Last night was my first-ever viewing of Teen Mom 2, though I’ve known about the combined assault charges, medical problems, and leopard print of Leah Messer, Jenelle Evans, Kailyn Lowry, and Chelsea Houska for awhile now. But except for a knock-down, drag-out fight between Jenelle and her mom that I suspect is par for the course, last night’s season 2 premiere wasn’t too dramatic.
Mostly I was shocked at how self-destructive these girls can be; what’s bizarre is how in the long run they’re certainly putting their kids’ needs ahead of them, but they get selfish regarding short-term stuff like seeing friends and risky relationships. Also, there’s a weird dramatic irony to knowing that since filming for season 2 wrapped, one relationship has broken up and someone’s violated her probation. It makes it even more cringeworthy to see those cracks develop in the first episode.
DON’T: Underestimate the importance of making a living
What I didn’t get was how everyone was so unenthusiastic about Leah getting a job. At first I thought that her reluctance was because she couldn’t afford to be full-time, but it sounds as if they’d have no problem wrangling day care since they leave next door to Corey’s mom and could probably pay for the remaining time needed. Then I realized it was because Leah just didn’t like leaving her daughters Aleeah andAlianna because of their health problems. That makes sense and must make her every day tougher, but at the same time, wouldn’t she want to earn more money to pay future medical bills?
DO: Support your spouse
I just learned that Corey and Leah have since filed for divorce, which makes these moments resound a lot more. Because even after Leah became enthusiastic about her dental assistant job, Corey looked annoyed whenever she brought it up.
DONT’: Be jealous
Part of Corey’s insecurity was that Leah would flirt with people; no matter what job she ended up with, this would be his fear, apparently. She definitely mentions in the voiceover that he’s not supportive enough about her working.