While Honey Boo Boo is in the title of the show, the producers realize it can't just be about her.
The two episodes last night focused more on her sisters and her parents. Fortunately, Chubbs and Pumpkin are entertaining in and of themselves. (Their older sister Chickadee? Almost invisible.)
And poor Sugar Bear, the daddy, gets sick and lands in the hospital with pain in the abdomen area. The diagnosis: pancreatitis, or inflammation of the pancreas.
Here are five things we learned last night:
1- Commitment ceremonies aren't just for gay people. Mama June has never been married but has kids from four different guys. But she has been with Sugar Bear for a long time and is willing to take his engagement ring if it's not an official marriage. He takes this compromise because he really loves her.
2- Five is bigger than nine. Mama June insisted that her time with Sugar Bear was her second longest relationship to date: nine years. Her longest? Five years long. Yes, she insisted this multiple times. "Are we speaking the same language?" said the exasperated unseen producer.
3- Chubby chaser is a thing. Yes, there are guys who crave a little flesh with their ladies. And Sugar Bear is one of them and proud of it. He doesn't even want Mama June to lose too much weight.
4 - Clark Howard and Mama June are two peas in a pod. Mama June insisted that the marriage cost no more than $2,000. She told this to a marriage planner who said her fees start at $3,400. The marriage planner couldn't help but laugh at this. So no go with the marriage planner.
5 - "An apple a day keeps the fat away." At least that's what the saynig is according to Pumpkin, 13, one of the more voracious eaters in a family which consumes tens of thousands of calories a day. And that's the extent to her efforts to lose weight because she is allergic to exercise.
To the casual observer, it’s a lovable freak show. But for those who live by its creed — and spend the year preparing for Labor Day weekend, when painstakingly designed costumes can be displayed and new friendships formed among the faithful — it’s a religion.