Thursday, September 20, 2018

'Pink or Blue, What Do You Think?' Recap

Bringing Up Bates "Pink Or Blue, What Do You Think?"
  • “When I found out Tori was expecting, the first thing I said is, ‘Can I plan you a gender reveal party?’” says Erin, who loves parties. Tori and Bobby arrive at the event, attended by the entire Bates family and hosted under a pavilion at a local park. The gender is soon to be revealed, but that doesn’t stop the family from trying to pull the news out of the parents-to-be.
  • Gender reveal parties are a newer thing for the Bates because Gil and Kelly enjoyed waiting until birth to find out the gender of their babies.
  • After lunch, everyone divides into two groups, which turn out to be about even, based on their guess. To make the announcement, Tori and Bobby fill a balloon with blue powder, and then Tori pitches the balloon to bobby, who hits it with a bat. Both Tori and Bobby admit that they were hoping for a boy first. His name will be Robert Ellis Smith IV, but his nickname will be Kade. Bobby says it’s Latin for “fourth generation.”
  • At Zach and Whitney’s house one morning, they discuss plans for their vow renewal over breakfast with the kids. They are all eating Honey Nut Cheerios, which Bradley and Kaci love. “I like Cheerios, with milk and a spoon,” says Bradley. 
  • “We always ate off-brand everything growing up, except for Honey Nut Cheerios,” says Zach. 
  • Later, Kelton shares his proposal plans with his father, two sisters, and two brothers. “It’s a huge relief that all these plans are coming together,” he says “Now that we’re getting things locked down, it’s starting to hit how excited I am that I actually get to propose in Utah.”
  • “We kind of have an idea of when we want to get married, but I don’t have a ring, and it needs to change soon, so hopefully those plans are in the making,” says Josie.
  • On the big day, Kelton picks up pink roses at Powell Florist and drives over to Josie's place of employment. “As I was walking up to her salon, my heart was just pounding in my chest,” admits Kelton. “I was not expecting to be so nervous.”
  • When Josie sees Kelton and asks him why he's there, he responds: “I have some bad news and some good news, okay? The bad news is, I don’t think your next client is going to show up because that’s a fake appointment. The good news is, we’re going on a trip. We’re going to take you somewhere that you’ve always wanted to go, and we’re going right now.” 
  • Josie shares she has never been one for surprises but that she has come to enjoy Kelton’s surprises.
  • Gil and Kelly present Josie with a cake decorated with graham crackers and a cactus to see if she can guess the destination, which she does.
  • At the start of the trip, Kelton presents Josie with a charm bracelet and an airplane charm. Along the way, he will give her additional charms: a heart that says “best friends” to symbolize the start of their relationship; a coffee cup because they have shared many coffee dates; a bridge because Kelton asked Josie to court while standing on a covered bridge; and an infinity symbol.
Tune in next week for the final episode of season seven, which will feature the proposal!

49 comments:

  1. I think UP spueezed too many sub plots into this 21 minute episode.
    The built in commercials these past two weeks are certainly different. Not sure if I’m a fan of doing that, but Zac did a great job with the Cheerio one!

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    1. Not a fan of product placements.

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  2. Really did not appreciate the cheerios commercial. It just makes the show feel less authentic, and more staged. They obviously wouldn't be talking about AARP or Cheerios unless they were being paid for it, but they're also being paid to have their real lives captured. We have to watch these ads during the commercials, they shouldn't be promoted (at least so blatantly) during the show.

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    1. They did the same thing a few seasons ago when Zach and Whitney went sofa shopping. They purchased the sofa and talked up the company. Then ads said the company was a BUB sponsor.

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    2. Yes, it is ridiculous what UP is doing with these fake, in-episode commercials.

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    3. I mute the commercials so I seldom know what going on... After hearing these comments, I think I'll continue to press the mute button! haha!

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    4. Yeah, and Cheerios are disgusting, they’re full of raid off🤢

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  3. this was such a great episode! kelton is such a thoughtful and considerate man. so happy for josie to have found a man as wonderful as her father

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  4. Such a cute and fun episode. Kelton is so thoughtful.

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    1. I kind of wonder if all these cute, thoughtful ideas are truly from Kelton???

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  5. That whole product placement scene for HoneyMut Cheerios was cringeworthy. If you’re gonna do PP at least don’t do it in a painfully obvious way

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  6. The charm bracelet idea is adorable!!

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  7. Okay,Tori, is not the party planner, does not like the spotlight, could care less on what her wedding cake or details are like, and the list goes on. But why does UPTV constantly showing what Tori doesn't like? Can we actually see what she does like?

