First off, I’m still not sure whether or not we’re calling it a series finale or season finale. As far as I know, they haven’t been shooting any footage of the moms, so unless they somehow managed to keep it a super secret (which they’re terrible at), it may be a long time before we get to see Jenelle and crew on tv again… if ever.
With that said, after watching back to back seasons of the girls, and tonight’s episode especially, I’m not sure that’s a bad thing. The season had a broad range from completely boring and pointless to pretty shocking even for Teen Mom standards. Let’s start with the boring…
I don’t really know what to say. Her season ended the same way it has been for a long time now – boring. There was a moment of humor when Aubree locked her out of her bedroom, but that was probably the highlight of the season for our carrot faced mom. I don’t think it’s a bad thing, she’s living a relatively normal life and not out starring in porn or shooting up heroin. I doubt she’s going to be starring in any spin-offs and will eventually finish her schooling (maybe), get married and be forgotten. I talk like this is the series finale because I strongly believe it was, especially considering I don’t know if they can find another story out of Chelsea’s life worth watching.
On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, there is Jenelle and her adventures. She is TV’s biggest screw-up and has even reality tv vets like myself shocked at times, especially tonight when she and Kieffer were strung out looking for Xanax. If you’ve ever seen a movie like Requiem for a Dream, or Trainspotting, her scenes tonight literally looked like they could have been placed in one of those movies. It was kind of a reality check to see someone we feel like we ‘know’ all messed up like that. Sure, we’ve seen random people on ‘Intervention’, but years of blogging and watching Teen Mom and following these girls, it was definitely a different experience.
It’s easy to make fun of her, trust me on that… shit, half of my material when I live tweet is about Jenelle. However, the ‘realness’ of watching her so completely out of her mind makes me hope that she really does get help one of these days. She’ll probably never earn custody of Jace, but she is heading down a terrible path that’s only getting worse.
I know the recap hasn’t been very funny to this point, and it probably will be similar with Leah. Once her terribly acted, staged ‘meeting’ of Jeremy was done, her season revolved around her low points as a girlfriend and ‘bride-to-be’. Bouncing between Corey and Jeremy, playing with Jeremy’s mind like it was nothing, then crawling back to him the second it didn’t work out with Corey. I would say the season really exposed Leah, but she’s been exposed for quite some time in my eyes, and those who like her still like her, those who don’t likely still don’t. Leah certainly didn’t win anyone over this season, and probably lost more fans than she gained.
Tonight’s episode didn’t really have the love drama as it had the Ali drama. The entire night was devoted to getting a muscle biopsy done to try and help determine the walking problems. I think my mind was spacing a bit towards the end, but I don’t recall them ever really giving an absolute diagnosis on her condition. They were worried it was something that could effect the heart, liver, etc but was it ever confirmed?
It’s benefits time for Kailyn! Before Javi shipped out for basic training, Kailyn rushed to get married to make sure she’s under the military benefits that she’s been talking about all season (Seriously, are they that good?). I’m sure she and her benefits will live a happy life together… err, I mean she and Javi. Yes, Javi…
Her season as a whole definitely hurt her more than helped. Kailyn was exposed as a very selfish, hypocritical and jealous ex-girlfriend to Jo, and started showing some anger issues we really haven’t seen in the past… at least not much on camera. She was the one mom I respected quite a bit heading into this recent two season stretch, but has come away as probably my least favorite.
What did you think of the episode and season in general?