Jon & Kate Plus 8 Returns, Minus 1

Last night, Jon & Kate Plus 8 returned with two new episodes after the Gosselins' breakup caused an unplanned hiatus. Mainly, we saw Kate determined to make the best of single-motherhood, and didn't see much of Jon at all.

The first new episode featured Kate and the kids' infamous beach trip, which landed her — in a bikini — on the cover of all the celeb weeklies.


At the time of these particular tabloid stories, we were made to believe that Kate cruelly yanked the kids out of school to get away from Jon and frolic at the beach with her bodyguard boyfriend. (The bodyguard wasn't in the episode at all, although there was mention of "security" in regards to paparazzi.) What really happened is that the Gosselins were offered a free kitchen remodeling, and Kate and the kids went to the beach for two weeks while the family was without a sink, dishwasher, stove, and refrigerator. Jon stayed behind to oversee the project. (And also because he and Kate don't really like each other.)

On the second new episode, Kate took the kids on their annual camping trip in the backyard, and had to put together a tent, which had previously been Jon's job. If anything good is going to come out of the couple's broken marriage, it might be the example she's setting for her five girls that women can do anything. It seems that her daughters had previously thought—much like Kate—that tent building was a man's job.

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