Tonight's episode marked the official end of this season of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, but luckily, the Thompson-Shannon family gave us plenty of moments, including an engagement, to replay as we await their next adventure.
The season finale episode showed the clan gearing up for the New Year, as well as the annual New Year's Possum Drop. And that's just what you imagine it to be. It's a light-encrusted ball that drops at the stroke of midnight, much like the famed Times Square landmark, but with one expected redneckonized alteration. There's a taxidermy raccoon named Spencer inside the ball. Naturally.
As the family decided what New Year's resolutions they should make, they realized they still haven't completed the ones they set out to do last year. Mama June had planned on overcoming her fear of mayonnaise, Sugar Bear was going to kick dipping, Anna would sew clothing for Kaitlyn, Jessica and Pumpkin would stop arguing, and Alana would take up a new hobby to replace pageants. Needless to say, no one succeeded. Not even a hypnotherapist could get Mama to accept marannaise back into her diet.
But Alana did hula-hoop for a while, so count that as a win for the youngest daughter.
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Afterward, they all gathered together around a burning barrel and made amends for the past year. In the fam's "Even Stevens" tradition, they were allowed to burn one personal item that belonged to someone who had wronged them the most. Sadly, we saw the death of Pumpkin's professional shirt, Alana's stuffed Glitzy toy, and Sugar Bear's manper basketball hoop. Yet the most devastating burning was when Sugar Bear tossed a 24-pack of toilet paper that Mama had stockpiled. DOESN'T HE KNOW SHE COUPONED HER BUTT OFF FOR THAT?! Pun absolutely intended.
The family may not have succeeded in completing their resolutions, but their New Year's celebration was still perfectly special.
A few days before the end of the year, Michael (Anna's boyfriend) stopped by the home and chatted with Mama June and Sugar Bear. In the middle of a nerves-driven speech, he managed to ask for their permission to marry the oldest daughter. "You're marrying Anna, not me, so at the end of the day, you're going to need Anna's approval," said June. And very well put, I might say. It is Anna's decision, after all. "Michael's going to be a good first husband," June added, as she gave her blessing. I see what you did there, Mama ...
So when the family and their friends got together at a restaurant to celebrate New Year's Eve, Michael cut the lights in the middle of dinner and everyone scampered off the floor, leaving Anna alone and confused. And then, like something from a romantic comedy montage, a flash mob broke out and everyone, including the entire family, danced for Anna as Michael and Kaitlyn emerged with presents. Holding a pizza that spelled out "Marry Me?" in pepperoni, Michael proposed with a camouflage-design ring. Absolutely beautiful. (Seriously, I'm not being sarcastic. It was precious.) And any man that proposes with a pizza seriously knows his way to the family's heart. So congratulations to Anna and Michael!
The growing family closed out the season (and 2013) with the possum drop, and we're betting that 2014 will be even better down in McIntyre.
What did you think of the finale and engagement?
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