Jon and Kate were on separate couches again, but they seemed super relaxed. Kate was lounging on hers. It makes me wish that we could really live their relationship solely through the show; that we weren't being bombarded by tabloid stories in real time that tell us their marriage is doomed. On the show, it seems like they could work it out.
But back to the Jon-centric episode. (Not much from the kids.) The gang gets a visit from fellow TLCers, the men of "American Chopper." Jon is going to help design his own bike with the Teutuls and their team at Orange County Choppers, which means hairy Mike.
Being hairy is apparently a kid magnet. The Eight seem to love Mike right way. He brings a puppet, a Charlie McCarthy, and does a bad ventriloquist act for them. They love it. Then he lets the puppet fall off the table and that's a bigger hit. Kate says the doll falls off about 100 times and they seem to laugh each time it does. If Old Charlie could talk on his own no doubt 'help' would be his first word.
Jon talks with Paul Sr., and Sr. is impressed; Jon has done his homework on bikes. Then Sr. takes Kate for a ride on his bike. Kate immediately proclaims him sweaty. She says that Paul tells her she is a 'cool mom.' Kate notes that she was not wearing a helmut but that's not illegal in her town. They were also going about 4.5 miles per hour, she says. Kate is tired of you people criticizing her.
The next day, Paul Jr. and hairy Mike come over to do an art project with the kids. It involves glue and glitter, a combination only someone a)without kids or b)Martha Stewart-crazed like would dare bring among 8 rambunctious little ones.
Paul Jr. and Jon set up a tent for a picnic lunch. The dogs grab the crackers because they are on the ground just like dog food typically is. Kate yells for Jon's intervention, a very wife-like impulse. (See, I'm feeling hopeful again.)
Hairy Mike says that keeping the kids at bay and not tearing him apart is exhausting. As he lays on the grass saying this, a couple of the Eight come up and hit him in the tummy. Kids can't resist a big tummy.
Next, Jon goes to the Orange County Chopper location in NY to build his bike. As he enters, he seems as excited as Jon can exhibit (which is to say, he smiles and his eyes widen a bit). He says he doesn't want to film anymore, he just wants to build the bike. But Jon, the filming is what's getting you the bike.
Paul Sr. sets out to rattle Jon right away. He tells him to act manly. He tells him that he likes nothing about him. Jon remains the Zen master that he is. He lives with 8 kids and a hard-hitting wife, Paul Sr., the man is steel.
And, apparently, he's just happy to be among men. Jon says its been a long time since he could enjoy something of his own and do 'guy' things. He lives in a house with 6 women. He and the boys are outnumbered. And, I'd add, outgunned. As Paul Jr. adds, Jon is 'locked in an estrogen world.'
It's bike delivery day. The Chopper guys surprise Kate with a pink scooter, decorated with foot prints, splatter, the words 'boy' and 'girl' written on it eight times. Kate takes this to mean they don't know the kids' names. Not sure if she was joking or doing her passive/aggressive critical thing. She rides the bike a few times but wants to donate it to the Ronald McDonald House. Honestly, I think the bike is kinda ugly.
Jon's bike arrives and it has the kids' names on it and is called the Crazy Eights. It's pretty awesome.
While Jon takes a ride, Kate takes hairy Mike to a spa. "Let us pretty ourselves," Mike says. He gets a wash and a pedicure and seems to love it. When they ask him if he wants a magazine, he asks for Us Weekly. (If you don't know why that reference is funny, it is because the magazine broke the Gosselin marital rift story and has had Kate on the cover every week since.) Kate, to her credit, laughs uproariously. She so likes Mike she wants to hook up with him later for a charity event.
The next day, Kate goes with the kids and donates her pink scooter. She and Jon stayed at a Ronald McDonald House after they had the kids. Kate signs the front fender, which doesn't make it less ugly.
Sadly, I read on a blog posting that the Ronald McDonald auction was cancelled due to a general lack of enthusiasm by the locals. The scooter is back in the Gosselin garage.