The Big Move Recap

Commissioned from k8 is gr8.


The moderators at Gosselins Without Pity asked me to do a recap this week, “in the interests of fairness.” It’s about time, I say. Time to set you guys str8 about K8!

First, let me say that you guys are nothing but a bunch of jealous h8ters! The reason why you don’t like Kate Gosselin is because you want her life! You know, the great husband, all of those adorable kids, all of the kewl FREE stuff and now that beautiful HUGE house. I don’t see any of you getting your own television show, right? Didja ever ask yourselves why that might be?

I want to be just like Kate. I think she is everything a woman should be. I mean, think about it. She looks great, for one. I wish that I had the money in this terrible economy to go to a spa, to get my teeth whitened, to have Botox. Unfortunately, my husband and I both lost our jobs three months ago at DHL, so money is pretty tight. It’s not like I can go to Dear Hubby and say, “Hey, give me a couple of hundred for Botox shots.” We’re just trying to keep our oldest boy in college and make our mortgage payments! LOL.

One thing that I could do is get a haircut just like Kate’s. The only problem was, the girl at the Supercuts claimed she didn’t know what I was talking about. Can you imagine, a hairstylist who is supposed to be on the cutting edge of fashion, not knowing who America’s #1 Supermom is? That would be like saying you don’t know who Julia Roberts is! Kate Gosselin is a huge celebrity!It turned out okay, though, because the manager came over to my sourpuss hairstylist and whispered, “Remember the dude from A Flock Of Seagulls back in the day?” I didn’t know what that meant, but it must have been a magic phrase or something, because I wound up with Kate’s signature haircut! I’ll tell you, I had to go into town later on that day to fight for more unemployment benefits from the state, but I looked GREAT doing it!

Right. The recap. I’m not sure where to begin, exactly. As you bunch of jealous haters already know, Jon and Kate and the kids have a super new house! And you know what? They deserve it for working so hard to be America’s #1 Family Of Two Sets Of Multiples! The credits roll, and Kate assures us that it is “are life.” It’s so cute, the way that she says it. And you know what? She’s right. Her life IS “are life.” As Jon and Kate would say themselves, it’s through the magic of television! The Gosselins belong to all of us. We know more about their lives sometimes than we know about our friends and families! I mean, I’ve never seen little Bryson across the street take a poopy in the potty, and he’s four, but I have seen Joel, Aaden, and Hannah do it! We all even saw little Collin have a doody bubble pulled out of his little heinie. Magic moments like these make me feel like I really, really know the Gosselin gang!

Moving day! It’s hectic, especially with Kate in Los Angeles on business. I wonder how many celebrities she met. I’ll bet a bunch wanted to meet HER, America’s Supermom of Twins and Tups! I wonder if she got any spa treatments in L.A. I read about the spas in California all of the time in the gossip magazines as I check out at the Aldi. Kate used to shop at Aldi, you know. That’s why I switched over from Safeway. Anyway, for you meanies who say that it is BAD for the Gosselin kids to have the cameras in their house, just look at how those kids interact with the camera and sound guys! And if you ask me, Jon and Kate are both lucky, being that they are so busy and all, to have built-in babysitters like that! No one is going to let a kid get hurt if the cameras are rolling, right?

Things are getting pretty wild in the basement, with kids crawling over boxes and Alexis wanting the cameraman to watch television with her. That Alexis is so darned cute. She could be a kid model, or do pageants. I’ll bet that she doesn’t because she is a disturber. I hear that pageants don’t like disturbers! Alexis would have to score highly in swimsuit and eveningwear in order to overcome her low scores for being so naughty. Judges notice stuff like that.Time for Daddy Gosselin to lay down the law with the kids, as any Christian father would do. Jon yells at the children to “get down here NOW,” and that “we don’t slam doors at all!” He really hollers at the children at play. It makes perfect sense to me, why he shouts. You have six active four year olds, you have to scream at them on your lungs using your most hateful voice in order to get them to listen!

Well, as I told you guys, our family might be moving soon. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t be to a beautiful mansion on farmland, like Kate. More like, to my sister’s house in Nashville! LOL. Well, she did say that Fed Ex might be hiring this summer. Let me be the first to tell you that I really appreciated all of Jon and Kate’s packing and moving tips. So much so, that I jotted their words of wisdom down, word for word:“You don’t have to take everything in your house with you.” Boxes should be “precisely labeled,” “coded, with stickers, and marked.”“The beauty of moving: just pitch your trash. Doesn’t matter anymore.” Jon also helpfully spent several minutes giving a detailed description of how to place packed boxes in the garage and various rooms. It looked to me like those Gosselins had an awful lot of stuff to pack. I know you guys will “snark” on Jon’s advice, but I am grateful. When we moved into our current house back in 1986, we just shoved things into sacks, if at all, and just put stuff in the rooms willy-nilly. We’re still finding stuff here and there in our rooms about the Challenger disaster!

Alexis is nicknamed “Sassy,” but that’s what I secretly call Kate. Her sense of comic timing, her wry asides to the camera, her complete and total exasperation with her wacky husband (a comedian in his own right!), all of it adds up to One Sassy Mama. One Sassy Mama Of America’s Favorite Twins And Tups, that is! Here are a couple of her gems while dealing with The Goofier Sex: “Work, men! Work!” Meanwhile, there she stands, looking like a celebrity! LOL!“I got to tell men what to do.” You GO, girl! LOL! Now here is the most hilarious part of the episode: did you guys see the LOOK Jon gives his wife when she said that last bit? It was priceless!

You know, it reminded me of our old friends Ed and Carol. Ed used to give Carol looks like that when she talked, and we all used to laugh and laugh. It was funny, to watch married couples act that way! I mean, three thousand episodes of Hee Haw can’t be wrong, right? And remind me to give Carol a call. I hear she’s taken up drinking since the divorce.

One thing is for sure: Kate likes things CLEAN. She gets very upset with the prior owners of their beautiful big huge new house for not cleaning under their deep freezer. I don’t blame Kate for that. When our freezer broke last year, we had to have my husband and his work buddy haul it away because the food spoiled and we couldn’t afford a new one. Let me tell you, there was a real mess under there! Guess I’d been too busy working full time and raising my kids to think about that kind of dirt. It makes me admire Kate even more, that she could have all of those kids and remember it! The kids run and play on their new farmland, and it was so nice to see. You could tell that the camera and sound guys really enjoyed supervising the Gosselin tups. Pretty sweet job, if you ask me! After all, Kate and Jon were busy in the huge new house, installing essentials like fancy new shower heads, and supervising the cleaning crew that the camera didn’t exactly show. And wasn’t it funny when Jon did that Asian-type voice when he said, “massage showerhead” in the interview? I laughed and laughed. After all, it isn’t racism if you are part Asian yourself!

Now we get to what you bunch of jealous meanies call “Coupongate.” Well, who doesn’t use coupons in this tough economy? I know that I sure do. I had one the other day for Hamburger Helper and I bought as much as I could. Good thing that Hamburger Helper comes in so many flavors, or I would have a grouchy husband like Jon for sure (remember how grouchy Jon got when he was shelling seafood for the tups and twins at the beach house? LOL!). Here is my own household moneysaving tip, in case Jon and Kate are reading this: to stretch your family’s dollar, you can make Hamburger Helper with a can of kidney beans! That’s what we have been doing for the last month or so!

Kate, always one to mindful of the family budget while keeping up with current trends, tells all of us what I suspected all along: “I never, ever shop and buy items unless I have a coupon for each item.” One thing that I would love to know is, where did she get the coupons for those cute trendy tops she is wearing, like the one with the peace symbol, and the one that says, “Living the dream”? TLC, can you help us out here? I could use a couple of dreams to live right now. I know a lot of people who feel the same way.

Jon, goofy clueless man of a husband that he is, apparently bought some new showerheads for the brand-new huge beautiful house while he was out taking the tups to preschool. And you know men; no coupon, despite the fact that Kate has laid down family rules about using them! Kate gets very angry with Jon about this, and then tells the camera, “I’m gonna shoot him.” I laughed and laughed, as it was very funny, but then I thought of something: if Kate actually DID shoot Jon, she could totally get her own episode of Snapped!

I can’t really do what happens next any justice, so I will just let the words of America’s #1 All-Time Favorite Mom speak for themselves. They were so funny, I wrote them down word for word:“Give me the receipt, right now!” (You GO, girl!)“We don’t buy things unless we have a coupon! Period, end of story!”“You let that man out of the house, and that’s what happens!”“Tell me where the receipt is!”“You’re not buying anything anymore!”“Annoying, annoying, beyond annoying!”“What is the rule about receipts?”“I was infuriated.”

