Friday, March 4, 2011

Pirate Party; Kailyn on Thin Ice

by Amy K. Bredemeyer

Commentaries this week include: Cake Boss19 Kids and Counting, Outrageous Kid Parties, Teen Mom 2, and Minute to Win It. Click "keep reading" to see them.

The Unpoppables (S01Exx): not this week. Episode 7 TBA.

Cake Boss (S04E06): A cake to propose? Rich people never cease to amaze me. A snowglobe cake... cool idea. And he wants the ring in there... amusing. Two domes is a great idea to work that all out! Poor Lisa having a rough pregnancy.  :(  A froggy cake, haha. so cute! The size of the cake was gigantic, though... why so big?? Early contractions... not a great sign. 32 weeks... not great. Snowing out = pretty. Not on bedrest, but Lisa needs to take it easy. It was amusing to watch the guys deal with the "snow" part of the snowglobe... not enough power, wrong particles, static, etc. Someone actually doesn't want to be on the show... there's a face blurred out as it goes by... interesting. The snowglobe cake looked really good in the end. hahaha, yeah, you can't really drive into Central Park, LoL. Cute proposal. 

19 Kids and Counting (S06E08): Still doing the Central America thing with 11 of the kids: John-David, Jana, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, JoyAnna, Jeremiah, Jedidiah, and Jason. James, Justin, Jackson, Johanna, Jennifer, Jordyn, and Josie are staying home with Michelle. Oh. Anna's family was up for Thanksgiving, and Priscilla stayed for the 2 weeks while some of the Duggars are in Central America. Now I understand. Trip to the Mayan ruins... cool. Amy takes some of the younger kids to a Reptile Museum. Jill's letter from her friend was very sweet. The older girls seemed very affected by the trip.

Outrageous Kid Parties (S01E02): The kid (Alex) is turning 7, and it's mom versus mom's stepmom (who is only 10 years older, so she's a young and hip grandma). Erin, the mom, wants to have a big party so that the kid can come out of his shell... interesting. Younger sister Olivia is 4. Ashley the planner sides with Susan and the disco idea. Um, what?? I also don't know that a disco party is for little girls, either. Erin wants to spend $1,000.... Susan wants to spend $10,000. $8,000 for costumes... Erin can't afford that, so Susan will get her way, now. Susan bought Alex a dance lesson. $350 for choreography. Erin arranges for a pirate to come to the school and deliver the invitations in class... interesting. Too bad there were grammar mistakes on the poster!! "ahoy matey's" is horrific. For the kid to say, "whose party is it anyway?" was strange. This whole mix of pirate and disco is ridiculous... $2,6000 for the cake... yeah. $3300 for a giant pirate ship and a guy who looks like Captain Jack Sparrow. haha, they never looked at the weather. Dad wants to keep it on the planned day, but scale it back and have it in the house. Sue and Erin originally want to move it up a day so that they won't be affected by the weather, but Sue surprisingly agrees with Dad. But then Susan and Erin decide to move it up and not tell Dad. Susan told the planner to go with a lot of disco, and Erin calls to make it more pirate-y. DJ was $2300. Backup dancers??!? Alex was afraid and hid in bed, LoL. Dad is upset when he gets home. $3500 in catering... did they only invite the 30 kids in the class or did they find more kids to invite?? $31,525 total... ridiculous. And overprices, I think, for what they had. 

Teen Mom 2 (S01E08): no solid time markers.   
Jenelle: moves in with her mom since she has no place to live. She and Kieffer end up smoking weed on the front porch. haha, epitome of a bad mother. Jenelle sucks at life and is mad that she and Kieffer have no place to go, but it's her own fault. She can't stay clean and good for the life of her. I hope Kieffer leaves her. 
Kailyn: she couldn't wait until she moved out to go back to dating?? yeah, she has no other options on a place to live... I think she'd follow the rules, LoL. If she's getting more and more worried about getting caught, why doesn't she do something less low-key, or, I don't know, STOP SEEING JORDAN FOR A WHILE... 
Chelsea: Grille 26... I wonder if that's related to Season 52? How many times does Adam have to cheat on her for her to finally say it's over for good?? Annoying fight.  
Leah: looking at wedding venues... that's cute.  Dang! They had to drive 3 hours for the MRI??

Minute to Win It (S02E30): More new games. I don't really understand why they do that... there are already SO MANY games in rotation. Are they afraid that people will get too good if there's only 75 to practice, LoL? Or do they keep adding them because the television audience doesn't like to see the same stuff all the time? Either way, extra games makes this show even less interesting to me - bad sign. I keep hanging in there and I'm not sure why. And we're back to no bonuses... why do those come and go?? Christy & Jason. Random match-up.
Game 1: Dizzy Mummy: unwind a roll of toilet paper by spinning in a circle and letting it go all over your body. If it rips, you lose. Not as easy as it sounds. Christy goes for it. I think that larger people have a slight advantage in this one - they don't have to spin as much, LoL. She gets it with 30 seconds to spare.
Game 2: Ker-plunk! or Plunk!: Bounce a marble into each of three cups that are floats in a punch bowl. Jason goes. He's done by the time the clock shows 37 seconds remaining.
Game 3: Don't Blow the Kings: A table has 48 face-down cards and 4 face-up cards (the kings). Blow off all of the face-down cards, leaving the 4 kinds underneath. Jason is nervous, Christy gives dumb reasons that she'd be okay, but they go with her in the end. This is an interesting one to watch, and it becomes pretty exciting after the Kings are exposed. She finished with 14 seconds remaining. She came really close to blowing one of them off, though. 
Game 4: Got Your Back: Team Game. Bounce ping-pong balls to knock down four ping-pong paddles on various platforms across the room. Both contestants have to stay in a hula hoop in the center of the room. Jason is much better than Christy, but they end up finishing with 3 seconds left.
Game 5: Egg Tower: Use 4 paper tower rolls and 4 raw eggs to construct a tower. Jason goes for it. He feels pretty confident. He finished with 23 seconds left, so yeah, he is good at this one.
Game 6: Pong (to the fifth power via a superscript 5): Bounce 5 ping-pong balls in a row into a glass. Get it to work once in 20 glasses. They seem kinda iffy on who should go for it, but Jason takes it. He gets it in the first glass - 49 seconds to go, and he's absolutely ecstatic!! 
Game 7: Extreme Mini Stack Attack: 21 mini-cups - build a pyramid on a hand-held pizzabox. Build it and take it down, all in 60 seconds. Christy goes for it. She drops some at one point (and drops even more when she tries to bend down to get them) so it's not looking good, and she eventually just runs out of time. Jason goes. I was a bit nervous for him, but with 1 second to go, he gets it!
Game 8: Oh Nuts!: Eight nut-and-bolt pairs are lined up on a metal ruler. Use the ruler to get the items to stack into a tower. They're both fairly confident. Christy goes. She topples the stack with two seconds to go. She was close, though. Now, Jason goes. The different music for him was weird. His sister looked fretful in the audience. It topples with 16 seconds to go, and they go home with $50,000 to share.

Wipeout (S04Exx):  Spring episodes (starting with #9) next week!
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Off season/Coming Up:
Kate Plus Eight (not sure when season 2 episode 2 is)
Teen Mom (no idea)
16 and Pregnant (no idea)
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