Thursday, September 19, 2019

'A Very Medieval I Love You Day' Recap

Bringing Up Bates "A Very Medieval I Love You Day"

  • The Bates women are setting up for the family Valentine’s Day (aka I Love You Day) celebration. Kelly has chosen chivalry as the theme. “Chivalry caries the idea of…treating a lady with class,” says Nathan.
  • “Valentine’s Day is just one of my favorite times of the year,” says Kelly. “I can count on all of the family coming back in.”
  • While Michael and Brandon are in town, they plan to tour a duplex that is 20-25 minutes from the rest of the family. “Me and Michaela have always been very close,” says Erin. “Growing up, we’re just a year apart, so we really did everything together.” The Bates are looking forward to having the Keilens in East Tennessee.
  • While the girls set up for the couples dinner, they discuss rumors they have heard about Trace and a possible female friend. “Trace is a quiet guy,” says Whitney. “You never really know much about him unless you just really ask him.”
  • Josie and Kelton have their ultrasound, but they don’t want to find out the gender until their gender reveal party. “There’s something about seeing your child moving and alive, it makes it so real,” says Kelton. “I’m a little bit at a loss for words.” Josie wants Kelton to guess, but he protests, saying he has nothing to go off of. Josie has decided that it is a boy.
  • As part of the Valentine’s Day festivities, Gil and some of the kids go skiing in North Carolina. Nathan is a skier, but his brothers try to convince him that boarding is cooler. Nathan challenges Lawson to a race, and Nathan the skier finishes first. “Skiing is very ,very fun,” says Ellie.
  • “You watch Trace and Warden and Jackson and all them, and they’re just flying down the slopes…no fear in mind, no thought of, ‘Oh, I’m going to fall off this cliff and die,’” says John. “All of a sudden, all my girls are counting on me. If I don’t come home, I’m like, maybe we’ll just go a little slower, we’ll hang out with Judson. Even he was passing me.”
  • Kelly and some of the older kids gather to cook a few different recipes. Zach makes one pot chicken with pre-diced meat. The girls give Kelly the easy job of opening packages of pre-breaded chicken and putting them in the oven. “I have to admit, I was a little bit skeptical when the kids suggested doing prepared food because I admit, I’ve never done that before,” says Kelly.
  • Carlin and Erin make artichoke dip on the stove, but when it starts clumping together, Zach has to step in and save the day. “My family is picky,” says Zach. “We eat two kinds of meat, beef or chicken. This was a chicken night because we want to go light. Nobody wants to be fat for the day tomorrow.”
  • All the couples start to arrive, including some of Gil’s extended family. “Is Trace going to bring a girl?” wonders Zach. “Is Lawson going to bring a girl? Is Nathan going to dress up like a girl? You just never know.”
  • The food is delicious. Michael and Brandon are the last to arrive when they come in from Chicago. “We feel like all the little chickens have come home to roost,” laughs Gil.
  • None of the guys show up with dates. “I’m going to surprise them next year and invite somebody for them,” jokes Kelly.
  • The next day, all the Bates gather for the costume party. “Everybody’s version of chivalry, the time period that they chose for it, is very different,” says Lawson. There are a lot of great costumes from a lot of different eras.
  • “I personally picked a Robin Hood costume, and it did not fit, so I decided not to wear that,” says Zach.
  • “Trace up and did what all of us thought he wouldn’t do,” says Carlin. “He showed up with this female girl, and she’s gorgeous.” Trace and Chaney arrive at the party, out of costume. They met on a family ski trip in Colorado and have kept in touch via phone. The couple is still just getting to know each other. “I know they’re friends, and that’s where it is right now, so you little matchmaker, you’re just going to have to hold your horses,” Gil tells Kelly.
  • Kelly chooses Taryn Yager (the Bates’ photographer friend) and Chaney as judges. “That is not a good thing to do because if you don’t pick the right people, some people get upset, and so you could make a couple friends or a lot of enemies,” says Trace.
  • “I have tried every year to win, and I’ve never won anything,” says Michael, wearing a poofy princess dress that she made by hand. “The competition is so steep.”
  • Some of the couples have stories that go along with their costumes. Chad introduces Erin as Princess Bootyfull. The judges pick Mama Jane and Papa Bill as #3, Zach and Whitney as #2, and the Keilens as #1.
  • “I’ve never won first place for anything!” exclaims Michael. “I was so happy!” “She couldn’t stop telling me, ‘We won, we won, we actually won,’” says Brandon.
  • The party games are jousting, putting a cookie on your face and trying to get it into your mouth without using your hands, and using a bow and arrow to shoot apples off someone’s head.
  • Later that weekend, Josie and Kelton host a gender reveal party at their apartment complex. “I made a statement without saying anything,” says Jackson, wearing a bright pink suit coat.
  • Josie holds a black balloon, and Kelton pokes it with a knife to release pink confetti! It’s a girl! “I’m like, totally expecting to see blue come out of his balloon, and he popped it, and it’s like pink everywhere,” says the mom-to-be. ”And it honestly took me a second for it to register. I was over-the-moon excited because I wanted a girl so bad.”
  • “I’m so glad I voted it was a girl,” says Erin. “I voted it was a girl for all my kids, too, so I got extra candy bars.” “You stinker,” says Chad, chuckling.
  • After the reveal, everyone receives a bag containing the letters of the name and has a minute to guess what it is.
  • “The name Willow means graceful, and Josie absolutely loved that name and wanted to name her daughter that so bad,” explains Kelton. “And then Kristy is of course after my mother.”
  • Tears are shed by Kelton’s dad and extended family when they hear the middle name, in honor of Kelton’s late mother. “Kelton lost his mother as a child... but to see the Balka family over there, rejoicing and hugging, that this baby is going to carry the namesake of [Kelton’s] mom, and it’s their first grandbaby, no doubt I know God‘s got big plans for this special little girl,” says Kelly.
  • Carlin’s wedding is just 100 days away, and she is feeling the planning pressure. “I’m very thankful that I allowed myself plenty of room in this engagement,” says the bride-to-be. “Thank you, Evan, for that. I need it, doing school, and then working and then trying to plan a wedding.”
  • Unlike most of the other Bates, who have had church weddings, Carlin will get married at a wedding venue. “I could pick any old church, and that would be great, but that’s just not the style or setting. I want it, like, elegant and quaint.”

