September 28, Tea Party

Kate's ready for some good old fashioned girl time! The girls spend a special afternoon out with Mommy taking a relaxing carriage ride and having tea at a local tearoom. Kate gets a little nervous when the girls drink tea from delicate china teacups!

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Claire said...

I was surprised to see Kate exposing so much cleavage. She's been gravatating in that direction - - did anyone notice how lowcut her dress was when she spoke in Birmingham. She had her arms squeezed to her sides pushing her boobs together. But does she need to be doing cleavage shots when she's being filmed with the kids?

Lucy said...

OMG. A Tea Party? Are they seriously kidding? They are really scraping the barrel for ideas for this loser show. How do you spell Boring!

alsoamomtotwins said...

You know the content of the show has always been boring . . . watch the kids eat pancakes, watch the kids be potty trained, watch Kate get her hair done.

What made the show interesting, many seasons ago anyways, was the relationship between Jon and Kate and what, we thought anyways, was watching an unique family try hard to make it.

You remove any realness or emotion and you're just left with a bunch of lifeless activities.

franky said...

wait a minute..the tea-party with the cleavage and the girls that they shot last spring? ..you know, when rumors about Khate and Steve first surfaced..yeah..just the commercial for that one made me gag..she bends so far over, her "girls" almost pop out of her to-tight cleavage.

Nope, am Khate-free, and plan to stay that way.

f8ek8 said...

So wth happened to Jon? No Jon last week and no Jon this week?

ErinKate said...

The show is done. The principles have no interest anymore and they are both going in opposite directions. There will not be another season. I wonder if the kids will be confused once the cameras go away. I wonder if they will miss the interactions with the crew members once they are stuck home with just the nannies and themselves and there are no more trips and planned outings? Kate is trying to fulfill her dreams of stardom, not support her kids. Heck, I support mine by working at a job. She could do the same but she craves celebrity. I hope there will be silverware at the tea party because she needs to stick a fork in it.

my9cats said...

One more time everyone:
WHO WRITES THIS CRAP?

Yolanda said...

The thing that bugs me is all these episodes are so obviously staged. I mean, who does this stuff? How can anybody relate to this? Why couldn't they just arrange to have a tea party in basement/play area, or inside one of the crooked houses? Let the girls serve "pretend" tea and cookies.

It's just all so phony.

Ohio Buckeye said...

Didn't they film this quite awhile back? The J&K timeline sure is jumbled. And K8 'nervous' about her kids' ability to use good china? Nah, not the new, improved, relaxed and Can Do K8. But then, maybe they filmed this epi BEFORE K8 had totally evolved into her renovated image as a relaxed mom who gracefully takes everything in stride?

Sorry, TLC, we've witnessed way too many of K8 losing it over nothing - the 'Jooooon!! She's RUINED!!!' example springs to mind - 'ruined' because of melted ice cream. Yeah, that's a relaxed mom gracefully taking everything in stride. Uh huh. Sure.

GoPoshGo said...

alsoamomtotwins said...
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What made the show interesting, many seasons ago anyways, was the relationship between Jon and Kate and what, we thought anyways, was watching an unique family try hard to make it.

You remove any realness or emotion and you're just left with a bunch of lifeless activities.

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I wish we could "bronze" your post. That sums up the whole show in a nutshell.

PS: I'm a mom of twins as well!

GoPoshGo said...

Claire said...
I was surprised to see Kate exposing so much cleavage.

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Well, TLC did promise a "T" party for Monday night. Guess they should have specified what that "T" stands for...........

escrowmama said...

"A local tearoom"? Wasn't this filmed in Florida?

Lauren said...

A tea party sounds so snobbish and pretentious. This nation is in the middle of an economic meltdown and the best TLC/Figure 8 can do is come up with a tea party.

This show has become irrelevant, out of touch and completely pretentious. How is this entertainment??

TLC's PR people troll these blogs for story lines and ideas so expect "recession sensitive" episodes.

shoka and nala hate Kate said...

Why would Kate care if the girls drink tea from good china teacups? As long as they're not hers, she could care less if they get broken. Ask Aunt Jodi about the hole in her wall and the owners of the Bald Head beach house about the pudding fight.

bottom of the barrel said...

That TEA party was filmed in N. Carolina. Why the heck did they wait till now to show that. That occured when Kate and the kids and Ashley were down there with Steve,when Kate and Jon first separated. Boy are they scraping the bottom of the barrel. I remember seeing that on a commercial for J&K before the summer, and wondered why they never showed it...now I know why.

The Kate Show said...

Jon stated to a local last week that he will no longer be filming, only Kate. So like we said, she got her way "the Kate show"

fidosmommy said...

Yolanda said...
The thing that bugs me is all these episodes are so obviously staged. I mean, who does this stuff? How can anybody relate to this? Why couldn't they just arrange to have a tea party in basement/play area, or inside one of the crooked houses? Let the girls serve "pretend" tea and cookies


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I could be wrong, but I don't think they had the Crooked Houses when this episode was filmed. I think this was one of the ones that were filmed before the divorce announcememt - like the Naval Ship episode or one of those. There were commercials for it before they went on hiatus.

We're just seeing it now. TLC has to use up those episodes somehow, so even though we're entering fall, we'll see a spring tea party no doubt.

AchyFeet said...

I just had to lol at the description. Every week it makes me giggle. I wonder who donated this tea party...? Along with the cutsie dresses and accesories you know they'll have.

Get ready for some huge product placement.

I'd also like to say I've stopped watching! Curiosity always seemed to get the best of me. Well this time I just waited until it was on youtube. No ratings from my house!!

Lady Gray said...

There is one thing that delighted me about this post - and it has nothing to do with Kate or the children - this means that the United States does have tea rooms. I can never seem to find good English tea when I'm visiting my father in VA, but perhaps I will search harder on my next trip. There's nothing like good American coffee, though, I will say that.

Hopefully I won't search to hard and run into the little darling along with their asinine mother.

Midnight Serenade said...

"A tea party sounds so snobbish and pretentious. This nation is in the middle of an economic meltdown and the best TLC/Figure 8 can do is come up with a tea party."
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Kate at a tea party with her arms on the table while she slurps tea with gum in her mouth? Too funny!

trailer park Kate said...

Ask Aunt Jodi about the hole in her wall and the owners of the Bald Head beach house about the pudding fight.
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Glad you pointed out. That's the thing I really feel Kate is very lower class. Kate is such a barbarian, she is not considering and has no manners. She will let her kids trash places as long as it's not her house. You can't take trailer park out of the girl, can you?

Dogs hate Kate said...

Jon is the most under appreciated and underrated costar in the world of reality TV. He made the show interesting in his low-key way.

Too bad Kate dumped him and TLC got rid of him, they didn't understand Jon made the show funny and brought out the best of the kids. When kids are around Kate, they look nervous and careful. When they are with Jon, they just open up.

Wendy said...

Imagine Paula (famous for being a butter queen) and Kate host a show together, they should call it "Lard and Booze + Whatever". They will absolutely brainwash Americans self-indulgence is cool.

I suspect it's a scam. First they lure you into an unhealthy lifestyle, once you become a miserable drunken overweight person, you will tune in Dr. Phil to look for answers.

Conclusion - don't believe anything on TV and don't take them seriously. Or you will be screwed.

Claire said...

Lady Gray said...
There is one thing that delighted me about this post - and it has nothing to do with Kate or the children - this means that the United States does have tea rooms. I can never seem to find good English tea when I'm visiting my father in VA, but perhaps I will search harder on my next trip. There's nothing like good American coffee, though, I will say that.
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If you can get to D.C. check out the Ritz Carlton Hotels. Some have lovely tea rooms.

Claire said...

The Kate Show said...
Jon stated to a local last week that he will no longer be filming, only Kate. So like we said, she got her way "the Kate show"
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Is there a link to that. I'd like to take a look. Thanks.

Ava Rose said...

How bout this guys...maybe film the kids and their activities? And their thoughts? And interactions?

Now that jon is gone (good for you, jon!) it seems like the "kate" show...even when the attention is on the kids for a minute, she wants to have a "meltdown" in front of the camera

cdnmom47 said...

I trust those who say this was filmed many months ago...I hate that they play the audience as suckers...

Also...for these children who are used to eating off paper plates and using plastic utensils and whose table manners resemble that of 1 year olds, I'm surprised that a tea party was even suggested!

Anonymous said...

I still am confused....don't you have to participate in Nielsen's ratings for your viewings to "count"? (which we did for maybe a year)
MG

K-Tea party said...

my9cats said...

One more time everyone:
WHO WRITES THIS CRAP?
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Isn't Kate a producer this season? If so that would explain the Kate storylines to a err...TEA...lol

A *southern Boston tea party said...

The Kate Show said...

Jon stated to a local last week that he will no longer be filming, only Kate. So like we said, she got her way "the Kate show"
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Then shouldn't TLC rename the show since there is no Jon in it? Course taking his name out of it is sure to put the last nail in the coffin.

nanb said...

They went to the tea room when they were on vacation in Bald Head Island after they sent Mady and Cara home. That's why there are shots on a ferry.

I can't wait for the recap. How will the realest reality show pretend that can do Kate drove back to Bald Head to go for Tea?

I guess they have to have the episode or they'll have to reimburse the tea room for the tea party.

Midnight Serenade said...

"You can't take trailer park out of the girl, can you?"

Kate did not grow up in a trailer park! Her parents owned a campground, but she didn't live there! If you do a google search, you will find the history of the campground (the actual purchase, property size, zoning laws, etc.). She lived in the family home (not in the campground) and graduated from a private school.

Ms.Peach said...

Anonymous said...
I still am confused....don't you have to participate in Nielsen's ratings for your viewings to "count"? (which we did for maybe a year)
MG

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Cable and satellite have the capability of tracking your viewing for the advertisers. This is a fact and has been reported by a consumer expert here in Atlanta. The goal is to eventually market commercials selectively. It's like cookies on your computer---those annoying ads that pop up based on the sites you visit. You bet TLC knows who's watching whether you are a Neilsen family or not. Watch the clips on Youtube; it's all you need to see if you are curious after reading the recap.

What's going on? said...

Lauren said...
A tea party sounds so snobbish and pretentious. This nation is in the middle of an economic meltdown and the best TLC/Figure 8 can do is come up with a tea party.
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First off, I don't think a tea party for 5 year olds sounds pretentious. It actually sounds like something most little girls would LIKE to do. Heck, I had a "tea party," fancy hats required, for my 25 year old friends last spring. It's girly and fun, nothing more or less.

Also, I'm confused. Do we want more entertaining episodes, or do we want the kids off the air altogether? So many suggestions on what people want to see.

Many people have stated that they stopped watching Monday nights, but they still watch on YouTube. Again, unless you are a Neilsen family Big Brother is not tracking what you watch. In addition, TLC looks at all the ratings/all the hits online to determine the value of the show.

My bottom line is that if you watch the show in secret online, then you are still watching. If you have real moral issues with the show, then why watch at all? I'm not perfect, I do watch Monday nights, but I own it. I admit to it, and I figure if I want to watch it I'm not going to act like a 4 year old sneaking a cookie.

Again, I totally respect those that abstain from the show completely on principal. If you feel strongly about the show ending then you have a noble cause. I think this should be the last season, don't get me wrong, but if they are on tv for the next few months regardless, and I feel like watching it, I will. It is those that act like they are doing the wold a favor by not tuning in a 9 pm Monday nights that I just don't understand.

rural mom said...

The producers are out of show ideas. if Jon is off the show the season will come crashing down before Christmas. Nobody wants to see Kate comping more free stuff for her kids while donating the used stuff to charity. Come to think of it, why do they never film Halloween? Kate can't handle the kids wanting different costumes?

Free and Free said...

