Tuesday, October 25, Duggar Daddy's Birthday

It's Jim Bob's birthday and he is ready to celebrate! But before the party can start Michelle gives him a special gift, a trip to the allergist complete with several rounds of allergy injections.

30 minutes

52 comments:

Andrea said...

This is what counts for entertainment? A trip to the allergist. TLC: I WON'T BE WATCHING! The commericals are actually making me sick. It's just gross and wrong.

Elvira said...

Is that the smell of desperation in the air? I'm getting a last or next to last season vibe from TLC.

Reality TV Junkie said...

I'm excited for this episode, so I can see Jim Bob cringe while being poked at. This is exactly what a reality show is, normal things that normal people do. It's not despiration, this is exactly what it should be.

Happy Birthday Jim Bob!

Mary in Ohio said...

Why does this show seem to be getting more and more like another certain show that just recently ended on TLC? Hmmm...

Elverna Bradshaw said...

Shots! What a great birthday present!!

The only suspense is will they have the gross banana cake, the grosser ice cream sandwich cake, or will they magically turn up with one of those $500+ cakes they recently had (complete with rolled fondant icing and molded figures) from a mystery bakery.

Seriously? said...

Allergies, eh? Probably just his body rebelling against the two lbs. of hairspray he indulges in each morning. (How did they afford this luxury item before the TLC gravy train pulled into Duggar Depot?)

I think he should forego the hairspray - let his hair grow long and then get that chic 1980's frizz he seems to so enjoy seeing on the womenfolk.


Now THAT I actually might tune in for. Til then, not so much.

Rainbow68 said...

Ready for the multi-country-vacation episodes. I guess they're still a few weeks away.

Dar said...

How old is he? ,,,,,,,,16?

TK said...

Ummmm.... I thought that they had "modesty issues"??? When Michelle held Josie for the first time skin on skin she commented that due to her modesty issues it's ok to see the skin of the baby but not the skin of the mommy. If modesty is so all-important to them why are we allowed to see JimBob's yucky naked back??

And hey, is it just me or does anyone else think Michelle is a robot? She creeps me out.

Dar said...

If these families are willing to put their children on TV, I personally think they should be showcased. Take at least one a week and let us know what they think about all the siblings, what they think about not being involved in any activities other than with these siblings and what they think about all of those scary people who don't espouse their religious beliefs. That would be interesting.

The boring rhetoric of the parents and the childish antics of the patriarch are becoming more and more tiresome. I mean, how much is TLC paying for these programs.

tashapork said...

I don't know how badly he needs the allergy tests or if I would call it a birthday gift, but I've always said that I'd like to see Jim Bob Duggar or Matt Roloff step up to the plate and endure a medical proceedure on camara like the wife and some of the kids have. Its just kind of a whats good for the goose is good for the gander kind of thing for me.

tulip said...

An episode consisting of celebrating a birthday, and allergy shots...sounds pretty lame. Although the topic brings back the question to me, do The Duggars believe in vaccines for the kids? Ever since the chicken pox outbreak episode, I had to wonder...it seems like some medical stuff they agree with and others they don't, with reasoning that doesn't really make any sense.

Also, glad for a new episode, if not just to get away from discussion on The Bates! If The Bates are going to be on national TV talking about not having health insurance (and at the same time thanking America for not turning them away while showing a line up of their 18 children-and counting, mentioning the fact they "borrow" money from their older kids, and parading around currently unhealthy "rescued" horses, all the while allowing kids to ride on them (barefoot), I think we can all agree they're willingly opening themselves up to any & all criticism.

Seriously? said...

"And hey, is it just me or does anyone else think Michelle is a robot? She creeps me out."

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No, it's not just you. She's an evangelical Stepford Wife model. She creeps me out, too.

But then, so does her Patriarch In Residence.

Elverna Bradshaw said...

Frankly I'm not surprised that JimBob is being tested for allergies because all of the kids have those big, dark circles under their eyes (probably from a combination of allergies and lack of proper sleep).

pumpkin said...

