It’s Thursday again, and you know what that means! Teen Mom 2 is airing this evening and I know we’re all excited to see what unfolds this week. This week, TV Guide tells us that fourth episode of this season titled “Not Good Enough” will feature the following stories: Leah and Corey’s co-parenting relationship takes a turn for the worse; Barbara and Jace visit Jenelle for the first time in weeks; and Kailyn and Javi discuss the future of their marriage. If you’re waiting around for the episode to start, you can watch sneak peeks of tonight’s episodes on MTV’s website by clicking here.
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Jeremy and Leah’s marriage is on the rocks and he’s out of town for work, but Leah doesn’t have much time to worry about that because she’s just brought the girlses home from school and they’re cutting up. Gracie in particular, is being quite the troublemaker. Each time she’s caught doing something Leah tells or hollers to her to stop it, so Gracie just moves on to find some more trouble to get in. Leah tells her friend that she thinks the adjustment to being back at her house after staying the weekend at Corey’s is what’s causing the twins to act up. While she’s saying this, Addie is standing right next to her and is also throwing a fit. Leah is explaining that the transition is hardest on Gracie, and as if on cue, Gracie knocks something over off screen. Leah tells her daughter to pick whatever it was up, but Gracie refuses. This prompts Leah to take her into another room and give Aleeah what sounds three firm spanks. The fact that Leah is mic’d up for the show does Leah no favors here as you can hear the spanks loudly. Gracie continues to carry on after the spanking and Leah threatens her with a time out. When Leah returns to the room with her friends, she says she feels bad for having to spank her child. Her friend assures her that spanking is the norm in West Virginia and doesn’t seem concerned about it. Her friend asks if Leah has spoken to Corey about Aleeah’s behavior. Leah says the used to, but don’t anymore. The scene ends with Leah’s friend saying she and Corey just can’t seem to communicate.
Later that night, Leah calls a different friend to talk about the spanking incident. She wishes she could talk to Corey about parenting, but she says he can’t talk to him and doesn’t trust him after the drug test and allegation she’s made against her. She goes on to say, “Our relationship as parents… It just really went downhill.” Leah continues to tell her friend about how Corey wants more time with the twins, but Leah is reluctant because she doesn’t know what Corey’s “plot” is. She fears that the custody issues will never end if she does acquiesce to Corey’s request for more time and is frustrated by that.
Leah and Corey are going to get together to talk about custody, but first we get to see Corey and Miranda with the twins. At Corey’s house the twins are still getting into it. Corey tries diffuse the situation by talking it over with Ali, but the adult logic is lost on the upset four-year-olds. Eventually things calm down and Miranda laughs about the twins’ budding diva attitudes. When Jeff comes over and he, Corey and Miranda talk about custody. Corey thinks that at the moment, Leah is a bad mother and wishes that he could tell Leah that she needs to “step [her] sh*t up” but he knows that it won’t go over well. Miranda reminds him that it’s all about the best outcome for the girls and it isn’t a competition to see who can say the meanest thing.
Leah and Corey meet up at a local pizza joint to discuss the custody situation. Leah says things between them are awkward, and Corey agrees but says he isn’t very bothered by it because he has to talk to her about their daughters. Leah still has an issue with the division of time that Corey is proposing, so Corey pulls out a calendar to demonstrate how the time is equally split.
He goes on to say that extra time that he gets with the girls is time that he doesn’t have to worry about the twins. Leah understands that but doesn’t think the situation is fair because she feels she hasn’t had the opportunity parent properly because Corey is always breathing down her neck about something. Corey responds to this with a story about how Gracie told him she know how to make toast. When he asked her how she learned that, she responded, “My mommy is a sleepyhead and I have to make myself breakfast.” Gracie even showed Corey how you do it. This is hugely concerning to Corey, but Leah says it’s not a big deal. Anyone else see a kitchen fire in her future? When asked what Leah needs to be doing better to prove to Corey that she competent, he tells her he just needs to see progress, especially when it comes to the girls’ school and therapy attendance records. Corey is insistent that he doesn’t want to take the kids from her forever, but Leah says this is part of some sort of plot against her. Corey looks confused by her statement, but when he asks her what she means, Leah insists that “someone” has a plot against her.
