Sunday, November 21, Duggars Make a Movie 8 PM

After years of being the family in front of the cameras, it's the Duggars' turn to make their own episode. Watch as the crew hands over their equipment to the kids and they produce, film and star-in a truly Duggarized special!

60 minutes

70 comments:

Reality TV Junkie said...

I think it will be so interesting to see what they do and do not film. I'm excited.

Anonymous said...

OH No! I just read on Face book, that Cousin Amy 24th Birthday will be on this episode..

Enough, already this.. Well, it is fun to watch her streaked make-up and her poor taste in fashion. While, she thinks she is Paris Hilton of the Ozarks..

By the way, I read that on her mother's facebook page...

Nancy said...

Amy posted on her FB that she was leaving on the DC trip the Monday before the award night (which was a Friday). I suppose Amy, her mother (maybe) and Grandma follow the bus in an SUV and are allowed to stay in cheap motels on TLC's dime.

What I know they WON'T tape is any footage of the Values Voters conference. Jim Bob addressed this in an interview and said it would not be part of the Duggarcam episode. Which, when you think of it, is strange because they only made this trip to appear at the conference.

Another example of TLC/Duggars (I think it's more the latter, since they do have some say about what airs) sanitizing the extreme aspects of their religious/political beliefs (and here, mixing religion and politics) to attract unsuspecting viewers into thinking they are more mainstream than they really are. I can see someone just starting to watch in the last year thinking that, since NONE of their appearances at conferences have made the cut onto the show. IIRC, TLC filmed the Mother of the Year award, but I think the backlash was pretty bad at the time and it was decided best to shelve it.

Same goes here, since we know a crew accompanied them. Let's be honest: Tuesday's show takes place in Louisville and they visited the Bateses on the way home to see the baby. I don't know if this is doable in one trip, or if it would entail a huge detour.

They've been fast and loose with timing before (even in the same episode), so I am skeptical about the timing of Duggarcam footage vs. crew footage in the next few episodes.

Nancy said...

Apologies for the double post, but I found this new People.com article in the interim, discussing the details of the episode.

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20443646,00.html

Apparently, it's more landmarks (didn't they already do that with Michelle Bachmann in tow last year?) and eating tons of pizza (didn't we see them do that in New York, whose pizza is infinitely better than anything you'll find in DC)?

Snore...Wake me up when it's over.

Anonymous said...

I just watched the link from people.com.. Not going to bother to DVR it.. Another, episode of cousin Amy doing her "improv" NO THANKS..
Oh, it looks like JimBob got his new bus.

Anonymous said...

"Cousin Amy is Paris Hilton of the Ozarks.."
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LOL!

Anonymous said...

This 'movie' is sure to be a cartoon.

What else is possible with the 'reality' caricatures that are the Duggars.

I'll continue to pass.

Anonymous said...

Actually it was a major part of one episode when Michelle was named mother of the year in I believe Fayetteville. They had a ceremony in a big hotel and had the kids following Michelle and baby ducklings following their mother. It was actually kind of cute.

Anonymous said...

Its looks like Jill will be the procucder and do most of the talk. I guess she took that over when Josh left(16 kids and moving in).

Nancy said...

Sorry, I wasn't signed in to this google account, but I'm the same Nancy from above.

In re: the MOY award with the ducks:

That was a secular award. They are not showing the scads of awards she receives from religious (this summer's Vision Forum award/tea) or the mix of religion and politics that is the Values Voter Conference. They've omitted enough of these type of awards that a pattern has emerged and it indicates they are indeed trying to appear more mainstream than they were in their early specials.

I imagine TLC and/or the Duggars are banking on the notion that there are new viewers out there who will begin watching the series and find their lifestyle attractive, but not do any research about the homeschooling or other aspects of their REAL life (not the "reality" we are fed on the show).

SuzanneDeAZ said...

Yes, I am excited too to see what they have decided to include in their own movie.

SuzanneDeAZ said...

Does TLC edit things out of some of the episodes if they get a lot of negative feedback? I ask because I tivoed the show of the swimming lesson last week and did not see the boys in their swim suits. There was a lot of comments about the suits showing "junk bumps" that I think they may have spliced that part out.

Markie said...