I was just in the Springdale, Arkansas region for the weekend because of a friend's wedding. Normally I live in a large urban area on the east coast.

While there, I drove by Integrity Auto Sales (the Duggar car lot that usd to be a taco restaurant) as well as the now-defunct Champion Motorcars lot.

In addition to being excited about seeing the Duggar car lot, I began to understand a lot more about some of the Duggar family's more unusual lifestyle choices. While I still don't agree with them on most things, I at least have a better understanding of WHY they say some of things they say.

Duggar Idea #1: buying a property debt free

Just for kicks, I picked up a real estate guide at a gas station. I was frankly astonished at how CHEAP the homes were. Where I live, you can't buy a condo in a bad neighborhood for under $300,000... but in Northwest Arkansas you can get a nice single-family home with a big yard for under $100,000. We recently purchased a home in our city and for what we put for our 20% down, we could've bought a similar-sized house in Arkansas and not needed a mortgage at all.

#2: you don't need to have a college education

Again, due to the fact of how cheap everything was (from houses to restaurant meals) you could probably be comfortable in a low income job. I'm not saying you'd be going on a European/Israeli vacation every summer or anything, but you'd be able to pay your bills and put shoes on the kids' feet.

#3: not contributing to overpopulation

There is a LOT of room in Arkansas. We drove for hours and only saw two little bitty towns with populations under 300 people. Big, open spaces (along with a lack of other things to do) could conceivably lead people to believe they can have lots of children and it won't matter. Keep in mind there are less than three million people in the entire state of Arkansas. That's not even half the popuation of New York City, and it's spread out over a very large area.

#4: Affordability of large brood

I was very surprised at how cheap it was to eat out. We didn't buy groceries, but at least restaurant food was roughly half the price of what it would cost in our home city on the east coast. For four people to have a nice, large meal in a decent restaurant, it was only $45.

These were just my observations. I would be intersted to see if anyone else has had a similar epiphany upon visiting Arkansas.

Elverna Bradshaw said...

Where to start?? I'll go with pronunciation: Josh and "expeshally", Anna and "tooken" and the LPN saying that the allergy sticks might "whelp" instead of welt.

Why does every male Duggar have to give the thumbs up and make audible "mmmmmmmmm" noises when eating?

Anna is on track to be perpetually wearing materity tops just like her mother in law. With that big basket of bread that they served for just 2 people, I can see why.

Why does Josh park on the lawn right in front of the door instead of in the driveway (behind the big ol' honkin' H2)?

bex said...

Did Anna put Michael in the car then go inside to get Kenzie out of her crib and load her, leaving Michael?

Hannah Leah said...

Anna left him in the car two times. Why couldn`t she wait till Josh got home or get a sister of Joshs to help.


How come they didn`t mark what each spot was when they did thee tests.

Anonymous said...

Am I the only one who giggled when the nurse said "We're going to put some pricks on his back."?

Whitney said...

TK said...
Ummmm.... I thought that they had "modesty issues"??? When Michelle held Josie for the first time skin on skin she commented that due to her modesty issues it's ok to see the skin of the baby but not the skin of the mommy. If modesty is so all-important to them why are we allowed to see JimBob's yucky naked back??

And hey, is it just me or does anyone else think Michelle is a robot? She creeps me out
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ITA- I felt a bit defrauded when Jim Bob bared his back to the world.

As for Michelle, her flat affect much of the time leads me to think she may be "comfortably numb" and on medication.

Michelle said...

pumpkin-

I know it's easy to be amazed by the price contrast but keep in mind that the amount individuals make in that area may also be substantially lower. We live in Missouri and I would like to move elsewhere. It can be quite challenging to figure out how different the cost of living would be from place to place. I know that our home would probably seem very inexpensive (a little over 100,000) but I also know that DH makes 1/4 or so of what his colleagues make on the coasts.

ennvee said...

Did Anna put Michael in the car then go inside to get Kenzie out of her crib and load her, leaving Michael?

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Yes she did. And told Mackynzie to stay put while she was gone.