Here was the best part of Coupongate: Alexis was right there, in the background, hearing the whole thing. You know, Kate really is a wonderful mother. She knows that you can never start training girls soon enough to be loving, Christian wives to their husbands. Kate is such a wonderful example of married motherhood. America’s #1 Super Mega Multiples Mom, that is!

Well, I had better wrap this up. Dear Hubby is heading home from looking for work. He sounded discouraged. Too bad he refuses to watch this show, as it’s Pure Sunshine, compliments of the magic of television. No, he doesn’t seem to like Kate Gosselin much. In fact, I have heard him say some things about her that made me think he has been hanging out at Gosselins Without Pity! LOL.

My hope is that one day I can meet Kate Gosselin. I’ll get my ‘do done just like hers, and tell her that it’s my dream to someday have another daughter, who I will name “Keight”! Just for her, of course. I’m sure Kate will love it.

Until then, I’m off to find some coupons for that “Living The Dream” shirt.

154 comments:

meredith said...

Please tell me you are joking about your "love" for kate.

Jaimethe5th said...

Now THIS is pure comic genius. !!! Thank you. Now I know I made the right decision by not watching!
Oh w8----I'm just "jelus."
LOL!

MomOf3AndLovingIt said...

Thanks for making me laugh out loud!
Nice job!

Mikemom said...

Maggie, Im sorry to hear about your hard times, and its good you still have your sense of humor with all that is going on. Your recap was awesome..Love the snapped comment!!

Carolina said...

I read this entire post in a deep Minnesota accent and have been laughing my tail off for a good five minutes now

thank you so much for this!

pjk said...

Pure genius! I laughed out loud. Which is rare for me whilst sitting alone in front of my computer.

I have laughed at KON in derision a few times...but that is different.

What a great name - "Keight"

AnneMarie said...

OH I had Garrison Keillor in my head the whole time ! WTG !!!

lisak said...

You had me fooled there for a second. I loved it!

Wouldn't You Like To Be A Hater Too? said...

doody bubble???????

I laughed so hard I had a doody bubble of my own to deal with.

irateb/cofkate said...

OMG that will soon be the new name of the trainwreck! KEIGHT!

Moi said...

Oh man, that was funny! Thanks for the laugh.

gidget said...

I wonder if she took the light bulbs from the sockets and the partly used toilet paper rolls from the old house, cuz, you know, that stuff is REALLY expensive to replace ...
Or maybe she left them so the sheeple who buy the new place can list them on Ebay - "Rare item, partly used roll of bum wad as used on the Tups."

jill said...

Awesome!

I really hope TLC reads this!!!!

Stef said...

That was awesomely awesome! Don't let the h8ers drag you down, Maggie! ;-)

aimee said...

Excellent job of parroting the J&K lovers. I was laughing, and cringing at the same time. Good on ya.

But can I take a minute to address these people who shout "jealous!" every time someone objects to the Gosselin clan? I don't get it. What on EARTH does that family have that I want?

I find the idea of having 8 children absolutely appalling. Truly. The idea of twins? Repugnant. Sextuplets? The very idea brings me close to fainting. I don't want 8 children, even if they are healthy as horses. I've been a preschool teacher, I'm done with large groups of kids. I don't care how cute they are. I'm not knocking those who do, I'm just not one of ya. I think the kids are kinda cute, but whatever you do, don't drop them on my doorstep. And yes, that means I won't be taking any measures to grow my own.

I have PCOS and have conceived on my own without any medical intervention. I am not jealous of Kate's infertility treatments that got her chocked full of baby. I wanted two pregnancies, I got two pregnancies. Maybe Kate should be jealous of me?!

I'm a private person. I don't want my life being televised for anyone who chooses to tune in. I don't even leave my curtains open for fear of passersby peeking in. I'm not jealous of the fact they've got their own TV show because I sure as heck wouldn't want one of my own.

I don't care for bright lights. I use low watt light bulbs that are barely bright enough to read by. Spending time under bright lights is torture for me. Living in a home equipped with studio lights would drive me insane, even if I only had to live under them for a few days a week.

I've never had nor do I see myself having cosmetic surgery. I shy away from NECESSARY surgery, I certainly won't opt for elective surgery to improve my appearance. An angel could come out of the sky and offer me cosmetic surgery at no cost and I'd decline. So I'm not envious of Kate's "improvements." Oh, and I've always taken good care of my teeth and find the occasional whitening treatment from the drugstore is enough to make my teeth a lovely shade of white that doesn't blind people.

I'm CERTAINLY not jealous of their relationship or marriage. I don't find Jon attractive in any way shape or form so Kate is welcome to have him. I don't want him. Nor do I want their relationship that's constantly filled with bickering and belittling and pure ugliness. If either of them were waiting for me in bed at the end of the day - I'd sleep on the floor.

I'm not jealous of Kate's appearance or her free clothes. I've nice clothes of my own and I easily afford salon visits for colour and highlights that actually make my hair look good. Trust me when I say that Kate's got nothin' on me in the looks department.

I'm not jealous of Kate's other fame freebies because I can afford to treat myself to a day at the spa if I so choose without a camera having to follow me there.

I'm not jealous of the bulk of their trips. I would rather stick my tongue in a wall socket than take in any Christian entertainment. I loathe amusement parks. I'm not jealous of the opportunities Kate considers "memory making" because they look like pure torture on TV. I traveled as a child and as an adult - the Gosselin's ain't doin' nothing I haven't done.

I'm not jealous of their home. I'd hate to have that much property to care for, and I'd hate to pay someone to take care of it for me. I am a minimalist and live my life as one. I do not enjoy living in large spaces because it's just more work I don't really want to do. I would also hate to be carrying their mortgage. Yikes. And I would also hate to live out in the middle of nowhere - I am a city girl, always have been, always will be. To me, being stuck out in the boonies with "outbuildings" would be pure agony.

So tell me, people who like to think my issues with Jon and Kate are jealousy - what exactly am I meant to be jealous over? What am I meant to envy? What am I meant to covet?

I'm sorry, but I see nothing here to salivate over...

Marshall and Mary Catherine said...

I wonder if they had a coupon for the house...

Jacqueline K. In Texas said...

My. Just, Oh My. That house really, really worries me. The staircase railing, (that's what? how many feet from the top to bottom? I got a sinking feeling in my stomach when I watched the raining of the socks,) the pool, 'outdoor buildings', woods, etc. And, there won't always be a camera crew to follow them around.

Sarcasm aside, I, like everyone else, have concerns about that glorious McMansion, and the kids safety.

And, just what, prey tell, has Katie Scarlett, er, I mean Gosselin, DONE TO HER FACE? Was she in LA on business, or an extra on Nip/Tuck? On Larry King, she looked really 'Plastic Fantastic'!

In the pics of the old laundry, room, AKA place to stash sick kids, it looks like they left the 'new' washer and dryer. Anyone else notice this? That was a pretty swanky set- much better than mine, that are circa '91! And they left them? Or did the Realtor take pics before they were moved?

I know that set alone is more than what I pay yearly in property taxes!

And Sweet Kate's leaving a mess when they moved. What a double standard! Throwing down paper towles, because it dosen't matter anymore, and having the gall to gripe about the former tenants not cleaning before her Regal Being with the Super Uterus accended to the Throne.

Amazing.

How long will it be before we see Kate pulling a Christian Bale rant?

Okay, I must now go drink some Pepto, and go to bed.

Stef said...

(BTW, as a vegetarian on a budget, I kind of perked up at the idea of hamburger helper with kidney beans. I'll have to try that one!)

jeanmarie said...

Just too funny - excellant sarcasm.

SuperMomdel said...

While I get your point, Aimee, I must take exception to the word "repugnant" referring to twins. I have twin boys (not from fertility, BTW) and they are wonderful! They and their sister are much loved and wanted kids. I wouldn't have it any other way.

This recap was great! I loved the Flock of Seagulls reference as a child of the 80s.

Snark said...

That. Was. BRILLIANT!

The "doody bubble" made me spit my water on my monitor, so I got to read the rest of it in technicolour!

Mrs. H said...

Very sarcastic, a good read. Had me fooled for a second.

hadenough said...

Way to funny! Thanks for the good laugh. Their show is getting to be a big joke, week after week.

cj said...

Maggie - that was GR8, you nailed it. Give my love to your new BFF Keight ;)

Carrie said...

That was fabulous! I love it!

Serena said...

I wonder if they had a coupon for the house...