The tea party WAS free. The business there said that they gave them the tea party for free because the TLC network said they would trade free on air advertising for the tea party, and they agreed. Its how they get ALL the free trips and vacations. Kate even said "We get the trip, they get the advertising, so everyone wins."
Right.

yeaisaidthat said...

rural mom said...
The producers are out of show ideas. if Jon is off the show the season will come crashing down before Christmas. Nobody wants to see Kate comping more free stuff for her kids while donating the used stuff to charity. Come to think of it, why do they never film Halloween? Kate can't handle the kids wanting different costumes?

Seems to me Halloween occurs year round at the Gosselin Konpound.
Mommy dressing the children up in different COSTUMES taking them from place to place; TLC with their 'trick' editting and Kate on the receiving end of the 'treats'!!!!

Doublewide for Kate said...

People got the trailer park notion from a story on TV, (one of the entertainment shows early in the summer) that actually showed the home Kate was raised in, and YES it was a doublewide trailer home. Maybe it was on or near a campground, but a trailerhome just the same. It was a decent one however. Just because someone goes to private school, which Kate and ALL or her siblings did, doesn't mean that someone has to live in a mansion. When we think of trailer, we think mobil home, no it was a prefab trailerhome.

Trailer home, not park said...

It might not have been a trailer PARK, but I SAW a photo of the double wide trailer home Kate was raised in. Whether it was on the campground is another story, but yes a trailer home. People can put them anywhere, it doesn't necessarily have to be in a trailer park.

Moons in Leo said...

rural mom said...
Come to think of it, why do they never film Halloween? Kate can't handle the kids wanting different costumes

Mom, I think once upon a time when the Gosselins were faux Christians Halloween was considered the Devil's Holiday.

In reality it was probably too much trouble for Kate. Buying all that candy, getting the kids in their costumes, etc.

RachieK. said...

rural mom said...
The producers are out of show ideas. if Jon is off the show the season will come crashing down before Christmas. Nobody wants to see Kate comping more free stuff for her kids while donating the used stuff to charity. Come to think of it, why do they never film Halloween? Kate can't handle the kids wanting different costumes?
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They have stated in the past that they don't participate in Trick or Treat. Many fundamentalist churches around here frown on celebrating Halloween, J&K's included. I don't get it, personally, just let the kids have fun, dress up, and run around and get some candy! They have also mentioned that they don't "do" Santa Claus. How sad! Jon mentioned that his kids were the ones in class telling everyone there was no Santa (and he thought it was funny!). Again, typically a church thing, they don't want Santa to take away the true meaning of Christmas. Same thing, overthinking something that should be childhood bliss.

Ms.Peach said...

I went back and looked up dates. Kate and the girl tups were in Aventura, FL in early August. I found an article about Kate being rude at the Cheesecake Factory. I believe they filmed "Balloon and Butterflies" there because they visited some butterfly santuary.

My vote is that the tea room episode was filmed in NC. She'll play it that she spent time with the boys at the dude ranch, so it's the girls' turn, like it happened recently.

junebug said...

I'm sure Kate scared off the male viewers years ago by the way she treated Jon. Maybe, all of the cleavage showing is her way of trying to draw that particular audience back. If so, she should be ashamed. Strike that...she should be ashamed anyway.

Bubbles said...

How is it that watching on YouTube, where it shows right there on the screen how many views there have been for that video, is better than watching it on your TV where there may or may not be generalized reports generated from your cable provider for the cable networks to see to be able to target certain audiences for advertising?

I could be wrong, but I have a strong suspicion that TLC has heard of YouTube!

It is frustrating to have so much conflicting info sometimes...write letters! Don't write letters! Watching if you're not a Nielsen family is ok! It's not ok to watch no matter how you watch! Watch on YouTube?! Or not?!

TV ratings have never made much sense to me.

kate's icky said...

rural mom said...

The producers are out of show ideas. if Jon is off the show the season will come crashing down before Christmas. Nobody wants to see Kate comping more free stuff for her kids while donating the used stuff to charity. Come to think of it, why do they never film Halloween? Kate can't handle the kids wanting different costumes?
9/28/2009 6:07 AM

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since when does she donate to charity?????? i thought she had yard sales/consignment sales...(consignment would be the only way to go now, since i am sure she thinks she is too 'good' to mingle with commonfolk at a yard sale...all those yucky people with all of those 'germs'. lol...she would probably want to charge them for the air they breathe..

my9cats said...

One of my nicest memories when I was little was having a tea party with my mom, dolls, and childsize porcelain tea set. As this was done in my bedroom I see nothing pretentious about it.
But we're talking about TLC and Kate so I am sure it will be.
Hmmm wonder which boob-a-licious dress she will wear for the grand event. Are the boys invited? Maybe they are the waiters.

Ms.Peach said...

Big Brother is watching. From the Tampa Tribune:

TAMPA - Many Americans with a DVR now consider it a fundamental right to skip past TV commercials during their favorite show.

Ad for soda, skip. Ad for mortgages, skip. Ad for hair-preserving vitamins, skip, skip, skip. But don't think someone isn't watching from the other end and working hard to force you into watching those commercials, like it or not.

Cable TV companies and DVR makers now track behavior of TV watchers down to the second. And they are developing a sophisticated science for determining just which TV commercials people skip and which ones they watch.

For instance, TiVo recently released data that showed 84 percent of Grey's Anatomy viewers skipped ads during the May 7 episode – a potential loss of audience for advertisers. Desperate Housewives and American Idol saw similar evaporation once commercials started.

Viewers of the medical drama "House," by contrast, seemed to keep watching commercials.

Such data can have a direct impact on the fate of individual TV shows, especially if the science triggers advertisers like Procter & Gamble or Geico to shift their ad spot purchases from one show to another.

"No TV advertiser wants to hear anymore what the audience is for a program," said Todd Juenger, vice president and general manager of TiVo Audience Research & Management. "They care about how many people saw their specific commercial."

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I'll say again, don't watch.

abbra said...

(Wendy said...
Imagine Paula (famous for being a butter queen) and Kate host a show together, they should call it "Lard and Booze + Whatever". They will absolutely brainwash Americans self-indulgence is cool.

I suspect it's a scam. First they lure you into an unhealthy lifestyle, once you become a miserable drunken overweight person, you will tune in Dr. Phil to look for answers.)

OMG WENDY YOUR POST IS TOO FUNNY! Thanks for letting me start my day off with a good belly laugh.

mom-of-one said...

You are crazy if you think that you have to be a neilsen family to have your viewing habits recorded. Our cable provider now has a "What's Hot" menu where I can look to see what shows people in my area are watching at this very minute, they are ranked by # of viewers. So don't fool yourself thinking that big brother doesn't know what you are watching. If you have cable TV, you are being watched.

Remember the Super Bowl with the wardrobe malfunction? It was reported for months afterward, that moment in the halftime show was the "most tivo'ed moment to date". And that wasn't just neilsen families.

What's Going On? said...

Re: Ms. Peach

Let me clarify, I was a big vague. At my house we have no DVR, no On Demand, just basic service. I incorrectly assumed that most people had the same, but it seems like most everyone has those add-ons these days. We are still going old school and going strong! haha.

Ms.Peach said...

Bubbles said...
I could be wrong, but I have a strong suspicion that TLC has heard of YouTube!
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Yes, they have. But advertisement on Youtube is small potatoes. It's just like the Tampa article said, advertisers want as many eyeballs as possible seeing their commercials. So, here's a compromise. If you insist on watching the show tonight and you're not a Neilsen family, then Tivo through the commercials. It'll send a message.

Here's the link to the article in full.

http://www2.tbo.com/content/
2009/jul/31/dvr-users-cable-tv-working-make-you-watch-commerci/

LP said...

What's going on - In answer to your question, the biggest difference between watching on Monday nights at 9 and watching a clip on youtube is that if you watch youtube clips you are not supporting the advertisers nor are you contributing to their ratings. TLC may track the youtube views but if you're not watching the show on TV and the ratings go down the advertisers look for greener pastures.

Midnight Serenade said...

"It might not have been a trailer PARK, but I SAW a photo of the double wide trailer home Kate was raised in. Whether it was on the campground is another story, but yes a trailer home. People can put them anywhere, it doesn't necessarily have to be in a trailer park."

You saw a photo of a trailer park/campground, but she was NOT RAISED IN IT. The show was WRONG. I couldn't believe it when they showed it as such. I don't know how that show got away with presenting it as such. I know exactly where she grew up, and it wasn't in a trailer park, in a campground, on a lot with a trailer park, in a double wide, or anywhere similar. It was in a farm house on considerable acreage, NOT in a trailer!

wramblinwreck said...

"I don't think a tea party for 5 year olds sounds pretentious. It actually sounds like something most little girls would LIKE to do."

I think what 5 year-olds LIKE to do is use their imaginations. One of the best memories from my childhood is playing dress up in my mom's old clothes with my sisters and friends and having a tea party, with pretend cookies and pretend tea.

TLC has sucked the life out of a classic fun-filled, creative activity for kids in order to make their version of TV entertainment. It would have been much more fun for the kids and consistent with real life if the kids had been allowed to create their own tea party, without Kate, and including other kids their age. But we've known for some time that this show has become focused on staged activities rather than real life. The ratings can't fall fast enough for me.

Chione said...

Yolanda said...
"The thing that bugs me is all these episodes are so obviously staged. I mean, who does this stuff? How can anybody relate to this? Why couldn't they just arrange to have a tea party in basement/play area, or inside one of the crooked houses? Let the girls serve "pretend" tea and cookies.

It's just all so phony."

I understand the point you were getting at.
I'd just like to point out that there are people who do like to go out to formal tea. Twice when I was a kid my Mother, Grandmother, sister, and I drove to...Cleveland, I think, and we would get a tea reservation at the Ritz-Carlton. We wore nice dresses and tried really hard to behave (even though we wanted to run around) because I could tell that those trips meant a lot to my mom.

That being said, on J&K the (almost) same scenario sounds incredibly fake and nothing that I'd want to watch.

Pa Mom Knows said...

Trailer park, not home:

Kate's parents own 86 acres in South Londonderry Township. They built their house upon six acres on agricultural land. They applied for a zoning permit to build a campground for trailers (not a permanent park). They got into some legal problems with zoning ordinances and filed several appeals. Kate did not, nor did she ever, live in a trailer park, or in the double-wide shown in the film to which you referred. The show grabbed the information and erroneously showed the footage, describing it as where she grew up.
I know the area well and am familiar with the land, her former childhood home, and the camping area. Mistakes were made in reporting it, and the media took it and ran with it.

GoPoshGo said...

It's really sad to see what most people have suspected long ago: Kate has no idea (nor the desire) to truly interact with her kids. Jon's absence from recent episodes has highlighted this even more. Every activity has to be staged by TLC because Kate either can't be bothered to come up with fun things herself, or more likely, she doesn't really want to.

It's starting to look kind of ridiculous, because no normal mom consistently does these over-the-top activities when spending time with her kids.
(1) Spend more time with your boys. Normal mom: Ride bikes with them; go bowling. Kate: fly to a midwestern dude ranch. Make them wear ridiculous outfits.
(2) Have movie night. Normal mom: Rent a few dvds, make some microwave popcorn, snuggle on the couch. Kate: Have TLC set up a professional sound system and giant screen in the backyard. Have a professional-grade popcorn popper.
(3) Camp in the backyard. Normal mom: Use regular pup-tents, or even use sheets and blankets. Kate: Have the TLC crew set up giant, expensive tents, complete with brand-new sleeping bags for each child.
(4) Have a tea party with the girls. Normal mom: Set up a pretty table and use your daughter's play tea set. Kate: Go to a formal tea house in SC.
(5) Take your kids to the beach. Normal mom: Go to the local beach. Kate: Take kids to a luxurious, beach-front house in NC(or was it South?).

And by "normal" mom, I don't mean regular citizen vs. celebrity. Most real celebrities probably don't have their network set up a theater in their backyard every time the kids want to watch a movie. Normal moms (famous or not) know how to have fun with their kids without it being staged or over-the-top.

I'm not saying you can't do "special," more expensive things with your kids once in a while -- just not EVERY time you're with them. I think these show ideas are getting more and more ridiculous. And they're making it clear that Kate doesn't have a single maternal instinct or creative gene in her body.

tigerfan said...