The only things Josh inherited from his dad are the gut and snake oil salesman persona. Love how he had all the Duggar parephernalia propped up on a corner of his desk at "work." I put that word in quotes since the pop-up says he's cut back on his hours to be with his family.

Riiiiight! Now he's down to one lot ("the hub," Josh claims...liar...that word inplies there is more than one), he can show up around 11 and leave around 3, when he's actually in town, which appears to be about 6 months out of the year. He sure didn't inherit JimBob's work ethic; say what you will (and I say plenty) but that guy was working his tush off when Josh was Mack's age to build the life his son now takes for granted.

As for JimBob, take a cue from your wife and get yourself some whitestrips. Those are the teeth of a 2 pack a day smoker. And speaking of smokers, that doctor reminded me of the crusty, chain smoking bailiff on Night Court. She and the tantric dancing (in a pink leotard) waiter should have their own guest episode of brilliant witticisms.

mom in texas said...

Allergy shots for a birthday? No thanks.I thought it was funny when Michelle talked about Jim Bob's breath.Also Michelle taking photos of Jim Bob's back was weird.She reminds me of stereotypical fish out of water with a camera phone. Like its a new fangled invention.
I hated Jinger and Jill taking responsibility for Jim Bob's weight gain.They said maybe they don't cook the right things.It's called self-control.Not sure Jim Bob has that.
Anna is in for a rude awakening if she felt proud of herself for going shopping with 2 babies.What will she do once she is number 3,4,etc.?Hopefully not leave one in the house or car while she gets the others in/out the car. That is extremely dangerous.

DuggarGoth said...

I didn't need to see Jim Bob's naked back and I didn't need to know that Jim Bob and Michelle have kissed on camera 300+ times TMI!! They have 19 kids so we know they've done a lot of kissing, lol!! Also, I guess Josh and Anna are doing pretty well now. On their honeymoon Josh said it's steak for the honeymoon but hamburger patties when we get home. It could be coincidence for the show I guess and probably Josh wanted to show off his new (not used) grill, so maybe they don't have steak all the time. My husband and I have been married for almost 20 years and have steak maybe 3 or 4 times a year, cause it's so expensive.

Alberta Rose said...

It was nice to see Anna asserting her independence by taking the kids out grocery shopping instead of waiting helplessly for her husband to come home or expecting one of her sister-in-law's to bail her out. I'm not surprised Jim Bob had no qualms about showing his bare back. I've never heard anyone say "Ohhh, that guy's back is so sexy, I'm all hot and bothered".

Elverna Bradshaw said...

What was the point of going to the allergist if JimBob was not going to take treatment for his allergies? And he's allergic to dust? Good luck with that in that filthy house.

I love how Anna made it seem like she was the first woman ever to take a toddler and an infant to the grocery store (or "shopping store" according to her) in the history of the world. Just wait til she's got 5 or 6 of them hanging off her.

londonbridges said...

I also was disturbed that the two older blessings took so much responsibility for their bio father and his weight and eating issues. It is called self-control, and that alone is JimBob's responsibility. These blessings seem to go through life feeling responsible for others' mistakes and issues. (dental surgery instruction botch-up as an example). JMHO.

Sharla said...

Please remember the topic is the show not other people's opinions. Calling other commenters hypocritical is not acceptable.

tulip said...

Get used to it, Anna...you'll be doing everything with those kids, since Josh seems like the type who "leaves it to the womenfolk". Not just an opinion...I mean, how else should we take it? Watching Josh take a nap while his wife was in labor and seeing the footage of The Duggars in that Irish parade with Josh sauntering along hands-free while Anna, looking utterly exhausted, toting Michael are just a couple recent examples that come to mind.

And again, with the weight issues...the women feeling like they have to take responsibility for the men gaining weight? Jim Bob & Josh haved talked numerous times about sneaking "goodies", and all the "good cooking" (actually high-calorie, processed foods & casseroles)

Anonymous said...

We can only hope a camera or sound guy was keeping an eye on Mack while Anna took the baby to the car, and viseversa when she went back inside.

hart&sole said...

