Tuesday, November 1, Do Good Duggars (Episode 36)

The Duggars are discovering a new way to lend a hand! Watch as the Duggars take part in a Habitat for Humanity initiative to help rebuild homes devastated by tornadoes in Birmingham, Alabama.

30 minutes

57 comments:

Sarah said...

Yawn... we've seen them work on houses before and we've seen them help with tornado relief in Joplin.

Elverna Bradshaw said...

Real do-gooders don't have cameras following them around to record their "good deeds". Nor do they feel a need to broadcast their "good deeds" to millions of people. Isn't there something in the bible about going about good deeds quietly?

AddiMom said...

Agreed. Maybe the Duggars need to remember this latin (which they will never study) phrase that is the motto of my alma mater (which is a public university, which the Duggars will also never consider). "Prodesse Quam Conspici" which means, "To accomplish rather than to be gazed at"

--Michelle should know this one as it is the motto of Miami University, located in Oxford, OH, not to far from where Michelle is from.

Beverly said...

Michelle is from Arkansas isn't she? Her family moved to Ohio just as she graduated from high school is what I heard.

tulip said...

Helping out with this is definitely a great thing...but, as an episode? Yup, we've seen it before. Let's just hope they don't show up in flip-flops.

i like pie said...

The Duggars would do well to remember Matthew 6:1.

"Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven."

Pardon me while I gag a little.

Ahem.

OK, in all seriousness, I think it's great that they are working on houses for people whose homes were destroyed. Really, I do. But when the cameras follow them around and they play the "we're so generous" card, it grosses me out.

The Roaming Commoner said...

While I think it is fabulous to help out those that had their homes ruined, I get a serious "look at me" vibe from Jimbob, Michelle, Josh, and even Anna. They just do not seem genuine anymore at all.

Colleen said...

While I don't like the we are so generous card either-I can see some benefits to these types of shows reminding people that the devastation and need for help continues long after the event. I live not far from Joplin and I know to relatives who live elsewhere in the U.S. it becomes "Oh yeah, there was that tornado" pretty quickly. But for people who have lost their homes, jobs, etc. they still need plenty of help.

londonbridges said...

i like pie said, I totally agree with you. It is wonderful for the Duggars to help build etc. but in front of the TLC cameras, and knowing there is a handsome pay-cheque as well just doesn't sit well with me, and several of you it seems. JMO.

Jenny O said...

I think helping any area devastated by a disaster to rebuild is a good and honorable thing.

My objection is that the Duggars always have to bring the entire family to every function or event. In this case, it would be inappropriate for young children to be on the job site. It would be better if JimBob had taken a delegation of the older children to help out, while Michelle stayed home with the younger children. This would accomplish at least two things:

1. It would have given those older girls a much needed and deserved break from raising the younger kids and doing all the household work. My goodness, but do those young ladies ever get a break?

2. It would have allowed the younger children some actual time with their mother, and provided Michelle a good reminder of how hard her older daughters work every day. She wanted all those kids, so she should certainly cheerfully accept that here and there, she might be called upon to be their primary care giver.

Finally, if those girls showed up on the work site in flip flops, I will be disgusted. Hopefully they wore proper work clothes, including closed toe shoes. If they arrived in flip flops, then I'm pretty sure this was just a photo op, and the Duggars didn't do much real work. Which would make the self-aggrandizing even more distasteful.

ennvee said...

Let's just hope they don't show up in flip-flops.

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There was some footage (maybe on YouTube?) from this "event." Yes, there were flip-flops involved. Which is interesting, because HFH does not allow open toed footwear on worksites. Not sure how the girls were put to work.

Also remember, no Michelle, Jill or Josie because this was filmed when Josie was sick (oh right, it was a cold) back in Isreal.

Dar said...

I can just hear Jim Bob respond to the "latin" phrase.

"Latin" Whass that?


Just saying!

Anonymous said...

For Beverly

According to an internet site Michelle was born and raised in Ohio. I know from what they have said on their show that they met when Michelle was in high school. Do not know when her family moved to Arkansas.

Stephanie said...

I just tweeted Amy with this question,

Amys mom is JimBobs sister, why is Amy called Amy Duggar? Wouldn't she legally have her fathers last name?

