Thursday, January 18, 2018

'Bobby's Happy Camper' Recap

Bringing Up Bates "Bobby's Happy Camper"

  • “I’m extremely excited that Bobby is finally moving here,” says Tori. “Life is just going to be grand. Everything is going to be easy. Well, not really, but I like to think so.”
  • Here's Judson's take on the situation: “Bobby’s moving up to Tennessee so he can marry [Tori] and so he can engage her and so he can (makes kissing motions with his hands).”
  • Zach and Whitney meet Tori at the camper, owned by a friend, that Bobby will be staying in before the wedding. 
  • Later, Erin and Chad stop by to help Tori make welcome signs. One says, “Welcome to Tennessee, God’s Country,” and the other says, Bobby, this is my commitment to you: I will pamper you in your camper. Both have colorful doodles on them. 
  • Josie and Jackson bring Kelton over so he can take a look at the leak under the kitchen sink. Kelton ends up having to fully replace the faucet. 
  • Raising girls is a bad deal, says Gil, who likely has three weddings (Tori, Carlin, and Josie) coming up in the near future. 
  • Down in Pensacola, Bobby picks up the custom ring from Jewelers Trade Shop, the store where his dad purchased his moms engagement ring. Bobby is blown away when he sees the finished product. 
  • When Bobby and his parents, Robert and Sheri Smith, finally arrive in Tennessee, Tori is on cloud nine. Theyve had to be apart for so long, says Sheri. So for him to be able to get up here and get to know the family betterits the best thing right now. 
  • As Tori helps Bobby unpack, she asks him where the ring is. I dont know what youre talking about, responds Bobby, chuckling. Whats a ring? I dont even know why wed be talking about a ring. 
  • Bobby brings his parents over to the big house and gives them a tour before they have to leave. “I don’t think I was quite prepared for the tour, and I don’t know if they were either,” says Gil, laughing. “They might be glad Bobby’s in a camper.”
  • “Whenever company is coming to the house, it’s a super big deal to my mom that the house is clean and…perfect,” says Tori.
  • The Bates are thrilled that Bobby has decided to move to Tennessee ahead of the engagement and wedding. Tori and Bobby are starting to make plans for the future, and there's always a chance that their ministry will lead them out of Knoxville after Tori graduates in May 2018.
  • “I’m really glad Bobby’s willing to make a sacrifice to really invest in us getting to know him better and him getting to know the kids better, and he really acts like he’s happy about it,” says Gil. “I’m really grateful.”

Bobby Arrives in TN

new episode of Bringing Up Bates

It's Thursday, and we all know what that means....

A brand new episode of Bringing Up Bates airs tonight at 9ET/8CT on UP. Will you be watching? Check out the promo video below.


Photo/video courtesy of UP

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Kelton's Got Skill


"It's great to have a boyfriend that is good at everything, like Kelton is, because he's like another Chad."
-Josie Bates

Between Tori Bates' wedding and Carlin Bates' courtship, we haven't heard much from Josie Bates and her boyfriend, Kelton Balka. In the video below, Kelton, a certified plumber, puts his skills to the test by attempting to fix the kitchen sink in Bobby's RV. Will Kelton be the new Chad Paine?


Photo/video courtesy of UP

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Benevolent Bates

Bringing Up Bates

Which member of the Bates family is the most generous? The more accurate question is, are there any Bates who aren't generous? Everyone polled in the video below has a different answer, and they are all eager to shower praise along with their responses.


Photo/video courtesy of UP

Monday, January 15, 2018

Tori's Engagement Ring

 Bobby Smith

Before leaving Pensacola to move up to Tennessee, Bobby Smith stops at Jewelers Trade Shop, the store where his dad purchased his mom's ring years ago (video and photo below).

He hasn't quite nailed down all the details of the proposal, but after he sees the finished product, he is even more eager to get down on one knee and unveil it to Tori, who knows an engagement is coming but doesn't know when. When Bobby arrives in Tennessee, Tori asks where the ring is hidden, but Bobby tries to play it cool.

Watch more of this Bringing Up Bates story line this Thursday at 9pm ET/8pm CT, on UP.


Tori Bates engagement ring
Tori Bates' engagement ring

Video/first photo courtesy of UP; second photo courtesy of Shannon Benfield/UP