From the surgery table to court-ordered child support, and lost aides to road rage, Teen Mom 2 had a lot going on this week.
Chelsea DeBoer: Chelsea takes Watson to a dinosaur museum. Then she and her mom go out to lunch. Mary says she is close to having the baby? I thought Chelsea was still pregnant in real time. Apparently, it’s been a year since Adam has seen Paislee and months since he’s seen Aubree.
Chelsea has to fill out paperwork prior to them being able to set up visits so Chelsea and Cole are going to take that step. They go to the visitation center. Cole talks the most he has in seasons expressing his frustration over having to use the visitation center. Of course, we don’t get to see the center, there are probably rules against cameras. Cole says it’s nicer than he expected. Personally, I would hope they make it as inviting as possible and maybe have toys and things to make the kids comfortable. They are upset that Adam hasn’t taken any steps on his own to see Aubree. Well, they should be. But are we surprised? It’s doubtful he is sober and he never showed much follow through other than relying on his parents to secure the time, or when he was impressing a girlfriend. A year since seeing Paislee is just inexcusable, she is going to forget who he is! Hopefully, since they did set things up his parents will at least push him to follow through on his end (or the courts) so he can see Aubree.
Leah Messer: Leah is back from Hawaii. Leah seemed really excited to see her kids. (Seeing her sister’s apartment is probably a glimpse into the life all these girls would be living without TM money). Later, Leah is all bothered and sputtering so she vents first to her kids, and then a producer about the school system cutting Ali’s aid. I understand the frustration but Ali’s eyes from the backseat when Leah said that she wouldn’t have her aid were so big and so scared. She needed to break that news to her much more gently. She and Corey discuss the issue. They are both upset, understandably so. I wish she would have discussed it with Corey before the girls because their fear is shared but we know they want to hide that from Ali. That said, it’s one of the more ‘real’ moments we get on this show because every parent wishes they had reacted better or differently to some things. The real issue is budget cuts made by the school system, which is probably why they are losing the aid. Hopefully, they work together and reach out to other parents in similar situations so they can lobby the school system to support their kids.
Briana DeJesus: Briana’s surgery is tomorrow. Devoin slept in her bed back home with the rest of the Coven and is earning his stay by cooking and cleaning. Briana sure seems to have an attitude for someone who has complained about his involvement since Nova was an infant. Roxanne complains that Javi is shady and just seeking camera time while Bri claims to want to have him around because she’s comfortable with him.
In Dr. Miami land we meet the illustrious doctor and get the list of surgery items again. Brittany, Devoin, Roxanne, Nova, and Stella meanwhile are packed up in the car and on their way to Miami. Why was it such an issue for her to find aftercare if they could just pack up and come like its no big deal? Devoin rides shotgun while Brittany drives. If I were a betting person I would be all in on a bet that those headphones Devoin had were noise canceling!
Post-surgery Briana is groggy. Javi comes in for comfort. I can’t believe she let this be shown on television. Back at the rental, they move her into the apartment. Briana is in a lot of pain and cries talking to her mom. Javi is surprisingly calm and comforting. Shirley (one-day post-opp herself) goes down to let Roxanne and Brittany in. They surprise Briana and she sobs. Javi says he is going to find a hotel and starts to pack. They take Stella and Nova in to see Bri. Roxanne goes into the next room and calls Javi out on coming when there were going to be camera crews around. She calls him sneaky and shady. He leaves.
Kailyn Lowry: Kailyn is also recently home from Hawaii. She is annoyed with Chris and apparently the feeling is mutual. He called her a bad mom (well he used another word but we’ll leave it out). She and Bone complain about him with mouths full of food. Kail explains she filed for child support because he cheated on her and hasn’t participated much as a parent. She is upset that her income will be taken into account when it comes to setting Chris’ child support. A) I’m not sure why child support is used as a threat. It isn’t. It’s a fact of life if you are raising a child with a person you aren’t married to. And B) She was pretty supportive of income being a factor when she first took Joe to court for child support. I won’t justify any of the dads not having to pay to support their kids, but the system is set up to look at both incomes and this has worked to help support her at points in time as well.
Eventually, the courts do just this. They look at both incomes and between Kailyn and Chris’ respective incomes they agreed to him paying $346 per month ($133/month is the minimum). Kailyn is anything but happy about this (despite agreeing to it).
Jenelle Evans: Jenelle took Jace to another therapy appointment. Afterwards they are going to get ice cream and Jenelle gets aggravated over food in her car. She seems jumpy and uses a frantic singing voice as she slings French fries out of the window. Jenelle has a random ID card and Jace finds it. He says he wants to change his last name and when Jenelle suggests Eason, he says “no, to something better’. Jenelle than almost gets passed by a white truck and slows down on purpose to keep him behind her. Suddenly he passes her on the opposite side and then must slam on his breaks because she slams on her breaks. After slamming on the breaks to avoid hitting him she orders Jace to give her the phone. Jenelle gets on the phone with the police to report the tailgating and aggressive driving.
After talking to the police Jenelle takes a breath and calms down because she reported the incident and no road rage vendetta is worth risking the lives of herself and her first born child.
Just kidding. The driver turns off so Jenelle follows him. She whips off her seatbelt and reaches down to get a gun to set beside her. Jace offers to get the guy with his nerf gun. Then Jenelle gets on the phone with David and screams about the situation. She tells him that she is in front of the guys house. She screams at the guy and backs over his mailbox. He screams at her. She screams that he hit her car and then the screen fades black and MTV tells us that she pulled her gun on the guy.
When we return, Jenelle screams at David on the phone telling him that the stranger won’t let her leave, she hit the guys mailbox, and now the guy is following her. Meanwhile, Jace is sitting in the front seat looking terrified. Jenelle doesn’t ever acknowledge or ask if Jace is OK at any point.
David, despite all the faults we’ve seen, is the complete voice of reason. He admonishes her for following the guy to his house and says you don’t follow a grown man. Where has this guy been?
Jenelle calls Kristin after hanging up on David. He didn’t pander to her or flatter her so why give any more time to him? Jenelle gets pulled over and that’s when she starts crying. The cop acknowledges Jace but Jenelle doesn’t. She quickly paints herself as the victim. Then Jenelle and the cop get out of the car leaving Jace alone with the gun?
Jace calls Barb (while alone in the car and the gun). He tells her that Jenelle pointed the gun at the guy.
Of course, I read about this incident and knew what was going to happen, but it was chilling to see this play out in front of the cameras. Jenelle has reached a new low for me. Not only did she willingly exacerbate the situation repeatedly, she showed no concern or compassion for her son throughout. She always chooses a guy that can make her look a little better by default but no matter how bad any of them have been, she is the common denominator. Remove David from the show and now we see just how much she endangers her children. Her segments were chilling. MTV described this as ‘Jenelle encountering an aggressive driver’, she sure did and escalated the situation to a life and property damaging level and that footage had better be used against her for such disgraceful behavior.
Recap Author: Jeannie S.
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