Tuesday, September 4, 2012, 9:00 PM Duggar Growing Pains


When Jordyn gets her head stuck in the railing, it's Jim Bob to the rescue. Later, the kids meet up with two other large families for pizza and a lesson in pizza dough tossing. Plus, Jim Bob and Michelle head to DC and have dinner with Kirk Cameron!

30 minutes

32 comments:

Nancy said...

Kirk Cameron has become a total loon.

Speaking of loons, today TLC taped the Duggars "street preaching" as Anna called it at the Univ. of Arkansas with Ray Comfort, the guy behind the giant $100 bill gospel tracts. He also can't decide whether he's Jewish or Christian. He's a complete nutter.

Rudy Tecat said...

It's a good indication that a tv show has "jumped the shark" when they start bringing in celebrities to guest star. Kirk Cameron is probably the biggest of the Christian movie stars there is.

tulip said...

I thought they already had an episode with Kirk Cameron-remember when they went to that Christian movie festival, and they were so enamored with him in 'Fireproof'? BTW, calling the episode Duggar Growing Pains? I doubt the Duggars would have ever seen 'Growing Pains', even back in the day when that show was considered a wholesome family show, they wouldn't have dared tune in. They didn't even have a TV.

ncgirl said...

Kirk Cameron has been on the show before. The family met him at some event. It was a brief appearance.

sandi said...

Living Waters seems like a really strange ministry,from what I've seen on the website.I did enjoy Kirk's sister Candace's speech though.I saw it alongside the Duggars at Liberty on youtube,and decided to watch.I wish they would have her on the show sometime.She has truly grown into a beautiful lady;physical beauty and in spiritual beauty as well. :)

Alberta Rose said...

Living Waters seems like a really strange ministry,from what I've seen on the website.I did enjoy Kirk's sister Candace's speech though.I saw it alongside the Duggars at Liberty on youtube,and decided to watch.I wish they would have her on the show sometime.She has truly grown into a beautiful lady;physical beauty and in spiritual beauty as well. :)

Here's your answer why not:

It's a good indication that a tv show has "jumped the shark" when they start bringing in celebrities to guest star. Kirk Cameron is probably the biggest of the Christian movie stars there is.

Growing Pains wasn't that wholesome. "Jason gets a call from the police that Mike has been picked up for illegally driving a car"; "Ben and Mike are hooked on off-track betting for horse races"; "Mike concocts a scheme to avoid admitting that a dog he was taking care of has run away". Those are plots from three episodes in the first season.

Hannah said...

Undies? Really!

Super human strength. Poor Girl, she had to that tape.

Gross. They behaved like animals when eating out.

Hannah said...

Do you need them to say they ate at the presidents. Really, they think they can joke about the Debt with fake bills? I hope they paid in real cash and didn`t get for free.

Gross. Do they know Kirk once didn`t believe in god?


Patrice said...

What a disgusting display by the Mother of the Year when her daughter was stuck in a dangerous banister railing. Stand below and laugh and laugh while at least Jordyn's dad tries to help her out. And then when he brings her down Michelle never even reaches out to hold or comfort her, and just by instinct the little girl reaches for her big sisters, whom I am sure she thinks of as "moms". Wow, great parenting there. I know when the Gothard groups vote for MOTY again, I will certainly put in my vote. I want to be as good of a mommy as Michelle is. Please, Michelle, write more blogs with your "wise" parenting advice. This part of the show totally made me sick.

Craig said...

I think they have run out of ideas for this show. Each episode gets more and more boring. Nothing of any note happened. Wow they went to a restaurant, never seen that before.

Willow said...

I was just going to write about Jordyn going to the sisters instead of her mom. I totally agree. It is always so obvious. So different with Kelly Bates. What is wrong with Michelle? Its like she is afraid her kids will get her dirty or something. She really and truly does not want them to be attached to her. Seems like it sets a bad example for the future mothers Michelle is raising. The trend may perpetuate. So sad and so sad that we have to say "so sad" so often.

NanaJen said...

Watched last nights new episodes to see what has been going on with the cult, er, I mean family.

Precious Jordyn cannot get her head back through the railing/step and needs help. Some of the cult members watching; however, no telling how long Jordyn was in her predicament as she really is the forgotten middle child. But what struck me was that when Jim Bob brought Jordyn down the steps after her ordeal Michelle does her awful baby-talk-giggle at her for the camera only, I'm sure, but does not even reach out to her; she just smiles at her moving over so Jim Bob is able to hand her over to a sister mom. Michelle has absolutely no bond with her children.

Then, Jim Bob stated, while in interview, that he hates public speaking. And then Michelle, while in interview, stated that she hates to be away from her children.

Note to Jim Bob and Michelle: Stop it. You're not fooling any one of us. You're only attempting to fool yourselves and your own children. Jim Bob, really? You know you love the attention. Michelle, I truly hope that I am wrong about you.

Also, I cringed when the two babies were playing at the top of the steps.



hello said...

