Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Recap: 'It's Official'

Counting On "It's Official!"
  • Jinger is in an official courtship with Jeremy Vuolo, a Pennsylvania native and former professional soccer player. After finishing his soccer contract with the San Antonio Scorpions, he decided to retire from athletics and become a pastor in Laredo, Texas.
  • Jinger and Jeremy, along with Jim Bob and Michelle, visit Jessa and Ben to share their exciting news and eat ice cream.
  • Later, Jeremy experiences his first dinner with Jinger’s family. Everyone enjoys getting to know Jinger’s boyfriend while eating Italian takeout. Jeremy has Italian roots, so the meal is very fitting.
  • “I’m pretty well love-struck,” says Jinger. “I am like head-over-heels, guys.”
  • “I could see this courtship leading to marriage,” says Jana. John, Joseph, and Josiah say they like Jeremy but that they are still “checking him out.”
  • “We don’t want to just hand our sister over to anybody,” says Joseph.
  • Jinger and Jeremy chat with the Dillards about courtship via video chat. Jill and Derick understand the struggles of a long-distance relationship.
  • The Duggars have a home gym in one of their warehouses that various family members enjoy using. After dinner one night, the Seewalds head over to burn some calories. They take turns “wearing” Spurgeon in the baby carrier while they work out.
  • Ben, who played football in high school, shares his desire to start a Christian youth football camp and meets with Steve Conway to make plans. “I can kind of see Spurgeon being a football player,” says Jessa.
  • Jana, John, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, Joy, Jedidiah, Jeremiah, and Jason head out to a survival camp in Southern Missouri. Jinger makes sure to pack her pillow (made with Jeremy’s old soccer jersey) and her Keurig machine.
  • While they drive to the camp, Jinger FaceTimes with Jeremy, in case she loses cell service for the next few days. “When we’re at home, it’s a little bit different because you aren’t quite stuck in the same room as Jinger when she’s talking to Jeremy,” says Joseph.
  • Jinger is relieved to find out that the camp does in fact have cell service. The leaders start by teaching the Duggar siblings how to start a fire. “The girls coming out in sandals and skirts is probably a bad idea,” says one of the leaders.
  • Jana and Jinger spend the first night in the camper, while the boys sleep in tents/teepees and Joy sleeps in a hammock. Tune in next week to see what happens when they hear a bear in the middle of the night.
  • The camera crew takes a trip down to Central America to check on Jill and Derick. Jim Bob and Michelle recently purchased air conditioning units for the Dillards so they don't have to keep the doors and windows open all the time.

44 comments:

  1. I'm not going to lie, if I ever caught a family member talking about "handing me over" to aguy, I'd probably slap them! Such an awkward thing to say...

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    1. Does Jim Bob receive a dowry? That is what ''handing her off'' sounds like to me :(

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    2. LOL!!

      My daughter, when we were wedding dress shopping, joked that she was not going to put the veil over her face like a piece of property being auctioned off.

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    3. I agree! The Duggar females are not pieces of property to be handed over. They are human beings!

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  2. Is Jim Bob going to follow Jill & Derick around the globe, buying them a/c everywhere they go? Or better yet, buy it for the locals, so they are safer, too?

    I thought that was an unnecessary detail to flaunt, guys.

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  3. That was the silliest "survival" school I've ever seen. I thought the girls were going to set their hair on fire. Looked like they easily could have. It was hanging down over their fires. I'm surprised the instructors didn't make them tie it back. And survival school with hot dogs and S'mores?? And an RV? And cell phone service? Again, something TLC cooked up. At $500 a person, minimum. Times the number of kids who went, and they could have made a hefty donation to the local food bank to help others survive.

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    1. Yes, yes, and yes!!! Agreed

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  4. Last week, we were shown that Jim Bob picked Jeremy up from the airport, broad daylight. Then they went & had coffee & talked for quite awhile. Meanwhile, Jinger tells us that 4 hours passed between the time Jeremy landed & when she was waiting to see him. And then they got to the house and talked on the front porch while it rained. Then went inside and told everyone they were courting. Right?

