Thursday, June 21, 2018

'Seas the Day' Recap

Bringing Up Bates "Seas the Day"

  • Gil and Kelly have nine children who are still in homeschool. The oldest, Katie, is finishing up her senior year, while Jeb is in first grade. “Carlin has become such a help,” says Kelly. “And she really makes school fun.”
  • “This is so fun,” Judson remarks during a school session with Carlin.
  • Gil and Kelly and some of the kids pile in the van and head down to Myrtle Beach to meet Mama Jane’s sisters. They rent a home with an in-ground pool.
  • After they arrive, their first activity is riding their bikes to Mama Jane’s beach house. The Bates aren’t wearing helmets, but UP flashes a message across the screen to remind viewers to wear theirs.
  • Gil loves introducing his aunts and uncles to his children, many of whom have never met them. “[Dad] was literally beaming,” says Erin. 
  • The group enjoys a meal at Dockside Seafood House, which is a new experience for the Bates kids. “The Bates do not like seafood,” admits Erin. “Can’t stand the smell of it, don’t like it,” adds Zach. 
  • “I eat seafood,” jokes Judson. “I see the food on my plate and I eat it.”
  • At the restaurant, the kids take turns trying shrimp and oysters. They aren’t huge fans.
  • It’s mid-February and a bit chilly outside, but that doesn’t stop the Bates from watching the sunset on the beach. Carlin insists that she and Evan take photos. “We finally got [Evan] out of there,” says Warden.
  • While the guys play football, Carlin has a chat with Papa Bill. She is earning her bachelor’s degree in general education and is also taking music classes to help her with teaching. Carlin lets Papa Bill in on a secret that Gil doesn’t yet know: She will be moving to Nashville when she marries Evan.
  • On another day, the family goes walking with Gil’s extended family. “As long as I can remember, my aunts have been walking machines,” says Gil. “Even though my aunts are like in their 80s now, they can probably still out-walk our kids.”
  • Later, Gil and some of his children go fishing on Cherry Grove Fishing Pier, a world-famous pier that is known for being the place where a record-breaking shark was caught. Gil remembers spending time there as a child. “In the end, the weather was winning, and so we decided to call it a day and come home with no fish,” says Lawson.
  • It happens to be Jackson and Addallee’s birthday, so the entire family gathers to celebrate. “The cake is fun, the presents are fun…but…the most special part for me is hearing the other kids say something praiseworthy about their sibling,” says Gil.
  • The Bates dad shares the story of how Addee stopped breathing as a newborn and was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance. “I can remember that day because Jackson had convinced himself that you were his birthday present,” Kelly tells Addee. “And when the ambulance went pulling out, we were crying because of fear. He was crying because he said, ‘They’re stealing my present.’”

28 comments:

  1. What are the circumstances that resulted in Gil's family not meeting his big brood until now?

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    1. Gil said that his aunts had stopped traveling and that is why they didn't attend any of the older kids' weddings. However, it doesn't explain why Gil and family hadn't visited them in South Carolina since the Bates travel quite often.
      Some of the older Bates kids had met the aunts before. I didn't hear when they last saw each other, but Jackson was introducing himself as if it was his first time meeting them.

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    2. They said the younger ones hadn't met them.

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    3. Families separate for many reasons.
      Distance is usually a big reason.
      Travel costs money - gas, lodging, eating out. . . none of us know their individual
      situations.
      Easy to realize NOW that their UP show makes it MUCH easier. Good for them!
      Their visit was heartfelt and delightful for all involved.

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  2. What’s going on? Comcast tv had Bringing Up Bates listed from 8:00 to 10:30. At 9:30 another Baby show came on? Worse yet, to find out the “big announcement”, one has to watch a Wedding Show tomorrow night to find out the “big announcement “ of an engagement! There’s no way I’m going to watch that show. Very disappointed in UP tv.

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    1. I will not watch either. UP needs to operate and get each show's ratings honestly.

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    2. At the same time, it is because of UP TV that we even get to watch some of the moments in the Bates' lives as we do.

