Monday, June 13, Episode 11, 10 PM, 6 Becomes 7!

The sextuplets are turning 7! With only 5 days to plan, Kate is determined to have a pool party to remember with a surprise addition to the pool. But as everyone knows, pulling off a birthday for six excited kids is no easy task.
(30 minutes)

Episode 10 at 10:30

Why does TLC keep pushing the idiot idea of rushing to plan birthday parties?  It isn't like the parents don't know it's coming up.

47 comments:

barbee said...

and SHE only had 5 days to plan this party WHY? They were born May 10th 7 years ago, so she had over 2500 days notice of their impending 7th birthday. And THAT one is SUCH a milestone! Well, I suppose to someone who has such a hugeish deal thingy for her 36th, wth? WHY does tlc think we would have any interest in a 7th birthday swim party for kids we have never met, will never meet and are not nearly as interesting, as say... MY GRANDKIDS!

ChurchMouse said...

A kiddie pool party.

Seriously, who watches this stuff? Why film it? Let the kids get a chance to celebrate at least ONE birthday in private.

Jenny said...

Agreed that the premise is ridiculous. As parents, we certainly are aware of upcoming birthdays, and if we have half a brain and actually care about celebrating our children's special days, we make plans more than five days in advance for a birthday party.

Of course, every family celebrates differently. I only have big celebrations at certain birthdays: Turning 1, 5, 10, and 13 were the bigger milestones in my household. The other birthdays were smaller family celebrations. Since the younger kids had a big televised party last year, why not have a simpler, family party this year? Oh that's right -- because then they'd probably get nothing since TLC wouldn't be filming it.

Secondly, if I waited til the last minute, I could easily put together a party in five days, especially if I was a lazy jerk like Kate and spent most of my tans in the tanning booth or the nail salon. A trip to a party planning store for decorations, party bag favors, drink cups, plates, napkins, etc.; another trip to a bakery for a lovely cake, and a trip to the grocery store to pick up whatever food items were needed for the menu. It's summer time, so watermelon, grapes and strawberries are kid favorites; maybe order a few pizzas, a little bit of soda and juice, and you've got a party that most 7 year olds would enjoy quite a bit.

The only big deal about leaving it until she only had five days to plan is that's not enough notice when sending out invitations. A lot of people will already have other plans.

Since it's a pool party, I sure hope she had appropriate supervision at all times, and plenty of sunscreen to offer her guests. (The one time I did a pool party for my child, we held it at a local pool where they have paid life guards and it was indeed a blast)

WHat a Fool said...

barbee said...
and SHE only had 5 days to plan this party WHY? They were born May 10th 7 years ago, so she had over 2500 days notice of their impending 7th birthday
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I was wondering the same thing Barbee! What? Did she forget what day she gave birth to 6 kids at once?? Just dawned on her May 5th, HMMM I think something significant happened in May. Can't put my finger on it...DUH! Who writes this crap.

Berks Has Shoes! said...

It's summer time, so watermelon, grapes and strawberries are kid favorites; maybe order a few pizzas...Since it's a pool party, I sure hope she had appropriate supervision at all times, and plenty of sunscreen to offer her guests. (The one time I did a pool party for my child, we held it at a local pool where they have paid life guards and it was indeed a blast

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It wasn't summer when this party was held. It was early May and the temperatures weren't warm enough for a pool party. Nobody around here even opens pools until Memorial Day, but she opened the pool so they could be filmed. I remember when they filmed a birthday pool party and the temps were in the high 40s. Nothing stops this woman when she (and TLC) have their minds made up.

PatK said...

Maybe she only had five days to plan the party because TLC was late sending her the funds to buy everything.

What? You think she'd fork over the expense and wait for a reimbursement check?

Dan C said...

a pool party so she can model another bikini,man is she vile

hannah said...

i bet the tups liked "jons party" more.

UGH!!!!!! said...

It’s called Kate + EIGHT, not SIX. If such a deal is made of birthdays, why only the 6’s???

Exhausted said...

