Tuesday, March 13, Swerve & Serve

The Duggars are on the road again and in more ways than one! Watch as they head to Little Rock where they meet up with old friends and volunteer at a fish fry. And Michelle helps celebrate Joy Anna's 14th birthday with her first driving lesson.

30 minutes

42 comments:

Alberta Rose said...

I'm making this post now so no one can think they are influencing me. Didn't they already do the fish fry thing?

On the flipside, I'm not surprised it's Michelle who is giving Joy Anna her first driving lesson. Those two are fairly close. That part of the episode I'm really looking forward to and watching those two have a great mother/daughter moment.

Cadence said...

I'm looking forward to the driving lesson because when a Duggar learns to drive, it's so genuine. They're not a sitting-still-with-hands-folded-on-lap type person anymore. I like to see them with their wild side on, like Jinger who was screaming when she learned.

ennvee said...

Saw a preview, totally by accident since I almost NEVER watch TLC, but I might actually watch the episode just see poor Joy smile for a change.

heavennoseven said...

Poor Joy. She had to share a birth with a sister who is 8 years younger then her. They already sent bowling for some other birthday. Didn`t they do a fun land for someone else birthday? Poor Joy.

Stephanie said...

Close up on Jinger's (I think) feet, BOOTS yay! That was for me!
More Duggar Time rudeness.
Was the sound man serious or joking? My husband says it was real aggervation.
JoyAnna at Chucki e cheese with crown on for a 14 year old girl. Jimbob wanting her to be backwards, shy, and awkward like Jana.
Man at fish fry ignoring Jimbob. Awesome.
A servants heart my butt. TLC paying them to pick up trash. Let's watch paint dry.
As a matter of facf Jana had the stove on while they were trying to leave for Little Rock. Is she now a rebel at age 22?

beef said...

I'll bet Grandma Duggar couldn't have been happier to see that bus pull away!

mom in texas said...

Showcasing the Duggars lateness is redundant. It is incrediably rude that they manage to be late to 95% of scheduled events.Its a total disregard for what others have planned and gives the impression that they could care less about courtesy.

Poor Joy Anna not only has to practically share a
name with her little sister, she has to also share a birthday.Though the pizza place maybe fun even for a 14 yr old, its still the lack of individuality. No one gets anything for themselves.There are some funny similarities in Joy and Johannah though.They are both amongst a bunch of boys and have the same outgoing spirit.I hated how Jim Bob mentioned Johannah being like Jana when she was young but how he hopes Hannie can become like an adult Jana, a quiet, serving woman. Why must they feel the need to break the will of these young women? There is nothing wrong with a spirited, outgoing young lady.

ennvee said...

We've been to that fish fry before...last season. At least this time it was admitted that the middle boys "did nothing."

Otherwise, snorzzzzzeville. Terrible hack edit job with the fall fish fry and birthday party, spliced together with Joy driving in late Nov/early December, a week (or less) before the miscarriage. The crew was there, so that fateful doctor's appointment wasn't that far in the future.

Next week's episode is a new description. Still waiting for Priscilla Keller's wedding, but I doubt it'll take a full episode, even with Duggars all throughout the wedding party.

Andrea said...

Dear TLC: We're not interested in Jim Bob and Michelle. We watch the show for the kids (less Josh). In fact, I may stop watching the show becuase I'm so completely turned off by Jim Bob and Michelle. You have 19 children, you make think it's cute and fun to kiss and cuddle each other in front of others and the camera, the rest of the population sees it as gross. I especially hate the promos that come up on the TV when I'm watching another TLC program and I have to see Jim Bob and Michelle's kiss and cuddle - Ugh.

Rainbow68 said...

Thank you, Alberta Rose! They HAVE shown a fish fry before. I thought the Duggars had done pretzels before, but it was the Gosselins in Philly who did pretzels, so I thought I might be mistaken again, but I wasn't :)
This episode was ok. They do appear to be running out of material, though. I think they will eventually do 2-3 one-hour specials a year which would prove more interesting. They've had a good run, and made a lot of money to help with expenses.

Alberta Rose said...

Ohhhhhh Joy has the WORLD'S greatest parents! I would have loved to have done something fun like that for my birthday but nooooooooooo, I got told at 14 I was too old to be doing stuff like that and needed to stop being such a tomboy. I should have realized having seen the older girls do go-karting that Joy wouldn't get told it's tomboyish. It didn't dawn on me until this episode that when it comes to recreation, the kids don't get told "you're too old to do such and such" or "that's tomboyish."

