How can anyone who saw this week’s episode of “Jon & Kate Plus 8” not believe the rumors that the Gosselin marriage is in trouble?
I’m not even talking about the controversial preview for next week’s season finale, which ambiguously addresses said marriage problems. I’m talking about the content of the skiing/Sesame episode. It was unusual enough that Jon and Kate were apart for the entire episode, with Jon taking Cara to Utah to ski and Kate alone at home with the rest of the kids – mind you, that’s seven other kids – and taking them to “Sesame Street Live” (gotta love those incessant product placements!). As happy as Cara seemed about skiing and spending time with her dad, there was an underlying sadness to the trip, don’t you think? Sure, she was homesick – but could it also be because she senses (or even worse, knows) the strife between her parents.
Plus, did you pick up on Jon and Kate’s body language during the commentary scenes? Kate spent all of her time on the couch completely closed off from Jon. Her shoulders were rounded (away from Jon), and she was definitely on *her* side of the love (oh, the irony) seat.
Plus, when Kate spoke about how happy she was when the ski trip was over, she never once expressed happiness that her husband was back, too. (Chances are that even in the good old days she would’ve said she was glad Jon was home so he could help her with the rest of the brood.) Nope, she just talked about how thrilled she was that Cara was back in the fold. Hmmm…
So what are the odds that TLC is totally taking advantage of the marriage-on-the-rocks rumors to score major ratings with next week’s finale? Or is there really something going on that the network feels it must address, because any subsequent episodes – anyone know how long the Gosselins are locked into contract? – may feature the kids visiting Jon at his mom’s house?
In the meantime, you’ll be thrilled to know that there’s a new Gosselin book on the not-so-distant horizon. “Eight Little Faces: A Mom’s Journey” by Kate Gosselin (emphasis: no Jon!) is due out soon. Read more about it here.