Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 9:00 PM, Episode 25, Fencing and Fireworks

As of 10/17, still no title or description on TLC's website or my cable guide.  I'll keep checking and update when it shows up.  I don't think that this is a good sign for the series that it's taking TLC so long to put up a title and that they've dropped the repeats and reruns.

Ah, the illegal fireworks faked for the Fourth perhaps?

Update:  Official description is up.

The Duggars are lighting up the sky after the family purchases fireworks for the 4th of July. Then, Jim Bob takes some of the family to their first fencing lesson. And finally, the older girls start preparing for Michelle's birthday celebration.

30 comments:

tulip said...

That's the first thing that came to mind, LOL!-Josh posting those pics of the fam buying/setting off fireworks (before the actual 4th), possibly illegally-during the height of wildfire season...maybe this is why there isn't a description yet-legal hasn't cleared the episode content!

i-like-pie said...

Fencing as in with swords? As in fixing a fence? Or as in dealing in stolen goods? (Somehow I doubt the last one.)

Miggy said...

Oh please let it be fencing as in dealing with stolen goods. That would make it worth watching!

Rainbow68 said...

The first two comments are hilarious! Maybe some of the kids - I know, boys - want to learn to fence? As in swords? I don't remember seeing a commercial for this episode. Jubilee's death seems to have resulted in herky-jerky episodes. I'm sure they're filming for the spring season. Maybe those episodes will make more sense.

Rudy Tecat said...

Maybe JimBob got a deal on an invisible fence system and hooked it up to his daughters purity rings so they can never leave the compound.

Nancy said...

I think it could be Josh's pre-fab white picket fence. I think he put it up last spring/early summer. My suspicion is furthered by the fact he posted a picture of it with some fall leaves on his Instagram account yesterday, when the episode title was released.

londonbridges said...

Josh's pre-fab white picket fence? I just can't wait.

tulip said...

Fireworks? Summer yard work? Birthdays from May, June? At least other reality shows try to be "real", as in "real time". It's fall, almost November. Other shows are gearing up for the holidays, already would have episodes about pumpkins, the apple orchard, whatever else that might be fall related. Not the Duggars. Their most recent footage is from when it was 90+ degrees out and kids are eating snowcones.

tulip said...

The timing with this has gotten beyond annoying. So much for any bit of "reality" remaining. Episodes have been out of order. It's fall-almost November-and we're watching birthdays and events from April to June. Now Fourth of July? (again, it's almost November), and mixed in with Michelle's Bday celebration?...I thought her birthday was mid-September?

i-like-pie said...

We also just saw Hannie's sixth birthday, and that was a full year ago.

I wonder if they haven't filmed that much since Jubilee's funeral and they're just sweeping up the scraps from the cutting room floor and slapping them together to form an episode. It's not just the inconsistent timeline that I find annoying, it is the lack of coherency in the episodes themselves. They flip all over the place.

hannah said...

Its your daughter, not a buddy.


How dare you out Josie in a basket. If she fell the outcome could be very very bad.

Nancy said...

Michelle was in China on her birthday THIS year. She was in Israel last year. When on earth did they tape this? Speaking of wonky timelines, I haven't seen the episode yet; did they recycle old 4th footage from 2011? They knew they were in trouble this year (even though there were pics of TLC taping when they "celebrated about 5 days early) what with the burn ban and all...

I'm sure the "big surprise" will be "We're going to ASIA!" and Voila! a holiday VSE (notice they never put the Duggars on during Sweeps anymore). FTR, they start a week from Thursday (11/2), so what appears to be the season finale is in the clear for TLC. My guide doesn't go out two weeks, so I don't know what they're planning to air on election night.

Special Ed Lady said...

It was unbelivable that Jim Bob would carry Josie in that plastic basket. Where is that man's common sense.

Goodie said...

I was surprised that the older kids didn't know what "fencing" is. So much for homeschooling.

Michelle said...

Oh dear....as an ex-fan of the show, I haven't watched in quite some time. It's become way too staged and has really lost whatever strange appeal it used to have.

