Sunday, June 10, 2012

Little People, Big World / Roloff Special June 10th, 2012 On TLC : Guest Episode Reviewers Discuss The Show

Our long-time guest reviewer Rap541 (along with poster Kyle who also graciously volunteered to submit a review) will review today's Little People, Big World episode special. Rap's before-the-show comments on the TLC preview:

 Jun 10, 8:00 pm (60 minutes) Little People, Big World: Amy's 50th The confluence of Amy's 50th birthday and Matt and Amy's 25th wedding anniversary inspires Matt to take Amy on an adventurous and romantic road trip to California. The couple re-trace their honeymoon steps in San Francisco and Matt surprises Amy.

First up is poster Kyle. Thank you to Kyle for submitting his review so quickly. ==================================================

Written By Kyle

 This will probably less cynical review than Rap’s :) 

The kitchen chat between Matt and the kids, sans Jeremy, for ideas to celebrate Amy’s birthday was not helpful at all. It was clearly just to have them make a quick appearance and an opening scene. Matt, the kids are plenty old enough, you don’t have to ask them if they can hold down the fort. Both talking it over with Matt and in the interview, Amy seemed happy and excited about the prospect of the road trip. 

In previous episodes she has seemed to have major disdain and contempt towards Matt. I was really pleasantly surprised by how cheery she was. It was refreshing. Amy’s bad acting skills have been seen in previous specials, so I legitimately think she really enjoyed her time during the trip and wasn’t annoyed being around Matt the entire time, which I couldn’t have said just a few specials ago. 

Also, I noticed Matt and Amy’s personal interviews were in the house, not the barn on the hay bales. It made the scenes feel warmer, more personal. 

 First stop on the trip, a quaint B&B which was a nice idea with Amy’s history of studying hospitality and her dreams of owning a B&B. However, the idea of her actually doing work and playing the part of an innkeeper is such a horrible idea it could only be staged. Matt could not have honestly thought that her doing all the work of ‘the help’ was a nice gift. 

 Matt mentioned wondering why anyone would have “going to work, cleaning floors and serving people” as a part of anyone’s bucket list and it was obviously not on Amy’s. When Matt seems fake annoyed with the fact that she’s busy and leaving him and has no time for him, it just irks me a bit. What was Matt doing the entire time anyways? 

Aww, Rocky is looking old, but I still love his droopy, sad face. It’s a good thing Rocky went missing or else what more would the kids have had to do? 

Apparently planking, Jacob planking was another quick scene insert of what the kids were up to. Owling is the new planking anyway, c’mon Jacob. Get with the times. 

 Next road trip stop, Santa Barbara, which I thought it strange that they’d travel all the way down there. It’s SO far from San Fran, like 300+ miles and 6 hours. I kept thinking, “What about visiting her son in California would be on her bucket list?” But of course it’s always good meet up with Jeremy and have the entire family make an appearance in an episode. 

Eh, I felt uncomfortable when Jeremy was showing his parents his place and mentioned people calling his chair a throne. He’s not helping himself there with people already calling him the golden boy and him already having ‘fame?’, ‘fortune’, opportunity and privilege. Did he call it the ‘Cigar balcony’ and his parents have nothing negative to say? Free country and he’s legal and all, but who the heck smokes cigars except elitist billionaires, evil warlords, and people trying to seem cultured and Esquire/GQ-esque? 

Back to the bucket list, which seemed liked it was actually created by Matt FOR Amy. Now for the surprise that she’ll be performing on stage, with an improv group. No mention of the other little person in the improve group? Can anyone educate me on the condition that man might’ve had?

 I think she took everything well, was having fun with the exercises, wasn’t afraid to look stupid or goofy. She took things much better than I would have if I were thrown into such situations out of the blue. Showtime: Love the clip art one-page program that was probably printed just 10 minutes earlier. The improv group leader really embellished that this was the SPECIAL April show, “special” as in clearly just put on for LPBW’s benefit? Also on the docket while in SB, just some good ol’ hang gliding. 

