Monday, September 6, Pirates, Kites, and Turtles. Oh My!

No episode description up at TLC but it's the latest NC trip.

30 minutes

89 comments:

PatK said...

The title should probably be something more like "Bikinis, Yelling and Screeching, Oh My!"

Steve the Purse Boy, Boobyguard and Deleter... said...

the episode that is titled Pirates, Kites and Turtles oh my!

should be Steve's Fav Bikini, Deleting and Kate's Screeching, Oh My!

laura linger said...

Other Women's Husbands, Hair Extensions, and Miserable Children, Oh My!

readerlady said...

Cheaters, bleaters and screechers, Oh My!

Lillie Mae Acres said...

Episode Title: "Ho In The Big City Yelling At Children and Making Them Work For Her To Have Fame"
If I were Steve's wife, he would not be working as her "guard" anymore. Him and his wife must be hoping for future fame out of this because if you value your marriage, children, home, and life...you wouldn't put yourself in the position to have tabloid rumors about you.

Bodyguard my a$$ said...

Two Thumbs Way Up, readerlady!

Maybe TLC will offer you a job writing copy for them.

Happy said...

Steve is no longer a bodyguard. He is an assistant, plain and simple. Oh - and a paid companion. No "bodyguard" EVER leaves his client to fetch her coffee or anything else. For leaving her highness unguarded he should have been dismissed. But we aren't in the real world where these two live, are we?

Mary said...

I can't wait to see the day Kate slaps Steve

Hard to Keep Loving Jon said...

And I can't wait to see the day TLC cancels Khate!

Deletes my name, Boobyguard is my game... said...

i can't wait to see Mary's face when kate finally slaps steves face! or my face either haha
love your posts, Mary!

just saw pictures of tony and audrina for DWTS. you ought to see the outfit audrina has on. Oh, My! kate would never be able to pull an outfit like that off!

but maybe kate does in private with steve.

i wish jon would drink lite beer
lukebandit

Brummygirl said...

It should be called *Strings*!!
they are on a Pirate's eyepatch, Kites and Kates bikini, not to mention the string attached to Steve.

"Strings, Bling and Fling"

or the ever present,

"Skin, Sin and Gin"

Just one more show I will not be watching.

Barbra said...

If the title is Pirates, Kites and Turtles isn't this Baldhead Island Take 9000? And we need to see her on another vacation there WHY???

Hope tlc notices I wasn't there watching her NYC episode and that was somewhere new with the kids. Now if they stop and think a minute, might they not realize that I most likely would not be any more interested in seeing this accomplished 'actor' in her recurring role of b itch at the beach? If the 4th word back gets 'bleeped', it was another word for female dog. And knowing that, you have to agree it isn't bad, just true. She IS a female dog, no matter how you spell it or which (witch) word you use.

Brummygirl said...

@readerlady:

That made me laugh!!!

Tangerine Tanya said...

Twins,Sextuplits and Money. Oh My!

jasmine said...

I stopped watching the show, but I might tune in if Kate completely loses it and slaps Steve. I would like to see his face after receiving one of her love taps. Maybe he would say in his heavy accent, he's had enough of her crap and just slap her back. Or he could put a turtle in her bikini top and a couple crabs in her bottom.

momof3kidsand3dogs said...

Why oh why does TLC keep promoting all these families with multiples taking all these free vacations. And, to make matters worse they throw out lines in the promos like "you think your family vacation was stressful...". No, my family vacation wasn't stressful because we didn't take one this summer. We didn't take one last summer either. Things are a little tight these days and we decided to "make our memories" in our home. My husband did take off a week of work this summer, but that was to accompany my 2 teenage daughters on a mission trip with the church. I stayed home with my 11 year old son. I took him to a musical one night and he was thrilled. My point is just this: Kate is SO out of touch with reality. The Gosselins (and now the Jones)think they deserve to be given these vacations because they have 8 kids (or 6 kids) and might never be able to afford them on their own. Well, some of us only have 1, 2 or 3 kids and these vacations are well out of our reach, too!

ChurchMouse said...

This just makes me sad.

After viewing the NY episode on YouTube, I just don't think I can stand seeing what passes for fun on Bald Head Island.

These kids have no concept of the term, "carefree." As in, carefree summer days of childhood.

All they get are orders: Stand over here, smile, don't talk to THOSE P-People, do talk to OUR camera people, don't mess up your clothes, don't forget you're on camera, shut up and eat your ice cream RIGHT NOW, HURRY UP!

And why are they airing footage of the Bald Head trip? Didn't La Gosselin tell entertainment editor Katy Hall, "We're anonymous here and we'd like to stay that way."

Ah, I see. Ms. Gosselin believes she can turn Fame on and off at will. On for Money! Off for Privacy! On for good publicity! Off for bad publicity!

Bad reporters. You don't listen to Mama Kate. No ice cream for you!

Ohio Buckeye said...

