New Episode - When Big Families Collide 10-13-08

What's crazier than a family with 17, soon to be 18 kids? How about a family with 16 -- soon to be 17 -- kids coming to visit! Meet the Bates family from Tennessee, who have decided to visit the Duggars in Arkansas. Hosting another mega-family proves to be a challenge for Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, but as usual around the Duggar home, there's always a plan.

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

I still love this family.. They are so nice to others.

Anonymous said...

They seem nice, but I wonder if television will change them.... or if some of the rumors floating around are true.

Anonymous said...

what theme park did they visit?

chaching! said...

I learned a new word from Michelle today: "indee-vijee-ality".

Betsy said...

What was that dinner theater thing at the end of this episode with all the flags and horses? That thing was unreal and I must attend one someday. What the heck was that? I thought he called it a "dixie" something or other...?

Anonymous said...

What rumors are going around about them?

Anonymous said...

They went to Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO. After watching this episode, I have to agree with Jessa (?) that the Duggars are 'Modern Modists'! Especially compared to their friends! I did enjoy watching tonight. Amy is a hoot!!

A Mom-ynous said...

The park was Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO.

The dinner show was Dixie Stampede which is a Dolly Parton creation (not sure if she has it at Dollywood but she has franchised that out and there are a few out and about in the US. Used to be one in Orlando but the property got a could not be passed up opportunity to cash out on the land...so they did and the doors closed. Then the real estate market tanked.)

GREAT Show! (Dixie Stampede that is!)

Liz said...

I like the Duggars. They seem very welcoming and down to earth. But next to the Bates family they look like fashion plates. Please burn those dress patterns they really did look like the COSTUMES the women were wearing in the park. Modest is one thing ugly is another.

Anonymous said...

Rock music is bad because it makes you move around? Or something like that. If he had said something pertaining to the lyrics I would have given him a "little" leeway (sp?), but the dancing? Didn't they see Footloose? Oh. Oops. Guess not.

Anonymous said...

I had to laugh at the little Duggar boy who said that they can't listen to rock-n-roll music because of all that moving around, and it's bad for you.

Didn't parents in the 50's/60's say the same thing about Elvis?

I feel sorry for those kids. When they grow up, they won't know how to make a decision for themselves because they have never been allowed to do so, despite what the parents want us to believe.

Rose said...

I absolutely LOVE this show! It is my weekly dose of levity - if Michelle can balance 17+, I can surely do a better job with my three! Granted, all 17 do not need "balancing" anymore, but she and JB have done an amazing job with their children. I, for one, am glad they are allowing us a bit of a glimpse into their lives.

Anonymous said...

Yes, they do have a Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge near Dollywood.

Anonymous said...

The best part of the episode was the brief comments by Grandpa Duggar (Jim Bob's dad).....he said something along the lines of, "I hope they stop now. We only had two and that was enough".

Good for him for not being intimidated and speaking his mind. I wonder what his relationship with his son and daughter-in-law is like?

gameme said...

I agree w/another poster who said Amy is a hoot. When she said "Pray for me" when they were leaving to go to park thought I would crack up. She funny!

Anonymous said...

Amy really is the best part of the show. And I have to admit, although I've always watched the Duggar specials whenever i caught a rerun or something, I never really like the family. But compared to the Bates family, they dont seem as extreme as I originally thought them to be. I still think its weird to have so many children, but I do like the show and we get to see a more human side to them when they are interacting with Amy who isnt as religiously exreme as them. So, I guess theyre growing on me! (still dont agree with 'em though!)

MomOfThree said...

Yes, Cousin Amy, the anti-Duggar! I also laughed out loud during the segment when she pulled out the iPod and introduced us to her "best friend". Just goes to show that children raised by the same set of parents as JimBob and Amy's mom were can turn out so differently. JB is raising his family very conservatively and his sister seems to be raising hers much less so. With "17 kids and counting", it would not be unheard of for one/some the Duggar children to later on in life choose a less conservative lifestyle. And I think that would still be okay with their parents, siblings and relatives.

Anonymous said...

I'm thinking Zach Bates and Jessa would make a nice couple....

Maggie said...

I thought Zach was cute, actually the whole family was very attractive, including Mom and Dad. Erin was absolutely beautiful. I liked seeing the two families together, but it is way too many people for me to deal with for two weeks!

Beth said...

I'm really liking the Duggar family. And it was funny to see them as more modernly dressed (i know, not a word) than another family.]

I felt badly for the Bates daughter who made those horrendous dresses.

Anonymous said...

Did anyone else notice that (on the day they went to the Christian park) at least 3 of the Duggar girls (Jana, Jill and Jessa) were wering the same pink/white striped shirt that Anna and her mother were wearing the day Josh and Anna became engaged?

Anonymous said...

yeah, i noticed the shirt thing too! i thought it was odd that anna and her mother both had it on at the engagement, and now we have 3 more people wearing it all on the same day too! how weird...why do the kids always have to wear shirts with collars on them? anyone know?

dotsicle said...

