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Written by Rap541
8pm episode: "Little Americans"
Matt is packing and Amy is reminding him of what to pack. Matt talks about heading off to the Middle East. They show a whole “shots fired” in the plane sequence that I really don’t recall from the previous episodes but who knows? How exciting and dangerous!
Matt voices over about the Iraqi family and how the kids need more surgeries. Basically this is a lot of voiceovers and a huge information dump. Ali has problems because the Iraq doctors took the pins out too soon. There’s lots of the boy crying. I mean its obvious the poor kid in in pain. I feel for him. Russell Hayes, the soldier from the first episode is basically letting this family move into their home in Idaho. Yay! That’s pretty awesome and Amy hay bales how she wasn’t keen on Matt going to the Middle East again but Matt wants to do it, needs to, etc. Matt flies off.
To Kuwait and the kids aren’t in Kuwait. This seems like a typical mess up but this is all on commercial airlines this time. Matt notes he has no vest, no helmet, no idea where they are… I dunno, I kinda suspect they had SOME idea where the family was. The guy at the airport wasn’t “They’re MISSING” but was more “they aren’t here yet”. It seems like some of the chaos and unknown status might be a little exaggerated. As in, I bet they know where the family is, but there was a mess up in the travel, not a family missing and no one with no idea. I mean, they overplayed this a bit.
Its night, in Baghdad. So scary, except that this is a commercial flight and there doesn’t appear to be any gunfire. Matt is greeted at the airport by the entire Solimen family, who seem to be waiting there and ready to go. Without a desperate search all across war torn Bagdad! I am SHOCKED at how easily this resolves! They seem to get on the plane just like that and they are off to Idaho! Its very sweet and there is hugging especially from the dad Abdul and its very touching how exciting and happy the family is. Good for them! Iraq may have been the birthplace of civilization but it’s a pest hole now.
Back at the Roloff McMansion. Amy is prepping a spare bedroom. She goes on about how she has no idea what they want. Really Amy, you could make them sleep in Western Town and they would probably be delighted.
There’s a storm! Ohnoes! Maybe the plane will crash! But no, of course not, its just a stopover in Washington DC. The kids are very cute, especially how they can say Obama. I also like how Matt refers to Lincoln as “one of the good presidents”. There’s a hay bale about how awesome America is. Then the kids are singing America the Beautiful. Its adorable. Ironically even the slummy areas of the greater DC area would look like paradise. Compared to Bagdad.
Russell Hayes is there to pick them up and haul them to the farm. Amy hugs the little kids. She thinks they didn’t seem timid. Apparently the twins were away on a school trip and Molly and Jake are in bed. Its quite the contrast. Especially since I suspect that room they are in is as big as their entire house in Iraq. I’m kind of surprised at how none of the Roloff kids were visible in this episode. You’re having an Iraqi family that your dad has a heavy connection to come and visit and you’re on a school trip? You can’t stay up to welcome them into the home? I mean its not like dozing off on the couch isn’t standard practice in that home when you’re tired. Kinda weird. Hope we get some explanation.
So its day and Matt tries to tell Ali to come look at the farm. Ali notes “dog?” and Matt assures him the dog is away. The kids don’t really get the concept of an Old West play town. Matt makes shooting noises. Yeah um…. Maybe not such a great choice for the kids from the war torn place there, Matt. The old west down looks as nice as their old house.
The Iraqi mom cooks food. She seems to speak English very well. She and Amy talk about the kids and how tall they are and Iraqi mom seems pleased for Amy. Amy hay bales how hard it must be for Iraqi Mom especially since things suck hard in Iraq even for the average height. Everyone eats in a circle on the floor. They seem to pray in Arabic and I think they are Moslem. My Arabic isn’t that good, any more. Amy hay bales how great the commonalities are and how the Iraqi family just wants good things for their family. A nice point but still, who doesn’t want their family to have decent medical care and not to be shot at or suicide bombed?
A soldier who was close to the family calls. Ali is very touching on the phone and the family is a little teary eyed. There is hugs and crying and lots of I love yous. Its all so adorable.
Now the kids are leaving and Ali is adorable and they are off to Idaho. In a van. Kind of a long trip but also fun I am sure. Matt hay bales again about how awesome America is and how blessed the Iraqi kids are.
Yeah, as I finish this up, we’re onto the next episode and the Roloff’s *garage* is nicer than the Iraqi family’s house.