    This week's episode, however, they show up at Ben & Jessa's, and the clock on the wall says 11:45am (it was light out and Spurgeon was awake, so it wasn't pm). Yet Michelle & Jim Bob say that Jeremy & Jessa "decided to start courting TODAY." Or something else meaning THAT day. Now that doesn't add up at all. They couldn't possibly have done all that other stuff in the morning and gotten over to Jessa's for ice cream and to break the news by 11:45am. When they were standing up to leave, the clock said about 12:35pm.

    Please stop stretching the truth on this show! They do this all the time, and it's wrong. Acting, staging, and not telling the truth. Why do they think that is necessary? Just say it's the next day or the next week or whatever. But don't stand there and twist the truth. It's going to get to the point where they won't be able to remember what's true and what isn't. People can't always remember they lies they try to tell but they will always remember the truth. I thought this family had a strong aversion to telling anything but the truth?

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    1. You should try taking up a hobby.

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    2. It's so far removed from what it used to be. The family used to just go about their day and get filmed, at least that's what the family said. Now it clearly seems staged and set up, to work around a plot. I feel like for this to be happening TLC must be getting desperate for "interesting" scenes in the show? We don't need that! It was so much more interesting when they just went about their regular lives :(

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    3. I get confused, too, with the sequence of filming. Something always seems "off" now. Bad editing of choppy filming or something. That story line was a prime example. Jinger being upstairs when Jeremy got to the house. You know they told her to go up there and then come down the stairs so they could film it. And what was with the cop car parked at the house, very visible when they were out on the porch? The whole thing is not filmed well. Viewers notice!

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    4. Ever think that their clock is maybe off-timed, instead of automatically assuming the worst about them?

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    5. Referring to Aug.30,2016 9:27pm, second paragraph you state that "Yet Michelle & Jim Bob say that that Jeremy and Jessa decided to start courting today". Jessa is already married to Ben,how can she be courting Jeremy?

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  5. love the show so glad to see it hope they stay on

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    1. The show is pointless. I hope TLC permanently takes it off the air.

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  6. Is there a new house or room in which the Duggars are making their videos? It doesn't look like their home.

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    1. They film the talking head segments at what is known as the "pool house." They bought a house basically next door to them where they used to go swim when the old owners, then later renters (the midwife Venessa) lived there.

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  7. Generally, I don't think you should try to start a fire wearing sandals or open toed shoes! Not trying to be mean, but when you're standing over a small fire, it's not a good idea. Especially if you're wearing rubber flip flops for instance, they can melt! Happened to me!

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    1. Yeah, my dad wore tennis shoes one time, and the soles melted. As for me, when I make camp-fires,(which is pretty often in the fall, winter and spring)I typically am barefoot! XD

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  8. I am Italian. Italian "takeout" (I assume from a place like Olive Garden?) is so very different from traditional, made from scratch meals. I sure hope Jeremy exposes her to the great food and food subculture that Italy and Italians have. It is a great source of pride for us, and we often have recipes that have been passed down for generations :)

    I also hope she tries, or has tried traditional espresso or cappuccino! It is much stronger and richer (similar to Greek coffee). It is worth a try! :)

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  9. Why can't any of the kids cook? Jinger pointed out last night that "I can cook....spaghetti?" That's it? What is going on in that house at mealtimes? Take-out and frozen food? Catered meals? I truly don't understand how you can get to marriage age in a family that size and not know how to cook a meal! From the time they could hold a spoon, they should have been in the kitchen learning. ALL the kids, not just the girls. For a family who's so big on teaching their kids "skills," they sure dropped the ball on this one. Forget wilderness survival school - let's get in the kitchen and learn how to "survive" there!

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    1. I new how to cook when I was in High School. I throught that was strange to. I think Michelle should have taught then to cook.

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    2. Exactly!!! For boys and girls. Even little ones can start with small tasks and start learning and becoming interested. Plus I think it's very important that kids learn about healthy eating from a young age

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    3. I've wondered this myself.

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    4. I get the impression that they sort of graze all day long and don't sit down to a big traditional home-cooked meal very often. Everyone just has a snack or a sandwich whenever. But still, Michelle should have given some serious cooking lessons to all her kids. Maybe she doesn't know how either?

