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Episode Recap: Sunny Day - 07/28/2008

I was looking forward to this episode, as I took my kids to Sesame Place many times over the years. Seems like yesterday, even though they are now 17 and 24. We have some great home movies from there, as well as lots of memories (the good kind!).

So I was really going into this episode on a happy note and an open mind. I usually watch all of the J&K+8 episodes with an open mind actually, giving J&K the benefit of the doubt that they will smarten up and make life better for those children. I kind of wipe the slate clean when 9PM Monday evening rolls around.

Starts out with Jon saying they decided to take the kids to Sesame Place. Not really sure it was their idea or not, but that really doesn't matter, they were going. It was a hot day, Kate said it was "beastly hot". I guess I can give her a pass on that, even though her usage of the language has convinced me she isn't related to Daniel Webster. Jon later said it was 113 at the park, that the attendant told him that. I don't live too far from there, and it never gets that hot. Maybe the real feel, maybe the heat bouncing off the asphalt, but thermometer temperature didn't go over 99 degrees. That link is the maximum temperature for Langhorne PA on 6/10/08 when the Gosselins were there. The difference between 99 and 113 is HUGE. The average temp that day was 86.

Getting ready for the trip, Joel comes to Jon and reports that somebody pooped in the little potty, and that it was Aaden. Apparently, the tups need to do pee in the little potties and poops in the big potties. WTF? The reasoning is, four kids go on the same potty and dropping a load in there can make it overflow and splash. HUH? How disgusting is THAT? If they can manage to get on the big toilet to go poops without falling in and flushing themselves, then they can do pee while they are up there too. Sometimes when even adults go in there, we aren't sure what you are going to do. If I had to change pots between #1 and #2, someone would be sorry. I can go into the bathroom, clearly believing I just have to do a bladder splatter, and suddenly without warning, I'm launching a couple of torpedoes. It happens. Sh*t happens. Literally.

So Jon starts to grill Aaden to get him to admit it was him who pooped in the little potty. He never fessed up, but Jon kept saying how guilty he looked. From where I was sitting that wasn't a look of guilt on his face, it was a look of FEAR. Next time I hope he pees and drops the load right in his unawears. He got in trouble for pooping in the little potty, how much worse trouble could he have gotten in pooping in his pants?

The kids were running around the house, getting excited about the trip. They talked about going to see Elmo, which Kate said Alexis will love because Alexis "Lives in the world of TV." HUH? Thought these kids didn't watch TV and anyone who dared LET them watch anything except J&K+8 or LPBW would feel the wrath of Kate. In fact, all the kids were pretty well versed on the characters. Mind you, I have nothing against kids watching Sesame Street. It's a great show, with great messages and learning. It's that Kate gets up on that soapbox proclaiming her kids don't watch TV.

Jon came out ready to go, wearing a red T shirt with an American flag on it with "America" over it. Kate said "Oh no, it's not exactly the 4th of July" (you can only be patriotic one day a year?). Wuss that he is, he goes and changes into another T shirt, which Kate says "No, off, not allowed", and he goes to change again, and comes out in a nice pink polo shirt. Kate says "That is pink. It is ugly, it's worn out and it's old." He goes and changes again, now back into the original America shirt.

Kate fixes Alexis and Leah's hair, putting them in cool pony tails for the hot day. She even threatened to cut Alexis' hair like the boys. We see Hannah crying in Kate's lap, a fool can figure out Hannah didn't want her hair done, and we know Hannah gets to choose her hair fashion. So Hannah leaves with long, stringy hair in her eyes. It's time to leave, and Queen Bee Kate is sitting in the living room on her throne barking orders, the same place we saw her when the show opened. Jon is taking the kids outside through the garage, and he apparently can't even do that right. The kids are excited and they are noisy exiting the house. Kate barks "Just stand and cause noise and confusion in the dining room. Everything is a process, but not to you [Jon]." If he's not processing correctly, get off your lazy butt and go and help. She just doesn't know how to help. We now see Hannah in the garage trying to put on shoes. Oh no, I think, not another shoegate, I can't take it. Jon threatens to leave her home if she doesn't get her shoes on (yeah, good one, Jon, that would really happen), then Collin echos Jon's words and Hannah gets upset. I guess she got them on at some point off camera.

Cara and Collin find a small spider in the garage. Collin wants to put it in Cara's bed. Cara said to put it in Mady's bed. My vote is for Kate's bed. Cara and Collin seem happy playing with the small spider, then comes Leah and smashes it dead with the end of a flag stick. Cara starts to cry, Collin gets mad, Jon says "Good job" to Leah and tells Cara and Collin they can find more spiders.

