Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 9:00 PM, Michelle's High School Reunion


Michelle attends her 30th high-school reunion, but details about her past come as a surprise to her family. Later, Johannah celebrates her ninth birthday with a horseback-riding party.


31 minutes

Ratings: 2.046 M viewers and a .7 rating.

99 comments:

ellen said...

This will be interesting to see if her high school friends will be allowed to say what she was really like. It is sad none of her kids will ever get to experience a prom, graduation or class reunion. I wonder how the kids will react to it. My guess is they will all comment on how its part of her baggage their dad always brings up.

no1 said...

Perhaps Michelle's "baggage" will come forth with details. Hoping for a group talking head segment of all those holding pieces of her heart.

sandi said...

It would be interesting to hear if her friends are painstakingly honest.As in,Michelle was once head of the cherleading squad,until dear old bf Jim Bob came along and guilt-tripped her into quitting...

chip said...

Why would she go to this?

hello said...

I am surprised Jimboob would allow Michelle to attend her high school reunion. High school was where she was a cheerleader, played sports, wore pants and went on dates, all of the things his daughters are forbidden to do. Michelle had to do something to be the center of attention since she isn't pregnant or nursing a baby. The kids have been receiving all of the attention with flirting, engagements, weddings and babies.

Patsy said...

Good 'ole Jim Boob & Michelle are running out of stuff for their own storyline would be my guess. If they want their share of the $$$ they better come up with better ideas of things to film.

Willow said...

This is just shocking to me that Michelle is going to her reunion. I'm speechless actually.

pretty girl said...

I really want to hear what her high school friends think of her. I wonder what her friend cindi thinks of her. I never really new she really had a best friend until she showed up on that birthday show. This family does not make any sense.

Heart in Florida said...

She is going to "share what we already know"....her bulimic past that the woooonderful husband, JIm Bob prayed away for her....please, tell me something NEW,,,that would have to come from the high school friends..

No Longer Anonymous said...

As controlling as this family is, I don't think there will be anything of substance revealed. In fact this supposed class reunion is probably a set up for the show with only those classmates who support this circus being invited to attend.

Heart in Florida said...

I want to see the guys she dated..what do they have to say? I'm sure we'll see nothing that isn't scripted or real, yeah, only the selected supportive alumni...Did they have any reunions earlier than 30 years and I bet Michelle never gave a thought in to going..she's not about her sinful past anymore, is she? Do we haved to sit through her bulimia story? I'm sure she needs the spotlight,.thats all it is.

ellen said...

I wonder if Cindi still speaks to her, that episode really showed how rude that family is and to me they really embarrassed her..

Mazie said...

Yes, Michelle has to be in spotlight somehow, that's all.

Idon'tWannaGrowUp said...

I saw a picture of the 'girls' from the Class of 1984 on Facebook last September...There are only about 18 women in the picture. The Springdale class reunions are usually over a weekend...family type gatherings, golf tournaments, picnics and then a dance. You choose which event(s) suits you and your family. And yes, Michelle is in the picture....but I am sure those with her in the picture have to keep quiet until the segment airs. BTW...Cindi is there as well.

coleen said...

Alt. title/promo - A very special episode of 19 kids... Life Unaccounted For-The Teen Michelle Ruark Duggar Story

Because, you know, this is her teen years before she had her accountability partner JimBob!

no1 said...

The irony is not lost on me; none of Michelle's children will have the opportunity to attend a class reunion.

ellen said...

Sad thing is her and jimbob will flaunt all this in their kids face, like the disgusting behavior at mini golf, 'cant do this' It will be an interesting show..

Sarah said...

I never knew she was bulimic. When did that come out?

Heart in Florida said...

Why would Michelle attend a reunion now? I would like to know if they held earlier ones, 10,15,20,25 year reunions? Did she attend those? Probably NOT. She has no interest in any of these people nor does she subscribe to her life at all back then. She has completely severed herself from her own earlier life. Just episode fodder, IMO and a grasp at more attention. We already know about the "bulimia" stuff that Jim Bob prayed away for her..

Syndee said...

