B-Ball & More Recap

Tonight on Jon & Kate Plus 8 we see everyone’s favorite all American family with twins and sextuplets live their lives. Just like the rest of us. Tonight’s episode is brought to us by Oprah, Gymboree, Ann Taylor, the Harlem Globetrotters, Allstate, and the number 8. Hey... where are my sponsors? Continue

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fostersmom said...

Tonight on Jon & Kate Plus 8 we see everyone’s favorite all American family with twins and sextuplets live their lives. Just like the rest of us. Tonight’s episode is brought to us by Oprah, Gymboree, Ann Taylor, the Harlem Globetrotters, Allstate, and the number 8. Hey... where are my sponsors?

The show opens with the kids playing with what looks to be Rice Krispie treats at the dining room table. I’m going to guess it’s really some kind of kids modeling clay of sorts and not really marshmallow-y treats. I’m hoping not since one of the girls is plopping her piece on the top of her head. I don’t recognize it and no product placement pops up, so I’m guessing this must have been an unsponsored toy.

In between shots of the kids, we get Kate telling us that Oprah called and of course they decided to drop everything and fly right out to Chicago. When Oprah calls obviously little things like school fly right out the window. The kids all tell Oprah “hi” while Kate tells us “It’s our life now. We pack, unpack, pack, unpack, it’s no big deal.” I’m sure the kids just love it. Really, what kids don’t love being dragged back and forth across the country, having their daily lives disrupted on a regular basis? This of course means Kate will have to shop for all new outfits, she likes for them to all coordinate and not look like the “stripe-ed circus”. The camera crew politely follows this up with a full on shot of the side of Kate’s hair flap. Stripe-ed, indeed!

Jon finally speaks and tells us he was staying at his mom’s house for a few days, helping her out. As he tells us she had a broken foot and her husband was out of town, the kids are at the table telling us that Daddy is at his mom’s house, he’s got one more day. There’s an odd way for the kids to talk about Grandma, but who am I to judge? Jon’s face is all chapped and wind burnt and he’s got goggle circles around his eyes. I wonder if the slope time it took to get those raccoon eyes was before, during, or after his trip to Mom’s. My bet is all three.

Kate finally has to fess up and tell us they have a helper. She claims they’ve had one for the last 4 months. That’s got to be just how long this particular one has stuck around, we’ve seen the helpers of the past. The girls from the nanny agency and Jenny spring to mind. Obviously this whole helper thing isn’t new, no matter what Kate tries telling us now. We’ve seen the other ones. I guess she forgot that minor detail. It must be exhausting trying to keep all those little details straight or from coming out to be public knowledge before it can be made into an episode. This new helper, well her hours vary, but “by no means do we have a nanny. We will never have a nanny.” Uh... what? Call it whatever you want, but when you’ve got girls from the nanny agency coming to interview, that’s a nanny. Oh, and you might want to clue your husband in, cuz he already said in an interview that you had a nanny from Vietnam... two months ago.

We actually get to see the kids for a few seconds, trying to get the dog food ready. There’s a few minor dustups as the kids fight over who gets to pour what and how much into the dishes. Kate pops back in to tell us how the kids are getting older now, they are four and a half, and don’t need her as much and it’s kinda lonely. No mention of the twins. And she’s apparently blocked out the million times when her children did want to interact with her and she screamed for them to go away, or kept them in their rooms for 3 hour naps, or sat slumped in her plastic lawn chair looking like she’d rather be anywhere else than with them. Maybe it’s not so much the kids not needing her as it is the kids learning they better go ask for help or attention from someone else. Oh, and as fate would have it, the not nanny just happened to be there this day, but for “whatever reason” they won’t be revealing her identity. Kate says that’s what she (the not nanny) prefers. Smart woman.

Suddenly the not nanny reveal makes perfect sense. We are at Gymboree with Kate, shopping for Oprah clothes, or what she claimed were Oprah clothes. And there’s no kids present and Jon is away. Anyway, all the clothes are spring/summer clothes and Kate’s shopping to take the kids to Chicago. In the winter. So of course she picks out tiny little shirts and summery things. She claims you have to pick what’s out in the store even if it’s not the right season, but I see plenty of long sleeved shirts and pants that would be much better for Chicago in the winter than the cap sleeved tiny tee shirts she’s picked out. This leads to her complaining that the twins no longer want to wear the stuff she’s picking out for them, they say no way, and “that’s obnoxious.” This earns a big disgusted sigh from her... her children wanting to be individuals and not dress alike or like their 4 year old siblings. How dare they? For some reason, Kate has moved on to picking out bathing suits for the girls. She says the Cara and Mady are into one pieces this year, but she can do bikinis for the little girls. I thought this was for Oprah? The boys are the easiest to dress, then the little girls, then the twins. She’s in for a rude awakening when, in the not so distant future, all the kids refuse to wear anything remotely matching. That day is coming sooner than she thinks.

Next up Kate goes to her store, her “favoritist store ever”. Apparently it’s Ann Taylor Loft. Again, she’s claiming it’s for Oprah, but she’s picking out all sorts of things that will never be seen on Oprah. Like shorts and little skirts. Suddenly a male voice asks her if she likes shopping. Apparently producer Jen is no longer around and we now have producer Jeff. Kate gets all giddy as she tells us she just likes shopping and all the wonderful things about it. Jon interjects a “Finally”. After all, this is the woman who knew nothing about clothing and hated shopping just a year ago when Jon picked out some things for her on their special shopping night. This leads to a gag inducing conversation about how we should get a whole “grand” episode of the fashion history of Kate, complete with Stacy and Clinton from What Not to Wear (also on TLC for those of you unfamiliar with the show). Kate says they had lots of good things that day and Jon tells her she wears clothes really well. Of course, this compliment isn’t up to standards for the woman who has used “stripe-ed” and “favoritist” tonight, so Jon has to back peddle and say it’s a guy compliment.