I'm guessing she only had five days to plan it because TLC probably just told her then they were going to film. I imagine they're giving her scraps these days--no advanced notice, no traveling, etc. And if she initially thought it wouldn't be filmed, she had no big plans for it. If it ain't filmed, it doesn't matter to Kate.

What's wrong with this picture said...

Kate had only 5 days to plan the party that TLC recorded [which was the weekend after their birthday] because she didn't get home from her Kentucky Derby/Mother's Day get-away until Sunday evening.
I'm still shaking my head about how everything is about/for her.

kinman said...

I bet they do birthday parties because they are running out of ideas and I bet TLC is not rushing to finance big-money vacations anymore since the Australia/New Zealand trip was not a ratings bonanza.

Maggie said...

I don't think Kate did any work for this party other than talking to TLC about what & who she wanted at the party. TLC did all the shopping...except if they wanted footage of Kate pretend shopping to show the world what a great & hardworking mom she is. I am sure Kate didn't have to lift a finger in planning, mailing invitations, shopping, decorating, watching the kids, or cleaning up afterwards. Kate is too lazy to do any of this other than take credit for it and cash her huge TLC paycheck.

Freya said...

Those poor kids still seem like they are four. Their speech is immature, as are their actions.

So sad.

I'm just saying..... said...

Funny someone said they act like they are 4. I was watching my 4 year old granddaughter today and it hit me. She acts just like the 7 year old tups! So the show should be 6 turns to 7, but acts like 4.

jonandkatewho? said...

TLC must continually show us that Kate is put upon and hard-pressed to raise this number of kids, even though most people probably know by now that she does nothing on her own.

She must be shown to be a harworking, loving mom who would do just ANYTHING for her kids including planning a bd party at the last minute. TLC presumes the audience to be stupid, I suppose.

It's Kate's shtick, remember? Hasn't she always taken the role of the poor, overworked mother of 8 kids? We're supposed to alternately feel sorry for her and admire her. Puke! Gag!!

This birthday party for these particular kids will be no more interesting than any of the previous birthday parties for these kids that have been shown. These kids are no more interesting than my neighbors chilren, and not as attractive. I am not slamming them, I am only being real.

One question: WHO IN THE HELL WANTS TO WATCH THIS CRAP, AND WHY???

JoyinVirginia said...

I agree with other posters, the only 7th birthday party I want to go to is the one for great-nephew, or cousin's grandkid. Other kid's birthdays are just boring. Unless you have it at Chuck E. Cheese, then it is migraine-inducing.

zoey said...

Wow they are 7 already? and still in kindergarten

O-Hi-O said...

"Wow they are 7 already? and still in kindergarten"

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Yet their mother continues to claim, "The children are doing wonderfully!"

Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire.

zoey said...

at this rate maybe the next special should be in 10 years titled the tups enter 8th grade and get their drivers license. followed up by 21 yrs old and in the 10th grade

Sarah said...

You gotta love a woman who orders PB sandwiches from a caterer. I'm guessing she only had five days to plan because then she gets to be filmed running around like a mad woman, sighing, rolling her eyes, and complaining how she has to do everything herself. Hey lady, how about you let each child invite one or two friends and just order pizza?

MO5 said...

She reminded me of the old Kate a few times in this episode.It was kid of nice to see.I was very happy to notice that they had a lifeguard at the party.

Mary Beth said...

Loved these 2 shows and loved the interaction between all of the kids and the Mom.

Kate could be a Mom again and proved it with this filming.

Their diction is fine, some are tinier than other kids, but they all played with the 40 or so kids at their party. They do have friends.

surpised I was, very much.

She may just have learned to get this show back on track, making it about the kids. the kids are older and act older.

Jenny said...

You gotta love a woman who orders PB sandwiches from a caterer. I
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Please tell me you're joking, right?

No one would order PB&J sandwiches from a caterer. I mean, no one would be so completely lame, lazy and ridiculous that they were unable to buy several loaves of nice bread, peanut butter and several kinds of jelly, and make up sandwiches for the kids, right??