Kissing THROUGH their fencing masks? Jim Bob and Michelle, you're really straining..... Come on.

I guess I'm in the minority here, but there wonky timeline issues don't bother me. It's not like we're watching a high drama show with cliffhangers. It's the same ol stuff, recycled for each new season/episode.

To me, Josie still doesn't look well. She looks a lot different from the other children, not just her size. Almost albino. BTW, the graphic vomiting scenes from the next episode are DISGUSTING AND TASTELESS. When did it even become acceptable to air scenes of vomiting? It.makes me ill, literally. I won't be watching.

DianeD said...

I didn't buy it for one minute that Joy-Anna chose not to participate in the fencing, when typically she'd be the first one out there with her brothers. I think the older girls made that choice for her, now that she's in training to be a Young Lady. Poor kid. She looks so uncomfortable in her new role.

tulip said...

This episode started ok, but tacking on Michelle's birthday at the end made no sense-they showed the girls shopping for party stuff, talking briefly, and then just cut everything off. If they were planning something "so special" and made it out to sound like they were planning such a big production, then why show the shopping and then not bother to show anything else (including the actual birthday?) And it was just too annoying having Amy along, taking front & center, directing and acting in charge with her iphone-TLC needs to stop giving Amy any camera time. Overall, what a mish-mash of material.

Jim Bob toting Josie in the basket might not have been the best example, but I found it worse, safety-wise, that they allowed Jordyn to walk around in bare feet. Who knows what was laying around on the grounds of the fireworks stand-it wasn't like that was their own backyard-it's a public, outdoor place.

Anna was shown several times, but I think I only saw Josh once, and didn't see Mackynzie or Michael-guess they've already gotten accustomed to passing them off. I'm sure the kids are used to it, since Josh & Anna need so many date nights. They both seem so complacent, and just blah, so maybe they find some happiness in food. During the interviews, I'm noticing it sounds like Anna's speaking oddly, like she's tongue tied or trying to talk with something in her mouth-wierd.

The fencing place seemed like a good establishment with good coaches. Grandma seemed to have fun, and I thought it was funny the coach actually called her "Grandma." She was also wearing appropriate clothing (capris), instead of feeling like she has to conform to Michelle's legalism of wearing skirts no matter what (which, BTW, Michelle looked ridiculous: wearing a skirt fencing, "kissing" Jim Bob through her mask, and pushing the stroller around while still in her gear & mask.) And, I agree!-the kids had no idea what fencing was?, but know about guns, hunting, paintball, and laser tag.

tulip said...

Ok, so I see the next episode is a continuation of "the birthday"...they may drag out Michelle's 'special' birthday celebration into multiple episodes? (aka continuing lack of material.) Was the trip to Asia part of the 46th Bday celebration as well? ugh.

Beth Anne said...

Re: "It was unbelievable that Jim Bob would carry Josie in that plastic basket. Where is that man's common sense."

Couldn't agree more! Then, he completely ignored/lost track of his buddy, Jordyn, and did anyone else notice that when she did show up with her basketful of fireworks, she had BARE FEET? JimBob had pontificated about how they gave the children the whole safety speech about fireworks use and they made a big deal about Justin packing the fire extinguisher in the truck, yet they allowed their young daugther to walk around an outdoor fireworks shop with bare feet!!!

Speaking of safety, maybe JimBob needs a lesson on how germs are transmitted, because how unsanitary was it that he kissed Michelle's mask? (Not to mention completely ridiculous!) Ewwww...both because of the number of people who have worn the mask before, and the number who will wear it afterward.

And, another fake/set-up-for-TV alert was when JimBob claimed he had a friend call him up and mention he was with this major fencing club, and would the family like to try it out? Hello, if that person was really your friend, JimBob, you might actually know something about his interests, such as that fencing as a major part of his life! So, either way the talking head point was a fib :( And, of course, Michelle has to chime in with "Our family loves to learn, we're all about learning, blah blah blah." You would THINK that a legal adult (aka Jessa) would have LEARNED what the sport of fencing was, somewhere along the line.

mk said...

