Family Outing Recap

Fun and culture are on the docket during the season four finale of Jon & Kate + 8. Will Aaden find he needs an “I”? Will Cara tire of watching her father’s desperate attempts to cling to his youth? Who will be the first to ask “Tom Hanks, who?“ We’ll find out on this episode of Jon & Kate + 8.

Submitted by Three Farmers

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fostersmom said...

Fun and culture are on the docket during the season four finale of Jon & Kate + 8. Will Aaden find he needs an “I”? Will Cara tire of watching her father’s desperate attempts to cling to his youth? Who will be the first to ask “Tom Hanks, who?“ We’ll find out on this episode of Jon & Kate + 8.

Apparently, Kate has never watched a single episode of her family’s show because she declares the chair the most difficult thing about doing the program. Irony, thy name is Kate. As J&K provide the final interview in the old set, we learn that it’s the seating arrangement that is the major cause discomfort in the Gosselin house. Sure it is. It’s the chair’s fault that Jon and Kate look so uncomfortable sitting next to each other week after week.

From looking at them, one would think that Jon and Kate would treat that little sofa as an item of great honor as they are both, obviously, trying to imitate its upholstery. Burnt Umber seems to be fashionable in both fabrics and skin tones. They both look freakishly tawny. I was briefly blinded when Kate lifted her stark white palms to the camera. Snow blinded in my own living room, I had to hit pause while my pupils adjusted. Seems these days, the duo has been getting their spray tans at Sherwin-Williams. A healthy glow is one thing, looking as if you’ve been hosed down with molasses is quite another.

There are some obvious editing issues with this episode. I really think that they went back and edited in additional sofa scenes to address the rumors that have sprouted about Jon’s bar-hopping ways. There are previewed references to their alleged marital discord. So much so, that one can tell that the payoff will be lame. Protesting too much, as it were. The editing was very awkward. Granted, I’ve got lot of broadcasting and media experience and have done some editing, but I don’t think it takes a trained eye to notice how choppy this episode is.

While Jon relives his misspent youth on the Utah slopes with Cara, Kate shows us what a free spirit she is by taking the tups to a place where they let you paint on canvas. (The fact that any idiot can walk into their local Michael’s and buy a roll of painters canvas notwithstanding.) She keeps repeating that she is going to try to not freak out about the mess. A promise that she can only keep by turning her back to the children.

With the Peanuts theme song playing in the background (minus Pigpen, of course), we’re given a two-cent lesson on abstract art while the children smear, plop, spatter, and daub various earth tones (because Kate only likes earth tones… must be something to do with her love of dirt) on their canvases and one smuggled gorilla. We see each kid alternately worry about the paint they are getting on themselves, then finally succumb to the joyful, messy fun they are having. I wonder how much their worries affect their artistic expression?

The kids’ paintings are good. Kate’s sucked. Maybe it’s because I find her to be so deplorable, maybe it’s because her skin has that semi-permanent been-to-mud-wrestling-and-didn’t-bother-to-shower tone, but it is so flippin’ tedious to hear her constantly turn the topic to herself. She just can’t let the kids have the spotlight. She spoke at length about how she avoided a meltdown, but never mentioned that the kids were relatively well behaved and that they really looked like they were having fun. However, she was concerned about who did the best job. Let’s compete for praise, attention, and love, kids! I call this the Bobby Knight parenting method. Next season, they’ll throw chairs at each other.

There are a few quick shots of Jon and Cara in Utah, but the only notable scene is when Jon decides to go for a bobsled ride. It was thrilling up until the point we learn that he and his hair plugs both survived the run, other than that, it was pretty pointless. Unless he‘s groping college chicks, I really don‘t care what Jon does. I wanted to see Cara ski!

With the tups and her newfound love of culture in hand, Kate takes the kids to a childrens’ museum. Kate makes it quite clear that she is dedicated to exposing her kids to as much culture as possible…yogurt parenting, as it were. Nineteenth century British theorist Matthew Arnold has defined culture as “the pursuit of our total perfection by means of getting to know the best that has been thought and said in the world.” Which leads me to believe that both Jon and Kate were “cultured” at Chuck E. Cheese. Unfortunately, those children are exposed to far more of the worst of what has been thought and said in the world thanks to the continued exposure to their mother’s nasty demeanor and their father’s obvious resentment.

Nonetheless, there’s good news and bad news to be found at the childrens’ museum. First, the bad news. Kate’s microphone is set to the same frequency at the museum’s public address system. That means that every single Kate utterance is broadcast on the loud speakers for all to hear. I understand that Philly had a run on earplugs. Now, the good news. The museum is in possession of the very same walking keyboard used in the movie Big. The kids get their Tom Hanks on as they stomp, skip, romp and slide their way across the scales. There’s a great big Statue of Liberty torch and all sorts of other cool interactive stuff.

We’re fed a couch segment where Jon talks about his mother breaking her foot with her husband out of town and Jon having to stay with her for a few days to help around the house. This sets up the whole deal with him being photographed grinning among the co-eds on his visit to a local bar. I guess Jon is at his most helpful when he is hung over.

Back at the museum, the kids play in a pretend grocery store. We learn that Aaden doesn’t know what corn-on-the-cob or eggplant is and that Colin is likely to be a hoarder. Seriously, Colin looks like he’s tired of grapes and crackers for lunch and is ready to get down to some serious noshing. Kate says he’s a gatherer. I think he’s just hungry. Obviously confident in the new house‘s plumbing, Hannah loads her cart with assorted beans. Pfffft.

Kate issues a dire warning about the miseries of riding home in damp clothes, just before she lets them play in the little water fountain. Apron-ed within an inch of their lives, Alexis (or Leah, whoever) freaks out when Hannah splashes a bit of water her way. It seems these kids are always warned of the dangers of having fun. I guess having a nervous breakdown is an experience Kate doesn’t want them to miss.

A quick spin on the pretty carousel then it’s back to the sprawling 20-odd acre estate. The kids loved the museum because they actually got to enjoy the spoils of all the effort it took to make the trip….unlike the Crayola Factory….and the cupcake bakery.

Kate bounces the topic back to herself as she tells us once again about how she grew up without any experiences. Kate, lots of people grew up without a lot of experiences. That’s why we grow up so we can pick and choose what we want to experience. Most of us do not indulge in the Veruca Salt-like greed that ultimately lead to her early exit from the chocolate factory.

When asked how the year has been Kate tells us that it has been wonderful, exhausting, and exciting. Jon tries to talk several times, but he is rudely interrupted by Kate. While the previews led us to believe that there have been relationship problems, the final interview spins it so all the blame is placed on the burden of celebrity. The same celebrity that was vigorously pursued since before the tups were born. The same celebrity that presented Jon with his nice new home and condo in Utah. The same celebrity that was attained by the revocation of his children’s privacy, anonymity, and dignity.

There a tiny bit of a cliffhanger as Jon and Kate imply that they are torn on a season 5 of the show because the show is both “the best and the hardest thing”. The most notable thing about the closing segment is that it is apparent that Kate loves doing what she does. Kate’s indifference to Jon’s struggle is shocking. She is very happy and doesn’t seem to mind that Jon is not. Then they autograph the wall, which was the dumbest thing, ever.

Didn’t they always say that whenever the show became a struggle or something unhealthy, they would stop? There are more than a few Gosselins suffering as a result of the continued exposure. Did Jesus send them a t-shirt telling them to keep filming? Is it too soon for the annual family vote? There are dozens of reasons why the show should end and only one why it should continue. Greed.

Submitted by Three Farmers

Kirby said...

I think there will be more Kate and less John and kids.
Hence the multiple comments about how Kate loves it but John doesn't.

Liesl said...

In the closing moments of the show, as they're getting ready to autograph the wall of the now despised set, Jon has the big marker in his hand, all ready to write, but he pauses to think...and Kate rudely snatches the marker from his hand with a "give me that" or some similar comment. He briefly protests and tries take the marker back, but she keeps it from him, determined to be the first to sign. I was reminded of her dash toward the puppy kennels, telling her children "I get to hold them first..." Selfish...so selfish...it shows in the smallest things.

Me and me plus 1 said...

I was a little bugged by some shots of the art teachers appearing to manhandle the kids.

keeblerc said...

This recap is beyond hilarious! I have been laughing so hard, the tears are literally rolling down my face and my dog is looking at me with some concern....

I watched bits and pieces of this show; honestly, it didn't hold my interest at all--which is why I sincerely applaud the dedication you've shown to sit through the whole torturous experience.

The Kate-isms referring to the importance of children being "culturalized" or something like that and her sighs of relief that the kids were so worn out "mommy gets her reward of silence" were predictable. Honestly, the whole show has become predictable. Dull, too.