When Jordyn got her head stuck in the railing, Michelle was right there laughing while Jim Bob was getting her unstuck. And after she was freed, she went right into the arms of her sister. Just goes to show that Michelle loves the attention that she gets from having all those kids, but doesn't want the responsibility of actually caring for them. The only time she seems to enjoy her kids is when they are infants.

Porcupine Pie said...

Yes, I noticed that too, Patrice. I think that's a huge clue that Michelle is really just a baby-factory bystander in that family. Most kids would have wanted the comfort of their mothers arms after that scary situation, but Jordyn reaches for Jinger and Jessa. And Jordyn didn't even LOOK at Michelle! Very sad :(.............

Sara Bennett said...

Darn! I'm so disappointed that, as a resident of Lynchburg, that I did not know the Duggars were here. I guess that is the downside to working for one of the other colleges in town rather than working at Liberty.

Renee said...

I liked this episode overall.

About Jordyn's head in the railing, it was okay for Michelle to laugh. All children manage to do little "naughty" things, and if the child is not actually hurt, it's okay to make light of the situation!

I liked that even though the Duggar family does not agree with Obama's ideologies, they still talked about him with respect.

In total, I think this was a fun and light episode.

tulip said...

Repeat offender, and TLC still manages to give them the time of day (Kate Plus 8 anyone?) Jim Bob sharing his obsession with never feeling like he can have enough underwear (whether packing for a trip or not) has already been talked about in at least two previous seasons, as well as Michelle's rehearsed baby-voice concern about how she misses her kids when she's away from them and it's just not natural for them to be apart. Jim Bob has said more times then I care to recall how he just really does not like public speaking, and is in fact extremely nervous about it...okay, right.

IMO, the reason why many did not find Jordyn getting her head stuck in the railing and Michelle laughing about it 'okay' is because the Duggar house presents itself as one huge safety hazard after another for all those little kids, and they don't seem to have any clue. No baby (safety) gates for the huge staircase or other areas of the house, sharp corners abound, stools little kids have climbed on and fallen off bonking their heads on that stone tile floor, zero doorknob covers, etc (it could go on & on-inside and out). Very poor level of safety awareness for people who have had toddlers and little kids running around for 20+ years, and their track record for injuries.

hello said...

Jim Bob and Michelle don't seem to have any sense of safety. The kids are often seen doing dangerous things, climbing on counters and furniture, mowing the lawn with no shoes, bouncing on trampolines with multiple kids at one time, etc. They are very lucky that none of their kids have been seriously injured. I wonder if one of the little kids were to get seriously injured if their "buddy" (older sister mom) would be blamed and made to feel guilty about it. I know either Jim Bob, Michelle or one of the older kids would be sure to record it on their iPhones just like they did when one of the boys fell through the floor on one of their outings.

I don't believe for one minute that Jim Bob hates public speaking or gets nervous. I believe it's the total opposite and that he loves to hear himself speak. After all, he believes he an expert on any topic.

Patrice said...

About Jordyn's head in the railing, it was okay for Michelle to laugh. All children manage to do little "naughty" things, and if the child is not actually hurt, it's okay to make light of the situation!
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I respectfully disagree. Maybe after the child was freed and safe in her mother's arms (which would not happen in that family), it would be ok to hug her, maybe share a short laugh just out of relief and say "It's ok honey but remember to never do that again ok?" and then spend time teaching all the little ones about safety on staircases and near railings. This is probably what most people would do after their hearts went back to a normal pace. This was not the case at the Duggars. Michelle actually laughed her way through the whole thing and it did look like a laugh meant to embarrass the child, or the kind of laugh that an immature middle schooler would do when his nemesis wipes out on the playground. Even at three, Jordyn will probably remember the incident and remember looking down at all the family laughing at her instead of patting her back, holding onto her so she didn't slip through the stairs or get hurt. On the other hand, since it appears that Jordyn really does not get much attention, maybe she will do it again, just to get attention from her mom, no matter how immature or negative that attention is. And next time she may not be so lucky.

Penny said...

I'm like many disappointed about the lack of attention Jordan gets.
When Michelle was pregnant with her she was stating that that might be her last child, not by choice but due to her age. She was saying how they were going to give Jordan a lot of attention seeing as she might be the last one. Once Michelle became pregnant with Josie it was like Jordan who?

Sharla said...

9:00 1.026 million viewers, 0.434 million adults 18-49 0.3 rating

hello said...

Penny said...

I'm like many disappointed about the lack of attention Jordan gets.
When Michelle was pregnant with her she was stating that that might be her last child, not by choice but due to her age. She was saying how they were going to give Jordan a lot of attention seeing as she might be the last one. Once Michelle became pregnant with Josie it was like Jordan who?
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I totally agree. I think that out of all the kids, Jordan and Jennifer are the two that get the least amount of attention. What kind of parent says that since this could be our last child, they are going to get a lot of attention? I find that very sad. I also found it sad when Michelle and Jim Bob stated on one episode that the kids needed to make an appointment to have one on one time with their parents. Are they running a business or raising kids? Sometimes its hard to tell with this family. They seem to have no problem parading the kids around on their "field tips" and mentioning as many times as possible that they are all their kids and even giving strangers pictures of their family. I just find that very odd.