Fair question I think. Is Amy Duggar her "showbiz" name?

AddiMom said...

Just saw a preview- the girls are indeed in flip flops on an active construction site, working. Are you kidding me? I would say shame on Jim Bob and Michelle, but as we already know, safety is not their priority. But shame on Habitat for letting them slide by on that important safety rule!

Patrice said...

I think Amy Duggar is her name since she hopped aboard the TLC Gravy Train...

imaamy said...

I do think Amy is using the name for recognition but her parents were not married when she was born if I remember correctly.

Reality TV Junkie said...

"I just tweeted Amy with this question,

Amys mom is JimBobs sister, why is Amy called Amy Duggar? Wouldn't she legally have her fathers last name?

Fair question I think. Is Amy Duggar her "showbiz" name?"
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Technically, her legal name is Amy Jordan. I'm pretty sure she was born out of wedlock, so perhaps she took the Duggar name, and then switched? So yes, Amy Duggar is ger "showbiz" name. I guess it has more commercial appeal if the last name is the same.

Hannah Leah said...

I wonder how they will explain no Michelle since this airs before the trips.

Kliff Klavin said...

AddiMom said...

... "Prodesse Quam Conspici" which means, "To accomplish rather than to be gazed at"...


Love and honor
-Kliff

pumpkin said...

Amy's parents got married a few years ago, so yes, she was born out of wedlock, but her mother's husband is her actual biological father, not a stepdad. His name is Terry Jordan.

Deanna is a gospel country singer too - she has a band called "Two Hearts in Him" (http://www.twoheartsnhim.com/)

Deanna has her maiden name on her website - perhaps she is capitalizing off the Duggar brand too.

This is Amy's website (http://www.amyduggar.com/)

Jenny O said...

But shame on Habitat for letting them slide by on that important safety rule!
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I wish the people in charge would have told them they had to leave the worksite until they returned with proper foot wear! My guess is that none of the Duggars did more than pose for some pictures and then took off. I seriously doubt they did any actual work, not dressed like that.

Honestly, don't those girls own any other footwear than flip flops? How embarrassing.

londonbridges said...

Apparently there is a different set of rules for the Duggars. Habitat would never condone wearing flip-flops on any construction site, whether the Duggars were present or not. The Duggars appear to think they are above obeying man' rules, and I wonder how I am to be encouraged by this knowledge. JMO.

Stephanie said...

I am 41 years old and when I wear flip flops in the summer, my mother still gets mad at me asking me "Don't you have any decent shoes?"

I hate the flip flops for every event. They are so raggedy. Their clothes and shoes look so old and cheap. They spend money on guns and the little boys are making their goofy home videos. I don't have enough money for guns and video equipment to hand over to my children. So the boys are spending money. The older kids have expensive I Phones as well. I don't care that they spend their money, just buy some decent clothes please, and stop acting like you buy used and save the difference.

Stephanie said...

Just saw preview clip of JimBob and the little boys with the spider. JimBob says that the Discovery Channel called them to see if they wanted to come and help the tornado victims. I would love to hear that conversation.
TLC "JimBob we are really running out of ideas for your show, and since your family is so much better than the rest of us, would you come and be filmed helping the poor Godless tornado victims? We need the good press because all Heck is going to break when people hear about Josie being ill.

JimBob: "we will do anything for TV, we are slaves to our show so we will be there. I just need extra pay check and my $500 gas bill paid for my bus."

taurus0385 said...

Very disappointed that the duggar girls were running around the job sites in skirts and flip flops. They need to take safety into consiteration and realize they are setting a very bad example for the little ones.

Elverna Bradshaw said...

Good to see girls hammering nails just inches from their unshod feet. Kudos for trying to make the uninformed think that Michelle and Josie were back home in Arkansas instead of half way around the world.

Josh is fat as hail and ate enough for 3 people at that cafeteria. He'l be 250 in no time. It must suck to be like the Duggar kids and think that most people eat meals served down a cafeteria line.

taurus0385 said...

I dont think theyl learn until someone gets a perminate injury.

ennvee said...

Real do-gooders don't have cameras following them around to record their "good deeds". Nor do they feel a need to broadcast their "good deeds" to millions of people. Isn't there something in the bible about going about good deeds quietly?