One of my nicest memories when I was little was having a tea party with my mom, dolls, and childsize porcelain tea set. As this was done in my bedroom I see nothing pretentious about it.

I too, have numerous memories of having tea parties with my daughter and SON. The 'memory experience' didnt require a day long trip to some over priced 'tea shop' with 'delicate china tea cups' but simply a blanket spread on the floor of the living room, a children's tea set, and animal crackers!! Thing is, I was able juggle 'mommy and me' time and have the dinner in the oven and laundry in the washing machine. It wasnt for show, it wasnt about ratings, it wasnt about proving to the world that I spend time with my children. It was just some good old fashioned 'mommy and me' time!!!

lifesabeachnyc said...

"Kate gets nervous when the girls have to sip out of china teacups"..........I'm surprised they didn't bring the Olive Garden cups like they usually do, lol

Brandi said...

I have been lurking here for the last several months. I dont have anything new to add to the usual topics, as I agree with most of the posts. But when watching the most recent episode, where Kate cooks her Chicken dinner and sits with the kids at the table..That whole scene just rang wrong for me. I actually watched part of the scene in slo mo on my dvr. If you watch, Kate seems so distant, off in her own world while she chomps down on her salad. At one point, Cara tells Maddy she has something 'food' on her face, while kate continues to keep her face down in her salad bowl, not even looking up to see this mess on her child, that her sister had to make her aware of. These kids have no table manners, and they get it from Kate. For someone that walks around with such a 'regal' holier than thou attitude, she missed the memo on NO ELBOWS on the table while eating. Her posture is horrendous, but the elbows, actually it was more like full on arm on the table was just over the top for me. I feel like Kate is a poser. Posing as this high class mom, when she has no class. You can tell a lot about a person by their body language. Elbows on tables to me scream no home training. And just one more thought..why doesn't she ever cut her childrens food into pieces they can put into their mouths...those big pieces of chicken..really? Cmon, lets not have the kids choke.

SKB516 said...

I too am curious as to the time frame they'll try to peddle for tonight's episode. It's definitely from their NC trip back in May- the horse the kids are harsassing in the promo is one of the horses from the carriage ride here in downtown Wilmington. Apparently she had a "boys day" (which we've already seen with the battleship tour) and a "girls day", which I assume will be tonight. Makes no sense whatsoever that they would show the episodes so out of order, but consider the course I guess.

Ruby said...

I hate how they divide things into boys' and girls' activities. The females in the family would probably have enjoyed the dude ranch more than a tea party.

ErinKate said...

Most of what we are seeing was filmed in the summer. Very little is new because Kate is extremely busy and is never home. Plus the kids are in school now. If it is new it was filmed last minute in between her trips. The voice overs are spliced in and they can be recorded any time because there is no filming, just recording her speaking. She can talk about current topics like the dogs and it can be spliced into the summer scenes.

The Gosselins do not celebrate Halloween. They also don't read Harry Potter and have said as much. Kate thinks, like a lot of parents, that her kids will turn out to be evil sorcerers and witches, like her!!

Rachel said...

A tea party with mom is supposed to be intimate and special. How will it be anything good when cameramen are going to be everywhere getting closeups? :(

Etownmom2 said...

The Gosselins did do Halloween 2 or 3 years ago when they lived in Elizabethtown - I can't remember which Halloween. The children came to my door in various costumes and they were adorable.

PA Woman said...

kate's icky said...
since when does she donate to charity?????? i thought she had yard sales/consignment sales

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Not to defend Kate, but at least the yard sale I saw, the proceeds from the sale went to charity, anything that didn't sell. She did manage to do it in front of the cameras, so everyone would know.

Midwest Mom said...

Maybe if Kate had taught her children some basic table/behavioral manners, she wouldn't be "nervous about good china teacups".

And I don't want to hear, "but she has EIGHT..."

I don't care if you have one child or a hundred, you can still teach your children manners.

PA Woman said...

The Kate Show said...
Jon stated to a local last week that he will no longer be filming, only Kate. So like we said, she got her way "the Kate show
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And didn't Kate say somewhere she wanted to do the rest of the episodes herself? I could have swore I read that somewhere in the last week. I'm thinking that is her spin on Jons decision.

Ms.Peach said...

TLC is constantly juggling the shows. The article below is dated Sept. 25, but TLC has online today the Tea Party scheduled for 9 p.m. and the Harlem Globetrotters for 9:30.

From Dallas TV Examiner.com:

'Jon and Kate Plus 8:' Monday's new episode may again mean no Jon


Jon and Kate Plus 8" will return on Monday night with a brand-new episode, and the subject of it should seem a little bit familiar for fans of the show: snakes. According to TV Guide, the episode is geared around Kate making a visit to the serpentarium with the kids...but wait, haven't we already seen that? It's possible that "Jon and Kate Plus 8" producers liked the idea the first time around and wanted to expand upon it; or, in another likely scenario, we could be seeing different footage from the same event made into a separate episode. TLC has ordered an enormous amount of episodes for the show, and it may be difficult to come up with new ideas.

Granted, there's not a great deal of information about this episode available just yet (in fact, much of TV Guide's description could be subject to change), but it seems like now Jon and Kate Gosselin are merely being told to rehash old events. While it may be safe and family-friendly, it doesn't always make for great TV.

The other half of this episode, meanwhile, does at least sound new: the Gosselin girls throw a tea party. Considering that just about everything on "Jon and Kate Plus 8" is over-the-top in some way or another, I wouldn't be surprised if this event followed suit.

The real question for this episode, though, is if Jon will ever even make an appearance. He was not present at all during "Farm to Table," the episode that aired last Monday. Regardless of what some fans may think of the guy, Jon is still an integral part of the show's success. He's a valuable foil to Kate, and without him the show doesn't seem to have any sort of tension.

Do you think that "Jon and Kate Plus 8" is merely rehashing old themes for their episodes now, or are you still as excited to see the show as ever?
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Most of the comments were negative, but some sheeple say the show is better without Jon. However, many sheeple are disappointed and tune in just to see if the show will improve.

Cynthia said...

I used to have a play tea set when I was a girl, and my friends and I loved to play tea time in my room. We even made real tea and filled the creamer and sugar bowl, as tiny as they were.
And I remember my mom setting up afternoon tea for us when we got home from school on occasion ~ even for my brothers. We loved it. I still go out for afternoon tea with family and friends when I can ~ great memories.
But this episode is just an act. Kate would no sooner want to go out to a tea room with her kids than any other place, unless it was filmed and free. And yes, she should worry about her kids eating and drinking from real china since they never do at home. This would have been less "scripted" if the girls were playing tea at home with Kate ~ but even that would be fake since we never see Kate actually play with her children.

Kate Don't Rate said...

GoPoshGo said...

Claire said...
I was surprised to see Kate exposing so much cleavage.

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Well, TLC did promise a "T" party for Monday night. Guess they should have specified what that "T" stands for...........

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Ahahahahaha!!!!! Good one!! Or rather, Good ONES!!!!

FREE'm said...

So now, thanks to Kathy Lee, we know the real reason Kate is having a tea party with the girls.....

in her words, "its called a paycheck"

for anyone who wants to watch go to the Kathy Lee and Hoda Website and watch the newest video of Kathy and Hoda talking, about 7 or 8 minutes or in Kathy explains her daughter Cassidy overheard Kate say this to her publisist in the green room when they both appeared on Larry King.

talk about TACKY!!

fidosmommy said...

So, if the networks can track who is watching them through some technology, why do we still need a Neilson rating system? Wouldn't it be obsolete? Why ask poor schlubs sitting in their underwear to go through the process of filling out those annoying little booklets if they can track it more precisely some other way without
Joe and Martha having to put down
their popcorn to check off time slots?

fidosmommy said...

And if her girls (from the older episodes... the twins) love "playing cooking show" so much, why not do a whole thing once a month on making and enjoying a simple seasonal treat.

*****

Cara and Mady attended a cooking class, didn't they? Kate said how much they enjoyed cooking. I wonder if they ever get to at home?
Even make a simple dessert or an interesting salad or quick bread. Keep them interested, Kate. It's the key to life - stay interested in something and work to get better at it.

But I fear Cara and Mady's aprons have gone the way of the piano and the dogs. I hope not.....

Disgusted Mom said...

Dogs hate Kate said...
Jon is the most under appreciated and underrated costar in the world of reality TV. He made the show interesting in his low-key way.

Too bad Kate dumped him and TLC got rid of him, they didn't understand Jon made the show funny and brought out the best of the kids. When kids are around Kate, they look nervous and careful. When they are with Jon, they just open up.


I totally agree. Ever since Kate is talking and making the shows all about her and we see very little of the kids and Jon, the air has left the balloon (so to speak). Jon and the children's interactions with him are what made the show enjoyable. Kate just makes the children up tight. Plus, it is all about HER all the time 24/7 and I for one am sick of her. Lets see the kids and Jon and less (much, much, much less) Kate.

MomOf4InPA said...

For anyone interested, the place the tea was at is in Wilmington NC, the Wilmington Tea Room. Its a nice place, great atmosphere, and wonderful staff. I bet they arranged a "private party", which is kind of sad, as part of the fun of a tea room is the other people who are there as well.

Side-Note: They do have Tutti-Frutti Tea and its good, but I prefer the Tuscany Pear.

readerlady said...

@ Lady Gray

The next time you are in Va., go to Williamsburg. There are several lovely tea rooms there.

I agree - a tea party with little girls and their dolls and stuffed animals is fun and sweet. I remember them fondly. My mother would give us apple juice to use for the "tea" and make buttered toast and give us an oreo or two each and my friends and I had a ball. Occasionally, I would rope my mom or even my dad into tea partying with me when my friends weren't available. Can't imagine having it out in public, all dressed up and not knowing how to behave, at the age of 4 or 5, though. Doesn't sound like much fun to me.

readerlady said...

Ooops, sorry. Hit the "publish" button too soon.

Re Khate and Halloween - as noted before, some churches consider celebrating Halloween as akin to practicing Satanism. Others organize some sort of childrens' event in place of it. And in my community, a number of churches get together and have "trunk or treat". People go to the church parking lot and the kids go from car trunk to car trunk for their treats. it's well supervised, safer for the kids, and no one has to participate if they don't want to.

A couple of posters here keep saying that Khate was raised in a trailer. On another site about a year ago, I read an article and saw a picture of a brick farm house that is supposed to have been Khate's childhood home. So - could one of you locals chime in and give us the straight poop?

GoPoshGo said...

Pa Mom Knows said...
[snipped for space]
I know the area well and am familiar with the land, her former childhood home, and the camping area.

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Hey PA Mom -- I've been following your posts, and you seem to know a lot about Kate and her family (her breast surgery, her childhood home, etc). So, what's the poop? Are you a childhood friend? A neighbor? Inquiring minds want to know!!!

fidosmommy said...

Rachel said...
A tea party with mom is supposed to be intimate and special. How will it be anything good when cameramen are going to be everywhere getting closeups? :(

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But if the cameras aren't there, how will the girls know they're supposed to be smiling and looking like it's fun to be with Mommy?

Ms.Peach said...

fidosmommy said...
So, if the networks can track who is watching them through some technology, why do we still need a Neilson rating system? Wouldn't it be obsolete? Why ask poor schlubs sitting in their underwear to go through the process of filling out those annoying little booklets if they can track it more precisely some other way without
Joe and Martha having to put down
their popcorn to check off time slots?

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This is from HOW STUFF WORKS:

To find out who is watching TV and what they are watching, the company gets around 5,000 households to agree to be a part of the representative sample for the national ratings estimates. Nielsen's statistics show that 99 million households have TVs in the United States, so Nielsen's sample is not very large. The key, therefore, is to be sure the sample is representative. Then TVs, homes, programs, and people are measured in a variety of ways.

To find out what people are watching, meters installed in the selected sample of homes track when TV sets are on and what channels they are tuned to. A "black box," which is just a computer and modem, gathers and sends all this information to the company's central computer every night. Then by monitoring what is on TV at any given time, the company is able to keep track of how many people watch which program.

