TLC has the preview description up on their website. The episode preview indicates that it is a return to the plot line highlighting the marriage woes of Matt and Amy. It is worth noting that on Matt's Facebook Fan page, he goes out of his way to portray the marriage as a happy one and in the past both Matt and Amy scoffed at all the speculation after several episodes of LPBW left the viewers wondering if they would get a divorce.
10:00 PM 60 MIN. Little People, Big World: Separation Anxiety TV-PG
With 3 of 4 kids out of the house, Matt and Amy have retreated into their own separate worlds. When attempts to refuel their marriage with date nights go especially sour, they find themselves questioning whether or not their relationship is worth saving..
Review written by Rap541
Oh god this is on so late. And this episode of Cake Boss is like watching paint dry. On the plus side I have a pretentious organic raw drink called kombucha that is yummy. Ok Cake Boss is sweet in that the boss is all “well my wife and kids are making a cake and if they make it for me, its awesome”.
So wassup Matt and Amy? Hmm ominous music as Amy and Matt drive about the farm. It seems awkward and forced. One gets the impression they don’t really simply cruise together on the ATV around the farm all that much. Matt apparently wants to build a house and insists he’s burning with ideas and Amy is all “we already have a house”. Matt notes the kids will need a house. He insists he needs something to do because he’s driven, while Amy is annoyed with the whole tone. Oh this will be long.
The only real change in the credits is that Jacob is shown bigger.
Amy washes dishes and notes that Matt lives in his office and is completely distant. Matt and Amy both note how Jake is the only one in the home. Amy thinks they live in separate worlds. Matt calls Amy from his office. Amy gives us fond memories of how she married Matt in a frenzy. Matt concurs. Sorry, you aren’t topping my grandparents who met in the London tube during the Blitz and were married 24 hours later. Now that’s a whirlwind!
Matt wants to revamp the house and feels he was chased out of the house. He feels he was overwhelmed by the sea of stuff and we get a short montage of the mess. He wants to redo the carpet. And apparently the entire house. There’s obvious *bleach* stains on the carpet. I notice that the kids being at fault is never ever mentioned. This is three year old carpet. I take Matt’s side. This isn’t typical wear and tear.
Jake is all “I stay in my room”. He needs a haircut. He notes how much they argue and how he ignores it. Considering the entire episode of mom and dad griping, I get why he hides. Molly at one points notes that this is why she left.
Tori and Zach meet Mom and Dad for dinner. Matt notes how Amy married him after a week. Zach tries to counsel mom and dad into dating on date night.
Now Amy is talking Matt into going on a date. Amy is all “who are you now” and they drive off to a western bar. Amy line dances for Matt. She notes how he used to be more spontaneous. He notes how if he’s not working on the business or the farm, he’s wasting his time. Hmm. That’s a nicely self concerned remark. I’m starting to question how often Jake is left alone while Matt and Amy date.
After commercial back at the CW bar, Amy tells Matt she wants to experience stuff. Matt haybales how Amy is done parenting and is on a different track. Amy notes that Matt should want to do things with her. Matt is very noncommittal.
Matt wants the house cleaned up. He’s against being on Hoarders. He notes to Amy that he’s being driven from the house by her clutter. Amy notes how people live in the house and that leaves dents. Basically this is a tour of how the house is dirty. In all seriousness, I wasn’t raised in a neat home, and this is pretty disgusting and disorganized. Amy, pick up. Matt? Stop pointing fingers and ALSO pick up. Some of the resentment here is likely because Matt likes to point fingers and bark and never actually do anything.
Winter break! All the kids are home! Matt proceeds to lecture everyone on cleaning. Jeremy notes how prone to failure this is. Amy goes on about how the dents are memories.
Jeremy looks at his pigsty and notes how he’s not to blame for the mess. Apparently his birth certificate is in the trash. Or rather, Zach’s certificate. He essentially does nothing. Now Jeremy and Matt snot about how they are men and should make decisions in various rooms. I note how precious little actually gets done.
Oh Molly, your parents are at the 25 year point. Try watching the same arguments when its year 47. Trust me, Molly. It’s not going to change.
Matt bitches openly how Amy isn’t on board and badmouths her to the camera crew. Matt wants a cleaner. Matt thinks the basement is disgusting and gives Amy a month to stop hoarding. Really they are almost playing the soundtrack from Hoarding: Buried Alive. I am seriously curious to see if we see Matt insisting all of his stuff can’t be thrown out. Oh what am I saying? Matt’s role is to complain.
Matt hugs Jeremy and notes that the kids only came home to help them with the house. Funny that absolutely nothing got done. Amy notes that the kids who leave are the glue in the marriage. More shots of the pigsty which as presented suggests that the kids did nothing. In fairness the place is disgusting but I don’t see Matt actually picking anything up or actually doing anything. He feels he loves in a pigpen.
Zach wanders in to play with Jake. They ride bikes. Zach is very judgmental of the video games. I try not to recall the many episodes where Zach was splayed on a couch, playing games, including the one where he was skipping school and Amy let him. Zach is acting as the parent. Jake notes that Matt lives in his office and Amy lives in the house.
Matt decides to lecture Amy on her role in cleaning shit. He has a list. On the one hand, Amy is a pig, on the other, Matt is great at making lists of *chores for people other than Matt to do*.
Again, we see a lot of Matt complaining and hardly any shots of Matt doing anything other than complaining. And honestly Amy seems to have a need to keep the place messy. Amy hun, there’s memories and then there’s boxes of crap everywhere. I understand, I really do, I’m from a family of packrats but really sometimes its ok to throw things out. I know its hard but take a picture and toss it.
They head off on a date. They argue. Then they go bowling. Matt hates bowling. Matt also texts Jake while eating dinner with Amy – an action I really really hate. Sorry, cell users, but if we’re out to dinner, put the phone down for the duration of our meal. Matt hates the restaurant Amy chooses. Matt basically hates any time he’s not getting his way.
Hmm 20 minutes left so we need to start wrapping it up in a positive way. They head off on a date night. Matt’s “indulging her” and “toughing it out” in order to get thru it. Yeah that’s an awesome attitude. Matt hates the restaurant she chooses and pouts. Seriously he’s making no effort. So Amy raises “calling it quits”. Matt notes they’re not having any fun. This is awkward.
Oh look its Matt’s pal Pondo. Maybe they will discuss what a douchbag Amy is just like they publicly insulted and name-called pumpkin customers that disliked Matt's parking fees? Matt clearly establishes to Pondo how Amy is completely at fault. He asks Pondo if he and Amy should stay together.
Oh geez Matt… maybe instead of asking your buddies, you should grow a set and *ask your wife* this question. And while we’re at it, hmmm hey maybe you shouldn’t be letting your youngest raise himself. You had a father, why does Jake have to make do with none? Because you were driven out of the home by the clutter?
Pondo seems to steer Matt against divorce. Amy hangs with a friend Lori. They have wine. Amy notes how different they are. Lori notes how Matt sees Amy as the caregiver and has difficulty seeing her in a different role. Amy notes she will never be good enough. It’s Matt’s way or the highway and Amy is tired of it.
Amy cleans a bit. Matt makes a point of being a condescending ass about it. The house is painted and recarpeted. Amy rolls on the carpet. Matt prongs her with his foot. Considering how recently the house and new addition was completely redone, it’s utterly ridiculous that they had bleach spots and needed to replace the carpet. Then again they did lock the dog in one of the carpeted rooms to pee and crap and I am sure Matt doesn’t consider that his fault so…
Matt takes Amy to Mt Shasta, leaving Jake home alone. Amy notes how quiet it is and how they’re doomed. Well she doesn’t say that but…
Now Matt “has an activity” for Amy. Matt also wants to use his phone while driving. Matt is taking Amy skiing. Amy notes how Matt plans things that he likes to do. They get into a snow cat. They end up at a shack. There’s a ton of wine bottles in the shack. They drink wine and forget all the angry moments. Funny, how Amy is completely won over in the last five minutes of the show. Matt then fakes shouts “I’m on top of the world!”
Then they are home and Amy notes how quickly they return to the same routines of living separately and this implies how very troubled the marriage is. Yeah, not sure what we’re learning here and really not sure how this isn’t at the Kardashian level.