Tuesday, April 29, 2014, Duggars Reunited

The Duggars have arrived in DC! The older girls brave driving in DC to record their audiobook. Josie, Jordyn & Mackynzie celebrate their 4th birthday by making candy! Later, the family visits a skating rink with lots of slips and falls.

30 minutes

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95 comments:

Anonymous said...

How is it possible Josie & jordyn are both celebrating their 4th birthday at the same time? I always felt sorry for little jordyn. She never saw her mom while Josie was in the hospital & she was just a little baby. She missed out on her whole babyhood time because everyone was focused on Josie. Josie was a premium baby with a premium babyhood. Jordyn just got leftovers of everything. Seems like its still happening. She doesn't even get her own birthday. Her life has to revolve around Josie's.

C said...

I agree it's weird how they delay Jordyn's Bday so she and Josie can celebrate together. But they do save money. One party, two birthdays!

belle said...

I know poor Jordyn. Who in their right mind celebrates their daughter's 4th birthday a week or so away from her 5th. Gosh give the poor girl her own birthday party or at least they should throw a party for both of them together but at least celebrate their 4th and 5th.

Dar said...

I remember her first steps, with her sisters encouraging her. I doubt that Michelle ever picked her up. I doubt Michelle gave any thought to that poor little child for any length of time. Michelle was too busy being on camera with Josie. I will give Jim Bob credit, for at least this. He was always attentive, as much as he could be, to little Jordyn and he was the one who carried her when the sisters were busy. I doubt that Jordyn has any feelings for that woman who seems to be around the place. I also believe that is why Jana will not be allowed to court for a long time. We saw her buddy group. Michelle is not going to take that bunch on. Noooo Way!

Allison said...

Jordyn turns 5 just after Josie turns 4, so they are 4 for like a week or so. They could be considered Irish twins.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Jordyn and Josie having to share birthdays. Now with Mackynzie, too. How can they all be 4 yrs old on the same day. This birthday sharing is nonsense especially when you are a little kid. Jordyn needs some "TLC".(sorry for the pun)

KitKath said...

Well, we all saw how insanely distant and vacant Jessa is. Of course she learned it from Michelle. I honestly think Michelle has Munchausen by-proxy. She loves the attention she receives when she has a baby, and as soon as it's six months, she loses interests and tries for another. Insanity.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Dar. Even though JB is a horndog, he seems to give the little ones more attention than Michelle. I cracked up when he was trying to fix one of the little girl's hair and couldn't do it and Joy had to help.

Anonymous said...

Who are in Jana's buddy group? I thought she just had Josie. She is that girl's real mother, no doubt in my mind.

Cuzkids_r_amazing said...

I see more of a connection between Michelle & Josie than she has with any of the other kids. She bonded with Josie out of necessity, all those months if Michelle being the only one to take care if Josie had its affect. Even now, she's always visually checking on Josie even if she isn't doing the care. Which makes the complete indifference to jordyn even obvious & sad. She truly does seem to be someone else's kid in Michelle's eyes. A guess almost like a grand child.

Allison said...


Jordyn Duggar: Dec. 18, 2008
Mackenzie Duggar: Oct. 8, 2009
Josie Duggar: Dec. 10, 2009

As an example, Mackenzie turned 4 in October. Jordyn had turned 4 the previous December. She and Jordyn were both 4 from Oct. 8 until Dec. 18 when Jordyn turned 5. Mackenzie is still 4.

Josie Duggar turned 4 on Dec. 10. Mackenzie had turned 4 in October, and Jordyn was also still 4. Jordyn turned 5 eight days later.

Mackenzie and Josie were born 4 months apart, so for most of the year, they are the same age. Jordyn was born within the same calendar year as Josie, so they are the same age for eight days.

Mackenzie, Jordyn and Josie are therefore all the same age for eight days each year.

Anonymous said...

I wonder what holiday dinner this was? Saw pictures of Josh and Anna and kids in Florida at the Kellers for Thanksgiving and pictures of them in Arkansas at the Duggars for Christmas. Maybe that was the suprise-the Duggars had to cancel their trip for Thanksgiving, so Josh and family went down to Florida.

geistmadl said...

When Ma Duggar seems at loose ends and bored, that's when she pays attention to the kids. She's already shoving gnome Jessa and Jill's chores on Jinger (who won't stand long for it). Why should ahe regard kid's birthdays as anything other than a chore to be shared to lighten the load? I am waiting for one of the kids to snap on or off cam!

Nancy said...

Actually, they celebrate Jordyn's b-day (12/18) around Josie's b-day (12/10) because she's the Precious Miracle Baby.

I remember the Instagram pics of the DC party for all three four year-olds (Mack too) came out maybe a day after Josie's actual b-day.

Anonymous said...

So they really make jordyn wait almost a whole year before gets a birthday? Ok so even if they want to do a group party, they can't celebrate that she's turning 5? She really has to revolve around Josie her whole life.

