Bye Old House recap

Please remember that K8 Is Gr8 is a character invented for your reading pleasure. Both her K8 love and her financial circumstances are to be taken tongue in cheek.

K8 Is Gr8 is back with another recap. Even K8 Is Gr8 is finding it hard going to watch the recent episodes of Jon and Kate Plus Eight. Even though she loves Kate and identifies with her completely, it is becoming more and more difficult for her as you will see here. We can all understand that, can’t we? continue

Submitted by K8 Is Gr8

72 comments:

fostersmom said...

Hey, all you jealous meanies! It’s me, K8 Is Gr8. The folks at Gosselins Without Pity asked me back to do another recap. I guess it’s up to me to defend America’s Favorite Mother Of Multiples, not that I mind. You meanies have really said a lot of awful things about Kate lately: she’s too tan, she’s too thin, she’s too mean (well, takes one to know one! LOL!), she’s too hoity toity now that she is a bona fide celebrity. Well, I am going to use my recap today as a way to show all of you that Kate has not lost that common touch; I am going to point out just a few of the ways that Kate Gosselin and I are alike (and not just because quite a few ladies at my church have said that we now look like sisters since I got Kate’s haircut! LOL!).

Now, I don’t know exactly why, but I couldn’t seem to get into the episode this week. Hello, TLC…surely you could be filming more with America’s #1 Mom than her cleaning her old house and then talking about cleaning her old house! Kate’s a star! She’s been on The 700 Club! That nasty Joel person talks about her just about every week on his television show! She did a thingy in Indianapolis a couple of weeks ago and my sister in law Jo Deena went. Jo Deena has been to see other authors at the same store, and the last one of them she saw graciously autographed her book, posed for a picture, and answered questions from the audience, as well as when she went up for the autograph. Unfortunately, our Kate was unable to do anything but autograph the book. Too many people in the line, and then there was the bodyguard. Kate needs that bodyguard, because her body has gotten so tanned, and well toned lately. Being famous certainly seems to agree with America’s favorite mother of multiples. Well, anyway, Jo Deena said that the only other time she had seen such crowds was when we saw Elvis at Market Square Arena back in 1977, when we were just kids. Like I said, Kate’s a star!

The production crew at TLC should be giving her a chance to really shine! I mean, I really love her tan and her new clothes and her new diamond ring and all the makeup she wears, but you know that TLC needs to step it up when even we Kate fans find the episode, well, lacking a bit in its usual adorableness. Is that a word, adorableness?

Well, I guess that leads into the comparisons between me and Kate, that I am creating my own words for my recap, LOL! I guess the first comparison I would make between Kate and I is that we are both good Christians. We both know our Bible and we go to church. What’s more, we live try to live our faith. Now, you might remember, my husband and I are kind of in a rough patch right now. We lost our jobs at DHL a couple of months ago and it has been very stressful. It would be easy to turn our backs on Christ and invite Satan into our hearts, but we don’t. We just pray harder than ever, and our family is in the tenth pew at our church every single Sunday! I’m positive that Kate is the same way. No matter how famous she becomes, I am sure that she has plenty to time for her church and for Her Lord. I mean, she has Bible verses all over her house, right? Although I must tell you, I wonder how she makes it to church on the Sundays where she gives her talks? What’s more, I wonder if God considers that “doing His work,” especially since she gets paid for it? I’m sure she donates quite a lot, if not all, of the money she makes back to her church.

I can rely on our many friends and neighbors in a time of need, just like Kate did. As I said, unemployment has settled in our household and it seems to like it there. Our bank account has dwindled to nothing. We sure could use one of those magic couches of Jon and Kate’s right about now, LOL! The truth is, we can’t pay our bills now, much like Jon and Kate couldn’t when the Tups were born. And, much like Kate Gosselin did, we have had the kindness and caring of our friends, neighbors, and even strangers to spell us. It might be a casserole that shows up on our porch. Our pastor came over the other evening with a big bucket of chicken, saying, “I accidentally ordered extra.” (I think God will forgive him for that little white lie.) After our electricity was turned off, some nice man paid our bill so we would still have heat. We still don’t know who that was, but are we ever grateful, and we pray for him. Well, is this any different Nana Janet and the many helpers who came to the Gosselins’ rescue with their time, their money, their merchandise, and their money?

Maybe it’s all that’s been going on in my house that made me not enjoy Kate’s look back at her old house so much. It was funny to see the old house without furniture, without camera crews, without screaming and hitting little ones. You could just tell that seeing the old house made her sentimental, in her own unique Kate Being Kate way. Sure, she says that she doesn’t have any kind of sentiment for things. Then again, who was sure to pick up the “memory boxes” for her children a couple of months after they actually moved? Sounds like the work of an old softie to me!

Of course, with kids being kids, Kate was pestered constantly during her arduous task of organizing several pieces of “stuff” in the basement. Kate, with her usual wisecracking style, wasn’t having it when the kids came downstairs telling tales of violence at the hands of, well surprise, surprise, their wonderful big sister, Mady. Hey, kids! Give your mom a break already! She’s got so much on her plate that she has to go to the spa constantly, just to unwind! I took a leaf from Kate’s book and tried to unwind in a hot oatmeal bath the other night. Unfortunately, I put in too much and it turned to a big bowl of breakfast. It would have been a catastrophe, had the Food Finders not been handing out raisins and bananas in their pick-up boxes this week.

