Soup and a Surprise Recap

On this episode of Jon and Kate Plus 8! The Soup Nazi comes to PA! Will there be soup for you? We shall see.

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Submitted by Dew

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fostersmom said...

On this episode of Jon and Kate Plus 8! The Soup Nazi comes to PA! Will there be soup for you? We shall see.

It's morning or thereabouts, and it looks like Kate just took a shower. Her range is cracked. This is confusing, but I'll try to explain. Apparently Kate was boiling a pot of water on her glass stove. She took the hot metal lid and put it on a cold burner. It created a suction, and POW a dangerous explosion happened, which cracked her stove and basically ruined it. Normally in this economy most people would be really screwed if this happened. No roast turkeys for awhile after this. But not Kate. She can just get a new stove, which she does.

Not only is Kate getting a new stove, but today she is making two kinds of soups to freeze. Chicken noodle, and "old grandma" soup, just like their grandmother makes. Or that they remember she used to make, when Kate was on speaking terms with her. Incidentally, isn't old grandma a bit redundant?

The new stove comes in, and for a second it looks like it doesn't fit in the space for the old stove. No stove for you! Who doesn't measure their new stove before buying it? Probably rich people who have assistants who take care of things like this and often screw it up, making you wonder why you ever got an assistant in the first place when you really could just do the job the right way yourself. But alas the stove guys manage to wedge it in. "I nearly died," Kate says. She nearly died? Good Lord, she needs to get out more. Apparently publicity trips to New York or Roanoke, Virginia, every weekend aren't doing it.

On the casting couch, Kate's hair? Well, you have to see it to believe it. She has her feet in these cozy socks up on some kind of foot rest, really making herself at home for these boring long interviews. She is in much the same position as I am right now, and we both look like we're about to fall asleep, her moreso. Her hair is completely different in the house, much shorter and redder, leading me to believe this episode was filmed sometime back.

Jon likes the new stove because it reheats things faster than their old one and for other boring reasons. Are we honestly still talking about this? Yes, we honestly are. Kate gets pissed when Jon walks into "her" space in the kitchen. I have to admit I kind of get that. It is really annoying when you are cooking a big project and someone keeps coming into the kitchen doing stuff they could do another time. Of course Kate can't ask him to leave nicely. She is a total bitch to him, and Jon totally ignores her, saying nothing and quietly walking downstairs. His middle name should be "Checked out." Coming up, Kate berates Jon. What else is new? Commercials.

We're back. The boys have been banished to the basement to clean up while the Soup Nazi works on MIA Grandma's old recipe upstairs. The girls apparently don't have to help clean up their common play area, probably because boys are messy and icky and were likely responsible for all of the mess. Jon takes everyone outside. Mady and Cara are nowhere to be found, which quiet honestly is a nice breather. I hope they are at school, or at a friend's house, or at soccer practice. Anywhere but at their own home living their lives in front of the cameras.

We talk for a super long time about how much the kids love Playdough. I loved Playdough, too as a kid. It's a good toy. But it's not necessary to talk about how fun it is for five odd minutes. Typical dad, Jon likes to pretend to sneeze out a big booger of Playdough. Heh. Kate has no sense of humor whatsoever about this. Typical mom, I guess.

Jon explains somewhat baffled that the kids are always together and always play together. Well, Sherlock, that's because their parents rarely create any other situation for them, like individual play dates or one-on-one time. They are four, they can't manage their own social calendars yet. They need your help. I'm not even sure these kids know that they could go have a playdate with little Jane or Johnny on a Saturday. That it's, like, NORMAL. Also I bet filming interferes a lot with things like that. In typical Kate fashion, she comes outside, arms crossed, eyeing the Playdough critically and making snide bitchy remarks. No Playdough for you! Where is her lawn chair/throne? Not really the same effect without it.

Commercials. I pinch myself, trying to stay awake. Also I pinch myself just to make sure I'm not dreaming, because I can't believe this show is still on the air.

We're back. Wasn't this episode supposed to be about soup? Because all I've seen so far is Kate lay out a few onions and then trudge outside to criticize Jon and the kids. How can you make soup with your arms crossed and your mouth running? Unless her horrendously horrendous hair has possibly distracted me from any cooking that might be going on. I thought this episode might actually be helpful, like how to make a bunch of soup for hungry kids, what ingredients are best, how to freeze it for a large family, but no. TLC really doesn't know what is interesting and what is not anymore. That's what happens when you read forums, realize that most of us can't stand a certain character, and then try extra hard to feature her and her stupid ways as much as possible at the expense of a once decent show.

Instead of talking about soup, we waste a tremendous amount of time talking about yet another freebie the kids have, this "blowup bouncing thing," you know the kind parents always spend way too much money on to rent for their child's birthday party. This one they OWN though. This is a really cool one, the Jump 'n Slide Bouncer, listed on the Little Tykes web site for a whopping $249.99!!! In this economy, that is all I will say.

Kate didn't start simmering her broth soon enough. They like broccoli and cheese, yada yada, yada, YAWN. Kate is still insisting that the children nap, even though some of them are waking up in the middle of the night they have so outgrown needing as much sleep as she insists they have. The Soup Nazi even threatens that if they don't sleep they won't eat! No snack for them!

Commercials, and we're back. Mady and Cara are home. At least they ducked out of most of this episode. Everyone is gathered at the dinner table eating the soup. Since when did the soup go from two onions on the counter to ready to eat? Must be the new magical stove. The kids apparently already knew they were probably moving, but Kate and Jon make it official by announcing they are definitely moving. The kids cheer half-heartedly, kind of missing their cue. Guess they didn't rehearse that enough times. This is all old news to us, since GWOP broke this story ages ago. Not only is it a big house, it is a $1.3 million dollar mansion (just think about that kind of money in Pennsylvania), opulence beyond belief that there is no way they could possibly maintain beyond twelve months after this show is cancelled. They will have a bigger yard, too, which they insist they need. But they already have a HUGE backyard, in my view. Three times bigger than most backyards in my area. More than adequate. But I guess not to them. Kate says this is a "hugely better thing," that they are bettering their lives. Which just goes to show that Kate thinks that it is not love and encouragement and togetherness that makes children's lives sweet, but just bigger and better things, like Jump 'n Slide Bouncers and McMansions. I am not all that surprised she is estranged from her family, who seem to live quite modestly. They probably couldn't give her the hugely better life she wanted growing up. I give her two and a half years in her new house before she will want something bigger and better. This kind of pathetic mentality will never be satisfied. Kate apparently has never read about people who win the lottery, most of whom say they are not ANY happier, their lives aren't ANY better.

Kate can't resist reassuring Alexis that nothing will change in her sad little life, insisting that she will sleep separate from the other girls even at the new house. Because she is a "disturber." Poor Alexis nods knowingly. It's better to just accept your fate with a mother like Kate, she's learned early on. I have not forgotten that Kate just ordered her to take a nap a few minutes ago, threatening to deprive her of food if she didn't. And now here Kate is blaming her for waking everyone up early. Arrg.

Kate anticipates that frustrations and noise will go away in the new house. Um, yeah, we'll see how that works out for ya. Kind of like those people who think a baby will improve their marriage, or just as soon as they get that promotion their children will respect them, or they just need to get this or that person elected and their financial problems will disappear. Doesn't usually work that way.

The kids deserve this, Kate says. Well, actually, what the kids really deserve is to live their lives devoid of cameras in their faces every second of every day. They deserve privacy. They deserve anonymity. They deserve a childhood with parents truly concerned about them and not the little dollar signs blinking in their sweet little Asian eyes. Sigh, oh, well. Why would I expect the Soup Nazi to get something like this? But someday, maybe someday soon, we will all be saying to this shrew: "No more show for you!!!"

Submitted by Dew

Melissa Gentry said...

For such a boring show, you made it very interesting! Bravo!

Ravello said...

Thank you Dew for a very intelligent recap. You hit the issues on the head, especially how KON danced around the magnitude of the McMansion they purchased- that 1.3 million estate.
And your last paragraph is brilliant, these kids do not need or deserve a 1.3 million dollar home. The Gosselin kids deserve a normal private life and a chance to grow with relative anonymity and dignity.

ruthy said...

I loved the words...