The kids are finally herded into the assault vehicle and Jon starts to back up when we hear Kate screaming "NO STOP, you can't back up, you'll back up into the white van." He complains that she parked too close, why would she do that. He gets out, moves the white van, then pulls out in the blue one. The gas tank is on empty, so they have to go for gas. He says Kate ran it down. And of course, Kate doesn't do gas (or kids, or laundry, or cooking, or cleaning....etc., etc).

First thing they do is go on the carousel. Pretty nice. Everyone seemed happy. Kate tells us she told the twins to see the fun through the tups eyes and try to enjoy themselves. Great advice Kate, why don't you do that yourself at Crayola, or WDW, or at the pottery place, or cupcake place, or Gymboree, or Bounce U....or anyplace you take them. See the fun through THEIR eyes, be more concerned about them having fun. Screw the stains and the "hours and hours of stain removal." That's all BS anyway.

It's horribly hot there, finally we see Hannah's hair in a pony tail. Guess Hannah finally gave her OK. Kate has brought drinks along and she starts handing them out. Jon was right behind her, but apparently didn't jump at the chance to help Kate hand out eight drinks, so she shrieks "Jon you need to help, stop looking at your physique so much." He was standing there talking to a crew member, not flexing and not doing his muscle beach imitation or anything.

They went on the slide and they seemed to be having a pretty good time. They went for lunch and ate hot dogs, french fries and pickles. And the "O" word was never mentioned (organic, not Oprah). They kids didn't seem to be strangers to french fries, they weren't looking at them funny, or making any comments. Jon called it "healthy food", which made me laugh. Maybe Ronald McDonald has met them more times then they care to say. Again, I have nothing against fast food, as I have nothing against TV. Just don't put yourself on this "Holier than thou" pedestal when you aren't walking the walk. Kate tells Mady to find a table to sit with Cara. Mady tells her the only place she wants to sit is in the car for two hours, then go home. Wow. There is a kid with issues. Kate's reply: "You need sugar." Oh God, that's another whole eight paragraphs. Don't get me started.

Kate took the opportunity to mock Joel's lisp again. She imitated Joel meeting Zoe, saying "Oh Zoey, you are tho beautiful". Then he says "We watch you on TV." More TV that they never watch.

The kids meet the other characters in a private setting, and seemed to know them all. Knew a lot about them as well. After Kate hugged Big Bird, she said "Oh, he is so featherated, flust....flusterated." Like I said, no relation to Daniel Webster. Kate says they went home and watched Elmo's world videos, which they apparently owned and watched often. OK.

Kate complained that it took 2 hours to change the tups from their clothes to their bathing suits. OK, 3 adults, 6 kids equals 2 kids each, equals one hour each to change clothes? When I took my kids, they wore their bathing suits with an oversized T shirt over top to protect from the sun. Just took the T shirt off when they went in the water, put it back on when they came out. No need for street clothes at an amusement/water park. No need to change back into street clothes even for the ride home. They dried off in a snap in that sun, plus they stayed cool with the wet clothes on until they dried.

Jenny took the twins on the water raft 4 times and they had a blast! Sad to see the girls have that much fun with a caregiver and not their parents. Mady then said that was the best day of her life, which Kate points out is in stark contrast to Mady saying every single day that it is the worst day of her life. So sad.

They were putting the tups back into the strollers. Kate put two in with a towel under them, then Jon starts doing the same. Kate yells "STOP, take her out, there is a good way to do this and a bad way." Kate had to put the towel how SHE wanted it. Jon said "Why are you spazzing out?" LOVE IT.

Kate Webster announced it was "blazingly naptime." I'll try to translate. Either she was saving time saying "It is blazingly hot out, the kids are tired, and they will nap on the way home", or she really screwed up trying to say "It is blatantly obvious it is naptime". Who knows? The tups held out very well for the heat and activity.

Then everyone, kids, parents, Jenny, crew members and some Sesame Place crew went on the roller coaster three times (would not want to be standing in line in that heat behind them). Those kids are not going to know what it is like to wait in line, share with others and take turns. They are totally being raised in an immediate gratification environment. Even Kate said when they got to the park that "Oh, it's crowded." Not everyplace closes for you and your kids, Kate. It was obvious they had private parking, private dining room (it was empty and I can't imagine on a hot day people weren't in there at least for cover and cool), they had private showings with all of the characters, and a private "tour" of the Elmo's world set. They also did not wait in line for rides, were able to go multiple times without getting off. I'd say that's pretty damn good. You want everyone to vacate for you too?

