After every season of Teen Mom and Teen Mom 2 is a two-part reunion episode that's a catch-up with Dr. Drew. Tonight, MTV is airing part 2 of the reunion show for Teen Mom 2, season 4 (got all those numbers?), and I am more excited to watch it than usual. Wanna know why? Because I was in the audience during the taping of the show.
I went to the taping not as a member of the press but as an actual fan of the show who's geniuniely invested (sometimes too much) in the lives of Chelsea, Kailyn, Jenelle and Leah. So when I got the invite to attend it at 10am on a Sunday, I didn't care that it was early. I was in. And I'm going to tell you what transpired, because we all know that what you see on TV isn't always how it goes down in real life…Oh, and ps, all the pics used in this article are Instagram pics the girls took during their trip to NYC to film the reunion show. Looks like they had fun!
First things first, my friend Rachel and I (who's just as into Teen Mom as I am) arrived to the studio in NYC at 10am sharp. There was already a line to get in forming around the block so I was anxious. But as we waited on line, we started talking to other girls there, one of whom told me that she was there the day prior for the taping of the Teen Mom 3 season 1 reunion special. Wow. She's pretty devoted. And BTW she was also approximately 18, so I officially felt old.
Also, I should probably also mention that this whole thing happened in early November, when season 3 of Teen Mom 2 hadn't even aired yet. When I found out that what we were taping that day was for season 4, not season 3, I was convinced it was never going to air and that I wouldn't get my 15 minutes of fame, but alas, here we are.
Moving right along, we made our way into the studio, checked our coats and our phones (so we couldn't take pics or leak info) and then the crew assigned each of us a seat number. We were told that the reunion show was going to tape in two parts—we were part 1 and would get to see the interviews with Jenelle and Kailyn (which aired last week). Part 2, which would show for a whole new group of audience members later that day, would get to see Leah and Chelsea. That's the part that fans will get to see tonight on MTV.
We then had to fill out some forms saying that we wouldn't disclose any information (I waited this long so I can't get in trouble now) about the show and blah blah blah. Then we each took our seats (I was like, third row, second seat from the end, if you're wondering) and waited for the cast to come out. The crew and the show's producers let us ask them some questions before the girls came out (I wanted to ask them why they moved the show from Tuesday nights to Mondays but my friend insisted not) and we just hung out there waiting for something exciting to happen.
Then, the good stuff. All four girls came out and sat on the couch on the stage with Dr. Drew to their left (the audience's right) and Dr. Drew did a quick interview with each of then, asking them how things are now and what's changed since they stopped filming. Then Dr. Drew filmed the intro (you know, the one where he talks about everything the girls went through that season and how teen pregnancy sucks), which he had to redo quite a few times. On TV you see the perfect edited version, but during a taping, you see it go wrong and get messed up about 10 times. That happened.
Then, Jenelle stayed on the stage but the other three girls went backstage. Before the formal interview, they showed a summary video of everything that had happend to her over the course of the season. Granted, the audience hadn't seen this season at all yet at the time, so everything that happened in that video was new information to us. I remember being shocked to find out that Jenelle and Kieffer did heroine (which we all found out about in the season finale) so I was super excited to hear what she was going to say about it to Dr. Drew.
And as we saw when it aired last week, Jenelle did not hold back. She talked about her engagement to and breakup with Gary Head, what her legal situation was at that very moment, and how the heroine thing we saw on TV was not the whole story. On the show, all we saw was Barbara and Mike breaking into Jenelle's home and finding her and Kieffer with heroine syringes, but Jenelle said that what also happened was she was getting into trouble with Keiffer at his home in New Jersey, she got arrested and, after not having spoken to each other for weeks, cried to Barbara to bail her out. You could tell there was still some hostility between Babs and Jenelle, but what else is new.
Then later, Barbara came out to offer up her side and story and further discuss why she called the cops on Jenelle. You could tell she was a fan favorite as people clapped for her and laughed at all her comments. And let me just tell you, hearing her accent in person is even better than watching it on TV or reading it on Twitter. She is just the greatest. And also, so tiny and cute. And looks like she and Jace had fun during their NYC visit, eh?
Next, there was a bit of a break (but they didn't let us leave to go to the bathroom because they didn't want any empty seats in the audience, so that was awesome) as the crew rearranged the set to prepare for Kailyn. After's Kail's summary video debuted, Kail and Dr. Drew had a nice chat about married life with Javi, how big Isaac is getting and more. But things got ugly real quick. Dr. Drew told Kail and the audience that Jo and his girlfriend Vee were waiting backstage, and he wanted to bring them both out so that Kail and Vee could finally meet. You remember from watching the show that Kail had serious issues with Vee being around her son, and we finally find out why in the reunion show. Apparently there were pics circulating on the internet of Vee smoking pot and drinking, and Kail wasn't comfortable with that kind of person being around her baby. Valid.
So then, Dr. Drew brings Jo, and then Vee, on stage, and they all have an adult conversation until—wait for it—Kailyn storms off the set. I guess she felt like the other three were ganging up on her and she was just not comfortable meeting Vee for the first time in front of so many people. I definitely don't blame her for that. But you all know that because you watched part 1 last week, right?
At this point we were running late on schedule and it was just about 4pm, so unfortunately we didn't get to find out what happened after that. But having watched part 1 last week, I know now that Kail got over it and brought out Javi on stage which was just so cute. And meanwhile, this was happening backstage, so yeah:
I didn't want to leave because I kinda really wanted to see what Chelsea had to say about Adam and what Leah thought of married life (also, I later learned that this was when she announced her pregnancy with Adalynn), but on the way out we all got free pizza so it was a win/win situation for everyone. Excited to see what Chelsea and Leah tell Dr. Drew tonight though!
Don't forget, part 2 of the Teen Mom 2 reunion show airs tonight at 10pm on MTV! Are you excited to watch the reunion show? Do you think the girls will be back for a season 5? Tweet us @OKMagazine or leave a comment on our Teen Mom Facebook page!