DO: Stay in school.
Catelynn finally finished high school, too! Woooo! She and Tyler invited Brandon and Theresa to their graduation, but unfortunately, they tell them in an email that they’re not sure if they’ll be able to make it. They assure them that they’ll think about it, though, which Catelynn and Tyler are pretty understanding about. They’re a little bummed, though; being a birth parent is tough. Sigh.
Remember Catelynn’s supercool teacher? He’s still supercool, and on Catelynn’s last day of classes, he takes a minute to touch base with her. He asks her if she knows what she wants to do now, and she says yes: She wants to be a teacher. Awww! Her supercool teacher takes the opportunity to tell her that because she made the decision to give her child up for adoption, she’s strong enough to do anything. Hoorah for positive reinforcement! Aaaand then she’s out the door like a shot, because she’s a teenager and she just finished school.
DON’T: Stay mad.
Tyler had his last day of school party earlier, so now it’s Catelynn’s turn for hers. They meet up with a bunch of their friends and Tyler’s mom at a local restaurant, where they chat about what Catelynn plans to do now, play pool and eat pizza and have fun. Tyler and a couple of his friends chat about the clubbing event last weekend. But when one of them asks Tyler if he could ever imagine himself with another girl… he nods. WHAT?! Tyler hurriedly backpedals after that, though, saying that this is the path he’s chosen for himself, and as a matter of integrity, he’s sticking to it. I’m conflicted about this; it’s both admirable and unsettling.
Catelynn decides that she wants to do something nice for Tyler, so she books a romantic ski weekend for them. Tyler, meanwhile, visits with his mom, during which they talk about Catelynn’s whole freakout about the clubbing thing. Tyler’s mom understands where Catelynn is coming from—the insecurities and whatnot—but Tyler seems to be harboring some resentment, even though I could have sworn they had resolved everything by the end of the last episode. This is troubling, especially coming on the heels of that talk he had with his buddies. He does say that he’s going to stick by her, though. She’s just a girl, and he “doesn’t understand what goes on in her head.” Whatever that means. Later, Catelynn reveals the surprise trip to Tyler and informs him that they need to pack. NOW. This is the first trip they’ve ever been on together, which should be exciting—so why doesn’t Tyler look pleased?
DO: Learn to ski!
But they head off for their ski weekend anyway, and it’s hilarious. Catelynn booked them a private lesson, so they stumble around the slopes with their own personal ski instructor, and by the end of it, they have triumphantly figured out how to move without falling down. In the locker room afterwards, Tyler thanks her for the surprise. He likes that they’re breaking out of the routine of everyday life; he says, profoundly, that if life is just a routine, it isn’t life at all. Heavy.
DO: Talk about your feelings.
After the ski lesson, they check in at their B&B, an adorable little place that was built in 1892. I want to find out where this place is and stay there. Did I mention that it’s got a Jacuzzi? Because it’s got a Jacuzzi. I don’t know if Catelynn and Tyler end up using it—MTV would NEVER show us THAT!—but I think we can pretty safely assume that they’ll take full advantage of it once the cameras stop rolling. Catelynn awkwardly talks about her feelings and says that the whole point of the trip was to reassure Tyler how much he means to her. She checks in with him, asking him what he’s feeling; when he says he’s feeling more confident about them as a couple, she asks what’s changed. He likes that they’re compromising and that they’re improving their communication. They snuggle. I’m still a little worried, though, given everything else he’s said and done this episode. We can only hope that Tyler isn’t just telling her what she wants to hear…