Here are our two guest reviews of tonight's episode of Little People, Big World. Thank you to both Kyle and Rap541 for taking the time to write and submit their reviews.
First up is Kyle -- Kyle was the only other person (besides Rap541) to take us up on our offer and write a review.
Written by Kyle
It is amazing that in such a short amount of time that the Roloffs went from “wanting to sell the farm” just last year, to the extreme and exact opposite of wanting to triple its size.
I think it is a slap in the face to any loyal viewers to think we would have been so gullible to believe such hyperbole.
The show opens with Matt surveying his farm mentioning all of his completed projects and saying he’s been yearning to have that land next door for 20 years and now finally has his chance. The property is 80 acres so in total they’d have 109 acres. Matt reasons to Amy the price is “half off and a fire sale.” Amy is actually the sound of reason saying they don’t need more land and Matt at that moment doesn’t give any reasoning as to why they do. I completely agree with Amy on the topic.
Amy mentions it’s also been 20 years that she’s wanted to do her own cookbook. The entire show she is cooking and testing out her recipes.
Zach visits Jeremy in Santa Barbara because he is also considering moving out and wants to see what it’s all about. Jeremy doesn’t really show off anything more than the living room and makes the comment that people love his apartment commenting “am I in a movie?” with their mouths agape. The apartment is nothing special and with that comment, no wonder Jeremy has such a big head when people treat him like he’s an idol to worship.
But he does show Zach where “every night we’re sitting here and reading.” Then he mentions that he reads a lot, like right away. Anyone else think that ‘reading’ must be code for drinking or partying or something!? It was just something about they way he said it like when people lie but repeat themselves frantically to make it sound more credible and believable. Why else would he mention it like that so often? I’m sure he does do some reading but yeah make sure to mention it multiple time so that we believe what with the beach nearby, the fantastic weather everyday and the coeds with nothing else to do except “focus” on their incredibly demanding liberal arts educations that you are indoors at night, reading.
Zach mentions that Jeremy is really the first one of their friends who left home and is on his own and doing his own thing. Once again the idolization of Jeremy is in full swing!
There is absolutely no mention of Jeremy and his school, his classes, what he’s been doing at the for-profit school, how well he’s progressing as an artist; nothing.
Amy mentions that her cooking since the age of 12 has been just looking at magazine and cookbooks and just changing things to her or her family’s liking. Yeah, that kinda goes without saying. I see what you cook Amy is looks pretty standard all the time. She relates cooking as an LP to her way of showing people she can make something happen, so she throws a dinner party, solely for her friends, none of the family is present. Everyone claims the dish was perfect, because who really would bash a friend’s food with a camera stuck in their face?
Once again Matt and Amy butt heads about the farm expansion. Matt’s spiel is that it’s amazing property, connected to Roloff farms so the new land would be commercial and they could keep their home area residential. He’s mentioning pumpkin expansion, subleasing the land, maybe a charity garden for kids program for Amy’s charity, additional house for one of the kids. Amy does agree that the kids need to move on. (Obviously Zach since Jacob is still in high school and Molly is actively searching to leave to go to University)Amy is really worried about the added financial strain and claims it is a huge gamble. Matt is already emotionally committed and persists that she mulls it over.
Matt shows Zach the inside of the house on the farm expansion property. He harps on Zach about getting the house turning it into a bachelor pad with a bunch of his friends. Zach seems pretty stoked about the entire place. Matt thinks giving him a house will be the first step to his becoming independent?
For Amy’s book, the only people “remotely interested [is] a smaller publisher of local, regional” items which really shows there is not too much interest. Her proposal is weak and the publisher mentions many times that there is no guarantee it’ll get published. To me, she seemed honestly surprised that the publisher didn’t jump right in and sign her a deal. He appeared VERY hesitant about it. I personally never really thought of Amy’s cooking as healthy and just a love of cooking does not equal being good enough at it that people would be interested in a cookbook of ‘your’ recipes. She had a lot of work to upgrade her proposal.
Amy mentions that as an LP she has been rejected a lot. (Maybe this time if she was rejected it has nothing to do with being an LP and everything to do with being 1 out of 200 cookbooks put out this year and having nothing special to put in your book to make you stand out anyway) She fights through being scrutinized and judge everyday. Then she tears up and that scene had to have lasted 15 seconds, way too long and just made me feel uncomfortable.
Amy cooks some more with Zach, Molly and Jacob as her food testers. Jacob’s only line in the entire episode is “your food is disgusting.” The look on Amy’s face shows that he’s not joking and she can’t believe he just said that, especially on camera.
The owner of the next-door property shows Matt and Amy a barn, which I recognized as one Matt has recently put on his Facebook that he’s restored the foundation of. So no surprise there…they’ll buy the farm. Amy’s parents visit so now of course Matt will take them to see the property too. Amy’s dad takes Matt’s side; her mom sympathizes with Amy not needing to take on more debt and also calls it a gamble. The women are pretty logical about this deal.
Jeremy comes home to Oregon to spend time with family and his grandparents. It’s really shaping up to be a nice ol’ family dinner with cooking provided by Amy!
Jer reviews the house next door and says moving into that home would be like moving into the basement but it’s not really moving out. Jeremy mentions why pay rent if you just live down the street. Cut to the next scene where, unsurprisingly, now Zach no longer wants to move into the house, as it doesn’t really seem like moving out. He justifies it that Jeremy waiting for his perfect time to move out even if 21 seemed old to some people, so he will get his time to move out when it’s right too. Ok, so Zach will instead stay in his parents’ house for longer? I don’t really follow that logic…
Large national publisher has interest in her book. Amy envisions the book appealing to someone intimidated by cooking, stay at home moms, working moms, quick, healthy recipes. Of course the meeting is on camera and the publisher takes on her book, no surprise. They show a quick view of “Short and Sweet.” I’m hoping that’s just a first printout cause it looked like a bunch of printer paper bound with a plastic coil.
Matt’s biggest fear is boredom, “can’t turn off the motor.” He wants to buy the farm because ‘it’s the right thing to do.” Which is a good enough reason for me, so sign me up! It doesn’t matter if it’ll put the family in financial strain for the rest of their lives! He wants Amy’s approval so she’s invested emotionally too. He really throws it all on Amy and I think that’s unfair.
While waiting at the bank for Matt, Amy mentions to the realtor how Matt forces and pushes people until you can’t take anymore and they both agree Matt will be like that until the day he dies. Sounds swell, Matt gets anything he wants. They sign for the property Amy’s obviously not in any high spirits about it and I really appreciate the fact that she doesn’t try to put on a face to say otherwise.
Surprise, now Matt’s family also then shows up so now they can all celebrate the cookbook and farm expansion! Like everything Amy has ever cooked, the meal at this dinner looks pretty standard with just meat, mashed potatoes, salad and bread. Which is a relevant point seeing as for an episode that surrounded around a cookbook, I would’ve expected something more creative.
For the fourth (and final?) special I found it without created drama or staged events and races, which I appreciate, but as the saying goes “always leave them wanting more.” Frankly, as a longtime viewer I’ve had my fill. I didn’t need an entire hour to see Amy get a cookbook made and Matt to buy a farm. Not DO anything with it, but just to buy it. With the TV executives no doubt cringing at past specials’ 1.2 ratings (even if Matt tries desperately to put a positive spin on a 1.2), the public is clearly no longer interested seeing what the Roloffs are up to. Please accept this.
Next up is Rap541
Written by Rap541
Matt and Amy debate whether he is dying early. They talk about the property. Matt wants to buy property. Matt demands Amy be emotionally supportive.
Oh wait - this is actually the first special, not the fourth. I flip back to Bob’s Burgers on Fox. Lil FYI, the new episode is BADLY telegraphed! I mean… maybe running the episodes back to back wasn’t wise.
I switch back to Fox. You know… I have many adult friends who have never lived or been alive in a world where The Simpsons wasn’t on Sunday night. Also The Simpsons actually addressed the idea of accepting little people. The Simpsons aired their 500th episode tonight. It was funny. At least I have that.