Jer pulling out his camera to take pictures of his mom mid-flight made me realize there was no mention of how Jeremy’s schooling has been going, even if the episode didn’t revolve around him, he shared his bachelor pad, so he could’ve shown off some of his prints or given a quick update.Amy looked like she truly enjoyed the gliding and afterwards, Jeremy lifting up and carrying away his mom in her hang-gliding suit was actually pretty cute. 

Back to the kids on the farm, Jacob definitely had a better attitude on camera as well, even when dealing with backseat drivers, which is pretty infuriating. Is this a sign that he’s maturing or coming around to filming and the recognition it might bring him? Who knows… 

Finally in San Francisco. Hey those “painted ladies” are the houses in the opening credits of Full House! I like the idea of the picture in the same spot 25 years later. Nostalgia tugs at people’s heartstrings. Such is the case at the Inn, the same one from their honeymoon. Having the pics of themselves already set up in the hotel room was a nice touch, Matt. Good on ya. 

The cooking lessons with the chef of the restaurant was a great idea and it’s nice to hear Amy mention that she might’ve been a little out of her element and usually just winged it when cooking and that now she might have an idea why recipes don’t work or whatever. I wonder how much might’ve changed for the cookbook or the recipes if she had such lessons before publication. She once again mentioned a strong connection with cooking, so maybe this experience will encourage her to take up more classes. For every craft, there’s always something new to be learned. 

Matt and Amy visit the Golden Gate Bridge, relive a date on the beach talk about the old times, and that they’ve had rough times, bridging their lives together etc…. 

Not a surprise, Rocky was just roaming around the massive acreage of their farm and then sauntered his way into the house! I really never got the sense that they’d damper down all the fun and relationship rekindling in the episode with the death of their family pet. The way he ran out of the “media room” made it really clear to me he was placed there and just happy to get let out. The episode felt like two parts. The portion designated as Amy’s birthday trip swiftly morphed instead into a bucket list and was overall just a weak storyline anyway, so it’s not surprising it teetered out as the episode continued on and was replaced solely by the romance rekindling/wedding anniversary San Fran trip. 

Whatever the reasons LPBW gave for such a trip, (super early birthday trip/bucket list/25th wedding anniversary/romance rekindling) I think the activities were nice for Amy and I don’t know if they’ve gone to therapy or what but it seems like even before they left, Matt and Amy’s relationship was already on the mend and these activities only added to the sunniness. It was definitely a feel-good, happy-go-lucking TLC episode all wrapped up nice and neat for the viewers. 

 End of Kyle's review

 Next up is Rap541

Written by Rap541

I’m pleased to start this review with the news that Ali and Baara, the Iraqi kids, had their spinal fusion surgeries and it’s looking good so far. So yay! :)

 So it’s the farm, and the scene leaked early. Matt notes Amy is turning 50 which isn’t a lie in that she’s 49 and a half in April 2012 when this is filmed. So like all of us who don’t die before our fiftieth, yes, Amy is turning fifty… but not on this trip. Matt tries to be concerned and quizzes the kids on what to do if Molly accidentally cuts her finger off in the blender. Really I’d be more worried about some kid having alcohol poisoning at the constant bonfires, or at the drinking parties in the garage, but lets not interject any realism here, and continue to pretend that Molly cutting off a finger in the blender isn’t Matt forcing a conversation for the cameras. 

Matt talks to Rocky about Amy’s bucket list. He notes that Amy’s birthday is coming up to Amy, and she’s all “Yeah uh huh”. She notes that they haven’t been on a road trip together in ages and this seems like typical Matt, planning something and not checking if Amy would like it. Matt wants to redo a trip they did prior and Amy seems to think that’s a bad idea but the show demands so…. 

Rocky is missing! Matt notes how Rocky goes “touring”. Yeah, take care of your dog. If you can cite several occasions where you had no idea where your beloved dog was, you’re a terrible pet owner. Yes, that’s me judging Matt. People who love their pets don’t just sigh when the pet goes missing. 

Amy won’t let Matt drive. She hay bales (no actual hay bale though, some stairs shot) how its weird and different. Matt hay bales how they may kill each other. Amy voices over how she finds it weird and how she wonders about killing Matt. Matt notes that if things go bad, they may have to fly home. Amy worries they have nothing to talk about and cue Matt babbling about the five food groups and food. 

They end up at a B&B. Matt notes how Amy’s dream of running a B&B was shut down by marriage and kids. Then Matt springs the whole “you’re running the inn for a day” which is sorta cool but also kinda mean to spring on someone. Not my idea of a fun vacation. So Amy is described as an intern to the guests. Amy notes how it got hectic. Matt smirks and laughs as Amy runs around. They talk about it and then Amy has to run chores as the innkeeper. Matt notes how stupid Amy’s bucket list wish was and how he would never find running an inn fun. Yeah, that’s supportive. 

Meanwhile Jake is planking. And Zach’s head scars are way noticeable. Jake “planks” on the ark. Don’t they have homework? 

 Amy is sent to the kitchen to feed others. And clean rooms. While Matt sits and judges… yes this is a vacation from home all right Wait… when does Amy make beds at home? How weird and different! Matt notes he probably encouraged her to run a B&B, with no small amount of cynicism on his part. As a woman, I am not sure how we’re supposed to feel about Matt snidely noting how all of Amy’s professional dreams were put on hold to birth and raise his babies and ain’t he awesome for indulging her for a day before he returns her to her place as nothing but his wife. 

Meanwhile Rocky is missing! OHNOES! Despite how the dog apparently has disappeared multiple times, they seem horrified. 

Now they are visiting Jeremy and Matt notes how he’s gonna screw over Amy with more bucket list stuff. Jeremy’s place is a sty. Matt notes that it smells. 

Matt also does the “You know about Rocky?” and Jeremy immediately goes to “he’s dead??”

The cigar lounge is hilarious. Funny, no mention of any school work on Jeremy’s part. 

Apparently Amy has always wanted to be on stage? Even Amy seems surprised to find this out. To be fair, she does stuff. There’s various improv exercises and then Amy is stuck doing stuff on stage. I kinda find myself wondering how well Matt would handle a similar “I’ve decided these things are on your bucket list and you have to do them on camera!” order from Amy but yeah, as I recall, his 50th was a non threatening party at his home where he was treated like a god. So we’re still in Santa Barbara and it’s a “Special” show. Amy notes how glad she was to get it off her bucket list.

I get more chips. And dip. Mmmm dip. Oh look, Zach “searching” for Rocky. By looking through the house and various attractions and surely that wasn’t done to show off the various structures. Funny how he looked everywhere but the media room. 

Oh now Amy is going to hang glide. Matt does a charming imitation of someone being electrocuted. The hang glider instructor is fun. Matt continually makes comments about Amy being nervous. And cut for commercial just as Amy is ready to take flight.

Jake certainly sounds like a man. 

So Amy is strapped to the back of this hang glider and they float down the hill. They sorta crash but Amy had the hang glider as a cushion. Matt notes how awesome he is for letting the little woman have her moment in the sun. 

Zach decides its time to arts and crafts their way to finding Rocky. The film crew films Rocky while Zach takes Jake driving. Molly backseat drives like a pro. Meanwhile Rocky wanders into the house, perhaps to defecate in someone’s shoes. Lordy Spike, get some exercise! Spike the Fat hisses at Rocky for the whole shoe thing.

Matt notes that Amy didn’t want to retrace their steps but he is a man and makes the decisions and will do what he wants. So they go to the Golden Gate Bridge. You know, in the 24th Century, the Dominion takes down the Golden Gate Bridge to demoralize Starfleet! Matt and Amy go on about how they are married. To be fair, they don’t seem on the edge of killing each other like in previous episodes. (See Kyle? I am not THAT cynical!) So they tour about San Francisco in the trolleys. I’m sorry, I keep thinking “Rice-a-roni the San Francisco treat!”

Now Matt wants to recreate a photo exactly. This scene feels totally forced. Now they are in Carmel. And Matt’s again retracing their steps and ok, I think the photos in the room was sweet. Now Amy and Matt try for baby five and then Amy shuts that down. Then they go to dinner and Matt screws Amy again by making her cook dinner at the restaurant. In this case she didn’t seem surprised at all… and the empty kitchen was a clue. And abalone? Does Amy even know what that is? Amy immediately makes cooking about being a little person. Yeah, you *better* like abalone, Matt and Amy. Meanwhile Matt has one last moment to recreate at the beach. It’s raining and unpleasant and Matt wants to rekindle their love by grilling some meat in the rain. Amy, clearly soaked, notes how nice it is. 

Lordy, the kids wonder where the dog is and Jake is all “did we look in the media room” and everyone slaps their forehead and says “der” and then head up to the media room and open the doors to the camera crew, and then open the doors to the closet in front of the camera crew and let the dog out. Really, I don’t expect much but really? How did Rocky open the doors to the media room and the media room closet and then close the doors behind himself? And explain to me how no one was surprised that the dog was missing for two days and theoretically in the media room closet but left no pee or poop for anyone to make the crew clean up. 

 Amy and Matt return to the farm and Matt again praises himself for being so awesome and then hugs the dog and notes how terribly frightened he was over the dog. Really Matt? Really? You didn’t know the whole thing was staged? Hand on the Bible, Matt? 

Amy notes how unique it was and how awesome her 50th birthday was and yeah, really, was the lie that necessary?


Greg said...

Lying about it being Amy's birthday. Now the same old stuff about Matt and Amy wondering who the other person is, marriage drama, how will Matt and Amy survive alone with the cameras on a staged road trip?

TLC should take some posters up on their idea to write new scripts.

Megan said...

I know Jeremy's with a bunch of friends, but didn't Amy used to say Jeremy was so neat and clean and when he got his own place it would be spotless?

His apartment looked a lot like his room with Zach.

Christine said...

All they do is recycle the same contrived story lines?

Make the viewers feel like Rocky is about to die in the next scene.

They've already done that episode!

I find myself hoping that Rocky is really dead this time just because I don't want to see the stupid story line repeated again. How terrible.

M said...

I'm watching it now and I actually think Jers reaction to rocky is legit. He honestly looked conserned/upset when he asked if he died. Who knows maybe it was the most real things on the show.. Or maybe he should become a actor. Haha

Christine said...

Can this get any worse?

Shocking, but Rocky is fine. In fact, the cameras know where he is and are filming him, while Zach, Jacob, and Molly drive around putting up "Lost Dog" posters.

In other words, the show is so fake they wanted to film Zach, Jacob and Molly doing something so they try to trick viewers into thinking Rocky died (again) when it's all staged as always.

Christine said...

M, I guess Jeremy is becoming an actor if you bought that!

Rocky is fine and everyone knew it. The whole "Rocky is gone" was a typical LPBW story line idea.

Justin said...

It had all the elements of a LPBW episode.

Matt and Amy talk about how horrible each other's company will be and how they won't survive together. Check, done that before.

They manipulate viewers into thinking Rocky is dead. Check, done that before.

Matt and Amy retrace their early days in California. Check, done that before.

Roloffs go hand-gliding. Check, done that before.

Roloffs give an fake emotional speech about how they think Rocky is dead or about to die. Check, done that before.

Roloffs are giving something by businesses because of the show and everyone kisses said Roloff's butt. Check, done that before.

Rocky lives! Rocky is ok and all will end well. Check, done that before

M said...

I most likely was fooled but I'd be sad if my dog was "lost" but who knows. Maybe he hadn't heard the storyline yet. Haha

M said...

I have to admit the lost dog poster... Ugh so fake. On another note Jacob voice is so different. I forget that kid isn't like 10 anymore.

Steph said...

Gosh, if all of you think the show is terrible why not change the channel? I personally enjoy watching the roloffs

Jocelynn said...

M, I agree with you about Jacob's voice. Before they showed him talking, I was thinking "who is that?? That can't be Jacob!"

I agree with the rest of the comments.

There is no truth to series, to this family. Time to bury this show in the graveyard for good.

Really, can you image what the brain-storming session for this episode went like?

How about we pretend like it's Amy birthday. While Matt and Amy drive around together we will pretend like Rocky went off to die and have the kids walk around like idiots pretending like they think he's really gone for good.

Justin said...

Steph, please tell me.

Did you really think Rocky was dead?

Did you really think Jacob, Molly and Zach thought Rocky was lost?

Did you really think Jacob came up with the idea that they should check the "media" room while standing outside the house with the cameras filming?

The Truth And Nothing But said...

All I can say this show has been dead starting with their 4th season when things started being staged and no longer real.RIP Little People Big World cause.

Tracy said...

Kyle, I completely agreed with this portion of your review. You nailed that.

"Eh, I felt uncomfortable when Jeremy was showing his parents his place and mentioned people calling his chair a throne. He’s not helping himself there with people already calling him the golden boy and him already having ‘fame?’, ‘fortune’, opportunity and privilege. Did he call it the ‘Cigar balcony’ and his parents have nothing negative to say? Free country and he’s legal and all, but who the heck smokes cigars except elitist billionaires, evil warlords, and people trying to seem cultured and Esquire/GQ-esque?

Ànn said...

My question is, Steph, did you think you were watching something that really happened, a real and raw moment in the Roloff's lives that wasn't staged?

Rap541 said...

Nice review Kyle! :)

If it helps, you can ask Spirit, I was brought to tears today by some good news. Ocasionally even my heart grows three times in size :)

Podge/Rodge groupie said...

The Cigar Balcony? Well, it just depends on how big you roll 'em. Cigars, blunts, give them a name.

Anonymous said...

I am confused. This episode happens after Matt's 50th bday which was oct 2011. I thought her bday is sept 17th born in 1964. How is she 50????? I was curious when her bday was so I looked if up and so now I wonder????

Toni said...

Sorry I accidentally posted as anonymous on Amy's bday.

Set Abominae said...

These specials really need to go away so this show can go off in the corner and just die already.

It's all just lies, lies and more lies piled on top of one another, nothing about the Roloff's is remotely "real" (except for Jacobs obvious hatred of being on camera).

Nancy said...

Kyle is right about Jacob. His disdain for the show was less obvious or perhaps more hidden than in previous specials

Brit said...

Kyle, it's because Jacob is a jerk.

He goes to the same school as some of my friends. He brags to people about how rich he is and how the creepy fans are paying for his college.

Lynn C said...

Kyle, what is wrong with Jeremy smoking cigars?

He's old enough that his parents can't tell him what to do.

I didn't know only people who are in the groups you describe smoke cigars.

Anonymous said...

Only stupid people smoke.

Anonymous said...

The dog storyline was so ridiculous. If my cat was missing for just an hour, I'd be in tears. Pathetic time filler to be honest.

Peanut Butter Cups said...

I think they are called cigar balconies or Juliet balconies.

I think anytime you have an old pet you get paranoid about THAT day finally arriving. Been there done that more than once.

I don't think this show is any more edited/contrived than any of the others. They build storylines based on what they have with the hope it entertains people. Hate to shock you, but "The Real World" isn't that real either.

Anonymous said...

Odds are the camera crew took the "Lost Dog" posters down a minute after the kids put them up, because the dog wasn't really lost. The camera followed him the whole time....

Kyle said...

Lynn, if you can't think of a reason why ANYONE should not be smoking cigars, I feel sorry for you. Even without inhaling cigars have more tar and toxins than cigarettes. There's no safe tobacco product. It's just a larger cancer stick to be sucking on. Why wouldn't Jeremy just smoke cigarettes? Because like I stated, smoking cigars makes one look cultured and refined.

Set Abominae said...

Lynn C:

I highly doubt that Jeremy has the knowledge or class to be smoking $150 hand rolled Havana Cigars, my bet is that the "cigars" he's smoking are actually those cheap low quality cigarillos that you can buy at the local AM/PM or Circle K for $1.50 a piece.

You know the ones that are flavored like candy and made of low grade american tobacco from the carolina's.

Even that most ubiquitous of american cigarette brands Marlboro uses a blend that is mostly made up of tobacco from Turkey and other middle eastern countries with a small amount of american tobacco (between 3-5%) mixed in, only their discount brands use straight american tobacco.

Greg said...

Peanut and Anon, you're assuming that Rocky was really lost....You actually believe that it wasn't simply a stupid plot to fill time?

Jeremy's been talking about smoking cigars since the Myspace days...they were mixed in with the N word and "faggithole" comments.

baxter said...

I can't believe anyone still watches this, or for that matter is even interested. This show died ages ago. Just came across this site when I was clearing old bookmarks.

Go away Roloffs--you stink from decomposition and don't realize you're d-e-a-d

Anonymous said...

WOW ..using Rock as a way to keep some of us watching..So glad Rocky is OK for the show Ho Hum & Yawn. I'd rather watch Little Couple ..i hope Little Couple will be back on. LPBW well there just nothing more to do or say on that overdone show!

Anonymous said...

Amy's 50th birthday? She doesn't turn 49 until September 17th. She is the first woman that I have ever seen that rounds her age up. Now if Matt had said he was organizing a trip to help her work on her bucket list, that would have been true.

As it was, the entire episode was an epic fail.

Rap541 said...

Even better Anon, Matt's bragging about his animal neglect over on his facebook.

"And letting everyone know rocky is doing great.. He was indeed missing (locked himself in the closet) for 3 days while we were gone.. Lost a few pounds but has since gained it all back. :)).

Hahaha my dog starved for three days, ain't that a laugh? I love my dog so much!

Now, no, I don't believe that happened simply because I genuinely hope the camera crew isn't so mentally sick as to starve a dog in a locked closet for three days, but really, Matt, bragging about animal neglect to where you think its cute your dog notibly lost weight from it is nasty.

Timothy said...

Are you kidding?? Matt is actually to sell the "Rocky was really locked in the media room for 3 days"??


With 3 kids, employees and what, 30 friends over? Not once of them went anywhere close to the 'media room'? No smell? No barking, no whimpering, no scratching to get out? Again, 3 kids and all the friends and not one of the morons ever go to the media room?

You drive around town and make up posters but you don't check one of the main rooms in your house?

I don't know what's worse. Lying about it on the show to give them a plot or Matt trying to sell the lie as the truth on Facebook.

Kyle said...

Camera crews are not supposed to interact or meddle but they obviously are allowed to in some situations. If one of the crew knew Rocky was in the closet (cause they filmed it happening) clearly the Roloffs would sue the crew for letting the Roloff's dog starve and suffer 'mental distress' while in there for 3 days!

So I think it's worse for Matt to even further exaggerate and sell the lie on Facebook.

Tamara Hogan said...

Sorry, I missed what happened to Zach's head?

Podge/Rodge groupie said...

Tamara, Zach's scar is from the insertion of a plastic shunt to drain fluid to his stomach. Achondroplasiac dwarves are prone to encephalitis, where fluids build up in the brain cavity. The old term was water on the brain. Next time they show Zach playing soccer with his dwarf friends, notice that no dwarf will play the ball with their heads, because they could damage the implanted shunt.

Rap541 said...

Tamara, because of the near buzz cut Zach had, it was also really noticable that Zach has a large U shaped scar on his head.

BeckyM said...

@ Kyle, camera crews not meddling would only be true if this was a documentary. It's not. It's a staged and scripted reality television show.

Most likely, knowing TLC tactics, Rocky was wandering the farm, when picked up by camera crew, put in the closet until the dog became desperate to get out, and then the "kids" were told to come in on cue and do the "rescue."

Nothing real here folks. Please understand that reality television is scripted and staged because if it was just "caught on tape" it would take too many man hours to film anything more then the "kids" sleeping in till 1 p.m. and eating cereal while watching television.

Rap541 said...

Becky - I agree its unlikely that the dog was left locked in a closet for three days in a house that had adults tramping around. I'm just astounded that Matt thinks presenting it as amusing is a good reflection on himself. People who own pets usually don't act like their neglect is amusing. If we take Matt at his word, his dog was locked in a closet without food and water for three days. Matt can "gobblygoo hee hee lol ain't it cute?" all he wants but he's tee heeing over torturing his dog. That I just don't believe the sequence of events doesn't mean that Matt isn't a disgusting human being for even claiming this is how he treats his dog.

