UPDATE 9:48 p.m. August 30, 2012: Good news for Honey Boo Boo! Ratings were up 20% over last week, hitting almost 3 million viewers. Among 18-49 year olds, it was the No. 1 cable show of the night.
“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” is all about bodily functions.
While other shows will edit out moments when the subjects sneeze, throw off phlegm, cough or fart, this TLC show does not. It’s hard to say if the producers are leaving these moments in to show that Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson and her family are “real” or whether they are giving viewers a reason to mock them. Or both.
Otherwise, this was an episode featuring much ado about not much.
- Anna “Chickadee” Shannon, Honey Boo Boo’s 17-year-old sister, went to the hospital due to early contractions. They stabilized her, since she’s still five weeks from her due date for her daughter Kaitlyn.
- While Mama is trying to lose weight, Pumpkin, the 12 year old, is trying to gain weight. And she succeeds in spades! She goes from 164 pounds to 172 pounds in the latest weigh in. Mama does lose a pound but clearly she is not going on “Biggest Loser” any time soon. (She weighs 307.6 pounds!)
- They attend “Splash in the Boro” in Statesboro and Mama shows off her forklift injured toe, which she usually hides with socks. Her toe looks gross but what’s worse, gnats are flying around it. Where did they come from?
- At the pageant, Honey Boo Boo performs a sassy Elvis routine at the rock and roll pageant. She wins a queen award. That’s pretty much all on that front.
Honey Boo Boo is a quote machine as usual. A sampling:
‘”When my belly hurts, it’s usually gas or too many chicken nuggets.”
“I am not ready for Kaitlyn to come out. Going to smell like poo when she poops.”
“I hope I don’t see a bunch of wedgies at the water park. Vajiggle jaggle’s going to be hanging out though.”
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk