There is suddenly a lot of interest surrounding the TLC reality series, Breaking Amish. Everyone is asking, “Could it be fake?”
TLC admitted that, yes, there are some things going on behind the scenes, but said that most of the rumors are untrue. Additionally, TLC indicated that the issues in question—unnamed by TLC at this point—will be handled as the series goes forward.
The New York Daily News provided the following statement from TLC in a recent report:
There is a lot of information floating around about the group featured on Breaking Amish. Much of it is not true, but some of it is — and is addressed in upcoming episodes.
Last night’s episode was new, and parents and grandparents were coming to New York City to try and bring some of the cast members home—specifically Abe and Rebecca—but it was hard to watch the show and take it at face value. Knowing that TLC said that the “information” that is factual will be addressed as the show goes forward, it was hard to watch without thinking, “Is he the one?” or “Is she the one?” Distracting, to say the least, but it does keep you watching, and fixating on the least little “clues.”
Nothing Like Mom's Cooking
Abe took his mom out for lunch at a café, and they discussed his living in New York City. The most reassuring moment actually seemed to come in a conversation over cake.
“Do you like that chocolate cake better than you like mine?” Abe’s mom asked tentatively, seeming to be afraid of his answer.
“This is good cake,” he said, gesturing his fork at the plate.
“Is it?” his mom asked, sounding ready to admit she had lost her son to the big city.
“Yes. But, yours is even better. There is nothing that beats your food. Trust me.”
When Abe said that, there seemed to be just a little look on her face, something that reassured her, “Yes, this is still my son.”
It was nice.
A Fresh Start Together
Kate and Rebecca worked on their relationship together. They didn’t get off to a great start, with Kate and Sabrina getting rather snippy and catty behind Rebecca’s back.
“We’re still getting to know each other,” Kate said in a camera cameo. “Things have been a little rocky between us,” she admitted. “But we still have a long way to go, so we just need to make the best of it.”
They seemed to find some common ground, trying a modeling call with an agency. Kate got a call-back, and Rebecca did not, but the two did appear to make some positive movement in their relationship.
Could Jeremiah be "The One?"
Jeremiah. If it is true that one of the cast members had previously lived outside of the Amish life, and maybe already even has a family, Jeremiah seems like the obvious choice. He seems to be very comfortable cruising the city on his own. He is so easily annoyed with his fellow Amish, and wants to just fling off his own Amish heritage and be done with it (at least when it is convenient for him). He also made a few comments that could be part of the “addressed” issues TLC mentioned:
“I’ve dressed English, when I got kicked out of the Amish. I’ve got kicked out three different times.” (TLC, after all, very clearly stated from the beginning in its official description of the show, that, "Breaking Amish, premiering Sunday, Sept. 9 at 10|9c, provides a never-before-seen look inside the lives of young men and women as they, for the first time, trade horse and buggy with taxi cabs to break out from their respective Amish/Mennonite communities in their pursuit to chase big dreams in the Big Apple.")
"I've driven a car before without people knowing it, but it was only on country roads."
“I’ve dressed English before, so that’s why I’m able to help Abe not look like a nerd.”
On that, perhaps he was not quite on the mark—they both looked kinda touristy, at least, if not nerdy, in the clothes Jeremiah thought were perfect NYC. However, it was good that he talked Abe out of those orange knee-length shorts/pants. Bad. Just bad.
Plus, Jeremiah got a tattoo. Amish don’t get tattoos; they just do not. He just seems too comfortable with the outside world at this point to be there for the first time.
But, then again, he is the obvious choice; in television, the obvious choice is usually the wrong choice.
So, what did TLC mean with the recent revelation that, indeed, some of the issues floating about are true? Which ones did they mean? And, how and when will they be addressed?
Oh, and btw: Rebecca and Kate, you both looked awesome.
One more question: Where did Sabrina disappear to in all of this shopping mania?
Breaking Amish airs on TLC on Sunday nights at 10/9c.
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