Actually, they had eight... got them the house free and clear.

Gloria said...

Brilliant, absolutley brilliant. Thanks for making my day!

allisonw said...

that was great!

UniStudent said...

That was BRILLIANT!!

It was the Flock of Seagulls hairdresser escapade that did it for me. I hope to hear more from you in the future!

Mikemom said...

Serena, you are sooooo right about the eight coupons!

kewl h8er said...

SO GREAT!! What an absolutely brilliant post...the perfect summary! Thanks so much for the laughs...you made my day! WONDERFUL post!!

FXfanatic said...

thanks.
We really are all jealous and would do the same thing if we had the chance. I went to too many blogs and read that today.
Oh, also we need to get a life.

ClevelandRocks said...

Um guys, Maggie didn't write this. k8 is gr8 wrote this and did an awesomely awesome job!

Jennifer said...

This has to be the best recap EVER!!

I know that we all wish to emulate Kate. (It's too bad you can't see my eyes rolling right now... I'm not sure why.)

BUT... in all seriousness, I must say that I was sitting here alone, reading your recap, when this little gem came along... "Here is my own household moneysaving tip, in case Jon and Kate are reading this: to stretch your family’s dollar, you can make Hamburger Helper with a can of kidney beans! That’s what we have been doing for the last month or so!"

If I had anything in my mouth at that point, it would have spit out! That has go to be the best tip EVER!! May I copy it? I think it needs to go in my Facebook quotes!!

Also, I did particularly LOVE "Keight"!!

Again, awesome, AWESOME recap!!

Maggie said...

Glad y'all are enjoying it, but I just put it up. We actually did commission a friend of ours to write it, and it was all her idea. Give your praise to K8 is
Gr8!

Maggie said...

Oh and just for the record, I am not having hard times, but thanks for the thoughts!

irateb/cofkate said...

Since watching this episode, I am FREAKING out about the influence J&K are having in the marketing world.

Examples:

1. Katie Couric's new haircut...creepily resembles the Queen

2. The Quaker Oatmeal commercial with all the kids who have their favorite flavors and the parents are interviewed and quoted saying "Hannah likes Maple and Brown Sugar" then all the kids are shown in their giant van in their carseats

3. A Citi commercial where the music sounds just like the J&K music and the couple sits on the couch and talks to the camera.

Please tell me I'm not crazy!!

k8 is gr8 said...

I am glad that you bunch of jealous haters have seen the error of your ways when it comes to America's Best Christian Mother, Kate Gosselin. As for quoting my recap, let me say that I am flattered, but you are going to have to clear that with the Head Meanies here at GWOP.

Now, I have to go hold the lamp while Dear Hubby tries to fix the transmission on his truck again. Maybe I will deliver a few of Kate-style zingers while I do, 'cause you guys know husbands. You've seen how clueless Jon is on the show, and how Kate keeps him in line! Kate would have a field day with that husband of mine!

gherkin said...

I completely agree about Katie Couric's haircut looking like Kate's. It doesn't look good on Katie either! LOL.

aimee said...

@SuperMomdel...

I personally find the idea of birthing and raising and paying for two children of the same age repugnant. But that's why I said, "I'm not knocking those who do, I'm just not one of ya." I meant for that to cover those of us who have and love their more-than-one pregnancies and the babies that follow :)

I'll love up twins that don't belong to me, I just personally cringe at the idea of ME having them! Frankly, any more than one might as well be 15 to me :)

But good on ya, mums of multiples who parent without the help of TLC! YOU I can probably look up to!

babeeberry said...

Best recap EVER!! I thought I was on the wrong site while reading the first few lines, lol!

After seeing pieces of this week's trainwreck I got to thinking about another effect the camera's are having on the kids. Each time one of the children speaks to a camera person, are they ignored like in other reality shows? I can't imagine what the tups are thinking when they are asking these people to interact with them and they are ignored. I especially think of when Alexis was getting kicked by Mady and Alexis could see an adult there (camera person) but that adult wasn't helping her. In a way they live very solitary lives, and that is never good for a child. Their daily interatction with adults consists of trying to get the attention of production or getting screamed at by their unstable parents. It's no wonder we see so many meltdowns and tantrums. The stress in that home has got to be overwhelming, and it seems to be getting worse and worse each week.

Naseem said...

Nice!

PA-Renee' said...

Classic....you nailed it to the tee!

JennT said...

That was an awesome recap, and the beans and hamburger helper had me choking on my diet dew...thanks for making my day!

REAAAAAALLLLLLYYYYY???? said...

Excellent recap and incredibly well written!! I laughed through the *entire* thing. ;-)

Heidi said...

Great recap.

The house is way big. Think about the laundry situation. It is going to be SO much fun hauling dirty/clean clothes up and down and all around the maze of the house... Fun for Jon and the hired help I mean.

hehehe Flock of Seagulls. That should be Jon`s anthem.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fx7GqfQCZeg

*And I ran. I ran so far away. I just ran. I ran all night and day. I couldn't get away.*

thecloserfan said...

Great recap!!!

Maybe your husband should hold the light and you fix the transmission...just a thought.

Mary said...

If either of them were waiting for me in bed at the end of the day - I'd sleep on the floor.

OMG thanks for the laughs!!!!

Kathy D said...

Oh, my gosh! Thank you for brightening my day! Best wishes for the job search.

oldsouth said...

Aimee--I couldn't have said it better myself. Good post!

Rose said...

Thanks for the laughs! You are a wonderful writer!

pmalo said...

Great thread. Keep up the good work people.

Old North State said...

Hilarious! Well done, k8 is gr8! Maggie, thanks for realizing how important it is that the K8 "fans" have a voice!

kateisaWHACKjob said...

JON said on this episode
"We DON'T SLAM DOORS at all!!!"

I remember for the Valentine episode, when the shirt or sweater Kate got for him was too small, he threw it on the floor and slammed the bedroom door... Kids do learn BY EXAMPLE.

I think the kids are adorable, but they are not disciplined at all. I do not think that Jon and Kate even bother to teach them manners. Kate is TOO BUSY not doing anything at all.

konspiracytheory said...

babeeberry said:
After seeing pieces of this week's trainwreck I got to thinking about another effect the camera's are having on the kids. Each time one of the children speaks to a camera person, are they ignored like in other reality shows? I can't imagine what the tups are thinking when they are asking these people to interact with them and they are ignored. I especially think of when Alexis was getting kicked by Mady and Alexis could see an adult there (camera person) but that adult wasn't helping her.
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Excellent point. It can't be good for their development to have the few adults in their lives who seem to care for them (from their perspective) not responding when they talk to them.

Another thought: While the infamous "Hannah poops in hers unnawears" line that was shown again in this epi would be absolutely adorable in a home video, can you imagine how Hannah is going to feel about the world hearing that line in a few years? Of course it's not Leah's (or Alexis - I forget which one) fault at all for saying it, but I have to wonder if that will cause Hannah to be angry at her sister/affect their relationship as they grow up and she gets teased for it. And that's just one example...

Antsy said...

Oh my God I am dying, here! The freshest recap yet. You did a great job and I hope you do more!

Moons in Leo said...

k8 is gr8 ~ well done! Thanks for showing me the error of my ways!
;)

Wendy Bird said...

Thank you, K8 is Gr8!

I lost my job in December, and I am in the process of moving 1500 miles from where I currently live. I wasn't able to watch the episode so I wanted to thank you for your recap, especially Jon's packing and moving tips. I was completely befuddled about how to label my boxes.

"Keight"...brilliant?...no, there are no words.

ThreeFarmers said...

Very funny. Well done.

Virginia said...

Thanks for this recap, it was hysterically hysterical. Flock of seagulls...sleeping on the floor. Yeah, can you imagine coming home to that woman every single day? And now Jon gets to be home 24/7. I wonder what the two of those little scamps, Kon, will get up to when all the kids are in school every day?

Its A Good Thing said...

Ha that was good! There is no way I could come up with anything like that, I guess thats why I don't do recaps eh? But seriously good job, VERY creative.

Win-Place-Show said...

Thanks for the great recap. I appreciate the whole coupon issue word for word. She really went ballistic and full force on that topic, didn't she?

In these tough economic times it is hard to watch Kate adn all her glory in that huge house. And yes she very well could get her own show on "Snapped."

Skraps said...

Great recap! I think K8te should be the spokes-maven for CoolSavings.com - "Got Coupon?" Her face can replace the pig.

Charlie Rose said...

