Monday, October 25, 2010

Guest Episode Roloff Review by Expressed: Little People, Big World - Oct 25

Our guest episode reviewer is Expressed. All opinions and statements made belong to Expressed.

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Written by Expressed

*Matt is driving out to the middle of nowhere...also known as some people's property in Washington state. These people have a giant replica of Noah's Ark. It's Matt's dream. Matt is in awe. Is it bad that I'm always thinking of how they must really film this stuff? I wonder if this is one of those cases where Matt looks at it, they go back out, the camera crew stays inside and Matt acts like he walks in for the first time.

*It's a giant boat. The problem is how to get it out of the old barn it's in and how to tow it back to the Roloff farm. The lady asks if Amy knows about it, Matt says no. Surprise!

*Back at the office, Matt is telling Amy and Jeremy about it. Jeremy looks amused. Amy doesn't like it. They talk about cost? What, it's not a freebie? Oh, Matt says it's free, I guess it's the cost of having the professionals tow it back.

*Matt tells Amy he will kill the project if Amy says kill it. Amy says kill it. Hm. Amy has a change of heart and comes back to talk to Matt about. This seems fake. Amy tells Matt to get the Ark to the farm. Matt says he finally wore her down.

*Matt, Jer, Zach and some of their friends and I think some pros come to tear the old barn down where the boat is sitting in. I didn't think of that. I guess the people didn't want the barn! Jeremy predicts the barn will collapse because it's so rotten. Matt begins demolishing it. Jeremy is right! Basically it all falls in on the boat, but just falls off.

*Back at the office, Matt tells Amy and Jer that he wants 2 of every animal for his Ark. He's going to have a petting zoo (that turns out to be pumpkin season). Amy doesn't know when Matt is serious and when he's kidding.

*Jake comes with Matt to watch professionals tow the boat back. Jake predicts something will go wrong. I don't, because there's professionals there. But it would have been more fun to watch if it was all Matt! :) There's a dramatic shot of the boat approaching going under a bridge, it looks like it might be too high, but it makes it.

*I think this whole episode is more guy stuff. I'm not interested, but I have an uncle that would love all this kind of stuff, how they construct and transport all this stuff. But it's not my cup of tea..

*Amy and Molly are on the porch when the Ark arrives. Amy doesn't look happy. She tells Molly that Matt has no boundries.

*Intense scene alert! Amy arrives home (still in the van) with Jake and there is some county guy on the property, his truck is parked outside of the gate. Amy goes nuts! She starts yelling at the guy about why he's tresspassing. They guy won't answer her and tries to leave. She wants his name and all that. He won't give it to her. She wants his camera that he was taking pictures with. He won't give it to her.

*I don't get this. Don't the government and safety inspector have ways to do whatever they want? Why didn't the guy just give her his card? Maybe he was intimidated by Amy because she was PISSED and I mean scary pissed. It's pretty stupid for the guy to try and leave when he's on camera. But it's not over! Amy calls Matt. The guy is trying to leave. Amy is walking ahead of him trying to block him. It's kind of amusing to watch this guy try to run past Amy. The guy wants to talk to Matt on Amy's cell phone but Amy won't let him. The guy makes his move and darts past Amy! He jumps through the fence, but Amy is on his heels! Amy jumps into his truck!!!! He pushes a little bit but not too much. Amy calls 911.

*One thing this show is the side of Amy we don't always see. She is scary when she gets angry! Amy says she becomes a Mother Bear (I guess that's where Jeremy got that saying from) when she thinks her kids or home is in danger! I kind of see why Amy was upset, but I wouldn't call it "danger". But Amy basically went psycho. I think Jeremy's, Zach's, Jacob's future wives will have nightmares if they saw this side of Amy and Molly's future husband too! If Amy feels threatened she goes psycho!

*The officer from the Sheriff's office arrives. He sounds scared of Amy too. The county guy did manage to leave. Amy says it's tresspassing. The Sheriff says it's not, because his understanding is the county don't always tell people they're coming because it would give the people the "head's up" to fix or hide anything. That does make sense. But Amy thinks the officer doesn't understand her. She's mad. The officer looks intimidated, he tells Amy's he's not saying the guy was right.