Uh oh, Oprah changed her mind and now the going to Chicago has turned into a via satellite piece from someplace local. Me, if I found out I didn’t have to haul 8 kids halfway across the country, I’d be thrilled. Kate laments not getting to go to the set, claiming it’s easier for the kids to understand what’s going on. So Kate has to get all their outfits into the car and load them up, but first all eight had appointments to “get their haircuts”. Nice grammar from the English scholar. Hannah shows off her long hair to a camera guy and Mady tells us that Hannah really wants her hair cut, “like cut, cut.” Hannah shows us with her fingers how much she means. She makes a pinching motion, so I’m not exactly sure what that comes out to in inches.

They all “tromp” into the hair salon. You know, the one where the ‘tups all get free haircuts until they are five. Leah is in the chair asking if she can take her pigtails out. The nice man tells her to go ahead and she tells us “Mommy doesn’t allow it.” This comment makes me laugh for some reason. We see random footage of various kids getting cuts. Kate tells us that Mady and Cara were quite upset because she was making them get their hair cut short because it’s always in their eyes. We already saw Mady and she was smiling and joking, she didn’t seem upset at all, but Kate is being quite snarky about Cara’s hair always being in her face. She covers her face with her hands and says “Helloooo, I’m Cara” in a mocking way. The camera guys are again nice enough to provide us with shots of Kate at the hair salon and in the interview chair with the hair flap all but covering her eye and shots of her pushing the hair back so that she can see. But yes, it’s Cara’s hair that is the problem. Cara loses the battle and gets about 3 inches cut off. Tears are involved. Hannah is asking for a real hair cut, but is vetoed by both Kate and the lady at the salon. It’s always best to keep incredibly long hair on a small child when they suffer from horrible migraines. I’m sure the medical facts are all wrong and the weight of all the hair hanging has nothing to do with headaches at all. All the hair cuts are done, suckers are in hand (or mouth) and it’s out the door they go. Oh, and as a side note to the not nanny, you have been doing a great job with the little girl’s hair lately... very adorable!

The night before the Oprah feed, the Gosselin family “was scheduled” to be at the Harlem Globetrotters game. I don’t know about you, but I always say my family was scheduled to be places. Yeah, right! LOL! Kate tells us the Globetrotters are big fans of theirs and always watch them on their bus. But before they can go, Jon, who’s apparently back from his mom’s house, has a lot of work to get done.... in the form of clicking around on the Allstate website. We get long and lingering shots of the Allstate web pages. I don’t know how Jon handles such exhausting work. I mean, that must just be grueling having to surf the insurance company website. Jon takes a break to go yell at the kids thru a door way, passing a ton of boxes on his way. Are they ever going to unpack? It’s been at least 4 months since they’ve been in this house. And what is in all the tall and relatively thin boxes?

Anyway, Jon’s seen the Globetrotters before, his dad took him to see them once. Bet they didn’t have the seats Jon, Kate, and the kids are sitting in now. They are right on the floor in the special VIP seating area. How special for the kids. The stands look to be full of tons of kids who would love such a treat, but the Gosselin kids, who know no other way, are the lucky recipients of the floor seats. The whole family sits on the sideline, having fun, joking around, and getting a special thrill when the players come right up to them. Kate points out this isn’t really a basketball game, it’s “stupid fun” and “comedy dressed up like basketball”. I’m sure their super huge fans, the Globetrotters, loved to hear backhanded compliments. All of the kids to seem to be enjoying it and the Globetrotters wave and say hi mom to the J&K cameras. Cara gets picked to go out during the game and do a trick. It’s nice to see her happy for a change. She thinks she’s done and goes back to her seat where Hannah jumps up and hugs her. They called Cara back out and she gets an autographed ball and this time all 3 of the little girls jump up and hug her. I bet Mady would have liked to get to do something special too, but instead we just see her sitting in her chair looking sad. I swear I hear her little voice saying she wants a ball too.

It’s half-time, so of course the logical place to find the Gosselin family is backstage doing a meet and greet photo op with the players. The kids get to talk to players and joke around. They get all sorts of free gifts including personalized jerseys. The players show them some tricks and let them spin the ball on their fingers. The kids look thrilled and really seem to have enjoyed this opportunity. Usually they look bored, uninterested, cry they want to go home, but this trip is smiles all around. All the kids get to go out and do the YMCA on the court with the players. The episode ends and for a change I actually believe everyone had a good time. If only I could believe the same for the other 25 trips we’ve seen episodes made out of.

Mod note..... sorry guys, somehow I managed to cut off the bottom half of this the first time around. Oops!

margojata said...

Ha, awesome recap! The Greedlins are seriously sick people....so full of themselves. Kate really thinks they watch the show? Yeah, maybe because they're so horrified at what a beyotch she is to her ball-less wonder.

Ann said...

The greed just bothers me, I used to like the show. I decided to boycott gymboree and ann taylor (sadly my 2 favorite places to shop). Several moms in my daughters class decided to boycott gymboree as well. I had dressed my daughter in their clothes for 6 years. I stopped shopping there 5 months ago and I told my store manager why (she was sad to loose customers over this).I just could not stand seeing Kate on the finale joking about the spending on clothes, the outfits she got for oprah were over $500 for one show! I hope others will boycott the sponsors if you are as sick about the greed as me.

sista #2 said...

I know I should not watch anymore. I do, it's like a trainwreck, cannot take my eyes off of it.

My husband watched for the first time on Monday night. He said he had to see why I cursed at the television each time I watched.

I didn't say a word and he went on and on about KatieIrene.

It was nice to know I was not alone.

What gets me is I see no sweetness that a mother shows her children. No quality time whatsoever. All I hear is yelling, barking orders and everything is about her.

It's sad.

peace
#2

jill said...

Did you notice when Kate would laugh it was like she was trying to pose at the same time? Her laughing looked fake????

phree said...

Long, thin boxes = unassembled freebie furniture. I mean you don't expect them to assemble it themselves do you? That would be horrendously horrendous!

rachel said...