I wondered how we all got along before Jon and Kate came along. Sheesh, they are so brilliant and come up with all these NEW ideas. WOW! :)

(snark, snark)

Not so Patient said...

Great recap! For a minute I almost thought you were serious.

Oh and Kate could be the STAR of Snapped.

Its A Good Thing said...

Charlie Rose said...
I wondered how we all got along before Jon and Kate came along. Sheesh, they are so brilliant and come up with all these NEW ideas. WOW! :)

(snark, snark)

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Oh I know, my next move will be much easier now that I know to label the boxes so I know which room to put them in. @@ Thank you KON.

Parsley said...

Did you notice the handwriting on the boxes was different? There were at least four different styles that I saw. The last time we moved, the movers marked our boxes with the rooms where they packed them. I bet the moving company did the bulk of the packing and what Kate did was just for show.

FatBrain said...

aimee, I think the main reason why fans claim "jealousy" is because a lot of people focus on the material things that the Gosselins have. There appears to be a contradiction between claiming to only "hate" the show because of the children's welfare being at risk; but at the same time focusing on material things, like the house, clothes, washers and dryers, etc. That's my interpretation, and I have to say, I totally get that. I'm not sure why possessions are scrutinized to the point that they are.

Tee said...

Jon got away from Kates wrath on this one. When Jon told Hannah to be quiet after she tattled its a good thing Kate wasnt there because more likely Kate would have quickly come to Hannahs defense and told her that she doesnt have to listen to daddy.

Parsley said...

It's so easy to see why possessions are mentioned so much. It's because Kate claims to be a Christian but is totally materialistic. She's the one who brings the issue to the table. Who needs or deserves a million dollar house? No one needs or deserves it. Some people may be able to afford it and choose to buy it. That's different.

FatBrain said...

I get what you're saying, Parsley. But besides the house, the other smaller things are often scrutinized tremendously. The way I see it, when people write about why they're NOT jealous of the material possessions that J&K have, they're trying to almost convince themselves that they're not jealous. I kind of equate it with this...when people lie, they tend to provide too much information. When people say they're not jealous of material possessions but write tons of things about it, they're overcompensating. I don't know, just my thoughts.

Parsley said...

I can sort of see the point or maybe the person is tired of being called jealous and is trying to hammer home a point. How is this I have never been jealous of Kate nor have I ever envied her. I don't think that she is a nice person or to be considered a parenting advisor. The you're just jealous is one of the front running battle cries of Kate lovers. The only problem as the gentle poster above was trying to make is that it isn't true.

Jenn from CA said...

Quick question-

Did anyone notice the new fridge that they brought in. I'm pretty sure that doesn't have any mold or mildew in it.

wait a sec. If she spent 4 hours cleaning that fridge- why did they bring in a new one?

Dunwoody Mom said...

I'm not sure why possessions are scrutinized to the point that they are.

Really? You don't understand this? You don't get that all of these "possessions" that Kon have accumulated have been obtained by pimping out their children's lives. You're okay with this? Simply unbelievable.

Dee Dee said...

GREAT recap! You failed to mention my favorite part of the episode ... where it appeared that the tups were locked out back. That couldn't be right, could it?

meg said...

Dunwoody Mom said...
I'm not sure why possessions are scrutinized to the point that they are.

Really? You don't understand this? You don't get that all of these "possessions" that Kon have accumulated have been obtained by pimping out their children's lives. You're okay with this? Simply unbelievable.
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I think the point is that if the concern is that they are "pimping out their children's lives" that it becomes at times counterproductive to just mention that you're upset becuase they bought a mansion, got a new fridge, and argue that you bet their new room as a whirlpool tub. It can make it seem that people are concerned about the things they own, rather then the well being of their children. I guess I just feel like keeping the focus directly on the well being of the children is more important/to the point.

Its A Good Thing said...

Jenn from CA said...
Quick question-

Did anyone notice the new fridge that they brought in. I'm pretty sure that doesn't have any mold or mildew in it.

wait a sec. If she spent 4 hours cleaning that fridge- why did they bring in a new one?

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I don't get this either. My only guess is she cleaned the fridge and then plugged it in and it didn't work. I don't think Kate would clean a fridge while knowing a new one is on the way. She does really stupid stuff, but not that stupid. Also if the fridge didn't work that may be why it was moldy.

jonandkatewho? said...

Thanks for the recap.

Your recap was much better than the show itself, which was a total snore.

I know this has nothing to do with the kids being exploited, which they are, but Kate's hair has to go! The dude from Flock of Seagulls hair looked better than hers, IMHO. lol.

kathyv said...

That was one well written piece! Perfect!
Toss out question:
Is anyone out there wondering if they would be so up in arms about this show if KON were actually a more loving, tolerant and soulful pair? I'm not so sure I would be as crazed if they were grateful, deeper and more interesting. Just thinkin'.

Dunwoody Mom said...

I think the point is that if the concern is that they are "pimping out their children's lives" that it becomes at times counterproductive to just mention that you're upset becuase they bought a mansion, got a new fridge, and argue that you bet their new room as a whirlpool tub. It can make it seem that people are concerned about the things they own, rather then the well being of their children. I guess I just feel like keeping the focus directly on the well being of the children is more important/to the point.

LOL. Is the new sheeple tactic? You just want us to be quiet about all the possessions Kon has accumulated while their children have been working basically non-stop for years so their mom and dad can live high on the hog?

meg said...

Dunwoody Mom said...
I think the point is that if the concern is that they are "pimping out their children's lives" that it becomes at times counterproductive to just mention that you're upset becuase they bought a mansion, got a new fridge, and argue that you bet their new room as a whirlpool tub. It can make it seem that people are concerned about the things they own, rather then the well being of their children. I guess I just feel like keeping the focus directly on the well being of the children is more important/to the point.

LOL. Is the new sheeple tactic? You just want us to be quiet about all the possessions Kon has accumulated while their children have been working basically non-stop for years so their mom and dad can live high on the hog?
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There really is no need to try to intimidate me and try to label me as a "sheeple." I wouldn't presume to tell people to be quiet about discussing their possesions, I just personally don't see it as being as productive as talking about the *real* issues, like what is this experience doing to the kids? Not wanting to come across as purely a gossiper does not mean that I am the biggest J&K fan out there, it just means that my personal opinion is that other methods are better.

Its A Good Thing said...

kathyv said...
That was one well written piece! Perfect!
Toss out question:
Is anyone out there wondering if they would be so up in arms about this show if KON were actually a more loving, tolerant and soulful pair? I'm not so sure I would be as crazed if they were grateful, deeper and more interesting. Just thinkin'.

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If they were those things I wouldn't be so "up in arms about this show" because they would realize that they are hurting their children. Loving, tolerant and soulful parents do not make fun of their kids, nag at each other, or (and most importantly) PIMP out their children.

Izzie said...

Lol. Gr8 recap!

Monica A said...

Loved the recap....loved it so much I had more than one favorite line.

But I have to argue one comment. Someone pointed out that Katie Couric's hair doesn't look good either and resembles Hate's. At least she doesn't have the cheap stripper highlights and the porcupine back to it. So I think hers is a little better.

SmartyQ said...

k8 is gr8: Excellent recap! Stellar!

Gloria said...

"Its A Good Thing said...
Jenn from CA said...
Quick question-

Did anyone notice the new fridge that they brought in. I'm pretty sure that doesn't have any mold or mildew in it.

wait a sec. If she spent 4 hours cleaning that fridge- why did they bring in a new one?

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I don't get this either. My only guess is she cleaned the fridge and then plugged it in and it didn't work. I don't think Kate would clean a fridge while knowing a new one is on the way. She does really stupid stuff, but not that stupid. Also if the fridge didn't work that may be why it was moldy."

2/05/2009 9:51 AM

Or maybe Kate did not really even clean out the refrigerator. Maybe she was just shown doing some token cleaning while bitching, moaning and complaining all the way so the illusion keeps being created that she actually does work around the house and that Kon are a typical family doing normal things that we the viewers can relate to.

Jen said...

Did anyone notice that the fridge Kate cleaned for "4 hours" in the last episode had a wood front, and the fridge while they where moving in had a metal front? Did she get a new fridge after all that cleaning or did I see wrong? i found a clip on you tube with her cleaning the old fridge...

Gloria said...

"I think the point is that if the concern is that they are "pimping out their children's lives" that it becomes at times counterproductive to just mention that you're upset becuase they bought a mansion, got a new fridge, and argue that you bet their new room as a whirlpool tub. It can make it seem that people are concerned about the things they own, rather then the well being of their children. I guess I just feel like keeping the focus directly on the well being of the children is more important/to the point."