NanaJen said...

>>beef said...
I'll bet Grandma Duggar couldn't have been happier to see that bus pull away!
3/13/2012 7:26 PM

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My exact sentiment as I watched Grandma Duggar waving...the shear look of relief was written all over her face....I just wanted to hear it from her for once that she is ready for a much needed break. She can use a sweet tone to her voice, I don't care, just say it! And that moment as the bus pulled away would have been the best time for her to say it.

On another note, I find it very strange that with 19 adult children, teens, pre-teens, toddlers and infants coming in and out of that home we see segments of Michelle taking and talking about her daily meds in peace and quiet. Just her and Jim Bob talking quietly while no children are clammering to be picked up, talked to or even playing or eating in the background. I had three children which are all grown now; there was barely a quiet moment in our home as they were growing up....heck, even now when they and my grandson are home is it even remotely quiet! And I never looked as rested as Michelle does either...especially here of late. I still don't! But I guess that just implies that I was a hands-on mom and now a hands-on Nana. Michelle is not.

RJWIfe said...

It seems to me that the crew is getting fed up with, "Duggar Time!" An example from this show, waiting on them to show up for the fish fry in the parking lot for what was probably awhile for them. I agree with previous posts that editing seems to be letting this go through, where as is the past, we didn't typically see this. Don't they realize a good value to teach children for success in life, careers, etc. is showing up on time?! Perhaps that is why Josh's carlot is doing so poorly, he doesn't know how to show up on real time, not, "Duggar Time," for work. JMHO.

nana dear said...

Showcasing the Duggars lateness is redundant. It is incrediably rude that they manage to be late to 95% of scheduled events.Its a total disregard for what others have planned and gives the impression that they could care less about courtesy.
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My therapist says that habitual lateness and forgetfulness are signs of a passive/aggressive personality.
Did anyone else see Joy pull away in what looked like a frown or embarressed tears after having her photo taken in a princess crown with her 6 year old sister? They mentioned that the girl's birthdays were a couple of weeks apart couldn't they have done better. They have mentioned before that they let each of the children have . Haven't they said they consider video games worldly? The kids all seemed to know plenty about them.
I'm sorry Joy.

Sharla said...

1.057 million viewers. The 9:30 repeat had 1.067 million.

Elverna Bradshaw said...

Regarding "Duggar time": When Johannah was asked if they are late to everything, she gave a stank face and said "Some. We're late a lot." Nice.

Patrice said...

Poor Joy is right! Even if she doesn't have any friends her age, why couldn't she and the four older girls have taken a birthday trip to a shopping mall, a movie, a classical music concert, make-overs, anything, just to be treated as the young ladies they are, and not just a part of the dog and pony show. Grouping ages 1 to 22 into one big "happy" toddler birthday party is absolutely ridiculous. Separate teen and child birthday parties could have been planned, especially since the birthdays were two weeks apart. Nice way to show your children how special they are to you!

ennvee said...

I agree about letting her have some friends there. I've seen pics of her with girls her own age, so I know she has some actual friends. Where were they at the arcade? Especially since the Duggars had the place to themselves.

The only things I can think of is that the parents wouldn't give consent or that they wanted the LOOK AT HOW MANY KIDS WE HAVE THAT ARE ALL OURS (or "are's" if you're a Duggar). But they've had friends at skating parties when they had the place to themselves. I don't quite get this one, aside from consent issues, especially if her friends are fellow Gothardites and not just the run of the mill conservative Baptists that the family probably knew more of before going totally off the rails.

Lindy said...

Regarding Duggar time, my view is those children could learn to be on time, despite their parents' always blatantly disregarding time commitments, if they attend public/private school or college or just work for someone else.

I also couldn't stand the comment that Jim Bob made about Johanna being spunky and hoping she will be like Jana when she grows up. Has Jim Bob actually really paid attention to Jana? She looks dead in the eyes on the show and virtually every picture that is taken of her. I hope Johanna never loses her spunkiness and stays that inquisitive and energetic for the rest of her life.

tulip said...

Wow...million viewers for this? That had to be one of the most boring episodes ever, not to mention made a real mockery out of celebrating Joy's 14th bday. What could people have found so intriguing about the description that they just had to tune in?

heavennoseven said...

What`s so bad about being a tomboy?