Of course Kate loves to shop, it's all given to her for free! I'd love to shop too if I could go in and choose anything in the store and not have to pay for it.

twitter.com/mccaw said...

haha Emril Lagasse spoiled it for us. There WILL be a season 5.

http://twitter.com/Emeril

"Hey my friends just finished filming jon and kate plus eight wow their 100 th show what a cool family cute cute kids . Anyhow chili mac and" (Tweet 1)

"Cheese baked salmon with lentils organic brownies from our friends at sofella what a lot of fun. Ill keep you posted on a show date thanks" (Tweet 2)

KON are LIARS!

AnneMarie said...

Those long thin boxes are for larger wall art and mirrors.

Anyway, I also love the way they wandered in late to the game and started just plopping kids on charis her CC bag over her arm.

Carla said...

phree said...
Long, thin boxes = unassembled freebie furniture. I mean you don't expect them to assemble it themselves do you? That would be horrendously horrendous!
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I wondered if it was their artwork that the kids painted?

Merrilee said...

rachel said...
Of course Kate loves to shop, it's all given to her for free! I'd love to shop too if I could go in and choose anything in the store and not have to pay for it.

3/25/2009 1:06 PM
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Wouldn't it be FUN to be able to do that at least once in our lives? Sadly, that isn't what we Peons ever get to do. Just rich and famous stars, like Kate The Great.

MyKidsMom said...

Didnt watch but sounds like the Same M.O. to me.
Did K8 make Rice Krispie treats for or WITH her kids?
Or are those catered-in too...
I bet Dope-Rah has finally gotten somewhat wise and decided to cut the Greedlens off at the pass; keep them in PA! Yah, Baby.
But still "new" clothes needed. LOL!

Jen said...

Did anyone else notice that Kate had BARE FEET during the "meet and greet" with the players??? Eew...what happened to her fear of anything germy? Oh how disgustingly disgusting!

I love my son! said...

Excellent recap!

justnotthatintoyou said...

I don't think emeril let anything slip. I think they are guests on his show.

Mom of six, please pick a name said...

I have 6 children, I home school, take care of the house and work, after my husband gets home from work, as a behavioral modification specialist with autistic children. I HATE when Kate complains how hard it is to have 6 little kids. I have 6 kids ranging from 2-12. I am going through potty training all the way up to puberty. I would LOVE if they were all the same age and going through the same phase. She has it easy, in my opinion. I know that having 8 kids can be a challenge, but she whines and cries over stupid things.

Becca said...

I didn't watch, can't stand to any more. But really? Jon gave her a compliment and she criticized his compliment?? so sad.

Narcissism Please said...

you are aware that this time around, they most indefinitely needed floor seats on account of they couldn't have possibly been able to see squat from their vip boxes at the philly's game and/or sesame street live.

HELLOOOO!

Amy said...

I am ready to boycott this show. I don't feel bad for Jon losing his privacy. They created this, they wanted this & now they have to deal with it. I wish I was getting all the freebies too!

Moons in Leo said...

Thanks for suffering through this episode to provide us with the gratifying recap!

Tall thin boxes = college co-eds for assembling when K8 is on the road

Ann Taylor and Ann Taylor Loft are on the verge of filing bankruptcy. Can they really afford this?

Of course there's a Season 5. Didn't the nutless wonder drop the bomb at Penn State? Talk about someone needing balls from the game ...

Casey and Smudge said...

I'll be adding the Harlem Globetrotters to my list of things I will not be experiencing in my lifetime. It's getting long:

Purchasing insurance through All-State.

Going on a shopping spree at the Gap, Ann Taylor, Gymboree, whatever.

Mindlessly picking up P&G brands from Wal-Mart (no K-Mart here either). I'm really liking a lot of the new brands that I'm using.

Watching TLC in hopes of interesting documentary entertainment during the off-season

Eating organic, unless I grow it or shop the Farmer's Market in season.

Watching Oprah, Ellen, Dr. Phil, Emeril and anyone else who continues to endorse this family.

Reading Good Housekeeping, People, etc.

Future road trips to Hawaii, Outer Banks, Utah, canceled, as well as side trips to amusement parks and "culture" centres too numerous to mention.

No love for Disney, Thomas the Tank Engine, or Sesame here.

No Whirlpool here either, I kept the appliances that came with my house instead of filling up a landfill.

Never heard of Lane Furniture anyways and it sounds like no one will ever see Kate's mansion furnished - unless she's waiting for Better Homes and Gardens to do a segment!

Hmm, I really don't feel deprived without all these things...None of them are worth selling my soul, my privacy, or my happiness for.

Other reasons why I'll never have a cable tv show: I recycle, pump my own gas, speak kindly most of the time - using proper English, talk to my parents, believe in public schools, cook and shop for myself, avoid hand sanitizer, like my homey little house, never use layaway or coupons, don't own t-shirts with Biblical quotes, work for a living, live with snow and cold 7-8 months of the year, and only wear heels at appropriate times.

linda said...

Kate personifies white trailer trash without the beer bottle in her hand.
She has no concept on how to interact with her pay cheques.

DirtyDisher said...

I love you guys's recaps, but, I have to mention this..Jon didn't say his moms hubby was out of town. He said "her husband left." I listened close and that's what he said. I'm pretty sure he said it twice. It's as odd as his children calling his mom "daddy's mom."

Tammy H. said...

Casey and Smudge-DON'T forget Crocs, Juicy Juice, Microsoft and I feel the same as you do...and have went out of my way to not purchase from any of these sponsors!

I am sure the reason the kid's called Jon's mom "daddy's mom" is IMO due to Kate. I think she doesn't want them to call her grandma or mamaw or anything...and she would be a great person to have a round to teach them their Korean heritage...but poor "daddy's mom" didn't arrange and decorate the house to Kate's liking, so she got the boot. And to beat it all, she did it as a gift..Now that I think about it, Kate's problems stem further back than we realize. I seriously hope she seeks the help she needs when she realizes what all she has done to her kids IF that day ever comes.

And another question, why would Kate need to buy the kids bathing suits to go see Oprah? Last time they flew up, did the show and flew right back, so it wasn't like they were staying in a hotel with an indoor pool, unless, Kate said that would be the only way they were coming...and maybe that's why Oprah decided to not have them come to the show, but do it via satellite. Ya know, I thought Oprah was against CHILD EXPLOITATION...but apparently not because isn't this around the 3rd or 4th time she has invited the money hungry, child using Gosselins?

