Tuesday, April 8, 2014, Double Dating Duggars

TV Guide:  Anna builds a playhouse; Jim Bob and Michelle go on a double date with Jessa and Ben; Jill makes the family's favorite snack.

TLC: When Jim Bob & Michelle take new couple, Jessa & Ben, out on a double date, they discuss the importance of boundaries. Anna builds a playhouse. Jill and her buddy group make the Duggars' favorite snack. And the family may be in for more changes...

30 minutes

Ratings:  1.846 M viewers and a .6 rating.

74 comments:

Anonymous said...

What!? JimBob and Michelle TAKE Ben and Jessa on a double date? Discuss importance of boundaries? How disgusting... it's so blatantly obvious that two young adults have no choices in how they conduct themselves. JB and Michelle are such liars.. anyone can tell that it's no choice at all. They are acting like two attention hogging teenagers, not parents..they have no trust for their own daughter who is to stand before God with HER own conscience. Innocent dating with time alone is no sin. They are ridiculuous.. Don't they understand that the viewing public can see through that "choice" sham? The parents are so NOT modest or humble. Michelle's "modest" dressing style which is supposed to say "don't look at me", does the very opposite. It draws attention to her, something she loves..

Nancy said...

Oh noes, we'll get to see the dryhumping in all its glory. I don't think I can stand that; the edited version is already too much.

Modesty JB? Where exactly?

Kelly V said...

What are they "more changes" they are referring to?

Anonymous said...

The promo for this, where Michelle is sandwiched in between Jessa and Ben is too much to bear!

sandi said...

I felt defrauded by the mini-golf promo.

sandi said...

I'm guessing Anna is building the playhouse because the viewers have had enough of Josh.jmo.

Anonymous said...

Side hugs enough said!! Lol

lily said...

I don't remember the Bates Parents acting like love sick teens while smothering their kids that are courting, with their presence. The Bates parents seem more realistic not phony.
Have you 'all noticed Jim Bob constantly talks and acts like a dirty old man. He thinks his comments about sex are cute. I find it repulsive and so should his wife Michelle if she was in her right mind. I am sorry but I see nothing attractive about sharing ones sexual activities with the masses on TV. It should be personal and private between the couple, not to share with their children or the whole world.
As for Josh and Anna. I don't care how wonderful labor and delivery may be but do you have to share the birthing experience with the whole world. I think after Anna's first tv birth the public is growing weary of her spitting out little round headed Charlie brown Josh offspring every couple of years. Of course the dry humping commercial- was sickening. Yes Jimbob we know you have 19 kids and are sexually active. If your so intent Jimbob on letting us know about your sexual activities why don't you and Michelle just make a porno flick. Your suggestive comments all but open up the door to the camera crew and the public viewing your bedroom antics. Your a disgusting pig Jimbob. Michelle your no better. We don't want to know about your menstrual cycles.

Nancy Ann said...

How would Michelle feel if the next time Anna got pregnant she rubbed her belly and taunted Michelle with, "You can't do this anymore!" in a sing-song voice with a giggle? I'll bet it wouldn't be so funny to Michelle if she was teased about not getting something SHE wanted.

AddiMom said...

However, if Anna DID do that, it would be hard NOT to watch. ;)

Anonymous said...

Jim Bob does appear to be a pig. Will be watching this season looking for hints of Michelle's disgust with Jim Bob and the kids not being happy...as well as Michelle's own unhappiness...

hello said...

Michelle's whole sense of self worth is tied into how many babies she can produce and the baby train has most likely ended for her. I believe that is part of the reason why Ji mBoob and Michelle are the ones chaperoning their adult daughter on her "dates". They have to stay in the spot light somehow

Anonymous said...

I agree with lily wholeheartedly. The Duggars are nothing like when they started out. They talk about being modest, then talk about things that are private and personal between married people. They act like two dogs in heat and that is inappropriate. Why doesn't the 'Gothard church" that they follow get after them for being shameful?

Just me said...

I'm guessing the "more changes" would include Jill's new boyfriend and possibly Anna being pregnant again. It's definitely not Michelle being pregnant because that would take priority over Jessa's courtship.

The mini golf promo was disgusting. It's one thing to force your children into zero physical contact and zero privacy with anyone of the opposite sex, but to openly taunt them about what they can't do? And in public and in front of cameras? That's beyond sick. They've definitely sunk to a new low with that one.

