Jon and Kate Plus 8

Season 1 Episode 1

Surviving Sextuplets and Twins

Aired Monday 9:00 PM May 14, 2006 on TLC
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Surviving Sextuplets and Twins
This one-hour special was filmed a year before "Jon and Kate Plus 8" was made into a reality series. Here, viewers meet the two frazzled parents who struggle to raise their children--a set of 5-year-old twins, and one-year-old sextuplets. How did Jon and Kate ever end up with eight kids in four years? What does Kate's stomach really look like after delivering six babies at once? Watch as they discuss the earliest years of their marriage, the shock of having a bigger family than they bargained for, and how they somehow manage to make it all work.moreless

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  • This one hour episode introduces to the Gosselin family and their eight children.

    This episode makes you wish you never had children, then makes you want eight. We are introduced to Jon and Kate Gosslin and their children Cara and Mady (twins) and Alexis, Hannah, Leah, Joel, Aaden and Collin (sextuplets). This was before the show actually started, it was just a one hour documentary that tells the familie's story. I thought it was well done, and it makes you want to learn more about this family. Lucky for us TLC obliged us and next with a "one year" follow up and later, a series which we all hope never ends. We all want to see how these kids grow up.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In this TV special, Mady actually admitted that her favorite sextuplet was Leah, and Cara's favorite was Hannah. Immediately after that, both girls quickly said that they didn't have a favorite, and that they liked all six of them.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Jon: (about Kate) During the pregnancy [with the sextuplets], when I saw her body, oh my goodness. I had no idea.
      Kate: He almost threw up. Now? What now? I want to know now.
      Jon: She's deflated now. (Kate bursts out laughing)

    • Jon: (about the day they found out Kate was pregnant with seven babies) They said, like, A, B, C, D, E, F, G. I automatically thought of the girls - the twins - and I thought, how is this going to impact their life?
      Kate: "What have we done to them?" was one of the first things we said.
      Jon: Yes. "What have we done to them? This is going to ruin their life." All these bad thoughts came.
      Kate: I don't even know that words can describe that horrible day. It was so horrible. I wanted nothing more than to be pregnant, and here I am, pregnant with seven, and scared to death.

    • Jon: (about Kate) She used to have long, beautiful blonde, long, curly hair.
      Kate: Mm-hmm.
      Jon: And then she had twins, and it got shorter. And changed color. I was like, hmm...and she's like, "You should have checked the roots before you married me!" and I was like, "Yeah, I should have, shouldn't I?"
      Kate: Would you have still married me?
      Jon: Of course.
      Kate: That's the right answer. What's the true answer?
      Jon: The true answer is that I only like blondes. (they laugh) I'm honest!

    • Kate: (waking babies up from their nap) Hi sweetie...oh, Alexis Faith! Oh, my Lord to be! Oh, my daughter needs a bath. Emergency! I have never had this happen to me. in my lifetime. Oh, my darling. Okay, nobody touch her. I'm going to get the bath water. This is so horrible, I can't...oh! Oh! Let us get a glimpse of this, shall we? (holds Alexis up for the camera)
      Mady: When Mommy was gonna pick Alexis up, she saw, um, Alexis's shorts were pooped, her shirt was pooped, and her, um, back was pooped. So yucky.
      Cara: So yucky, I could throw up. (takes a big bite of lunch)

    • Kate: (about her husband) I feel like my way is the right way, and he'll say that a lot of times to me: "Your way is not the only way", so we do butt heads a lot, and yet somehow, we're a very good team. I should just bite my tongue and just let him do it [his way]. He always gets it done.

    • Kate: This whole thing started, of course, when I wanted the third child I always wanted. Jon was happy with two. That was the debate we always had - two or three. Two or three. But I just wanted that third one. Yeah. I bought one, got five free.

    • Jon: (about life before his sextuplets were born) Life was great. I miss the family of four.
      Kate: Yeah.
      Jon: And then...
      Kate: Go ahead and tell them.
      Jon: Someone wanted to have "just one more." So I was like, "No, no, no, no. You know, I'm happy with the twins. Everything's perfect. The whole world is designed for four people." But anytime anyone decides to go ahead with infertility [treatments], you should expect two or three.

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