Alexis nods knowingly. It's better to just accept your fate with a mother like Kate, she's learned early on.

That should be the kids new mantra
"Accept your fate, with Mommy Kate"

Bunny Girl said...

oh my goodness that blow by blow commentary was amazing. I watched at this episode but it didn't keep my interest at all. There is no way I could've written that in depth about it. Kudos to you :)

Why oh Why do we all keep watching? I felt more and more sadness for those children with each episode. I rarely watch it anymore at all because it breaks my heart. I wonder how the film crew can stand by and keep their mouths shut. I know it is way more than I could do. I notice everyone blames Jon too and I do as well to a certain extent. I really think he is just a typical abused person who cannot find the strength to stop the nonsense. Maybe he will one day for the children's sake. I hope so.

highondegrassi said...

Great recap, Dew!! I love how you picked up on all the little details! How can the sheeple possibly continue to defend this shrew?

$249 for that bouncy thing? Disgraceful.

We Don't Know said...

Well I have some question, comments about this recap:

1. Its unreasonable to critique Kate for buying a new stove, she has 8 kids she needs to cook. Also, how do we know that the stove was not on warranty?

2. The stove was so close to not fitting that the measurement could have been a mistake, its easy to be less than half and inch off.

3. Maybe the girls really had no hand in the mess downstairs, then again maybe they did who really knows? Nobody saw the mess being made.

4. I think its great that the kids have the blow up toy. I would bet money that if you had 6 kids the same age you would spend some money on something they can basically do by themselves. Also Jon said that they will bounce for hours, so not only are they entertained for a good part of the day bed time should also be a snap.

5. The kids do deserve more space. They are children, they need room to run and play and just be kids. IMHO the move is a good thing for their family. I think it could be the start of a more private life.

One more thing, it wasn't mentioned in recap but..... is this not the kid of episode we all wanted? There was no buses, airplanes, hotels, or anything. It was simply everyday things in the Gosselin household.

Dwanollah said...

Loved the recap, but you forgot about the part where the deliveryman was intentionally trying to "scare Kate." Yeah, I'm sure his mission in life is to make Crazy Kate think her new stove might not fit into the space. Ooooo, so scary! Shrew needs to get over herself.

rachel said...

I couldn't believe it when they ordered a whole new stove! Our stove cracked once too (I think it was from someone dropping a pot) and all we did was order the part and install it ourselves. No way would we trash a perfectly good stove just for a cracked stovetop! Besides, if I was going to trash the stove, I would take the opportunity to switch to a gas stove. But that would involve doing the soup another day and . . . .well, I guess you just can't do that when the show must go on.

Name: Danielle said...

I live in Roanoke, VA. How did I miss that they were here??

Dee Dee said...

I hope the show won't get canceled anytime soon. I'm looking forward to seeing the septuplets at the age of 9 still sitting in their high chairs and wearing bibs.

Kudos to Alexis for figuring out what it takes to get your own bedroom!

Dew said...

"The kids do deserve more space. They are children, they need room to run and play and just be kids."

I disagree. They have plenty of room. They have an adequate house, they have a huge garage and driveway. They have a gigantic backyard with plenty of space to run, kick a soccer ball, bounce on a 250 dollar blowup gym. They had a huge birthday party in the front yard with 50 people. In most other countries what they have would be considered a life of billionaires. Even so throughout the ages kids have thrived living in crowded flats in New York City, small ranch houses in the blue collar suburbs, grandma's upstairs bedrooms because the parents can't afford a down payment. The log cabin Abraham Lincoln was born in was no more than a couple armspans, he grew into a great man despite some of us thinking he "needed" more space. This family may think they want more space, but they do not NEED more space to be happy and thriving children.

Sure would space be nice? Yes. The problem I have is that Kate equates space with happiness, and will never is satisfied. Nothing is ever enough. She doesn't know how to be satisfied with the wonderful things she already has. One trip is not enough, she has to have 10. A few sets of great outfits aren't enough, she has to have 50. Twenty great toys for the kids are not enough, she has to have 100. Like I said, it won't be long before her mansion is just not enough space and that she will think they need and deserve more. She is so off the mark with what her children really need and deserve it's tragic.

AUNTY K.K. said...

Good recap, but you forgot a few things.

Plus, I believe this episode was to 'tease' the Gosselin followers, as her third book is a cookbook, (it's beginning to be known). So, I think this "Gramma soup" was spoken of, as it will be included in the receipies.

Then, with the meal, all the tups had BIBS on. I'm not sure why, as all of them where constantly using their napkins to wipe any soup that happened to dribble down, esp. the boys...(I thought this a bit odd, but then, I'm sure the boys have learned not to be 'messy', so they've become experts at using the napkins.)
I don't think one drop would have hit their clothing, so get rid of the bibs!

Now, during the meal, is when they announced the 'where moving", and one of the girls, I think it was Mady, but you could only hear her, stated: "for sure THIS TIME"? Made one wonder if they'd mentioned moving a few times, as Kate finally stated, "yes, why else would we announce it", (for all the TV land to hear?).

Then, once the announcement was complete, they got to ask questions. They cutest part of the show! Alexis couldn't remember her 'question' but the camera crew "Focused" on her BEAUTIFUL smile~ One that would melt any other Mother in the world! (so, they were going to come back to her), then , onto Leah,..she proceeded to wipe her mouth first, then asked, "her question" , to which Kate stated, "a great question for a 4 year old"! which made Leah smile, another BEAUTIFUL smile!

Kate just doesnt' get it....EIght, (8), Healthy children, with gorgeous smiles! how BLessed can one be!?

Then to finish off, Mady mentioned these "playhouses" that they've been promised. And she proceeds to ask if she can plant flowers around her 'house'. Kate says, as long as its the 'assorted package'...The least amount of work...
I know some packages come with all the seeds in a special tape. So, all you do is open the package, and roll out the tape, and you get your 'assorted, surprise' flowers!

I wonder what kind of 'playhouses' they're getting!

WIth reguards to soup?
Well, we saw her slice through a cabbage, and cut one part of a vegetable, and add 'filtered water', but the rest is a 'mystery', probably for the 'cookbook' preview!

grandmato3 said...

I have never sign here before, but when I heard Kate talking about "Old Grandma's Soup" I felt sick. I knew Kate's grandparents and they were lovely people. I believe they might have been the only stable force in her life growing up, that truly loved her unconditional. As far as "Old Grandma's Soup", I don't believe Kate could make any food like her Grandma made. I have had her soup along with other meals and she was a great cook. Kate, I bet you could not make an apple pie like she did and to top if off she always served it with a slice of cheese. She also treated my children as Grandchildren and I know that she and Kate's Grandpa would never agree with how they are making a living off these beautiful children. Kate, you need to be more the example your Grandparents were. They knew how to treat people. They loved little boys as much as little girls. Didn't they always treat Kevin the same as you and your sisters. Please Kate, I am begging you, if only for the memory of you grandparents, please, please stop what you are doing to these poor little children. And one more point, please get the older girls counseling. Your grandparents worked with enough foster children and they knew the problems children had and knew the great help counseling would be.

Mark said...

rachel said...
I couldn't believe it when they ordered a whole new stove! Our stove cracked once too (I think it was from someone dropping a pot) and all we did was order the part and install it ourselves. No way would we trash a perfectly good stove just for a cracked stovetop!


For me, it would depend on the age of the appliance. Our glass top stove is 8 years old. If the top cracked and the budget allowed, I might buy a new stove rather than pay $250 for a new top (parts only -- I looked it up). I imagine KON would have had to pay someone to install it as well.

My issue is that they knew they were moving, and just had to have the supremo convection oven model, rather than just a plain, basic, glass top stove. A waste of money to me. Convection ovens are for serious cooks. And we know Kate is not a serious cook!

Georgia Peach said...

We Don't Know sure is defensive! Just sayin'!

RuthinVA said...

Someone who enjoyed this epi sad...One more thing, it wasn't mentioned in recap but..... is this not the kid of episode we all wanted? There was no buses, airplanes, hotels, or anything. It was simply everyday things in the Gosselin household.
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Yeah it was the episode I wanted to see. Come on.......... Everyone knows being off an 1/8 of an inch is just like being off a mile, but you right I can see Kate saying "ooohhh, I didn't know an half of an inch would make that much difference, you should have told me Jon..I don't usually do the measuring...I don't gas the cars and I don't measure that is just the way it is."

