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Pre-show: On the schedule for tonight is another episode about Amy's charity Golf tournament. I think for once they're actually showing something in the order it actually happened. The auction and dinner at the farm was the day before the Golf Tournament. There is no escaping the fake TLC drama!
Little People, Big World
In the Hole
With her golf tournament fundraiser facing financial failure, Amy struggles to balance being a philanthropist, wife and mom - especially when she's distracted by things that keep falling through the cracks at home.
Oh no! Financial failure! I'm so distraught! Seriously, I'm being sarcastic because after the Golf Tournament Amy's charity site posted a bunch of things about how her Benefit was an overwhelming success and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars. But in typical LPBW style, I bet we will get 20 minutes of gloom and doom. Then at the very last minute, Amy will get the news that it was a complete success and they raised more money than they ever thought they would....oh the suspense!
The second episode will be from pumpkin season.
Matt holds a "Fort-A-Thon" at the farm for disadvantaged children. He also hopes to inspire his own kids to get off the couch, get outside, and make something happen - which turns out to be a tougher sell than he expected.
This season is flying by as usual, we're already up to pumpkin season. From that description it doesn't sound like they're going to say it, but this fort-a-thon happened during pumpkin season. Pumpkin visitors had pictures of Jeremy helping the fort kids, but they were far away in a corner of the farm. Something to look forward. Jeremy might be on the show for more than a few seconds for the first time in weeks and weeks!
*They tell us it's Day 2 of the Golf Tournament. Amy is getting ready at home with Gayle, seen in last weeks episode having a spur of the moment emotional breakdown. Amy goes to wake Jeremy and Zach up to get them to help pack Gayle's car (to the Golf tournament presumably, not to have her stress problem checked). We get the usual clips of the twins groaning at Amy, while Jeremy is completely under the covers as usual. With all the talk today about them pimping Jeremy out, this would be a good place to start. Jer sounds coherent. He tells Amy they'll help.
*Marty is there ready to golf for Amy's tournament. Now they decide to cut back 3 weeks, 2 weeks before the tournament to show Amy and her team work. Amy talks a lot about promoting. She says she thinks of herself as a normal person (except when they're skippings past lines at the Eiffel tower and getting private tours!) and is uncomfortable doing radio shows and meeting people to drum up support, but it's for a good cause. She does what she has to do to make the tournament successful.
*Amy talks with her Charity Foundation team about how they need $12,000 more to break even. Amy sounds worried. Cue the drama! Funny how things always end up working out by the end of the 30 minute episode :) How come real life doesn't work that way for me? lol.
*Amy brings Molly to the golf course while she does a radio interview. Molly complains that Amy didn't tell her she's not allowed to wear jeans. Is that some back talking attitude I'm hearing from Angel Molly?? Yes Molly fans, I do believe that's what it is :)
*The drama! The clip from the preview. Molly is cooking bacon. There's smoke. The smoke alarm goes off. Jake walks into the kitchen. They flash to Jer and Zach waking up. Hm. I think that was from the same stuff they filmed in the opening scene which was supposedly the day of the golf tournament, now this is supposed to be 2 weeks before. Anyway, that's it for fire-gate. Wow, that looked a lot more interesting in the preview.
*I must have foreshadowing abilities. Before the show, I left a comment saying they should film them talking about dinner plans because that would be more interesting than the staged drama about will the golf tournament fail. Now we get a scene of the kids talking about dinner. Woohoo! Molly walks in on all 3 boys looking like bored slugs on their video game couch in the twins room. Molly talks about chicken. Jer wants her to make him macaronni. Molly calls Jeremy an idiot. Hey, that was kind of harsh. Where did that come from? By the way, I wish Jeremy would ditch the brown pants that he started wearing for the Utah Dude Ranch stuff.
*The kids go shopping. Does Jeremy have facial hair? Or patches of facial hair? It looks kind of strange. Off to the side of his chin, there is something there. They shop. Zach just wants to get out quick. Molly is in charge and makes most of the food choice. Jeremy looks so bored. They are supposedly making dinner for themselves because Amy is so busy organizing her charity tournament. So where is Matt? And the personal Roloff chef? I don't believe the time frame here and I'm getting the feeling that this "kids make dinner" was something from the old Storyline Cheat Sheet".
*Amy does interviews for her tournament. Back to the action at home! Dinner. Jeremy misses Amy's cooking. lol. Imagine when he actually moves out if he's missing her cooking because she's busy with the charity tournament :) Well, it was a sweet sentiment. Jeremy must have won the argument about the food because they have macaronni! Jeremy informs Molly and all the viewing audience that the best way to see if macaronni is ready is to throw it against the cupboards and see if it sticks :) Ah Jeremy, you gotta love him, come on! :) I've never heard of that before. That's Jeremy, always teaching people new things.
*It's the day of the tournament. Amy sees Jeremy arrive. Uh oh. Amy doesn't like that Jeremy is wearing cut offs. She "can't believe it". Jeremy doesn't get why she's doesn't like it. He says they are nice looking dress shorts. I agree with Jeremy. They look fine. They are the same ones he wore the grad party at their place. Amy points to the strings hanging. She doesn't like them.
