Monday, August 27, 2012, 9:30 PM, Bates and Duggar Reunion

The Bates Family is heading to Texas for the annual homeschooling conference! Watch as we see what it takes to get 21 people packed, loaded up and out the door for a week-long trip. Later, we see them meet up with their friends the Duggars!

30 minutes

11 comments:

Miggy said...

I'm sure I've seen this show a couple of time before? Ah...now I remember...we've seen the Duggars pack for home school conferences. I am so excited to see what the Bates do.

Nancy said...

Ah, the inevitable shifting of episodes for ratings has begun, dragging out the Duggars to this week and moving the chickens to Labor Day, when no on will be watching. I think it's their last two shows, unless they're only doing one new show on the 3rd and their final show on the 10th.

Nancy said...

Been there, seen this.

Although it's interesting that Kelly was using that phrase "dating with a purpose" as early as late April. They didn't publicly announce the dissolution of Zach's courtship until 2 months later and only used that phrase when pressed about "failed courtships" on her blog. This comes to mind since Erin was asked on BOTH episodes tonight about meeting/relationships with guys.

Rather than admitting failure, they claim it was successful since they were pure. And Kelly dear, we all date with a "purpose," to find out whether we're compatible with someone. Thankfully, most of us can end it - and remain pure - without the fanfare or pressure that these manufactured proposals puts on the families who push the Courtship model.

Rudy Tecat said...

I'm glad the Bates's show is only on a short run...they might be the death of TLC.

tulip said...

Surprising to hear the phrase "DATING with a purpose"! Kelly may lose points with Gothard on that one. Jim Bob has probably now crossed off the Bates boys from his list. Too risky.

Sharla said...

0.708 million viewers and 0.324 million adults 18-49 0.3 rating.

Nancy said...

How ironic that the numbers went DOWN for the Duggar episode.

Melissa said...

Here's another thing I love about the Bates, notice how Gil and Kelly Jo had a hotel room full of little kids and Michaela took a few other little ones in her room. The older kids got to bunk together. I wonder what Jim Bob and Michelle would do in a similar situation. My assumption is that they would make sure they got a room all to themselves with the exception of maybe putting little Josie in with them.

Alberta Rose said...

The Bates and Duggars use Gothard as a guideline. That doesn't mean they'll follow 100% of Gothard 100% of the time. It doesn't matter if it's Gothard, Dobson or Graham, I don't know anyone who is 100% a follower 100% of the time.

Nancy said...

...notice how Gil and Kelly Jo had a hotel room full of little kids and Michaela took a few other little ones in her room. The older kids got to bunk together. I wonder what Jim Bob and Michelle would do in a similar situation. My assumption is that they would make sure they got a room all to themselves with the exception of maybe putting little Josie in with them.

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Funny that this came up. I had to clear out some space on the DVR and noticed that I had the old "On the Road..." special, so I watched it last night. When they got to Disneyland, they had four rooms reserved. The boys split two, the girls got one and the last one went to Jim Bob and Michelle. No mention where baby Johannah ended up, but I think Michelle was done nursing her by then, so she probably ended up in the girls' room.

This sort of arrangement has occurred more than once over the years. Far be it for those two to bunk up with their kids rather than each other, even for a night or two. /eyeroll

erin joy said...

Personally, I think Big Sandy would be a great place for the Bateses & Duggars (who are old enough to go a-courtin') to meet eligible singles who come from similar backgrounds with strong Christian family values. From what I've seen, all these ATI families have bunches of kids -- Anna & Priscilla come from a "small" family of 8 kids. Young people with similar interests such as music and sports congregate together at the conference's special events. Since the entire family is there at the conference, the adult Bates & Duggar "kids" could see how these other young men & women interact with their own parents and siblings.

Parents should have some input when the wisdom that comes from their age and experience spots dangerous "red flags" that a besotted son or daughter might not see, but ultimately that son or daughter needs to follow their heart.