I didn't understand the problem with the chair and set issue at all! Nor did I get the signing of the wall behind the dreaded chair. Why were they doing this? I half-expected a voiceover announcing said chair and set would soon take their rightful place of prominence in the Smithsonian, right alongside other historical treasures.

Yes, the chair is to blame. Jon's mother is his alibi. And it sounds--not very convincingly--that "I can't be just Jon anymore" and "Why ever not? I love the limelight" Kate will be mulling over Season 5. For about five minutes, if that. But as others have observed here, what is there left to do, see or learn from this group--other than how avarice and greed can change people, and not for the better.

RealMom said...

When this show aired they had already taped an episode of Emeril in early March for Season 5 so they are also liars (bad ones).

konspiracytheory said...

Excellent job, 3F - nice to have you back!

rachel said...

I actually started to feel a bit sorry for this family during the last part of the show. It was obvious that Jon was starting to see how the show is impacting their lives in a negative way but Kate was all about how she loves her life (ie, her house, her clothing, her free excursions). How can these two live under such pressure? I guess all the money and freebies are worth it or they wouldn't be getting a new set for Season 5.

I love my son! said...

Fostersmom, you wrote another excellent recap.

Phree said...

Just wait til she realizes that TLC owns that set and her Ebay dream is gone. Oh well, they can still keep their dream of it ending up in the Smithsonian alongside Dorothy's ruby slippers.

beautifulmidnight said...

Great re-cap :)

I actually watched this episode..probably the first new episode I've watched in months and months. A couple of things that really bewildered me:

1. Kate took the kids to a place where they could paint on canvas. Nice enough idea. However. She makes them paint with the colors she approves. Super fun, Kate, super fun.

2. Aaden can't spell his name? What almost-five-year old child doesn't know how to spell his name?

3. The 'cliffhanger' had absolutely zero connection to what they showed on the TLC commericals. Not that I am at ALL surprised. I saw on a fan site that fans 'couldn't believe' that TLC did this. Talk about naive. It's a television show. For ratings.

Just a few things I wanted to comment on :)

SwingsandRoundabouts said...

Excellent recap! Keep up the good work. I don't watch anymore ( and I was sorely tempted to watch this finale) but I enjoy the recaps and the comments. How true that it is all about selfish Kate and I do hope that what goes around comes around.

3angelsmom said...

LMAO 3 Farmers!!! Truly, you should write professionally.

GrammyPie said...

Very nice job 3F. Welcome back. I watched both episodes, and you nailed it.

AnneMarie said...

OMG that was PRICELESS!!! 3Farmers, again, you amaze me !

cracking up at "“cultured” at Chuck E. Cheese" !!!


I think that should be a bumper sticker!

twitter.com/mccaw said...

Sesaon finale gets 4.6 million:
http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/190701-_Jon_Kate_Plus_8_Season_Finale_Grabs_4_6_Million_Viewers.php

All be it in a manipulative way (capitalizing on the real life scandal). Is there ANY chance the show could end w/ that many viewers (although extraordinary because of said manipulation; not typical viewership by ANY stretch of the imagination given it's a 4-year-old series)?

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my9cats said...

YEA!!!!! She's back!
Terrific as always, 3F.

Mama2Drew said...

Great recap, kudos to 3F.. I didn't watch this week. My husband deleted j&k+8from our DVR, something about saving my life and how can I watch that crap. The recap was hilarious and fab! (Especially the comment that J&K were "Cultured" at Chuck E. Cheese..)

mom2sarah said...

What I found very telling and shocking was how both Jon and Kate were worried about the impacts of the show on themselves but not the children. I'm not saying they don't care about the children BUT Kate "loved it" and "Jon can't be Jon, he has to be Jon & Kate plus 8" but neither of them wondered aloud about how any of the children might feel.

Moons in Leo said...

Kirby said...
I think there will be more Kate and less John and kids.
Hence the multiple comments about how Kate loves it but John doesn't.


There will be less Jon because he will be 'at mom's' or in Utah.

beautifulmidnight said:

2. Aaden can't spell his name? What almost-five-year old child doesn't know how to spell his name?


Maybe he's protesting the fact that his name has been misspelled by his idiot parents from the get-go.

Sidney said...

I saw this quote this morning. I now realize why everything that Kate does really, really ticks me off. The answer is in this quote:

"If you don't like someone, the way he holds his spoon will make you furious; if you do like him, he can turn his plate over into your lap and you won't mind" (Irving Becker).

Daner said...

Their ploy to hype their marriage problems for ratings worked. Boycott this farce people:

‘Jon & Kate Plus 8' Season Finale Grabs 4.6 Million Viewers
Beats CBS, NBC CW and Fox in key female demos
By David Tanklefsky -- Broadcasting & Cable, 3/25/2009 2:13:34 PM MT
TLC's hit reality show Jon and Kate Plus 8's season finale Monday night was the highest-rated episode in six demographics. The show was watched by 4.6 million viewers and ranked first among all ad-supported cable in the 9:30 p.m. half-hour among HH, W25-54, P18-49, W18-49, and W18-34.

www.broadcastingandcable.com

Sidney said...

Three Farmers, thanks for that super read! Very well done.

KarmaOnKate said...

3f,

One word for your re-cap. BRILLANT!

The thing about Sherwin-Williams and molasses was hilarious! Oh yea the Chuck E.Cheese comment was right on the money.

We all saw how Kate kept interrupting Jon and was so self centered. It looked as if he almost wanted to cry. Then she acted like the play ground bully and grabbed that magic marker from his hands. I amost felt sorry for Jon Gosselin but NOT ANY MORE. He get EXACTLY what is coming to him. He tolerates it so I guess that is what he wants and deserves.

Sure she loves it.Why not? She gets to travel and be in the lime light while Jon Boy stays home and holds down the fort. Oh and now she loves to shop and shop.

Never once a thank you to the fans for watching and supporting the program.

I am normally a very peaceful person and am anti-violence but in this case I feel like smacking that fake tan off right off on the un-greatful *****.

Its A Good Thing said...

Thanks for the recap, I am sooooo glad I stopped watching!

Angie said...

Don't know if this was posted yet...but I found this on TMZ. http://www.tmz.com/2009/03/25/jon-and-kate-just-ate-together

Jon and Kate have dinner at Mr. Chow in L.A. Notice how Jon has to hold Queen Kate's purse as she evilly looks on. LOL. I guess they're real celebrities now that they're being followed by paparazi.

Megan said...

Three Farmers,

Your recap was fabulous! If Kate wasn't such a foolish shrew amd the butt of every joke, she'd describe it as "fabulousishness that made her exhausted from laughing so hard." Thank you time and time again for a wonderful recap...I choose not to watch the show but feel like I have seen everything just by your visual dialogue.
I personally love the Veruca Salt analogy and it sounds like Kate is becoming somewhat of an oompa loompa. I wonder if she has a meltdown when the spray tan gets all over her skin. Someone should tell her it'd be cheaper to let her kids (or us) throw some orange paint on her! I'd offer my services

stillnotwatching said...

did she really say she loves the freebies? unreal
i havent watched since the puppies and i dont miss it at all!
thanks for the recap

DirtyDisher said...

Good one 3-F. LOL at tanned at Sherwin Williams.

Honest-Tea said...

I liked how Kate called the sponges that the kids were painting with, "Spongey things."

Enough with the Multiples said...

I bet signing the set was Kate's idea--so she can sell it later and make more money off her kids when the show is over!

MKHMommy said...

Great recap! Well, viewership could have been 4.6 million PLUS FIVE, but our family now switches channels on Monday nights (TLC are you listening???). Used to LOVE this show, but hubby & I lost interest in this dysfunctional freak show months ago. Now our kids think its gotten too awful!

Gotta love Kate for one thing though--she makes me look like THE BEST MOM IN THE WORLD!!! My 3 kids finally realize how lucky they've been with a mom like me! Ahhhh--what a great early Mother's Day present! Thanks, K8.

Momof2boys said...

I have to agree with you MKHMommy... my kids are so happy that I am their mom and feel so sorry (on so many levels) for the Gosselin children! How sad it that?!

dolphinfoxx said...

Seriously, Colin looks like he’s tired of grapes and crackers for lunch and is ready to get down to some serious noshing. Kate says he’s a gatherer. I think he’s just hungry. Obviously confident in the new house‘s plumbing, Hannah loads her cart with assorted beans. Pfffft.

This had me laughing so hard! When I saw Hannah show all the assortment of beans in her cart, I thought it was strange.You did a great job on the recap. kudos to you fostersmom!

ThreeFarmers said...

Thanks for all the positive feedback, folks. I appreciate it.

Anonymomma said...

3F, Lady, you seriously need to write for a living (if you don't already!). I'm a freelancer and I can tell you, your technique is original and very entertaining. You certainly have a style that's obvious even if your name wasn't on the peice. Bravo, again! I look forward to reading much, much more from you. Thank you for posting here for us!