CatLady said...

I agree with Dar, too. It was either Jordyn or Jennifer who got her head stuck in the bannister, and JimBob rescued her then carried her down the stairs and held her for a couple minutes while she calmed down. Michelle had been reassuring her from below, with several of the children, but when JimBob handed the baby over, he gave her to her buddy. Michelle never touched her during the whole incident.

Anonymous said...

I will always remember little Jordyn at no more than 2yrs old(quite possibly younger) making her own breakfast. She pulled a chair over to get up to the faucet and made instant oatmeal with cold water. She had one of those individual little packets of oatmeal. It was right after they returned home after being in Little Rock, while Josie was in the hospital. It was so sad to me. But it's even sadder to think of that little child not having her own birthday party and her own birthday cake. I believe they are sharing the cake amongst the 3 of them, but I might be wrong.
When I see Jordyn the words of a song from many, many years ago goes through my head "She's nobody's child!" Does anyone else remember that song? It sure applies to that little one.

Anonymous said...

Michelle, of course gave Josie all the attention in the world(she had to for the cameras) until she was no longer being rushed to the hospital with seizures etc. Once she began doing the normal things like; rolling over, then sitting, finally starting to walk & talk. Then she became Jana's child. Probably because Jana appears to have a level head on her shoulders. After that, it was let's pack and go and see the world. Ride on a plane with many other people that may or may not have a contagious illness. Pass her around to strangers who recognized the Duggars in a marketplace, let her ride on a camel in old clothes worn by others. If she ends up with what Michelle called a "little cold," in Israel, so what? After a week of treatment for the, "cold" get on another plane (in 1st class ) with a DR and another daughter to care for her and take a nice rest for yourself on the flight home, Michelle..you earned it!

Anonymous said...

To add to my comment re: always thinking of that old song; "She's nobody's child," whenever I see Jordyn. That song also comes to my mind whenever I see Jana.

Benjamin White said...

I grew up in a big family-not as big as the Duggars-but still many times larger than average. I had a great childhood, my parents are incredible people, and did a great job raising a large family. I preface my comment this way because so many people on the outside would have opined that my parents did not have enough time for each of us, or that by necessity they would have had a less vibrant relationship due to the number of kids. Simply not true. What is true is that the relationships are different in a larger family. Large families aren't for everyone. But if done right, they are as vibrant and as loving and happy as smaller families. I'm simultaneously sympathetic with the Duggars and critical as well. I think some of the criticism they get is undeserved, because my guess is that the "reality" tv show does not accurately represent their family (big surprise). But I'm critical because I think that the media attention the family has sought has only harmed the family. And I do pity the children who have to grow up in the public eye. But each family has to pave their own way. For me, I began working at 14 so that I could save for college. I paid my way through college, and I'm now paying my way though law school. It's been hard, but so much better than all the money that a reality tv show could have brought. For me, being in the public eye isn't worth it. I make too many mistakes for that...

Allison said...

FWIW, I don't have a problem with the fact their family is large, but more with the roles and responsibilities "Gothardism" has forced the kids into. I'm not sure I'm convinced that Michelle doesn't do a lot, mostly because I think the show has developed into a series of little adventures. The show never really focuses on any kind of normal, everyday activity. They are always traveling or visiting someone or volunteering. Which is great, but it leaves it to the imagination of how these children are actually educated or how often they interact with their parents one-on-one because it's NEVER shown. So I think it's hard to tell how things are done.

But I do know that the younger kids would most likely have more of Jim Bob and Michelle's attention if the girls (and guys - John David is still at home too) were allowed or encouraged to move out, work, go to school, etc. So my criticisms of their lifestyle have more to do with their fundamentalism which I think is unhealthy, and not so much that they are a large family.

Anonymous said...

I remember that it was Jordyn that got her head stuck in the bannister. Michelle was laughing and saying that there were always emergencys around their house every 30 minutes. She just said if Jordyn's head went through, it would eventually come back out. Jim Bob was the one that finally got her out. Apparently, nobody was watching her while she was sticking her head through the bannister. Those kids always play on that bannister climbing on the outside etc. It truly is amazing to me that there haven't been any more serious accidents with those children. They climb like monkeys on everything.

Anonymous said...

I agree somewhat with Allison. Although, I think she does cut Michelle more slack than she's entitled to, but that's just my opinion.
Re: John David, it's a shame that he worked so hard for that house an he's not living in it because he's not married. I heard Jim Bob tell him on camera, that it was time for him to marry,now that he had a house. I don't consider a house a reason to marry. I do think John David could really turn his house into a showplace because he's very talented at fixing things, building, etc. I really thought he did some great work (a lot more than Josh) on the Bates house. His dad always starts these projects and then leaves the real slave work up to the kids. There is nothing wrong with teaching kids about some of these projects that Jim Bob comes up with, many men in the trades teach their kids that way. But Jim Bob gives no thought to safety issues. Half the kids have no shoes on or just flip flops. This is where their mother needs to step in, I would stop them at the door as they were leaving and tell them to put on some decent footwear and the type of clothing for renovating a home. That would be jeans or work pants and not skirts that can be caught in equipment.