Maybe I was just tired this week, but the rest of the episode is kind of a blur to me. I did notice that the kids were eating Pizza Hut for lunch. I didn’t know that Pizza Hut made organic food! And leave it to that Coupon Queen to provide a healthy and thrifty lunch for her large brood. I’ll be sure to look for coupons (another way that I am exactly like Kate) for the organic pizza. My husband and I could use a treat, and maybe with the coupons and no sodas, we can swing it.

Well, the time came for Kate and the Gosselin clan to say goodbye to their old house. Kate being Kate, she wasn’t sentimental about it, at all. Eyes always on the prize, my husband says about Kate, with disgust in his voice. After all, Kate was sure to remind us that her old house, where she lived for all of 2 ½ years, was too cramped, too “claustrophobic.” I guess Kate wanted to remind all of us again that their move to the mansion was a good thing. (Do you see what you naysaying ninnies make her do?)

And that brings me to the biggest similarity between Kate and me these days. You see, my husband and I had to say “Bye, Old House!” to our home this week, too. I guess that’s where the similarity stops, though. We tried like crazy to keep from going into foreclosure, but with no money and no jobs, we couldn’t. So we had to pack up all of our things, too, and leave the house where we have lived since we bought it in 1987. Well, actually we had to leave a lot of stuff behind, because we moved in with my sister and her husband in Nashville, and they didn’t have room for all of our stuff. We had our sons take our furniture to St. Vincent de Paul, and told them to make the donation in the name of “the nice man who paid our electric bill.” You’d better believe that I took every shred of memories that I could find, though, and boxed them up. We raised two sons in that house. One son is coming with us to Nashville. Our other son did have to drop out of college and is headed for basic training in April. That house was the house where we brought home our babies. We scrimped and saved to buy it, and I remember eating dinner on the floor with my husband the first night we slept there. It was the house where we celebrated birthdays, Christmases, countless Thanksgiving dinners. It was alive always with the sounds of children laughing, the television blaring, and yes, even parents yelling. It was OUR house, and now we had to say “Bye” to it and to our town and to all of our old friends.

So, in that way, I am NOT like America’s Favorite Hardworking Fashion Plate. I am terribly sentimental. On the day we left for Nashville, our pastor and a ton of our friends from our church and the neighborhood came over to say goodbye and wish us well. Pastor gave us a cooler full of goodies to snack on for our trip. Our neighbors, who I love and miss so much, took up a collection in a ball cap and gave us some traveling money for our trip.

But my favorite gesture, by far, was the quilt. A group of lady friends from our church got together and made us a quilt with what must be hundreds of different colors and patterns. “So you’ll never forget us,” they said, crying and hugging me. I’ve had it draped around my shoulders as I typed these words.

Submitted by K8 is Gr8

Its A Good Thing said...

HA I love it! Well worth the wait and much more enjoyable than the actual show Im sure (I haven't watched in about a month now)

Its A Good Thing said...

I just remembered this; why didn't Kate take the plant from her grandma? Remember when they moved to the old house and she was all upset and ran at the last minute to dig up a plant from her grandma (I think that is who it was from) she was sad because it was the last thing she had or something like that. Anyway she made a big deal about the plant, digging it up and riding to the new house with it in her lap and then planting it right away. Maybe she did take it this move too but I doubt it. I guess it just shows how much Kate has changed, trivial things like plants passed on from one generation to the other no longer matter when you have a gardener to pick out all new from the store.

Deb said...

Thank you for a well written, funny yet poignant recap. It made me cry. You nailed it.

ScarySkierNewJersey said...

Our Pizza Hut does have a natural pizza, is this akin to organic? Maybe she bought a few of those!!!

This was one boring episode, and you did a great job recapping. Is it me or since J&K took over this mess, the episodes are yawners?

I will say a prayer for you and your family. We had a DHL distribution place in my town and lots of people lost their jobs. Hopefully, things will turn around for you. If you are ever in NJ, dinner is on me!

Kate said...

Wow, an entry that has very little to do with the Gosselins, yet so moving and touching, I'm sitting here in tears. Your family is one of millions going through an extremely difficult time. Mine included and I guess one of the few things we can be thankful for right now is that we, unlike the Gosselins, are appreciative for what we DO have and value our families.

Damage Control said...

Fostersmom,
You really put things into perspective (not that the average person-read NOT K8-didn't have that already!) Makes me loathe K8 just a little bit (ok A LOT) more. Selfish, greedy B....!
Best of luck to you and your family, I hope life looks up for you and yours soon!

Shirmeen said...

I have already stopped watching this program but after reading this post.... I am speechless. So many big things are happening in this world and that woman is still ungrateful for what she has.
I fell so sorry for your K8 is GR8. I will always keep you in my prayers.

leesehere said...

I love the recap...very sarcastic very Kate like........
As for your real reality...may you be able to start again and make new memories in a new home! May you always have a sense of humor.
May you NEVER compare yourself to Kate again..........
humm..do you know how to bend or spin the truth? You could be rich.....Sorry felt compelled too.....

cdnmom47 said...

