In this week’s episode there was no video proof of Kate doing the things Sabrina accused her of and Abe and Rebecca felt sorry for her and defended her and think it was just a scam so that Sabrina and Jeremiah could get a room together and it made poor Kate think she was crazy because she couldn’t remember doing any of the things she was accused of. Jeremiah also said him and Sabrina had sex( even though records show she got married in 2009 so what would her HUSBAND think of that?) and told Abe not to tell or he’d blackmail HIM and Rebecca about THEIR secrets; that they knew eachother before, etc. but Rebecca would have none of it and got in his face and said there was no way he was going to threaten and blackmail her. Kate and Sabrina also tried to talk it out and Kate said Jeremiah likes conflict, to stir things up and to talk bad about other people. Abe and Rebecca also bought bathingsuits and went on a date at the beach and I find them the most likeable of all the people on the show and think the others basically come across as shitty,catty, shit-disturbing people,and even more so than non-Amish people!
Abe also wanted to propose to Rebecca and was really nervous and wrote “Will you marry me?” in the sand but didn’t know how to spell “marry” and had to ask the cameraman, he gave her a rose and proposed and she was overjoyed and accepted!(what will happen later though when he finds out she’s already married? I found out on other sites such as xamishatheist.com and the Facebook page Breaking Amish The Expose) and the group got together to celebrate the engagement, and Kate went to the modelling agency to find out the results of her previous photo shoot and she was accepted and got a contract and a 30 day trial! Sabrina visited her Puerto Rican biological father and grandmother(who only speaks Spanish) as well who both looked frail and sick to me and the grandmother was bedridden and the father cares for the ailing old woman who said she isn’t ready to die until she met her grand daughter, and they said they love her and have photos of her growing up,told her that her mother was a good woman that loved her,exchanged phone numbers and will keep in touch.
Abe also went home to announce his engagement to Rebecca(and dressed in Amish clothes out of respect for his family) and his mother told him that Rebecca was already married to an Amishman and although she didn’t think the marriage lasted long she’s still divorced and that’s a no-no in Amish culture; you can’t be divorced and re-marry(you can only remarry if widowed, like in the Catholic Church) and if he marries her he will be shunned by his family and his community and can’t be Amish anymore! He was disappointed she with held this crucial information from him and she was defensive and said she was ashamed, her ex was a “jackass” and it’s not something she likes to talk about and that he should marry her for who she is now and not because of what happened in the past but he said he needs time to think it over and digest it all; it’s a big decision to choose between her or being Amish and keeping his family. On the last night of their 6 weeks together the group also made dinner and discussed Abe and Rebecca’s dilemma and Jeremiah said he too was married and divorced(yet has still failed to mention the fact that he has 3 kids and that his marriage was abusive, that he was arrested for domestic abuse several times , his ex has a restraining order out on him, and he has failed to pay child support) and Kate said if she were marrying someone who had been married before and divorced that she’d like to know and that it’s a big thing and the spouse has the right to know such a thing.(I agree!)
During the group’s final meal together they discussed the pro’s and con’s of Amish and Mennonite life, staying VS leaving,and Jeremiah said he joined the church and was baptized at 16 but was caught smoking at 18 and was disciplined and had to publically confess and repent or be shunned and said he told them he did but added only because he HAD to, not because he wanted to(which isn’t really sincere or true repentance) and that he ended up leaving at 19, Sabrina said Mennonites aren’t shunned like the Amish but they are judged unless they repent from sin and that they “make your life a living hell”, Kate and Abe stated if you leave they’d miss the support of family and community and would be scared to be alone, Sabrina said it’s easier to be Mennonite(than to leave and be on your own) but that you also have to do what makes you happy,Abe said alot of Amish want to leave but they don’t have the “guts”, Rebecca’s glad to have gone to the city and she learned alot, Abe said it’s hard to make a living in the city esp. without a decent education,and Kate said there’s alot of opportunities in the city but she won’t miss Jeremiah when she leaves!
In the next episode, the group all return back to their respective homes, families,and communities,and I wonder if in the final episode if they interview them and catch up on what’s been happening in their lives in the meantime, and if so, if they’ll mention about Sabrina being married, about Abe and Rebecca’s baby(now 2 years old), about Jeremiah having 3 kids, whatever happened with Kate’s modelling, etc. I wonder if they’ll come “clean” about all the misconceptions and deceptions and let the audience know that in fact they actually left their communities some 10 years ago and not just recently like they’re letting on?