GagMeWithASpoon! said...

Moderators-thank you so much for this site, and to all the hilarious posters. This is all so sickening and sad to find that these people are so dishonest, and to see how they have gone downhill from there. I used to be a great fan, but will never watch again!Too bad they got such high ratings for the Finale, but perhaps they will be exposed fully, soon....seems they are the Jim and Tammy-Faye of this generation???? 'They' also had huge ratings for awhile.

Jalus said...

Jalus

If we really do want to help those precious children we must not watch Season 5.

To do so makes us as guilty of Child Exploitation as their 'parents.'

For the children's emotional health I will not watch another minute.

Kallies said...

beautifulmidnight: 2. Aaden can't spell his name? What almost-five-year old child doesn't know how to spell his name?

Are you serious? I don't recall seeing that, but if it's true, that's horrible. I wasn't even three when I learned to spell my name. I agree. By almost five you should probably be able to spell your name.

More and more do I think these kids have serious, even more serious than they should for being multiple premies, developmental language delays, and Aaden's inability to spell his name hints at that. :\

Jimmy said...

Wonder if they will take "Not The Nanny"?

Good job Three Farmers!

mcat said...

I only saw one part of the show, where she was showing the paintings. I actually did like Kate's picture.

I'm not surprised that Aaden can't spell his name. There are plenty of kids his age that can't. He will learn quickly in kindergarten.

Someone called his parents idiots for spelling his name wrong. They just wanted a different spelling instead of the standard spelling. What is wrong with that? Plenty of people do that in our area.

Fay said...

My husband does not watch the show,so while I was watching monday night he came into our room,took a look at Kate on the TV,and told me I needed to adjust the colour,lol still laughing, no I said thats her real colour.

bystander said...

I would also looove to shop if I could drop hundreds upon hundreds of dollars for clothing and think nothing of it. Who wouldn't think shopping was fun then??

waiting2seetheend said...

This was a very good recap.
Something caught my attention today while watching Steve Wilkos.. A commercial came on and the music scared me cause it sounded like the one from Jon and Kate and the kids being on swings... Whew guess what it was just a nice reminder to get vagisil and laughed my butt off to tears thinking how well it fit ms katie...
Sorry just wanted to share the good belly, tear flowing, laughter today...

Tea1st said...

The art lady spelled Aaden's name with an 'i' and he corrected her. He can spell his name.

Does anyone know how to contact TLC directly for comments about taking this show off the air? There is no "contact us" section on their website, of course.

ms0tee said...

i'm happy i didn't know she was at mr. chows the other night. i live a few blocks away and i would have gone over there and given her a piece of my mind. not that it would had bothered her though. mr. chow is a celebrity restaurant- it's crazy they're both in los angeles living the hollywood life while their kids pay the price for it.

Emily said...

Awesome recap! I watched this episode mainly because of the previews that were supposedly going to reveal something about their relationship, like ohhhh a divorce maybe?! I guess that was wishful thinking...

I really think that Jon, if they decide to go on to Season 5 (which they will because why stop the gravy train now, right?) that Jon will be alot less present in the show. I think he's over it.

Well I have a message for ya Jon, so are your kids, and SO ARE WE!

GagMeWithASpoon! said...

when the art lady spelled Aaden with an i, wasn't it Collin that said "no, he doesn't got a i in his name"

maria said...

Does anyone know how to contact TLC directly for comments about taking this show off the air? There is no "contact us" section on their website, of course.

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Yes, there is. I just went there, went to the bottom of the page and found it rather quickly. Here is the info. I just copied and pasted for you:

33. How can I contact you with programming comments or questions?

We welcome your e-mail comments and questions, which you can send to us by clicking here.

This is the most efficient way to contact us. Comments or questions directed to anyone else at Discovery Communications will be forwarded to Viewer Relations, which means it will take us longer to follow up.

You can also write to us at:

Discovery Communications
Viewer Relations
One Discovery Place
5th Floor
Silver Spring, MD 20910

If you want to email them, then you will have to "click here" as they say. Go to TLC's page, scroll down to the very bottom and click on Viewer Relations. On the next page, go down to number 33 and click on that.

AnonnyLine said...

This is a great recap. Three Farmers always does such an excellent job!

I have to say, I haven't watched J&K+8 for ages, and was shocked to see how horrible Kate's hair looks! It's like a lawn mower took to the back of her head! I'm sure her hairdresser hates her. "No Kate, really, it looks fine. You're so hot. Yes, this is all the rage", meanwhile going "Tee hee" behind her back. :)

Marissa said...

Yes, I think it was Collin who told the lady how to spell Aaden's name. Aaden can't spell his own name, but Collin can! And he corrected the lady when she spelled it wrong.

in Canada said...

Kate can't be too bright not to realize that she has become a joke to motherhood.To continue riding a train wreck is the height of pedantic stupidity.She has no shame about her behavior as a normal person would. The children all appear to be very afraid of her.

MyMy1007 said...

I am sorry to say it, because I too was once a fan of this show, but really it has become so ridiculous. Its like a train wreck though, and I feel like I watch episodes now just to find all the flaws. Like tonight for example the endless reruns were on, and in an episode when the children were younger Kate insisted on dragging them to a store where she hem hawwed for an hour or more about bed choices. While the children ran chaotically around, and Jon took one child to the back of the van and pulled poop from his bum? I mean she was so far removed. They can be yelling, and smacking each other and she is sorting out shoes that no longer fit them. What really is wrong with this woman?

laura weiss said...

ThreeFarmers, I say this as a fellow recapper: absolutely fantastic job. I certainly couldn't have given this Hindenberg crash of a program any sort of justice.

It's apparent to me (and others, judging from comments here and elsewhere) that someone got to Kate Gosselin and whispered in her ear, "Kate, YOU are the star of this show. YOU are the reason it's still on the air." Because Kate Gosselin? Is CONVINCED that She! Is! A! Star! Did you notice that the only time she got animated in this episode is when she was laughing and joking around with "her" crew at the museum? Not the "crew" called "her children," but the camera and sound guys.

She is convinced that she is the cutest, funniest, most stylish, most intelligent person on the planet. Everyone else, be they four years old or the father of those four year olds, better get the hell out of her way.

Emily Tolliver said...

Test1- No, Colin corrected her.

in Canada said...

The children need to have a lawyer to protect their rights and their money before the inane twosome spend it all on lipo/ orange paint/ and endless spa trips and ski trips. Someone out there call a lawyer...these kids need help to be saved from all this emotional and educational ( lack of ) abuse.

Ann said...

Is it me or does this season seem...I don't know...sorta chopped and screwed. Maybe it's because I missed a big chunk of this season. I watched the beginning of Season 4 earlier last year, when they were talking about all these "new and exciting" changes that were coming. I watched the tups start preschool and then stopped watching. I started back watching earlier this year to discover everything had changed. New house, new Kate. I was amazed by how much everything has changed. They don't even seem like a real family anymore. Kate is almost unrecognizable now. She looks and acts so "Hollywood" now. She never spends any time with these kids because of her new found "career", Jon is miserable, the kids are becoming miserable (Cara and Mady are already there) and the only thing she can think about is how much she loves her new life and job. No doubt there will be a season 5 because Kate ALWAYS gets her way. That's how this marriage works obviously. It's all about Kate! Kate was the one that HAD to have Jon even though he had a girlfriend at the time of their meeting, Kate was the one that wanted to have kids right after they got married even though Jon wasn't ready (got that off their website), Kate was the one that just had to have 1 more child even though Jon was happy with the twins, she probably was the one that wanted to do this show in the first place and of course they will continue even though Jon doesn't want to because that's what Kate wants. This woman is just unbelievable. She prides herself on being a good mother and having good Christian values, yet she's the complete opposite. And what's this career she keeps talking about? Going around making the same ridiculous speech is not a career. But I guess anything will do to keep Queen Kate at the center of attention

emma said...

Excellent recap! I could not stop laughing. I read it twice. If you don't write for a living, I seriously think you should. You have such a natural talent for it.

I saw the tmz clip of Mr. and Mrs. Mooch leaving Mr. Chow's. I used to live in L.A. and everyone knows that Mr. Chow's is paparazzi central. I think their dinner was all PR. They needed to get their picture taken to show the world that they're happy and still together despite the rumors.

What really saddens me is that their kids are the ones suffering. Had it not been for them, no one would give these two idiots the time of day. Since the kids are "working actors" I hope they're protected under the law. I doubt it though. Another thing that pisses me off is that millions of hard-working Americans are struggling. These two obviously don't know what it's like to earn an honest dollar. They're simply profiting off their childrens' existence. TLC really needs to end this now.