Kate got in her usual quota of digs for Jon, having a large tummy, losing his hair, not having a clue, not helping, etc. She boasted that they must have been good and well behaved, as they were invited back. Gee when I left there, they would always say "Come back soon", and I really didn't take it as a personal invitation. But I'm not Kate.

On the interview couch, Kate did not look well. Her faced was puffed, her eyes didn't seem to be going in the same directions, she seemed tired and dazed and just not with it. Her mouth seemed wrong and her body language was horrid. I'm wondering if this is some cosmetic stuff gone wrong, or if she was ill... it certainly can't be from exhaustion -- one has to actually move and do things to get exhausted. She also looked like maybe she had just gotten up. She was leaning far away from Jon, and seemed to be almost dozing off a couple of times. What the heck is going on?

It was a cute episode, but I would have loved to see more of the kids playing in the water, and going on rides. Too much blapping from J&K. Aaden gave me my worst and best moment from the show. The worst was when Jon was grilling him about the poops, he looked so sad, and so scared. I could have just hugged him. And the best moment was Aaden saying "Where's Grover? I want to see Grover" and Grover was standing right there. Kate says he's right there. And without moving from where he was standing, just did a casual "Hi Grover" and that was it, that's all he wanted to do. It was amazingly cute!

I'm sorry for the rambling recap. Or, as Kate would say "ramblicating" or "rambulating", but she wouldn't say "I'm sorry." That's just not in Kate's dictionary.

Reprinted with permission by NancyAnne

Episode Recap: Sunny Day - 07/28/2008

The eight are shown with their parents and a life-sized Elmo as they give us the obligatory "on this episode" line. Mady does a little "Go Elmo! Go Elmo" cheer, and then we're treated to a preview of things we'll see and hear at least three more times before the episode is over.

Jon mocks Kate: "I'm following the most directionally challenged person on the planet."

Kate mocks Jon: "My husband used to have hair like you, Ernie," she says as she runs her hands through life-sized muppet hair.

Kate complains about the heat. "It was so beastly hot."

And a pretty dark-haired young woman rides down a water slide with the twins. I wonder to myself, "Who is that?" The usual introduction to "are" life with multiples rolls.

Welcome to Sunny Day! It's seven-thirty in the morning and Jon and Kate are getting the eight ready to travel to a Sesame Street themed amusement and water park. In the spirit of full disclosure, I have to admit that I'm old enough to remember when Cookie Monster ate cookies, not vegetables. And Oscar was a trashcan-dwelling grouch. It's weird to have Oscar now a warm and fuzzy reader of bedtime stories who tucks little ones into bed. But I suppose it should give me hope. If Oscar can do it, maybe Katie the grouch can do it someday, too.

Alexis is the child who knows the Sesame Street characters best. "She lives in the world of TV." Guess she gets to watch a lot of TV down in the basement when she's awake in the middle of the night. Hide those credit cards, Jon and Kate. I see trouble ahead with Alexis and infomercials. The Jack LaLane juicer in my closet mockingly reminds me how enticing some of that TV crap can be at 3 AM.

The episode proper opens with Jon dressing boys in the living room. The outfits of choice are cute orange shirts paired with blue shorts. We get to hear (again) about how dressing the kids in bright colors makes it easy to keep track of them. I'm so damned dumb I need to be reminded of this prior to every Gosselin outing. As I ponder my denseness, I note that Jon's sideburns are eating his face and wonder if maybe some of those hair plugs slid down his cheeks.

Joel asks his father if Cookie Monster will be nice to him. Jon teases him that Cookie Monster might think Joel is a cookie, then acts out the eating of "cookie-Joel." Joel giggles, and it's a cute moment.

Next, we're treated to what I imagine is post-pottygate-damage-control. Some viewers were grossed out upon learning that the Gosselin home is strewn with toddler potties that sit throughout the day filled with urine and feces. Potties that are dumped, but apparently not washed, at the end of the day. On this episode, we learn that there's actually a rule that the little potties are only for "pee overflow," which apparently is the Katism for four or more people needing to go to the bathroom at once. But one of the 'tups has done a poop in a "yiddle potty." Aaden is fingered by a brother as the culprit and is confronted by Jon. Aaden says nothing, but Jon tells us that's the norm. Aaden won't confess, but "the guilt is written all over his face." Nice try on the potty explanation, but I don’t buy it. I grew up in a household with seven people and one bathroom, and there was no need for "overflow" potties. That's just gross.