"Pirates, Kites, and Turtles: Three More Things K8G Will Whine About"

"Pirates, Kites, and Turtles: Three More Things 'Can Do K8' CAN'T"

Button Button said...

jasmine said...
I stopped watching the show, but I might tune in if Kate completely loses it and slaps Steve. I would like to see his face after receiving one of her love taps. Maybe he would say in his heavy accent, he's had enough of her crap and just slap her back. Or he could put a turtle in her bikini top and a couple crabs in her bottom.
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Maybe if she slaps him, he will automatically go into "body guard" mode, throw her over his shoulder, slam her to the pavement, put his hands around her throat, and tell her to calm down if she values her life!

Wow! Now THAT would be an episode to top the episodes of her and Jon divorcing.

TLC, are you listening?

Button Button said...

These kids have no concept of the term, "carefree." As in, carefree summer days of childhood.

All they get are orders: Stand over here, smile, don't talk to THOSE P-People, do talk to OUR camera people, don't mess up your clothes, don't forget you're on camera, shut up and eat your ice cream RIGHT NOW, HURRY UP!
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But let's not forget, KART is working, the KIDS are playing...

Aunt Chris said...

Button Button said:
"Maybe if she slaps him, he will automatically go into "body guard" mode, throw her over his shoulder, slam her to the pavement, put his hands around her throat, and tell her to calm down if she values her life!"

Or, he appears to be into abuse since he's still around and maybe he'll throw her to the couch and...ew!!!ew!!!ewww!!!!!!

Knows Quality said...

Tits and Fits with a Ditz....Oh My!

You all are making me laugh! :)

fidosmommy said...

jasmine said...
Maybe he would say in his heavy accent, he's had enough of her crap and just slap her back. Or he could put a turtle in her bikini top and a couple crabs in her bottom.

*****

You've answered the big question!
THAT's how Kate keeps the "girls" up - turtle shells! Oh no! Run for your lives little amphibians!
There will be poachers all over the place looking for the next
accessory to put on the market.

Tami said...

I can't wait for the day that Khate alienates Steve and loses her last real protecter.

No Traditions with TLC said...

If I were a betting woman I would put down a huge sum of money betting that this is the last year the kids get to go to Bald Head Island.

Kate proclaims that she is creating an annual summer tradition to rival their winter traditions... and I don't but it for one hot minute.

They will not be returning because of one of two reasons:

1. The show is canceled and Kate would never dream of taking them without TLC footing the bill or having it filmed for the world to see how awesome she is to be taking 8 (count them 8) kids on vacation all by herself.

2. The show is still on but TLC realizes that 3 episodes of Bald Head Island will not fly and so will not pay the bill and force Kate to take them somewhere else.

I pray to goodness that it is reason 1.

Those poor kids will have no traditions in the end as they are all built upon lies and deception.

pinkdiamond611 said...

@Tami
As long as the Ca$h keeps coming in for Purseboy he will stay at the Kart's side. I am sure Kart has alienated him a long time ago. . .LOL

Hippie Chick said...

Well, since the shows are all about Kate, it should be named "Plastic Fantastic & the 1 kid who got to look at the beach for one minute until a nanny came & got him, and Kites!"

Worksinproduction said...

The Roloffs are on their last season and their travel budget has been cut substantially. Matt can spin it, but the reason is cost vs ratings. That's how the TV business goes. As soon as Kate reaches the break even point, she's toast. With the Roloffs it was when they began averaging around 1.2 million viewers vs 2 to 2.4 million.

Each show has variable production costs and costs rise with each season as almost everyone associated with it expects raises. My guesstimate is that Kate is rapidly approaching the break even point for this show. My guess it's around 1.2 to 1.4 million. No one in the industry wants to see a consistent 30% drop from episode to episode. No network is going to keep a show with such a dismal performance around for very long and definitely not if it becomes unprofitable.

I believe it is time to vote with the remote if anyone truly wants Kate off the air.

Just curious said...

Worksinproduction, thanks for the very informative post. Do you think the production costs for Kate + 8 are excessive, as in travel expenses and body guard to name a couple?

Worksinproduction said...

Yes. Those splashy trips cost a small fortune especially considering they're paying travel costs for crew and staff.

Joy in Virginia who evacuated from NC for Earl said...

Why watch another boring episode of boring Ms. Kreider and her boring entourage do boring things? I will be watching the new episode of Hoarders on A&E. LOVE that show, it is so much better produced and edited than the TLC imitation.

The editing is the key to reality TV. The editing makes it good or bad, makes a story compelling or boring, or makes the audience have one opinion or another of the characters. There have been examples of this on Survivor and Project Runway, where contestants were edited in a very positive light, but interviews with the other contestants later reveal the person was mostly disagreeable, egotistical, not so lovable.