Anonymous said...

Lily & Nancy Ann both gave me the best belly laugh I've had in some time. Lilly's comments re: Jim Bob being a dirty old man hit the nail on the head. I've thought that for a long time. My husband watched one episode with me and those were his exact comments re: Jim Bob. He said, "there's a man obsessed with sex & all those daughters under his roof." Michelle is living in "never-never land." As long as there is someone to care for her blessings, do her housework, give her all the freebies, and all those very special; "Mother of the Year Awards" she's one very happy lady!

Anonymous said...

Do you think JimBob may be inappropriate with his daughters? What about those side hugs? No defrauding or any sexual excitement from hugging your father or mother, YUCK, how sick minded they are. I think Anonymous' husband might have something there. Michelle is living in la-la land; she has all the domestic free slaves she could want AND she is totally supported financially..yep, she's happy, but at her own childrens' expense. Some MOTY.

hello said...

Jimboob is a very creepy man. When they announced their last pregnancy he put on the creepy smile and said-i don't know how that happened and then chuckled. He tries to come across as funny but he isn't. He sees nothing wrong with grabbing and kissing and humping Michelle while they are playing miniature golf but has a problem with his sons seeing a woman's cleavage shoulders or knees while walking down the street.

Anonymous said...

For a fundamentalist family who is so totally in to gender roles, why oh why is Anna building a playhouse? Shouldn't that be daddy Josh's jurisdiction? After all, Josh has the construction experience in building his family's home. I guess he's 'vacationing" at Duggarland again. What about that J.O.B. he claims to have in DC? I would love to hear from his so called co-workers and how they feel about his time off that they don't get to visit family, travel the world, etc...

flowerchild said...

Yes I think Jimbob is very inappropriate with his daughters. When he and Jinger go hunting she's the only girl with them in a blind and JB is speaking very ludely about sex and mating. Hes also creepy at how beautiful he says they are.

hello said...

Dont forget when they visited the farm when Ji mBoob got the "brilliant" idea of starting their own farm. He was "examining" the pregnant cow and his comments to his sons were inappropriate on so many levels. He sounded like a teenage boy talking and giggling about sex with his friends.

Wampascat said...

If something is going on, they will never tell on "daddy". But "they wear their hair long because "daddy" likes it that way and they will learn how to kiss from watching mommy and "daddy". Sounds freaky to me. When you keep your kids isolated from everyone and everything, there's usually a reason...

Judy said...

I hate when Josh looks at them and says looooove youuuuu, like he doesn't know what else to say. He is definitely sex obsessed.

Jeanna said...

Found it interesting that Jessa and Jinger both talked about how close they are, how much time they spend together etc. BUT when they asked the siblings if they knew something was going on between Jessa and Ben, if they were surprised by the courtship announcement they all said no EXCEPT Jinger who said she was surprised and I think she said " clueless" that Ben and Jessa had been talking. Isn't that something you would share with your "closest sister" "best friend" ????

Allison said...

Found it interesting that Jessa and Jinger both talked about how close they are, how much time they spend together etc. BUT when they asked the siblings if they knew something was going on between Jessa and Ben, if they were surprised by the courtship announcement they all said no EXCEPT Jinger who said she was surprised and I think she said " clueless" that Ben and Jessa had been talking. Isn't that something you would share with your "closest sister" "best friend" ????

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I thought that was so weird too! I was like what the heck? You're so close and spend so much time together and yet you couldn't see it coming? That was so weird.

Judy said...

I meant when Jim Bob looks at them, creepy!

Anonymous said...

So sad for these kids. Can't decide which is worse: being a Scientologist's kid forced to work without pay for Sea Org or being a Duggar kid who knows nothing about the real world and is afraid to find out because their weirdly sex-obsessed parents told them the rest of us are a bunch of wolves who are waiting to rip them to shreds if they ever venture outside the compound without their snitch-buddy.

Anonymous said...

There is something about this man that really is for lack of a better word "creepy." He has that awful chuckle that is always used in reference to sex. When he was explaining hugs recently, he said you could give someone a side-hug & that was ok but a front hug was actually really "frontal." He then said everyone would know what he meant with that term. Doesn't Jim Bob know that a "dirty mind" is a terrible thing to waste!

Allison said...

