on this thread this afternoon.
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Thank you for saying this. I too was wandering how someone with four children, one who is terminally ill would even consider wasting precious time to come to a blog to defend Kate Gosselin? I'm perplexed to say the least. It's rather shocking.

Hmmm, if your child is ill I hope all turns out well, however I find it difficult to grasp that you really met Kate and had this wonderful conversation about blogging while your child is so ill.

Just sayin'

Teri said...

To ThreeFarmers-
That was so great. I printed it out and will show it to everyone. I just love it. and so true to them.
You have such a talent. I'm lucky if i can even type. Have a Merry Christmas to All!!

Cherie Winwood said...

There is NO relation between laying in bed for a few months and going through treatment for cancer.

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Not to mention how horrible she was to the staff while she laid there in bed for 10 WHOLE weeks. Can you imagine how often she rung that bed bell? UGH! She will always be a diva in her own mind.

Charlie Rose said...

MommyatStJude:

First of all I find it really hard to believe that Kate would EVER bring up these blogs.... She thinks the WHOLE world loves her. She states quite frequently on her show how "this person does this and that because they LOVE us." I find it hard to believe that she would mention anything negative about the show, after all that is their cash cow and to do so would mean that they are destroying their children's lives.

So please do tell us another one of your fabricated stories just so we all go "aaaah Poor Kate, we feel so sorry for you. Here, take our hard earned paycheck so you and Jon don't have to work!"

NOT BUYING THE CRAP said...

Do the people who support Kate and Jon REALLY believe that they are for real? That they are sincere and honest? In my humble opinion, if what we see for 22 minutes each episode is any indication of how they live their "normal" life away from the public eye and camera, GOODNESS GRACIOUS, SAKES ALIVE, they really do need help.

TLC has done a fabulous job of memorializing these particular moments of the Gosselins: The entitlement issues, the greed issues, the parenting issues, the selfishness issues, the "it's all about me isues." I could list a million other things but I think you all get my point.

I hope the Gosselins feel like they got their money's worth and that they CAPTURED their memories correctly!

As for the St. Jude's Mommy, not buying it. Sounds like another PR stunt.

Travis said...

Mady and Cara can solely attribute feeling crappy to their parents. I'm really surprised that 8-year-olds can find, read and comprehend enough from blogs to tease the twins. They must be much more brilliant than the kids I know. The show is more than enough ammo to torture the kids at school and is much more accessible to kids that age. IF Kate sat down with moms and dads at St. Jude, then the focus should have been on their life changing experiences, not Kate's. Kate dealt her own hand, and the other parents didn't. She needs to get over herself already.

ANURSEINTHEKNOW said...

Kate dealt her own hand, and the other parents didn't.

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Amen to that.

goredsox said...

First of all I find it really hard to believe that Kate would EVER bring up these blogs.... She thinks the WHOLE world loves her. She states quite frequently on her show how "this person does this and that because they LOVE us." I find it hard to believe that she would mention anything negative about the show, after all that is their cash cow and to do so would mean that they are destroying their children's lives.
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Also, she and Jon are INFAMOUS for saying " We will not answer that" at speaking engagements- why would she all of a sudden open up like that ?

And, in the slim chance that she did bring up this stuff in a hospital full of critically ill children and their worried parents, she is more of an idiot than I even thought possible.

Staci said...

At St Judes, Kate said to someone, something like, "I'm a nurse. Did you know I'm a nurse?"

Wow! Imagine that, Kate is a nurse!!

So what? Who cares? Why did she think it important enough to say such a mundane thing. I'm a nurse too. So what? Those little kids at St Judes are still sick.

time2saygoodbye said...

Cherie Winwood said...
There is NO relation between laying in bed for a few months and going through treatment for cancer.

