Kate claims that she did not know the results of the "Viewers' Top Moments" poll until they were read to her during the filming of this episode.
Although they are officially old enough to be in kindergarten, the sextuplets were enrolled in "junior kindergarten" for this year. They will be attending a full-day program three times per week.
This episode was actually filmed before the last three episodes that aired this season, but its air date was pushed back. That would explain why it is June, and why Kate and the kids are vacationing at the beach house.
Mady was not present on the day that Jon was with the kids for this episode. Her absence was not explained.
The three sextuplet girls - Alexis, Hannah, and Leah - do not appear at all in this episode, although the rest of their brothers and sisters do.
Even though the vacation was kept a secret and planned last-minute, Kate explains the paparazzi still caught up with the family within two and a half days.
This was the first time that the sextuplets were able to invite their own friends to their birthday party. In the past, it's either been just a family affair, or Jon and Kate invited people themselves. However, due to some different factors--including Kate's concern that some kids would only befriend her children for fame purposes--the sextuplets were only allowed to invite one friend each.
In this episode, Kate was asked what inspires her in life. She revealed that the parents of cancer-stricken kids are incredibly motivating to her, and Jon agreed.
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.
Jon and Kate's Favorite Moments From Each of Their Kids:
Cara: saying she didn't have a favorite brother or sister because she loved them all, and also, her reaction to baby Alexis pooping all over her crib
Mady: leading the sextuplets in a clapping game at the table while they were still babies, and copying Cara when she said she loved all her siblings the same
Alexis: saying "Hi Mommy!" over and over when Kate came back from getting her tummy tuck, and also putting her arm around Collin in one of the episodes
Hannah: Saying good-bye over and over to her siblings before leaving the house
Aaden: jumping on the bed and staring at the camera
Collin: pulling all the other kids around in the wagon
Leah: Saying "Hannah pooped in Hannah's underwears."
Joel: Saying "I have a wiener. Daddies have wieners."
It was mentioned in this episode that Jon has French, Welsch, and Korean roots. His father was a Caucasian man with French and Welsch in him, while his mother was Korean. Jon's family has such strong Hawaiian ties because his mother was born and raised there.
All of the Gosselin children are mostly Asian-looking, since that gene is famously dominant, but in this episode, the kids decided that sextuplet Alexis looked the least Asian.
This episodes shows a clip of Jon and Kate on their wedding day, reciting to each other the vows that they had written themselves.
In this episode, Jon and Kate revealed that out of all their children, Mady and Alexis are put in time-out the most, while Hannah and Cara are there the least often.
Until this day and this episode, none of the Gosselin children had ever eaten lunch alone at a restaurant with Jon and Kate. Even before the sextuplets were born, and they just had their twins, they never did anything like that.
Jon and Kate originally made a rule that their daughters couldn't get their ears pierced until they were much older. However, they made an exception for Mady, since it was something that she obviously really wanted.
In this episode, Kate revealed that out of all eight kids, Mady looked forward to her Special Day the most. She literally counted down the days and was really excited about it.
In this episode, Kate acknowledged that out of all the Gosselin kids, Leah has an especially close relationship with Mady and Hannah.