Beautifully written. You certainly do show us that a move from a neighborhood, even if you have only lived there for a short time, can be difficult, emotional, and if you are leaving cherished neighbors and friends behind, very heartbreaking.

It's obvious that the Gosselins had no such ties to their neighborhood. I can't imagine not having relationships with my neighbors. When our kids were younger we all watched out for each others kids and enjoyed sharing a coffee on one anothers' front steps in the evenings.

How sad that Jon and Kate's kids don't have that extended 'family' of loved ones to even miss them, now that they've moved. There apparently was no sign of neighbors dropping by to say 'so long' when they left. With the horrible way that Kate treats people, they were probably applauding when they finally pulled away for the last time.

fostersmom...you are obviously blessed with many friends and family who love you...that is a gift far more precious than any of the Whirlpool washers, fancy furnishings or million dollar homes Kate will own. Unfortunately, she probably won't realize the unimportance of material things until it's too late.

If I had to choose, I'd rather have your life than hers...no question.

Anonymous said...

Just a reminder, that the intro to this piece says that K8 the G8 is a fictional character, as is her financial situation. I think that the writer just meant to draw a contrast between the difficulties that so many people are facing in these hard times and the lifestyle that the Gosselins now lead.

flatmouse said...

Well done! Tears here as well. Touching! Best of luck to you and your family. Sad that so many families are also going through such a sad time in their lives. When I read such real life, heart-felt words like yours, it makes Kate's words of memories and all that blah blah blah sound so incredibly hollow.

Grammier said...

Oh dear, the disclaimer was not enough, people, people, people, K8 Is Gr8 is a character, and neither her love of Kate or her financial situation are real. She is a fictional character, and her situation is a fictional situation, one that is very real to many people, but not to this particular person.

Also, it was not recapped by fostersmom, but by someone who is using the name K8 Is Gr8. Fostersmom posted it for the writer.

SandyW said...

Great writing. You nailed why it was a totally unnecessary show. But I am glad it aired because I am sure that more than a few sheeple are fearing foreclosure.

Showing that Jon and Kate are so rich they can buy a house and use the old house as a storage shed for months -- cause they can't be bothered with having to sell it.

Onomatopoeia said...

Great recap!! While the post content was fictional, it's actually happening all over the country. I dare say that the Gosselins even give a hoot.

Oprah's producers and research staff need to take a peek at this blog and others like it. While the situation obviously doesn't warrant an exposé by Lisa Ling and NG, perhaps they need to be a bit more cautious about who they call on to give an expert opinion. J&K are definitely not experts about anything except the art of the scam.

Jackie said...

I have to be honest, here. I like the good, old-fashioned, sarcastic recaps better. (Sorry.)

There was plenty of "horribly horrible" material on this episode, so I don't get it. The actual show was only mentioned briefly starting at the 6th paragraph - instead of a recap, it's a short story.

Sorry GWOP. You lost me on this one.

Just Me said...

Perfection.

?WHY? said...

I cried when I read the recap. I lived in Mesa, Az up until 6 months ago. We lost our first and only home. The part about packing up and leaving made me sad. It hit real close to home. I've been spending the last six months in shame. We've made so many bad financial decisions and my husband was out of work for a year. Here's hoping no one ever has to go through what we have had to endure . . . I do know this Kate's moving day and mine were very different. Sorry to say so much I know we are all strangers. Hope you are all doing ok though.

AnnieD said...

This was one of the worst episodes for me. I work with refugees and one of our favourite pastimes is to go ‘curb-surfing’ on garbage day. We have gotten great stuff for new families over the years, and had a blast in the process. But lately the “pickins” have been slim. K8’s disdain for ‘stuff’ was maddening – to refer to perfectly new, barely used items as ‘junk’ when they are so badly needed elsewhere was disheartening. Good for her to be able to toss anything that hasn’t been needed in three months. The families I work with stuff clothes that kids will need 3-4 years from now under their beds.
K8 the G8 are not fictional at all. We all know them, and they remind us how rich and truly privileged we can be in the face of hardship.

ruthy said...

I loved the recap!

I agree with most and think that Kate didn't show enough sentiment for the old house.

I remember 4 1/2 years ago when we moved out of our first house...

We had only been married one year and were so proud to buy it....

Our first dog.. (who we had to put down this past Sept. after 14 years with him)....

Brought our first son home...

His new nursery....

I could go on and on!

When we built our new home (6,000 sq. feet and I am very humble about it!) I didn't want to leave! There were too many memories! I stood in the driveway and cried and cried! I still do when I to drive by it!


Kate doesn't get it. The memory boxes had to be empty. My three year old son's is so heavy you can't lift it. If you think about though... you have the bear project, coloring a house, dot art, Jon's project when Kate was gone, Valentine backpacks....
Can anyone think of anything else? Anyone... Faris? Faris Bueller?

laura linger said...

Jackie, I like the traditional recaps better, too. I'm quite sure there was a reason why the recap was done this way, and I think it points more to the fact that there is less and less material on this show with which to be funny. Writers can only do so much with the material they are given. And you must admit, Kate was particularly repugnant this episode. Her behavior is no longer "recappable," I think, in a traditional sense. She is so awful and unwatchable, especially when you contrast how her biggest defenders (white, middle America, Christian) are suffering right now in this country. It's astonishing, actually.