And yes, I really enjoyed seeing her complain about play dough and then go hand over fist to say something nice, so she throws in, kids aren't we glad we have a daddy to clean up. That is exactly the reason I was glad I had a father so he could clean..????? Wasn't such a nice daddy when he was putting the rug back in the kitchen, was he?

Yeah, your right I can't wait to watch it again........come on...LOL

nomorekon said...

Well I have some question, comments about this recap:

1. Its unreasonable to critique Kate for buying a new stove, she has 8 kids she needs to cook. Also, how do we know that the stove was not on warranty?

2. The stove was so close to not fitting that the measurement could have been a mistake, its easy to be less than half and inch off.

3. Maybe the girls really had no hand in the mess downstairs, then again maybe they did who really knows? Nobody saw the mess being made.

4. I think its great that the kids have the blow up toy. I would bet money that if you had 6 kids the same age you would spend some money on something they can basically do by themselves. Also Jon said that they will bounce for hours, so not only are they entertained for a good part of the day bed time should also be a snap.

5. The kids do deserve more space. They are children, they need room to run and play and just be kids. IMHO the move is a good thing for their family. I think it could be the start of a more private life.

One more thing, it wasn't mentioned in recap but..... is this not the kid of episode we all wanted? There was no buses, airplanes, hotels, or anything. It was simply everyday things in the Gosselin household.

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You basically are trying to justify everything the Gosselins do - your other posts have the same defiant tone.

I can't comment on every point you made because that would take too many words and too much effort on my part, but to answer your last question :

"everyday things" do not include blatant product placement or Kate pretending to cook 2 containers of soup for 10 people to last throughout the winter (and, I think this was filmed spring/early summer last year, not exactly the time to stock up for the winter). You make it sound as if the only options are filming an episode with grandiose plots or filming an episode with scripted "reality". How about filming NOTHING ?

My sheeple radar is going full force right now........

RuthinVA said...

PKD-IN-Illinois said (by the way, what the HELL is "Old Grandma Soup????")
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And why the "OLD" sounds like you put Grandma in the pot and boiled her. Like old gym socks or old dirty dishrag.

wramblinwreck said...

"is this not the kid of episode we all wanted? There was no buses, airplanes, hotels, or anything. It was simply everyday things in the Gosselin household."

No, it's not the episode "we" all wanted. It was just as staged and including product placement as the luxury trips that few families of 10 could ever afford. All of this fakery has become tiresome, at least for the savvy viewers who post here and recognize how little "reality" is left in this show.

This recap is one of the reasons I don't watch anymore. Who needs to subject themselves to this 22 minute commercial when we have brave recappers like Dew and 3F who courageously suffer through it and then write about it in such an entertaining way. Great job, Dew!

timetogokon said...

Kate gets pissed when Jon walks into "her" space in the kitchen. I have to admit I kind of get that. It is really annoying when you are cooking a big project and someone keeps coming into the kitchen doing stuff they could do another time. Of course Kate can't ask him to leave nicely. She is a total bitch to him, and Jon totally ignores her, saying nothing and quietly walking downstairs.

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IIRC, there are 2 episodes where Kate is the "disturber":

1) Jon is putting the bunk beds together, Kate could not/would not keep the little ones out of the room in which he was working.

2) Jon is painting Cara's and Mady's room and Kate wouldn't stop yapping at him.

mollybloom said...

I wonder if anyone asked the kids if they deserve a new home? Well, they paid for it after all.

Kate puts up soup for the winter? (Hello, Little House on the Prairie.) Yeah, about as likely as I do.

my9cats said...

Great recap Dew. Never watch the show anymore.GWOP and the terrific recaps are FAR more entertaining and (gasp) HONEST.
One question: does Kate's mantra "bigger is better" apply to Jon?
Sorry....devil made me do it!

3rd Rock From The Sun said...

Great recap!

This episode was very boring. For someone who drinks alot of coffee, Kate sure looked "spent and out."

Sweet Alexis. AKA the "disturber."
At least she gets her own room. However, I do hope that Jon and Kate don't lock her in there. But, I have a feeling that they will. After all, they don't want her disturbing anyone.

ROFL AT GWOPERS COMMENTS!!! said...

This has nothing to do with soup but I just wanted to make a comment about Kates hair, it's her identifying feature. Like Don King and Crystal Gayle.

highondegrassi said...

"IIRC, there are 2 episodes where Kate is the "disturber":

1) Jon is putting the bunk beds together, Kate could not/would not keep the little ones out of the room in which he was working.

2) Jon is painting Cara's and Mady's room and Kate wouldn't stop yapping at him."
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3) Jon and Kevin were installing shelving units in the garage and the kids were underfoot a good part of the time.

Reason: Kate CANNOT handle her kids herself. We've seen Jon do it, we've seen Jodi do it....we've NEVER seen Kate do it.

MissyVicculinos said...

I always get freaked out whenever they play the opening credits and they show Kate with that huge ass belly.

Dew said...

Yeah but maybe Alexis getting her own room makes her feel isolated and less than and different. I find the whole situation disturbing. It's very abnormal for multiples to want to be apart. I know 13-year-old twin brothers who have shared a room since birth. They have a spare bedroom that has always been available for one of them, but they WANT to be together. As infants they slept cuddled up together in the same crib, crying without each other. The Gosselin multiples are far too young to be separated. Kate is forcing Alexis to sleep off by herself for her own convenience, regardless of her thoughts on the matter.

chesterctymom said...

We Don't Know said...

5. The kids do deserve more space. They are children, they need room to run and play and just be kids. IMHO the move is a good thing for their family. I think it could be the start of a more private life.


Hmm, I'm thinking not putting every intimate part of the children's life on television would probably be an easier and less expensive way of ensuring privacy. But this would only occur to a parent who is not all about exploiting their children for money.

The old yard was big enough for everyone to play in...plus it was on a cul-de-sac. Maybe Kate wanted the give the children a longer driveway to play in...just a thought...

my9cats said...

chesterctymom said...
We Don't Know said...

5. The kids do deserve more space. They are children, they need room to run and play and just be kids. IMHO the move is a good thing for their family. I think it could be the start of a more private life.


Hmm, I'm thinking not putting every intimate part of the children's life on television would probably be an easier and less expensive way of ensuring privacy. But this would only occur to a parent who is not all about exploiting their children for money.

The old yard was big enough for everyone to play in...plus it was on a cul-de-sac. Maybe Kate wanted the give the children a longer driveway to play in...just a thought...

1/07/2009 4:12 PM

Actually the old house is not on a cul-de-sac. The street has a slight curve, that's all. (can see it on Zillow). If it was one I would pity the poor neighbors for being trapped with all that noise.

Milkmaid said...

The Soup Nazi comes to Pa was a brilliant take on this very boring episode. Thanks for contributing Dew!

Anglea said...

I think Kate saw the Disney episode and promptly went on Prozac. She is talking slower, moving slower and is much, much calmer.


I would be shocked if she wasn't on something.

Just a Dad said...

I need to watch this show more.

Without watching all the episodes, I know that I would lose my ever lovin' mind. My own kids can drive me batty and I don't have 8 with a camera rolling constantly. Jack Daniels, duct tape, and valium would be on the daily menu. Oh wait, it already is. Nah, just kidding.

Why is the Mom [Kate] always so mean?

How does her husband [Jon] put up with her?

If I was him I'd take the kids and run to the nearest attorney office.

My Grandma Kate not Like Kate Gosselin said...

My grandparents raised 16 children (including two sets of multiples - twins and triplets 16 months apart) and never once has anyone ever heard my grandmother say "I'm exhausted". And she is the kindest woman to children (none of her children have 'horror' stories about Mom taking bears away, etc.) My grandfather worked a full time job and sometimes had 2 jobs to feed a family of 18. No day-to-day help from him. No laundry folders, free babysitters, etc. for Grams and Gramps. And I can remember my grandmother…. still with her apron on… playing softball with a number of her boys in the street after dinner one night. No sitting on a plastic chair in the garage barking orders. She never complained about how small her 3 bedroom house was (there was 3 sets of bunk beds in two rooms while the rest of the kids had bunk beds and slept in the basement).


