Tuesday, September 4, 2012, 9:30 PM, Duggar Sick Day


Did you know the last 5 Duggar kids were born on TV? Watch as we take a stroll down memory lane and see just how much these little ones have grown. Get a peek at the Duggars' enormous pantry and all the food it takes to feed a family of 21.

30 minutes

27 comments:

Alberta Rose said...

When someone who respects and admires the Duggar family, as well as enjoys watching TLC thinks "Oh come on, surely the two of you can do better then that?", it's a lame episode. I realize they are trying to attract new viewers, I realize that not everyone watched the one hour shows that predate the original series "17 Kids & Counting" and saw all the TV births but sheesh, is it really necessary to do what is basically a clip show?

Patrice said...

I think TLC is grasping at straws here. The Duggars have done nothing new and have not produced any new children since Josie, which is the whole premise of their show. I think it is painful and rather heartbreaking for many viewers to see these young adults stagnate in their parents' household for more seasons. This is not the normal pattern of life. When the oldest kids were 14, 15, 16, it was cute to see how the big family lived and worked in the household, etc. When the oldest kids are in their 20's and still doing the same thing, it is neither cute nor amusing. If the "kids" moved on in life to date, marry, set up apartments, attend school, begin their first jobs, then maybe the show could go on for a bit. There really is nothing left, which is obvious by the ratings and by the new season lineup so far. Pretty sad.

Nancy said...

I guess this is TLC's answer to the critics who rightly point out that said kids are pretty much "lost" children, running wild without discipline unless one of the older girls is around.

Allison said...

I don't understand how the title fits the description... who at TLC is writing this stuff?

sandi said...

Agreed,the show would be much better if we could see the older kids out on their own,with Jim Bob and Michelle at home being hands-on parents to the little ones.Not holding my breath though,as we know how the order of life goes for them.

Amber said...

Havnt we seen this type of episode at least 6 times already. We get it a lot of Duggars = 26 Jars of pickles, 17 batches of tater tot casserole, and turkey bacon for everyone!!!

I think the Duggars assumes normal sized families don't ever have to feed more than 4. Just so they know we do we understand what it takes to feed a party, most of us don't live under a rock like they do.

tulip said...

I agree-Enormous pantry? Didn't we see that like, 7 years ago? Maybe Jim Bob got some freebies from a food co. that need to be advertised. Oh, I hope they don't show all the pickles. That, and the backstock of cream of mushroom.

Rainbow68 said...

I agree that the girls seemed defensive. Jinger clearly wants more out of life than raising her siblings. As a Christian, I prayed about what I was supposed to do as a young adult. I was able to discern who I was supposed to marry and have been married for almost 20 years. Jim Bob made me cringe when he talked about how he would deal with a potential suitor. Show me where this is in Scripture. Wait, it's not! I think Jinger and Joy's possible lack of "contentment" shows the first cracks in the shaky Gothard foundation. When you build your life on a man and not God, this happens. They remind me of the Amish. Stay in our way of life, or you will be "in error" and possibly rejected.

sandi said...

One of the mainstays of true love is being able to feel that you truly "won" your spouse,so I don't see how feeling like having daddy approve your suitor, and for the guy,having the dad's approval, is really winning each other over.It's winning dad over,but not each other.Gothardism sure has some offbeat ways.JMO.

Leigh Ann said...

They remind me of the Amish. Stay in our way of life, or you will be "in error" and possibly rejected.
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Except that Amish young adults usually have a chance to explore the world and choose their own spouse. They will lose everything if they choose not to join the church but at least they have the choice. The Duggars just don't seem to have any choice. There's no reason those girls can't be out working somewhere and having a little freedom even if they are still living at home. I can't see doing your best to raise respectful, responsible children then not trusting them to do the right thing when they grow up.

sarah taylor said...

I havr a big pantry!!! Everyone want to see it??? I'm going to go ahead and guess.... No

After all I most likely only have 1-2 jars of pickles. I dont have all the labels turned the same way either. That kind of stuff creeps me out. Everytime I've seen the dugger pantry with the labels and such I can hear that "sleeping with the enemy" music playing. Gives me the chills.

Hannah said...

Pork? I thought they didn`t eat that.

Mac and Chesse? Is that good for Josie? I know some kids can still have it.

Craig said...

Did they not have enough footage for this show that they had to add the "recap" of the last five kids? Show them being born and video of them now. Wow! Compelling TV!

Allison said...

How was that even an episode?

Porcupine Pie said...

WAIT! Hold the phone! Michelle actually cooked a meal for her youngest children? Shocker..... At least there was some broccoli. And the sandals on the table while they were eating, yuck.

Rainbow68 said...

I knew someone who was raised in the Gothard way of life. His father is very close to Gothard. He left home at 30, but only because he was getting married. I guess you could theoretically stay there indefinitely. Gil and Kelly Bates, who both have college degrees, at least encourage their kids to go to college. The kids all seem to understand college is in their future, where the Duggars seem to eschew further education.

Leanna said...

