Tuesday, October 11, Duggar in Danger, 9:00 PM

The Duggars are in Atlanta for a little work and a lot of play. After attending a speaking engagement, it's time for some fun in the water, jet skiing, tubing and wake boarding. But happiness turns to worry when one Duggar has a terrifying accident.

30 minutes

69 comments:

positiveparent said...

I'm confused already. I thought the accident had to to with Jason falling off the stage during the speaking engagement. This soulds like a different accident altogether. Was there another involving a different Duggar in the last few months?

Anonymous said...

This is the accident where the boy fell of the stage in Atlanta!! You can tell becaise the Georgia aquarium is in the background.

ennvee said...

Same accident. They are showing the episodes in no particular order; the school stuff was from last April while the camping was sometime in July. The Jason accident accelerates to late July (can't remember if Jana/Jill are back from Peru yet, but I think so).

What really irks me is that production had the gall to put up that stat that there was only one Duggar who had broken a bone (IIRC it was Josiah falling out of a tree), knowing full well that Jason had this accident. I really can't stand their manipulation of a time line that really doesn't need manipulating, other than the fact that people know Anna had Michael. They could have easily done the school episode first, then Niagara Falls then the episodes with Michael going to the doctor/camping last to put them in sequence. It's not like that order would have compromised any plot because there really isn't one.

hannah said...

video sneak peek

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93x0LIEHvj0

ennvee said...

I have no words for Michelle's behavior. Well, except to steal from Rhett Butler and note that a cat is a better mother than she.

Her behavior was beyond reprehensible, especially when she has no idea of the extent of his injuries (he could have been killed for crying out loud), and she's concerned with everyone filming? Not like the Duggars would sue. TLC or the venue will pay up, since they knew this was likely going to be televised at some point because they love to televise the bad stuff (do Josie's near-death scares ring a bell?).

If I had any respect for Michelle before this, seeing this video that TLC posted would have made me lose it. Some "Mother" of the Year.

Hannah said...

I wonder if he was allowed pain killers that were given in a hospital. Jason(how old is he again?)is very brave. I am glad the ones who had training went to help and held his head. Did he get food via an IV. If his jaw was wired shut.


He`s very lucky he had no spine,neck or head trauma. Why didn`t they take him home(I saw video of him on the bus and other pics showing he didn`t)with a older sister or grandma and let him sleep in his own bed and get some rest.

positiveparent said...

Because taking him home would have meant that someone would have been needed to stay with him.... and Michelle only stays at home with Josie. Grandma might not have felt up to taking care of him with his jaw wired shut. Jim Bob wouldn't know how (he'd probably feed him peanuts)... and the girls wouldn't be allowed to stay at home with him without a man. Josh and Anna couldn't be expected to go home and not get paid by TLC. John was busy courting the new Anna... so there you have it.

Andrea said...

Dear Ennvee, you state: "I have no words for Michelle's behavior." The episode hasn't even aired, so how do you know how Michelle will acts. I'd like to see the episode in its entirety. That said, it’s seems awfully exploitative. Can nothing be kept off the TV? The screaming at the start of the utube clip is not family television appropriate.

Elverna Bradshaw said...

I think Michelle's comment of "Thankfully, we have a lot of adults with phones that have cameras" said it all. Yeah, thankfully because now they can use the footage on the show because the crew wasn't probably there filming at the time.

How do Michelle's stans defend her calmly taking a video while her kid is there in pain? I'd really like to know.

mom in texas said...

I try to refrain from commenting before the episode airs however I watched the TLC sneek peak and I am appalled. Are these people nuts? This child just had a potentially life threatening fall and they are all walking around video taping?? I think even Michelle was video taping at one point? Why on earth would this be important at that moment? Thank God it wasn't worse but if it had been were they trying to document this tragedy so they could relive it for years to come? I don't understand what they were thinking.

AddisMom said...

Poor Jason! I thought it was pretty crappy for Michelle to video him while he was lying on the ground in the pit. Who knows how long he had been down there, calling for help! I hope he is on the mend and more importantly, I hope that there is a talk about safety when they go to places like that. IMO, the darn stage trap should have not been open in the first place OR it should have been well-taped with stage tape. So scary!

Elverna Bradshaw said...

Check out the scene where the paramedics have Jason on a gurney and are wheeling him through a hallway. JimBob is filming Michelle walking along side of the gurney and she has a smile like she is walking the red carpet. (Gotta look good in the footage, you know.)

tulip said...

