'Sister Wives' Recap — Child 13 Is Born & Meri Has A Meltdown; I Wonder Which Of The 4 Families Kody Has On His Health Insurance Plan?

Sun, October 10, 2010 10:59pm EST by 6 Comments
Courtesy of TLC

Courtesy of TLC

As the show progresses it becomes clear we are not going to be learning anything about polygamy from this show at all, though we did get a peek at Meri and Kody’s thirtieth anniversary, and have been far, far better off watching ‘Big Love’ on HBO all along!

While the topic of polygamy is obviously a hotbed issue for certain people, it is safe to assume that those tuning into a show dealing with the practice are at least accepting of it enough to want to learn more and be educated. Six episodes in, all that Sister Wives has taught us is that the wives really enjoy having tons of kids running around and help from other female adults. Oh, and sometimes get jealous. Really guys? We’re not going to be delving any deeper?

The show missed a huge opportunity this week with the birth of child 13. How is the hospital stay covered, how does insurance work, heck, how do the taxes work for the families? Are they all separate? Are any combined? Have they formed some sort of corporation? We have no idea — but we did get to see five minutes of children playing with toys. So, um, thanks for that.

I especially want to hear more from Meri, Kody Brown‘s first wife. Something about the way she behaves and the fact that she did wed him first makes it seems as if she has far more of a story to share. We got a brief glimpse of it in the second episode of the evening when she said she felt that her husband doesn’t understand her and then … nothing. Can we ditch the other 20 family members and do a show with just Meri?

For such a taboo subject that seems to only come to light at its most horrifying, you would think the Brown family and TLC would want to go a little deeper than just showing how much fun the family always seems to be having and the more trivial challenges the family deals with. I understand the desire to want to show the Brown family is no different than any other but, in actuality, the very reason they have this show is because they are in fact “different.”

Almost every viewer could be learning so much from this show and instead it is as if we are being forced to sit on a stranger’s couch as they flip through their family photo album week after week.

At least Big Love will be back soon on HBO. It seems conducive to the way television is these days that an intelligent and well-written drama is far more educational than an actual “reality” show.

-Chris Spargo

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Posted at 12:16 AM on December 29, 2011  

I have been watching the show and liked the first 3 wives. I do not like Robyn. She just seems fake. It was better before she entered the relationship. Robyn just does not fit in….

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Jancis M. Andrews

Posted at 6:51 AM on October 11, 2010  

Why are Kody the Copulator’s women referred to as his “wives?” They’re not. Multiple marriage is illegal. Only the first woman is his wife, the rest are concubines in Kody the Copulator’s harem. What is so amazing is that these women accept their degrading position as his sexual collectibles. What’s the matter — do they think they can’t run a household unless they have other women to help them wash the dishes? You can bet Kody the Copulator doesn’t help with the housework, and why should he? This little boy grown tall has got four built-in housemaids (concubines) all falling over themselves to make sure he doesn’t have to lift a finger. Let’s hope he doesn’t die suddenly thanks to his sex-fest, because four women and their umpteen kids are going to have to share his estate. Poverty, anyone?

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Posted at 5:46 AM on October 11, 2010  

I do not & will not watch this show. The only reason I write a comment is to have my say. This show is about a wife being afaird of loosing her husband to another woman. Why this would bother her. I don’t know.He isn’t a prize, by any means. She has given him permission to cheat bottom line. To me all these people are garbage. Bottom line……
I wish everyone would quit saying they are affiliated w/the Mormon church. THEY ARE NOT. These people broke away from the church & formed their own little group. They have been excommunicated from the church. They are NOT living the true teachings of the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints. This entire situation makes me so angry, I could scream. If everyone would quit writing or watching this show. It would go away. PLEASE GO AWAY!!!!!!!!! I feel sorry for the children. Their poor minds will be messed up for ever.

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Posted at 3:13 AM on June 14, 2011  

I totally agree with you. I have never liked this show and hate the fact my mother in law watches it. Kody is the one making out in that he has five women falling for him. One day it is going to end bad and hopefully these women are going to realize what is really going on and this show will end and we can go on with our lives.

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Posted at 2:23 AM on October 11, 2010  

never really thought of polygamy as a hotbed issue

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Posted at 1:21 AM on October 11, 2010  

Well most likely they all get health insurance through the state. Many polygamist families rely on state and government for many things ie: food stamps,insurance,WIC etc.. They are a big drain on the system.

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