Jon and Kate Plus 8 went green on a special episode of the show this Sunday. TLC, trying to take full advantage of the popularity of the Gosselin family and their following, decided to air a special “green” episode of Jon & Kate Plus 8 in an effort to have some quality Sunday night programming. In order to do that, they brought on special guest Steve Thomas, who is the host of Planet Green’s “Renovation Nation” in order to show the Gosselin family exactly what “going green” actually means. It sounds like the perfect opportunity for TLC to show the family in a good light, and to take some bad press away from the show.
On this episode of Jon and Kate Plus 8 Steve Thomas worked to help the Gosselin family transform their house into an ecologically savvy home with many new gadgets that could help them conserve electricity and generate power through methods other than just using the power company. To do that he helped install electric solar panels, solar thermal panels, and solar powered lights along the driveway, all of which was provided to the Gosselin family free of charge (mostly as gifts) if they were willing to do the episode, and extend their show an extra episode between seasons. It seemed like a real winning opportunity for the family to get more free stuff, and for TLC to get another ratings win.
The one-hour special may have shown quite a few new ways for people to help save the environment, and create more power through clean resources, but it skimmed over a few issues that could bother other viewers. The first problem was that it didn’t seem as though the Gosselin’s were completely committed to this whole “going-green” movement. It seemed more like they were just taking advantage of an opportunity to have improvements made to their house, all paid for by someone else. Who can really blame them though, as most everyone would jump at the chance to have that done.
Another thing that really stood out from the episode, is that Kate Gosselin was using Styrofoam cups in order to serve her guest’s coffee during their breaks. Now for an episode where TLC and Steve Thomas want to preach about the benefits of having a “green” house or lifestyle, they really needed to do a better job of editing, or talking to Kate on camera about this little mistake. The show itself did succeed on two fronts in its presentation though, primarily by spreading the word about helping out the environment, but also in getting the brand name of Jon & Kate Plus 8 out there even more.