Aloud, Kody says each wife needs the kitchen to be their domain, they went through the wringer already, and he has 2 wives who think sharing a kitchen can be abusive, which surprises the Dargers. Meri shares that when Kody says that, she takes it personally (Well you should! You were a complete witch to Janelle! Read your own book!), and in an interview says she knows Janelle thinks Meri abused her, Meri didn’t intend to. Janelle, with her arm crossed over her chest in a clear defensive posture, says she knows Meri didn’t intend to, it was her personality. She goes on to say there were no role models for them to follow. Really? You came from polygamous families and society and there were no sister wife models to follow? Or were the models gals who got along, and we couldn’t have that in the Brown home?
During this entire restaurant scene, the Browns progress from sitting upright and looking relatively engaged to sitting slumped over, red in the face, heads down, visibly upset. If their way of handling things works so well, why not say so and counter the Dargers? Instead, it’s a Darger smackdown. However, the Brown wives still clearly like and admire the Dargers. If Joe wanted 2 more wives, I know where he could get them!
The Dargers say they wrote a family mission statement and agreed to sacrifice for the family and share relationships with each other. Joe emphasizes that their marriages are an eternal commitment in their faith, so they all took it seriously. Meri asks how they worked out parenting, and the Dargers say they trusted each other. That seems to surprise Meri. Not every family is a cesspool of dysfunction, Meri.
Back in an interview, Kody suggests the Browns do a mission statement. I think he probably doesn’t even know what “mission statement” means. Robin, Meri and Christine agree. Janelle, in a voice filled with hostility, says she doesn’t see the point. Kody says he’s running the family like a fireman. Mission statement won’t cure that, pal. Growing a pair will.
The Browns also talk about how they could adopt other Darger practices. Yes they could. Will they? Probably not, and definitely not the important ones like living under one roof without killing each other.
In the restaurant, the Browns suggest vacationing annually with the Dargers. Don’t hold your breath waiting for Joe to call, Kody.
Finally, in an interview, Janelle ponders what is the identify of a plural family? Homogenous or wives that are independent and come together? “United states of Brown” is Robin’s comment. Christine says she likes the 4 houses better than the Utah arrangement. Meri says there’s a learning curve. Three of you have been married to Kody for decades, what the hell learning curve is there at thispoint?
And with that we end the ep. I can’t say who I prefer, Browns or Dargers. I’m pretty tired of the whining and conflict with the Brown wives – and I am completely over Meri. Kody needs to actually be the head of the household – onehousehold. They could all benefit from some planning and organization.
On the other hand, the Dargers run their lives like clockwork. They seem to be more mature and get along much better. But who knows how much of that is real? Of course, on TLC, who knows how much of anythingis real?
I’m looking forward to the rest of this season! See you next week!
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