Natalie straight up asks Meri if she has regrets about pushing Janelle to the edge? WHAT THE WHAT? Now that’s some accusatory shit right there. Kody jumps in again and takes responsibility; he was not helpful, and Janelle also defends Meri. I’m telling you, Natalie, you’re not going to get these people to throw each other under the bus. Oh, and also:
Nobody MAKES Janelle do JACK SHIT. Bitch better recognize!
Since she’s not getting any dirt with a group interview, Natalie gets Janelle alone for some shit talk. Was it hard on her back then? OF COURSE IT WAS. Janelle explains she did not grow up in a polygamist family, and the reality was much harder than she anticipated. Natalie asks her point blank: was Meri mean to her?
“You’re just not going to let this go, are you?”
Natalie, I get that you want your story, but these women HAVE TO KEEP LIVING TOGETHER and they have developed a tenuous peace after many years of hard work. Quit trying to fuck shit up for ratings and get someone else to do your brows.
So, how are the first two wives now? They are always working on their relationship, and they will always have to work because they are so different. Natalie asks Meri if she is being more patient with Janelle. I love Janelle too, but she is not a fucking VICTIM. STEP OFF MERI ALREADY!
Christine was brought into the marriage for a specific purpose: to SAVE THE DAY! Kody says she saved the family from falling apart. She was sweet and light and fun and took some of the tension out of the air. Christine was raised with plural marriage so she already knew what to expect.
“Lookout world, here comes the fun wife!”
Natalie gets Kody to share the chili nacho cheese story – apparently he saw Christine inhaling nachos back in the day before they were married and it grossed him out. He says she was cute but chubby. Yeah, women love hearing that.
Kody admits that he was not attracted to Christine physically, but he doesn’t worry about it now because they have a good marriage now and kids blah blah blah. Natalie digs deeper (starts shit) did she gross him out? ARE YOU SERIOUS? Christine is like “what the fuck? Dude really?” Kody won’t say that SHE grossed him out, but the nachos grossed him out. Natalie of course asks Christine how that makes her feel even though it is obvious.
“Like shit, obviously, ESPECIALLY SINCE HE DID IT ON NATIONAL TV.”
Meri tries to save the situation by explaining that in any marriage, but especially in plural marriage, you have to be careful about when to be honest and how honest to be. Natalie asks if Kody did he blew it by being honest about the nachos and lack of attraction, to which Meri insists she’s just generalizing.
Natalie gets Kody alone to discuss Nachocheesegate. Does he think his comments could be seen as insensitive? Kody won’t take the bait. He and Christine have a great relationship now, it just didn’t start like a romance novel. The nacho incident was years before they got married – Natalie, YOU WERE THE ONE THAT PUSHED IT. YOU OPENED UP THE ISSUE. YOU ARE THE INSENSITIVE ONE. And you’ve just given Christine ammo for the next ten years:
“Why do you have to fix the thermostat and the bathroom sink leak and help with homework tonight? NACHOS, BITCH!”
In the book, Kody reveals that he wanted to prolong his engagement to Christine, while Christine wanted to get married ASAP. Six weeks after their engagement, they were married. Christine explains that Kody showed up for their wedding looking shell shocked and morose. She didn’t know that she was pushing it until he showed up looking like he was waiting for execution. Per their religion, they didn’t kiss until they were married.