The Duggar family is getting the Law & Order: SVU treatment tomorrow night, but the NBC drama’s fictional family inspired by the former 19 Kids and Counting stars attends an event that Jim Bob Duggar would never take his kids and wife to.
Yahoo! TV recently shared a sneak peek of the Law & Order: SVU episode inspired by the Duggar family’s sexual molestation scandal. The episode, “Patrimonial Burden,” centers on a fictional family with 13 kids. The family stars on a reality show titled Baker’s Dozen, and, just like the Duggars, the Bakers are very strict when it comes to sex — they encourage their kids to remain abstinent until marriage. The sneak peek is set up to look like an episode of Baker’s Dozen, and it shows 15-year-old Summer Baker talking about taking an abstinence oath and wearing a promise ring. Her older married sister, Tymber, is then shown gushing about how the only man she has ever kissed is her husband.
Longtime 19 Kids and Counting fans will immediately peg Summer as the Jana Duggar of the Baker family after seeing her mother chastise her for not keeping an eye on one of her little brothers. While watching the Duggars’ now-defunct reality series, many 19 Kids viewers noticed that Michelle Duggar expected her daughters to do a large portion of the parenting in the Duggar household. Jana seemed to be the family’s live-in nanny, and she even earned the nickname “Cinderella Duggar.”
The Law & Order: SVU sneak peek takes a dark turn when the Bakers’ 13-year-old daughter suddenly passes out during a dance with her dad. It turns out that the young teen is pregnant, and there’s a high probability that the father of her baby will turn out to be one of her own brothers. The 17-year-old son named Graham seems like the most likely suspect.
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There are many key differences between the Duggars and the Bakers. The Duggar family is a bit larger, and Michelle Duggar’s crunchy curls look extremely outdated next to Ma Baker’s modern shoulder-length hairstyle (a Duggar woman wouldn’t be caught dead with hair that short). But of course the biggest difference is in the details of the family’s sex scandals. Josh Duggar sexually molested four of his sisters, but he didn’t impregnate any of them. According to the police reports obtained by In Touch Weekly, he abused his sisters by fondling their breasts and genitals.
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Another difference between the Duggar family and the Baker family is this: Jim Bob Duggar would never dance with his daughters at a purity ball. According to the Wire, the Duggar daughters were gifted with purity rings to wear until their wedding days. However, they probably wouldn’t be allowed to attend a purity ball like the one in the SVU sneak peek because their family doesn’t dance. During an interview with Beliefnet, Jim Bob Duggar explained why dancing is something that should only be done by a husband and wife in the privacy of their bedroom.
“As far as dancing, something that we believe—it’s a personal conviction—is that a lot of times, when a guy sees a girl dance, it really can be defrauding to a guy, especially if they’re dressed immodestly. The definition of defrauding would be building up sensual desires that you cannot rightfully fulfill. Now, if my wife and I want to dance privately or something, in our room… Between a husband and wife is fine.”
Geneva Carr plays the reality show family matriarch based on Michelle Duggar in “Patrimonial Burden,” and Christopher Sieber stars as Jim Bob Duggar’s purity-obsessed stand-in. In another preview of the Law & Order: SVU episode, Carr’s Pam Baker doesn’t seem to understand why everyone has a problem with her 13-year-old daughter being pregnant.
“We don’t see it as a crime. We see it as a blessing,” she says.
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The SVU episode’s November 4 air date just so happens to be the birthday of one of Josh Duggar’s victims, pregnant Jill & Jessa: Counting On star Jessa Duggar Seewald.
Will you tune in to see just how different the Bakers are from the Duggars tomorrow night? Law & Order: SVU airs Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.
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