I'll admit I have no idea what the point of cousin Amy is. Other than she's family and lives up the road a piece, why is she around? Does she show up on purpose of her own volition? Or is she called upon by TLC? Do the Duggars want her there? Or is she a party crasher? Sometimes Jim Bob looks at her like she's definately talking a little too much ("I think you did a little more than kiss before you got married Unles Jim Bob" during the Josh engagement episode...and Jim Bob walked away rather than strangle her on camera).
Sometimes I get the impression that she just shows up unannounced to get some camera time because she knows they are filming and the family gets those looks on their faces like "oh cousin Amy is here...why?" But other times she seems written into the show as if TLC has demanded that she be there--a double date with her and her boyfriend and Josh and Anna--can you say "awkward?" Although it does show that Jim Bob is not as strict as people claim he is--he allows his daughters to hang out with her because his daughters showed up on the date later that night to play bumper cars with them--why would Jim Bob allow his daughters to be with Amy and her date if he were so strict?
Amy was around with the Bates when they went to Silver Dollar City and sky diving. Why? An extra pair of eyes and hands is always helpful when in a theme park to keep track of all those kids, especially with 2 large families, but making a big deal of bringing her ipod full of heavy metal and country music was a little over the top--and Josh's comments about her as if she was going to corrupt them all were kind of, not rude, but family being family. Again--why was she there, if not to contrast the Bates and Duggars---here we have the modest family, the modest modern family, and Paris Hilton of Arkansas? Was that the only point? She looked and acted bored the entire time.
However she did encourage some girl talk among the older girls when the Bates boys were around--so having her around may have helped in the courting department---she's the one you want around when you need to talk about boys. I'm sure Jana, Jill, Jessa, and Jinger will get lots of details from Amy when it comes to boys and dating.
People have suggested that Jim Bob keeps Amy around as a "what not to do" for his girls. He is close to his sister and does obviously love her and his niece. He accepts her even though she was born out of wedlock and is not judgemental. Amy is Christian and respects the Duggars way of life and doesn't mock them when she visits. People have also called her loud and obnoxious--she has made a few comments about trying to get the girls more wild and crazy--some silly comments when shopping for baby clothes with Anna.
I'm just not sure about Amy. I don't dislike her. I just don't understand the point. Who's idea is she? Is she TLC's idea, the Duggar's idea, or does she just show up on her own to get publicity for her singing career? Or maybe a little of both?
Someone fill me in...I've heard people on Facebook friend her because she gives out details about baby Josie that no one else can get...what's your take on Cousin Amy? Is there a point? Cousin Oliver from the Brady Bunch--are the Duggars jumping the shark?