Monday, October 29, 2012

Breaking Amish: Not Amish Anymore

by Amy K. Bredemeyer

This was supposed to be the end of this show, but it seems that it will receive two more episodes... "reunion specials," if you will. In them, we will see Abe and Rebecca get married, and Sabrina two-time Jeremiah. Nothing fancy, nothing extravagant, and nothing all that interesting. Much like this episode, which largely ignored Sabrina, barely showcases Jeremiah, and has homeless, uneducated young people moving to another city. Oh, and Kate returning to New York to go try being a model.

Breaking Amish "Decision Time" (S01E08): Kate flies for the first time, back to Pennsylvania. [I guess she rode in a car or bus to Florida and back?] She wears English clothes to go see her friends, but they stop playing volleyball and walk away from her. She tries to talk to her parents, but her father won't see her, so she returns to New York to live in the model apartment. She has two castings her first day - one of just photos and measurements, and one where she's told to lose another five pounds to make her cheekbones more prominent. She also gets into trouble for having an injured elbow (apparently a car hit her when she was biking at home?), and is told that 80% of the models who move into that apartment don't make it. [I was weired out that she used her purse handle as a belt.] 

Jeremiah tries to see Ivy, his old girlfriend, but she slams the door in his face. When he goes to see his parents,we don't really know what happens, but it's assumed not to be positive. Jeremiah isn't planning to stick around for long.

Abe dresses in English clothes (because he doesn't want to be a hypocrite) when he goes to tell his family of his plans to stay in the outside world. His mother makes him eat alone. [Corinthians 5:11 says "You must not associate with anyone who call himself brother but defies God. With such a man do not even eat."] Abe doesn't think his brother should be angry with him as he has a short haircut that also goes against the traditions. [but that's a smaller sin, I would think?] His mother and brother ask him to leave after he's eaten. [it was awkward that the camera stayed in Abe's house when he left.]
Rebecca goes to meet some friends at a restaurant when she returns, but they leave immediately upon seeing her in English clothes. When she gets to her grandparents' home, she finds that they've left - the house is empty, and even her own things are gone. She uses the phone on the edge of the property to call a family friend, who explains that her family moved. [why is the phone still hooked up?] She calls Abe. [how? what number did she call?] The two decide to go ahead and get married and figure out their future together, moving to Lancaster to get out of Punxsutawney. [why move to another area that's heavily Amish??] They meet with a wedding planner to talk about the basics - hiring a caterer, not having dancing, etc., but were uninformed about the costs of getting married in America. Abe asks Jeremiah to be his Best Man, and Sabrina goes with Rebecca to look at wedding gowns, where she becomes the Maid of Honor. Sabrina talks about how she married a Mennonite in 2009 and they parted ways after a while. [...I didn't like how that was just so casually thrown in there!]
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