Without even having seen the actual episode, the clip from TLC looks to be just what I expected, and worse! I feel so sorry for Jason having been filmed while injured and hospitalized. The older kids all went in for the rescue, but made sure to whip out their phones to catch it on video? Wow, I don't even know what to say...I wouldn't have even thought of doing something like that if it was a member of my family (or anyone for that matter, especially a child! He's already the center of uncomfortable attention while in pain & scared) By the way, guess they had to also show off each of their phones in the process.

Comment on Michelle's "behavior"...TLC is not helping her image any with their clip. Jason is being wheeled of by the paramedics, on a gurney completely immobilized, while Michelle is walking next to them looking to be striking up a conversation and smiling. More to come...

Allie said...

I just can't fathom why she filmed him with her cellphone. For one thing, the camera crew was already filming. Check. No need for you to film Michelle. Does she really think that was the most helpful thing to do in that situation? Film her child? Something is wrong with her. And I know they are fully aware of public opinion, so it seems to me that she would be doing everything she can to appear like an involved, caring, hands-on mom. Not the case.

They always say that the point of the show is to be a ministry, an encouragement, or an example of a Christian family enjoying their time together. How does filming this accident accomplish ANY of those values? Sickening. The only people who acted honorably here were Jill and John David, whose goal was to help their injured brother. Michelle, meanwhile, is seen grinning into the iphone camera as Jason is being wheeled to the ambulance. Bad move Michelle. Say goodbye to your show. You just blew it.

Shoka's Understudy said...

Allie, I can't agree with you more. Michelle made a very bad decision to film her son with her cell phone who was very badly injured.

TLC was there, so why bother?

IMO, While they were loading up the young man who was hurt, Michelle sold her faith to God to the highest bidder, TLC.

Instead of playing to all the cell phone cameras and the TLC cameras, she should of had her hand on her son and praying like a mom would have when her child was severely injured.

She had an opportunity to showcase her faith, that she believed that God would take care of her son, and she blew it. Big time.

This is when you pray, in good times and in bad. It shows me that her faith is in fame, fortune and being on the tv channel, TLC.

I also believe this is a sign that they need to slow down and get their priorities straight, especially Josie having to be med flighted (dr. escort) back from Israel.

Alberta Rose said...

I guess the 16-20 something Duggars aren't too sheltered because they behaved like any other people in that age range, whip out your phone and record it. It does make sense to whip out your phone to provide some light. I really feel for Michelle. One of the hardest things for a mother to do is to be calm and smiling so your child doesn't freak out when what you really want to do is go hysterical.

tulip said...

Were they using their phones for light? Maybe...I guess we'll watch and see, but that seems hard to believe when Michelle makes a comment how all their adult kids have their phones, so everybody's always got a camera...it came across to me that there seemed to be more to it than needing light. Anyway, leave it to TLC to provide just the right clip to get everybody talking so everybody thinks they have to watch...Ratings!

hannah said...

They webt back the next day.


Jason I thought he had more then sporained knee?


Poor Boy. He should be resting not on in the geen room.

hannah said...

They took Mack on the jet ski thing and Anna who had just given birth a month ago. They also had a newborn on the boat/ Poor Kids.

I saw a lot of the Dugggars girls arms. If they did this when Jason couldn`t. No one stayed. Was he staying by himself like he was in the green room.

If the were watching the boys would he of still fallen? Who knows.

You worry about knees but flim giving birth?

Elverna Bradshaw said...

Let's see...Jason lying in a heap and bleeding is ok to film and show to the general public, but Michelle's KNEES have to be blurred out? These people are nuts.

The Single Saver said...

Mark my words... this episode will be the Duggar's "gum gate."

I don't normally mind this family - in fact, I admire their financial viewpoints - but seeing Michelle mugging for JimBob's camera while jason was being wheeled off was just too much for me to handle.

On the other hand, the one boy who was saying he was crying because Jason was his buddy and he didn't want him to die was adorable. Those kids really do seem like caring individuals.

ennvee said...

Dear Ennvee, you state: "I have no words for Michelle's behavior." The episode hasn't even aired, so how do you know how Michelle will acts. I'd like to see the episode in its entirety.

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Since they showed the preview clip in its entirety on the show, I feel vindicated. Her behavior was indeed despicable. I also think TLC put up that clip ahead of time to spike sagging ratings. It certainly got people talking, but not in the way TLC wanted. Some of the rationale I've seen for Michelle's behavior is nothing short of requiring non-sequitirs about the number of kids she has, which has nothing to do with the fact that she (and about 10 other people FILMED poor Jason lying on the ground.

I think the light from above was a floodlight from the church; the TLC lighting (and film crew) was already down in the back of the orchestra pit.