There is something about this man that really is for lack of a better word "creepy." He has that awful chuckle that is always used in reference to sex. When he was explaining hugs recently, he said you could give someone a side-hug & that was ok but a front hug was actually really "frontal." He then said everyone would know what he meant with that term. Doesn't Jim Bob know that a "dirty mind" is a terrible thing to waste!

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To be honest though, why did TLC even need to ask what a side hug was? I mean, do they really think their audience is stupid and blind. We've been watching the show, we can clearly see what a side hug is!

They had a marathon of last season during the day on Tuesday, so I finally saw the anniversary episode and they were asking how Michelle and Anna knew if Jim Bob and Josh were in the mood?! Gag!! Who cares?!

Sometimes TLC can be just as bad as the Duggars. Oy.

Anonymous said...

Hey, what did Michelle and Anna say when asked how do they know when JB and Josh are "in the mood"? Can't believe that question was asked, once again, so NOT modest. But I can't believe I'm a little curious about that subject.. time to wash out my brains.

sandi said...

Re: When he was explaining hugs recently, he said you could give someone a side-hug & that was ok but a front hug was actually really "frontal." He then said everyone would know what he meant with that term. Doesn't Jim Bob know that a "dirty mind" is a terrible thing to waste!

I think it says more about the person saying something like that,than it does the actual ppl who give frontal hugs.IOW I know where YOUR mind is,it's in the gutter.LOL.

Allison said...

Hey, what did Michelle and Anna say when asked how do they know when JB and Josh are "in the mood"?

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I know! 1) who asks that?! And two 2) who answers?!

I think Michelle said that Jim Bob raises his eyebrows or something, and he "joked" that he goes "Hey, hey hey!" and Anna said that Josh will clean the room.

Waaay more than I needed to know about how those four get it on respectively. Sooo gross. I don't know why TLC eggs them on like that, or why the Duggars play along. It's almost like they don't get it because it's "married sex." We still don't need to know that kind of detail!

Anonymous said...

All this talk about "in the mood", cycles, filming births, etc., is so contradictory of their so called modest lifestyle. I don't know anyone in the real world that gives out that much into on their private lives. How do they justify that? They are over the top in that too. They need to be de-programmed.

hello said...

They share more info than is necessary. Michelle used to have the girls keep an eye on her calendar that she posted on the refrigerator to keep track of her cycle. They were the ones who would know if she was possibly pregnant and would let her know. Who in their right mind gives that responsibility to their daughters? Michelle and Anna also had no problem with letting the film crew in during ultrasounds as long as they didn't show their stomachs.

hello said...

Did Jimboob really have to kiss Michelle while playing miniature golf and then ask her if it turned her on? Kissing all the time is not the only way to show your kids you love them. And now Michelle decides she wants to show an interest in her kid's hobbies since she is not currently pregnant. It was sad watching her try to play chess with her son. She seemed like she would have rather been doing anything else besides that.

Danielle said...

omg my jaw dropped when Jim Bob kissed Michelle and asked her if she was getting TURNED ON, and Jessa was standing right next to them, how disgusting!!!! Jessa and Ben seemed really unconfortable the whole time when Jim Bob and Michelle kept kissing and acting like teenagers. How disrespectful. EWWW ok I'm done LOL

Judy said...

Just watched this one. I really think Jim Bob would never want to meet me because he's so obnoxious that I'd have no patience for him.

lisa van amerongen said...

They need a dictionary to look up the word modesty. I could not believe their behavior. Then asking Jessa and Ben if they have talked about engagement. How can they talk about anything private when they are "group texts" and never alone

morganw323 said...

I was truly nauseated when Jim Bob asked Michelle if she was "turned on" and practically dry humped her during mini golf--for the love of God Jim Bob practice some of that modesty you like to force on your daughters. I think everyone else, Michelle included, was uncomfortable.

I also didn't like the way he kept prodding about hand holding--to me it seemed like he was trying to get Ben to say something like "we won't hold hands until we are engaged or until we are married." Quit pressuring the poor kids. Courtships dont ALWAYS lead to marriage. Zach Bates had a failed courtship before he married and I think it turned out ok for him. I also love that Jessa pointed out that she doesn't think holding hands is bad. You go girl!

tulip said...

This is supposed to be a family show & their ministry yet the whole show was continual insinuations about sex. Yuck is right! I just couldn't bear to hear one more thing about "side hugs" (that's just beyond annoying), sex innuendos or JB & Josh sex life, just plain gross!

Anonymous said...

