By Holly & The Ashley
This week on Jill & Jessa: Counting On, the Duggar family has some exciting things planned for us to watch them do. One of the Duggar girls will get glasses (Ooooh!) A few others will install lights in a bedroom (Ahhh!) and we’ll even get to see some Duggars eat tacos! (Ohhhh! Ahhhh!)
Let’s get this party started!
The episode starts off with Jessa and Ben talking about their son, Spurgeon. The Spurge is now six weeks old, so this is (of course) the perfect time for Ben and Jessa to begin thinking about having more kids. They are beginning to look into adoption, despite the fact that Jessa keeps complaining about being solely responsible for Spurge.
“When it’s your own child and you’re responsible 24/7 it’s hard,” she said.
She decides to head over to her friend (and wedding/party planner) Sierra’s house. Sierra has five kids under five years old. She just had her fifth baby, and this is actually probably the first time we’ve ever seen Sierra without a “blessing” in her belly.
“I’m just tired thinking about that,” Jessa says, who seems to clearly not want to have a lot of kids. However, she then mentions that she could be in that position soon, especially if they end up adopting a bunch of kids. The brainwashing is strong in this one.
Meanwhile, the rest of the kids are at the Duggar compound packing up to go on a mission trip/vacation to Central America. They plan to stay there for two weeks and will be visiting Jill and Derick while they’re down there.
Jana doesn’t get to go, however. As per usual, poor Jana is told to stay home and mind her siblings while her parents, Jim Bob and Michelle gallivant the globe and have all the fun.
“I’ve been on these trips before so I’m staying back home to help with the little kids,” Jana says.
Although trekking through the jungles of Central America handing out mini Bibles doesn’t exactly sound like a good time, it would be the closest thing Jana would ever see to a vacation!
Anna says she isn’t going either. Although she says she would love to go on one of the trips, she has been able to because she always has a blessing in her belly or at her breast. #FundieProblems
The next day, Jessa decides that she doesn’t like the lighting in her (rent-free) house so she makes Jana come over and figure out a way to make the rooms in her house brighter. Of course, Jessa isn’t talking about buying a few extra floor lamps, no sir! She is expecting Jana to completely rewire the lighting system in her house!
“She’s just so good at that,” Jessa says.
Next, we get a little insight into the Life of Jana. The siblings all say that Jana used to have a really outgoing and dominate personality, but now she is much more subdued.
Jessa tells us that, as she got older, she basically smothered Jana’s outgoing personality with her own, which is why Jana is so meek these days. Something tells us that there’s a lot more to Jana’s story than what we see on the family’s shows….
A producer decides to sit Jana down and grill her. Even before they begin peppering with questions, Jana sighs. It’s almost like she already knows the questions he’s going to ask.
They ask her what she thinks her life will be like in 5 years. She says she’s not sure, and it’s almost sad because she seems to want to say more but stops herself. They ask her why she isn’t courting. She said she hasn’t met the right guy.
“I’m not just out to get married to the first guy who comes along,” she says.
Yeah, go Jana! Maybe she realizes that, just because she’s a Duggar, she doesn’t have to become a permanent baby chute.
Next, John David throws some shade at Jessa and says she’s really good at telling people what to do. Jana piles on the shade and says, “Jessa likes to be in charge. Most of us don’t mind most of the time.”
Basically, we can gather that Jessa likes to order everyone around, but not actually do much herself. We got to witness this firsthand during the last episode, when Jessa was, um, “supervising” her sisters as they slaved away making a fall feast for Jessa to take credit for.
The show really starts to pick up here! Joy Anna tells us that she’s on her way to buy some glasses and—guess what?!—we get to go with her to the eye doctor! And we thought it was exciting watching the girls go grocery shopping last episode!
Joy Anna tries on a bunch of frames, but can’t seem to decide which ones to get. Jenny (who is only about 10 or so but has seemed to be over being a Duggar for years) gets dragged along for no apparent reason, and she keeps rolling her eyes as Joy Anna tries on pair after pair.
Joy Anna tells us that she has to call up her sister Jill so that she can help her decide which pair to get.
We are talking about glasses people! Joy Anna is not choosing an orphan to take home and raise as her own. The lady working at the glasses store is giving Joy Anna a really strange look as she watches her dial up Jill.
Even though Jill is half a world away in Central America, she stops preaching to heathens long enough to help Joy Anna make that life-altering decision of what frames to get. (Surely all the other Duggars were praying back at home for Joy Anna to make the right decision.)
Once Joy Anna finally chooses a pair of glasses, we head back to Duggar Central, where most of the family is leaving to go to Central America. Jim Bob and Michelle, as well as 10 of the kids, leave for HeathenVille, leaving Jana, Anna and Grandma to wrangle the kids. Somehow, however, Jana manages to escape long enough to trudge over to Jessa’s to finish her home repair project.
Ben tries to tell us how they’re going to rewire the lights, but he stumbles over every word and sounds like he has no idea what he’s talking about. This man barely seems mentally equipped to be able to dress himself; surely no one is going to trust him with power tools?!
Joe and Jana go to work, along with one of their friends. (Being friends with the Duggars kind of sounds like being their free servants. Planning their parties, remodeling their house. Do you have to sign up for a task before you’re allowed to be their friend?)
They give Ben a mask to play with, so he can feel like he’s “helping” the big boys. He’s literally just goobering around the room as Jana and Joe are blasting holes in the walls and drilling stuff into place. Ben marvels at how big one of the holes is and gives us his thoughts on big holes.
“You could make a really big hole, and then you’d just, like, have a gaping hole,” he tells us.
Um…did someone accidentally hit Ben on the head with a power saw or something? He seems especially brain-dead this episode. Jessa is just standing there, trying to pretend that her husband’s jokes are actually funny, but we know she’s crying silently inside. Even with those horrific bangs of hers, she could have married someone so much better.
Jana and her crew are almost done with the job. Every so often, Ben pipes in with some new stupid comment.
“Crawl spaces don’t really have a lot of space, huhuhuh,” he tells us at one point.
Beavis! Jessa married Beavis!
Once Queen Jessa has her castle lit the way she wanted, she allows her servant siblings to go back home for the night.
The next day, Ben and Jessa go on a date night (with The Spurge) to talk about when they are going to be adding more babies to their family. They go to a taco fast food place and spend several minutes talking about how they love tacos. While this is happening, the camera keeps shooting extreme close-ups of them eating.
This is so weird. Do we really need to watch Ben snarf carne asada in high definition!? Ugh.
As she’s slopping down her paid-for-by-TLC tacos, Jessa says that the adoption company they want to work with won’t let you adopt when your baby is less than nine months old. So, they are waiting for Spurge to turn 9 months and then they will apply.
She says they are going to start off doing a domestic adoption, but they also have plans to adopt internationally later. (Queen Jessa seems to be realizing that having to go through labor and delivery for 10+ babies isn’t going to be very fun. Maybe she just now realized that she can’t make Jana have her babies for her?)
Next week, we get to watch the Duggars buy and sell some used cars. They will also be building a tree house. These people need actual jobs.
To read our recap of last week’s episode of ‘Jill & Jessa: Counting On,’ click here!