She’s back! Mama June returns to the small screen in WeTV’s ‘Road To Redemption’ on March 19 — where she’s trying to get her life on track, following a stint in rehab. But, will she be able to prove to her kids that she’s changed her ways?
“You don’t know how many nights I’ve cried myself to sleep,” Alana “Honey Boo Boo“ Thompson says through tears in the explosive new trailer for Mama June: Road To Redemption — which returns to WEtv on March 19. The 15-year-old is emotional over her mother Mama June Shannon and fears that she may not be sober after returning home from rehab. The beginning of the preview highlights June’s cocaine use and her absence in her daughters’ lives. But, she says she’s determined to change and repair her family.
“I’ve got to continuously show Pumpkin that I’ve changed,” June, who claims she’s one-year sober, admits. Though, Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon has her doubts. Additionally, Pumpkin, who’s just 21 and caring for her little sister, Alana, says she feels like she’s “drowning” in the responsibility her mother left behind when she went away.
“These last few years have been hell on our crazy family,” Pumpkin says in the beginning of the clip, before she tells a crying June, “I don’t even know who my mother is anymore.” The trailer then shows June in the back of a police truck, followed by her mugshot. — That’s when Pumpkin notes that the family “finally got mama to go to rehab.” She asks, “But, was that really enough to get her life back together?”
The trailer then jumps to June returning from rehab. “I’m back!”, she yells in a confessional that shows the reality star looking much more put together than she did before rehab.
“She just wants us all to go bak to the way things used to be,” Pumpkin narrates. Later on, June adds that she believes “everybody deserves a second chance,” when she’s asked about why her children should forgive her.
“But, after destroying our family, we don’t know if we want her in our lives,” Pumpkin admits, adding, that the family is already “struggling with our own problems.” — Hence, her rocky marriage with Josh Efird.
On this coming season of Mama June: Road to Redemption, Pumpkin and her husband are having trouble keeping their heads above water. Josh’s job has forced the two to live separately, and the distance isn’t helping their relationship. Not to mention, Pumpkin is struggling to keep everyone happy, while caring for Alana, as well as Georgia’s daughter Ella Grace. Alana knows she can’t rely on dad Sugar Bear (née Mike Thompson), or her mom’s boyfriend, Geno Doak — and with her sister’s marriage on the rocks, she’s worried about losing Josh too.
Meanwhile, a near death experience sends Sugar Bear looking for Alana in hope that they can have a somewhat of a father-daughter relationship. However, things get chippy when his wife Jennifer starts to suspect he’s cheating. Then, June and Geno’s road to redemption hits a bump when a pending court case threatens to send them away for years, leaving June admittedly terrified.
In March 2019 June was arrested in Alabama with her boyfriend, Geno, and charged with “possession of drug paraphernalia,” along with a substance that the Macon County District Attorney’s Office believes was “crack cocaine.” In October 2019, both June and Geno pled not guilty to the possession charges.
On the June 26, 2020 season finale of Mama June: Family In Crisis, fans saw June at what’s arguably considered her lowest point. The reality star and Geno admitted to spending over $150,000 on cocaine over six months.
Mama June: Road to Redemption premieres on Friday, March 19 at 9 PM ET/PT on WE tv.