I have a different take on Barb's relationship with Jenelle...I think she decided to cozy up to Jenelle after last season because she was afraid her MTV paycheck would be a lot smaller if she wasn't filmed enough due to Jenelle not wanting to be filmed with Barb when they were on the outs about Jace and David. Jenelle even threatened MTV that she would quit if Barb continued to be filmed. With David being fired by MTV and Jenelle's constant threats to quit, Barb, who recently retired, saw her gravy train coming up dry. Now she's on almost every episode. It was a business decision...now she never says anything negative about Jenelle or David and rubber stamps anything Jenelle does.
I used to admire Barb for stepping up and taking care of Jace and making sure he had a safe place to grow up and be nurtured but now I just find Barb to be a phony who puts her relationship with Jenelle ahead of Jace. This last episode with Barb and Jenelle getting drunk in an Atlanta apartment and talking trash on Instagram Live was sad...saying Kill Kail was stupid and irresponsible for both of them but especially for a grandma. Kailyn has kids and this was broadcast live for anyone to see. Guaranteed that if Kail had said this on social media Jenelle would be whining and bloviating about it non stop. Barb...you're supposed to be the responsible adult...instead you are acting like a trashy granny. And why go to Atlanta to just hang out in an apartment drinking? What? Why?
Finally, their next day comments about their drunken behavior and inflammatory comments from the night before were classic Jenelle...no accountability or ownership of her part in the previous night's social media mess and instead, putting the onus on Kail for being too sensitive...afterall, it was just a joke! Barb backing that up with her dismissiveness and agreeing that Kail couldn't take a joke and everyone is just too sensitive was disgusting for someone her age.