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The Roloffs are back!
First, there is a great new opening! Why is it great? Jeremy is shirtless. Twice! Good job TLC/LPBW big world folks for giving the audience what they want :) The old opening scene of a young Jer and Zach riding bikes with Jeremy bundled up is replaced by a scene of Jeremy riding a bike a shirtless. He looks FAB-U-LOUS! They also threw in a shot from the much talked about Grad party :) At least we know that is coming later in the season.
Ok, first episode is about Matt completing the castle he started over 10 years ago for Molly. This Episode is basically all Matt and Amy.
*Matt and Amy get out on a Mule (or I guess it's a Polaris Ranger now!) and have a talk. Matt says he wants to build a Noah's arc kind of thing on the farm. The talk seems playful. I think it seemed a little staged or both Matt and Amy were very aware that there was a camera 5 inches from their faces :) Matt's in the "I'm a crazy dreamer" role. Amy's in the "You're a crazy dreamer, I'm the sane one" role.
*Matt says he would wither away and die if he didn't keep himself busy with projects like these. Amy nods as Matt says he'd wither away and die. Interesting. Haha.
* Now they're in Matt's office. Whoa what was that? I think Matt has animal heads on the walls.
*Cut to Amy outside giving a talk to the camera. It's about divorce. Is this the we're not Jon and Kate speech? Amy says they joke a lot about divorce but she doesn't think it will happen. But then she says they're reaching that stage that a lot of married couples do. The kids are getting older and what will they do now. They want to do different things. She doesn't know what will happen. That wasn't quite as uplifting as I was expecting.
* Amy says Matt keeps saying the castle is for Molly, but it's really for Matt.
*Back to the Matt's office, Molly comes in. Matt gives a heart-warming speech to Molly. Even though she's out grown the castle, nobody can ever take away the emotion he had for her that inspired the castle. That was sweet. But Molly yawns. Ha.
*Amy seems to be more of the focus this season. She's giving a lot of the narrations.
*Matt hires a company to come in and finish the castle. Matt wants to see the headlines : Matt completes castle after 13 years. Amy and Matt are arguing about cost. It's the same argument they always have. Matt is a dreamer and does what it takes to complete his projects and dream. In the end they always end up profitable. Amy is only worried about the cost. They talk about the cost of the labor for the Castle (Spirits has said before that it's been said that Matt needs to pay for labor and the show pays for materials and equipment and all that stuff).
*Molly backs up Amy by saying what she said earlier. Molly says Matt says the castle is for her but she thinks Matt is doing it for himself. They're picking out different types of thrones for the castle. Matt ignores Molly's choice for the throne. Molly leaves as Matt and Amy argue.
*The castle stuff arrives. It's really cool actually. They have armor and swords. Sweet.
*Jake makes an appearance! He's helping Matt move the throne into the castle. Matt has it on the bobcat. Jake is holding it in place. He's at the front of the bobcat holding it. This has disaster written all over! Ha. Surprisingly all goes well. Jake drags and scrapes the throne into the castle.
Matt asks Jake what he thinks. Jake says it's "cool". Jake then tells the camera that the castle took a long time but it looks cool now. Wow, Jake is good at containing his excitement :) I've never seen someone look more bored talking about how cool they think something is. :)
*Matt and Amy are back inside arguing about the cost of the whole thing and how she always needs to put the brakes on his ideas. Jeremy is in the background watching TV. Jer seems obvlivious to all the arguing. Whatever was on must have been good because Jeremy doesn't let the arguing distract him from giving it his full 100% attention.
*Amy is back to making comments about Matt and his ideas and no thought of the cost. She says one day he will stir the pot and it will be too much, the lid is already off...
Zach wanders through the kitchen and asks Amy for a pizza cutter. Amy snaps at Zach. Zach gives a facial expression of "Okayyyyyy." Amy takes the pizza cutter and looks like she might be having a little pyscho moment as she stabs the pizza with the pizza cutter :)
*The kids are all summoned to the castle. You can see the kids all come in different directions. I can tell this is not a spontaneous decision to come checkout the castle. Jeremy is shirtless again! He takes his rightful place on the throne :) He's definitely the hottest looking King I've ever seen! Ha :)
*Amy for about the 300th time this episode, says the castle was for Matt. Matt gives a toast to Molly for having a great dad that would make her her very own castle :)
End of the first episode
Alright, this one is more about the kids.
*It opens with Zach and Jake with boxing gloves, Jake is on roller blades in the house. I remember when Jeremy rollerbladed in the house last year and there was an outcry about it. Anyway, Zach knocks Jake down. Go Zach!!! It was all good fun though.
*By the way they've changed the beginnings, now they start with a little scene like that. Then they cut to the opening. Good choice to show the opening again. The more the audience sees of Jeremy shirtless the better :)
*It's winter formal time for Jeremy, Zach and molly.
*Amy hires a fashion designer to come to the house. Wow. The Roloffs take their winter formals very seriously :) Amys says it's because Zach is a LP and it's hard to get clothes. The same speech she gave in the first season, but back then they just went to a store. Now they have fashion designers making personal visits :) Zach is in awe of the whole thing as they all fuss around him. He lets out series of "Uh's" followed by more "Uh".."Yeah"..."Uh". ..actually I think he was reacting that way to try to be entertaining for the camera. As much as someone saying "Uh" can be entertaining. Ha.
