Tuesday, February 28, The Duggar Twist, 9:30 PM

The Duggars are back to doing what the Duggars do best, serving others! In this episode, the family visits a pretzel shop and helps raise money for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, an organization aimed at fighting childhood cancer.

30 minutes

57 comments:

Rainbow68 said...

Didn't the Gosselins go to a pretzel shop, or am I mistaken?

Elverna Bradshaw said...

Let me prophesize: At the pretzel shop, the younger boys will grab the pretzels like they've never seen food before, gulp them down, and do the rub the belly/ make bugged out eyes/ give the thumbs up sign thing that they do.

The lemonade stand will be similar but they will have to be reminded they can't drink any of the lemonade so they will whine and stamp their feet.

In other words, the same ol', same ol'.

Wampascat said...

This is pitiful. I'm sure those adult Duggar Blessings are sooo over these silly field trips. I can't imagine they get any enjoyment wrangling their younger siblings while Momma and Daddy take all the credit for helping "others".
I would love to see an episode where they take a field trip to a university where one of the older girls is enrolled or show John David's excitement as he searches for his first apartment. Even watching one of the younger blessings being allowed to join Girl Scouts would be a nice departure! For crying out loud, enough already!

Patrice said...

Wasn't there a show where the JimBob got to help make pizzas in a pizza shop and the kids were back there too? Will they allow that in the pretzel shop? People who are not trained in food sanitation and who are not employees of the business should not be allowed behind the counter. Super-size that rule for the Duggars. They seem to be one of the least hygienic families I have ever seen. What does the health department have to say about that? I certainly would not order food that was handled by grubby Duggar hands...any of them!

Ellie said...

Ooo, this sounds like it's going to be a fun episode (please note sarcasm). Cant we focus on things that aren't so contrived? You cant honestly sit there and expect me to believe that, without the show, the Duggars would be doing these outings. Show things around the house. Things like following the middle children around (we see plenty of the older and younger children, but nearly nothing about the middle children) or what it's like having the Vanderhoffs spend long periods of time in the house (I'm sure there was a lot of usable footage of their interactions, even if they weren't all positive). OR, why don't we just skip to when Michelle miscarried. Treat it like a birth, show it, show life after, then go back and do the other stuff. It's not like we don't all know it's coming.

ncgirl said...

"Didn't the Gosselins go to a pretzel shop, or am I mistaken?"

It seems like the Gosselins did a lemonade stand for charity.

Sixpence never the richer said...

I hope that we are NOT forced to see the oh so Holy Josh on this episode (though we probably will). If we do, I predict that he will be a phony expert on pretzel making just like he happens to be an expert on everything from health to having a booming car business.

ennvee said...

Interesting. The Duggars did the lemonade stand bit last summer, but apparently did it again in early November, which coincides with taping for Justin's birthday.

http://nwahomepage.com/fulltext-news/?nxd_id=282027

ennvee said...

Here are some pictures. Apologies for the double post.

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150352528911561.351112.30769036560&type=3

No need to watch the episode now. :D

Investigate said...

I am officially joining the non-watchers campaign, and this episode summary pretty much sealed the deal for me. I though, didn't I see photos from is about 5 months ago? There running on fumes now, scraps of footage from the floor.

Considering that I was once willing to pay $1.99 per episode on Amazon to watch the colorful train wreck, it carries that much more weight. I am really over the show now. Also, The stuff Josh posts, the political interviews, and family leaks provides more reality than the over-scripted TV show, and doesn't pay them in ratings.

Miggy said...

Does anyone know if any of the new episodes have been uploaded to Youtube? I can't find them. Being in Australia, I don't get them on Tv and I can't get them on iTunes. (Episodes come up on the iTunes listing but I get a message saying I can't buy them in my region.) Very hard to snark when you don't get watch the episodes.

Willow said...

