It's hard to believe but TLC's Georgia-based "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" has been around for only a year.
It sure seems longer, doesn't it?
"Is this only the second season?" my wife asked.
The shock factor is off. Farts are par for the course. Excessive cheese ball consumption? So what?
So the producers are trying to expand the field - a little.
Episodes three and four last night featured more time with Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson's sisters Lauryn "Pumpkin" and Jessica "Chubbs."
So what did we learn from this fine, wacky family this time around?
1- Pumpkin got hit by lightning as a six year old. And Honey Boo Boo thinks she may have lost a few brain cells in the process. "I used to be really smart," Pumpkin said. "Now I'm in between." Harvard, don't you worry about Pumpkin.
2- Chubbs has had a good lookin' boyfriend Phillip for ten-plus months. The boy seems inordinately low key and normal. What the heck is he doing here?
3. Pigzilla is a thing. In fact, it's a thing that is available in Metter, GA at Papa Buck's BBQ. The family drove 90 miles for Pumpkin's 13th birthday to treat her to a four-pound barbecue sandwich. If anyone can consume it in 45 minutes and keep it down for five more, they win $200. If not, the sandwich costs $30. Pumpkin is apparently the first (and youngest) to give it a go. She makes some progress but fails.
4. Pageants are over for Honey Boo Boo. Why? It's not explained. But Alana is practicing tap - though it's clear she prefers free style. Who needs rules?
5. Third time's a charm. Mike "Sugar Bear" Thompson has dated Mama June for nine years and birthed one child (Honey Boo Boo child, that is). He wants to marry her. He's asked her twice. As a commit-phobe, she has said no twice. This time, he jazzes the proposal up with rose petals and candles (one, which apparently smells like s***, according to Mama June). His nervousness is endearing. "My mind is racing like two squirrels in a wool sock," he says. He sticks the "sausage size" ring in a golden egg with Nugget, the chicken, nearby to bear witness, for her to open. Although we don't see her saying yes, the trailers make it clear Mama June will.