Any man who calls his own wife "mama" creeps me out for starters. But celebrity has changed this family drastically. Their first few shows were interesting and charming. Now they are just gross. I wish, when asked to name all the kids in birth order, Ben would have just said (politely). No I don't think I want to do that right now. He was being asked to perform like a trained seal. Get a backbone!!!!

Wampascat said...

I wish TLC would have a sit down reunion at the end of the season with the Duggars, kind of like the Real Housewives and Teen Moms do. They could show clips of the season, especially ones that are questionable, and have them answer questiions. Nothing rehearsed. Just off the cuff. I'm rubbing my hands together just thinking about it.

Anonymous said...

I was creeped out when JB asked if she was turned on by miniature golf. It was so weird, I was waiting for them to go at it behind a tree or something. They are supposed to be modest, that is a joke. I don't get how they can openly talk about having sex to get pregnant, but can't watch television?

Willow said...

I think JB was rude to Ben several times and I think it is because he is jealous. Same with his own children even. Remember how he treated Josh when helping him move to D.C.?

Ashley said...

That discussion on the golf course was absolutely painful to watch. They've been dating, excuse me, courting, for like 3 weeks from what Jessa said earlier in the episode. Why don't you give them some time and not ask them right now if they're never going to hold hands. Goodness.

The dry humping on the golf course was disgusting. The "you can't do this yet" was just as bad as it sounded on the commercial.

I love how Jessa and Ben just parroted back what the Duggars always say--that saving kissing for marriage is special--and Jim Bob tells them how wise that is. Yeah because it was your idea!

I find it interesting that Jim Bob and Michelle seem to have a good relationship, yet they want their kids to approach their relationships differently than what they did (the whole parents watching every second, no physical contact thing).

I don't know why JB found it so funny that Ben wasn't good at mini golf. I feel like there was a sexual innuendo in there somewhere but I'm refusing to let my brain go there. ;)

My only comment on the pickles is the little "fact" box they had on the screen. Do they seriously spend $50 a month on pickles??! Well more than that because it said they would SAVE $50 by making them at home, and you still have to buy ingredients for making them at home...

Anonymous said...

I noticed in this weeks' episode they had Michelle explain the difference between side-hugs and front-hugs ( because heathen viewers might not realize the difference.)Are they kidding ? They even give their own children side-hugs when thy have been away and are returning home. There is truly something vey wrong when you can turn a "frontal hug" into an apparently sexual encounter.

Beth Anne Cherry said...

I, personally thought, it was very strange, inappropriate, disgusting... Need I go on? Daddy pretty much putting on a sex show for his daughter...

Wampascat said...

First of all, you can't put cucumbers in a jar at noon and expect to have pickles by dinner time. Secondly, cucumbers were the wrong kind and too big! Thirdly, raise your own garden, learn how to can, really save some money by doing something with all that land, Duggars! Then, I may be a tiny bit impressed.

Cassia said...

Her son has been playing chess for 6 years and this is the first time Michelle has sat down with him to learn the game? She is completely detached and reliant on the sister moms to raise their buddy teams.

Willow said...

I'm pretty sure Anna gave her mom a side hug when her parents came to visit her in D.C. last season. Isn't that just sad and weird? or do they do it for "show"?

Anonymous said...

Did anyone notice how awful Michelle looked in the chess playing scenes? She really didn't look good; lines on her face, tired and old. I wonder if she is ok, healthwise?

Rudy Tecat said...

Sorry, Jill...you can't go to Nepal. You act like you're 14 years old, you've never met the guy, it will cost thousands of dollars to fly there on the spur of the moment, if we did this for you we'd have to do it for all your 18 siblings, you've got chores to do around here, you'll miss out on a lot of your midwife training and firefighting duties, this guy will be back here in Arkansas in a few months so you can see him then, if it was meant to be a few months won't hurt, pickles just don't make themselves you know, you won't be able to take that beloved harp we spend so much money on for you, etc.

hello said...

She was probably going through Jimboob withdrawal. She acted like it was a chore to spend one on one time with one of her children. She said that since she wasn't currently pregnant that maybe it was time to get interested in her kid's hobbies. But since they said in an interview that your relationship with your spouse is more important than the one with your kids, this doesn't surprise me.

Anonymous said...

Michelle...what a selfish bitch; cold, distant to her own children. I really hope that she isn't able to bring more children into this world because she isn't there for them day by day. How sad to actually admit, maybe having to spend time with the ones she has because she's not breeding right now. Too bad her kids didn't tell her they didn't have time for her! Yuck!