Small boxes, placed near the TV sets of those in the national sample, measure who is watching by giving each member of the household a button to turn on and off to show when he or she begins and ends viewing. This information is also collected each night.

Nielsen then extrapolates from the sample and estimates the number of viewers in the entire population watching the show.

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It goes on to say that advertisers use the Nielsen ratings, but it's very important for programmers too. You're right, though, Nielsen ratings seem old school. I bet in a couple of years it goes away. Why depend on some mathematical estimate when you can monitor the real thing in real time.

Pa Mom Knows said...

"A couple of posters here keep saying that Khate was raised in a trailer. On another site about a year ago, I read an article and saw a picture of a brick farm house that is supposed to have been Khate's childhood home. So - could one of you locals chime in and give us the straight poop?"
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You're correct. I posted earlier in response to one comment. Here it is again in case you missed it:

Kate's parents own 86 acres in South Londonderry Township. They built their house upon six acres on agricultural land. They applied for a zoning permit to build a campground for trailers (not a permanent park). They got into some legal problems with zoning ordinances and filed several appeals. Kate did not, nor did she ever, live in a trailer park, or in the double-wide shown in the film to which you referred. The show grabbed the information and erroneously showed the footage, describing it as where she grew up.
I know the area well and am familiar with the land, her former childhood home, and the camping area. Mistakes were made in reporting it, and the media took it and ran with it.

I forget what show reported the double-wide as being representative of where Kate lived, but I remember at the time I thought...wow -- why didn't they do their research and get it right? I'm not Kate fan, nor a sheeple by any stretch of the imagination, and I think what Kate has done and is doing to the kids is appalling, but you know, to report mis-truths and blatant lies as "facts" just doesn't cut it for me. Viewers don't know any differently, they believe what they see and hear on television and in the tabloids, then blog about what they hear, and Kate ends up being trailer park trash, when, in fact, it's not true, and she even graduated from a very nice private school.

SmartyQ said...

Midwest Mom said... I don't care if you have one child or a hundred, you can still teach your children manners.

MM: You can't teach what you don't know, and Queen Freebie Irene has the manners and social graces of a goatherd. (And I may be insulting goatherds.)

It would not surprise me to learn:

• QFI demanded china sippy cups.

• QFI's PA called the hotel to tell them that QFI wants high tea to consist of six grapes, two Wheat Thins and a small container of yogurt. This scrumptious and bountiful repast is to be served on paper plates.

• QFI parked her gum on the underside of the table.

• QFI crooked her pinky in the best haute goatherd style.

I am looking forward to the recap.

rurual mom said...

You can lie,cheat, swindle, steal, pimp and prostitute yourself but Halloween is a no no. Oh, to be a Gosselin.

Ohio Buckeye said...

"Halloween = The Devil's Holiday"? Whuut?

Not meaning to offend anyone, but geez, there's enough real evil in the world without turning a simple kids' holiday into anything more than a fun night for kids to wear fun costumes and get candy.

I guess evil, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.

So, is pimping out your kids for fame & fortune somehow less evil than letting your enjoy Halloween as a simple childhood joy?

fidosmommy said...

Ms. Peach said....
This is from HOW STUFF WORKS:

To find out who is watching TV and what they are watching, the company gets around 5,000 households to agree to be a part of the representative sample for the national ratings estimates.

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Thanks, Ms. Peach.

About 2 years ago, I was asked to
be a Nielson household for a very short time - 2 weeks or 1 month, I forget. I had to fill out a
little paper booklet, noting the times of day my TV was OFF, and when it was on, what stations I was watching. It was in 15 minute increments. It was also a real pain in the neck to do. I ended up just saying my TV was OFF most of the time because I couldn't remember what I had watched at 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, or if the TV was just on for background noise
(which it often is).

I got paid $5.00 for it.

fidosmommy said...

Kate .... graduated from a very nice private school.

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So when can we expect the evidence of this fine education to show itself?

stopthemadness said...

Maybe she holds her arms in not to provide more cleavage- that is kind of low een for her- but to look smaller. Maybe the tree trunk comments are getting to her?

I can say 100 bad things about Kate but I gotta give her the boob joba and tummy tuck - after 8 kids - especialy sextuplets - those jowls of the dog were pretty horrifying. Of all the stuff to be worried about I think her body isn't one although she may have body image issues. I think narcissists often do. But if you've had a boob job and gone up three sizes and the camera adds ten ppounds you really don't need any extra help for the girls.

Lauren said...

for anyone who wants to watch go to the Kathy Lee and Hoda Website and watch the newest video of Kathy and Hoda talking, about 7 or 8 minutes or in Kathy explains her daughter Cassidy overheard Kate say this to her publisist in the green room when they both appeared on Larry King.

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Would someone mind posting the video link. I've watched the "newest video" on the Kathy Lee and Hoda website and there was no mention of Kate or Larry King.

TIA!

A trailer state of mind said...

Well if Kate wasn't RAISED in a trailer, then she's the most "trailerish" person that could have fooled thousands. By trailerish, I mean a state of mind.
She never failed to say how deprived she was.

stopthemadness said...

I don't see how Kate growing up in a trailor park or not in a trailor park makes any difference. My mother lived in a trailor park at one point, she was not a different person from when she lived in a 3500 square room home on the golf course, with horse stables. Some of the tackiest people in the world live in nice single family homes that cost over $250,000 and some of the nicest most well bred people live in trailor parks or in inexpensive apartments.

Kate's manners are down to kate - even if she was raised not to have ANY "experiences" suck as Jon had, as she pointed out on one episode, she has no excuse not to better herself NOW (or then). Manners don't come with money and the lack of them isn't due to your zip code.
The way she treats others is appalling, I don't care if she was trained how to set a table and which fork to use, as most of us were by our mothers or grandmothers - I cherish a video of my mom teaching my daughter at age 3 - on her birthday in fact - how to set the Thanksgiving table with gold plated silverware, and at the time she was living in a trailor park - the kids all got a seat at the table and got the same china the rest of us used. We didn't have to worry they'd throw the bone china plates like frisbees, because they were used to actual plates (tho not bone china) and real silverware (stainless) every day. They had glasses and learned to be careful and to clean up spills as part of teaching table manners, so learned to be careful.

I have to admit we did cut up the food for them at an age prior to being able to do it themselves, say four - they knew to look at the adult present for permission to use fingers or to get seconds, to leave the table, etc. We didn't have to keep them trapped in high chairs to keep them seated. They carried their plates to the kitchen counter after getting permission to be excused, and then went and washed hands before going on to the next thing. Am I insane or is this not the way most people do family dinner time? Bibs sippy cups finger foods etc are for toddlers. A 3 year old can carry a small plate in two hands to the kitchen.

No thanks said...

Kate is happy to be charitable.... as long as there's something in it for her. Remember the St Judes episode where the Gosselins visited sick children and gave them toys? (I'd bet my last nickel that the toys were donated by kmart even though Kate appeared to purchase them with some sort of card...what would you guess...gift or debit?) Anyway, the Gosselins go to Memphis and stay in the gorgeous Peabody Hotel. Depending on the time of year, rooms can go for $350+ a night. They go to the hospital and Kate snubs a former cancer patient then makes a huge deal out of giving the kids toys and a cd she listened to while on bedrest with the tups for somewhere between 3 and 16 months. How many tens of thousands of dollars must it have cost TLC to give away a few toys to sick kids in such an invasive and undignified fashion? How about quietly writing a check instead, possum head?

stopthemadness said...

We did tea parties too, at home - in fact I did them with my daughter every day after she got home from school when in Kindergarten and 1st grade - had tea in her tea set, and a few cookies and used that time to work on manners. Please pass the cookies, thank you, may I have some more tea/juice/ milk - elbows off the table, sit up straight - put your spoon on your saucer when you've used it, your napkin in your lap when you sit down, thank the hostess or whoever cooked or prepared the food or invited you, offer to help clean up. Just your very basic stuff you would want to see your kids grasp - there are rules to etiquette and rules for just acknowledging that someone else had to prepare this food and someone's got to clean these dishes - they won't wash themselves having sprouted legs to get to the sink.
My boys weren't into the tea party aspect as much but they still liked snack, and it gave us a way to practice manners we could then use at dinner - or out to eat.
Kate's girls are old enough to use real dishes - all the kids are - I saw on the commercial the delight on Leah's face when using the sugar tongs. I suppose eating from decent dinner ware is another "rare treat" for these kids.

Pity.

Few foods come in bite sized pieces which I supposed explains her reliance on grapes chips and crackers for the kids. That is not a meal - it's not even lunch - but if you do have 6 toddlers I can see how you would not want to have to cut up siz portions of everything three times a day, that gets old. Still.

Ohio Buckeye said...

GoPoshGo: Love your post about 'normal' moms vs. RoboMomK8. You are absolutely right!

Michelle said...

The tea party room does not bother me as it does some. I like going to tea rooms and I can't wait to take my daughter. Many are not that expensive. You can get high tea for like $20 which is not much worse than a nice lunch. Not that I am defending Kate at all. But just saying many people like going to a tea house.

GoPoshGo said...

Ohio Buckeye said...
"Halloween = The Devil's Holiday"? Whuut?

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Fundamentalist Christians often boycott Halloween due to its Pagan origins and associations with Witches. Also, the date coincides with the day "hell" opens up and spirits join the living on earth.

Anyway, I'm sure the Gosselin's [former, since they were asked not to return] church probably doesn't celebrate Halloween for religious reasons. I think Jon and Kate (most especially Kate) are just too lazy and selfish to let the kids enjoy a fun holiday.

stopthemadness said...

Maybe being a boy chez Gosselin isn't so bad after all. THEY get to go to a Dude Ranch in Wyoming - the girls get to drink tea out of a real cup for a change? Or was that the "dress up party" with Jon the girls got to do when the boys were at the Dude Ranch? What were the boys doing when the girls were at the tea shop?

Her sexist notions are really pathetic.

I can hardly wait to read about the snake episode if there is one. Ten seconds of the snake, some ignorant misinformation from Kate and numerous long shots of her squealing and looking disgusted or frightened, doing her camera hogging.

See, GIRLS don't like reptiles. Or amphibians. Whatever they are. Snakes are for boys, girls like stuffed animals and plastic pink ponies.

Also, some snakes and other icky crawlish things carry sammonilla! She knows this cos she's a nurse.



Ugh!

Ohio Buckeye said...

StopTheMadness: No, you're not at all insane for your dinnertime expectations.

I grew up in a household of 5 kids. Every night we ate together as a family. We had a table cloth (not expensive but at least cloth) and dishes and silverware (stainless steel - the good silver was only for holiday meals, as was the good china).

We were expected to be at the table on time. We discussed politics, religion, world events, what happened in each other's day.

No one controlled our portions - food was 'family style' and we helped ourselves, so we learned to set our own compass for how much food we wanted/needed.

We used 'please' and 'thank you' and we didn't put our elbows on the table nor chew with our mouth open nor speak with a mouthful of food - I don't remember it being a big deal, so I have to assume our parents did a good job of just instilling all this from a very early age, as it just all seemed to feel natural to us as we grew up.

At meal's end, we asked to be excused, and we carried our own plates to the kitchen, helping with the clean up/dishwashing (no, we didn't have a dishwasher then).

I tried to follow that example with my kids, though I was a working fulltime single mom, and, so, it was difficult to schedule everything in. But we did it and made it a point to eat together almost every evening. My dinners weren't as great as my mom's (a stay at homer), but they were nutritious (not organic). I can't imagine raising kids without this kind of meal time training/expectation.

My two cents worth.

Lady Gray said...

Tea rooms, and tea parties don't have to be stuffy and stodgy. They can't be quite fun. It's nice to be a bit elegant from time to time, and for little children (boys and girls) dressing up is exciting. I'm sure this activity has the potential to fun, and I'm sure in this setting it won't.

Huh said...

stopthemadness said:

"Her sexist notions are really pathetic."