Melissa said...

I think Allison hit the nail on the head. Each episode of 19 kids has been reduced to meaningless trips and "filler" stuff which is purely for show, and obviously pre-planned, so gone are the days when we are seeing "real" stuff. This has been going on for some time now.

The Gosselins went in the same direction.... which did not end well for any of them.

Anonymous said...

Michelle is so clueless, when Josiah fell off the stage, she was so worried that she had to film it with her phone. Johanna had her tonsils out, and the kids had chicken pox, but the camera's kept rolling. These kids don't even get to be sick in peace. JB and Michelle are are such money grabbers.

Anonymous said...

my worry is that these kids need to have real jobs and go to real school not online school they are missing out on so much and many of them have a lot of talent. As a Christian who beleives and trust in God each of my children went to college and hold real jobs and live in the real world. not at home hiding out. Jim bod and michelle need to show the real Christian faith not hide their family at home.

Anonymous said...

Displaying your family of TV isn't putting them in the world.. it's putting them in a cage and taking them on a field trip. These families are so unprepared for the real world education wise, financially, and emotionally delayed in their development due to lack of experiences, not all experience in the world is sinful and ungodly. This is the way they see it and they are under their fathers' authority. What if your father isn't the brightest bulb in the chandelier? Not all Christian men are wise. I guess you're stuck with the dim bulb telling you what to do, who to marry and sleep with. Also, some posts on another site have made valid, insightful points about not blaming these kids, including Josh, for their behavior. Yes, I agree that these kids are all victims of how they have been brainwashed throughout their whole lives. I hope that at least Josh, being away from the family begins to grow, and see that they rest of the world isn't a hell hole.

roddma said...

I think the issue with larger fmailies isn't numbers, but logistics. Having this many kids puts wear and tear on a woman's body. However, Michelle is willing to except more risking her own health because of their beliefs. Then, I believe Michelle has a baby addiction as well. I I have read comments from people from families half the size of the Duggars who felt like they got no attention. Nine times out of ten, the older siblings get stuck doing most of the childcare and household tasks unless they are filthy rich with nannies and butlers. The kids often end up rising themselves. I am not saying all large families are like the Duggars. Everyone has different capabiliites.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone else know if the phrase an "an investment in their lives" is a regional expression? I had never heard that before but, the Duggars use it all the time. I noticed at Erin Bates' wedding, Jessa thought it was so nice that Erin & Chad honored their parents with a rose,during the ceremony, since the parents have made such an "investment" in their lives. I've heard many couples thank parents for all their love & support but never for their "investment" in their lives.

Anonymous said...

Sadly, IMO, it is the Duggar children who have invested in their parents' lives. Those kids work their butts off at home, then their parents think up volunteer time so they have "servants hearts"! I don't see any investment that these parents have made in their children. Has anyone?

These poor adult kids are still so brainwashed, it isn't funny. Yes, JB is picking up the tab for these adult kids' freight, but TLC is giving him more than the funds for that to cover it and more. You know, no $ is going to those kids at all, I'd bet that these people are paid in one "Duggar Family Fund, Inc.," check, the only signatures required are JB's and Michelle's. These kids have nothing of their own.

Which raises another question...is it in their belief system for a father to offer his daughter's new husband a pre negotiated dowry? They have such a screwed up thought system, when Michelle was helping the Bates with those awful bologna toothpick hors'dourves, she said how different it was to "give a daughter away", but with Josh, they gained Anna.... Isn't the old saying: A son is a son until he takes a wife, but a daughter is a daughter all her life...
Having said that, what is Josh worth less to them because he's a son? I have sons, and I assure you, I would be just as "interested" in his future wife as her parents are in my son.
So lopsided and utterly stupid of Michelle to say. All the while, Mrs. Seelwald couldn't be smiling hard enough..I bet she was salivating at the thought of her "young boy son" marrying-up with the Duggars.. Yuck!

kindle.writer said...

We say it around my church a lot. It's affirming value in someone - I think you're valuable so I will put time, effort and energy into you.
Just like in the financial world you don't invest your money in an idea you think is worthless or ridiculous, you invest your money into something with long term value. Likewise what you spend your time in is what you're investing yourself in.

So basically "investing on someone" is Christianese for "instilling or continuous confirming value in someone" of simply put "reminding someone that they are important to you.

Anonymous said...