I think this is the most important point, but not the only reason people are upset about Kon. Kon are not nice people and are lousy, lazy parents. Keight in particular oozes a sense of self entitlement, greed and smug superiority. Joker Jon has also become very full of himself along the way. The fact that they continue to accummulate freebies and material possessions on the backs of their children just highlights the fact that they really have more concern for amassing wealth than for attending to the well being of their kids. And the lame excuse that it is all for the kids is just that, a lame excuse. There is absolutely nothing to be jealous of, even in citing the list of possessions. It is just another example of their over the top self-aggrandizement and skewed priorities. That's my take on things anyway.

mollybloom said...

Great recap!

I wonder if we didn't see a scene where Kate prays for paper towels to appear on the doorstep of the new house. Or new furniture. Or a shiny stainless Sub-Zero. She preys, that Kate.

Sully said...

I have to say, I think the coupon incident was a new low point for Kate. I would be divorced already over that scene. Her husband is a grown man, of equal status to her in the household. Why does she have the right to dictate to him in such a way? I'm not disagreeing with her - if there was a coupon worth $20, that is a lot of money. But to talk to him that way! The way she was "reminding him" of the "rules" and saying "we" don't do this, blah blah, reminded me of the way you might remind a small child of the rules (except not so harshly I would hope).

Stickers said...

"There appears to be a contradiction between claiming to only "hate" the show because of the children's welfare being at risk; but at the same time focusing on material things, like the house, clothes, washers and dryers, etc. "

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I wouldn't assume that the SAME people who object to the exploitation are the ones ragging on the material excesses

Thousands of people post here. There may be some people who do both, but others (me, for example) only post about the exploitation. That's what is at the root of what is wrong with the Gosselins. However, the fact that they are spoiled rotten with material things is a direct result of their lack of conscience when it comes to using their children, so the two themes are inextricably linked. It's not necessarily the materialistic excesses themselves that bother people, it is HOW they were acquired.

laura linger said...

I'm not entirely comfortable with someone whose sympathies clearly lie with Kate Gosselin presuming to direct our dialogue here; i.e., the welfare of the children versus the focus on the freebies.

They are not mutually exclusive, so stop trying to make them out to be. In plainer English, so there can be no misunderstanding as to where I and a lot of the others lie: we hate it all. Every bit of it. And we will talk about all of it until all of it is off our television screens.

the sour bee said...

What really bugged me during 'coupongate' was that Kate kept saying "We don't just go and buy things at THAT STORE without coupons."

To me that said that this store was to be left unnamed because they aren't providing freebies and therefore the HUGE expenditure would be coming out of their deep, TLC lined pockets.

Like do coupons even apply when you get everything for free?

Its A Good Thing said...

The material excess and exploitation go hand in hand. Jon and Kate wouldn't have the material excess if it weren't for the exploitation of their children. The exploitation stops, the material excess stops and so do all the so called "haters".

FatBrain said...

It is not a matter of trying to direct anyone's dialogue. Clearly, this is a site for those who don't like Kate or the show. Nobody's trying to change that. It just gets a little overwhelming with the talk of all the material things. After a while, it can be construed as jealousy, especially when presented in a long list. it has been said numerous times that the "sheaple" claim "jealousy" as their defense all the time. On that same note, can't it be said that people also use the "You're a sheaple" as a defense to those who aren't completely on board with the negativity for Kate? I don't see the difference. I also don't think you have to be 100% against Kate to be curious about some of the criticism and, thus, come to this board.

I guess the point I'm trying to make is that people here say they have a purpose, and sometimes I feel like that can get buried underneath unimportant things. That is all.

e said...

Still cracking up over the flock of seagulls comment! Keight was quite the gem as well. Thanks for the laughs!

jenthabadfish said...

thanks for the post! I finally see how jealous I actually am of K8! I realize now that I am jealous of her 8 kids. If I had 8 i would have an excuse not to give so much love and attention to my 1 son. I also wish I had a husband just like k8's. Mine has a pesky spine and actually stands up for himself when he is insulted.

Its A Good Thing said...

FatBrain said...
It is not a matter of trying to direct anyone's dialogue. Clearly, this is a site for those who don't like Kate or the show. Nobody's trying to change that. It just gets a little overwhelming with the talk of all the material things. After a while, it can be construed as jealousy, especially when presented in a long list. it has been said numerous times that the "sheaple" claim "jealousy" as their defense all the time. On that same note, can't it be said that people also use the "You're a sheaple" as a defense to those who aren't completely on board with the negativity for Kate? I don't see the difference. I also don't think you have to be 100% against Kate to be curious about some of the criticism and, thus, come to this board.

I guess the point I'm trying to make is that people here say they have a purpose, and sometimes I feel like that can get buried underneath unimportant things. That is all.

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So are you saying your all for the exploitation? Or do you just not agree that people are trying to stop it? Honestly, can you watch the episodes and not see that the kids are crying out for attention? They scream, they throw fits, and they hit each other. What Jon and Kate are doing is wrong and yes sometimes we vent here, but the main purpose is to stop the exploitation.

FatBrain said...

Nobody is for child exploitation. I'm not going to go any further into that point.

I personally just don't see unhappy kids on that show. I see normal kids who sometimes fight with each other (my siblings and I definitely fought -- if that's not normal, then I guess we were strange kids). The editors are, of course, going to show the juiciest parts that they tape. I understand the criticism of the way Jon and Kate make their money, but to assume that everyone who doesn't necessarily agree with ALL of the criticism is either a sheaple or playing the jealousy card leaves out the fact that everyone has the ability to make their own assessment of the show. We all use our own reason to come to conclusions and they are not all going to be the same. Especially when we see only part of the picture (22 minutes a week and a spot on Larry King Live every so often) are there going to be differing opinions. And not every opinion should be pushed aside and ignored by simply saying, "That person is a sheaple." It's just not good logic. I've clearly exhausted this, haven't I?

OnTheFence said...

To give credit where credit is due, when the boy tups pointed the finger at Alexis for walking on the boxes (even though they were doing that as well) Hannah did try to stick up her her but got shushed.

Dunwoody Mom said...

It just gets a little overwhelming with the talk of all the material things. After a while, it can be construed as jealousy, especially when presented in a long list. it has been said numerous times that the "sheaple" claim "jealousy" as their defense all the time.

No, the only ones who "construe" our disgust with the possessions that the tups hard work has provided their parents sa "jealousy" are the sheeple. This is one of the long-held tactics of the Kon worshipers.

Its A Good Thing said...

FatBrain said...
Nobody is for child exploitation. I'm not going to go any further into that point.

I personally just don't see unhappy kids on that show. I see normal kids who sometimes fight with each other (my siblings and I definitely fought -- if that's not normal, then I guess we were strange kids). The editors are, of course, going to show the juiciest parts that they tape. I understand the criticism of the way Jon and Kate make their money, but to assume that everyone who doesn't necessarily agree with ALL of the criticism is either a sheaple or playing the jealousy card leaves out the fact that everyone has the ability to make their own assessment of the show. We all use our own reason to come to conclusions and they are not all going to be the same. Especially when we see only part of the picture (22 minutes a week and a spot on Larry King Live every so often) are there going to be differing opinions. And not every opinion should be pushed aside and ignored by simply saying, "That person is a sheaple." It's just not good logic. I've clearly exhausted this, haven't I?

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Its not just what we see on the show. J&K had a website begging for donations before the kids were born. They have repeatedly put their hands out for any freebie they can get, they don't appreciate it and they don't give back. They are rude and spiteful to each other and it shows in every single interview they give. They repeatedly contradict themselves and can't seem to keep all their lies straight. So tell me what part of Kate do you like? No matter which way you spin it Kate is not a nice woman, I don't think she has ever been truly "nice" but this show has made her SO much worse. And if the show has the ability to alter a grown woman so much imagine what it is doing to the 8 innocent children involved?

Tee said...

OnTheFence.... I am glad that Hannah got shushed by Jon.You know that he couldn't do it if Kate was any where near.Beside I got the impression that Hannie is perhaps the tattle teller of the group.

Its A Good Thing said...

Tee said...
OnTheFence.... I am glad that Hannah got shushed by Jon.You know that he couldn't do it if Kate was any where near.Beside I got the impression that Hannie is perhaps the tattle teller of the group.

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Hannah is Kate's favorite. She will do whatever Kate likes because that gets her the most attention. Kids are smart they know exactly what "buttons to push". Its sad that Kate and Jon have put their children out to be scrutinized like this.

HURRY! said...