When Kate goes on one of her book signings, someone needs to ask her point blank what she does for a living? What is her occupation? I, along with everyone else in the world would really like to know.

Mrs. Green said...

These kids don't just need a lawyer, they need laws to protect them. I may be wrong, but PA does not have laws like here in CA that regulate the number of hours that children can "work." Moreover, there are no laws that the profits be held in trust for the kids.

Jimmy said...

Thanks Maria--I just contacted them.

2redheads said...

Great recap! Thank you for subjecting yourself to the horror show we all know as Jon and Kate + 8.

Enough Already said...

Daner said...
Their ploy to hype their marriage problems for ratings worked. Boycott this farce people:

‘Jon & Kate Plus 8' Season Finale Grabs 4.6 Million Viewers
Beats CBS, NBC CW and Fox in key female demos
By David Tanklefsky -- Broadcasting & Cable, 3/25/2009 2:13:34 PM MT
TLC's hit reality show Jon and Kate Plus 8's season finale Monday night was the highest-rated episode in six demographics. The show was watched by 4.6 million viewers and ranked first among all ad-supported cable in the 9:30 p.m. half-hour among HH, W25-54, P18-49, W18-49, and W18-34.

www.broadcastingandcable.com



IT STILL DOESN'T MAKE IT RIGHT!

Crystal said...

Your comparison of Kate to Veruca Salt is dead on. I can totally hear her screeching "Don't care how, I want it NOW!!".

Too bad there is no bad-egg detector in that McMansion that would cause Kate to plummet down to the incinerary once she has been labeled as a bad-egg. Someone seriously needs to photoshop Kate's head onto Veruca Salt's body.

2badsosad said...

Great recap! Well, viewership could have been 4.6 million PLUS FIVE, but our family now switches channels on Monday nights (TLC are you listening???). Used to LOVE this show, but hubby & I lost interest in this dysfunctional freak show months ago. Now our kids think its gotten too awful!


IMO, viewership for THIS episode exceeded 4 million viewers because TLC promoted,hyped, and conveniently timed the season finale amidst recent tabloid rumors that J & K's marriage is on the outs. Flash to footage of psycho Kate and coupon gate and the voice over, 'its all been leading up to this'. The show has been described by many as a trainwreck. You cant help but stop and stare. By true human nature, the more 'horrific' the 'wreck' the bigger the audience.
How unfortunate for TLC and the J & K+ 8 ratings, that the show cannot maintain consistently high viewer ratings on merit alone and must resort to influencing viewership by way of exploiting J & K's marriage using tabloid rumor/gossip as their premise!!
How appropriate the poster who included the link to history of the phrase ' there is a sucker born every minute'. J & K + 8. Circus side show indeed!!

NCLindsey said...

Thank you for the great recap! Where else can you read a piece of writing that has references to Chuck E. Cheese, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and the monumental hissy fits of Bobby Knight (I actually attended one of the infamous chair-throwing incidents!)

Thanks for the info.... I was not one of the millions of viewers that night. Although, I do appreciate the painting on canvas art project. I think I will do that with my daycare kiddos... (not the field trip, just painting!) And I promise not to dictate the colors and stifle their creativity!

Crystal said...

I think there will be more of these "celebrity" outings from KON. I think it is their desperate way to stay in the limelight until Season 5 is back on.

Instead of actually taking time off and staying home and spending time with their kids (sans cameras), they choose to go on book tours, other televisions shows, etc. So sad.

Old North State said...

Proud to say that I didn't watch. I DVRed an "I Love Lucy" and watched that. Lucy's antics are so enjoyable but Kate's remind me of the Berenstain Bear book that intrigued my boys when they were young....."The Berenstain Bears Get the GIMMES!"

beautifulmidnight said...

GagMeWithASpoon! said...

when the art lady spelled Aaden with an i, wasn't it Collin that said "no, he doesn't got a i in his name"
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That's what I thought too. And I thought one of the girl 'tups said "He doesn't know how to spell his name" (or something to that effect). Sorry if I was wrong! :)

IAMCanadian said...

Just a thought... maybe Kate doesn't realize to "culture" your children you should put them in activities (like skating, girl guides, sports, ANYTHING) where they can learn new skills. A one-day outing will not "culture" kids... they are so young that they won't even remember it!

Dawn said...

I feel bad for the husband sometimes but honestly he needs to get a backbone. I hate the way she threatens kids with taking away the dogs and why she got them is beyond me. Im not sure a house can be safe (they swallowed toys), It appeared she bought the dogs but was it her money? I used to like her but really I would probally be arrested for domestic abuse if I had to live with her. I dont blame him for seeking out fun college girls.

WAGO said...

Parents don't "misspell" their children's names. Many parents pick different spellings for their children's names. There is no correct way to spell someone's name. Just because it's not "Aiden" doesn't make it wrong. And in a five-second snippet we are all able to determine that Aaden can't spell his name? Give the kid a break.

Random Crap said...

This is the best blog ever! I can't stop laughing. Now I hope the show continues, just so this blog won't have to end!!

Ms.Peach said...

Not surprised about the ratings. TLC is scum. This will only make the sheeples jump up and down plus blow up KON's heads even bigger. Funny thing, people tuned in to watch out of curiosity, but discovered the show was one, big dud.

It's amazing how TLC could turn a misstep by Jon into a ratings bonus. Talk about manipulation! The sad thing is that a corporation (and we know how GREEDY corporations can be) is controlling real people's lives. I guess some people will sell their souls for the almighty dollar. Too bad for the innocent children.

Skraps said...

I haven't even finished reading because I'm laughing so hard - "yogurt parenting" - BRILLIANT!

Love the review - hate the show.

kimbro said...

I just watched this yesterday. I know, I know...still DVR'ing it. But I just have to see for myself. Then I ask, "Why are you doing this to yourself?" when I become so infuriated watching!

I know it's been said - but how can KON not see how ungrateful they sound? Saying things like...let's take a sledgehammer or whatever to the set. She sounds like a selfish pig! That set gave you your big mansion, free trips, fake tan, all the Anne Taylor clothes a girl could want, opportunities to make more money with books and speaking appearances (just to name a few)! Again I have to ask myself..."Why am I still surprised?"

And why am I even the least bit shocked by Kate's complete indifference to how Jon or anyone else might feel about going forward with the show? She proves it every single show...it's all about her. She loves it. End of story. Did she even MENTION the kids in this couch segment about whether to move forward with Season 5? As if we actually believe there may not be a Season 5? Really!

And all that crap about it being the best but hardest job...I have heard her say this so many times. SHE keeps saying it's a job...so how is it NOT a job for her kids, then? But it is for her? Again - SHE loves it. Who cares if it might be HARD for her kids as well – because in her self-centered mind it’s not a job for them…just for her.

I guess the reason why we get surprised and shocked is because we have sense – we’re good people – we see this for what it is…a bunch of self-indulgent BS!

I should just go ahead and delete the recording from my DVR. I so much more enjoy these recaps (GREAT JOB!!! APPLAUSE!!! APPLAUSE!!!) and when Joel McHale from The Soup gets ahold of them.

Mommy in PA said...

Well we can all see that Jon is getting tired of this. Hopefully he'll get custody if/when they divorce - he may at least be willing to give the kids a more normal life. If Kate got custody, she's continue the exposure meanwhile complaining how hard it is to do this "all by herself". (cause there are no nannies!)

Jeanna said...

NEW SET !!! The look of homey is so uncouth! “We” need a new “culturized” set.

Next season sophisticated viewers will observe Gossie and Hairrett seated in tastefully upholstered coordinated Queen Ann wing chairs within their library, complete with a bookcase of their great literary classics collection behind them. Gossie will be seen partaking in his new found hobby of pipe smoking and reading the Wall Street Journal because it is a much more dignified habit that other, uh hmm, savory activities. Hairrett will look up from her first edition copy of “Great Expectations” (she thinks it’s a “HOW TO” to get everything you desire !) and states royally (in a dreadful English accent) “ ”WE” would like to present on this episode of MASTERKATE THEATRE” …………

didew said...

Ugh, I just re-watched part of this episode on YouTube to check the part about Aaden's name, and the blonde art teacher completely sucked! My son has been an art student most of his life and I have never seen such a bad teacher. My son wouldn't have lasted 5 minutes in her class. That fake cheerful tone of voice, but when she told the kids "no" you got an idea what she's really like. "No, I don't want you to pull this off". "don't use your hands". "We're done with that technique". Absolutely no encouragement to be creative, just another day being forced to follow directions. Did you see her reaction when one of the girls didn't want to use the fork. I'm guessing she ended up using the fork. Poor things, they just traded one control freak bitch for another.

I really hate to say it, but I see eating disorders in the future for some of those kids. They're going to be looking for something in their lives that they can control. I hope and pray I'm wrong.