Moving on, Kate dresses Alexis and fixes her hair while Jon tries to gain Kate's approval on a shirt for him to wear to the park. His first attempt is shot down. It's a red shirt that has a small flag centered in the word "America." "It's not exactly Fourth of July," Kate tells Jon. Jon decides to change out of that shirt, while Kate calls after him, "It's fine!" She doesn't want to waste an hour while Jon tries on shirts. Newsflash, Kate. If you don't want him to change, then don't criticize what he's wearing. Duh.

Jon appears in shirt number two. I barely get a glance at it before Kate declares, "Uh-huh. No. Not allowed." I have no idea what's wrong with it. Then we come to shirt number three. "That is pink!" God forbid. And technically, Kate, it's salmon so it's orange enough to fit the theme color of the day. But the salmon shirt is also deemed by Kate to be old and ugly, so it's out. Eventually, Jon ends up back in the first shirt he modeled for her. I swear, these people go all the way around the block to get next door.

Now that Jon has his wardrobe in order and the children are dressed, Kate -- in a yellow top that violates the color theme, I might add -- bellows from her reclining throne for Jon to get the kids outside into the garage. Jon asks where her keys are, and she doesn't know. "Look for them." Yeah, dummy. Next thing, kids are running around and screaming and Kate's yelling again for Jon to get the kids out of the house. Jon appears to be looking down the staircase into the basement, and Kate mockingly screams, "Let's stand and cause noise and confusion in the dining room. Everything's a process, but not to you." Whatever that means.

Jon gets the kids into the garage and starts getting shoes onto the girls. Hannah has a fit about her shoes being tight. Jon walks away, leaving her with only one shoe on, and tells her that they'll leave without her. I see that horrible door in the background with the peeling paint and wonder why they don't get a sound guy or production assistant to sand and repaint that thing while Jon's on the golf course.

In the garage, Collin plays with an ant before finding a tiny spider on the exercise trampoline. Cara and Collin are watching the spider, and Collin asks, "Do you want this spider to go in your bed?" Cara replies, "No," then suggests, "You could put it in Mady's bed." Shut up, Cara. Leah then approaches and uses the staff of a little American flag to kill the spider. Apparently Kate hasn't yet told her that it isn't exactly the Fourth of July. Collin is crushed over the death of the spider, and Cara tattles to dad. Jon thinks killing the spider is a good thing. Leah is proud of herself. And Cara offers a sarcastic, "Thanks for killing our spider, Leah!" Shut up again, Cara. In the confession chair, Mady defends Leah, saying that she thinks Leah believed Cara and Collin were trying to kill the spider. There's more sensitivity to Mady than some give her credit for having.

Back in the driveway, Jon is loading kids into the car and fastening car seat closures. When all the work is done, Kate appears and takes her seat in her 10-passenger chariot. All hail the queen. Jon gets into the driver's seat, complaining about the long drive ahead. He starts to back the van up and Kate screeches. It seems she parked the white van directly behind the family van the day before, and Jon almost hit it. While Jon grouses about Kate's parking choices, I wonder why he didn't notice the white van while he was out there loading kids into the big van. Jon moves the white van, backs out the big van, and then complains that they have to get gas "since mommy emptied the tank…she doesn't think." Way for parents to model respect and teach their children to respect them! Only, not.

Pre-commercial previews play and we hear that the park is "beastly hot" and "113 degrees." We see the pretty, dark-haired girl pushing a stroller with little Gosselins in it and I wonder again who she is. Kate barks, "Jon, you have to help me out…don't look at your physique so much!" Commercials play and I check the weather history of Langhorne, PA. Just as I suspected. Not a single triple-digit day so far this year. A hundred and thirteen my patooty.

After the commercial break, we learn that the pretty dark-haired young woman is the new assistant, Jenny. She's met them at the park to be an extra set of hands. I'm thinking that the last time we saw Jenny she was a blonde. Maybe the Gosselin home is only big enough for one set of bleached follicles. That's okay, Jenny. Your new chestnut locks with auburn highlights are gorgeous! As a lifelong blonde, I envy them.

