My advice is to always say “she’s okay I guess” and then pick out or make up a flaw about the woman in question that turned you off. If your old lady keeps pressing the issue, turn it around on her and ask her if she is doing okay and you’re concerned that she’s so preoccupied with the issue. Don’t accuse her of trying to entrap you or trying to start an argument. These are both paths that end with you sleeping on the couch. In summary:
This will never get old to me
Anyhoo, back to Kody. He is adamant that they do not have an open marriage, and he is not open to having another wife. No vacancies at the Brown Family Inn, folks!
Swimming with the dolphins looks super awesome. Kody says it is more fun than anything you have seen on tv. Thanks for rubbing it in.
“You totally wish you were here.” Yes, I do. Thanks for rubbing it in.
Captain Creamsicle rides his trust dolphin sidekick, Drumstick. Try not to have nightmares.
Post dolphin swimming, Kody takes Meri out for a sunset dinner on the beach. How romantic! He selects this opportunity to spring the baby conversation on her, which is utterly UNromantic. If you’ve ever had an argument while dining out with your significant other, you know that the rest of the meal is unbearably awkward and painful.
“Nice night, huh? Yeah…that ends now.”
Kody wants to find out where Meri is at with the process. Meri is really freaked out at the idea of going through the whole ordeal again. She feels too young to be an empty nester and too old to start a family again. Kody tells her that it’s okay with him no matter what she wants to do and reflects that it doesn’t seem like Meri feels like it will be okay no matter what she chooses. Kody can be a tool a lot of the time, but he is great at reading Meri, and the ability to do so shows that he listens and had taken the time to learn about who she is.
Meri starts tearing up, which makes me sad – this particular issue has been so hard on her and it is clear that she is struggling with what to do. She says that it’s stupid, Kody asks her to clarify and she tells him that she thinks it is stupid that she doesn’t know what she wants. Oh, Meri. You’re not stupid! You are juggling so many conflicting desires and emotions, especially fear of having your heart broken yet again.
”I miss the dolphins”
Meri is super frustrated with herself, and Kody does the most intelligent, thoughtful, awesome thing he has done since the cameras started rolling on this family. He looks into Meri’s eyes and tells her that not having any children does NOT change her value to him and that she needs to know that in her heart. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I love that Kody recognizes that Meri is important and valuable as an individual, not as a potential baby maker. Say what you will about Kody, he is not a fundamentalist weirdo who treats women like cattle.
“I love you no matter what” = PERFECT THING TO SAY
Meri says she knows Kody values her as a person, and she wishes she could just get pregnant naturally because then she wouldn’t have to make a choice or jump through a million medical hoops. It would just happen and she could focus on being a mom. Since this is not going to happen, she is still undecided. She knows Kody wants an answer, but she just doesn’t have one. Alrighty then….let’s enjoy dinner…I guess!