SandyW said...

AnnieD
Yes 'stuff' is beneath her. Most community charities will gladly come and remove donated 'stuff'. Her tossing habits are very wasteful.

This week Oprah talked about waste. She said picks up pennies and that she even saves toast reasoning it will be even toastier the next day.

IAmNew said...

I haven't watched regularly since their 4th of July "vacation". I got tired of seeing them go on free vacation after free vacation. I also couldn't stand it how Kate would blindside Jon and belittle him in front of people when he wouldn't act fast enough for her. It's almost like Jon can't be his own person. She treats him like he is supposed to read her mind. It was scary how she becomes less and less of a human being. It sounds like things haven't gotten any better. I'm glad I'm not watching, although I'm fascinated this show is still on with all the protests. I watched the Duggars show when the other large family came to visit. Michelle Duggar was so warm and friendly and made sure her 18 guests had everything available to them. Those people genuinely were grateful for their relationship with the other family and shared whatever they could. As hip and happening as Kate is, she could sure use a lesson from Michelle Duggar on kindness, respect and human decency. I'd rather clean Michelle Duggar's bathrooms (maybe not that extreme but you get my point) then spend a dollar to hear Kate speak at my church. (isn't that sad that I have to pay my church to hear someone speak there? its almost unBiblical)

gameover said...

I listened to a radio show today and they were discussing the future of reality shows in this economy. It seems that the public are not interested in seeing how the rich and famous live anymore but rather are looking for more "blue collar" type shows.
People are fed up with shows like Real Housewives of Orange County where everything revolves around material possessions.
We'll see!

Jane said...

?WHY? said...
I cried when I read the recap. I lived in Mesa, Az up until 6 months ago. We lost our first and only home. The part about packing up and leaving made me sad. It hit real close to home. I've been spending the last six months in shame. We've made so many bad financial decisions and my husband was out of work for a year. Here's hoping no one ever has to go through what we have had to endure . . . I do know this Kate's moving day and mine were very different. Sorry to say so much I know we are all strangers. Hope you are all doing ok though.

I'm sorry to hear about your troubles Why. I'm struggling too, with things feeling like they are quickly spiraling out of control. Sometimes I can't sleep at night, like tonight, and I get up and surf the net, hoping to distract my mind. This recap was definitely poignant, even though the writer was creating a fictional character -- it was well written and painfully realistic to what many are dealing with right now. To see Kate's behavior is just sickening to me.

She seems heartless. I remember that my son and I lived for five months in this townhouse I dubbed "spider central," before we could move into our current home. It had these big oak trees that grew right outside, which I guess is where all the spiders came from. I was killing spiders every day - ewwwwwwwwwww! I hate spiders. I had the wierdest, most unfriendly neighbors. I hated living there. But yet I have some special memories of time spent there. My son thought his room was like a tree fort. He was only five, yet he helped me put together a book shelf that we still have to this day. We used to walk to the school down the street and he could play on the climbing bars and equipment. No matter where you live, there are shared memories. Well, for most of us there are - but I guess not Kate.

Why is this show still on the air? And why is Oprah Winfrey publicizing it? I used to like Oprah, but I think she's completely out of touch with normal reality, which is why she thinks Kate is a good role model for women. Shame on you Oprah.

ErikandRileysmom said...

Once again, I am so sorry for the state of some of the bloggers on this site as well as our own family.
This J & K show is just too ridiculous to watch anymore as the people who appreciate things as well as family ties and memories that must be left behind, are not included in this type of show.
It breaks my heart to watch how they are living when we just got approved (after 16 years of hard work) for government assistance. It is embarrassing, but something I hope is temporary until my husband finds another job.
I can't even buy food for the pets, nevermind buying a new pet.. Luckily my 16 year old has gotten a job and is still doing well in school despite the added stress. Love & best wishes to all!
Dee Morva aka/
Erik&Rileysmom

alana said...

?WHY? said:

"We've made so many bad financial decisions..."

?WHY?, your comments went right to my heart. Please don't despair...

There are all kinds of flip cliches I was tempted to say to you, like "nothing stays the same like change..." "it's always darkest before the dawn..." blah blah blah.
Cliches just don't do it when I'm in the thick of it; in fact, they make me want to SCREAM at the Suzy Sunshine saying them "Wipe that stupid optimistic smile off your face - I'm in trouble and I'm scared and I hurt beyond words and this is NEVER going to end..."

I'm glad I found your post tonight, ?WHY?
I'm so sorry you're having such a hard time. I'm glad you found GWoP. Your post was NOT too long - that's why we're here.
Please know you're in my prayers. And know that you're NOT alone.

alana

June C said...

AnnieD said...

This was one of the worst episodes for me. I work with refugees and one of our favorite pastimes is to go ‘curb-surfing’ on garbage day. We have gotten great stuff for new families over the years, and had a blast in the process.
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When I lived in Germany, they had what we called "Junking Day" Instead of just throwing usuable thing away, on big trash day, they would put out things like furniture to be picked up. We would check the paper to see which area had their things out that day and go the night before and get a lot of free stuff. The Germans would put out cabinets with the keys tucked inside, working lamps, antiques and I even found a German sewing basket which we Americans usually paid big bucks for. It was a lot of fun, we got good free stuff, and the Germans got rid of their unwanted things. Too bad we don't do that here, it's a win-win situation.

