In this episode, Kate constantly repeated that she and Jon were always going to be together, and that this vow renewal was a way to communicate that to their children. Unfortunately, the Gosselins' marriage ended in divorce less than one year later.
It was mentioned in this episode that Jon and Kate really wanted to get married in Hawaii, but Kate's side of the family couldn't travel that far. In the end, they had their wedding in the United States, but Jon's extended family (who lived in Hawaii) could not be there. This wedding vow renewal was a way of paying tribute to Jon and Kate's original dream, and Jon's family (many of whom Kate had never met before) were able to be part of it.
In this episode, Jon revealed that he and Kate did not dance at their first wedding in June 1999. They made up for it at the reception after their renewal of vows.
Kate: I put no expectations out there. I just wanted our kids to be present, and I wanted them to hear our words, and I wanted them to be present so they remember being at our wedding, and that they know that we meant it when we said we were gonna stay together, and that was basically my whole goal [with the vow renewal]. To let them know that we definitely have hard times as a family, as any family does, but we're determined to stay together and always be together. Right?
Kate: Once upon a time, like, I thought old people renewed their vows, and it was kind of boring and annoying, but now that we have eight kids, it made us realize that renewing our vows in front of them was an important thing, because not all moms and dads stay together, and we've told them a million times, but it's nice to be able to show them that we'll always be together.
Jon: (reciting his new vows) I'm just gonna read straight off the paper. Okay, Kate. "Our marriage has been a wonderful and adventurous nine years. You have been an excellent mother to our eight children, an excellent wife and friend. I am the happiest father and husband, knowing that you are by my side always. By your side, I promise to be a good listener. I promise to ask, 'How may I help you, honey'? in times of stress. I promise to try and explain my feelings and emotions to you. He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord. Proverbs 18:22."
Kate: "On this day, as we make our recommitment to one another, I am so amazed to be standing here with our children present. Nine years and two months ago, when we recited our vows to each other, I knew I loved you, respected you, valued you, and enjoyed our likenesses and differences. In these next 90 years..."
Kate: (laughs) "...I promise to continue to love you, and only you, as my husband. I promise to strive to do better, love you more, speak more gently, and be more respectful and sensitive to your needs..." (close to tears) I'm not gonna do it. "Thank you for marrying me again. I look forward to many, many more years of love and happiness as we follow God's lead together."
Jon: The main thing that stands out in Kate's vows was being together for 90 years.
Kate: I was playing on nine years. I was doing a play on words. And what else?
Jon: Just all the scripture and how everything--
Kate: I didn't have scripture.
Jon: Well... (long pause) I don't know.
Kate: I don't think he was paying attention.
Jon: No, I probably wasn't.
Kate: Honey, that's pathetic.
Jon: Well, I was. I was listening. All I remember is 90 years. I was like, "Wow, that's a long time".
Kate: (talking about their vow renewal ceremony) Are you gonna kiss me?
Kate: That will only be, like, the fourth time on our show. Ever.
Woman: You don't have a choice.
Jon: I know.
Kate: Fourth time for four seasons. Not bad. Average: once a season.
Reverend Pia Aluli: Congratulations.
Jon: Thank you.
Reverend Pia Aluli: Nine years, huh?
Jon: Nine years, eight kids.
Reverend Pia Aluli: Oh. Hmm.
Jon: Isn't that nice?
Kate: (working out the wedding ceremony details) I think Mady wants to stand with me and the girls, and I think Cara wants to stand with Jon.
Mady: "Wants to"?
Kate: You're my maid of honor.
Mady: "Wants to"? I don't "want to". (rolls her eyes and walks away)
Kate: Now I don't have a maid of honor. How funny.
Jon: We'll work it out tomorrow.
Kate: Mady was excited.
Mady: No, I wasn't, Mommy!