TLC and Figure 8 don't have much to work with in Ms. Kreider. She is disagreeable, screechy, and if she was not so annoying it would be very visible that she is boring above all else. They have little choice in how to portray her, it all will turn out to be unpleasant/ obnoxious/ irritating - or all three!

Just curious said...

Any idea why TLC would be shelling out so much money on Kate, as compared to their other shows, for so long?

Worksinproduction said...

Ratings. It was TLC's top rated show for quite a long time and they were chasing the divorce episode gold.

Just curious said...

It sure seems to me they tried too hard for too long, spending too much money on a falling star. Something just doesn't feel "right." As though TLC put a long more money and effort to keeping the show on the air.

I take it there's a clause in the contract that stipulates the show will end if ratings drop below a certain number?

Brummygirl said...

WorksinProduction said:
I believe it is time to vote with the remote if anyone truly wants Kate off the air.
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I totally agree, but there are still people watching to see how much she tanks.
There are other places one could watch after the episodes have aired. B.M. for one, loves to splash her videos for all to see. Only she would benefit from the hits and she would think she was just getting more popular!!
I refuse to watch this woman crucify her children on Monday night. I have better things to watch and do.
I just hope the figures go down once again and we can get this moron off our screens.

She has no friends said...

Here's why Steve hangs around:

$1600/day x 5 d/wk = $8000/wk

Speculating he works between 40-50 weeks of the year with Kate or the show:

$8000/wk x 40 wk/yr = $ 320,000
$8000/wk x 50wk yr = $ 400,000

So until just this year, Steve was probably making more money on Kate than Kate made on Kate. Now that's funny. Maybe it's not the 'look of love' people see, but a married man being nice to an addled, crazy bitch because TLC pays him so much to do so. I do believe she loves him, however. The onlyntime she looked distraught after the split was when Steve was replaced as her bodyguard temporarily. I think she depends on him do much because no me else will put up with her. It'll be fascinating to see what happens when the show stops and the jobs dry up. I predict major breakdown compounded by the loss of Steve, who won't hang out with her without the paycheck to justify it. I still doubt an affair. She's trying hard, but he does have working eyes and ears, after all

One of Kate's 'girls' said...

Help! My twin sister and I are slowly suffocating!!

Chris said...

One of Kate's 'girls' said...
Help! My twin sister and I are slowly suffocating!!
***********************************If this weren't so true and tragic, it would be funny.

stopthemadness said...

Tits and fits with a ditz- !

If Steve is making over $300,000 to asist Kart, that adds quite a bit to the cost, the show itself being produced with these fancier trips and then her own payroll, what they are paying Jon to get him to let the kids be filmed, and what the kids get - if anything, aren't they meant to be making some money now too?

The show had about 1.5M viewers I thought...I just read that Real Housewives of NJ led the Real Housewives shows with 3.5M and that was considered quite good, and this show's numbers are down, they are nowhere near 3.5. The real housewives, they were saying that Theresa was making $3000 per episode - Kate and Jon were making WAY more than that. Plus there's the PR and promotions - This is almost to the point where it HAS to be costing TLC to produce it rather than making them money?
So my question is why - ? If they owned the Gosselin brand, and were getting paid for all the other stuff she does, DWTS, her book deals, interviews, etc they might figure we have to do this to keep her happy and it's okay because even if this show is losing money we are still making money over all, but for her to be making millions and the network losing, makes no business sense for TLC. Maybe she got a really good contract based on the lightbulb moment Jon had about how much the show was making vs how much they were making; TLC wanted to keep her back then when everyone was glued to her and she was on the cover of every tabloid and just starting to get the DWTS gigs and it seemed like they were on an upward spiral. That is no longer the case. Maybe this year will be it for the show and Kate will be on her own to sink or swim - and to decide if paying a bodyguard $300,000 a year makes sense?
If he were really her BF he would not demand to be paid especially not that kind of money - or at least it'd be an interesting conversation. Yes I love you but only if you pay me, otherwise I have to go guard someone else, I have a family of my own to support? I wonder if maybe he gets a cut of her revenues instead of a paycheck?

CakeIsGreat said...

I had posted about the ratings and how far the show has to fall before its canceled on the Discussion Thread. The thing to keep in mind too is that Kate, unfortunately gets paid a *lot* for these episodes. Even before the G's shot to tabloid stardom, they were getting 2mil+ viewers and getting paid a lot less. I can't see numbers in the one-millions being cost effective, nor do I ever see Ms. Khate agreeing to a pay cut to match the numbers.

This is yet another trip. To a place we've already seen them go to twice. What are the upcoming episodes? A trip to Alaska, their 3rd trip this summer (so far that we know.) There will probably be a back-to-school episode involving the "shopping" trip Radar posted about a few weeks ago. So 3trips and free school stuff for a family that's getting paid (allegedly) six-figures to do this stuff. Yeah, I don't see many families today being interested in watching this.
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ChurchMouse said...

These kids have no concept of the term, "carefree."