Anna and Josh live in Springdale, Arkansas where I'm sure she feels safe. Where I live I feel safe, too, so it wouldn't be a problem taking the two children out to the car one by one. Maybe this was Anna's experience with taking a baby and a toddler shopping. If there is another child, hopefully Kynzie will be firmly on her feet and Michael will be walking. Yes, I have six children so I do know what I am talking about getting used to the care of an extra child, one by one.

Cupcake said...

It's gross enough watching Michelle and Jim Bob kiss all the time- but now knowing he has bad breath makes it a millions times worse! Barf!

positiveparent said...

We saw Anna take the children in/out of the Hummer one at a time, leaving the other one alone. I don't have a problem with her doing this because there is really no other way to do it. Even if you have only 1 baby, you must still somehow get the child and the groceries both in the house. I've done it, as have many parent. I was really happy when pay at the pump gas stations came along, so that I didn't have to lock the child in the car long enough to slip in and pay for gas. You cannot always 'wait' for Dad or Grandma to come watch the kids while you run errands.

Dar said...

Those older girls will never lose that feeling of responsibility for all the other in the family. That has been ingrained in them since birth. Isn't is too bad that their conversation is about the brothers dental appointment, their father's lack of self control.

They should be talking about meeting friends, going to University or college, fashion, etc. They should be involved with the world around them, politics, reading a new book, seeing the latest movies, anything outside that house. What a waste of a bright young girls youth.

i like pie said...

Jana has been noticably absent in the group shots at both the Bates family's house and at Jim Bob's birthday dinner - did anybody see her? I couldn't find her.

I wonder if she and Anna Hackel have switchd places?

londonbridges said...

I hear you Tulip. While I agree that the Duggar diet leaves a lot to be desired, JimBob makes the choices. Michelle is responsible IMO for what meal selections are available, even though the girls/mommies do the cooking and preparation. As long as there are low-fat foods there, JimBob can help himself. And should these options not be available, then make them appear in the pantries and fridges of this house. Money isn't an issue, as we know. I just am concerned that the older blessings seem to take on a lot of blame, and that isn't okay IMO.

Willow said...

Amen to "Positive Parent". Also --Didn't Anna say that Josh always helped her and this was the first time she had ventured out to the store with both of the children. I think it will be just an occasional thing. I don't usually take up for Josh, but I think he does o.k. with playing with the children, etc., at least from what we have seen. (snip) I agree about the girls taking the blame for Jim Bob's eating. I was flabergasted (or maybe not).

Elverna Bradshaw said...

Unless the Duggars switch to recipes (and pre-made frozen entrees) that don't contain literally pounds of cheez (because Velveeta isn't cheese), anyone on a diet in that household is doomed to failure. I seriously don't remember a meal that doesn't have lots and lots of cheez. (Tater Tot casserole, Chickenetti, Stouffer's lasagne, all the various Mexican foods)

Jenny O said...

The Duggar family is topsy turvy. Both parents are stuck in their high school adolescence, right down to the hair styles and constant PDA. They've neither one ever grown up much.

Instead of the parents raising their children, it is the older girls who do the child rearing. The older girls clean the house, cook the food, and probably shop for the groceries. They do the laundry. Now they even teach school to the younger ones. They are the responsible adults in the household.

Instead of the parents setting a good example by eating healthy food, and exercising - we see the older girls feeling at fault for their father's poor eating habits! This is so backwards. It is the parents who should purchase the right kinds of healthy foods, and prepare healthy meals, thereby teaching their children how to eat right. Not the other way around.

Seriously? said...

"The Duggar family is topsy turvy. Both parents are stuck in their high school adolescence, right down to the hair styles and constant PDA. They've neither one ever grown up much."

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And, amazingly, seem PROUD of it and hellbent on keeping their kids in an eternal state of arrested development.

There is no excuse for the hairstyles (or lack thereof). The PDA's, I figure, are just part of the TLC scripted brand behavior. Sometimes it has seemed that Michelle is underwhelmed at JimBob's constant on-camera shows of physical affection.

I wish they'd both grow the heck UP.

Anonymous said...

