Tonight's Couples Therapy episode was the second to last of the season -- next week we'll see the finale of the VH1 show. It was a big one for a lot of folks. Model Abbey Wilson made major headway on her battle with an eating disorder, and Real World stars Heather Marter and Dustin Zito stood up for one another in a battle with Girls Gone Wild creator (and Wilson's boyfriend) Joe Francis. But no story is really bigger than that of Teen Mom star Catelynn Lowell.
April Baltierra -- aka Catelynn's mom and boyfriend Tyler Baltierra's stepmom -- showed up at the therapy house!
Fans who have followed Catelynn from 16 & Pregnant to Teen Mom and now to Couples Therapy watched her struggle through pregnancy, adoption, and the aftermath of adoption, culminating in the painful cancellation of her wedding, know who April is. And they know that despite being just a kid through most of it -- she's still just 21 -- Catelynn has had to struggle alone with no one but Tyler at her side because April was not there for her kid.
Either she was too drunk to be there or she was being emotionally and verbally abusive.
But tonight we saw the other side of April. With celebrity therapist Dr. Jenn Berman's gentle pushing, Catelynn's mother opened up about her own past -- before she became Catelynn's mom -- and what took her down the road of addiction. Like many addicts, April is not a happy person. She's unhappy with herself, and she turns to alcohol because it's an escape.
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But she can't escape what she's done to Catelynn and how it continues to shape her today, even how it's landed her on Couples Therapy and brought her wedding plans to a screeching halt.
Even grown-up kids could use good parents in their lives, but Catelynn is too busy dealing with April's constant troubles to really get on with her own life, to really grow UP. As she admitted tonight to her mom:
One of my biggest fears is just either A) you dying and B) me having to cut all ties with you because it's not healthy for me to deal with this.
When you drink and you do things, it affects me. It affects my daily life.
But this is what's good about this reality show. Berman and her crew really know their stuff, and bringing April in to talk to her daughter couldn't have come at a better time. It gave April the chance to finally say to Catelynn the thing this girl has so deserved to hear ... a real apology for what she's been through:
I shoulda stood by her side and not given her such a hard time and I shoulda just not be so mean to her.
There's things I said to her I wish I could take back.
I really wish we could go back and do it all over again. I would stay at that hospital with you 24 hours and I would have held your hand when you had to do that. I know that was the hardest thing in the world that you would ever had to have done. I can't even imagine.
I am so deeply sorry, Catelynn. I really love you. You turned out to be so awesome.
She's right. Catelynn DID turn out to be awesome.
And hopefully April can get herself straightened out and get sober so she can be around for a long time to see that awesome ... and maybe one day see a healthier, happier Catelynn. Not having those awful fears hanging over her head would be a major boost to her well-being ... maybe enough to allow her to actually be ready to get married and start having kids someday.
What did you think of April's apology? Did it seem sincere?
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