While I'm on the subject of Michelle, despite all her cries of modesty, I saw plenty of her left knee. NIKE!

Finally, my DVR didn't record, so I couldn't rewind but have to ask: was Mackynzie wearing a life jacket whilst the young Duggars were on the jet ski? I hope so, but for some reason, I don't remember seeing on one either her or Anna. Or Josh either, for that matter. But then again, they took the baby on a ferris wheel with no sort of restraining strapping; great for a toddler!

I'm sorry, but these people are really asking for a major disaster; how they've avoided it, save a couple of falls and Josie's health issues, the last of which could have been easily avoided, is nothing short of a miracle. Their luck can't hold out forever. I really feel for the child who is going to (literally) take the fall due to the negligence of these people (save Jill, Jana and John David). And poor little Jackson. How sweet was his talking head? :)

Sarah said...

Mac should not have been on the jetski and Michael should not have been on that boat. Those people are all certifiably nuts.

I saw Michelle's KNEE! Of course, I also saw Anna's blurred out private parts as they filmed her giving birth on the toilet! I guess the camera men are allowed the NIKE moments of Michelle's knees and Anna's PARTS. Hmmm. Modest indeed.

Sad to me was again, how Michelle and Jim Bob wax on about Michelle's athleticism and high school activities, and yet they have denied their own children any such experiences. Obviously, Michelle enjoyed those times. Why couldn't she have let her own girls do sports, or cheerleading or any of the fun group activities that teenagers bond over? Why did she make HER girls become sister moms and housecleaners, when Michelle herself got to enjoy her teen years?

Poor little Jason. I'm sorry that you have a terrible mother who chose to film you, rather than comfort you. I'm sorry you had to sit in a wheelchair alone, when you probably were hurting and wanting to lie down. If that were my kid, I would have flown home with him, and catered to him with lots of good smoothies and movies on the couch! But not this family! NO! Jason has to put on a suit, after having fallen 12 feet and being in the hospital getting his jaw wired shut. Then he has to sit alone. It's beyond sad.

JLR1952 said...

One: Jason was fooling around when it happened, playing hide and seek.
Two: Stages have open spots in them and the children needed a little more education about this possibility. This stage is more like a theatre stage with trap doors,etc.
Three: The Duggars are much more technically savvvy than they let on. Do they twitter as well?

Elverna Bradshaw said...

Do the Duggars get an appearance fee from these megachurches they bring the screeching violins and blood song dog and pony show to? (I know they sell and sign books after their performances.)

One reason why Jason was probably required to be there, albeit backstage and in pain, is that he had to show up at the book signing. Someone might feel cheated if the whole passel wasn't there to sign their book. (sarcasm)

lonsonbridges said...

Most of you have said what I think, so I won't repeat it. Michelle and her behaviour remind me of another "mother" of eight, making sure to play to the cameras, in spite of the chaos around with an injured child etc. TLC chose to portray Michelle in this light, and it makes me wonder why.

Of course Jason wasn't taken home where he belonged. Who would take him and care for him, and who would stay and perform for TLC? We know Michelle only stays home for Josie, so I would assume it would be Grandma Duggar and/or one or more of the sister/mommies. JMO.

Michelle said...

I think we all have to remember something when we watch.....Michelle and Jim Bob are not very well-educated people. They hit the gravy train with TLC, but fame and money does not equal common sense.

I also agree with Envee's inital post - I have problems finding words for Michelle's behavior as well. She, as well as the rest of the family, are not just living their lives any longer, they are strictly living it for the camera.

If my child had that bad of an accident, capturing it on CAMERA would NEVER cross my mind. Ever. I have been in a car accident with my 7 week old in the backseat, and just the thought of having ANY family member whip out a cell phone camera to videotape the aftermath, would have been enough to invoke an almost violent response from me. I would have most likely slapped that camera out of their hands.

As far as whether or not Jason was allowed painkillers - ER's don't always give you a choice in that matter. Being in extreme pain is dangerous, as it raises your blood pressure to very high levels, and providing pain relief is the norm. The job of the nurses and the ER doctors is to stabilize the patient. That is simply not possible if you have a patient writhing in pain on your stretcher.

Also, I saw the girls taking Hydrocodone (brand name: Vicodin) after their wisdom teeth extraction. They were also taking Phenergan 25mg, which prevents nausea and vomiting and also helps the Vicodin work better - it's an extra 'kick'. I paused that particular episode to read their bottles.

To whomever asked about food through an IV when your jaw is wired - Food does not have to be given through an IV. You have room to drink things through a straw. Also, if you need to vomit, it is possible (through the wires). Horrible, yes. But possible.


