Tonight on TLC...
19 Kids and Counting "Duggars in Cuffs"
- Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary by taking Jill and her fiancé and Jessa and her boyfriend on a triple date. The Duggar patriarch and matriarch have a special evening planned for the couples. "I've always got a few tricks up my sleeve," says Jim Bob.
- After leaving the house, Jim Bob starts driving recklessly and is pulled over by a police officer, who instructs everyone to step out of the vehicle and line up on the sidewalk.
- "I knew my dad was in on it," admits Jill. "But I thought: 'Because my dad's in on it, what's he going to make us do?'"
- The cop, in cahoots with Jim Bob, handcuffs each of the couples together and leaves the keys with the Duggar dad.
- To teach their daughters and future sons-in-law the importance of teamwork and communication in marriage, Jim Bob and Michelle have a series of challenges planned. Ben and Jessa have an extra set of handcuffs between them so they don't get too close together.
- The first stop is a picnic spot at a local park, where each of the couples has to prepare peanut-butter and jelly sandwiches. Then they head over to the playground to go through a timed obstacle course. Jill and Derick end up winning.
- "That might have been a little silly, but there was a point to it," says Ben.
- Next, the group heads over to Jim Bob's friend's house to shoot a bow and arrow. By the end of the evening, Jim Bob and Michelle are feeling confident about their daughters' relationships, and the kids say they enjoyed themselves.
- "Overall, we really enjoyed the triple date," shares Derick.
- "Being handcuffed to you is rather enjoyable," Jessa tells Ben with a smile.
- In Washington D.C., Josh pulls on a pair of sport shorts and a T-shirt and prepares to run a 5K race, the equivalent of 3.1 miles. "Josh has been doing some training," says Anna. "We're not runners, surprisingly."
- Josh doesn't quite make his 30-minute goal but is satisfied with his accomplishment. Trainer Steve Conley, a former NFL linebacker, is impressed.
19 Kids and Counting "Duggar Derby"
- Michelle takes Johannah out for an afternoon of one-on-one time at a local equestrian center. At age 12, the Duggar matriarch had quite a scare when the horse she was riding took off galloping.
- "I think horseback riding was quite a pleasurable experience for Hanney," says Michelle.
- That evening, the family--including Ben, who is living in the Duggars' guest house--gathers in the boys' room for their nightly Bible Time.
- The following day, while Jim Bob and the older kids build ramps for their soap box derby cars, Jessa and Ben take the little ones to Fast Lane to eat pizza and play arcade games. Jana goes along as a chaperone, but she plans to give Jessa and Ben a taste of parenthood by letting them keep track of the little ones.
- According to Jessa, "Ben is excellent with kids" and is going to be a great dad.
- At the end of the afternoon, Johannah says Jessa and Ben are "ready for 19 kids."
- Later, the whole family meets in a parking lot to watch the soap box derby race. They hold two qualifying races to determine the fastest drivers from each of the three teams.
Qualifying Race 1:
Winner: Justin (White team)
Johannah (Red team)
Jennifer (Blue team)
Qualifying Race 2:
Winner: James (White team)
Jason (Red team)
Jackson (Blue team)
- Justin, Johannah, and Jennifer end with the best times, so they become the drivers for the final race. Grandma Duggar fires the starting pistol, and the race begins. Justin crosses the finish line first, but Johannah and Jennifer are not far behind.
1st place: Justin (White team)
2nd place: Johannah (Red team)
3rd place: Jennifer (Blue team)
- The Duggars end the day with a picnic in the parking lot.