Perhaps the Voters' Values Summit was not filmed because there are too many people there who would not sign releases to be shown on national television. I'm inclined to believe that it was not shown because JimBob and Michelle do not want middle America to know quite how "right wing" the Duggar Values are. They have stated that they use the show as a platform to share their faith with others. They do not want to scare off any potential converts with too right wing ideals before they have them hooked.

Lola said...

SuzanneDeAz- Did they cut out the part where Jim Bob gets thrown in the pool and where Josiah wrestles with the pool owner's daughter in the pool also?

Anonymous said...

Yes, TLC does edit things out. I can't remember what it was but I commented here about something one of the younger boys did or said that was questionable, and it was conveniently removed on the re-airing.

SuzanneDeAZ said...

I watched the show that was in the description the swimming lesson show with Michelle speaking at a MOPS conference. The rerun I watched did not have any of the swimming in it. I went through it on my TIVO 3 times and did not see any swimming at all, no pool, no playing around in the pool.

SuzanneDeAZ said...

I do not think the Duggars are trying to hook people to become potential converts therebye trying to have appearance of being in the middle of the road. They are who they are because of their beliefs. They are not out there to try to convert but to share their lifestyle.

Anonymous said...

JimBob saying the word "undies" was just creepy!!

parentsfrombigfam said...

Pizza is just easy To feed when you have lots of kids. i have 40 first cousins and we go on vacations like the duggars too.. and we tend to eat thing that feed alot for little money so we can spend that money on fun things.

Anonymous said...

Ugg, I wish I read this blog before watching.. Then I would have warning that cousin Amy was on this episode..Well, I am nt watching anymore..

Oh, I will check this blog later to see if anyone blogs about Amy's wieght gain.. She puged out..

Hannah Leah said...

Jim Bob making a comment it has been 9 months. Jeez. Gosh, your wife and child were close to death.

I saw a boy carrying Josie in her bouncer into her room. They have so many warnings on the seat. Do they even care about safty? It seems like they care more about the net, nike moments etc.

They showed the hugs this time. I guess tlc did edit it out or told them to do it.

How rude of them to do that you Amy.

Allison said...

This episode was so strange. I thought they would have at least mentioned why they were going to D.C. or the fact that Michelle was going to be there too, but when they returned home, it was like they hadn't seen Michelle in a whole week, when she was in D.C. too! That was so bizarre for people who actually know something about what the Duggars do off-camera.

And did anyone else notice how Anna and Mackynzie weren't hardly filmed when they were in D.C. even though they clearly were shown being there? Also, who cares if Amy feels more like an American or that she's only seen the Lincoln Memorial on a penny. This is "19 Kids and Counting" NOT "19 Kids and Their Cousin and Counting." Ugh. I mean, I'm not anti-Amy, but she was given WAY too much airtime in D.C. considering her birthday was also in the episode.

I did like that Jill was allowed to be the producer and director. It showed that the family was at least comfortable with the idea of a "female boss" instead of having Josh or John David do it. I also thought it was nice that Jim Bob encouraged Michelle to have time with her other kids.

Anonymous said...

I thought she only went for 2 days and came back home?

Lola said...

It was a confusing episode! Did Michelle stay home or go to DC? I couldn't understand why Michelle stayed home but sent Jordyn and Jennifer to DC. Wouldn't the other babies stay home with her? If Michelle went to DC then the babies(Jordyn and Jennifer) being on the trip made sense.

heelgrrl@gmail.com said...

I thought she only went for 2 days and came back home?

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Amy? She posted on her FB that she was leaving for the trip on Monday. Not sure how long it took them to get to DC, but maybe they got there by Wednesday and used Wednesday and Thursday to tape? Even that is 3 days, after which she could have flown home. I don't recall seeing her in the VVC footage (shown liberally on FOX, and is available on a website...I seriously doubt politicians, the biggest famewhores alive, would refuse to sign releases to appear on the Duggars' show. That alone pretty much proves that they are going mainstream as a way to minister, which we've heard them say many times in OLD shows, is the key reason they did the show in the first place.

