Tonight's episode of Sister Wives had each and every member of the Brown family 'revealed.' At least that's what the title indicated. Instead of shocking truths and a lot of gasp-worthy moments, we get a series of home videos and baby photos screened on a mammoth white sheet in the backyard. The only real moment of truth happened so quickly, if you paused to go eat some watermelon or perhaps make use of the toilet, you missed it. That moment? When Meri Brown and Janelle Brown openly acknowledged that their relationship needs work.
You'd think that when it came to a man being married to three women, he'd be in the hot seat often. That doesn't seem to be the case with Kody Brown. While polygamy isn't my jam (the idea of my dude being married to other ladies is enough to make my fists involuntarily clench and also suddenly I am holding brass knuckles), Kody seems to have it on lock. His ladies are happy with him -- just not always with each other. Exhibit Meri and Janelle.
The telling moment was hidden in the back-wind of a joke. The wives were good-naturedly badgering Kody to take them all on a cruise. Meri laughingly said that if Christine worked on their relationship together, she would take a cruise with her -- and Kody wasn't invited. Then Kody archly suggested that Meri and Janelle were the ones who needed work. That's when the entire temperature of the room changed.
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When Meri made the first joke, it ended with her and Christine laughing and high-fiving each other. But when it came to Meri and Janelle, it became totally awkward. Nobody laughed (except maybe Kody's hair -- it's hard to say, it's so full of mystery and wonder) and Christine was visibly uncomfortable. While it's clear that this family plans on sticking together, it's not always easy for them. Not that staying in a relationship is really easy for anyone, right? This glimpse into just how tough things could really be was weirdly more fascinating than the sort of propaganda we usually see about the family living in a constant state of harmony.
Okay -- so what do we think Robyn's announcement will be?! She's got to be pregnant, right? Also, do you think Janelle and Meri will ever work through their issues?
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