SuzyQ said...

This episode was beyond phony and staged - who cleans a house wearing the clothes Kate wore? She wasn't even dirty or sweaty at the end of it all - totally unrealisitic and boring to watch.

OH - and those bangs - ugh...she kept trying to tuck them behind her ear over and over again, no wonder she is so frustrated all the time. Ever heard of a bobby pin or a hair clip, Kate? I guess not, since your daughters have their hair in their faces all the time too.

Liked the recap - it certainly puts things in perspective. We are in the middle of a global recession and we've got spoiled "reality" families moving into McMansions and throwing "stuff" away.

AnnieD said...

I am not poor (though I have been) and know a lot of rich people who make a difference, who care about how others are able to work and live. I do not begrudge anyone’s success or wealth, but Kate rakes it in and flagrantly disregards EVERYTHING. “We should have just taken it all to a dumpster, ‘cause if you can live without it for three months, you should be able to live without if for a lifetime.” In one sentence she reveals that they are socially irresponsible, have no regard for the environment, and way, way too much money. They are the antithesis of everything Oprah has ever stood for and believed in. If she empowers this couple, I will lose all respect for her as well.

Moons in Leo said...

Oh Lordy be! I've come to rely on the recaps for my weekly dose of humor. Unfortunately this is so close to the misery of real life that I'm crying, not laughing.

Not to insult anyone, but can we please not do this again?

Although I haven't watched the show in over 6 months, surely there is something amusing left?

Sandy said...

Just reading about memory boxes. My 16 yr. old has a 3 foot tall hamper filled with "crap" (sorry my word) she has had since toddler days filled with all kinds of stuff that I always tell her to get rid of. I just realized this is her "memory box". I had never thought of this before and I will never mention getting rid of it again!

Exhausted said...

Do you think now that J&K have gotten more creative control over their show and that they no longer have much family to give them some perspective, that they are becoming odd like Michael Jackson or Britney Spears (during her bad patch)? It seems that people who still have "bosses" for their jobs or people who are grounded by family are less susceptible to this, but J&K seem to be in their own bizarre world now.

Sidney said...

Grammier said...
Oh dear, the disclaimer was not enough, people, people, people, K8 Is Gr8 is a character, and neither her love of Kate or her financial situation are real. She is a fictional character, and her situation is a fictional situation, one that is very real to many people, but not to this particular person.
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K8 is Gr8 is a fictional character, much like Kate Gosselin. Kate Gosselin created her fictional character from a fun-loving, humorous young wife and mother who worked-- and worked hard -- at raising twins and tups, along with her husband, Jon Gosselin, who also worked, and with other folks who kindly stopped in to fold laundry and help out in many other things.

Jon called himself an IT analyst, though he was a fictional analyst all along. Analysts get good wages and benefits. Jon was more like a man who took phone calls from his wife, who wanted him to talk to his little kids on the phone, while he was at work.

My husband would have never had time to talk to his little kids on the phone while at work. I would never have called him at work and ask him to talk to the kids just to cheer them up. Few Dads could share that unique experience.

Anyway, Kate began to morph into some fictional Kate who humiliated her husband at every turn and who became orange with huge white teeth and hair that resembles a skunk's behind. Her bare feet, tee shirts and shorts morphed into an horrendously horrendous yellow jacket, tight pants and high heels.

Her ear-rings became her security blanket and she pulls and fingers them as she blah, blah, blahs from that not-so-loving love seat where she complains that Jon breathes too loud.

Gone are the days when she would playfully call her babies "Piggies" and would laugh at the cute things the kids sad and did.

The days of fun for this family seem to have become only memories. Kate loves memories. She drug her babies hither, thither and yon, even though they were much too young to enjoy much of it, but it is a good thing she loves memories, and family-unity experiences, because those days, no matter how much the kids cried, seem to be gone. But they do have those memories.

In fact, all of America can share those memories with her, all of the good, the bad and the ugly are out there forever.

Ever yearn for those good old days?

mollybloom said...

I'm wondering why I didn't snag a deal to put my kids on TV when they were little and cute. Now, they're in college, and I'm stuck with this boring four-bedroom home in the burbs and a daily commute to a job, where I'm actually expected to use my education and training. No one gives my husband and me love offerings, and I couldn't sell a photo of my family if I tried. We actually have to pay for vacation trips, and I do love to ski, by the way. Oh, my hair just lies flat, no matter what I do to it. Well, it's no wonder that a stupid old cat lady like me is teeming with jealousy for the golden couple.

Stefanie said...

I think this recap really hits home. I know that it is hard for us to read, but it is the REALITY of our world today. This is what is going on now, and it only proves what horrible people Kon are. They should truly be ashamed of themselves.

marisa said...

This recap was funny, but I also agree with Jackie. The whole "taking down the swingset" section was entirely skipped over!

I love how Jon became very Kate-like saying how difficult it was, when there were two or three other sets of hands obviously helping. The whole episode was Kate complaining about all the junk she has and barking orders at Jon to do this and get rid of that. Classic.

Jessica said...

