Monday, June 19, 2017

Recap: 'Spurgeon's 1st Birthday' and Amy and Dillon: Married One Year'

Counting On "Spurgeon's First Birthday"
  • Down in Laredo, Jinger and Jeremy head to a local market to buy food. “I love living in Laredo,” says Jinger. “It’s just a neat area.” She hopes to learn Spanish because so many people in Laredo speak it.
  • Italian-blooded Jeremy gets a little too excited when he sees a five-pound block of fresh mozzarella cheese. He buys the whole thing, thinking they have a grater. Jinger is a little apprehensive, but she just shrugs her shoulders and carries on. When they return home, Jeremy pulls out the potato peeler, and Jinger busts out laughing.
  • Jinger cooks fajitas while Jeremy works out in their apartment.
  • Jinger and Jeremy say they are looking forward to starting a family in God's timing. “I think we would love to start a family…in the next five years,” says Jeremy.
  • In Arkansas, Anna and Jill bring their kids over to Jessa’s house to prepare for a consignment shopping trip. They take measurements of their kiddos so they don’t have to try clothes on.
  • On the day of the sale, shopping with six children proves to be very difficult. Although the ladies are watching their kids very closely, Marcus falls and splits his head. Anna remains calm and applies pressure to the cut. She and Jill take Marcus to the doctor’s office to get stitches, while
  • Jessa wraps up the shopping trip and takes the other five kids home. “I can definitely see this happening to me one day,” says Jill. “I just hope I can respond with as much grace…as Anna did.”
  • Two months into their courtship, Joy is helping Austin with his fifth house flipping project. Austin’s dad, Terry, is the chaperone. 
  • When Austin was 17 and starting work on his first house, his dad suggested he wait until his fourth house sold to start a relationship and until his fifth house sold to get married. Terry shares that Austin started his courtship with Joy the minute his fourth house closed.
  • “With this fifth house almost being finished, I have been thinking about next steps,” says Austin. Joy says she feels ready for engagement.
  • Later, Joy plans Spurgeon’s first birthday party and enlists the little kids to help. Jessa admits she was relieved when her younger sister offered to organize the party. Michelle and Joy make homemade fruit sorbet while the kids decorate.
  • Ben’s mom and siblings come over to attend the party. They recently moved from the country to a house in Little Rock, and it has been a big adjustment (for them and the neighbors). Ben is the oldest of seven.
  • “I’m sure I have the sweetest mother-in-law in the whole world,” says Jessa.
  • At the party, everyone gathers around while Spurgeon tears into his smash cake. He tolerates it for a short while, but when he takes a taste, he spits up.
  • Jessa, Ben, and Spurgeon video chat with Jinger and Jeremy, who had to miss the party. 
"Amy and Dillon: Married One Year"
  • Amy Duggar and Dillon King have been married one year. They were friends for six years, dated for eight months, and were engaged less than three months.
  • “Marriage is fun, but it’s not for the faint of heart,” says Amy. Her parents divorced partway through the year, which was especially tough. Amy and Dillon appeared on the reality show Marriage Boot Camp in hopes that it would improve their marriage. While they say they learned a lot, they also say that their marriage is still a work in progress.
  • The Kings are in the process of renovating their house. They tear out the tile surrounding their fireplace and replace it with stained wood.
  • When Amy’s 30th birthday rolls around, she goes out with a friend, while Dillon pulls together a bunch of surprises. He picks up food, decorates the house (with help) and brings home a new pet cat. “One cat for me is good enough, but Amy really wanted a second cat,” says Dillon. During the party, the men cook the food while the ladies chat. Dillon brings out the cat (a Savannah), and Amy is thrilled. 
  • For their one-year anniversary, Amy and Dillon go back to Cancun, Mexico, where they spent their honeymoon. Rather than just lounging on the beach, they go on a zip lining tour through the trees and into a cenote.
  • During takeout dinner on the beach, Amy brings up the topic of children and asks Dillon what he is thinking. They both say they want to start a family "sooner rather than later" but that they would like to do some traveling first. 
  • Amy also mentions that they aren't using birth control. She says (sort of jokingly but sort of seriously) that if they don't have a child in a year, she wants another cat. Dillon isn't thrilled about the idea of having three cats, so we'll see what happens!

72 comments:

  1. I'm only 10 minutes into Amy & Dillon's show, but it's kind of stressing me out. I feel like I'm listening to my kids bicker, and who wants to watch that on tv?

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    1. I agree! I only watched a few minutes before I turned it off. Too stressful. Not enjoyable at all. Amy seems to have no respect for her husband at all. So sad!