*Matt arrives. Matt doesn't seem half as upset as Amy so I kind of wonder if Matt knew the inspector guy would be coming, I still don't get why the guy didn't just give Amy is card and tell him why he was there and that he was allowed. Maybe he wasn't and that's why he was trying to run away. I don't know, something seems weird about it. Anyway, Matt didn't seem mad, he was just happy Amy was on his side and is pissed at someone other than him!

*Not another word is said about this confrontation between Amy and the county guy and no explanation is given so that kind of makes me think he was allowed to be there or else I think they would have included something about how they got the guy arrested or fined or whatever.

*Amy and Matt are looking at the Ark on the farm, all happy. Amy says it's like a garage sale, you just take stuff other people don't want. Matt says it's his finest work... Amy says he didn't do anything, he just had it towed to the farm.

End of episode

46 comments:

Angela said...

Was that the same inspector that came for the deck?

Craw said...

What I think of about the Amy mother bear part was how stupid the people on some message boards looked when the stupid National Enquirer language stuff came out about Jeremy. I remember some people saying Amy was going to be so mad at Jeremy.

Hahahah! Amy probably wanted to kill the National Enquirer and anybody that had anything to do with trying to embarrass Jer.

Timothy said...

Amy had a Matt moment. Amy didn't look too Christian in that scene. Amy has a problem with her temper. She could have kept calm, told the guy look you're on camera, tell me who you are and why you're here. No reason to go crazy and jump in the driver's seat and fight the guy.

Natalie said...

Poor Jake. Gets to see his mom go crazy. The behavior of the Roloff kids makes more sense now.

Michelle said...

I thought it was great what Amy did. If the guy was doing everything by the book he would have answered her instead of running away.

People need to stand up for their rights. Government people take it too far.

BJ said...

Amy kicked butt!!!

David said...

I think Amy was flexing her muscle to play hero for the camera. There was no reason to get in the man's face. They had him on camera. They had his vehicle on camera. He even wanted to speak to Matt. I think Amy saw a chance to showboat for the camera and took advantage of it.

C1rca said...

Go Amy! if it wasn't staged drama then all the power to Amy. I would be pissed off to if someone came on my private property and wouldnt tell me who they are/what theyre doing there.

Good review Expressed!(:

Jocelynn said...

I agree, C1rca. He must have been doing something he didn't have the authority to do.

If it really happened as we were shown (and on this show that's a big IF!) Amy did have a right to be angry. Some man is wandering around her property, refuses to tell her who he is and tries to leave before the police show up.

Although if it was something really shady, I think the army of camera guys, sound guys and producers would have stepped in. I wonder if they egged her on because it would make for a good scene.

27Anon said...

I completly thought Amy was in the right on what she did and how she handled it. She was in protective mode and I would have done the same thing.

My question is this....How could the county come in and come pokin around without at least saying...I'm at the gate let me in....and pictures? I am not sure what happened there. Thank goodness the camera man was there...

cary said...

Government officials need search warrants or court orders to just cruise past a posted gate onto private property. And then defend themseleves by saying they are on government property? In Texas, this guy gets shot first and ask questions later. This is Oregon or Communist America.

Rap541 said...

Or the guy had a legal right to be there, which was why there was no arrest despite all the video evidence?

I know.... crazy talk... except that there really was no arrest, no lawsuit and no Matt Roloff on camera telling us all exactly how wrong the govt was!

Judy B said...

If the guy had a legal right to be there why didn't he cooperate with Amy? How hard is it to tell her his name and why he was there?

Brandon said...

Judy, maybe he did and they producers (including Matt and Amy Roloff) edited it out? Matt always points to editing when it makes him look bad. What about giving the county guy the same benefit?

Christine said...

I think people are cyberbullying the inspector!! ;)

Seriously what's the difference between viewers saying the inspector was a jerk and saying the Roloffs are jerks?

Marianne said...

I didn't like the way that guy was acting towards Amy. They have no right to come on to your property. It is tresspassing. Even the police need a warrant. I would have done the same thing. She should have let the air out of his tires or took his keys and threw them.

Lynn C said...

Amy was totally justified. I was proud of Amy for taking charge!

How could Jake not even know for sure what state he was in??