I just want to point out that Kate's new figure most likely has taken at least 40 minutes of her time, 3 days a week to acquire. While time spent on one's fitness is admirable, I don't believe an ordinary mom of 8 would have this kind of time to commit to working out. Her new body is evident of the time spent away from her children.

KONarefreeloaders said...

Our house is going up for auction next week, and TLC thinks that everyone should be so excited for these freeloaders. SAD =-(

KONarefreeloaders said...

This was *our house*, that my husband and I worked SO HARD FOR. We bought it in '99 and lived there happily for 9 years, and now because of greedy people using the system, people having more and more kids so that they dont have to work, and because of financial institutions overextending themselves this is where we hard working people are.....

Now my husband and I who both have good jobs(thank you Lord), but because of a life changing surgery 3 years ago we got behind on our house payments, and they said they were trying to work with us, yeah right...... So now we have lost our home and because we worked with the mortgage company to save our house for 3 years, they then turned on us and still are selling it next week. So then because we put all of our money into saving the house, we got behind on other things, but those things didnt matter if the house was gone. So now, my husband and I make more money than we ever did, the mortgage company will not work with us, the bank just came and took my car because I was trying tot save my house, and now we have to start all over.

BUT..... I would rather be where I am, loosing my house that we worked hard for (its breaking my heart, I loved everything about that house even if it was a measly 990 square feet), loosing my car( I will drive junkers from now on, I dont care anymore), but I have 2 kids that love me, a husband that loves me, and we all live in a new area with better schools and neighborhood. We are blessed even tho most would say that we are not. STUFF does not matter, its what is IN the memory boxes, not the box itself.

2 years ago if you had told me that I would be OK with loosing my house, car and alot of other stuff I would fave said you were crazy, but I would rather be ME with my family, than a fake person like Kate, with no family, and alot of stuff.

Diane said...

I didn't quite see how this was an actual recap either. It was well written and the point came across but as a person who did not watch the episode when it aired, I was looking forward to an actual humorous retelling of events from that episode. This was not it. Surely it was a post worth reading, but not a recap.

AnnieD said...

KONarefreeloaders, amen. You are SO right. Give me my family, my in-laws, my friends, over any amount of money or 'stuff'.

Kelly O said...

I have to agree with many of you in the comments. I loved this show at first because it seemed real, and there were no problems with trying to be perfect... I wondered if that is how I would be in that same position.

And now it's just sad. The things you read in books or articles are not the same things I see watching that show each day. I do watch it still, but I find myself more and more looking at her and thinking "how on earth can you talk to your husband that way?" Nevermind the way the children get treated sometimes. It's the Kate show, and everyone else is along for the ride.

I was very disappointed to see the way things were handled during the move. I had been under the impression they were very much about recycling, reusing, etc. It would have been a great opportunity to highlight a local charity and do a huge donation of the things they didn't need. (I could even overlook that huge house they're in now, had there been a bit more "let's pass along what we've been blessed with now that we don't need it anymore.")

I'm still unemployed. My husband finally found a job after six months out of work. It's great they've found a way to support their family, but I think it's a shame that it seems to have come at the cost of losing those things I think we loved about them at the beginning. Sidney said it so much better than I could.

Elena said...

It was bad enough to watch them move into the $1.3 million mansion, but to know they could buy it without selling their old house? I was disgusted. Rub it in America's faces just a LITTLE more how wealthy you are. Oh, wait -- you said "We needed this," right? Because a 5 bedroom home in a nice neighborhood is not enough for you -- except as a "storage shed" as one commenter said here. Ugh.

By the way, I like the sarcastic recaps better too, but in this case, comparing KON to middle America just emphasizes how irrelevant this show has become. Good job!

laura linger said...

I am K8 Is Gr8.

It was not an episode worthy of a recap in the traditional sense. It was a nauseating half hour filled with crass consumerism and hubris.

I worked with the outstanding moderators at this site regarding this piece, and they gave it the final OK, with some well-deserved edits.

The truth is, it is becoming harder and harder for recappers to find any sort of humor in this ugly little excuse for a show. I know that that is certainly the case for me. I wanted to call TLC and Kon out on their ridiculous attitudes toward wealth and houses and "stuff," as Kate would put it, when so many Americans are in the leanest times of their lives. The contrast is jarring, and certainly not the stuff of comedy.

I'm retiring the K8 is Gr8 character. Thanks to all of you who complimented my writing.

Laura Linger

?WHY? said...

Laura Linger,

Your wrong to retire k8 is gr8 character. A true writer [and I do believe in my heart that your are] touches on all emotions. Your piece last night tore me up....but don't you see its because you are a great writer?!

Don't retire K8 and never quit writing.

Indy mom of 3 said...

Laura,

Your writing is exceptional! I was in tears at work trying to figure out how much I could send to your family to buy groceries. I had to go back to the main page to make sure it was just a story.

I wish you weren't retiring your character. You definitely have talent.

LiveUrLifeNotTheirs said...

In fact, all of America can share those memories with her, all of the good, the bad and the ugly are out there forever.

Ever yearn for those good old days?

3/06/2009 9:08 AM


With all due respect? NO Because I never lived my life throught this show or "Family"; I have my own life, my OWN children --who wouldv'e thunk it?? Living your own life?????
Some people are/were Waaay too caught up in the Gosselins and their "cute kids" who, Btw, aren't any cuter than a LOT of kids I see around my own town!!