Maybe there's a weird underlying competition of the parents with the kids, so they have to flaunt things like the reunion or the mini-golf incident. Or JB having to win at a game with the kids. It's clear M's jealous of Anna, but maybe that's only because she was having the baby

taurus0385 said...

Sad that none of her children will be able to experience this unless their spouses graduated from "real school"

Marites H. said...

Jim Bob can do the ol' "she's been good to me" boast (wink, wink, nudge, nudge) and show off photos of their 19 kids. Like as if Michelle's classmates don't watch TV or know who she married and how big their family is. Any comments from reunion attendees will be limited and the episode will be another rehash of the facts we already know.

Dar said...

I guess Michelle is not getting enough attention. No more babies - girls getting married and having babies. Spending "quality" time with these strange people who live in her house just ain't cuttin' it! I guess JimBob will bring up her "fall from grace". What an clown! One would think she had a Scarlet Letter on her back. And to think it was because of whatever she did, that her girls aren't even allowed out of the house alone. I would love the see the man/boy who kissed her. I am surprised old JimBob allowed her to go back there. He will probably be front and center and not allow her to have any time alone with these "horrid people" who led her astray. Her clothes and hair style are because he wants to keep her like a little girl. It is rather sick, in my opinion.

hello said...

I have a feeling this episode will be heavily edited. They probably wouldn't show anybody who disagrees with their lifestyle. I wonder if Jimboob will pull out pictures of all the kids and go on and on about how good Michelle has been to him. He had no problem handing out pictures of the kids to strangers when they were in NY. I would like to know why he thought people would want pictures of kids they don't know. I wouldn't put it past him to tey and sell their books there too. Anything for a buck.

Annie said...

I remember being completely repulsed by Jim Boob and his story of meeting Michelle. He recounts that he and a friend were visiting her after she suddenly became a Christian (that always makes me smile as if she were a different species before that "event")-anyway, they visited her and she was so bubbly and vivacious that he was smitten. They read the Bible with her and when he left he said to himself "Someday, I would like to be HER Spiritual Leader." Blecch. Just the way he told it made it seem kind of lecherous and icky. He was about 18 and she was 16 if I remember right. Weren't they married shortly after? BTW I have always found it ironic and hypocritical that the children can't go to school and have friends like Michelle did. They have to live in the world sometime.

Ruth said...

Am I crazy but did I see Michelle give someone a full frontal hug?

Natalie's Mommy said...

So she can hog sn entire episode with 'I was a teenage wildchild because I wore pants' ( insert gasp here). And also, shes sharing her painful past to perhaps influence other wayward girls into no longer wearing pants either. ..hail the black stockings!

Beth Anne said...

RE: "Someday, I would like to be HER Spiritual Leader."

JimBob was what, 18 at the time? Even then, he was showing that arrogance that he, barely a legal adult, could somehow provide all the spiritual leadership a young girl needed. And Michelle, for sure, was a young girl. He sure puffed himself up as some kind of personal Messiah for his bride-to-be.

Certainly, sharing the "Good News" is a part of Christian living, and if your heart is joyful due to your faith, there's nothing more contagious than sharing that joy and talking about your faith with others. But for him to position himself as some sort of leader and expert is just icky. Kind of like how the elderly bachelor Gothard has established marriage rules and the single, never-been-alone-with-a-boy Duggar daughters wrote about courting and dating in their book.

Missy said...

I absolutely believe this episode is simply to showcase Michelle, as she has been on the back burner so to speak for the last several episodes. Actually she hasn't had the attention she requires ever since they lost Jubilee. Michelle needs attention just to breath. She's not interested at all those grand children. Have we ever seen any indication of her playing or interacting with any grandchildren & it's not because they live in a different state She didn't care about them when they practically lived next door.
Of course she didn't care about her own children when they lived under her own roof.
Yes I also believed that she was shown giving a full frontal hug to someone from her class reunion. I think this episode will also heavily feature Jim Bob as bloggers are correct he will be passing out the cards with pictures of the family & talking about how good Michelle has been to him. That statement just makes me sick. To think any husband would discuss their sex life & that's what that statement translates to, with with total strangers is disgusting. Michelle acts like a child that's been given a great compliment when Jim Bob announce how "good she's been to me." I would like to see her refuse being, "good to him." Of course the show/ministry would continue, because money means as much to Jim Bob as sex does.