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At this point I don't think these kids have a concept of "vacation" either. It's pretty ironic. These kids probably go on more trips than a lot of kids of actual celebrities (since their parents actually work.) I bet they don't even view it as a special thing at this point. And yet, all of these "vacations" have really just been location shoots. I would be absolutely shocked it if was discovered K and J ever had taken them on a trip without a camera crew.

stopthemadness said...

Kate looked good at the Emmy's for once, at least. The dress with the cowell neck thing was weird, but her hair and makeup were nice, but these photos of her on Dr Lillian Glass blog don't look too good at all. For one, if you are going to get fake hair, you have to do it. When she had her little brown tired-mom scruffy do, she could roll out of bed and it still looked kind of cute in a funky way - I liked her then because although she had her Moments she was still decent over all and the Ugly wasn't showing through quite so much nor had the "me me me mine mine mine" thing had not started and I always think people are more attractive if I like their behavior and attitude, for some reason. I never criticized how she looked, standing in the kitchen in sweatpants, a t shirt and with no makeup and her hair sticking up on one side and this huge mug of coffee in one hand as it was pretty much exactly how I looked in the morning when I had toddlers and no "help" apart from my OH, and I could relate. But now she is making this about her and her looks, it seems fair to critique that look and OMG, girl, do something with the hair. First, if you are going to go fake blondy blond, make the commitment to the color - ain't nothing tackier than half an inch of dark roots, and also if you are going to go the extensions route, then do your hair every morning. You are not Rachel Zoe. Hers is too thin to look good like that, the length is pulling it down flat with the weight and it lookslike the Village Idiot with the straw on his head, getting the extensions is not enough you need to do your hair, and that style is too young for her some how. She looks ten years older in the face than she did when the babies were two. The other thing is the expression - why can she never have a naturally pleasant, cool or laid back expression on her face? It's either horse faced scowl /b*tch in mid war-cry, or this fake Grinchy smile showing all her front teeth in this fake, weird smile. We get it, you are proud of your free veneers, we do not have to see each and every one, same goes for the boobs - it's okay, we know they are there, we don't need to actually verify the bare skin believe me, we all notice, it is actually okay to weat a real shirt. Let's hope to god she never gets butt implants -not that she needs them but I would be scared she'd march down the street in chaps and a g string just to get the maximum VALUE out of the look. She is so insecure about her looks and she never seemed to care about that when the show first came on, and I liked her for that. The jowls of a dog, okay I give her that, if I had that I would take the free surgery too, but then it was like this self creating Frankenstein where not one single thing about her including her natural skin tone was good enough, it all had to be Improved, now she goes around somehow ORANGE. If you are going to tan, which is terrible for your skin, go to a good place, find out where Jennifer Anniston gets hers done and make the investment otherwise you look like a junior high school kid who just discovered they make fake tan lotion. She was fine before, now she seems like not only plastic, but also weirdly entitled to be a Star if she does all this stuff. When the thing that made her famous was being a MOM. She's not an actress and she is not a great beauty, the thing that was interesting about her was her ability to be fairly normal.

stopthemadness said...

Granted Kate would never want to take a pay cut so that TLC can continue to make a profit, but she needs to realize that she is not entitled to be a big start with this huge income and nowhere is it written that she is worth X number of dollars per episode or season. It's like saying your House is worth X. Or a stock is worth X, is a better comparison. It's worth what people think it is worth and what they will pay. it can go up or down. For her to think she should still command hundreds of thousands for a season, as she may have done during the last season, is crazy. The ratings aren't there therefore the sponsors won't be there therefore the money is not there to pay for all of this and still have profit and TLC is a business. I can just see Kate with her self entitled attitude thinking that there is no way TLC would ever dare want to lose their grip on Brand Gosselin however if the show is at the 1.6 mark and people are sick to the back teeth of her - not just love to hate Kate but actually DONE watching her fail to dance, fail to interview people, fail to be intersting in an interview and fail to tune in for this show, then I think she will find that she has to take a serious cut in pay - I was surprised to hear the Housewives on the most popular Housewife show are getting $3k/episode.
Putting the little quints on after Kate might boost her ratings some if people tune in for both but another scenario is that they tune in only for the new show and do so in higher numbers than Kate Plus Eight, and cannibalize that audience because its two parents dealing with each other and what I am sure will be adorable little kids rather than surly kids who are no longer in the "awwww" stage, and a self entitled horrid woman who dresses like a tramp and treats everyone around her badly because she mistook her fleeting fame for some kind of cosmic stamp of approval on her acting abilities. Reality show mom so greedy for the lime light she will not even allow another adult to be on the show - the ones that do well seem to have that interplay of personalities not just one camera hogging idiot who is about as subtle as a six yaer old screaming "look at me" while they jump into the pool for the fiftieth time.

Phony Baloney said...

Boring, Kate whoring... no thanks.