What is funny about Amy is that her birthday is Sept. 30th and the VVC award was on the 17th. Did they take two weeks GETTING BACK HOME and have to have Amy's party on the road or not at all? We know they hit Louisville (sorry, bad pun) at some point, and visited the Bateses - def. on the way back since the baby was born on the 15th.

Good ole TLC, relying on the audience not fact-checking.

SuzanneD: check the general thread. Questions about what you saw in re: swimming episode.

Anonymous said...

So I just finished watching this episode and have a few comments.
1) I enjoyed seeing Jill as director. It was nice to see her doing something besides changing diapers and running after the little ones. Usually she looks tired and disheveled but the challenge of directing seemed to really revitalize her. I also thought she looked very pretty but when is she getting those braces off? I feel like shes been wearing them forever!
2) I thought it was nice of Jim Bob to stay home and let Michelle go out with everyone for Amy's birthday. Usually he always has to be in the mix but he seemed content to have some peace and quiet at home.
3) I thought the clown prank was really stupid and not funny at all. I'm not a huge fan of Amy, but I thought it was mean to do that to her on her birthday.
4) I thought it was messed up that Jessa and Jinger still had to pack up the entire family for their trip even though they were participating in the filming of the episode. Shouldn't Michelle have stepped in for this...you know, since she's the mom!!!
4)As an overall comment about this and recent episodes, I really feel that so much of what we see is fluff. I watch the show because I'm genuinely fascinated by their lifestyle/religious beliefs/etc. I want to see the Duggars at these conferences they go to all the time. But it seems that TLC is too scared to show anything that might turn off some viewers or is too controversial. And I'm dying to know how the older girls really feel about their lives and where they're headed...but it seems unlikely we will ever get to hear about that :(

Anonymous said...

Jim Bob should not be allowed to say "undies" on the show ever again! And I thought it was a little creepy how he snuck up on Jessa? Jinger? and told her how great she looked and kissed her cheek. She was clearly a little uncomfortable/embarassed...

Anonymous said...

I did enjoy the DC episode. Thought it was obnoxious to hire a clown knowing they creep Amy out. What's up with that? It was good to see the Bates' house. It looks beautiful. When Jim Bob was holding their newborn, it was strange when Kelly blurted out, "He probably weighs more than Josie" (or words to that effect). How insensitive was that? Our newborn probably weighs more than your preemie who almost died? I don't think she realized how bad that sounded! Otherwise, another fun visit with the Duggars. I'll be tuning in again on Tuesday.

heelgrrl@gmail.com said...

Okay, now that I've had a chance to watch...I can't say I was impressed. And again, they messed with the actual timeline of their lives to tell the story TLC wanted told.

JimBob said they'd be gone a week and a half, yet they drove to DC "overnight?" and, with a detour to the Bateses for a day or so, were all of a sudden back home? They lost about 10 days that will obviously be recounted with the Louisville episodes.

Also, if they had Michelle's party on her birthday, that was the same day (13th) that Amy said she was leaving for DC. No way they were going to have a party and leave at 8am. Since all the TH footage has Michelle wearing the same shirt, I have to conclude that the party and tapings occurred a day or two before (probably Saturday, since they have to homechurch on Sunday).

Finally, apologies for my unclosed parentheses. My "0" button is hit and miss and I typically don't go back and proofread blog posts. For the sake of grammarians everywhere (and as an English major, I could be construed as a horrible representation of my colleagues), I apologize and promise to do better. :D

Jess C said...

This was a STRANGE special. It was very jumbled up and only had some kind of storyline once Amy's birthday celebration came in. Usually the show has my attention but this one was admittedly BORING.

I will say the children just being natural and having grammatical errors, making up words, etc was enjoyable, it seemed very real to me. I like to see Jim Bob interacting with the children and helping pack the bus- and I WISH I had some of Jinger and Jessa's organization skills.

The gifts for Michelle's birthday were cute, I laughed at the dinosaur stamp, and I really like the children asking questions, like Jackson asking Jim Bob how much he weighed!

I just don't get why the DC trip is mentioned here so much if we saw basically NONE of it. Jill kept bringing it up in her notes for the show but we saw nothing significant (and haven't they been there a few times now?)

Oh and way to go Jim Bob about his sister's age...TACKY! I would have been horrified! And is it just me or did Josh seem...just really jerky this episode, like when Jessa was talking about how he was working the camera, he is just NOT portrayed well at ALL anymore.