Sidney said...

KONarefreeloaders said...
Our house is going up for auction next week, and TLC thinks that everyone should be so excited for these freeloaders. SAD =-(
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I am so sad for you. At least a lot of what you wrote is sad. But I am also proud of you for being OK with what you have now. You can look yourself in the mirror and know you did your very best. Now you will find a new way to go on. You will. You and your hubby are both working and life is good.

I wish you the very best!

wramblinwreck said...

"Surely it was a post worth reading, but not a recap."


I agree. I think we're all aware of the grim realities facing most Americans today, and frankly I come to this site to forget about the latest bad news, if only for a little while. I'm not interested in reading a fictional version of what so many are experiencing every day (as shown in others' comments to this post). There's an abundance of real-life stories in every form of media. I understand some contributors may not be into writing snarky recaps anymore, but I hope others will come forward to fill the void.

Casey and Smudge said...

I'm surprised that they didn't title this episode "Old House Go Bye-Byes" - isn't that more their style?

It is truly sad that people who worked their lives away and devoted time and energy into making their house a home have to lose theirs while Kate gets two houses - one that's ridiculously out of her league and freely furnished, and one that was comfortable enough if she'd made an effort to make it a little less institutional. And to be so wasteful! How long til they outgrow their mini-mansion? They've disposed of two houses in less time than it takes to scrape together a down payment!

Monica A said...

?WHY? said...

I cried when I read the recap. I lived in Mesa, Az up until 6 months ago. We lost our first and only home. The part about packing up and leaving made me sad. It hit real close to home. I've been spending the last six months in shame. We've made so many bad financial decisions and my husband was out of work for a year. Here's hoping no one ever has to go through what we have had to endure . . . I do know this Kate's moving day and mine were very different. Sorry to say so much I know we are all strangers. Hope you are all doing ok though.

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I can SO relate to your story. My family is going through a somewhat similar situation and we have also made many bad financial choices as well. The days are hard to get through sometimes. I wish you and your family all the best of luck in the future. I hope things can turn around for you and your family. God Bless You!

Monica said...

As I read the rest of these comments I couldn't help but remember a conversatin I had with my husband earlier today.

Like most, our finances are not looking great. We went from having excellent credit to being on the brink of financial ruin. Seriously. I have insomnia and anxiety and have developed ulcers from the stress. Today, when I realized our cash value in the life insurances policies we cancelled would pay our bills for several months I commented to husband how grateful I was. I said, I don't have much but I have you and the kids and what else is there? He reminded me of the torn dollar we each carry in our wallet/purse. When he asked me to marry him he said, I am not a rich man but at least we'll always have a dollar between us.

The KONS can keep their KONpound and all their love offerings. I'll keep my torn dollar bill over their miserable life anyday.

timetogokon said...

Laura Linger-

I have always found your comments to be quite articulate.

If you don't continue with K8 is GR8, please continue your writing elsewhere as you obviously have talent.

BTW, your creation of KEIGHT is one of my favorites born on this site !!

KONarefreeloaders said...

Sidney said...
KONarefreeloaders said...
Our house is going up for auction next week, and TLC thinks that everyone should be so excited for these freeloaders. SAD =-(
--------------------

I am so sad for you. At least a lot of what you wrote is sad. But I am also proud of you for being OK with what you have now. You can look yourself in the mirror and know you did your very best. Now you will find a new way to go on. You will. You and your hubby are both working and life is good.

I wish you the very best!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Thank you..... It was tough to write about what is happening to us. But this post just TORE my heart out, in a good way. It was very well written. And the truth of the matter is that Laura wrote a good post about a character, but that character could very easily be me and my family.

At first it ripped us apart that we would loose our house(and car in the mis too) and all the crap that comes with it. But now that I can do nothing to change it, its a matter of moving on, holding my head up, and living the life that we can. I am proud of everything that my husband and I have worked for, and I will always be proud of our little house, even if we lost it. No matter how sad it makes me, and no matter how hard it is to move away from everyone I know and love. But that is the beauty of email and phones! Life goes on and hopefully our kids will learn the most important lessons in life before they have to start making their own financial choices someday.

Like I said, I would rather be me, and not greedy, gimme gosselin!

=0)

win-place-show said...

You nailed it about having to say goodbye old house -lots of folks are saying good bye to their houses due to forclosure. Kate could care less. She has lots of room now in her huge house....so sad about her former "cramped quarters." Most families would love some extra room....but Kate always needs more. Thanks for a great recap.

overwithKON said...

My deepest sympathies to those of you and all of us that are feeling the recession. I am truley humbled to hear the real stories of people really loosing their jobs, homes, cars, etc. And companies are STILL giving these KON artists free everything.

Its sort of like Extreme Home Makeover. Now dont get me worng, I like the show and love that they help people, but it is starting to bug me that they put so much into each house, when if they didnt do it for the advertising, they could spread out the wealth ALOT farther. It seems sort of silly to me that one family needs 8 flatscreen TV's or whatever. Again, I am not downing it, but spread out the wealth alittle!

HUGS to anyone loosing a house or job right now. I cant imagine.

laura linger said...

I would like to give credit where credit is due, too: one particular moderator of this site made some revisions to this piece and actually improved it tenfold by doing so.

