On the Return to Amish episode ‘I Got You Abe,’ Mary invites her son Abe on a road trip to Florida to check in on Jeremiah and Carmela’s marriage. Although Jeremiah believes he’ll become “the first Amish version of Donald Trump,” owning real estate can also be very stressful and take a toll on a marriage. Abe’s wife Rebecca isn’t thrilled with the idea of a road trip. She thinks the road trip is just a way for her mother-in-law Mary to do more gambling. She believes Mary has a gambling addiction.
Mary says she doesn’t have a problem and tries to explain the difference between her and a gambling addict. “Addicts are always borrowing money and spending money they don’t have,” says Mary. “I like to go [to casinos] because you can’t think when you’re there – like the headaches and heartbreaks you have here. That’s why I like to go because it gets my mind off of things that are happening.” When the conversation gets heated when Mary says “you don’t call it gambling.” Rebecca is quick to say it doesn’t matter if you’re betting on horses, dogs or cards, it’s gambling. That’s when Mary says, “There are times I just want to take Rebecca over my knee and spank her a bit and tell her ‘now it’s time for you to grow up’.” Return to Amish airs Sundays at 8pm on TLC.