*Hurry!....bows to Maggie, Maggie is astute and hilarious*

Thank you for the laughs!

?WHY? said...

The wheels of the gravy train are slowing grinding to a halt. Jane and Kate need to dust off those resumes because I think they'll be needing them soon.

ROFL said...

K8 is Gr8 - You Rock!

Thank You!

irateb/cofkate said...

Monica A said...

Loved the recap....loved it so much I had more than one favorite line.

But I have to argue one comment. Someone pointed out that Katie Couric's hair doesn't look good either and resembles Hate's. At least she doesn't have the cheap stripper highlights and the porcupine back to it. So I think hers is a little better.

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Good point. But either way, a Kate inspired haircut is just creepy and disturbing. I feel bad for her hairdresser because there are so many comments on her hair. But really, it just doesn't look good. And if you saw the rest of my comment, you would take note of the fact that Kate is inspiring way more than just hairdo's. This country does not need to be influenced by her! People are already rude and greedy enough!

Sammie said...

What an enjoyable recap! Thanks so much.
Our readers are such good writers, each and every recap has been great reading.
I did not see the show, intersting tidbit about an "LA business trip". I would bet money she had plastic surgery. Keight thinks she is a movie star now, overly thin, Botoxed, face too tight, too much makeup. She used to be a very pretty young woman, not any more.

BlueBeDeviled said...

It just gets a little overwhelming with the talk of all the material things. After a while, it can be construed as jealousy, especially when presented in a long list. it has been said numerous times that the "sheaple" claim "jealousy" as their defense all the time I want to know about the goodies because I want to know what they are doing with the monies those children earned so when they turn 18 and ask for it and they are told there is none left I can help show them where it all went. So please continue to tell me what Kate and Jon are getting when you see it and I do want those children to know that when they are denied cars for themselves that Mommy and Daddy went out and got every damn little thing they wanted whether there was a need for it or not, such as an $8,000 frig when there was a working one already in place (I don't believe the other wasn't working because that's not how realtors work, if the frige is included in the sale it works!)
So I for one feel it's important to keep our eyes peeled for the botox, designer purses and holdhold goods that are not for any reason but status.

Serena said...

It just gets a little overwhelming with the talk of all the material things. After a while, it can be construed as jealousy, especially when presented in a long list.

Construed by whom? People with low IQs? With a lack of reading comprehension? With a lack of outrage over two unprincipled parents reaping the spoils of exploitation?

I can't imagine construing legitimate complaints as "jealousy" unless those complaints hit a little too close to home.

SkippyMom said...

Jaqueline K said:
Regal Being with the Super Uterus accended to the Throne.

Thank you! I need a new computer screen now I laughed so hard it is covered in Dr. Pepper! :D

The re cap in dead on hysterical - too many comments to list all my favs, but the "Snapped" was my number one fav'-although I must say, Keight doesn't strike me as a murderer [that is going a bit far] but I can see her snapping and finally going on the humongously humongous tirade that will be the downfall of the show.

Oh wait? Haven't we already witnessed that?

Ashleee said...

I don't see Kate staying in this house too long. she constantly had to go look for kids/jon to yell at and you know that can get "exhausting" in a big house. Also, I don't think she will get as many volunteers to do her dirty work if they have to travel way out in the boonies.....How will Kate survive being so far from her spa spots? Kate has already conditioned those kids to be in a small area and not get dirty. I will be surprised if they like country living. I feel for Mady and Cara being far from their friends and school and stuck home with Mommie Dearest all day with no neighbors to go visit.

aimee said...

@ FatBrain

Wow, you are so totally off base. I feel I can say that because I brought up the "jealousy" card and you presume to understand my motives and have insight into what I'm REALLY feeling.

For the sake of clarification allow me to say for the second time in this thread - I am sick of being labeled as "jealous" because I take issue with the Gosselin parents. I don't need to try and convince myself of it because I know it to be true.

I'm self-aware like that.

Perhaps YOU want something the Gosselin's have and you can't understand why others don't feel likewise?

People have different priorities, different lives, different goals in life...not all of us want the same things. Not all of us want what the Gosselin's have. True story.

This isn't confusion. This isn't delusion. This is a fact.

Refusing to accept that is a fine example of some really closed thinking, imho.

The point I was trying to make was:

I'm not jealous of their material possessions. I'm not jealous of their spiritual life, their relationship, emotional connections to family and friends, their children...none of it.

I do not covet anything Jon and Kate have.

There, I said it simply - does it carry more weight that way?

I am beginning to suspect that those who point the finger and claim "jealousy!" simply can't contend with the fact that I don't think the sun shines out of the Gosselin's butts.

My life is not so empty and I'm not so financially distraught that the Gosselin's have anything on me. Believe it.

Heidi said...

I have no idea how to *quote* on this site so I will just say to Ashlee that I agree with you.
Think about it. Dog poop, grass stains, mud pies, bug collecting, ticks, mice, spiders, yelling to find anybody, no organic pizza or chinese food delivery, towels smelling like chlorine, dirt tracked in, more dog poop, dragging laundry to and fro, playing a constant game of Marco Polo..the list is endless. She had them tightly controlled but that is going to be hard when they are living the country estate life. I am happy for those kids. They have room to run and explore on their own property. They can hide and seek from Kate.
It will not last. They will never be able to afford all the baby wipe carrying poop wiper-offers to keep the kids up to Kate`s snuff!

FatBrain said...

"I feel I can say that because I brought up the "jealousy" card and
you presume to understand my motives and have insight into what I'm REALLY feeling."

Similarly, can we say we understand the motives and feelings of the Gosselin family by watching them on television? Just a thought. I tend to be sensitive when people think they know them and make assumptions about them based on what they see on tv. Yes, it isn't right to make money off of the kids. But is thinking we truly know them based on edited scenes on tv and speaking engagements fair? I have heard people speculate that Kate became a nurse to meet a rich man and that Jon is having an affair in Utah. Are these things really fair to say?

wramblinwreck said...

"But is thinking we truly know them based on edited scenes on tv and speaking engagements fair?"

Kate and Jon have stated on the show and in interviews that the show is an accurate depiction of their everyday lives. Yes, there is editing, but not to the extent that it becomes impossible to form a fair opinion of them.


"I have heard people speculate that Kate became a nurse to meet a rich man and that Jon is having an affair in Utah. Are these things really fair to say?"

The type of unfounded statements you mention are the exceptions, and do not represent the majority of comments on this site.

aimee said...

Similarly, can we say we understand the motives and feelings of the Gosselin family by watching them on television? Just a thought. I tend to be sensitive when people think they know them and make assumptions about them based on what they see on tv.

You have a point. There is rampant speculation about J&K, on both sides of the coin. People like to speculate about their motives, intentions etc. Sometimes this speculation is in their favour, sometimes it isn't. People like to speculate that J&K love their children and are doing everything they do out of love for them and are not motivated by greed in any way. They speculate that J&K are not selfish and out to grab whatever they can by any means necessary. Other people speculate that Jon and Kate's motives are less than pure and they are causing their children harm.

Either way MY personal bottom line is if Jon and Kate wanted to live a life free of public speculation, they should have chosen to live their life in private.

That couple CHOSE to open their lives up to scrutiny. If you choose to live your life in the public eye, the public will scrutinise. If you choose to line your coffers with money generated by public interest in your family, the public will take an interest in every aspect of that family. Jon and Kate have told us that their life is the show, that what you see on TV is how they are without sugar coating and so on. Kate is very vocal (and I would assume proud) of the fact that they live their lives openly on TV without editing to cast them in a favourable light.

They can't have it both ways. They can't say, "this is our life and this is who we are" and at the same time say, "don't judge us because you don't know the whole story." Jon and Kate have AMPLE opportunity to set the record straight as they see it. They have a public outlet via several forms of media and if they take issue with criticisms they can challenge them. It's their right. I encourage Jon and Kate to step up and answer to the negative criticism. I think both sides of the Gosselin debate would like to hear what they have to say.

They have the right to answer or ignore negative attention and it's our right as the viewing (reading, listening etc.) public to challenge and question them.

If Jon and Kate wish to live an unexamined life, they can opt out at any time. If Jon and Kate wanted to live a "real" life on TV and show the public what their life is really like - they had to know they were going to be open to scrutiny. If this (sometimes critical) examination of their lives doesn't suit them, they can suck it up or they can opt out. People questioning them is obviously the cost of doing business and they must be okay with that because the Gosselin train chugs on in spite of public objection.