What gets me is that it seems as though they could make new and interesting episodes if they wanted to, couldn't they? I mean, shouldn't it be somebody's job to think up new ideas? I can think of at least 10 or 15 NEW ideas right now -- why can't they? IMO, if the Duggars want to stay on T.V., they need to broaden the scope of what they are willing to show of themselves. Just a thought. A family that large shouldn't be that boring. (First hint -- DROP Amy altogether. Please.)

hart&sole said...

This episode will definitly keep me on the edge of my seat. Pretzel factory? Lemonade stand? YAWN

Alberta Rose said...

I might have a different perspective because I know someone who is a survivor of Child Cancer as well has having had for three years a Facebook friend whose daughter is in remission but any episode that draws attention to the need for better care and finding a cure for Child Cancer is a good thing.

heavennoseven said...

They talk about the kids speech.


Its gross them riding dirty bikes in the house.

heavennoseven said...

Gross, no hair nets. I hope none of that was served to people.


Its so sad to see that girl passed this year.

Stephanie said...

Poor little girl, who is now deceased, had to drive 2 hours one way to see them? That's 4 hours in the car for the last few months of her short life. How sad. And she honestly seemed like she dreaded the ride. Why didn't the Duggars drive to her house. I really can't stand them anymore.
And by the way, did you notice Michelles obvious declaration that Jordyn CAN talk? Read this blog much TLC production?

ennvee said...

Sad to hear the little girl passed away. Hated that TLC had so little footage in the vault that they had to exploit her. The phone call and lemonade stand with the VO's to tie it together would have sufficed.

Those little girls are as out of control as the boys were at those ages. Jordyn weaving off into the distance in that toy car made me wince. As did pretty much everything I forced myself to watch tonight.

Stephanie said...

Your comments lately have really been standing out to me lately, how did the Duggars asking a dying girl to drive 4 hours to see them draw attention to child cancer sufferers? The Duggars where saying "look at us, we care about this child, but not enough to drive to see her in our half million dollar bus, hmmm, it may make a good episode though so let's exploit this." Community Service and serving others is about doing the right thing when know one is watching. Why didn't they pay for her to go see Justin Bieber or whoever the hot tween popstar is for the moment. Just makes me more angry that the poor girl has died. Did they go to her funeral?

tulip said...

I agree!...Ridiculous and rude! With all the traveling to promote themselves and their hero of a Pres. Candidate, they absolutely should have went to visit her themselves! Not to mention, did Jim Bob put any of THEIR OWN cash in for a donation to Alex's Lemonade? Yes, and no hairnets! Why is it whenever reality shows get involved with public foodservice, it's like they're exempt from the basics of food preparation and hygiene guidelines? And they're showing this on national TV...

Vera said...

They seriously expected a dying little girl to drive to see them???? I am so angry I don't even know what to say about that...

heavennoseven said...

Yes, they should of visited the girl.

Other Things they could do.

I wish the girls who had good hair would do things like locks of love.

Or Josh giving a local dad who has a sick kid a car to drive to get back and forth. If they no longer have cars, due to medical bills.

The little kids drawing pictures.

An older girl going to visit someone in the hospital and bring some games or offering free sitting when the parents visit the sick child.

and much more.




I thought they would be more caring for this cause. I think Jim Bobs dad had a tumor in his brain.

Rainbow68 said...

Although the dying child had to ride to see them, I still thought it was a sweet episode. She probably felt terrible, but seemed to enjoy the visit. Her grandmother clearly was touched by their seeing the little girl. Don't know if they donated any of their own money, but they shivered in 43 degree weather on a windy day, and that counts for something. It is uncomfortable waiting for the other shoe to drop (the miscarriage). Michelle happily talking about how the pregnancy is progressing is sad to me. All in all, though, I found this episode much better than the first. Seeing that the child had died was terrible, though :(

Willow said...

