Special, Sunday, November 13, Duggar World Tour, 8 pm (Episode 1)

19 Kids and Counting: World Tour (Episode One)
The Duggars are packing their bags and heading to Europe. First stop, Scottland! Watch as the Duggar clan walk the Royal Mile, visit Edinburgh Castle, and attend the Scottish Highland games. Then it's off to Ireland for more Irish fun like herding sheep.

60 minutes

42 comments:

Elverna Bradshaw said...

I don't understand why TLC expended considerable money on this trip. Anyone wanting to see the castle, Highland Games, etc. could certainly see it online at YouTube or many other sites. The bonus to that is you wouldn't have to see the Duggars acting like the ugly Americans that they are likely to be.

I haven't read anything about them going to the village their ancestors came from (and still may live in). Now *that* would be interesting to me, but I get the feeling that anything to do with genealogy is taboo to Gothard.

I wonder how many scenes of Duggar men giving the thumbs up sign as they are digging into food there will be. (Assuming they don't turn their noses up at anything not containing lots of cheez and canned soup.)

Seriously? said...

"more Irish fun like herding sheep": They must be referring to Shepherd/Patriarch/Big Cheese Jim Bob herding the ever-obedient, unquestioning Duggarettes. As always. Baa! Baa!

TLC seems to know only a drawful of script options that they use on every single one of their inane 'reality' shows, and international travel seems to be the big finale.

A girl can hope....

pumpkin said...

Maybe, just maybe, they will actually LEARN something on this trip.

A girl can dream.

hart&sole said...

Maybe, just maybe, they will actually LEARN something on this trip.

Seriously?????

Seriously? said...

"Maybe, just maybe, they will actually LEARN something on this trip.

A girl can dream."

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LOL!

I'm sure they will learn something on this trip: that, just as their parents have always told them, the world is full of liberal sinners, so best not to get too close to them, lest they steal away your morality.

Same old, same old.

ennvee said...

"Maybe, just maybe, they will actually LEARN something on this trip.

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Hopefully they learned that Josie has been deemed a "special needs" child by international media and will actually treat her like she has ANY needs at all. Their utter disregard for safety on all levels is disturbing enough, but their cavalier treatment of Josie goes beyond the pale. That kid NEVER should have been taken on an month long jaunt halfway across the world before her second birthday and just a few months off oxygen.

hart&sole said...

This is just me, but I would rather drink lye than tour with the Duggars either at home or abroad.

This family views liberal sinners much as we view them, I'm sure. Speaking for myself, I am aghast viewing them!

Seriously? said...

Ah, yes, Duggar World: Where a person's morality can be fully judged simply by their level of conservatism. Nothing else matters. Just conservatism.

Yep, in Duggar World "Conservatism" is just another synonym for "Holiest".

ncgirl said...

In the commercial, the Duggars seem to be wearing Middle Eastern garments. One boy was wearing a yarmulke. I can't believe the Duggars are that open to other religions.

Elverna Bradshaw said...

I just saw the commercial for this and Michelle says "It's so rare for us to be travelling with this many people".

What?? Grandma and Amy are thrown into the mix and all of a sudden it's so many more people?

Kitten said...

In the commercial, the Duggars seem to be wearing Middle Eastern garments. One boy was wearing a yarmulke. I can't believe the Duggars are that open to other religions.

I suspect that, like the running shorts they wore for Courageous, and the outfits they wore for the Christmas parade and the Bible show they participated in, the Jewish clothing was considered a "costume" by the Duggars -- just something to try on at the urging/direction of the TLC crew. I doubt they understood or respected its significance to Jews.

Seriously? said...

Let's hope this global travel experience doesn't give the Patriarch any new ideas on dressing for modesty, or future episodes may have the Duggar womenfolk in burkas.

We have already seen how much Jim Bob enjoys the attention gained from having his womenfolk dress THE MOST modestly, and he seems intent on NOT being outdone by having his women joyfully obedient, virginal before marriage, and dressed for showy modesty.

Mr. Patriarch has quite the ego and his love of $ is right up there with his love of attention ... just like every other 'reality' family that sells their privacy and dignity for cable tv fame and fortune.

Elverna Bradshaw said...

