DO: Spy on your babydaddy.
Bentley is at Ryanâ€™s, so Maci and her crazy new hairdo are hanging out with Kyle and his crazy new crutches. One of Maciâ€™s friends calls her to tell her that Ryan was downtown last weekend when he was supposed to be spending time with Bentley. What, weâ€™re tattling on people now? Are we FIVE? Good grief. Although apparently, Maci gave up one of her days with Bentley that weekend so Ryan could have an extra day with him, so yeah, if heâ€™s using that extra day to goof off, Iâ€™d probably be pretty pissed too.
DO: Go partying when youâ€™re supposed to be watching your child.
Anyway, Bentley seems to be having a grand olâ€™ time at Ryanâ€™sâ€”when one of Ryanâ€™s friends stops by, saying that heâ€™s there to pick Ryan up so they can go out. Where? Just to Buffalo Wild Wings for dinner. Ryanâ€™s mom looks skeptical, and with that â€śno-nonsenseâ€ť look on her face, I was really hoping sheâ€™d ground Ryan or something, but alas, even though Ryan is still living at home, he may be a little too old for grounding now. Ryan puts Bentley to bed before he goesâ€”and then, as he and his buddy are leaving, he asks (presumably out of earshot of his mom), â€śAre we going to eat, or are we going to party?â€ť â€śParty,â€ť the buddy says. So: In recent episodes, Ryan has quit his job â€śjust becauseâ€ť and started skimping out on spending time with Bentley. Niiiiice.
DONâ€™T: Expect your mother to fix everything.
After Maci and Kyle pick up Bentley from Ryan, they stop by her parentsâ€™ place. Maci shows off Kyleâ€™s wicked-looking scar, and they all oooh and aaah over it; but Maci has other things she wants to talk about, so her dad takes Bentley outside, where he rides around on an awesome Hot Wheels truck that I wish I had for myself, while she chats with her mom. Her mom asks about school; Maci says everythingâ€™s fine; and hey, guess what? Kyle, it seems, kicks her out of the house when sheâ€™s supposed to go to school. Good for him. Maciâ€™s mom thanks him for that, which is a nice gesture. Then Maci finally hits on whatâ€™s bugging her: That Ryan is going out on his weekends instead of spending time with his son. â€śI donâ€™t know how to fix him,â€ť Maci saysâ€”to which her mom replies, â€śWell, you shouldâ€™ve thought of that before you had his baby.â€ť Ouch. But very, very true. I kind of love how Maciâ€™s mom isnâ€™t taking any bullshit from her this season.
DO: Listen to your child.
Itâ€™s bath time for Bentley! Kyle thinks the water is too hot; Maci thinks it isnâ€™t. So they ask Bentley who says no, itâ€™s not too hot. Though he resisted the bath in the beginning, when heâ€™s all clean, he says â€śThat was fun!â€ť, which is really cute. After the bath, though, Maci starts asking Bentley a few a questions, and since heâ€™s super verbal, Bentley can answer them. Who bathes him at Ryanâ€™s? â€śMimi.â€ť Who changes him? â€śMimi.â€ť Who feeds him? Plays with him? â€śMimi.â€ť According to Bentley, Ryanâ€™s mom is the one who takes care of him when heâ€™s at Ryanâ€™sâ€”not Ryan himself. Danger! Danger! I can see the steam starting to rise out of Maciâ€™s ears!
DONâ€™T: Listen to anyone else.
But Maci still has to share Bentley with Ryan for now, even if Bentley doesnâ€™t want to goâ€”which he says he doesnâ€™t. I realize that itâ€™s difficult to determine whether a child that young really knows what he wants, but still. Would you want to send your child off somewhere after he told her he didnâ€™t want to go? Anyway, once Ryan shows up, Maci tries to broach the difficult topic of how Ryan is handling his time with Bentley. Ryan says that he thinks the schedule they have is working fine. Maci continues pushing, though, finally bringing up the fact that it really, really bothers her that Ryan is going out during the time that heâ€™s supposed to be spending with Bentley. She points out that his parents arenâ€™t supposed to be the ones taking care of Bentleyâ€”Bentley is his son, and therefore is his responsibility. Predictably, though, the â€śconversationâ€ť quickly devolves intoâ€¦ well, not quite a yelling match, but a â€śhey, letâ€™s both talk over each other until we canâ€™t hear what either one of us is sayingâ€ť match. Maci threatens to take Bentley away if he doesnâ€™t shape up, and you know what? She may have done some stupid things this season, but I kind of agree with her here. If Ryan is taking care of Bentley when heâ€™s supposed to be, then he shouldnâ€™t be taking care of him at all. Bentley, meanwhile, has been in the backseat while all of this was going on. Before Ryan drives off, though, Maci opens the door again. â€śYou okay?â€ť she asks Bentley. â€śIâ€™m going to miss you. You call me if you need anything, okay?â€ť He nods. Itâ€™s heartbreaking. I donâ€™t know how that child is as well-adjusted as he is with all of this going on around him all the time.
When Maci gets back inside, Kyle asks her how things went. She gives him the rundown, but sheâ€™s interrupted when Ryan calls Maci. He demands that she tell him whoâ€™s been informing on him. She says that if he isnâ€™t doing it, it shouldnâ€™t matter, but he keeps pushing. She hangs up. And then she starts crying. Maci generally isnâ€™t a crier, soâ€¦ itâ€™s kind of upsetting. Again, sheâ€™s been stupid this season, but she does have a point hereâ€”itâ€™s not about her, but about the welfare of their child. Kyle, who is way more sensitive than Ryan, hobbles over to her in spite of the crutches and cuddles her.
DO: Put your boyfriend on the spot.
The next night, Kyle takes Maci out for a fancy dinner date, which, given all the hullabaloo with Ryan, is a really nice gesture. She asks what the occasion is, to which he cheekily replies, â€śWhy not?â€ť Over dinner, she asks him if heâ€™s glad they moved in together. He nods; she says that sheâ€™s happy, too. And then comes the real question: Whatâ€™s next? Kyle blushes. â€śYou wouldnâ€™t marry me anyway,â€ť he says bashfully. â€śYes I would,â€ť she insists. Way to put Kyle on the spot! Kyle takes a breath before telling her that if theyâ€™re going to do this, he wants to make sure that heâ€™s really okay dealing with Ryan for the rest of his life if they do. So Maci makes a choice: From here on out, she wonâ€™t deal with Ryan. Fuck him. Sheâ€™ll deal with his parents, but not with him. As long as Bentley is happy, and as long as she and Kyle are happy, she doesnâ€™t care what anyone else is doing.
So what does Kyle think?
â€śItâ€™s a good plan,â€ť he says. What do you think, guys? Will these two crazy kids make it?