OK, things have been a bit crazy here. Kiddo running temps in the 103* range and frankly I wasn’t thrilled when I saw the previews for episode 4. I’ll do the recap on both episodes and list them as individual posts. Maybe it’s just because I’m tired but I’m getting to the point of wanting to ask some members of the King family what the bloody hell their problem is. I digress.
This episode started with the younger boys having some major cabin fever and acting out because of it. They do not like being cooped up inside. Lisa calls Joe and tells him he has to do something about it. Huh???? Why is she relying on her oldest son to take care of the issue for her? I get that this is a close knit family but why is she placing this on Joe to take care of? That said Joe comes through and sets up a ski trip vacation for the family. A great way for everyone to burn off some energy. Tim decides that he isn’t going since someone has to stay and take care of everything. Joe asks Tim to take over the donut delivery run for him and Pete asks him to take care of the chickens for him. I think Tim was looking forward to having some time alone to just be.
A slight side note. When the heck did they get goats? Too dang cute! Are they raising the goats for milk or meat? Freedom Farm spa products anyone? Goat milk soap rocks!
So the family packs up and hits the road to go on their skiing vacation. Luke was supposed to meet them at the final destination but his car broke down. They stopped to pick him up on the way. Joe tried to fix the car and that was a no go. Watching the actual road trip was hilarious. Lisa has to take very frequent pit stops. I liked it when Joe just pulled over and she went in trees. I’m thinking that someone might want to take away her fluids on trips. Just an idea of course. Oh I forgot the beginning of the trip and the intro with who was going. Bitty’s boyfriend Cam was going. Pete brought his girlfriend Jessie and their daughter Jilly. I guess that answers the question of who is Jilly. If Pete is 24/25 and they’ve been together since high school it looks like this child is his. There’s also the fact that she calls him Dad. Joe joined for the trip although he’s always very busy. Then again he probably needed the break more than anyone. What I wondered about was his family. Where were his girlfriend and kids? More things that make you go “hmmmm”.
The family arrives at the rental home and it is gorgeous. It looked absolutely huge. It showed the boys going snowboarding. It was Dan’s first time to try snowboarding. He didn’t score 10’s but he had an ok first run. Pete seems to be the family snowboarding pro.
Joe true to form was attached to his computer and cell phone constantly working. At one point Lisa hid his laptop. It was too funny. Joe comes back and everyone plays dumb about the laptops whereabouts until he offers Ben $5 for info. Ben decides money is worth mom’s wrath. It is scenes like this that make the show worth it. The family dynamics are great. Another side note since it was around the table. Sam was wearing glasses one morning and looked completely handsome as all get out.
Pete discussed how much he likes winter so he can enjoy more time with Jessie and Jilly. He doesn’t come out and say that Jilly is his but the timeline looks like she is. He is very cute when he’s talking about how she is cute and makes him smile. He discusses his relationship with Jessie and how he is committed to her. He also discusses marriage a bit. He says that he’s married to the farm for the time being. He also talks about his parents’ marriage and watching it ravel and unravel. He doesn’t swear off marriage but doesn’t seem like it’s happening anytime too soon. He discusses the fact that he and Jessie are committed to each other. Again it really does make you wonder what the heck really happened with Lisa and her ex husband. Whatever it is had to be pretty damn big since it has turned some of the kids off to marriage and there is no apparent relationship with the father.
There was a great segment about Ben skiing for the first time. Lisa expresses her wish for Ben to do the same things that his siblings do. The ski resort they are at has a program for special needs kids. How freaking cool is that??!!!?? Ben was pretty resistant to skiing at first. Not only is it something new which is always tough but there is a degree of fear. Lisa and Luke try telling Ben that he just has to try it and that it’s easy. Dan sees what is going on and comes over to assist. The Jessie and Jilly come down the hill and try to help. Lisa explains that Jessie has always had a close connection to Ben. She did a great job getting down on his level and talking with him trying to address his fears. Lisa talks about how much of Ben’s life has been about hurdles and crossing them. She discusses how hard it is when he is scared and does the “No mom” routine. Hats off to her for sticking to her guns and getting Ben on skies. In the end he decides that in fact he does like skiing.
Just a note about something from the beginning of the episode before departing for the trip. It shows Dan working at the bakery again. Something that we know he detests. I thought Dan stopped working construction because Bitty needed help at the Café location. It wasn’t an easy decision for him but he did it because he felt the need to help family. It was sad because he was really enjoying doing the construction work. So how is it that he went from helping at the Café to working the night shift at the bakery that he hates? It just feels like Dan gets whatever s&*t jobs they want to lay on him and then he gets ragged on for not staying with something or being irresponsible. Um, did he not quit something that he really enjoyed to help the family? Why do they keep on giving him the short straw and expect him to smile, grab his ankles and sing along? I just don’t get it.