So the whole crew is at Sesame Place, which earns the KateKlean seal of approval. It's a clean, clean, clean park, apparently. After a potty pit stop, it's off and about with each adult pushing two 'tups in a Disney-like stroller. Kate leads the way and wants to run. Jon tells her that they can't run because Mady and Cara are on foot. "Oh," Kate says. Guess she forgot about them. Get used to it, girls. As Jon pushes his stroller, I notice that he's lost a lot of weight. Good for, you. Guess fuzzy bunnies are more motivating than haranguing hags. Sorry, Kate.

The first ride the family takes on is the carousel, since they can all ride at once. Jon stands between two tups perched on painted ponies. Kate stands between Hannah (of course) and Alexis as they rode painted ponies. And Cara and Mady are seated on benches watching over two other 'tups. I wonder why Jenny isn't watching those two 'tups so Cara and Mady can ride the ponies. They're only seven, eight, right? At that age I would have wanted to ride the ponies. My kids would have wanted to ride the ponies. Sometimes I think those girls have grown up too fast. Perhaps that's a pitfall of being on TV for half of one's young life. Anyway, Kate explains that she "implored" Cara and Mady to be "big sisters" and helpers (what's Jenny there to do?), and to see fun through the little kids' eyes. Then, as she does at least once an episode, the grammar queen uses the word "which" completely inappropriately. "That was my conversation with them, which it worked." Nails, meet chalkboard.

After the carousel, the crew heads underneath a huge slide, seeking shade and an opportunity to hydrate from huge sippee-cups carried in a big cooler. Guess one of the crew is toting that, since it wasn't on any of the strollers. Don't I just love watching how two normal people deal with parenting multiples, with no outside intervention or "TV magic"? Right. That shark got jumped long, long ago. Why not just show the whole entourage and stop pretending.

As the family heads for the slides, we hear again that it was 113 degrees in the park that day, according to a security guard (says Jon). That security guard must have been looking at a thermometer that was baking out on concrete in full sun, to get that kind of reading. Nevertheless, it was obviously hot as hades in the park that day. The poor little kids were wilting, so red in the face and wet, sweaty hair plastered to the girls' heads. It was a sad sight. I was thinking about how, if this really was a normal family being filmed as they went about their own daily routines, they could have stayed home given the high temperatures and done something else with the children. But since the show is now an enterprise built upon putting the children through paces like so many show ponies, nothing can interfere with the production schedule. Not even potential heat stroke.

Kate starts handing out sippee-cups and immediately yells for Jon's help. Again we hear, "Jon, you have to help me out…don't look at your physique so much!" I marvel at how Jon does so many things with no help from Kate, but everything she does with the kids requires Jon to help her. This is the most useless, helpless, waste of space female I've seen on TV since Denise Richards. Geeze. Almost makes me embarrassed enough to want to trade in my estrogen.

After hydrating, they all climb the steps to the top and slide down. Kate announces that she and Jon did something illegal. "Not the first time," I mutter. This time, though, no pinecones or ear plugs are involved. Just parents sliding on equipment meant for children only. After the slide, they ride some caterpillar thing that runs forward and backward on tracks the shape of a half pipe. Cara declines to ride, and Kate declares that Cara knew what she was doing since the ride made Kate ill. Jon notes that Kate has gone from riding Disneyland rides on their honeymoon to, nine years later, not being able to handle riding the teacups. There's got to be some snark in there somewhere, but I'm too bored to look for it.

Next, the family heads inside for some lunch and to cool down. Kate tells Mady that she and Cara can sit at a table off to themselves if they want. Mady, my spunky little miss, informs her mother, "I don't want to sit with her. Know where I want to sit? In the car. For two hours. And drive home." Kate, out of tune with her daughter's emotional being, invalidates Mady's feelings with her pronouncement that, "I think you need some sugar." That's right, mom. She never has legitimate feelings. Just low blood sugar.

The kids are thrilled when some character I don't know comes into the lunch room. Then we get a pre-commercial preview of the whole family in Elmo's world. Great. I hate Elmo. The commercials play and I flip through the ti-faux lineup. Not much variety. Just Jon & Kate on TLC, man-eating sharks on Discovery Chanel, and a Jean Claude Van Dam movie entitled "Hell." No thanks, Jean Claude, I'm already there.

After the commercials, we get to see the Gosselins meeting life-sized Elmo in Elmo's world. That bright red, squeaky voiced, baby-talking bed-slipper-on-crack who has taken over Sesame Street delights the little ones. Especially Alexis. We're told that later in the evening, upon returning home, Alexis insisted on watching Elmo's World videos. You poor, sweet thing. You don't know any better.

