Duck Dynasty

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It's been a whole week since I got to spend quality time with Phil, Willie, Jase, Uncle Si, and the rest of the Robertson crew.  Sure, I've had my reruns, but I so look forward to Wednesday nights now thanks to Duck Dynasty.  Last night was no different.  Whether the warehouse boys were convincing Si to pay out his last dollar over a gentlemen's bet or Jase wearing out his welcome at Willie's house, the episode went by too quickly.  Sidebar, I love how Jep is always referred to as "Willie's Other Brother."  

Jase and Missy are renovating their kitchen, so Jase and the kids will be bunking with Willie and Korie.  Thankfully, Missy is out of town, so she'll have to miss whatever debacle will surely ensue this weekend.  Meanwhile, after a heated race between two toy woodpeckers, Godwin, Martin, Jep, and Si are betting on who can knock down red solo cup pyramids, and Si is doing his best to hustle the warehouse crew.  Jep can't believe that Si and his father are related…after all, Phil was almost a quarterback in the NFL, and Si couldn't hit the broad side of a barn.  


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As y'all know, I love Duck Dynasty.  In a reality world with name-calling, back-stabbing, hair-pulling, and bed-hopping, I find the Robertsons to be a refreshing change of pace! (Don't get me wrong, I like some drama, too!)  Uncle Si has been the breakout star of the A&E hit.  While he's been everything from a fashion model to an air traffic controller, yesterday Si added author to his list of accomplishments.  His book Si-cology 1: Tales and Wisdom from Duck Dynasty's Favorite Uncle hit the shelves yesterday.

Si's stories span from days of playing hooky with his brothers to earning good grades in college despite having a hard time making it to class.  He discusses his time in the military, how he met his wife, and the blessing of his two children and eight grandchildren.  

In an interview with the Christian Post, Si talks about why he chose to pen the tome, as well as the strong faith he shares with his family.  Initially, he didn't want to write a book, fearing that he didn't have enough family memories to share with his fans due to his twenty-five years serving in the armed forces.  He says, "I was in the military, so I told my wife that I was never there for the kids when they were growing up. And she said, 'oh yeah you were. Let me go get a photo album.' And she was showing me dressed as a bunny rabbit, rooster, and Santa Claus during Christmas time. Personally, I didn't feel that I was there enough."

However, in true Si fashion, he ended up going for it, lamenting, "They just kept bothering me, so I said, OK."



I think things are really going to be great this season of Duck Dynasty.  It's fun, light-hearted and not too scripted!  I love seeing the Robertsons get together, and I think it's hilarious the way Phil interacts with his grandchildren.  

Jase is installing a new dock with his brothers and friends as Si gives orders from the edge of the water.  Si is great at supervision, but he's reminded that he, of all people, does not have super vision.  I think we can all attest to that having seen his coke bottle glasses.

At the warehouse, Si is regaling the warehouse crew with stories of his football days.  Jase has Si's football formula memorized.  First, there is a grand exaggeration followed by Si's remarkable strategy.  After awhile, the actual story of the game begins, but it's riddled with commercial breaks for Epsom salt, sweet tea, and more ridiculously exaggerated stories.



Last night's Duck Dynasty got back to the roots of why I love this show so much.  It wasn't super scripted, but it was hilarious, wholesome, and fun to watch.  The episode followed Willie, Jase, and Si as they gave Martin a good-natured ribbing over a member of the opposite sex, and Phil was able to spend some quality time (even if he didn't ask for it) with some of his adorable grandchildren.

The Robertson boys are fishing, but Si's singing seems to be scaring off all potential catches.  As Phil so eloquently puts it, "If fish were vampires, Si would be garlic, daylight, and a stake through the heart simultaneously."

The men plan for a poker night, but Martin bows out quietly.  He's got a date!  I'm kind of excited to learn this news because it means that Martin is still on the market.  Call me maybe!  Willie jokes that he's known Martin for ten years and he's been on one date…if Willie is being generous.  Jase inquires as to whether Martin found this girl in a mail-order bride catalog.


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With more than 11 million viewers tuning in to watch Duck Dynasty this week, it's no shock that the show has spawned a few hardcore superfans!  We're talking fans who are so dedicated that they plan their wedding around Willie Robertson's appearance at the brand new Field & Stream store in Pennsylvania!  Superfans who also named their five month old baby Jase!  Take that, Twilight fans!  Edward and Bella are out as baby names in 2013 and Jase, Si and Phil are on the rise!  

Field & Stream celebrate the grand opening of its first store in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania last weekend.  A mom let the company know that her daughter Mehgan Cook, a bride-to-be, and her fiance Charlie Miller (both avid outdoorsmen) were so devastated about the possibility of missing out on the store's opening and Willie Robertson's appearance at said opening, that they wanted to get married IN the store. 


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I'm sorry, but could Sadie Robertson be any cuter?  I mean, the whole Duck Dynasty family (especially Uncle Si!) is the most precious thing to hit reality television in ages, and they are such a breath of fresh air.  Any chance y'all think they'd adopt me?

Sadie is Willie's sixteen-year-old daughter who is often featured on the show, and she does fun things like hang out with Scotty McCreery and shoot videos with Darius Rucker.  You know, normal stuff high schoolers do!  Now, she's collaborating on a line of prom dresses with designer Sherri Hill, whose dresses have been worn by Selena Gomez, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, and many other celebrities. After her Homecoming dress debacle last season, I'm sure Sadie's got plenty of ideas!


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Last night was the season premiere of Duck Dynasty, and I must say, I have missed those Robertson boys and their families!  While I'm all about a DD marathon, I love new Si one-liners peppered among Willie's antics and Jase and Phil's dry humor.  The episode didn't disappoint as the crew created a surprise wedding with nary a camo tablecloth.  I'm shocked!  Let's begin, shall we?  CHAW!

Jep and Willie are playing Battleship as their wives watch with eyes rolling.  Jessica and Korie share a scripted exchange about Phil and Kay's upcoming anniversary.  As Willie jokes that the girls will never be able to convince his parents to have a party, Korie suggests planning a surprise vow renewal, and she credits Willie for the brilliant idea.  She admits that the best way to get a Robertson man to do what you want is to make them think they came up with the plan in the first place…well, that and sexy time.  A second wedding, it is!

Jase, Si, Godwin, and the boy are hanging out in the warehouse, and Missy is blowing up Jase's phone with ideas for the surprise wedding.  The men wonder why they need a second walk down the aisle, and we learn that Phil and Kay never had a proper wedding the first time around. Godwin is excited about the idea as long as there is chicken dancing involved.  Willie joins the crew in an effort to escape Korie's party to-do list, and Si can do nothing but Indiana Jones his nephew for being so whipped as Godwin yells CHAW in what has to be the worst whip sound ever. Willie denies being a pushover as he hands his credit card to Korie…



The Duck Dynasty cast gets a big raise!

It's no surprise that the Duck Dynasty cast would want a big raise from the network, as the show has been consistently blowing up the ratings – and viewer numbers continue to climb all the time.  Their reruns bring in more viewers than first airings of any Housewives series in the franchise.

The cast – 9 adults and 11 children – will be getting 4-5x their original paychecks.  Deadline Hollywood reports that members of the Robertson family will be raking in $200,000 per episode, which will be split among the show's stars.  No word on how much the side players are paid – like Mountain Man, Justin Martin, and John Godwin.  Things are a little unclear as to which family members are included in the $200,000, as rumors swirl that the main Robertson men are each earning a large chunk separate from this.  So, it's possible the $200,000 is split between the side characters, wives, and kids.


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