I did not watch the 'giving back' episode but several posters have commented that Kate made a point (several times) regarding her lengthy stay in the hospital. Considering the episode description and the focus on 'giving back', IMO, it would have been more appropriate for her to relate to the parents and children of St Jude's by explaining that when her CHILDREN were born, they spent several weeks, months in the hospital and were grateful for all the 'giving' hands during their CHILDREN'S hospital stay, and would hope that the parents and children at St Jude's would equally find comfort an element of comfort by their (J & K)'giving' gesture.

Arieslikekate said...

I think JON would be a whole lot different if the shrew wasn't screaming at him in public like she does.

I know they have their handsful, but they arre bringing attention to themselves.

If the kids hear about the blogs, so what. Life isn't fair, and it we are to believe KATE, the kids voted on opening the doors to their private lives.

Arieslikekate said...

I am sure that both KON "team members" are aware of what life in the public eye is like.

They have to take the good with the bad, and the bad with the FREEBIES.

JustaQuickQuestion said...

What was the deal with the sunglasses on the interview chair throughout the episode? they were sitting on the armrest next to Jon. Weird.

LKG said...

It is always interesting to me how Kate constantly says things like "they were so happy to see us" or "they were just so grateful" or "they love us and our kids" or "they were so happy to have been included" etc. Very rarely does she say that she was happy to see someone or that she loves someone or someone else's kids or that she was happy to have been included. It just shows how incredibly self centered she is and how she is the center of her own universe. I also noticed while at St. Jude she was obsessively checking her iPhone and texting while standing in front of the children. I also thought it was ridiculous that she was walking through St. Jude wheeling a wagon full of promotional materials. Yeah, just was a dying kid needs is a copy of the book, a dvd of the show, and a sticker book from the movie promotion tie in. When the show started she was so much more tolerable, now she is just ridiculous. I would imagine that her current neighbors cannot wait for them to move.

Flower Girl said...

LKG....Right on...Kate is so self centered. Imagine giving dying children stuff about her.

JustaQuickQuestion...Yeah I noticed those sunglasses by Jon.
Once I noticed Kate's invisaline(sp) ane now it is mentioned that Kate has markings on her legs suggestion lipo.

Mrs. Ricardo said...

With regard to the children "hearing about the blogs": Were this statement to be true, I would have to compliment Kate on her hitting the nail on the head abilities. The fact that Kate acknowledges the negative impact on the children, is both alarming and also revealing.

In recent times, Kate has not had to open up her wallet for much more than to shove the twenties in that she grabs out of the donation baskets. However, all of the "free stuff" actually comes at a cost. She and her family get paid to provide entertainment to families by letting people learn about their ridiculously mundane lives. People are going to blog about the ridiculousness that this is, people blog about nearly everything in this day and age.

Without the attention that the Gosselins wrangle, their lengthy stint of unemployment would have landed them in a homeless shelter. I am sure if the homeless were able to pay, Jon and Kate would be frequenting the soup kitchens each Sunday to give "advice" on how to make money by doing absolutely nothing.

They want their effortless money and they want to be able to eat it without any negativity. DREAM ON. People's homes are being foreclosed on, people are being laid off, we have the highest unemployment rate that we have had in decades. I think the irritation of the Gosselin gravy train is going to be growing more and more as this recession keeps growing.

2badsosad said...

JustaQuickQuestion said...
What was the deal with the sunglasses on the interview chair throughout the episode? they were sitting on the armrest next to Jon. Weird.

12/18/2008 1:49 PM

It is a requirement, per their contract, that J & K must have their 'hater blockers' with in arms reach at all times.

cheryl said...

Soon the whole family will have their own laptops and can blog for themselves. Probably the twins are
savvy enough to bring up various sites for their own research.
Then the g's will have a ball trying to explain gumgate, cupcakegate etc. Soon we pray.

Roni said...

OMG! That was hilarious! Thank you!

Billi Gene said...

Visions of organic catered sugar plums. LOVE IT!

Janine said...

wildflowers said,

"They have lost friends and family."

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They haven't "lost" family and friends, they have kicked them out of their lives on their own...their family and friends didnt walk away from them, they were simply replaced by better helpers.