Does anyone know why there are so many specials as of late? I'm just curious... :P

Peace said...

This was a cute episode. I laughed a lot. Poor Amy and the creepy clown nursery. Never do that to your kids! The Desitin clown make-up. The veterinarian memorial. LOL John David did a better job with the camera than Josh did.

I never knew that Jessa's real name is Jessica. I was shocked to see that in the credits.

Anonymous said...

heelgrrl@gmail.com said...

Also, if they had Michelle's party on her birthday, that was the same day (13th) that Amy said she was leaving for DC. No way they were going to have a party and leave at 8am. Since all the TH footage has Michelle wearing the same shirt, I have to conclude that the party and tapings occurred a day or two before (probably
Saturday, since they have to homechurch on Sunday).

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The said in the episode that they celebrated Michelle's birthday a little early because they would be in DC on her real birthday.

Peace said...

Looks like Jana is Josie's buddy since Jackson said Josie was his buddy and Jana watches Jackson and Jason.

Jackson asking his parents how much they weigh was too cute.

Rebecca said...

The specials this month are because it's sweeps month and TLC is doing "specials" of various shows on Sunday nights.

Anonymous said...

Jim Bob should not be allowed to say "undies" on the show ever again! And I thought it was a little creepy how he snuck up on Jessa? Jinger? and told her how great she looked and kissed her cheek. She was clearly a little uncomfortable/embarassed...

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OH MY, did that scene CREEP me OUT!! The look on his face was the same look he gives Michelle in thier "lovi-dovi" scenes!!

Anonymous said...

Isn't pepperoni pork? Maybe only Amy, Grandma, Josh, Anna and Mackyzie had the pepperoni.

Anonymous said...

OH MY, did that scene CREEP me OUT!! The look on his face was the same look he gives Michelle in thier "lovi-dovi" scenes!!
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Add in the fact that the girls wear their hair styled the way their father likes it, and you have a major "ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!" factor going on. (Putting it mildly)

Madigan said...

I thought it was funny when Jim (the sound guy) was trying to get the utility belt around Josh. It was obvious Jim was poking fun at how Josh's waist is expanding.

Anonymous said...

lol.

yea. they also picked on joshs weight again. when he putting on the belt thing.


haha. he had audio off. i thought he had an av studio was good at that stuff.

Jana fan said...

Totally weird episode on so many levels.

I fast forwarded through DC and the monuments, since we have seen that before. The real reason that they were in DC was never shown. Michelle definitely was in DC, but greeted her family with those faux hugs like she hadn't seen them in two weeks. Weird.

Big pizza with pork pepperoni that everyone ate. Guess that "no pork rule" isn't a real rule.

Lots of evidence of SOTDRT grammar and vocab issues in this episode.

The huge clown to scare Amy was ridiculous and actually mean. I am shocked that none of the younger Duggar girls shrieked too.

Joy teasing Josiah about his height was snarky.

Josiah carrying Josie in the baby carrier was scary. Josie still has no eye contact and her arms are never normally curved---always straight out and rigid. I'm worried about that baby.

Jim Bob "babysitting" again. Snore.

Jim Bob's receding hairline view (I think at the pizza place)! He does a BIG combover ever day.

Were Hannie and Jackson really sitting on a crew member's LAP?

Strange episode, especially the odd timeline and Michelle being in DC but everyone acting like she wasn;t.

Anonymous said...

You can buy Halal or kosher pepperoni without pork.

Kay said...

I had a hard time paying attention to this episode-- it was so jumbled about and the timing (continuity, I guess?) was really confusing. Why were they talking about the DC trip so much when we literally saw more of them packing and being on the bus than being in DC?

Jim Bob calling Jinger "cute" freaked me out... and I'm not super-sensitive when it comes to these things. My dad was always quick, usually the first one, to comment on how nice I looked in a new outfit or haircut or something. But something about the way Jim Bob sidled up to Jinger, put his arm around her, said, "Your cute," in her ear, and give her an obnoxious kiss-- gross. It reminds me of something someone would do to their wife or girlfriend more than their daughter. Plus, isn't acknowledging her looks-- what they're trying to downplay, religiously-- counterintuitive?