Grifters, freebie lifters, and reality shape-shifters, oh my!

Mona said...

I agree that Kate's hair looks very thin and flat. That is interesting because she said she always had very thick hair which was why she could have so many layers of it chopped off for her old hairdo. She kept saying others could not wear it unless they had "thick hair".

Maybe she meant the texture was thick, but I was thinking volume.

It looks like half of it was plucked out at the Ted Gibson salon and replaced with dry grass
and the whole thing was chopped with a Weed Whacker while being held out straight by a flatiron.
You will never convince me that cut is worth more than $8.00.

kate's an idiot said...

Yep, Kate was never beautiful and has gotten uglier with all the plastic surgery. And I wonder if this trip to NC was thrown together because tlc had no usable footage from the Alaska fiasco and needed something to fill in for that episode. Amazing tlc hasn't fired her yet. They pay her a lot of money and the expense to transport the family and crew to Alaska must have been tremendous. I wonder if they made her reimburse them for wasting everyone's time.

Here's hoping for less than 1.2 million viewers tonight!

BMWoP said...

One of the tabloids this week said that during the beach trip, the nanny would watch the kids while Kate and Steve would go into town and eat dinner at a restaurant.

Even on vacation with them, she still made sure to get away from them.

Kate's Nemesis said...

It appears to me... No one is watching. No one cares anymore.

The tide HAS turned- and the sea hag is covered in kelp.

Aunty Kim Kim said...

Tonight I watched most of it...some interesting comments....kate wanted the girls to sleep in the same bed at the beach, & they didn't want to so she said, "Jamie & I sleep in the same bed whenever we travel together"...what an "eye-opening statement"!!
Then also I was very mad when the everyone was suppose to be extremely quiet while the turtles waddled to the beach & there was Kate stuffling her comments..but you could still her sweells....terrible!
Couldn't watch anymore after that........but that JAMIE comment was priceless!

Swissmiss said...

We've heard a lot about how much Steve is paid for being a 'bodyguard.' However, when this started, he was working for an agency, and the agency would have taken the money and then paid Steve a salary. The firm is based in a suburb of Wash. D.C. About a year ago, Kate had lunch in the area, and there was a rumor she was buying a condo in Rockville near Steve's home office - never happened apparently. I guess it's possible Steve left the agency and is doing this free-lance.

I understand the Alaska trip was filmed for Sarah Palin's show.

I read that the house at the beach costs $8,000 per week to rent. Not too many people can afford that kind of 'tradition.'

Finally, it was fascinating seeing the turtles hatch in the sand and crawl to the water. Everyone was warned to be very quiet and not scare the turtles. The only voice I could hear was Kate's screaching, "I don't know what to say." That's the whole point, Kate. You were not supposed to SAY anything. The kids obeyed - you did not. So what else is new?

Protect8 said...

Have future Kate Plus 8 episodes been filmed? So far it seems like TLC made a huge effort to have "paps" around to document when they are filming an episode. Either they've kept filming under wraps or this is the last episode they've filmed. The Alaskan staged reality is for Sarah Palin's "reality" show.

"Twist of Kate", or whatever they called it, is no longer promoted - read somewhere that it has been tabled.

I was surprised to see how many negative comments are printed under Kate's TLC blog entries.

Sooo - maybe it's over?

Big laugh in the Baldhead Island epsisode: Kate claiming to not know any of the history of the island because she is into sand and sun. Once again it is demonstrated that education is a low, low priority with her children.

Strange Bedfellows said...

"Tonight I watched most of it...some interesting comments....kate wanted the girls to sleep in the same bed at the beach, & they didn't want to so she said, "Jamie & I sleep in the same bed whenever we travel together"...what an "eye-opening statement"!!"
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What she said was that she and Jamie sleep together when "she comes," not when they "travel together." One of the girls then responded, "your bed is bigger."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9w1u3WZrAHE

Spare me the Drama!! said...

I noticed Kate's big mouth flapping after she yelled at all the kids to be quiet during the turtle hatching.

She is sick and delusional. Can't even watch more than five minutes (I just watched the very end) of that trainwreck.

Monster Mommy said...

Wow.

Crickets...

Awesome.

My bet is the new viewer ratings come in at only 10,000 stupid sheeple.

Anonymous said...

Two things... Do I recall pre-divorce Kate screeching at the children about not going in her room? Whose double bed were the girls on during their play? Second, when Khate and crew arrived at the active turtle site, it looked pretty crowded. Next thing you know, they had front row seats for the big event.

readerlady said...

I've always suspected that Khate's screech about never seeing the room again "on pain of severeness" was directed at Jon and not the kids. I may be wrong, but it certainly makes more sense.

Aislinn said...

Strange Bedfellows said...
"What she said was that she and Jamie sleep together when "she comes," not when they "travel together." One of the girls then responded, "your bed is bigger.""

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So wait, who stays in the apartment over the garage? Steve? The nanny?