"Well when Kate was here she mentioned that its hard for her because she doesn't want her kids to hear what they are saying on the blogs."

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Okay if this is even true, I thought Kate didnt read these blogs...so how would she know what is on them? And if my child was hurt over something someone was writing on the internet, I would go to that site and stick up for myself and my children...WITH MY REAL NAME.


" They gave their time to people who would appreciate it when they could have stayed home and still been on tv promoting whatever they wanted."

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They didn't "give" their time, they were paid for it generously. St. Judes may not have paid them, but they were paid because they made their appearance into a show, which in turns, pays them thousands of dollars. "Giving" time means you dont get anything for it.

St Jude Friend said...

Here's what a real mom at St Jude has to say:


Sunday morning Ellie and I got up early to head over to St. Jude to meet with Jon and Kate from the TLC channels, Jon and Kate plus 8 TV show. It’s a reality show about a couple that had twin girls and then a few years later they had sextuplets. So they have 8 children – hence the name of the show. We have watched the show several times before and the little kids are very cute. Hospital rules will not allow children that are not relatives to interact with patients so the kids were sent over to the Danny Thomas pavilion while their parents came into the hospital. A closed circuit television was rigged up so the St. Jude kids could interact with Jon and Kate’s kids. There were several families that attended and Kate and Jon passed out their book and DVDs. The TLC cameras were there and this visit to St. Jude will be integrated into an upcoming Jon and Kate holiday show that will air on December 15th. It was a quick visit and Ellie was bummed out that she couldn’t meet with the kids since that is what she really wanted to do. After Jon and Kate headed out with their brood, the producers of the show hung around and interviewed me and Ellie and another St. Jude patient, Ellen and her parents. We talked about the importance of St. Jude and what the hospital means to us. Ellie wasn’t really in the interviewing mood so when they asked her what she was most thankful for at St. Jude, she responded that she was thankful for her cats. I thought that was funny.

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/ellie1

zoey said...

what did kate mean at the beginning of the episode when she said "i follow lots of kids with cancer"

LKG said...

Jon and Kate Plus 8 is no longer a reality show but has instead morphed into an unscripted series. Every episode now revolves around planned scenarios. I am just glad the giving back show did not make us suffer through scenes shot in the airplane. Or it is because Kon now refuses to fly commercial.

Leatha said...

I wonder if Kon actually paid for the Elmo doll that they kept.

machinegunsmom said...

This was a really great re-cap and probably a good idea to keep it light...but I still had my usual problems with "America's Favorite Family."

Well the Gosselins finally brought me to tears! But it wasn't actually them, it was little Ellie and Ellen and Victor...

I was really torn about this episode...I'm glad it wasn't all Gosselin-centered and they profiled some of the sick kids and their families. But the Gosselin parts still bugged me.

Like how tacky it was that they handed out copies of their own book and TV show DVDs to sick kids like they were miracle drugs...what 4-year-old wants to read Multiple Blessings?

And of course, Kate yelling at Aaden in the hotel room while Hannah screeching at the top of her lungs went completely unnoticed...

Kate boredly passing each naughty child off to Jon...

Complaining about having to wrap so many gifts...

I want to see the Tale of Despereaux a lot less now after that sickening display of "look, we read together as a family"/shameless commercial.

I was really happy to see Beverly, I didn't realize she had moved. It was nice of Kate (cringe) to let the girls pick out gifts. I wonder who folds her laundry now...

I was also kind of torn about her giving in to Alexis. She didn't really stand her ground very well but if I remember right, Alexis wasn't really throwing a fit, she was just trying to make her case. And Alexis is generally pretty mistreated, so I'm kind of glad she got her Elmo.

I don't want to disregard the "good deed" (or good publicity)...but of course Kon kind of screwed it up by being themselves, Kate was as socially awkward and cold as ever when they met the sick kids and their parents, and I still think they could have donated to St. Jude's without doing an episode for the glory...how many times did she say "it's better to give than to receive"? If I'd taken a shot for every time she said that (or every time she passed a kid off to Jon), I'd be pretty hammered.