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  3. All the times they've gone to the beach and never had seafood? Don't they ever have fish? I'd think that maybe Erin would have tried something different. She should have tried the shrimp breaded so they didn't base their dislike on appearance. I kind of agree about the oysters.

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    1. I agree - fried shrimp woul go over big time and even fried clams or fried oysters. . . .I recall another episode while in Florida the kids & Kelly would not try the fried fish - Gil enjoyed it.
      I've known many people who did not like seafood - it turned their stomach to think about it.
      Lobster is an awful looking creature but OH so good. . . .they should have tried that.

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  4. I’m disappointed!!! First, the guide on my tv said the show was 60 minutes long not 30. And I thought UP was telling us the big news today!!! Now we have to tune in to a different show tomorrow to find out???? That’s not right!

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    1. I had the same thing happen on the DVR. I'm not watching a different show to find out the announcement. It's either the engagement of Carlin and Evan or the public announcement of the Smith's gender reveal.

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  5. I am quite surprised that these children have neve met Gil's aunts. They have always claimed to be so 'close' and how family is EVERYTHING to them after God. So, why is it that a whole section of their family has been left out? They seem to travel around quite a bit so there is no excuse not to have visited them before. I think they have meant all these years that the only 'real family' are the people living in their own home and have elected to segregate themselves all these years from their blood family who have lived differently than themselves, other than Gil's parents. (who also live differently). How do they justify that they have never MET any of these people?

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    1. They may be able to travel now, but that hasn’t always been the case. They used to live in that tiny house and obviously didn’t have a lot of money. Why didn’t the family members come see them? There are not as many of them who would have had to travel and since they are older, they should have had the funds to travel. It always works both ways when families don’t see each other.

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    2. Are you serious? "I am quite surprised that" you would make so many ridiculous assumptions and judgments about things that you don't know the details about! It's really not your business. Anything they let us see about their lives is privilege not something we are entitled to. Believe it or not privacy is still important for ppl who are on TV. They don't owe you any explanations. The older I get the more I realize that false assumptions and wrongly applied judgments can ruin my opinions of not guilty ppl. If they want you to know the details, they will give them. If not, mind your own! If you're so perfect, step up and show the rest of us how to get there. ;D

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    3. They said the younger kids hadn't met them, and that the aunts didn't travel anymore. So apparently they got together in the past, it's just been a while.

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    4. 4:02 - The aunts are in their 80s and may have been the ones who visited the Bateses before the younger kids were born. They may also be on a fixed income. It does work both ways, but being older doesn't always mean they are more able to visit.

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    5. Why assume it is the Bates who are to blame for the situation? Maybe it is the aunts who have distanced themselves. Or more likely both sides share responsibility. Sadly this has happened in my own family for various reasons.

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  6. What was the Big announcement?

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    1. One big announcement was on the page, maybe instead of the show. It was that Tori is having a boy named Robert.

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  7. Great show last night but did I miss something ??? Was it not advertised that there was Big Bates News ? What was it ? I must have fallen asleep or something ! Can you tell me what it was about ?? Could really be a lot of things.

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  8. Did I really hear Gil say it was the funnest thing to do? At the risk of starting another grammar free for all, funnest is not a word.

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    1. Thanks for telling us all that funnest isn't a word. Neither were a lot of words before they were words.:D Welcome to the age where ppl change encyclopedias and dictionaries to fit their agendas. Lol!

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  9. Let's see, they invite 1,000 people to their weddings, but not their great aunts and uncles? Something is just not right here.

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    1. They invited the great aunts to the older kids' weddings. Gil explained that his aunts are in their 80s and no longer travel. There is no hidden conspiracy to keep Mama Jane's sisters from being part of the kids' lives. The aunts are elderly, live in another state, and no longer travel.

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  10. My favorite part of the show was Carlin and Papa Bill's talk. It was nice to see her relationship with her grandfather and hear her future plans with Evan. It was a genuine moment. I wish UP would feature scenes like this more often, just how two people valuing each other.

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  11. Who were the guy and girl that traveled with them that weren’t family(not Evan)?

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    1. I believe the young lady is Chads sister.

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  12. Where were Josie and Kelton?

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