'Teen Mom' Finale Recap: Maci & Ryan Fight Over Custody Of Bentley & Farrah Decides To Give Up Baby Sophia!

Wed, September 21, 2011 12:00am EST by 16 Comments

Plus Amber and Gary’s no contact order is revised and Catelynn and Tyler struggle with the decision to invite Carly to their high school graduation. Did you watch the final episode of the season?

It was a gripping third season of Teen Mom — and tonight’s finale topped it off. After 12 episodes of baby daddy drama, court issues, counseling sessions, baby play dates and jail time, Maci Bookout, Amber Portwood, Farrah Abraham and Catelynn Lowell‘s latest journey on the hit MTV show has come to an end. But did you watch? Share your thoughts on the final episode!
Farrah: Farrah and her family celebrate Sophia‘s second birthday with tons of gifts and treats, of course. Farrah gets really emotional thinking about her life and how it’s been put on hold for Sophia. Her mom tries to tell her that that’s why she wants Sophia to stay with her in Iowa while she pursues her dreams and lives her life in Florida. Farrah has not gotten passed Derek’s death and is stuck in a rut she can’t get out of  — and her mom and dad see that.

When she meets with her friend, Farrah tells her that Sophia might stay with her parents while she takes time out for herself — is she really going to do this? Farrah writes down the pros and cons on a etch a sketch board in front of Sophia and decides that it’s better for both of them if she stays. Wow, what a mature way to come to a huge decision like this — what is Farrah crazy?

While out shopping, Farrah tells her mom her final decision — that she will leave Sophia home in Iowa with her and Michael so that she can give herself the chance to be the mom she wants to be in Florida. Do you think she chose the best decision or should  she be taking Sophia with her?

Before jetting off to Ft. Lauderdale, Farrah takes Sophia on a tour of all the places that remind her of Derek (and narrates the whole trip, which was pretty strange considering Sophia doesn’t understand what she’s saying). All in all, Farrah and Sophia had a good season that resulted in BIG changes.

Maci: Maci is worried that her rocky friendship with Ryan is affecting Bentley and her relationship with Kyle. She wants to change the situation and make sure she and Ryan no longer see each other when they exchange Bentley. Maci sends Ryan’s mom Jen a text that she wants to talk about her problems with Ryan. Tattle tale Jen tells Ryan that he needs to talk to Maci and figure out what’s going on.

An angry Maci shows up at Ryan’s house and tells him she doesn’t want to see him during pick-up or drop-off times anymore. She thinks their relationship is harming Bentley and doesn’t want to make matters worse. Ryan flips out and blames Kyle for everything — Ryan open your eyes, you’re to blame!

When the plan doesn’t work out the first time around since Maci’s parents were both working, Maci is forced to meet Ryan at school to drop off Bentley, but they don’t exchange one word. Awkward.

Ryan has a little chat with his dad about building a friendship with Maci, and he, shockingly, seems to take it to heart. He sends her a text that reads, “For what it’s worth I’m sorry for all the fighting.” Wow, good for you Ryan! They meet at a restaurant to talk about how they could make everything work out — starting with how Ryan has to “give a damn” about his son and stop calling Maci names.

Once the Ryan drama is behind them, Maci talks to Kyle about marriage and having more kids. They agree they’ll get hitched “sooner than later,” but insist they aren’t ready right now. But Maci gets emotional when she thinks about raising Bentley as a single mom and is scared that Kyle might never be ready to get married and have kids of their own.

Catelynn: Catelynn and Tyler try to figure out where Tyler’s dad Butch can stay while he’s on parole for three months. They decide he can stay with them and make a list of some ground rules. If Butch doesn’t follow them, he’s kicked out.

Butch talks to Catelynn and Tyler about Carly and how he’ll react when he sees her at their high school graduation. He worries that he won’t be able to handle not being able to hold her or call her his granddaughter — obviously, he still doesn’t support their decision to put Carly up for adoption. Catelynn calls her dad and asks for his opinion on the whole graduation thing — he thinks it might not be a good idea for everyone to be there, especially with Carly around.