Rudy Tecat said...

As for the Duggars growing their own cukes for pickles: I think they might live too close to the town dump to trust anything that comes out of the ground.

Anonymous said...

My heart breaks for the Duggar girls. They can't think outside of the box because they've been brainwashed by their crazy, religious parents since birth. Why wouldn't you want any of your girls to pursue higher education, travel the world or follow their hearts?! God gave us choice so why don't they let their children use that God given choice. Especially when it comes to love. Poor Jessa has already said she's not the touchy-feely type. She has no experience with men at all and is saving holding hands, kissing and sex for their marriage day? They guy she's marrying is a horny virgin. She has no idea how often men, especially at that age, think about sex. He won't leave her alone once they say "I Do." She's going to have to share a bed with someone who will be molesting and trying to impregnate her every day for the rest of her life! And God won't fix their marital problems. God can't force you to love someone once you've fallen out of love with them. You have to live with someone before you marry them to really understand what they're like as people and learn all their idiosyncrasies (some of which may really turn you off!)

And can I just say, JIMBOB is the creepiest man alive. Did anyone else notice how embarrassed and mortified Michelle looked when Jimbob was fondling her in front of their kids. Her forced laughter was all that she could think to do in that situation. That guy is disgusting. Hey, Jimbob, Ken Doll called, he wants his hairstyle back!!!!

sandi said...

Ken? I think someone could get a Howdy Doody puppet and put it beside JIm Bob,and no one could tell the difference.LOL.

Anonymous said...

Ridiculous that Michelle could only "fake laugh" when JB was acting like a horndog, kid on that golf "date". As a grown up woman, if she is, she should have taken him aside and read him the riot act. We are parents to our children, as he is their father too, and that responsibility is first. Oh, wait, she's not a mature woman, she's still 17, I believe, and she dare NOT say one syllable to JB. She is just a sex door mat and doesn't accomplish much else around there. Jessa, as opinionated as they say she is, should have said something to her mother to ask Daddy dearest to knock it off....But she didn't. JB has sold their lifestyle to TLC and their religion and beliefs are their business. Not what God would want...

Beth Anne said...

Re: Michelle said that since she wasn't currently pregnant that maybe it was time to get interested in her kid's hobbies...

WTF??? Why can't one be pregnant AND interested in her other kids' hobbies? I'm pretty sure that's what most pregnant moms do...continue to parent, nurture, play with, and interact with their other kids.

I guess Michelle just existed in some alternate pregnant universe where she was in a vacuum and, while "expecting," was in her own la la land, mentally and physically separated from her children or something??? I guess if you are like her and make being pregnant the be all and end all of your existence (instead of, you know, actually PARENTING) then I guess in her mind she could NOT do anything else but be pregnant.

hello said...

I dont know what she will do when the girls start getting married and having babies. She was ok when Josh and Anna had their first because she was also pregnant. You could see the jealousy kicking in with the second and third. She certainly won't really bond with her grandchildren as she only bonded with her own kids when they were babies and she was nursing them. Once they were weaned they got assigned to a buddy group with one of their older sisters taking over raising them. Her whole sense of self worth was tied into how many babies she could have. I think she is now showing an interest in her children's hobbies and interests for the show.

mythoughtis said...

How is Michelle seriously supposed to bond with up to 200-400 grandchildren?

She won't play with them when they are young because that would involve non-ladylike behavior such as playing hide and go seek.
She won't spend time with them because she doesn't remember how, that is what buddies are for.

She won't play with them when they are older because that might involve learning things such as the rules of chess. She won't spend quality time with them because she doesn't care about their opinion (after she doesn't care about her current children's opinions). She will be the Queen Bee.

Given her physical limitations that are sure to get worse as she ages after having so many children, she will be too frail soon to be around children at all.

Anonymous said...

JimBob + Michelle + tandem golf = Ewwwww.

I felt sorry for Jessa and Ben, I'm not sure which one of them I felt sorrier for. Jessa, because her parents (dad) were being so creepy and inappropriate, or Ben, because he's seeing exactly what he's going to marry into, should the relationship get that far.

Willow said...

It comes off to me as if Jim Bob is really a little jealous of Ben; whether he is of Derick we haven't seen yet. He may feel he can get away with teasing Ben more because he is younger. He is just making himself look bad and poor Ben look better. (Wrong tactic Jim Bob).