Next it's on to the water park! Time to cool off and get wet! But first, Kate has to tell us that they're "not water park people." All of that changing of clothes, you know, is such a burden when one has eight children. Did you know she has eight children? And no help? Ever? From anyone? Kate goes on to tell us that it took two hours…TWO HOURS…to change the kids into swimsuits. Three adults, each taking care of two four-year olds. That's one hour per child to take off a shirt, shorts, and underwear and put on either swim trunks or a two-piece swimsuit. An hour per child. Kate, I get the feeling that this is somewhat like the "two thousand people" standing between you and Jon in the Crayola Factory. Life just isn't dramatic enough on its own. It has to be embellished with exaggerKations. Kate? Liar! Liar! Pants on fire!

So after "two hours" changing the kids into swimsuits, they took a break from the "113 degree" heat by getting wet. The little kids played under a sprinkler thing, watched over by Jon and Kate, while Jenny rode a water slide with Cara and Mady. As I'm watching Cara, Mady, and Jenny in a huge round raft, spinning and splashing their way down the water slide, I'm thinking, "Wow, that looks fun." But I'm hearing Jon and Kate talking over the scene, saying, "Poor, Jenny. Poor, Jenny." Yes, poor Jenny. Riding a really cool, wet, fun ride with two laughing, happy young girls. What torture. I shake my head and feel sorry for those girls, given the way their parents think. How sad that something so many parents would enjoy with their children is, to Jon and Kate, a distasteful task that the "poor" paid assistant has to perform under duress. Won't that feel good for Mady and Cara to hear over and over again when they watch this episode on DVD? I guess the bright spot is that they'll have video evidence for their therapists to review when they reach adulthood.

Mady, Cara, and "poor Jenny" ride the water slide four times, while Jon and Kate supervise the little ones in a wading pool. Mady declares this one of the best days of her life. This is a big departure, Kate tells us, from Mady's daily proclamations that each day is the worst day of her life. I tell you, I worry about that child. I wish someone would listen to her instead of dismissing everything she says as mere drama - or low blood sugar.

The pre-commercial previews run. I don't care to recap them at this point.

After the commercial, the kids, still clad in swimsuits, leave the water park area to greet all of the Sesame Street characters. Kate announces that it was "blazingly naptime." This woman has such a way with words.

As the clan meets the characters, this is when Kate runs her hands through giant Ernie's hair and says, "My husband used to have hair like you, Ernie." Kate. Let. It. Go. Sweet baby Jeebus, woman. At least put some variety into your nagging and belittlements.

Along about here, there's a shot of Jon and Kate in the confessional chair, blathering some crap I don't care about. And I realize that Kate's hair looks really bad tonight. It's all poofy on the right side, like she took an extra-long nap on it while it was wet or something. Makes her head look lopsided. Maybe Jon gave her a "love tap" while the cameras weren't rolling, and she's got a lump on her head that rivals the size of her ego. Or perhaps she's now hiding Jon cajones under that bird's nest of a hairdo. Whatever. It just looks funky.

Back at Sesame Place, the family decides to ride one more ride before heading home. Because they can all ride the roller coaster at once, they pile onto it. But, because each child must be seated next to an adult, production crew members and park personnel are drafted into riding the roller coaster -- three times. Again I am reminded that this is no longer a show that chronicles the everyday challenges of living with multiples. The kiddos are cute cast members in a manufactured for TV mocu-dramedy. At about this point, as I ponder this anew, I think about how Cara and Mady's room is the only one off-limits to the cameras. I think about what it must be like to have to confine oneself to one's room if one wants to avoid cameras, and I think it must feel like being a prisoner in one's own home. At this point, I feel especially sad for Cara, who seems more camera shy than her twin. And I wonder if the 'tups rooms will be put off-limits as they get older. Somehow I doubt it, since the show depends on having 'tups on tape.

With the roller coaster ride over, the family heads for the van in the parking lot. Kate talks about everything they had to do over a forty-five minute period in order to get loaded up in the van for the drive home. She lists several things, including changing kids' outfits. Only the video shows us all of the kids still in swimsuits as they are seated in the van. Kate must wear asbestos granny panties.

As the show wraps up, Jon and Kate announce -- with apparent surprise -- that they were actually invited back to Sesame Place. Ha. Bet THAT doesn't happen often -- and from what I've heard on the radio lately, I don't think the kids are the ones to blame for that, either!

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