TLC really needs to focus on a family who is paying attention to the children instead of material things, or on freebies they are receiving.

Andy Fan said...

Big fan of Opie and Andy.
Listened to their show and thought I'd check our the J&K Freak Show.

I was just looking for a normal Mom from TLC. Not a Mom who uses verbal/psychological abuse against a 3 year old boy and his 'buddy bear'. WTH was that all about?

Travis Noodle said...

Very well written and hysterical.

Thanks for the recap...I don't watch the show anymore because Kate has ruined it. I'd rather get my Gosselin fix this way.

timetogokon said...

3) Jon and Kevin were installing shelving units in the garage and the kids were underfoot a good part of the time.

Reason: Kate CANNOT handle her kids herself. We've seen Jon do it, we've seen Jodi do it....we've NEVER seen Kate do it.

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Ohhhhhhh, forgot that one!

I also remember an episode ( I think they were preparing for Disney): Jon was home all morning with the kids while Queenie was getting her hair done. As Jon is about to embark on his errands for the trip, Kate sounds like a frightened child, pleading for Jon to not take too long and to be home as soon as he can. I really don't understand how people don't think she is mentally unstable and emotionally unable to care for her family.

RadioHead said...

I'm glad that more of you are watching and can hate Kate along with me. Ok hate is strong but lord she acts like she's entitled to Jon. Ok first off YOU Kate decided to do the fertility thing and have 6 more...and we always see she has someone there helping her. Hell even the film crew helps. She's a spoiled spoiled woman.

I'm also rather pissed off she SELLS all the donated stuff she gets. Why not find another family with multiples and help them out?
Oprah flies you to Chicago, some resort in Utah flies you there. Hop on another lady with the magical uterus and your in Hawaii. You get all this stuff, Kate.

Just the way she treats Jon makes me sad. Granted he needs to grow a backbone if it bothers him, but still I just get she is NEVER EVER regretful for one thing she's said/done.

I am forbidding [lol] my wife from watching this show.

timetogokon said...

Hi mods -

You don't need to print this, but I think a great thread would be to hear from all the boyfriends/husbands who watch the show .

I'm assuming that a majority of your posters are women, but I have seen a few from men. It would provide an interesting perspective.

Just a thought. You all are great !!

Pollywog said...

I am forbidding [lol] my wife from watching this show. Yeah, it makes me wonder why a "good" wife (a wife that respects her spouse) would find this show amusing or cute. First episode I saw, I was shocked at Kate's behavior and remarks towards Jon but thought perhaps it was a bad day or a fluke and then a few weeks later caught another episode and again she rags on him and makes rude remarks about him to the camera. Now I would be very angry if someone spoke to me the way she spoke to and about her own husband. Now I see remarks that they keep it real and such. Really is that what the crap that passes for sitcoms has taught so many people that married people are supposed to treat each other with disgust and degrade them? Sad. If I caught my spouse cheering on someone like Kate I think I'd be heading to divorce court. No thanks.

Exhausted said...

Truth's post made me think: besides Jodi and her parents, is Kate really isolated from every single family member? She mentions two sisters in the book. Do we know if she has any contact with them? I can't believe you would lose contact with almost every single member of your family along with your former friends and not start to wonder: Um, is it me?

Exhausted said...

You know, I disliked Kate way back when during the pumpkin carving time when she couldn't relax and had to cancel the whole thing in the garage because there was too much mess. Or when she would yell at Jon like a lunatic who has no self-awareness or respect. But who knew that she looked like Florence Henderson back then.

When you see the cupcake episode or the gum episode or you see her telling Alexis she's a disturber, you realize she's just a vile person. Many kids have some bad memories of their parents, but very few have film documentation to remind them over and over what a horrible person their parent was. There is no doubt that all of these kids will grow away from Kate and be angry with Jon for being so apathetic. I hope they at least stick together and have each other later on in life, but I think their parents have made sure they compete against each other.

If Kate's truly as religious as she proclaims, I would be scared at what would be in store for me if I were her. But God's more like Santa Claus to Kate--someone who exists just to fulfill her wishlist.

Petunia said...

**applause** Well-done, Dew! Another fantastic recap, and another week I can sit back and enjoy the snark without having had to sit through the show.

I haven't watched in months and I'm not going back. I'm just watching the S.S. Gosselin sink.

Terra said...

Coincidentally, my mom made soup right before this episode was on. It took her 15 minutes of prep and then two hours of largely unattended simmering for her to make a giant pot of it. Soup is not difficult to make.

nomorekon said...

Also, why is it when people who don't agree with a direct slam on Kate or what's she's done are called sheeple? Some of us simply see things for face value and don't read into Kate.

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sheeple :It is often used to denote persons who voluntarily acquiesce to a perceived authority, or suggestion without sufficient research to fully understand the scope of the ramifications involved in that decision, and thus undermine their own human individuality or in other cases give up certain rights. The implication of sheeple is that as a collective, people believe whatever they are told, especially if told so by a perceived authority figure believed to be trustworthy, without processing it or doing adequate research to be sure that it is an accurate representation of the real world around them. The label seems to have originated in the United States and refers to people who tend to accept and follow everything at FACE VALUE.

Gloria said...

Excellent job, Dew! Kate the Soup Nazi. Love it. Another wonderful description of the shrieking shrew.

Terra said...

I love how Kate told Mady not to talk with her mouth full, then replied a second later while her mouth was full. Hypocrite.

I do happen to agree with Kate though that it's annoying to have someone keep flitting into the kitchen while you're working with knives and boiling water. She could have asked Jon nicely to leave instead of yelling though.

NEliseH said...

Well We Don't Know it sounds to me like you are a producer that is sad that people didn't like the episode. Since you are searching for what we would like, how about taking the show off the air and possibly allowing these children to have some form of a childhood. I know its not good for business, but its good Karma.

Mary Ellen said...

And yes, I really enjoyed seeing her complain about play dough and then go hand over fist to say something nice, so she throws in, kids aren't we glad we have a daddy to clean up. That is exactly the reason I was glad I had a father so he could clean..????? Wasn't such a nice daddy when he was putting the rug back in the kitchen, was he?
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I wonder if Jon didn't talk Kate into letting the kids play with Play Dough if they did it outside. I wonder if she said, "Well, if they do, you are the one who is going to clean it all up!"

Some posts have mentioned that she won't let them play with play dough, or paints or cutting, etc.

And! Did you notice how Kate flaped her fingers when he was putting down the kitchen rug? The woman is a real piece of work.

ThreeFarmers said...

Honestly, the only thing that would have made this show interesting were if Kate had squeezed a new stove out of that magic uterus of hers.

samcarter said...

Seriously, who replaces the whole frakking oven whe the top is cracked? People who have no worries about money in today's economy. My husband would have been all over, "let's order a new part." Unless the stove had been discontinued and they couldn't get a replacement part, which is always possible.

Recipe for Old Grandma Soup: Take one old grandma who you want to cut out of your kids' lives, and...

I kid, I kid.

Anna said...

I think this must have been taped when it was much warmer outside. Katie was in knee length shorts and the kids played outside. Seems too early in the year to be making soup. Her hair was much different too. I'm sure this was filmed a long time ago.
It was also boring.

Moons in Leo said...

Brava, Dew! Well done! More Recaps for you!

We Don't Know said...

NEliseH said...
Well We Don't Know it sounds to me like you are a producer that is sad that people didn't like the episode. Since you are searching for what we would like, how about taking the show off the air and possibly allowing these children to have some form of a childhood. I know its not good for business, but its good Karma

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While I'm flattered you think I am a producer let me assure you I am not. I am a stay at home mom of 5 children and my husband works in the oil field, although many years ago I did once dream of being a PR person but marriage and babies changed all that.

HappyDad said...

While Kate is a flat out bitch, Jon is a total tool. He proclaimed in one show "there's nothing I wouldn't do for my kids" May be he should be saying "there's no limit to the exploitation of my kids for money"

DogTrainor said...

In light of Kate's Rainman-esque meltdowns when faced with a mess, I cannot fathom how the woman survived being a nurse. I think she was a maternity ward nurse or something. I wonder if she screamed at the newborns and mothers to stop being so messy.

highondegrassi said...

