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Little People, Big World (Season 6)
All Talked Out
Matt and Amy's hectic public speaking schedules take their toll on the family. The Roloffs are used to Matt being gone, but when Amy's travel takes her away for weeks at a time, it throws the family out of whack.
Little People, Big World (Season 6)
On the Road with Matt and Zach
Zach and Matt have their differences - and that's putting it mildly. Matt realizes it's time to reconcile with Zach, so he takes him on a road trip. Will father and son find enough common ground to mend their broken relationship?
Lets see..So Matt's always worked and now Amy does too, so of course the family completely falls apart. After all, Matt shouldn't have to parent! Will the kids pull together at the last minute? Or will Molly and the production staff clean up behind the scenes so we can have the required "and we all pulled together" ending?
Next up - the show is getting canceled so its time to make it look like Zach and Matt get along. Will Matt be a parent? Or will he and the production staff force Zach on a road trip where Zach is a captive audience to Matt's prating about adulthood. Is this *really* coffee? Or Folger's crystals? Who wants to bet "Matt and Zach resolve their differences and pull together"? :)
Oooh active music. Amy and Matt whip cream each other in a frenzy of foreplay. Two adults whip creaming each other, that’s wholesome. Kinda like Sister Wives.
So Matt is doing a school chat on being a little person. Apparently midget is now a bad word again. Matt goes on about his speaking career and Amy’s. Matt rails to the kids about midget being misused. So is he against this word or not? I am pretty certain he is against it…. I wonder if calling him Midget Matt Roloff would offend him?
Amy is meeting with a nice Danish woman to do a speaking engagement and takes them on a tour of the farm. Interestingly jake is driving the mule for the tour. Gosh he’s never helpful, or well behaved except when he is. (I assume there will be some reason for Jeremy’s fans to find a reason to criticize Jake‘s behavior here of course.)Amy has forgotten that Molly is at volleyball and needs a pickup. Amy is all “she’s mad!” Yeah, doesn’t Molly have a car? Or was this all filmed *before* Molly’s sixteenth birthday? Last season? Where she got a car?
Molly and Jake and Amy go to a rally, and for ice cream. This suddenly seems to be winter… Amy hay bales in a kicky new scarf on how its hard to be a working mom. Amy gets a really huge crowd. This is some sort of “save the children” rally from the sounds of it. I kinda like Amy’s talk but I think she’d do better to lose the written speech. Fun though. People seem impressed.
So Matt and Amy both have speaking engagements. Amy notes that Matt doesn’t share, and Matt is all “no you don’t share!”. Really, they can’t both leave the house? Matt of course passively aggressively snits how Amy’s success is a problem because she’s disorganized and not on his schedule. He seems annoyed. They argue over whether Amy can change her plans.
Really where’s the fire? Aren’t Zach and Jeremy 19 years old? Or 20? Seems pretty obvious the big boys aren’t trusted to be alone in the house, doesn’t it? Not even with a camera crew. Mind you, I wouldn’t entrust the home and care of younger siblings to those two either, but it’s a little sad to see it happen on screen. It also goes to how Matt and Amy don’t even try to make the twins have responsibilities.
So Matt’s in San Jose with his friend Rob, Matt now seems to hate travel. Matt is speaking in sort of auditorium. Matt hay bales how he does this all for the family. I assume his point is that Amy does speaking engagements a) to spite his manhood and b) for her own personal gain. He tells the story to the crowd about how he got hired for a job, and then they found out he was lp and he was then perhaps let go because of it several months later. This seems to be his optimism and resiliency speech.
Amy is leaving for two weeks and missing Matt’s birthday so this was pumpkin season? She does her speeches and flies and its all “She works hard for the living!” and “Sisters are Doing It For Themselves!” She tells the crowd that she has no idea if the kids have been fed. On Day 14, Amy is all tired.
Meanwhile in Portland, the kids take Matt to a restaurant. I wonder if it's to avoid the filthy kitchen. Jeremy hay bales how its nice to have family moments. He has no problem with their lifestyle of Mom being away as long as he’s fed and watered, apparently.
Zach notes that Mom is now a career mom and he’s not used to it. No comment from Molly or Jake. Matt hay bales how he encouraged Amy and now he knows that she will learn that he’s right about how she is out of balance. After all, he’s the man! Amy hay bales how its fun but also difficult to be away. I have to say… she doesn’t seem all that “out of balance”.
Apparently, btw , like “making memories” and “get Zach out of his comfort zone”, “Amy is out of balance” is the phrase that will be repeated ad nauseum.
God is American Chopper still on?
Meanwhile on the farm. Matt says he’s covering for Amy as we get a look at the filthy kitchen and dirty dishes. Matt mutters something with his mouth full and leaves Jake and Levi? To cook burgers. Dishes are left on the dish pile. I point out that the dish pile is clearly not a one day pile but several days accumulation.
Amy walks in. Jeremy is scratching himself on the couch. There’s flies, dirty dishes, what I think is raw meat left out. Amy tells Jake and Jeremy to clean. And Matt proceeds to blame Jake, which is valid except that in fairness, Matt didn’t tell Jake to clean up. Matt mumbled something and walked away from two 12-13 year olds playing at the stove. Matt notes how he was beat. Yeah um… really this is rather jerky on his part.
