Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Recap: "Behind the Scenes" and "Anna's Having A..."

19 Kids and Counting "Behind the Scenes"
Members of the 19 Kids and Counting film crew share their experiences working with the Duggars.

Courtney Enlow, Coordinating producer
-Has worked with the Duggars since "14 Children and Pregnant Again" aired more than 10 years ago.
-Courtney says the kids are very well behaved but that she is not afraid to speak sternly if a child is doing something that is dangerous or against family rules.

Scott Enlow (Uncle Scott), Director and Photographer
-Has also been part of the camera crew for more than a decade (married to Courtney).
-Scott says taking family pictures of the Duggars is a struggle. "Getting them all on the same page to do anything is difficult."
-Scott jokes that when a child is misbehaving, he tells them: "You listen to me because I have been in this family longer than you have."

Jim Goodwin (Uncle Jim), Sound Man
-Has been a member of the crew for several years.
-"This is probably the best job I have ever had," says Jim. "The family is truly a delight to work with. The children are very open with us."

John Rotan, Camera Man
-Has worked on the set since June 2009.
-"They are the most fun group of kids and adults I have ever met," says John Rotan. He also says that the crew has "built up quite an immune system working on this show," recalling a chicken pox epidemic that hit the Duggar family a few years ago.  
  • Jim Bob says that when the crew first came into his home more than 10 years ago, he was nervous about allowing his kids to be around strangers. Now, the Duggars have full trust in the members of the crew.
  • Often, the crew hears big news, such as the gender of a baby, before the rest of the family. "They probably know more about our family than we do sometimes," says John Duggar.
  • "There have been attempts to extract secrets by bribery," says Jim the sound man.
  • A few years ago, the crew enjoyed handing their equipment over to the children and allowing them to tape an episode of the show. "The kids have just absorbed so much wisdom and information from our film crew because they are so good at what they do," says Michelle.
  • The crew has also learned a lot from watching the Duggars parent 19 kids. "Michelle is probably the most patient person you will ever meet," says Courtney. "She runs a great house. She runs a tight ship."
  • The crew especially enjoys going overseas with the Duggars. While they were in China, Courtney's water broke, and she delivered her baby. Jana and Jill were by her side through the entire delivery.
  • The Duggars all agree that the crew does a fantastic job at filming and producing the show.
19 Kids and Counting "Anna's Having A..."
  • Ultrasound technicians come to Josh and Anna's home to perform an ultrasound. They write the baby's gender on a piece of paper and place it in a sealed envelope. Josh and Anna then head to Arkansas and hand the envelope off to Sierra, who is planning a gender reveal party.
  • Josh and Anna stop by their old house, where Jessa and Ben are now living. Then they leave the kids with Jim Bob and Michelle and fly to California, where Josh has a commitment.
  • In California, Josh and Anna walk along Santa Monica Pier. Anna is afraid of Ferris wheels, so Josh takes her on one so she can conquer her fear. Then, Josh rides a trapeze.
  • During their trip, Josh and Anna visit Angels Way Maternity Home, a residence for homeless women who are pregnant.
  • Back in Arkansas, Sierra enlists the Duggars to help her set up for the gender reveal party. They make signs to put up along the road leading to the Duggars' gate. Then they take 200 pink flamingos and paint half of them blue, so they can "flock the yard."
  • On the day of the party, Sierra and her husband and four children come over to do the final setup. Josh and Anna arrive, and the entire family prepares to find out the gender together. A few of the family members release pink confetti. It's a girl!


  1. I can see how the crew would really enjoy working with the Duggars. All the "gender reveal" stuff has gotten very boring. There are only two ways it can go, and who really cares.

  2. Thank you for showing the world how God intended for us to live our lives.

  3. Loved the show tonight...I really wish all the haters would have watched the show and maybe they would see how the family is truly real and honest to goodness kind, sweet loving folks.The crew would have no reason to lie.When you love a job you stay put, that says a lot about the turnover rate, all of them are still there. What you see is what you get, that is what EVERYONE says about the family and I wholeheartedly believe them all :-)

  4. Precious family! If we all could have been so lucky to have a family such as this, this would be a better world.

  5. Loved the concept of Behind the Scenes, very enjoyable, however I just turned it off because
    I can't watch the same scenes for the umteenth time. It truly ruins the the flow of the entire show to continue this practice.

    But I love the Duggars!

  6. As always, I really enjoyed the show last night. Something I noticed was the younger kids acting out of control which surprised me. For example, Josie being allowed to crawl all over the kitchen counter...not only was that a safety issue, but who lets their kids do that?

  7. Wow!!! Josh's face turned beet red from hanging upside down.

  8. Anna's reveal was cute but I think it was obviously just done for the show. Seemed very excessive just for a gender reveal for a 4th child! 2 days before and Sierra is saying "we have so much to do", come on..... it seemed like a bit much!

  9. I think this show has pretty much run its course. The shows are downright boring now. I fast forward through most of it.

  10. Loved the 'Behind the Scenes' episode. Whoever came up with that idea was thinking outside the box. It was a nice change from all the babies and wedding stuff.

  11. I must say that I know how the crew feels when they have to wait for the Duggars. I have a friend with 8 kids (and , yes, she delivered every one of them ;) . She is always late which drives me crazy. It makes me think her time is more valuable than mine.

  12. Let's see. How long have we known she is having a girl? This was no surprise and old stuff. There are other children in this family besides those getting married and having children.

  13. Please amend the statement, that an ultrasound "technician" came to Anna's house....they are not "technician's", they are "technologist's"....difference is in schooling. There is no such thing as an ultrasound technician, ever. Technician's are a trade vocation such as nail technician, car technician. Ultrasound technologists have an advanced degree, usually a bachelors degree. The Duggar family has used this word incorrectly for years. I ask kindly that you change it.

    There is NO such thing, as an ultrasound technician.


    From an Ultrasound Technologist :)

  14. Congratulations to both of you on the upcoming birth of your baby girl. I pray that Anna and baby remain healthy and that Anna has an easy , safe delivery in Jesus Name!!

  15. Congratulations to both of you on the upcoming birth of your baby girl !! May Anna and baby continue to be healthy and have a safe delivery in Jesus Name Amen!!!

  16. That's exciting that Josh and Anna are having another girl. Two girls and two boys, how exciting! My guess is that the name will start with another M.:-)
    God bless,

  17. So excited for Josh and Anna! Big fan of the whole Duggar family! You guys rock!

  18. Leaved the past in the past. Put the show back on


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