I think the episode was filmed sometime in September. There were still plenty of warm days in September.

It would explain Kate wearing shorts, the twins being at school, the house announcement. They closed on the house about a week before Halloween, so it makes sense the purchase was 4-6 weeks prior.

Great recap! Funny stuff!

4girlsoneboy said...

" couldn't believe it when they ordered a whole new stove! Our stove cracked once too (I think it was from someone dropping a pot) and all we did was order the part and install it ourselves. No way would we trash a perfectly good stove just for a cracked stovetop! Besides, if I was going to trash the stove, I would take the opportunity to switch to a gas stove."

God forbid I defend the shrew but the same thing happened to my glass top stove. It was almost as much to replace the top than to buy a new stove so, of course, I went for the new stove.

Jill said...

Even before reading this recap, I was contemplating the stove situation. With the disclaimer that I don't know what the new part would cost, how much the new stove costs or if the stove was under warranty I will say this. They probably sold/are trying to sell their house. I'm sure they were obligated to fix the stove one way or another. Also, the new homeowners/potential new homeowners may watch the show. I would think they would be very careful to do everything just right with the house. I think it was justified.

land3bs said...

I love how Kate has Jon so snowed! She makes herself out to be the martyr again by building herself as slaving away in the kitchen to make her 'annual soups'. I make soup about once every two weeks...and it takes about an hour to chop everything and throw it in a pot to simmer. Kate is such an unhappy person, and I couldn't believe her demeanor on the interview chair...acting like this was such a huge waste of time for her. Remember Kate, doing those exhausting interviews is what provides the life you have become so very accustom to!!

Carol Hampton said...

Don't you all know Kate is above all of us. She doesn't have time to sit on the couch and do interviews, especially to the mere low class public. She THINKS she is a celebrity and acts like a diva.

IMHO, she would be best described as white trash all the way! She just found her pot of gold off the back of her children and not by collecting cans on the streets to support them. Get a real job Jon and Kate and show your children what it REALLY means to work.

Lisa said...

A couple of observations on this episode: Is it me, or does Kate seem very sleepy and uncharacteristically laid-back in the interview chair? I know it has been mentioned before here, but she truly must be on an anti-anxiety medication or something similar. She looks as though she may fall asleep mid-sentence.
Also, when Kate says the children "deserve" to move to a bigger house with more space, she could not be more right - the children are the reason they have the resources they do now and they are the ones inadvertently working for every penny!

lifeoriley said...

I did not watch the show on TV--but I succumbed and watched it on youtube--I had to see what people were commenting about.
Dew--great recap--love the "Soup Nazi" reference!
Also, as a few comments stated, I thought the name "Old Grandma Soup" was a little funny, and a little creepy, lol.
On the positive side, little Alexis' smile, despite her mother's negative comment, was heart-melting. In a previous episode (don't know which) the kids are talking about who they love, and Alexis says "I love everybody"--what a sweet girl.

DirtyDisher said...

This is trivial in the face of all the untruths on this lame show, but, I had to laugh when Kate told Mady she could plant WILDflower seed packets. I'm picturing an episode where the darling children throw wild flower seeds in the lawn. If you garden you know how absurd that is, but, no doubt a few episodes later, the Gosseys will have a field of beautiful wild flowers, not noxious weeds, and a gardening book..by Kate.

Exhausted said...

land3bs said...
"She makes herself out to be the martyr again by building herself as slaving away in the kitchen to make her 'annual soups'."

Doesn't it remind you of that old Rice Krispy treat commercial where the mother pretended it was such exhausting work to make them while she was really reading a book the whole time? She then splashed flour on her face right before she brought the tray out to the family.

That is Kate's life. Dinner on paper plates exhausting, monkey munch is exhausting, and having your kids at Jodi's all morning and is exhausting. Even a free trip to Disney is exhausting. Poor gal.

Kramer said...

I thought the Q&A session about the new house seemed really staged.

And I thought most stoves were the same size ... precisely so they would fit in the space. That wasn't a commercial stove so there wasn't a reason why it shouldn't fit. I think that moment was "staged" to rustle Kate's tailfeathers.

grandee4 said...

I still have not seen the episode (work on Mon nights), great recsp, now I probably don't even have to watch.
Here in Slidell, La, we had reruns at 4 and 430pm daily, and now their gone. Are they still doing reruns on Wed nights? Did'nt see it in the listing last night.
Anyway, thanks for keeping me informed, and Happy New Year to all.

No kids in the kitchen said...

Kate maybe wrong the way she goes about getting the kids out of the kitchen. Look what happened - a GLASS stove exploded. Doesn't matter why it did. Accidents happen.

When my father was a child, he was left unsupervised in a kitchen. Something exploded on top of the stove and my father was left blind for life. Kids and pets don't belong in the kitchen during cooking.

John Boy said...

That new house they just purchased doesn't impress me near as much as the sheer vastness of the land that it sits on.

I mean, holy shit.

Which "helper" gets to cut the grass?

Radio Head said...

John Boy said:

That new house they just purchased doesn't impress me near as much as the sheer vastness of the land that it sits on.

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I know dude, what did I tell you?!

Andy Fan said...

John Boy said:

Which "helper" gets to cut the grass?

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You do bro, RoFl

AJ said...

The house they live in right now (the old house...the one we all see them in all the time) has 5 bedrooms. The house they moved into has 5 bedrooms...I mean what was the point. The play room COULD be a bedroom for little horrible Alexis..and the kids rooms upstairs are HUGE...I would die for a bedroom that big. Plus there are 3 bathrooms...I don't see how their house isn't big enough. The basement is huge and has tons of storage too. What a waste.

0-HotHead-0 said...

John Boy said:

Which "helper" gets to cut the grass?
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That would be Jon the "babysitter" lol

I can tell you this it certainly won't be Miss Kate.

Four said...

No Kids in the Kitchen said:

Kate maybe wrong the way she goes about getting the kids out of the kitchen. Look what happened - a GLASS stove exploded. Doesn't matter why it did. Accidents happen.

When my father was a child, he was left unsupervised in a kitchen. Something exploded on top of the stove and my father was left blind for life. Kids and pets don't belong in the kitchen during cooking.

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But Kate had no problem expecting the twins to use the oven when they were "mom" for the day.

Inconsistant

Ava said...

"Kate anticipates that frustrations and noise will go away in the new house. Um, yeah, we'll see how that works out for ya. Kind of like those people who think a baby will improve their marriage, or just as soon as they get that promotion their children will respect them, or they just need to get this or that person elected and their financial problems will disappear. Doesn't usually work that way."

I could not agree with that paragraph anymore then I currently do. Sadly for Kate, this house is not going to make her kids love her any better, or help her marriage, Jon jsut going to have somewhere to hide form her in the woods where she'll never find him. All of that space is just helping that annoying yell of hers echo. In the words of my brother who has seen the show a handful of times, "What a b****!"

ThreeFarmers said...

Which "helper" gets to cut the grass?
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That would be Jon the "babysitter" lol

I can tell you this it certainly won't be Miss Kate.



Mounting that white plastic chair on a blade deck might be something worth seeing.

LisaH said...

Ava said... Sadly for Kate, this house is not going to make her kids love her any better, or help her marriage, Jon jsut going to have somewhere to hide form her in the woods where she'll never find him. All of that space is just helping that annoying yell of hers echo. In the words of my brother who has seen the show a handful of times, "What a b****!"
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Yay for Jon hiding in the woods!!! LOL.

Sadly though, I have often wondered about how the kids will view their parents when they are older. I mean when they look back, they will have memories of a father who played with them and a mother who just sat around directing them to do this and that. And the cleaining illness of Kate's has already affected the boys as far as one or two of them getting upset if they get dirt on themselves. That's not normal for little boys. At least they will remember that Dad didn't care if they got dirty. Dad got dirty with them.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not making Jon out to be a saint because he is a co-conspiritor in this whole exploitation as well. But out of the two of them, he seems to be the more normal of the two parents.

ThreeFarmers said...

Don't get me wrong, I'm not making Jon out to be a saint because he is a co-conspiritor in this whole exploitation as well. But out of the two of them, he seems to be the more normal of the two parents.