Honestly, if Kate really can't even make PB&J sandwiches, she's not working with a full deck. How embarrassing.

WallyWinnie said...

But they were "Fluffernutters"!

The catering was so stupid and if I heard her say the word STRESSED another time during these shows I was gonna scream.

I miss Jon!!!

The kids had 700 eggs for the hunt. This is what makes them so entitled! We had a dozen as kids and we were the spoiled ones on the block. What next year 2000 eggs?

That pool must have been heated well. I was glad to see the friends and adults that came. Leah or Alexis said they invited 17 kids I thought, but they all didn't come. It was a nice turn out no matter how you look at it.

I bet her ratings don't go down any this week.

heavennoseven said...

I wonder if the tups can swim. If they did more swimming lessons other then what we saw on tv.

She only cartered it becusse TLC paid for it. If it was on her dime, it would be 1 n 1/2 sandwhichs and each tup would get 1/4.

I hope they go down. The kids should not work during summer.

The Elvis Sandwich said...

No one would order PB&J sandwiches from a caterer. I mean, no one would be so completely lame, lazy and ridiculous that they were unable to buy several loaves of nice bread, peanut butter and several kinds of jelly, and make up sandwiches for the kids, right??

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There are actually upscale restaurants that offer peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and peanut butter and every thing imaginable. There are catering businesses just for kids whose main menu item is the pb&j. It was featured on one of the food channels.

How many people attended this party? Wasn't it approximately 70? Even if there was only one sandwich per person, that would mean making 70 sandwiches. I wouldn't want to stand in a kitchen and make 70+ sandwiches if I knew that TLC was picking up the catering tab!

Duck said...

I didn't mean to watch- was waiting to see what came on TLC while I nursed the baby, and left it on in a haze.

Nice to see product placment has been replaced by showing us all the free stuff she still has-the chickens, the dog, the play houses...

Who wears those heels and strapless dress to a kids pool party?

No way is Steve doing her-he looks disgusted with her-or maybe he doesn't like all the kids. At least he is protecting her-from lighting strikes!

TLC can pay to plant flowers/shrubs and for a pool slide, but they can't buy the 7 year olds real chairs!!! Maybe she should have given them chairs for their 7 b-day gift instead of those hats! Guess they didn't want to foot the bill for the therapy (as she mentioned being sued for that would take out of party planning-time consuming to call and have PBJ sandwhiches made!!)

What child in K reads chapter books (I am thingk 60-90 page books) -as one boy on the couch stated?

Yeah, I know why I stopped watching!

Katharine said...

This is the first time I've watched just Kate plus 8. I stopped watching Jon and Kate after they gave away their beautiful dogs. Why exactly was there still one German Shepherd in the yard? I really hope they didn't get the dogs back.

I can't watch this show. Love the kids, feel sorry for them, but just...no. Kate is starting to look like one of the Real Housewives - the implants, the nails, the horrible tan. And the fact that she's stressed about getting her pool redone? Honestly, I think I'd cope.

I remember my birthday parties as a kid, thrown by a true single mom, who received no child support and who would save money to get me one big present. Of course I was an only child, not a sextuplet, but that was because my mom could only AFFORD ONE! But in all honestly, I'm thankful for my little, private birthday parties, and for every one of my birthday mornings when my mom would jump into my bed and wake me up at the crack of dawn to start celebrating!

Honestly, Kate is never happy or thankful for her beautiful, paid-for children. She's always got a puss on her face, and why exactly? You think she'd learn that the process of filming this show is slowly causing her family to disintegrate.

The kids are starting to show serious signs of being filmed - their boundaries are so blurred, it makes me very sad.

Katharine said...

And how sad that Kate had to introduce herself to the kids' parents by saying "hi, I don't think I've ever met you, but I'm Kate!" How awkward!

And can anyone confirm the status of their dogs? If that horrible breeder gave those two nuts those dogs back after they had been given BACK to begin with, I'm gonna have a fit.

Duckman said...

Sarah said...

"You gotta love a woman who orders PB sandwiches from a caterer..."