Jupiter said...

I think I know what's in those thin boxes: The black and white family pictures they used have hung in their old house! They were huge.

Again, I want to state my opinion about the kid's calling grandma "Daddy's Mom"....my kids called my father "Mom's Dad" because my father was not a part of their lives. He wasn't a grandparent. It was mostly his choice but regardless, it happens.


They don't call her "grandma" because she isn't a grandma. It doesn't matter whose fault that is, it's the truth.

imforward said...

I have to wonder what happens in 3 more years when these children are older and not so cute anymore? Come on...how long can these seasons go on? People will get bored eventually. Then the children will no longer have courtside seats or special "no line" policies at Disney, Universal, private ski lessons. It's the only way they've know life to be. So sad when reality kicks in and they can't comprehend why they don't get the special attention, backstage passes or free trips anymore. Besides that Kate will have spent all the money by then and with Jon no longer working there will be nothing left to pay for college. This family really needs to reconsider what is important in life. AND no I don't give Jon any sympathy...you chose to pimp out your family and now you pay the price!

seacitygirl said...

Geez, I stopped watching this after the "new house". I was just in Gymoboree today with a great selection of clothes and then I remembered . . . they sponser this madness. I had to hang up the clothes and leave the store. Now I have to stop going to Ann Taylor. I REALLY like that store!

And then I find out that they were an hour away in LA . . . on my turf.

People in PA, can you put a shock collar on these people and keep them in the state? We already have enough wierdos with fake tans in CA. We don't need another. Isn't Octomom punishment enough?

CK said...

Jon didn't say his moms hubby was out of town. He said "her husband left." I listened close and that's what he said. I'm pretty sure he said it twice. It's as odd as his children calling his mom "daddy's mom."

I've seen (online) other people refer to a step-parent this way ("dad's wife" instead of "my step-mom"). Usually, it's because the second marriage happened after they (the "kids") were adults, so the step-parent didn't have as much parental-type interaction as they would have if the kids were young & living at home. Odd, but it makes sense (to me).

chesterctymom said...

Casey and Smudge said...

I'll be adding the Harlem Globetrotters to my list of things I will not be experiencing in my lifetime. It's getting long:


Looking at the list shows just how important the Gosselin children are to the economy! It really makes me sad that the children can't even count on their parents not to use them to make a profit for others.

Casey and Smudge said...

Oops, thanks Tammy H! I don't know where to buy Juicy Juice, I've never seen it at the grocery store here. I'm typing on a Mac - have been since university. Unfortunately I do have a pair of crocs for gardening, but they're several years old and not animal-shaped. I was impressed when I bought them because they were "Made in Canada" and I was trying to get a little less "Made in China" in my life!

I didn't find the "Mom's husband" odd either. That he "went away" - maybe he knew Jon was coming up and booked himself a room elsewhere! I'm sorry for the children that Grandmas and Grandpas aren't involved in their daily lives because they don't know how to help them, but such is life. You can't choose your parents!

4girlsoneboy said...

CK said...
Jon didn't say his moms hubby was out of town. He said "her husband left." I listened close and that's what he said. I'm pretty sure he said it twice. It's as odd as his children calling his mom "daddy's mom."

I've seen (online) other people refer to a step-parent this way ("dad's wife" instead of "my step-mom"). Usually, it's because the second marriage happened after they (the "kids") were adults, so the step-parent didn't have as much parental-type interaction as they would have if the kids were young & living at home. Odd, but it makes sense (to me)."


I think the point being made in the above quote wasn't the way Jon addressed his stepfather but the fact that he said that he had "left" - not out of town but left which sounds ominous to me.

meg said...

Again, she’s claiming it’s for Oprah, but she’s picking out all sorts of things that will never be seen on Oprah.
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Whenever I buy clothes to go a certain place I know I always look around for more than what I need too... Why not see if they have anything else you'd like to wear another day? It's not like NONE of the stuff she picked up was on Oprah. I remember seeing at least the girls outfits and the shirt kate wore on oprah via satelite.

What's the harm in buying swim suits now? Clothing stores put out clothes one season ahead, right now is actually the best time to buy a swimsuit. If you wait until you would actually use one, it would be a very small (and probably ugly) selection.

Anne said...

seacitygirl said...
Geez, I stopped watching this after the "new house". I was just in Gymoboree today with a great selection of clothes and then I remembered . . . they sponser this madness. I had to hang up the clothes and leave the store. Now I have to stop going to Ann Taylor. I REALLY like that store!


To Seacitygirl

I hope you let Gymboree know why you left their store without buying anything. They need to know!!!!

Crystal said...

Kate finally has to fess up and tell us they have a helper....This new helper, well her hours vary, but “by no means do we have a nanny. We will never have a nanny.” Uh... what? Call it whatever you want, but when you’ve got girls from the nanny agency coming to interview, that’s a nanny.
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Maybe because Kate had so much “culturing” (or was it pasteurizing??) when she was growing up, that in her mind only nannies that fly in and out of the house with umbrellas are “real nannies”. Anyone that does not possess a magical flying umbrella, or has the magical ability to make the house clean without actually doing any of the work is not a nanny, but just a plain ole babysitter.

PAmama said...

People in PA, can you put a shock collar on these people and keep them in the state? We already have enough wierdos with fake tans in CA. We don't need another. Isn't Octomom punishment enough?

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We don't want them either!

Jupiter said...

Meg- I am glad you said that. I agree. I rarely get a chance to shop and when I do get out I make the most of it. I didn't see anything wrong with Kate grabbing the bathing suits when she saw them. Especially if she wanted to find 6 that matched.

Tick Tackdoe- I find what you are saying to be believable. If you watch the earlier episodes you can see this dynamic. Jon gets impatient and snaps at the kids. Kate gets frustrated at situations, such as a mess or things not going as planned. She doesn't really get that upset with the individual kids.

