Last night’s 16 and Pregnant was an extra-long episode because it had to focus on the hot-button topic of adoption. Primarily, how high-school senior Alex Sekella doesn’t even consider adoption seriously, even though she was working two jobs before she got knocked up and her troublemaker boyfriend Matt doesn’t seem committed to raising their daughter Arabella.
1. Alex claims that she and Matt were always careful about birth control, using condoms and the pill, but that her pregnancy was a “whoopsie” moment. She tells her dance class about how they debated getting Plan B — presumably because the condom broke — but then didn’t because it cost $50. If she couldn’t even afford the contraception, then you have to wonder how she thinks she can handle a child.
2. I want Alex to make it to Teen Mom 3 if only for the hilarious supporting cast. Her younger brother and sister are so precocious, telling her that she can’t be illogical in wanting to keep the baby and that she’ll get bullied for being a teen mom; and when Alex is complaining about Matt not having the balls to be supportive, one of her friends quips, “Of course he’s got a pair, look what happened.” Please, can I watch these people every week?
3. Alex acts really irrational throughout this episode, and it’s a shame that no one can change her mind. She hems and haws about what to do with the baby, waiting until about two weeks before her due date to even consider adoption. And when her friend Breanna asks her if her mother (who can’t have children) could adopt Alex’s child, Alex resists even though it’s clear that she doesn’t have the means to.
Alex: “I’m liking the feeling of being called Mommy.”
Matt: “That’s the thing. You need to put her ahead of you.”
4. The way that Alex compartmentalizes is amazing. She moves out to live next-door to Breana’s family, with their neighbor Brenda as her landlord. And when Alex can’t make rent, Brenda informs her that she has to come over and get her stuff, or she’ll put it on the curb. Alex’s mom tries to convince her to stay at her baby shower, but she goes over to her new place, only to find her stuff out on the street.
5. It’s clear from the beginning of the episode that Matt is an unfit father. Much as Alex loves him, he’s constantly getting arrested; after she gives birth to Arabella, the unemployed babydaddy flakes out about taking care of the baby while Alex works. At first you think it’s another bout of irrationality, but Alex confesses to her mother that the reason she’s pushing so hard to force Matt to be a father is that she herself grew up without a dad after her parents’ divorce.
The final scene is Alex screaming at Matt on the street, and her declaring, “I don’t want you to see my daughter anymore.” Yeah, I completely want to see all of these people on Teen Mom 3.