*Clips of Amy golfing. She whiffs on her shots, puts one into the water. Later the business guys she's golfing with (the big donors) gives her tips and she does a lot better.
*They've decided to set up games before the holes. Sounds like a weird idea. Jeremy and Zach are on the second hole with a mini soccer net. They are bored and look out of place. Jer doesn't understand what they're doing there. After the list of top Roloff search words and some of the comments, I feel like I'm carrying the torch for admirers of Jeremy's fine looking butt, so I must say there are some good shots here :) Jeremy says sitting at a hole isn't his cup of tea...or coffee....or soft drink....ah, they cut away....I was waiting for him to say vodka :)
*The last part for the tournament is a helicopter drop with golf balls. The event is over now, a week after Amy's Charity team gathers for the final results. Wow! Who would have thunk it?? They tell Amy that they made 2 times more than the amount Amy was aiming for. Success! Phew, all that drama about it being a failure was for not. I wonder why they didn't say how much money they raised. They kept saying "2 times more than what Amy wanted", but never a dollar figure.
*Jake is playing video games in the twins room. Jake says Jeremy likes to be outside, but he likes to play video games. I think that's true, but I gotta say that's a bit of selective stating of facts. From what I've heard, Jeremy is quite the video game king too, but since we all know Jeremy does like the outdoors, enough about that.
*Zach talks about how they are lazy. Zach says he should get a job and build some character, but instead he sits on the couch playing video games getting fat. He says he gets tired thinking about the energy it would take to go out. I actually know what he's talking about! :)
*Matt and Jeremy talk forts! They look at Jeremy's fort. There is a Jacob fort now, but it's all Jeremy and Matt. I'm wondering why they're calling it Jacob's fort. Jeremy and Matt look at what Jacob's fort looks like. They aren't impressed. I don't believe for a second that Jacob did any of that.
*Matt talks about how Jacob sucks. Ha. Well, he says Jake doesn't like building forts because he knows Jeremy will be do better. I can tell this episode is going to make it clear why Jeremy is Matt's favorite (the unspoken truth) and why I like Matt and Jeremy the most.
*They have the clip TLC put on the site about Matt and Jeremy offering to help, but Jake doesn't want to and says he's into video games because he can win at video games but not in life. Save the pity party Jake!
*Matt tries to help Jake build. Jake doesn't like hammering. He eventually drives off. Matt rubs his forehead and says "I try and try to get through to that kid". Very telling words and expression. I agree with Matt.
*Matt has decided to put on a fort building contest for disadvantage kids. Matt explains that he loved building forts, Jeremy is great at it (I know some people don't like Matt's blatant favoritism for Jeremy, but I love Matt's Jer love!) and he hopes this will inspire Jacob to be more like him and Jeremy (that's basically what he meant!).
*Jeremy and Matt go to a boys and girls club to meet the kids who will be involved for the fort-a-thon. Jeremy looks kind of nervous.
*It's the first day of the contest. Flash to Jacob sleeping on the couch. Matt's disappointed he didn't come out for it. I don't trust the editing to this stuff, especially since we know that this was all happening during pumpkin season!
*Rick the builder is there! He's a LPBW regular. I think they should put him in the opening credits, he's on the show more than Molly.
*Jeremy comes to help one of the teams. Jeremy explains that he loves building forts and realizes that these kids don't have the opportunities Jer has had. Empathy people. Jeremy showed some? Yes.
*Now Jeremy slams Jake! Ha! I love it. Jeremy says the real reason why Jacob doesn't like building forts is because it's difficult. Jacob is quitter and won't do anything that's difficult. Jeremy says when he was building his fort, he would go look at Matt's fort project to see what he did with the joists, Jacob could do that using Jeremy's fort as an example, but Jacob won't because that's too much work for the lazy Jacob. I know some people won't like Jeremy stating it the way it is, but he explained it well. Good job Jeremy!
*A scene that seems like a Storyline Cheat Sheet moment, Matt says he hopes Jacob will come out on Day 2 for the contest. Ooo setting up for a dramatic conclusion!
*Wow! Day 2 and Jacob comes out with his friend (remember this was during pumpkin season, the kid with him is his friend who was with Jacob waving at farm customers). They say the forts look cool. Matt pretends to be way too excited because well, it's Jacob and Matt needs to try and be positive. He's so pleased Jacob rode by and said "it's cool". It doesn't take much to please Matt! :)
*Oh, now Jacob is destroying the nice looking forts by splattering it with paintballs. They judge the contest. A good time was had by all. Jeremy is wearing an...interesting hat.
*I'm just wondering, now what happens? This contest sounds like a good way to have cool forts built on your property quickly! :)
*The final scene is the heart warming conclusion. Jake has finally come out to the fort while Jeremy helps him. Ah, what a nice older brother. They ride way. Jer wants to look at a sunset. Jake stops and then rides on. Jeremy calls him corvette.
End of episode.
These are actually a lot better than I though. Lots of Jeremy! They broke up the boring Golf stuff. I liked them.
Although the plot formulas get old. For the golf episode.
Beginning: Amy is going to lose money and be a failure
Conclusion: They raise more than they expected and it's a great success! Happy ending
The fort episode
Beginning: Jacob won't help with the fort
Conclusion: Jacob comes out and we see a touching family bonding scene. Happy ending.