Josh and Anna were not hosting them ON a holiday. It was a holiday month, as seen clearly by the number of frozen turkeys at the store. Since they were visiting they just decided the menu would be a holiday menu. Turkey and mashed potatoes and rolls and veggie tray. It's a step up from ordering pizza. They are in a different state and they have two sides of the family. This might have been the only time they saw them around a specific holiday, and it was this groups time to celebrate thanksgiving or whatever holiday it was.

Rudy Tecat said...

How could Anna go from a frozen turkey to a cooked turkey in just a few hours? And, why would they paint a room and expect someone to sleep in it in just a few hours? And, why am I asking questions like these when I should know it is all a put-on for tv?

Anonymous said...

I was born and raised in Arkansas, and I have never (well maybe not never), but I can't recall hearing that expression. It's probably another one of those "Duggarisms," like "righteously fulfilled."

Sharla said...

Just a reminder, please try to keep your comments in the episode thread that for the episode that you are talking about. Thanks.

sandi said...

I suppose they could have used quick dry paint,and Anna could have thawed the turkey in the microwave,but like so many other shows and scenes,yes it was probably all staged.

Anonymous said...

What is it that these parents do to "let their kids know they are valuable to them?" I don't see anything. the kids do all for their parents...I don't see it. When Michelle was faced with pregnancy #20, she said she would lay her life down to birth another one,like God will reward her for it, if the kids she has already are blessings and so valuable to her, why would she risk dying on the 19 she already has to call another to this life? She ignores the value of the ones already here

Myotts said...

My guess is that they DO celebrate off camera for each birthday (we don't see everyone's birthday, that's all we'd see for every episode, know what I mean?) and they get the kids together for a fun little "you are all 4" kind of thing, and because they are still so young, they make it a bigger to do than they will when they get older.

Anonymous said...

Exactly! Most mothers would give their life to PROTECT their child. Otherwise, A mother should want to live to be there for her children. She has no problem dying and putting 19 children through the trauma of losing a mother. Sad.

Nancy said...

Nope, they don't celebrate these particular birthdays separately. Josh is pretty good about putting his parties up on social media. I think Mack did get a birthday party, but as for Jordyn and Josie, they share.

I think it's a novelty for the Duggars to have the Irish twins. A lot of them are 13 months apart, but these are the only two born within a year of each other, and given they are the same gender, even easier for them to be lumped together.

Anonymous said...

In my opinion, based on what Michelle herself said about being willing to die to risk conceiving another child, ( not even one she is carrying already, but to seek conception again at her age) I see her attitude as being "all about herself", by that I mean, she believes that she will martyr herself for an unborn child. All the glory for HER. I sincerely don't think that the Almighty would appreciate her SELFISH, look at me act, and whisk her up to the highest heaven there is. I think the Lord would have her turn her head and look at the 19 distraught that she left on earth.. certainly no badge of honor. She clearly displays a pattern of being enchanted with the expected child, plays with it for a while during breastfeeding, then, yes, tosses it in the pile, as if a mug collection, and seeks yet another "newborn." Sorry, but that is an emotional problem right there. She does NOT value the children she has at all, they only serve her a purpose being there, and that is : How much can they do to make her life easier? IMO, JimBob would just find a younger, more fertile woman to marry and continue business as usual.

Anonymous said...

Those poor unfortunate two younger girls are lumped together, as if one. That is so sad. They are not "one", but two individual human beings who should be recognized for that. I think TLC is doing a terrible job of "editing" this program and not showing what things are really like for them.

KitKath said...

Regarding some comments above....I am TOTALLY stealing Dim Bulb as my new moniker for Jim Bob! HA! Also, by FAR the most annoying Duggarism is "share our heart." God, could these girls be any dumber? My word.

Anonymous said...

A great observation, posted somewhere here, and I noticed that too: Why were Kelly, Michelle, Chad's mom, and Mrs. Seewald ALL preparing those bologna toothpicks without wearing gloves and why wasn't their very long hair pulled away or in hairnets? They would fail a restaurant health inspection for that... I'm glad I didn't eat that food.....

Beth Anne said...

RE: Michelle seeking yet another newborn...

Right on. I always think Michelle's Mother of the Year awards should be changed to "Birther of the Year" awared. "Mothering" implies ongoing physical, emotional, and educational care, none of which she provides much of.

Miz Kizzle said...

What's worse than having your home destroyed by a tornado? Having Dim Bulb and his brood show up to help.

MandySue said...

They are not letting just anyone in. They need proper id to get past police. They don't want yo start clean up because they are still looking for people.

Anonymous said...

As a nurse, I hope I am retired before Michelle becomes a patient in a nursing home where the staff has to listen everyday to how she would still welcome a baby, if; "the Lord saw fit." Michelle, dear the Lord is not looking in your direction!

sandi said...

They helped in Joplin during the last bad outbreak there,so hopefully they will be prepared again,should they go.

Anonymous said...

