1) He goes down to North Carolina so he can study to be an environmentalist of some sort.
2) He meets a girl who already has a child and falls for her. The child has autism. He's a mathematical savant.
3) He moves in with this girl down there near the college.
4) Come Thanksgiving (which, by the way, occurs at MY house in upstate New York) he drops the A-bomb on his dad and sisters. He has gotten the girl pregnant and married her. He is dropping out of school to work as a stock boy in a Circuit City to help support the family. His sisters go hysterical and start crying. His dad doesn't know what to do. While visiting some nearby friends his wife wrecks their car and they have to stay in New York for an extra couple of weeks.
Here's the new stuff.
5) About a week or so after returning to North Carolina he calls to announce that he's separated from his wife. She's still going to have the baby. He now wants to stay working to help support the baby, since the brief marriage is going to cost him quite a bit in child-support. His dad wants him to go back to school. Whatever happens this whole thing is going to be very expensive for their family and of course since my mom has merged households with this guy it's going to cost her as well.
6) I begin to be very grateful that my grandfather left me enough money that even if my mom goes Bankrupt I'll have SOMETHING.
In addition to all this hillbilly BULLSHIT going on the woman has proved to be something of a conniving bitch. First of all she tricked him into marrying her by claiming to be pregnant when she wasn't (after they were married and 'they' learned she wasn't pregnant they decided to try for the baby and got it quickly.) Secondly she has treated the father of her first child fairly poorly. For example she wasn't supposed to take the child out of North Carolina so she brought him to New York without informing the father. Fathers get the shaft in our society when it comes to child custody and even though she (of course) claimed that the dad was not a great guy I was (naturally) suspicious without hearing his side. Now Matt has to deal with a woman who will probably say the same things about him. Their marriage didn't even last my over-under of 2 years. It didn't make it through the semester in which their relationship started.
Now while I can't help but be somewhat amused by the ways events have gone (I think I won <lj user="iconoclast"'s holiday soap opera of the year award) it's also something of an object lesson. People are idiots when it comes to interpersonal relationships and they make rash and stupid decisions with long-ranging consequences. He shouldn't have even had sex with her within the first 3 months of their relationship, let alone married her and fathered a child. Now he's got a lifetime of commitment and no partner for it. I really don't know whose fault it is, and I don't have to. It's probably both of theirs. The point is that dumb young people write checks that their older supposedly wiser selves have to keep cashing.