Someone above me made a comment that sure sounded like they were blaming Jason. That's a shame.

Amanda said...

I realize that yes, Jason was playing around on the stage and he shouldn't have been doing that.

BUT.

How many responsible adults were there who could have stopped him?

It reminds me of a time when I was three and my father was doing some work on the addition that they were building for our house. My dad told me a couple of times to not run around, but I was three. I didn't listen, and I fell, and busted my chin open.

My mother met us at the ER--she LEFT HER JOB TO BE WITH ME--and sat there and held my hand while I got my stitches and then berated my father for letting me do that. And she was right. He should have been paying better attention. (Granted, I shouldn't have been doing that, and I was lectured for it, but again, the adult in the situation takes the blame).

THAT is what a mom does. Michelle definitely displayed a lack of bonding with that poor boy.

ennvee said...

The Duggars do not tweet, nor do any of the family phones have internet access, at least the males; Michelle was shown getting a weather report during the tornado episode, so she, Jana and possibly Jill may well have access on their iphones. This all comes from the Duggars (or their PR Dept. so don't shoot the messenger). Josh and Anna may well have full iphone capacities given they still have that big screen tv somewhere in their house (you could see a bunch of DVDs behind Anna in last week's episodes at her home.

The "boys will be boys" won't wash. They were in a church and someone should have been watching them to make sure they didn't damage church property. Had they shown proper respect for their venue, this wouldn't have happened. At worst, send Joy outside with them, grab a football or a soccer ball from the bowels of the bus and let them play on the lawn. As a megachurch, I'm sure it has quite an expansive one. I know nicknames are frowned upon here, but whoever coined the phrase "howler monkeys" got it dead on. The younger boys are out of control and it came back to bite them. Let's face it, this accident was inevitable with that many rowdy kids.

I feel for Jason, but the accident could easily have been avoided with proper supervision of the boys' activities, especially after being cooped up on that bus for hours on end.

mom in texas said...

After seeing the whole episode I can now further comment. As I stated in an earlier post about Michelle and Jim Bob's behavior regarding the Jason accident, these two are nuts. I truly believe they lost it somewhere, somehow. I still can not understand the logic in filming Jason during this time. It made no sense. Also, what is it with the Duggars and "controlling emotions". I have heard them mention this before in regard to pain and not showing one's emotions during certain situations but last night was surreal. It was almost as if Michelle was smiling at one point.It is one thing to keep a child calm during a time of panic but it is a whole other issue to expect someone to be stoic.

I do recall Mackynzie and many others with life jackets on while they were on the lake. However, I still don't know if I would have taken a toddler on a jet ski nor would I have been a mother who recently gave birth out on the water either. But we know the lack of judgement is constant in this family. The whole Michelle showing her knees issue was so silly. I think wave boarding and riding jet ski's in what were practically dresses is cause for more "nike" moments that skiing in shorts or a bathing suit. It was refreshing however to see Michelle doing something athletic and out of character with her gender role.

Elverna Bradshaw said...

Good point, ennvee, about the boys being cooped up for so long. They even complained about it on the show. (Something like "We've been on this bus for hours and hours".) Who ever would expect that they would be rambunctuous after that? I know I would be stark raving mad after being on that bus with that many people for that length of time.

hart&sole said...

As much as I enjoy snarking on the Duggars, who kindly give us so much fodder to work with, does anyone really think an 11 year old needs more supervision than being on a stage with his older sisters?
Is it posssible that Jason elected not to go out on stage in a wheel chair with his leg wrapped? I 'only' had six children and I was kind of used to the the sound of falling bodies by the time they were all grown, so I can only suppose how used Michelle is to accidents. There have been times when I thought things they do/did were unsafe, but this wasn't one of them.

londonbridges said...

I understand that Jason was playing around when the fall happened, but did either of the parents check out the surroundings? I don't mean the sister-mommies but the bio parents? I know as a parent that accidents happen. The Duggar parents are incredibly lax with safety. It has been said too many times here that the Duggars are accidents waiting to happen. Too bad it had to be one of the younger blessings.

There is absolutely no excuse for the mother of the year's behaviour. But, she did look good walking beside the stretcher. JMO.

shilohpeace said...