Allison said...

I felt like Michelle must have been blowing off a "Why weren't you more concerned" question from the crew when she was talking about how calm Jordyn was. Who cares if Jordyn was calm?! If my head was stuck in a railing, and I wasn't obviously dying, my mom would still be freaking out! It was like Michelle was entertained by the whole thing. She should have been up there helping. Jim Bob seemed like the only one actually concerned about getting her head out.

But maybe this is what happens when it's your 18th child. You just stop caring and figure someone else will figure something out.

Melissa said...

Unfortunately, I was not at all surprised at the Duggar's response to Jordyn getting her head stuck. Jim Bob had to keep saying, "This is not funny, guys." How sad. I didn't notice how Jordyn went to one of the other girls instead of Michelle. I do remember in the episode where Michelle and Jill had to leave Texas early (when Anna was in labor with Mac), and Jordyn cried for her momma. That was a good sign back then because perhaps that meant Michelle spent more time with Jordyn back then? I hate to make the assumption, but I also wonder if the Michelle & little kids lunch meal was rigged for the episode :(

Marion said...

About Jordyn getting her head stuck in the railing ... they were all calm and I think that prevented Jordyn from getting scared and crying, which would have made it harder to free her head from the railing. I thought Jim Bob handled that very well.

I guess when a couple has that many children, they learn to roll with a lot of what happens each day. However, they could sure use some safety items in the home, such as baby gates on the stairs.

Like many of you, I noticed that Michelle didn't reach out to take Jordyn when Jim Bob came down the steps, and it was telling to see that Jordyn reached for one of her older sisters. I agree that Michelle doesn't seem to spend much time with Jordyn and Jennifer; they both seem more bonded to the older girls than to their mother.

If that had been Josie, Michelle would have been waiting for her at the bottom of the steps.

tulip said...

When Jordyn got her head stuck in the railing: Michelle did say everybody was "calm", however, the scene I saw I would not describe as calm, but in fact, everybody was laughing. Jordyn may not have been frantic, but I'm sure she was scared, and by all means didn't think it was funny. Her own mother was the one laughing most and loudest. I do think Jim Bob handled the situation pretty well-especially when he said, "Guys, this isn't funny" (unfortunately, he didn't specifically direct his comment to his wife, who was leading the pack.)

Seriously? said...

With their ongoing pride about having so many children, did they not consider safe railing spacing a long time ago? I guess "child proofing" a home in the Gothard Wisdom books, and the Duggars are too dim to figure anything out on their own.

Sarah said...

I can't quote; Melissa, was she crying because Michelle was leaving or because her buddy Jill was?
Them not being concerned isn't a shock. After all, when Justin (I think) fell 12 feet and busted his face, concern wasn't their first reaction. Making sure it was filmed was. Injuries don't equal sympathy. Injuries equal ratings.

Alberta Rose said...

With their ongoing pride about having so many children, did they not consider safe railing spacing a long time ago? I guess "child proofing" a home in the Gothard Wisdom books, and the Duggars are too dim to figure anything out on their own.

Safe railing is based on two concepts. First, all children have the same shaped head and second, that a child won't attempt to see if they can poke their head through the railings. I've had so many parents tell me that a strong willed child considers safe rail spacing a challenge that when we moved, I decided to take a pass on any house with stair railing.

Alberta Rose said...

I felt like Michelle must have been blowing off a "Why weren't you more concerned" question from the crew when she was talking about how calm Jordyn was. Who cares if Jordyn was calm?! If my head was stuck in a railing, and I wasn't obviously dying, my mom would still be freaking out!

From the way they were talkng, it sounds like it wasn't the first time Jordyn had done that. They were talking about how she figured out if she holds her head at a certain angle she can get her head in and out but if it's not at that angle, she can't get it back out. The whole scene made me think of a "been there, done that, know how to respond and react" scenario. Now that I have a rambunctious child of my own, I understand that my mom was calm instead of freaking out because attitude begats attitude. Calmness can get a child unstuck much faster then freaking out does, and the child doesn't struggle, making the situation worse.

Patrice said...

Calmness would be sitting near the child, using soothing words and then hugging her afterwards and letting her know that accidents happen. Laughing manaically in the child's face is not calming. Believe me, she will be affected by this. I had an experience (not dangerous, just embarrassing) at age four where all the nearby adults laughed instead of being calm or soothing. That was many many moons ago and I remember it very clearly and I believe poor Jorydn will too.

Rupert said...

Did anyone else notice that in pointless scene in the girls room, there was a set of bunk beds? And the bottom of the stairs were also shown to have safety gates? Damage control after all the internet speculation regarding the lost girls' sleeping arrangements.