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Review Written by Rap 541
Oh god, a two hour twin retrospective. I missed the first five minutes because Swamp People ran long. I came in right when Zach was getting his license. Oh look, another lengthy clip show of old footage. Does this and the two hour wedding snooze count in the “ten new episodes”? Because I am sure this isn’t new footage except for the boys and their wives on the couch.
Now we have Molly sitting between Amy and Matt and we’re on soccer. It’s junior year and there’s kids passed out on the floor. Amy was disappointed in their choices. They seem hung over. We watch the team crap out because the team is hung over. Jeremy calls it a lack of focus but his and Zach’s bleary eyes betray the truth. Zach natters on about soccer, and now Amy is all “this sucks”.
Oh look, the redemption arc that tries to suggest the Faith Bible team didn’t kinda suck. Honestly I am not recapping a blow by blow of the soccer games. It’s not the US Woman’s Team beating Japan.
New footage of Amy, Molly, Matt. Amy hay bales how awesome soccer was for the boys.
We’re twenty minutes in and there’s been under two minutes of new footage.
Now new footage we have the twins going on about their twinness. Honestly, the years really haven’t been kind to Jer. The hairband look is odd.
We get a recap of the extravagant 18th birthday. Where they go glider flying. Jeremy of the past merrily lauds himself for being adventurous. I actually don’t remember Zach being featured in the original episode as actually going in the glider, but I could be wrong. Now there’s homoerotic spanking in the boy’s bedroom. Then there’s the no girls pool party and we get a standard montage of the twins. Ah, Jeremy’s so thrilled about getting a Costco card! That’s what turning eighteen all is about.
Now to the present. Zach and Jeremy go on about the farm and are well, as articulate as they were in years past. Which is not very articulate, please see the Costco card musing.
Current time – sure enough both twins note how they peaked in high school.
Classic moment of the twins at eighteen needing to be hauled out of bed for their SATs. Amy calls them pathetic and basically whines how unmotivated they are. So they both sucked at it. And now we’re up to the winter formal. It’s Molly’s first formal, and Zach has a date. I’m also reminded how these people spend money. Molly gets in her praise of Zach and how he treats her well… Man, back in the day, people used to say Molly was of the devil for not also praising Jeremy for what Zach did. More prom stuff.
New footage – Zach actually has a nice haircut for a change. He fondly reminisces.
New footage – Amy thinks her kids are awesome.
Back to the past. Its school time and everyone is in hell. Jeremy rats out Zach for not doing his work. I am still astounded that a five paragraph essay was a senior assignment. Amy harasses Zach about his grades. Now Amy is trotting her boys to University of Portland. We get a rehash of the twins sucking in school.
New footage – Molly loved growing up on the farm.
Lots of commercials….
New footage – Amy still thinks her kids are awesome. Matt has hardly spoken. Also Zach has done most of the talking in the new footage.
Back to the past and the twins endless inabilities. Ah yes, Jeremy and Zach not bringing id to register for community college. They need help filling out their applications. Jeremy again notes how he’s there because he was lazy and Zach says he might not graduate. Amy heads off to harass the school. Essentially the school passed Zach out of there.
Now we’re graduating the twins. Heh they cut the bit where Matt shows up late.
New footage – The twins pretty much say exactly the same things they just said in past scenes.
Leah Remini is going to speak on the Church of Scientology. I hope they don’t kill her.
New footage – Jeremy and Zach muse on being too dumb to figure out addresses.
Old footage – we’re off to Europe. The twins wander about Edinborough lost. Then they hit the bar for beer. We’re over an hour in and there’s been like zip for new footage. Now we’re with Kenny the tour guide they just ahem casually met. Kenny was totally into getting the boys into skirts without underpants. Jeremy notes how he will slip his boxers off for Kenny.
Next up, England and then Amsterdam, and Germany. I actually recapped this previously so…
New footage – Tory really liked the autobahn footage.
New footage – Zach and Tory met at the pumpkin patch.
Old footage – ugh the flirting episode. The class seemed a bit pointless but I am outgoing so… The debacle of flirting in the supermarket is shown. Between old and new footage, Tory has gotten prettier. Again, I recapped this episode so we’re not going there.
New footage – Zach loves Tory.
Commercials for Jazz.
New footage – Jeremy hated moving away from home.
Old footage – Mueller, and the twins are apartment hunting and shocked! SHOCKED to discover that apartments cost money. Basically they’re shocked life costs money. I love their awesome choice to simply not move out. Now we’re on the endless photography dance with Jeremy and how he’s going to be a photographer and not a reality whore. Oh look deep thoughts by the fire over… moving a bed.
New footage – The twins note that they’re mama boys and Amy favors them as her little princes.
Commercials for LPBW – Matt and Amy plan to come together for Zach and Tpry’s wedding.
New footage – Now Jeremy and Audrey met on a blind date? I though they met when she was wearing a bikini?
Old footage – Costa Rica. Huh. I don’t remember anyone having fun in the Costa Rica trip. I do note Audrey was in a revealing bikini…. Now we’re up to Matt and the boys fishing… and now we’re having the twins skype how Jer plans to ask her to marry him. Good lord, didn’t we just have a two hour special on the miracle of Jer and Auj?
New footage – Molly is often mistaken for Tory.
Now we’re back to Tory and Zach chitchatting by the fire pit. We rehash the whole proposal. Yeah this has had about five minutes of new footage, all in couch haybales. I’m somewhat intrigued that in that five minutes, Matt hardly spoke at all.
I’m still curious if these episodes count in the ten episode season.
This was deadly dull.
So let me clarify. As I sit here, missing a cool ep of Real Housewives of NYC, I’d like to respectfully point out that I don’t get a paycheck. It doesn’t bother me as I like to write, but since certain whiners won’t post their opinions unless they are paid…. It needs to be said I don’t get paid. Because you know, Christians per their religion, don’t stand up for their opinions unless they are paid.
The credits are totally different. Amy is all “we’re totally separated”. Basically Matt is happy to dump Amy, Amy is a lil more reticent but also happy. Yay divorce, Zach and Tory start planning their wedding on the farm and they have demands. Matt is horrified that even tho he moved the church for Jeremy, it is a weird issue to move things for Zach. Zach wants the gazebo moved for the wedding. Matt notes as people have ideas that he is the specialist. He tells Amy to get out of his way. Matt walks off in a snit.
In the house, after the awkwardness, Amy assures Tory that weddings don’t have to be so insane. Matt runs in to show the plans as he has something big to show them. Matt wants a giant arbor, Zach hates it. Tori wants a small personal wedding but doesn’t want to piss off Matt. Amy notes that the wedding doesn’t have to be a weird extraganza. Matt wants a huge bachelor party. Matt chides the wedding couple for not wanting to do what Matt wants. Amy says pretty much this and Matt walks off in a snit.
Zach knows his dad means well but basically hates what Matt wants. Zach and Tori head off with their dog. Both tory and Zach want something simple.
Matt is telling Amy about planting pumpkins. He thinks she has no idea how to run the farm. He need a pressure washer and they have a fight over it.. Matt notes she’s a whiny bitch who knows nothing and sobs in his hands and notes how he doesn’t “feel the love”. Amy notes how she “has to be the parent”. This is fairly valid for these two.
Matt notes that even though Zach clearly wants a small party but Matt wants a big part so Zach can go screw. Jeremy actually warns Matt to not have the big party he wants. Matt blows farts thru his lips like a child and notes how he will make a big surprise regardless. With the blow torch.
Zach and Tory go mini golfing. There’s a sweet montage of Tory and Zach in love. I’m bored to be honest, but I have no romantic bones in my body.
Back to the house. Jacob wanders in and Amy notes how he’s never around. He notes he got his ged. Amy tries to make that sound cool. Jacob notes how now he can move out. To be honest, she really doesn’t seem to care. If Jeremy tried to pull this, she probably would have bothered more than well… this.
I kind of love the desperate “follow LPBW on social media” commericials.
Amy is floored by Jake saying he wants to move out and be a douchebag, because she apparently has no no concept of how calling herself an empty nester since Jake was twelve might be an issue.
She goes to see Matt who is of course per the script, having fond reminencses of Jeremy playng apple war. She tells Matt that Jake is moving out and Matt is all “ well sure he’s eighteen, wanna ride back to the house?”
Now we skip to the engagement party and Amy’s failures in baking. Molly shows up “unexpectedly”. Molly seems pretty done with the drama.. Matt wanders in as Amy fails at baking. Matt notes how cool it would be if Amy blew up. Then the newlyweds Jer and Auj show up. Jeremy’s girly headband is fun.
Matt notes how everyone crushed his spirit over the projects. Jeremy helps him with the special project. Meanwhile Amy makes a crappy cake. Oh jeez a trebuchet shot. Tory notes she and Zach didn’t want a party because it’s a bother. Matt notes that he went big and has an engagement gift. Matt notes how people always roll their eyes…
It’s a doghouse for the dog Sully. Its cute. I sense Matt was strongly coached. Also does the production seem more video? Matt then challenges everyone to lawn darts, or “jarts”. I assume they have had that game for years considering all the law suits (Jarts kill…. I’m not judging because my family still owns Jarts but there’s a reason you can’t buy these.
Apprently the wedding will be simple. As usual, the same similar answers that Auj and Jer gave on how there would be no theme, and no colors, are somehow a disaster when the loser kids do the same thing.
Hmmm Jake is moving out with almost no commentary or reaction. Matt celebrates Jake leaving by giving him meat. There’s like no commentary and no actual haybale but a lil bit of Jake over talking the scene.
Amy notes how he’s moving in with “some friends” and Amy notes how he basically left boom boom boom. Heh the house has an actual bed and breakfast sign on it now.