Ginger said...

Sarah this "bulimic line" came up briefly when others in the family were concentrating on their weight issues. Jana has apparently been quietly attending Weight Watchers for some time just to keep her weight in check. I don't believe she has any real weight problems but just want to be accountable. Jim Bob attended a meeting with Jana, & acted like a fool as usual. Eating candy behind the group leaders back, asking the woman if she ever tried various soft drinks or certain snacks trying to get a discount on the cost of the meetings. the other ridiculous things he does

Mazie said...

Re: Jim Bob going to weight watchers.. oh I remember that well.. He behaved disgracefully and made a mockery of it.

Marites H. said...

Just saw a link on FB that says Jim Bob & Michelle brought some of their kids along. Who brings their kids to a high school reunion? Isn't that opening the window of opportunity for some former classmate to corner one of the kids and give them the lowdown on Mama's shameful past?

nursenuttly said...

I think if michelle did have a eating disorder she may have had some mental health issues, and Jim bob was right there to take advantage of it.that's how people get started in cults, it makes them feel like a part of a group

Ruth Anne said...

I don't know which son is which, but why didn't his mom or dad tell him to take his hat off inside the country club? Manners, manners, manners!!!!

Tanya T said...

I've never been to a class reunion that included kids. Not sure I would want to attend one that did allow kids!

ellen said...

Interesting to see how they were all dressed, sure didnt look like any reunion i have ever gone too. Also interesting to see Michelle rubbing that man's arm and giving frontal hugs, when she wont frontal hug her own kids

Arabella's mom said...

They exercised at Planet Fitness. That's funny given that PF revoked a membership because the lady had a problem with a transsexual man (who looked like a guy)was in the locker room. She will never address that, I'm sure.

Luci said...

When does Ben work? Because everytime we see him on the show he's setting on the couch with Jessa in shorts and a shirt not exactly work attire. Also the kids can work out at home in the garage but Michelle goes to an actual gym... Interesting, surprised Jim bob lets her go.

pretty girl said...

any one notice that she and cindi text each day? I kind of think that is not really true. I think tlc is really not telling the truth on this show. I would not bring my kids to a high school runion. would you?

Syndee said...

When Michelle talked about the eating disorder and how when she met JB he "held her accountable" and then magically all was well, well that just grosses me out, it seems like she was really saying, I was so lost all by myself, all I needed was a man to tell me what to do

Aimee said...

I loved Michelle chatting with the male classmate. She was rubbing his arm and leaning towards him, laughing. Jim Bob just stood behind her so awkwardly while glaring with his eyes and trying to still smile.-- I was shocked that when Jennifer's horse spooked he even went to check on her. Maybe Jim Bob has been reading the criticisms and is trying to be more likeable.

Ruth said...

As for kids at a reunion my mother's class had a picnic when we were young to show off the kids. They still had something at night just for them.

Heart of Florida said...

Michelle does not routinely go to a public gym. She only went because Cindy was in town for the reunion and she wanted Michelle to work out with her and spend some time together. MOTY has her own exercise equipment in the house and uses that. Michelle also, would NEVER step foot in a locker room either...

Missy said...

RE; Ruth Ann's comment. It's been talked about for many seasons about the boys, including Josh, a grown man never having the good manners to take off their hats, even in a church. They will never change as they have never been taught good manners

Judy said...

Why did Michelle bring her kids with her to the reunion? How boring for them! And why haven't her kids figured out yet that her best friends are apparently not her siblings or spouse but people outside the family?

Leslie said...

Am I imagining things, or did I catch a quick glimpse of Josiah during the horseback riding scene? Never got a really good look at the face, and of course, we never heard a word out of him, but it was definitely a guy about his age with a buzz cut.

sandi said...

Re: any one notice that she and cindi text each day? I kind of think that is not really true. I think tlc is really not telling the truth on this show. I would not bring my kids to a high school runion. would you?
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That kight be true.I think Michelle said previously she and Cyndi help each other be accountable to exercising every day.
It depends on the event,as far as bringing kids is concerned.Many have family picnics and such so others can meet everyone's else's kids.Taking them to a formal event wouldn't hurt,they'd just likely be bored.