I thought I recognized the striped shirts! Holy cow!
Oh my goodness, those dresses on the Bates girls were not attractive. I guess the females chose to start wearing dresses not long ago, according to their mom; it sounded like they didn't always dress like that. I live in a Northern state, and the Fundie church I attended here did not require women to wear dresses at all times, just at church activities. Personally, I don't think God cares what we wear as long as we are decent, but I respect that others believe differently. Still, those dresses weren't flattering.
Yep, I like cousin Amy and it looks like her whole family likes her too.

Anonymous said...

Yes, those dresses were very unattractive, but only because they were too little girlish for anyone over the age of 6. They actually looked darling and age appropriate for the little Bates girls. The dresses (for the older girls) wouldn’t have been half bad if they took off that ruffled (“froo-foo-lee” or “fruff-foo-lee” as Kate Gosselin might call it) collar and maybe had a button up shirt collar, or maybe a mandarin collar instead.

That said, I think Micayla (the Bates daughter who sewed them, and I’m sure I butchered the spelling of her name) has some mad talent. She took a variety of colors and patterned fabrics and turned them into something that matched in a whimsical sort of way. (Again, the problem is that cutesy/whimsical is too young for the older girls). I could see her creating and sewing costumes for a show. She’s got an eye for color, etc. Maybe if they sent her to some sort of fashion school, she could combine her talent w/ more attractive fashions that match with her family’s values.

I don’t know if she made those denim jumpers that several of the Bates girls were wearing (in a scene in the kitchen), but those were attractive and modern looking.

The interesting thing is, years ago, it was possible to sew clothing for less than you pay for ready made clothing. Now, good quality fabric is so expensive, you can often buy clothing cheaper (for example, at Walmart, Target, Kohl’s on sale, etc.).

Still, I liked the Bates family. They seemed nice.

Anonymous said...

I find it a bit odd and disturbing that in the engagement episode, one of the youngest boys made the comment regarding cousin Amy..."She's not like us... but we still like her." Now you cant tell me that those parents aren't brainwashing those kids that they are different and better then people who are not like them. That child was way too young to determine that on his own. Also, I thought all of the talk about "remaining pure" and such was a bit sickning. it was every other sentence. I too believe in saving onesself for marrige... but I don't feel te need to exploit it, or look down on others who don't follow the same practice.

Anonymous said...

The Dixie Stampede is a must see!! They have one in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and have different shows for each season and they are all wonderful.

stephi said...

I was in the Dixie Stampede episode! WHen They are talking to the man in the background was me, my sister, my grandmother and her firend lois.

Danielle said...

I burst out laughing at the name, "Gil Bates". Ha. Bill Gates with reversed initials.

The Bates family actually made the Duggars look hip.

MomOfThree said...

While I really like this show and try to understand the point-of-view of these families, I have to agree with the above poster, "Danielle", about the Bates' making the Duggars look hip! I am referring specifically to the clothing the girls wore to the amusement park. The more I see these episodes re-run, the more ridiculous those girls look. I am all for "color-coding" the families for the purpose of identifying one another in a crowd, but when your outfit matches pretty much indentically the costumes worn by the employees of a theme park, as they did in the "old-time candy shop", it gets a bit silly. I think this may have occurred to the Bates' as well, because in the Dixie Stampede segment, they had ditched the "Elly Mae Clampett" clothing line for something that let them blend in with the crowd a little more.

laila said...

Michelle and Jim Bob claim they don't want their children making the same mistakes as they did when it came to dating because Michelle had many boyfriends before she married Jim Bob and she carried a lot of baggage from those relationships. Michelle and Jim Bob got married when they were 17 and 19 years old respectively! How much "baggage" can a 17 year old carry with them?? That is a Ludicrous statement. The eldest son Joshua looks robotic when he talks about being pure and giving his whole heart to the one the lord intended. The Duggar parents are just extreme cultish control freaks. You can tell some of the Duggar children would love to RUN from the hell that is their lives! I just feel so bad for them and all of the rest of the world they are missing out on. Music, love, dissapointment, rights of passage no one should miss! Jessa run girl!! God will still love you if you want to live your life the way you want to!!

Anonymous said...

Amen, Laila. I think the Duggars do seem like nice caring people, but are a bit extreme. Loved grandpa's comment and serious expression on one of the episodes about how he hopes they would stop having kids as he only had two and that was enough. LOL

Anonymous said...

Haha the dresses those Bates girls were wearing were hilarious and straight out of the 80s.

It is a good thing these children are homeschooled!

lagal said...

I think the Duggars are a sincerely nice family albeit a bit extreme. 18 kids are really too much, esp when the older kids have to take care of them. When can they enjoy their teen years and just be kids? As for clothes, there was a road trip episode where all the girls wore the same pink/white striped polar shirts which were the same ones that Anna & her mom wore the day Joshua proposed. Where did they get those shirts???

Anonymous said...

It's really sad that anyone would bring that many children into the world. Not to mention raising them to be drone robots of their parents and sheltering them from the world.

Really really sad