Andrilie said...

I, too, expect to see Kate and kids on many more outings sans Jon next season. After she informed viewers that she(and a TV crew and an army of assorted museum/studio/bakery/hotel personnel) can handle them alone now.

Of course, don't hold your breathe waiting for her to interact in any way with the kids, except maybe to threaten them or warn them. She seems to lack the usual maternal desire to share experiences with her kids.

Seeing her take them to a studio to paint canvasses in her chosen colors and then to turn her back on them while they were doing so was just soooo sad.

I guess she's just too self-involved and narcissistic to get it. Pity those kids.

cdh2519 said...

I think that Aaden was actually correcting the rude art teacher on the spelling of his name. This wasn't such a bad episode, everyone wants to see more of the kids and we did. They really seemed to enjoy themselves. Everything about Jon & Kate is not all bad, there is some positive. I don't agree with raising kids in front of cameras or belittleing your spouse, but there is some positive. Not everyone is perfect parents.

Amanda said...

I got home to literally see the "big announcement" and nothing else.

Of all the uncomfortable moments of seen between these two..this took the award.

Jon was not only interrupted but you could see the fear/confusion/grasping of just the right words. It was a complete and utter struggle for him to basically state "I don't want to do this anymore".

However carrot girl next to him had no trouble expressing how she felt.

Jane in California said...

Jeanna said...
Next season sophisticated viewers will observe Gossie and Hairrett seated in tastefully upholstered coordinated Queen Ann wing chairs within their library, complete with a bookcase of their great literary classics collection behind them. Gossie will be seen partaking in his new found hobby of pipe smoking and reading the Wall Street Journal because it is a much more dignified habit that other, uh hmm, savory activities. Hairrett will look up from her first edition copy of “Great Expectations” (she thinks it’s a “HOW TO” to get everything you desire !) and states royally (in a dreadful English accent) “ ”WE” would like to present on this episode of MASTERKATE THEATRE”


ROFL! I'm picturing Kate as Miss Haversham -- one can only hope that one day, she'll be sitting on a white plastic lawn chair alone in her crumbling McMansion, dressed in her by then very raggedy orange shirt, with some hideous velour sweat pants and her favorite stiletto heels. Innocent passers by will stare in horror at the streaky orange spray tan, the stripey skunk haircut, now done in Cruella deVil black and white.

Most disturbing of all will be the cardboard cut-outs of the sextuplets, now in their late 40's, placed "sitting" around the table, with matching bibs and sippy cups, paper plates of plastic grapes in front of them.

Of course, we all hope and pray Jon and the kids will have long flown the coop by then.

Robin said...

"Not everyone is perfect parents."

Nobody here is claiming that perfection is necessary, nor are they claiming to be perfect themselves. It bothers me when people (Kate and Jon or anyone) says "nobody's perfect" or "we're doing the best we can." Of COURSE nobody is perfect. And of COURSE we all do the best we can. But for the love of God, LISTEN to what people are telling you! You may not be able to achieve perfection, but you can certainly get closer than you are now. And sometimes our best, while well-intentioned, simply isn't THE best. Stop being selfish and narcisstic and materialistic and shallow. Listen to your family, friends, experts, strangers who care about your children. They're trying to help you.

Of course there are positives about this show. Most of us started watching because we were intrigued by the situation, or because the children were cute, or because we could identify with the struggles of the parents. The problem is that the negatives now FAR outweigh the positives. And I'm not talking about the little things that bother people - the bibs, the snacks for lunch, the high chairs - I'm talking about the HUGE negatives. The fact that these children receive little to no affection from their mother. That she is gone for "business" at least half the time. That their father is unhappy. That the twins are visibly sad much of the time. That every person who has been part of their lives in a meaningful way is now gone. That they live their lives on display. The children having a couple of hours of fun painting and at a museum so do NOT make up for all of that. Kate does not deserve a huge pat on the back for taking her children to a kids' museum or to do an art project. If that was the case, please hand me my gold medal now, because I am MOTHER of the YEAR if that's all you have to do.

Jane in California said...

cdh2519 said...
Everything about Jon & Kate is not all bad, there is some positive. I don't agree with raising kids in front of cameras or belittleing your spouse, but there is some positive. Not everyone is perfect parents.


cdh - no parent is a perfect parent. I'm a parent and I struggle every day with my imperfections. I get impatient sometimes, or I get tired and just want to be left alone for a few minutes to myself.

But, and this is a biggie, my number one priority is doing the best I can for my child. There is simply no way I would allow his daily life to be filmed, including him learning how to use the potty, him being sick, him having melt downs in public, etc. He even gets embarrassed if I tell his grandma about some very cute things he does -- some things are meant to be just said or done in front of mommy, and not passed along to even his beloved grandma.

What a good and responsible parent should do is put their children, and the needs of their children first. KON do not. In fact, Kate doesn't even enjoy spending time with her children - she takes them to carefully controlled settings, allows them to do certain things within specific guidelines, then she takes them back home and hands them off to her Nanny-who-will-never-be-called-a-nanny, helper person who works "various hours" and apparently stays with the children when Jon & Kate leave town. Yeah, the non-relative not-a-nanny helper person -- isn't that special?

A loving and responsible parent would never shut out other wonderful family members from their children. Uncle Kevin and Aunt Jodi are loving and wonderful people -- the children loved them. Yet Kate chose to cut them from her childrens' lives. To say, in response to that, "oh well, no parent is perfect," is mind blowing. That's tragic, that's parenting go so far awry that my heart aches for those sad children, isolated from friends and relatives, all because Kate is just as imbalanced and unnatural as Octomom.

Arabella said...

Caught a fly-by clip the other day and they had just gotten back from some outing and there was a quick shot from the driveway down as to just HOW many f'people are in there filming. This was when they were at the old house and in that clip there was FOUR guys standing in the garage filming kate while a 5th guy was at the end of the driveway filming the kids. Really despite all the other crap this family does the fact they've had literally half-a-dozen people in their house filming them for years, yeah these kids are gonna need therapy. I think watching the show you get caught up in what's going on and forget there is literally 3-4 people at all times filming, one with a boom mike nearby. Then I think how many were nearby filming when the kids were half-naked and going to the bathroom and it really makes me sick. It shows the perspective J&K and blind eye for $$$ J&K had all the way back to the beginning.

Yeah Kate you did feel clausterphobic in that old house. You literally had your family of 10PLUS 6-7 grown crew members.

Jane in California said...

Robin said...

...The fact that these children receive little to no affection from their mother. That she is gone for "business" at least half the time. That their father is unhappy. That the twins are visibly sad much of the time. That every person who has been part of their lives in a meaningful way is now gone.


I tried to say something similar, but you put it so much better.

yeaisaidthat said...

"Not everyone is perfect parents."

As I will agree that no parent is perfect, that being said IMO, the parental decision to EXPLOIT one's own child/ren as the means to an end (an ego driven, self serving one at that) is/should NEVER be justified!!! Period

Anonymous said...

In last week's episode why was Jon's mom referred to by the little kids as "dad's mom"? Isn't that sad that they don't refer to their own grandmother as "Grandma"?

one_lovable_cutiepie said...

NEW SET !!! The look of homey is so uncouth! “We” need a new “culturized” set.

Next season sophisticated viewers will observe Gossie and Hairrett seated in tastefully upholstered coordinated Queen Ann wing chairs within their library, complete with a bookcase of their great literary classics collection behind them. Gossie will be seen partaking in his new found hobby of pipe smoking and reading the Wall Street Journal because it is a much more dignified habit that other, uh hmm, savory activities. Hairrett will look up from her first edition copy of “Great Expectations” (she thinks it’s a “HOW TO” to get everything you desire !) and states royally (in a dreadful English accent) “ ”WE” would like to present on this episode of MASTERKATE THEATRE”

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Pricesless that was great..
how come i can hear James Lipton voice over.. ha ha

Narcissism Please said...

WAGO said ...

Parents don't "misspell" their children's names. Many parents pick different spellings for their children's names. There is no correct way to spell someone's name. Just because it's not "Aiden" doesn't make it wrong ...

thank you for putting that out there.
there are nearly four ways to spell my own name.
if a parent wants to inject a random 'y' in allison or a missing 'h' in thomas, it's all a subjectively [and often purposefully] made choice.

if ever i was chastised for how i chose to spell my child's name, then i'd really have to call bluff on my opposition.

mary said...

Regarding parents who spell their kid's names differently (to be original I guess) Your child will have to spell their name out to everyone the rest of their lives. Trust me .... it's a pain in the a**. Isn't Aaden phonetically ADDEN and not Aiden?

KON is not alone in this. There is Hayley and Hailey for example. Both technically are correct spellings. Haili is too I guess, but I would ask "how do you pronounce your name?" to that person.