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    1. I Agree- She's surrounded with such giving people and she's so sour. She's always happy to have others do things for her. I just don't understand her and I've lost interest in watching that couple.

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    2. I hope it doesn’t carry over to teaching, writing lesson plans, and speaking in public to parents of children, especially BAck to School Nights and conferences etc.

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    3. Anon @ 3:35 You are assuming that she will ever teach anywhere but in the home. I think the idea of her teaching in a real school setting (as opposed to homeschooling) went out the window as soon as she got pregnant. I hope I'm wrong.

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    4. Kathy, you seem to be assuming the Bates are just like the Duggars and think mothers should all stay at home.

      But so far, two of Tori's sisters have kids and work (Erin and Alyssa) and that has been mentioned on the show as well as this blog. She also broke the baby news to her parents by saying she'd need to find a baby sitter. So I'm pretty sure she DOES plan to work even after the baby comes.

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  8. What's with all the in episode commercials? AARP, Cheerios

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    1. I think next week’s will have a coffee shop/ restaurant commercial
      or a car rental add built in....

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  9. Yay! I'm so excited to see the proposal episode!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Is it an hour episode? I hope it is!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Yep, it will be one hour long.

      Lily and Ellie

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    2. I love the hour long episodes! I love this family!

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  10. Josie and Kelton will make a great couple. Kelton's family are so supportive of him. His dad has done a wonderful job raising all the children. I bet his mother is looking down from heaven with a smile on her face. So Blessed!

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  11. I have no issue with the Bates endorsing products, that usually comes with being a TV celebrity. The Cheerios scene would have been fine as an actual commercial played during the commercial break. Or perhaps used to replace one of the brief "funny" 10 second talking head scenes that are shown in the middle of CM time.

    But to make such a scene part of the main show, took away from time that could have been spent showing actual interesting content about Zach and Whitney's lives. At least the AARP mention had SOME relation to the storyline of Tori and Bobby starting a new phase of their lives.

    I hope this is just a test on the show-runners part to see if the audience reaction is positive or negative, and they won't continue this (or at least make it more subtle) next season, as so far all the comments on the trend has been negative.

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  12. So this is the second time Josie has been taken away from her job apparently in the middle of her shift. I hope Kelton got approval from her employer before he planned the whole trip. Otherwise, it would not reflect favorably on her. Yes, he said her next booked appointment was fake, but what about for the next day? Or for walk-ins if the salon takes them. Even if it was on a Friday, weekend are often the busiest days for a salon. I really like this couple and wish them all happiness, but unfortunately leaving work without an explanation doesn't reflect well on the work ethic.

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    1. I am 99% sure that the salon owner knew the plans and was okay with them, I got the impression it was he who actually told Josie about the fake appointment to make it more of a surprise (though obviously she knew something was up already as she was being filmed before Kelton showed up).

      Especially as we now know this wasn't just a one day jaunt like Tori and Bobby's engagement, but an early celebration of her birthday that turned into a trip through the National Parks. I really doubt she'd have left the job high and dry for days without any explanation. That's behavior that could get you fired for cause. It's very uncharitable to assume the worst of Josie and Kelton the way you're doing here.

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    2. And she’ll be resigning soon after she married to become a mommy.

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    3. Actually, the Bates don't think it's wrong for a mother to work. Erin and Alyssa are both "mommies" and have paying jobs (Erin as a piano teacher, Alyssa with her cleaning business). Whitney is also a working mom (though I realize she's only a Bates by marriage and never had the same beliefs.)

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    4. Anon@10:02 I certainly was NOT thinking the worst of Josie and Kelton. If you read my first sentence, I said I hoped the salon owner was advised ahead of time, because I don't know if he was or was not. I don't feel I'm too critical in hoping young people don't do something that would reflect badly on them. A simple comment on screen from Kelton saying he cleared it during the planning of the trip would have gone a long way in explaining this.

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  13. Was I the only one who found Kelton's comments at the florist a little scandalous? I'm sure that since she agreed to be on the TV show, the florist obviously knew who he and his girlfriend were, and that they aren't going on this trip unchaperoned.

    But if I heard from a guy without knowing anything about his beliefs that "I am surprising my girlfriend with a trip" I'd be assuming they would be going unchaperoned and probably doing things the Bates believe are only appropriate for married people.

    I'm sure some will say "if you'd think that, you're not being charitable and assuming the worst about someone and you're wrong". But most people I know who are conservative Christians would not say anything that would invite scandalous assumptions about their lives.