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    2. I couldnt take it either. I enjoy counting on. I loved watching the diggers. I wish Amy the best.

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    3. You are so mean. I love watch Amy and Dillon. At least Amy didn't get married young like her cousins did and have babies.

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    4. I agree! So not worth our time to watch grown ups fuss at each other!

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    5. Those two love to act dysfunctional for a TV camera. That was the entire premise of the "counseling" show they were on. The producers made them bicker and then try to work it out. If you think this 1 hr. show was bad, you should have seen that other show!

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    6. 10:53, if you haven't seen "Marriage Boot Camp" with Amy and Dillon, try to find it online somewhere. Then get back to us about how much you loved watching Amy & Dillon on it.

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    7. I watch Marriage boot camp with AMY & Dillon. On Marriage Boot Camp they edit hour the good stuff and but through bad stuff on tv.

      Amy and Dillon are better then her cousins

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  2. Amy's back? Yikes.

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    1. Why are you judging her?

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    2. Because her behavior was so bizarre and atrocious last time she was on TV, I would say.

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  3. The fruit sorbet sounds delicious! It was good to see Ben's mom again. Shopping with that many kids would be a mite stressful! I have five, but I only take a couple with me when I shop.

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  4. Good episode and glad Marcus wasn't hurt more seriously.
    Next week is Henry birth which I won't be watching. I don't understand why someone would allow such a private time viewed by many unless a medical documentary.

    Really enjoyed Amy and Dillon special and hope TLC has more episodes to share. I'm glad they are happy and sincerely working on their relationship and commitment to each other.

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  5. Lovely to read the recap, thank you. Living in Australia we won't get to see the episodes till October this year 😱 Can't wait to see it though. Hearing about Jinger and Jeremy and an update of how they are is great and the shopping consignment trip sounds challenging but in true form it sounds like Anna deals with it beautifully. Hurrah Anna, Ido do love to hear how she and the children are going, I'm so glad they are in the show too. TG 🇦🇺

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  6. Such a good episode. Two good shows in a row! Something has changed for the good. I think it is going to be a good season.!

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    1. Most likely because she is related to the Duggars

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    2. It's strange how Amy acts one way around the Duggar relatives and then lets the 4-letter words fly when not around them, as witnessed by her other show.

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  8. Yep, don't think the Vuolos are in any big rush to start a family just yet. Good for them.

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  9. I missed the Amy and dillion special can you let me know when it will repair. Thanks

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  10. Thank you Lily and Ellie for re capping Amy's show. Can't understand how some 'fans' speak about her, not very tolerant or christian.

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    1. I have to agree. Amy has matured and is making an honest effort in her marriage.
      With everything in her past being a rebel should be a given.
      It appears she is appreciating what she has and working on herself.
      I wonder how many readers here can say the same about themselves.
      It's nice to see she has peace in her heart and life now.

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    2. @1:09 - Have you seen Amy and how she was on Marriage Boot Camp? One of the least "Christian" shows on TV...

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    3. On marriage Boot camp they show the bad stuff and edit out the good stuff.

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  11. That entire Marcus episode was upsetting. First, that it happened, and second, that all anyone seemed to be focused on was how "calm" Anna was. At least she admitted that she was "right there" and it still happened. Commenters on this blog have said many times that situations shared in pictures looked dangerous for the kids, and the rebuttal has always been, "But the parents are right there!" I hope the severity of the accident tonight plus the fact that Anna was "right there" sunk in with the rest of the moms in this family. Although I still heard an "Oh well, accidents will happen" attitude from Jessa. She and Jill need to step it up when it comes to child safety. They've both posted some pictures of their children in not-so-safe situations.

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    1. At least they arent helicopter Moms.. let kids be kids. Accidents do happen.

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    2. In the time Anna can reach down hes already fallen you try bending down faster than Someone half your size can fall

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    3. You can't stop kid kids from falling, even if you are standing right there. It wasn't like Marcus was being unsafe he just tripped.

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    4. Horribly unfair accusation. You weren't there, and you don't have the necessary information to make such an outlandish judgement.

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    5. What a snotty comment. You must not have children. ALL kids get hurt and fall.

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  12. Can't wait to catch up with the steps your family takes in God's book. Life is certainly taking you in new directions now. I just wish we could see things in Australia at the same time, plus on TLC's web page. Currently TLC block us from even episodes that have run in the USA Grrrrr Alienating fans loses them forever.

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  13. Will we be seeing a tv series any and Diom? I would love to see their stories as well as much if the tv viewers of TLC?

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    1. I think she's asking if we'll see a TV series about Amy & Dillon. We did...Marriage Boot Camp.