And I thought there was a guest bedroom in the basement? If not, it seems like there would be plenty of room to have a pull-out sofa or futon for guests in the den.

Very odd. With a house that big, the only reason a guest would sleep in your bed is if you want them to.

LovingMom said...

I haven't watch this show in so long, but my first impression was:
Geez, Kate look soooo old!

txmom said...

Big laugh in the Baldhead Island epsisode: Kate claiming to not know any of the history of the island because she is into sand and sun. Once again it is demonstrated that education is a low, low priority with her children.
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This lady can't keep all her lies straight.
I thought she was an 'indoor girl'.

Peggy Catherine said...

It was obvious that the Huffington Post article made for some serious editing of the "true traditional family vacation".. This posting is to ask, why when 8 children are filming, traveling to and from these filming trips or even in PA, that there is no Registered Nurse or Physician with these 8 children? This previous show on TLC filmed in NC, had 2 children with injuries: one had sand in her eyes and mouth (be dealt with by something other than bottled water in the dark of night) and what about one of the twins cutting her hand, "seriously" so said the Mother, and all that was requested by this mother, twice, was ice. These are 8 very young children, in unfamilar surroundings, with injuries and TLC(whom they identify as family at this point since they don't have contact with family), the production company, the staff and least of all THE MOTHER not insisting on having qualified,up-to-date licensed medical assistance traveling with these 8 children? Not even a call for The First Aid Kit? Peggy Catherine

Minnesota Mamma said...

I did manage to stomach about 10 minutes of this episode, only because I remember the post here from the lady who was vacationing at her parents' home next to Khate's rental, and I wanted to see how TLC would spin things. I couldn't handle very much, but did see a little in the beginning and a little at the end.

I haven't watched the show since before the divorce mess... The first thing that really surprised me was how jaded, or entitled, the older twins were acting. Khate says they absolutely demand their own sleeping space away from the other girls, which I guess I can understand to a point when you're at home, but when you're traveling as a family isn't part of the fun doing things differently? Anyway then she showed them this really neat separate room that had it's own entrance and everything, and the twins complained about it because it only had one (large) bed. If that had been me as a kid I would have thought it was the coolest thing ever, almost like being an adult! How jaded are these kids becoming?

So that irritated me enough to change the channel, and when I flipped back around it was the turles on the beach scene. A couple of things struck me here- one, Khate had to keep telling the kids "don't touch!!!" over and over... the youngest kids are over 6 now, does she really have to keep after them like that, or was she just talking to hear herself talk?

Then, this was the strangest thing and it creeped me out for some reason- they showed a bunch of baby turles and Mady turns to her mom and says something like "aren't you glad you didn't have THAT many???" and Khate laughs hard and agrees. There is something really wrong with that exchange that I can't quite put my finger on. And it made such an impression on Khate that she had to repeat it in her interview, like oh this was so cute of Mady to say.

I'm not the world's most perfect mom, but if my kid said that to me, I think I'd at least say something like oh I'd love each of you just as much anyway. But Khate laughed hard like she was so thankful she didn't have more children than she did. I don't know, it just struck me as really odd. Did anyone else see this part?

All in all, from what I saw, it was very boring and actually irritating in a way... who wants to watch other people take fancy vacations (and not even enjoy them) ?

Next? said...

Kate is a screeching, loud, obnoxious nut. She is old enough to know better. Doesn't she ever want to be seen as a "lady?"

Compare Mady and Kate.

Neither has any social graces.
They both over-exagerate body movements, eye rolling, hand claping, pointing, shrieking, swooning, etc.

Mady, hopefully, is young enough that she can out grow this juvenile behavior.

Kate? Naaa ... she will never change.

Proud PA. Grandma said...

Just a thought on the turtle escapade. How do you think those families who had been quietly watching that nest for possibly hours with their children felt when they saw the Gosselin brood come running in. I'm sure that for many of them this was their only vacation and they were cherishing the experience of showing their children something new and exciting. Will those children remember the anticipation they shared with their family, or will they remember being shoved out of the way so that the privileged family could get a good view?

Jane in CA said...

What she said was that she and Jamie sleep together when "she comes," not when they "travel together." One of the girls then responded, "your bed is bigger."
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thank you to the brave souls who watched parts of the show so that I don't have to watch any of it ;)

This struck me as really odd. Maybe I'm just a really private person, but I don't share my bed with visitors to my home, ever. I certainly have given up my bed to a visitor and I go sleep on the couch instead. I'm more than happy to do that.

When I was younger, in college, I shared a room with a roommate, but we each had our own bed.

Anyway, I find this strange. Kate has a huge home, yet she doesn't even have one guest room? I've always poo-poo'd those who say Kate and Jamie are more than friends, and I'm still fairly sure Kate is asexual, but maybe she's afraid to sleep alone?