Anonymous said...

I have seen that video of Jim Bob saying to Michelle "does this turn you on" so many times and I still can't believe it, even though I've been very suspicious of Jim Bob( being a pervert)for a long time. Does anyone know if TLC has made any comments on the viewers response? Or are they just very happy with the ratings.

Anonymous said...

I'll tell you why JimBob and Michelle are acting like that on that "date" with their daughter and her "friend that is a boy, but must skip the normal boyfriend term and jump right into betrothed." This is a source of power for Jimboob. This is what the fundies live for. The absolute authority of the father. He loves being in control of his adult children's lives...I'm sure if anyone knew the real truth, Jimboob is VERY much in control of Josh and Anna's life even though they have now moved. IN Gothardland (and the Duggars and Bates don't want you to know how involved with Gothard they are, but let's just say they are CLOSELY connected with him and have been rolled out as his favorite 'successes")the man's desires overrule ALL. Do you ever wonder what happened to Michelle's family? Think you don't hear much about them because they choose not to be involved with Michelle's life? WRONG!!!! She exchanged them years and years ago to go along with whatever JimBob wanted from this cult. She's the one who had the "questionable" background with other guys before JimBob. He cleverly used that against her after they were married to join in Gothardism (which really holds ANY sexual experiences over you like Thor's hammer). This guilt causes her to just want to be "cleansed" and this cult of gothardism is a set up for people just like her to overcorrect. My guess is her family long, long, ago issued some red flags and Jim Bob keeps them away pretty much all of the time. Michelle goes along with this because unless you are into Gothardism full throttle, trust me, you are NEVER going to get into Duggar/Bate/Waller etc friendship...case in point, Jessa's "friend that is male but not a boyfriend but betrothal prospect" has now joined her "church." Anna Keller Duggar moved to Arkansas. Josh, her husband, made no attempt to live near her parents or be independent early on in their marriage and this "executive" position was given him because Family Research Council is closely tied with Vision Forum and ATI (Gothard). He's not *really* out on his own there in D.C. Once the Duggar girls do marry, they actually *may* have a shot of getting out of this cult, depending on who they marry (seriously, unless they get some intense psychotherapy, there is no way they will strike out on their own to discover they've been in a cult that has nothing to do about God's grace). The boys, however, will remain under JimBob's thumb. This is how it works. I've watched these families long enough to know. Anna's sister, Priscilla, is married to David Waller. Last time I checked, he's some big wig/spokesperson handling the responses about Gothard's resignation. Priscilla didn't get to live near her family either...see how it works? The Duggar girls coming out of this are completely dependent upon their future husbands not wanting to be a part of the Gothard cult. It is less likely the Duggar boys will get off the ranch. Without any real education, they will be tied to whatever mode and means of life Jim Bob has carved out for them and trust me, Jim Bob WILL be heavily involved in finding them wives. They score bonus points for bringing home girls that may have had a background like Michelle's and feel guilty for it. They'll be much easier to control.

hello said...

I absolutely believe Jimboob has total control over his family and cannot make a move without his permission. He used Michelle"s "questionable" past to get her to obey him at all times. He doesn't want any of kids to be out in the real world because then he wouldnt be able to control them. The boys are encouraged to have their own businesses so that there would be no way to havea woman as a boss. Can't have a woman telling them what to do. I agree that Jimboob would like for his sons to meet women with questionable pasts so he can "save" them just as he did with Michelle.

Anonymous said...

The phony conversation during the double date drives me crazy. For starters JB and Michelle make the rules and secondly they participate in ALL communication between Ben and Jessa, so why would they be asking these "kids" what they have decided about physical contact while courting.

Anonymous said...

I believe Jim Bob has done well financially due to some fortunate investments. But,in the past we have heard Michelle say how badly she needed a washing machine when she had quite a number of small babies. Jim Bob told her no washing machine...that's "seed money," for the future. Well I guess he wasn't doing the wash. That's not a luxury. It's not a fancy car or a TV in every room, it's a necessity. I didn't get a washing machine until my 2nd child was born and it was a necessity. I could do without a dryer (remember clotheslines) but since I didn't have a car during the day, while my husband was at work and he was attending college at night, I couldn't get to the Laundromat. However, I told my husband I could manage fine without a washer until my 2nd baby not the other way around.