Oh, I was so mad for the same reason!! -- She had to drive there if she wanted to see them. Also, when she got there, Michelle's first question was about which episode of their show she liked the most!!!! Are you kidding me? If they had better interaction with her than that, TLC should have shown it. It really made the Duggars look bad (in my opinion). The only thing that put them out about the whole thing was that Michelle made a phone call to the little girl. Wow. I was so shocked. I hope they did a little more than what was shown.

mom in texas said...

Its pretty obvious that the show's producers read the blogs since they decided to do the totally irrelevant segment about the kids motor skills and speech. Its funny how Michelle thinks if she says something (i.e. Jordyn speaks so well!)that we automatically believe it.We can hear and see that some of the kids, Jordyn in particular, has issues with speech.

tiffches said...

They are beyond selfish to expect this child to ride any distance to see them. They should have gone to see her. Plus, they talk about how much they give, but they never appear to give money. Why couldn't they give that family their salaries from that episode? It would have been a lot more helpful to that family. The idea of a sick child being treated like that makes me sick. The cancer foundation always needs financial help. So do places like the Ronald MacDonald house. Having a stand to make money is fine. But donate some of your own as well. Never gives til it hurts. Always gives til it feels good. They are a very self-centered, selfish family. The children have learned to stay away from other people, not have opinions, not study and learn about God's beautiful world and the people who died to make this country great. They love to enjoy the fruit of other people's labor.

Susie Q said...

Well, I went to bed crying after seeing that Gesmane had died this month or last month. When Jim Bob was praying on the bus, I thought why did he not pray for healing-Lord remove the cancer from their bodies. I pray for Gesmane's family and hope watching this episode will bring them some comfort

Allison said...

My husband and I were both kind of like "say what??" with them saying "You're invited to come see us... TWO HOURS AWAY." Sheesh. Was it because Alex's Lemonade and Genessa are both have connections to cancer? That does NOT make for a good tie-in TLC! You should have had Michelle go visit Genessa on one of their trips to Little Rock for Josie's check-ups. That was the dumbest thing the producers ever came up with, and yes, I TOTALLY blame the producers. Michelle Duggar would NEVER have thought to call Genessa. She is way too stuck in her own little world.

Patty said...

Ennvee wrote <>

I certainly agree! It's amazing to me that the parents aren't around much when that sort of thing is filmed. Jordyn could have been badly hurt.

Another safety issue that gets me is the spiral staircase. Little ones going up/down that thing has always made me cringe, and no safety gates are ever attached.

I noticed that Josie ran into the girls' room for bed with the rest of the girls. Since Michele was pregnant with # 20 when this was filmed, looks like Josie was finally booted out of Michele and Jimbob's room.

mk said...

It made me so sad when she was talking about watching the episode in which Jim Bob gets the allergy shots in his back and he's like, "Oh you thought that was funny?" and she said, "No! It looked like it hurt!"

The poor little girl probably had to undergo dozens of painful pokes and prods. :(

Elvira said...

Most of the Duggar girls could not donate hair to Locks of Love. They only take non-chemically treated "virgin" hair.

Lindy said...

I have stuck to my decision to not watch the Duggars, so what I write is based on what you all have mentioned on this site.

I googled about whether Locks of Love will accept chemically treated hair. I think that they prefer that the hair is "all natural" but will accept chemically treated hair if it's in good condition. Other organizations will accept all types of hair, regardless of condition. So really, there is no reason that the girls cannot donate their hair to some organization that makes wigs.

I can only imagine what that young girl must have gone through to get to the Duggar compound. It must have been the longest two hours to get there, right after she had chemo and was dealing with the side effects of chemo (nausea, pain, etc). I kept thinking that the Duggars were quite selfish to not have made an effort to see the girl at her own home.

Elvira said...

I know someone who makes the wigs. She says sometimes some places will accept the treated hair to be kind and then throw it out.

tulip said...