Right off the bat we saw Jim-Bob's 'all about me attitude'...you showed up a day early, you're lucky there was food waiting for you at all! It was awkward to watch Josh's own parents give him side hugs. When Ben called Jessa it seemed to me that she went off to be by herself...my guess is she finally stood up to her parents and demanded some privacy. I love her more and more each episode.

mom in texas said...

Jinger should always wear her hair straight. She looks great, much more mature. JoyAnna is growing into a real beautiful young lady.

The episode seemed really pieced together. I thought we would get to see the final product of the Good Samaritan video.

Poor Jordyn. It's her birthday yet she was only mentioned for a moment. The birthday segment became all about Josie. It's a wonder that Michelle even remembers when she had Jordyn.

Marites H. said...

Anna had to have the holiday dinner all prepped and ready (even with extremely rude, short notice). Anything less would let the Duggars know their golden boy has married a less than perfect "Suzy Homemaker". Fixing something simple or ordering takeout would be easy & quick but no, she had to serve the whole feast. It's all part of staying sweet and pleasing the in-laws. It's all about JB & Michelle not being considerate of other people's schedule.
Why in the world would Anna say it was a good idea to go shopping with 3 little ones in tow? Could she not find a babysitter for an hour or so while she quickly got through her grocery shopping? This "reality" show is losing its grip on reality. It seems Anna needs to prove she is a good wife/mother by going practically 24/7 attached to her kids. When she's not with them, she's with Joshie. She probably never gets quiet time to recharge and just do something for herself.

Momof13 said...

I actually like the Duggars, even if I don't agree with everything they do. However, as the mother of 13 kids, I can't imagine that what I saw Anna cooking was nearly enough to feed all those people. That wasn't even a very big turkey. For holiday meals around here, I need either two big turkeys, or, sometimes a turkey & a ham, with several side dishes. I usually have my two ovens, a roaster oven, and a crockpot to two going. Maybe I have bigger eaters?

Kathy said...

One turkey was not enough for that many people and I couldnt believe it when Josh said he had no idea how to carve the turkey. I always thought that was the man's job.
I was surprised they didnt set up tables for everyone to be able to sit down and eat. Most of the family were sitting in chairs with no table. That would be hard to eat that kind of dinner balancing your plate on your lap.

Renee said...

Could they say "Ben Seewald" ONE MORE TIME please? Like we don't know the kids name yet. Anyone else already really over that??

Allison said...

I thought this episode was okay. No real red flags... The one thing I noticed was that it seems like the younger girls are speaking just fine now. I know it seemed like there was some development issues with Jordyn and Jennifer's speaking, but I couldn't hear any issues. They sound like normal little kids to me.

Samantha said...

I think the "showing up early" thing was pretty fake. No way the room got done just at that moment and was not too wet and full of fumes for use. And no way that all the food for a huge holiday meal was cooked 24 hours earlier than planned with only a few hours of notice. It takes longer than that just to thaw the bird, much less assemble that many items and cook that many things in the oven. It's not like you can cook all of it at once and in just a couple of hours.

If they really left a day early to beat bad weather, why wouldn't they call as soon as they realized they were leaving early? Even someone as inconsiderate as JB about schedules would have no reason (apart from manufactured tv drama) to wait through a whole night of driving before calling.

Ashley said...

I also wonder if the "joint 4 year olds" party was mostly for tv purposes. Poor Jordyn was ignored by her mother after her first few months, but that doesn't mean some other family members don't remember that she was born. Overall, the family seems to like having bday parties. Maybe Jordyn got some acknowledgment a year earlier for turning 4 but then had to join the other girls for the sake of doing something cutesy on tv. They wanted to make a big deal about having kids and a grandkid of the same age and needed to call attention to it.

Anonymous said...

The most ridiculous part of that whole episode was how the "holiday meal" had to be ready for the Duggars arrival, a day early. We heard Jim Bob tell Anna on the phone that he was hoping to have the "holiday dinner," when he arrived, even though, he was planning to be there be there in 5 hrs. Then they stay for a week! Why didn't they just send out for pizza as they always do, or have sandwiches and let Anna do her first big holiday meal the next day. She would have had plenty of help the next day. Also, Jim Bob's terribly rude comment, about hoping to smell the delicious smells of the meal, only to find the house filled with smoke. That's what happens when someone's plans for a meal for over 25 people is rudely interrupted. Why didn't each of the little girls get a small individual birthday cake? And finally, the girls skating in skirts...what can anyone say about that? Don't want to be redundant with the use of the word ridiculous.

Judy said...

This episode really highlighted how delayed Josie appears. She is about the same age as Mackenzie, and though you would expect some difference, there is a HUGE difference. She comes across as significantly younger.

Anonymous said...

I noticed a few things in this episode.
First it's Josh's voice on the phone not Jim Bob's calling to say they will be late.
Second we see the whole family walking up to the front door in coats but when Anna opens the door none of them have coats on !!
Can anyone say scripted??

Londonbridges said...