Oh, and I wish we didn't get to see how the lines are fed to them in the "interview" sessions. Now I'm just going to have to dismiss them entirely...

Swissmiss said...

I gave up trying to make sense of the dates on this show. I work in Wash., D.C. and I don't see how you could make it all that way in 8 hours. Jim Bob gave the impression he wouldn't see Michelle until they all arrived home, yet apparently she flew to D.C. for an award.

I work about a half-mile from the Washington Monument and would have loved to have seen the Duggars in town. It doesn't seem like they went that many places for such a long ride. I'm hoping they got into the Smithsonian at least.

I've never heard of a pizza place in D.C. that makes such huge slices, but I'm not a big pizza fan.

I thought it was very mean-spirited and unlike the Duggars to spring a clown on Cousin Amy. I'm not a big fan of hers (I find her annoying), but I didn't approve of that.

Anonymous said...

Jim Bob wants to learn some of that "self control" Michelle is constantly saying that they strongly reinforce in their children. The was really "Creepy", to say the least.

They never seem to get it right (maybe it is because of the cameras). Michelle was seen hugging the children when they "arrived" home. She was with them. She was on stage with them and she and Jim Bob gave their speech. There is nothing natural about Michelle's expression of love, or fondness towards those younger children. When she does hug them, the audience is left with the feeling that it is contrived.

You can bed she will be pregnant soon, if she is not already!

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed this episode more than the normal ones. I don't know if it was because the kids were in control but it seemed more enjoyable. There were so many things I loved. Jordyn on the cell pushing the baby in the beginning was so cute. Joy Anna remarking that Amy acts afraid of clowns but really she just likes the attention was priceless. I was thinking the same thing but it was good someone actually said it.

Another poster commented on this but I was also wondering why Anna and Mackynzie and Josh for that matter were hardly shown in D.C. Maybe they went on their own tour? Also I believe this was between the miscarriage and the latest pregnancy so maybe Anna didn't want to be filmed? She looked a little washed out on this episode.

The visit to the Bates was marred by Kelly Bates's comment about her newborn Judson being bigger than Josie's current size. I know she may have meant it to be a joke but I found it to be missplaced and rude. Especially since she didn't know Josie's current condition (I assume since Jim Bob announced her weight) and given the struggles Josie has already gone through.

Josh seemed like an all too eager child to take over the filming from John David. He seemed to suck the fun out of it for Jessa.He was being his usual too serious Josh self.

No sympathy at all for Amy and the clown. She is always the prankster, sometimes when she shouldn't be.

Jim Bob mentioning Deanna age was so tacky. He should know better.

MOM IN TEXAS

Anonymous said...

"I never knew that Jessa's real name is Jessica. I was shocked to see that in the credits."

I'm pretty sure her real name is Jessa. I'm thinking that must be an error in the credits.

Anonymous said...

What a disjointed mess! All I can figure out is that they were trying to show a little bit of a lot of things they had going on and failed to show anything that made sense.

The visit to the Bates was the oddest thing. I thought Kelly's comment about the new baby and Josie simply meant that he was a really big baby for a newborn. The clip thrown in of newest Bates baby's birth was also odd I thought.

I do think I saw Josie holding her head up in one scene, which is good, but I have to agree she really doesn't seem very alert and active. I also wonder why they carry her around the house in that little seat...seems strange to me.

One last thought, the Amy and the clown thing was so contrived to get her air time in my opinion.

Jen said...

I looked for Jumbo pizza in Washington DC to see if I could find a place. I found a place and it showed the very big piece of pizza. It also said that the pepperoni was beef pepperoni, no [pork products sold there.

So the Duggars could of had a jumbo slice at still kept the no pork rule.

Anonymous said...

Not sure what the big deal is that JimBob told Jessa she looked cute and kissed her cheek. I believe he was referring to how she looked with Jim's sound equipment on and doing her "soundman" job with it. It seemed quite normal and natural to me. I didn't see any "sidling" or whispering either. Just a sweet comment from father to daughter. That was my take on it.

Celestie said...

