What. The. Hell.
I suppose I’ve met people sort of like Jordan’s mom Kelly. Luckily, I haven’t had the misfortune of meeting any from whom I couldn’t run fast and far away. I’ve seen a number of them on “reality” TV. On scripted TV, attempts are made to make them more sympathetic and interesting.
I don’t believe Kelly’s problem with babydaddy Tyler is that he’s white. I think racism is easy to understand for the viewing audience, moreso than dangerous sociopathy. It’s a little that he’s unattractive, even creepy-looking if you’re going to be mean about it, but dude’s 17, he needs to grow into his girth and get a proper hairstyle. It’s a little that he’s essentially weak-willed, and Kelly knows this, because people like her need/love to make people like him miserable. It’s a little that she doesn’t want anyone dividing her daughter’s attention and loyalty. She owns Jordan, she essentially says.
It’s a little that Kelly’s jealous because no man will stay with her, although between one and four deigned to impregnate her. And it’s a little that she’s only programmed to destroy. But I don’t believe things would have been fundamentally different if Tyler had been black. Kelly’s methods to hurt him and maintain control of her daughter would have taken a different form. But her goal, and likely the end result, would have been the same.
At the beginning of the ep, Jordan is living with Tyler’s family, who are totally okay with supporting her. Tyler is excited to have the baby, by this show’s standards, and he doesn’t appear to be on any of the hard drugs. Kelly doesn’t let Tyler in the house, and she never did, even before he knocked up her daughter. You hope the baby will melt her heart and turn her around (if you’re naive).
Genetically, I’m one quarter asshole, but I’m still adorbs.
Jordan makes a brief reference to changing her life tactics, so she doesn’t keep getting what she’s gotten. This means moving out of her mother’s for good (in theory), and taking the crib that Tyler bought with her. Kelly leaves a pissed-off and curse-laden voice mail in response to this, but she sounds like she’s smiling when she does so, which for me is the scariest part.
After not hearing from Jordan for some time, Kelly claims to have changed her tune and gets Jordan to move back home. But her beliefs and attitudes remain the same, she just decided to catch her flies with honey instead of shit. And everyone ends up essentially becoming what she says they are, because when you deal with someone this crazy, it’s easy to become crazy yourself. Tyler ultimately lets everyone down, yes, and maybe he was destined to be a disappointment, but in a different situation with an undisturbed grandparent, I think he could have at least been goaded into some babysitting in the early years. With no baby help, Jordan drops out of high school, which is apparently fine with Kelly, or at least we don’t hear otherwise.
At least Matt from last week can get himself to rehab. Kelly is a type of deep-in-the-bones crazy that there’s no way to fix.