I wanted to get this up relatively quickly to give people a place to post their thoughts. If you're reading after just watching the Little People Big World episode about the death of their dear family friend, Mike Detjen, you're probably still crying!
It was a very emotional hour. I wanted to say before I begin talking about the episode; some people are voicing their feelings that TLC were disrespectful to Mike by showing this episode as the finale, I don't feel that way.
It is a reality show and death is a part of life. Viewers have come to know Mike through his friendship with the Roloff family. It had to be addressed. It would have been disrespectful to not dedicate an entire episode to Mike and what he meant to the Roloffs. I thought the show was very tastefully done and it obviously had the blessing of Mike's son, Tim Detjen.
The only aspect of the show that I would have changed if I were producing would have been the first 20 minutes of the program. I would have skipped that much of an emphasis on building the second Trebuchet and focused more on how involved Mike was in the lives of the Roloffs during the last 7 years. Unless you were a hardcore follower, I don't think the first 20 minutes really prepared viewers for why Amy, Jeremy and the entire Roloff family were so completely devastated by Mike's death.
Emotional moments? The entire hour was emotional. Amy carried the episode as the main narrator and her emotion was evident in her voice throughout. Matt's speech was also very touching. It is always hard to see someone that is usually so strong breakdown.
However, the entire memorial footage was just full of tears. It was a very nice touch for all the kids on the soccer team to wear their jerseys and to place the soccer shoes by Mike's picture.
That would choke anybody up. Zach's speech was to the point and very true. Another coach would not have given Zach the opportunity in soccer. I believe it was the only time we've ever seen Zach start to sound emotional, as his voice was breaking a few times.
Amy's speech was very touching as well. The pain in her voice was very clear. It was nice that she mentioned Mike's son, Tim, and how Mike told her he was so proud of his sons and would tell her every time they called.
If there was one moment that had the most emotion for me, it was Jeremy's speech. After hearing throughout the show about how distraught Jeremy was, I wasn't sure he was going to be able to speak. I'm glad he did. I've never seen Jeremy so vulnerable. His interview that followed was also incredibly sad and heartbreaking. He spoke from the heart and the pain in his voice was very moving to hear. His words were very true. Jeremy learned a very important and hard lesson about life at a relatively young age when he spoke about never taking people in your life and what they do for you, for granted. I thought Jeremy showed a lot of strength to give the speech he did at the memorial.
Personally, I can't complain about anything involving Mike's death. I think it was a lovely tribute and in my mind, it is not disrespectful to celebrate someone's life and show how much his loss meant to his good friends.
If you missed this episode, be sure to catch it on the repeat and have tissues in hand.