Tuesday, August 2, Duggars Take Manhattan

The big family heads to the Big Apple to kickoff their book tour. But when Jim Bob, Michelle and all 19 kids try to navigate the NYC subway system, will they all make it to their destination or will some be left behind at the station?

30 minutes

30 comments:

pumpkin said...

The last time they went to NYC, they lost Jackson in the airport. I wonder who will get left behind this time.

I really hope they do some educational stuff for those kids while they're in NYC; there are so many wonderful museums to visit.

I wish they would spend more time in the northeast. Maybe tour New England and do some home-school education on the history of America, Paul Revere, Ben Franklin, etc.

ennvee said...

Didn't we see the same antics in DC? Here we go again: change city, lather, rinse, repeat.

Can't wait for the Duggar European Vacation; the intel I have points to a trip in September and yes, Anna is bringing both kids. They'll probably save that for November sweeps, but give us John David/Anna H. courtship in the meantime since I don't think they'll go 3 months between airings of "seasons."

Reality TV Junkie said...

This is a time when the buddy system will actually come in handy.

msrylee said...

I predict JimBob and Michelle will lead the procession, holding hands, kissing, gushing over each other, and the older blessings will take care of the youngest ones. At least this has been their usual practice. JMO

positiveparent said...

wouldn't it be lovely if someone stopped them in the airport and told them PDA was frowned upon in public places.... and also asked security to have them corral all the young ones... maybe a concerned citizen could call in DCFS when one of the young ones gets lost

Hannah said...

I do understand that kids wander off or turn right instead of left etc. It happens no matter how small or large the family is.


What bugged me they didn`t know till they called overe the PA. They didnt notice he was missing at all?

rcadra2 said...

I felt sorry for the Duggars when they did their concert in Queens. They all looked so out of place. And the way Jim Bob was paranoid and barking at everyone when they boarded the subway was hysterical. He thought if they missed their stop they'd be lost forever. I live in the NY metro area. If you miss the stop, you just go to the next one, get off and come back. Duh. The train doesn't take off for Mars.

Jim Bob and his traveling hee-haw circus must have stopped New Yorkers in their tracks.

hart&sole said...

It bothered me that Jim Bob paid for everyone's subway ticket and then complained about the cost. That must have been uncomfortable for everyone.

Sarah said...

Jim Bob looked like more of an uneducated hick than usual in this episode. These people should really stay home. They don't know how to deal with different experiences and different kinds of people without rolling their eyes.

msrylee said...

I thought the Duggars looked out of place and uncomfortable especially in Queens. The younger blessings looked quite frightened prior to, and during their subway travel. IMO JimBob overdid the consequences of missing a stop, or even getting on the train. The little ones (older ones too) needed to understand how the on/off procedures work, but they didn't have to be scared about it.

It will be very interesting indeed should the Duggars travel overseas. There could be more challenges they will need to face than the NYC subway. JMO.

UGH!!!!! said...

So… many… layers… of… stupid…

SUBWAY: The train won’t go if they’re holding the door open (as we saw). Have the moms get on and take kids in, while dads stay on platform till everyone’s in (so any kid who didn’t make it isn’t stuck without an adult!). Beyond that, just buddy-up smartly, have a permanent “you missed the train” plan, and use those stupid iphones for a purpose for once. CALM DOWN!

MISSION WORK: So sick of seeing Duggars believe their own gospel about serving others. Who did that concert serve? It COST (oh, we get free food!), and it wasn’t even raising money. Going all the way to Manhattan to spoon food onto a tray? The Duggars, being home-schooled, should have regular, organized, skillful charity work on their schedule. If the older girls aren’t going to “work” or “study”, volunteering should be their full-time job. If not, quit calling yourselves “servants”.

msrylee said...

It bugged me when JimBob talked about how expensive it was to ride the subway in NYC. He then had the nerve to ask for a discount. I believe there were 40 people in their group, but that does't mean he should have been given any discount or freebie. He is used to receiving freebies or reduced prices and he seems to expect it. JMO.

I don't remember seeing the eldest Mrs. Duggar in the episode last night. Did anyone else see her? There were so many people and it was difficult to keep track.

Reality TV Junkie said...

I can totally relate to the NYC subway confusion. I went, there a couple weeks ago, and had to use th subway. Even though, I'm from a big city myself, I got lost on the subway, and as a tourist, it was really confusing. I know exactly how the Duggars felt, and laughed at all the similar experiences with the metrocards, etc. Anyone who doesn't live in NY will be mighty confused.

Kristen said...

I guess they felt that staying in a strangers home was an isolated envoirnment for Josie. So much for keeping her isolated for 2 years. She should have stayed home with her instead of exposing her to so many people. Did they take her to the soup kitchen as well? I couldn't watch the entire episode. It made me sick to my stomach. The way Michelle holds her makes me cringe. Its like she is showing off a baby doll.

rcadra2 said...

Did anyone else notice the lack of people in the audience? When the Duggars were on stage it looked like there were two sets of people in the audience - probably the Reith family and the other family that accompanied them to Queens. All the other onlookers stayed a few hundred feet away. They probably didn't know what to make of these out of place wholesome and naive looking people.

Another thing that bothered me - why the heck does Michelle hold Josie up like a trophy when she's marching into the bookstores? She also did that when the famous minister visited their home (forget his name). Any other time she's not interested in holding Josie and pawns her off to a sisister-mom. Poor Jordyn - why doesn't Michelle ever pick her up and show her off?

ennvee said...

I felt sorry for the Duggars when they did their concert in Queens.