Stephanie M said...

Amy had full right to know who was on her property and why. Government officials are required to show their official credentials when asked, this man refused and he was in the wrong.

Jeanine said...

Why did the stupid inspector keep on saying it's gov't property? It's the Roloffs property!

David said...

Jeanine, he was referring to the camera. Amy wanted him to give her the camera. He said "It is government property." He meant the camera, not the land.

Peter said...

Didn't anybody notice the Roloff slanted editing? It helps when your friends are the producers and editors.

After Amy and the man from the county reach his truck. She says the gate is locked, how did you get in? He says the gate doesn't say anything. At that point, the camera pans to a "No trespassing/No photographs" sign.

But pay attention. The sign is on the main front gate. That was some back gate. It was an old style gate. When they flash to the sign, it is clearly on the newer main security gate. It wasn't the same gate, but the producers (Matt, Amy and company) made it look like he marched right past the No trespassing sign when there wasn't one where he was parked at.

Andrea said...

During all that action, what I want to know was who the hell was driving Amy's car???? Jake? They seemed to be the only two in the car. But when Amy was walking in front of the guy, I saw Amy's car driving behind them. Either Jake was driving or??? It was a producer?

Brandon said...

Personally I think it was very telling that all Matt had to say when he arrived was "Apparently there was a very big miscommunication".

This is Matt Roloff folks. If he could play the card Amy was playing he would have. I think Matt knew the inspector was coming out or knew that he had a right to inspect after Matt put the ark on the farm.

Andrea, I think it was either Jeremy or Molly driving the car. When Amy is in the inspector's truck, Jake is sitting next to someone with shorts on. It's either Jeremy or Molly...

Rap541 said...

Brandon - yeah, the miscommunication remark, without Matt also railing on how put upon he is, makes me think Matt forgot to tell Amy that an inspector would be out.

Honestly - are we to believe that Matt, of the "lets call the FBI, the Sheriff, the Port of Portland and the TSA" reporting.... with a known stalking issue... isn't filing charges?

The editing monkeys clearly had fun with this one.

Sandie said...

Good observation about the gate, Peter. I missed that. You know, I can understand Amy's upset and frustration. What I can't understand is how childishly she handled it. Running in front of someone, demanding the camera, blocking the door to the car, really? At least, when she saw his car, clearly marked, something should have clicked in that neither she nor her property were in any kind of danger (that, and a camera crew breathlessly trotting along to save her, if needed). Her kids were watching; seeing her like that made me realize a little better Amy's contribution to some of their less admirable traits.

Susan said...

Sandie, well said. People seem to be cheering Amy on (now would be a good time to think about editing, but that only applies to Roloffs apparently), but her behavior was childish and irrational.

Her behavior in this situation as well as her behavior at the soccer games showed more insight into what Amy must *really* be like to deal with in real life.

Raymond said...

Washington County needs to stop bending over for the Roloffs. I think they are intimidated by the Roloffs arrogance. Even the police officer sounded scared of Amy.

I can guarantee if I had acted like Amy did to a Government official, I would have been arrested. Seriously people, what do you think would have happened if that was Mueller and not Amy?

But because Amy is a little person and a Roloff, they let it slide even though it's clear by the officers reaction that the inspector had a right to be there. If they are inspecting something, they don't always need to tip the owners off. Editing is also very sketchy as Peter pointed out.

Shadow said...

All I could think as I watched was Amy, you have a damn camera in your cell phone! 1) Take a picture of the truck, 2) Take a picture of the inspector on your property, 3) Call the police and/or Land Use office to complain. Physical confrontation is stupid in any situation, unless your life is in danger and you have no choice.

What was she trying to accomplish by keeping the guy on the property after she ordered him off? I guess she thought the police would arrest him, and was trying to keep him around, in which case, why order him off in the first place? And even if she was in the right and he was violating a law (which apparently proved not to be the case), she committed assault by climbing on top of him in his truck. Two wrongs (which turned out to be one wrong, apparently - Amy's) don't make a right, and they can make a bad situation worse.

On the other hand, I'm assuming the inspector didn't file a complaint because it wasn't worth the time and hassle that would ensue. I'm sure they encounter similar situations all the time.

Lynn C said...