Chelsea is on her way to pick her daughter up from preschool. At the school, Aubree has scratched one of her little friends in a scuffle over a toy at school. When Chelsea comes to pick Aubree up from preschool, she’s on the yellow square of the discipline chart. The teacher then tells Chelsea that Aubree refuses to apologize. When Chelsea tries to get Aubree to come over to her for a talking to, Aubree refuses and starts yelling. Chelsea says she’s going to count to three. Of course, she never makes it to three before giving up.
She even threatens to leave, but that doesn’t deter Aubree from screaming. Chelsea gets down to Aubree’s level and tells her if she doesn’t come with Chelsea, she’s going to be in trouble. In the car, Chelsea tells Aubree to “be happy” and tickles her until she laughs. Chelsea then tells Aubree that she has to apologize to her friend or she’s going to be put on the red square of the discipline chart the next day. Chelsea passes the buck to Adam’s family and says Aubree has a hard time adjusting after she returns from visits with them.
When Randy comes over later, Chelsea tells Randy that Aubree is so naughty when she comes back from Adam’s house. She doesn’t know what they allow at Adam’s house that makes Aubree behave this way and just knows that Adam is the root of this problem. Randy assures her that it’s pretty normal for children in Aubree’s situation to have problems adjusting. Chelsea is just frustrated that Aubree acts out like this for basically half the month, because the behavior is continuous for about a week after her visits with Adam. Chelsea and Randy are both especially upset about Adam bringing lots of girls around Aubree, because they think that is what will mess her up. They discuss how Chelsea knew Cole for around six months before bring him around Aubree and even then he wasn’t introduced as Chelsea’s boyfriend until they were serious. Something about that timeline doesn’t seem right, but whatever. Chelsea tells Randy that Cole is very shy and isn’t the type of guy who is into fame or filming. They move on to talk about the visitation center. Chelsea thinks the type of people at the center will be trashy and she doesn’t like the idea of people watching. She’s now wondering if that is the best decision for Aubree.
In another scene, Aubree, Randy and Chelsea build a pretty sweet snowman outside, and in a voiceover Chelsea repeats that she doesn’t know if the visitation center is the best place for Aubree to visit with her dad, so they want to go check it out. Meanwhile, Adam works out with a friend at the gym. He discusses his 18 months of sobriety and his custody situation. Taylor hasn’t allowed him to see Paislee in months. His friend tells him that he’s a good father and it will all get resolved. Adam ends the scene by saying that Chelsea and Taylor are both great mothers, but not good co-parents.
Chelsea, Randy and Aubree go and see the center. Chelsea is unsure about everything, because never imagined she’d end up in this kind of situation. Chelsea says it has a bad vibe and the idea of taking Aubree there makes Chelsea emotional. Randy doesn’t think the visitation will actually end up being at the center, but thinks it’s a good threat to Adam’s family and hopes it will force them to take the supervision seriously. Chelsea feels bad because no matter how hard she tries to show Aubree the proper way to live, Adam and his family will always be half of her.
Barbara finally lets Jenelle have Jace for the weekend, and it’s the first time Babs has allowed this since their last big fight. When she gets home with Jace, Jenelle shows him a ship captain costume that she bought for him in St. Thomas. She shows it to him and explains that she bought it because she knows he loves to play dress up and that Kaiser has one just like it. She has Jace try it on, and I have to admit, it’s pretty cute. Jace, however, doesn’t have too much to say about it. Later that night, Jenelle and Nathan talk to Jace about Jenelle’s new ring. He asks if it’s a wedding ring, and Nathan explains to him that it’s an engagement ring and what an engagement is. They ask Jace some extremely leading questions about where he wants to live, and he tells them what they want to hear: he wants to live with Jenelle and Nathan. Nathan then picks him up and plays with him while Jace laughs.
Babs still hasn’t congratulated Jenelle on the engagement. Jace asks her to take off the ring so he can look at it. When he asks why there’s a diamond on the ring, Jenelle teaches Jace the most important life lesson for a young man, “Diamonds are a girls best friend.”
In North Carolina, Babs talks on the phone with a friend. She reveals that she isn’t very happy about the engagement and that Jenelle and Nathan have been quite mean to her in the passed month. She goes on to say that Jace doesn’t want to live with Jenelle. She says Jace has expressed that he’s happy to visit, but considers Barbara’s house his hime. Babs thinks it would kill Jace to have to leave his home so suddenly and it hurt Barbara. She cries at the very thought of it.
