Teen Mom 2 recap: Onward and...Upward?
From Kailyn’s joint-custody filing to Leah’s on-again wedding, the girls try to get their lives back on track. Let’s see how they fared:
If you’re a fan of the original Teen Mom, you, like me, may have thought that Chelsea’s story last night had shades of Maci in it, from the deadbeat dad to the new girlfriend. I had always respected Maci (well, until this) for taking the high road. She hardly ever wallowed in her sorrows because she was too busy taking care of Bentley. I saw a glimpse of that in Chelsea last night. “I don’t get to choose when I’m a parent,” she said, referring to her absent ex Adam. “And I don’t even want to choose.” To make matters worse, Adam was nearly $2,20 behind in child support and was mandated to go to court to face the consequences. But despite how righteous she was for most of the episode, she let her insecurity slip out. Was court involvement a good thing or a bad thing? Was the breakup her fault?
Amid everything going on, there was still that pesky GED to take care of, but studying with Aubree was plenty distracting. Apparently, it was all Aubree’s fault because she’s just so darn cute. That’s Chelsea for you: When she gives you some semblance of maturity, she washes it away with a statement like that.
Because those five minutes of studying were just too much, Chelsea took a break with some Facebook stalking. This just in: Adam has a new GF, whom Chelsea’s friend described as a “mix between a bulldog and a mouse.” They also decoded that Adam and said girlfriend, Maria, live together, probably on her dime. Chelsea said she didn’t care, but we all knew that meant she did.
When Adam and Chelsea finally spoke on the phone, he explained that he had been “around” (helpful!) and was looking for jobs to pay the child support. But his more pressing point was that he wanted to see Aubree the next day. Chelsea stood her ground, saying that she and the baby had plans, and she wasn’t about to change them on such short notice. The bigger issue was, of course, the fact that his new girlfriend, essentially a stranger, would be there, and that made Chelsea uncomfortable. I can’t remember the last time Adam enjoyed spending time with Aubree, but he was nonetheless not happy with Chelsea’s curt refusal. Maria tried to console him, saying that it was “bulls—” that he couldn’t see Aubree. I’m predisposed to dislike any new girlfriends of baby-daddies on this show, so Maria, you haven’t found a fan in me. Chelsea, flustered by the conversation, didn’t know what to do. Her dad, Randy, teased that she couldn’t necessarily keep Aubree from Adam, but she could make it awfully difficult. Oh, I love scheming Randy.
NEXT: Kailyn’s college career takes a nosedive
Things had been intense ever since Jo and Kailyn had that explosive fight, and its effects were spilling over into her schoolwork. Unsurprisingly, she failed her chemistry exam and dropped the class soon after. Sure, it helped that Jo’s brother Junior was willing to babysit while she went to school, but once she came home to study, work was the least of her concerns with Isaac grabbing for her books and laptop. Suddenly, that dental-hygienist career seemed like a pipe dream.
But we couldn’t blame all of it on Isaac’s scampering. Kailyn was also dealing with her pending joint-custody battle. She and Jo had worked out an informal arrangement, in which she would have Isaac during the week and Jo would have him Friday through midday Sunday. That seemed to work well for now, but her mom, who has really been stepping up to the plate lately, suggested that she file the papers for her own protection, and so she did her research, paid the $140, and filed the papers. Jo’s reaction? TBD.
Last week, Leah was experiencing cold feet about her upcoming wedding to Corey and bravely told him how she felt. This week, Corey reiterated that her honesty hurt his feelings. In his opinion, once they got married, all their problems (i.e., Ali’s medical problems) would be solved. I appreciated the optimism, but it sounded a little too laissez-faire considering their predicament. Optimism aside, their talk made me realize something about their relationship at this point. Leah and Corey are quite the traditional, conservative couple, but their dynamic has seemed so ironically modern and off-kilter in some ways. There the man was, pleading his case for marriage now because really, if they’ll tie the knot eventually, why not now? And there was the woman, wondering the same thing, but thinking, why not later?
That being said, Leah had a change of heart that gave me whiplash. I’m not sure when it happened, but she was ready to walk down the aisle. “Of course I want to marry you,” she said. Ooook, whatever you say. They went on to do other matrimonial tasks — by the way, are they for real with this camo theme? — but also had time to go ice skating with friends. I said it before and I’ll say it again: Corey and Leah are mighty lucky to have people in their lives who will watch their babies at the drop of a hat. Some of our other moms aren’t so lucky.
But on to more important things, like Ali’s appointment with a second doctor. Leah, sick to her stomach with anxiety, and her mom drove three hours to Kentucky — Corey couldn’t take off work — to see the doctor, who in the end revealed that there was some delay in Ali’s hip development and agreed that the next step would be to see a geneticist. The couple’s worst fear would be for Ali to feel different. But Leah, showing that brave mama-bear side again, told Corey that Ali was normal. “I will love her whether she can walk or not walk,” she said. “I don’t care if she’s 50 years old and needs her diaper changed. I will do that because I’m her mom and that will never change.”
NEXT: Jenelle hits a new low
Last week, Jenelle had no money and no financial aid. And this week, after a spate of fights with Kieffer, she didn’t have him either. (Personally, I don’t think Kieffer adds value to anything, but Jenelle sees him as a source of comfort, so I’ll give it to her.) Luckily, she could stay with her friend Amber. Jenelle recapped the most recent string of events to Amber, who, probably tired of seeing her friend circle the drain, suggested that she sit down with her mom to have a civil conversation. Deaf ears, Amber. Deaf ears. It was a new low for Jenelle, who now had no money, no child, and no Internet to do her schoolwork. On top of that, Kieffer needed more space and went to his friend’s house two hours away. On top of that, she got the ax at work. She’d failed to tell her boss she’d be out for two days, and he didn’t want to hang on to an irresponsible employee.
But at least she could see her child, right? I mean, as much as Barbara likes to kick Jenelle out, she’s pretty willing to take her back in. It’s a tough situation. Well, of course Barbara would take her back in. She’s her mother! On the other hand, Jenelle has been disrespectful, rude, and irresponsible one time too many, so how will she ever learn? It’s a difficult problem, and it doesn’t help that both Jenelle and Barbara are so strong-willed. All of that to say the inevitable: They fought again. Barbara said she would call off any legal involvement if Jenelle paid the $749 worth of charges on the credit cards. This seemed rather generous after Barbara confessed that she was having trouble paying off her own bills, let alone those left by her runaway daughter and her do-nothing boyfriend. But Jenelle disputed the $749 sum and said she would only pay in increments. Geez, Jenelle, you’re just being difficult now! For the 800th time, Jenelle stormed out, and MTV got the money shot they love of Jace looking forlornly out the window.
Amber didn’t answer her phone, so for the first time, Jenelle literally had nowhere to go. She slept in her car by the beach until her mom called and invited her back home. Since I’m not a mother myself, I’m so torn. Is it too cruel to let Jenelle learn her lesson? (I’d love to know what you mothers — and fathers — out there think.) Either way, when morning struck, her mother played it almost too cavalierly, leaving the situation up to Jenelle. But Barbara wasn’t about to lose this opportunity to drive it home once again that Kieffer was no good. Ever since Kieffer, she said, Jenelle has been nothing but trouble. Oh, but there’s even more trouble on the horizon. Next week, Jenelle is arrested.
What did you guys think of the episode? With the season finale next week, what are your hopes for these stories?
Chelsea, Jenelle, Kailyn, and Leah navigate the trials and tribulations of young motherhood on MTV's reality drama.