This episode was sad on several levels, but particularly, when Jim Bob and Michelle left the room after "bible study". Kids wandering around, some in bed asleep. Seems they wanted to high tail it back to their room, and let the kids tuck themselves in, a wish themselves sweet dreams.

Why would family, when wishing some one a happy day,on the their birthday, provide something that would make them most uncomfortable and ruin their day? Just cruel in my mind.

I didn't think Jim Bob's kiss and remark to his daughter weird, just normal father/daughter affection. I didn't think the word undies was weird either.

This episode was the first time I heard a lot of crying in background, both at home and
in DC. Not infant crying, more like toddler crying. Admired Jill's abilities, Josh not so much.
And why did Jim Bob say, when talking to children, "its Michelle's birthday", instead of its Mom's birthday?
The whole episode was a big mixed up mess.

Peace said...

Jana fan said...

Josiah carrying Josie in the baby carrier was scary. Josie still has no eye contact and her arms are never normally curved---always straight out and rigid. I'm worried about that baby.

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Josie is doing very well. Michelle says there are no problems except still being weened off the oxygen. I guess they are just taking their time and not rushing it. She is crawling, rolling over, and babbling.
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Kitty said...

What's with all of this "Friend" business?

A friend told us about this place... a friend told us about this pizza shop....

Sure. I believe you. Your "friend" did... not TLC.

Sharla said...

The Duggars and their pediatrician have said Josie is progressing normally for her situation. Please let us accept that until something more definite than speculation occurs.

msrylee said...

If Josie is crawling and rolling over, she should never be left alone in her seat placed on a bed, or on the change table. To many of us here, this is just common sense. As God has blessed the Duggars with many 'blessings' the least the parents should provide is safety.

Reality TV Junkie said...

If Josie is crawling and rolling over, she should never be left alone in her seat placed on a bed, or on the change table. To many of us here, this is just common sense. As God has blessed the Duggars with many 'blessings' the least the parents should provide is safety.
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She is currently crawling. These episodes are before she could do that.

Sharla said...

To the commenter who wondered why people said Michelle was in DC, it's because she was. Outside sources showed Michelle there to receive an award. She flew out later rather than take the bus.

Your comment was approved because it was worded rather rudely. If you have a question, ask politely, please.

jj said...

I don't think JimBob telling Jessa she was cute was creepy. Even my dad, who is not particularly affectionate, has said things like that to me before. It's always embarrassing, even as an adult!

And yeah, Josh, wow. Get that guy off camera! He is just out of control annoying. Poor Anna!

Anonymous said...

We don't know that Josie is crawling. All we can comment on is what we have seen so far, which is a child who makes no eye contact and seems not to interact with her environment or move much.

If in upcoming episodes, we see her crawling, laughing, smiling or interacting with her siblings, then we can comment on that. So far, none of that is evident.

Anonymous said...

Also, what's with two straight episodes making jokes about Josiah's height? Being 14 is hard enough!

msrylee said...

I haven't seen Josie crawl, roll over, etc. but according to PEACE 306p she is. It would surprise me if she truly is doing those things, but just because we haven't seen it doesn't mean it isn't so.

My point was that Josie should not be left unattended on a bed or change table. IMHO, it doesn't matter how much she is moving or rolling over, she just shouldn't be left alone in those situations. Safety always needs to come first.

Safety First! said...

I definitely believe in Safety First! (hence my name). We know that safety definitely does not come first at the Duggars, with sliding down stairs, hanging from ceiling fans, out the rafters of unfinished houses, climbing around construction equipment or tree cutters, mowing the grass in flip flops, pushing buses while pregnant, and on and on and on.

But leaving Josie on the bed or changing table, unattended, which we have seen in at least two episodes now, is foolish. And having everyone carry Josie up and down the stairs, either in the flimsy stroller or in that bouncy seat, is also not safe. It is so easy to trip and drop that precious cargo. Especially with Josie's conditions, she should be handled even more carefully, not less so. I wonder why Michelle doesn't carry her baby, as opposed to leave her in that seat.

Peace said...

Anonymous said...

We don't know that Josie is crawling. All we can comment on is what we have seen so far, which is a child who makes no eye contact and seems not to interact with her environment or move much.

