The Robertson family has just one rule they must abide: Never be late for duck hunting.
“Willie broke the cardinal rule of duck hunting and that rule is wake up in time to go duck hunting,” said Uncle Si.
Last year, Willie woke up late for opening day of duck season, a first for the Robertson men. So this year he was forced to help prepare all of Phil’s 64 duck blinds.
“I've probably never subjected Willie to such hard labor all in one day,” said Phil. “However, I must say that I've never known a Robertson son to sleep in the opening day of duck season. You just wouldn't do something like that. Ever.”
It wasn’t enough to just subject his son to hard manual labor, Phil and Si also spent the day bossing around the Duck Commander CEO.
“Out here on the land we go by age,” explained Si who was having a little too much fun ordering around his nephew. “Look, the boy needs to get his delicate little CEO hands dirty and callused. He's the commander general. I'm second in command and Willie he's way down on the bottom of the totem pole.”
“Make one simple mistake about hunting and pay dearly for it with humiliation and hard labor,” whined Willie. “Welcome to the Robertson family.”
While Willie worked, the rest of the Robertson men were busy helping Jep get out of a bind.
“Basically I messed up big time,” admitted Jep. “I promised Jessica this playhouse would be ready for the kids [and it’s not].”
When he told his brother Jase he would be hiring builders to assemble the playhouse, Jase said he could get the job done in one day.
“All men should be able to build and assemble,” said Jase. “As men, we're holding up our end of the bargain. Be a man, build something, anything.”
While Jase seemed up for the challenge, Jep was a bit loopy from the pain medication he was taking for an arm injury.
“We'll build it while you sleep it off and we’ll give you all the credit it,” Jase offered. “That's what supervisors do, look at Willie.”
But when Jep came to and saw what his brother had created he realized he was going to be in a lot of trouble.
“Jessica is not going to like this,” he said as he saw the playhouse had no slides or windows and looked like it would fall apart at any second.
“Anybody can call and order some prefab playhouse,” said Jase. “Forts are for kids who want to defend themselves from other neighborhood kids. The kids who play in playhouses, they're just looking for other places to have snack.”
As soon as Jessica saw the strange structure, she asked her husband, “Jep, I thought you were here, what were you doing this whole time? This is not what we talked about.”
“Don't freak out, I got a plan b,” answered Jep.
“You're going to take another nap?” snapped Jessica.
In the end, Jep hired builders to make a playhouse and although Phil called it a “yuppie move,” even he had to admit it was “better than letting his kids play in that death trap Jase built.”
“One of the great things about having a big family, is that we can all appreciate how we see the world in a different light,” said Willie over dinner at Jep’s house.
“Sure, we may butt heads and bicker when we're trying to help each other out,” he continued. “Say, volunteering to build a playhouse or not volunteering to build duck blinds. But when all is said and done, the mark of a truly great family is the ability to rise above your differences and laugh about them.”