Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 9:00 PM, Episode 108, Ben Drops Beats

The siblings continue work on the family treehouse, but the cold weather hinders their efforts. Later, Ben and Jessa travel to St. Louis to meet with Christian hip-hop artist, Flame and learn about his work. Inspired, Ben steps into the recording booth

62 minutes

 Ratings:  1.340 M viewers and a .44 rating. 

55 comments:

s said...

Oh Bin......there are no words. He is a very foolish, lazy young man who desperately wants attention. Get a job, Bin!

Jeanette said...

I think Ben's job is the tv show as wife's name is in the title. I'm very hopeful with this episode. Ben is seeing a hip-hop artist and appears to possible participate in this kind of music. Unheard of just a couple of years ago.

of course.. said...

Yeah and did anyone catch the interview with the guys by tlcme host? This girl wore a v neck shirt and was showing a bit of cleavage, but man, did it make the guys uncomfortable! Ben especially was so nervous but I bet loved every minute of it! They are not use to even seeing another girls neck, probably. I still wonder how JB or Michelle or even Jessa was okay with this woman. I mean to us she was harmless, but to them...well I wonder what they were thinking. JB probably loved it also!

staytrue said...

I agree it probably didn't matter so much (Nike,clevage) as long as they were being paid! Jim Bob was probably off to the side wiping the drool off his face!

Nike said...

Seriously? This is what it is about? I guess if you are always sheltered this would be a big deal.

If Jim Bob ogled that "Nike event" I bet Michelle found herself joyfully available pretty quick.

Ruby said...

Really? Why? I can't even understand Ben. He mumbles. Sounds like the girl's name is Phee Rose and the guy at the desk is My Grill.

Stephanie said...

There was no "cleavage" it was a lie cut v neck shirt on a flat chested girl. Harmless even if she was curvy so what. I'm tired of interviewers altering their wardrobes for these ridiculous fanatics.

And Ben wouldn't know a beat if it beat him on the head.

I watched this so called interview a few months ago and it's like a conversation between dumb and dumber

Willow said...

Just curious - Did Ben and Jessa have to have chaperones when visiting the hip hop artist?

Willow said...

The reason I was asking about Ben and Jessa having a chaperone at the recording studio was I noticed Kelly Bates accompanied her married daughter and son-in-law (Erin and Chad) to the studio in Nashville. Chad and Erin went there to record Erin's CD and behold, Kelly and some of the other kids show up to tag along. WHY? At least the Duggars didn't show it if they did tag along.

Elspeth said...

I think Kelly went along as proud mama to watch her daughter. I think she was also there to help with Carson. It certainly wasn't as a chaperone for a married couple.

dueit said...

She may have been flat chested, but OMG she was showing skin..unheard of in Duggarland! It would have made their mind wander to a place not allowed!! Weird someone didn't grab a scarf and demand she put it on or no interview with those pure boys!

Quiana said...

Gods the fact their allowed to go anywhere near any sort of modern music is such a big example of the usual duggar double speak. What about limited assess to tv and music besides hymns?! Anything for attention. I bet Jessa freaked out never had heard that type of music before! What did Jim bob think of all this?

s said...

Saw a show promo of bin in the recording booth. Awkward as awkward can be. Cringe-worthy tv.

s said...

What would the late great 19th century preacher Charles Spurgeon think about rap music? Is Ben living in the past, present or future? Does he want the ultra conservative Duggar lifestyle or the rapper lifestyle? Does Ben know what he wants? It seems he keeps reinventing himself--a romeo, a follower of Gothard, a television personality, a "writer", a weight lifter,a scholar, a you tube interview guy, an ugly hat and stupid t shirt model, a youth pastor, now a rapper. And everything he does is awkward. How about just a job, a plain old job and taking care of his little family.

Jeanette said...

Okay, so Ben's rapping was dreadful, but he was a good sport. No sourpuss Gothard faces over music with a beat. Ben and Jessa seemed to really enjoy music that doesn't come from an approved hymnal. I've noticed that on he IBLP website that there are no conference scheduled for the foreseeable future, although you can watch them online I believe. Was happy to see video of Israel crawling on a blanket and not be hit with a switch a la Blanket Training. I think the new generation of parents are throwing out some of the heresy and abusive techniques they may have been exposed to themselves.

Quiana said...

Really doubting tlc would show Jill hitting Izzy with a switch...

Captain Crunch said...

Lol...Grandmaster BenSeewald just posted on his Instagram. .whilst singing to the artist that they featured on tonights episode. .really Gangsta..lol

Captain Crunch said...

Oh! Correction! Its on JessaBlessa's instagram. .not Grandmaster B's!!

lisa mcginess said...

can you see the seewald serving in the inner city? I somehow do not see this? Jessa helping inner city kids and Ben being a ministry to them. Jessa serving others besides her self and people showing up all hours of the night at their house and Ben not being around to help with the kids? just do not see it. The same way I do not really see Jill and derrick being real missionaries? Ben and Jessa will be asking for money soon.

Stephanie said...

Ben is going to teach the inner city about God and Jesus? They know about God and Jesus. They need help with poverty, food, rent, transportation and jobs. That's a ministry here that's needed. Don't assume because life is hard for people they do t know about God, they may have more faith than you realize.
Even Flame said to start with any local church and that was the best advise he have Ben.
Too much Michelle on the TV tonight.

Jeanette said...

No, I don't think they would show him hit with a switch, but he was crawling happily and quickly as opposed to fearfully and tentatively.

Tanya T said...

I couldn't stop laughing at Ben being so off key while rapping. Poor Jessa didn't know how to act when everyone was moving atleast some part of their bodies to the rhythm of the music, she sat like a stone. Did it bother anyone else that she wasn't really watching baby Spurge very well while he layed on the couch next to her. As much as he was kicking and moving his arms, I thought he was going to roll over and onto the floor at any moment.

coleen said...

After watching this episode, I have never been more grateful for my parents exposing me to the world and not keeping me in an isolated bubble. I can't imagine being Jessa's age and just now being exposed to other cultures as equals.

Rudy Tecat said...

I guess rap music has officially "jumped the shark" with Grandmaster B doing it.

Judy said...

OMg. Such a boring episode.

Stephanie said...

Well Judy
At least they weren't cooking or shopping. The only thing worse is sitting on your bum at night watching someone on TV workout. So at least they weren't on a diet again

Cindy said...

I caught part of the show. I know many think Ben is dumb. I don't think he's dumb. He's a young kid. I truly believe Ben has a real heart for ministry, more than Blessa and the inlaws. Ben wasn't raised in a fishbowl, like the Duggar children. He has changed a lot during his first year of marriage. This might be pure speculation, but he doesn't seem very happy. He adores his son, but maybe he feels trapped in Duggarville?

School Stuff said...

Cindy, I agree with you. I think Ben is very unhappy and realizes the mess he is in. But unfortunately I'm afraid he is stuck. So sad.



Mindi said...

Does anyone know, other than this new world of rap music that has opened up a potential career for Ben, does Ben still work for Jim Bob? I think he does love his son, but I think he's in way over his head as a Duggar in-law. He had no real idea what he was getting into when he married Jessa, other that to have his face on a reality TV show.

sandi said...

I imagine Ben is just at that stage where he got everything he wanted,and is thinking, "What now?" He's still very young,so perhaps he can adjust.JMO

Cat said...

Ben doesnt look happy to me, he is only 20 years old, a child really, in alot of ways.I dont think he had any idea what he was getting himself into, really sad they are not allowed to date and enjoy all that their parents did as kids..

too bad,so sad said...

colleen, you wrote:
I can't imagine being Jessa's age and just now being exposed to other cultures as equals.

I have not watched the shows, only read recaps, responses and have seen clips like the Duggars in Asia eating breakfast, going to the classroom and dressing as geisha. So, I may have a misinformed view, but I did not see anything that led me to believe they saw others as equals. As they met the teacher most of the kids didn't bother to return the bow. I cringed when Michelle said, "in America we shake hands" as if every Japanese didn't already know that! She seemed ignorant of the fact that the Japanese have one of the best educational systems in the world and that almost 100% of the population is literate, unlike Arkansas.
If you have watched the Duggar shows, do you see them treat and respect people from other cultures as equals, respectful or even more knowledgeable than they are?