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The concert was actually in Brooklyn. I'm sure they took the bus down that day because from where they were in Queens, it would have been a helluva subway ride.

They took the subway to the homeless mission in the Lower East Side. Still quite a trek.

The episode bored me to tears; it was nothing more than another swat at the critics to prove they can keep track of their kids (whoever called Jim Bob and Michelle walking in front while the kids were expected to keep track of the little ones gets a prize), and that they associate with minorities, even if they're friends of friends. Michelle calling the woman a "dear friend" when it was clear they'd never met was nothing more than a play for the cameras.

If anything, these two episodes made the legalistic values of these families look even worse. I personally don't know how this kind of lifestyle attracts so many people, other than the appearance of happiness and obedience. But what people don't seem to realize the consequences to these kids should they go against the party line and admit they don't want a large family.

imaamy said...

The bottle they gave Josie was Walmart brand. Nothing wrong with that but on the TLC bandwagon they can probably afford Similac or Enfamil...

Digger said...

Robbers and bears in the city. LOL NYC is actually pretty safe these days. You have murderers and robbers in Arkansas too. I remember a Salvation Army worker being killed in broad daylight in Little Rock last Christmas.

Having 19 kids and then complaining about the price he had to pay for tickets was lame. What do you expect?!!!

I believe Jeremiah had to have stitches in his forehead on this trip. I saw photos of him wearing a big band-aid and a hospital band. I was hoping they would show that drama. I wonder if they will show Jason's bad accident next season.

Beedageeda said...

Digger,
I didn't know Jer and Jason each had accidents. Can you post a link to the pictures you saw and how you heard about Jason?
Thanks!

Digger said...

Jeremiah with big bandage and bracelet at the book signing.
http://a2.l3-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/117/3853791a7fc442e9a51a2c62eb42bfbe/l.jpg

Jason with wired jaw and brace on his right leg. Crutches are hidden behind him. He fell off a stage.
http://a2.l3-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/117/9c1c1e1ba73a4167b4bd9767066ece98/l.jpg

Kitten said...

The bottle they gave Josie was Walmart brand. Nothing wrong with that but on the TLC bandwagon they can probably afford Similac or Enfamil...

Two words...PRODUCT BRANDING. What do you bet they don't spend a dime on formula, as long as that WalMart label is clearly visible on the TV screen, and prominently displayed at all events they attend?

Whether it's as good as the brand name formulas or not wouldn't matter much to them - anyone who drags a former preemie around the country when they themselves stated she needed to stay home and away from big crowds for two years obviously doesn't give much of a hoot about her health.

The new Duggar motto - Be shameless and get it for free!

ennvee said...

I'm not sure what happened to Jer, but Jason fell off a stage during a performance in Atlanta a couple of weeks ago. I posted a video (in the July free commentary section, IIRC) in which Jason is lying on the bed completely miserable, but before he'd had any of the serious work done (there are crutches on the bus, but no leg brace or dental work completed yet).

HTH.

Digger said...

Josie doing sign language was great. I hope more parents will teach sign to their babies.

ennvee said...

Does WalMart sell lactose-free formulas? I've never been in a WalMart, much less had to buy formula, so I really have no idea.

Or, like her previously "floating intestines" was Josie miraculously cured of her lactose intolerance? I'd think that if she was, they would have said something about it, since her stomach issues were such a big part of the plot line for that "season" of the show.

jj said...

"And the way Jim Bob was paranoid and barking at everyone when they boarded the subway was hysterical. He thought if they missed their stop they'd be lost forever. I live in the NY metro area. If you miss the stop, you just go to the next one, get off and come back. Duh. The train doesn't take off for Mars."
Hahahaha!! I thought that part was so funny, also! I live in Chicago and I kept thinking "where do they think the subway is going to take them??"

j said...

"The bottle they gave Josie was Walmart brand. Nothing wrong with that but on the TLC bandwagon they can probably afford Similac or Enfamil..."

I think that was Walmart brand Pediasure, which is like a high calorie drink for kids who are underweight. One of my kids was a preemie and "underweight" after she turned one and the pediatrician recommended Pediasure for her. It is DEFINITELY lactose based, so apparently Josie's "lactose intolerance" has cleared up.

hart&sole said...

Apparently the lactose intolerance, the 'floating intestines' and the compromised immune system have been prayed away. Seriously, I am glad to see Josie doing so well now.

Willow #1 said...

Most kids outgrow lactose intolerance - maybe not quite as young as Josie, but most do. My granddaughter and my niece both outgrew their intolerance by about age 5. It is not really all that uncommon in small children these days. It is more common in girls and also is often the cause of babies and young children having to get tubes in their ears. I have a relative who is a pediatrician. Just FYI.

tashapork said...

I googled walmart Pediasure lactose free and they do make one, that's lactose free by Parent's choice. The name brand pediasure is pretty pricy so a walmart brand is awesome. As many episodes as they've shown of taking Josie to different doctors, I am sure they have advice on this.
While some people prefer being home, others might say that Anna has to take care of her kids where ever she is, and she might enjoy getting out, having adult conversation, and extra hands to help out with the kids. As long as they aren't immune conpromised they shouldn't have a problem. The Duggars took medical advice in deciding when to keep Josie home, so I am sure Anna and Josh will too.

Leigh Ann said...

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My daughter drank soy formula for six months and we got a generic from Wal-Mart. They carry a few generics and their own Parent's Choice line has a really good selection. http://tinyurl.com/3maj23z

Formula is very highly regulated so there's really no point in buying a pricey name brand unless it's the only thing your baby can keep down. I guess the pediatric drinks are pretty strictly monitored, too.