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Breaking Amish Breakout Star Mary Schmucker’s Episode 9 Recap

posted: 11/17/14
by: TLC
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According to Mary, no one has love and commitment better figured out than Barbie.
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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 ninth episode recap of Season 3, Mary offers her insight into love and devotion. SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't yet viewed episode 9, be warned that some plot points are revealed below.

Read Mary's episode 1 recap.

Read Mary's episode 2 recap.

Read Mary's episode 3 recap.

Read Mary's episode 5 recap.

Read Mary's episode 6 recap.

Read Mary's episode 7 recap.

Read Mary's episode 8 recap.

TLC.com: Matt invited his wife, Courtney, and mother-in-law, Venus, to watch him play with a band. Do you enjoy music outside of church; if so, what kind?

Mary: Yes, I enjoy a lot of country music. I don't like rock or jazz, though. My music has to have a good, happy beat. My favorite song is Conway Twitty's "Tight Fittin' Jeans."

TLC.com: What was your reaction to Miriam's announcement that she and Aaron aren't going to be Amish anymore? How do you think their lives will change being English?

Mary: Their lives are going to change a lot! I was clapping for Miriam when she made that choice for the simple reason that she has a child. Having a child out of wedlock is really looked down on in the Amish; she never would've been happy staying Amish.

TLC.com: When Bates learned that Rena might be pregnant, he had a very emotional reaction and became worried he'd have to give up his dream of acting. Were you surprised that was his primary concern? Did your opinion of Bates change when you saw that scene?

Mary: Yes, my opinion of him did change. He seemed like he was really in love with her, but then he was, like, losing his mind when he found out she might be pregnant. That's not love. If he really loved her, he would go and try to talk to her. Not just once or twice -- in different ways. There are ways you can communicate without anger. You just have to keep your emotions out of it. I think it can be done.

TLC.com: Barbie reunited with Lester and told him she wants to go English with him. What qualities does Barbie have that has made her relationship last while the others' relationships suffered so much during their time in New York?

Mary: Well, it just went to show how much love Barbie and Lester have. He was understanding, and he was there for Barbie when she needed him. So that's what I would call true love. All through the season, Barbie never got upset. She was always calm, she would always talk about things. She just has a way of talking to people that doesn't make them mad. And I really have an understanding of Barbie for that, and I think that's what Lester sees in her.

TLC.com: Vonda told her mother that even though she doesn't want to be Amish anymore, she'll always believe in God. When your boys said they'd be going English, were you worried about them? How has that concern changed over time?

Mary: I was definitely worried, and I am still worried because I'm not always going to be there to remind them what Christianity is. I understand where Vonda's mom is coming from, and I understand where Vonda is coming from. I was rejected by my mom when I was shunned. It's really hard to explain to people why we have to go through this. There wouldn't be any Amish if we didn't do these things. Even though some people leave the Amish, that doesn't mean they're going to forget God. But the Amish are just so worried that those who leave will come back and get more people to leave. And then there's no Amish left. If they didn't shun people and just let them come home whenever, people would just come and go.

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