Patsy said...

RE Michelle working out at home in their own "gym" vs Planet Fitness. No episode IMO reflects their actual real life. IF Michelle even really works out every day (cough cough) OR where she works out (I presume at home) is not necessarily accurately filmed. It's a storyline for her so they create an episode around the activity so she can be filmed doing it. Period. It's all smoke & mirrors.

Heart in Florida said...

Did anyone notice how uncomfortable Jim Bob was when they entered the reunion and how uncomfortable he was during the whole thing? Where were the boys Michelle allegedly "kissed or dated before Jim Bob"? Surely they graduated in '84 also? I wanted to hear from them and have JB shake THEIR hands....
Michelle looked like something the cat dragged in for that reunion; and YES, her posture and walk is that of an old lady. Her clothing doesn't help either. They age her unnecessarily.
This alleged reunion was poorly done IMO, and just set up by TLC. Select folks were "invited to show up". The family didn't even sit with anyone but themselves at their own table....but who brings the kids when it's a local event for you?

Anonymous said...

Michelle's hair appears dead too
Many split ends. Her hair needs to be trimmed & dep conditioned. Michelle's attire is so sad. She looks ten years older than her real age. Dictator Jim Boob aka Dim Bulb in control. What a jerk !

rjjwife said...

why did her kids attend the event when it was clearly for just the adults there? Just curious

Dar said...

I have to say that I think Michelle looks quite good for a woman who had 20 pregnancies. Her face is still very pretty. That being said, there is a whole lot more she could do to enhance her appearance if she so desired. JimBob will never let her cut her hair or dress for this Century. I do not believe she had issues with Bulimia. This is another opportunity to set an example and preach to others how she overcame something else with the help of Saint JimBob, in my opinion. I think the children were brought because they are Michelle's reason to be, so to speak.

Isn't is so nice that the Mother of the Year, with all those little ones has so much time on her hands. All by herself and being to get up and exercise. So lucky.

Michelle and JimBob giving lessons in kissing is beyond ICCCKKKY! What a ministry. They are so very modest, yet there who life revolves around obsession with SEX. Even the youngest ones discuss kissing and chaperoning. Sick, sick stuff JMHO

Tracy said...

I'm confused by all the comments about why she brought the kids. Didn't they say that it was a reunion where spouses and children were invited? I thought I saw other children in the room during the reunion besides the Duggar ones. Seems pretty normal to me.

As for the hat thing, I think it would have been better if they'd told him to just not wear the hat that day period. Not taking it off inside is something that bothers the older generations but I don't think it really bad manners in today's world, but that's just me.

stupididiotshutup said...

Here's my beef- Joy was wearing workout-type leggings under her skirt while they "worked out". What's the point? Just to slap on a skirt for the sake of slapping on a skirt? They are so annoying when it comes to their "modest" clothing. Binseewald wears tight fitting polos and tight shorts. Buncha hypocritical nerds, I tell ya.

Heart in Florida said...

Michelle bringing some of her children to her reunion equates to her showing her classmates her resume'.

Aaron V said...

So, JB says that Jana is staying home with the "little ones" and then they show Jana sitting there smiling as Joy says how cool it was going to be going to the reunion. Another sad Jana moment

Sharla said...

I'm curious what is so difficult to understand about anonymous comments will not be published that a dozen anonymous comments came in mostly from the same person.

ellen said...

I think i agree with Dar regarding Michelle's bulimia, it doesnt just stop because of Jimbob, she says she wants to help others, what a joke! They are doing everything they can to keep the camera on her! I have an idea for Michelle, stsy home with all your kids with the camera men, let us see what you do all day, send Jana on a vacation and you care for the kids! More photo op

puddin said...

We didn't learn much of anything new on this episode. Lame and boring is what this show is now...there is nothing new to show. TLC is just tossin' in this & that in...and its a snooze fest. Everything has been done and shown over and over. BIG HUGE YAWN *FREE JANA*

ellen said...