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Well now we know that the entire thing was set up by the network, so they were obligated to show up.

Now I know why little kids were allowed to swing hammers just inches from a sister's sandaled foot. Discovery was in charge; Habitat for Humanity was basically just along for the ride during the taping.

I keep hoping against hope that these people will wake up and stop being so cavalier when it comes to safety of ALL kinds, but nothing seems to change with these people and the bubble in which they conduct their lives.

Jim Bob, the reason Michelle, Jill and Josie weren't there was because Josie wasn't "feeling well?" REALLY? *facepalm*

Whitney said...

The footwear was disgraceful and Jim Bob did make it clear this was a long-planned event- I think they should have been banned from the site or forced to go buy new, safer footwear before filming anything.

When will Jim Bob learn that he needs to be quiet and let others speak- like Ms. Canada who clearly wanted to thank everyone who helped with her property? He was all "our show...we like to help people....tornado victims...?

Why can he not describe people as people- yes they have been through a lot, but Jim Bob always reduced the people he helps into victims and poor people" He needs to learn some tact and to be quiet ad put the ATI principle of "letting others shine... into play.

Instead, Jim Bob droned on cutting off everyone with whom he spoke on camera from Ms. Canada to Dave S. from Animal Planet.

As for inflow/outflow,all hail Jim Bob,m Prince of the obvious!

Now I now undertsand the 19 children- inflow vs. outflow.

He's obviously understanding calorie principles of eating less than you take in although he will not control himself around food. And obviously shared his thoughts with Josh. Why are the powerful Duggar patriarchs unable to control their (various) appetites?

Allie said...

I give those girls a pass on the flip flops. It's just an immature teenage thing. Plus they don't have a mom that cares enough (or knows enough) to teach them that flip flops look tacky and unproffesional in certain settings (like during construction and in the middle of winter). However, they're really only teenagers so I expect them to act as such.

The parents get no pass.

mishmash said...

Just finished watching "Do Good Duggars" and I have some comments I would like to share:
1. The flip flop situation was definitely disturbing! Every time Jinger? swung that hammer I cringed, thinking she could slip at any moment and slam it into her exposed foot!
2. Once again, Joyanna was hardly in the episode at all. There was one shot of her at the beginning looking miserable as usual. She also had a hideous bow in her hair...what is with the Duggars and stupid bows!?
3. I just love Jordyn and Johannah. Jordyn was very funny when she was talking to the animal planet guy and I love Johannah's answers when she was being questioned..she is very sharp and her faces are priceless! I like that Jackson was corrected when he tried to answer a question asked to Johannah.
4. I thought it was ridiculous that so many of the little kids went on this trip to "help." It was clearly stated that they created the flowerpot activity to keep the little ones occupied. The little ones should have been home with Michelle. And speaking of that, I felt bad for Jill having to stay home to help take care of Josie. Can't Michelle take care of one child by herself??
5. Jessa's hair looked great straightened! She should wear it like that all the time. And is it me, or is Jinger going through an awkward stage with those braces and that crunchy hair?

ennvee said...

The little ones should have been home with Michelle. And speaking of that, I felt bad for Jill having to stay home to help take care of Josie. Can't Michelle take care of one child by herself??

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No, because this was filmed when Josie, Jill and Michelle were still in Isreal. Josie was so ill that she had to be flown back in the company of an Isreali doctor and an oxygen tank. The way Jim Bob spun that was absolutely awful and what is sad is that people are going to believe Josie just had a cold and couldn't travel.

In that manner, Jim Bob's ambiguous politician-speak comes out loud and clear. Too bad that most of us have read the articles from the Isreali side of this issue that stated that Josie was a "special needs" child who needed the assistance on the delayed flight home (the REAL reason they were not filmed).

For people who supposedly revere Biblical values, they are very adept at bending the truth, if not flat out lying to their supporters.

londonbridges said...

Where to begin...Josie was feeling sick and Jill stayed with Michelle to take care of her/them. JimBob, that's called a sin of omission, and not totally truthful. You just 'forgot' to mention they were still in Israel.

Flip-flops should not have been allowed period on these building sites. This is a no-brainer.