The next day, Jenelle tells Jace that she doesn’t feel complete without him around, and Jace reminds her that now Barbara is all alone. Jenelle does a good job of not saying anything ugly and tells him that Barbara keeps busy. She then speaks to Barbara briefly on the phone, and Barbara tells her she will be coming over and picking up Jace the next day. Jenelle tells Nathan that Babs coming over and hopes there is no arguing. Because of the court hearing, Jenelle doesn’t know when she’ll see Jace again, so she’s hoping for the best.
Barbara visits Jenelle at her new place in Myrtle Beach and Jenelle shows her around. Jace keeps slipping up and calling Barbara “Mom” before quickly correcting himself and saying “Meme” Barbara tells him that it’s okay and he can call her whatever he wants.
Jenelle makes a face, but continues showing her around. After seeing the backyard, Babs goes inside and picks up Kaiser. She says that Kaiser doesn’t even know him, and introduces herself to the baby as his grandma. Jenelle says that Kaiser doesn’t know anyone besides his parents at his age.
She follows Jenelle upstairs, where they discuss Jenelle and Nathan’s engagement. Barbara doesn’t want the couple to wed too soon, because she has concerns over how it will affect Jace. She says every time Jace returns from Jenelle and Nathan’s he acts up for two days before going back to his usual behavior. After struggling to get a word in, Jenelle says that this behavior shift stems from confusion on Jace’s part. She says that Jace wants to live with her, and when he has to return to North Carolina it upsets him. She adds that he needs more time with his mother, before telling Barbara that she needs to stop letting Jace call her mom. Barbara says that she doesn’t, but Jenelle sights the exchange downstairs as an example of what she means. Jenelle tells her, “He can call you Mama, that’s fine. He can call you MeMe, that’s fine. But ‘Mom’ is my name.” The scene closes with Jenelle telling Barbara that she need to accept her role as a grandparent.
Javi’s mom watching Lincoln and Kail picks Isaac up from school. She and Javi’s relationship is still on the rocks. While Isaac sleeps in the car, Kailyn talks about her marriage on the phone with a friend. Kailyn thinks that she and Javi rushed into marriage and having a baby, so they never figured out their problems before jumping into everything. Kailyn also thinks that Javi was remiss in thinking that the honeymoon period would last forever. The friend tells Kailyn that she has to fight for her marriage and that the both of them have to let their guard down. Kailyn says that for the sake of her children, “Giving up is not an option.”
It’s only Episode Four and Kailyn and Javi’s marital issues have already been discussed ad nauseam, but here we go again. In this scene, there’s a sad love song playing when Kail’s husband enters the room looking like The Virgin Javi with a blanket draped around his shoulders like a shawl. He takes a seat on one of the couches and he and Kailyn try again to hash things out. Kailyn says she feel crowded because on the weekends, Javi constantly needs affection and always wants to be included in her plans. I mean, who the heck spend time with their spouse? Javi says she used to act that way and things have changed.
The couple then begins to argue loudly about whether or not their marriage counseling is helping, which is just dripping with irony in and of itself. Kailyn throws the d-word around some more before Isaac comes on the scene claiming that he hurt himself. Javi tries to comfort him, until Kailyn says that he’s making it up. I presume this was just a diversion to stop the fighting. Lincoln then comes to the room and lightens the mood by being absolutely precious.
Kailyn gets Isaac to leave the room and Javi says that he can’t picture his life without waking up next to (I totally thought he was going to say waking up next to Kail) Lincoln and seeing Isaac every day., so he’s dedicated to finding a solution.
In another scene, Kailyn and the boys make cookies, and Kail is just a bundle of sunshine, as usual. Elsewhere, Jo and Vee go out to eat and talk about Delaware. Jo explains where he’s coming from and talks about Kailyn’s busy schedule. Vee does not seem impressed by Kailyn’s needs, but it’s clear that she’s going to follow Jo to Delaware. Jo is very happy about this, and assures her that it’s the right decision.
Later, it’s Kailyn and Javi’s turn to go out to eat. They discuss therapy and how well it isn’t working. Javi talks about what the need to do to fix things between them and while he does he slips and says, “fresh of breath air.” From both of their reactions it’s hard to tell if that was a stab at Farrah or an honest mistake. Now I’m questioning how much time I spend watching this television franchise. They agree that they both want to work things out. The scene closes with Kailyn saying that she never wants she and Javi to have the type of strained relationship that she and Jo have.
Whose segment are you most excited for? What did you think of the scenes you saw in the sneak peeks? Are there any big moments this season that you’re waiting to see?