The following review was written and submitted by Podge/Rodge Groupie:
Well, here we are. Another season of fun and frivolity. Let’s dive right in.
The outset being shot of the two separated parents was perhaps not the best way to open the new season. I’m guessing however, we will hear a lot more about this as the season unfolds. Here’s hoping it’s not the centerpiece of season 11. With the lack of any other substance besides the wedding, I am fearful for the coming weeks.
Zach and Tori finally have a ‘plan’. It was mentioned that they have been engaged for apporx. a year now, and after the dust settled from Jeremy and Audrey’s wedding, the focus can shift easily. Matt’s reticence to move the church again struck me as odd. Perhaps a bit of some of the ‘Anything for Jer, but not so much for Zach” syndrome might be lingering, it seems we will see the church being moved, or destroyed (another concern), in the following episodes.
An argument ensues over wine barrels filled with flowers. Both Amy and Matt have (they believe) valid points, but the idea of Amy making more decision on the farm crops up later, it gets a bit confusing to me.
Matt has many big and great plans for Zach and Tori’s wedding, but they want none of it. They are just not that kind of people I suppose. It seemed apparent that Matt’s insecurity has not waned an iota in the new season. He has a pathological need to always build it bigger, more extravagant, more extraordinary, and this was very evident in tonight’s episode. A big question to all this is why? Matt has never said why he acts like this. Which of course, leaves room for speculation from the viewers. I think it harks ‘way back to his childhood, when he feels he has to prove that he can be the best, build the biggest, so he can feel like a big person, not an LP. He has lectured on “living an extraordinary life” and this has been the topic of threads past.
The most accurate line of the episode, for me, was when Amy called Matt an “adult child” during their discussion/argument of the wedding plan set-up. I really don’t see any reconciliation here between these two.
Matt called Jeremy. Why? Perhaps Matt did not ‘get his way’ and was hoping Jeremy would convince Zach differently? Would Matt have overturned Zach and Tori by saying, “Jeremy wants ‘this and that’”. Why does Matt need or seek Jeremy’s approval? Same idea for the moving of the shed. A family decision as reached but Matt still wanted Jeremy’s input. Would it override the entire family? It appears to be the case.
The engagement party seemed to go well. Ease up on the butter in the cream cheese icing there Amster. I never bought her cook book. So who am I to judge? Lawn Darts is a very dangerous game, and has been off the market for many years.
The doghouse. I think it was very nice. And a heartfelt and good gesture. However, why all the secrecy and the sort of “They don’t like any of my plans. I’ll show them!!” attitude? Back to the adult child again? Does all the aplomb and grandeur really need to be there? He could have said nothing to the cameras, then called the people outside, and said, “Here is a gift for you. I made it for Mr. Sullivan” That would have been great, no question. I hope this isn’t another desperate attempt at ‘drama’.
Jacob gets his GED and moves out. Funny, Amy says, “Well now, I’m an empty nester FOR REAL” Excuse me, Amy. What about your complaining for the last three years about being an empty nester. Was that just a ‘pretend’ empty nester? I can’t remember, how old was Jeremy or Zach when they moved out?
We arrive at the confusing part of the episode. Matt is all for giving Amy more input and letting her in on more of the day-to-day operation of the farm. Got it. And Amy wanted to be in on more of the day-to-day operation of the farm. Got that too. So, why the argument/discussion? Matt says he needs/wants a new pressure washer (can’t remember which word he used) and Amy says, ‘And later, you want to buy ‘X’ right away, and then ‘X’ right away. No.” This struck me on two points. One, Amy is not well-versed in the operation of the farm, so truly doe not know the needs of a running business. Two. Why is she so concerned about the money right now? I mean sure, she always was concerned about where the next meal was coming from, but it seems as if she is looking ahead to the future somewhat, making sure that there is as much money in the bank as possible. Things that make you go “Hmmmmmmm….”
Zach and Tori reveal what they have planned so far as to their wedding. And it does not seem like a lot. Much to Matt and Amy’s surprise. Under normal circumstances, this could be cause for alarm, to be sure. However, this is LPBW. Is this REALLY the case? Or if this wishy-washy whatever attitude and lack of any firm decisions part of a storyline cheat sheet on someone’s desk? It is getting harder to believe anything on this show. Where else could we get so much free invented drama? My personal opinion based on what we have seen is; Zach and Tori would be happy to slap on the blue jeans, head on down to the Justice Of The Peace, take two witnesses, and Bingo! Done. But let’s think about this a moment. That would make Season 11 scraping for any kind of material. My point to all this writing is, I just don’t know what to make of it. Both sides are equally possible to me. A quick trip to the JOP would be a material and ratings disaster. It’s too convenient to have the rushing and pushing and making Zach look like a slug who can’t plan a two person race to a one seat outhouse, and have everything work out in the end, no outhouse pun intended.