I love the [Duggar] family and watching their show gives me hope for some reason. I do agree [that it is] unfair to burden all the older kids and make them parents right away. But if I was given a chance to pick a family to grow up in, I would pick the Duggars. The kids are given some independence and aren't on total lockdown. [snip]I too was wondering why in the heck michelle Duggar was filming her son after his horrible accident. Before I read this site, I could not believe that she was doing that. Then I thought.. ok, maybe they need the light, but she would have been closer to his face. It seems to me that she was trying to get a quality video of Jason talking. I was also thinking. well maybe if she gets a video of him explaining what happened, that would help the doctors. I was looking for any legit reason for her to be taping. But to me,if Michelle was taping her son for the sole reason of submitting it for another paycheck for another episode, that is just wrong. Maybe, just maybe, there is something in the contract that asks Jim bob and Michelle to use their own cameras when the film crew is not around to capture something eventful. I do not doubt Jim Bob's love for his children. But I feel that Michelle gets lost in babies and don't understand what she is really doing to mother most of her other children. It does seem that once Josie came along, that is the absolute only thing that Michelle cared about and Michelle expected the family to cater to that one child's predicament. Perhaps if they had filmed an episode where Michelle admitted that she felt guilty for not being able to love on her other kids as much and show her attemtping to spend some quality time with her babies.. Jordan, Jennifer... how many times have they been held by their own mother? Anyway, I just adore this family and I truly think they are motivated by good.. [snip]

hannah said...

They didn`t need the practice. they do the same thing each day. I also don`t get why just the speakers couldn`t go. They have choirs etc to sing and play.


I wonder if Jason got a bed alone or if had to share(they do on the bus).

Also, how do the kids keep from falling out. Is there seat belts. What if the bus made sudden jerk?

She also admitted if hadn`t screamed they wouldn`t it might of been a while for them to notice. WOW. I just hope they do head counts when leaving a place.

Kathie said...

There is a flashlight app available for most phones. I think Michelle was using that to provide more light for the medics to work. If you look at her phone scheen when we think she was filming, it is bright white. Also, staying calm during a scary situation may fall into the category of having the "right response" ... jmo

Sharla said...

1.047 million viewers last night at 9. No numbers that I've seen for 9:30.

Willow #1 said...

I can only say that you all have covered my opinions from this episode to a T. When I was watching last night, I was getting more irritated with Michelle than I have ever been. So much bragging by her and Jim Bob about how athletic she is (and she is - Jim Bob forgot to mention her roller skating). It would have maybe been o.k. if we hadn't already heard about this several times before. I would brag on my kids, not myself. Its disgusting. I too felt she came off as more worried about her getting camera time than how Jason really was. By the way, did Jason really get his jaw wired shut? I thought when they showed him at the plastic surgeon that he said all Jason needed was a few stitches. Did I get that wrong? I thought it was great they took their children to the lake and it looked like they all had a blast. It was just that Michelle seemed to want to hog the attention again. At first I thought Anna Hackel was on a 2nd trip but then I realized they had shown Jason after his fall, in the bus, way earlier -- Was it when they went to New York that Jason was being shown on the bus after the fall and Anna H. was with them? I too was irritated that the show was so out of sequence. (So much to talk about on this one). The other thing that irked me was when they asked for children 5 to 14 to come and pet the dolphins, why did Michelle have to get in on it?

I just have to stop but I could go on and on about last night. Sorry.

Delta88 said...

I don't think any doctor in his right mind would have oked a kid, who had just fallen out the equivalent of a second story window, broken his jaw (and needed it wired shut), sprained his knee and chipped two teeth (and was badly bleeding, scared, etc) to be up and dressed in Sunday's best the next day.

Any normal parent, literally, would know that a child (or adult) who had undergone any sort of trauma like that would need to rest.

Their treatment of Jason on the day after bothers me just as much as Michelle's horrific laissez faire attitude of her own son on the day of the accident. There are barely six brain cells between those two parents. It's a miracle that all those kids are alive, since their parents are clearly more than just naive and clueless. Any harm caused to Josie in Israel, or to Jason, is 100% their fault for stupidity and careless parenting.

Friend said...

Did anyone notice that Michelle was holding baby Josie on the boat and neither one of them had a life jacket on?

bookworm said...

"Sad to me was again, how Michelle and Jim Bob wax on about Michelle's athleticism and high school activities, and yet they have denied their own children any such experiences. Obviously, Michelle enjoyed those times. Why couldn't she have let her own girls do sports, or cheerleading or any of the fun group activities that teenagers bond over?"

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This is something about this family that has always bothered me, as well. Michelle clearly has fond memories of her activities as she often mentions (Jim Bob, not so much, he doesn't seem athletically inclined). There are many athletic teams and other activities which are even Christian-oriented (such as Upward, or the Y, or other groups which might be less expensive) which could provide outlets for the children in their family who are interested.

