Back in Utah, we meet Tonia and Kerri, the founders of Holding Out Help. They explain Suzanne left FLDS with her mother and 6 sisters. Steven was kicked out. Nicole says on her 16th birthday, she was told she had to be married. Luckily, she managed to marry a non-polygamist and left Kingston. Kollene says she left twice – the first time, they tracked her down and made her return. Her dad was “one of the men in power”, and beat her. The Browns talk about how their experience is different. Kollene retorts “it’s not as happy or great as you’re making it seem to be”. Maddie says she supports her parents 100 percent even though she doesn’t want to stay in the plig lifestyle. Which is, of course, beside the point.
Nicole says all the girls she knew were abused, which leads the Browns to remark they didn’t know how good their childhood really was. They still don’t seem to get it though – their childhood was pretty good despite, not because of, polygamy.
Everyone goes to Kollene’s host home. She talks about her dad occasionally visiting her home (in Kingston), and says he was treated like a king. Maddie protests that Kody isn’t like that. Kollene tells Aspyn that the chances of her marrying someone as good as Kody are slim, and asks how she would feel when her husband was sleeping with someone else. Aspyn says she would deal with it. Kollene says she’s brainwashed. Not brainwashed, just so completely out of touch with the real world. Just like her mother, Christine.
Sigh. Those wacky Brown kids. They’ll learn. Hopefully.
Everyone is working on putting some furniture in the house. There are Warren Jeffs stickers on the furniture. It’s explained that they were printed after he went to prison. FLDS folks were supposed to put the stickers everywhere and pray for Jeffs to come out of prison every time they saw a sticker. There’s discussion of “keeping sweet”, which is apparently written on the headboards of FLDS girls’ beds. I don’t have a joke here. That’s just super creepy.
The Browns invite the teens and the leaders to Vegas. The Browns welcome everyone, and after meeting Kollene, Kody says he feels uncomfortable because Kollene comes from a culture where Kody would be qualified to be her husband. Thinking of wife #5, Kody? She’s your daughters’ age, ya perv!
And she will SO kick your ass if you even think about it.
Everyone gets into a discussion. Steven says he was kicked out of the FLDS for staying out late one evening. Kollene says she was shunned, and called a devil’s child.
And then we get to the most heartbreaking part of the ep, and the part that Kody totally doesn’t get. Suzanne says that one day her father, who had been very devout (sounds like he was one of the leaders), came home and said he was being sent far off to repent, and he was no longer their father. The elders said Warren Jeffs was their new father, and put a “caretaker” over them. This prompted Suzanne’s family to leave the FLDS.