Every episode of the fourth season of Teen Mom puts us closer to the end for the four girls who started it all. And tonight's episode came the closest yet to painting a picture of what decisions Farrah, Maci, Amber, and Catelynn have to make to ensure success after the cameras leave them forever.
First up, there's Amber Portwood. Sadly we know what will happen to her -- she'll go to prison for the next five years. And yet, watching her admit she's been too lazy to sign up for her outpatient rehab program, it's hard not to want to reach through the TV screen and shake her. If onlys won't save her, but if only she'd made the right choices then, she wouldn't be where she is now.
The good news is her co-stars are moving toward a better fate.
Catelynn and Tyler were pulled once again into the role of parenting their own parents as Tyler's dad went to court to be arraigned on charges that he'd beaten up his wife (and Catelynn's mom) April during an argument. Their combined decision to stick by April and give up on Butch ever changing nearly moved me to tears. It isn't easy giving up on someone you love, but it could end up saving them a lot of heartache.
Maci and Kyle were moving in a whole other way -- moving in with each other. It looks like Bentley is going to have a little trouble adjusting to his new home, but he's got a lot of adults pulling for him. Even dad Ryan took the big move calmly, and he made a lot of sense when he admitted getting a custody agreement in writing should be about making things 50/50, not about making trouble for Maci.
But the biggest decision of the night came for Farrah. After fighting tooth and nail to take baby Sophia with her to Florida, far away from the child's grandparents, Farrah learned that it's not so easy being a single parent when your only fallback is expensive daycare. Sophia is just too active for her to get any of her school work done, and having her boyfriend, Daniel, come over to help every day isn't a valid option.
So Farrah relented on letting her mom, Debra, take Sophia back to the Midwest. It may sound like a cop-out, but parenting a toddler is tough, and anyone who says differently hasn't been there. Parenting a toddler all alone while trying to get through school has to be a nightmare. All the little antics Sophia was up to are absolutely normal, but that doesn't make them any less frustrating.
You could see the tension just roll off of Farrah when she finally realized she couldn't do it alone ... and she didn't have to. In the end, Farrah will only be separate from her daughter for a month, but the degree she'll get will help the two of them for a lifetime.
What do you think of Farrah's decision? Was it the right one for her and Sophia?
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