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    5. I'm wondering if perhaps they can cook but just don't have confidence that they can cook well. It's one think cooking for you parents and siblings but when you cook for your husband that's a different story. My parents taught us to cook when we were kids but I just didn't trust myself to cook well when I got married. My husband loves my cooking and I his cooking as well.

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    6. The show doesn't play in my country so I didn't see many episodes. But, on the few episodes I saw where Michelle cooked, she didn't cook elaborated meals. She seems to cook with a lot of frozen stuff ou canned stuff. I don't say it's wrong, I think as long as the kids eat enough, it's fine , but maybe she is not the best person to teach somebody else how to cook?

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    7. Regina, why would it be a different story to cook for your husband? Do you feel like you need to "perform" for your husband, as if you were a professional chef?

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    8. I think it's different to cook for your husband vs your parents. Your parents teach you how to cook, so they are likely to enjoy your food. But if you are used to cook with frozen or canned food, and your husband is used to eat fresh food, he may not enjoy it as much as his family's food.

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  10. Ben made that earlier gym video with his brother-in-law and emphasized how important it was to have a spotter. But last night, there he was pumping iron, no spotter. ???

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  11. Who takes a full-stocked RV to a survival school? And then stays in it? That story line was ridiculous. The producers probably left the food out on purpose so they'd have some "excitement" to film. Just start shouting or banging, and a bear (or any wildlife) will skedaddle. Don't need to go to survival school to know that.

    Am also wondering about the RV. Wasn't that the one that Josh & Anna took on the road one time? Who is this "friend" they said they borrowed it from?

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    1. I don't think that was Josh and Anna RV. I think it was someone else.
      I throught they weren't talking to brother Josh.

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    2. It's definitely not "survival", that's for sure. Why couldn't they tent? They say they are trying to learn survival skills, but you aren't going to learn that sleeping in a decked out RV!

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    3. Survival school with a Keurig machine? Really, Duggars?

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    4. Everyone has their own walls, fears and limits. I can't fault them for not leaping out of their comfort zones, rarely do people actually do that. Most people think they would, but when push comes to shove in. A nature situation they retreat. My hat is off to these girls. I enjoyed seeing Jana try to push Jinger out of her comfort zone, she seems like the kind of person who wants to see the best of everyone come out.

      Sigma 3 (the camp they went to) is great about family. They offer the ability for everyone to tag along, even if they don't participate they can stay at the camp ground. Not everyone is gung-ho about being out in nature. Everyone has fears, to poke fun at someone else's just makes you a hypocrit. You won't get someone over their fears by making fun of them for it. Support them, incourage them and someday they will overcome it. Not everyone is ready to face their demon in the wild, but they aren't old or dead yet.

      God bless.

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  12. I just have to say, that's pretty luxury accomodations that the Dillard's have regarding an air conditioned home and a film crew filming. It's hard to imagine them being realistic missionarys. Just being honest.

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    1. It was also hard to imagine that before the air conditioning.

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    2. .....That would be called growing up anywhere in the U.S. before the 1960's. We survived without cold air in our houses or schools or businesses or churches. We didn't grumble. Turn on the floor fan or the ceiling fan and get on with life.

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  13. I really enjoyed this episode. Seeing two individuals coming together in the name of Jesus is so joyous. The survival school is also going to make for good viewing next week. Nature can really show us who we are, there is nothing wrong with being afraid of things, it is simply whether or not we let those fears beat us.

    God bless.

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  14. Why come on the page and cut them down? If you don't like the show don't watch it. How would you like it if multiple people went on your social media page and cut down you, your family, and everything else...Seriously find something more productive to do with your time.

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    1. This is not a social media page.

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    2. It would make me wonder if I were doing something wrong!

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    3. I definitely agree with u!!! Like people don't have anything else to do but sit and criticize

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  15. Funny nobody at survival camp pointed out that all you had to do was park that RV on top of dry grass or brush out there in the wilderness, and you could have very easily started a fire. I've seen it happen with dry leaves, too.

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