I had the best weekend ever, mainly because I devoted a solid 40 minutes of it to watching an advanced copy of Teen Mom 2 season 5‘s very first episode. And you guys, I can’t even tell you how much went down. Like, so much. I’ll be back with an official recap (in the voice of Barbara Evans, obviously) after the first episode premieres on January 21, but for now, here’s 4 things to know about the very first episode, one for each girl, which are mind-blowing, mainly because the fans didn’t know about them happening in real life:
1. Jenelle gets an abortion.
On the show: We knew from the trailer that Jenelle aborts a pregnancy this season, and in the very first episode, we learn a bit more, like that the baby is Courtland’s and that they didn’t use a condom (yikes).
In real life: We only heard about her miscarriage that happened circa January, and this abortion on the show that happened in early June (around when filming started) went unmentioned in the news. Does this mean that Jenelle got pregnant twice by Courtland before her current pregnancy with Nathan? I think yes, and also, Wetpaint has confirmed that this below pic was taken in June and Jenelle is wearing the same shirt as she does during the abortion scene in the show. So…you do the math.
2. Leah’s daughter Ali has a rare form of muscular dystrophy.
On the show: We knew from last season that Leah and Corey were trying to find a diagnosis for one of their twins, and in the first episode, we find out exactly what little Ali has. It’s some long, complicated medical term which is basically like muscular dystrophy that is only going to get worse as she gets older. Aw.
In real life: We didn’t find out specifics of Ali’s condition since season 4, but we did know that she was much better and was finally walking.
3. Kailyn and Javi live three hours away from each other.
On the show: Last season we knew Javi was sent away for basic training, and now he’s back but is stationed in Delaware. Kailyn and Isaac live in Pennsylvania, and in the first episode, Kail is trying to get written permission from Jo to move Isaac out of state so that they can start their own family closer to Javi.
In real life: It seemed as though Kailyn, Javi, Isaac and their soon-to-be-born baby all lived together, with Jo sharing joint custody of Isaac. So either Javi left Delaware/finished training or Kail got permission from Jo to leave PA because in August, Kail posted photos of her and Javi’s new home together…
4. Chelsea never went back to beauty school.
On the show: Late into season 4 we see Chelsea take a leave of absense from beauty school, but we learn in the first episode of season 5 that she never returns. She had a change of heart and decided she wanted to go to aesthetician (skincare) school instead, so she and her friend, Megan, enroll together and start all over.
In real life: We knew that Chelsea graduated from beauty school in November, but this was probably not the Black Hills Beauty College we saw her at last season. Before we got news of her graduating though, we had no idea Chelsea even returned!
There’s obviously a ton more bombshells in the first episode, let alone the entire new season, but I don’t want to give too much away when we’re still just under a month out from the premiere. But once it premieres, come back to OKMagazine.com and talk about the new episodes with me! We’ll be posting exclusive clips each week, recapping each episode, and also chatting with Jenelle, Leah, Kailyn and Chelsea about season 5. See you soon!
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