About this episode:

-I'm surprised Michelle referred to a baby as "it".
-I am shocked how they spend over $52,000 a year on FOOD. There is no way they ever spent this much before the show. Perhaps the show enabled them to buy brand name food.
-I wonder why they have a flag of the Star of David in their house. I guess they carry a lot of the Old Testament, Jewish traditions with them.(No pork, circumsision, etc.)
-Interesting how Grandma Duggar is the only one in the family who eats pork.(On this episode at least).

I was one to actually enjoy this episode.

tulip said...

So far, Michelle has been shown "cooking" in the last two episodes. The first one, however, it looked like she only made a couple eggs, and then served them to Jim Bob. Big surprise there. The criticism seems to have caught up with her, so TLC is probably advising her she better get back in the kitchen.

Sharla said...

9:30 0.951 million viewers, 0.424 million adults 18-49 0.3 rating

Alberta Rose said...

That episode was NOT what I thought it was. The five births were one segment. Michelle is an amazing mother to not rip her kid a new one for experimenting with filming how a dishwasher work but to allow him the freedom to experiment. I'd love to sanctimoniously say I've never called my son by the wrong name but I've gotten a look from my cat for calling my son by the cat's name and vice versa.

I really got teary-eyed when Michelle was talking about strept throat. Not one word of recrimination against the older girls being possible carriers due to their outside the home jobs as apprentice midwife or photographer, nor against her second oldest son being a possible carrier due to his work outside the home job as a tow truck/vehicle repair service, nor that it was something her oldest son's family brought into the household, just nonchalantly taking temperatures, determining who was sick and who wasn't, promptly treating them. I have less then fond memories of my mom throwing a fit because of the outside the home jobs I had working at fast food restaurants that catered to tourists, as well as being a babysitter with a "sick kid surcharge" and taking biology because I wanted an advanced high school diploma to get into college. I definitely want to be like Michelle when my son is older and starts working outside the home, not getting mad but being calm when sickness arrives.

Betty said...

I'm not Michelle Duggar but I've never yelled at a child for getting sick. I'm sorry but your mom sounds a bit not normal.

Sara Bennett said...

It was odd to see Michelle prepare a meal but I did find it nice that the kids were involved in helping. And unlike the older girls, it was helping rather than doing it all themselves. That being said, I was disturbed at the nutrional value (or lack thereof) of the meal. It was definitely a meal that the kids would probably like but where was the protein? Veggies are great but you do not need 2 starches/grains. Choose between the macncheese or stuffing but do not offer both. Give them a some meat or protein to round it out. Part of me feels like I should give her the benefit of the doubt, but based on past Duggar meals I suspect that this iis pretty typical. Some veggies and a great deal of simple carbs that a body processes just like sugar.

sandi said...

>I'm not Michelle Duggar but I've never yelled at a child for getting sick. I'm sorry but your mom sounds a bit not normal.

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I would have to agree.That's just part of life.It can take awhile to build up immunity,and that ideally should start during childhood,so that by the time one is an adult,immunity is built up to a certain degree of maximum.I recall my whole family getting sick several times when my daughter started kindergarten,everything from strep throat to chickenmpox,to the common cold and flu.That's just normal.

Allyson said...

The flag is actually the flag of Isreal. My guess would be that they picked it up as a souvenir on their trip.

Alberta Rose said...

I'm not Michelle Duggar but I've never yelled at a child for getting sick. I'm sorry but your mom sounds a bit not normal.

Neither of my parents have been normal. I was born in 1968. They didn't become "Born Again" until 1988, so I can't even shrug my shoulders and claim it was religion. I guess it's also why from my perspective the Duggar children aren't suffering. I've never heard even a whisper of physical, verbal, emotional or mental abuse cover ups. The girls might be going for the more traditional jobs but at least they are being encouraged to explore what interests them. They aren't being pressured to leave home before ready, they aren't being pressured to find a good man, they aren't being told they are too old to do something, they were allowed to go to a different city without their parents. As soon as the girls are old enough, they study for their learner's permit and are encouraged to get a drivers license when they come of age.

Also, I wasn't a child when my mom yelled at me regarding bringing home illness. It was when I was 15-19 years old and living at home. That's why I focused on the three oldest Duggar children and their respective jobs that put them in contact with people or places that expose them to all sorts of germs, such as strept throat. Also, I know Joy does babysitting because there was an episode of one of the families allowing her to be filmed at their place.

Betty said...

I simply can not understand how you can not see how the Duggars have basically ruined their daughters' chances in life. They are not allowed to get a proper education. They are not permitted to have anything resembling a normal life. Their parents and Gothard put a tremendous guilt on them for anything that does not stay hidebound to Gothard's ridiculous scriptural interpretations. If they don't marry, they can not support themselves. If they do marry and need to leave or their spouse dies, they have no education or skills to support themselves and their children. They are basically being brought up to be brood mares. I can't find a single admirable thing in deliberately stunting one's children. They are not being allowed to stay in the nest, they are being kept tethered to the nest.

Rudy Tecat said...

Ummm...Jim Bob was supposed to have so much experience with groceries that he was in charge of stacking them in the pantry? I thought I saw him add his big case of cans of spinach (or green beans) right on top of the one already on the shelf...aren't you supposed to move the older material toward the front and top and put the newer cans in the back and bottom?