getting to be a more mainstream show at this point. they are doing more staged stuff which is clearly for the show. trips to the gym or a flower shop (actually, that happens in season 4), etc. as filler or something to give the season/series some long term and short term interest points. i don’t really mind it, though. mostly, i watch the series to see how the family interacts and to hear them talk about the lifestyle and each other. they continue to be remarkably open about their own frailties and jealousies. i don’t agree with them, but i admire their maturity, honesty and communication.
most of them seem to approach subjects with the feelings of others in mind more than their own. it recalls the wooden quote: “Consider the rights of others before your own feelings, and the feelings of others before your own rights.” they also talk openly and unabashedly about values and morals. it’s interesting to contrast how much they talk about those things with how much i talk about those things with others or how much other reality tv stars talk about those concepts. i have a feeling sometimes that we’re too libertarian to talk about morals and values because we’re afraid of offending someone or seeming immoral by comparison or too preachy. it’s too bad, really, that we don’t talk about these things more often; and that’s coming from me who (i think) talks about it more than most of my peers.Watched on TV