Telena appeared on the show 8 times between February 2005 and November 2014 to test men for the paternity of her five children.
During her first appearance on February 7, 2005, Telena confessed to her sister Tabatha that she slept with her husband Brian and that he may have fathered her first son Malachi. Tabatha shouted, "Oh my God!" then ran backstage being followed by Telena and Maury. After he brought them back on the set a video message was shown of Brian apologizing to Tabatha and asking for forgiveness. He then came out from backstage being booed by the audience. Although Telena said she didn't have any romantic feelings toward Brian, Tabatha said "She can have him."
The episode aired in two parts and in part 2 Maury revealed the DNA test result and Brian was not the father of Malachi. While he and Tabatha celebrated, Telena ran backstage crying. Although she had said she was "positive" it was Brian, she admitted she didn't know who the father was.
In later appearances Telena tested Brian's nephew Nathan and brother (who would not appear on the show) on 2 occasions on Feb. 21 and Mar. 2, 2005, respectively, and neither of them were proven to be the father. on May 5th 2008, long after she last tested men for Malachi, she returned with her fiancee Tommy, who wanted to be the father, but the DNA tests proved that Tommy, the 4th man tested for Malachi and the 7th man overall, was not the father. She then gave up searching for Malachi's father.
Telena tested another man named Tommy for her other son Isaiah on May 9, 2005. She admitted to sleeping with 8 men at the time she became pregnant with Isaiah. Tommy was not the father. On Nov. 8, 2005, Telena came back to the show to test Nathan again and another man named James, who called her a "lying whore" when he found out he was not the father. When Maury read that Nathan was not the father, she fell on the floor and pounded it.
Telena tested her ex-fiance named Tommy test him for paternity of another son named Lucas in September Of 2009. Telena interrupted Maury as he was reading the DNA test result and said "You are the father." But Maury said "You are not the father."
In her 8th appearance which was in October 2014 , Telena attempted to prove that a man named Walter was not the father of her two youngest children Elijah and Landon Walter wanted to be the father of both of the boys but Telena said he wasn`t there dad and he was the father of both of them. After reading the results, Maury said "It's the first time you've heard 'You are the father' and you don't like it?" Telena and Walter eventually married.
In her 9th and most recent appearance which was on January 9th 2017 , Telena suspected Tabatha was having an affair with Walter as an act of revenge for Telena's affair with Tabatha's husband Brian ten years ago. Maury revealed that Brian passed away three years ago. Telena said she caught her sister smacking Walter in the buttocks and also suspects he is cheating with other women after she found a large pair of panties and condoms. Tabatha denied sleeping with Walter but said she caught him with other women. The lie detector revealed that Walter was not cheating with Tabatha or any other women.
Telena's first appearance