'Teen Mom 2' Recap: Jenelle's Abortion Takes Backseat to Leah's Heartbreaking Confession

Leah Calvert It's baaaaaaaaack! Teen Mom 2 returned to MTV tonight for its fifth season, and it's like the drama never left. Jenelle Evans had an abortion! Chelsea Houska's ex acted like a jerk! And Leah Calvert and Kailyn Lowry had some pretty heavy moments in there too.

In fact, despite all the sturm and drang over Jenelle's abortion in the run-up to the big premiere, I dare say the goings on in Leah's life ended up taking the front seat.

That's because Leah finally let the audience in on her family's biggest and most devastating secret -- what is "wrong" with daughter Ali.

It turns out one of Leah's two twins has a rare form of muscular dystrophy. The condition has many forms, and some sufferers will grow up with little effect. Aliannah, unfortunately, has a congenital muscular dystrophy that is more severe. It was present at birth, and it's degenerative, meaning although she's currently toddling along with sister Aleeah, she will eventually be confined to a wheelchair. The disorder also affects Ali's respiratory system and that too will progress the older she gets.

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"It felt like someone kicked me right in the freakin' throat," the Teen Mom said of getting the final diagnosis. I'll fess up -- I had actual tears in my eyes when Leah came out with the story in a one-on-one chat with pal Kayla.

Controversies and drama aside, we've watched these kids grow up right in front of our eyes. It's hard NOT to get emotional about something this big.

But then, if I'm being really honest, the big diagnosis wasn't the only moment that got me teary-eyed.

Kailyn had her baby shower tonight, and oh my God, if you didn't cry when Javi got up and started waxing poetic about how much he already loves Isaac, you are a MONSTER!

Kail may have had a rough start to life with a crappy mom and then the troubles of being a teen parent, but everything seems to be going so much better for her these days. Granted, Jo is giving her trouble about moving with Isaac, but Javi is a definite keeper!

If only Chelsea could find a guy like him!

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The South Dakota mom is single (and proud of it), but her ex has suddenly decided to show an interest in little Aubree after all these years ... or at least an interest in taking Chels to court. Does Adam really think he's going to convince the American public that he's Daddy of the Year just because he's got a second girl pregnant?

And then, of course, there was Jenelle. We saw the abortion. Or rather, we saw her trip with son Jace and mom Barbara to get the chemical abortion and heard her explaining what was going on. Opting to take pills rather than go in for a surgical procedure, the much talked about decision wasn't nearly as dramatic as one might have expected.

Frankly, I was glad. MTV handled a very touchy subject with respect, which is exactly what women need. And let's face it -- there will be plenty of Jenelle drama to come later this season.

What did you think of the way MTV handled the abortion issue? Were you surprised Leah finally shared Ali's diagnosis?

 

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youth... youthfulsoul

I was happy to see Ali walking. Adam's a dirt bag with zero respect for women and Janelle will never amount to anything but the train wreck she's proven to be time and time again. In the words of Jace: F*€K!!! 

ninag... ninag1980

Adam is the worst.  He makes Ryan(Macys ex from Teen Mom the orig) look like a winner!  Thats saying a lot.


I think Cory and Leah should have tried harder.  Its obvious they still love eachother and Jeremy knows it.  From the previews it looks like this may be an issue later.


Im pretty surprised Chelsea has never dated anyone since Adam.  She is a very pretty girl and sweet. Immature, yes, but still thought she should have found someone else by now.  Its been 3 years move on girl!


It seems Kaitlyn has matured a bit and is in a good place.  I do think that its a crappy move to take the baby 3 hours away from Joe.  I I were Joe I would try for joint custody.  Javi is a real winner, Im glad they found each other


Janelle, whew, what is there to day.  She STILL hasnt learned to appreciae Barabara.  People can say Barbs is and yells or whatever, but, she is a GOOD woman who will always be there for her daughter.  Its unfortunate Janelle will never see that. Poor Barabara, I felt so bad when she was crying


 

Carla Kerwood-yoho

Janelle whow and she is pregnant again ,she needs to be fix, she will never be a mother cause its all about her ,she is selfish and barabara will be raising another one of her kids cause she can't stay off the drugs ,she needs to do time not 3 months but a year and maybr just maybe she will get it.Poor Barb let me tell you if my daughter ever talk to me that way she wouldn't be back in my house and that's only after I slap the shit out of her.Jace is good where he is at .