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Agreed. I'm sure the girls would've loved to ride horses at the dude ranch. And the boys would do well to learn table manners at the tea party. I don't understand: If they get to do all of these things for free, why are some of the tups deprieved of the experience based on their gender?

Willow #1 said...

Correct me if I am wrong, but doesn't "trailer trash" or "trailer park trash" apply to a person's attitude/lifestyle/manners, etc., not ONLY if they were raised in a trailer? I asked a few of my friends and family members and they thought the same as I did - that someone could be "trailer trash" whether they were from a trailer park or not, and the opposite as well. In other words, it describes a person's personality, not NECESSARILY where they live/lived. What do you guys think?

In our opinion (we all voted the same) Khate is definitely trailer trash--- but Jon isn't. Makes sense to me. Jon may have problems, but he does not have the "trailer trash" attitude. We are just sayin----

f8k8 said...

Actually, data are now being collecting form Cable companies. Cable companies now can keep track on what you are watching thanks to digital cable.

Also, if you have a Satellite box. It's connected to a phone line and it phones in "data" every now and then.

The old 5,000 sample is back in the olden days.

This is why we should not watch today's episode.

cossysmom said...

"TLC has ordered an enormous amount of episodes for the show, and it may be difficult to come up with new ideas."

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Hey, TLC...I have a great idea for a show. Why not a "free" trip to the library. The children (and Kate) can discover the world of books!

I found it very sad when one of the boys asked can what an elk is. She responded, "an animal," and when he asked what kind, all she could think of say is "a big one." Now these poor boys probably think an elk is something like a T-Rex! A more appropriate response would have been, "an elk is something like a deer, but bigger." (assuming she knows what an elk is.) An alternate response would be, "I'm not sure exactly what an elk looks like, but lets research it together when we get back." Surely the dude ranch has some nature books or even pictures on the wall of the surrounding wild life. Wouldn't it have been fun to watch them look at a book of beautiful wildlife that they might actually see near the ranch??

There have been many times that Kate has missed an opportunity to help her children explore the real world, but she is so busy "culturing" her children with free trips and free things.

An alternate idea would be for Kate and the kids to attend etiquette classes. Let's see them learn how to treat other people politely, how to hold fork, and how to drink out of a glass.

I was appalled at the children being shown in such a bad light last week. And sadly, Kate had no idea that she, as a parent, could take control of the situation and diffuse it. Why not put that pan full of mush on the back burner, call her kids into the kitchen and ask them to sit around the table. They could even be given a snack (low blood sugar,maybe). She could ask them to calmly, one at a time tell her what happened. If there aren't enough instruments to go around, how about suggesting they make some! There are a hundred things right in the kitchen that can be used. how about an overturned trash can and some wooden spoons for a drum,etc.

Kate could really use some mothering lessons...I don't even care to see them. I just want her to be a mother to these children.

Janice in NC said...

Wow, I came here to check the scoop and I HONESTLY FORGOT kHATE was on tv tonight!!!! Haven't watched in months and it's wonderful!! Still love my fellow GWOPers!!!!

Harriet said...

It's truly old info in the DVR age. When I got the DVR, I was sent a form a couple of weeks later asking for my permission for the cable company to sell my viewing info (aggregated with others) to various places. Nielsen was on the list. I called them up and said if you're getting paid for my viewing what do I get out of it? Well turns out they want to sell your viewing info badly enough that they gave me a free "package." It's probably worth less than $10 a month, but it's still free so I'm guessing they are still selling my viewing info.

Storm said...

Time to watch MNF. Not even going to TiVo khate. Will catch the recap here.

KateIsABoob said...

Who the hell tells a child that their ice cream choice won't look good on her dress?

How about teaching your kids how to eat.

And in my 43 years I have never heard someone refer to an ice cream FLAVOR as ridiculously loud.

GET THIS IDIOT OFF THE AIR. And take the kids with her - they are barely understandable. They talk like babies.

No offense to the children, but c'mon.

MO4 said...

Was anyone else disgusted by the way Jon ate that hot dog?

nanb said...

If they want real ratings my suggestion for an episode, Camping at Grandpa's campground, I would watch that!

But I guess Kate wouldn't want her Dad to profit off her kids.

MayDay said...

I was surprised that no one here has mentioned how HOT that tea was that they were serving the girls. I would be a little leery to have my five year old drinking that hot tea. Of course Kate was concerned about the girls breaking the china but she did not seem concerned at all that the tea was very hot and could spill and burn them. Another example of Kate not having any parenting common sense.

cdnmom47 said...

cossysmom...I definitely agree that as the mom, Kate could have easily ended the huge argument between the children last week. Just by sitting the kids down and 'listening' to them helps enormously. It's great to be able to let kids work things out on their own, but first they need the tools to do so...they need to be taught HOW.

I'm not just saying this to dis Kate, but she is a poor excuse for a mom. Though I haven't watched in a very long time, never ever did I see her sit down and talk to the kids about not hitting or not screaming at one another. My heart breaks for these kids as they're not being given the guidance they need to problem solve and to treat each other with respect. Kate just expects them to know these things....they sure aren't learning by watching the adults in their midst!

fidosmommy said...

Re: the meltdown by Cara on last week's show....it was said above:

"If there aren't enough instruments to go around, how about suggesting they make some! There are a hundred things right in the kitchen that can be used. how about an overturned trash can and some wooden spoons for a drum,etc. "


*****

YES! Put some of those paper plates and organic dried beans to use to make a "Shaker". An oatmeal box makes a great drum.
Fill up glasses with different levels of water and tap them with a spoon. Blow across a plastic bottle neck to make a foghorn sound. What fun it would have been for a family project!

But no, the schedule said Dinner at 6:00, and nothing will make this dinner lay down and die. Not even the kids I'm making it for.

Mikemom said...

worried about breaking china, and how an ice cream flavor would look on a dress, Kate you are the one and only Material Girl.

Claire said...

I had no problem with the way Jon ate his hot dog. I mean how SHOULD he have eaten it? I thought his time with Cara and Mady looked relaxing and the girls seemed to enjoy it. There was no fighting and they were cute together working on Father's Day cards and planting seeds. They seemed like a family. I give Jon kudos for that day.

just wondering said...

While Kate was on TLC, a picture of Jon & Hailey popped up on "Lie to Me" on Fox tonight. I almost fell out of bed I was laughing so hard.

Great timing, Fox!!

Ohio Buckeye said...

Didn't see the teaparty epi, but am looking f'ward to the recap.

Reading the comments from those who apparently did watch, does K8 EVER enjoy ANYTHING? Has she any concept of living in the moment?

Why waste every single opportunity to just bask in doing something fun with your kids by worrying and controlling?

Will someone please write K8 an Rx for a psychotropic chill pill (and force her into long term counselling)? Or at least get her off TV before all of us need a psychotropic chill pill from exposure to this pathetic crazy lady?

Claire said...

Her comment about the "world bracelets" she made for Mady and Cara was definitely gag inducing. She explained to the little ones that the bracelets meant "where ever she was in the world, her heart would always be with them." So she thinks she'll soon be a world traveller, I take it. And bracelets as reminders of her "love" mean something.

Remember the movie "Airplane" where the passengers were standing in a long line to slap one of the other passengers? Need I say more?

RachieK. said...

TLC obviously orchestrated the events in tonights episode, but it was actually quite adorable. I found the moments where the girls expressed such enthusiasm especially sweet. I think little Leah said "Mommy, can we come here again sometime?" when they were leaving the tea house. Later at the bead shop another one of the girls said "This is a fun day Mommy," and Kate looked up with a surprised look on her face and said "Yes, this is a fun day Lex." She seemed so shocked that one of her tiny girls expressed how much fun she was having so clearly.

Kate made a joke about the ice cream getting on Leah's dress, but she let her get the crazy vanilla or whatever it is. I know plenty of moms that make their kids get vanilla ice cream so they don't spill on their clothes. I know Kate is only evolving due to feedback she gets about her crass behavior, but it still benefits her kids, in my opinion anyway. Baby steps Kate, baby steps.

There were definite imperfect moments, but to those who say its boring: this is what little girls love. Now they also love to camp, play with reptiles, and make messes, but this was a special, fancy girly day.

I was kind of disturbed by the Tiffany's earrings Jon gave Mady and Cara. It was a sweet gesture, and I give Jon credit (and I am NO Jon fan, trust), but I don't think 8 year olds need designer jewelry. In their school most of the kids have lavish brand names (10 year olds with coach purses, etc), so they won't stand out as spoiled or anything. Overall a genuinely sweet gift from father to daughters, and if they take care of them they will have them a long time.

As far as episodes go, if there have to be new ones, and the kids have to be on tv, this one was pretty good. I'm sure the kids will have issues in the future about having so much of their childhood on DVD for the world, but at least now, in this moment, they seem oblivious and happy. Good for them.

GoPoshGo said...

My darling husband walked into the room while I was watching the pathetic, staged, excuse of Kate acting like a mommy -- aka the Tea Party. He asked me point blank, "How old are these kids???" He was truly confounded at how delayed the girls sounded. He's comparing them to our 3-year-old daughter. In all honesty, she's light years beyond all the tups. Granted, they were preemies, but let's face it, at some point you start to catch up. Why they have not is truly a mystery.

I have preemie twins who are well past the "catching up" phase at 18 months. Granted, multiples (like Kate's and my own) are often born early. But, I think it's safe to say that both Kate's and my kids are well past the "risk" phase, and should be thriving at their age. Why the tups are still speaking like 2-year-olds is a big ??????????????????

Single MOM? said...

Ms.Peach said...

My vote is that the tea room episode was filmed in NC. She'll play it that she spent time with the boys at the dude ranch, so it's the girls' turn, like it happened recently.

Nope, it was at Bald Head NC, but when she took the boys on the battleship. And the older girls had to go home for the last week of school.

Single MOM? said...

GoPoshGo said...

I'm not saying you can't do "special," more expensive things with your kids once in a while -- just not EVERY time you're with them. I think these show ideas are getting more and more ridiculous. And they're making it clear that Kate doesn't have a single maternal instinct or creative gene in her body.

9/28/2009 9:37 AM

I don't think TLC (or anyone) expects the viewers to think this is something that is normal for Kate and her kids to do. I think it supposed to be special trips/times.

The *normal/everyday) stuff isn't being filmed. I look at it like I get the video camera out to document special events etc but not normally for every day events.

wramblinwreck said...

"...Kate ends up being trailer park trash, when, in fact, it's not true, and she even graduated from a very nice private school."


Actually, the private school is a Christian academy, not surprising since her father is a preacher. These schools can vary widely in the rigor of their academic program. Some can be very good, others not so much. Don't know anything in particular about the school Kate attended, but I'm not sure what "very nice" means in terms of its reputation as a first-rate educational institution.


"Correct me if I am wrong, but doesn't "trailer trash" or "trailer park trash" apply to a person's attitude/lifestyle/ manners, etc., not ONLY if they were raised in a trailer?"

Yes, that's how I understand it, as well others I know who have used that term. Being "trailer trash" is less about a person's birthplace/residence as it is about their behavior/state of mind.

Single MOM? said...

MayDay said...

I was surprised that no one here has mentioned how HOT that tea was that they were serving the girls. I would be a little leery to have my five year old drinking that hot tea. Of course Kate was concerned about the girls breaking the china but she did not seem concerned at all that the tea was very hot and could spill and burn them. Another example of Kate not having any parenting common sense.



I noticed how hot the tea was also BUT I saw Kate moving the cups of a couple of the girls' back and also telling them to be careful it was hot several times.

fidosmommy said...

Single MOM? said...

I don't think TLC (or anyone) expects the viewers to think this is something that is normal for Kate and her kids to do. I think it supposed to be special trips/times.

The *normal/everyday) stuff isn't being filmed. I look at it like I get the video camera out to document special events etc but not normally for every day events.

*****

But isn't that the premise of the show?
-"Our life".
-"The realest reality show out there."
-"The cameras are documenting out children's lives"
-"The kids are just doing what they would normally do" (i.e. they're not working, just being themselves with a camera rolling)

Not my style said...