So, they rather have Joy cooking and cleaning.

How about taking a few of the boys and playing a game or kickball or a came or horse, or go golfing? I see Joy as someone who wants to jump on a trampoline with her brothers. Now, she has to just sit in a chair and watch?


Nothing, is wrong with being a tomboy. Not letting your kids be who they are is.

imaamy said...

I like Joy but was dismayed at her grammar:( My 15.5 y/o is in driver ed as I type. 14 seems SO young. She seemed to do OK with one of their big gas-hog vehicles though. I'd be scared learning on something that big.

Stephanie said...

I would pay to see Grandma Duggar after they all left with a glass of wine and Twilight playing on the TV. Hehe.

Jen said...

Did the Duggars go somewhere else in Little Rock before the Fish Fry? They were not wearing the same clothes when they got off the bus as they were wearing when they got on the bus.

Poor Joy said...

Re: Grandma Duggar, I swear that in early episodes, she used to wear pants. Now, I only see her in skirts. Does anyone else recall this?

Nancy said...

Did anybody notice how one of the younger boys carried little Josie off the bus like a sack of taters down those steep steps?

Melba said...

For those wondering about why the girls had to celebrate their birthdays together....that's an easy one, it was all free! You couldn't ask Jim Bob to resist taking his daughters to a place where they can ride in Budweiser sponsored NASCAR style go carts and play casino junior games like the wheel of fortune game Michelle was playing with one on the kids. The Duggar kids should know by now that if a pizza place doesn't shut down for the day and give them money to show up, then it's a cake by Jana and a gift from the pawn shop.

Stephanie said...

I remember Grandma D wearing pants and I think she wore capri pants on the Black Sea. She wears the skirts out of respect for Jimbob and Michelle. Which actually makes me love her even more. She doesn't necessarily believe she is sinful when she wears pants, however, its their home and their program and their beliefs. I don't think they have even asked her to do this, I think she wants to. They don't ask Amy to wear their type of clothes and they shouldn't ask. I was reading the Gothard Dress code And It is very detailed. Shirts under blouses when in doubt, 4 fingers between collarbone and fabric can show skin, no tight blouses or skirts/pants that cup your shape, only certain types of slits in skirts, no sleeveless blouses because your bra might show under your arm. There was no comment about shoes. I am kind of suprised that they haven't outlawed high heels. It said something about wearing scarves, that they bring attention to the face. Speaking of shoes, it did make me happy seeing Jinger in those boots, the camera went down and close for a lengthy shot of the boots, I really think that was because flip flops are such a topic for us. Even Joshs recent instagram photo in the cold had one of the girls in flip flops and someone commented "your sisters and those flip flops, makes me cold just looking at her". After Anna had some baby weight on her and her nursing large breasts, she had a shirt on that was way too tight and I wondered who told her? Also, I have seen Anna experiment with makeup in a bad way, too much with too much blue eyeshadow, I don't want them to stop wearing it they just need some help on how to do it classy. Joy's birthday was very sad. Her birthday was in October and she didn't get to drive until December? That was a long wait. I also didn't like Jimbob saying Hannie will settledown one day and be like Jana. I think Jana is awkward and can't put a sentence together. I guess the changes we have seen in Joy is Jimbob realing her in at the age of 12. Their girls turn into a preteen and the future is laid out to them. You are going to be a wife and mother. The End.

tulip said...

I've definitely seen Anna in some tight shirts, and then the next time you see her, she's in a maternity type top. High heels are basically outlawed, whether it be a written "rule" or not, they're considered sexy no matter what. (this is something I read somewhere by a former follower, and we never see any of the women in more than like a 1-inch heel.) Grandma Duggar is very respectful-and she has common sense, that's why we like her. The kids say they've never asked Grandma to do all the laundry, she just does...but I doubt Michelle has ever jumped up and volunteered, especially since she has to get in her time on the elliptical.

Stephanie said...

Yes. I hate they way they throw her around.

Stephanie said...

Michelle taking all those giant vitamins, when I was pregnant and the least bit nauseous, I couldn't take those pre-natel pills etc. I would gag. The doctor said don't worry about it. I thought Michelle stayed sick through 1st half pregnancy? She was sitting at an awfully quiet table when she explained that. Also, on that excercise machine I suppose none of the little kids bothered her on that because they leave her alone anyway. I don't know, it just seems there is no bedtime, naptime, school time, or routine of any kind. They don't al sit down for dinner either. Those kids have two full-time parents, 1 overworked grandma, and Jana, John, Jill, and Jessa over 18, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, & Joy to wrangle the kids. Maybe they aren't doing as much as we give them credit for? FYI WHERE WAS JOSIAH THIS WEEK AGAIN? He is never on camera anymore, very interesting.

