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'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' recap: Forced family fun!

Season 4 | Episode 4 | “Forced Family Fun!” | Aired July 10, 2014

“We are gonna start doin’ stuff as a family,” Mama June declares after gathering her daughters in the living room for a family meeting. That’s right: Mama June doesn’t think the tight-knit Thompson clan is close enough.

Mama June says, to the eye rolls of her daughters, “It’s about quality time, not quantity time.” Clearly, this family is going to have fun whether they like it or not; Mama June and little Alana will make sure of that.

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The first step in bringing the family closer together is a family game night with Pictionary. Alana divides the family into teams: Alana and her parents versus her two sisters—a seemingly even match.

But when it’s Mama June’s turn to draw, and Sugar Bear gets too distracted by her “big ass” to guess, it’s up to Alana to figure out her mother’s green leafy cloud-like drawing is of a tree. She doesn’t let her mother down when she guesses right. Then, Jessica has to draw cheeseballs, but Chubbs can’t guess it, even though there’s a huge jug of them next to her. The night ends in arguing over how stupid each family member is.

Mama June admits, “Family game night didn’t bring the family any more together … back to the drawing board.”

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Family Breakfast

“Everybody loves waffles in this house!” Alana makes her family a nice waffle breakfast as the next phase of her mother’s plan to get the family back together. She douses the food with more whipped cream than most people eat in a lifetime, and gets all the food ready. The only problem is, her family is still asleep and no one except her mother will wake up in time to eat, even though Alana’s shouting to wake them. She ends up eating the entire meal with her mother: “Family breakfast was an epic fail for sure, but it tasted awesome.”

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Paintin’ Pottery

Not giving up on family fun, Alana and her mother take the family to a pottery place to “paint some pottery.” Alana is very excited, but as for her sisters … not so much. “Today we gotta watch paint dry, maybe next time we can watch ice freeze,” Pumpkin complains. Even Mama June agrees it is pretty boring, before coming up with the next activity.

honey-boo-boo-209-08“Family fun day doesn’t really work out sometimes, cause you have to please so many people.” That’s the spirit, Mama June! Very encouraging to all the families out there.

Four-Wheeler Ridin’  

In her last effort to bring the family together, Mama June takes the family riding on four-wheelers, which they are all pretty ecstatic about. Finally, something the whole family enjoys. Mama June shares a proud moment when she watches her youngest daughter ride all on her own for the first time. “I’m officially not a baby redneck anymore,” Alana proudly shouts about her first time riding alone, until she gets stuck and a boy her age helps her out. She gets stuck again and again. Each time, her little knight in muddy armor helps her out.

“Alana’s little boyfriend to the rescue,”says Mama June, mentioning how much Alana blushed after “meeting the cute little boy.” Awww, little Alana really is growing up.

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The episode ends with the family throwing pizza at each other in their living room: “Food fight!” They are closer than ever.

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