Here is a discussion and review of the New Episode of Little People, Big World which aired Tuesday December 27, 2016 on TLC.
Review by Rap541
A bit sad about Carrie Fisher here. I was starting to worry when the family got so quiet and noncommittal. Sorta adore how she told us previously that no matter how she really died she wanted it known that she wanted her obituary to read “Drowned in moonlight, strangled by her own bra”. I’ll miss her, and I am not even a big Star Wars fan. On, and a really *interesting* good show on? Is Leah Remini – Scientology and the Aftermath! Highly recommend.
On a rewatch, I love how Jeremy keeps insisting he “buried” the storage container and yet it’s still completely visible and above ground. In bonus scenes… Jeremy tells Zach how completely invisible the totally visible box is. The twins throw netting on it haphazardly and Matt screeches at them and haybales how stupid the twins are and how they aren’t taking it seriously. I continue to note how the windmill is stupid, and my prepper side notes that there’s nowhere near enough water storage in the bunker. It’s also revealed that the bunkbeds were made by farm staff so basically the twins are just goofing around playing fort. Oh hey, Audrey needs a book, handwarmers and *condoms*! Who in Christian families explained to their children what condoms were for? Next bonus scene – Matt plays with the porta potty while Amy points out that no one said they had to bring their own bedding. In other words, no one, namely Matt, has really explained the concept of pre-positioning gear. From a prep standpoint… um… the box isn’t camouflaged at all; the blue color and shape stands out. During the test, they leave the doors to the box open with the lights on so anyone foraging can see it. They park the atvs in front of the box with NO camouflage. Oh more bonus scenes – there’s a dinner situation. Amy heats an MRE. Amy, it’s really not that hard. If illiterate 18-year-old soldiers can heat up an MRE… this is just sad.
Now they’re installing a throne chair into the castle… again. It’s a nice chair. I question the wisdom of putting it in the castle, because it seems pretty nice and the castle is essentially outdoors. Matt notes how he needs to hide the purchase from Amy because it was a business purchase he didn’t consult her on. Amy completely spots them and she agrees with me that the castle already had a throne and she also notes that no one goes in the castle. Amy is also irritated by Matt and Jeremy’s jewels talk. Amy makes some good points about the spending on toys and how Matt indulges himself. Then Matt reveals that it’s a business purchase. Oh, and yes, there was already a throne.
Zach and Tory like their home. But there’s a hole in the deck and it looks rickety. Actually, it looks pretty bad. Zach decides to call a contractor to fix it. They discuss the new deck and what that would cost.
Matt is at the local auction. Matt notes how Amy is against the auction. Matt proceeds to buy a lot of wooden furniture. Matt again notes how Amy is a pain about money and how he’s spending farm business money on the auctions and Amy can look at the books if she wishes.
Amy and Audrey chat about fitness. Auj is in French braids, channeling Pippi Longstocking, and they do stretchy ballet yoga. Amy tells Auj about her upcoming motorcycle date with Chris. Amy is totally excited and Auj is like “IS THIS A DATE?” and Amy notes that it’s a bit awkward. Auj is clearly miffed with the dating.
So, Matt’s bought more stuff and is again openly noting on camera how he’s going to hide it all and lie to her and how damn awesome it is to hide how he spends money from Amy. There’s antiqueish items unloaded.
Amy nervously answers a phone call from her new man Chris. He wants to go riding with Amy! He’s worried about safety and foot placement. Amy is struck by how nice it is to have a man give a shit about her personal safety and opinions.
Meanwhile at Zach and Tory’s – they’re deck building! Zach notes it’s expensive but a nice improvement. Zach likes watching others build stuff.
Amy does yoga stretching and then notes that Matt is auditioning for Hoarders out in one of the barns. There’s some nice stuff but a lot of metal chairs and junky looking stuff as well. Amy hales Matt down and is all “WTF?”
Matt is all “That’s my stuff!” – there’s an argument about stuff and Matt notes in the haybale how Amy is stupid and has no idea how awesome the stuff is and how important his hoard is. He wants to be compensated for his auction time. She’s annoyed he is not watching his spending. Truthfully, a lot of this seems staged but I would direct Jeremy to watch his father note publicly on camera how he hides his spending from Amy and lies to her and maybe comment on how he feels about his father’s actions. I mean, it’s funny how Jeremy doesn’t chide his dad for not sharing the finances and not sitting down once a week, come hell or high water and have himself a navigator’s council with Amy to make sure things are on track. Funny that, that Jeremy won’t insist on his father having honesty in the finances.
Old West town looks like crap. Amy expresses concern that Matt is diddling around fixing things so soon after his surgery. Amy is looking for her atv helmet and Matt is all “Is this a motorcycle date?” Amy notes how this is terribly awkward.
Now Matt is taking a family on a tour – one of the kids is blind and it’s a sweet moment.
Matt is in the double wide and Jer and Zach get together. They have pizza and discuss Amy’s dating. Jeremy is horrified of the motorcycle date – I respectfully point out that I suspect Jeremy’s motorcycle riding might also upset his mom, particularly since he’s had accidents with his wife with it – and yet I suspect Jeremy wouldn’t agree to not do the motorcycle riding he does if his mom asked. Because he’s an adult and can make his own choices… and Jer? Your mom is an adult as well, and doesn’t need your permission to do anything.
There’s a LOT of commercials in this.
So, Amy is nervously waiting for her fella. It’s some sort of biggish cycle – I know nothing about bikes – and Chris has nicely set the bike up for Amy to be comfortable. Jer and Auj wander in. Auj’s shorts are almost just panties, they’re so short and tight. Jeremy is clearly so pissed in the haybale and in the scene as he pretty openly scowls at Chris. In the car on their way off the property both Jer and Auj look pissed.
Yup, in the car Jer and Auj discuss how pissed they are. They’re all so concerned about how riding a bike is physical touching and now we know why they like *Jeremy’s* motorcycle, heh heh heh.
Amy and Chris do a little tame ride, I mean this is hardly a Hells Angels thing. Oh they go to a restaurant and talk and while I do think this is staged, Chris seems like a nice enough guy. He’s never married. She’s having a beer while he seems to be doing lemonade. Good choice for on camera moments. Amy is all “I’m open to average height guys”. Amy is all “we had a real conversation!” Sometimes it’s a little sad how easy it is to please Amy. It says a great deal about her marriage.
At Zach and Tory’s house, there’s a new deck. Zach is all “I might not be Jer or Dad but look, an actual completed project. Hiring a contractor works!” Tory is all “it’s not falling apart!”. It’s a nice deck and I am curious if they will use the underside as well.
Meanwhile, out riding the hog… Amy is returned home without being sold to white slavers or being forced to whore herself for meth. That seems to be some peoples understand of biker culture. Amy invites Chris in for a drink. Not sure I think the *entire* thing is staged – I think Amy could shit care less how Matt spends his own money, and as much as I think Matt enjoys snotting to the camera how he lies to his ex about money, it felt like a put on. I *hope* the Chris thing isn’t a put on for the cameras, because Amy frankly isn’t a good enough actress to make me think it’s all a put on… And Jer and Auj *really* aren’t good at faking it which means they were genuinely pissed.
Well, maybe they pulled over and fucked for Jesus on the way home - I kind of adore how Auj and Jer are all “OMG they might touch!” and yet advise people on their website to sex it up as often as they can, even if it means pulling over on the road for a quickie.