On this week’s episode of Counting On, the Duggar youngsters remind us as soon as once more why they need to keep far, distant from kitchens, whereas Child Felicity embarks on her very first meet and greet look, proving that she is already the most-likable of all of the Duggar clan.
We kick this Fundie Enjoyable Fest off at Jessa and Ben’s home, the place Jessa is placing final week’s math lesson by Ben to make use of for a Duggar baking competitors to “win” the chance to bake the groom’s cake for John David and Abbie’s wedding ceremony. (I imply…if that is the prize…does anybody truly win? Everyone knows it’s gonna be poor Jana slaving over the oven making this rattling cake the night time earlier than the marriage anyway!)
Abbie says she’s counting down the times till she’s turns into the 169th Duggar on this planet. This poor woman needed to wait an entire month after getting engaged earlier than getting hitched. The horror!
Earlier than we will leap into this flour-covered frightfest, the producers should, in fact, ask a number of of the previous Duggar Household grooms about their groom wedding ceremony cake. (Until somebody’s groom cake was a reproduction of Jim Bob‘s huge ol’ head, I’m simply not . Can we transfer on?)
Jeremy shortly learns that he was screwed out of getting his very personal soccer ball cake, whereas Josiah talks about his personal boring groom’s cupcakes. As for Ben, he tells producers that his groom’s cake was ice-cream. (Maybe he nonetheless hadn’t labored his method as much as consuming strong meals on the time of he and Jessa’s wedding ceremony.?) So….principally not one of the grooms even had a groom’s cake…so why the hell are we speaking about this nonetheless!?
“At the least Jessa let me eat it with a big-boy spoon…”
As for John, not solely is he requesting that his siblings and in-laws audition for the prospect to bake his groom’s cake, he’s additionally requesting that it’s gluten free, sugar free and aviation-themed as a result of in case you haven’t heard, JOHN IS A PILOT! John explains that the dietary requests are resulting from Abbie’s gluten-free, sugar-free eating regimen.
Oh….mix that together with her monotuned voice and common dead-behind-the-eyes look and she or he looks like a celebration.
“It ain’t even value lickin’ a plate that don’t have any gluten or sugar in it!”
Jessa decides that she and [Jana-in-training] Johannah will bake a banana-flavored cake for his or her entry based mostly on a recipe that she thankfully obtained off of the Interwebs. Jessa admits that she’s by no means truly baked a cake earlier than and is instantly shamed by the producers for by no means having completed so.
The producers then determine to ask the group who the perfect prepare dinner within the household is and to nobody’s shock, they provide the title to Jana. (Someplace in Arkansas, Jill was getting ready some disgusting-looking casserole as tears rolled down her cheek upon listening to that.)
All the Dugs say that Jana is the most effective prepare dinner….all besides Ben. Out of worry, he says Jessa’s identify.
The producers— all the time desperate to mock the Dugs every time potential– deal with us to a flashback of Jessa baking a literal proprietor’s guide in her oven, which we assume she finally threw some cheese on prime of and served to Ben as a flatbread pizza.
“I picked you! Please don’t harm me!”
The Duggar youngsters are then requested to call the worst prepare dinner within the household and virtually everybody takes the straightforward means out by naming youngest Dug Josie. (Evidently this household has utterly forgotten that Jill and her treasure chest of diarrhea-inducing recipes exist?)
The one one who doesn’t throw the youngest Duggar child underneath the bus is Pleasure, who, as a consequence of her exceptionally excessive self-worth that her husband Austin has undoubtedly contributed to, nominates herself for the title.
“I can’t prepare dinner however I can positive as heck carry a canoe whereas pregnant, because of Austin!”
Again within the Seewald kitchen, Jessa realizes one in every of her elements has expired and once more, the producer (who we’re rising to understand extra by the minute) reminds Jessa of her culinary shortcomings.
“So that you didn’t have a mixer, a sifter, a scale and your baking powder is 2 and a half years previous its date,” he says off digital camera.
“Woah, these things expired four Duggar youngsters in the past!”
Regardless of the producer’s shade, Jessa says she isn’t sweating the competitors as a result of she has elements and cake pans and that’s just about the utmost quantity of effort she’s prepared to place into this “expertise,” as she calls it.
(Hopefully the producers are standing by with a tourniquet for when Ben inevitably almost hacks a limb of by way of hand mixer.)
