TV Guide said that last nightâ€™s reunion show was a Teen Mom 2 check-in, but I knew that it was wrong. Because you know that Dr. Drew Pinsky is not letting the first graduating class of Teen Mom get away without picking apart their baby angst and unbelievable family drama one last time.
He spends most of part 1 obsessing over Catelynn and Tyler, which is ironic since theyâ€™re the most well-adjusted (and therefore boring) couple of the bunch. Of course, once he calls up Catelynn’s trainwreck momÂ April as well, you get a bit of drama. Continuing the streak of uncomfortable family confrontations, he later brings on Farrah and her mom Debra, for the tearful showdown we knew was coming all season.
DO: Remember the love that led to your child
Whether or not you agree with Tyler and Catelynn getting hitched so young, you have to applaud them for not devolving into an abusive dynamic like Amber/Gary or even Maci/Ryan. More than once theyâ€™ve admitted how much they regret placing Carlyâ€”and MTV has been there to record those tearful momentsâ€”but they also wonâ€™t torture themselves so much that they canâ€™t be happy even without her in their daily lives. “I honestly think that we are soulmates,â€ť Catelynn tells Dr. Drew, â€śand they say soulmates bring out the best in each other.”
DO: Analyze why youâ€™re making a big decision
As Catelynn and Tyer readily acknowledge, planning a wedding changes things; itâ€™s a line that theyâ€™ve now crossed by setting a date for 2013. Of course, Dr. Drew isnâ€™t content to leave things there, and needles Catelynn until she admits that part of what has her so bonded to Tyler is that her own father chose his other family over her and April. â€śIt was hard to have esteem for yourself, if your own dad didn’t value you,â€ť Dr. Drew fake-sympathizes, looking smarmier than ever. Even though Catelynnâ€™s dad still checks in on her regularly, lately sheâ€™s been ignoring his calls. She ponders that maybe she needs to push past that resentment and welcome him with whatever he can offer.
DONâ€™T: Remain in denial about the problems in your life
Iâ€™m trying to parse out the timeline here: By the time April shot the reunion special with Catelynn, she was enough of a danger to her son that Catelynn was considering stepping in, but it doesnâ€™t seem like the whole debacle of April calling Us Weekly depending to be pregnant Catelynn had happened. That, or the stars made some clause that they wouldnâ€™t discuss it at the reunion. (You know that either way, Dr. Drew is kicking himself for not jumping on that.)
As of the taping, April is 173 days sober and says that her bottom was “me and Butch, getting in the altercation.” She didn’t think she was going to die, she clarifies, because she was fighting back. (Good for her?) Still, she seemed more amused by the whole thingâ€”the same way she was really distanced in the episodeâ€”than willing to admit what a problem Butch has.
DONâ€™T: Be a creep
This one goes for Dr. Drew, who interrupts Aprilâ€™s testimony to ask Catelynn to scoot overâ€¦ so that he can go and sit next to April and get all up in her business. Itâ€™s so shameless! I literally started shouting at the screen, I was so skeeved out. But I guess with the series finale special, you gotta get your licks in.