The same day his reality show returned to TLC, Jon Gosselin showed off his bare stomach -- while wearing a shirt that says "Buddha" -- outside his Pennsylvania home.

The dad of eight also smoked cigarettes, signed autographs for fans and checked his iPhone.

Where were the kids? Eating ice cream with a nanny. At one point, he chatted with one of his 8-year-old twins. Last night's Jon & Kate Plus 8 showed Kate spending more time with the children.

In the first of two episodes, she took the group to Bald Head Island, N.C. while Jon supervised a kitchen renovation in their $1.1-million home.

"I think Kate and I needed a break from each other," Jon told cameras. "This landed at a good time. Kate could take the kids to the beach, and I could stay here and supervise cabinet construction."

Jon didn't appear at all in the second half-hour of the show, which featured Kate camping with the kids in the backyard. He's been to St. Tropez with Hailey Glassman and then New York's Hamptons with Kate Major over the past few weeks.

While those women weren't featured on last night's shows, TLC president Eileen O'Neill has said cameras may show Jon and Kate dating others "on a case-by-case basis."