Over at Josiah and Lauren’s home, Lauren is babysitting/baking together with her elementary-aged in-laws Jordyn and Josie. The group has determined to go together with an airplane cake manufactured from cupcakes (as a result of John is a PILOT). It seems to be appropriate for any baby underneath the age of 10. John David will adore it.
Lauren says now that she has a bun in her oven, placing a cake within the precise oven could also be lower than pleasant as her sense of odor is now actually robust. This was a transparent missed alternative to include these airplane illness luggage that John hoped for.
Subsequent we head to Joe and Kendra’s home the place Kendra and Jenni have determined to whip up a pumpkin spice cake, full with paper airplanes. Whereas Kendra and Co. ponder methods to include workplace provides into their cake, over on the Duggar Compound, Jana has tasked herself with baking what seems to be a sophisticated cake with a fondant airplane, all whereas being “assisted” by a number of of the background random youngsters.
Jana decides to let the boys deal with that fondant molding, not as a result of she thinks they’ll be good at it, however extra so to maintain their germy little arms distant from the precise baking course of.
“Can we get this over with? I’ve laundry to do.”
Again in Lauren’s kitchen, the group hits a velocity bump when Lauren realizes that the eggs she purchased are caught within the carton. Fortunately, as a result of Duggar youngsters and spouses are execs at squeezing issues into and out of tight areas (see what we did there?) Lauren MacGyvers her option to an answer that she admits might or will not be sanitary. Bon appétit, youngsters!
Kendra and Jenni run into some points as properly because of the gluten and sugar modifications that have been requested they usually find yourself beginning over. Throughout the board, the groups aren’t wanting actual robust at this level… between lumpy batter, watery batter and straight up lack of batter, it’s beginning to appear to be Ben’s ice-cream delight may need been the best way to go.
That or ya know… a cake from an precise bakery. Gasp.
This seems about as promising as Ben’s educating profession.
“It’s fairly nasty. It appears like one thing that’s been swallowed and made a reappearance,” Jessa feedback on the batter.
And since Jessa hasn’t made sufficient of a mockery of the artwork of baking, she decides to place her lumpy mess of a concoction right into a blender within the hopes that it’ll not have the consistency of potato salad.
Issues at Kendra’s aren’t panning out both, as batter try quantity two finally ends up resembling one thing near oatmeal, touchdown that batch proper within the trash. Kendra and Jenni ultimately make it work on their third try, which comes out wanting nothing like something Jill would ever serve to her household, which is an excellent signal.
What in Duggar hell is occurring right here?
As soon as the groups transfer on to the baking portion of this totally no enjoyable in any respect problem, Jessa is the primary to make a mistake when she fails to set the timer on the oven, although in her protection, she solely makes use of the factor when she has to place The Spurge, Henry or Ben in timeout.
Subsequent we head to Texas for a a lot wanted baking break to examine in with Jinger and Jeremy. The brand new mother and father are in San Antonio visiting their midwife Alisa to point out off the literal fruit of Jinger’s labor, Felicity. As a result of the producers give not one single F anymore concerning the high quality of content material they’re churning out, the determine to ask Jinger and Jeremy about Felicity’s “blowouts.”
Jesus God Jim Bob.
We’re then subjected to some “household cam” footage of a feces-covered Felicity, which she’ll definitely respect when she’s older.
Properly, at the very least the producers stayed on theme all through this episode.
Again in baking hell, we study from Jessa that John and Abbie aren’t even positive they need a groom’s cake, which suggests these loopy individuals have been doing all of this work within the kitchen probably for nothing. Based mostly on how all the things is taking a look at this level (and the truth that Jessa doesn’t know the distinction between fahrenheit and celsius) we wouldn’t blame John and Abbie for opting to by no means eat cake once more.
As soon as the desserts are pulled out of their respective ovens, Kendra and Jenni’s seems to be edible, although upon plopping it out of the pan, it crumbles into items, very similar to our will to reside whereas watching this present.
Regardless of the crummy state of affairs, Kendra decides it’s nothing that a bit (or a hell of a variety of) icing can’t repair.
Over at Lauren’s, the cupcakes have a cupcake-like form, nevertheless, they shortly fail the style check based on Josie, who declares that they style like water. On the brilliant aspect, the staff may have the ability to spin this and inform John the cupcakes are purported to style like air as a result of they characterize the very factor that pilots (AKA John, in case you’ve forgotten) fly via.