At the age of 2, Josie is most definitely out of Mama and Daddy's bedroom-probably as soon as they found out they were expecting Jubilee. Just hope Josie isn't having to sleep all curled up in a pack 'n play like I remember seeing Jennifer in when she was that age! I couldn't believe a toddler was having to use that as a bed, she couldn't even stretch out her legs!

Just wondering what Josh and Anna have planned since they're probably expecting, and their tiny house is busting at the seams...in last week's episode Anna could barely walk around in their own bedroom between the bed, crib, desk, etc., not to mention the kids will be tripping over each other in the family room if even one toy is left out. They really need to start saving up all the TLC cash, stop complaining about business being slow at the carlot when they eat out at restaurants every single day...and maybe they could afford a home that actually fits their growing family.

sick of selfishness said...

Please DO NOT donate to Locks of Love, they have been known to sell some of the donated hair! My daughter is a childhood cancer survivor & she has donated 3 times to Pantene's Beautiful Lengths. I agree its about time those Dugger girls learn what sacrifice is all about! Starting with Michelle's mop, oops meant hair!

Jen said...

Genessa, did not even get to go to the Duggar house and play with/see the kids after the two hour drive. She met them at the pretzel stand.

ARGirl said...

Did anyone else see some of the very young kids inhaling helium out of balloons at the very beginning of the show? I'm sure that no Duggar is remotely aware of the dangers of this kind of recreational drug useage, especially to small children.

Their self-imposed ignorance is dangerous, and makes them their own worst enemy.

Vera said...

Well at least the viewing (and reading) public have seen Michelle's true (self-serving) colors. Let's just hope this is the beginning of the end of the TLC gravy train for these egomaniacal parents and their "blessings." And maybe the young women will be married off and Michelle will be forced to actually raise the "blessings" that SHE brought into the world.

An occasional special would be good though so we can see as the train runs off the tracks completely.

Shannon said...

Normally I wouldn't have minded the predictable "field trip" of pretzels and lemonade, but TLC and the Duggars exploited that dying girl.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Duggar seemed convinced that they were doing her a favor by "inviting" her to crawl out of her death bed and make the long car trip on a cold day, just for the honor of a little vapid small talk. The Duggars might not have known any better, but the network definitely should have.

Take heed, Michelle and Jim Bob: The big happy chuck wagon is clearly grinding to a halt. Budget accordingly.

I do love Vera's idea about occasional specials. These could string out for years, following the kids as they enter the extensive counseling they will undoubtedly require. The possibilities are endless!

londonbridges said...

I agree also that the Duggars should have visited the gravely ill young lady. Who actually benefited from this fiasco? I hardly think one so ill appreciated travelling four hours just to meet the Duggar royalty. IMHO, this meeting was all for show, TLC and the Duggars the biggest recipients. Shameful. If the Duggars were clearly concerned, they would have travelled to her home. What another dog and pony show.

beef said...

My heart sank when I saw little Josie running into the "girls room" to sleep. It leaves a bad taste in my mouth to think of those poor teenagers having to deal with all of those toddlers and small children's nighttime needs...I have two toddlers myself and I accept that I will be sleep deprived during this phase of my life, but to have to go through that during the teenage years with your SIBLINGS!? I can't even imagine. Must be nice to be Jim Bob and Michelle and happily snooze the night away while your unpaid help tends to your children all night. Sheesh.

Just sayin' said...

Josie is the only child who could possibly be considered a toddler. Even she is now really a pre-schooler.

Vera said...

I am amazed it has taken this long for Josie to be handed off!

I don't watch the show because I prefer to keep my dinner rather than tossing it...so I am curious...does Michelle seems as disinterested in Josie, now that the crisis seems to have passed, as she is in Jordyn, Jennifer and pretty much all of her other "blessings?"

SalGoodie said...

My heart sank when I saw little Josie running into the "girls room" to sleep. It leaves a bad taste in my mouth to think of those poor teenagers having to deal with all of those toddlers and small children's nighttime needs...
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I thought maybe I was just being over-critical of this bedtime scene, but am glad to hear that others thought the same thing. I just cannot imagine those young girls/adults having to act as parents to the younger girls throughtout the night while the parents are peacefully sleeping. Shame on Michelle and Jim Bob!