Anonymous said...

I have a weird love-hate relationship with this family and their show. While I do admire them in a strange way and have a soft spot for them, some of their actions/decisions appall me. While I do agree with the whole idea of not dating unless you are ready for marriage, and the whole "purity" aspect…I find it ridiculous that the "couple" can't hang out alone together and they can't even text unless the chat is a group chat with mom and dad involved. That scares me because out of 19 kids, at least one is bound to marry someone they weren't able to get to know well enough and end up in divorce with them. It must be intimidating to "front hug", hold hands with, kiss and have sex with someone all in one night for your first time. While I do not find Jim Bob as creepy as most people do I think that his and Michelle's excessive kissing and touching in public is a little too much and clearly embarrassing for the kids. They take everything to the extreme. While it is important for kids to see that their mom and dad are in love, it is a little too much for them to hold hands and walk together ahead of the children, while all of their older kids trail behind them and watch over the younger ones. Their constant kissing is also overbearing and excessive. The way Jim Bob was humping and kissing Michelle and his "turn on" comment in this episode were over the top. You could tell that Jessa was embarrassed and Ben was like W-T-F but he clearly likes Jessa so much so he just laughed it off. That was so inappropriate for Jim Bob and Michelle to do in front of their 20 year old daughter, her boyfriend and literally millions of people. Not modest at all in my opinion. I hope Jessa said something. I remember in the episode where they went to England Jessa told Jim Bob to stop talking to those guards because he was embarrassing them. If my almost 50 year old parents acted that way and made those comments in front of me and my boyfriend I would be SO embarrassed I think I'd cry- I'd definitely tell them to never do that again once we got home.

sandi said...

Yes I def. think Jim Bob got complete control over Michelle at a young age,and guilt tripped her into doing whatever he wanted..like quitting cheerleading.Michelle said she had no idea she was putting sexual thoughts into guy's minds when she wore her uniform and did the cheers.But it's not for her to be concerned about,nor is she in any way responsible for what other ppl are thinking.No one can control that.
I also think he guilt tripped her about past boyfriends,and minor things like wearing a bikini (esp. to mow the yard) and other such normal,everyday behavior.I see Jim Bob as someone who is very manipulative and controlling,due to his own insecurities.

sandi said...

,I find it very odd that the Duggars can so willingly put it down when the rest of society's marriages,by majority (unless it was a culture where it was an arranged marriage) started out that relationship by DATING their intended to be,and getting to know that person,thus leading to marriage.It's rather disingenuous of them to state otherwise,and that courtship is the only one,true path to marriage.

Anonymous said...

TLC should air a separate show revealing the other side of Gothardism to educate the viewers who are "in love" with this family, "who are just like you and me, only wholesome, large and religious) This false sense of their beliefs, might deter a family from switching their views, which would serverly alter and affect the lives of their innocent children.

Leigh Ann said...

Poor Ben. He's 18, no experience with girls and he's being grilled by Jim Bob on some really personal questions in public in front of a film crew and later it's going to be shown on TV. It says a whole lot for Ben, Derrick and Anna that they're willing to put up with all this. You have to be really serious to agree to all that.

hello said...

Jimboob makes himself look even more foolish by constantly grilling Ben. Him and Michelle are in on every text and phone call between them. They are never allowed to be alone so there is no chance of anything happening between them. I find that very controlling considering that Jessa is a grown woman. I wonder if Ben and Derrick receive paychecks for appearing on the show. If Anna gets paid that money would no doubt go right to Josh. J would love to know what Ben's parents really think about Jimboob humiliating their son on TV.

Anonymous said...

I have not watched this show in a couple of years but caught this episode with my daughter this morning while getting ready for school. I have to remind myself that this is being presented by TLC, known for the obscene, repulsive, weird and completely ludicrous lifestyles. That being noted, I found this particular show to be more disturbing than some of the others. My daughter, who said she tossed her waffles a bit after watching JimBob and his perverted behavior around his young daughter and her "date" was revolting. The so called "building a playhouse scene", so no building per se only a bad attempt at assembling. Being able to follow instructions does help. Is Anna with child again! I feel so sorry for her. As for homeschooling, I think you need to be able to do a bit of rudimentary reading, math and science to be successful at this, oh I forgot, no one is going on to further their education so what does it matter! A show that by TLC standards is a winner! Now I remember why I had not watched this farce of a family in awhile.