Kody and his four wives feel a whole lot intimidated when they vacation with hunky Joe Darger, his twin glam sister wives, 23 kids and his family is fine living in just one house, NOT four.
Kody Brown and his four wives just spent a beachy vacation with the Hugh Hefner/Captain Von Trapp of polygamists — Joe Darger.
Joe Darger And His Glamorous Wives
Joe Darger is an “independent polygamist,” whatever that means, versus the sect that Kody and his wives — Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn belong to.
He’s also the husband for 22 years of best friends Alina and Vicki, whom he married on the same day. Plus, 11 years later he married Vicki’s twin sister, Valerie.
All three wives and the 23 kids live in one very unassuming from the outside house, in Utah, and travel in two large white vans, which Joe organizes like an army general. Not only that – he’s put together a “mission statement” for his family!
Meanwhile, the three wives are all dolled up at all times in pretty makeup, with highlighted hair, jewelly and trendy outfits. They all look like ex-cheerleaders, or what the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City might, minus plastic surgery.
In other words, they’re the opposites of Kody’s four wives who dress like what you’d expect harried moms of six kids to look like.
But then, the slim glammy trio are married to Joe, who appears to somehow take time from sperminating and caring for his brood of 23 to lift weights in his home gym — yes, he has one!
Running A Tight Ship
But it wasn’t just their glamorous looks that had Kody and his wives almost speechless. The Darger family apparently runs like a well-oiled ship.
Unlike the Browns, they aren’t always late and disorganized, AND their vans are perfectly packed with luggage. “The Dargers are more organized than us. We’re always in a state of chaos,” admits Kody’s wife #3, Christine. “We always go into things with good faith. We have a plan — it’s just five different plans.”
But even more — Joe’s three wives don’t seem to squabble. They shockingly…appear to get along to the extent that they — horrors to Kody’s four wives — all share one kitchen.
“I have two wives who think sharing a kitchen is abusive,” Kody announces, which prompts Meri to break down in tears.
“When Kody says that, I take it personal because I know Janelle (wife #2) thinks I abused her in the beginning and that was never my intention,” admits Meri.
Kody to his credit says each of his wives deserve their own kitchen (if they can’t have their own husband). “They would sacrifice their identity if they shared a kitchen. Their kitchen needs to be their domain. They need to express their own personalities,” he says.
The Dargers Show PDA
But when it comes to PDA, the Dargers and the Browns have the ultimate different paths.
Joe Darger is “allowed” to be publicly affectionate with each of his three wives in front of the others. Kody is not.
“In a lot of plural families, it can be hard to see your husband kiss, hug and hold hands with another wife,” points out wife #1,Alina.
But the Dargers all talked it over and decided that each of the three wives would be OK with it.
“If you feel like giving a hug and your have to wait for your night, that doesn’t make sense,” says Joe’s wife, wife #3 , Vicki.
“The affection (Joe) shows Vicki, wife #3 or Valerie, wife #2, doesn’t take away from me,” Joe’s wife #1 Alina, agreed.
But did that sit well with Kody’s four wives? Not a hope in hell.
“I’d like to be affectionate with all four wives (publicly),” Kody claimed. But Meri immediately put the kibosh on that!
“We have so many other things we have jealously over, why add one more thing,” she insisted. “We can have our affectionate relationship in private.”
So Sister Wives fans — no Brown family PDA with one wife in front of the other three will be forthcoming.
Now, what I’d like to see is a spinoff featuring the glamorous Darger “polygs.” I want to know — how they afford their expensive lifestyle with 23 kids? Do any of Joe’s three wives work? How do their kids manage? How many want to grow up and be polygamists, too?
Come on TLC — the Dargers look as fascinating as the Browns. Don’t you want to know more about them too, HollywoodLifers? Let me know.
— Bonnie Fuller
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