Written by Expressed
I'll admit I don't have high hopes for his episode. An episode where they want to trick people into thinking Rocky is dying ...mmm. I can already see Matt's dramatic speech about how it's time to put Rocky down...cue commercial, and then Matt's happy speech at the end that Rocky showed that old Roloff resliency and kicked death in the butt!
Plus I think there is something fundamentally wrong when Rocky gets more screen time than Jeremy, but enough complaining. The episode starts!
*Matt is on the floor with Rocky. Matt says Rocky can't walk. It's a good thing Matt exagerrates everything! :) Rocky is 10 years old.
*Zach enters Matt's office in one of those scenes that you can almost hear the producer saying "Matt, Zach, talk about Rocky in the office". For the second episode in a row, Dani makes another appearance. With the subtitle "Zach's friend". The producers aren't giving up on the whole Zach is dating Dani failed story line are they? Hey TLC, Dani is engaged to Brendon now!
*Matt, Zach and Dani take Rocky to the vet. Rocky won't get into the van for Zach. I get the feeling Rocky doesn't like Zach much. Just saying.
*Amy, Molly, and Jake arrive at the vet. The whole family is there except for Jeremy. Rocky is actually Jeremy's dog, at least he picked him out. Matt says call the next of kin...wow, Rocky Matt is a little too into this whole 'It's time for Rocky to die' theme.
*The vet notices another spot in Rocky's eye. She says they'll give him some pills for it. The vet seems very, very unconcerned. Hmmm. TLC and Matt are acting like Rocky is ready to drop dead any minute. The vet doesn't seemed concerned. Who to believe??
*Matt isn't a cat person. They show two Roloff cats. The veteran Spike and the black and white cat Mo.
*Zach and Molly apparently caught a poor little barn kitten and brought into the bathroom. They get the good idea to introduce him to Spike. It goes well for about 2 seconds until Spike swats and hisses. I'm worried for this little kitten. We never see it again and given what we hear later about how the Roloffs deal with animals, I don't think I want to hear what happened to the kitten. Did Jeremy take it to the barn with a gun?? I wouldn't be surprised!
*Rocky is laying in his bed on the floor. The Roloffs determine Rocky can't move and is ready to die. I think Rocky is just being a dog...
*Amy gets into the act and talks about the day Rocky is gone...poor Rocky, only the Roloffs are ready to bury him!
*Matt gets an idea to give Rocky his arthritis meds because he doesn't think the stuff the vet gave him were working. Jeremy! Jeremy pulls Rocky's bed with Rocky on it to Matt's office. Jeremy actually is talking very sweet to Rocky. I'll admit it's kind of surprising given some of the stories I've heard about Jeremy and his friends and animal cruelty (killing squirrels, chipmonks and birds for kicks), but I guess that doesn't apply to dogs! I admit that's the one big realization I've come to about Jeremy "for real" that I don't like.
*Anyway, Rocky likes Jeremy! A lot more than he likes Zach. Jeremy calls him and he comes.
*Matt tells everyone and Molly that he doesn't like Spike. Matt says Spike has always been nasty to Rocky. I remember the scene when Rocky was chasing Spike around in the second season....even Matt jumped in back then.
*Jake has a turtle...he named it Ardvark...he decides to introduce it to Spike and Rocky. They looked like they were chilling with each other. He puts it on the floor and seems to walk away. It's going good until it moves. Rocky barks, Spike hisses!
*Matt is again going on about how bad Rocky is doing and how he's in so much pain. Matt says it's time to put Rocky down. But he gets more graphic than that. Matt is planning to have Jeremy take him outside and shoot him! He's serious too. This is kind of shocking. Could Jeremy really do that? It is Rocky, so I don't think so, but see the above stories, maybe he could. I remember my Mom telling me about her dad who was a great big strong macho guy who when the old barn cat that had been around for years and years got old and sick, he took it out to the barn to "Matt Roloff" it and came back inside and couldn't do it. But that was years and years ago! But the Roloffs are kind of hillbilly country in some of their ways.