If in upcoming episodes, we see her crawling, laughing, smiling or interacting with her siblings, then we can comment on that. So far, none of that is evident.

11/23/2010 9:16 AM

Michelle said in her radio interview at the end of October that Josie is now rolling over and crawling though it is the backwards scoot that most babies start with. I believe Michelle. The shows are only up to September right now.

Cassandra said...

I normally enjoy the episodes, but this "special" was anything but special. It was just plain BORING.

What was so funny/crazy/outrageous about one of the younger boys saying "vomit"? The three boys and the Duggar film crew acted like he had full out cursed!?

I really hope that Jill and Jessa were inspired to look into work outside of the home, after experiencing first hand the challenges and joys of filming, directing/producing, being a sound person, editing, etc.

Also, just a comment about bed times. I'm the mother of a toddler, so I feel somewhat qualified to make this comment....what is with Jordyn, Jennifer, Johanna (and any of the younger ones for that matter) being kept up until midnight as they awaited leaving on this trip? For all the rules in place in this household, it seems like bedtimes are not on the top of the priority list!! I would have thought that the Duggars of all people would enforce structure in their little blessings' schedules!?

Anonymous said...

The duggars are very lucky. I have seen kids being stepped on, thrown around(neck injuries).

They carry Josie around in seats etc(falls, god forbid death).

They have the warnings on the seats.

The smaller kids caryying little siblings down steps

They dont all know how to swim etc.

Anonymous said...

I'm wondering why they don't use the baby carrier they have photos of on their site.It would be perfect for Josie.Just wear her.It would be easier and safer.

Anonymous said...

Michelle only "wears" her nursing babies. She never carries or cuddles any of her babies, including Josie. I absolutely hate the way she feeds her, far away from her body. She is the least cuddly mother I have ever seen.

Anonymous said...

Am I the only one who thinks that the majority of this season's shows are edited really out of order and diceptively misleading on TLC's part? I often feel that some of the commentary/interview sections are filmed in one sitting and then spread out over different episodes. My point is that we, as viewers and blog followers, then hash out the parenting, safety, developmental, etc. (or lack thereof) issues we see in the episodes as evidence of how the Duggars live day-to-day - and then pass judgement on that. 19Kids is a show, and a highly edited one at that. We don't live with these people, so we really don't know if what we see on the show is truly representative. Heck, there might even be something in the contract fine print giving TLC extra money to get a shot of Hannie picking her nose worked into every episode. I, for one, am willing to give the Duggars the benefit of the doubt more now than ever before. The bottom line is that this family has 19 children and live debt free. Their choices enabled them to live that way. We don't have to like them, their actions or what we are spoon-fed by TLC. We can turn the channel and go on living with our own choices.

Anonymous said...

As long as the Duggars sell themselves out for public consumption, which is NO different than Kate Gosselin, they are up for public review and criticism. If they don't like the criticism, or the way they are being portrayed on TV (which isn't very flattering), maybe it is time to get OFF TV! ENOUGH with these shows!

Marisa said...

I normally love this show, have never missed an episode, etc BUT this episode was SO hard to follow it wasn't even enjoyable to watch! It seems like we see the same things over and over. If the Duggars and TLC want the show to continue they should cover some new ground with the episodes. We have already seen them go to DC and see the sights. Why would TLC not tell us why the Duggars were there? Even if they were earning a religious award, good for them! If people don't agree with their religion or political views and are so offended by it, why are they watching? It would make the show a lot more enjoyable if we could see them doing new things and learn some more details about their lives and lifestyle. I also would like to learn more about the older children's lives. We know some of what John David does but not Jana, Jessa & Jill (other than watching the little kids, cleaning and cooking).

roddma said...

"The bottom line is that this family has 19 children and live debt free. Their choices enabled them to live that way."
Most who share the same beliefs as the Duggars often go through the hoops to remain debt free. Who doesn't strive to be debt free? Their rules leave little room for an emergency. It gives a false impression everyone can be debt free with 19 kids through real estate investments and seminars. Those who think being debt free and many kids is easy perhaps don't know how they lived beforehand. They would see how TLC has upgraded their lifestyle.

I wonder myself why all the little kids have to go on trips if Michelle is staying behind. It is obvious the smaller kids are tired sometimes.