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Wow - it takes a special kind of brain-deadness to pull that off.

With somebody that stupid, one could make a nice little profit by subcontracting the order out to a high-schooler and then getting the ingredients from a Dollar Tree. Then wrap things up with a surcharge for priority service. Kate would never notice the difference.

ChurchMouse said...

"MO5 said...
...She reminded me of the old Kate a few times in this episode.It was kid of nice to see..."

"Mary Beth said...
...Loved these 2 shows and loved the interaction between all of the kids and the Mom...Kate could be a Mom again and proved it with this filming..."

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And yet you both still don't understand that THESE KIDS SHOULD NOT BE FILMED FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES.

They don't have any rights to their own filming, have no say in how much money they make, have no leverage in contract negotiations, have no third party to make sure of set safety and time constraints on filming, and no say in how any of the film can be used in the future.

The same goes for their mother. And this "show" can be dropped, at any time, for any reason, and she will have nothing left to fall back on, while TLC can still use any footage of the Gosselins for any purpose.

Now sit there and tell me how much you still enjoy watching the "show."

Not fooled said...

I really wanted to watch this one and just couldn't after a few minutes. Kate is as sickening as ever and hearing 7 year olds baby talk is more than I can take. I am around children constantly, and these children definitely do not speak or behave at their age level. What she has done to them and continues to do to them is so sad. But I'm sure milllions tuned in to peer into the private moments of these children who once again cannot have a moment to remember home and growing up milestones as things should be. Yes, it was good that she and TLC were able to drum up children for filming though. There will always be parents who want their children front and center and cameras excite them all the more. She won't ever have a problem getting pretend friends for them even if she doesn't know the parents from Adam. And good for the tups for taking advantage of it.

Dream A Little Dream said...

What child in K reads chapter books (I am thingk 60-90 page books) -as one boy on the couch stated?



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Many kids in Kindergarten read chapter books, especially if their reading skills are on a much higher level. A chapter book doesn't necessarily mean 60-90 pages - there are chapter books written for that age group.

Jori said...

I have to say, this birthday episode, and to a lesser extent the Easter one, were two of the least-obnoxious ones in a very long time. They were more about the kids than Kate, Kate didn't to any of her typical overacted drama routines, and the kids seemed genuinely glad to be there doing that. Almost like normal kids, and not like the forced, bored, negative-body-language little trained puppets they appear to be on their junkets to promote some venue.

These episodes would make excellent ones to end the show, to give audiences closure, and some glimmer of hope that these kids might spend the rest of their childhoods in relative normalcy. But I fear these won't be the last episodes, and I fear Kate will not allow the kids normal lives so long as they give her an entry into the limelight.

marce said...

p& j sandwiches at the party, 70 people, camera's rolling, didn't watch it, but can get the idea..After all this time, nothing is private, a big party, I didn't hear that Jon was there, which usually happens when kids have a birthday party, the parents, suck it up and both come, but this is Kate's tv land, and its not about the kids , its about her showing her viewers how she does it all herself, and they don't have a father that is still involved... There is nothing normal or nice about this. just another milestone in children's lives that a million strangers are watching and the mother, I can't call her a mom, is profiting by it ...As a mom, i never would of let my kids go to a birthday party that was going be filmed and put on tv, but that is just me.
Anything normal these kids do is magnified with people saying , they do have friends, or they did look happy,..That is normal, and should be expected and does not reflect Kate doing anything special..Almost 7 years on tv, from potty training to this birthday, what is normal about any of this. We all raised our children not to talk to stranger when they were little, watched them to make sure they got someplace safe, taught them about the internet, and how not to give personal info on anything they have online, and here is this monster, who for 7 years puts her children before a million strangers. Made me remember when one of my twins girls were 7, and on the soccer field, and kicked the ball to the other team, some idiot parent screamed from the sidelines, and I wanted to rip his head off, and here is this mother, putting her kids out there for strangers to comment on their every move.. its not our fault, it's human nature, its her fault.... This women doesn't have a maternal instinct in her body, never will.. its all about money to her, and fame, but TLC knows no one wants to see her, just the kids, and we will keep seeing this show on tv.

