Friday, July 29, 2016

Recap: 'Birthdays and Boyfriends'

Bringing Up Bates "Birthdays and Boyfriends"...
  • The Bates family drives down to Florida for Allie Jane Webster’s first birthday party.
    • Kelly: “Birthdays are special. They only come once a year.”
    • Gil: “I know they only come once a year, but they’re coming like 25 times. That’s more than once every other week, there’s a big party.”
    • Kelly: “Hey, we’re a partying family.”
  • “The thing about Alyssa’s house is it’s very clean,” says Lawson. “And when you bring us in, it’s hard to keep it that way.”
  • The older Bates siblings help Alyssa prepare desserts, but they end up eating more than Alyssa would like.
  • When Alyssa becomes overwhelmed, the family heads to the park to give her a break. Gil and the boys enjoy doing tricks on the swings. “Do y’all have to do something dangerous everywhere we go?” questions Kelly. Gil and the guys enjoy making Mom scream.
  • While Alyssa finishes setting up for the party, the Bates meet Tori’s boyfriend’s family at a BBQ restaurant. Bobby only has two younger sisters, so Tori is hoping the encounter won’t be too overwhelming.
  • Tori used to chaperone Alyssa and John's dates during their courtship, until Alyssa requested a different chaperone. According to Alyssa, Tori was very strict about them getting too close to each other. But now that Tori is in a relationship (not an official courtship yet), she and Bobby love to link arms and get way closer than she would have allowed as a chaperone. 
  • Tori says she is thrilled to see that Bobby is good with kids. “You’ve gotta be careful,” warns Zach. “If you marry a guy that’s really good with little kids, it normally means one thing: the guy is still a kid.” Whitney agrees.
  • Kelly says that the only thing keeping Tori and Bobby from getting married immediately is that they still haven’t finished college. Tori has two years left, and Bobby has one, and they are both determined to complete their education.
  • Alyssa goes all out for her daughter’s first birthday party. The snacks and decorations are beautiful, but she isn’t quite sure that her family appreciates the elegance of it.
  • Everyone enjoys catching up with the extended Webster family. As they have been doing since Allie was a few months old, Alyssa’s siblings ask her if she’s pregnant yet. The mom of one promises that she isn’t. She and John would like to have six children. “Maybe eight,” says Alyssa. “That would be fine. I like six. Nineteen, that is not for me.” 
Addee, Ellie, Judson, and Callie Bates Discuss the Episode

Video courtesy of UP

15 comments:

  1. Why do they hardly ever show michaella and brandon???

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    1. I think they still live in Chicago. Brandon is going to school.

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    2. Maybe they prefer not to have a film crew follow them around! Sheesh!

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  2. "If you marry a guy that’s really good with little kids, it normally means one thing: the guy is still a kid.”
    ^ I have no admit, this makes no sense to me. I know PLENTY of men who are great with kids and are mature. And I know plenty of immature men who hate kids. So... I beg to differ. Normally I agree with the Bates, but not this time.

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  3. First, I think Alyssa was absolutely stunning in the dress she wore for the party. Wish I knew the label and where it was from. It certainly doesn't look like any thrift shop purchase. Actually, I hope she occasionally gets out of thrift shopping.

    Second, I wish they wouldn't badger her about getting pregnant. She's clearly stated they plan to have other children so they should give her whatever time she wants in between before getting pregnant. It is only between her and John.

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    1. Agreed! It is really no ones business except Alyssa and John, and as my very conservative mother would say it is very rude to ask!

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    2. I'm always amazed at the strangers who ask them on social media of they're pregnant! I'm not very conservative but we never ask even family members or close friends if they're pregnant so it's mind boggling people feel comfortable to ask strangers.

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    3. Pretty sure the dress is from Calvin Klein, saw it in Macy's just the other day!

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  4. Alyssa created a beautiful party for Allie! So pretty!

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  5. Because the Bates live in Tennessee and Michaella and Brandon live in Chicago.

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  6. Can you imagine your kid sister refereeing on your date? Bizarre.

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    1. Don't get me wrong, I like this family....a lot. However, having a chaperon seems to infer that there is no trust. Sort of like tying a dog to the porch rail and then bragging how good he is for not running away. These young adults have been taught good values. I'd like to see some trust for them to follow those values.

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    2. Absolutely!

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  7. Are Tori and Bobby still getting to know each other or are they courting?

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  8. Where did Tori and Carlin get those awesome bright monogrammed baseball tees that they wore during the interview portion??

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