Actually the "Middle Eastern" clothing they are wearing is much like what kids/ people wear in Christmas plays to represent shepherds, not so much modern day Middle Easterners.

pumpkin said...

Regarding the yarmulke while in Israel -

When I was there in 1995, it was required for men to enter certain sites. Shorts were forbidden, as were bare shoulders for both sexes. Each site had little yarmulkes or shawls you could rent or buy before entering if you were inappropriately dressed.

My father donned a yarmulke in order to visit the Wailing Wall and a few other places. If you want to go in, you have to follow the rules.

Likewise, in the Muslim mosques, we had to remove our shoes and the women had to cover their hair.

hart&sole said...

This reminds me of The Wiard of Oz, when Dorothy realized that she 'wasn't in Kansas anymore.'

Dar said...

I agree with "Seriously". Jim Bob just might try to get his women into burkas. Anything for attention! In Duggar world, it seems that any publicity is good publicity. In my view, they have completely gone "Hollywood" in that regard.

Hopefully, the Patriarch won't make any "cringe making" comments on an International stage. Bad enough in North America.

Tim Dyson said...

I cannot understand why this family gets any public attention. Child hoarding is not normal human activity. I hope America will finally reject this sad example of parenting for publicity's sake.

Enough is enough.

Tim Dyson

Whitney said...

Given Duggars abroad in past episodes, I know that Jim Bob at least is guaranteed to give me a few moments of being embarrassed (not that) I am, but rather that THEY are fellow Americans.

As for the other family members, I guess they believe that ignorance is bliss, especially in another country where they do not bother to learn the customs, proper etiquette and respect for any life different from their own stifling world.

Elverna Bradshaw said...

So the most recent commercial for the travel extravaganza show some of the younger boys making faces and faking throwing up after tasting tea at the high tea they attend. Yes, I guess tea isn't quite like having unlimited soft drinks from your home commercial grade soda bar.

And of course by all means don't act politely in front of strangers. Instead show your displeasure at what you've been served by them so that everyone knows. (Ethiopian restaurant, anyone?)

stephanie said...

5 minutes til Europe, THIS IS GOING TO BE AWESOME HEHE. See u back here for our comments yay

Melanie said...

What the Duggars do is their business. I see them as the typical American travelers who think the rest of the world is there for them to vacation in and laugh at their food and customs. And Amy, whoever she is, didn't even know what country she would be visiting (“Switzerland or Ireland, one of those ‘land’ countries”); then in Ireland for the pig-riding she screamed and slapped the pig, spit out the udder-fresh milk, everything was a big loud joke for her. And Grandma Duggar had to take packaged tuna along because the food they would encounter wouldn't be very good. Give me a break.

ennvee said...

Basically, the same Duggar ignorance and disrespect, different continent (will pluralize once they air the Isreal episode in a couple weeks).

So it's confirmed that Michelle knew she was pregnant at the beginning of the overseas trip (although her voiceovers were not dubbed in very well...might have been a late decision as to when the beans would be spilled).

If she was about 6 weeks, (which would put her around 14-15 weeks now...about right based on when she said she was having her jender sonogram in December), the older girls and Jim Bob HAD to know.

And since the trip was highly organized, why didn't someone buy a bunch of motion sickness bands for the ferry ride, which the TLC crew certainly knew would be choppy?

I went to Ireland baked a loaf of bread and rode a pig. Woohoo! At least the hot Scottish guy made the final cut. That (and Jim Bob being forced to eat haggis) were the only enjoyable parts of the episode.

I found Jim Bob's witnessing to the sword swallower pretty offensive; he took it a lot better than I would have...talk to Stephen Hawking about magnetics and why the earth is where it is you fool.

Stephanie said...

Wow, where to start? 1. JimBob is an absolute American embarassment. Tried so hard on camera to "witness" to the carnival sword swallower. The carny was totally un impressed when JimBob introduced his 19 blessings. JimBob and Michelle love that attention. Why do they assume the carny isn't saved? 2. Worked on a farm? Yes there are no farms in Arkansas. Those poor girls even had to cook on vacation 3. Where was Jana? 4. Another motionsickness scene 5. Another packing scene 6. Another Duggar time scene 7. Another scene of sleeping kids because they have no schedule (schedule falls under self control). 8. Anna nursing a baby on another difficult trip 9. JimBob trying unsucessfully trying to be funny teasing his son when he was nauseated. 10. Another hour of Michelle not interacting with any children 11. Boys running out of hotel with empty baby stroller throwing stroller around being obnoxious. Last but not least JimBob with milk dripping from his chin saying its the best milk he ever had. I KNOW I See more...
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Sharla said...

