Maybe Kody Brown IS actually having regrets over marrying four women. On the June 15 episode of ‘Sister Wives,’ he had a massive blow up in family therapy while Robyn was seriously threatened by Meri’s independence.
Watching Sister Wives‘ Kody Brown and his four wives will make any dysfunction going on in your own family life feel boringly normal. The Browns, who have a hard enough time making their polygamous marriage work in the least stressed of times, were being put to the test in the June 15 episode by their efforts to get a $2.5 million venture capital infusion into their growing My Sisterwife’s Closet business.The family was stunningly unprepared to pitch for an investment on the last episode when they went to see old friends, Stan and Amy, who are partners in an investment business, and now they are scrambling to get their act together.
Kody Brown “Emotionally Vomits” Because He Doesn’t Feel In Charge of Family
Naturally, because it is the Browns, they needed to visit their family therapist, Nancy Hunterton, to try and work as a non-squabbling team. The therapy session gave Kody what must have been a long-awaited chance to loudly erupt about how henpecked he really is.
“I’ve never been allowed to be in charge of this family. When have I been in charge of this family EVER?” he railed. “I don’t feel empowered to make decisions!”
Kody complained that he’s always had to run his family by committee. Well, yeah, Kody, that’s what happens when you have four wives. You actually have to listen and talk to all of them.
If you thought that Kody was worked up and wild-eyed last week when he insisted on having a “talk” with daughter Mykelti and her boyfriend, John, about kissing — well, that was nothing. Kody basically turned into a mad man this week and admitted that he’s spewing “emotional vomit” in the family’s therapy session. “I’m going to puke on everyone,” he threatened.
So on top of all the wives worrying about their roles in the My Sisterwife’s Closet business and their presentations, they also had to deal with Kody’s resentment. It turned out that he was really upset because he’ll have to be the CEO of their new business, since someone has to be the leader and it can’t be one of his wives.
Robyn & Meri Freak Out: Robyn Still Wants to Control Meri
Poor Robyn. She’s spent the last two years working her tail off on her “baby,” My Sisterwife’s Closet, but she’s not “allowed” to be the actual business chief, because of the rules of polygamous marriage.
“Ultimately, someone has to be the boss and none of my wives can rule over each other in plural marriage,” Kody explains. “None of my wives want to be subordinate to each other.”
Makes sense. Unfortunately, Robyn still wanted to make Meri’s needs subordinate to her own. She was hurt that Meri didn’t share her big My Sisterwife’s Closet dream and instead wanted to go back to college to pursue her own goal of helping at-risk teens.
“I wasn’t mad, I felt ditched,” she told Meri. “It’s like when they say to you, ‘You’re a great person and I want to be your friend, but I don’t want to date you.'”
But what was really bugging Robyn, the most sister wife-loving of all the sister wives, was that Meri may become more independent after she goes to college.
“I’m worried she’ll develop a life outside of the family. Relationships are much easier outside our family,” she admitted, “but not as rewarding. How far is college going to take her away?”
Robyn has always been the most evangelical about keeping all the wives AND kids committed to polygamous marriage. But fortunately, when she realized she can’t “control” Meri, she told her, “I have to give you the room to go to college and not be selfish and a jerk.”
Well, that was good. And what was also good was how the Browns made huge headway in their business pitch to Stan Watkins‘ venture capital firm, Ecasi Consulting.
The Wives Pitch My Sisterwife’s Closet to Capital Investors
Though they had had no business plan at all and had major jitters and tears, the wives and Kody managed to pull themselves together to make a case for investment. Christine, surprisingly, turned out to be the standout as the Chief of Marketing Officer, both looking and sounding smart. Robyn though, as usual, had a hard time keeping her emotions in check and was barely able to keep from blubbering while doing her portion. Meri meanwhile, managed to be coherent after threatening that she’d go full on into paralysis mode and Janelle, as usual, sounded poised, knowledgable, and professional.
It made you wonder all over again why Janelle is in this marriage at all. With all of her logical financial and organizational expertise and overall togetherness, why is she sharing her husband? Highly illogical.
Despite the Browns’ efforts to pitch My Sisterwife’s Closet with promises of $10 million in sales by 2016, the investors seemed underwhelmed. But maybe they should’ve given the Browns more credit. After all, any family that’s managed to stay together for two decades with one husband, four wives, and 17 kids has to be good at overcoming obstacles and persevering — major qualities needed in any startup business.
In fact, Kody actually said something in the episode that’s true and should be taken seriously by Stan and company: “We’re a dark horse, but we are going to win!” Hear that, investors?
So HollywoodLifers, do you think Kody has been henpecked by his wives or has he always been the boss of the Brown family? Let me know!
— Bonnie Fuller
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