'Kate Plus 8' Recap: Kate Gosselin Finally Snaps


kate gosselinI know what you're expecting to read after last night's episode of Kate Plus 8. You're expecting me to go on a Kate Gosselin lost it again rant, complete with references to every temper tantrum, snide remark, and seemingly diva-esque display from the family's disastrous cross-country RV trip. And I'll admit Kate was not exactly bursting with benevolence on this particular vacation ... okay fine, she was in a pretty bad mood.

But I think I know why Kate was being particularly prickly. In fact, I know I know why. It's no big mystery ... Kate tells us herself, more than once.

The woman was tired! She was freakin' exhausted. That's why she kept mentioning, almost as an apology-in-advance, that she was only getting three to four hours of shut-eye per night and really, really wanted to just go to sleep.

I'm not saying that tired moms get carte blanche to indulge in whatever bad behavior they want (wouldn't that be awesome?!?!), but there's no denying the kind of havoc chronic sleep-deprivation can wreak on a mother's mental state.

Add to that drawback the inherent difficulty of traveling with kids -- multiplied by eight -- plus Kate's unwavering tendency towards perfectionism, and of course, you're gonna get some unhappy campers.

Then there was the tension between Mady and the son of Kate's best friend, Jamie. There's nothing like a my kid vs. your kid throw-down to cause a rift between two moms, and that's under the best of circumstances. I actually think Kate did the right thing by "running away," i.e., taking off to buy groceries. At least she removed herself from the situation before things got even worse.

Was Kate at her best on the RV trip? No. But god forbid somebody stuck an overtired me in an RV with eight kids and turned on the cameras. Would it be any different for you?

Do you understand why Kate lost it last night?


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Knuckles Knuckles

Put me in that same position and it would end up in the news! It would not be pretty.

miche... micheledo

I don't watch the show so I can't comment on all that happened.

However, I have barely survived the last few years on only 3 to 4 hours of sleep.  It was HORRID.  I finally forced myself to go to bed when the kids do so that I can get a few more hours.  It has made a world of differnece.  However, exhaustion is never an excuse for lousy, rotten behavior.  I'm the adult and have to figure out a way to deal with the exaustion, anger, and impatience. 

nonmember avatar Tracey

It would help if you watched the show Jacqueline. The issues were with jamie and Cara, not Mady. All the adults were tired. Why was Kate the only nasty one?

momve... momversuswild

Seriously!  Me plus four hours plus trying to camp with that many kids = ugly.  I think TLC knew they were cancelling her, so they are doing this for some ratings at her expense.  I'm sure editing made the whole situation look worse that it had to.

nonmember avatar Jim

I love when Moms make excuses for their kids when they are acting like brats by saying they are tired. I actually heard a Mom once say their kid was acting up because he got too much sleep. Excuses are plenty. Kate must have not slept since 1999 since she has been acting like this for years.

nonmember avatar Mary

Yes, Kate was obviously exhausted, and that trip can take a lot out of anyone, BUT Kate asks for it... she told TLC she wanted an RV trip, she knew cameras would be rolling, and even when she complained a few times about tourists taking their picture, she loves it, she craves it! By putting herself and family out there, with cameras and the TLC crews with them, she knows what to expect!!! I'm sick of her, she complained the entire time!!

Melis... Melissa042807

I can understand why she lost it, but what I don't understand is why she keeps putting herself in postions like that. I'm glad the show is ending. She needs some personal reflection time.

nonmember avatar Marge

I agree with you Mary. Why was she tired? She only "takes care" of the kids on camera. How many nannys were there off camera taking care of the kids? You're an adult, you're tired, deal with it. She needs to be dramatic for the camera.

nonmember avatar Me

I'd be more likely to buy it if she wasn't constantly complaining of being EXHAUSTED!

nonmember avatar Oh Please

This woman is HORRIBLE. Im SO happy she is FINALLY going off the air and order will be restored in this household. ( 3 kids ) My kids love her kids. She played with Jamie's kid MORE then she has EVER played with her own children combined. And her bitchn and moaning about how tired she was. Here's an idea lady your on a FULLY PAID FOR VACATION RELAX. Stuff will get done. WHY did she have to stay up until 3am? She didnt. She wants to always be the martyr. Her kids are desperate for her love. It's NO wonder she has NO FRIENDS or FAMILY.

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