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The second week of new episodes is here. Matt is in the house trying on ski boots. Jeremy and his friends are in skiiing attire sitting around the house as Matt tells us he wants to go skiing again. I know where this episode is going and there is already one downfall. Skiing means Jeremy will be covered by layers of clothing. But it should be a great episode. It's the two best Roloffs - Jeremy and Matt!
Cut to the great new opening. Now that they've teased us with Jeremy being shirtless, it's on to the episode.
* Jeremy and Matt go to a ski rental shop. Jeremy's snowboard is worn. It costs $100 to fix it, so he wants to get a new one and looks at Matt. This is why Jeremy and Matt are great together. Matt is a pushover :) Is there any doubt Matt will buy Jer a new board?
*Matt is getting sore and asks Jeremy to rub his shoulder. What a nice son. Jeremy looks concerned and massages Matt's shoulder.
*Matt wants to go skiing before his health gets too bad that he can't do anything. It's his "Bucket list". He also wants to go skiing with Jeremy because he doesn't get much one on one time with Jeremy, his favorite son...Ok Matt didn't say that last part, but we all know it's true and justified (more on that later).
*Jeremy thinks Matt is on a suicide mission.
*There's a scene at Matt's doctor's office. The doctor brings in the skeleton. That's a bad sign. His discs are degenerative, the Dr. tells Matt he will need to have spinal surgery within 6 months. Matt asks if somethings goes wrong with the surgery will be paralyzed.
*Matt's back at home, Amy tells everyone that she thinks Matt exaggerates when he gets back from the doctor. He always makes it sound like he's on his deathbed. Matt does seem down, but what do you expect after being told you'll need spinal surgery? Matt announces to the family that he hopes won't be paralyzed. Ok, now I'm seeing Amy's point. I think Matt likes to play up the worst case scenario.
*Matt announces he wants to go skiing on final time. Amy says it's not a good idea. I can't read Jeremy. Is he worried or does he think Matt is crazy? Jeremy looks serious.
*Now there is a weird scene by the kitchen. Matt is trying out a contraption that is supposed to help him. He puts a bandage around his head, Jeremy and some buddies fill something with water and hang it on the door. The bandage around Matt's face tightens. This must be comedy for the camera. Matt makes some funny faces. Amy says he's embarrassing.
*Matt tells the camera that everyone told him not to go skiing. That makes him want to do it even more. Jeremy doesn't know what to expect.
*Jeremy and Matt are ready to leave, Jeremy is driving. Interesting outfit. He has soccer shorts and long pants/long underwear?
*Now it's some Jeremy and Matt quality time in the car as they drive to the ski hill. A subject everybody will be interested in. Jeremy and girls! Matt says Jeremy has been single for a year. Jeremy says he likes it. It's easier without a girlfriend and girls will always come around. Matt keeps on interrupting him! Matt, be quiet! People want to hear from Jeremy about this! Matt says something about how he told Jer so or what he did, Jeremy says he needed to find it out for himself.
*Matt and Jeremy arrive at the hill. Jeremy is being very sweet. He helps Matt out, rigged up Matt's crutches to be homemade ski poles and helps Matt put on his ski boots.
*Matt gives another speech about how everybody told him he's crazy to go skiing, he's going to kill himself, but no risk, no reward.
*I am wondering how Matt will ever do this...Jeremy tells the camera he's not sure Matt will even make it down the first hill or will they need to call an ambulance. Cut to commercial.
*They go and Matt is really good! He's fast and can stop surprisingly well. What was all the fuss about now? He made it look so easy. Great job, Matt! Now we see where Jeremy gets his adventurous spirit from. Even if it looked easy, how many people would be willing to try it if they had Matt's body?
*Matt and Jeremy spend the day skiing and both say they're having a blast. They high five in the ski lift. What a great father and son duo. They're having a great time and nobody is complaining. That's why Jeremy and Matt are mine, and so many other people's favorite Roloffs. Adventure and good spirits.
*As they pack up to leave, Jeremy tells Matt that if Matt isn't sore in the morning he will be officially impressed and he will actually mean it this time. Hmm...was that a hint that Jeremy doesn't always mean what he says? ;-)
*On the car ride home Matt says he's already getting sore. Jeremy says he's not, he wants to run a mile. The enter the house....and no one cares. Amy gives Matt a "oh hey, how are you and says she'll be back later." Matt comments to the camera about Amy's lack of concern.
All in all, that was a good episode with the two best Roloffs. I hope everyone will applaud Matt for being up to ski. Who would have thought? It was great to see Jeremy and Matt spend one on one time. Something occurred to me watching this episode. I think Jeremy is the only one who looks like he cares about Matt. Molly does sometimes, but in this episode Jeremy seemed to be the only one inspired by Matt and realized it was a big deal for him to ski.
*Amy is ringing a cowbell waking everybody in the house up. And I do mean everybody! It looked like Molly had 3 or 4 friends downstairs. Amy made her way upstairs to Jake's room. He might have been alone. He looks disgusted at the cow bell noise. At least he is too tired to whine about it. Ha. Amy goes into Jeremy and Zach's room and there is a few friends in there too.
*Jeremy shirtless alert! This season is starting off on a high point! They never let us go too long without giving us Jeremy shirtless. Jeremy and Zach are riding their bikes to soccer practice. Jeremy is without a shirt and looks great. He stops and waits for Zach while his friends pass him. Jeremy tells the camera it's important to wait for Zach.
Commentary time. Wow Jeremy is so thoughtful. Last episode with Matt and now with Zach. Where is all this thoughtfulness coming from? Jeremy was always fun and cool, but this is a high point for Jeremy. Either he's just maturing into an even better person or he's giving it to all of his critics who said he was selfish.
*Now they're at practice. Zach calmly explains that he can't play because of his poor grades. What? They aren't making a very big deal about that one. So much for all the stuff Zach used to say about him being the smart one vs Jeremy...
*Jeremy is shirtless alert #2 continued. Jeremy shirtless for the entire practice.
*Jeremy continues being amazing and supportive. Jer explains that he feels bad for Zach not being able to play because he knows what it means to Zach and it's his last year. Zach acts like it's not a big deal, but Jeremy knows Zach is bummed.
*Amy is watching on the sidelines. Jake is there? Is he dead? Seriously? He's lying face down and motionless on the grass....he must be sleeping. Practice must not be too interesting.
*Amy says she was shocked when Zach's grades got him benched. Back at home, Matt doesn't seem to know much about it. He asked Zach why he wasn't playing. Zach told him poor grades.
*If you thought it was surprising Matt didn't know, even more shocking to me is Zach was telling Matt a soccer story, he said "Do you know big Dan? Daniel Meichtry? What?? How could Zach wonder if Matt would know who Dan is??
*Zach dug out an old chair that was somewhere on the property. He calls it his thinking chair. Mike had made it for him when he was tutoring him. Zach seems excited about it. He tells Amy he knows exactly the place for it and puts it at the end of his bed.
*Later in the episode Zach gets upset when the chair is gone. He asks Amy if Matt had someone clean out their room. Amy tells him someone did clean it and she hoped they didn't throw it out because it was old.
*Later on we find out that Amy planned a surprise for Zach. She had the chair refurbished, but they kept Zach's carved initials on the arm that Mike had made. Jeremy puts it in the room. This scene seems a little staged. The camera is in the room, Zach walks in and finds the chair. Staged or not, it was sweet that Amy did that for him because the chair was made by Mike.
*Amy calls Jer and Zach into her office. She's arranged a trip to Corban College but she knows they aren't prepared. Jeremy looks a combination of disgusted and bored and in shock. I think I heard the word PCC muttered in the back (by Zach, did they already know?) , but no attention was paid to it. Jeremy still looks pained by the whole discussion. He says he doesn't know what he wants to do. Amy asks him how he will support himself. He says "Money" and smiles.
*Fast forward to the Roloffs at Corban for their tour. Jeremy and Zach look floored. I can tell they don't want to be there and it's something they need to do for show.
*Corban is a private Christian college. Zach surprises me with this next comment. He says Corban is like Faith Bible continued. Zach goes on to say it would just be more Faith Bible and they still wouldn't be thrown to the real world. Hold on a second. That sounds like a lot of the debates I read on this site! There's nothing wrong with it if they had gone to Corban. I don't like the "it's not the real world" comment. I never expected Zach to be on that side of the issue.
*They meet with the Corban soccer coach. Jeremy wants to play college soccer. The coach asks Zach if he thinks it's realistic that he can play or if he's thinking about coaching. Zach wants to be part of the team and then move to coaching them. Basically what I think it was like at Faith Bible.
*Now we're back at Faith Bible. By the way, we've had a lot of Faith Bible school scenes in the last year. In the first couple of seasons they almost never filmed at school. Zach is taking a test to get his grades back up. The teacher is really nice. Zach gets a B-. He can play on the team again.
*Another soccer game. Their last soccer game. A big crowd has gathered and a lots of girls to cheer Jeremy...I mean, the team on ;-) Molly has a sign. On one sign it says "Mueller is the bomb", on the other it says "Scott rocks my socks".
*Matt came to the game, Amy seems annoyed. Jeremy scores a great goal. Zach almost scored, but the goalie saved it. Zach tells what happened and how his glory moment was ruined.
*Being the last soccer game, they dedicated the game to Mike Detjen. Amy says a few words on a Mega-phone. Zach and Jeremy give her a rose.
*Jeremy is sad because he doesn't know what he's going to do with college, so that could have been his last game.
That's it for this week. I got this off real quick, haven't had time to ponder it beyond that.
These episodes were great because they both had lots of Jeremy. What can you say about Jeremy? He took the most amazing son award in the first episode and now he takes the most amazing brother award. Then he scores a great goal for the soccer team.