Just a post on a pet peeve of mine.

Tracy said...

I just got a email back from TLC on my email to them about Kon. I am posting their answer to me here:


Dear Viewer:

Thank you for contacting TLC. We appreciate your correspondence and for
taking the time to share your thoughts and concerns with us about Jon &
Kate Plus 8.

In an effort to ensure the highest quality programming, comments such as
these are taken very seriously. Each and every comment is forwarded on to
our programming executives for review and consideration. Maintaining the
integrity of all of our networks is our primary goal. It is these types of
comments that contribute to creating change and improving our programming.

Again, thank you for contacting TLC.

Sincerely,

Viewer Relations
TLC

I didnt put my email address here, sorry. But this is the response I got from TLC/Discovery. Its not much, but its a start, right?

Taryn said...

Naw, I'll tell you who Kate is - she's Count Olaf from the Lemony Snicket books. No matter what the kids try to do to escape him, he keeps reappearing over and over again and hatching new evil plans. Jon's like one of the many weakling caretakers who ends up getting offed in the end.

I hope Jon and Kate enjoyed that dinner at Mr. Chow's, courtesy of the kids, who were probably at home eating Triscuits with organic peanut butter for supper.

Moons in Leo said...

Sorry, Tracy. I think we've all gotten their standard thank you for writing blah blah blah letter.

Nice try, though. :(

Shannon Kay said...

I just love how at the end of the program, Kate stated "we just have some things to iron out" in her happy go lucky fashion, amidst her poor husband about to have a nervous breakdown, I couldn't tell whether it was staged or they were Jon's true feelings, but I'm sure they'll be back for another season, after all they do have a mansion to pay for!

realitybites said...

"I couldn't tell whether it was staged or they were Jon's true feelings, but I'm sure they'll be back for another season, after all they do have a mansion to pay for!"

Most definitely staged, as was J & K's timely paparazzi captured appearance (together) at Chow's several days after the big season finale aired.

AnnaBanana said...

If I may, I have lurked on this site for quite some time, but have only recently felt compelled to comment. While I understand the primary objective of this site is to promote an advocate for working children and stop the exploitation of them, I am just so, so saddened by the obvious lack of a relationship between Jon & Kate.
No marriage is perfect- they all go through cycles of ups and downs, but J&K seemed to have flatlined. Where is the love, humor, trust, compassion??? I do not see this couple laughing or having any fun together. Perhaps if there were any happiness between them they wouldn't feel the need to get their needs met outside the home, (i.e. ski trips, speaking engagements, drinking with college students, ect...)
On the brink of bringing a child into this world (due June 24) I have sought to cultivate a stronger relationship with my husband. We have known each other for 15+ years and it is sometimes easy to take one another for granted. Sometimes we (I) snipe at one another. Sometimes we grouse over unimportant things..... However, let it be known that we never go to bed angry, we laugh and joke even during an arguement, and that we always respect each other's feelings.
Sadly, the same cannot be said for J&K and it reflects in the treatment of one another. It also is reflected within the children. Those twins are incredibly sad. Cara handles it internally, Mady outwardly. The 'tups have already shown a tendency to create negative attention.
The whole situation just makes me want to cry. Maybe its the hormones.
I can't imagine placing a sick child upon a floor. I have nannied (yes, I'll claim the name) in the past and have been spat, peed, snotted, pooped, and vomited on. It isn't fun, but it is what it is. Sick children need to be snuggled, cuddled, doted.... not neglected in a loud room on a hard floor. My hubby and I tried for well over two years to conceive before lucking out on meds. I already cherish this child. Kate seems to not cultivate relationships with anyone, not her husband, relatives, friends, family, or even her own children.
Sorry this is so long, this is my first post and I guess I just had a lot to get off my chest. Thank you for taking the time to read my thoughts.

Bob I am said...

I don't get a chance to watch TV much, but I have seen J&K+8 a few times through their series.

I have noticed they did laugh and kid around much more when their kids were babies.

Now they rarely bother to speak to their kids unless it is to growl at them.

Same for the couple. Such lack of warmth and understanding.

I was compelled to see the finale, as some women at work were talking about it.

I saw no happiness. I saw the husband looking absolutely defeated. I felt very sorry for him. He looked sad, frustrated, and plain beaten down.

I think the wife should just stay at home and mother those kids and be a kind and understanding wife to him.

He absolutely needs to get a job and get out with the real world again. The whole family would benefit if they went the way of most of the world; Dad going to work, mom taking care of the kids and preparing dinner for them at the end of the day.

Foodiegirl said...

This is just an aside b/c you guys have already said so much. But, did anyone notice that Kate-zilla wore heels to a museum outing w/ her children?! Who does this? She also stated on Oprah that no one is allowed to wear shoes in her home (camera crew included) except her b/c heels make her look thinner...wow.

PS-long time reader, first time poster...love what you guys do!

Tami said...

He briefly protests and tries take the marker back, but she keeps it from him, determined to be the first to sign. I was reminded of her dash toward the puppy kennels, telling her children "I get to hold them first..." Selfish...so selfish...it shows in the smallest things.

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Oh but Kate is an awesome person and it is to be expected if she is a bit crabby. After all she IS the mom of 8 kids! (say the sheeple..barf)

For those who think Aaden is an uncommon way of spelling it, it's actually not. I've seen it spelled that way more than Aiden.

TheDifferenceIsIntheFACE said...

I love this blog and the recaps, but I'm getting annoyed at how people STILL cannot tell the difference between Alexis and Leah. Alexis has lighter hair and bright, wide eyes. Leah's complexion is a little darker, and she as a sweet, little face. There. Easy.

mary said...

I don't know how this show is on anymore. I have not watched in years. I thought I was the only one disturbed by her. (paperplates, crappy lunch, crappy personality, meaness to her husband and of course...who the hell cares about screaming three year olds) The last one....i have one (he's the age of the tups) and I can watch him grow rather than hers.

All the children are exploited (as is Jon...but he has no balls) all for her benefit ($$$$) Everything is so staged. From what I can see the children have no friends, (neither do the parents) there is absolutely no socializing on either parts. In our state children go to kindergarten at age 5 (if you were born in August) My child goes next year for full day. Is she keeping her kids home another year? Why aren't they in a school program? (maybe the are..I don't watch)

BTW I lost my job, my husband is on the verge of losing his within the year and do I (or others in the same boat) want to watch a rich family of unemployed people who had a litter (purposely I think) of children making money off staged performaces?

Amanda said...

Oh my stars, Taryn! She IS Count Olaf from Lemony Snicket!!

At least the Baudelaire children got away from him in the end!

Strife said...

The whole family would benefit if they went the way of most of the world; Dad going to work, mom taking care of the kids and preparing dinner for them at the end of the day.
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I have to disagree in that... I'm Scandinavian and stay at home wives are almost unheard of. I never met someone who stayed home with children that weren't babies unless they were jobless. I'm not in the "being a stay at home mom is the hardest job in the world" crowd.

I think it would be better if Kate worked and Jon stayed home with the litter, he seems to enjoy spending time with them at least more than she does.

jonandkatewho? said...

The sad fact is that neither of these parents wants to stay at home and raise the kids. Jon isn't happy doing it and we know that Kate never was.

How is this going to make the kids feel in later years when they can watch the destruction of their family captured forever on film? I say they are in for a hard time. It must feel like crap to know (and I think even at their ages they can sense that the parents aren't happy) that your parents really don't want to be around you.

I believe that at first, Kate wanted lots of kids so she COULD stay at home. But she didn't realize that she really has no use for anything but tiny babies, and that she would become disinterested. She loved the money they started to get more and more of, and found herself the way we see her today. Now she has much bigger fish to fry and wants to be a writer and a talk show host. She wants fame and fortune, not to be a stay at home mom. Jon doesn't want to be a father either, and at this point I am not sure what would make him happy. Jon is in crisis.

And still they continue with this horrible farce.

I pray for those kids.

Robin said...

I feel that the ideal situation for childen is to have at least one loving, caring parent with them at all times. But as it's been said, the Gosselins are unable to provide that for their children, because neither is interested or happy being the one at home. So do what millions and millions of other families do: hire a nanny (or call the nanny you already have a nanny), and both of you work. Jon should find work outside the home doing whatever floats his boat; Kate should do whatever it is she is doing. The only change I would make is the traveling: STOP NOW. If it hurts your career Kate, I don't care; you can write from home, you could have a radio show, do podcasts, write a blog, turn yourself into the spokeswoman for all mothers everywhere. But for goodness sakes, be there at home in the evenings and on weekends for your children and your husband.

Philly Hockey Mom said...

