Tonight is part two of the Teen Mom 2 finale special and since we didn’t get to see Briana DeJesus at all in the first one, the producers make up for it this time around. As Dr. Drew points out, in the last four years since MTV viewers saw Briana, a lot has changed and a lot is still the same. As in, Briana dealt with another pregnancy and another baby daddy to battle with. Briana starts with a heavy sigh and says she needs a vacation. Dr. Drew is quick to remind her that you don’t get one with kids and then moves on to asking how her castmates are treating her. Briana purses her lips, clearly acknowledging an issue exists but hesitant to call someone out. Finally, she tells us how her and her family’s close relationship with Javi Marroquin has made Kailyn Lowry feel some kind of way. Because of this, the rest of the moms have followed suit and haven’t exactly been welcoming.
Briana updates us on baby Stella, who is doing better health wise but has only seen her dad, Luis, two more times and she’s four months now. To his credit, Briana says that he’s out of trucking school, working and paying for Stella’s daycare so while he isn’t exactly involved on an emotional level, he’s at least doing something.
Coming back from commercial break, Devoin has joined us and sits opposite of Briana and it’s a good thing because there is a clearly a lot of tension. Devoin has also declined to button his button up shirt and it’s kind of hard to take anything he says seriously with his whole chest hanging out. But we press on and Dr. Drew wants to know why Devoin hasn’t been more involved in Nova’s life. He mumbles something about how it’s Briana’s way or the highway and an argument ensues about how Briana won’t let him take Nova to his family’s house because she is shy and doesn’t know them. Plus, Devoin hasn’t proven that he can be trusted, a point that is completely lost on Devoin and it seems like Dr. Drew as well. Dr. Drew keeps trying to suggest that Briana should be the one working on allowing Devoin more time but skips over all the times that Briana says she tried and he let them down.
Roxanne and Brittany come out as reinforcements and while Roxanne says she wants Devoin to be more involved, she believes the problem is that Devoin has the privilege of coming and going and anytime Briana asks more of him, he plays the victim instead of stepping up. She goes on to use Luis of all people as the shining example of a dad “getting his sh**” together because in the course of sixty days, he finished school, started working, paid his child support and daycare too. Brittany jumps in to say that he’s 35 and that’s not a fair comparison because Devoin had Nova at 17 and naturally, it will take him longer to get it together. Briana and Devoin argue some more and Devoin make the immature mistake of wondering what Briana does as a mom that’s so much more than he does as a dad. You mean like raise their child day in and day out nonstop without a break while he gets to show up (and not show up) as he pleases? Briana shows a large amount of restraint on this one and even though she threatens to leave the stage, Roxanne jumps in to say she thinks they will get to a good place with baby steps.
Kail comes back to the couch, looking like she really doesn’t want to be there and she has good reason – Javi has joined her and things look so uncomfortable. Jumping right in, Javi thought things were going well, they were even talking about getting back together (ummm, what?) but now things are back to being bad. To clarify, co-parenting is going fine but their relationship is the issue. Javi tries to say that his past anger that was displayed this season, was a bad time in his life but he’s worked through it. Kail corrects him and tells everyone how much resentment he harbors. She harbors it too, neither of them trust one another and Dr. Drew uses the middle of this awkward argument to tell Javi how obvious it is that he is still attracted to Kail so of course he keeps getting sucked back in emotionally. When both of them claim not to be attracted to each other, Dr. Drew says the one smart thing he can manage all show and wants to know why two people who aren’t attracted to each other and don’t trust each other would want to get back together.
Jo comes out and tells Javi that he can always call him if he needs support and that he’s an unbiased source. As he talks, Kail cries, saying that she’s not good at relationships and it hurts to realize how it affects her kids. When Dr. Drew asks about her staying in Delaware, she admits she’s torn since there are no job opportunities there. New York or L.A. would make more sense for her career ambitions and both Jo and Javi agree they will not be moving but Kail has the right to live her life, which is very mature of them.
Leah Messer is back on the couch and ex-husband Jeremy Calvert joins us from what I can only imagine is his bed. Dr. Drew immediately starts asking him about his relationship with on again/off again fiancé, Brooke, but he doesn’t want to play along and tells him he’s going to hang up. He does admit it has likely affected Addie and he doesn’t get to see her as much as he would like since he’s working all the time. The whole segment takes a weird turn thanks to Dr. Drew trying to push the rumor that Leah and Jeremy are getting back together. He accuses them of being flirty and repeatedly asks about their relationship, despite their firm denials. Finally, when both Leah and Jeremy go silent on the matter, Dr. Drew says that leaves the door open for interpretation.
Corey Simms joins via video chat as well and talks about Ali’s health issues and how she’s doing now. Dr. Drew praises Corey for being more proactive about the girls’ needs and Corey talks about how much the girls have accomplished this year.
Wrapping up on an awkward note (but I guess MTV had to plug Teen Mom OG somehow), Maci Bookout joins Chelsea DeBoer to talk about what it’s like to co-parent with an addict. Maci admits that she doesn’t have a relationship with Ryan or his family now because of the addiction and how it was talked about on the show while Chelsea admits that seeing video of Ryan driving under the influence wasn’t just scary but it was a big wake up call. It helped her realize that she wasn’t overreacting when it comes to Aubree’s safety with her dad. Chelsea says she talks about it on the show so that someone else going through it will know that they aren’t alone and Dr. Drew thanks them for sharing since addiction issues are so prevalent now. Chelsea looks relieved this whole segment is over.
Finally, the moms and kids come out and Dr. Drew gets to torture the kids with weird questions like if Aubree still has a thing for Jace. He then makes his usual PSA on birth control and calls out the rest of the families to say goodbye on another eventful season.
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