First I just wanted to thank Zaius for the wonderful recap. I have been following the show and was very bummed that I missed the last episode.
Second, I wanted to let everyone know that the Amish kids in the show have not been with the Amish for a long time. I have heard about 5 years or so.
The way I know this is because my sister has converted to the Amish about 5 years ago. The Amish are all pretty tight and know eachother from the different communities across the country. Several people in my sister's community know Miriam and said that she has not been with the Amish for atleast 5 years and neither have any of the other ones (Mose I am not sure about).
This made so much more sense to me, as I was confused on how the girls already had short, dyed hair when they first took off their Amish clothes. Also, if you were raised in a world that taught you to be modest and cover your body from head to toe, how would you feel so comfortable going on national television in a bikini? I know for myself, I am uncomfortable putting on a bikini just after our Midwestern winters.
Also, the fact that they were all in their early twenties and Rumspringa takes place when they turn 16...made no sense to me.
And...if you saw the episode where they milk the cows...Ruth makes a statement "Look I still remember how to do it!" Well, if she just came from the Amish, why would she have forgotten?
Anyhow, I beleive that is why none of them actually said whether or not they were going back to the Amish. They wouldn't lie, and say "yes" and maybe they were afraid it would look too bad if they all said "no".
However, any of the communities that I have met would never be okay with their children doing a tv show. But I do feel that they represented themselves well enough for the "non-amish" viewers to respect them and I am glad I didn't see any drunkeness and making out taking place.
Overall, I can say that the Amish that I have come in contact with are the most loving, respectful, caring, Godly, non-judmental and accepting people I have ever met.