Kardashians who? The Robertsons are America's new favorite TV family. Let's take a look at some of the moments that made them so easy to love.
If five seasons of “Duck Dynasty” have taught us anything, it’s that the Robertsons beat to the sound of their own duck call. So when Jase’s 11-year-old daughter Mia was scheduled for her fifth surgery she didn’t ask for a puppy or a new doll, she wanted a wrestling-themed family reunion.
“Next week, my daughter Mia is having her fifth surgery to address her cleft lip and palate,” said Jase. “It’s a tough one but she's a tough kid. She's got Jase Robertson nerves of steel and right now I kind of wish I had them back.”
Jase channeled his nervous energy into helping to plan what he said would be the “greatest party ever.”
“I make no secret that I don't like setting up decorations,” he said. “But in this case, since we're throwing a party for Mia, I want to make this as good as it can be.”
But while Jase, Willie and Duck Commander employees Martin and Godwin got stuck with decorating detail, Jep and Phil seemed to be having a lot more fun preparing to go duck hunting for Miss Kay’s jambalaya.
“I want to know how you get that part of the decoration crew job,” Martin complained. “Phil’s just sitting over there cleaning his shot gun and shocker; Jep’s not doing anything.”
But it wasn’t long before Phil’s sister and brother-in-law Gordon showed up early for the reunion.
“If you took a pic of the Robertson clan they would say, ‘Yeah yeah, Robertson, Robertson, Robertson. Whoa, lets back up a little bit. Who's that guy over there in the pink fresh out of Florida?’”
“What was the line to make you say, ‘I think I’ll spend the rest of my life with a man from Florida?’” Phil asked his sister.
“She was looking for a man that was not from the Paleolithic era,” Gordon shot back before challenging Phil to see who could shoot more ducks.
Phil reluctantly agreed to let Gordon join him on his hunting trip.
“When you have an extra spot in your blind, as a southerner you say, ‘Well the right thing to do would be to give it to ol’ Gordon,’” said Phil. “But when you take a guy duck hunting and he shows up in pink, its just something not right about that. It’s a first but we’ll make it work.”
Gordon’s threat of being the better shot was quickly disproved as he had yet to successfully take down one duck. Phil was worried that he would be stripped of his manhood should he not be able to bag a duck, but likely Gordon got one at the very end.
“Every time we take a yuppie duck hunting, I am reaching out to the human race,” Phil said of his kind deed. “Now you’re a man,” he told Gordon.
“I was a man before. My manhood is fully intact, ask you sister,” Gordon said back to a disturbed Phil.
After the big hunting trip, it was time for the family reunion. Robertsons came from all over to support Mia, including Uncle Si’s daughter and grandchildren.
“It’s good to see some familiar beards,” Willie announced as he welcomed his niece Mia to say a few words.
“My name is Mia Elaine Robertson and I was born with a cleft lip and a cleft palate,” Mia said.
“My favorite verse is psalm 46:10. 'Be still and I know that I am God.' I like this verse because whenever I am sad or have struggles I know that God is bigger than all of that and He is bigger than any of your struggles too.”
Willie also had some advice to hand out.
“Sometimes family means everybody has to pull together to get through tough times,” he said at the end of the finale. “Even though this family reunion was born out of something difficult, Mia’s surgery, what came out of it was something great.”
“Our kids were introduced to long lost relatives and we had a sweet backyard wrestling match. I do know that this family reunion is going to be talked about for years,” he continued. “And that’s one of the greatest things a family can pass down, stories people can tell for generations to come well that and the recipe of Miss Kay's jambalaya."
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