This is one thing that has always bugged me and they don't really give an explanation. Around here in this very conservative area of Ohio, there are a number of homeschooled kids who participate on even the local high school teams - right now, there are several girls who run hs cross country in skirts, even. Why do they deny their children this growing experience when they themselves got to experience it and are apparently none the worse for wear ? Have they ever said?

rcadra2 said...

One more thing to consider about Jason's suffering after the accident. The Duggars were in Georgia, in July. It was probably in the 90s with high humidity. Poor kid. In pain and dressed up in a suit to boot.

And I can't believe what another poster just said - Josie was in the boat without a lifejacket? I am truly speechless.

I'm almost wondering if the producers are at the end of the show and are showing bad with the good, to boost the ratings. Careless parenting sure gets people talking.

Maybe a lot of the footage that makes the Duggars less than perfect,used to be edited out. Like the whole lot of them primping in the bus while keeping the camera crew waiting for an hour. I saw a lot of things in last night's shows that cast them in a bad light.

ennvee said...

Anna Hackel was on the Niagara Falls/1st book tour trip AND this trip to Atlanta, which also featured a booksigning on top of their TLC-sponsored field trips and fun in the sun with people they probably have only met twice before in their lives. I was surprised to hear she was from NY, not as much for the first trip, but for this one. I also noticed she was carrying MICHAEL and wearing an Arkansas shirt, much like Anna converted when she and Josh were first formally announced as a couple. I think an announcement is just a matter of (ratings) time.

Speaking of ratings, I just saw them elsewhere and can't believe how spectacularly TLC's ploy of posting that video to YouTube a day before the show aired failed. It only gained them a net of just under 50,000 viewers. Pretty sad, but other than the people who think the Duggars can do no wrong and someone like me who can see through the act, who else watches this anymore? It's frighteningly repetitive and will be until they air the overseas trip, now complete with another VSE. I guess they can't pull the plug on John David and Anna Hackel's courtship or engagement (depending on where they really are in the proceedings, they could be pre-courting or officially courting; they pretty much look the same).

At any rate, epic FAIL of the week (and it's only Wednesday) goes to TLC for totally misreading its audience for this episode.

Sharla said...

We appear to have reached the viewer drop-off part of the program. People have moved on and most won't be back unless it's something like baby 20 or an engagement.

Dar said...

Viewer Drop off, in my view, is probably because people are actually fed up with the antics of the eternal teenagers Jim Bob and Michelle. Their blatant disregard for the health and safety of their "blessings" is disturbing to any viewers with an ounce of sense. It is almost like "there are so many, - individuals don't really matter anymore. There is nothing "real" about these shows. I ask you - "Who really cares about Michelle's knees"? Is there anything more ridiculous than that behavior? Perhaps she should have let the cameras focus on her children. There are so many of them. I'm sure they all have talents that could be developed and highlighted. The constant, boring dialogue and Jim Bob actually bragging about the "tight" wet suit. "P U Leese". How old are these people?

Give the spotlight to the young children. Show the parents behaving as parents. Show us what life is really like in that very large family. It can't be "sweet" all the time. There is no point in my mentioning the accident. It is beyond comprehension. There does not seem to be any control over the younger boys. They just arrived in that nice family's home and started sword fighting. Maybe a little outdoor activity, team sports, etc. would use up some of that energy.

rcadra2 said...

I was also thinking that the sword fighting was inappropriate. That was a really nice house and I hope they didn't damage anything.

I'll bet the minister was seriously regretting extending his hospitality to two dozen people plus a camera crew.

Andrea said...

Here's an idea!! Let's turn 19 kids and counting into a fish out of water kind of show. There are several examples of successful TV shows based on this premises: Mork and Mindy, Alf, Third rock from the Sun, etc. They have episodes where the children are allowed to do things they've never been permitted to do before: One episode could be the girls wearing pants, boys wearing shorts, one about going to Public School to sit in classrooms and be taught, how about a High School Dance, going out for a sports team, etc. The possibilities are endless. We’d also love to see which ones do really really well in a normal setting and which ones have been so completely brainwashed that the thought of wearing shorts in public causes panic. Secondly, we'll all feel better that the children are experiencing new and normal things.

Finally, I wanted to add that the end is very obviously near for Jim Bob and Michelle. Just like Kate G, they are beginning to increasingly be portrayed in a negative light. I think in the early days for Kate plus 8 a lot of negative behaviour was edited out, but as the show was coming to a close, they appeared to want to paint her in the most negative frame possible. I think the same is being done to the Duggars.

positiveparent said...

