Our first guest episode reviewer is Expressed. All opinions and statements made belong solely to the person making them (Expressed).
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*It starts with Matt and Jeremy shopping...again. That's been happening a lot this season. Oh wait, the whole family is there this time. Shopping for cowboy hats. They're heading off to a dude ranch in Utah.
*Am I alone on this, in that white shirt everytime I see Jake, I think of John Travolta in one of those old movies, Grease or something. haha.
* Jake doesn't like the cowboy look, he says it's time to get into this century.
* They're packing. Jeremy says he's bringing lots of shoes. Jer is stoked for horse back riding. He wonders how Zach and Amy will be able to do it since their feet won't reach.
*Amy and the kids are in the van leaving. Amy says Matt is going by himself. Molly calls Matt on his cell, Matt is in the house waiting for the rest of the family....communication lapse. Amy is pissed. With Matt now in the van, Amy drives away a second time. She asks the kids if they have ID, they don't. Amy is extra pissed now. She turns around again. They start out for the 3rd time, Jer jokes that he forgot his cowboy hat and they should turn back. Amy seems miserable.
*They're in Utah now. Riding horses. Zach says it hurts his back. They head down a hill. Jeremy goes first as always and does great. He loves it.
*Amy tries, it does look dangerous for her since her feet don't reach, she's just kind of balancing as she heads down. They come back from commercial, Amy couldn't do it on her own. She talks about how she did it though. Now the guy from the ranch is going in front of her with another horse leading Amy and her horse down slowly.
*Matt kids Amy about being scared, Amy doesn't appreciate it and says she wasn't.
*Jeremy and Jake climb to the top of a mountain. I must say Cowboy Jeremy is looking good in those old jeans :)
*Jeremy is riding up and down steep hills on the horse. He's having a blast! They all say Jeremy is a natural at it.
*Matt says he's so proud of Jer of being great at horse back riding. Matt finally says what fans have been saying forever. Matt admits he lives vicariously through Jeremy. By the way, I don't think that's bad in any way! It's nice. Matt and Jeremy are the most like each (and the 2 best Roloffs!) Matt would love to do all the things Jer can if he wasn't a dwarf with his physical limitations. There's nothing wrong with him living through Jeremy.
*The family plays poker. Matt talks about having a poker face. Jeremy says he can easily read Matt. Jer is right and Matt doesn't do well. I'm surprised everyone knows how to play poker. Surprise (not) Jeremy wins the poker game.
*Matt says Amy is a strong woman and that's what he needs. If he had a delicate flower of a woman he would walk all over her and they'd be in trouble.
*Molly says all of Matt and Amy's arguing is annoying. I agree with you Molly!!!! Right on sister girl!!!
*The Roloffs are helping the ranchers herd the cattle, moving them to a different area. They forgot the stirrups that fit Zach and Amy. The rest of the family goes on ahead. Amy is bummed. Zach looks like he might be sulking. Amy says she doesn't like relying on other people. Jeremy, Molly, and Jake are helping move the cattle along. Jake keeps on asking where Amy and Zach are. About 3 times. Get over it Jake.
*Suddenyly Amy and Zach have caught up with the rest of them. Jeremy tells us they all did great.
*Matt decides he's going to get on a horse. He tells a story about falling off a horse when he was a kid after a surgery when his bones were still sore and that was the last time he rode a horse until now. Jeremy looks really tired. Matt gets on with Jer and the people at the ranch. Matt says his body was sore just from sitting on the horse and the way it bent his legs.
*Cue the weekly Jeremy speech about Matt :) I kid, because it seems like every week in the new season there is a speech from Jeremy about being inspired by Matt, but it is sweet that Jeremy says this stuff. He talks about how despite Matt's physical disabilities, he doesn't let anything stop him from experiencing things.
*Still at the ranch, the Roloffs are riding a barrell thing, it's like one of those mechanical bulls.
*Amy narrates that they're seeing less and less of Matt. Jeremy calls to Matt to ride the barrell, but Matt is nowhere to be found.
*Jeremy says the ranch is cool because it's different than the Roloffs farm. The ranch is well, a ranch. Their farm has pumpkins and maybe once in a while, they'll try to raise an animal. Ha. I love how Jeremy laughs at himself with stuff like that.
*Amy says she realizes these vacations aren't designed for Matt because of the physical toll it takes on his body, but she has no sympathy. She thinks Matt should still be there and be happy to watch his kids. Amy says she's happy watching her kids. I think it should be pointed out that it's easy for Amy to say that, she does participate in all the things with her kids.
*Matt and Amy hop on a mule to see a sunset. Amy is mad about Matt not being with the family much on this vacation and they're taking this drive because of that. Amy complains about the way Matt drives. Surprise Surprise. Amy complain about something Matt does? Get out! No way! ;)
*More marriage talk -- strong words from Amy....
Amy says more and more differences are coming out between them. She says they have moments of being happy, but they aren't. Her exact words are "With what has been said and done"...they've lost their friendship. They love each other but beyond that remains to be seen.....wait, what has been said and done??
*Now they're skeet shooting....Jake is good at it. Jeremy seems impressed. Jake tries to justify his video game obsession by saying video games are the reason why he's good at this. Jer and Jake have shooting contests.
*I could make a bad joke about Jake looking a little too comfortable with a shotgun.... ;) (a lot of people think Jake is a ticking time bomb waiting to happen in the future!)
* Amy tries and hits one. Zach is nervous shooting because of what happened way back in the first season, 2005 when he went flying after he fired the gun on the camping trip. Zach being nervous about this stuff is getting really annoying. Everything they try, he's reluctant. But I think this might be more of an editing thing. They play the dramatic music. Zach shoots and is fine. Just like the surfing. Just like the imitation sky diving thing. Just like the flying thing on their birthday.
*A guy at the ranch tells Zach to ride a sheep. He leans into it and grabs it's ears or head. He starts to slide off, but pulls it over instead. Poor little sheep. Cue PETA complaints against the Roloffs.
*Oh, this looks like fun. Jeremy is bull riding! Jer actually sounds nervous. He says this is where he busts a lung. He's not out for more than 2 seconds when he gets thrown off, but lands on his feet.
*Now for the 200th time tonight they're talking about Matt not being with the family enough and wanting to go home.....wait, I want more of Jeremy bull riding. He must have went more than just once.
*But now it's all about Matt not being involved and wanting to leave another vacation. Matt says he's leaving the vacation to go back to the farm. Jeremy says they now how to handle it because it happens so often.
*Molly talks about it and seems kind of pissed. She says Matt makes up some "crap" about needing to go back to the farm. She says it will be there later. She's not very sympathetic to Matt. I understand why he might want to leave. He can't do most of the things they're doing.
* Jeremy says it's disappointing to have dad leave. Zach says it's not a family vacation if they're not all there. I think he's just saying that because he set the rule for the whole BVI revolt.
*Now they're at a park. Amy says there is less stress without Matt because he makes it all about himself. Nice.
* The kids seem bored...except for Zach, surprisingly. Zach has a lot of energy.
*Jeremy says he's bummed that Matt needed to leave..
*Amy and Zach sit around a table. Amy's mood is down, complaining about Matt leaving again. Zach is still happy and says he had a great day.
* Amy haybales (thanks Rap! This is another way of saying talking to the camera).....wow, where did this come from? Amy breaksdown and starts crying. She started to say that she will never trade moments with her kids...and then she broke down crying.
*Amy says they are at a low point in their marriage. She says "Do Matt and I want to see if we move forward?" Amy says they're at a crossroads.
End of episode
A couple of quick thoughts...
*The worst part about Matt being on these vacations and leaving is that ruins the trip for us the viewers!! Every 3 minutes they have somebody talking about Matt leaving or Matt not spending enough time. I want to see more of their actual vacation! Show more of Jeremy riding the bull! What's the point of all this? They do all these great activities on these vacations and then they spend the episode every 2 minutes talking about Matt not being there, or Matt being sore or Matt leaving or missing Matt.
*The marriage stuff....I'm really sick of it! One of the reasons why is Spirits just posted Matt's newsletter earlier today. Matt talks about how everything is fine. Then what do we get on the show? We get them talking about how they're at a low point in their marriage and they've lost the friendship between them and all this crap. We get a whole episode of this, hell, we're getting a whole season of this and everything that Matt says online is that everything is fine between them. It's hard to take all this negative stuff on the show week after week if it's just lying drama. Enough already!