Joanne said...

Jim Bob and Michelle can't have josie in their room, because they need to get working on receiving more "blessings". What a racket they have. I cant understand why the older girls arent rebelling and I would love to see one of them tell their parents, you had them, YOU take care of them.

Frowning said...

I agree with all here about the Duggars exploiting that ill girl. Astounding that they couldn't make the drive to HER home! Where's some of that "serve others" Duggar charity - why don't they donate some funds to that family??? It was pretty obvious they are in financial need, a sound bite on their show was an insult in my opinion. According to Josh's instagram, they have been spending oodles of money following around a politician! They should put their money where their mouths are.

I also was concerned when I saw Josie run into her sister's room. Unfortunately, when you segregate your family, not allow them to explore & discover the world on their own, they will only know what they are told by their parents. I don't know if those girls actually understand they have a choice?! There is no problem with parents imparting their beliefs on their children - but once they become of age, you MUST let them choose their own way with loving guidance & support - not keep them isolated & ignorant. I also heard Michelle say once that they tell their children they need to share ALL their feelings with Mom & Dad (ie: emotional feelings related to attraction to the opposite sex, thinking impure thoughts etc.) Again, this a cultish method of discouraging the children to think for themselves. Everyone, ESPECIALLY teenagers deserve to have "alone" time and are entitled to their own feelings without having the share them with their parents.

I am so curious to see how this family fares in the future.

susan said...

I was literally almost sick when that poor dying child said she didn't really want to take a two hour (EACH WAY!) car ride to a Duggar lemonade stand. Imagine, four hours in the car (when you're already nauseous from chemo) to make small talk with Michelle, who can only ask about herself. I literally just wanted to hurl.

And to whomever asked whether Michelle is now also ignoring Josie, as she does to other young girls, the answer is a resounding YES! Josie is being parented completely by her buddies (she seems to be passed around a bit, actually).

The most fitting part of the episode was Jim Bob and Michelle closing their own door for a peaceful night of sleep while the girls get to deal with four toddlers or preschoolers, including Josie. Michelle can't even bathe or say goodnight to her own children. She just runs into the bedroom with her hubby and ignores all those other 18 blessings that SHE created. But once they're born, they are no longer of interest.

Wow.

Willow said...

When they showed the girls marching into their room, there were so many of them, it was like one of those Candid Camera spoofs. IMO, it is unhealthy to have that many people in one room. I know there room is large, but still not large enough for all 9 girls. When I saw Josie marching in there (she is a little doll), I thought "where in the world is she going to go" - Are they sleeping 2 to a bed now? Unhealthy and claustrophic. I wonder if the older kids sometimes sneak out and sleep on the couch or the floor in the bathroom? (I am only slightly kidding).

Wampascat said...

Wouldn't you like to be a fly on the wall sometimes in the girls room to hear what they say about their parents and how they really feel about their lot in life? It's just not human nature to be perpetually cheerful when you know deep down inside your own parents are taking advantage of you. Well, really, they're stealing their youth, their choices, everything!!! Criminal!!!

Lindy said...

Elvira said...
Most of the Duggar girls could not donate hair to Locks of Love. They only take non-chemically treated "virgin" hair.

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Even if the Duggar girls did donate their hair and the hair got thrown in the bin, it would be the thought that counted. I have seen pics of other Gothard girls who have much shorter (and healthier) hair than the Duggar girls, and I think donating their hair would be a growing experience for them. They may actually see that God won't kill them with lightening, and that their father Jim Bob isn't so almighty and perfect in his beliefs.

