Jon and Kate Plus 8

Season 5 Episode 13

Movie and a Catch

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Sep 14, 2009 on TLC
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Movie and a Catch
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For her evening with the kids, Kate plans a grill-out and sets up a movie in the backyard, complete with a popcorn machine! The next day, when Jon is alone with the kids, they go fishing in a nearby cove, then make their own pizzas and have a picnic outside.moreless
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      • Jon: (about the kids) I'm trying to spend as much time with them as possible, because my time with them is limited now, and, uh, when I do come home, you know, it's nice to leave the city and come home to the country, and just relax and play with my kids. It's been hard being solo completely. I mean, it is really stressful, you know, especially after a long a day, it's like, you know, you're home for four or five days by yourself, and it can get really crazy. It is super stressful. Now, you know, it's like bittersweet. I see them here, and then I have to leave, and then, you know, I'm like 'Whew!' You know, it's exhausting to be with them, but then I leave, and I'm gone, and I'm wondering what they're doing. It's weird, you know? And even in the city, you know...it's nice to go to the city and do the things I do, [but] it's also nice to come home and, um, it's, I mean, I'm learning. It's a process for everyone. I never said it was gonna be easy. No one said it was gonna be easy. It's actually harder.

      • Jon: (when Joel is crying about fishing) You're such a wimpy. Come here. (to the cameras) I expected all of this. I didn't care. I'm taking my kids fishing, you know? And they have to get over that fear and comfort of their own house, and they have to get out and experience things. I mean, if it's right there on your property, you might as well utilize it.
        Alexis: Daddy, can we go back now?
        Joel: Daddy, there's no fish here! I catched the plant!
        Alexis: When can we...? I'm sweating! I'm so--
        Jon: Stop!
        Alexis: Hot. I want to sit down and watch TV or something.
        Jon: TV?
        Alexis: And go in the pool.
        Jon: That's boring.
        Cara: There's no fish, Daddy.
        (later)
        Cameraman: Was it fun?
        Cara: No. And it was really hot, and there was no shade.

      • Kate: I don't know if I'll ever get used to packing up and leaving, but it was Jon's turn to come, and that is a good thing, because I'm glad the days that he's here with them, but I will always hate leaving my kids. It's a very hard switch. I don't know. I don't know how Jon feels about it. I don't know if he feels the same way or if he feels relief when he leaves. I don't know. I just, I don't like leaving. I don't like wondering what they're doing. I don't like wondering if they're happy. (sighs) Moving is to moving, I mean, it's just, it's, you can't understand it unless you go through it. Driving down that driveway, thinking, do my kids know how much I love them? (near tears) You doubt yourself every day.

      • Kate: This is really a true test of survival, of perseverance, of determination. I would rather be out in the pool with the kids right now, but I've gotta get their dinner going. So we're going with a grilled dinner and a movie outside. How fun is that? I've got to use every minute that I'm here, and I've got to do everything big and make memories, because I only have half the time...I want to be able to take on and do everything that I can do. For them.

      • Kate: All I feel now is constantly, completely overwhelmed, like I'm constantly so overwhelmed, I, I can't...I mean, I can't deal with it. I have to take on the world and run the world, and travel and work and pack and leave [the kids] when it's Jon days, and come back and put the house back in order, and fix the world, and get food in the house, and new 'normal' is...I hope it settles down to something less than this at this point. It's sad. I'm lonely at night, being here by myself, but I'm kind of getting used to it. It's weird when you realize everybody else has their own lives, and here you sit lonely, after the kids are in bed. That's the, I think, the part that's probably hardest.

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