Before we start, I still have no idea what this girl’s last name is, and it’s driving me nuts. She’s the only girl so far that I haven’t been able to find a Facebook page or Twitter account for. I know sometimes you’re all much better at snooping for these things than I am, so if you know her last name, let me know.
When the trailer for this season came out, and we updated everyone with information, someone in our comments section affectionately nicknamed this girl, “Squawking Macaw” and it seems to be more of a fitting description than I could have ever provided. Arianna is a high school senior from Smyrna, Georgia, and she is the artsy type, therefore her hair needs to be an unnatural color on the ends. Arianna’s mom was also a teenage mother, and her dad left her when she was young. Since then, her mom has gotten remarried, and Arianna isn’t too fond of her step family, so she decided to move in with her grandma. Her grandma has an apartment that is very small, and because of this, the two of them share a bed. Arianna says that it doesn’t bother her too much because she was normally hanging out with her boyfriend at the time, Maurice. The two had only been dating for a month and a half when Arianna got pregnant, and things seemed to fall apart from there.
The episode really revolves around the hurt that Maurice caused Arianna when she was pregnant. Around the time she was 6 months pregnant, Maurice requested a paternity test via text message, and it made Arianna really mad, so she cut ties with him for a while. She harbors a lot of resentment throughout the whole episode because of this simple text message, and it’s very evident that she’s angry with the guy any time that they’re together. I would think that this was reality, but having worked with MTV, I’m pretty good at spotting their stupid editing mistakes. Please note how the conversations are different between these two screen shots of text messages, which were shown in the same scene of last night’s episode.
Moving on, since Arianna is done dealing with Maurice, she decides to go out to eat frozen yogurt with her friends instead. Her friend, Nolyn, asks if Arianna would want to go to the homecoming dance with her, since it’s their senior year and all. Arianna doesn’t seem too thrilled with the idea, but she says that she’ll think about it. Meanwhile, Maurice sits down with his family at his house and his mom starts asking him how things are going. Maurice says that he’s been working in the studio, but his mom says that he really needs to get a job and start being able to help provide for their baby. Maurice tells his mom about the paternity test, and he even admits that he knows it’s his baby, but they simply wanted to protect their son from something bad happening.
Later, Arianna decides that she should go to homecoming with her friends. She has a great time, and it’s nice to see her relax a little. It might be the only time we see this girl smile during the whole episode. After that she decides that she’s going to try and meet with Maurice to talk about things face to face. He agrees and they go to this park and sit on a swing, and it starts out really nice, but once Arianna says that Maurice isn’t providing for her son, he instantly gets mad, and says that he doesn’t think he needs a 9-5 job, and that he does have things for the baby, but he’ll bring them over when he feels that it’s necessary. Arianna is still squawking at this guy, and so he just gets up and leaves instead of continuing to argue like that in public.
After their big blow up, Arianna has an ultrasound, but she’s still so mad that she doesn’t invite Maurice along or even tell him that she’s going. She gets to see her son, and seems like she’s on the verge of tears during her whole ultrasound appointment. Arianna has a baby shower, and her friends are there to help her get things ready for the arrival of her son.
At her next doctor’s appointment, Arianna’s doctor is concerned about how much room the baby has to grow, so he induces her a week before her due date. When she’s at the hospital, she calls Maurice to tell him, and he arrives to help her through labor. She even says that she’s glad that Maurice was there, and he seemed supportive. After 12 hours of labor, Arianna and Maurice welcome baby Aiden Connor into the world, and for a moment, everyone is happy and there’s no arguing.
The peacefulness soon passes, and on the day after Aiden is born, Arianna and Maurice get into a fight about things that happened in the past. Arianna says that she wants an apology from Maurice, but he’s insistent that he didn’t do anything wrong and that he’s going to bring stuff by for the baby as soon as possible. Arianna asks him to leave, and Maurice just wants to hold the baby one more time, but as he’s holding the baby, Arianna threatens to call a nurse in if he doesn’t get out of her room. She claims he’s held the kid for long enough, and then when she actually does call a nurse in, she tells Maurice not to come back to the hospital.
Arianna takes the baby home to her grandma’s apartment, and I couldn’t feel worse for that whole situation. She’s up at all hours of the night with a crying baby, and she’s laying in the same bed as her grandma the whole time, and I don’t think I would have the patience for that as the grandma, but I never hear her complain at all. She’s really supportive, actually, which is nice to see that Arianna has help from her family since she pushed Maurice to the side.
Eventually, Maurice comes over with diapers and wipes and some other baby items. Arianna lets him feed the baby so that she can relax, and she thinks that he might be making an actual effort to be a part of the baby’s life and support him financially. Even though she doesn’t get an apology, she decides to give things another shot with Maurice. A week or so later, she decides to meet Maurice at some smoothie place, and he brings even more baby things for their son. Arianna seems thankful for the gifts, but she starts asking for an apology again, and things turn south. Eventually, she walks out of the restaurant, and Maurice follows her and actually apologizes for his actions, and at this point, all is well in the world.