Do you think Steve has a cot he sleeps on in Kate's bedroom when Jamie isn't around?

Jane in California said...

I am curious to know the ratings from this most recent episode, and to see if they have tumbled even further.

I do think the end is approaching for Kate. Seems that the show's producers are running out of ideas on what to film, besides side trips and expensive vacations, wherein the children are forced to try to look like they're having fun and Mady and Cara show how much Kate's sense of entitlement has rubbed off on them. That's not a recipe for a successful show.

Let us hope this is the very last season that TLC works these kids to the bone while paying their greedy mother ridiculous amounts of money.

faline said...

Well, THAT was a heck of a thing to say. I have many friends and I have never slept in the same bed with any of them!

Maybe if ratings get too low they can have another "announcement" episode.

On the other hand, that would explain her treatment of Jon and her "icky boys" reasoning!

Can you imagine your exwife joining the other team and being stuck paying her alimony FOREVER?

cupcakelover said...

Anyway, I find this strange. Kate has a huge home, yet she doesn't even have one guest room?

Kate may not have a 'guest room' but the house does have apartment quarters.

realitybites said...

Kate made a comment at the turtle hatching that the other families had followed direction and were sitting quietly as they await turtle activity. FYI to Kate. Children LEARN by example! The way I see it, Kate, who is an adult and the parent was the only one not following the guide direction and disrupted the experience with her over the top obnoxious behavior. The reason the other families were disciplined and sitting quietly is because they were there to cherish in the memory making experience and felt ZERO need to entertain or validate themselves via an audience and camera lens.

Aislinn said...

Minnesota Mamma said...
"Then, this was the strangest thing and it creeped me out for some reason- they showed a bunch of baby turles and Mady turns to her mom and says something like "aren't you glad you didn't have THAT many???" and Khate laughs hard and agrees. There is something really wrong with that exchange that I can't quite put my finger on. And it made such an impression on Khate that she had to repeat it in her interview, like oh this was so cute of Mady to say."

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That reminds me of when Kate would constantly complain about Jon, but then one day they both made fun of Mady's teeth, and suddenly Mady was the victim. Jon seemed happy to join in since it wasn't directed at him for a change.

Mady seems to have learned this lesson as well. It's painful to be the joke, but not as much when you're in on it. It sounds like Mady's trying to set herself apart from the other children to avoid being grouped in when her mother complains about them so much.

How would that feel to grow up with a mother who's always talking about how hard it is having children and what a pain they are? That's so hurtful! Why can't Kate see that?

You would think that after having fertility treatments to get pregnant, not to mention the huge risk of having healthy sextuplets, Kate would be thankful every day for the children she has. Instead, she acts like it's the biggest chore and bore in the world. It sickens me.

Protect8 said...

"Then, this was the strangest thing and it creeped me out for some reason- they showed a bunch of baby turtles and Mady turns to her mom and says something like "aren't you glad you didn't have THAT many???" and Khate laughs hard and agrees. There is something really wrong with that exchange that I can't quite put my finger on. And it made such an impression on Khate that she had to repeat it in her interview, like oh this was so cute of Mady to say. "

Two things come to mind here:

1) Kate has created celebrity status by complaining about having sextuplets - extended bedrest, wishing sextuplets on anyone who dares to criticize her, being exhausted, telling Jodi that her children couldn't have gum because due to the fact they are extuplets they can't do things other children do, and so on ... so the comment about the turtles was just more emphasis on how having sextuplets made her life very, very difficult

2) But the primary emphasis of this exchange with Mady is it gave Kate the opportunity to bring it all back around to her. "Look at me! Look at me!" How interesting that we didn't see her interact with the other parents.

On another note: like others have mentioned, I feel sorry for the parents who were at the turtle hatching area. Kate, who suddenly had a front row seat, never shut her mouth while all of the children seemed to understand the need to be quiet - just another example of her "Look at me! Look at me!" Oh - how she had to contain those godawful squeals she makes all of the time.

All of the parents who were in the shots had to sign release forms for TLC. And surely in the release form there would have been strict orders that forbade them from talking about the Gosselins afterward. I wonder if any attmepts to take photos of their own children were thwarted by "Kate's pretend "bodyguard."

I would have been so ticked off had I been there with my three young children.

Riding Out The Rider said...

"the production company, the staff and least of all THE MOTHER not insisting on having qualified,up-to-date licensed medical assistance traveling with these 8 children?"

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More than likely, it's in the rider. This is a list of demands that's included in the contract. Nearly every entertainer, crew, production company, celebrity has one. In it, there would be the name of the local physician on call, hospital, dentist, ophthamologist, specialist, etc. their private phone number, where they can be reached, their hours, and the like. It's almost unheard of for a celebrity/entertainer/band to be traveling without one.

Sport said...

"Can you imagine your exwife joining the other team and being stuck paying her alimony FOREVER?"
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Umm, actually yes I can (since it happened to me about 17 months ago...)