    I recall once talking to someone discussing going apartment hunting with a fiancee, but also making it very clear they wouldn't be moving in together until AFTER the wedding. And I admit before I heard that part, I assumed they would be.

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    1. Your last comment shows that you do make assumptions and instantly go to the worst possible outcome, because most people who are engaged go apartment hunting! And to call his comment “scandalous” is a bit extreme.

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  14. The "commercials" are forced...especially when Zac commented on the flavor and Whitney said, "It's the only whole wheat cereal the kids will eat." Too scripted. If you want to plug the product, just set it on the counter. We will definitely spot it.

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  15. when did giving an engagement ring become standard for a proposal? Did men propose with the actual wedding ring before there were engagement rings? Lol I’m watching Little House on the Prairie and it’s making me wonder because no one has engagement rings and Josie says she can’t get married without one.

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    1. Engagement rings have been a part of English culture since the 1400s. Google it, it’s interesting.

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    2. To answer your question, men have given engagement rings for a prospal since 1477, especially those with wealth. Not sure if you're locate in the US, but, engagement rings did drop during the depression but return back, in 1947.

      Little House is filmed during the mid 1800s. One of the first jewelry stores did not open until late 1800s, De Beers, opened.

      This is why your are not seeing engagement rings in Little House of the Prairie.

      Sorry, for the history post. My day job is a lapidary, which means I work with diamonds. Part of the job is to understand the history to explain to clients.

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    3. Lol!! Little House wasnt a documentary and it wasnt filmed in the 1800s! The show was filmed in the 1970s and loosley based on a series of books that are set in the late 1800s

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    4. 9/23 @ 7:09 pm, so we basically agree. The show was based in 1800s. Which I go back to say that engagement rings were not popular until a jeweler opened up in the late 1800s. No need to be rude. Have a great day. Thanks!

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  16. Somebody missed a perfect opportunity for a rhyming episode title.....”Blue or pink, what do you think?” has a better “ring” to it. Haha.

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  17. The Cheerios commercial”. 🤦🏻‍♀️ That was painful to watch.

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  18. UGH...love the Bates family, but that Cheerios plug was way too much. Really took away from the "real" feeling of the show, felt very rehearsed and fake, turned Zach and Whitney into awkward salespeople and kind of ruined the whole episode for me.

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    1. That was not the first product endorsement during the show - remember when Kelly brought home food from Cracker Barrel? It was an OBVIOUS embedded commercial - which, by the way, I am fine with.

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  19. In the early years of television it was common for the stars of the aired show to do commercials for the companies sponsoring their shows. Ozzie and Harriet sold everything from pancake syrup to promoting the use of natural gas over electric!!! I think we all need to lighten up folks! I would rather watch a "scripted" Bates version of a product commercial. I am happy they can cash in on their current fame instead of the company paying actors. Also, we all know the Bates would not endorse a company they didn't believe in. As I stated, lighten up folks and quit being busy-bodies regarding the Bates' sources of income!! We would all take advantage of the opportunities they have chosen if we were in their shoes.

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    1. Your post is very condescending. No I am not going to "lighten up", if by that you mean post only fluffy positive comments. I don't think anyone is judging the Bates for taking part in these promos. They are discussing the SHOW and how they don't like the trend toward having commercials embedded in the show.

      I doubt most people would mind if the Bates appeared in commercials OUTSIDE the show itself. But the "30 minute" episodes are actually only about 25 minutes once you account for the separate commercial breaks. So we only got about 20 minutes of actual interesting content last week.

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    2. Anonymous @10:18- my comment stands as stated: 'Lighten up!" Life is too short to worry about the format of a 30 minute television show!

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  20. To everyone getting upset about those commercials after being seen in the show, there is a reason why there are commercials afterwards. They have to ask permission from those companies to use the name brand products or it would be considered copyright. So when they ask permission to use that named brand product like (honey nut cheerios), so as trade off they would show a commercial that certain product after it as been seen, so this way there is not copyright issues or blurring out the words.

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    1. That’s not at all how it works. Labels arent blurred out bcause of copyright issues. It’s for advertising purposes. Cheerios paid the Bates to plug their product. Products are blurred out to avoid giving free advertising. Its that simple.

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    2. Cheerios paid out twice in this example. Once for the plug on the show itself and again for a traditional ad during a commercial break. Its not a “trade” situation.

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  21. We are based in the E.U. How we can watch the Bates here ?

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