Deep Dish Duggars
Erin Bates plays a tune; Jinger declines to be Superman; and Josie's just another flower in the garden.
Jessa and Jinger have been allowed off the compound without at brother to supervise them. There's a lot of talk about how the girls have been sufficiently schooled in the proper way of thinking and can be trusted out on their own, but they are pretty closely shaddowed by a young couple with a baby, who are fairly likely the girls' Gothard chaperone family, so it's not like they had a chance to take in a PG-13 rated movie or something. Also, they are with Erin and Michela Bates. Anyway, they are all attending a "College Music Conference," which, judging from the long skirts and headcoverings in the audience, is less of what we think of as a college and is more of a religious home-schooling thing. Erin plays an original composition; it sounds pretty good to my untrained ear, but the woman who is apparently judging has some criticism. Erin says that she welcomes critical input, but she seems somewhat shaken, and it's surely unnecessary; Erin had to give up a scholaship to study music so that she can be a stay-at-home daughter until her father sees fit to marry her off, so maybe she doesn't need to deal with the rigors of musicianship if she can't reap the rewards.
Later, Jinger and Jessa sing in the choir, and it's all much less fraught.
After the conference, the girls, who've been joined by Pricilla Keller (one of Anna's sisters), do the tourist thing: they ride a double-decker bus and do a country mouse routine that was tired when their grandparents were in diapers. In an interview, there's some talk about how close they've always been, and they're asked about each other's personalities. Since neither Michelle nor Josh is answering, we don't hear about birth stories and who likes mustard instead of ketchup. Instead, Jessa says Jinger is sensitive of other people's feelings, and Jinger says Jessa is very outspoken.
(It's true: Remember when Jessa said something about the "weirdos" on the internet who were emailing Jim Bob to ask to marry one of the girls, and Michelle was shocked that her daughter would imply that men who troll for teen brides online might be creepy? Jessa didn't even look sorry afterwards.)
Next up: The Willis Tower, which used to be the Sears Tower and is the tallest building in the U.S. The elevator is a trial for Jinger, but not nearly as much as the glass viewing platform near the top of the building. It's made of a few layers of glass, with the idea that people can stand on it and look straight down. The tour guide recommends the Superman pose, where you lie down on your stomach like you're flying over the city. Jinger, who we remember from other episodes is afraid of heights, takes a dim view of all this; she can't even look while her sister and companions go out. They try to coax her onto the platform, but no dice; her feet barely graze the edge of the platform and that's the end of that. No Supermaning it up for Jinger, I guess.
Later, they have Chicago style pizza. Jessa looks askance at it, but the whole thing goes much more smoothly than that time the family went to an Ethiopian restaurant and behaved abominably. Jim Bob, who we'll soon see seems to be surrounded by all the little kids on his own, calls in the middle of lunch, because the girls shouldn't have one meal without hearing the screaming of the buddies, I guess.
Jim Bob is at a loss, what with all those little kids, so he takes them out to wash the cars. There's a loooooot of exposition from Jim Bob and Michelle about how cars . . . get dirty? So they need to be washed? I dunno; there are a lot of words to explain that JB and the kids washed cars.
In the meantime, while Jana is still MIA, it turns out Jill isn't minding the kids because she's taking care of Josie. She seems to be enjoying herself; I know I'd rather take care of one infant instead of an entire pack of hyper grade-schoolers. Of course, the Duggars don't exactly agree, which is why Josie has an actual plaque in her room with that horrifying saying of Michelle's, about how you can't have too many children any more than you can have too many flowers. I thought I had a great analogy about how March-born Josie is just like a spring lilac blooming; enthralling at the moment, but soon to loose her ability to interest her mother/gardener just like Jordyn did before her, and Jennifer before her. But then I remembered that she was supposed to be born in March, but was actually born in December. When there aren't really any flowers. Oooh, or maybe she's like the poinsettia , and only of interest for a few weeks? Or maybe I should just give it up. So . . . moral of the story? Children are not flowers, which are actually inanimate objects. Also, don't try to introduce analogies into Duggar space.