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Meri concedes that last year Kody missed her b-day and their anniversary but she hopes that he will make it up to her. She can’t pretend it doesn’t bother her, but to let it actively bother her would bring down the house of cards that is her marriage.
Christine pours out her frustration to Meri; she tries to be happy and make the best of her time with Kody, but she cannot block out her resentment all the time. Congratulations on being human, Christine! Your inability to bury your emotions beneath a smile means you’re normal.
Christine asks Meri if this means she has to learn to pretend that things are fine when Kody is around. Meri says that she should not pretend, but she needs to make the best of her ¼ of Kody’s time and work through her issues without putting it on him. Christine reacts the same way I do:
In the end, it boils down to the fact that Christine is still hung up on Kody’s courtship of Robyn. She explains that she was the last wife for a long time and she has a lot of conflicts within her now that Robyn has usurped this position. Christine used to be special (shiny and new) to Kody, and he was better at balancing three wives than he is with four. She doesn’t trust that Kody will come around and that their marriage will get better. Meri remarks that Christine’s lack of trust is what is driving Kody away. Here is a question: what has Kody done to help her trust him? Oh, I forgot, we’re supposed to solve marriage problems in a vacuum without the help of a husband.
Meri does illustrate her point well when she asks Christine how it feels when she makes an effort for her daughter Ysabel and Ysabel acts like an ungrateful terror? This example registers with Christine, and she has finally put herself in Kody’s shoes like a good ¼ wife should. Meri sums it up for Christine: it sucks that she has to do all the work on the relationship, but it is what it is. She encourages Christine to attempt to enjoy her date with Kody and leave the drama behind.
Even though the advice made me nauseous, it was nice to see Meri and Christine share a moment and for Christine to get her issues off her chest. Talking about it helps, people!
Meri tells us that it is really hard when a new wife comes into the family and it causes each wife to have to reexamine her role in the family. Christine had dibs on last wife for 16 years. Meri can relate to Christine’s issues because she’s had to do it THREE times. No wonder she’s chosen the path of stuffing her feelings deep down into her soul. Polygamy is hard work, Meri says. Robyn says it’s not for amateurs. Sweetie, aren’t you an amateur??
We’re off to Robyn’s! She has heard about Meri’s accident but hasn’t had a chance to see her or go over to Meri’s because Robyn is stuck at home with four sick kids. Four sick kids on your OWN? No thanks! Robyn mentions that she thinks Christine has gone over to Meri’s a couple times, which means she didn’t hear it from Christine. Guess that relationship still needs work. I’m tired and running on caffeine and reading into everything, so I’m wondering if Robyn is jealous that Christine gets to hang out with her BFF while she is stuck at home wiping noses and butts.
Time for the date with Christine! Christine looks happier than we have seen her in FOREVER, so apparently Meri’s talk helped: