Here is another episode review written by Podge/Rodge Groupie:
We open with Amy and Matt doing more of the ‘separation showcase’ routine.
I wonder how long the viewers will take to lose patience with this seemingly endless
stalemate. I am already thinking, “Goodness, just get divorced already!” Counseling
was no help (more on that later) and it’s clear that there is no reconciliation here.
Ever. Amy seemed to me to be a bit bitter about things, and Matt was trying to
portray a bit of helplessness. All the while of course, neither side admitted to being a
part of the problem. That thread has been common through all of this, also. Can we
please move on, folks?
Matt and Sam go to the gym. Matt is concerned about his mobility and the
decreased loss of flexibility. At least he acknowledges this, for the camera or not,
whatever. I’m a tad surprised that they don’t have a change of clothing into workout
gear, that made me feel things were a little bit staged. I imagine anyone could see
some grandiosity and attention seeking from Matt, but at least he is portrayed to be
trying to so something. They go to a sports pub for breakfast. I’m not sure why it
HAS to be a pub, the idea is somewhat out of place for the situation. Matt seemed to
glance at the camera a few times. Too bad there wasn’t a product placement here.
That food looked good and a large serving size as well. He seemed to know the
waitress with a familiar tone. Bro Sam asked about counseling, and Matt told him
the Counselor said there was nothing he could do. Shocking. The whole conversation
appeared natural and Sam was forthright and direct. We’ve heard this before on the
show, but perhaps the brothers haven’t hashed this over until now.
We now head to The Party Place for decisions on tables and settings. I believe
Tori when she says her and Zach both lean a little more toward the “go with the
flow” attitude. Zach asking about flatware rental prices lightened the mood a bit. In a
lot of all this planning, I always remember the old phrase, “Is this the hill you really
want to die on?” as in what is really important? What really matters? I also agree
with Molly that Zach has no qualms about letting Tori make the choices should a
divergence in opinion crop up.
The twins do a Skype convo. Amy moves into the scene. I thought it funny
when she said to Zach, “You’re moving away from me”. Pretty hard to fit that
swollen head in that small camera lens there, Amy. Zach has had enough of butting
heads with his mother, and he knows that the only person who butts heads with
Amy is Matt. I have no problem letting the cat speak for u all.
Zach arrives in LA. I’m glad I have no desire to face the thick smog you see in
the shots. Jeremy’s hay baling hairdo is something that I still find odd, but it’s his
choice, not mine. No biggie. The banter over Zach’s shorts was awkward and I think
forced a bit. Knowing what we know today, Jeremy’s praise of the LA life gets
confusing with the time span for moving back to Oregon. Regardless of who it is, in
any show, moving out of that smog back to somewhere with much cleaner air is a
good move indeed.
The apartment. The usual plesantries. Zach found Jeremy’s gluten free eating
“odd”. A word here. We don’t know if Audrey has celiac problems. If not, it is still
only a choice. I myself had reduced my gluten intake simply for a little more brain
health. You can decide to reduce gluten without all the “EEK, frankenwheat!!!”
nonsense. Different flours, like tapioca flour are widely available now, so this is not
a hill that Jeremy wants to die on. No biggie. Hey, I now have a new definition for
knick-knacks and collectibles. Random nonsense. If that’s the case, my house is out
of a Lewis Carroll nightmare! The twins discuss married life. It will be interesting to
see both married lives in action. I can’t see them being the same, as Zach and Jeremy
are different people.
The flower shop. Tori chooses flowers. With Amy’ getting a little input.
Zach and Jeremy go paddle boarding. Bonding time.
Matt drops by Zach’s house while Zach I doing some staged reading. Yes Matt,
they can do it without you. We saw. And when they did phone you, you were sooooo
helpful. It appears that Zach and Tori get along very well together, it showed in the
hardwood floor shop. We’ll see how this goes, but Zach is willing to give it a go.
Matt gets a heath-enhancing apparatus delivered to the farm. And, as usual, he
just HAD to have it. And, as usual, he does it under Amy’s nose. Why does he feel he
has to? Let’s take just a moment. Last week, Amy and Matt discuss the purchase of
new equipment for the farm. And Amy said no no no. Where did this sudden (?)
increase in Amy’s control come from? At the time of filming, there was no talk of
divorce at all. It seems strange to me.
Alright, renovations at the Zach Roloff household. I’ve actually helped a friend
of mine do this. And believe me, we were much more careful with the tack strips
when we pulled them up. It’s careless to leave them nail side up on the floor. Jacob
was not wearing the proper footwear, and the tack strips were strewn all over the
place. Let’s everybody take a little more thought here, OK? Tori did not see much
progress, this is normal. We added a new lodge room to the basement of an unused
purchased church. You can put up stud walls for three weeks, and the members
come in and say, “Hmmm, not much progress.” You put up drywall for ONE DAY, and
then it’s all “Wow! Man, you’ve got a lot done!”. Par for the course.
Zach comes to realize that he doesn’t know how do put a nice floor down.
That’s fine in my view. Years ago, MR would have kept going, or micro-managed his
team of minions to get the job done. Matt’s input was a bit of a surprise. And yes,
Zach and Bryan and Jacob did a lot of work and saved a lot of money with all the
preparation. We’ll see how it looks.
Amy finds Matt in his sauna. Matt likes his new sauna. Amy does not. “And
stress us all out in the meantime?”. Amy, YOU are creating your own stress here. I’m
not sure she could be married to anybody right now. Or in the future.
Caryn joins the entourage to drive around the farm. Matt really plays up how
difficult it is to move the church. Sigh. He was told previously that it is a major point
in the wedding couple’s plan. Even Caryn piped up that this is critical to their plans.
Matt’s protestations are unfounded, as we will see later. Tori does not want the
dead, dried up, twisted old heart on the barn. Matt says, “But then it’ just a barn.” So
what? It’s just a barn without a dead, dried up, twisted old heart on it Matt. OK, the
benches. I’ve a bone to pick with Matt here. I’m positive Matt did not stop and look
at the benches before he took Zach and Tori to see them. Otherwise, he would have
seen how horrible they are. And he calls it ‘strike three’, c’mon on, Matt. You are so
burdened. “How do you think I feel?” We don’t care, Matt. This is not about you.
The new floor is in. Tori is pleased. Then she mentions the kitchen cupboards
and other changes, Zach has already been to school for his selective hearing. He’s
Matt was so melodramatic about moving the church. If he would have lowered
the back of the church to the ground before pulling it off the skids, it would have
been much easier. No, must have drama. It’s good to see Camarino still running the
farm. Matt doesn’t. Amy whines that she isn’t not in on things that happen on the
farm. You never cared before. Boo hoo for you, Amy. No camera time for you. The
gazebo is moved, and they all lived happily ever after. Except Matt and Amy.