Last night on 19 Kids and Counting, Jim Bob and Michelle celebrated their 30th anniversary, while Ben and Jessa decided to try their hand at parenting.
In a manner of speaking, of course. Their motives weren't what you think.
If you watch 19 Kids and Counting online or on TV, or know anything about the Duggars at all, you know they have some VERY strict rules for dating.
No touching between young couples except side hugs until marriage. It's pretty tough for a couple of hotties like Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald.
So what are they gonna do about it? Their approach is twofold ...
- Get engaged ASAP and get married VERY soon after;
- In the meantime, surround themselves with rugrats!
Never fails, and meets the family courtship standards too!
On 19 Kids and Counting Season 14 Episode 11, to help distract themselves from physical attraction, Jessa and Ben take the “little” Duggars to the arcade.
There, we learned that since Jessa and Ben are engaged, they can upgrade to holding hands, but still no full frontal hug action until the big day.
November 1, y'all. November freaking one.
At this point, though, Ben had yet to even propose to Jessa, but we know he took care of that in short order, popping the question on their 11-monthiversary.
And in any case, they stayed strong.
Jessa and Ben are very respectful of her parents and their religious beliefs, no matter how crazy the things banned by the Duggar family might seem.
They're committed to the rules, not finding ways around them, as evidenced by her older sister Jana Duggar tagging along as chaperone for the couple.
Better safe than sorry?
The arcade trip also made Ben realize that "this could be us” one day and that the “littles” are a blessing. Aww. They all had a derby race, and it was great.
In the first part of the hour, 19 Kids and Counting Season 14 Episode 10 focused on Jim Bob and Michelle’s 30th wedding anniversary. Congrats!!
Naturally, they set up a triple date with Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard, at this point just days away from marriage, and Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald.
En route to their destination, Jim Bob gets pulled over - on purpose - as a cop handcuffs the duos together so they can learn how to work together.
Scripted, yes. Cheesy, oh yes. But darned if it wasn't fun seeing them try to complete things ranging from household tasks to a full-on obstacle course.
Marriage. It's a challenge, but well worth it. Jim Bob says it's all about working together and communicating so that each partner looks after the other.
Ridiculous as might be to make a simple point this way, well played, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, and here's to the next 30 years of your lives together.
Meanwhile, Josh tries to get back on track with his fitness goals with Anna's help in the B story from Episode 10. What a cute family they are, too.
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