Teen Mom 2 Season 8 Episode 1 Recap: The Verdict Is In, Is Jenelle Acquitted?

Tonight was the premiere of Teen Mom 2, Season 8. We were glued to the TV, waiting for the drama to unfold. And we were not disappointed!

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Teen Mom 2: Kailyn

The episode kicks off with Kailyn discussing the challenges of raising two kids. She and Javi no longer feel that they have the same goals and it appears a breakup may be impending. Still, Javi and Kailyn haven't discussed their issues directly and once Javi is deployed, he remains in touch with the kids by calling them. Kailyn stays busy, not only by caring for her children, but also challenging her fears by going skydiving!

Kailyn tells her sons that she jumped out of a plane and they're shocked. Then, Kailyn has her friend Gigi over and they reflect on how the reunion went. Kailyn notes that she's been happier since Javi left, which she realized during the reunion. Still, Kailyn feels she can't make any decisions about her relationship until she sees Javi face to face.

Next, we find out that during his deployment, Javi has been talking to kids everyday but feels ambivalent about his relationship with Kailyn.

Kailyn takes Isaac out for a celebratory meal after his graduation from kindergarten but Isaac has trouble having a good time until he hears from Javi.

Teen Mom 2: Chelsea

Chelsea and Adam continue to struggle. Adam keeps the producers waiting when they want to film. He's busy taking a nap. When he finally opens his doors, he tells the producers about his true feelings about Chelsea taking Cole to Aubree's dance.

Chelsea will be marrying Cole in a few months and she's busy with all of the preparations. She heads to a dress fitting. Aubree comes along for her own fitting and enjoys posing once she has her dress on.

After the fitting, everyone goes out for lunch. Aubree enjoys herself thoroughly.

Teen Mom 2: Jenelle

Jenelle has a new boyfriend David, who's been helping her out with her kids. Jenelle's also been getting along better with her mom. Still, she has a court date coming up for her assault, which worries her because of all of the repercussions it could have for her future.

At her hearing, we learn that Jenelle has plead not-guilty to the charge of committing 3rd degree assault. Both Nathan and his girlfriend, Jessica Henry testify to Janelle's behavior on the night that Jenelle assaulted Jessica. Jenelle's lawyer points out that the assault charges are nothing more than an attempt on Nathan and Jessica's part to win a custody battle.

Jenelle then takes the stand and recounts the events of the day of the assault very differently. Janelle's notes that while she did wind up hitting Jessica with a glass, she did not intend to do so. All she meant to do was to throw some water on Jessica because she felt that her son was under threat. Jenelle breaks down on the stand, talking about how she just wants to be a good mom.

Jenelle is relieved when she finds out that she is declared not-guilty.

Teen Mom 2: Leah

Leah discusses the difficulty of raising 3 girls on her own. When her girls are fighting in the car as Leah readies them for an outing, she nearly has a breakdown trying to find the car keys. So she takes a moment and heads back in to the house in order to calm down. But she nearly has a panic attack despite her attempts to keep her cool. The girls wound up being late for their ball game. Later, Leah has a chance to decompress and we realize that the reason she was so worried about getting the girls off of the game was due to her past difficulties parenting. She feared that she would look like a incompetent mother.

Leah drops her daughter off with her father and then later picks her up. We find out that he's going to be away for 4 months and her daughter will only be able to access him through Skype. Leah feels indignant about this.

That's it for tonight's episode. It certainly had enough drama about breakups, legal proceedings and potential custody losses to satisfy any Teen Mom viewer. We'll see if the next episode tops this one!

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