I don't know if they were pulling a PR stunt or if they were at Mr. Chows because they hoped to glimpse a celebrity themselves. What if there was no agenda? Couldn't it be possible that this couple from PA was in HOLLYWOOD and they wanted to go to one of the happening places there? I don't see why it was wrong for them to go there.

I honestly hope that they one day start working with a good therapist. They have settled into some toxic cycles and it's rather sad to see it.

Reading news said...

TickTackDoe said...
"I live in Berks County PA and have come across Jon and Kate and the kids on several occassions without the cameras being present. I have to admit that I expected Kate to be well the witch she is on TV and I was pretty surprised how she was when the cameras weren't running. It seems like she tries to act like a shrew on purpose on TV to improve their ratings or something. She has always been very nice and very patient with the kids everytime I have seen her in public."


Is that you Kate? Somehow I am very doubtful of the above report of sightings. It is well known in this area that they seldom are out and about as a family. An occasional trip to church is about the extent of their non-filmed family time.

tallblonde said...

I cannot imagine how having to pack, drive, fly to see Oprah with 8 kids in tow could be "easier" than having a satellite hookup from home.

Not as much fun for Kate, I'm sure - but much easier on the kids I would think.

didew said...

My dad remarried after my mom died, and being 22 at the time, I never would of dreamed of calling her my step-mother. She was Dad's wife.

I think we read too much into the words J&K use; ("her husband left")After all they've never proved to have a very good understanding of the English language.

Casey and Smudge,
You don't ever use coupons!? I save over $40 a month. You should try it, it really doesn't take that much time.

I really got a sick feeling watching Kate (I watched on YouTube) shop with such glee. My family is due for some new clothes but since my husband it going to have to take a pay cut, its not going to happen.

I know this has been said before but shame on TLC for showing these families taking trip after trip (the Roloff parnets are now heading to Hawaii) recieving free clothes, appliances, food, and non-stop special treatment when the rest of the country has to go without.

During the depression movies about the rich, did very well. Does TLC think this is along the same line? If so, they WAY missed the mark. The actors in those old movies actually WORKED for a living.

And on that note, since Jon thinks surfing the net is "work", I think I've done more than enough "work" for today. I'm exhausted!

Robin said...

I thought the shopping trip was intended to be damage control - everything they do nowadays is - showing people "see, I go out and schlep through the racks just like you do! Gymboree and Ann Taylor clothes don't just show up on our doorstep." Funny how it backfired on them and now people are even more annoyed because of how casually she picked up $500 (or whatever) worth of clothing. I don't spend $500 on clothes for my 4 children in a year; it is pretty disgusting to see it done in one trip. (even for 8 children, yes, yes, I know, you have 8 children!)

The TMZ restaurant sighting in LA was obviously supposed to be damage control too. It happened a day after the season finale aired; they were obviously showing us "look at how in love we are. Look at us have a nice dinner together." But that backfired too, because now they're getting the "where the heck are the kids?" (with the not-the-nanny, obviously) and "I thought they didn't want to be celebrities" comments.

My advice? Hire a new PR person who actually knows what damage control is, and who can bring this family back to earth. They say there's no way they can ever get back to being "normal" people now. Ummm yeah, they can. It just involves things they don't want to do. What they're doing now is just making the situation worse, not better.

Robin said...

"What's the harm in buying swim suits now? Clothing stores put out clothes one season ahead, right now is actually the best time to buy a swimsuit. If you wait until you would actually use one, it would be a very small (and probably ugly) selection."

No harm. However, Kate said that she was going shopping for clothes for the Oprah show. So shop for clothes for the Oprah show. Don't sit there and rub your perks in your fans faces. Don't use this as an opportunity to complain about how obnoxious your children are because they want to have choices about what they wear. Don't make arbitrary rules about when a child is or isn't old enough to not wear a two piece swim suit. (oh, and btw Kate....the "little girls" have been potty trained for about two years now. I think they can handle pulling down a one piece suit to use the toilet. I don't know many five year olds - how old they'll be when they wear these suits - who have issues with that.)

Oh, and lastly - I buy my girls' swim suits when they go on sale midway through the summer. At KMart (because unlike some spokespeople for the store, I do actually shop there. Or at least I did. Cheap. Not ugly. They don't match each other, but who the heck cares.

caryn said...

Long thin boxes ~ the obnoxious lighting they hang for filming

taylor86 said...

Does Kate really carry a Chanel bag? Also, do we know if Kate has a fake tan or just lot of tanning bed sessions?

Narcissism Please said...

isn't a tan aquired through 'a lot of tanning bed sessions' a ..fake tan?

Amy c said...

Narcissism Please said...
isn't a tan aquired through 'a lot of tanning bed sessions' a ..fake tan?

YES! Hence the term "fake 'n bake".

I still say she's teahing her girls a terrible lesson about unhealthy self absorption.

Bird Watcher said...

Narcissism Please said...
you are aware that this time around, they most indefinitely needed floor seats on account of they couldn't have possibly been able to see squat from their vip boxes at the philly's game and/or sesame street live.

HELLOOOO!

Regarding this comment...I live in Berks County and have attended many events at the Sovereign Center. Box seats or regular seats, any seat in the arena is a good seat. I think they were just placed on the floor because they knew the Globetrotters were going to use Cara for one of their stunts. Nothing is ever spontaneous with this family.

KeeKeeT27 said...

I have a question - there was mention in the recap of the "tups'" 3 hour nap. WHAT THE HECK??? And I remember specifically in one of the first Gosselin specials that K8 just "cannot get up before 8" and thus Jon brings her coffee to the bedside table and leaves it there while he goes to work....

Ok - so, you mean to tell me that she leaves 6 screaming children up there by themselves???? Once K8 rose from her chambers, she allows Mady and Cara to go entertain the babies while she makes breakfast...so prior to that they were screaming their heads off and sitting in wet diapers???

How?? What?? Why??

Someone help me understand. My boy goes to bed at 8:00pm - normal, right? - and sleeps until 6:00am - that's 10 hours....if I made him stay in his crib for another 2 hours just because I couldn't drag my hiney out of bed, I'd go up to sheets full of tears and vomit.