What I find frightening about Jon (and this could, perhaps, say more about him than all the footage we've seen on him combined) is the FACT that one day he looked at Kate and decided that this was the girl for him and that he'd rather marry her than let her get away.

3rd Rock From The Sun said...

ThreeFarmers,
I don't think that Jon really knew what Kate was like, till they lived together as husband and wife. You know, the old saying "You don't know what someone is like, till you live with them."
Then all the kids came real fast. First the twins, then the tups. But now, he's probably wishing that he never met Kate. You can tell by their body language, that there is no real love between them. They sit as far apart as they can in the couch talk. Jon just doesn't look happy. As sure as the sun rises in the sky everyday, I bet you, that their marriage won't last.

Jeanette said...

ThreeFarmers said...
Don't get me wrong, I'm not making Jon out to be a saint because he is a co-conspiritor in this whole exploitation as well. But out of the two of them, he seems to be the more normal of the two parents.
What I find frightening about Jon (and this could, perhaps, say more about him than all the footage we've seen on him combined) is the FACT that one day he looked at Kate and decided that this was the girl for him and that he'd rather marry her than let her get away.

Yes, 3F, a total lack of judgment. He was only 20 years old when he met her and 22 when he married her. If he could not figure out WHAT she actually was in a two-year period, then that does say pretty much everything we need to know about his judgment - or rather, lack of it.

Cheri said...

But Kate had no problem expecting the twins to use the oven when they were "mom" for the day.

Inconsistant

1/08/2009 5:56 PM
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I remember seeing Jon operate the oven for them? Am I wrong? My eyes playing tricks on me?

MattRoloffisHOT said...

John Boy said:

That new house they just purchased doesn't impress me near as much as the sheer vastness of the land that it sits on.

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Me too. The house looks like any that are here in my town. So, when I see everyone write McMansion, it makes me think you all haven't purchased a piece of property lately. Clearly the money is for the land, not the house.

Harriet said...

Hey, Mattroloffishot (are your sure about that?) where do you live that the average house in your town is 6200 square feet with a three car garage with an 800 square foot apartment above it, and has a stable also. I'm getting ready to move and I'd like to check it out.

shawna said...

There is a lot of talk about when this episode was filmed. If you watch the episode when Cara and Mady are mommies for a day you can tell by the oven. The oven they are using to cook "Kate's (the personal chef) chicken, cheese and french bread" lunch is the new stove. Her hair also has that "waterfall bang" thing going on. Soup and Surprise WAS filmed earlier.

Snerk said...

NOW we know why the stove was such a mystery. Didn't Jon have an issue with turning on the oven?

Punkinbugg said...

I fix this Gramma Soup about once a week, and I don't care if my kids or husband are in the kitchen:

1 pkg stew meat (1.5-2lbs)
2 TBSP vegetable oil
1 TBSP flour
1 gallon Ziplok or plastic grocery bag
1 box of beef broth
1 large can diced tomatoes
4-5 med potatoes, peeled, diced
1 large onion, diced
3-4 celery stalks, peeled chopped
3-4 carrots, peeled chopped
1 bay leaf
2 sprigs thyme
salt and pepper to taste
1 C elbow macaroni

Toss stewmeat, flour, salt and pepper in a gallon size Ziplok bag.

In large stewpot, heat oil over med. heat, add onion and cook until translucent.

Add floured meat and brown on all sides, scraping bottom of pot.

Add broth and all other ingredients, cover and bring to a boil for 15 min.

Reduce heat to simmer, cover for at least 3 hours, stirring occasionally. Add water if necessary to keep 1-2" over all.

GO OUT AND PLAY WITH YOUR KIDS and THEIR PLAY-DOH.

Soup is done when meat is very tender (cook past the rubbery stage), and potatoes are fork-tender. Remove bay leaf. Salt and pepper to taste.

In a separate pan, boil water (add some of the broth for flavor) and cook macaroni. Add DRAINED, cooked macaroni to soup and serve with a pan of cornbread.

MsPeabody said...

Terra said...
Coincidentally, my mom made soup right before this episode was on. It took her 15 minutes of prep and then two hours of largely unattended simmering for her to make a giant pot of it. Soup is not difficult to make.


No, soup isn't hard to make. I love making soup especially on a cold day, because it is so easy to put everyhing together in a big pot and let it simmer while we all just chill out together. Kate just generates chaos in just about every situation she is in.

MsPeabody said...

DogTrainor said...
In light of Kate's Rainman-esque meltdowns when faced with a mess, I cannot fathom how the woman survived being a nurse. I think she was a maternity ward nurse or something. I wonder if she screamed at the newborns and mothers to stop being so messy.


I've wondered the same things.

Four said...

I said:
But Kate had no problem expecting the twins to use the oven when they were "mom" for the day.

Inconsistant

1/08/2009 5:56 PM
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Then Cheri said:
I remember seeing Jon operate the oven for them? Am I wrong? My eyes playing tricks on me?

1/08/2009 9:01 PM
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I then replied:

If the claim was (and I think this is what I was responding to) that children should NOT be in the kitchen around the stove when it's on....then expecting them to prepare the dish and put it in the hot oven(and take it out) would seem inconsistent, regardless of who turned it on.

And yes, we did see Jon turn the stove on, and I swear I saw Kate turn it off and then back on claiming that it hadn't been on.

But the thing about the stove...most normal, typical families are not able to replace a broken stove (or repair it) in the same day. Just saying.

BostonBean said...

A few thoughts:
a. The new huge yard definitely needs a professional company to mow, trim and nowplow.
b. If they make use of the "farm" land and have anything like horses...that's more work.
c. How can anyone try to make a lame episode out of an "annual" soup-making day. If the soup makes up 5 or 6 batches, how can that be an "annual" event?
d. Jon & Kate will revel in their new house until a couple of seasons cause them to realize that they can't keep up such a property on their own--at all. The viewership will disintegrate...the "books" will sit on store shelves, and alas, they will be faced with their own awful reality. There will be no place to go after that. Maybe to divorce court.
e. Everyone worries about those kids viewing what people write, along with viewing episodes. First, they will resent both parents for their horrible childhood memories. Next, after seeing what they did and what people have said about them (the parents) the kids will be soooooo humiliated about their upbringing.
Yes, I hope they stick together and fid comfort in one another. I think they will...just like survivors of some catastrophic event. Only they understand how the other feels.

VB Mom of 2 Boys said...

Great recap. The whole soup/stove thing was a bit much. It seemed like it was just an excuse to get everyone around the table so that they could announce their big news.

The thing with the stove that bothered me was the distance between the microwave and the top of the soup pot. They seemed to be cutting it close and I can't wonder if it was a safety thing to have the microwave so close to the top of the soup pot.

Andy Fan said...

Who's going to be the lucky "helper" that gets to walk to the mailbox every day?

Bet Kate gets a Segway.

konspiracytheory said...

Who's going to be the lucky "helper" that gets to walk to the mailbox every day?

Bet Kate gets a Segway.

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Thanks Andy Fan - LOL at the mental image that brought up!

Cheri said...

Four said..

But the thing about the stove...most normal, typical families are not able to replace a broken stove (or repair it) in the same day. Just saying.

1/09/2009 4:21 AM
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Most normal, typical families find a way to fix them, either use their warranties (because they were smart to use it) or save up to get it fixed, or use installment plans to pay for repair.

Most normal famlies don't complain about it.

Dew said...

The most telling thing about this episode was not that Kate "died" because her stove broke and now she has to pay for a new one, or pay for a new part, or go through the hassle of it all, worry about how on earth they will pay for it when they have 8 mouths to feed, but that she almost "died" because the stove might have been a little off for the space it goes into. Just a normal family living their lives? I don't think so.

"The thing with the stove that bothered me was the distance between the microwave and the top of the soup pot. They seemed to be cutting it close and I can't wonder if it was a safety thing to have the microwave so close to the top of the soup pot."

I noticed that, too. I couldn't tell if it was a very tall pot or a low microwave. Steam for a hot pot like that could easily warp the microwave buttons. But why am I worried, Kate can just get a new microwave, the same day probably.

Mom's Stove said...

I re-watched this episode last night on my Tivo/DVR. There was a comment that bothered me, so I caved & watched it.

Stove Story:
Kate says "over the weekend I was...blah, blah, blah...and the stove top exploded". "So today we are having a new stove delivered".