"All I could think as I watched was Amy, you have a damn camera in your cell phone! 1) Take a picture of the truck, 2) Take a picture of the inspector on your property"

Shadow, they had entire camera crew filming (what we saw). There was no need for Amy to take a picture...

William said...

Amy was not a rational person, proven by her conversation with the deputy. He explained why the inspector does not need to alert them that he is coming.

She replies by saying "So anyone can come on this property at anytime?"

It is not "anyone". It is Building inspector.

baxter said...

I did not see this episode, but from what I can gather, this fellow was either a safety code/building codes officer. They do NOT need your permission to be on your property. Inside your home is a different story. But just on your property, N-O. As someone else mentioned, it will tip off offenders. Amy is very lucky this man did not file 3rd-degree harassment charges against her. Her behavior sounded deplorable.

Does Roloff not think that by "advertising" his agritainment each week on a television show is keeping it secret from county officials?

Shadow said...

Lynn, I hear ya on the camera crew, but I was just thinking of what an ordinary, sane person would do. Amy didn't need to chase the guy down and jump on top of him, either, but she did. She says she "forgets" the cameras are there recording everything some times, so I was trying to look at it from "What would I do in that situation?"

Although I have to say, it was pretty funny to watch the speedwalking competition.

Rusty Shackleford said...

Here is my take had I been the officer on the scene. First I would have taken Amy's statement. Then I would have taken statements from witnesses. Third I would have demanded to review immediatly all raw TLC footage or the case would be dropped. After that I would have contacted the county official and his superiors and gotten statements, after this I would have forwarded all of it to the county attorney's office for possible prosecution. Had the county man been out of line he potentially could have faced some minor charges, trespassing or laws that pertain to abusing one's goverment credentials. Had the county man been in the right, Amy could have faced charges for interfering with official acts, assualt on a goverment official carrying out his duties, disorderly conduct, and here is the big kicker, 1st degree burglary.

Let's be less than PC here for a second, We try to be nice with the "and they can do anything a regular person can do" but when she got in his truck and assalted him, Amy is lucky she did not get her big LP butt kicked. An average man could easily pound the snot out of an average LP, so it really shows how dumb Amy is or how much of a setup it is.

Kapper said...

Whoa Nellie!!! Whether Amy Roloff was right or wrong, her behavior was beyond belief. Both her and Matt have some serious anger issues. I think she thinks, in a way, that she was being all feisty and cute. She may think she was being a 'Mother Bear' but in truth she behaved like a horse's butt. Grow up Amy

Carol said...

Kapper, I thought the same thing about both Matt and Amy having serious anger issues. It makes me wonder what they are really like when either cameras aren't around, or more likely, all the things that their producers friends elect not to show.

Amy's behavior was not to be commended, imo.

Carol said...

PS. The way in which Amy was talking about being a "mother bear" and protecting her kids, you would have thought the guy was strangling Jacob. Her kids were not in danger. It was not a dangerous situation. Well, not until she assaulted the man by climbing onto his lap.

IMO, both Matt and Amy have anger and power issues. The lack of respect they have for authority is alarming. It's hard to believe they are as Christian as they claim to be.

mythoughtis said...

I saw no reason for Amy to prevent the man from leaving. they had plenty of footage of him there, and of him refusing to give his name or agency affiliation to Amy, or explain why he was there. Yes, government officials can probably come on your land... but I think they should have to answer your questions as they why they are there.

Amy got over bearing, but this guy was a jerk.

tashapork said...

I thought it was a great episode. I am sure that Amy might watch it and see things she could have done more tactfully, but I was proud of her for not letting him step all over her. I am sure that their reactions are based on numerous experiences and is colored by a different experience than those living in HOAs and cities. I wish I had the guts Amy showed. It is intersting that the camera crew happened to be there, although, they have both said that the crew is typically there five days a week all day. I also liked seeing the boys involved with Matt getting the arc, reminds me of the older episodes. People have differing opinions of the governments' role in regulating personal property, Amy's reaction was justifiable by people who share her perspective

Kapper said...

So you think Amy showed 'guts'? Hmmm, I have a different description. What she DID show were her true colors. The Roloff's have an enormous chip on their shoulders and are ready for attack at any given moment. Reminds me of my puny little dog, always attacking people's feet

Stephanie M said...