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  14. Amy may not be using birth control, but Jeremy and Jinger sure are, based on Jeremy's comments. Good for them. Just as Anna took advantage of medical treatment for her child's injury, contraceptives help couples plan their families. It's a responsible choice.

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    1. I was glad to see this. They can show their family that there is another way to live a Christian life without having baby after baby.

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    2. Responsible according to who???
      It's widely known and has been demonstrated by cientific researches that birth control pill and other artificial birth control methods change the lining of the uterus, possibly leading to abortion when the first purpose of the pill fails (supress ovulation). That's the main reason why it's not accepted among SERIOUS christian denominations (I'm not talking about "churches" that look more like a circus).
      Plus it has horrible side effects that can be life threatening. Just look at the thousands of women on the internet complaining about it. Recently a non-regilious group of french women went public to talk about the risks of Mirena and how it impacted their lives. I personally know two women who went to the hospital because of birth control pill, one who had an abortion when trying to conceive after stopping with the pill, and one who just got pregnant while on the pill! So how is that responsible to put your life and your child's life at risk like that?
      Also, there is a little thing called "natural family planning methods". It may not be "popular" among doctors and most of the women out there, but when used correctly, it IS effective! I've been using it for 10 years now and it works even for women with irregular cycles (like me). Is it easy? No, of course it's not, but it gets easier with pratice and with the help of an instructor (like I had). And when you consider you don't have to risk your life to responsably "pop out" kids, it's wonderfull!
      Now, as for Jinger and Jeremy, their life is none of my business, but if they really are using birth control pill while calling themselves "christians", then they are two hypocrite christians for me.

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  15. I'm not able to watch the show on my TV, is there a way to view it on line?

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  16. That was possibly the most boring episode of Counting On yet. Jinger goes shopping. Jinger doesn't know Spanish (didn't they all study that at home with a tutor?). All the mom-daughters go shopping. Everyone admires Anna for staying calm (exactly how much emotion does that woman suppress?). They have a party. Someone gags, but not Derick this time. Next week: Someone gives birth. Come on TLC! Admit that you're out of ideas with this family and call it a wrap. You're not doing any favors for the family OR the viewers.

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    1. Why do you watch the show? Just move on.

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    2. Wow. You must have started watching the show with a negative and closed heart to have that response. Really, how could not have enjoyed the birthday party? Anyway, the show is getting better again. Not sure what exactly has changed but it is more relaxed and fun recently.

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    3. I know people always comment about Anna staying calm. That doesn't equate to being a better mother. I get fairly excitable about these kinds of things, that doesn't mean I'm less of a mother. So, why is it so important to always praise Anna for being calm?

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    4. The point of the show is not to come up with new ideas, it's to show what is happening in the Duggars' lives. If you aren't interested in what they're up to, just quit watching. No one wants to hear you complaining about a show you watch voluntarily.

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    5. This is a real family not a sitcom. They are just showing their lives and some of the things they do. TLC isn't supposed to script their lives. I am enjoying watching them grow up, get married and have their own children. Don't watch if it doesn't interest you.

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    6. Anon @ 8:27. Re the speaking spanish, I too thought lot of the older kids were taught spanish ( wasn't that how they knew Marjorie because her mom was their tutor?). I thought it strange when the Dillards first moved to Central America that Jill couldn't speak spanish, and even after classes and living there for many months neither she nor Derick seem to have really mastered it.

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    7. I agreed with you up until you said call it a wrap,I DISagree with that part! I want the whole family of Duggar's back on the show,they can maybe give it a different name altogether! But yes I miss and enjoy watching ALL the Duggar's not just a selection but ALL of them!

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    8. I agree. Watching a couple put together a grocery list? Watching two people grocery shop? That's not creative or novel at all! I'd love to see Michelle running her household. She had so many at home, and dynamics have changed drastically...that would be creative and novel.

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    9. I wish we were allowed to see life at the big house the way we used to.

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    10. I enjoyed the show. It is real life and not a sitcom. I enjoy watching the courtships and new babies.

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    11. "TLC isn't supposed to script their lives" -- ??? That's all they've done on this show and the original one, things that TLC wanted them to do for the camera! It's TLC who can't seem to figure out what to film to make the show interesting, when nothing interesting is happening between weddings and births!

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  17. I didn't watch the Amy & Dillon show, but I take it they didn't scream profanely at each other, as they did on Marriage Boot Camp.

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    1. They did not. They over acted pretending to be newlyweds laughing at everything the other said and laughing at their own comments as well. It was really terrible. What I learned about Amy is that she is 30 years old and has had no meaningful career nor education and is now "helping out" at her husbands job. Lame

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    2. Amy seems very worldly even though she professes to be a Christian. I find her personality quite overbearing.