Oh and staff of Matt who wil run to anonymously protest how Matt LOOOVEES Rocky? Matt is admitting on his facebook that the dog was locked in a room for three days with no food and water, and apparently no medication for its health issues. Its not cute and its not love, and its very obvious that the Roloffs as a whole aren't animal lovers.

BeckyM said...

@ Rap nothing the Roloffs have ever done has shown them as animal lovers. For me, their heartless cruelty to an aging animal is nothing surprising. **Shrug**

OTOH, it was all scripted to get people talking. Apparently the ratings reflect how much people cared about the fake set up with Rocky and Amy. Zip. Nada.

Just like the cooking crap with Amy was a setup to eventually promote her book (just wait and see when Amy does her talk show circuit to promote said book and talks about how much cooking has always meant to her blah blah blah).

Watching the short clip I was struck by two things: how badly an actor Matt is (I thought all the Ewoks sucked too)... and how crippled Matt really is. One day, Matt, you may be tied to a hospital bed with your kids forgeting you for days on end... Karma is a Bitch isn't she?

You go Chris C! You're knocking those ratings right out of the park you mastermind you!! ROFLMAO!

Abby said...

Yeah, what do you think it means that in none of these so-called update episodes have they ever said how Jeremy is actually doing at Brooks?

Matt obviously posts on his Facebook that Jeremy is doing better than anyone in the history of Brooks because according to Matt a Roloff always are doing awesome....but I'm wondering if it means something that the show is staying away from saying how Jeremy is doing at school?

He's obviously spending a lot of time partying and playing and hanging at the beach, but I'm wondering how he is actually doing at school?

BeckyM said...

@ Abby while I agree, I wonder if Brooks has forbidden the presence of filming on campus? It's possible that they wish to control their image more then letting TLC tromp around on their private property and do interviews with students who breathe the same air as the Awesome Jer.

@ Rap. I don't watch TLC, but I wonder if this new version of Amy and Matt's marriage isn't some way connected to The Little Couple's success? Make Amy and Matt seem more like a loving couple then a Harpy and a Douche-Bag sharing the same house?

Sarah said...

Who cares if he was lost or not....TV is for entertainment and if you don't like it change the channel....

BeckyM said...

@ Sarah Looking at ratings, it appears that a lot of people followed your advice. Good call, Sarah! ROFLMAO!!

Rap541 said...

Sarah - in all seriousness, if Matt ls going to bray like an ass on facebook how real it was, then yes, we all get to complain that Matt and his family committed an act of animal abuse and TLC filmed it.

Taking off the sarcasm hat, ok? If it was as real as Matt insists, if we go by Matt's word - he went on vacation knowing his beloved dog was missing. His beloved dog - and I will go a step further, his beloved, aging, house dog, and yes, Rocky is a house dog and not an outdoor dog with a dog house etc - was *locked in a closet without food and water for three days*.

Thats animal abuse. I wouldn't go so far as to say its intentional animal abuse, but when I couple that with an earlier episode of this show where the dog was yanked up into a car by the collar on his neck, dragged around the house despite a known orthopedic problem causing him pain, shown bleeding from an animal attack and made to wait until next day for care, oh and apparently so rarely taken to the vet that a serious eye condition occured, and at least one occasional where the kids were laughing about not feeding the dog for a week (and this is all without mentioning the "I'm a farmer so when the time comes, I'll be a man and send my son out to blow the dog's brains out cause I love it so" nonsense) then yeah, I wonder about the safety of an animal in the care of a Roloff. Matt and Amy have final say in how they are depicted. Matt's openly stating his dog was locked in a closet for three days with no food or water.... should I accuse him of lying for attention? Or accept that he thinks bragging about animal neglect is cool?

kc said...

Is there any way you can get info on how the twins are doing in school? Like does pcc or brooks have a dean's list? I doubt the twins would ever make the grades to be on it but if they aren't on it it would prove they aren't doing as well as we are led to believe by Matt.Does Zach even still go pcc? I know most community colleges start students off in classes that are below college level which is why they can except hs students with low GPAs and I honestly find it hard to believe either boy would have hit college level math, etc yet. Any info here would be appreciated.

Christa said...

Yeah Rap, the kids sitting around looking bored as hell waiting for film isn't "this is real us!" format that they try to have people swallow.

Mike P. said...

I have a sneaking suspicion that Jeremy is no longer attending Brooks.

His tuition for the year may be paid, but a complete failure to mention schoolwork in these latest episodes is really, really suspicious.

Brandon said...

He is Mike. You can tell by his twitter and Facebook fan page posts and his friends.

The bigger question is how is he doing at Brooks?

I remember that Mike that used to attend Brooks or was attending Brooks (Dana was very rude to him and he hasn't posted again) said that to do well at Brooks you have to focus on school instead of the beach and partying.

Jeremy seems to be doing lots of the latter!

Btw, I see that Jeremy has done what Jeremy always does. Looks to Matt to do everything for him. Matt is now using his FB to promote Jeremy's photography.

Jeremy does a suck up "I love my daddy" twitter post. Then Matt promotes Jeremy's facebook photography fan page.

Poor Jeremy. Despite what he thinks, he will never be able to look at himself in the mirror and honestly think he has accomplished something on his own and not from exploiting his parents disability and the whoring from the show.

Anonymous said...

Surprised that there was no mention of Jake's relationship with the Mueller kid now that jer-bear is away.

Timothy said...

Mueller seems like the ultimate hanger on.

A 21 year old is suddenly a BFF hanging out with a 15 year old and no one thinks that's strange?

But it's clear by the way that the show LPBW edited Mueller out of the RV trip to California that they don't want the viewers to know the extent that Mueller is involved with the Roloffs.

Mike P. said...

I suspect that Mueller was edited out because they didn't want to pay him.

As for Jacob, Mueller has been the big brother to Jake that neither Zach nor Jeremy ever had the wit or generosity to be. This has been clear through the run of the show, especially toward its end, and is just obvious on the riverboat trip.

In my opinion, the most telling and heart-breaking moment in all the coverage of this ridiculous family comes in Rome (I think) when the two parties meet. Jacob spots his brothers and tears across the street to throw his arms around Jeremy. Jeremy peels him off and ignores him.

Mueller would never do that.

I had a little brother whom I could not, and cannot, stand. So I understand Jeremy's basic feeling toward Jake. Even so, his complete lack of grace toward his little brother in so many scenes like this says much about his character.

And don't get me started about Zach . . . .

Anonymous said...

And don't forget the Michigan trip where Mueller played a big role in removing the tick from Jake's bare belly. I noticed a special closeness there between the two boys.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if there was any connection between Jake and Mueller's relationship and Jake getting expelled from Bible school?

Anonymous said...

And remember it was Mueller who removed the tick from Jake's bare belly during the Michigan trip!

Anonymous said...

Amy Roloff Cook Book Short and Simple that was suppose to come out October 1, 2012 has come three weeks before the actual date.

I know because I ordered one this past Sunday via and it arrive on Thursday I ordered it to see if the hype about it would be as promise, plus I like the stuff I see Amy make on their show. I can honestly say the book is good.

But she does have some of her recipes that she prepared on their show in this book along with Pictures of the recipes thru out with the Roloff family participating thru out the book.

The Participation of the family was done all in one day which you clearly see cause they are all wearing the same cloths thru out the book, in one picture they were all eating at the dining room table and Jacob is seating in a chair with his legs folded back with no shoes or socks on.

One other thing about this cook book the Roloff kids at times to me seem like they was force to particpate by being home to be in Amy's cook book.

Inspite of it all its a okay cookbook that could be bought as a add on Wedding gift not the main gift, Birthday or Xmas gift.

kit222 said...
Refer to the link above. Scroll down to the last photo on this instagram account. Jeremy appears to be smoking a cigarette. Does any one know if he actually smokes?