Vicki said...

Three Farmers you are an excellent
writer. Thanks for bringing some harmless humor to the horror
story know as Jon and Kate Plus 8.

2badsosad said...

" They gave their time to people who would appreciate it when they could have stayed home and still been on tv promoting whatever they wanted."

While the cameras were rolling at St. Jude's for the J & K + 8 'giving back' episode, J & K are seen handing out copies of their book and dvd, along with Kmart sponsored toys, a store that has contracted Kate Gosselin as their spokesperson. At home or not, IMO, J & K seized the opportunity to shamelessly self promote their name under the guise of 'giving back'. Sad but true. Typical.

Level Head said...

I've been reading the comments here for several months, but have not posted before. Finally saw this episode. Oh dear, what a train wreck. I think this is all coming to an end really soon. Aside from anything else, what ideas can they possibly have left for "episodes" (given that "regular life" is not good enough to make the grade any more), never mind all the bigger concerns/issues? Unless they start traveling around the world (i.e. outside of the US) and the show becomes more of a "travel show" I think the production team is just about tapped out of ideas.

MelB said...

To Dunwoodymom's comment:

There is NO relation between laying in bed for a few months and going through treatment for cancer.

You TOTALLY hit the nail on the head with that one. Being on bed rest is a whole different situation from getting chemo, being sick for weeks and months at a time from it's side effects AND being a child no less! I usually like watching J&K+8, but when I heard that comment she made my jaw pretty much dropped. I said to myself, "My God, she really has NO clue does she?" These kids are there fighting to live, their very best possible outcome being remission, and the worst..well we all know what that is. I realize Kate's pregnancy was extremely difficult, but her hospital stay was filled with more boredom than pain I imagine. As someone fighting cancer as an adult, I can barely get through it. As mad as her comments (and her social awkwardness seemed), I hope it gave a smile to at least one of those children at St.Jude's. If J&K accomplished just that I guess it was worth it.

SmallTown said...

Absolutely perfect! Loved it!!

BostonBean said...

I just saw on TV about this man in Arizona who went out passing out one hundred dollar bills to people on the street this week for Christmas.
He asked to remain anonymous.
Now THAT's giving back!

TheOtherAshley said...

I could NOT believe what I was watching when Kate started to "tear up" talking about the CD that she had listened to during her bedrest.
THAT'S what made her tear up?? Talking about being on bedrest while there are children with CANCER standing right in front of your very eyes??
I mean, seriously, that was sickning, even for KON.

Tangerine Tanya said...

When Kate said

"It is better to give then
recieve"

She really was thinking

"It is better to give( ME)
then it is (For Aunt Jodi)
to recieve"

Pamela Jaye said...

I have always been confused by the word "pity" in the blogs. Pity seems to invoke sympathy or sorrow, according to the dictionary. I don't pity the Gosselins and I don't worship them.

I may have not read the intro -I forget - but I thought that the name was based on Television Without Pity (TWOP), which is a website with snarky reviews of television shows. To me, the name means "we aren't going to coddle you or shower you with praise if you (the show) are not any good." (and even if we like you, we can still write a snarky review. okay so the name of the site and the contents of the review do diverge slightly)

When I see the "without pity" here, I think of TWOP, but I also think of the people who I *know* are not fond of the show, and especially of Kate. And so I think of "without pity" as meaning
"we aren't going to let you off the hook when you do something wrong."

All of which means I should go read the intro... (but also that I thought perhaps there might be someone who was unaware of TWOP, which I've been aware of since it was called Mighty Big TV - but which is just way too huge a site for me to have the time for. so while I know about it, I rarely read it. I've heard stories over the years, though. TWOP is fairly famous on the 'net)


off to find that intro, now.