I'm new to posting - but love reading...bear (or is it bare??) with me...

Jeanna said...

AHHHH …. The GOSSELINS ….. what every American parent inspires to be …. shopping in expensive stores alllllll day ……. Nannies, ahh, ohh, oh sorry, BABYSITTERS at home to watch your brood ….. endless freebies …. No job needed and recognized by fans everywhere ……. Donations, photo, film and DVD sales $$$$$ of your children faces …. JUST what EVERY FUTURE NARCISSISTIC OCTOMOM ASPIRES TO …… and to think we the public can look forward to the potential COPYCATS soon invading our news screens all thanks to Gosselin central and browbeaten by TLC!!!

J&K + 8, 18 and Counting, Table for Twelve …… I can’t wait to see what more ground-breaking original programing TLC can come up with next !!!!!!!

Narcissism Please said...

BIrd Watcher-

i was trying to imply a bit of farcical overture ..

a- because i have horrendously horrendous eyesite, and can't really ever see anything, from anywhere, personally.
so, maybe i internalized this, a bit.

and,

b- the camera seemed to portray a view from the top of Big Ben.
or maybe that was me, again .. with my poor eyesite .. not able to properly view my television screen.

i think any seat anywhere for a good show [free or not] would be a good seat.
i've been in the nosebleeds of thin air, and still have had a good time.
i was just joshin' around, for the sake of good humor.

Cathleen said...

KeeKeeT27 said...
I have a question - there was mention in the recap of the "tups'" 3 hour nap. WHAT THE HECK??? And I remember specifically in one of the first Gosselin specials that K8 just "cannot get up before 8" and thus Jon brings her coffee to the bedside table and leaves it there while he goes to work....

Ok - so, you mean to tell me that she leaves 6 screaming children up there by themselves???? Once K8 rose from her chambers, she allows Mady and Cara to go entertain the babies while she makes breakfast...so prior to that they were screaming their heads off and sitting in wet diapers???

How?? What?? Why??

Someone help me understand. My boy goes to bed at 8:00pm - normal, right? - and sleeps until 6:00am - that's 10 hours....if I made him stay in his crib for another 2 hours just because I couldn't drag my hiney out of bed, I'd go up to sheets full of tears and vomit.

I'm new to posting - but love reading...bear (or is it bare??) with me...

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Jon was certainly young and vigorous when he used to get those babies diapered and dressed before Kate got up.

He had a reason to live, then, as he used to actually go work AWAY from home.

Rest assured, those kids weren't up by themselves until Kate got up at 8 AM.

The unseen helpers fed the babies, got the twins on the school bus, vacuumed, did the laundry, dusted, watered, mowed the lawn, separated the recycleables, and started dinner before her Royal Hindend flopped herself out of bed and drug herself downstairs to begin her steady bossing everyone around.

Nope, Kate didn't do much, of anything.

She has had help all along, though we aren't supposed to know that. There is supposed to be a reason for her chronic exhauston.

Hannah1 said...

In watching the show, you must have missed the part where Kate blatently stated that her and her family would be interviewing from their home, via satellite, for Oprah.

Ann said...

People should voice their opinion to sponsors.
I have voiced my boycott to gymboree and Ann Taylor. I did not hear back from Ann Taylor but I did hear back from gymboree. Gymboree has a website gymboreelistens (and they do listen and read and respond if you leave contact info or you can be anonymous). I had no problem leaving my name and contact information because I have spent a fortune on gymboree clothes. Gymboree listens even talked to my local store who confirmed I stopped going (along with a few other mothers) and that we all were very loyal high $$ spenders. I spoke with the management and they were trying to save me as a customer but I told them until they rethink their sponsporship they have lost me as a client.

I live in Utah and we did not visit park city this year. I'm not sure if this has been posted but it costs $200 to ride that bobsled!

Luckily none I do not use any of the other sponsors, Juicy juice is not carried at the store I shop at, don't use Allstate, do not watch Ellen. Emril, or Orpah (last time I was Oprah was over 10 years ago).

I see alot of people say they are not going to buy from sponsors but let them know!
TLC will be bragging about the high ratings of the finale and Kate will probably get a whole new list of sponsors unless someone speaks up!

and no I'm not jealous, my husband (luckily in this economy) has a good job, because 15 years of hard work and he started building his career at 19 when his parents died leaving him to raise 9 younger kids (his choice but he did not want to split his siblings up). Guess what with one bathroom and a 1/2 acre yard of mostly dirt(imagine water gun fights, building your own bikes and playing kick the can in dirt) and the kids all turned out fine, went to college, most married and they didn't need any "culture", just a loving family, fun and hard work. I just feel sad for the gosselin kids and poor Jon soemtimes as well (though he should speak up for himself).

Pamela Jaye said...

KeeKeeT27
yes, it is bear - thank you. otherwise it would mean get naked with me ;-)

my question - i thought Kate wanted to move "somewhere warm". Why are they still in PA? We have plenty of unsellable mansions here in FL, they don't need jobs and it's not as if there are any friends left to leave.

tallblonde said...

"Long thin boxes" - those replaced the "Memory Boxes: and are thinner because Kate has sucked the fun & souls from the twins & sextuplets.....Jon's should be in there too, but Kate left it at the old house......

Concerned about the tups said...

Of course Kate was buying swim suits. They have a beautiful inground swimming pool attached to their house, likely heated. They'll hire a lifeguard and the kids will spend the entire summer out there... on the days they are not being filmed, that is. Each kid will no doubt have 3-4... maybe 10 swimming suits.

She'll certainly not take up the chance to get whatever they have during the filmed promotional freebie shopping sprees.

Duckman said...

taylor86 said...

Does Kate really carry a Chanel bag? Also, do we know if Kate has a fake tan or just lot of tanning bed sessions?

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In the season finale, you saw a bloated-looking, orange face on Kate when she was in the interview couch. In the museum footage, you saw a pale, gaunt-looking face on Kate.

