Breaking Amish Breakout Star Mary Schmucker’s Episode 1 Recap

posted: 09/19/14
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Mary Schmucker is everyone's favorite Amish mom.

A beloved breakout star from prior seasons of Breaking Amish, Mary is the Schmucker family's beloved matriarch. She's known for her wisdom, sense of humor and devotion to her family. In this episode recap of the Season 3 premiere, Mary offers her insight into the new characters. SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't yet viewed episode 1, be warned that some plot points are revealed below. Mary, do you think Barbie will marry Lester? And if so, will they come back to the Amish community?

Mary: It's really hard to tell but my guess is yes, they'll get married. In my honest opinion, I don't think she'll go back Amish. What advice would you give Vonda about moving on from the tragedy of losing her boyfriend?

Mary: I actually don't know what I'd tell her, but I do know one thing: a person has to do whatever makes them happy. They cannot go on grieving forever and forever. What do you think about Bates' dream of becoming an actor? How would you react if one of your kids had the same dream?

Mary: I think he has a good chance. He has nice moves -- when he moves, he moves in a way that people pay attention to him. He also has a nice smile. From what I've seen, I really think he would make it. How would you react if one of your kids wanted to become an actor?

Mary: First of all, I would probably have a heart attack! I would say, "Make sure this is what you want before you do it." Because acting is not easy. Matthias found out that his wife cheated on him, and now he's leaving her behind -- alone and pregnant. Do you think that's fair?

Mary: That's a hard question. No, it's not fair. From my point of view, it's not nice to leave a woman with a child if you can work it out. If you can't work it out, it's not nice to live together and not have a nice marriage, where you're always arguing. I hope he realizes what he's going to miss if he doesn't stay with her and the baby when the baby comes. But I don't want him to go back if it's not what they want; it'll be even worse. Would you rather see Miriam return to her Amish community to raise her son, Aaron? Or knowing that she's been shunned, does she have a better chance of being a single mom in the English world?

Mary: She definitely she has a better chance of being a single mom in the English world. I know what it's like being shunned. It's like living hell. I would definitely not advise her to go back. She's going to have a much better life being English and raising her son. So far, whose story interests you the most?

Mary: I love them all. They're the best yet. I cannot help it, even though I know my kids would say, "Mom, you're not sticking up for us!" They are all really good. Is it really a sin to use a tanning bed? Why?

Mary: It's a sin because it's worldly. It's something that the Amish would never believe in because they'd never have time to do something like that. It also uses electricity. We were taught if you're outside working, you'll get a tan. There are Amish women who like looking tan. I know someone who went on vacation and came back pretty brown, and everyone was happy for her. But a lot of them can't have that opportunity. Do you think all Amish preachers' daughters have a wild streak?

Mary: No, not all of them do. I know some who don't have a wild streak who are just straight as can be. I definitely know some who are wild as well. I think it's because they feel confined. They believe if you're in church and you have your cape on a little different, everyone is whispering at you. You have to walk like you own the world; you can't do anything out of line.

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