The other issue with Anna leaving Mack alone, is that anyone watching the show long enough knows where they live. So she just advertised to every creep out there, that she routinely leaves a small child unattended.

Beverly said...

The only hole in the Anna leaving a child alone theory I see is that there was a film crew there that day. She wouldn't have been leaving the house at all if they hadn't been doing an episode of "grilling out" and with the crew, it's highly doubtful any child was left alone.

Anonymous said...

This show has finally jumped the shark, and nothing is left except for another pregnancy or marriage. Nothing is based in reality. How many families with 19 children can afford to travel the world? I am not interested in watching Jim Bob act befuddled and confused in other countries as he will certainly be silly and crack bad jokes.

This show will never show the Duggars having a bad day, Jim or Michelle losing their temper, the lack of schooling, and everything else that is normal among the human race. We will continue seeing cleaned up and carefully edited scenes of laundry, cooking, the occasional trip, or a doctors appointment.

Time to put the cameras away. Look at Jana's facial expressions and disposition ar times, and there is a real story there. Maybe she just wants the film crew to go away so she can start figuring out how to live her life instead of giving a well rehearsed presentation of one that has been coached to her by her parents.

After years of watching this show, it's too difficult to watch the older girls raising their siblings, when in reality it's not their responsibility to do so.

mishmash said...

I think it's completely disgusting that Jim Bob has bad breath and just masks the problem by using some sort of mouth spray! He needs to go to the dentist asap and get to the root of the problem...

Josh and Anna look like a middle aged couple. If they both lost some weight, I think it would make a huge difference. They would look so much younger and healthier. I would really really love to see an episode where the whole family learns about health and nutrition and how to cook meals made with fresh, non-processed ingredients. And I know its been mentioned before, but they should definitely plant a garden on all that land they have. Sean, if you really do read this blog, get the ball rolling on this type of episode!!

Beverly said...

If Jim Bob's bad breath is from the post nasal drip from the allergies which is what the allergist was seeming to agree with, the dentist can't help. The nasal spray may as would allergy pills.

The Roaming Commoner said...

Elvira, I so hope that you are right about the desperation. Jimbob may truly have allergies and need those shots but it is so boring to have it on national television. I think that the novelty of the Duggars has worn off. At first, it was interesting to see such a large family doing everyday tasks but now it's just like watching a train wreck. Besides, I think that more viewers are becoming aware of the family's real beliefs and are becoming turned off.

hart&sole said...

It seems to me that landscaping and a garden need more care than the traveling Josh and Anna could provide.

I'm starting to think I spend entirely too much time thinking about the Duggar's shortcomings.

Stephanie said...

Lies, well kinda.

Jimbob said Jill stayed "back" with Michelle because Josie wasn't feeling well.

These people, wow. They are really selling out for TLC

yes the girls are in flip flops hammering nails.

Half way through show and haven't seen Annan. Josh is there. Please let Anna stay home with her children.

Stephanie said...

Nope, Poor ole Anna had to drag two kids across the world and back to Alabama

Stephanie said...

Just what disaster victims need, tacky flower plants painted by a bunch of non-artist children. If that were given to me, it would go in the trash. Sorry, but why do those people shove their kids down everyone throats. Those flower pots are the type of thing that only a mother would love.

SMB said...

I've re-watched the scene with the flower pots and I'm sure Jana has an engagement ring on. I've seen her purity ring before, and unless she got a new one with a solitaire diamond, this is certainly an engagement ring. She also sort of readjusted it with another finger, like it was too big.

I think Josh is the kind of person who would like the attention of his entire courtship, marriage, and lives of his children to be filmed, but I can imagine Jana would want to keep it quiet.

Also, the Bates keep a very up-to-date blog, so thinks like Zach courting have been out there for months.

mk said...

As far as Anna leaving her daughter in the house, from the angle of the "Stay right there" shot, it looked as though a cameraman stayed there with her? Like we saw a few episodes ago, Jim and the guys really do look out for the little ones and are like a part of the family. I bet one of them kept an eye on her while Anna got Michael.