nonmember avatar Angie Brown Mor

I totally agree Janelle should not be making baby's.I personally don't believe in abortions tho..she needs her tubes tied.yes Barbra is a good mom to have even tho she's really just gma.I feel sorry for her grandparents should not have raise there grand kids.Chelsea come on girl find u a good guy stop mopping over Adam he's dirt.kail iam glad u got a good man its hard find third kind of guys .Leah it.s obviouse u will always care about Corey but before u mess things up u got a good man been by ur side besides fact he's hottie.I do feel sorry for het that her baby girl will never have a normal life.but I think she's a good mom..

nonmember avatar Angie Brown Mor

I totally agree Janelle should not be making baby's.I personally don't believe in abortions tho..she needs her tubes tied.yes Barbra is a good mom to have even tho she's really just gma.I feel sorry for her grandparents should not have raise there grand kids.Chelsea come on girl find u a good guy stop mopping over Adam he's dirt.kail iam glad u got a good man its hard find third kind of guys .Leah it.s obviouse u will always care about Corey but before u mess things up u got a good man been by ur side besides fact he's hottie.I do feel sorry for het that her baby girl will never have a normal life.but I think she's a good mom..

nonmember avatar Corny

Jenelle is a mess but I really think she will figure life out! Chelsea is still single because she's hooked on a loser! Jeremy is a fool -he's plan "B" and knows it! I don't know why MTV plays up the pending court case concerning Kailyn. You legally can move to be with a spouse. If Joe is bothered, maybe he will practice safe sex before impregnating another woman.

caleb... calebsmama12312

I feel bad for barbara too. She may not be perfect but what parent it? She clearly tries so hard. She's a grandmother raising a toddler & Jenelle is SO disrespectful. After she gets what she wants from her mother she treats her like shit. Atleast that's what the show portrays. & that upcoming scene where the new bf blames barbara for jenelle's addiction problems really makes me mad. Jenelle is to blame for her addiction to heroin, no one else. Aubree's father is the same way too! Blaming Chelsea for him being a dead beat dad. Chelsea was right, he is delusional.

nonmember avatar my view

After watching the episode, I was thinking how fortunate Ali is to have Leah as a mommy and not Jenelle. Jenelle has had the opportunity to become someone and be the mom she should be to Jace. Yet all she does is swear, scream, complain and have pity parties. Meanwhile Leah & Cory were dealt a difficult hand as teens, twins and a handicapped child. They are fabulous, loving parents who have found amazing step-parents for their girls. They are all about love, support and encouragement. To think Jenelle is pregnant yet again, while still married to someone else, is horrible. My heart breaks for Jace and Ali, but for such different reasons. Ali has unconditional love, unending encouragement and she will shine. I am impressed by Leah and Cory.

nonmember avatar Tori

LEAH: It was very evident that Leah wishes she never divorced Corey even though Jeremy is a great guy. When Corey picked up the girls for his wedding she said something like "they should have tried harder." You don't say something like that when you are over someone. CHELSEA: I agree she is on the immature side and just hope that someday she moves on to a guy that will treat her well. But I think part of it is her Dad (who is a great guy) is always there picking up the broken pieces so many guys are turned off by "Daddy's Girls." KAILYN: I am so happy to see her with Javi who is a super great guy. After basically growing up without parents and struggling as a teen mom, it is nice to see her get a happy ending. I just hope she gets control of her anger so she never slaps Javi ever again. JENELLE: I so agree...GET THIS GIRL'S TUBES TIED!! And I would love to know where all those dogs are that were in her home with Kiefer. I never see those dogs when she is living at Barbara's. A druggie should not have children or own pets. I feel so bad for Barbara and pray she will finally get some peace in her life. And in the clip of Jenelle's next boyfriend blaming Barbara for Jenelle's drug addiction, he is a complete JERK. Barbara begs and pleads with Jenelle to stop so he can keep his stupid opinions to himself!

nonmember avatar Katie

MTV needs to so JANELLE a favor and kick her off the show.. No one wants to see her neglect the son she already has, abuse drugs and abort child after child!!! Seriously!? That's not entertaining.. I fast forward through all of janelles appearances now.. It's too much for me! She's stupid and hasn't learned maybe MTV should stop paying her to be on the show so she actually gets a job and stays out of trouble instead of sitting around doing nothing all day and getting paid way too much to be disrespectful and abusive to the one woman who stood up and did what was right for JACE! That poor kid... Seriously unfair.. Some people shouldn't be allowed to have kids..

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