Catelynn and Tyler decide that having their parents at their graduation ceremony is more important than having Brandon, Teresa and Carly there. It’s a tough sacrifice, but they have to weigh out the options.  They write Brandon and Teresa a letter saying it’s best if they and Carly stay home and don’t come to the graduation. They get emotional and start talking about having more kids — in say, 10 years. Good choice guys!

Sadly, Butch lands himself back in prison after he gets caught doing drugs again. Tyler, Catelynn and Catelynn’s mom are devastated and tired of him choosing the wrong path and betraying his family. We feel for them.

Amber: Amber and Gary are trying to get the no contact order lifted so that they can be together with Leah as a real family again. Court is suspended because of an ice storm and Amber gets really frustrated and worried about what’s going to happen. She tells her girlfriend that all of the woman in her family were “b**ch slappers” and treated their men badly, but she will make sure Leah doesn’t inherit that trait. Yeah, we hope so!

Gary says that the no contact order has made him realize he loves Amber and that “she completes” him. He wants to get back together, but is not sure Amber wants the same. Gary and Amber FINALLY go to court after the ice storm subsides and their no contact order gets revised! They can’t be together around Leah, but they can be together just the two of them whenever they want. But Amber admits she’s not ready to be in a relationship with Gary again — she needs some time alone.

Gary surprises Amber by performing a song — over the phone — and tells her that he has feelings for her and loves her to death. But, she doesn’t feel the same and Gary is left heartbroken. Poor thing!

What did you think of tonight’s finale?

–Leigh Blickley

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Posted at 4:40 AM on November 15, 2011  

hi dose any one know when this season will air in australia??????

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Posted at 1:08 PM on October 4, 2011  

They all need to grow up. I’m a teen mom too and they know just as well as I do that we have no one to blame but ourselves and no one to rely on but our selves because once you start relying on others that’s when you lose all controle.

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Posted at 3:28 PM on October 1, 2011  

Maci – Needs to grow up and Ryan is just worthless. What do these people do for work? the only thing I’ve seen Ryan do is lay on the couch. Unfortunately they are both immature and things won’t change until they learn how to communicate. Maci needs to forget about men for now and just be on her own instead of thinking of marrying and having more kids.

Catelynn and Tyler are the most mature and unselfish in giving their child away so the child will have a better life and not live in turmoil or poverty. Keeping a baby is not about “you” it’s about the baby. You have to leave your “needs” and “wants” out of the decision.

Amber and Gary need to grow up. I really hope their child doesn’t take on the personality that Amber has. Her personality is soooo angry that it will take a long time to change it and in the meantime, her daughter is being exposed to her. Sad.

Farrah is a spoiled brat. She is totally unfocused and flits from one thing to another. Is she really thinking she can pay for school, a place to live, child care, food, insurance, gas, a car, boobs, braces and all the necessities that one needs to survive, not to mention all the time and energy it takes to do all these things. She is totally discounting everything her mother and dad have done for her. She would have been on her own if she were my daughter and had treated me the same way she treats her parents. I think they have “allowed” themselves to be abused by her. Let her be on her own!!!! and see how she likes it. Can’t even watch her anymore.

I think all of them need to look at how a child impacts your life and take a lesson from it – why would you not want to get on your feet before getting a education, getting a job, getting married and having more kids. I guess “common sense” just isn’t “common” anymore.

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Posted at 12:31 AM on October 3, 2011  

I think a lot of Tyler because he seems mature, kind, smart, and decent. He and Catelynn, IMO, made a very unselfish and intelligent decision in putting their daughter up for adoption. They obviously love her … and they loved her so much that they did what was best for Carly under the circumstances. IMO, it’s really, really too bad that Amber and Gary didn’t do the same thing. Poor little Leah rarely receives the attention or the intellectual stimulation she needs and deserves. They love her….but I really don’t think they have a CLUE about raising that little girl in a nurturing environment.

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Posted at 3:10 PM on September 30, 2011  

I think that these four young ladies are amazing. I really look up to them. I may be older I had my son at 19 but yet these girls are way stronger than I ever was!!

