August 18, 2009 12:00 AM

Jon and Kate Gosselin continued to live separate lives on Jon & Kate Plus 8 Monday night. This time the couple, who normally spilt time with all eight kids, instead split the kids into groups.

On the episode, titled “Battleship & Barber,” Jon took 8-year-old twins Cara and Mady to a local amusement park, while Kate had a “special day” with the couple’s three sons, Collin, Aaden and Joel on a battleship near Bald Head Island, N.C., where she was vacationing. (The three youngest girls did not appear on the episode.)

Jon, who’d been overseeing the renovation of the kitchen at their home in Pennsylvania, said, “It was nice to see my girls. I hadn’t seen them in a really long time.” The newly single dad seemed pleased to hear the pitter-patter of little feet once again. “To have them come back, it was like, ‘Now I have someone to talk to,’ ” he added. “It was nice to have some company again.”

The trio went to a nearby arcade and amusement park where Mady and Cara’s different personalities really stood out. “Cara’s an outdoor girl and Mady’s an indoor girl,” said Jon. While Cara and her dad navigated an elevated rope course, Mady stayed put watching them from below.

“I’m not into climbing up and down nets and rock walls,” she said. “I don’t like being really, really, high, and that seemed really high.”

Jon, who is getting used to the fast lane in his off-camera life, enjoyed the adventure, especially driving some go-karts. “It was fun,” he said. “I wish they went faster — like super fast.”

Moving at a slower pace, Kate and the boys toured the U.S.S. North Carolina battleship, including the engine room, kitchen, sleeping quarters and ammunition room.

At one point, when navigating a particularly steep staircase, Collin told his mom he wasn’t afraid. “Mommy, boys are tough,” he said. When Kate then asked, ” ‘Are you going to take care of me some day?’ ” he, of course, answered, “yeah.”

Even as just a group of four, Kate and her boys attracted the attention of other tourists — and some paparazzi. While the kids pretended to fire the battleship’s gun, Kate jokingly encouraged them to aim at the photographers, labeled the “bad guys.”

The boys ended the episode with a trip to the barbershop followed by some ice cream. Reflecting on their day together, Kate said, “My favorite part was seeing you guys in little sailor hats. It made me cry. Yes, it did. Mommy’s cry. Yes, they do.” — Marla Lehner

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