Thursday, January 5, 2017

Season 5 Premiere Recap

Bringing Up Bates "Summer Lovin', Guitar Strummin and a Surprise a Comin'"...
  • The Bates head to The Wilds overnight camp in North Carolina to pick up Jackson, Warden, and Isaiah. This is the first time any Bates kids have gone to sleepaway camp without the rest of the clan. Bobby Smith, Tori's boyfriend, is a counselor at the camp.
  • Tori gives an update on her relationship with Bobby: "We've been together for about a year now, like officially, unofficially, like technically but not technically. We're together but we're not together. It's confusing. We're gonna get married."
  • "Bobby was interested in a courtship," shares Gil. "I said, 'Well you need to get to know each other a little more before we really move into something more official.' So it looks like they're moving in that direction, and we'll see what happens." 
  • Bobby lives in Tampa, Florida, and also goes to school in Florida, while Tori lives and attends school near Knoxville, Tennessee.  
  • "I think every parent wants to see their children happy," says Kelly. "And of course if Bobby's anywhere nearby...Tori is bubbling over, so as a parent, I'll be anxious to see where her future is leading over the next few months.
  • Bobby gives the Bates a tour of the camp. The first stop is the giant swing. "I saw the cables, I saw the spring, I saw that thing, and I knew, this is something my wife would never do," states Gil. The kids know their mom will never agree to ride if she knows how it works, so they don't tell her. She goes into it thinking it's a calm, romantic ride.
  • When Kelly realizes what's happening, it's too late. "What are y'all doing to me?" she shouts. "This is not a ride, this is a torture contraption!" The Bates mom screams the entire time. 
  • Next stop is the lake, which features jumping platforms, a giant blob, and ziplines. 
  • Back in Tennessee, Lawson is preparing for a short concert tour to showcase his new CD. He heads to the studio to record vocals, accompanied by Kelly and Josie. "My mom is my number one supporter, and I appreciate all of her encouragement," says Lawson. The first song is a duet with Emily Ann Roberts. 
  • "When you see your child strive for something, you can't help but be proud as a mom," says Kelly, beaming.
  • Later, Gil, Lawson, Nathan, and Carlin help Trace practice for his Dixie Stampede audition. In addition to trick riding, Trace is going to have to learn showmanship and dancing. 
  • Dancing is something the Bates have never done. Kelly says her son might have to take some lessons. "Dancing is not in my comfort zone," admits Trace. 
  • "I don't think I ever dreamed I would see the day when my mom would be encouraging anyone in my family to take dance lessons," says Zach, smiling. "We're all starting to realize that there are extremes with everything, but what's your heart? Are you wanting to do this in a good, uplifting, and appropriate way, or is this more in a negative connotation?"
  • "We never really danced as a family, probably because a lot of the teenage dancing gets a little bit too close for comfort for Gil...," says Kelly. The Bates parents admit they are having to reevaluate now that the kids are growing up.
  • "[Trace] kind of was the shy one, but he's coming out of this box, and he's finding out who he is on his own without following in his brothers' shadows," says Kelly.
  • At Zach and Whitney's house, the family of four enjoys time together on one of Zach's days off. He is in law enforcement and works 12-hour shifts, which is difficult for his wife and kids. They head over to Gil and Kelly's house for a family day with the whole clan (minus the Websters--or so everyone thinks--and Keilens).
  • After everyone arrives, longtime friend Mrs. Dingus surprises the family with a visit. She is carrying flowers and a basket of gifts. The Bates automatically assume someone is pregnant. The kids are even asking Mom if she's expecting. Everyone gathers around, and Mrs. Dingus passes out the gifts. Inside are two of Alyssa and John's maternity photos. They are expecting a baby girl whose name will be Lexi Mae. The family is shocked. They run outside to greet the Websters.
  • "I don't think there's any...emotional word to capture what you feel like when you find out you're going to have a new granddaughter," says Gil.

20 comments:

  1. This sounds so sweet!!!
    Thank you SO much for posting this!! We don't have tv where I live so when I finally watch em they're like ancient! 😉😁 so it really makes my day to read things like this!!

    Thanks again,

    Moriah

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  2. Great summary! I can just about picture the show based on your write up! The one thing I miss about not having a tv with channels is missing the bates/duggar shows when they first come out... I get them a few months later when they are made available on youtube😄! So I appreciate your detailed summaries anyway!

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    1. What channel do you find them on Youtube? I have looked and looked but haven't had any luck.

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    2. they have them all on ITunes, they come out the day after they are aired and the quality is very good

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  3. Poor Allie was so scared by 20 people surrounding her screaming. Perhaps a little self-control is in order.

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  4. So glad y'all are back with another season!

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  5. I'm glad the Bates parents seem to be coming out of the back woods, but don't they realize all they have held back from their children? Re-evaluating is a good thing, but what about the younger kids? Will they be able to join a sports team, have more social life?
    Kelly must realize that she can't play football with that silly skirt on.

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  6. I don't understand Zach's comment about dance and "extremes"...

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    1. He's talking about the difference between something more innocuous like square dancing compared to more sensual kinds of dancing.

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    2. Don't you suspect he means due to close front to front contact, his parents find it extremely tempting to pursue something further? Although a casual dance doesn't seem problematic to me, I suppose they don't think any casual contact between boys and girls should occur. After all, they don't hold hands until courting, which is the most innocent of touch. And of course, Tori and Bobby do front hugs. So I think things are changing just a bit for the whole household.

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    3. He means extremes in certain ideologies that have nothing to do with being a Christian. Whitney wears jeans. It's extreme to believe women can only wear skirts if they are Christian. His wife is a lovely, Godly wife and Mother all while rocking a pair of jeans. Same with dancing. It's extreme to say all dancing is bad or immoral....or not kissing before marriage. There is a HUGE difference between kissing your intended spouse and falling "into sin". Putting extreme rules onto people certainly doesn't prevent immorality as it comes down to the individual's own heart and motives. I'm happy to see the Bates family growing in their Faith and Family...realizing just because something seemed like a good idea doesn't make it Scripture.

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    4. Thank you for your answers. Glad to see the Bates showing an open mind.

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  7. I downloaded some of Lawson's new songs on iTunes and I was impressed. Mainstream country had become so unbearable it was refreshing to hear his songs.

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  8. Anyone know when/if Season 5 will be on iTunes? Season 4 would upload each episode the day after it aired.

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    1. Hi geekoutgirl,

      Season 5 is on iTunes. Just search 'Bringing Up Bates season 5,' and you'll find it. :)

      Lily and Ellie

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  9. Any idea when this episode will be on iTunse or Amazon?

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    1. Hi Danielle,

      It's on iTunes but not yet on Amazon. Just search "Bringing Up Bates season 5."

      Blessings,
      Lily and Ellie

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  10. Hello :) do you know where/when fans might be able to watch the new season for purchase online? Thanks son much! :)

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    1. Hi there,

      Season 5 is now on iTunes. :)

      Lily and Ellie

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  11. I like this family.

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