On this week's episode of Little People, Big World, Matt and Amy Roloff started off by fighting over the cost of the farm — and things got even more awkward when the star's girlfriend, Caryn Chandler showed up.
It was pumpkin season at the Roloff Family Farm — their busiest season yet — and Matt and Amy weren't exactly on the same page when it came time to running and expensing it.
"It's our most important season, this season is what helps us fund the farm," Matt Roloff explained.
But things are different now that Amy and Matt are no longer married.
"Even though Matt and I are divorced, we are still business partners," Amy added. "And our pumpkin store during pumpkin season has a lot of items in it. We sell pumpkin butter, pumpkin salsa; but you know obviously with the divorce, we definitely have our own individual finances"
To figure out how they would individually contribute to the farm, Amy was forced to confront Matt in a one-on-one meeting.
"Whenever I go in and talk with Matt, it can be stressful," she admitted to the cameras.
Amy baked her own delicious pumpkin bread to add to the farm's store this season and was excited to show Matt her creation — but he had a completely different idea of what to do with those profits.
"Caryn thought to put you guys right front in center, it's the first thing you see when you walk in the store. I mean I was going to put that for my book but I thought it might work good for you guys," Matt casually began saying.
"I mean that works for me," Amy replied.
"Okay but with my book I'm going to pay the farm fee, you guys can figure out whether you want to do some percentage thing or some flat fee per transaction," Matt added.
"Why?" A baffled Amy asked.
"I need to compensate the farm," Matt replied, but Amy was not happy with his response.
"You know, having a conversation with Matt, he will bring up something that totally catches me off guard," Amy told the cameras. "So I always feel less confident and definitely at a disadvantage."
Seeing his ex-wife's fury, Matt explained that they needed to come up with a business plan that was "equitable" for everyone.
"Right now, if we sell a jar of salsa and we make a profit off of it, that salsa is down there and it benefits the farm, the family, and everybody. But if I had my product down there and taken all the profits, is that fair to farm?" Matt explained to Amy. "I don't think that's a really good business model."
Matt later told cameras that he thought Amy was "insecure" in her actions.
"Amy doesn't have a good sense of what it takes to run the farm. Amy can be very, very insecure. I try to be as patient and easy as possible," he said.
Despite her fears, Amy wasn't going to let Matt coerce her into doing something she wasn't keen on doing.
"You know having a conversation with Matt nowadays, it's hard. It's very hard. I just, I don't trust Matt. I don't know for me if it's as easy to do business with Matt as it used to be. But I have to stand my ground and not get so intimidated."
Amy thought it out and came to the conclusion she would stick with the old way of doing things. Instead of using her pumpkin bread business as more profit for the farm, she would continue relying on the salsa business instead.
"We are fine with the same business model that we do — the other things that we do within the store. So we are good with that," Amy told Matt.
"You mean what we do for the salsa?" Matt asked.
"Yeah." Amy clarified.
Matt didn't seem too happy with decision, but was forced to stand down.
"When it comes to Amy and I, it's just one day at a time. One day it feels like it's working and another day it feels like it's not working." Matt told the cameras.
Though things soon settled down between the ex-couple, Amy admitted she was not looking forward to working with Matt's girlfriend.
"There is a lot riding on pumpkin season. Because what we make during pumpkin season sustains the farm all year long. You know working with Caryn or Matt I have to put aside what personal feelings I may have because pumpkin season is a family business and I want it to continue to be around for the kids and the grandkids, so I definitely want things to go well."
"As co-owner of the farm, I do what I need to do for pumpkin season," Amy added. "But I still struggle with 'how do I interact with her. What do I say?' I will admit I still struggle with that. Working with Caryn and Matt has been difficult. Seeing her with Jackson… it's difficult. These are my kids, and my grand babies. It's definitely been the hardest thing to watch."
Caryn echoed her sentiments, admitting that when she began dating Amy's ex-husband, it was "a challenge" to get along with her and their family.
"I respect Amy tremendously, but there's always going to be some crossover and some awkwardness," Caryn admitted to the cameras. "I work very, very hard not to have that happen."
Next on Little People Big World, Amy struggles to find common ground with Caryn, and things look like they're about to explode between the two!
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