Wow Rachie K. So you are just the audience TLC is looking for. Maybe you'll like their upcoming Monkey show as well. Proud to say I did not watch. Miss Kate didn't get any ratings off of me and the children weren't further exploited by my watching. Glad you so enjoyed it though. Maybe TLC will just keep her and her children around forever.

Pa Mom Knows said...

"Actually, the private school is a Christian academy, not surprising since her father is a preacher. These schools can vary widely in the rigor of their academic program. Some can be very good, others not so much. Don't know anything in particular about the school Kate attended, but I'm not sure what "very nice" means in terms of its reputation as a first-rate educational institution."
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I know that it's a Christian school. I've been there many times. While it's not The Hill School, it does not deliver sub-standard education.

I believe when I was commenting on "trailer trash," I was addressing the poster who said that she saw (on television) photos of the double-wide in which Kate grew up. My point simply was to correct this statement, not to go into who or what the stigma of trailer-trash can be attributed. I'm sure it's just like referring to someone being "ghetto" in appearance or manners, when in reality the person never saw a ghetto.

Did Kate make it through the tea party without slurping or blowing into her cup?

qtrfan said...

I am ashamed to say I watched. I wanted to slap her when she was in the ice cream shop and asked for "exactly one tablespoon of ice cream".

Does she think we will be impressed with her willpower? Does she think that is cute?

I would love to spend 5 minutes inside her head.

Huh said...

GoPoshGo said:

"Granted, they were preemies, but let's face it, at some point you start to catch up. Why they have not is truly a mystery."

*****

It's not really a mystery. The children are being raised by camera guys, production crews, rotating shifts of baby-sitters and helpers, and oh, parents that ignore them. There's no one to teach them basic table manners, social skills, life skills, how to share, problem solving, how to resolve a conflict peacefully, or proper speech. I've never seen anyone read a book to them, or work on pre-school things like counting and colors. It's like watching children grow up in a cave. The only things I've ever seen them taught is how to avoid messes and sit quietly. It's like they're treated like dolls instead of real people.

Suzi said...

Happy to say I didn't watch, though I'm anxious to hear if others found it as cute as RachieK. Hope not. Anyway, pathetic comment from Kate about the ice cream. I was thinking last week when I watched Farm to Table on You Tube that, the disgusting food presentation and table manners aside, Kate is going to give her daughters some serious food issues if she doesn't knock it off.

Hambone said...

Imagine Paula (famous for being a butter queen) and Kate host a show together, they should call it "Lard and Booze + Whatever". They will absolutely brainwash Americans self-indulgence is cool.
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Joel McHale said it will be a show for infertile people who love butter.

f8k8 said...

"this was fun mommy"

"this was a fun day mommy"

"we only have fun when we're with you mommy"

** SCRIPTED **

raised like veal said...

Huh said (paraphrased).... The only thing they've ever been taught is to avoid messes and to sit quietly.

Wow, so true.

Can't believe they won't see said...

Someone LOVED the show tonight???
Some people will NEVER get it. Wake up please....its ALL fake and staged. Its not for entertainment, its CHILD EXPLOITATION!! No wonder the show won't end, not with the gawkers that just LOVE the show.
Comeon, see it for what it is. Kate is a terrible mother, she is just playing Miss Nice, for the cameras.

she's so dumb said...

Who the hell asks for a tablespoon of ice cream? Is she afraid of enjoying herself? May her ass always be large.

Don't get it said...

RachieK... You may have liked the show, but I fail to see what's sweet about those poor children playing up to their mother like she is a stranger, just to appease her. It was sad if anything.

MomOf4InPA said...

cossysmom said...


... If there aren't enough instruments to go around, how about suggesting they make some! There are a hundred things right in the kitchen that can be used. how about an overturned trash can and some wooden spoons for a drum,etc.

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Someone run get that spoon outta the van door pocket! They could use that to have family fun with, rather than have it there as a punishment reminder.

Debbie L said...

K8's behavior towards the girls was so contrived, it was uncomfortable to watch. She is such a lousy reality actress. Jon's gift of Tiffany earrings for the girls was a nice gesture, but of course he had to mention he bought himself a pair of earrings as well. That comment ruined it. I thought Jon was in a total attitude. This show is just a joke, I changed the channel. How is it possible this show is still running?

Tami said...

Let me clarify, I was a big vague. At my house we have no DVR, no On Demand, just basic service. I incorrectly assumed that most people had the same, but it seems like most everyone has those add-ons these days. We are still going old school and going strong! haha.
*****
Same here. I still tape shows on a VCR. lol. We also have a built in DVD player but only watch movies on it. No one is tracking our tv viewing.

Rockerchick said...

Kate got a boob job that is why she is wearing the low cut tops. Its clear to see the work done. It very inappropriate to wear that kind of stuff when she is with her kids.

InTheKnow said...

Sheese, the Father above is sooo gonna strike me for saying this but...

Mickey the horse has a bettr gait than Kate. What is with her and the clomping walk she has? Wrestlers enter the ring with more grace than this woman, c'mon!

FYI. I saw the rerun so not sure what if any of my "viewing habit" has on the Kate Show.

I could go on and on with tonight's ep, ex Katie bashing the pap's while she makes sure she is sitting on the right side of the ferry to be photographed...etc

But since I made fun of the grifting bitch and will surely be punished for it, I will say Nite and retire for the evening.

Oh and saw the preview for the Monkey Love show and I will say it again, TLC is the offical freak tent at the fair!
(GAH!)
Now I will clomp myslf and my hooves off for a glass of wine and a soft bed.

Hav a great nite GWOP'ers

(PS...has anyone seens the previews for the movie whre the wild things are or something like that? Anyway, the big bird creature...did they do the Kate hair did on purpose or what? Just saying...and yes, I meant to write hair did...ignore typos, hard to type with hooves ya know)

don't give me grapes if i don't have teeth. said...

The ice cream OCD is over the top, she's crazy, I concur. The bigger danger to small children is feeding them grapes. Total choking hazard. Hope that sheeples watching don't follow her example.

biada said...

If you have a cable box hooked up to your TV set to watch Cable TV, you are being tracked.

shilohpeace said...

To Kate's PR people (I am sure that her team reads this site to get a feel for the reactions of the "real public"). PLEASE DEAR GOD PLEASE BUY KATE SOME CUTE DRESSES THAT DO NOT SHOW HER FAKE BOOBS HANGING OUT. I agree with some other posters here that it is totally inappropriate for her to dress like that when she is with her kids doing Mommy time. Come on - nobody can take their eyes off of a pair of boobs when they are hanging out like that, and every woman knows that and invites the discomfort of those who try to avert their eyes. At one point, when Kate was bending over it was like the peep show was over. It was embarrassing. On a day when she is supposedly being a mother to her children and spending time with them, why not dress in the same dress - just don't have it cut down to her navel. I think people would admire her ever so slightly more if she stopped dressing like a whore. hey that rhymes!

give it up said...

Despite the obvious display of boobs, Kate looked trannier than ever. I think it's the large broad back and lack of a waist. Girlfriend needs to hang it up; she looks foolish. She'll always have a butt in front whenever people think of her.

susan said...

I can't believe the 5 yr olds girls don't know the difference between sugar cubes and ice cubes! How mental behind are they getting! Get them tutors to teach them everyday items and how to speak clearly.

Why is Kate generalizing what girls like and what boys like. Did she ever ask the girls if they would like to see a battleship? Just because you’re a male doesn't mean you like battleships! nor does it Mean if you are a girl you would rather sit and have tea. I don't think she knows what each kid likes or dislikes; so she just generalizes boy and girl stuff for these so called trips. I have 4 kids and I expose both boys and girls to the same things especially if they have never seen or experienced it before. Some like it some are bored but I they don't have a tantrum about being bored; they just put up with it. That’s why there is always ice cream or bakeries at the end of each outing, and you don’t put guilt on your child that she might stain her cloths let them have fun!

I have a question for Kate if she is so Organic why in the world would get fruity tea for the girls why not green tea or earl grey tea that have no preservatives and full of antioxidants???? No she order fruity tea that has dye in it to make it Pink that’s really organic. Plus she encouraged them to put sugar in the tea that’s not organic (or was it brown sugar)or healthy. And where are the cookies and little cakes that come with the tea why didn’t they show that. There are always finger sandwiches or cakes at a tea house they don’t just serve tea, because the table was set for high tea.

Just a side not about last week’s episode. I caught the end of the replay tonight and they edited Cara getting in the van after her x-rays they put in a different angle where Kate's body is blocking (they took out the quick view of Cara climbing into the van wearing a boot or wrap on her foot ; they also cut out Cara's sad face. They must have read the postings.

jibberjabbers said...

Kids are better off with Jon. He doesn't "generalize" what the boys like to do, or what the girls like to do.

He took all the kids fishing. And they enjoyed it the 2nd time around. (He didn't give up on them, like Kate would have). Oh, kids don't like fishing. NO MORE FISHING TRIPS.

Everything Kate has done so far all have a scripted feel to them. And the steeples don't can't see it.

Reading what Kate wore on this episode, it looks like TLC are desperate in getting some new viewers. Sadly, Kate isn't hot. And it's not because of her 8 kids.

We're still traumatized from the beach scene when she bent over.

8POE's said...

Kate said she was worried about all the glass. Actual china. Um Kate, shouldn't the kids be accustomed to china by now? Yes, it's always a good idea to go from sippy/spill-proof cups right to hot tea w/real china. The girls handled it w/out incident.

Oh Kate, you can really be proud of yourself because your "indoctrination" of the girls is succeeding. When you slammed the boys, for just the 1st time this epi, they were in "agreeance".
My how proud you were. Very disturbing to say the least.

I've seen many disturbing things on this show but that was one of the very worst. Your "sinister approval" was atrocious. You won't teach them to speak properly but you're turning them against their brothers and men very well.

Then when making the bracelets we got the 2nd slam. There was "agreeance" from Alexis but not real bad. Makes me wonder if she didn't get it from you. Then toward the end we got the 3rd slam.

This one wasn't too bad as no, I don't think the boys would've enjoyed the tea party but tea is androgenous and God knows the boys need to learn how to use actual china too but it was a slam. Yes Kate, noone can say you don't love your sons. You're quite a woman Kate.

jibberjabbers said...

Kids are better off with Jon. He doesn't "generalize" what the boys like to do, or what the girls like to do.

He took all the kids fishing. And they enjoyed it the 2nd time around. (He didn't give up on them, like Kate would have). Oh, kids don't like fishing. NO MORE FISHING TRIPS.

Everything Kate has done so far all have a scripted feel to them. And the steeples don't can't see it.

Reading what Kate wore on this episode, it looks like TLC are desperate in getting some new viewers. Sadly, Kate isn't hot. And it's not because of her 8 kids.

We're still traumatized from the beach scene when she bent over.

Kate Don't Rate said...

I watched the Farm to Table episode on rerun tonight. Khate was too focused on "auditioning for her cooking show" to parent her children. The "instruments" brawl? Khate was once again insinuating that Cara is just like Jon with her emotions - and THAT was the reason for the big fight. Sure, Khate, blame it on Jon. Don't bother sitting your kids down and getting to the bottom of the conflict - and then teach them conflict-resolution skills. Nope. Too damn busy being a big damn diva.

And at Henry's? The kids were running wild -- mauling the melons - Mady and Hannah were in a dust-up -- yet all Khate could manage was a feeble, Stop your 'obnoxishness' or something like that.

And, er, somebody should tell Khate that the idea of "family game night" is to let the KIDS play the games........not her. Nobody was impressed that she could pick out 6 different beverages or whatever the hell it was. Khate was just trying to hurry the game along so it would be over and done with and she could get those kids to BED.

I thought this episode was horribly horrendous.

winky said...

Well, whatever private school Kate went to, her parents should get their money back. She makes up her own words and behaves like trailer trash whether she grew up in one or not.

Tangerine Tanya said...