Tanks 4 the Mammaries said...

My impressions were, on both the birthday and the Easter episode:

She was constantly babbling about how stressed she was. Around the fourth or fifth repetition of her stress level in the first minute of air time, it started to get rather annoying.

But why was she stressed? It was, imo, because she planned things that were so over-the-top.

Was all the cloak-and-dagger about the pool party really necessary? Furthermore, when you hide more eggs than your children can possibly carry in their baskets as they run around, it strikes me as a bit excessive. Rather than complaining about how many eggs she had to hide, why not scale back a bit?

And I liked (heh -- NOT) the bit where she took Aiden's basket and essentially stole his eggs, throwing them about for other children to find.

Why was all this necessary? Perhaps as a mere grandma I'm too old to realize why all this frenetic production has to take place to entertain children. During my grandson's birthday parties he got over-stimulated if there was too much activity. Can't they deal with any unstructured down-time and silence?

I honestly felt sorry for her, during these episodes and the prior abortive attempt at club-hopping. She was so obviously her own worst enemy. Who doesn't know that you don't unwind about your ex to an attractive guy, and that whining and complaining is unattractive? Does she truly not "get" the fact that Jamie outshone her, and why? Does she truly not know that the reason she gets so stressed out is that her plans for all of these events are over-the-top involved and perfectionistic, and the main person putting burdens on her own back is she, herself?

Yes. I honestly felt sorry for her.

Her "brand" is evolving into the mother of multiples dealing with her own personality, which, though indeed hurtful and harmful to others, is toxic mainly to herself.

Just My Few Canadian Cents said...

Upthread someone posted that Steve was at the party (and comented that he was there to probably protect her from lightning strikes - funny!). Really, your bodyguard at your children's pool party? I sure hope Steve isn't planning on pursuing a career in security post-Kate. How can you take him seriously when he was caught a while back taking some of the boys to the washroom in an airport. I'll never forget the look on Steve's face when the TMZ (I think it was TMZ) reporter asked Steve if bathroom trips were part of his job description when he was exiting the bathroom with some of the boys. I hope Steve is saving his money from his Gosselin gig. I'm not sure he has much of a career left in security - childcare maybe, but security, doubtful.

Leigh Ann said...

And how sad that Kate had to introduce herself to the kids' parents by saying "hi, I don't think I've ever met you, but I'm Kate!" How awkward!
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I don't think that's too unusual in general. My daughter has had kids to her party who not only did I not know the parents, I didn't know the kids, either. And I've taken her to parties where I didn't know the child or the parents. I just don't know all her school friends. However, I'm surprised Kate didn't just assume all the parents knew who she was, after all she's a star and on TV, you know.

O-Hi-O said...

"And how sad that Kate had to introduce herself to the kids' parents by saying "hi, I don't think I've ever met you, but I'm Kate!"

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And, if not so dependent upon identifying self with the Gosselin brand, I'd bet the farm that Kate would have by now dropped down to the one name, ala Cher and Prince, as if SHE's the one and ONLY 'Kate' of relevance.

Blech to her under ANY moniker. A witch by any other name is still a witch.

Under The Boardwalk said...

I remember some comments on here awhile back where the poster asserted that the kids never got to socialize with friends, that they were kept "isolated" inside the home, never having sleepovers or being able to go to their friends' houses.

Isn't it nice to know that this assertion isn't true, and the kids were allowed to have friends over to their house? They certainly seemed to enjoy being with their school buddies. We have heard Kate mention, from time to time, that the twins were at sleepovers, or parties, and that the little ones were with their friends. Because of Kate's lies, I guess that this was just shrugged off as another one of her lies, but at least we've seen first-hand that they do have school friends and they were allowed inside the gates.

marce said...