Jon and Kate are not living in a cage. They get out. They write books and agree to speaking engagements...if the negative attention was really getting their goat then they have outlets and opportunity to set people straight. For whatever reason, they choose not to and so the speculation continues.

And so long as the show continues, so long as they keep publishing books, so long as they act as spokespeople, so long as they conduct interviews, so long as they keep making speaking engagements the public will likely continue to have negative things to say about them.

That's the way the world of celebrity works. Fame can bring fortune and positive attention and love offerings, and it can also bring down a storm of negativity and people questioning your every move. From what I can see, they seem to like the good parts of the fame machine and so I say...judge away public, judge away.

Just moved said...

"How will Kate survive being so far from her spa spots? Kate has already conditioned those kids to be in a small area and not get dirty. I will be surprised if they like country living. I feel for Mady and Cara being far from their friends and school and stuck home with Mommie Dearest all day with no neighbors to go visit."


Actually, it really isn't that far from Reading and so I wouldn't consider it country living. and believe it or not, we have some very good spas in our area. Do you really think Mady and Cara were ever able to visit neighbors other than Aunt Jodi? I know that their old neighbors would always say how Jon and Kate would never even wave to them so I think this fence-enclosed estate will make Kate very happy.

aimee said...

Similarly, can we say we understand the motives and feelings of the Gosselin family by watching them on television? Just a thought. I tend to be sensitive when people think they know them and make assumptions about them based on what they see on tv.

You have a point. There is rampant speculation about J&K, on both sides of the coin. People like to speculate about their motives, intentions etc. Sometimes this speculation is in their favour, and sometimes it isn't. People like to speculate that J&K love their children and are doing everything they do out of love for them and are not motivated by greed in any way. They speculate that J&K are not selfish and out to grab whatever they can by any means necessary. Other people speculate that Jon and Kate's motives are less than pure and they are causing their children harm.

Either way my bottom line is if Jon and Kate wanted to live a life free of public speculation, they should have chosen to live their life in private.

That couple CHOSE to open their lives up to scrutiny. If you choose to live your life in the public eye, the public will scrutinise. If you choose to line your coffers with money generated by public interest in your family, the public will take an interest in every aspect of family. Jon and Kate have told us that their life is the show, that what you see on TV is how they are without sugar coating and so on. Kate is very vocal (and I would assume proud) of the fact that they live their lives openly on TV without editing to cast them in a favourable light.

They can't have it both ways. They can't say, "this is our life and this is who we are" and at the same time say, "don't judge us because you don't know the whole story." Jon and Kate have AMPLE opportunity to set the record straight as they see it. They have a public outlet via several forms of media and if they take issue with criticisms they can challenge them. It's their right. I encourage Jon and Kate to step up and answer to the negative criticism. I think both sides of the Gosselin debate would like to hear what they have to say.

They have the right to answer or ignore negative attention and it's our right as the viewing (reading, listening etc.) public to challenge and question them.

If Jon and Kate wish to live an unexamined life, they can opt out at any time. If Jon and Kate wanted to live a "real" life on TV and show the public what their life is really like - they had to know they were going to be open to scrutiny. If this (sometimes critical) examination of their lives doesn't suit them, they can suck it up or they can opt out. People questioning them is obviously the cost of doing business and they must be okay with that because the Gosselin train chugs on in spite of public objection.

Jon and Kate are not living in a cage. They get out. They write books and agree to speaking arrangements...if the negative attention was really getting their goat then they have outlets and opportunity to set people straight. For whatever reason, they choose not to and so the speculation continues.

And so long as the show continues, so long as they keep publishing books, so long as they act as spokespeople, so long as they conduct interviews, so long as they keep making speaking engagements the public will likely continue to have negative things to say about them. That's the way the world of celebrity works. Negativity and judging is the price of fame. So if Jon and Kate wish to remain famous I say to the viewing public, judge away.

chesterctymom said...

FatBrain said...

There appears to be a contradiction between claiming to only "hate" the show because of the children's welfare being at risk; but at the same time focusing on material things, like the house, clothes, washers and dryers, etc. That's my interpretation, and I have to say, I totally get that. I'm not sure why possessions are scrutinized to the point that they are.


The reason that we talk about the very expensive possessions is because they were bartered or bought after the kids were sold out by KON.

Just moved said...

Wrambling Wreck said:

"I have heard people speculate that Kate became a nurse to meet a rich man"


Well you didn't hear that from me but the thought has entered my mind on more than one occasion. As the mother of two nurses I have always realized that it takes a certain personality to go into that profession. We have seen so many times how Kate turns up her nose at dirt and vomit and how clumsy she was when she removed Jon's staples - almost that she didn't care if she hurt him or not and certainly not at all concerned that she was doing it right at the kitchen table. She also has never shown us any sign that she has an ounce of kindness in her so why in the world did she choose nursing? I guess that is why people started thinking that she was looking for a rich doctor and it turned out she didn't need one.

wramblinwreck said...

"Just moved said...
Wrambling Wreck said:

"I have heard people speculate that Kate became a nurse to meet a rich man"

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Just moved, I did not write the quote you attributed to me. It came from an earlier post by FatBrain that I was responding to in my previous post.

Strapped said...

Thank you, thank you.

Those of us living paycheck to paycheck aren't jealous, just offended that TLC thinks the majority of America can find any entertainment value in this epitome of greed, while we face the start of another week with $13 to get us through til Friday.

gas...
groceries...
light bill due...
school lunch money...
maybe we can get the phone turned back on NEXT week - if none of us have to go to the doctor...

jojow said...

One of the things I have found perplexing about the house is how poorly thought-out the purchase seems to have been.

Kate is a self-professed "indoor/city" girl. Why in the world would she want to live on 20+ acres with barns, woods, bugs, and the like. Very strange. I suppose she could have sacrificed for the good of the family but....

They had a 5 bedroom house. They bought a 5 bedroom house - for 5 times what there old house was worth. This makes absolutely no sense to me. They have the exact same sleeping configurations as before, but in smaller rooms! What are they going to do when the kids are teenagers? Are they all going to be stuck together forever?

I realize that kids don't HAVE to have their own bedrooms. BUT, if you can and are going to spend $1.2 million at least get a house with enough bedrooms. Are there so few large house in PA that this was impossible?

Did they not see the house before the bought it? Did they not realize it was huge and they would have to shout to find each other???? On the other hand, I have a really hard time believing a house of that size does not already have an intercom system built in - especially if there are so many separate quarters (the garage apt., the expansive basement, the Mady/Cara wing). Maybe shouting and hollering make for better tv.

It just seems like a very poor choice for their needs. I don't get it.

Kon and TLC should be ashamed said...

You had me fooled for a minute too. "Kewl" recap! Funny stuff!

I thought it was funny too when Jon was explaining how to label boxes and move. Gee, I never thought of that, thanks Jon. Marking a box "living room" or "kitchen"? Oh my gosh I hope I can remember that next time I move.

By the way I was thinking of going to the Gymboree outlet because they're having a sale and I have a coupon too. But I'm glad I didn't. I shouldn't buy their clothes...they donate to Kon. Duh! What the heck was I thinking? Luckily I don't really have the money right now for Gymboree clothes so it all worked out. How nice for Kate to prance in their and pick up eight sets of outfits all the time...

aimee said...

Sorry mods, I double posted a comment in this thread.

Apologies :)

Just Moved said...

"Just moved said...
Wrambling Wreck said:

"I have heard people speculate that Kate became a nurse to meet a rich man"

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Just moved, I did not write the quote you attributed to me. It came from an earlier post by FatBrain that I was responding to in my previous post."


Wrambling Wreck - sorry about that and I even went back and read it before posting so I would get the original poster right.

Just Moved

4girlsoneboy said...

"One of the things I have found perplexing about the house is how poorly thought-out the purchase seems to have been."


Jojow, you have expressed my feelings about this house since they took the kids to see it for the first time. Yes, I now have to admit that I did tune in for that one even though I haven't watched them for ages. When my kids were all little, I always longed for a split level home (never got one) I just thought it would be so much safer as I wouldn't have to worry about the kids falling down those huge staircases that two story homes have. I always wanted a house where my bedrooms would be close to the kids' for nighttime emergencies. So when I got a look at this place with the staircase to hell and the fact that the parents were not only on a different floor from the kids, but also seem to be in an entirely different wing, I was floored. I don't think they even cared about the layout of the home and, of course, safety would never be a key factor in them choosing a home. I think Kate just wanted something that would outdo Beth and she got it. I still think it is disgraceful that the filming has edited out the true size of this place. I know the property and it is enormous.

wramblinwreck said...

