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Teen Mom 2 just wrapped its third season, and next week, it's heading right into Season 4 (Monday, February 18, at 10 p.m. ET on MTV). Check out the trailer below, but first, a warning: It contains material unsuitable for anyone who doesn't want to get totally depressed about the continually sorry state of Kailyn Lowry, Chelsea Houska, Jenelle Evans and Leah Messer.
Yep, that was Kailyn you saw assaulting her new husband, Javi Morroquin, and her baby Isaac's daddy, Joe Rivera. As for Chelsea, who made us proud by finally getting her GED and passing the test for beauty school, the trailer shows her admitting to having casual and unprotected sex with her ex, Adam Lind (her daughter Aubree's baby daddy). Leah, mom to twins Alianna and Aleeah, is pregnant by her new husband, Jeremy Calvert, but she's already putting her new relationship in jeopardy. (Apparently, she is still in the thrall of her ex, Corey Simms.) And Jenelle, who appears to be back (or still?) on drugs, is seen throwing a suitcase at her new boyfriend, Gary Head, fighting with her mother Barbara, and reconnecting with her drug-enabling ex, Kieffer Delp. Granted, viewers have learned not to expect much from Jenelle, but sheesh -- when will the dysfuntion end?
Boy, these nutzo young women sure are behaving badly! It's like they're on a reality show or something.
Oh, wait -- they are on a reality show. Their antics fuel the plotlines of one of MTV's highest-rated series. Producers would say that the show isn't scripted or even guided; casting agents simply choose the people most likely to initiate compelling drama (a.k.a. crazy people). But as the show's stars enter their third year on the air, they can't help but pick up on the public's need for conflict-as-entertainment. The fact that all four of them seem to be caught in a downward spiral is hardly surprising. Think of all the people (themselves included) who have something to gain from their stupid decisions (and even violence).
Leah, Jenelle, Kailyn and Chelsea are gaining money and fame by letting MTV's cameras film their bad choices. Of course, that same, self-destructive behavior is also causing them to lose control of their young lives. It's a complicated calculus, balancing the pros and cons of this endeavor to capture their stories. And these moms, who are clearly still children themselves, don't seem up to the task.
Maybe it's time they let go of the camera crews and worked out their problems. Sadly, that doesn't seem to be the course they're on. People are already talking about Season 5.