And before the Matt fans all run, let me explain. The kitchen was filthy. There’s five people at home for 14 days, not counting the camera crew. Amy isn’t the only parent here. You know what? If Matt wanted to be “tired” whenever he wants, he shouldn’t have had children. He’s the responsible adult at home (since Jeremy and Zach can’t be trusted) so if he wants Jake to clean up after himself… He actually has to get some balls, and be a parent and make it clear to his 13 year old son that those who use dishes, wash dishes and then *make sure the dishes get done*. Jake (and Molly, Zach, and Jeremy scratching himself on the couch knowing full well his mom was about to come home to a filthy fly ridden kitchen ) knows that there’s no consequences. Matt didn’t even try. Sorry, not applauding his parenting.
Now Amy is collapsed on the couch from her trip. Matt hay bales that he feels bad that Amy is sick. I kinda doubt that since he basically condoned the entire mess to make the point that his woman should be at home tending the babies. There is cleaning, and sad hay bales from Molly and Zach on how Amy is sick… You know I don’t think she has cancer, kids….
So Matt blames Amy’s sickness on her work. And not the fly ridden kitchen. Molly makes Amy soup. Amy hay bales how she is sick. Mat and Amy playfully argue over her drinking water. Matt is all “we all rallied around Amy!”
What I take away from this is that Matt really isn’t all that happy that Amy has a successful speaking career.
Oh look there’s a new truck. Matt is just about drooling over it. Amy notes that they didn’t really need a giant ass truck with a horn. Matt notes it’s cool.
So more arguing over the truck. Jeremy loves it. Amy is frustrated over the truck because well…. Its another vehicle. To add to their MANY vehicles.
Matt is needing this truck for a road trip to pick up a new ATV (a necessity) , to see the Salman family, and to reconnect with Zach. We get a montage of Zach arguing with Matt. Zach doesn’t want to go. Considering how they fight, I can see why.
Amy notes that Zach is blunt, and Matt likes people to kiss his ass and not be blunt. Zach notes they have no commonalities. That’s a big word for a Faith Bible grad. Zach hay bales how he is a mama’s boy. Amy hopes they don’t fight. Amy seems genuinely concerned that this will end with blood. Matt can barely get into the monster truck. I’m sure that will make it a convenient tool on the farm. And we’re off!
Matt hay bales how he needs to break the ice with Zach. Zach seems rather intent on the road. Zach naps while Matt drones on. Matt goes on about sex and doing LP girls. Zach hay bales that dad thinks he’s “weird” because he doesn’t have a girlfriend. Matt notes how he is failing as a parent. I think Matt is rather obsessed with his sons’s sex lives. Really, all kidding aside, I can see why a self conscious guy like Zach doesn’t want to discuss who he’s nailed with his dad on national television.
And I point out that this whole conversation is of course acceptable for all ages....
Wow look at that Mott’s Medley product placement. My head is sore from that two by four…..
So more silent driving. Matt says they are picking up “the mother of all ATVs”. Matt notes how difficult talking to Zach is. Oh now Zach is driving and maybe vomiting? No he pulls over and vomits. Matt laughs at Zach vomiting. Its all so manly.
Jeremy is all sad that Mueller is going off to firefighter camp. Amy notes how Jeremy never speaks to her. Jeremy is all “uhhh…. Ummm…” Such an eloquent poet, this one. Amy seems sad that he isn’t her little boy any more. I point out that we’ve already established that she’s afraid to leave him alone in the house without an adult. A real adult.
God Matt goes on and on about how Zach isn’t chatty to him. Maybe Zach just isn’t chatty. Zach hay bales how Matt can be irritating. So they pick up the Polaris ATV (PARTY CITY! PARTY CITY IS WHERE THE PRODUCT PLACEMENT IS!) Matt notes that the tricked out ATV is an important investment for the farm as he plays with the flashing lights and calls it “bad”. So now Matt goes on at Zach about how Zach doesn’t like big badass atvs. Matt’s still whining about Zach not talking to him. Matt drones on about how quickly an accident could happen in graphic detail. He’s all “how quickly life can change!”
I find myself wishing he’d watch the road.
I see Juicy Juice is back as a sponsor as well.
So rain at the farm. Jeremy and Amy go… jet boating? Yeah I can see why Jeremy wanted to do Mom’s hang out activity. Jeremy got a treat so Jeremy did it. Jeremy notes that he “made a memory”. I wonder if he’d “make a memory” with mom if she wanted him to go look at interesting churches. I bet no, that would not be enough of a treat. Amy hay bales how she loves having her little boys so dependant.
Meanwhile on the hellish road trip. Now we’re seeing the Salman family. Gosh I still feel bad about Saja but I am glad to see the family over all looking better. Zach and Ali hangs out. Ali does seems to be walking pretty well, which is great. Zach hay bales that Matt helping the Salman family was good. Then they visit Saja’s grave, and it makes me sad. But you know, she’s always smiling in these scenes….
Now Matt says “Lets make some memories”. Do the Roloffs speak outside of catch phrases? Now Matt takes pictures and Zach hay bales how its good. Basically I think we’re supposed to buy that Matt and Zach resolved their differences. Despite absolutely no real interaction?
Oh look, Matt ends the show with “ what memories we made!”… Really? Zach vomiting was amusing but really, you want a memory of that?