"They have the exact same sleeping configurations as before, but in smaller rooms! What are they going to do when the kids are teenagers? Are they all going to be stuck together forever?"

Don't forget the 800 sq. ft. apartment over the garage. When the kids get older, I would bet there will be a fight over who gets that space, teenagers would absolutely love it. Of course, Jon may have already claimed it for himself! And then there's always the barn....

marypoppins said...

"One of the things I have found perplexing about the house is how poorly thought-out the purchase seems to have been."
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I dont understand why they didn't get a house with more bedrooms-even if the bedrooms were smaller.
Maybe there are home office rooms etc that can be converted.
Maybe they plan to move some kids to the basement-it does have a bathroom

Three 14 year olds in one room is a bit trying.

I did not like the layout of thier old house. Someone could open the front door and walk up the stairs and J and K would not know.

Also I am not one for separate FLOORS for bedrooms.
I prefer the rooms to be next to each other. Jon Benet Ramsey was in a different floor to her parents

So if a kid a sick, another kid will have to walk down that huge very scary flight of stairs and over to the parents room and knock

Can someone describe the layout. Im still confused by it.

ScarySkierNewJersey said...

Loved the recap, as so many have said so much more interesting than the show!

I broke my leg on skiing vacation in Colorado and while in the hospital after surgery, Monday nights show came on. I was out of surgery maybe 2 hours so still woozy from the sleepy meds plus the pain meds were kicking in and let me tell you, this is the only way to watch Jon and Kate!

I had to laugh because my nurse said "oh pleaaaaase" when she saw what I was watching and proceeded to rank on Kate while saying she thought Jon did more for his kids, parent wise than any father she ever knew or saw. She also stated that the kids were becoming "less cute and more aware of the cameras" and figures the clock is ticking on them. I agreed with her and also got another dose of pain meds and watch a few of the rerun episodes while in la la land.

Jeelus said...

I'm so jeelus of Kate.

She's got a husband that is out to conquer the world with all his ambition. And I'm jeelus of her pretty hair. And I'm jeelus that she has found a way to keep all those good church folk into giving her mass amounts of money so she can buy really cool stuff. Ummm, there's tons of other things I'm jeelus about but I gotta go to work while Kates probably at some dumb spa....

I'm so jeelus.

Janice said...

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I don't get this either. My only guess is she cleaned the fridge and then plugged it in and it didn't work. I don't think Kate would clean a fridge while knowing a new one is on the way. She does really stupid stuff, but not that stupid. Also if the fridge didn't work that may be why it was moldy."
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Maybe she plans on selling the fridge.

I wonder how they wound up getting this house. Same number of bedrooms, an unattached garage? I'm assuming she will make Jon warm up the car and 'bring it around front' on those gawd-awful snowy, cold, rainy winter days.

Maggie said...

Janice, the alternative was to romp around outside with the eight children and possibly have some fun, Or, take out bitterness on an inanimate object instead of interacting with her family.

As usual the winner is ...

Dawn said...

did anyone else notice the NEW stainless fridge in their kitchen? What happened to the one she spent 4 hours cleaning?

Kat_momof3 said...

This recap said (in all of it's snarky wonderful hilarious nature) everything and more that I was thinking when watching this episode.

I could not believe the amazing hypocrisy of Kate Gosselin as she encouraged the trashing of the house left behind yet freaked out at any mess in the new home.

And to talk like Kate for a minute to make my point... HEL-LOOOOO! That house you are leaving is someone else's new home, too. That mess is disgusting!

Aussie Mom said...

Very Good Read! The clip they showed on the Soup this weekend, damn is Kate a nasty b*tch!
Kate Gosselin/b*tch of the universe.." YOU DIDN'T USE A COUPON?????? !!!!!!WHAT YOU DIDN'T USE A COUPON?????? BRING ME THE RECIEPT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I AM WAITING!!!! YOUR NEVER ALLOWED TO SHOP AGAIN!!!!!!"
What a friggen b*tch, damn, I would never treat or talk to my husband that way, that poor man should run to the store and NEVER come back home. Did anyone notice if any of the kids heard her rampage? That type of fighting between parents [if a child over hears it] could damage a kid for life. Dr. Phil said when a child hears parents fighting they immediately wonder what "THEY" did wrong to cause the argument. Good job Kate you get the parent of the year award!!!!

K8notGR8 said...

Sarcasm at it's best. Touche! Did you catch Kate when she was welcoming the whole world into her house, "So fececious (sp?), so wrong." And, the cameraman laughed?

Twisted Rose said...

I'd like to see Jon read that one on a viewer mail episode...he can't get through 2 sentences without stammering...lol great post...keep up the good work!!!

Beagles 4 said...

Now here is the highlight of this episode--Jon's talking of the shower head..."The funny thing about the shower head is it's been with us since we got married-so we take it everywhere we go-it's so weird-we have this shower head and it bends and whatever-it's a massage shower head ( of course this is where the queen has to mock Jon's so interesting story)-it's travelled with us since the beginning of us-so for every house that we've lived in we've brought this shower head-it's just a great shower head-so every time I have to replace it, I just laugh to myself-it's like here I go again replacing the shower head."

Goodness, what would I do without this descriptive, wonderful, narrative entertainment. I think I will write a story about my shower head. It may get published at the very least. Even better, I can get my own reality tv show. How about the 44 year old woman who has 27 kids, is married to 18 different men and is having gay relationships on the side. I wonder if this is good enough for TLC.

can'tstopwatching said...

did anyone notice that the fridge she spent 4 hours cleaning has been replaced by a beautiful $8000 refrigerator? Its hard being a family on a budget.

Callie said...

did you mean "our life"?
I think I'm reading this too late b/c I might be missing the sarcasm :-)

DramaQueen said...

WOW!! I recently found this blog and enjoy reading it !!! The recap articles make me laugh out loud everytime. I think Kate is a stuck up b--ch and treats her husband like one of her kids, he even seems to wait for direction from her too!! I feel really sorry for him, too bad he isn't a wife beater cause Kate would be multicolored all the time!!

DramaQueen said...

Does anyone think that if Mady "accidently" pushes one of the little kids down the stairs, will the camera men try to stop her? or will that make for good ratings? Once, Mady said that if she "accidently stabs one of the little ones with a pencil, it would be an accident>

zen-mama said...

Seriously - what would happen if Kate spent half as much time being silly with her kids as she does sanitizing things?

Lily Locke said...

We're learning about types of government in school, and I was thinking, it's KONmunism and Kate's the dictator!

happymama said...

You should be the one writing books for "real families!" You were able to say what I have been thinking when I see those annoying commercials at Wal-Mart for America's Favorite Family! I wonder if there will be a new show on the Octo-mom and the Gosslin kids having a play date and the dysfunctional "mothers" laughing all the way to the bank??

Americafirst said...

Kate's day of reaconing will come when those kids realized THEY were the stars of the show, not Mom. It wouldn't surprise me if they sued her. I especially wouldn't want to be Kate when Mady turns on her. They could sell tickets to that show. It will make the Saturday night Pro fights look like love pats.

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Annoyed said...

Too funny. While I was screaming at the TV tonight I had to go online and find someplace to voice my annoyance. You've put it all in perspective for me. Thanks

Lizzie said...

Maggie, if you are out of work now, first, I am there,m so accept my sympathy. IF you are looking to fill in earning some $$, I'd say give the local comedy club a try. I am embarassed to say I have read your review probably 3 times in the last 2 wks and every time have split my gut laughing as if it was the first reading!!! You go girl!

Maggie said...

Thanks Lizzie, but I only published the recap for our guest writer. Thanks for the sentiments and I will pass them on to K8 is
Gr8!

connie said...

Connie I agree 100% with everything Maggie said. Jon and Kate are wonderful parents who allow the cameras into their home and give up their privacy in order to provide better for thier kids. So what if Kate wears more make-up and a nicer hair do now. So do a lot of other moms who are not being followed around with cameras. People criticize the womad who has Octuplets because she isn't married and lives with her parents and has no job. Would you feel better if Kate lives that way. She is still the same person she was 4 years ago. Give her a break. She was so afraid that she would not be able to give her kids life experiences and now she can. I admire and respect her for the job she's doing and I'm sure if most of us were in her shoes we would be the same. As far as the quickerness and ocd...a lot of us have things that make us crazy. Look within yourselves and admit to some of your own quickers and I'm sure you'll find some. i know i did. Be kind and take it for what it is...2 parents doing a great job raisig 8 beautiful kids. i love Jon and Kate and hpe their aroubd for many years to come.