These kids are in school, I am sure they have friends that they play with at school, again, this is normal, what is not normal is their lives broadcasted on tv for their mother to make money off of them.. That is what separates them from other kids and it always will... I don't believe their home is a kid friendly house, Kate cant not handle her own children much less having others there.. This is TLC PR at work, showing how the children do have friends. When you have young children who really interact with other children outside of school , you may not know all the parents, but you do know a lot of them as time goes on, like when you go to their school for certain special days parents are invited, like field days or whatever else things are called in your own towns... This is also the end of the school year, so these kids have had a whole year of birthday parties and other things, that parents do meet each other. You don't just drop your kid off at the curb for a sleep over or play date...
None of us know the truth, just like people don't know what goes on in our own homes, but to me after all this time, as an ex watcher of this show, one fact remains, they are still on tv, they are not babies anymore, they are now in their one and only childhood, and interacting with their peers, becoming separate people, not a group of 6. It is time for them to have a life, not a reality show. I blame not TLC because they are a business, its about money to them. I blame mostly now the relatives of Jon and Kate for not telling the truth about what really goes on.. The brother and sister in law tried, but they didn't go far enough. Take video of this crazy women without the camera's on. Put down in paper exactly how much time she really does spend with the children, how often they are left with the nanny.. Kate wanted to be a star, well, let her be treated like a real star, invade her personal space, not what she and TLC chooses for us to see. In child custody cases it is documented how much time a parent is away, who the children stay with. Sad life for these children..strangers being happy they see a kid smile, kids are suppose to be smiling and laughing.

winsomeone said...

I am not so sure the kids at the party were friends from school. Most of the kids I saw, looked awfully old to have just finished kindergarten, as they would be 6, not 7 like the Gosselins.

UGH!!!!! said...

They have a huge house – to avoid the weather woes, couldn’t they just plan and INDOOR party with the POSSIBILITY of swimming instead of the opposite? Yeah… too logical.

Friend In Pennsylvania said...

I am not so sure the kids at the party were friends from school. Most of the kids I saw, looked awfully old to have just finished kindergarten, as they would be 6, not 7 like the Gosselins.

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They were friends from school, along with the friends' parents. No question about it.

Jenny O said...

How many people attended this party? Wasn't it approximately 70? Even if there was only one sandwich per person, that would mean making 70 sandwiches. I wouldn't want to stand in a kitchen and make 70+ sandwiches if I knew that TLC was picking up the catering tab!
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That's the whole point. Kate plays up how she's supposedly a struggling single mom with bills to pay. I am in actuality a struggling single mom with bills to pay, and for my child's birthday parties, I keep it within my budget. A pizza party for 7 kids - can do. A huge blow out for 70 people - no can do.

Further, Kate wouldn't have even bothered to make seven sandwiches - because she's lame and not willing to lift a finger to do anything when she can push it off onto someone else. Besides, I think she feels she's all high class because she had it catered - not realizing how low class it looks to have pb&j catered. Hilarious. Just because it's offered doesn't mean it's classy. More like lazy.

I'd like to second Church Mouse -- whether the PR people have gotten some message through Kate's 2" thick skull that she must portray herself as more "motherly" does not, in any way, make this fiasco of a "family show" any better. It is wrong to film children on reality tv shows as long as there remain no real protections in place for them.

At the very least, I would hope that readers of this blog would all realize this very basic point. Children on reality tv shows have no say, and chances are they will never see much even 10% of the money that was made by using them on film. That is not right. To watch and add viewership to these shows is to say, implicitly, that you think it's okay that kids have to work without any real employment protections, so that you can sit at home and watch it for entertainment.

Tizzie said...

I wouldn't want to stand in a kitchen and make 70+ sandwiches if I knew that TLC was picking up the catering tab!
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The solution is simple: don't make them. Sandwiches aren't exactly "party food" for kids anyway, since they eat them for lunch every other day.

That's why supermarkets sell party-size packs of sausage rolls, mini pies, cocktail sausages - things that you'd normally see at a kids' birthday party that all she'd have to do is heat and then put them on a plate / dish and serve.

And who invites 70 people to a birthday party for their KIDS???? Even for sextuplets, that's WAY too many!