I really can’t sit through the rerun episodes at this point. They were dull to begin with. Oh! Celebrity Apprentice is on. OH! George Takei - someone who was imprisoned in a *concentration camp* despite being *an American Citizen* is on Celebrity Apprentice. Now there’s some hard core suffering and hardship and getting past a load of barriers. Here’s a guy who was torn from his home and locked up in a hell hole for no other reason than his race who made a successful life for himself. Oh and look, Clay Aiken! Actually, with all the reality whores on this show, I am a lil shocked Matt isn’t here. Or Amy. Hmm I wonder if they’ll be suing soon?
George Takei smack Paul Teutal Sr. down after being called meek. “I was raised in an internment camp, bitch,”
So we start the new episode with Matt praising himself for completing his dream. Yeah, everything always comes up roses for Matt, right Matt? Now he wants the property next door. Meanwhile Amy chops stuff and hay bales how she wants to write a cookbook as she appears to make …. Sloppy joes?
Matt wants to triple the size of the farm, go balls to the wall and triple the size of the farm and the only thing standing in his way? His wife! I just knew it was gonna be Amy’s fault.
Matt notes that his neighbor is selling the land half priced, extremely low pricing… I wonder why what with the economy. He plies Amy with the idea of moving her gazebo - she is horrified at the idea of transplanting her memories. He plies her with the idea of a blueberry farm. She seems annoyed and overtalks about how maybe Matt should be thinking of slowing down.
Zach is “thinking of moving away” and is visiting Jeremy in Santa Barbara. Again, jusst pointing out that this was filmed essentially concurrent with Jeremy going to school in late August so Jeremy has been away from home for like.. A month. Jeremy is in a clearly different apartment with roommates. What happened to the little studio? They are all about how they have leather couches. Jeremy apparently plays ball and does homework. Zach lies and says Jeremy is the first of the friends to go away to school. This isn’t true at all. Scott, Jeremy’s rival, actually went to OSU and is a junior. Is that in a different state? No. Did Scott move out of his parent’s house for school? Yes. I know Jeremy is a precious little hot house flower who will wilt without constant praise but do we need to lie? The kitchen is filthy. Jeremy and Zach discuss how great the interior decorating is. I assume this discussion and Jeremy’s pink t-shirt are part of his corruption
Meanwhile back at the farm, Amy reads a recipe while making chili. Oh please, even I can make chili without a recipe. Amy babbles about the cook book for a bit and how as a little person its important. Really, cooking is an lp issue? Really?
Amy is having friends over to test her recipes. So we have Lisa and Paula and Amy repeatedly running back and forth to the door. Amy explains what cornbread is and demands feedback and notes how she had to learn to cook as a teenager because her mom got a job. Everyone acts like this is a huge incredible thing. Everyone kisses her ass over the chili. Would anyone like my recipe? It’s pretty good and I won’t charge you.
Meanwhile Matt and Amy get snitty with each other over the property. Matt hay bales how this has been his dream to buy the property but if Amy isn’t on board, he won’t do it! Kinda like how if Amy said “kill it” he would never put the ark on the property and she said kill it and the ark never happened. Except you know, Matt doesn’t respect Amy at all or really consider her a financial partner, the whole scene is Matt basically pretending to ask and it shows. Amy basically says “what do you want me to say” and notes it will make them cash poor. It’s a surprisingly hostile talk and Amy notes she doesn’t want to spend the next 25 years toiling in the dirt. It’s very clear that Amy isn’t really being asked, that Matt has already made the decision.
Now Matt plays the “the kids can live there” card. Amy is actually against buying the kids a house. If I didn’t know better, I’d think she might win.
Zach and Jeremy ride around in a van solving mysteries. Jeremy goes on about how he’s all independent now. Paying your own bills, Jer? No, I didn’t think so. Did mom and day pay to break the lease so you could move in with friends? They hike about and the roomie shows Zach how to rock climb. There’s some scenery shots.
Amy continues harping on the cook book. Matt basically mocks it and tries to pronounce quinoa and does it badly. Amy harps on healthy cooking while Matt puts his hands over everything, slaps some lunchmeat into Amy’s chopped ingredients and gobbles it down. I again am reminded why I would always be leery of a meal cooked in this home.
Matt takes Zach over to the new house and bribes Zach with the idea of being a landlord and subletting to his friends. Matt notes how all Zach’s friends can live with him and how it’s a prod to move him out. Matt fake shouts “it’s a bachelor pad!”. Yeah, providing Zach a ready made crash pad is so gonna encourage him to move. Matt? Try making things *less* comfortable, not MORE comfortable.
Amy has a local small publisher … yeah I kinda think it’s a self publishing place. Amy notes how she’s always been rejected entirely because she’s a little person. Amy, grow up please. Your cook book isn’t being rejected because you’re LP. It’s because I can get a zillion cook books for free on Amazon. The market is saturated. It’s even saturated for reality whores like yourself. Everyone with a reality show thinks they can write a book and yes Amy, the books are usually on cooking. Or parenting.
Amy meets Rick the publisher. Rick asks why she wants to write a cook book. They nitter on about how Amy likes cooking and Amy notes how special the family eating together is. Rick isn’t especially positive about it but he’s realistic. And he’s reasonably positive. This is dull.
Back to Matt waxing how he needs to buy the property. There’s some talk of hobos. Amy bitches to the camera how she’s not actually being asked. The guy on the farm plans to stay on to farm the blueberries Matt is planning. Apparently it was a popular spot for hoboes. This is also dull.
Amy continues testing her recipes. Molly says it good. Jake notes her food is disgusting. Zach squats on a stool and shoves it in his mouth and mutters “its good” with captioning. Wasn’t Amy just going on about the family eating together and yet here we see a very typical on camera meal, three different kids eating at different times in different places and no dad in sight. Also, Zach grunting and squatting and shoveling food in his mouth is one of those behaviors that a parent should really correct.
So suddenly Amy’s parents pop in. I like Gordon. He kids Jake about his height. Gordon and Zach chat and clearly Zach has entered the circle of judgment. Gordon notes that women are expensive to maintain and Zach needs to get a job soon or marry rich. Granpa Gordon is fun. He asks where the airbags are on the mule. Matt notes in the voice over that he’s gonna convince Gordon to convince Amy. I kinda suspect the property was already purchased at that point. Gordon hay bales that its nice property and needs proper planning. Matt clearly is talking about owning the 109 acres already. And Amy’s parents are referring to it as a done deal. Amy’s mom is NOT happy. Also the free way Matt is driving over with camera crews is the giant clue that the property is already bought - that’s if Pop and Honey turning up at the end yet at the same time Gordon and Amy’s mom are visiting isn’t also a GIANT clue that the property was already purchased.
Jeremy wanders in to see the grandparents and also wants about 7500 dollars in equipment handed to him. Yeah yer independent, aren’t you? What I especially notice is that no one is suggesting Mr. Jeremy The Man actually buy his phone, camera, and software for school out of his own money. Zach shows Jeremy the house. Jeremy seems to dislike the idea. He notes that Zach might as well live at home for free. Nice attitude.
Meanwhile Amy is selling her cookbook. Or at least having a meeting. She goes on and on about how she’s nervous and afraid. Amy, just publish on Amazon.
Amy meets people from Graphic Arts Books. Again, a lot of nittering about cooking. She seems to think it’s a beginner’s cook book. They think its gonna go national! Amy seems pleased and proud.
Back on the farm, Matt is still pretending the property hasn’t been bought. He’s still in theory asking her permission the night before the appointment to sign the paper work to buy the property so basically he’s going to do it regardless. Now this is actually a fairly serious talk they are having and Matt plays the guilt card. Basically he’s telling her he’s going to the bank to buy the property regardless and just wants her to show up to support him. Because it’s always about Matt. Always.
Amy goes to the realtor and notes how pushy and aggressive Matt is. And yes this is clearly not a situation where Amy realistically can say no. When you’re down to the signing point, there’s not much backing out. Amy comes off pissed, Matt is putting on his “gooblygoo” persona, the silly dwarf.
Amy finally signs. Amy notes how they need to be more supportive. Amy takes a coffee mug from the bank.
Oh Ron and Peggy pop in. Amy stirs green beans. Matt notes how his plan is for the kids to never leave. The meal seems to be green beans, mashed potatoes, a roast, and bagged salad. Wow this was… dumb? An ad for Amy’s book that still isn’t out?
Funny how yet again everything works out perfectly for Matt. Hmm.
Next item: Spiritswander Defeats Matt and Amy Roloff's Subpoena