I think i agree with Dar regarding Michelle's bulimia, it doesnt just stop because of Jimbob, she says she wants to help others, what a joke! They are doing everything they can to keep the camera on her! I have an idea for Michelle, stsy home with all your kids with the camera men, let us see what you do all day, send Jana on a vacation and you care for the kids! More photo op

Lisa said...

Bringing up exercise some more, I remember being shocked at Michelle spending so much time on the treadmill while pregnant with Jubilee. Fitness while pregnant is great, but even as a younger woman I was cautioned not to start a new fitness routine. Part of me has always wondered if Michelle's body was just pushed too far that pregnancy.

Missy said...

Re: Aaron V's comment about Jana being left at home to watch the little ones. They never ask her if she will babysit the little ones. Even when Josh & Anna lived nearby they would just drop their kids off & go out on a double date with Jim Bob Michelle. Jana was then left alone with all the little ones. I have heard Jim Bob ask grandma; "would you watch the little ones for us?" Grandma answered, "I always do." They are extremely cruel to Jana. Hey Jim Bob & Michelle what ever happened to your motto of: "Jesus first, others second, & yourself last? Looks like it's a little backward now & Jana is always last.
Guess Jana will just have to be content knowing that in God's Kingdom (not Jim Bob's Kingdom) The last shall come first!

j-anon said...

I remember the Osborne's show and, as much as most of them wanted attention, they respected and supported the older daughter who wanted nothing to do with tv. I hope the Duggars would do the same for their kids. Also, is Ben's job television show cast member? He seems to be an extra hammy actor, like a younger Jim bob.

sunny side up said...

Aaron V- Maybe Jana is shy and private and would RATHER stay home and watch the kids than be filmed at the reunion. I know that's how I'd feel!

Ginger said...

RE: sunny side up's comment. Jana may be shy & would rather stay at home but she deserves the courtesy of being asked, not just told that she will watch the little ones.

Missy said...

Strangely, now Michelle's best friend Cindy is a "personal trainer." When she was needed to watch Josie when she was extremely sick & frail while Michelle went on some foolish trip, Cindy was referred to as a NICU Nurse. None of my friends have so very many varied & skilled jobs.

Wampascat said...

Amy Osbourne stayed out of the spotlight and stayed out of trouble.
The Duggar kids have no choices at all. When Jim Bob says jump, grow your hair, pray, give blood, marry so and so, they do it.

ellen said...

I wonder when jimbob let them stop perming their own hair, remember they did each other's hair cause daddy liked it long and curly, sick!

Wampascat said...

The Duggar girls truly don't realize how sick it sounds when they say they keep their hair long, wear certain clothes. Etc. because Daddy likes it that way. Jim Bob is not only controlling, he's touched in the head.

Andy Simmons said...

The Duggar girls say they wear their hair long because JB likes it that way. But, all the other young women in their religious group wear their hair long, too. So, it isn't a mandate from someone higher up in the organization? That, and no TV, long skirts, homeschooling, large families, no debt, home birthing (if possible), children staying in the home until marriage, etc? It is about time they stop pretending these are all choices they make, and admit these are rules they have to follow in the Gothard-based sect. Just look at the episode where Jana is up in Michigan mentoring those young women, or when the family goes to the "homeschool conferences" in Big Sandy. C'mon! All those people don't "choose" to do everything alike! Just admit that you're following a set of rules that some old dude in Chicago decided were to be followed blindly.

Heart in Florida said...

Andy Simmons, that was a great post. I agree with you completely. This family isn't fooling anyone and if TLC thinks they are, then they have more problems than THEY are willing to admit. They are heading up a cheap dog and pony show. We all know they are Gothard/fundamentalists and they know it too. Come on out and say it, folks..and explain it all.

Special Ed Lady said...

Cindy said something to the effect about Michelle working out despite having 19 children. She had 19 but does raise 19. Big difference there.

sandi said...

Why did they keep talking about how 'bad' Michelle was when she was younger? Which were typical childhood events,imo.What about Jim Bob back then? Didn't he ever chase little girls around the playgroud,pull their pigtails and tell them they have cooties? He always comes out smelling like a rose.

Missy said...

