Written by Expressed
TLC's previews were wrong and it turns we get the BVI episodes tonight after all! :-) I thought we were in store for a boring episode about Amy speaking in Florida doing charity work. I'm glad it was wrong!
*It starts. Amy and Matt argue about furniture or something. There is a playful tone to this one. Matt asks Amy when has he ever failed her. Amy tells Matt life is not all about you.
*Opening credits. The Jeremy shirtless fix.
*Matt is planning a trip to the British Virgin Islands. Molly says she is excited to go.Amy can't go because she has a speaking engagement scheduled. There was miscommunication.
*Matt and Jeremy go shopping for sun tan lotion. I think Jeremy is the only one in the family that does anything with Matt. This is the third week in a row that Matt and Jeremy went shopping together. Matt says they spent over $175 on sun tan lotion.
*Back at home, Zach is mad that Amy is not going on the BVI trip. Oh gawd. Zach is being a major baby. Sulking. They were going somewhere for breakfast but Zach is refusing to go. He's being a major suck.
*Zach talks to the camera. He says there is a divide between Matt and Amy. Zach explains that Jeremy sides with Matt and he sides with Amy.
*Jer tells the camera there is always major drama between Matt and Zach. Jer says Amy and Zach are very black and white, Matt is grey and Jer is grey.
*I won't lie for the rest of this review and I won't even try to be impartial as you can probably guess. I'm on Matt and Jeremy's side!
*At the breakfast that Zach refused to attend, Amy doesn't sound all that upset she's not going. Not as upset as Zach.
*I'm sure this is for the benefit of the camera and the audience, Matt asks Amy who is going on the BVI trip. Amy's throwing a pity party that she can't go. It's transparent to me. Zach made a major ordeal about it so now Amy is saying she's upset too. Amy is complaining about Matt's poor planning.
*They come back from a commercial and Amy explains there was a major and I mean MAJOR fight between Zach and Matt last night. You know all the major fights happen when the cameras aren't there and this sounds like a hell of a fight. Amy said things were said between Matt and Zach that shouldn't have been said. From what Zach is saying to the camera, he was bitching at Matt about not wanting to go without Amy, Matt called Zach a crybaby. Go Matt!!!!! Matt is totally right. Zach is insulted that Matt called him a baby. Zach is all pissed because he wants Matt to beg and plead for him to go. Zach thinks he will hurt Matt's feelings if he refuses to go. Then they got into the name calling and things are tense!
*Zach calls Molly in behind close doors. Oh great Zach. Zach is now making Molly cry. I hear Molly crying behind the door. Zach is trying to get Molly on his side. Zach starts asking Molly if she's still going to go. Talk about a house divided! Molly doesn't like all the conflict, but she wants to side with Zach. They show Jake on the stairs but I don't know if he was actually listening to all of that.
*Amy and Matt in the office. Amy tells Matt he should talk to Molly and Jake about the trip. I guess Matt has only talked it over with Jeremy. Hey, we all know Jeremy is Matt's favorite and for good reason! :-) With Zach not going, Matt calls his dad, Ron. He's talking to his mother, Peg. Matt makes the mistakes of calling it a father and son trip, Amy jumps all over him because Molly is going too. I thought she was angry because he called it a father son trip without Zach, but she's pissed because he's not including Molly.
*Matt and Zach meet with the cameras in the office. Matt's trying to be nice. Zach is whining that Matt isn't begging enough. Oh God, I've had it with Zach's whining. Cry me a river. My dad wants to take me on a great tropical vacation. Oh poor me! The hardships! Talk about being spoiled! Zach should talk to kids who never get to vacation anywhere. Zach is still whining because according to him, Matt isn't selling Zach on the trip as much as Zach thinks.
*Jeremy says he has zero idea why Zach is not going. Jer, sure you do. It's because Zach and Matt hate each other.
*Zach's guilt trip on Molly worked. Molly has declared she's not going. Zach and Molly meet with Amy in her office like they are plotting something. They tell her that they're not going. I think Amy looks excited. Amy says Jake won't want to go if Molly and Zach aren't going.
*Now the the three of them call Jake in to see what side he's on, er.....to ask him if he wants to go. Amy says all the tension has been hard on Jake. They call him into the room and Amy wants an answer now!
*I don't like Jake, but for a sec, I felt for him being caught in the middle. But now he's speaking....Jake is whining that Molly and Zach are the only ones who would do anything with him. That's another shot at Jeremy. Gee Jake, when will you figure out that the reason why Jeremy never wants you around is because you always whine like this?
*Awkward line of the night. Zach and Molly want to go attack Matt with the news that they're refusing to go on this wonderful vacation. Amy said Matt's in his room because "He's had too much tonight"....."too much", too much drama? People are going to be all over that one. I think she meant he had too much to drink so it's not a good time to talk to Matt when he's "like that".
*Jake has decided that he is going!
*Matt says he's inviting his best friend since childhood, named Eric. Papa Ron is coming and so is Mueller.
*What starts off as a harmless conversation in the kitchen between Matt and Zach, with Matt telling Zach that this Eric and Matt were best friends turns into a major argument! Matt says Eric and Matt were closer than Jer and Zach are with Mueller. What? You're pretty bad viewer if you haven't picked up that it's Jeremy and Mueller who are tight, not Zach and Mueller, but whatever. Zach is arguing that there's no way Matt and Eric are better friends than the twins are with Mueller. Matt is getting upset. Zach is getting upset. Zach storms away. Talk about a fight over nothing.
*This episode is really making it clear how bad things are between Zach and Matt. I know some people will always claim editing for drama, but I think this is the real story here. Matt and Zach hate each other.
*The first half hour episode ends with Amy telling Zach that she's pissed that she's not going on the BVI trip.
*Jacob is a lump on the couch. Jeremy tells Jacob to get his laundry ready to go on the trip.
*Opening credits, they change them up a bit every time. We get an added Jeremy shirtless glimpse! Jeremy is swimming in the ocean.
*Amy says it's the morning that she's leaving for her speaking engagement and Matt, Jer and Jake are leaving for their trip.
*Mueller is there ready to leave. He asks Zach for a high five, probably wondering if Zach is going to be pissed at him since Mueller gets to have all the fun because Zach is being such a huge baby.
*Mueller and Jeremy on the plane. It's the "Mueller cam". Mueller asks Jeremy what Zach and Molly will do since they're missing out. Jeremy laughs. Jeremy is happy. Hey lets all admit it people, Jeremy is happier that he gets a vacation with his BFF than with moody and sulking Zach.
*Jeremy and Matt are filling their paperwork out in red. They get told off because only government officials use red ink. They don't care and it doesn't matter -- they're tv stars! lol.
*I admit I don't like Jake, but am I the only one wondering why they didn't have Jake bring a friend? He does have a couple of friends. This trip is Matt, Grandpa Ron, Matt's life long friend Eric and Jeremy and his BFF Mueller. Why not leave Grandpa or Matt's friend at home and bring another kid for Jake? Would make sense to me.
*The captain of the boat gets Jeremy, Mueller and Jake working on the boat. It's the usual contrived scene showing them struggling to get the boat sailing. They come back from commercial and the captain says they all did fantastic.
*Jake talking to the camera. He says at home Mueller beats him and Jeremy ignore him, but on this trip they were better and treated more as one of their friends. As usual though, Jake sounds miserable while saying this. What a downer this kid is. I hope everyone can figure out why Jeremy usually ignores him.
*Jeremy tells the camera that he loves Mueller more than Zach. Well, not really. Well, actually, yeah basically that's what he was saying. Jeremy said Mueller is a lot more fun to sail with than Zach because Zach would be a baby and not want to do things. I think we all know Jeremy has a better time with Mueller than he does with Zach.
*Back on the farm, Zach complains about Jeremy and Mueller. It's what I was saying earlier about Mueller being friends with both of them. Now Zach is saying that. Jeremy and Mueller are inseparable. He's the third party. Whenever you have three people, one guy is always left out and he doesn't fit in with Jeremy and Mueller.
*Zach plays basketball and with Molly and her friends and tries to look like he's having a great time to convince everyone that he's not a loser for whining his way out of great tropical vacation. Zach disses his friends again by saying that he's more free to be himself when he's around Molly's friends and doesn't get teased for the stuff he says.
*Back in the BVIs, Jeremy goes scuba diving. Jeremy looks super pumped up. He's huge. His body looks rock solid.
*We get clips of Jeremy, Mueller and Jake playing in the water and on rocks, but it's distracting because the voice over is Matt talking about how much pain he's in. They keep flashing from Jeremy back to Matt on the boat. I wish they'd stick with showing us what Jeremy was doing.
*Jeremy gives his usual sweet speech to the camera about it being sad that Matt's health is declining and he's sad that Matt can't do everything he wants to do anymore.
*They all go on ATV's, Matt rides with Jeremy. Matt is feeling sore and in pain. Matt stayed on the boat while the rest of the guys went to dinner.
*Mueller says him and Jeremy will live and die together.
*Back in Oregon, Zach is still desperate to try to act like they're having a good time. Very desperate. He takes Molly and her friend to a waterfall. Zach tries to make it seem interesting. He even says it's better than a trip to the BVI's. He says Matt and Jeremy needed to go all the way to the BVI's to get it, but he found a good time right there in Oregon. Yep Zach, keep on trying to convince yourself of that! LOL. You whined yourself out of a fabulous vacation.
*Zach talks more about how bad his relationship is with Matt. His refusing to go on this trip was really about him standing up to Matt. Zach tries to make it sound like it's a life lesson that at times in life you have to stand up for yourself. You sure showed him Zach. LOL. You whined your way out of a tropical vacation that your "horrible" dad wanted to take you on. Well, I'm sure Mueller (and Jeremy!) was very happy that you're such a suck!
*In the BVIs the guys are at billionaires, Richard Branson's private island! Matt says they were "lucky to get a special invite". Oh yeah, this is typical of the normal family :-) Just last week, Bill Gates invited me to his private his island. I'm glad for them because Jeremy and Matt are great people, but it is kind of funny how they never come out and say they get all of this stuff because they are tv stars. Just admit it! Psst...we know they're tv stars, we are watching the show. LOL.
*Matt climbs up a hill with his friend Eric. I see Jake in the back ground, but Jeremy and Mueller are no where in sight.
*The guys have their final dinner in the BVI's. Matt says it was a great vacation and they made the best of it with everyone who did want to go along.
*Jeremy says Zach missed out big time.
*Back at home, Molly is regretting not going and was dreading Matt and Jeremy being insensitive and coming back telling them about what a great time they had. They don't show them return, so we don't know if they did or not! lol.
*The show ends with Amy telling Zach she's proud of him....for what????? For being a baby and yelling at Matt.
End of the episode. There is a mile long list of credits and hotels, etc, that are thanked. It's even longer than usual.
I'm glad TLC's episode guide was out of order. I wasn't expecting the BVI trip tonight. The major points I'm left with is this.
*Zach and Matt really hate each other. I think I can tell when there is manufactured drama and when things are hidden. I think the animosity between Matt and Zach is hidden most of the time. They can't stand each other. Zach is baby and turns the other family members against Matt.
*Jeremy is getting fed up with Zach. For the second week in a row there was some tension, not as obvious as between Zach and Matt, but some tension between Jeremy and Zach. Jeremy is tired of Zach being a baby and a suck. Zach hates that Jeremy and Matt get along.
*I always like seeing Jeremy shirtless, but for some reason, this episode wasn't quite as good as I thought it would be. Like I said in the review, they never really focused on that, it was always quick filler so they could vocalize how much pain Matt was in. I would have rather seen more of what Jeremy and Mueller and Jake did.