Here is my input -
1) most stoves are under warrenty, however if you don't follow the instructions (like don't put hot lids on the cold top) the warrenty doesn't apply.
2) my mom had the same stove that Kate had & she dropped a pot on it from above & but a big hole in it. She found out it was just as expensive to buy a new one, as it was to replace the top...AND that she couldn't even use the oven part while it was broken, too dangerous.
3) most places that sell stoves can deliver the next day.

So...if Kate broke her stove over the weekend and went and bought a new stove, it is totally plausable for her to have had it by filming day. If the twins were at school then this was at least a Monday. Totally do-able.

I'm not trying to defend Kate at all - I just can't stand the inconsistancy & the snippy comments back and forth.

Petunia said...

I just can't stand the inconsistancy & the snippy comments back and forth. What inconsistencies and snippy comments? I must be reading the wrong thread. And I swore she said this morning because she was starting the project when she set the hot lid down on the cold cook top and it EXPLODED! Such a drama queen. Anyway it put a halt in the soup prep and while waiting for the replacement her simmering time got pushed back to noon or so, whatever, so she says the soup won't be ready for dinner. (I know she tried to get Jonboy to put the kiddies to bed on the dress up night at like 6:30 but what time is dinner? 3?) She totally makes it sound like the exploding cook top and annual soup marathon happened in the same day.
And that annual bit cracks me up. Really, annual? Why wouldn't she be making soups at other times of the year? It's great for turkey carcasses, big left over beef bones, which she must have since she got those sides of beef for free. And again it's an easy meal. I just don't understand Ms. Queen Bee of the Frugal Moms, as advertised by The Grain Foundation and P&G, yet she seems to be clueless about money saving cooking, never mind proper food storage and defrosting. I'm seeing another day or two of kiddies with major GI events going on in 24 hours after Katie dearests serves them left out on the counter to defrost dinner. Urp.

Addison said...

I didn't see it. What is in "Old Grandma Soup?" Chunks of grandma?

Andy Fan said...

Punkinbugg - Thanks for the recipe!

Tangerine Tanya said...

Something intereting here. When I saw the footage of J/K when they were dating I think that she said something to the tune of "When we woke up etc.....So I assume that they were "sleeping together" Yet when one of the girl tups said I want to sleep with the boys (meaning in the boys room) Kate bellows out something like "You dont sleep with boys...not until your married"....Kinda confusing....

Colorado Cutie said...

Remember when Kate was so sick at the rental house in Utah? How would she have liked it to be drug out to go pick out beds? Oh wait a moment.She didnt go with Jon and all 8 kiddos to go skiing but then suddenly got the energy to go to the spa. How convient Katie.

Phyllis said...

Exhausted: Truth's post made me think: besides Jodi and her parents, is Kate really isolated from every single family member? She mentions two sisters in the book.

If I remember all this correctly, Kate has three sisters (and the one brother, Kevin), Kendra, Christen (or Kristen), and Clairissa. I think Kate stopped speaking to Clairissa when Clairissa sided with their parents after the tups were born, per Clairissa's blog. I think it was Kendra's husband who helped Jon paint the twins' bedroom in one episode. I don't know about Christen. Which sister was left out of the book?

my9cats said...

Tangerine Tanya said...
Something intereting here. When I saw the footage of J/K when they were dating I think that she said something to the tune of "When we woke up etc.....So I assume that they were "sleeping together" Yet when one of the girl tups said I want to sleep with the boys (meaning in the boys room) Kate bellows out something like "You dont sleep with boys...not until your married"....Kinda confusing....

1/09/2009 10:43 PM

Sounds like our Kate is trying to cover up or ignore a wild past by becoming a professional virgin and "ultra" religious. Kind of hard when it's been plastered on TV. Don't the kids watch this tripe over and over?

Four said...

Mom's Stove said:

(after a fine recap of what went down)

So...if Kate broke her stove over the weekend and went and bought a new stove, it is totally plausable for her to have had it by filming day. If the twins were at school then this was at least a Monday. Totally do-able.

I'm not trying to defend Kate at all - I just can't stand the inconsistancy & the snippy comments back and forth.

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Snippy comments?

But seriously, the whole beginning of the episode (and I only watched that bit before I turned the channel) featured a frantic Kate who was prepping for soup. If they knew the stove was broken and knew when the replacement was coming, why not...PLAN AHEAD and film on another day? But then we get into the whole, staged/not staged debate.

Mom's Stove, sorry you had to watch the episode. And I'm serious. There is some snippet of the Hawaii fiasco that I would like to see with my own eyes (I just find it incredible that a mother would say to her child "I don't want you now") but I don't want to wade through the whole episode. I can't really watch the show anymore. It's too.....icky.

Amy said...

I finally watched the show last night. What got me was the interview couch part. Other posters have speculated that Kate was "on something" that made her mellower. I don't disagree. But something else jumped out for me. When Jon was describing playing PlayDooh with the children and the fake bugger he made Kate's reaction was "you need to set an example. You're the adult" or something along those lines; then she covered her eyes with her hands. I'm wondering that with her solo travels for guest appearances, etc. she is encountering adult males who are different than Jon. So here's my thought..do you think she feels married beneath herself and she wants to trade up? After all, she isn't interested in the children (except Hannah) but enjoys the lifestyle she's become used to.

Tammy H. said...

I found a bunch of Kate's recipes..Monkey Munch..and here is Grandma's Soup:

1 Soup bone w/meat
1 Onion; chopped
3 Carrots; sliced
3 Potatoes
5 Stalks of celery

Green beans

Corn
1 can (large) Tomatoes
1 Handful Barley or alphabet macaroni
3 Bay leaves

Salt

Boil soup bone in water enough to cover for 1 1/2 to 2 hours - until meat comes off bone easily. Remove bone - when cool enough - remove meat and cut fine. Return meat to stock - add onion, carrots potatoes celery, greenbeans, corn (not creamed) and tomatoesand bayleaves - add more water if needed - cook on a low fire after first coming to a boil. After 1 hour stir in barley or macaroni - cook another 1/2 to 1 hour - stir often as the barley will stick to pan and burns.

Tammy H. said...

As far as I am concerned, there is no need to buy her cookbook, when I have already found most of the main recipes she has cooked (and Jon, too). If people are interested, post here and I will post them...I found the recipes for:

Monkey Munch
Peanut Butter Playdough
Sticky Buns
Tomato-Onion Salad Recipe
Korean Beef Bulgogi Recipe
Kate's Meatloaf (Mine's better!!)
Grandma Vegetable Soup (my mamaw's had a lot more stuff in it)

I posted the recipe for Grandma's vegetable soup earlier, but it's not posted yet, I know the mods are super busy, so it may be up soon! ;)

timetogokon said...

As far as I am concerned, there is no need to buy her cookbook, when I have already found most of the main recipes she has cooked (and Jon, too). If people are interested, post here and I will post them...I found the recipes for:

Monkey Munch
Peanut Butter Playdough
Sticky Buns
Tomato-Onion Salad Recipe
Korean Beef Bulgogi Recipe
Kate's Meatloaf (Mine's better!!)
Grandma Vegetable Soup (my mamaw's had a lot more stuff in it)
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Monkey Munch is also known as Puppy Chow and can be found on the cereal's website.

I am Korean so I think I can handle the Beef Bulgogi.

Kate's Meatloaf - I think I can look in ANY cookbook from the last century and find one more inventive than the one she made on the GMA segment.

My son's pre-k makes edible play dough all the time. (though, not peanut butter since there are too many kids with allergies)

So Kate, where did you get all of your recipes that you are promoting as your own ?

On a related note: in one of the other current threads on this site, several posters commented about how Kate is suggesting to "let the kids help clip coupons, let them keep a percentage of the savings, etc, etc". She blatantly STOLE this idea from a gentleman who posted this suggestion in USA Today back in August and presented it as her own budget tip.

Kate does not have an ounce of integrity or honesty in her body. I am dumbounded that there are still so many who refuse to see the truth about her.

timetogokon said...

Just to clarify:

any snarkiness in my post was directed at Kate , not you, Tammy H!!

LisaH said...