Besides the fact that people are just ready to throw items at the TV screen when the Duggars are on.... there is a lot of actual ood TV to watch that is on at the same time. I am already watching one show and DVR-ing another on during that time slot on Tuesday. So I have to catch the Duggars on the repeat time slot later that night.

Sarah said...

Michelle is NO BETTER than Kate G. She deserves the same end. While Kate whined more than Michelle will likely whine at the end of their show, both women sold out their families and privacy for the all-mighty-American dollar. Money was more important than private births or privacy during intimate family moments.

My feeling is that those who think Michelle is a good Christian woman, and "better" than Kate G. should look again. They are two peas in a pod.

Rainbow68 said...

As a parent, I would've seen if we could pull out of our church engagement and reschedule another time. At the very least, I would've stayed back at their host's home with Jason and tended to him. I don't think that TLC is sabotaging the Duggars the way they did Kate. I really think there's a fondness for the Duggars that they didn't feel for the Gosselins. I care about this family, even though I don't always agree with them.

Seriously? said...

"My feeling is that those who think Michelle is a good Christian woman, and "better" than Kate G. should look again. They are two peas in a pod."

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AMEN to that!

The only difference between Kate Gosselin and Michelle (and Jim Bob) Duggar is the PACKAGING/brand.

Inconceivable that some actually want to believe that what we see on ANY (including the supposedly saintly Duggars) 'reality' show has any resemblance to what really goes on in these families. First clue that something is amiss: the parents are ready, willing, and able to completely sell out their personal lives and privacy (not to mention that of their children) in order to gain fame and, especially, FORTUNE.

The only thing that gets 'encouraged' by the Duggars' 'reality' show is Jim Bob's checking account.

rcadra2 said...

After watching Jason's mishap I keep thinking of the six younger Duggar boys and the side effects of all the family's travelling.

The boys must go berserk when let out of the bus after hours and hours on the road. For meals they probably eat a steady diet of road food and high carb snacks. Then they are left to entertain themselves while their parents and sister moms get situated at the next stop. Jim Bob and Michelle must need time to chat with their hosts, preview the stage for their appearance, and test out microphones. The older girls must practice and tune their instruments. This probably happens before every speaking engagement, and there seems to be many these days.

I think the older kids had a very structured schedule back in the pre-TLC days - chores, schoolwork, playing outside at set times. I think I remember seeing that in the first show. That's probably the reason the older kids are so well-behaved. They had stability.

I think you need a lot of structure in raising children. If you're on the road for weeks at a time it must wreak havoc on the little ones.

UGH!!!!! said...

1. Anyone who’s worked on a stage will tell you trap doors are EXTREMELY dangerous and are to be methodically monitored and ID'd - that church should be sued. Even if parentally watched (what Duggar kid is?), outsiders don’t know where the trap doors are.

2. Michelle filming was appalling but I did wonder if she wasn’t simply on speaker phone with 911, or using its light. I really, REALLY hope so.

michelle said...

This episode made me cringe like never before. Seeing Jason in pain like that and the screaming...oh man, the screaming! Michelle just seems to grow less intelligent and more fame whorish by the second IMO.

By the way, exactly how bad/good are the ratings for this show now?

MominJax said...

It was really disturbing to watch, but in all fairness, I don't know how attentive I'd be to an 11 year old. I would expect him to exercise some common sense, etc. My guess is these kids are pretty used to being on stage, etc. Now, a 6 year old? Sure, I'd be a lot more attentive...but 11? Nah, not as much. I do think I'd say the stage is not an appropriate place to play hide and seek--but that's about it.

I like the idea of Duggars out of water. Why not have the Duggars stay with non-Christian families to expand their horizons? Maybe a Muslim, Pagan, or Jewish family would be good? Why not atheist?

The filming did not come off well. I can't for the life of me think of any reason to be filming unless one is sending that feed to 9-1-1 so they can assess the medical need (if that's even possible).

Dar said...

There were so many people around, I seriously can't conceive Michelle on the phone transmitting the medical status to the Emergency Services People. Her older children were looking after her son in a very appropriate and helpful way. I think those younger children are lucky to have their older siblings around. They are more mature and involved than the parents of these "Blessings". Michelle was, in my view, just in the way. I really don't think she would have been around if it hadn't been for the cameras.

She has children for the sake of having them. She is like the "Queen Bee". When Jim Bob is not mugging for the cameras, he actually does get a little involved, but his behavior is more like a congenial "Uncle". These children are now nothing but "money Makers".It is so sad to see these young people stuck in that world., The older girls don't seem to have much fun. They have all the responsibilities of parenthood.

Andrea said...