Thanks. Excellent Recap! I was away and couldn't wait to get home and read what went on. I wonder if it will make it on The Soup? I would love to hear what Joel McHale has to say.

Oh Brother said...

Oh Whaa whaa whaa Jon. Ya big cry baby. You say you dont have privacy etc. Who forced you to sign a big contract?

Nikkiknack said...

Katie ala'orange did...who else.

Pamela Jaye said...

interesting about the ratings. my DVR works hard on Monday nights - 1 have 2 one-hour and 2 half-hour shows betweem 8 and 9. The DVR doesn't like the half hours and prefers to push something to a later date if possible. Since Castle started and I'm planning to somday catch up on Medium and the Hayes had 2 half-hours, the DVR notice Castle repeating on Saturday, and without a word of warning, pushed it. I found out at 11:30. So far ABC has been keeping the promised Saturday reruns, which is more than I can say for NBC & Chuck last fall.

Jon & Kate just fell in the one hour that wasn't overpopulated. I often find myself watching it before House (House is, at least, a fictional annoying character, unlike Kate)

So anyway, considering what night it's on, the ratings are amazing. Good thing it's not on at 8, though.

Jemm said...

Great Recap! Two things:

1. Did anyone else notice that when J & K went to "sign the wall" (which was stupid, I agree), it seemed to be just a prop wall on a set somewhere and not the one in their old house? The paint seemed to be a different color, and when they zoomed out, the walls weren't connected to anything? I don't have the ep on DVR or anything, so maybe someone else could check this out?

2. The tans are seriously disturbing. Where do you even go to get that color? The Sherwin Williams comment was hilarious. I think they may have gone back to the Crayola Factory and asked for "Sunset Orange." The upside: now K's major bronzer streaks are not as noticeable!

Fay said...

Poor Jon cant go out without being noticed he cant be himself,did he ever think how those kids feel,I guess not,these two make me sick so selfish.I think this episode should of been called Me and Me plus Me.

Why r they still 2gether? said...

jemm- They showed it on an episode
already-
They made a fake set in their new
house to trick us so that we would think they still lived in the old house after they had moved to their new house.
and I agree Kate looks ridiculous with such a fake tan!!

Casey and Smudge said...

Just a note about misspelling common names to make them "original"... It's the same name! If I have an Aiden, Aidan, Aaden, and Ayden in kindergarten, there will still be mass confusion unless we throw on some last initials. Really, it's just annoying when a common name is so misspelled that no one can decipher it, or your child has to always correct the spelling. When in doubt, stick with the traditional. Excessive y's in a boy's name makes it look feminine, as does doubling a consonant like n. A lot of boy's names are being used for girls - Avery, Logan, Ryan, Jordan, Aidan, etc. and odd spellings don't help!

horrified yet cannot look away said...

I think Jon wants a break from the show to blow the money they've accumulated and have a good time without being photographed and without being told he's killing their book deals and whatever other future projects are on the go.
Once he's blown a good chunk of change on wine, women and snowboards, he'll be more than willing to come back to 'work'.
The hig ratings are bad on the one hand because it will mean more cross-promotion with crossovers into other shows in the short term, but I think in the long term, more interest in the show is only going to bring more scrutiny.

There will be a season 5, they will appear on a bunch of other TLC shows. The ratings will be high but for the wrong reasons as more people watch with morbid curiousity. The book sales will be low, the 'meet and greets' will be more contentious and the backlash will continue to grow.

TLC picks what they show on TV. They know marital discord = ratings. They'll show more strife to get more ratings which will lead to more backlash. I hope they saved their money, because I think their 8 X 15 minutes of fame are almost used up.

On a less serious note, what other crossovers do you think they should do?
I think having Kon on Paranormal State or one of those other goofy ghost hunting shows would work. Kate could claim she was hearing voices which were causing her to feel uneasy and fearful and wonder if the new house was haunted. Then they could show Beth or Jodi tapping at one of the outside windows.
Seriously though, I'd wager that one of Kon gets a tat from Kat Von D next season as another 'expression of their love' and that its shown on both shows.

Just Plain Jane Please said...

Casey and Smudge said...
Just a note about misspelling common names to make them "original"... It's the same name! If I have an Aiden, Aidan, Aaden, and Ayden in kindergarten, there will still be mass confusion unless we throw on some last initials. Really, it's just annoying when a common name is so misspelled that no one can decipher it, or your child has to always correct the spelling. When in doubt, stick with the traditional. Excessive y's in a boy's name makes it look feminine, as does doubling a consonant like n. A lot of boy's names are being used for girls - Avery, Logan, Ryan, Jordan, Aidan, etc. and odd spellings don't help!

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You said a mouthful! I work in a medical clinic and we have a very large practice. We pull up names from the data base in order to get records together.

I cannot say how anoying it is to have to scroll through all those stupid "made-up names" to find the right patient.

We often have to go through the progress notes to see if we have discovered the right "Zakeriah", "Taylir", or "Thomias." YUK!

Do your kids a favor and use the good old "John," "Michael" or "Tom."

Merrilee said...

I would love to see Kate and Amy Roloff "Change Spouses."

Amy's house is often in a state of pure "pig sty."

Kate's little kids are about the same size as Amy. The kids would have a lot of fun with Amy's care-free un-houskeeping.

Amy would get along well with the little ones, and, wouldn't Kate go absolutely nuts when she came back to her own house to see it turned completely upside down and filthy!

It would be fun if Kate had to stay with the Roloffs at least one month, though.

That would be enough time for her to go completely "Kate" and her OCD would compel her to have to get that mess cleaned up. Would those kids help, or ignore her, like they do their own parents, especially Jeremy and Molly.

That would be a fun show to watch for a while.

Narcissism Please said...

re: Casey and Smudge said...
Just a note about misspelling common names to make them "original"... It's the same name! If I have an Aiden, Aidan, Aaden, and Ayden in kindergarten, there will still be mass confusion unless we throw on some last initials. Really, it's just annoying when a common name is so misspelled that no one can decipher it, or your child has to always correct the spelling. When in doubt, stick with the traditional.


i'll just put it out there.
my name is suzanne.
s-u-z-a-n-n-e.
i've gotten: susanne, suzan, suzzane, suzzanne, etc.

i do apologize for having a light-touch on this subject, but..
to me, my name .. spelled the way my parents preferred be signed to my birth certificate .. seems pretty phonetic, and not a stretch to be 'original', to me.
as do all of it's [my name's] cohorts.

i really think this is all a non-issue, and that i'm personally just 'iffy-ish' about it because i've, personally, been subject to the name-game ..throughout all of my life.

there IS a line to be drawn between haley and heighleigh, or michael and mykhaiel....

BUT-

aaden would phonetically sound like aiden.
or, even ayden.
hell, i could put accents over all sorts of vowels and it would still sound the same.


i apologize.
my rant has ended.

didew said...

On the subject of made-up names and/or spellings, my brother-in-law is a parole officer. During one of his cases the judge told the defendant that she had to have her daughter's name legally changed. The child's name was pronounced Ash-ole-ee. However the mother had spelled it on the birth certificate "ASSHOLE".

I'm not kidding.

Jane in California said...

Bob I am said...

I saw no happiness. I saw the husband looking absolutely defeated. I felt very sorry for him. He looked sad, frustrated, and plain beaten down.

I think the wife should just stay at home and mother those kids and be a kind and understanding wife to him.

He absolutely needs to get a job and get out with the real world again. The whole family would benefit if they went the way of most of the world; Dad going to work, mom taking care of the kids and preparing dinner for them at the end of the day.


It's not whether a mom works full time outside the home or not that determines what kind of mothering goes on in the home. It's what comes from inside to begin with.

I'm a single mom and I work full time. That doesn't make me a bad mother. Reverting to stereotypical roles for men and women won't solve the problem that Jon & Kate have.

I think if Kate had been happy with her twin girls, she might have been a halfway decent mom and wife. Anal retentive, a control freak, but used to the life she was living, family and friends who were part of her life and that of her family, with a husband that could probably have supported a family of 4 on his income alone, in moderate comfort.

But once Kate knew she was having sextuplets, I think she saw dollar signs. She felt sure this would bring fame, attention, and ultimately financial benefit to them. I really think she believes she is special, and that she almost discounts the fertility treatments as the reason she had sextuplets. In her mind, this "gift" was bestowed on her, and it must be because she is special and deserves it.

Thus, she feels no shame, no embarrassment, at taking everything she can from the situation. In her mind, this is her due, she is special in the eyes of the Lord.

Her mind is warped. The only person she really and truly loves is herself. Everyone else can either be of those who please her and do her bidding, or be dismissed by her as unimportant and disposable.

Don't think for one minute that if she could dump Jon and still retain the show and all the financial benefits she enjoys, that he'd still be her husband. She can barely stand being in the same room with him, and it's sheer misery for her to sit on that couch next to him.