One thing really turned my stomach while watching this episode. Josie licked the table and no one seemed bothered by it. Josie appears to receive less discipline than the other younger ones. Their behaviour leaves a lot to be desired. I put full responsibility on the parents who brought these blessings into the world. Their sister-mommies are not the parents. JMHO.

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say that Jinger looked just beautiful with her hair straight. She should wear it that way all the time. Although, if they receive too many compliments on Jinger, she will probably go back to the old style. We all remember how long Michelle's "new do" lasted. They are not ready to let Jinger go now that she has taken over many of Jessa's duties. They won't want her calling attention to herself with a flattering hairdo.

Katie's Mom said...

I also could not believe the size of the turkey that supposedly feed the Duggar family. Josiah (good for him) had a drumstick. I don't know who got the other one. I have 2 turkeys for 22 people with many, many side dishes. Of course, all my guests either bring a side dish, dessert or something. I didn't see the Duggars carrying any food in, but that doesn't mean they didn't. I only saw the 2 pumpkin pies& about 2 dozen rolls, but there must have been more pies, I would think. I guess they weren't planning on feeding their crew, that they always refer to as "family". At least, they seemed to have large size paper plates, instead of the usually 8 or 9 inch ones they use.

DianeD said...

One of the boys (Josiah?)had a whole turkey leg on his plate when talking to the camera about the meal. So then how much was left for the other 24 people? Unless they shredded all the meat off the bones and doled a bit out on each plate, there is no way that little birdie was feeding them all. Come on producers, just fess up and show us the other turkey carcasses!

Anonymous said...

Not for nothing, and I'm not sure that they've ever been to DC before but wouldn't the Duggars, in the nation's capitol, want to, well, maybe pay homage the the USA which has given them freedom of religion, freedom to reproduce, freedom to homeschool, fire off guns in their backyard, etc. Instead, they go to a park to film a lame video?

Anonymous said...

JB was in a big hurry to get to Josh's house for Thanksgiving, he got there a day early. How come he wasn't that fast when Josh and Anna moved to DC? He got there a day late and Michelle was giggling they would have to camp out in the RV and wait, ha ha.

Allison said...

The Duggars have been to DC a lot, actually. And they may have even gone on this trip since I think they were there a week, but I think it was more interesting watching Josh and his brothers interact than seeing them tour some historical site. I thought it was kind of sweet.

Ashley said...

I'm confused about the birthday thing. They say they are all four, but then Michelle said "today is jordyn's birthday." If it's her birthday, either she's 5 and the others are 4 or she's 4 and the others are 3. She's the oldest...how can she be the same age as the others on her birthday?

tulip said...

The Duggar's "reality" TV show is just like any other show on TV...SCRIPTED. These last two episodes IMO appeared to be a full script from beginning to end. I could even see the print on the pages and "take 2" as each scene played out. It was like an episode from any typical family sitcom where the "family" is coming to visit for the holidays, and "oh dear" they're arriving a day early, "oh no" will they get everything done in time? while smoke is pouring out of the oven and fire alarms are sounding off...Really TLC? Seriously?
It's been scripted pretty much the entire time, but this time it was like you could just see everybody reciting their lines and taking their cues. Sarah Pope even talked about on her blog that when they filmed their episodes, the crew made her re-do things and say things a second time or even change some of the things she originally said. Like when they had the rummage sale and she drove up and got out, they actually made her get back in the car, turn around and drive back up to the gate so they could "re-do" it.
How on earth can people still talk about how the Duggar kids have such amazing manners and are so unbelievably well behaved? That was from 10 years ago when all the older kids were young and THEY actually were well behaved. The little kids now are constantly shown climbing over anything & everything, sitting on countertops & tables barefoot with dirty feet while food is being prepared, licking tables and even the floor and reaching into bags and jars of food after having just licked their hands and had them in their mouth. Just plain gross. Kids are NOT sitting quietly with their hands folded for TV interviews, but they are restless & trying to get up & walk around and crawling around on the floor as their dresses are getting bunched & hiked up. When Michelle, Anna or the older girls try to get them to behave they sit back down for a couple seconds and then just get right back to goofing around. It's actually funny watching Michelle's eyes get big and show her "quiet" face while make hand motions mouthing to sit down and the little girls totally ignoring her.
I'm still not seeing much of any emotion with Jessa and Ben, and honestly the relationship is just plain boring.

Anonymous said...

