The family fun continues with a visit to Crazy Uncle Tony’s place. We met Crazy Uncle Tony before, when the family went to his place to ride 4-wheelers and go muddin’. Today he is hosting a fish fry. They eat – of course – and then ride 4-wheelers to the “Department Store.” They heard about a “great sale” at the department store. The department store is actually the city dump.
Now, I heard about this episode before I actually watched it. The internet was outraged that the family would go dumpster diving. But, after actually watching the episode, I don’t know what all the outrage was about.
The family didn’t actually go dumpster diving. Crazy Uncle Tony pulled a lot of junk out of the dumpster and threw it at the girls, and the girls mainly freaked out about bad smells and bed bugs. June explains that there are a lot of people who actually do go through the dump to find things because it’s a bargain that can’t be beat. The only thing they have actually found from the dump was a surround sound system that only had one broken speaker. But, there are tons of jokes about a baby bed for Kaitlyn, and a broken fan, and an old iron, and Tony does roll one of the girls up in an old mattress – which grosses her (and June and me) out.
It was just so obviously a joke. And it makes me wonder if people are so bent on finding reasons to be outraged about this family that they actually thought this was real. Of course, Alana doesn’t help matters by saying “Don’t tell anyone, but all of Pumpkin’s clothes come from the dump.”
Joking scenes like this, make me wonder if June and the family are giving the viewers more credit for having a sense of humor than they should. Because, seriously? People were pissed and ranting about it all over the interwebs. Some were even calling them horrible because they didn’t appear to put the stuff back in the dumpsters – at the City Dump.
We round out the episode of family fun by going to Lake Tobesofkee for some “beach” time and fireworks (it’s not actually the beach since they are at a lake, but it’s the closet thing that landlocked area of Georgia has).
June shows us the “redneck air conditioner.” And, once again, I feel embarrassed. When I was in high school, in Southwest Florida, I worked at the “largest indoor flea market in that area of Florida.” Since “indoor” actually meant that it was covered (by a tin roof) and sometimes walls, it was hot. Not as hot as spending a summer in Macon, but still HOT. What I, and the retirees who happened to work there, would do is wrap a small towel that we had soaked in cold water, around our heads. I had no idea that this was considered a redneck invention. I just thought it was the smartest thing ever. Full disclosure: I would also put ice in a some napkins and put it on top of my head under the cap I was required to wear. I had no idea that I had so many redneck tendencies until I started watching this show.