I think based her schedule for the anatomy scan and saying morning sickness hadn't begun on the trip Michelle is around 14 weeks now. Some people don't get morning sickness until six or seven weeks so she may have sneaked by. As antsy as these people are she probably tested around cycle day 24 so knew very early. I haven't watched tonight's episode yet though. My theory is based on the announcement and People interviews. Basically I think she's due in May but they are saying April because that's when the planned c-section is scheduled and they don't want us all going see the baby is early.

ennvee said...

Sharla, that was my reasoning as well in terms of guesstimating how far along Michelle is. I agree that they are being intentionally vague about her exact due date (which is usually lit up in the night sky for the world to see), in case of another premature birth. But now that she's confirmed she was pregnant at the beginning of the overseas trip, it's easier to pinpoint.

Michelle has said multiple times that she is sick during her entire first trimester and that she didn't get sick until after she got home after the trip was out of the ordinary for her. I wonder if she has a bit of the psychosomatic going on; being sick gets her the attention she craves being pregnant, but as she was hiding this pregnancy (apparently from members of her own family), she could will the illness away as she did on the ferry to Alcatraz when she was pregnant with Jordyn.

stephanie said...

Sorry Sharla that you had to edit my comment at the end. It really was what came to mind when he did that. Remember how he thought calling Michelle the "dairy queen" was so funny? Then he let that woman squirt cows milk in his face and while it was running down his chin looked at the camera and said "best milk I every tasted" come on, that really grossed me out. They are so immodest about birthing on the toilet and nursing in the Dollywood parade while waving to crowd to me that is immodest and unladylike.

Lindy said...

IMHO, I would prefer having the Duggars do a show in a forum format for three episodes where they answer unfiltered questions from an audience, than doing a world tour, where they demean (whether intentionally or not) others' customs and beliefs.

I too was quite offended by Jim Bob witnessing to the sword swallower. He had an opinion, and Jim Bob just couldn't accept that someone else could have a different opinion than his own and be happy about it. Yes, Jim Bob should have considered getting more educated or possibly read some books (like at those bookstores he forces his family sign those books at) regarding the planets. I hope the Duggar children see that they can interact and be entertained by someone with different religious views, and they weren't be struck by lightening or had anything evil happen to them.

I also think that Jim Bob should have worn a kilt without being forced to by the men with their swords.It would have been nice to see Jim Bob be more respectful of Scottish culture.

Hannah Leah said...

Why didn`t Josie stay behind with the family that stayed at the house?


We don`t need to see the packing or them almost missing the flights.

Andrea said...

Proud to report that I did not watch this show or last week's either. I hope advertisers / TLC is listening. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are no good, associating with them is hurting your brand. Looking forward to the end. I sure hope it's near. Anyone have viewership numbers? Sure hope it's uner a million.

stephanie said...

Majority of women carry purses including myself. When I became a mother I switched over to large purses/tote bags to put all my stuff in and essentials for my kids for any given outing. As they got older the items simply changed but I keep large bags handy.

My point?

Think back to each outing of Michelle, New York city trips, ,Niagra Falls, Highland games and touring the castles. Unless Michelle is nursing I seem to recall Michelle always has her hands free. Free of purses, bags, diaper bags and of course her blessings. Michele didn't coin the phrase "hands on Mother" but she could be called "the hands free mother"

tulip said...

stephanie...I agree-I carry a large bag as well (one bag), but still am always carrying something! Back in the beginning and probably even up to season 3 Michelle was seen carrying around a diaper bag, plus sometimes a tote bag, plus a purse. Now when you see her, she's not carrying a thing! Even in The Today Show interview, she didn't even bother holding one of her children on her lap. In all those earlier interviews she's done, she was at least holding someone. Just more proof.

Susan said...

Michelle hasn't held one of her own children, except Josie, in years. I can think of countless interviews in which Michelle sat there, holding no one, while her daughters each had a young child to hold. It is SO odd to me! So UNmaternal! What kind of mother doesn't ever hold her own children?

