The Browns are out of their comfort zone when they take their four oldest children, Logan, Mariah, Madison and Aspyn, to Boston to tour college campuses and participate in a panel discussion with university students.
Nerves were at an all-time high for Kody Brown and family once they agreed to participate in a panel discussion in Boston, which they were invited to by Kody’s friend, Danielle Tumminio, a pastor and college professor. Kody made it clear while packing for Boston (and filling his suitcase with A LOT of socks!) that it was important that students in Boston “get to see that my children are not repressed” and that he is “not a misogynist.”
“In reality, we are different than the stereotype that most people have [of plural marriage],” added Janelle.
But the reality is that Kody, Janelle, Christine and Robyn were defensive and nervous about what people would say to them from the start of the episode. They expected to be attacked and judged. For a family who are constantly stating that they are normal, the insecurities were running rampant, except for Meri, who was “unafraid” that people in Boston wouldn’t see them for who they are.
Upon arriving in Boston, the Browns visited the Plymouth Plantation where Christine became “flippant” with one of the actors, who, in character as a 17th century colonial settler, expressed shock that four women could be married to the same man and that they “couldn’t be Christian.” They were just acting, Christine!
The whole family took a tour of Tufts University, where Logan, Mariah, Madison and Aspyn seemed overwhelmed at the thought of attending a big East-coast university and joked that they would have to do a few years at a local college in Las Vegas or Utah. Meanwhile, their parents were continually encouraging the kids to get into a great school.
“None of us actually finished college. I’m hoping our kids see our mistakes and get a college degree. I would love it if one of our kids went to Harvard!” said Janelle.
After the wives continued to debate (like a broken record!) about who was nervous about taking the stage at the panel discussion, the Browns were actually welcomed by the crowd of college students, who were more curious and interested in asking questions than taking the family to task about polygamy. All that worrying for nothing!
But then Robyn emotionally brought up what seemed to be at the core of their nerves all along by discussing polygamist cult leader, Warren Jeffs, as she broke down in tears.
“I just wanted to go rescue every girl. [Jeffs] is doing this under this umbrella that I believe is so holy and important. I believe he deserves to rot in hell. I really do.” Way to finally say what everyone has been thinking, Robyn!
Janelle ended the panel on a lighter note when asked what they thought about the idea of “brother-husbands” when she said, “Who really wants that?” We couldn’t agree more!
HollywoodLifers, would YOU watch a brother-husbands show? Or is Sister Wives enough?
— Shane Kidd
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