*Matt is back with the rest of the Roloff family (and Jacob Mueller) aboard the American Queen riverboat. For those asking for more information on the boat the Roloffs were on, this is the website for more information about the American Queen riverboat.
Amy explains her idea of a vacation is to get out and see new things. She wants the kids up early. They would like to sleep in. I can't blame them there. There needs to be happy medium between sleeping the day away and getting up too early. We find out that Matt doesn't want to leave the boat and doesn't. He would rather sit and relax then be out everywhere.
*Amy and the kids split up while shopping. Amy gives strict instructions to be back by 5pm because that's when the boat leaves. They almost miss it, as a nervous looking Amy is shown on the boat worrying if the kids will make it when they're shown sprinting towards the boat. A couple of things about that made me go Hmmm. Amy said the kids didn't answer their cell phones. This is where the third wall that they don't ever refer to would come in. There was a camera crew with the kids. You would have to think the producer/crew would give a call to the camera crew with the kids...Also when they showed the long shot from the boat over-looking kids sprinting towards the boat as they made it just in the nick of time, there is no sign of the camera crew. Perhaps they had let them go off by themselves later but it could have been one of those suspense plots they love.
*There was more drama to follow. When Amy and Matt are a no show for dinner, Jeremy heads back to their room to find them. As Jeremy approaches he says "I'm scared". A stressed and emotional sounding Amy opens the door and tells him she'll come and sit with the kids. Matt is heard in the back saying "maybe" they'll come to dinner, but only Amy eventually goes. Zach explained that he and Jeremy know what's going on when Matt and Amy are fighting, but they try to shelter Molly and Jacob from it. Amy and Matt never did explain what the argument was about. Amy said they didn't like the way the vacation was going, but that's about it. Jeremy talks to Amy again and says Matt was very intense.
*On a lighter note, we can confirm that Jacob Mueller was indeed wearing a picture with his best friend's face on it (Jeremy of course). The picture on the shirt is one of TLC's promo pictures of Jeremy from the first season:
Have to say that is quite odd. It's obviously an inside joke between them. Perhaps it's teasing Jeremy about a picture they think is a bad picture. However, given Mueller's reputation with fans and particularly fans of Jeremy, perhaps it is some way of making fun of Jeremy's fans? I wouldn't put it past him. Either way, a little odd if you ask me.
*Back to the action. As the boat goes through a narrow lock it brushes against the walls. The older kids (except Zach obviously) reached over the rails to touch the wall. Jake can't reach and in a split second leaps over the rail, stands on the outside hanging on with one hand and leaned back to touch the wall. A shocked Molly watches on. Zach scolds Molly and speaks for most of the viewers when he says "It's Jacob Roloff. Of course he's going to fall!" However he didn't and Jake escaped injury for once.
*Matt then leaves on the often mentioned "farm business" that he must take care of. The kids have long faces, but then Amy explains that the kids were bummed because Jacob Mueller had to leave the trip and head back home as well.
With Matt and Mueller gone, Amy and her four kids head off on a road trip to New Orleans. Along the way Jeremy and Jake picked up a harmonica and work as a team playing one song together. Over and over again. It eventually drives Amy over the edge after 5 hours of driving, but she later explains how wonderful it was to see Jeremy actually devote time and attention to doing something with his little brother because it she rarely sees much interaction between those two.
*I also give Jeremy the award for the comedian of the night in this episode. The funniest scene of the night was when Amy took the kids to Crossroads. Amy explained to Jeremy on the way there that it was "Where the Blues began". While in the van, Jeremy let it go with an "Oh". Once they arrive at the spot, Amy takes pictures of the baffled kids at the spot who still don't understand the significance. Jeremy asks Amy a couple of more times about it, Amy kept repeating that it was "where the Blues began". Jeremy confesses to the camera that he still has no idea what it was all about. He wonders aloud if there was an old cafe there and that was where the first blues song was played. As Jeremy and Amy stand together, Amy once more points to the corner and happily says "that's where the Blues began". Jeremy finally let out an exasperated "But HOW?!?!?!???" and makes a face at the camera as he walks away. Very humorous.
*We then learn that Zach is apparently in a bad mood. He complains in the van and while walking through New Orleans. Zach whines that he wants to go home. Amy tried to reason with him and told him to make the best of it. This made Zach more upset. He went on to complain that Amy is horrible at reading him. Molly told Amy to not even talk to him. Jeremy tells the camera that it's a bummer when he's having a great time and his twin is not and lets everybody know it. It puts damper on the trip.
They try to see some more historical spots in New Orleans but when they arrive at the places Amy has marked, she said they turned out to be bars. Amy blamed herself for not researching the history of the landmarks and for not being better prepared.
They headed to the Insectatorium which improves Zach's mood. They also eat bugs. This is the second time the Roloffs have ate bugs on an episode. Perhaps they're trying to let the producers of Survivor and Fear Factor know that they're ready and willing to eat insects? Jeremy appeared to thoroughly enjoy eating the bugs and joyfully prepared a sampling of several insects for Zach to eat all at once which he did, but not quite as enthusiastically as Jeremy.
As the episode closed around dinner, the kids say they enjoyed the time to bond as siblings and as sons and daughter with Amy. Jeremy continued to fill the role of comedian as he had the family laughing as he humorously told them what he planned to order "and my soup will be the snapping turtle"
Those were most of the highlights of the episode. Next week Amy and the kids head to Biloxi to help Habitat for Humanity build houses destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.