She clearly feels he is no longer in her league, with the way she constantly belittles the way he talks. She is embarrassed by him. In her mind, she's a rising star. She really thinks she's going to be the next Oprah, but Jon doesn't measure up as Stedman, so eventually he'll be shown the door.

Anonymomma said...

First, I want to say congratulations to Anna Banana, that's so exciting : ) After two years of trying I'll bet you guys are over the moon! I wish you the best, and keep us up to date on the little one.
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cdh2519 said...
Everything about Jon & Kate is not all bad, there is some positive. I don't agree with raising kids in front of cameras or belittleing your spouse, but there is some positive. Not everyone is perfect parents.
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No one is perfect. And women, mothers especially, tend to get a bad rap for being harsh on other women. Some people like to elieve it's out of jealousy, hoping that the moms around us will fail. But it isn't. We, or at least I, do it out of concern. When my neice gave birth to her first baby, I gave her advice whether she asked or not. And I realized I was being overbearing, but I just wanted to help her. Kind of like all those little things no one ever clues you in about before you become a mom (like how baby boys can pee on you from a mile away or when the umbillical stump fals off, it's pretty gross!). I questioned her capabilities for a while, thinking about how different her parenting style was from my own. But after giving birth to my fifth, I can say my neice taught me a lot. My point is, as women, we don't do it to degrade. We do it to help. These are human lives at stake.

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I think Jon wants a break from the show to blow the money they've accumulated and have a good time without being photographed and without being told he's killing their book deals and whatever other future projects are on the go.
Once he's blown a good chunk of change on wine, women and snowboards, he'll be more than willing to come back to 'work'.
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You hit the nail on the head. Bingo!

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jane in california
I'm a single mom and I work full time. That doesn't make me a bad mother. Reverting to stereotypical roles for men and women won't solve the problem that Jon & Kate have.

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It absolutely does not. But that's what peeves so many of us, is that there parents out there like yourself who bust their asses everyday and miss out on time with their kids, and there are these two ding bats who have every capability to stay home and be a family and actually enjoy it, but they choose not to. I'm gonna take a wild guess and say that if given the opportunity, you'd rather spend your afternoons with your kids than sitting in some book store being rude to strangers for a dollar.

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And one more before I get off the soap box. The name spelling thing? I agree with you guys who said that it's going too far lately with outrageous spellings. Though I gave all of my kids pretty uncommon names, they are very easy to spell (just like they sound). When I was about 3 or 4, my mom caught me writing my name on the living room wall with a pencil. She didn't yell at me. Instead, she checked to see if I spelled it correctly. I will always remember that.

No matter how Aaden's name is spelled, he should know how to do it by now. If he doesn't, there is an issue and you can be pretty sure that the school notices it too.

Anonymomma said...

didew said...
On the subject of made-up names and/or spellings, my brother-in-law is a parole officer. During one of his cases the judge told the defendant that she had to have her daughter's name legally changed. The child's name was pronounced Ash-ole-ee. However the mother had spelled it on the birth certificate "ASSHOLE".

I'm not kidding.

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My sister works in a local hospital (she's a nurse). She once had a patient on L&D who delivered a baby boy but was putting him up for adoption. The adoptive parents (who the bio mom met over the internet), took the baby but brought him back the next day saying they could not adopt him because he had a wrinkle in the fold of one of his ears and that they did not like the looks of the bio mom. And by looks I do mean features. They felt she wasn't pretty enough and the baby wouldn't be either.


Seriously. Why do people do this to kids?

Diet Coke said...

Thanks for the recap. I can't watch the show anymore as my physican feels that it contributes to my high blood pressure. No just kidding but I truly can't take the sound of Kate's voice. The tone of her voice is okay but her voice is always (yes I said always) directing Jon around with no purpose, telling him he is wrong, yeliing at someone for something minor or talking about Hannah or complaining about Mady.

I can't believe in this economy these two chuckleheads continue with enemployment.....they bith annoy me. Hope this show ends for the sake of the kids.

Jane in California said...

Anonymomma said:


It absolutely does not. But that's what peeves so many of us, is that there parents out there like yourself who bust their asses everyday and miss out on time with their kids, and there are these two ding bats who have every capability to stay home and be a family and actually enjoy it, but they choose not to. I'm gonna take a wild guess and say that if given the opportunity, you'd rather spend your afternoons with your kids than sitting in some book store being rude to strangers for a dollar.


LOL -- well you have that right.

In my case, I have worked to earn money and make my way since before I was 16. My job gives me a needed structure in my life, and in my case, I'd feel a bit lost without a job. But I often wish I could work part-time, during only the hours my son was in school. To me, that would be ideal.

I agree that Jon and Kate are both squandering time with their children that they can never recapture. Of the two, I feel Jon is the more natural at parenting, and Kate likes to play at it, but grows bored very quickly.

Some people really love their children and love spending time with family; others don't. Kate falls in the group of people who finds spending time with her family "work" and unpleasant, tiring, icky work at that. What that stupid woman doesn't know is that the moments of greatest happiness, greatest selfless sacrifice, and greatest joy are those spent caring for and being with your precious children.

OrganicOnlyPlease said...

When I first started watching, Kate hated to shop. She admitted she didn't have any fashion sense and even needed Jon to help her pick out clothes (Gap episode). Also in the beginning Kate admitted she hated being crowded and being around people. She said she was an introvert. Jon on the other hand admitted he liked all the people around while filming b/c he was more outgoing (Behind The Scenes episode when they talked about their production staff). Early on, they show Jon making coffee for Kate before he leaves for work, Kate admits she can't get out of bed before 8am (first hour-long epi). So all of a sudden, Kate likes to shop, likes the people and is getting out of bed at 5:30am EVERY MORNING as she happily declared on Oprah/Orpah? And Jon suddenly doesn't like his privacy gone? I'm sure there are so many more contradictions. Poor people. Don't they realize they are contradicting themselves right on film? Surely they aren't that stupid....are they? Oh wait, I forgot. They thought we are the stupid ones. Haha, laughs on me....

mom said...

Kate is looking too orange and is flirting way too much with the camera men. She gives a silly little laugh and tries to pose like she's some cute college girl. I guess she needs to compete, since we all know Jon likes college sweeties! She is just one hot mess.

GagMeWithASpoon! said...

lol@organic only and mom.
I noticed all those things too..especially that she 'Cannot' get out of bed before 8am, then it was on Dr.Phil(I think) she said she get's up at 5:30am and runs for an hour, but first she puts the coffee on, and starts the dishwasher. I am wondering if it's "Kate" that is in love? Perhaps with the camera man? Jeff? That may explain her drastic changes to her look...and poor Jon is taking the flak. It really irks me too that she and Shoka had a war or something on the treadmill, and she won?
Those poor dogs, and poor kids...that is what's 'not fair'..NOT her having to look after her own children that she tried so hard to get.

missycristin said...

Re: the little kids referring to Jon's mother as "Dad's mom", my nephew called me "Daddy's sister" for the better part of a year. (We live far apart and don't get to see each other very often)

Summer said...

I'm new to this site and Love love the recaps! I was really excited for this episode to air since the build up totally fooled me and I thought I'd learn about the relationship hardships and such.

What a joke.

Anyway. I'm a nerd and one of my nerdy webcomics had a very appropriate comic for this episode.
http://www.reallifecomics.com/archive/090324.html

keep up the great work!
Summer

Ilene said...

I don't understand why Jon quietly allows Kate to brow beat him every show from....."can you stop breathing" to "From college, don't forget the prepersition" (I can't spell) Who the hell cares about her correcting his grammer all the time. She stops in the middle of his talk to criticize how he sits and all he says is "I'm sorry".

I will criticize her in the intro when she says' but it's "R" life................kate..........its "OUR" life..get it. Just thought I'd point it out. you can do better. Give Jon a brake. Her's a good husband. All your nasty comments will have a negative affect on the kids. Just wait. The girls are learning it's ok to yell at their male counter parts and the boys are learning that their counterparts cant yell at them and they will take the blame and say "I'm sorry. Not a very good 50/50. Maybe they;ll all just hit their spouses on their heads really hard. That seems to settle something. You won't believe me but I love watching the kids grow up, maybe you and Jon also. I wish the kids would stop hitting each other so much. I also wish you pay more attention to Mady. She needs YOU. Hug her more. Hold her more. She really needs your touch. You can be warm but not much to Mady. Help her. She loves you very much. Your a good lady in a difficult position Kate but that's why you make the big bucks right? You can do it as long as you want, I'll always watch regardless, the kids are so cute.
I have to see how they turn out and you and Jon also. Please cool it a little, let Jon be Jon and you be a milder Kate, no disrespect intended. Bless you and your wonderful family.