For a show as formulaic in nature as 16 and Pregnant, it's sometimes difficult to find the nugget that makes it different than previous episodes. Teens + unprotected sex = one hour of conversation-spurring television brought to you in part by executive producer Morgan J. Freeman. Last night, I didn't have that problem. The programming pearl in the clam of cliche was set out right before us late in the episode by our 15-year-old subject of the night. Personally, it came with an uncomfortable dose of shame. To properly explain, I have to rewind a bit.
Valerie, the subject of the episode, is 15, pregnant, and has a beat-boxing boyfriend named Matt, who (surprise!) is hesitant to man-up to his responsibilities to his child, even talking at one point about requesting a paternity test. (Note: Did his friend seriously call it a fraternity test? Help us all.) Despite his flaws and seeming disinterest with having an active role, Valerie opted early on to keep her baby - as an adopted child herself, she admitted that she had always longed for the biological mother-daughter connection. She was one of nine adopted children in her household of 13 and before getting pregnant, used to skip school and run with the wrong crowd to get attention.
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