Farrah is a popular cheerleader at her Council Bluffs, Iowa high school. She has big dreams, and juggles cheer with her job and grades. She's about to take on another responsibility; one that her classmates won't share with her - she's 3 months...... Read Full Episode Summary »
Farrah, a popular cheerleader from Council Bluffs, Iowa, abandons her high school life when her friends start gossiping about her becoming a single mom.
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Farrah is a popular cheerleader at her Council Bluffs, Iowa high school. She has big dreams, and juggles cheer with her job and grades. She's about to take on another responsibility; one that her classmates won't share with her - she's 3 months pregnant. Rumors soon begin to fly among Farrah's cheerleader crowd. It seems that even her closest friend, Zabrina, is turning on her, since her secret's spreading fast. She has to deal with keeping the baby's dad - who has proven unfit to be in the picture - in the dark about her news, and it's getting harder to do with the gossip that's flying around her. She starts to notice that her best friend Tyler is the only cheerleader who will talk to her at their events, and there's a chill in the air when she joins the team at a group dinner.
Finally, Farrah attempts to squash the rumors by telling the team about her "situation." They're understanding, and she hopes the drama will end here. After all, she has enough to deal with without this. She's making big life decisions as a single "expecting" mom. And though her parents feel adoption is the best choice, Farrah's not so sure.
Gossip escalates. Farrah and her mom talk to her cheer coach in an attempt to staunch its flow, but it doesn't seem to help. She finally has to quit cheer, and high school becomes an altogether uncomfortable place for her. She decides to finish her credits at the local community college, effectively cutting off all remaining ties to her old social life.
Her mom, Debra -- who still has mixed feelings about her teenage daughter having a baby - becomes her only consistent source of support, and is very clear that she doesn't want Farrah partying or dating at such a serious time. In a last attempt at teenage-ness, Farrah defies her mom to go on a date with a boy from her work. When he bails on her at the last minute, it's decided -- her young, carefree days are over.
As her due date approaches, Farrah realizes that even her family might not be there for her in the way she needs. Her mom and sister are "squeamish", and in the middle of Farrah's delivery room tour, they reveal that they might not have it in them to be with her at the birth. The time soon comes to test their theory - Farrah's water breaks at an inconvenient moment, and Debra's left to coach her daughter through the whole icky process alone. Though scared, she steps up to the task. After 8 hours of labor, Farrah gives birth to bouncing baby Sophia, and Debra even cuts the umbilical cord!
The weeks that follow are eye-opening. Motherhood suits Farrah well, but the isolation starts to make her stir crazy. Her mom still doesn't want her returning to her teenage antics, and she stands in her way by not letting her have a car. Tension mounts, until things come to a head and Debra flies off the handle. Farrah vows never to be in a position where her mom can treat her so badly again. In a hopeful move, she finally makes it to a car dealership, driving one around the lot and getting a taste of the freedom she so desires.
Farrah knows that she needs to get out from under her mom's grasp, and find a balance between her motherly duties and her remaining adolescence. It's not going to be easy, but she remains optimistic. For now, Sophia's what matters most, and she more than makes up for the past year's sacrifices.