Ahh Kate was a piece of work tonight.
Her and her girls in a carriage going to a tea party.....Chomping her gum like a cow chomps cud.
Class act that Kate.

P.S...Who cares if Leah gets ice cream on her dress? Least we forget the melt down Kate had at Disney World......She's ruined!!!!

doublewide said...

Oh I get it now!
Kate wasn't raised in a trailer. That explains why she wears her mullet on backwards. True trailer trash would know enough to turn that hairdo around!

Canadian Mom said...

Have we ever heard Kate say "I love you" to any of the 'GIDS'?

Her pronunciation of the word 'kids' drives me CRAZYYYY!!!

But really, I don't remember hearing her ever say "I love you" to any of them.

Maybe I just have a selective memory?

I tell my young teenaged son that I love him at LEAST once day - much to his chagrin ;)

anonymouse said...

just saw the show on utube. Jon was in this episode, but it was a clip shot a long time ago. Back when Kate took the boys to see the battleship.

Anyways, what Kate wore wasn't that bad. She is still "ocd" when it comes to certain things.

And yes, the 5yo's girls didn't know what sugar cubes were. LOL

Jon got the twins some ear rings and both were excited about it. Mady especially.

Kate had more air time and yes, I did fast forward whenever she had her moment with the camera to talk about herself. (Benefits of waiting and watching online).

Wasn't as bad as last week show. Last week show was an EPIC FAIL.

(Twins melting down, Kate shooting her commercial for the toy and soap company), while a babysitter took Cara to the doctor.

We also saw how TLC tried very hard to HIDE CARA bandage or brace she was wearing. So it was bad enough that it had to be wrapped.

anonymouse said...

And I'm pretty sure there were some "boy" bashing in this episode.

How nice of Kate to rub that on the girls..

We all know how Kate feels about the boys. Seems like the lil girls are picking that up from mommy dearest.

oh gag me said...

If Kate were ever home, she wouldn't need frickin "world bracelets" to show her love to the twins. Instead, she could try just showing her love, what little she has in that grinch heart of hers.

hate4kate said...

Regarding watching the show on youtube, I will add my 2 cents. I've uploaded several episodes without problems. 2 or 3 had an automatic notification that there was a possible copyright infringement... these are done through automatically scanning of the content or title of the video. TLC doesn't care or do anything, but clearly know they are around. Other random appearances with J&K were automatically removed by companies that care (skits on conan, colbert, mtv awards, best week ever etc).

The only problem I ran into was uploading the season 5 opener about the birthday with all the media buzz. In a day or 2 there were 65,000 views. TLC had that episode removed and the offense was noted on my account. A little while later someone else uploaded it and it remains up today. If TLC wanted to, they could pull an Oprah and remove all J&K stuff off youtube, but they don't.

The more recent episodes youtube viewership has been decreasing steadily with recent episodes pulling in 5,000 views the first couple of days. Maybe TLC will take any viewership they can get. It's obviously not enough to compete with their on-air broadcasting. Maybe they're tracking the numbers, maybe not.

my9cats said...

Canadian mom said:
"I tell my young teenaged son that I love him at LEAST once day - much to his chagrin ;)"

LOL. Saying I love you at least once a day is a given. When my daughter was a teenager she stormed out of the house screaming " I'm never coming back!". A couple of minutes she came back saying "I forgot to say I love you" and gave me a big hug and kiss. An hour later she returned home, snit forgotten. Even now at age 30, we always say I love you, in person, on the phone, or texting. These are the memories that matter.

Ohio Buckeye said...

From the tone of the comments, sounds like K8 donned her very best Fredericks of Hollywood attire for the tea party with her little girls. How very tacky. How very K8-style classy. The woman is clueless on so many levels.

PJ said...

I am not a Kate fan but I am Little surprised that no one else ever divides things into girl activities and boy activities. Maybe it is differnt in NY where I live than other places. But there is a tea house here that caters to kid birthday parties. We have known plenty of little girls who have had birthday parties there and not a single little boy. Likewise, we have never known any little girls who wanted their birthday parties at the paint ball arcade but plenty of little boys do.

My son would have hated the tea party and stringing beads. Do you really think the boys wanted to go to the teahouse? Should the girls have been deprived of the chance to go if their brothers didn't want to?

dee has had enough... said...

I didn't see it posted but did anyone notice when Jon gave the girls the earrings he got from new york...were they tiffany boxes I seen the girls open? I'm sorry but does this guy not realize that we are in a recession and his gravy train is coming to an end?! Good Lord, what was he thinking? Just to be clear, I like Jon way better than kate but I just couldn't let it pass. I understand, atleast he is spending it on the kids but what do 9yr olds need with Tiffany earrings? Anyway, just thought I'd point it out. Only tuned in for a second while channel surfing.

bytheriver said...

Yes, the tea party and other activities are generally done as special occasions for kids by people who have a reasonable (or more) amount of disposable income. Right now, with cutbacks in hours, layoffs, etc. The annual family vacation for many is a day or weekend at an amusement park - At least the activities they show Jon do with the kids - fishing, planting crops, playing with the now gone dogs, were more real and something a family on an average, now reduced, budget can concieve of.

On another vein - I don't think K8 has changed. She went for the football player b/c of prestige, when she was young. She wanted kids b/c that's what people do at that age. She never stopped wanting a lifestyle that garnered attention and fit into her rather prim idea of perfect. She may not be a bad person per se, just seriously misguided and having difficulty or lacking the education to understand how being under a microscope in their formative years can be harmful to the kids.

As for Jon, he hasn't changed either - he liked sports and simple things but marrying young missed out on a lot of growing up time (the 20's). He needs to work on getting his perspective back, given that he has 8 great kids to raise.

mom to 2 girls said...

Once again, Kate rips on her sweet boys. What kind of parent does that in front of her kids.

rural mom said...

Kate should watch her show and note what her kids are actually eating. They eat high sugar, high processed carbs. They don't eat melon, blueberries, tomatoes, peppers - they ate the ice cream and left the fruit, they ate the chicken and avoided the organic vegetables. They only clean their plates when it is yogurt, cereal, granola, animal crackers and other sweet carbs. They will also eat grapes and raisons because those are sweet. They don't eat apples or oranges or anything with fibre in it. Their diets are actually quite bad and would explain their constant sugar melt downs and mood swings. They waste a ton of organic food in that house. I also noted they drink a lot of sweet stuff - ice tea, soda, juice packs and Star bucks.

nothing in there anyway said...

qtrfan said...

I am ashamed to say I watched. I wanted to slap her when she was in the ice cream shop and asked for "exactly one tablespoon of ice cream".

Does she think we will be impressed with her willpower? Does she think that is cute?

I would love to spend 5 minutes inside her head.
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Well you would have tons of room in there but since her head is up her own butt do you think it is such a good idea????

Dorothy said...

before I address a tea party epi - let's think of Kate as classless or common, instead of "trailer trash" out of respect for the nice people who live in them. Tea Party, I am 78+ and remember receiving a set of dishes for Xmas when I was 5. Had a lovely time playing grown-up w/my sisters. When my granddaughter visited we would have make-believe tea parties with made-up names. When she was 5-yrs. old I decided it was time for an excursion for high tea at the du Pont Hotel, Wilm.DE.
What a grand experience for a 5-year old. There were youngsters there w/their Mary Jane's enjoying tea w/Moms. Funny though, when we were finished my granddaughter thought that she could take her teacup with her. I had to explain that this was not Mc----'s. It was delightful to share her company.

let's not be catty said...

"give it up said...

Despite the obvious display of boobs, Kate looked trannier than ever. I think it's the large broad back and lack of a waist. Girlfriend needs to hang it up; she looks foolish. She'll always have a butt in front whenever people think of her."

Kate is far from perfect, but I think that mocking her appearance demeans us. Honestly, I wish I was in as good shape as she is, and a woman really can't help her body type.

zoey said...

I think those earrings jon got the girls were from Tiffany's.

Jodie said...

Haven't read everyone's comments, but did anyone catch that Kate said she wanted to do a tea party and said "If THEY find a place"?? Her whole life is arranged and monitored by producers. How is that like a true single mom? Her new catch phrase should be "I'm not a single mother, but I play one on TV."

Bigbird Kate said...

Hahahaha...THAT'S who Kate looks like, BIGBIRD! I couldn't put my finger on it till now. TOO funny but true.

Ms.Peach said...

Just watched the episode on Youtube. I guess TLC decided after the lousy reviews from last week, it was time to have Jon re-appear, even if taped three months ago.

So Kate spends two weeks at the beach because she's sooooo stressed. Actually, she was relaxed, but then again, she was there with her boyfriend. Amazing how staying at the beach for free, with nannies for your kids, and your boyfriend, will make you more relaxed!

I noticed the styrofoam cup she had on the ferry, the bottle of water on the carriage ride, and the gum chomping when she got off the carriage. Hmmmmmm....

Of course, the Tea Room was, according to Kate, "full of glass" (got to be careful those glass, er, china cups) and "it was less like a lunch and more like a little tea party". Duh, Kate. You're in a tea room.

Of course, the tup girls are not using proper English: "I drinked...." That lack of not being corrected makes me cringe.

Mady seemed very sad at the bon fire. Jon said it was because it was buggy, but that child has issues.

Oh yeah. The bracelets. The world bracelets for Cara and Mady. Kate's, "Anywhere in the world I am, they're in my heart." Gag!

And the girls (ta-tas) were prominently displayed. She might as well have put them on the table top at the tea room.

All in all, it goes to show that having Jon in the episode is a nice break from Kate; but, it still wasn't worth my time watching it on Youtube. Old news is no news. Let's hope the ratings continue to fall.

kate, the ugly american said...

watched episode on youtube.
observations:
1. kate calls a sugar cube a 'sugar block'.
2. kids think sugar cubes are ice cubes. kate then calls it a 'sugar cube', and asks them what a sugar cube is. kids says it is to keep the tea cold. TWICE.
3. boys are icky and can't go to a tea room. all there agree.
4.kate, put up the tatas! we don't want to look at them. neither do your kids.
5.'i knew there were little ice cream shops', and lo and behold, she finds one! (yeah, right).
6. says it is HER idea to go to a tea room. *cough*
7.finds a store to make 'world bracelets'. kate, you spew such bullsh** it is amazing.
8.at ice cream parlor, laughs like a sheep...ugh. very classy.
9.likes to do *lots* of little trips with the kids...(hey kate, can you spell R-E-C-E-S-S-I-O_N??
10.cut Cara's nails. they are major creepy. ick.
11. tell the world again how your parents never did anything for you....you must have worn potato sacks to that private school you attended. I am sure you have hurt your parent's feelings, embarrassed them, made them question themselves in what they did wrong with you. you have also humiliated them in front of the country, their family and their friends. I am glad you don't embarrass your kids. *choke* *gasp*
12. and finally...you say that the cameras are NORMAL for your kids...well, kids live in neglect, abuse, that is THEIR tragic normal....but does it make it RIGHT?

you are an embarrassment to our country. to mothers. to spouses. to siblings. you are the anti-everything. congrats.

The kids even know said...

f8k8...so true, and so sad that young children feel that they must tell their mother over and over, what FUN they had, like its NOT a normal occurrence for them. They are afraid of her, and KNOW not to ruffle her feathers. "We only have fun when we're with you Mommy"
What?? We KNOW they long for Jon, but they HAVE to keep Kate's ego up. It breaks your heart.

Jill said...

Did anyone catch those Tiffany boxes that the earrings were in for Mady and Cara? I don't have a single thing from Tiffany... must be nice to be a Gosselin paycheck... I mean, kid.

tallblonde said...

I had to laugh last night - Kate, you weren't in Japan - and you didn't go to a "tea house" - it is a "tea room" (which she later corrected in a voice-over) - also, those square white things you put in tea aren't "sugar blocks" - but "sugar cubes" (which she later corrected in a voice-over).

Post-Production is evidently on the job! ;-)

SKB516 said...

