When they first moved to Vegas, the teens were still in Utah in spirit. Kody notes that they had a hard time leaving Vegas behind. Well DUH. They spent a lot of time moping and hanging out in their rooms, alone. They needed that time to process. Trips to Utah didn’t make it any easier. Janelle notes that when they used to visit Utah, they would come home and be depressed for days.
A rarely seen phenomenon: a depressed Logan
I can understand how frustrating that is for parents to witness, but I don’t think Kody dealt with it in the best way. Remember the Captain Creamsicle incident?
“Are you ignoring me because you’re sad about Utah, or is it because of my outfit? Don’t answer that.”
The way Kody challenged Hunter about his attitude and framed the dialogue as though Hunter was quitting on life was not helpful. Dr. Baldy, Reality TV Armchair Psychologist would have acknowledged Hunter’s feelings and how difficult the move had been on him and the family, told him that if he needs time to himself to process, that’s okay, and that when and if he wants to talk about it, the parents would be ready and available to listen (and only listen). On the bright side, Kody really does care about his children’s happiness and well-being, and his heart was in the right place.
Kody doesn’t mind the teens visiting Utah now because they’re building lives in Vegas. They have new friends, they’re participating in extra-curricular activities, and they’re not moping around the house all the time. How do the Moms feel about it? Apparently TLC decided that their opinions are not relevant enough for a 22 minute episode. They probably agree with Kody, but it’s annoying the way he keeps saying “I” instead of “we”.
So how are the teens doing these days? Hunter says things are getting better, and their relationship to Utah is different now; he’s not as close to his friends there anymore. Madison agrees. She concurs with Janelle’s assessment that their trips to Utah when they first moved were very hard because they would come home miserable.
Logan echoes Hunter and Madison in a classically “Logan” ultra mature and articulate way.. Each time he goes back to Utah, there is less and less holding him there. Since he’s not there to cultivate relationships with his friends, the relationships become less and less important. He doesn’t rely on those relationships anymore because of the distance. He’ll know some people for rest of his life, and others, not so much.
“Dude, who ARE you? Why do you sound like a 40 year old?”
First stop on the trip is Grandma Bonnie’s house to see Meri’s mom and siblings. All four kids agree that grandma’s cooking is the best! The kids clearly have a great relationship with this family.
Exhibit A: Madison and Hunter are smiling and relaxed
Uncle Adam was shocked when they moved to Vegas, but he thinks it was the best move they could have made for the kids. He’s got a point; in Utah, there were police stalking their house regularly. People in Utah are far more judgmental of polygamy than most people outside of the state, so when they went public, they experienced a lot of backlash in their community.. On the real, no one hates LDS polygamy more than Mormons. In Vegas, people have been accepting of the family (at least from what we have seen).
Mariah still has her heart set on returning to Utah for college and beyond. She has thought about the fact that her family will be six hours away and her mom won’t be right there all the time when she’s older and has kids, and it makes her sad.
Ultra Mature Logan says that they’ve all accepted the fact that Vegas is now home and they understand why our parents did it, but their opinions about Vegas are still the same. Again, HOW IS HE SO MATURE?? Also, Kody take note: when Logan speaks for the group, he says “we”.