I watched it. I was hoping they'd just be able to quit the show completely. But since they haven't....I thought the special was respectfully done and explained a lot of things that people have been wondering about. I do think that the film crew may have become like part of the family to them, so having them come along for what they thought was a minor, fixable problem isn't so odd.
I think it's awesome that JB was able to stay with Michelle, but while they were still thinking it was just gallbladder stuff, he felt comfortable letting his older kids go on their long awaited trip. They probably all felt bad when things took a turn for the worse right after they left. It was so beautiful to see how deeply everybody cared for Michelle and the baby. Even Josh was *sooo* toned down when he got the call from his dad that Josie had been born.