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Posted at 11:33 AM on September 23, 2011  

farrah: i hate farrah and shes a bad mom. end of story

caitlynn: i feel for them on tylers dad and i think that their families need to be more accepting of carlys adoption. its been 2 yrs. its done and they need to take every chance they get to see carly.

maci: i hate ryan, i think hes a childish guy and i think that this is the first time hes giving a damn about the entire situation.

amber: amber and gary just need to call it quits. i agree with amber. they both need to be alone and be friends for leah because when they are together, it just never works. they are better off as friends and co-parents. they are always going to love each other because of leah, but ambers finally seeing that that love is different than the love u need to marry someone. i think gary is a sweetie but he wants a family too badly to see the light.

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Posted at 8:16 PM on September 23, 2011  

I agree with most of what you said. I however dislike Maci now and she too was one of my favs. I read People when she got Kyle and was thrilled she found a good guy, then he became a bum on the show. He was whining and complaining and said he would not marry her till Ryan was out of the picture. Uh-that ain’t happening till the kid is grown, sorry bud. I did NOT like Ryan during 16 and Pregnant nor did I like him when Teen Mom started, but he’s stepped up and now is acting like a dad. I know it’s hard to say so, but he is acting much different than before. She needs to stop letting her boyfriend tell her what to do with the father of this child, she needs to say ‘Listen, he’s Bentley’s father and you and I are not married, therefore you have no say so!’ I think Kyle tells her what to do, just as Ryan did before.

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Posted at 8:19 PM on September 23, 2011  

And I want to add that it is not Jen’s place to stand between Ryan and Maci, maybe she isn’t wanting in the middle of their fight. She can tell her son anything she wants when she’s around him, she can give him all the advice in the world, but I think he only listens to his dad. She (Jen)was probably trying to stay out of their argument.

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Posted at 11:14 AM on September 23, 2011  

What I DO NOT understand is how some of these teen moms go running into ANOTHER RELATIONSHIP! Like damn! You can’t keep your pants on? As runningone wrote and I agree. Maci was definitely one of my favs and I can’t stand her now either.

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Posted at 10:26 AM on September 23, 2011  

@ please!! you are completely correct. do yall not realize that everytime bentley is at “ryan’s house” ryan is not taking care of him, its his mimi. and of course it seems like all maci & kyle do is just sit & talk about ryan, but its what the cameras play; they need drama and entertainment. theres no way u can personally judge a person by going off of a 1-hour show that plays once a week! smh, yall need to get a life!

plus, @runningone ryan is the one always throwing insults, maci tries to make a friendship with ryan work. he screws that up…and kyle has an opinion at home..he has never approached ryan in any way. and whether or not kyle has any kind of input, the final decision is maci’s.

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Posted at 1:19 PM on September 22, 2011  

Ryan has alot of growing to do.people get a clue.. kyle is in bentley’s life. he loves him and takes care of him.. he does take part in his life so should be considered.why cant people get that??sperm doesnt make u a dad,its the time,love and care u put in.

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Posted at 1:14 AM on September 22, 2011  

Maci used to be my favorite but now i cant stand her. i feel so bad for Ryan. Who does kyle think he is? like seriously he is so immature and such a baby!

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Posted at 9:43 PM on September 24, 2011  


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Posted at 4:35 AM on September 21, 2011  

did this writer REALLY just call an adult woman who told her son to go fix the relationship with his mom a ‘tattle tale’? Really?

Ar you guys on Maci’s payroll or something, because thats the only explanation for that piece of nonsense. Both Maci & Ryan can be incredibly immature, but I think this season we saw more of Maci’s true personality emerge…and I don’t think she & Kyle handle a lot of the things with Ryan well> Kyle is not that child’s father, so he really could take a step back in some of the situations. He & Maci just sit at home and talk about all the ways Ryan sucks, but in reality they play their own part in the drama too.

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Posted at 3:05 AM on September 26, 2011  

Thats not even true. Ryan is the laziest piece of crap if ive ever met one. Maci is probably the best mom on this show.

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Posted at 3:14 PM on September 30, 2011  

I have to agree with Sophia of bout of the teen mom shows, Maci and Farrah are the best mothers they are putting what is best for their babies ahead of what they really want. I am older than these mothers I was older when I had my son but yet I still look up to these young ladies!

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