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Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

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'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' recap: Yodega

Season 4 | Episode 2 | “Yodega” | Aired June 26, 2014

It’s been almost two years since we were first introduced to Alana, aka Honey Boo Boo, and her “crazy family” on Toddlers & Tiaras. Now, two episodes into the fourth, yes, fourth season, the Thompsons have become like our own wacky extended family. We stick with them, no matter how much eye rolling they may cause, because they still manage to crack us up and sometimes even pull on our heartstrings.

01-honey-boo-boo-familyStressed-Out Sugar Bear 

This episode starts differently from any episode of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo: with silence. The household is actually quiet … at least for a second or two. After Sugar Bear experiences dizzy spells, the family agrees to let him “destress,” a seemingly impossible task in the chaotic Thompson household.

honey-boo-boo-209-02First, Sugar Bear turns to video gaming to relax, but it’s not long before the games stress out Mama June. It’s not apparent why his playing bothers her so much, but it doesn’t take long for Sugar Bear to remind his wife to “stop bitchin’ at him.”  It’s for his own health.

Sugar Bear holds a family meeting after June takes his video games away.  They  play  bitchin’ or not bitchin’ to prove just how much nagging June does, while Jessica loudly slurps from her big bowl of red mush. June never actually admits that she contributes to Sugar Bear’s stress, but she does concede that she can try not to “bitch so much at him.”  I call that a victory for Sugar Bear.

here-comes-hbb-207-01But Sugar Bear is still stressed. Pumpkin suggests he try yoga, and as she begins to yodel, until June reminds her that yoga does not in fact involve yodeling. Thanks for the reminder, June! No wonder my instructor was looking at me so funny at last night’s yoga practice when I began belting out Mule Skinner Blues.

Sugar Bear listens to a recording on his cheap red headphones over and over, “You are allowed to enjoy your life.” He goes for a walk, a canoe ride, skips rocks, fishes, jumps on a trampoline and lays on the grass by himself, finally seeming at peace, while he is away from his family.

I guess a man can only have so much alone time, because then Sugar Bear decides to bring his whole family to the racetrack as another relaxation technique. Against all odds, it works, and Sugar Bear is calm as ever as he sits back smiling and watching the loud cars zoom by.  Whatever works!

Seein’ Gigi

The Thompsons visit the eldest daughter, Anna, now living on her own with her baby, Kaitlyn, and husband, Michael. As a housewarming gift, they bring the 19-year-old her very own “stockpile” of paper towels, toilet paper and everything else June got in bulk from couponing. Sweet! Of course, they can’t just present the items to Anna — they throw them out of their van in true Thompson fashion.

Mama June sees baby Kaitlyn, the real reason she reveals that she came to visit, as Anna gives the family the fastest tour of her tiny house.

honey-boo-boo-210-3Bye-Bye, Cha-Cha Chi-Chi China

The show manages to stay upbeat even as June reveals that Cha-Cha, the family’s 6-year-old dog, was hit by a car and died. Alana says she misses the dog, because “She used to love her a lot … and now she’s just dead.”  Alana and her sisters paint the dog’s name in red on a wooden cross.

But was the dog’s name Cha-Cha, Chi-Chi or China? It all depends on what June feels like calling her on a given day.  She  just never decided the dog’s true name, but it’s actually fitting that the dog goes by many names, because all the Thompsons do, just ask Alana “Honey Boo Boo,” Anna “Chickadee” or Lauryn “Pumpkin.”

A touching montage of the dog is a very real part of the episode for any animal lover, as we watch China parade around in her pink dress, play with Alana and sleep on her little green blanket. Alana remembers she was a “smart dog,” as the camera pans out on the cross Alana and her sisters painted with red letters.

My Maltese, Lester, got a big hug after this episode.

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Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, rated TV-14, airs Thursdays at 9/8 C on TLC.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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