Here is a recap of the episode of Little People, Big World which aired on TLC April 16th, 2018.
Recap written by Rap541
And we’re here for another episode. I didn’t notice previously but the music has changed a bit. We start at Auj and Jer’s house, aka “The Money Pit”. It’s two weeks until Audrey gives birth so we’re skipping over the summer. The house they bought in mid May appears to be completely torn up still in mid August. The sink is working. Jeremy voices over how he’s doing it himself. Auj lets us know how she’s pregnant and now there’s constant misery and this isn’t going to be finished in time for “Baby”. Honestly, I dislike this conceit on a show I like (Call the Midwife if anyone cares) where instead of referring to the baby by name, they call it “Baby” as the name. Even I, a monster who dislikes babies, call the baby in Auj’s belly by a name – “Peculiar Dynamic”. Any way Jer asks Auj what she *needs* to have completed in the house. She wants the stove working and yeah… I think we all know that didn’t happen for hmmm four months. She’d like electricity in the kitchen, boxes unpacked, a liveable house basically. As they discuss it, we see that the house really is totally torn apart. Jeremy notes it will take a week. Auj openly doubts his timeline, as do I. (and spoiler, even with Auj two weeks late, no, this house wasn’t done).
Now we are with Amy and her crowd of female buddies at the big house. They discuss how she’s dating Chris still. Amy rehashes how Chris went to Father’s Day with Zach. While I appreciate Amy taking pains, she’s babying the family along on this. Amy also went to Michigan to see her folks and took Chris but missed Auj’s baby shower that Auj’s sister threw. I assume this was different than the shower Auj’s religious friends threw in Bend and now Amy is planning shower number three for Auj because she feels guilty and likely because the show needs a storyline. Still, multiple showers is very tacky. Amy notes how she is trying to balance things. The ladies hang out in the pool and discuss Amy’s plans for Chris’s birthday. One of the ladies asks about Caryn and the music takes on a serious tone! Amy thinks its different for Chris in that Chris is brand new while Caryn was Matt’s employee and sidepiece during their marriage so Amy is uncomfortable with Caryn turning up at family events. This is reasonable and explains why she also isn’t inviting Chris to a lot of events.
Now Zach is going on about his first trip away from his new family because everything is an event to these people. Zach is playing soccer in the World Dwarf Games and can’t wait to take Jack since playing soccer is so very important. Jackson seems like a nice baby. Tory plans on making Jackson isn’t dressed like a rag bag like Zach was as a child. It’s all so sweet and saccharine. I catch diabetes.
Now Matt at the pirate ship. He goes on again about the old pirate ship and the new pirate ship and the ship still isn’t done and he’s got a month and a half to work on it. Amy wanders in to check on the progress. Amy muses on how awkward it is in a voice over. She then mentions the baby shower for Auj even though the baby is coming and worries Auj might not be cool with it. Amy pointedly offers to allow Caryn to attend to Matt. She mentions it hurts but she is being an adult.
Back to the money pit! Auj whines that the nursery isn’t perfectly set up yet. Amy shows up to talk about the shower and I notice that the kitchen stove is charmingly decorating the front yard. I bet the neighbors love that! Jeremy ordered the wrong oven for the kitchen and cheerfully notes he has NO IDEA how that happened. Auj seems less than enthused about the shower. Amy notes how small it is. Auj is all “you and Matt can invite your lovers” while Jeremy intones how not cool they really are over it. Auj also humorously notes that she could have the baby that very day! This is hilarious when you know she is theoretically 38 weeks here and had the baby at week 41 and a half.
Tori bonds with Jackson. Zach calls from the games in Canada and voices over how he misses the family and feels like dirt for not being with the family. Tori then does baby stuff and expresses her worry that she’s not safe without Zach.
Back on the farm, Matt is on his mechanical penis. Matt haybales how Jer and Zach haven’t been working on the farm and dumping it all on him. Caryn drives in and they chat. We get a little montage of Caryn in years past. Matt tells her about the shower with Auj. Caryn has plans with her daughter so problem mostly solved but she does seem pleased that Amy invited her.
Back at Tory’s, Auj has come to visit lonely Tory. Auj is in her teeny tiny shorts that appear to be underpants. There’s a stroller ride and then there’s poo jokes and diapers and honestly, I start to fantasize about Dan Steven’s firm buttocks on Legion. I come out of my fantasy to hear the two continue to prattle on about labor and delivery.
Back to the farm! Tory brings the baby over to Matt to watch the soccer match on livestreaming. Apparently, there was a party that Jer and Auj and Amy and Caryn were all invited to at Matt’s and they all bailed. So Tory and various people with dwarf kids show up at Matt’s.
Amy does a lengthy voiceover on how awkward it is to show up at Matt’s place. It reminds her of the dark times of the divorce. She does show though. Matt notes he doesn’t have any problem, it’s all on Amy. By the way, the double wide is certainly big enough for a bunch of people to have a party. Amy heads back to the big house to have a party for Chris with Chris’s friends and a few of hers. I think she’s trying too hard but that’s me. There’s a lengthy and dull “the party is fun and we’re happy”. Amy does note that her friends were never Matt’s friends and Matt’s friends were never hers and this is different but still. I genuinely don’t care that much about Chris and Amy’s relationship.
Matt is at his computer in the work barn and Caryn wanders in. Caryn isn’t doing the shower apparently. Matt and Caryn sorta haybale together how Caryn wants this to be natural etc. Matt wisely notes how blending families can be tricky. Funny how we get no plots revolving around Matt meeting Caryn’s family or joining family events with Caryn…
Back at Zach and Tory’s, Zach loves being a dad and being home.
At Jer and Auj’s house, the backyard looks like a junk yard and Jer is building stuff. By building stuff, I mean different scenes with different products in a state of half finish. Hilariously Jer goes over a list of things he’s “finished” while Auj notes on every completed task that he’s left x, y and Z undone. Jeremy responds with “acknowledge that a lot has been done”. Auj notes that the dishwasher still needs to be fixed which spoiler – it never gets fixed resulting in ALL of the remodeling needing to be torn out months later because the leakage led to a mold issue. Way to accomplish things Jeremy! You are just a SHINING CONTRACTER and everyone needs to acknowledge the lovely yet completely crappy and incompetent work you did! Meanwhile in the haybale, Auj just keeps harping on how Jeremy’s completely unfinished as Jeremy brags how done he is. He’s actually a bit pissy with her. Interesting.
They then have a lengthy discussion of blow out diapers and I begin to fantasize about Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley in his morning coat…. I come back to the kiddies still babbling about the baby. Did Zach and Tory do this much handwringing over how they felt about their lives being disrupted by the baby?
It’s the shower day. Apparently, no one at Chez Matt Roloff bothered to rsvp for Caryn. Chris apparently was like “No, I don’t like baby showers, I’m a man”. Everyone piles in. This doesn’t appear to be just ten people. Amy has no idea why Caryn didn’t show. They continue to talk about the baby and Auj keeps mentioning how the baby is dropping and how she feels the baby is dropping and the baby is dropping. There’s presents, including a jogging stroller. It all so treacly sweet, I start having to choose between Dan Stevens as David Haller and Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley to not vomit.
Next week, Auj is still pregnant and Jeremy is still constantly frowning! Also, Caryn starts demanding Matt’s attention while Amy continues living life.