“Increase your hand in case your future husband has his pilot’s license!”
Again on the Compound, Michelle has jumped in to “assist” Jackson and Tyler as a result of she needs to make it seem that she did some type of parenting this week. The boys (plus Michelle) do their greatest to cowl paper towel rolls with fondant icing, however per standard, nobody can do something appropriately and it appears like Jana should are available later and repair all the things.
“Hello mother, good of you to point out up.”
Because the adorning begins, Lauren begins to really feel nauseated and tells her workforce she’s tapping out of the tasting portion of this problem and as an alternative channeling her power on not throwing up—no straightforward feat throughout this train, pregnant or not.
Again on the Seewald home, we study that Jessa is so over this problem that she’s opted to throw a plastic airplane on prime of her cake, which Ben was in all probability fairly upset to seek out out about, being that it was one in every of his favourite toys.
In the event you look shut sufficient, you’ll be able to see Ben’s fingerprints on the “cake topper.”
Jana’s workforce (AKA Jana) has virtually accomplished their cake, as have Kendra and Jenni, although for some purpose, Kendra’s adorning takes a flip for the more severe. Unable to duplicate reasonable clouds, she decides her cake wants cotton so naturally, she pulls some off of a dusty kitchen ornament to improvise/persuade us this entire factor have to be some type of joke.
Oh, and she or he additionally provides these nifty Submit-It notice paper airplanes on some toothpicks. #DoLess
It’s a disgrace they don’t make some kind of edible cotton they might have used… oh wait.
It’s ultimate judgement day on the Duggar Compound—for the desserts, that’s—and far to our shock, Jessa’s cake seems the most effective amongst the group, although her plastic ornament gave her a transparent unfair benefit. That and the truth that she didn’t use FREAKING COTTON ON HER BAKED GOODS.
John and Abbie arrive and are handed some scoring sheets to prepare for the blind style check. First up is Jana, Jackson and Tyler’s cake, which we study is topped by a fondant airplane that Jana did in reality redo herself. Upon sampling the cake, neither John nor Abbie gag or throw up, so issues are wanting fairly promising.
When one individual in a gaggle undertaking does all of the work however nonetheless lets the others put their names on it.
Subsequent up is Kendra and Jenni’s arts and crafts confectionary disaster, which John and Abbie shockingly say tastes very candy and never very fuzzy, so kudos to them on avoiding these slices with the “clouds,”
Extra like “On Aisle 9…of Walgreens…”
Lauren, Jordyn and Josie’s cupcake cluster F is up subsequent and John and Abbie say it tastes type of dry and eggy, which type of sounds good for these two as a result of they’re sort of dry as properly, although we will’t vouch for the eggy half.
Jessa and Johannah’s plastic incredible cake is the ultimate up for tasting, and regardless of being probably the most aesthetically pleasing, John says it has an after style that lasts about 15 minutes… which is a really very long time to a Duggar. (Annie will study this on her wedding ceremony night time…)
The financial system seating of aviation muffins.
In the long run, John and Abbie identify Jana’s cake the Most Troublesome—very similar to Jana’s life itself. Lauren’s group wins Most Unique, Kendra’s cake wins Greatest Style and Jessa—with the help of Johannah and in addition Ben’s toy field—wins Greatest Design. Taking the highest prize of Greatest in Present is Jana’s cake, proving that onerous work doesn’t all the time repay, nevertheless it does earn you a purple ribbon you possibly can cling within the room you share with a gaggle of siblings which might be one-third of your age.
Jana’s response when requested how this victory tastes.
John and Abbie finally determine to move on the groom’s cake enterprise, which means that this entire train and episode (and collection, if we’re being trustworthy) have been for nothing.
After the sugar rush has worn off and the style buds have recovered, we study that Lauren missed out on the cake competitors as a result of she suffered a miscarriage, as The Ashley beforehand informed you about.
On a a lot brighter notice, subsequent week’s episode of ‘Counting On’ presents us with the a lot anticipated return of modest wedding ceremony gown extraordinaire Miss Reneé! We’ll additionally see Jeremy babysit his daughter with none grownup supervision… a duty Ben hopes to earn himself at some point.
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