Assuming there wasn't a whole lot of lag time between the museum visit and the couch interview, that would imply the use of the self-tanner that other posters have mentioned elsewhere on GWOP.

If it wasn't that, then Kate, for some unknown reason, has been using carrot cake for a foundation in her makeup routine.

Narcissism Please said...

Duckman-

in that case, maybe it's just the lighting on the frumpily no-loveseat?

Jimmy said...

Oh and here is a job idea for you Gossie. Maybe you could get a job at Sesame Street dressed up as one of the characters. That way your identity would be protected.

didew said...

I know this is trivial and incidental, but Kate did not get that fake hue from a tanning bed. Tanning beds use the same rays as the sun and cause the same chemical reaction in the skin, therefore you get the same color you would if you were out in the sun. I've never met anyone whose natural tan is orange. Kate is going to a salon and getting one of those very expensive spray tans. I guess they can look pretty good if you don't do it too much. Just another example of her greed. You can't be rich enough, thin enough, or orange enough.

maria said...

I do think Kate's tan is fake, to answer the question of the previous poster. Natural tans, whether from the sun or a tanning bed, do not have an orange hue. The orange indicates a fake tanning agent being used (lotion or spray). That being said, I don't really care. If she wants to look orange, that is her choice.

BarbieandKen said...

Jons clearly hates this. You can tell by his reaction to "one more season". It's really sad. They created his character to be so "hen-pecked" and her so dominant. He says he's not used to not "working" Kate said the good thing is he gets to work from home.

Oh Brother said...

Did any of you notice backstage when one of the Harlem Globetrotters were saying well is nice to meet you all etc...Then spoiled brat Jon boy says really bored like. "Yeah yeah okay" and dismissed them? What an un-greatful chump

GagMeWithASpoon! said...

Well I have been fascinated with this Blog these past few days because I am like most of you..watched as a viewer, then watched in disgust, then didn't watch at all because I knew 'something wasn't right with these two people'. This evening I have found the Newspaper comments from 2005..people were saying all the same things then! And they(KON) were Loudly begging for money, and Loudly rejecting help of volunteers(not good enough) vehicles not good enough...how did it carry on this long? This is Unbelievable!!! The Mainstream Media just HAS to catch on to this. I can't get over it...I am "speechless"....it is so wrong. It has already been a public fight...can't figure out why it took me so long to catch on to it..it wasn't until I went to google and put in their names, and now "I am Exhausted" from this all night reading I am doing....cant tear myself away. With so much evidence, with them being such obvious Hypocrites,how has this developed into this Circus..seems like they cannot be stopped? I still say they are like this generation's "Jim and TammyFay"..I remember them being at the helm of a huge compound, and tv show, and they had the sheeple by the millions sending money....but it all fell apart..and badly! I have already written a few letters to sponsors and tv shows, but I will do a few more....it's just gotta come out! But the children..its bad either way for them. I may have to post a few comments I see here, written by Jon himself and some written back to him by a old patient of Jon's Dentist Dad. How are they getting away with this???

GagMeWithASpoon! said...

this is from May 21,2005:
As a member of the media I have been covering this story since almost day one. When I first went to the news conference in Hershey I was so excited for the Gosselins. They seemed liked good people and they had so many people really pulling for them.

However, as time went by they became, how do I say, unlikable. They no longer seemed genuine. They had such a transparent agenda.

I was at the house the day the television crew came to film "Home Delivery" and I was just appalled at things that were said by Kate once the cameras were turned off and she thought her voice couldn't be heard. She complained about the nursery saying the murals would scare her kids and that the twin’s room was "horrendously horrendous"...a phrase I just can't forget. She then went on to say "thanks for nothing..." I couldn't believe my ears and I am not a naive person.

So, my advice to the Gosselins is...endear yourself to people....make them want to like you. You have become so very unappealing and just down right self-righteous. No one wants to help affluent self-righteous people when there are so many good people in dire straits that also need a hand. And, lastly, Kate stop talking....stop giving interviews, stop pleading for help, stop. You are beginning to sound a bit like a nut...a selfish, wish-you-could-change-your-mind kind of mother as well.

GagMeWithASpoon! said...

this is from readingeagle.com
May24,2005

I think what caused the hostility was Mrs. Gosselins statement that taking care of eight children herself was not fair. Since when is it not fair to take care of your children that you decided to have?

GagMeWithASpoon! said...

They had many volunteers but turned them away.
I also know several people who have met the Gosselins and were treated very rudely.
Also I have a friend that emailed
from readingeagle.com Jun 2005

Wow, he really does have an arrogant attitude. Is it just me...or does it seem like he did a public goodbye just to get more attention? And to allow people to know that his poor little feelings were hurt because not many people agreed with him?

Just more begging for his 30 seconds of...added fame.

Duckman said...

Blogger Narcissism Please said...

Duckman-

in that case, maybe it's just the lighting on the frumpily no-loveseat?

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I'm not quite that up on the various color temperatures, but I'm pretty sure that incandescent, fluorescent, and natural lighting don't shift the color spectrum towards the orange range.

The other day, aol.com had a link to a shopper's guide to self-tanners. Apparently, the cheap stuff not only smells, but it also turns you orange. Wonder if Jon is having trouble with a smell coming from the other side of the interview couch.

dcbeds said...

fostersmom their not going to chicago their doing via satilite ( sorry I can not spell that)

Nightwing184 said...

You know what is sad that when you watch old episodes, you see Jon working. When they re-did the attic to be the twins rooms and then he had to put the beds together, he did all the work (Kate was still a jerk saying "i have to watch the kids again for the 6th straight day, and he gets to hide") But Jon used to seem like a good enough guy. Now it's just, oh woe is me.

maria said...

I was at the house the day the television crew came to film "Home Delivery" and I was just appalled at things that were said by Kate once the cameras were turned off and she thought her voice couldn't be heard. She complained about the nursery saying the murals would scare her kids and that the twin’s room was "horrendously horrendous"...a phrase I just can't forget. She then went on to say "thanks for nothing..." I couldn't believe my ears and I am not a naive person.
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At least she waited until the cameras were turned off to say it, right? I must agree, I saw that show and I thought the makeover was horrible.