All the little blessings had no reason to be there, but the whole family (minus Michelle, Jill and Josie) had to attend in order for the all-important pay-cheque to be cut.

JimBob needs to learn to zip it. Ms. Canada was trying to thank everyone, and he just flapped his gums on and on. Shameful on his part. JMO, as usual.

Elverna Bradshaw said...

I think londonbridges has hit upon something. I really think the whole kit and kaboodle (including fat Josh and family) HAVE to all be present and accounted for (except for when you are sick in a foreign country) in order for them to receive the full pay check.

There is no other reason to drag toddlers and young children to a devastated area in sweltering heat just to end up painting horrible flower pots to foist upon unsuspecting people.

londonbridges said...

I believe that it is the reason for all of them, with the exception of Michelle, Jill and Josie, to be required to appear for the pay-cheque. Anna must have been so tired, travelling around the world after recently giving birth. I would think she would be so looking forward to sleeping in her own bed, and making sure her babies would be in their own beds as well.

It seems to me that the priorities of the family members' needs are lower than the almighty fame and fortune.

Rachel said...

I live just outside of Birmingham, AL, and it is always nice to see volunteers in this state, no matter who they are. The night of the tornados was horrible. As far as the restaurant, Niki's West, it is wonderful, and most people in Birmingham would recommend it to a large group like that. It is hard not to get 5 sides!

tulip said...

First the book, then the episodes...it seems like all the latest criticism floating around about The Duggars just happens to be getting addressed somehow or another (i.e. "defending" Josh's weight gain)-then producers (Sean?), how about having The Duggars talk about this ongoing preoccupation with the flip-flops? Yes, we know, what a lame discussion...but it IS annoying! Showing up on a construction site doing actual work in them? What's the deal?

I don't buy the "they're teenagers" thing...I mean, their heads are pretty well grounded when it comes to any other issue that could be chalked up to "oh, well, they're teenagers!" (modesty, not wearing pants & whatever else). In my opinion they've proven they can hold fast to having the common sense on appropriate footwear for the occassion (safety?), especially for national TV, so, get it together girls!

Carla said...

The occasional nail through the foot is one thing, and hey, maybe that won't happen. But after wearing flip flops throughout all of their growing years, their arches are going to be ruined. Ya know what you can't buy used and save the difference on? Orthotics!

Providing good, sturdy shoes is like offering good nutrition. It's an important start to life.

At first I felt old thinking these things, then I realized I'm a year younger then Michelle. At some point claiming ignorance on just about every topic you encounter would make you an unfit parent, no?

Sharla said...

0.937 million viewers.

Jennifer said...

During the potting plants scene, is that a ring on a left ring finger? Jana maybe?

dther068 said...

I;m not convinced that the insistence on having all family members present is to fulfill contractual obligations and get payment; I think it could be part of the Duggar religious belief system. Any activity has to be engaged in by all family members.

Jenny O said...

It seems to me that the priorities of the family members' needs are lower than the almighty fame and fortune
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It has seemed that way to me for a very long time. Nothing emphasized that more than when the boy with the broken jaw had to get dressed in Sunday best the very next day after his injury and participate in filming. For shame Michelle and JimBob!

Further shame to you JimBob for your half truth about where Michelle and Josie were. Josie was quite sick and had to stay in Israel. For a man who loves to claim he is ultra Christian, super holy, and a good example to others - his lying like that was disgraceful. And in front of his children no less, so he his showing them a very poor example. Loser.

But I already knew JimBob is all about the $$. (I believe he won't spring for decent shoes for those girls, which is why they have to wear flip flops all the time) Michelle is all about the fame and having the easy life ("I birth 'em, and the girls raise 'em"), and this is the example those children are taught to admire. I think Josh probably overeats in part just to shove down the feelings of inadequacy and phoniness!

Imagine being trotted out as examples to others; yet all the while having the awareness of how phony your mom and dad are, what a joke it all it, how your own father twists the truth so that it's not quite a downright lie but gives false impressions? I am sooooo thankful that my parents weren't the holy wonders that JimBob and Michelle profess to be and instead are decent and truly honest people. I feel bad for all the Duggar children, getting stuck in this family.

mishmash said...

