Just like the signature kernels of Orville Reddenbacker, things on MTV's Teen Mom just keep popping up... or out.
The latest news surrounding the reality show — that really should consider getting into the nursery business — is that one of its stars, Amber Portwood, found out via ultrasound that her forthcoming baby would be a boy.
The news was the crowning arc on an episode that aired Monday. Portwood was ecstatic over finding out the baby's gender, and could barely contain herself in front of her latest boyfriend, cinematographer Andrew Glennon, and her mother. She even declared that her daughter Leah, fathered by former boyfriend Gary Shirley, wanted a baby brother.
There had to be a number of adjustments suggested by her gynecologist to determine whether it would be a brother or sister for Leah, however. The fetus had to be shifted by Portwood bending a knee in order to ascertain its gender. When she found out, tears of joy, dutifully wiped by her boyfriend, told the story of her reaction.
Later in the episode, Portwood sprung the news to Leah. Portwood decided to surprise her daughter with the news at her 9th birthday party. The response was brief and enthusiastic, as she let out a cheer and went back to partying, the only way pre-teens know how.
Here's hoping Portwood can garner some semblance of stability in her tempestuous life, much of it caught on camera. In 2015, she completed a two-year jail sentence for possession of drugs. She's also been in skirmishes with the show's co-star Jenelle Evans, who herself has had her share of legal issues. And earlier this year, Portwood butted heads with The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills diva Brandi Glanville during a taping of WEtv's Marriage Boot Camp Reality Stars Family Edition, including an exchange that was anything but family-friendly.
While on Marriage Boot Camp, Portwood also declared that a previous fiancé, Matt Baier, had physically abused her when they were together. They broke up when she found out Baier was having an affair with another woman.
For any woman, reality star or otherwise, those brushes with infamy are serious enough. But seriously, given the salacious pandemonium that erupts with alarming regularity on Teen Mom, isn't it a matter of time before drama becomes a gender in itself?