Thursday, March 30, 2017

'Working Up An Appetite' Recap

Bringing Up Bates "Working Up An Appetite"

  • On a previous episode, the Bates men poured concrete for their basketball court, but they haven’t yet put up the basketball goal. Lawson hollers out instructions as everyone attempts to put the goal together.The project takes them two days to complete.
  • “The good thing is about Lawson’s leadership,” Zach states. “He never really messes that much up because even though he’s telling everybody all the wrong things to do, nobody pays him any attention.”
  • On another day, Gil and Kelly take Carlin and Josie to have their wisdom teeth extracted. Carlin’s reaction to the anesthesia is very entertaining. “[Carlin] was like Miss Invincible,” says Gil.
  • “My head was so mis-combobulated up there,” says Carlin. “I couldn’t think straight.” Carlin is very much “out of it” and won’t stop talking, so Gil firmly tells her to settle down. She breaks down crying.
  • Josie, on the other hand, is very tired and in a lot of pain. “Josie, if you said anything to her, she would just bust out crying, and Carlin, if you didn’t want to have a party with her, she would bust out crying,” says Katie. “But they both did amazing.”
  • At the end of the episode, Kelly, Lawson, Trace, Tori, and Carlin head over to Cracker Barrel to pick up dinner for the entire family. The Paines and little Bates family also come over. “Enjoy this roast while you can because mine don’t taste this good,” Kelly jokingly tells the family.
  • Gil and Kelly are headed to Australia and have plans to divide up the little kids among the older married ones while they are gone.
  • “I think it’s really a special time any time the family gets together and just sits at the table and has dinner together,” says Erin.


  1. Oh that Cracker Barrel spread looked sooo good!!
    I'm blessed every time I watch the show. I always come away feeling uplifted, encouraged and usually smiling.
    Reading this blog makes me feel the same way. I'm so glad there's such positivity here.
    Thank you Lilly and Ellie for doing such a beautiful job on your blogs. Even the one that is a handful. (you know which one I mean) God bless you.

  2. Kelly-my roasts never taste that good, either! Until, I tried this crock pot recipe:
    Please roast in crock pot
    Pour 1/2 cup of water mixed with dry brown gravy mix, packet of ranch and packet of Good Seasoning over the roast. Low for 5 hours and enjoy!!!

  3. Bringing Up Bates doesn't come across as stiff, scripted and staged like similar big family reality shows and conversations come across as more spontaneous. The family has a unique charm and appeal that makes it enjoyable to watch, even though I don't agree with a lot of their personal beliefs. The kids also seem to be encouraged to pursue outside interests, educational and career opportunities, which I like to see.

  4. Cracker Barrel is obviously their sponsor. It's advertising in the content of the episode. Not cool.
    The poster's crock pot roast recipe is quite unhealthy and would raise someone's blood pressure to an unsafe level. One should use ingredients that are more real, like low sodium beef broth, SOME salt and your own spices.

    1. Oh, who cares about the advertising? Maybe they got a free meal out of it, which is pretty cool, but Kelly was obviously spending her own money on shopping.


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