RE Cindi & Michelle texting each other daily. That may be true as many yrs. ago Jim Bob made the statement that Michelle & Cindi talked everyday on the phone. Jim Bob supposedly was so pleased that Michelle had such a close friend, someone to talk to & be encouraged by daily. Nobody thought it strange that a woman with 15,16,17 or 18 kids had time to talk on the phone with her best friend daily. Of course, I didn't believe it then so do question it now, but with modern technology I wouldn't be surprised. I think you really have to take anything the Duggars say with a grain of salt.

London bridges said...

Agree with you, Andy Simmons. Just call a spade a spade and let the show go on!

Wednesday said...

That was the most useless workout I ever saw. No need for Michelle to wear a ponytail because there was no sweating. My personal trainer would have laughed her butt off at the little 2 pound weights that they were pretending to huff and puff with. Don't even get me started on the elementary school arm spins....

ellen said...

Watching the high school reunion episode, what an ugly, matronly looking outfit, that skirt is hideous! There is also a picture of her holding a fish in that same skirt..

Hope C. said...

Watching the high school reunion episode, what an ugly, matronly looking outfit, that skirt is hideous! There is also a picture of her holding a fish in that same skirt.
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I haven't personally seen the episode but I can only imagine that JB doesn't want Michelle to look her best and risk her catching the eye of one of those "baggage" ex-boyfriends who might talk to her and give her a glimpse of what might have been. The weirdest compliment I've heard JB give Michelle is that a certain outfit she was wearing was modest. Wow! What a romantic charmer!

ellen said...

I googled the high school reunion and found what i believe were pictures of some of the group. I dont think the people interviewed were there, totally different people. All wearing shorts and even a picture of a few of them taking shots

Helen Crump said...

I went on the website for Shiloh Christian School, where Jim Bob went and surprisingly they had photos of current female students wearing PANTS! So there you go, folks, a conservative Christian school isn't Christian "enough" for JB...they went over the deep end a long time ago....Why didn't they have a reunion episode with Jim Bob? He graduated from an outside school. I'd love to see that one.

Syndee said...

"....Why didn't they have a reunion episode with Jim Bob? He graduated from an outside school. I'd love to see that one."

Maybe no one liked him. I'll bet he had the same insufferable personality and maybe he tried to go "save" everyone like he saved Michelle. I don't think you join a religion like they have unless you have some ego issues.

Missy said...

Re: Helen Crump's comment on Jim Bob's Christian School. If you saw Jim Bob's school reunion I don't think you'd see much. I don't think he had all that many friends in school. Have you ever heard him talk about the guys he hung out with in school? I do remember he said he wasn't very athletic, said he was always the last one picked for any team. Now there's a surprise for you. That's exactly the kind that always needs to be the boss once he has a home of his own, needs to make up for sitting on the bench by himself all those years.

Missbehaving said...

In response to Helen Crumps comment about Jim Bob's school.

If you looked at the dress code for the school it states that skirts and dresses are not permitted neither is any kind of denim. Only slacks.

Therefore that school is now to mainstream for his kids to go to. Think of all the NIKE moments the boys would have seeing a girl in slacks. Oh the horror.

Missbehaving said...

I take that back. Shiloh Christian the girls can wear denim except on honors day (whatever that is) and in elementary school. Just in secondary school they can't.

Helen Crump said...

Missbehaving: Usually "honors day" is when the school has an assembly to distribute the honor roll certificates. At least that's what it meant in my parochial school, back "in the day". I'm sure it's similar here. So, Jim Bob went to a "heathen-Christian" school? How could that make any sense? He really should send his own children there; it would do them ALL a bit of good. I can see Jana and Jinger teaching there easily with a real education and a real JOB; with benefits, retirement, etc. Marriage should be their own choosing.

MaryKay in the South said...

Help me here -- The Duggars do not watch TV, right? Then how do they explain to the children why film cameras follow them everywhere and have for years? How do they explain that strangers recognize them when they are visiting other locales?

MaryKay in the South said...