Well Kapper, That statement really shows your true colors. Interesting that you focused your criticism through Amy's stature. I would say you are an enormous bigot. Grow up!

Grace said...

I don't like how she used her size as an excuse.

Imagine if an average sized woman had done that? She would have been arrested. Amy does it and people applaud.

Kapper is 100% right. The Roloffs have huge chips on their shoulders. The only thing they've taught me is that little people can be jerks. They always look for ways to take advantage of situations. Like how they used a bogus excuse to get out of the Eifell tower line because they think they are better than everyone else.

Kapper said...

You know Grace, the Eiffel Tower scene is when I really started feeling disgust with the Roloff's. They pulled out their stature card and worked it.
Compare Jen & Bill from the Little Couple to Amy & Matt Roloff. A world of difference

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

Why was her reaction non-Christian or psycho? Some strange man refuses to acknowledge her, won't offer up his name or business, is taking photos uninvited on her property, belittles her and more! She was standing up for her property and kids!! That is exactly what she was supposed to do. Both Amy and Matt bug me A LOT but this was such an honest moment. Are you seriously telling me that you would not react the same way if a stranger was taking photos of your property and kids from INSIDE your well-marked property and refusing to give a name?

Sally said...

I agree completely with Preppy. I'm sorry, but I don't care WHAT agency someone claims to be from. If some creep sneaks onto my property where my family, my children are, and starts taking pictures, then refuses to show me their ID to prove who they are and why they are there, and then they try running away like a little punk, you're damn right I'm gonna defend my family and my property and try to find out what the hell they are doing there. As far as Amy reacting the way she did, I mean come on, who here would honestly stop to think "Oh, the cameras are getting footage of him." NO. You aren't gonna be thinking like that. Your instinct is going to be to stop this person, to find out what or who he was taking pictures of. Amy herself has said that she doesn't even notice the cameras are there anymore. You go into defensive mode, and while maybe not so dignified, you do what you feel you have to to defend yours. That dude was clearly doing something he shouldn't have, otherwise he would've whipped out that gubmint badge in a flash, like the bigshots those gubmint workers think they are. Amy kicked ass, and yes, I'm proud of her for protecting hers.

BeckyM said...

Keep drinking the Kool-Aid there Pink and Sally...

No, I wouldn't go hysterical and climb into a man's lap when I had several camera crew and the producer RIGHT THERE WITH ME. What I would have done is ask who he was and for ID confirmation CALMLY. I would have used my cell phone to call his supervisor while he stood right there to discuss his presence on my property.

I would have cleared up the misunderstanding BEFORE wasting the court's time with a piddley little, grab-some-money quick litigious scheme which FAILED MISERABLY.

Read all the facts, especially what Matt and Amy said under oath for their grab-some-money lawsuit, watch the TLC video and you still think Amy was threatened? You think she feared for herself and kids? You think she behaved LIKE AN ADULT?

Let me guess you both are from Florida and sat on the Casey Anthony jury right?

Rap541 said...

You know the Roloffs lost the case right? The only thing they won was the concession that they had before that Wheeler trespassed (and Wheeler says he was given prior permission from Matt which Matt of course denies since it ruins his case). The county had admitted that and apologized. Matt and Amy won NONE of their many constitutional claims and instead of standing up and kicking ass in court, on the remaining charge of simple trespass, the Roloffs settled out of court.

Amy had two men with cameras with her. WHat you *didn't* see because of TLC editing was a shot of Wheeler tripping and almost pushing Amy and Amy saying "That'll look good on camera!" - and its in the court documents that are publically available so think twice before you say I am lying. She was *totally aware* that the cameras were there and filming. Also on the video we didn't see is Amy clearly identifying the truck as from the county, and at the end, said "that was fun!".

Also Wheeler "Ran away like a little punk" because Amy *told him to leave*... and she was sooo afraid of him she chased after him and jumped on his lap. And a third thing not shown is that Amy asked for his card and Wheeler offered to get her one from his truck. And Wheeler was wearing a shirt with the county logo that Amy claims she couldn't see because of her short stature.

Try reading the court documents. They're quite illuminating.