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    3. Some profanities were said during the episode. Personally I don't think that marriage is going to last. Good responsible thinking on Dillon's part to try to dissuade Amy from having a baby now. That, in my opionion, is the last thing they need right now. Sorry folks, but as a therapist myself, this relationship is in trouble.

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    4. Maybe you should pray for them instead of critiquing and criticizing them.

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    5. Anon @ 6:29. If someone here made the comment you just did about any of the other Duggars they would be pounced apon. You cannot judge the state of someones marriage from an hour long partly staged and scripted reality TV special. Any qualified and licenced therapist worth their salt would never make a comment like your last sentance, tbat is just so hurtful and wrong of you.

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  18. I'm not at all interested in the Amy King special. I know her family have forgiven her for profiting off of Anna Duggar's heartbreak. But I think it is disloyal to get paid for interviews that are critical to the family. She is a work in progress and I've never followed her or watched her specials. To each their own.

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    1. I must have missed something, how did Amy profit off Anna's heartbreak? The whole family including Josh profited off Anna's heartbreak when they put her on the show on numerous occassions to talk about it.

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  19. A good "Counting On" episode. Laughed at Jeremy he does like to eat Jingers cooking. Wish Joy would wear loose fitting pants or jeans when working with Austin on houses. The stained wood around Amy's fireplace was beautiful. I do like Amy's husband, and Joy's husband too, they just kill me....Jane

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  20. "Someone gagged and it wasn't Derick." LOL

    Kids do fall right in front of your eyes and it's like they fell in slow motion and you still can't prevent the accident. We've all been there.

    The silliest thing on last nights show? The young mothers actually taking a tape measure to the babies. GIVE US A break please. The kids clothes come in the same sizes 24 mos 2T etc. no one tries on baby clothes with their babies. You just know what fits them.

    Jill is so proud that her kid is tall she wants to brag to the other mothers. Jessa doesn't care because Spud is the cutest of all the Duggar kids and grandkids and her and Ben know it.

    But seriously a tape measure?

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  21. I wish the maker's of this show would please find another way to show some of the siblings besides asking them inane questions such as " If Jinger were a color, what color would she be?" And... "Describe Joy in three words."

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  22. I love Amy. I find her a lot more relatable than the other duggars, no hate just being honest.

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  23. As for Amy and her specials, we just change the channel

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    1. Such a novel idea obviously lost to many. So simple- don't watch.

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  24. Well both episodes were good. I give all of them credit for allowing us to share their lives. We see the good and the bad, the happy and the sad.
    Life is to be lived and they can't make exciting things happen on cue. So sorry to hear so many say they are bored with the show. Maybe funny videos are more their speed than the Duggar families lives.
    So I learned a lot from my fellow "fans", from birth control to practically bubble wrapping my children to nearly hating Amy. Does my stomach ulcer a world of good. It's my own fault for reading the comments but I never learn. You can always tell a true,loving fan from the "nots". God bless 🌈

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    1. We don't want funny videos, and we don't want any more Duggar shopping trips or people throwing up. We wish TLC would quit insulting everyone's intelligence with this show. They even purposely put the kids on the spot and ask them inane questions they can't answer ("What kind of cheese would Jinger be?" "Name 3 types of fabric."). TLC is trying their hardest to make this show bad! It's no wonder the fans are grumbling!

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    2. So right, 8:43! TLC had 21 different people to work with (before anyone got married), and now they have even more. They could spend way more time on this show letting the people speak and explain things going on in their lives (which they seem hesitant to ever do) and way LESS time following them around as they try to identify food in grocery stores or buy used clothes. There is no "depth" to this show any more. It's all shallow, meaningless activities and silly questions. TLC should make this more of a documentary of their lifestyle, not just tagging along while they shop or eat at a restaurant or throw another party. The reason people watched in the first place was to see the unique lifestyle of a very Christian family with so many children! Remember those early shows and how informative they were?

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    3. If TLC wanted to end this show all they need to do is not renew their contracts. I think there really isn't a lot that is interesting day to day about the family, and the production company don't have the money to spend on trips here there and everywhere to create storylines. Maybe making a couple of specials every year would be the way to go, just cover the 'highlights' leave out the same old same old?

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  25. Maybe the only one thinking this but a first birthday celebration is a BIG DEAL for most parents - especially for the first child. Why would Jessa and Ben pass on planning Spurgie's party? I was pregnant with my second and on bedrest but still managed to plan my first child's party!

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