Well I sure do hope that this is the last week I have to watch K8 tromping around my town. I think the worst part of the festivities was the ice cream shop incident. Obviously not as bad as it could have been knowing K8, but it irritated me that she praised the other girls for making what she deemed as good choices, while she gave Leah(?) a hard time about hers. I don't really see how multi-colored ice cream running down one's dress would be any worse than chocolate. It's all ice cream, & it's all going to make a sticky mess if dropped. Who cares?! It's not surprising that she'd be attracted to what she saw as pretty colors that really stood out from the other flavors. I don't have a very strong opinion about the tea. I've never been to that tea room & chances are I will never go- not really my type of thing. I agree about the tea being hot, though. I was waiting for one of the girls to burn her mouth or spill it & thus begin a meltdown. I have been to the beading place, it's pretty neat. Eyes were rolling when K8 started talking about the "world" bracelets.

sooverit said...

Sooverit -

just wondering said...

While Kate was on TLC, a picture of Jon & Hailey popped up on "Lie to Me" on Fox tonight. I almost fell out of bed I was laughing so hard.

Great timing, Fox!!
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So that WAS Jon & Hailey?!? I was working on a crossword puzzle while watching Lie to Me, and I happened to look up just in time to catch the quick pic of Jon & Hailey, but I thought, "Nah - that couldn't have been them!" ha ha ha I love how that show uses current examples.

Speak for Yourself Please said...

shilohpeace said...

To Kate's PR people (I am sure that her team reads this site to get a feel for the reactions of the "real public"). PLEASE DEAR GOD PLEASE BUY KATE SOME CUTE DRESSES THAT DO NOT SHOW HER FAKE BOOBS HANGING OUT. I agree with some other posters here that it is totally inappropriate for her to dress like that when she is with her kids doing Mommy time. Come on - nobody can take their eyes off of a pair of boobs when they are hanging out like that, and every woman knows that and invites the discomfort of those who try to avert their eyes. At one point, when Kate was bending over it was like the peep show was over. It was embarrassing. On a day when she is supposedly being a mother to her children and spending time with them, why not dress in the same dress - just don't have it cut down to her navel. I think people would admire her ever so slightly more if she stopped dressing like a whore. hey that rhymes!

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She was wearing a sundress. She hardly looked like a whore. I, for one, would not base my admiration, or lack thereof, on her choice of dresses.

Meems said...

The episode last night was sad at best. Kate looked like she had rather be anywhere else in the world than having high tea w/ her young daughters (like the bracelets for Mady and Cara w/ the earth and wherever I am in the world my heart is with you and I will never leave you). I found that last part particulary disturbing, because the reason for the wedding in Hawaii was to show the kids that they would always be tobether. It is all just very disturbing to me as I feel like I am vested in these kids having watched every episode from the beginning, including the marathons. But of late too painful to watch. Kate just doesn't know how lucky she is to have these great kids who are coincidentally providing her w/ a posh lifestyle. Kinda makes me wonder if she didn't preplan the whole thing from the beginning for a mealticket--much like Octomom has been accused of doing.

DLCSF said...

Lady Gray--
There's a lovely place called The Wild Plum in Gatlinburg, TN. Good food (the fruit and cheese plate is incredible), wonderful teas, and the most charming, delightful staff you'll ever have the pleasure of meeting.

Claire said...
"But does she need to be doing cleavage shots when she's being filmed with the kids?"

Well, now that the Starbucks cups are gone she's gotta get her fix somehow. Think of it as combining two of her favorite things.

Oh, you meant pictures. Well, whack me with a wooden spoon and call me Stevie. My bad. :)

Meems said...

Just reading on one of the blogs, about cutting the food--Jon was the official food cutter, bather, dresser, tuck the kids in bed person in the house. I have noticed that their food no longer gets cut as well and she would not let them use even a butter knife to do it themselves. I think TLC should have educated Kate about high tea--you use your best manners and sip your tea and eat dainty little cakes. I think this was when they went to the "beach" to get away from all the mess w/ the kitchen renovation and took the kids of out of school cause Kate couldn't handle having all those people around messing up her house.

Denise said...

GoPoshGo said...
It's starting to look kind of ridiculous, because no normal mom consistently does these over-the-top activities when spending time with her kids.


This jogged a memory for me. I am old enough to recall when the Hollywood stars were trying to one-up each other with parties for their children. Joan Crawford, Judy Garland, Charlie Chaplain - they all had circus animals, entertainers and rides for their kids to outdo the other stars. Kate seems to be caught in that charade.

15 proverbial minutes said...

I understand some of the animosity toward Kate, because she has received far more than her share for little work. However, reading the posts regarding the Tea Party- I am beginning to wonder if I would be considered an inadequate mother as well. I own expensive tents, I own a large movie screen for family movie nights, I like to bring my kids to fancy playdates. My daughter at age 6 enjoy pedicures, since it is a date for the two of us. I also control portions, because I a) don't like the kids to go overboard, which they tend to do, and b) don't like the idea of wasted food because someone's eyes are bigger than their stomachs.
As I stated, I understand the anger at someone getting constant "freebies" or exploiting their children. But please don't make blanket statements about parenting, because we are each doing the best we can.

Lucy said...

So anyone know how the show rated this week? Bet the show is continuing to tank in the ratings. I don't watch Khate & Yawn anymore because it's all about them and is funded by child labour exploitation. I do read these recaps and blog cuz I love all of your intelligent and humorous comments :) Keep it up it is all so much better than that show which is a very poor excuse for entertainment.

eileen said...

...Joel McHale said it will be a show for infertile people who love butter ...

LOL...Joel McHale of the Soup has ALWAYS had Kate's number...he dubbed their show, "Jon Minus Nine" waaayy before any announced split...it was merely by commenting on Khate's nastiness!

I am proud to say I have not watched since the season opener...I'm praying they pull the plug before they have to dream up more episodes!

AngelOfDecay said...

I approve that "normal" stuff is not filmed. It must be much less of an intrusion in the kids' lives. But I suspect that special things are only done for the cameras and I do not approve of that.

ErinKate said...

Wow, 8 kids and they can afford Tiffany's? What a difference a few short years makes. Not that long ago they were begging for money to pay their utility bills and looking for change in the couch. I only have 2 kids and I would not shop at Tiffany's just because I would not pay those kinds of prices for earrings. I am also not a wannabe white trash with money person.

NotInMyHouse said...

It doesn't matter what type of house it was, that Kate grew up in, or where it was located.

My guess is that Kate was a very difficult and strong willed child, doing what ever she wanted to do, when ever she wanted to do it, and everyone else had better step aside.

Moving in with her 17 year old boyfriend, and his parents, shows how controlling and manipulative she could be.

There is nothing my 17 year old son could say to convince me, that would allow an older woman to move in with us, while she went to school and squatted in my home. I can't imagine what "she" said to make that happen.

Again guessing . . . but I bet her parents had so much more on their minds than teaching manners when it came to Kate.

Ms.Peach said...

rural mom said...
Their diets are actually quite bad and would explain their constant sugar melt downs and mood swings.
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ITA. That's also why they have cavities at a young age. I also abhor the parents bribing the kids with candy to say their lines.

Emily said...

TLC announces that starting in November, the show will be called Kate Plus 8

http://www.ksl.com/?nid=155&sid=8103949

Ms.Peach said...

dee has had enough... said...
I didn't see it posted but did anyone notice when Jon gave the girls the earrings he got from new york...were they tiffany boxes I seen the girls open?
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It was sweet of Jon to buy the earrings for the girls, but why film him giving them the boxes? What 9 yr. old needs Tiffany earrings? IF the girls manage to not LOSE the earrings, maybe they can pawn them for books in college.

PA Woman said...

zoey said...
I think those earrings jon got the girls were from Tiffany's.

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Isn't that one of the places the paps caught Jon shopping with Hailey and her Mom around that time? Maybe he was actually getting their help to pick out a gift.

Denise said...

"High tea" has been Americanized to mean something very different than it does in Britain. It was the evening meal for workers and not a fancy tea.
Funny how things are changed around!

Ms.Peach said...

The kids even know said...
f8k8...so true, and so sad that young children feel that they must tell their mother over and over, what FUN they had, like its NOT a normal occurrence for them.
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They were most likely TOLD to tell her they were having fun. The producer or Kate must think the audience can't tell if a kid is having fun or not. If they're made to say it, then they'd probably are not.

JENNIFER said...

Breaking news from People.com John Gosselin will be dropped from the show!!!!

Ms.Peach said...

In regards to the sundress and fake boob show, you can wear a pretty sundress and not show cleavage. I can tell you that if a woman, any woman, shows cleavage, my husband will stare. It's for attention. She wants people to stare!

The End is Near? said...

I didn't read all the post, so my apologizes if this link was already posted:

Jon & Kate + 8 Could End Soon:

http://wonderwall.msn.com/tv/kim-kardashian-and-reggie-bush-are-back-together-1522190.story/?gt1=28135#m=nAHzSDm2BOV&wallState=0__/tv/kate-gosselin-jon-and-kate-plus-8-could-end-soon-1522229.story

Ms.Peach said...

WOO, WOO!! THE LATEST FROM Z!

September 29, 2009
'Jon & Kate' - I do believe the end is near
If it wasn't part of my job to chronicle the final days of "Jon & Kate Plus 8" -- and these are the final days -- I do not think I could stand to watch any more. The reality of the Gosselins' wretched lives has overtaken any possiblity of finding pleasure in the TV viewing experience of the show. Or, let me put it this way, the truth of their lives has made it impossible to suspend disbelief for even 30 minutes a week any more.

Monday night brought that home to me. Just as I was sitting down to catch the "new" episode scheduled to air at 9 with Kate taking three of her girls to a tea room in Wilmington, the rerurn that had started at 8:30 was wrapping up. And it ended with a few minutes that featured the Gosselin dogs as puppies. I couldn't believe it.

After the news that Kate had sent the dogs back to the breeder two weeks ago, and last week made insensitive remarks about how the dogs had bent the bars of their crates trying to get out, what in the world was TLC thinking? Does anyone screen these reruns? Do they think the audience doesn't pay attention to how poorly these dogs were treated in real life? Do they think the audience is a pack of fools? I swear, I would have zapped the channel and never watched "Jon & Kate" -- and maybe TLC for that matter -- ever again.

I am still boiling about those dogs, and what bad fortune it has been for them to come in contact with this family. I hope the breeder has the decency to try and give them a better life -- and never send them back.

As for Monday's episode, it felt like a leftover from Kate's trip to the beach this summer -- as TLC furiously tried to invent a new template for the show with Jon and Kate separated. She took three younger girls to a tea room in North Carolina, while Jon made a bonfire for the two older girls in Pennsylvania.

But, again, reality intruded, and blew the entire epsiode up for me. Jon gave two of his daughters earrings that he said he bought in New York for them. As soon as he said "New York," my brain started processing tabloid and blog stories and pictures of Jon in New York with his new girlfriends. I wonder if one of them helped Jon shop for the earrings -- and what he bought for her.

Kate being bad to the dogs, Jon being nice to the new girlfriends. TLC, please end this misery.

As I wrote last week, the show has lost 62 percent of audience since Aug. 4, and more than 80 percent since the start of the season.

Prediction: Something is going to break with this show in the next week or so. Even TLC has to know it can't go on this way.

tallblonde said...

From TLC:

"The program will continue to capture the incredible lives of the eight Gosselin children and their family but will now include a deeper focus on Kate’s role in the family and her journey as a single mother building the next chapter in her life. TLC will continue its exclusive relationship with Jon Gosselin and he will continue to appear on the show, but on a less regular basis.

Given the recent changes in the family dynamics, it only makes sense for us to refresh and recalibrate the program to keep pace with the family. The family has evolved and we are attempting to evolve with it; we feel that Kate’s journey really resonates with our viewers. Additionally the network is in development on a Kate project for 2010”

Orem84097 said...

Don't know where to put this so I will just put it here. They are changing the name to the show to Kate plus 8. I have a feeling that the show will only get worse. Please let this be the end of the show.

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