I was quite appalled when hearing that the girl had to visit the Duggars. So not right. They can spend thousands of dollars travelling for a presidential candidate, but cannot drive a couple hours to see a dying girl. Very selfish. It would have been nice to see Michelle and Jim Bob (and maybe a couple of the kids close to her age, like Joyanna and Josiah) drive the distance to see the girl, while the kids volunteered on their own at the lemonade stand. I also think that the reason why this girl's complaints about the drive were left in was to show that all is not wonderful in the Duggar world.

I also do not know how well Michelle is bonding to her toddlers by not waking up to them in the middle of the night, given that the older girls are in the room to parent them. Her children may grow up not really having a clue what it is to be emotionally available to their own offspring. I think it is time for Jim Bob and Michelle to consider giving their adult children separate bedrooms, even if they have to share, and not limit access to the internet to the older children.

stephanie said...

Are you kidding me? You feel sorry for Michelle's Miscarraige of a 20th pregnancy that never should have happened at 45 years old with previous birth of Josie an extremely sick micro premie? Jubilie was a stillborn and that is sad for a family but in my opinion there is no way you can compare Jubilees 20 week stillbirth which she was taken by God in her mothers womb with no suffering to a young girl of a long fight with cancer. I appoligize for not spelling her name right, I think it was Genessa, she was around 10 or 12 years old. She had friends, attended school, had favorite tv programs, favorite musicians. Maybe she liked Taylor Swift or Justin Bieber, she had lost her hair in her fight to stay alive. Hair the Duggars consider to be their "MANS" pride and glory. Comparing a young girl who walked the earth and fought cancer and lost is nowhere close to Michelle Duggars stillbirth. You mean to tell me Jimbob and Michelle would mourn equally over Jubilee loss vs the loss of JoyAnna?God Forbid (I am trying to make a comparison) JoyAnna who has been with them for years,that that have memories and loving stories about. You can't compare a stillbirth with the long death of a preteen who knew she was dying. That episode has left a heartbroken loss to me personally than tbe upcoming stillbirth of Jubilee. More should have been done, more should have been said, honestly the family didn't have the financial resources the Duggars have and probably have medical bills and funeral costs. Duggars step up and help since you used this girl for ratings. My sympathies to her family.
Michelles interview and exercise was PR to say "see Josies complications were just a fluke"

Wampascat said...

I wonder if the adult children have any access to their share of the TLC money or if it's all handed over to Jim Bob? Do reality shows have to adhere to the Jackie Coogan law that states a certain percentage of earnings must be kept intrust for the child? I wish those girls could just take their money and RUN!

Elvira said...

No, the law only applies to guild members and reality show participants are not professional actors. As stated here and other places, TLC's policy is to pay "the family."

pumpkin said...

I was very sad to see the poor little cancer stricken girl who really didn't want to make a FOUR HOUR round trip to see the Duggars. That made me sad, and angry. Do they Duggars really believe that they are so famous and amazing that they think this is the way it should work?

Ugh.

I'm getting increasingly disillusioned with a family I used to admire. I can't believe they are so completely self-absorbed. This is not godly. This is not following the "Jesus first, Others second, Yourself last - JOY"

beef said...

Well said, Stephanie! I am going to do something I could have never before imagined...I am going to send an email or maybe even a "real" letter to the Duggars asking them to please help the family of poor Genessa. That part of the show was absolutely atrocious. I hope other people have taken or will take the time to send similar messages to the Duggars.

Vera said...

Well said, Stephanie!

I think it is obvious that the Duggars had little to no compassion for the suffering that poor little girl endured. Otherwise they would have gone out of their way instead of her having to go out of hers.

If anyone from the show is lurking about here PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, if the Duggars have the love of God in their heart at all...PLEASE do something to help that little girl's family. You couldn't be bothered much to help her but at least do the right thing by her family.

Alberta Rose said...

I don't blame the Duggar women for not giving to Locks of Love. I got peer pressured by my Bible Study group to do that. Two weeks later I regreted it. It makes more sense for the Duggar women to do volunteer for a Cancer organizaiton then to get their hair chopped off.