Pamela Jaye said...

slogging thru some rules, I found something called "boards on boards"

please note, I have no comment on whatever happened on TWOP: I wasn't there at the time, and truly, I don't have the energy to TWOP, so I have no ax to grind as I really don't know where the tree is. (I did find the thread but I didn't have the energy to read more than a few posts)

what I meant to say earlier was that, despite the origin of the name (i guessed it was the origin) if you wipe all that out of your mind, it's easy to think that a site called G's without pity would be a place where the reigning sentiment toward the show (or its "stars") would not tend to slant in their favor. It therefore confused me as to why people found it awful that there were posts negative toward the G's.

I will admit to still watching the show; which is odd as Kate drives me up a wall. Which is probably how I ended up here. Generally I try to go by the rule "play nice" - which to me means no name calling, no bad language, no disrespect to other members of the board, no telling other people what to think.
(if any of that isn't right, let me know)

that said, and not having read any other thread related to the Giving episode - I think I read that people were being negative in their comments, and I wondered why that was bad. (yup, I could have looked further - maybe i would have found said comments)

Personally, I get irritated when people say they have no money and not enough help and then are suddenly jetting to Memphis, staying in a Ritzy hotel (my last trip was 1450 miles each way in a 95 Toyota Camry, staying in hotel rooms purhased with "points"
gotten from putting nearly everything I buy on my credit card (and paying it in full every month) where was i? Ritzy hotel with ducks - must be TLC house hotel, I saw the Duggars there too. Thankfully for the ducks, Kate didn't get to be duck master - and "giving" presents, which they most likely didn't spend a dime for and then showing it all on TV so we can see how "giving" they are.
Methinks they missed a scripture or two on the subject of giving.

Of course it's good exposure for the hospital (I didn't know they were free). Aside from that, it was nauseating for the simple reason that it's just plain hypocrisy (well, either that or just a lie. it's late, i'm tired)

If they want to give back, perhaps Jon should go back to work and support his family himself. Then again, at least they are not asking the government to support them, so it could be worse (i think).
In any case, obviously, giving involves sacrificing something which is yours to give.
This ep wanted to imply that J&K were doing that, but the only thing I really saw Kate do was wrap presents (something she couldnt do without getting in a little dig at Jon *and* the twins. I think I still feel more sorry for those kids for having the mother they do than for being on TV each week. They are going to have nasty perfectionist complexes later on (this from someone who has that problem herself))

having said I'm a perfectionist, I haven't the energy to proof this at 4:30 am, and hope it looks reasonably literate, if not coherent.

machinegunsmom said...

Zoey posted something asking about what Kate meant by "I follow lots of kids with cancer..." this isn't the first time she's said something strange and obscure. Someone criticized her over the yard sale episode because she chose to give the money to pediatric cancer research and they didn't see how that applied to Kate--I don't have a problem with her giving her money to the Sunshine Fund, but it is true that people usually pick a charity that is in someway connected to them or a member of their family. And I believe she even said back then that the cause is near and dear to her heart...

...I guess maybe it could be in the obvious way that kids with cancer would make anyone sad, but I was a little confused back then and I was a little confused by her now saying that she follows a lot of kids with cancer...

I'd kind of like to know what I'm missing.

anon1967 said...

Did anyone else hear some of the 'tups in the background yelling quack, quack? I don't know if they were really that loud, or if it was the echo or mikes.
One other thing I noticed, not a big thing but kind of odd, whenever Jon says Sextuplets, he seems to say sixtuplets. I think I've caught him saying it twice so far, but not positive.

Katherine Noelle said...

I love this. I remember looking several times on the internet for something negative on Kate. I thought i can't be the only one who can't stand her and think what comes out of their mouths is such bs. Thank you

Pamela Jaye said...

Someone criticized her over the yard sale episode because she chose to give the money to pediatric cancer research and they didn't see how that applied to Kate--I don't have a problem with her giving her money to the Sunshine Fund, but it is true that people usually pick a charity that is in someway connected to them or a member of their family. And I believe she even said back then that the cause is near and dear to her heart...
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Perhaps it's a member of her never-seen family. I don't recall if it was ever explained why her family is "not around..."

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