I made beef stew today in my crockpot. Took me all of 20 minutes to prepare everything and throw it in the pot. My husband helped with the beef and not once did I screech at him to get out of my kitchen. I appreciated his help.

That is what is important in life, Kate, the little things like a husband and wife preparing a meal together, then enjoying it together. Not new stoves, new houses, free clothing etc...

ImpossibleMe said...

.do you think she feels married beneath herself and she wants to trade up?

Nope. While you make a good point, that she might want to trade up... she won't. I think that she's a person, for better or worse, who lives for ideals.Her ideal is a family who stays together. It's huge one for her, if not THE one. Jon shares it. I think this is the glue that holds them together. They may not be doing it as joyfully as they could be, but they are certainly both intent on raising those kids safely and in good health.

goawayjandk said...

Nope. While you make a good point, that she might want to trade up... she won't. I think that she's a person, for better or worse, who lives for ideals.Her ideal is a family who stays together. It's huge one for her, if not THE one. Jon shares it. I think this is the glue that holds them together. They may not be doing it as joyfully as they could be, but they are certainly both intent on raising those kids safely and in good health.
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If her ideal is a family should stay together, why has she cut ties with EVERY SINGLE family member of their extended families ?

And I have to disagree with the statement that they are "intent on raising safely and in good health". There are too many examples to disprove this statement.

chick said...

I have to say, a lot of the time when I read comments on a show, or comments on a recap, I later watch the show and think, "OK, it wasn't THAT horrifically horrendous. Little bit of an overreaction GWoP'ers!"

This episode? Was WORSE than what I thought it would be after reading everyone's comments.

Kate is going to end up a lonely old woman, with no one to berate, belittle, or scream at except her visiting nurses. And Jon.

What a screechy, nasty Beeyotch she is - and she'd be that bad or worse, if they weren't on TV, so I bet when the show gets dropped it'll be all the kids fault, or Jon's fault, and she'll literally insult and snark at all nine of them until they do whatever they can to spend time NOT at their home.

Blah.

RuthinVA said...

Timetogokon:
You know someone else told Kate about the article in USA Today, I doubt Kate reads a newspaper. She might have googled coupons. Her interest do not lie with anyone or anything but herself. She would use that newspaper time scouting out the internet, seeing what is being said about her.

Impossibleme:

Kate would drop Jon if financially possible in a New York minute. If she has any ideals they sure go by the wayside when it comes to how to treat people. Kate is out for Kate, as we have seen and noone better step in her way. When she left him I am sure that would be part of God's plan too. God is an excuse or justification for Kate just like her OCD.

GrammyPie said...

I find it difficult to believe that the tups help cut out coupons. Kate explained in one episode not long ago, that they were not adept at using scissors, because she had not allowed them to use them much. Lordy be that woman needs to review her shows before she opens her pie-hole.

Tybee said...

Saw last night's episode and one other I think. I have seen this show occasionally but haven't seen them all. Therefore, I think I am not as informed as others.

As to the comment about getting a new stove, I don't think that is any big deal. I would go right away and get a new one if mine broke. Also, there is credit so maybe that is a way.

I would also ABSOLUTELY purchase the bouncy thing. The exercise level and interest level for 6 kids is too good to pass up. Good investment.

Jon was cool with the play-doh booger. Way to go.

Sorry to say, I do know women who like things to be just so and are rude to their husbands. She doesn't strike me as particulary odd.

I live in their general area, more or less, so I am familiar with somethings. I too have seen Thomas at the Strasburg Railroad. I think it was unfortunate that Kate demeaned the tour guide's explanation of the history of the railroad car. If he watched the episode, he may have felt embarrased by the comment. Aside from that, I think they did well with the kids that day.

I think overall they do an okay job. None of us do a great job, myself included. I will continue to watch when I find it and watch more carefully!

love this blog.

marypoppins said...

I think the kids were promted to ask their questions. When ALexis or Leah asks about how big the house is, you can see that she looks pleased with herself for getting it correct.

I though maddy or cara might have asked a quesitons as to where the house was,or would they have to change schools.

kate looks extremely bored.What is with the feet on the table.

Kate was way more excited about Jon asking her in a previous episode " how can I help you" than she was about moving into a new home.

marypoppins said...

OK so Alexis has been separated from her sisters because she distubs them at night??

I think at this age she is old enough for her parents to reason and explain to her why her behaviour is not aceptable.( whatever the reason)
I bet suppernanny would have the situation under contol in one night

Dew said...

"I would also ABSOLUTELY purchase the bouncy thing. The exercise level and interest level for 6 kids is too good to pass up. Good investment."

I have to disagree, a blow up bouncy toy at an outrageous $250 bucks that will immediately depreciate the moment you take it off the lot and that teaches kids you need 250 dollars in equipment in order to have fun and exercise is not a good investment whatsoever. Moreover, you have to also buy some kind of electric air pump and spend money on utilities to both inflate and deflate it, unless you plan to hyperventilate blowing this up with your own hot air. It has to be torn down often, you can't leave it in the yard all winter. And what do you do when it gets a hole in it and deflates? On top of this all, it's an eyesore for your nice neighbors. You don't set up an amusement park in your own backyard or your kids will never have anything to look forward to at birthday parties, trips to Six Flags and other special occasions. This is a toy that spoils kids, plain and simple.

Tammy H. said...

To: timetogokon
I should of said the same thing you did. These aren't like secret recipes that we all can't get and it's not like they are super special anyway, I just would hate for someone to spend even $10 on a book Kate supposedly wrote that consists of "her" recipes!
We should of all known something was up, when Jon was cooking for the kids "his special family recipe" and during the interview part, he began to tell what was in the recipe, and Kate told him to hush and keep it a secret, because it was "ancient family recipe". Whatever! She wanted to save it for "her" cookbook! Which after I went over the recipes, most of them seem pretty bland, but what else can we expect when the kids eat blocks of cheese, grapes, crackers and cheese doodles for lunch...IMO!

June C said...

PKD-in-Illinois said...

I'm just not into them anymore ... if I wanted to watch a 30 minute show of someone trying to sell me crap, I'd turn on QVC.
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Okay PKD, lets not insult other shows on this website that have nothing to do with Jon and Kate. A lot of us do not think QVC sells "crap"

Dew said...

Well I think if Kate tries to include Puppy Chow or Muddy Buddies or whatever she calls it, she is going to be sued by Chex Cereal (Nabisco?), given they've had this receipe on the side of their box since Kate was a child herself.

homeschoolin'mom said...

I'm chiming in a little late here on this episode, but I guess I missed the memo:

Were we all supposed to run out and buy the Play-doh this week or the stove? I need to know, because I certainly can't afford to buy both!

Mandy said...

I apologize is this has already been addressed but I didn't have time to read thru every comment. But the bouncy thing that the kids have was shown in an earlier episode, I think from an earlier season. Back before they seemed to advertise all kinds of products on their show. Jon also mentioned them using it in the garage during the winters, so it sounds like they've had it for a long time. I'm kinda hoping that it means that it wasn't actually an ad for the product, but who knows.
I am really sick of all the plugs for stuff that we see on the show now. I'd like to think that maybe some things aren't. Maybe that's wishful thinking tho.

Misty06 said...

It was surprising to hear that Alexis again will be separated from her sisters in the new house. Why would they allienate one girl? I'm sure all boys will be together! It will just create tensions between girls in the future.

Generally I think parents vcreated that label for Alexis that she is "crazy child", because she has a loud voice and because she expresses herself. And now they don't want to see that children grow, and that a loud infant becomes a regular child. I think that Alexis is like discriminated in the family. Kate seems to like Hannah a lot, but I would be more scared to have that shy kid, who tends to do laundry, than some loud and expressive child.

TLCtotallylost&clueless said...

You guys know why she is filming the cooking segments.. Can you say new cookbook.. All the little girls begging their mommy's for the new cookbook Kate will taut soon. Come on can't you smell the organic chicken soup?

Crablady said...

Tammy H, I hope you will post the recipe for Kate gosselin's Homemade chicken noodle soup from Soup and suprise

Crablady said...

I have another recipe I hope you can find it was from when the Twins play Mommy from Jon & Kate plus 8,it was Hollowed out Bread with Chicken on top ,Maranaria sauce and slice cheese,I hope you can find it and post it. Sincerely.