Pink said...

Other thoughts.....
Yes, Kate was flirting with Jeff, the new interviewer, and it came across as sickening.

I was so turned-off while watching the shopping excursion at her two favorite stores. Her announcement of "I'm Home" while entering Ann Taylor's Loft caused me to gag. Do these people/producers/TLC have no concept of the state of our ecomony? Such poor timing....why rub the Gosselin's great fortune in the face of a nation in crisis?

Kate said they tromped into the hair salon and then proceeded to mow the kids hair???? But what really blew me away was her favoritism towards Hannah's long hair. This while berating and belittling Cara's hair and then demanding she get it cut. Watching sweet Cara cry was so heartbreaking. When Hannah came to show Kate her 1/8" trim, Kate said "Oh, you look gorgeosis". Yes, she really said that. One day the other kids will resent all of this favoritism towards Hannah, if they don't already.

Kate is an abrasive, annoying, caustic presence in those kids' lives. Her treatment of Jon was once again so severe I could hardly watch. When the show ended, I felt heartsick for the family, and saw a woman that is even colder & more heartless than before. I could see evilness emanating from her. I know this sounds dramatic, but that's how Kate's atrocious, ugly behavior affects me.

robin said...

I wonder if Mady didn't get to go out on the floor b/c she wants less camera time. I can see Kate doing that. "You don't want to so the show, you don't get the perks!"

Can Mom said...

Great review Fostermom. Really enjoy your comments. Did anyone notice how after the globtrotter game Kate was behind the kids taking inventory of all the free stuff. She comes off very ungrateful.
I can't believe the way she talks to Jon. My husband and I would never talk to each other this way. He was trying to compliment her about her clothing and she bit his face off. I keep expecting him to stand up and walk out of the interview or throw a pillow at her. I doubt she would see the pillow coming with that ridicules hair flap in her face.

LB said...

I’m not sure if anyone realizes how expensive the specially-made jersey shirts the players gave away to the Gosselins…are you sitting down? $1,200 for 10 shirts! (That is if Kate received one too). That’s disgusting! They are selling them at 120 a pop for personalized shirts on their website. Oh my god, that is in additional to the expensive freebies they received for ‘appearing’ at their game: free courtside tickets, private meet & greet with the players, bags of goodies AND $120 PERSONALIZED SHIRTS. AHHH! I’m so mad! What did they do to receive such special treatment at a game? The Harlem Globetrotters do charity work but the children are certainly not a charity case any longer. That should have stopped years ago. I’ve already written to the Harlem Globetrotters about coddling with the Gosselins and showcasing them like they are celebrities. I got a reply back so I’m going to write back and ask about the $1,200 shirts they gave away. I encourage everyone to write to the Harlem Globetrotters for their bad decision and poor judgment to be associated with the Gosselins in that matter.

Steph said...

I recently moved and the long thin boxes contained my breakable framed art (for me anyway). They look like what movers call 'mirror boxes'. That's what I assumed was in the boxes at J&K's house but had to wonder about my assumptions cause I never saw any art hanging on the walls of their old house!

Steph said...

Jupiter said:
I don't know if they were pulling a PR stunt or if they were at Mr. Chows because they hoped to glimpse a celebrity themselves. What if there was no agenda? Couldn't it be possible that this couple from PA was in HOLLYWOOD and they wanted to go to one of the happening places there? I don't see why it was wrong for them to go there.

Mr Chow's is THE place papparazzi always stake out to get pics of celebrities (please don't get the impression I think J&K are in the same class as celebrities!). Of all the fantastic hot-spot restaurants in LA I think the timing of their needed PR 'appearance' at Mr.Chows speaks much louder than simply wanting a nice dinner or to see some stars. Sure, it could be a coincidence, but considering their recent controvercial press, the phony cliffhanger of a finale, the fake questions about a next season,and questions surrounding their marriage, IMO their appearance at Mr.Chows was a well planned and timed outing and was just that -- an 'appearance'.

Steph said...

KeeKeeT27 said...
I have a question - there was mention in the recap of the "tups'" 3 hour nap. WHAT THE HECK???

Kate used to have a helper who came daily. Kate would put the tups down for a nap at 1:00 and leave the house to run errands, grocery shop, etc, (she even did a show about this routine) so she'd be back home with her work done in time to ALLOW the tups to leave their rooms and come downstairs at 4pm.

So, whether the tups slept for 3 hours or not, they were not permitted to leave their bedrooms until she went upstairs to get them. As far as I could tell this seemed to go on for at least 2 seasons. And, she still talked about them taking naps in episodes shown this past month. I don't know how long those naps last, but if past history is any predicter I'm betting they aren't permitted to get up when they're ready, but rather to get up when SHE tells them they can leave their rooms.

Everything Kate did was like nap time. She fed them on the same schedule, each getting exactly the same quantity of the same things, everything on schedule - no matter what. Nice if it works for you, but not very personal or individualized IMO especially with sextuplets when it's a struggle for them to be themselves rather than a group of 6. But, I'm not Kate and not trying TO keep them alike.

shrinkydink said...

Mr Chow's is THE place papparazzi always stake out to get pics of celebrities (please don't get the impression I think J&K are in the same class as celebrities!). Of all the fantastic hot-spot restaurants in LA I think the timing of their needed PR 'appearance' at Mr.Chows speaks much louder than simply wanting a nice dinner or to see some stars. Sure, it could be a coincidence, but considering their recent controvercial press, the phony cliffhanger of a finale, the fake questions about a next season,and questions surrounding their marriage, IMO their appearance at Mr.Chows was a well planned and timed outing and was just that -- an 'appearance'.

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Agreed. The food there isn't very good, and it's very expensive. There are about 1 million better, hipper restaurants to go to in L.A if they were trying to be tourists. One would only go to Mr. Chow to have their picture taken (e.g., Britney Spears was there on her birthday flashing her ass to the paps during her flipping out period). It's so obvious and so tacky...so perfectly unoriginal and Gosselin.