Here is another review submitted by Podge/Rodge Groupie of the Little People, Big World episode which aired on Tuesday July 28th, 2015 on TLC.
REVIEW OF IT’S NOT EASY LETTING GO
I’m going to break up the storyline, and follow each segment to its end.
We open with a discussion between Zach and Tori. OK, so they disagree about the
placement of the tent. Zach presents the unlevel ground idea. Tori disagrees. Zach
defaults to Matt, and Tori wonders why. Matt does come out and takes Zach aside,
and tell him, “Zach, there’s one rule in life. The woman is always right.” I laughed at
the irony. Yeah, Matt. Like every time Amy said “no”, you just turned around and did
whatever you wanted anyway. Period. Whether Amy was right or not.
Jeremy shows up at the farm. Let’s stop here. I can see Jeremy’s fan and
‘supporters’ being quite upset at how Jeremy is being portrayed on the how. It is not
good. After staying at home until he was 22, and waiting to have inculcated into his
mind Jesus’ plan for him, and graduate from Brooks Academy, he heads off on what
his supporters describe as a very successful photography business. All good so far.
However, Matt calls him up to the farm ‘right away!’ to…….build a gate? There’ a lot
wrong here. Matt obviously has zero respect for Jeremy’s success and still thinks of
him as his personal lackey. Remember, people Matt Roloff and Amy (for now) Roloff
are co-Executive Producers of the show. We’ve waxed eloquent in the past about the
bad writing, repetitive storylines etc etc. Jeremy doesn’t stand up to his dad and say,
“Look, dad, I’m in the middle of running a business and a website here. I can’t just
drop everything.” TLC takes the business view of thing, and wants Jeremy on the
show for ratings, regardless of his life in LA. Remember, this was taped a long time
before Jeremy and Audrey moved back to Oregon.
The other bit that’s wrong is the technical side of things. Matt put his hand on one of the two springs on the post, and there was a metal hinge post mounted above, My guess is there once was a spring-
loaded gate there in the past! Ecklind Gates make a fiberglas spring gate with soft rubber bumpers that spring open a you push through, the spring closes the gate again. Either direction. Job done. This is my reason for thinking this whole thing is staged. Pick a reason above. The wrong placement of the lag bolts was well timed, getting them back in ‘jut in the nick of time’, another feeble attempt at staged drama.
Ok, the divorce. With the individual haybaling and scene shots, I am getting
very tired of the constant wallowing in self-pity from both of them. Enough is
enough already! Please, just stop. Say, did anyone notice in one of the flashbacks,
when Matt asked Amy, “Why did you marry me in the first place?” Amy did not
answer the question. She answered that question with another question, “Why did
you marry me?” You don’t answer a question with another question. That’s in my
top three pet peeves, right put her with twisted telephone cords and cold toilet
seats. That was entrapment, a sucker punch to the back of the head. Matt played the game in the office though, getting Amy to say the D word first.
I didn’t see Pop and Hunny being really too surprised over the whole affair. As a aside, my thought for their absence from the show, regardless of the evidence in print and otherwise, was Pop was getting sick and tired of Sonny-boy’s micro managing everything. He said so
more than once on the how in the earlier seasons. Where is Pop during Pumpkin
season? The Old Western Town. How far is that from the Pavillion? A far as you can
get. This is for another item thread.
I wonder how Matt and Amy decided, off camera, who would tell whom about the final decision. Again, this separation has been going on for so long, I didn’t detect too much surprise among any of the children. Concerns maybe, but I would be speculating.
Amy and Lisa Dixon go for lunch. As Lisa has been divorced I can see her Christian ethics being brought into question. Was amazed me was, even after the divorce announcement, Amy all of a sudden decides to start re-decorating HER house. Hold it hold it hold it. Who says Amy is keeping HER house? Who says either party is going to buy the other out to keep the farm? We know for a fact that Amy’s
signature is on the mortgage for the 104 acres that was the neighbor’s farm. And it
might be on everything else. I’ve seen my friend’s go through a divorce when a
moratorium is declared on expenditures and stuff like this without the expressed
agreement of both parties. You just can’t do things like that.