First of all, this episode was completely scripted. What a shame. How cliche is it that Anna is preparing a holiday meal for over 20 people and they call to say they are coming in 5 hours (a day early) and she happens to then burn everything? If true, how rude of Jim Bob to demand that holiday meal that night when he is showing up a day early. Also, the part where the family walks into their house is so scripted. They walk in with no jackets and they are pretending to shiver. How embarrassing. How awkward was that hug between Josh and his parents…? It's COMPLETELY IMPOSSIBLE that that turkey was able to feed 25 people (plus I assume the camera crew). That whole meal was made just to make the show interesting…filler episode. It was interesting to see that when Ben called Jessa she nonchalantly picked up and walked away from her dad and sisters. I'm glad she doesn't have to still have phone calls monitored by her mom and dad. I really feel that Jessa of all people is getting sick of these cameras and her relationship being exposed. It's interesting to see the "younger boys" grown up.. they're not little boys anymore- they're teenagers! Josiah, Jed, Jer and Jason look like men!! And they are rather handsome may I add. Although I thought that the part where Josiah and the boys walk in to ask Josh to do the video with the was scripted, it was cute seeing Josh interact and play around with his younger brothers. I understand that Jordyn and Josie would have a combined birthday because their birthdays are only a week apart…but don't say they are all 4 years old because Jordyn was in fact celebrating her 5th birthday. I don't know why Mackenzie was thrown into that because her birthday is 2 months prior. I understand having all of the little girls go out for one of the other little girl's birthdays…but the idea of 3 of them being 4 years old at the same time was again…for ratings. It's hard to believe that Johannah is older right now than Joy-Anna was when the first special aired…they remind me so much of each other, and I still imagine Johannah as a 4 year old. I think Mackynzie is adorable and she comes off as very intelligent and bright. Overall, this episode seemed like the second filler in a row. Shame, because I enjoyed the beginning of the season. These people claim to be religious but fame and money has clearly changed them. I am not sure how religious it is to be making things up and lying on camera to millions of viewers and "fans" and claiming it as 100% reality TV. Anyways, excited and hopeful for next weeks episode.

Leigh Ann said...

In the grocery store didn't Anna say she was going to buy pies? Then the little fact box said she made three pies. They had to have had more than three pies and more than one turkey. The crew would have been fed by Craft Services and I bet they helped supplement the meal for the family, too. However, Josh's look of irritation when Anna gave him the news certainly looked genuine. I can tell he's getting tired of his family's lack of consideration. I hope a crew member at some point writes a book about what it was like working on this show.

Anonymous said...

This past week's episode just goes to prove the old tried & true saying; "you can fool some of the people all of the time & all of the people some of the time but, you can never fool all of the people all of the time!"

Anonymous said...

Ahsley's right. If it was Jordyns' birthday that day, then she was 5 years old. Stop saying she's 4 years old...poor child. Can't help but wonder how long they will try to keep up with that line.

Willow said...

O.K., I just have to ask. Josh and Anna have a nice, larger-sized dining room table. Why didn't they try to eat a turkey dinner there, instead of holding paper plates on their laps? Not a big deal in the scheme of things, but just curious. Another thing about the D's that makes no sense.

Anonymous said...

Most of the people were children. If only meant to be one meal they would need 17 pounds of turkey with that many adults and children. And she had pie, rolls, bean casserole, veggie tray, potatoes and corn. Doesn't require much meat. More than 8, paper plate. May I say at least five of the children were 5 and under. They don't eat much.

Wampascat said...

The crew has show their annoyance in a couple episodes in relation to "Duggar time" as I recall. The shine is wearing off quickly and it's just a matter of time before someone starts blabbing. ~Fingers crossed~ :-)

Tori said...

I thought this episode was extremely scripted, too. The whole rush-rush plot about getting the food cooked and the room painted was a bit obvious.

I'm the grandmother of four babies who were preemies, and it takes a few years to heal from the worry and stress of that experience, so I can understand why Michele is so grateful that Josie made it. But I do agree with what others on this site have said that Jordyn is overshadowed by Josie too much. It would have been nice to see Josie and Mckensi share a cake for turning 4, and to see Jordyn get a cake of her own for turning 5.

Someone mentioned that in an old episode they saw Jordyn get her own breakfast. That's incorrect as I remember that segment and I thought it was one of the sweetest moments on this show. Jordyn was Justin's buddy at that time (don't know if she still is now) and Justin took Jordyn downstairs for breakfast. He made her oatmeal in the microwave. I remember that he gave her the empty oatmeal package and told her to throw it in the trash, and she did. He also gave her some bread to eat and then the camera showed her in a high chair attached to the big table eating, and Justin told Jordyn that he hoped she liked her breakfast. It was precious.

I like most things about the Duggars. I do, however, find it disturbing that they follow a cult like Gothard. I would think much more of them if they would publicly pull back from him. But I doubt if that will ever happen.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Willow. Why not have the adults at the dining room table and have the traditional
"kids table", set up in the kitchen or near the dining room table. My kids (now grown with families of their own) still talk about the "Kids Table." But, none of these kids ever sit down to a meal unless they are in a restaurant. Each family member was sitting around on couches, eating of their paper plates wherever they could find a spot.

Anonymous said...

