Teen Mom 2 recap: Tears for Fears
There were plenty of tears shed last night, and I’m not just talking about my own. It was quite a depressing episode — from Kailyn’s paranoia and Jenelle’s fear of abandonment to Chelsea’s relationship pains and Leah’s heartache over her daughter’s MRI. Grab a tissue and join me, will you?
Kailyn was working two jobs to build her Miss Independent fund, which meant she was back at Sports Authority and back in touch with Jordan. If you’ve forgotten, Jordan is the seemingly simple, probably harmless co-worker who dated Kay until she broke it off when Jo’s parents got wind of it. This time around, Kailyn didn’t care about the consequences. But that didn’t mean she was honest about it; when she snuck out to be with Jordan, she claimed to be “meeting up with friends” or “working late.” Jo knew something was fishy, and even his mom sensed the need for a heart-to-heart. She suggested that Kailyn and Jo spend some alone time to mend the bumps in their relationship, and that if Kailyn didn’t want Jo in her life, then she apparently didn’t want his parents either. Was that a threat I smelled? His mom certainly knows how to crack the whip when she wants.
Suffice it to say, the lines of communication were starting to break down a little bit. “Working late. Put Isaac to bed for me,” Kailyn texted him. “You suck,” he responded. When Jo wasn’t being outright terrible, he was beginning to wonder about Kailyn’s alleged overtime. If she was working overtime so often, why hadn’t she paid him back for school yet? Personally, I just wondered how big their town is, if Kailyn thinks she can shoot hoops in an outdoor park for hours without someone seeing her and tattling. Well, as we saw from the promos for next week’s episode, there’s no tattler necessary; Kailyn confesses, and it ends with an eviction and cop cars.
The bad news was that Kieffer had no luck finding jobs (though I have a hard time believing he was on much of a hunt). The good news was that he shaved! (It’s the little things.) Unfortunately, grubby beard hair does not a salary make, and with their time at friend Mike’s house coming to an end, Jenelle and Kieffer didn’t have enough money to afford their own place. Well, desperate times call for desperate measures, and so they looked for help from the last place they wanted to: Jenelle’s home. “But your mom’s a psycho,” Kieffer told her. He may not be clean and he may not be employed, but that Kieffer was right.
Despite what we all think about Barbara’s overbearing ways, she’s not made of stone. She took in Jenelle and Kieffer – but not without some ground rules. They’d need to keep the house clean and not cause a ruckus. They proceeded to spill Jace’s bottle milk on the couch. But the problem wasn’t the temporary stain; it was that Jenelle knew about the stain and didn’t clean it up. Sure, in a normal situation you could say Barbara overreacted, but remember that this mother-daughter duo has a long, strained history. There’s baggage with this spilled milk.
To take the edge off, Jenelle and Kieffer thought it would be a swell idea to smoke some marijuana on the FRONT PORCH OF HER MOTHER’S HOME. That’s far less offensive than spilled baby milk, right? Barbara found them and unleashed a (very justified) verbal tirade. Kieffer retaliated that he actually had plenty of money. From where? Where is it now? Why hasn’t it gotten you a place to live? “Damn lyin’ hustler,” Barbara called him.
NEXT: Barbara breaks downBut what followed were the most emotional moments of Jenelle’s story so far. Her mother finally broke down, telling Jenelle that she loved her and wanted the best for her, and that Kieffer was only dragging her down. Kicking Kieffer out was a no-brainer, but Barbara wanted Jenelle to stay. I would say that Jenelle was stubborn when she defended Kieffer – she swore that if he left, then so would she. But her tearful confession made me realize that she is just lonely, pure and simple. She feels abandoned and unloved, and Kieffer is the only one telling her the words she wants to hear. Granted, there’s no meaning behind Kieffer’s “I love you’s,” but it’s a (false) sense of security that gives Jenelle comfort.
Teen Mom has shown us time and time again that a lot of these girls want the same thing as Jenelle – a sense of security. On last night’s episode, Chelsea was willing to put up with almost anything to keep that safety net in place. In yet another chat with her dad about what Adam needed to contribute – did she not understand it the first 492 times? – Chelsea essentially said that asking him to get a job/do anything was risky because she didn’t want to push him away. She liked having him around. (Get a pet.) But even Chelsea admitted that a full-time job for Adam was the first step.
And so I was actually surprised to see him apply for jobs. Well, two. Maybe one and a half. Anyway, doing 1.5 job applications was so taxing that upon returning home and seeing a sink full of dishes, he told Chelsea, “Jesus, do dishes, woman.” Their talk devolved into a teary argument that somehow flipped the tables and made Chelsea not the victim, but the problem. (He has seriously mastered the art of manipulation.) At the root of the fight were serious trust issues. Adam had cheated before, and before they dated, he’d hooked up with girls who worked his night shift. Want my advice, Chelsea? If another girl wants Adam, let her have him.
After last week’s shocking Ali update, Leah finally made it clear to Corey that if she was going to survive these harrowing doctor’s visits, especially the upcoming MRI, she’d need him by her side. Yet the day of the dreaded MRI had finally arrived, and it was clear that Corey was out of the loop because he tried to sugarcoat the whole situation. Only Leah, and maybe her mother, truly knew the gravity of what was going on.
After a somewhat disjointed segment on Leah and Corey finding their wedding venue, we were back to Ali’s medical woes. Leah’s mom drove the couple the three hours to the hospital, and when they got to the hotel, Leah was clearly nervous. But just as she told Ali to be a “big girl” the next day, Leah had to gather her confidence as well. She wasn’t happy with the idea of sedating Ali, but she had no choice. She slapped on her happy face — and dressed Ali in the cutest hospital ensemble. When the reality hit him, Corey finally cried. And when Ali was taken into the room, Leah cried, saying, “Mommy would do it for you, but I can’t.” And then I cried. See what I mean about those tissues?
What did you guys think of the episode? Did you find it to be as emotional as I did? And which girl’s story did you find the most compelling?
Chelsea, Jenelle, Kailyn, and Leah navigate the trials and tribulations of young motherhood on MTV's reality drama.