Breaking Amish continues to be one of the most controversial shows on television. With numerous allegations and convincing evidence that the cast members aren’t being honest with us, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to believe anything that comes out of anyone’s mouth. Numerous websites, and people have set out to expose these “Amish” cast members, and nearly every bit of it seems highly likely to be true. As a result of this negative exposure, everything viewers are seeing and hearing is up for questioning.
I must admit that I am highly disappointed that it is almost certain that we are being lied to. However, a part of me still wants to believe that at least some of what we are seeing is true. TLC has made it known that we will be finding out the truth behind these allegations. Due to my nagging curiosity, I watched again, and likely will watch next week too. I can’t help myself. Likely if you’re reading this….you can’t help yourself either.
After watching episode 4, I continued to believe Jeremiah’s story about himself to be completely untrue. How can one think otherwise with all the online records, and his ex wife speaking out?
I also find Kate completely unbelievable, and a poor actress. She may make a decent model, but acting is certainly not her calling.
Though the evidence has mounted against Rebecca and Abe, there was still that part of me hoping to be fooled by them. From their accents, to the fact that they seem to remain careful about stepping too far out their boundaries, they seem the most convincing of all the cast mates. They just come across as fairly sensible to me. However, a swimsuit photo posted years back of Rebecca doesn’t make sense, nor does Abe’s DUI, or the picture of them dressed in English clothes holding a baby.
In addition to Abe and Rebecca, Sabrina appears to be quite a commendable actress. In fact….she could win an Oscar….almost. Half way through the show, I found myself thinking this girl was for real….that is until, I observed her with Jeremiah, and I found more evidence that would be almost impossible to prove false. (We will get to that later!)
However, let’s get to that play by play rundown of the show first.
Jeremiah commented that he misses the country where he can truly see the skies, and the stars. We didn’t hear anything about missing his children or his ex wife though.
Rebecca wound up going to the dentist office, though she couldn’t be less thrilled about it. She knew it was going to be unpleasant prior to her arrival. Whether her entire life story is real or fake, it was obvious that she’s genuinely had unfair dental experiences, and has been robbed of quality of life. She admitted to the dentist that ALL of her teeth were pulled out when she was just 19 years old. Apparently Amish dentists only specialty is pulling teeth, and it’s hardly a specialty because they use pliers to yank them out. Whoever worked on Rebecca’s mouth clearly didn’t have any experience. All this time she has been walking around with dentures that hurt her mouth, and make it very difficult to eat. (You can’t make this stuff up!) The dentist informed her that the cost for new dentures would be around $3000. Rebecca confessed that she cannot afford that, and that she can’t really ask her family for help, because they don’t talk to her anymore. Predictably, the dentist offers to make her dentures at no cost.
Kate discovered Rebecca’s dentures, and made fun of her behind her back. I’m sure I’m not the only one that has a hard time believing that an Amish girl would be so catty, and poke so much fun at someone’s appearance?
Speaking of Kate….she and Jeremiah went out for drinks. She was clearly trashed, and Jeremiah took a video to the capture the slurred speech moments, and wild confessions.
Sabrina claims that she wants to connect with Puerto Rican people in the city, because of her heritage. Being that she was adopted, she never really had the chance to get to know who she is, or where she comes from. As a result, she hadn’t received the chance to meet people that share a similar background to herself. That much at least sounded reasonable and real to me.
She seems clueless about the taking a subway by herself, but she did it. She went to a restaurant to try to find a job. She met with a couple of Puerto Rican ladies, and told them about her desire to connect with the culture. After explaining her story, and that she has experience with serving, they took her under their wings.
Jeremiah went on his 2nd driving lesson….(even though he has owned two cars before, right?) This time he had a new instructor, and while he claims it went better, he still seemed to be a little wild behind the wheel. Just to add icing to the cake, he continues to make people mad in traffic because he’s still SO new at city driving. I’m just not buying it….are you?
Meanwhile, Abe claims he’s on his first date with Rebecca, and she claims she never knew he liked her. They went to a Mexican restaurant which wound up being more like a Chinese restaurant. While Rebecca says she has never had Chinese before, she amazingly seems to use chopsticks with much, much more coordination than I ever could. Yes, I know they had sushi where they used chopsticks on episode four….but still! Abe and Rebecca seem to share much in common as they both dropped out of school early. Later in the evening, they take part in a napkin dance, and both agree that they had a great time with one another. Abe claims Rebecca is definitely the hottest girl in New York City. Is hott an Amish word? Hey, maybe it is. What do I know?
