Being Dad was a special that focused on the lives of three of the best dads to hit the Teen Mom franchise: Ryan, Corey, and Jo. MTV camera crews followed the dads around for a short period of time to catch up fans of the show on what it’s like to be a dad, since most of the Teen Mom episodes feature the mothers a significant amount more than the dads.
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Ryan gives his back story to catch up people on what’s happened in his life for the last 5 years. He says that he found out his ex-girlfriend Maci was pregnant when he was 19, and when things didn’t work out between them, he started dating a lot. He’s been dating a girl named Shelby for almost a year, and things are pretty serious between the two of them. Since Shelby’s lease for her apartment is up in a few months, Ryan thinks that it would be a good idea to move in with her in order to get out of his parents’ house.
Ryan decides to ask Shelby about how she feels about moving in together. It turns out that Shelby is perfectly fine with it, but Bentley heard the conversation from the hallway, and doesn’t seem too thrilled about moving in with the two of them. Bentley is crying and freaking out to Ryan’s parents in the basement, and so Ryan has to have a talk with him about how he’s feeling. Ryan assures Bentley that he’s still going to be able to see everyone in his family no matter where he’s living.
Later on, Ryan and Shelby take Bentley to look at some apartments. Bentley seems much better, and Ryan picks up an application for the place. Ryan’s dad doesn’t seem too thrilled about Ryan and Shelby living together because there isn’t a significant commitment, and there’s not a plan for what will happen when the relationship turns sour. Ryan doesn’t really budge on his opinion, but it’s nice to see that someone is being the voice of reason in this situation.
At the end of the episode, Maci comes to pick up Bentley and asks Ryan how things are with Shelby. Ryan says things are going well, and that they looked at places to rent. Maci seems to be fine with his decision, and the meeting ends with Ryan going inside and Maci taking Bentley back to her house. Bentley tells his mom that he doesn’t want to live with Ryan and Shelby, but that he’s going to.
Jo gives us his back story about how he and Kailyn didn’t work out, and then he met his girlfriend Vee. He struggles with dealing with custody issues because his son lives 3 hours away now, but that since he became a dad, his son, Isaac, has been his main priority.
The episode starts with Jo going to pick up Isaac from Kailyn at their meeting spot. Things seem to go well, and Kailyn makes a joke about all of the MTV cameras, since at this time, Kailyn was being filmed for Teen Mom 2 as well. After Isaac says goodbye to everyone, he’s on his way back to Jo and Vee’s apartment. Vee is there waiting for them to get home, and Isaac gives her the left over part of his ring pop and says that they’re married. Vee makes a comment about how Isaac will propose before Jo will, and Jo just kind of lets it slide.
Later, Vee and Jo are talking about their goals for the future. It’s pretty clear that Vee wants to get married and have another kid. Jo says that his goal for a while was to have a food truck, and own his own business that way. Vee says that she would like to open a daycare in Florida, but Jo says that he can’t do that because it’s too far away from his son. Vee understands, but it still upset and feels like Jo’s giving up on his dreams completely.
Later, Jo takes Isaac to visit his grandma. It turns out that Jo’s parents got a divorce, and Isaac doesn’t really know how to handle his feelings about that. For his whole life, he’s seen his grandparents together, but now he’s just seeing his grandma, so he starts saying how he misses his grandpa. Jo’s mother is quick to say that it doesn’t matter that they don’t live together because they both still love Isaac very much.
At the end of the episode, Jo and Vee go out to eat with Isaac at a diner, and Vee leaves the table because she’s upset about things that have happened. When she comes back, she starts crying about how she wants a marriage and how even though Jo already has a son, it doesn’t mean that she doesn’t want a child of her own some day. Jo says that he doesn’t want to be pressured into anything, and that he’s still only 22 years old and isn’t 100% sure of what he wants in his future.
Corey’s back story involves the fact that his ex-wife, Leah, found out she was pregnant with twins after the two had only been together for a month. Corey’s relationship with Leah was a rollercoaster, and after 6 months of marriage, they got a divorce. Leah moved on quickly and now has another child, while Corey moved on slower, but eventually found Miranda, and the two have been married for 9 months at this time.
Miranda is adjusting to life with two kids, and she seems so genuine about it. She says from the start that the cameras being around make her anxious, and that she doesn’t like attention. Corey understands, and does all of the disciplining when he has the kids, because Miranda doesn’t want to step over her boundaries as a stepmother. While these two talk about how hard it is with Corey’s former marriage, they always talk about how it’s important that they put the past behind them and always put the girls first.
Corey talks with his dad about how things have changed. His dad says he’s happy that Corey is happy, but that Corey’s been through more stuff than he had been through when he was 22 years old. Corey agrees, but says that he’s taking it day by day and putting the kids first. Miranda goes out for lunch with a friend and they talk about the relationship that Miranda and Leah have. Miranda says that she wants things to be civil and doesn’t want things to ever be awkward. Miranda reveals that her parents were divorced also, and she doesn’t want the girls to have to go through the same things she did. When Miranda states that there are always boundaries between Leah and Corey, the producer speaks up and asks what she means by that. Miranda puts her in her place by saying that she’s just stirring the pot and looking for drama. When Miranda answers the question, it’s nothing special or dramatic like they were expecting.
Corey drops the girls off with Leah, and they’re friendly for the most part, but nothing seems out of line. Corey and Leah agree on a time to meet up for their next kid exchange, and they’re on their way.
Over all, the Being Dad special was less dramatic than I was expecting it to be. I’m glad that they used it as a catch up, but I’m also wishing we could have seen a little more into the daily lives of these guys. After all, the moms all got their own hour-long special, so the guys are getting the short end of the stick again. If you missed Being Dad this morning, you can watch it tonight on MTV at 8/7 central time.
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