Denisean said...

If Ben is unhappy, it is just as much the fault of his own parents, letting him get engaged and then married so young. I think Michael Seewald was goo-goo over the Duggar's fame. I don't think Ben's mother was really "for" him marrying Jessa, at least not yet, but of course her husband is her boss, so what could she say? But anyone who knows the Duggars knows of their courting rules, and if Ben or his parents weren't comfortable with that, then it is their own fault if Ben is unhappy now. One thing I think Ben's parents were thinking is that an 18 year old man is not going to stay a virgin til marriage if that marriage doesn't happen real quick. Ben is a good-looking virile young man, and I'm sure many girls were after him. They probably figured if they don't marry him off quick, he won't say "pure". (Blech, I'm grossed out just typing that).

Meme said...

Totally speculating here but I think that Ben doesn't know what's hit him. I believe that he may have had a bit of a self-esteem issue around the time that he met Jessa. A lot of boys considered her to be "the hot one" of the Duggar girls, if you'll recall. Ben probably set his cap for HER and couldn't believe his luck when she returned his interest ala Jim Bob -n- Michelle. Since they couldn't date like most young people, Ben had to do the courtship silliness. Being a healthy, young male, he pursued her like a hunter.......and then he woke up and discovered that he'd gotten her. He sure got her - along with a quick baby, relatives galore and overbearing in-laws.

He loves his son and I'm sure he loves his wife. But he's beginning to realize that this girl is very serious about wanting children, children and more children. S'cuse the statement but his libido is not doing the heady agreeing anymore. I think he's a little shocked at where he's found himself. JMO.

Imaamy said...

Ben is a good looking young man? He looked like a total nerd next to the hip hop people!

Ruby said...

Both jessa and Jill have changed their husbands so much. Neither Ben nor Derick seem happy. They both seem overwhelmed. Maybe Derick has taken off to the jungle with his small family to get away from Jim Bob and the Josh drama. Ben is forced to put up with the duggars everyday. He needs to get Jessa and the baby away from that crazy cult and go chase his own dreams with his own family.

Captain Crunch said...

I would agree with these comments that BenSeewald is no longer infatuated with JessaBlessa, now that he's been married for a year...JessaBlessa sometimes stares at him with stars in her eyes and he no longer drools over her in return. He seems very uninterested in her. I'm sure the Pillsbury Molestation Scandal changed his vision of what he THOUGHT he was getting into..tv fame and stardom..spring boarding his idea that using this 'pristine' more wholesome than Wonder Bread Duggar Family would turn him and JessaBlessa into the new young hip religious power couple of the century. Now he's just a 20 year old kid with a phoney wife, a baby, no real job and the t.v. fame/opportunities are waning.

Cindy said...

Meme, I noticed that Ben doesn't look too excited when Jessa brings up having more and more children. Don't get me wrong, I have six beautiful children! But my two oldest are 6 years apart and the rest average 3 years apart. It's crazy to have babies one after another. Let the baby be a baby. And it's not healthy for mom's body either.

Aimee said...

Beyond what has been mention of Ben above - I think it's important to remember that they married, found out they were expecting, and then the whole world read police reports of his wife's molestation by her brother. The Duggars claim that the Anna/Derek/Ben all know about this before but really how could they? Did they sit down in a huge group and tell Ben "Hey. She was molested. We never really dealt with it but don't worry it's all okay because we forgive Josh." Ben may have had little or no idea that it was part of Jessa's past. It may play into their own relationship. Then, his wife nearly died giving birth at home! How terrifying for anyone but esp. for a 20 year old man! The Duggar ladies have been to a ton of births but I am guessing this was Ben's 1st. He had to handle her going to the hospital, taking care of the baby while she was recovering, and (like with Anna's family) only the Duggars were around to help. It has been quite the year for all of the family but I think especially for young Ben. No wonder he looks so depressed. The worst part is - Jessa doesn't seem to notice or care.

Cindy said...