I feel pretty offended as a viewer that Jimbob lied about the real whereabouts of Michelle, Josie and Jill. Doesn't seem like a very Christian thing to do...

NJMom said...

With less than a million viewers, I think the show will go on hiatus for awhile. Maybe they will be back for a series of specials, but I think the show will probably not be renewed next year. It is getting tiresome, seems like they've run out of new storylines other than the overseas trip.

hart&sole said...

This was a totally lame episode. While Jim Bob is totally self involved, I still believe he means well, it's just that he seems incapable of shutting his mouth, or promoting himself.

Maybe there is a contract clause that the whole family must show up for all episodes, otherwise I can't fathom why the entire family has to go everywhere together. TLC tries to cram too much into their 1/2 hour episodes. I vote for 4 hour long specials a year.

Safety? Why start now? They say that God watches over drunks and fools, and since we know the Duggars are not drunks.....!!

londonbridges said...

It has been my opinion that the Duggars place fame and fortune above the needs of their blessings for a very long time. It is usually quite easy to procreate, but that doesn't parents make. If they believe that these blessings are truly gifts from God, JimBob, Michelle, Josh and Anna have a neglectful way of caring for them. I have included the younger parents, as they haul a new-born across the ocean, for 21 days, and then proceed to the building projects after arriving in the U.S. I fail to see how this was in the best interests of the younger blessings.

JimBob's explanation of where Josie, Jill and Michelle were was a total spinning of a part-truth. I would think that Gothardites would not commit sins of omission. What a lesson to teach your blessings JimBob.

I am grateful for my parents and the childhood I enjoyed. I am truly glad I am not a Duggar blessing, and I feel sorry for them. JMHO.

No way! said...

Jana was probably just wearing her purity ring, meaning she is married to her DAD and saving herself until she's at least 35 and he lets her off the compound.

tulip said...

NJMom...I agree. Following the like of pretty much any reality show, The Duggars seem to have now approached the finish line. There really isn't anything new. The only things that would be of any interest (for me) would be: Jana or John-David getting married, Jill going to an ACTUAL college attending nursing classes, Josh & Anna finding/building a new house (since they've obviously run out of room), or The Duggars learning how to cook REAL food...until then, please don't make any more episodes out of expecting a baby, homeschooling, or "volunteering" to do anything (unless JimBob agrees to not spend the whole episode talking about it, and people decide to wear proper footwear)

Porcupine Pie said...

I haven't read all the comments so forgive me if this is repeated, but can't SOMEONE in charge refuse to allow the girls to work on a construction site with hammers/nails, etc., without proper footwear? I think if one day there is an unfortunate accident and someone loses their toes, it will be like "Oh, it's Gods will"......... Good grief...

hart&sole said...

The Duggar's entire life is God's will as they perceive it. This totally frees them from either responsibility or blame.

DianeD said...

I've complained about this before, but it was especially irritating on this episode...why do they need to recap the episode after every commercial break? How many times in one half-hour do we have to hear Jim Bob jabber on about how the Discovery people called him up and asked if his family would like to help, blah blah blah....got so annoyed that I threw my flip-flop at the TV.

londonbridges said...

Too cute DianeD. about you throwing your flip-flop at the T.V. I too find it so annoying that they have to repeat the same old, same old.

Andrea said...

Tulip, further to your list of shows you don't want to see, I'd like to add: Trips to the Dentist. We're seen WAY TOO MUCH OF THAT. I also believe the Duggar show is on its last legs. I haven't watched in the last four weeks or so because it all seems either boring or exploitative. The accident in the Orchestra Pit was really heartbreaking and I didn't need to see that, in fact no one did, it should not have been on Television.

Jennifer said...

When Jana helps here brother get gravy at the restaraunt one can see both of her hands. The right hand ring finger has the plain gold band. The left hand ring finger had another ring on it. My daughter says it looks like an engament ring to her. I wonder if soon we will hear an announcement or if it was just a ring

mk said...

In response to Jennifer, I just checked (we don't have cable, so I watch the show on iTunes), and Jana's ring in the gravy scene is on the middle finger of her left hand, not the ring finger.

mk said...

Oops! That was Jinger's disembodied hand I saw. You're right about Jana's hand, Jennifer, sorry! :)