*Matt gives the' Roloff Farm will never be the same without Rocky' speech.
*I gotta jump in here. Seriously I think this is all true for people that have pets that they love (except for being able to shoot them to death!) it's just it seems so out of place since Rocky doesn't seem that bad. It's like they wanted to do the "Rocky dies" episode before the show goes off the air but Rocky wasn't co-operating by not dying.
*They show Rocky at the top of the stairs looking like he can't get down...until Spike jumps out from around the corner and attacks him! Spike gets Rocky to move down the stairs. Good job Spike! He's like Rocky's personal trainer :)
*They play great music in a scene of a showdown between Spike and Rocky. Spike wins. Rocky wanders outside. Zach says Rocky is demoralized because the cats own Rocky. Jeremy in a hot tub! Zach tries to get Rocky inside. Rocky once again won't move for Zach. Like I said, I really think Rocky doesn't like Zach much. I don't think this scene had much of a point except to show Jeremy in the hot tub. Thanks producers! :)
*Matt was determined to get genetic testing done on Rocky. One of the sponsors works at the genetic testing place or something. They come out to tell the Roloffs that Rocky is a Bull Mastif. Matt asks how long they live, she says between 9 and 11 years usually. Since Rocky is 10 and the Roloffs are being kind of morbid on this subject, they take that to mean it's time for Rocky to die.
*The Roloffs tell this dog person about how bad Rocky is and ask when is the right time for...the end to come. She gives them good advice. Wait until you see obvious signs of pain like wimpering, then you'll know that the humane thing to do is euthanasia....but Matt wants Jeremy to shoot Rocky with a shotgun!
*By the way, some of this Rocky stuff is really old. They have a whole scene talking about Rocky's impending death during the Risk game with Jake. I think they showed us this Risk game about 2 seasons ago. It's the one with Jake wearing a white shirt and for some reason he reminds me of John Travolta (don't ask why!)
*Matt and Amy get into a serious discussion about Rocky's death during the Risk game. Matt is determined that they're going to kill Rocky. He thinks it's the way to die with dignity. Amy says no, the humane thing to do is let the vet give him a needle. Jake doesn't seem to get it because he's asking Matt how would they do it at home (He means he's going to have Jeremy kill Rocky with a shotgun, Jake!!!!) Suddenly Jake is on Matt's side and wants to do kill Rocky at home. Matt says it's the way they did it in the old days. Amy says things aren't done that way anymore. They are getting intense. This is an issue. Matt is set on him and Jeremy shooting Rocky. Amy says "I said we shall do it the humane way and take him to the vet". I totally agree with Amy on this one. Unless it was financial and it's obviously not for the Roloffs, I can't understand why anyone would want to shoot their pet at home instead of letting the vet give it a needle. Actually I can understand not wanting to take your pet to the vet because it makes it all nervous, but for people with money, there are vets that will come to your home and put your pet down at home (with a needle, not a shotgun!)
*But wait! I'm getting caught up in this faux storyline. Should we remember that Rocky doesn't actually seem to be dying and any of the animal professionals didn't act at all like Rocky was in bad shape.
*It's a commercial for the rest of the season of LPBW. Matt says something like "I/You should get a way from the farm for a while", they show Amy in the doorway. Amy says "Sometimes you have to move on"...oh yay, more marriage drama crap that the Roloffs say is all fake anyway.
*In an anti climatic close to the episode, Matt says they decided to let Rocky live out his life for a little longer. Matt talks to Rocky about who will be his faithful friend when he's gone as Amy watches.
My final word? I think this whole episode was a plot line, let's do an episode about Rocky dying, that's something regular people can relate to...except Rocky isn't actually dying. What did we actually see? Rocky lying down being lazy. Shocking for an older dog! Matt saying Rocky can't walk, but we did see Rocky walk a lot and he's been walking around the farm this last weekend!