Has anyone given thought to approaching them about cutting the girls' hair and donating it to Locks of Love (or other similar cause)? They can still have hair long enough to put up and whatever and be helping others. Think what great publicity this would be and what a relief it would be to their drains which probably get clogged up on a regular basis from all that hair!

Syndee said...

"Help me here -- The Duggars do not watch TV, right?"

Also I wondered, don't the older ones sneak out and poke around on the internet? They have to know what it's all about or how would they even know about Instagram, etc? Anna and Josh and even Jessa wouldn't be making all those political statements if they didn't realize they were broadcast to thousands/millions of people.

Heart in Florida said...

MaryKay in the South: Yes, I have suggested a long time ago that all the older girls, including Michelle donate their hair to Locks of Love..as that is a very good cause...No response, of course, from the Duggar camp regarding that suggestion. they would have to have healthy hair,so Jill and Michelle might not qualify..their hair is in bad shape if you ask me...

sandi said...

Michelle said in their first book that JB didn't want the kids to go to a Christian school b/c even there,there were kids who didn't behave up to his standards. (or something like that).So they chose to homeschool.So that tells you what JB thought of some of his classmates.

sandi said...

I'm not impressed at all about the no TV rule anymore.(not that I ever was).But technology being what it is nowadays,that really means nothing,since tv can be viewed online and on cell phones.
Now if the fundies were to say they were giving up their computers,the internet and their cell phones,THAT would really be something! But of course that will never happen,as that's how they make their presence known in the world now.And it all started with tv.Oh,the hypocrisy!

Missbehaving said...

Well considering that Jim Bob believes that he is the next Messiah, no school will be good enough for the children.
He is just self centered and controlling enough and raise children who worship him and are unable to cope and survive without his divine wisdom.

Helen Crump said...

Since the Duggar children are taught to be their siblings' own best friends, and aren't allowed to have any real friends outside of the family and certainly NOT one on one friendships, who is it that they text, call and why do they need cell phones if calls are monitored? I'm fairly certain that the "monitoring calls" isn't exclusively for courting couples...which, IMO, is an invasion of their privacy. Why don't the kids listen in on their parents' calls too? Seems fair to me.

Alberta Rose said...

Anonymous Helen Crump said...
Since the Duggar children are taught to be their siblings' own best friends, and aren't allowed to have any real friends outside of the family and certainly NOT one on one friendships, who is it that they text, call and why do they need cell phones if calls are monitored? I'm fairly certain that the "monitoring calls" isn't exclusively for courting couples...which, IMO, is an invasion of their privacy. Why don't the kids listen in on their parents' calls too? Seems fair to me.

They have plenty of friends. You have to sign a document to allow yourself to be filmed on the show. Most of their friends aren't interested in being shown on TV. The Bates are the biggest exception.

Wampascat said...

They only seem to have "friends" when they need help preparing (slaving) for a wedding. No wonder no one wants to claim a Duggar as a friend! Lol

Bobbi said...

Remember Michelle said the 1st time she met JB he was selling Bibles door to door & she didn't remember him. I guess JB pursued Michelle or rather Stalked Her until she gave in to his pathetic controlling Gothard lifestyle. When Michelke was younger she looked so vital & pretty. Michelle could have done so much better then that creepy Jim Bob.

Bobbi said...

Wampascat, Clearly the frontal lobe of Jim Bob's brain never developed. I thnk JB is a bit addle & he's just never grown up. JB & M use religion as the 3rd parent & all of the threats & baggage that go along with it. It's a pick & choose from the Bible or add one's own interpretation regardless if its correct. Just as long as it suits JB's purpose in life. He's one sick puppy.

Dar said...

With the comment regarding friends not wanting to be on television. I personally think the very opposite is true. I would hazard a guess that 99% of people want to get on the tube. Look at all the volunteers. They were on TV. They adore the Duggars because they are on TV. Those children do not have very many friends outside that family. They are not allowed. They may see the same people when they go"Gothard-sponsored activities, but they sure won't be hanging out with any of them without the family hanging around. Michelle and JimBob don't want their minds polluted with any secular thinking.

Bobbi said...

So the Duggars are "fair weather" friends & only seek help when they want to USE their so called friends? Not a Christian attitude. Duggars are the poster people for hypocrisy.