Also, Michelle never pushes a stroller. She never holds a little one's hand. She never has a kid in a backpack. She never has the diapers, wipes, toys or any of the other things normal mothers of infants or toddlers carry routinely. No, all those responsibilities fall on the other kids. Again, what mother just runs blissfully ahead, paying no attention whatsoever to any of her children...ever?

She is the absolute worst mother ever. I call her Mother In Name Only.

Hannah Leah said...

Anna acts just like her mother in law. Josh acts just like his dad. I hate his facial hair.


I thought the episode was okay. I didn`t like Jim Bob talking to that guy.


I think I noticed Jiger(or Jessa) do her famous wonky eye roll at making the food.

mom in texas said...

I guess there is no more "buy used,saved the difference as we saw the family shopping at Sam's Club before the trip.
Jim Bob trying to witness to the guy in Scotland was odd. Jim Bob always feels the need to let people know he has 19 kids.The sword swallower seemed less than impressed.I wonder if the Duggars did any travel etiquette before the trip?They seem to have a lack respect for other cultures.They Scot who asked them to try the haggis told them they should be "thankful" for it.I thought that was interesting.
I also noticed Jill elbowed JoyAnna in the stomach when they first arrived at the Irish farm.She was playing a peek a boo game with Josie and I guess Jill got irritated.Michelle stood idlly by smiling,not paying attention.

Just Me said...

Wouldn't that be a NIKE moment when the sword swallower was doing the show shirtless? Shouldn't the girls have had their eyes shielded? Not to mention, Jim Bob's random justification for the reason there is a G*d is that the planets stay in orbit? More proof for the mis-education of the kids. (see also, Jackson's justification for the Scottish accent being because "G*d made them that way.")I also think the way this special was put together is more proof of the editing teams allowing more and more unflattering Duggar moments into each episode. And finally, I really don't need to know about Jim Bob's underwear buying habits.

Just Me said...

I also noticed Jana is no where to be seen. Not even in the large shots, such as when they were baking bread or getting ready for the airport, or watching the pigs. Considering they only mention her name during the passport check this is quite odd.

Dar said...

I guess Josie has been officially handed over to her "buddy". Not so long ago, Michelle was carrying her around like an accessory. Of course, that was when she was a "Miracle" child. Now, she is just another money maker. I sincerely hope the "mother of the year" was shocked into some sense of reality when Josie got sick, yet again.

I can't imagine how insecure these younger children must feel to hear their mother say that she would "die" for her unborn child. Maybe that was why Josiah was upset.

To see Jim Bob and Michelle ape the Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes "bent over kiss" was embarrassing. Jim Bob and Michelle are constantly saying that self control is soooo important. It is about time they both practiced some themselves.

stephanie said...

Just me I also wondered about the shirtless sword swallowers modesty standards according to the NIKE rules. Did we actually see any of the girls watching him? Maybe Michelle?

Tlc really could play up the Duggars odd lifestyle but they don't. The NIKE comment was mentioned once and never again. Joyanna covering the tv when a woman on the view had on an immodest dress. Not asking the tough questions only giving fluff questions. With all the travelling they do they see girls in summer clothes do the boys have to stare at the ground on every outing?

DuggarGoth said...

I think there may have been a "Nike" moment when they were at Dollywood. It wasn't really discussed on the episode, but I remember them walking around the park there and one of the girls quietly said Nike. I never thought about it but I guess if there a lot of Nike moments on these trips it must not be too much fun for the boys. They'd probably get cricks in their necks from having to look down so much. Guess that's why you mostly see the girls taking the pictures on these trips, so the boys don't see something by accident.

ANNA said...

I believe the sword swallower had pierced nipples too. The Duggars must have been shocked at the sight of that. The little kids must have had questions about it.

AJ said...

Did anybody else find it incredibly odd that all the kids were doing the Razorback chant at the pigs before Joseph and Amy rode them? How do they even know the chants for University of Arkansas when they supposedly don't follow sports and don't watch sports?

TanyainCanada said...

What a great trip! I really enjoyed seeing them visit all the historic sites in London, especially where the battle of Hastings took place in 1066. I marvelled at the history when I was there, it will do these kids a world a wonder to have seen and learned this.