I think after re-watching the clip, it's pretty clear that they were all using their cell phones and cameras to record the event / accident. Michelle says as much as a means of explaining where the video footage actually came from. Frankly, it makes me sick.

The Roaming Commoner said...

I think that this episode is definitely a near fatal blow to the Duggars' ratings (or at least it should be. If the ratings drop much lower then the Duggars might well be on their way to cancellation, which is what I really hope happens.

londonbridges said...

With regard to neither Michelle nor Josie wearing a PFD on the boat, again the Duggars prove they don't need to use common sense, as God will protect them from danger and harm. My grandbabies (ages 2-8)are required to wear their PFD as soon as they arrive at a water destination. Any child should be wearing a vest when even near water, such as a dock, walkway, beach etc. It is common sense IMHO. Again the Duggars are lax with safety and protection of their blessings, IMO.

Seriously? said...

Why not have the Duggars stay with non-Christian families to expand their horizons? Maybe a Muslim, Pagan, or Jewish family would be good? Why not atheist?"

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I'm guessing it's the same reason the Duggar children are sequestered in the Duggar home away from even public schooling - because the Duggar parents consider anyone even the slightest bit more liberal than they a threat to Duggar morality.

Melissa said...

I have to admit that this episode made me cringe. I generally don't have any problems with the Duggars- I think they're a great family, even if some of their beliefs are different from mine. However, I agree with the majority of the commenters that the videotaping was not appropriate at all. At one point, I thought maybe they were using the phones as lighting since it was so dark, but then Michelle's comments about the videotaping confirmed my fears. I think that is so sad that they were videotaping while Jason was lying there hurt. I also felt like he was "hushed" by Michelle not to cry while the Medical team at the hospital was trying to work on him. He was so brave! I hope Michelle and Jim Bob can empathize with how much pain that Jason must have been in. I also hope this episode (if they re-watch it) will be a wake up call to them that maybe the fame/media is getting to them a little bit. Maybe it's time to go back to the yearly specials instead of their own tv show, and give these precious kids some privacy.

Elverna Bradshaw said...

Let's see if and how they re-edit this episode tonight on repeat view after the storm of criticism from last week. I bet they cut out Michelle filming Jason on her phone.

DuggarGoth said...

I didn't even think of that. I saw that the next one was a repeat so I didn't watch it. I think it would be very interesting to see if they included Michelle filming Jason with her phone for this episode. I think the damage has already been done though. You can probably find all of that footage on the internet and so much has been said about it already.

londonbridges said...

What 'Mother of the Year' is too busy taking pics of her injured son, instead of comforting him and reassuring him? At that time she didn't know the extent of his injuries, and he just fell several feet. Instead of capturing the moment for the almighty $$$ she should have taken the opportunity to be his real mom for a change. JMO.

I truly believe God takes care of the Duggars in spite of their arrogance, stupidity and plain greed. Again, JMO.

SugarPie said...

Its ironic how real celebrities would have pushed the cameras away if it was their child in distress. But the Duggars film it. They didn't know how hurt he was initially what if he had died would they had wanted his death filmed? These people are not good loving parents at all.

jonandkatewho? said...

I just want to say what a horrible "mother" I think Michelle is. That clip I saw was despicable and I really have no more words.

Jenny O said...

... what if he had died would they had wanted his death filmed?
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Well remember, this is the same couple who allowed TLC to film JimBob's father during his last painful stages of life; AND the funeral to boot. I have a feeling that if JimBob's dad had been able to object, he would have. Poor man had his dignity taken from him by his own son. It was almost malicious.

So clearly, neither JimBob nor Michelle give a darn about the situation - if it will generate another episode and more money, bring on the cameras.

Jule said...

I agree with the postings shown here. They are too lax with safety issues I.e. When building in the tornado area, none of the children had any protective gear on such as gloves, hats or goggles. They are a major accident waiting to happen. It is not funny and they both have laughed inappropriately at times of danger to their kids. Also, Michele thinks too much of herself. Who cares about seeing her knees? That is hilarious if she thinks someone would lust after those big, white stumps. And her hair style is so outdated, she needs to be back in the seventies, when she was in high school. they have a different take on reality.Jim bob said they didn't want to have an uneven number of children so they tried for the 20th. Is that a legitimate reason? They can't educate and provide close, one-on-one time with the children they have now. And poor Josie would not have had to go through her painful ordeals if they had used prudence in not having another child. What
about the latest pregnancy. there is greater risk for the infant when the mother is as old as Michele. What are she and Jim bob trying to prove? Virility? Please consider the infant and what they potentially have to endure.

Sharla said...

Julie, hold on to yer britches girl. The mods have lives.