Aimee, you make great points! But I don't think Derek or Ben knew before hand? Do you remember the last show when they interviewed the entire family? Jill just had Israel. The story was beginning to break. Ben looked like he ready to break Josh in half. (I would have paid to see that..lol) Derek then moves his family away. I truly don't think the husbands knew about what happened to their wives. Jessa's birth had to terrify Ben and his family. His parents were there when Spurg was born. I remember Gwen posting pictures of him after he was born. I pray, pray, pray that she has her next baby in a hospital. Maybe Ben will put his foot down. Jessa is so brainwashed, he'll have to be assertive. FREE BEN!!!!

Rudy Tecat said...

This whole episode was a sham (I know: "suprise surprise"). The whole hip-hop episode in St Louis seemed like a pilot for another TLC show: the geniuses at TLC think that it will appeal to a whole new audience, the young, hip-hop Christian music fans (how many of those are there?). And, from the segment on Jinger taking photos, we now know one thing that old Sierra Jo can't do: she can't iron her husband's shirts (or, even buy him one that fits).

Rudy Tecat said...

I think Jessa put her little foot down and said "No more babies for me!" after what happened with Spurgie, and that's why they're talking about adoption. No little Wesley, Calvin or Swedenborg Seewalds.

Judy said...

I'm sure Jessa did not put her foot down. They've been talking about adoption since before they got married. I'm still not sure how they are going to manage that since they're not allowed to use birth control or say no to their husbands and apparently the agency they want to work with will not work with her if she's pregnant, which should happen again in a few months. Not using birth control and having as many children as possible is crucial to them. They are not about to stop that.

Sharon said...

Not using birth control is crucial to Jim Bob and Michelle. How crucial it is and will be to Jessa and Ben remains to be seen. Many people change their minds about things as they gain more experience in life.

Waiting for some big announcement of some kind said...

Fertil Myrtle Jill who got pregnant almost on her wedding night seems to have figured out a way to not get pregnant. Izzy is a year old now.

And Jessa and Ben's little Spurt is a little over 5 months.

Shouldn't one of the Duggars be cutting in on other TLC shows making a big surprise announcement to the world?

puddin said...

I watched it on YouTube...Oh my goodness...so bad Ben. And quite boring. The Jinger flip was boring as well as was the play house build IMO. I just can't sit still thru these shows..i get up and wander lol. BIG HUGE YAWNFESTS!

CourtneyK said...

Well that was awkward... The rappers are passionate and full of emotions, animated, dancing getting into the music. Isn't that not allowed in Duggarland? They're not allowed to dance. So I'm wondering how Jessa really feels about Ben's interest in Christian Hip hop? Ben was shook on the streets of Saint Louis that's for sure. Lol.

Cindy said...

CourtneyK, in regards to dancing, again the Duggars pick and choose the parts of the Bible that suits them. David danced unto the Lord! David was a man after God's heart! love listening to praise and worship music and dance to it. Go for it, Ben! Show your joy!

Ben fed up? said...

Maybe this was a way to keep Ben from fleeing all the lies and deception he was seeing in that family.

Elspeth said...

I'm finally watching this episode and this could possibly be the most boring Duggar episode ever. Ben is absolutely not dramatic and kills the episode.

Wednesday said...

As far as the Duggars not dancing: If I remember correctly, during one of their international trips Jim Bob was making fun of/imitating some cultural dance? Does anyone remember that incident and which country that was? Does imitating others make it OK in their mind?

Cedric said...

Why an I not surprised that idiotic no class, filter or respect for other cultures would insult or make fun f those who were dancing, enjoying life & having fun. Jim Bob is the absolute epitome of stupidity, abuse of his kids, anger, control & disrespect. The guy is a narcissistic ignorant ass his presence on TV is insulting to the viewing public. Each time this jerk speaks inappropriate words are spoken. The fact that he "PRETENDS" that he's a ministry is extremely laughable. Jim Bob is the personification of a Joke!

Ellyn said...

We may always count on the fact that Jim Bob is of lower IQ. Jim Bob should invest in a sandwich sign that reads. Follow my cult you'll be better off. What a real loser!

Meme said...

Cedric and Ellyn - And yet squirrel giggler Michelle thinks her Jim Bob is just a gas! Dumb and Dumber.

Rudy Tecat said...

Ben dropped some beats, for sure. I wish he'd pick them up before someone trips over them.