Tuesday, March 31, 2009

March 30th Roloff Review -Roloff kids don't need rules, babysitters and SAT's...well maybe

The first episode this week "Who's in Charge" consisted of Matt and Amy taking a trip to Hawaii (without cameras - only brief video of a home video) and leaving the Roloff kids at home.

Amy assesses each of the kids and how their role while left alone. According to Amy, Zach is the enforcer - he will make sure things get done. Molly is the most responsible. Jeremy...um...he will have his shining moments but won't exactly be consistent. Jacob will be left to fend for himself.

As has become habit, Amy shoots Matt down at every turn involving the kids. Matt took it upon himself to call the parents of the friends to let them know they'll be away. A good idea, in my opinion. Amy scolds him for doing that without her approval. Matt states that Molly is more responsible than Jeremy and Zach. Amy is quick to disagree and declares that the boys are responsibile as well.

Personally, in the last year, I've found Matt to have a much more realistic take on the kids and especially on Jeremy than Amy. In Season 4 part A - we heard Matt try to set a curfew for Jeremy, ask to know where he was going to be and encouraged him to stay home for one night - when Jeremy resisted by getting lippy - Matt admitted he thinks Jeremy is playing games and didn't trust him. Amy shot Matt down as Jeremy summoned her out of the house because "Dad is gettng upset". This time Matt muses that he knows Jeremy is going to try and break the rules while they're gone. Matt admits that when he was 18 and his parents went away, he would have thrown a party. He suspects Jeremy will be doing the same and is already thinking of ways to break the rules. Amy chides Matt for projecting his teenage ways onto Jeremy. Later in the episode, Jeremy makes the statement "Rules are a challenge. Rules are made to be broken". Sorry Amy, the parenting point goes to Matt.

Speaking of rules, Amy read the rules to a smattering of the kids and their friends. The camera quickly scanned the list, here are some of the rules from the list that you might not have caught:

*No girls except if invited by Molly at the house after 8

*No nudity (including skinning dipping) to any girls (including Molly and her friends) at the house.

*No smoking at all - no cigars

*Jer and Zach can only have 4 or 5 friends over at a time.

*Pick up after yourselves. House must be clean when parents return

*Don't do anything dumb or illegal

*Watch your language! {**I wonder why that one had an exclamation mark behind it**}

*No more than 8 guests total (parents must know that mom and dad are away)

*All Roloff kids must be home by midnight

*Pick up and take Molly to volleyball/Jacob to practice

*Never swim alone

*Never leave Jacob home alone

*Communicate your plans with each other

*Make good choices - liability concerns

*Turn off lights before you go to bed

*Close pool cover at night

Zach drives Molly, Jacob and few of each to the beach where they climb on a rock and dig tunnels in the sand. I'm impressed that Zach, Molly and Jacob actually appear to enjoy doing things together.

Jeremy is back at home with a few friends over, skateboards through the kitchen and plans to have some friends over later. They're seen doing some flips into the pool. Zach doesn't take part, he explains he doesn't like swimming because he needs to wear earplugs due to the tubes in his ears, it's too much of a hassle for Zach to get ready to swim so he sits out.

Jeremy, Jacob and some of Jeremy's friends give Rocky a bath. Matt and Amy sent one of Matt's employees and her family to check in on the kids and the house. This annoys Jeremy who states that it's embarrassing because he's 18 and doesn't need a babysitter.

That was about the extent of what was shown of the kids on their own. Jeremy encourages Zach and Molly to clean up before Matt and Amy return. Personally, I thought it was odd that such an emphasis was placed on the house being spotless when Matt and Amy returned since the Roloffs have never placed a premium about the house being clean, it seems like a rather odd plot that they kept focusing on throughout the episode.

Molly and Zach aren't impressed that Jeremy is gung-ho about getting them to clean up. They feel that Jeremy is terrible at cleaning and doesn't do much in that regard. With the support of some of his friends, Jeremy cleans up trash around the pool from their party, several silver cans of something are seen scattered about. Zach and Molly sweep and take clean up around the house. Jeremy does the dishes, just in the nick of time, as Matt and Amy pull in the driveway (doesn't it always happen that way).

The second episode is about the new school year (it actually took place from September to November 2008). Jeremy and Zach are Seniors and Molly now joins them at the high school as a freshman.

They take their senior pictures. Amy wanted them done at the farm because that's where all their memories took place. Amy told them to have their clothes ready, for the pictures, but they didn't. Amy helps them get their clothes together.

It's time for the twins to take their SAT's and they aren't prepared. Amy registered them. She attempted to stress to them how important it SATs are for their future, but Zach and Jeremy weren't buying. Amy tried to get them to study, but both Jeremy and Zach admit that they never studied. Amy wakes them up, feeds them breakfast the morning of the test, when Zach informs her that they don't have calculators. Amy rushes around to find the boys calculators for the test. The twins walk out to the van to leave, but Amy runs out after Jeremy who forgot to bring pencils and his identification. I wonder if Jeremy regrets making his earlier declaration that he doesn't need a babysitter?

Two weeks later they receive the results. Amy sits them down in her office and the news is not good. Amy tells Jeremy that, Jeremy is quick to say it's not awful either. According to Jeremy he was in the middle. He can't get into top colleges, but could get into some. Amy's reaction wasn't as positive as Jeremy's. Zach was rather bummed at how poorly he did and mentions the word failure. Jeremy from the other side of the office, quickly disputes that he (Jeremy) is not a failure and can do anything that's not in a book. Zach says it looks like he will be working for his dad, Matt Roloff, for the rest of his life.

On to other matters, two of Jeremy and Zach's friends, Daniel Meichtry and Bryan Roth are very serious about their music. They were playing a show at a local coffee house, Insomnia. Jeremy helped make up posters and handed them out at school.

To clear one editing note up - this epsiode was presented in a way to make it look like Jeremy and Zach were attending their friends' concert right before the SATs. This is not true. The SATs were on October 4th, 2008. Bryan and Dan's show at Insomnia took place November 21st, 2008. It's not a relevant point though, because they admitted they didn't study anyway!

At the coffee house, there is a large gathering of friends, classmates, teachers and parents, including Amy. Jeremy introduces his friends. Bryan and Dan are shown playing a few songs as Jeremy, in his most likeable moment of the night, in my opinion, explains in a voiceover to the camera that they've all been friends since kindergarten and now their seniors and their lives will all take different paths next year. It hasn't quite hit him yet that life will change forever after this year.

It's moments like this that cause a dilemma for viewers. I listen to that and think that it's rather sweet that they're all such good friends and everybody can relate to those moments in life when a certain chapter of your life is ending or approaching an end and good friends will go their separate ways. Jeremy reflects on how much fun they've had together over the years.

However, then you're reminded that Jeremy and these friends are the same guys whose idea of fun and bonding sometimes consist of using ugly hate speech slurs, saying cruel and mean-spirited things to and about well-meaning fans of the show. With that in mind, a lot of the sweetness of hearing Jeremy speak about how they're such good friends quickly dissipates.

If you did like the music of Daniel Meichtry and Bryan Roth, you can hear more of it on their music Myspace page. The first song that begins to play (if you aren't familiar with Myspace, it is along the right-hand side of the page - a picture of a radio with a list of songs) is a song on a piano called Out in the Corridor. It's very well done in my opinion. We're told that Bryan's mother passed away several years ago, if you're wondering what some of the words might refer to. I like the second song as well.



Natasha said...

Jeremy is so obnoxious when he's with his friends. I can't stand him. He's talks like a completely different person when he's alone speaking to the camera vs when he's with his friends. He must be a good actor.

Did you see his friend in the green shirt? Lets use the tractor to put stuff in the pool. Jer lets have people over now. If anybody believes Jeremy's friends are in any way shape or form innocent kids they are living in a fairytale land.

Jenny said...

Jeremy and Zach are mess. They have no motivation or drive.

I think they need Amy to wipe their noses. Seriously. They're 18. They can't do anything for themselves except Jeremy does a good job of being an obnoxious jerk.

Greg said...

Are they going to re-print their family values book, but this time leave out Jeremy's chapter about only having fun with his friends in ways that please God and no drinking, smoking, drugs or anything bad teen things.

Give me a flipping break. One look at Jeremy with his friends and you can tell they're not talking about their favorite bible verses and singing the praises of Jesus.

Jeremy is either the biggest phony around or he's killing himself laughing at his image in the book.

Lindsay said...

I agree with all the comments about Jeremy and his friends. I did like the song you linked, but when together it becomes very clear that Jeremy's portrayal on the show as a sweet Christian is all for image.

Amy babies Zach and Jeremy way too much. The one thing I like about Zach more is at least he realizes when he screws up and is realistic about it. Jeremy thinks he is great all the time.

Jake looks like he's really lazy too.

Molly is the only hope for this family.

Colleen said...

I felt sorry for Amy. She compared getting her 18 year old sons ready to saddling a horse, feeding the horse, but why would it move out the door. She looked defeated.

I remember her crying with her siblings that she didn't raise "the boys" right. I think Amy realizes that Jeremy and Zach aren't prepared for the real world.

Taylor said...

[[However, then you're reminded that Jeremy and these friends are the same guys whose idea of fun and bonding sometimes consist of using ugly hate speech slurs, saying cruel and mean-spirited things to and about well-meaning fans of the show. With that in mind, a lot of the sweetness of hearing Jeremy speak about how they're such good friends quickly dissipates.]]

Word to that. The girl giving Rocky a bath didn't say much on the show. You would think she was fine from watching the show.

I recognize that girl Facebook, Roxy. When Jeremy had his lame fan page she posted on his wall, stuff like "Jer, these people suck". Most people were telling him they really like the show.

She was a rude little girl. Obviously Jeremy is like that with all his friends.

They are terrible Christians. I don't like people who call themselves Christians but are nothing but hypocrites in how they treat people.

jamal said...

ya, so sweet. a bunch of racist rich snobs talking about being friends for life. i could cry.

Betty H said...

Amy loves her children, but she made a mistake by babying them too much. She wakes them up (6 times!), gets their breakfast, lunches, dresses them, gets their supplies for the.

It's actually kind of sad that they aren't doing those things for themselves at that age.

I don't want to think about what their lives are going to be like when the television show eventually ends and they need to stand on their own feet.

Anonymous said...

what people dont realize is that money can carry an 18 year old way past the areas where normal people have to tread water. these people are making lots of money per season if those kids dont get into college they will pay to have them put into college. problem solved. if dog the bounty hunter gets 2 mil a season i can guarantee matt "buy my dirt" roloff is making 2.5 million a season. that makes many problems go bye bye. thats reality folks.

Rap541 said...

I have to agree. Whatever issues I have with these people aside, I genuinely feel bad for the twins that they are 18 and this incapable. I know what would happen if these two young men didn't have the GIANT safety net that their parents. Matt and Amy will be wasting a lot of money on college at this rate.

Honestly, if this is how little interest they have in going to college ie: Not registering themselves, not preparing at all, not waking up by themselves but needing their mommy to come wake them and prepare their school supplies for them - then Matt and Amy need to seriously consider why they are pushing college at all.

Donald said...

I can't get over how Matt and Amy don't see eye to eye regarding the kids. Parents should always present a united front. Amy needs to take a step back and realize her kids aren't angels. I prefer Matt's approach.

Jason said...

I really noticed how Zach doesn't fit in with Jeremy and his friends. Zach looks more comfortable around Molly and her friends than he does around his own so-called friends.

TG said...

I really can't stand Jeremy when he gets around his friends. He's the classic guy who tries to act cool around his friends and always ends up being an obnoxious jerk.

I give Matt credit for at least knowing what Jeremy is like.

Claire said...

Perhaps Jeremy won't need the SAT scores. Despite his flaws, he's a very handsome young man. He looked very comfortable posing for his graduation photos. He could do that for a living if he wanted.

zoloft said...

"Perhaps Jeremy won't need the SAT scores. Despite his flaws, he's a very handsome young man. He looked very comfortable posing for his graduation photos. He could do that for a living if he wanted."

Until he's about 25 or so. Then he'll need to read. And modeling would mean going places without Mommy helping him.

Seriously, modeling isn't a matter of simply looking nice for pictures. It's a little more involved.

ZZ to the Z said...

Who is anyone kidding?

Jeremy won't waste his time doing something he hates - school.

Jeremy will do what Jeremy likes to do and what he's best at. Looking pretty and being paid for it.

Whether it is modeling or some kind of television show or commercials, that is his future. His job right now is to look cute on TV and have fun. Jeremy is in no hurry to get into the mundane boring real world.

Did you get a hold of what he was wearing when he introduced his friends on stage? He's all about image and looking good.

There is no way in hell Jeremy is going to spend the next 4 years of his life with his head in a book or doing hard physical labor.

He likes looking good and getting paid for it. That's what is happening on the show. Nothing will change with that. It might be in a different form than the show, but Jeremy is best at looking cute and that's what he will do.

Mark my words. A year from now, two years from now, Jeremy's job will be to look good.

Brenda said...

For the last two years of this show, I thought Jeremy should be model. I say go for it, Jer!

He should use what God gave him. Beauty.

Zoloft - If Jeremy is a model or an actor, he will have a director, a producer, a stylist, everything will be done for him.

There are a lot more high maintenance models than Jeremy Roloff! All he will need to do is look beautiful.

Zoloft said...

Brenda - actually the modeling world isn't like that.

A) He's a nice looking guy, but he's not "model" handsome. He's rather thin, and a little short. He has a nice smile, but watch the modeling shows sometime. Male models are rarely encouraged to be grinning.

B) Directors, producers etc want someone who will be *on* and ready to go, not someone who needs a lot of prep time. That means Jeremy needs to be on time to things, ready to work and do exactly as he is told.

C) Fame works against him, oddly enough. You don't see a lot of personalities on tv - actor or reality stars, having *careers* in modelling. They might do it once or twice, but its much more common for a model to become an actress or actor. Models are clothes hangers. The designer wants you to see the clothes, not Jeremy Roloff.

D) Honestly I don't see him willing to give up living at home with his buddies and mom making his meals while he goofs off for the cameras. Trust me - that there's a season five means that Jeremy ain't going away to school. I imagine he'll go part time to a community college to pay lip service to the idea that he's still in school... but the "I'm just a kid on a farm" schtick is bringing in the bucks so Daddy and Mommy will keep him there.

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Anonymous said...

In reading over the previous posts I really think people here are over analyzing the twins and the Roloff family. I think Jeremy acts like a fairly typical 18 year boy of this day and age. This is the age of the "helicopter" parent, where parents are overprotective, and many kids lack the independence and the ability to function on thier own in the real world once the graduate high school. With so many kids going right into college right after high school many of them are experiencing an extended adolescence to age 22. Then they graduate and go out into the real world. Boys especially tend to mature later than girls (this is really nothing new), so it should be no surprise that Molly seems to be the mature and responsible one in the family. Girls also tend to do better in school too.

All of this is just part of a larger trend in our society that is in no way unique to the Roloff family.

And don't forget, this is just a reality show! We only see a small piece of thier lives.