What an incoherent episode. Why show like a minute and a half of the girls at Michaels shopping for Michelle's bday when the bday party is a completely different episode? They showed the house again with last year's Christmas decorations at one point and full-on summer at another.

Also, I know Jinger seems to be a fan favorite, but I cannot STAND her. She's as ridiculously fake as her godawful tan, and she bugged me even more in this episode than usual.

The only fun part of this episode was seeing them get yelled at by the Romanian coach (no walking!) and watching Grandma win her fencing match.

han said...

How many times with she use the girls don`t want to mess up their hair as an excuse?? I think some would of enjoyed it.


Thanks TLC. For not having her take a pregnancy test before going.

Sharla said...

1.142 million viewers and a 0.4 rating.

Stephanie said...

It was strange the girls didn't want to participate in something so simple. Joy started the warm ups then quit. Michelle and grandma did it so why didn't the girls fence? Funny they got Michelle dressed and masked with sword in hand pusing baby stroller across the room. At least Michelle is game to participate now that she isn't pregnant constantly, I liked that.

The girls have many other things to be embarassed about, their lack of education, their humpty dumpty clothes, flip flops and their silly hairdo's.
Regarding Jingers mugging for the cameras, Joy is copying everything Jinger has done in the past, the facial expressions and thumbs up.

Chelsea said...

I used to love the Duggars but they just annoy me now. I still love the Jackson & Johannah interviews though. I can't see Johannah living this lifestyle when she is older. She is so headstrong! It will be interesting to see how many kids stay with these teachings and how many leave. I think 3 of Anna's siblings have left? I can't help wondering how all of these kids are going to find "suitable" mates. There are 18 of them left and how many guys/girls can there be to choose from in this group? It's hard enough to find someone out in the "real world" let alone in the IBLP/ATI world. I definitely prefer to watch the Bates over the Duggars. They seem much more real on camera and seem to be genuinely sweet people.

imaamy said...

For some reason my DVR didn't record it but did record last week's repeat. Guess I'll see it next week, not that I missed much!

DuggarGoth said...

I didn't buy it for one minute that Joy-Anna chose not to participate in the fencing, when typically she'd be the first one out there with her brothers
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I didn't get a chance to watch the whole episode, but I did see some of the fencing and I have to agree, although it doesn't make sense. If they don't want her to participate because she is a young lady in training then how come Grandma and Michelle get to participate?

Devil's Advocate said...

Oh, I think we can cut the older girls SOME slack. How many times have we seen them dragged along to age-inappropriate things and forced to participate? This refusal might be the only way in which they can say 'NO' to their parents. I also think Joy is just at that awkward age where she's sullen about everything, no matter what. I have always pegged her as the one who'd leave the compound and lifestyle first - not Jinger. I also think that Hannie will turn out to be the most legal-fundie of the entire bunch! Josh is clearly more devoted to building a political career (Santorum's Arkansas Champaign Chairman???) at this point, so it's logical we'd see less of him on the show - and when we do see him, it's so calculated.

DuggarGoth said...

It does seem like Joy Anna is going through the typical teen angst. It's just that it seems to be happening so quickly, all at once. Of course we're only seeing 30 min. at a time so I guess we are getting a different perspective. It just seems like the fencing thing would have been something that she really would have enjoyed. Out of all the girls she's probably the most active/"sporty" and she always seemed to like those kinds of things. If it is one of those things where they are finally getting to say no to some of these things then that is good too.

Canadian Fan said...

If you shop carefully, you can find some nice stuff at dollar stores. Some of it looks cheap, but you don't have to spend a fortune at a craft store like Michael's to put on a great party.

Maria said...

Once Joy Anna gets a little older, she'll be sent off to the Journey to the Heart camps where she will be indoctrinated for what her role in life is going to be. Stay at home daughter and sister mom, until marriage. Just like Jana, Jill, and the rest of the girls. There is no way they are going to allow Joy to become rebellious. Michelle and Jim have that on lock down. And if they don't, they get Jill to make sure nothing happens, the same way she discouraged Jinger from moving to the city.