36 comments:

  1. Time 10:27PM Thurs 9/19/19
    Cool recap .

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  2. The fake sponsored ad is uncalled for. I thought this was a reality show and not something scripted. Now that's what we should be upset with not what they wear but the fake ads.

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    1. My thoughts exactly. The show was like a long Perdue Chicken commercial, and it was very obvious that they had an agreement with Perdue to push their products in order to get the free chicken for their meals. Tacky. They've done the same thing in the past with other products- I think one might've been a swiffer?

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    2. I didn’t care for the Purdue product placement at all!!!

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    3. All reality shows are scripted!!!

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    4. @7:12 am, you're right. All reality shows are scripted; however, the Bates family, has stated many times this show is not. So do I believe you or do I believe them?

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    5. Where were they filming anyway. Did they buy a new home.

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    6. I've been use Purdue chicken since last year it's in every grocery store. It's very good.

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  3. “He showed up with this female girl” ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ™ˆ

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    1. So, is having a wedding in a venue instead of a church keeping Jesus first in your life? I’m very confused by Carlin’s choice and reasons for that choice.

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    2. @3:31- "For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” This verse doesn't say anything about a church being required.

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    3. Nor does it insist that it be “eloquent or quaint”.

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    4. Pretty sure a church building isn't going to be eloquent.

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    5. @11:14-I agree; however Carlin is selecting the venue because “any ol’ church” isn’t elegant enough for her wedding! She never mentioned God or Jesus as a reason for her choice!

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  4. I rememberAlyssa described her costume as "mid evil." It was too funny.

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  5. I loved the episode! So very sweet and what a joy to watch <3 God bless all of the Bates family. Love them very much : )

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  6. Erin has gotten sassy, lol. She’s funny

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    1. “Gotten sassy”? She’s been sassy for a long time...๐Ÿ˜‡

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  7. They were certainly promoting Perdue, weren't they. The whole cooking segment seemed so set up for the promo. Not genuine, even if they did choose to cook, it is not likely that everyone would have used chicken.

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  8. Where have the real Bates gone? I miss them so much...
    Carlin, really? “ any old church.”

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    1. That surprised me. She doesn't value her church?

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    2. Well the “style” and the “setting” has indeed gotten more liberal with each wedding! Not elegant and quaint, just more worldly. What I can’t understand is that non of the other married children could have such a lavish wedding $wise. Is Carlin that more special above any of the others that she could have WHAT SHE WANTED? If Gil’s had to pay for the wedding you’d think they would have some say in where it would be, how lavish, etc. but like the quote “the squeaky wheel gets the grease” I guess. Carlin can be quite “squeaky”.

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    3. Maybe the grooms family chipped in to help pay for the wedding?

      Still doesn’t say much for Carlin’s new attitude...or maybe it wasn’t so
      “new” and I just missed it?

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    4. Pretty disrespectful to phrase her opinion like that!

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    5. Yes and with each passing year their income grows so they can afford more elaborate weddings! Watch out Kardashians here come the Bates!

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    6. It would have been so nice to see at least one of the events in their charming home with the little ones included.

      if they are going to spend that much money on renting a building for the day and paying fees for Josie’s clubhouse rental, they may as well consider insulating the wrap around porch and adding windows and have an extra room for all the kids to play in, and adults too. With all of the various talents of the married guys, they could probably do it on a shoestring, a long one. Just a thought...

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  9. Is this part of season 8 going to be available on prime video?

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  10. What is the one pot chicken recipe?

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  11. When will these episodes be out on Amazon??

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    1. Normally, they are out days later. This episode is on Amazon now.

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    2. Thank you so much!! I can't wait to watch this sweet family again!

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  12. Can you please post the recipe for the one pot chicken? Thankd

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  13. Recipes for the chicken dishes please!

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  14. Can we PRETTY PLEASE get the recipe for the one pot chicken.

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  15. Recipes for one pot chicken and skillet chicken artichoke dip.

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  16. Love the Bates family. Would love the one pot chicken recipe and the dip recipe please

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