Thanks to all of you who have complimented k8 Is Gr8 and my writing. I actually am a professional writer by trade, but I don't get to write many things like this recap. Your words just mean the world to me.

mollybloom said...

Are Jon and Kate really going to keep this coupon-cutting, K-Mart layaway, soup making-freezing, fridge srubbing facade? I'm astonished that fans can look at these two and their lavish lifestyle and not see the disconnect.

Laura, your piece hit right at the heart of this hypocrisy.

Moons in Leo said...

Laura, you are a very talented writer.

My problem with this recap was that it was so sad! Of course, the whole Gosselin mess is sad.

It was so well written as are all your contributions to this site.

SuzanneDeAZ said...

I was surprised to see that they still had those two dogs.

SuzanneDeAZ said...

You bought your home the same year we bought our home. I can not imagine leaving but I know some day we will as life as we know it will be changing for everyone.

I hope you were able to sell the house and get some money out of it when you left being you had it for 20 years. You should have had some equity in it.

Your story was very touching.

Dee M said...

A great recap as usual! I am new to these blogs and I thoroughly enjoy K8 Is Gr8. I am so sorry to hear that you and your husband lost your jobs at DHL. My husband who also works for DHL (in New York) is losing his job in 2 weeks, so I know how you feel. I think that with your "writing" talent you should look into a job that showcases it! Keep on writing these recaps and good luck to you!

Janet said...

I'm late in posting about this eppisode... but what about the PIANO? It was still in the den, 3months after they moved. I did not hear a mention of movers coming to get it, giving to someone else ot anything. That piano was given to them--where is it now? Also, the master bedroom suit. J & K put a few things in the van and apparently left the rest. Much of which would have been very useful to a family in need. My little ones would have loved to had the play kitchen left in the basement.

Harriet said...

Just my opinion, but I think Ms. Katie was expecting all new furnishings and toys to go in her all new (to her) house. They seemed to find nothing wrong with the kids basically running through an almost empty house for two or three episodes waiting for the furniture and I guess Christmas for new toys from the admirers and sponsors.

mary said...

A couple of things.

The dogs. Why the hell did they get TWO dogs? (with 6 children under the age of 4?) Neithe K or J have any idea about training a dog. My husband trained ours and it took weeks upon weeks (it's a hunting dog so it is a little more involved) but there is no way those two can train those pups. Our dog did eat string/wrappers and some sort of toy at one point. We paid to have it removed. It was the kids fault (and ours!) Since then nothing has been left on the floor. (for some reason the dog could eat underwear/socks/playdough and pass it no problem...string...no)

I don't watch the show that often. I was shocked when I saw her on Oprah. That is a totally different woman. How much do those highlights cost and obviously she's had some botox or something.

Now this is just me...do those kids still want to dress alike? Especially the older ones?

kathy said...

They are such conartists. I just cant watch them anymore. They sicken me.

Cheetah said...

I was rewatching this episode, and heard Kate say something close to "The only thing left to be moved is the piano". So they apparently were planning to move the piano at a later date.

Nolla3 said...

Was anyone else disgusted when Kate was walking through the old house saying how small it was and how she cant believe she ever lived there! Oh the horror of having a 2300 square foot home! (approximate: can't remember the exact square footage of the old house). I'm sorry but in these rough times with so many people losing their homes and jobs. . . and she was in utter disgust that she lived in that house? Come on!! For many people that would be a dream home. I know it is not ideal with 8 children but I was just disgusted with the way she was acting. Awful.

Hopewell said...

My niece was at the same singing! A word similar to witch came in up the discussion. I, too, lost our home this year. We like renting--especially since they let us keep our pets and we have cable--so we can watch poor Kate desperately try to maintain an even keel. And work in more hairdresser visits than even the late Princess Di managed. I'd PAY to watch her deal with VBS or Kids Church--that would be a hoot. Of course, she couldn't be seen there NOW--she's too big a "STAR" for that.....

babygirlhk11 said...

Okay so this is just a little off topic. But I they way Kate went on and on about the filth in the house was uncalled for. How embarrassing for the former owners! I am a clean freak and to me it did not seem that bad...and Obviously was not inhabited for a while before the Gosselins moved in. Which by the way...if a refrigerator is left undisturbed or cleaned for a couple of months is bound to grow something...lol...Anyways, I am sure most of us have moved into a place that may not have met our standards....but to go on and on about it and make such a big show...Tisk tisk...another shining example of Kate's disregard for others!

SpoiledMom said...

@K8 is GR8:

Beautiful recap! As I have posted before, here and on other blogs, what really chaps me is how Kate moves into her mansion and recieves all her "tidings of joy", all at the price of pimping her children-- right at the time that so many people are unemployed and desperately trying to keep their homes, if not losing them all together, along with their memories and sentiments-- something that Kate has no knowledge of herself. I suppose she cannot find the time to be bothered with such personal reflection.
Those who know my posts, know how I feel about Kate's "ruffled duck's ass haircut"..but even "if" you do have matching haircuts, I am proud to call you neighbor, and hopefully, we will run into each other "at the Target" in Nashville, soon, neighbor. Or, better yet, we could meet up at the Southern Women's show this weekend and meet Katie Irene in person!! How cool! NOT... LOL