FINALLY! I have seen the Sister Wives Tell All special, and I have LOTS to say about it. We’re going to go out of order here and talk about the special first and then the “leaving the nest episode” later. If you can’t stand when things are out of order, here’s a minicap for you: Logan picks a college (SPOILER ALERT: he’s staying in Vegas) and the wives get all bicker-y and emotional about who should get what sized house.
DISCLAIMER: Since the episode is not available online anywhere, I’m going to be using all kinds of photos to illustrate my points.
My dear Gasmii, this episode irritated the everlovin’ SHIT OUT OF ME. And it wasn’t the Browns doing the irritating!
“Say WHAT?! Baldy, were you even watching? Did you hear that shit Kody said to Christine?”
Yes, I heard it. I didn’t like it, but it didn’t bother me MORE than Natalie Morales. See, I’ve come to expect crazy shit to come out of Kody’s mouth. It doesn’t even bother me anymore. He’s like the human equivalent of bad car alignment. You just get used to it and then if anyone else drives your car, they freak out about turning the wheel left to go straight.
I don’t think I learned a single new piece of information during this special. Seeing as how I have watched every episode multiple times, read interviews with the family, etc., I was able to predict every single thing the Browns said during the interview, down to the reactions. For that reason, I found myself wanting to slap Natalie Morales pretty much the entire episode.
Surprised? So was I, frankly. I was expecting a lot more out of this interview and what I got instead was a journalist asking a bunch of leading questions designed to get a reaction. I don’t really consider it journalism at all; a good interview is not about asking people questions you already know the answer to in the hopes of stirring up some drama for ratings. At least not to me.
Here are my three main issues with this special:
#1 Who was the intended audience?
The show began with a voiceover explanation of who the family is, etc. If this had aired on NBC, where the general public may tune in, I could understand the catch-up. But this was the LAST EPISODE of a season that most, if not all of the audience had been watching. Is Natalie Morales going to show up at my wedding and explain to me who my fiancé is and regale me with the story of how I met him? We already know who the Browns are, for crying out loud! We know them better than you do, Natalie! This brings me to complaint # 2
# 2 Every single question posed to the Browns has already been answered in the course of the last three seasons.
Natalie, I get that you wanted to talk about what you read in the book. Good for you. But maybe you could have also watched the show in order to come up with questions that aren’t boring as hell to those of us who watch the show. Was it hard for Janelle when Meri was critical of her in the marriage? Was it hard for Meri to watch her sister wives have kid after kid while she only had one child? Really? REALLY?!?! How about YES and YES? Which brings me to my third point…
# 3 Asking questions to rile people up is not as interesting as asking questions where people have to actually examine their beliefs, values and experience to respond with something worth broadcasting on TV
The main reason I was getting so irritated with Natalie Morales is that I felt like she was trying to start shit, for lack of a better phrase. What is there to be gained by getting Meri and Janelle to point fingers at each other? Or to grill Christine about whether or not it hurts her feelings to hear Kody say he was grossed out by her? OF COURSE IT HURT HER FUCKING FEELINGS.
This family has worked so hard to get where they are at now, and they do what they can to keep the peace. I really felt like Natalie was trying to initiate petty arguments over shit that happened a long time ago, and it really put me off. Why not ask questions like: