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8pm episode: "Little Americans"
*Matt is going to Kuwait to bring the Iraq family to the US. They're coming to the Roloff Farm. Amy asks for how many nights. Matt says 2. I'm already thinking what a culture shock it'll be. It would be for a normal American home, but the Roloff Mansion? Wow.
*Molly's in the kitchen as Matt is packing and having the conversation with Amy about the Iraq family staying with them for a couple of nights. I think it's a bad editing choice. Just as Amy says they'll be staying with them, Molly's expression doesn't reak of "happy". More like "Okayyyyy, I'm not thrilled."
*I'm always surprised in these episodes that a bigger deal isn't made about Matt going to Iraq or Kuwait and war torn countries like that. The kids don't seem to care that dad is leaving. If they did, it's not on camera. No Jeremy sightings yet.
*Matt explains that after the surgery the Iraq kids had, the Iraqi doctors screwed it up by removing the pins too early. They show very heart breaking footage of the little boy crying in pain as they remove the pins.
*Now they need to come to America to get the surgeries they need. Matt is going to be their escort.
*Matt gets to Kuwait and is told the kids aren't there. Now he needs to fly to Baghdad. Matt isn't happy, that isn't what he planned. Now just Matt (and the unspoken camera crew) need to travel by themselves. Matt is nervous because last time he was surrounded by soldiers, now it's just them.
*They arrive in Baghdad and the Iraqi family along with Russell Hayes are waiting for Matt. It's very touching. The kids give Matt big hugs. It's emotional seeing the father. He's very grateful to Matt for helping.
*I'm surprised the Iraqi mother seems to be speaking pretty good english. I can understand her.
*Amy's back at home getting the guest room ready. She's not sure what they want or what they'll think going from Iraq to the Roloff mansion.
*Matt's with a translator and they stop in Washington, D.C. They look at the White House. The kids say "Obama" a lot.
*It's sweet that the little boy is riding on the front of Matt's scooter. They arrive in Portland, Russell Hayes is with them too. He's the U.S soldier that befriended the family, contacted Matt and started this all.
*They arrive at the Roloff Farm. Matt calls Amy, she meets the family. They all give her big hugs. Amy speaks to the camera that her impression was about how grateful and appreciative they were and they were very open.
*Amy also explains that "unfortunately" none of the Roloff kids are there to greet the Iraqi family. Jeremy and Zach are on a school trip. I'm not sure what time of year this is, maybe it's senior trip in June? Amy says Molly and Jake are already in bed. Weak! Lame excuse! Honestly if I was Molly's or Jake's age and if a family from a country Iraq were coming to my house, I think I'd want to be there to welcome them. But they aren't, I guess it doesn't matter to the Iraq family anyway so no big deal, but I think it's was kind of bad on Molly's and Jake's part (yes people, Jer and Zach have an excuse!)
*Amy takes the Iraqi family to the guest room. They all want to sleep in the same room. I keep thinking what they must be thinking. They go from living in an almost shack to the Roloff mansion as they walk through the 10 different play rooms the Roloffs have, the movie room, the room with the pool table, etc.
*The Iraq kids get to the guest room and look in awe.
*I think it's the next morning now. Still no sign of Molly or Jake. I thought they were just sleeping because it was late when the Iraq family arrived? Hmmmm. Matt is going to take the Iraq family on a tour of the farm. The boy is confused and thinks Matt said dog. The kid seems nervous? Matt says no, the dog is locked up. Poor Rocky. I'll plead ignorance. Is Iraq one of those countries where they eat dogs and stuff? Or is he just afraid of dogs?
*The kids look scared of the Western town. At first they don't want to look around. Matt thinks they're confused because they can't figure out what it is, if they live there or what.
*The Iraqi mother wanted to prepare a traditional Iraqi meal to show their gratitude so she is in the kitchen with Amy cooking.
*They still obviously have not seen Molly and Jake. Nice touch Molly and Jake. Very classy. They are great hosts. Well, we already know about Jake's hosting abilities with his own friends so maybe it's a good thing he went AWOL.(sarcasm off). The Iraqi mother is asking Amy about her parents and her kids and if they're average size or if they are LP. Amy explains that only Zach is a LP. The Iraqi mother says "Thank God!"
*Amy tells the camera she thinks the Iraqi mother said that because of all the medical problems that she has faced with her own kids.
*They Iraq family asks if they can eat on the floor, they spread out a blanket. They all pray with Amy. I'm not sure if Matt is there but later they show him.
*Amy gives the similarity speech. They appear to be very different, but they have similarities, they both love their kids, etc.
*I think it's a US soldier that befriended the family in Iraq, calls them. The kids and the mother are very emotional talking to her. A lot of tears.
*Matt says the family is now leaving for their new home in Idaho. Russell Hayes seems to be going with them.
*Matt and Amy wave goodbye to them (still no Roloff kids)
*Matt says he hopes they Iraq family and kids realize that they've given a blessing and now it's up to them to make it work.
End of Episode.
It was very touching to see the emotions of the Iraqi parents and the kids are sweet, especially the little boy. I wish them the best, but honestly, this isn't why I watch LPBW.
Except for the 3 seconds in the opening scene of Molly looking horrified to hear that the Iraq family would be staying with them (since Molly and Jake never did appear again maybe that look foreshadowed what was to come!) there was absolutely nothing of the Roloff kids. Jeremy wasn't in it at all.
The second episode is a repeat. Boo. Not a great night of LPBW.