This was undoubtedly a bittersweet episode for helpless Honey Boo Boo addicts everywhere. Obviously the finale would have to be extra entertaining, but it would mean waiting a good while before having more laughs with the Thompson clan.
Loyal viewers did receive good news however: In addition to season two being under way, there will be three upcoming holiday episodes to look forward to. Uh huh, that’s right, you Honey Boo Boo-ites….Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas with the Thompsons. It is slated to air in January 2013, and my guess is they won’t disappoint. Now that we’ve established our certain future with our favorite redneck family, let’s get down to business with that recap.
Wednesday’s season finale was appropriately titled, “It Is What It Is,” which is one of the classic Thompson lines, and it would sum up several happenings in this special episode.
We see Alana competing in a pageant that she has worked hard for. She and her animated family all had their eyes on that crown, and disappointingly for them, she didn’t win it. Apparently June just didn’t yell “Work it, Smoochie” loud enough this time….or something like that. She did however work it just enough to win the People’s Choice Award, which guaranteed she wouldn’t go home empty handed.
A huge surprise soon surpassed any pageant victory for her though. The return of Glitzy the pig! As viewers might guess, she was beyond thrilled to see her beloved pet, and was so caught up with cuddling with him, that she seemed to forget about the crown….at least for the time being.
During preparation time for yet another pageant, the oldest daughter Anna went into labor. The family decided that while pageants are important to them, they must choose accompanying Anna instead. (One would hope!) This episode made for an interesting mix, seeming like it was “Toddlers and Tiaras,” combined with “Teen Moms.” Leave it to June to stick the camera in her daughter’s face. She did however, seemingly want to possibly discourage others about teen pregnancy.
Baby Kaitlyn Elizabeth did arrive three hours later, but she arrived with a bonus that the family didn’t forsee. Alana’s new niece was born with 3 thumbs. Yes, you read that right. She has 2 thumbs on her right hand. This genetic mutation didn’t seem to shake the family too much, and Kaitlyn is said to be healthy otherwise. Optimistic June decided that all children are born with something special, and the rest of the clan had some light-hearted fun, embracing her obvious difference.
Alana was disappointed that she was too young to be in the delivery room, but she did however use her sidewalk chalk to make a special drawing in the driveway to welcome home her new niece. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one dying to hear what she had to say about Kaitlyn’s extra thumb. Just as I figured, she always meets, and exceeds expectations: she wishes she had a third thumb too…so that she could grab more cheese balls at once. This girl has an unbelievable wit…I’ll give her that. While Alana seemed thrilled about being a new Aunt, Anna appeared to be content as a new mother.
Just when we think we’ve heard all the crazy names we can possibly hear, we are introduced to Sugar Bear’s younger brother Uncle Poodle. Apparently he earned his name from Alana, because she refers to all gay people as poodles. Poodle offers Alana a little pageant coaching, but his cartwheel instructions end up being a massive fail. Alana lands into a puddle of mud…. Huge shocker, right?
Leave it to the Thompson group to make a family photo extra memorable. Of course it has to be 101 degrees out, and of course June has to make a nasty comment about taking a bath in her own sweat. Don’t you just know while they were all making their usual gross presentation, she just happened to be talking about inner beauty.
Apparently America’s favorite redneck family did have a good summer, and it was clearly adventurous. I have to wonder what they will be like on season two. Will anything change? Will we still be able to redneckognize them? Stay tuned to find out!