The new episode of Little People, Big World airs tonight.
Here is the official TLC preview write-up, followed by our Guest Reviewer, Rap541's take on the preview:
Little People, Big Climb @10pm: "With three of four kids out of the house, Amy is feeling restless and decides to take on the challenge of climbing Mount St. Helens. Meanwhile, Matt secretly builds Amy a schoolhouse as a special gift. It's apparent that neither has plans to slow down."
Review submitted by Rap541
So I flip over to TLC and realize just how late the Little People Big World episode is on. 10pm is late. I actually turned over to it a little early, in time to see a vaguely offensive fake sketch between JimBob Duggar and some Japanese people sword fighting. Then they head off to a capsule hotel and its basically what this show is all about – a bunch of kids screaming while their parents act like breeding is amazing. Then we are regaled with the Duggar Wifelet buying a pregnancy test since people must always be testing for that next baby!
You can almost see the terror in Michelle’s eyes as she realizes her youngest child is a toddler and she’s still not pregnant with J-20. And Josh hasn’t lost his baby weight. We leave the Duggars chowing on pickles. Oh and if anyone complains, just be glad I didn’t recap Tosh.o, ok?
Anyway, to the Roloffs! So we start with some photos of how the house is still a pigsty. And Amy starts with the moaning about the quiet house and how she has nothing to do since her parenting time is over, Then she gets weepy with how she’s a mom. Cue the credits which btw were completely old.
Amy meets with her trainer. To be perfectly fair, she’s lost a lot of weight. We get a training sequence and trainer guy notes that *something* is bothering Amy. He wants her to have a performance goal and suggests she hike a mountain. Amy chats with David on climbing Mt St. Helens. He thinks it’s a tough climb and they’ll need to camp out. Zach wanders in looking for food and Amy asks him to go with her. Zach looks cleaner than normal.
Now Amy is telling Mat, and Matt thinks Amy should think smaller and not reach for the stars. Mind you, this whole conversation feels fake. Matt thinks she’s taking a huge risk! He’s always so supportive with that “you shouldn’t do it” and “think smaller” attitude.
So now we see Matt at the church site. Matt notes his idea of a challenge is building stuff and since Amy has fond memories of that year she taught preschool, why not hire a bunch of guys to build a schoolhouse while Matt shouts whoo! I mean, that’s not in any way almost completely unrelated to the entire plot of the story.
Amy trains with a backpack. We get a montage of Amy walking and muttering to herself while she voices over how her childhood sucked. Yes, this is the Amy Self Esteem episode. We get it, Amy. You have hang ups. When you get like this on tv, I sometimes feel bad for you because you’re never going to see your own worth, and that’s a shame.
Amy and Zach hike and share moments while Amy voices over how it’s nice to spend time with Zach. It’s cute. It’s also nice to see Zach not be a whiny kid.
Matt shouts “HOLY” and then brags about how he ordered his contractor to build the school house. Matt basically goes on about how he needs a project and how the farm spaces need to be filled, oh, and yeah, he’s doing this for Amy, not himself.
More training montages of Amy and David the trainer with motivational talk. I start to zone out.
It’s the day of the climb. Matt notes how silly and dumb he finds the whole business. Matt also sounds really congested. Matt of course worries that Amy won’t complete the hike. Jake wanders in and out. Matt notes how deadly wrong things can happen on these mountain hikes. Good lord, isn’t this the same idiot who nearly killed his own kid with a trebuchet?
David and Amy chat on the car ride. Now we see the volcano! ITS ON! Zach and Amy do lunges. Then they start hiking.
Ok, my cable is fuzzing out. This might be a problem.
So everything is fuzzy but still pretty. More hiking, and encouraging remarks. Now there’s rocks and obstacles and the whole time Amy is narrating how tough it is. Inspiring music plays as Amy huffs and puffs. They stop for trailmix. There’s more inspirational talk from David.
Meanwhile Matt intends to finish the school! For Amy! He futzes around sings while painting and its very obviously being done for show.
Ok now back to the hiking. More and more hiking. They started at 1pm. They stop at 5pm. They set up camp and David takes them on a training hike. Ominous music plays as Amy crawls up. More and more motivational talk. I start to look forward to the commercial breaks.
The gandam style commercials are funny.
So its 7pm and still full daylight. They eat camp dinners. Now there’s a discussion on where to pee. In the woods, Amy. Pee in the woods.
Matt makes a show of helping with the schoolhouse. We see some home movie clips. Matt subtly concedes Western town is really for him. Now it’s evening and he calls Amy. Amy and Zach meanwhile have deep bonding moments at campsite.
Now its 6:30am and my tv defuzzed. Zach is told to zip up his pants. Now we’re to the dangerous part of the hike!
Matt has a really big bell for the school and we get our obligatory scene of Matt driving a track hoe and shouting baby! Heh… they made the school too big to get out of the barn.
Matt does this “Matt Roloff is an idiot” line where for the first time I really see how he’s Zach’s father. Then he fake “yays!” as his contractor fixes the problem.
Amy is at the boulder field. She pushes. I think David is clearly spotting her. More shots of Amy climbing.
More montages of Matt on the trackhoe. He shouts “yeah baby!” and “we did it!”
Now they’re at the end of the boulders and heading into the ash. More montages of people hiking in the ash field. More motivational talk. Push, push, push, I’ve come so far… Commercial break!
Amy notes how climbing a mountain is a metaphor. Amy reaches the summit! Triumphant music plays! There’s a stunning montage of the mountains. We get to see the volcano smoke. Now everyone high fives and Amy has a bit of a breakdown. We really need to get her on Survivor, I think.
Meanwhile back at the farm, Matt is amazed that Amy isn’t dead or mauled by a bear. Matt takes her to the school house, and for a change Amy seems to like it. They basically do a skit for us in the school house and then we’re done.
Kinda dull. Interesting mostly because I think this is the first episode of LPBW where we didn’t hear anyone moaning about Jeremy.