Re: The comment about most of the people at the holiday meal being children. In Michelle& Jim Bob's family,I would only count from Jackson down as little ones. From John David down through Jason(?) they probably have a large appetites. Grandma, was also there but probably doesn't have a big appetite. They had been on a long road trip on that bus& were probably as hungry a they said they were. Anna said she had 2 dozen rolls for 20 some odd people and 3 pies. How many slices can you get out of an 8inch pie?

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, the Duggars and the Josh Duggars, eat like dogs on paper plates, wherever they "find a spot". You can't eat a Thanksgiving type dinner holding a paper plate armed only with a fork, balanced on your lap. So not good for your stomach and your digestion, not to mention the ungodly late hour to begin eating "such a feast".

Anonymous said...

When the little box said Anna made 3 pies, I think that meant she bought 3 pies and heated them up. They might have been frozen and then she would have cooked 3 pies. I saw her take them our of the oven. But they were not homemade. She said herself she was going with as much already prepared food as possible and I don't blame her with the way that crowd came in and wanted eat.

Anonymous said...

In the episode when Justin made Jordyn her breakfast and it did involve the instant oatmeal. It was really sweet of him. He was so kind to Jordyn. However,I was the one that wrote about Jordyn making her own oatmeal with the cold water and that did happen. Jana eventually arrived and said she was sorry that Jordyn was hungry and she should have come to get her. It was a very strange episode as the crew was downstairs filming this and it appeared that the rest of the Duggars were not up yet. It appeared to be quite early in the morning. I never understood why the crew would be there before they were up. A strange episode.

Anonymous said...

Regarding the alleged oatmeal breakfast, shouldn't the kid have gone to Michelle, and got her lazy butt out of bed and asked her MOTHER for breakfast?, not her sister. Jana is everyone's mom, they have confused roles there, which isn't good for anyone, but Michelle. Once again, Queen M comes out on top of the lazy heap. Probably too busy "servicing Jim Bob", YUCK!

Anonymous said...

If I had that many to feed, I would use real oatmeal which is healthier and less expensive. Doesn't someone in the family have meal jurisdiction so they can eat together and cleanup kitchen?

sandi said...

I imagine the orders are probably such that unless the house is on fire,no one gets JB or Michelle up.It's the buddy's job to get bfast for the younger ones.That was on one of the first specials they did,'14 kids and pregnant again'.

Anonymous said...

I've always wondered why he Duggars don't but things like oatmeal in bulk. You often see then buying many individual packages of chips. Also even their can goods are small cans they do make institutional size ones.

Anonymous said...

Yep, it's official in my mind now, Michelle IS a lazy waste in that household.The kids aren't allowed to wake her up for breakfast? It should NOT be their "buddy's" responsibility to feed the little guys. What a set up she has going there. It makes me so mad that she has everyone in that house serving HER, even her mother-in-law...shame on you, too, Jim Bob

Anonymous said...

Jim Bob's comment about expecting to smell delicious holiday food and instead smelling smoke made me so sad. I know it was supposed to be a joke, but poor Anna. She has three tiny ones and a classroom sized family shows up at her house a day early with just a few hours warning. I just really hope all this stuff is scripted.

Anonymous said...

Whether it was scripted or not, it was not an appropriate thing for a father-in-law to say about his daughter-in-law, who was trying her best to make a nice dinner for an enormous size family, that was arriving a day early, with actually with only 5 hrs. notice. I thought Jim Bob's comments were cruel. Making comments about; no wonderful aromas of a holiday meal, a house filled with smoke,maybe needing a fire extinguisher, etc. Michelle should have read him the riot act. My father-in-law would never hurt the feelings of any of his daughters-in-law. I'm sure when we were all fairly young brides, he was served a few meals that weren't as good as my mother-in-law made. But he always praised us,& said how lucky his son's were to have married such good cooks.
At least some of the Duggar boys & grandma complimented Anna on the dinner.

Anonymous said...

About this alleged holiday meal that Anna had to hightail it in the oven for, did anyone notice the clock on the wall? It read 9:40PM...Is that the time to begin a huge turkey dinner? Certainly not...Those kids should have been in bed by then and should have already digested an appropriate dinner. I don't know how the adults managed to not have indigestion after that one...How did Grandma not burp all night long? No reason not to have it the next day, during an appropriate meal time..they were there for a week!! Stupid episode.

Anonymous said...

Don't forget that DimBulb gets up around noon and stays up real late at night. His laziness and carefree attitude makes everyone have to adjust to this. I am sure Josh had a hard time learning to discipline himself to go to work on time....

Willow said...

Also, wasn't this the episode where Josh said something about his parents had never been early for anything, that he could remember (they were coming early for their dinner/visit and Josh didn't have the room painted yet). That was really funny.

Anonymous said...

Josh "works" for the Family Research Council. This council is named by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group for their anti-LGBT actions.

MommaBubba said...

Jim bob called Derrick "ben" at the airport!