That Ellen video someone posted is brutal. Couldn't even get all the way through it she is SOOO full of herself.

faline said...

No offense to you Sport! You have my apologies, I wouldn't have posted that if I had known.

Free at last said...

No matter how screwed Jon got in the divorce, ANYTHING has got to be better than being married to Kate Gosselin. Bless his little heart

Sport said...

No worries at ALL Faline!
You can only laugh at it, learn from it and move on.

We settled our marriage without lawyers, using a mediator and agreeing as adults on everything from possessions to 50/50 custody of the two kids. I dont have to pay her alimony for life but I do give her money when she needs it.

We realized before the decision that even though we wouldnt be together as spouses anymore we are PARENTS together for life.

My situation has made reading about the Gosselin mess all that much more nauseating. At every turn these two seem to put themselves before the kids. I see very little joy in any of those faces. Ever.

didn't watch said...

I can not imagine anything more revolting than watching a rich, self-centered woman, pampered and fawned over; given a free vacation and making life hell for every child she has.

bonehead said...

Do you guys know why Kate is loud and whatever is to get attention. When I was in school a kid would pick on me, so the teacher told me to make a scene, so she knew when this kid did it. Kate is doing the same for attention and being center of attention, not the turtles or the kids just her. That is very childish, makes you wonder what issues Kate had as a child? Cause she is acting them out.

Heide said...

didn't watch said...
I can not imagine anything more revolting than watching a rich, self-centered woman, pampered and fawned over; given a free vacation and making life hell for every child she has.
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Didn't watch: This is a perfect statement!!!!!!!

Kubla Khan said...

@bonehead...When I was in school a kid would pick on me, so the teacher told me to make a scene, so she knew when this kid did it.

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Why didn't you just tell the teacher that a kid was picking on you? Telling a child to act-out and make a scene is counter-productive and may stay with him for the rest of his life.

Kate's an insecure person and will use whatever means available to make sure the attention is on her. She will not be upstaged.

Pony said...

Bonehead said:"That is very childish, makes you wonder what issues Kate had as a child? Cause she is acting them out."

There was either and episode or an interview where she talked about being "the forgotten middle child." So my guess is that her issues as a child are centered around her belief that she didn't get as much attention as she wanted growing up. That doesn't mean she didn't get plenty of attention, but we all know that for many people perception is reality. For Kate, apparently her wish for all the attention meant that whatever she got wasn't enough. And she's making up for lost time.

I don't think that all narcissists had any particular experience as a child to keep them frozen in that developmental stage of their personality. I think some people just never quite outgrow it.

K8STFU said...

"forgotten middle child"

"low blood sugar"

"exhausted"

"they don't know how to help us"

Excuses, excuses, excuses. It's always someone/something else's fault.

Skywatcher said...

Sport said....


That Ellen video someone posted is brutal. Couldn't even get all the way through it she is SOOO full of herself.

What 'Ellen' video are you referring to?

Betty Boop said...

Downward spiral continues.

Kate Plus 8 (9pm)
- 1.389 million viewers
- 1.0/2 HH
- 0.6/1 A18-49

snerk said...

Will they issue a formal cancellation notice or simply let it fade away? The viewership has dropped below the Roloffs and they already know that they're on the last season.

Brummygirl said...

Betty Boop said...
Downward spiral continues.

Kate Plus 8 (9pm)
- 1.389 million viewers
- 1.0/2 HH
- 0.6/1 A18-49
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Still more than I thought, but....
get your wet suit and flippers on Kate...you are tanking!!!
Any bids on the McMansion???

Brummygirl said...

Maybe next summer, the kids can have a REAL vacation!!!

bonehead said...

To Kubla kahn: I did tell the Teacher, she at first did not believe me, and the other kids were afraid of this kid. When I did make a scene he was made to stand in the corner not me(after about 3 times he finally got the message and I got my seat changed). (this was in the 60's) I don't think any harm came to that bully later in life. But, the rest of us, still have memories of that jerk. Kate is attention seeking, so something in childhood was a foot. But glad to see rating are sinking. But, waiting to see what TLC has up it's sleeve. They have to save face.

pinkdiamond611 said...

The kids never had a "regular" anything. If it isn't "free" and part of their "show" they stay home. Kart was crying that she couldn't take them to the Statue of Liberty, a mere train ride from home, unless there was a show.

Merrilee said...

I'll bet Kart is appearing on Regis tomorrow so she can start the talk-show rounds to tell the world she is now ready to date.

I'm betting that is the reason.

Anderson, watch out. She may think you are eligible.

Mary said...

Steve was there to keep the kids away from her. I guess they would not let her (her words) drive the boat.

Now really would Kate let her children puke on her clothes, Kate would have to stay out in open ocean in soiled clothes. why did Steve not take off his shirt. this show is the worse I have ever seen. I now fear for the children when the show ends. She will blame them