Later we see Sabrina’s new Puerto Rican friends taking her to get her to a salon to get her hair done professionally for the first time. This would be extra sweet if I thought it were true. However, online photos of her on her Non-Mennonite wedding day in 2009 kind of speak otherwise.
The kicker of the episode is when they go all go cell phone shopping. I find this especially interesting since Facebooks, Myspaces, Twitters, and online modeling accounts have been discovered among most, if not all of them. As Amish would (if they’re truly Amish), the group was acting completely clueless about cell phones, and all their high tech features.
Abe especially couldn’t act more confused.
Kate’s classic comment was, “what is texting!?” (Apparently when she used to drive to work at Ruby Tuesday’s, and work as a bartender, she went without a cell phone?)
“This is a freakin awesome way to communicate,” remarks Jeremiah. (They sure all like the word “freakin,” don’t they?)
Later the group, excluding Abe, and Rebecca go into a bar, because Rebecca isn’t old enough. Abe comments that he’s glad Rebecca wasn’t old enough, so that they can spend more one on one time together. The pair seems to agree that getting trashed just isn’t their thing.
OF COURSE…the newly formed couple ends up meeting a newly married Muslim couple, and the bride tells them that she is normally covered up because of her religion, which of course means that the two couples can relate to one another in some way. Ironically….they tell Abe and Rebecca that they had their first date on the same block. This whole scene just raised red flags to me, and seemed obviously staged. If I was getting swayed back to any belief in the show, this ruined it.
Jeremiah is questioned about a girlfriend, but says little.
Kate worries about having no friends when she goes back home, and admits to being unhappy. She starts crying, and Sabrina comforts her.
Sabrina remarks later that Kate is “really up, and then really down.” She continues by saying that she is all around, and almost acts like she has a couple personalities. The other members of the group seem to feel the same about her.
Sabrina then talks to Jeremiah about how she wants to find her real family. That part is still believable to me? I think. He suggests getting a detective, and says he hopes she’s happy when they do find out. She does go to a detective, and he tells her that while it will take some time, he will work to find out information for her.
Later Abe, and Jeremiah go to a barber to get haircuts that will match their English clothes. Abe claims this is his first time to ever go to a barber, and that his Mom usually cuts it. That may be true, but that may be ALL that is true?
The group later goes to a non-Amish church that is energetic, lively, and full of life. They all find this church to be night and day different from what they’re used to. They say these people are celebrating, dancing, clapping, singing, and showing them love that they’ve never experienced in church before. Whether or not this scene was the real deal is debateable. However, it made some good points, and it was a refreshing change from their other activities.
Later on, Sabrina continues to complain about Kate by saying that she is always in the bathroom. Inside, Kate is talking to the camera and referring to herself as crazy Kate, while not allowing Sabrina to have her turn. Kate seems completely unstable while speaking to that camera, and ignoring Sabrina.
This same up and down girl later ends up pole dancing at the bar. Jeremiah said he doesn’t think it’s the first time she’s ever done it. Kate claims it just comes naturally, but that it is indeed her first time. Claims is the key word here.
While it’s unclear whether or not Sabrina is still married, her and the allegedly divorced father of three, Jeremiah get drunk together and share a kiss. Earlier, when she entered the room in her English clothes, Jeremiah was clearly into her. Having both been adopted, Sabrina says they relate well to one another.
Back at the dentist Rebecca is amazed by her new teeth, and is beyond excited about being able to eat better.
Kate’s mood swings continue, and she said she doesn’t feel like she fits in with the group. She later tells the camera that she doesn’t feel like going out with the rest of the group, and says there is always some kind of drama. Interesting she says that, because she seems a bit dramatic herself.
Sabrina suggests staging an intervention with Kate, while she, Abe, and Rebecca are out bowling. Understandably, the girls are tired of being locked out of the room, and the bathroom constantly being occupied. Abe concurs with the girls that something isn’t right, and is obviously irritated with her himself.
The show kind of ends on a random note, but I think the discrepencies in episode 4 were evident once again, and the mounting proof doesn’t seem to help their case.
Next week’s preview may be indicating that we will be getting the answer to at least one of our burning questions: We see Rebecca discovering a mug shot of Kate in which she got her DUI….
Will our questions be answered about Kate next week or will we have to wait?
What do you think? Do you think Breaking Amish is faking Amish, or that much of the allegations are well thought out, and carefully plotted rumors? If so, how do you explain them?