In last night’s $100,000 episode of America’s Funniest Home Videos, a recently engaged young woman tries repeatedly to get her mom to notice her new diamond ring — going so far as to put her hand right in her mom’s face — but all the mom can focus on are her daughter’s earrings and outfit. After nearly a half-minute of cluelessness, the mom finally catches on — and her over-the-top reaction is hilarious.
Although it did not win the top prize, the “Oblivious Engagement” clip was a $10,000 winner from earlier in the 25th season of AFV, and competed last night with eight other clips. AFV awards three $100,000 prizes per season. The show’s weekly viewership is approximately six million.
Moms often dream about their daughters getting engaged, but the mom in the clip is so oblivious to her daughter’s clear intentions to show off her ring that all we can do as viewers is to share the young woman’s frustrations, shake our heads and let out a belly laugh.
Here’s how the scene unfolds in 45 hilarious seconds…
“Look at you!” the mom exclaims, as if she hasn’t seen her daughter in a while.
The daughter extends her left hand to her mom and tells her she intends to paint her nails tonight.
But the mom doesn’t look at her hand at all. Instead, she steps toward her daughter and excitedly says, “Look at your earrings! Where did you get these?”
The daughter doesn’t answer. She raises her left hand near her face so the ring is in clear view, but her mom still doesn't see it. The young woman glances at the camera as if to say, “Mom just doesn’t get it.”
Then the cameraman — presumably her dad — says, “Your nails. What about your nails?”
“I forgot to paint my nails,” the daughter says, hoping to draw her mom’s attention back to her hand.
“Oh, that doesn’t matter,” says the mom.
With her daughter's hand now dangling six inches from her face, the mom steps forward — to adjust her daughter’s outfit.
The daughter extends her left hand one more time, and now her mom freezes with surprise.
Then the mom lets out the type of scream usually reserved for horror movie heroines. For the next 20 seconds, the mom goes through a series of spasms and contortions, punctuated by shrieks of joy. Finally, she gives her daughter a well-deserved hug.
AFV previewed “Oblivious Engagement” on its YouTube channel a week ago and it quickly went viral, netting more than one million views and garnering coverage on sites as diverse as buzzfeed.com and goodhousekeeping.com.
In its 25 seasons to date, America's Funniest Home Videos has given away more than $13 million in prize money and evaluated more than a million video clips from home viewers. Although host Tom Bergeron will not be continuing his run with the show, AFV has been renewed for its 26th season. ABC has yet to reveal who Bergeron’s replacement will be.
If you didn’t see the video on last night’s show, please check it out here… If you did see it, it’s worth watching again. Enjoy!
Images: Screen captures via YouTube.com/America's Funniest Home Videos