* Zach has a zit on his nose just in time for the big winter formal dance. Amy says there are no secrets in the Roloff house. So what better way to attract attention to it then have the entire family and the camera crew come and look at it and make it an entire scene in this episode :)
*Amy explains that she never went to prom. She wanted to go, but was never invited. It's kind of sad. Molly doesn't really get it, she asks Amy if it was really because she just didn't want to go. Amy admits to living vicariously through Molly.
*It's 3 hours to the dance and Amy needs to get all the kids ready. She loves waiting until the last minutes and rushing around. Amy loves being needed.
*Matt is flustered when Zach tells him that neither him or Jeremy are bringing dates.
*Jeremy says the thing to do is go to the dance single and come out with 4 dates :) Jer is such a stud. Ha :) That remark earns a "Jeremy James!!!! You be good!" comment from Amy.
* The fashion designers deliver Zach a very cool looking jacket.
* Jeremy and Zach are getting ready. Jeremy says they couldn't be more polar opposites about fashion. Jer is a stylish. Zach isn't. Jeremy helps Zach with his hair. I think Jeremy was going for a faux hawk style on Zach and tells Zach that's what he's doing. Zach would be smart to listen to Jeremy. He knows what he's doing :) Zach admits to not caring about fashion. Jeremy is such a good brother, helping Zach like that.
*Matt helps Zach tie a tie. Jeremy seems to know how to do it because he tells Matt he doesn't like the way he's doing it.
* Amy is rushing around taking pics of everyone ready to go. Matt and Amy are getting on each others nerves as per Matt. Amy takes charge and when Matt gets involved that's when the problems seem to start. Matt walks away.
*Zach went to pick up Molly's friend Meredith. Amy says she's not one of Molly's good friends (I hope Meredith thinks that too or else she's in for a surprise now!!!!) Amy thinks it's weird and convinces herself that she's Zach's date even though he said it's not a date.
*Zach was planning on taking Molly and her friends to the dance. He decorated his Previa van like a limo. It actually looks good.
*Molly thinks it's cool too. She says Zach doesn't treat her like she's a freshmen and below him. She says it's cool to have a brother like Zach that would do that for her. I think that was a Zing to poor Jeremy! Jer's brotherly moment came when he helped Zach get ready and gave him fashion and hairstyle tips.
*Jer hasn't left yet and is back at the house. Amy finds Zach's cool custom made jacket. He forgot it (intentionally??). Amy asks Jer to bring it to Zach. Jer asks Amy what is it? Ha, I love Jeremy, it's a LP size jacket, what else could it be? :) Jeremy then drops it on the floor, by accident of course.
*It doesn't seem like the camera crew went to the dance. There is a "Jeremy cam" at the dance. I don't think I like this. Jeremy should be on the other side of the camera :)
Jeremy films Zach and Molly reactions at the dance. I think Mueller took over and filmed Jeremy. Jeremy is sad because it's the last high school dance. He loves it because, let's face it, Jeremy and his friends rule the school and he can be completely comfortable at the dance, but he's sad because it's the last dance. He says it might be the last time he will see everybody. Hm. It was in January, they still were going to school for another 6 months :) Nah, we all know what he meant.
The other thing with the invention of the "Jer cam" is they don't need to send the camera crew home when the real fun starts. They just turn it off :) All in all, we only see about 30 seconds at the dance. We never do see if Jeremy was successful in ending with 4 dates. :)
*Amy and Matt go out to dinner. They make it seem like it's the same night as the formal, but I doubt it. It's a very awkward dinner. There is an awkward silence. They finally talk about what they'll do now that the kids are getting older. They say they want to do different things. Amy wants to travel. Matt says Amy doesn't know what he wants to do. Amy says Matt wants to enjoy all the things he's created. Matt says "you don't want to do that". Amy says she didn't say that. This conversation is going nowhere fast.
Amy says she's thinking about Venice, Italy and where she'll take Molly and Jake. Matt says he's thinking about talking to all his girlfriends by the pool. Amy says ok whatever...." I'm sure that was a joke, but.......wow that was awkward!
*Amy ends with a comment to the camera that it will be interesting to see what happens to their lives. So much for my thought in the beginning that they were trying to squash the talk that they'll be another Jon and Kate and divorce. They kept that theme going through both of these episodes tonight.
They don't give us a preview for next week, well, they do, but it was the same preview about the entire new season.
I'm awarding my Roloff quote of the night to Jeremy for the comment:
"The thing to do is go to the dance single and come out with 4 dates." - Jeremy Roloff.
That's it for this week. I tried to rush this to get this off as soon as possible so I might have things to add to add to it. What did you think? It's great to have the Roloffs back! I like the episodes with the kids a lot more. The second episode was better, but not the greatest. There wasn't a lot of Jeremy tonight. The first episode was all Matt and Amy. The second episode focused more on Molly and Zach. There is room for improvement in future episodes but it's great to have the Roloffs back on tv! :)
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