Elvira said...

I think Michelle has said she's nauseated for the first trimester. She would have been beyond that at 18 weeks.

beef said...

Nana Jen "we see segments of Michelle taking and talking about her daily meds in peace and quiet. Just her and Jim Bob talking quietly while no children are clammering to be picked up, talked to or even playing or eating in the background."

I ALWAYS think this when I see Michelle casually and calmly taking time for herself like this. Not that a person doesn't deserve to take their vitamins in peace, but at my house (where only a 2 and 3 year old and their parents live) I could not take a vitamin without two little voices demanding to know what I am eating and if they can have some. I take my vitamins after they go to bed for this very reason! I know it's because she has older girls to help but that just makes it seem even more absurd.

Jen said...

"FYI WHERE WAS JOSIAH THIS WEEK AGAIN? He is never on camera anymore, very interesting."
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He was shown close up at the Fish Fry putting on his apron.

Rachel HM said...

IMO, Joy Dugger will be the first one to fall off the "Duggar Wagon." She seems content to stay a tomboy, and speaks her mind. I cannot wait to see it!

Stephanie said...

Yes. He doesnt interview or host like he used to. He has cut way way back And is rarely seen on camera anymore. He was my 12 year old daughters favorite and she has noticed. Even on that youtube bus tour this summer after the Atlanta accident, Josiah did the bus tour. I really think since he ran out of the #20 announcement crying, he has either chosen to back out of the tv show, or they are cautiously keeping him out of interviews etc because he isn't towing the line.

I can't imagine him telling his parents "I don't want to be on our tv show anymore"
Jimbob "ok, just be on camera and do the events. We won't interview you or even put a mic on you."
But maybe they honored his wishes. Maybe they thought he was going to let his true feelings slip?
We speculated during #20 announcement that he cried because he feared for his mothers life. Why else would he cry? The little boys so ignorant shaking and jumping Josie. Joy and up know the seriousness.
I am seriou though, he really isn't on camera like before. Its noticable. Maybe Josiah will be the Duggar kid to write the tell all.

Alberta Rose said...

I could almost here the reference to "Duggar Time" going right over my son's head. He's very punctual and has said that I should run on "[Daddy] Time" (the original word was our surname). The famiy joke is that I was born two weeks late and have never managed to catch up, hence the reference to me living up to my married name, not my surname.

Having seen the episode a second time, it dawned on me that they uphold cooking, baking and cleaning as "womanly arts" but what about handicrafts such as sewing, knitting, crocheting or the paper arts? I've never seen either the boys or girls doing that. I do know some of the females are thoroughly indulged in their love of photography but what of the others?

Wampascat said...

I've always thought it odd that they live on all that acreage and have all that equipment and don't raise a garden. For a family that proclaims they like to save money, they really missed the boat on that one.

sandi said...

In their first book,Michelle says the girls were given a sewing machine by a friend,and there was at least one episode where one of them sewed (when they were younger) a pioneer type outfit,like they wore on the Little House on the Prairie show,so they have done some sewing in the past.I've no idea about now though.

Shoka's Understudy said...

That is what I don't understand. All those boys to work a huge garden and what a blessing it would of been on their grocery bill and their community food bank!

They would of had fresh vegetables for salad, for snacking. for freezing.

Their local food bank could of had the miracle of fresh vegetables that are rarely donated.

As someone posted earlier, they did miss the boat on the garden.

Melanie said...

While watching this episode just now, I don't understand their cavalier attitude of not even trying or caring to be on time. I guess everyone else has to adjust to "Duggar time" and wait for them to arrive. It's rude when they know other people are waiting hours for them to arrive. God likes things orderly. Don't waste other people's time just because you have lots of kids. I cannot comprehend this non-Christian attitude of theirs.

Alberta Rose said...

When Jim Bob commented about how they got that land cheap I suspected the soil wasn't very good. What I saw when they attempted to plant fruit trees confirmed it. That soil would be challenging for someone with a green thumb, nevermind people who lack it. Far better to support those who are capable of growing fresh produce and fruit then to struggle to make it grow on your land.