Hooray for the Brown family, who finally feel free to travel cross-country and not hide their five-way marriage. The July 6 episode celebrated their freedom from fear and you could feel their relief as they came out of hiding.
Whether you approve of the Sister Wives family’s polygamous lifestyle or not, you can almost taste their feelings of freedom as Kody Brown, his wives, and 13 of their kids, hit the road on a spring break trip to Missouri in this July 6 episode.
The Brown Family Goes On Proud Polygamous Family Road Trip
The Browns are feeling deeply relieved because the Utah prosecution of Kody and his family for polygamy was dropped. Not only that, but Utah decided not to prosecute any other plural families unless they also commit another crime like child abuse a la Warren Jeffs. In other words, a big win for the Brown family and other polygamists, and now the family doesn’t have the shadow of jail hanging over Kody’s head.
Of course, they’ve been very public and totally honest about their polygamous marriage on the Sister Wives show, now in its 5th season, but they’ve only recently really felt like they were living without fear. This episode apparently shows the first big vacation they’ve taken in public, i.e. out of polygamous areas, where they didn’t try to hide their lifestyle.
“I’m glad I don’t have to apologize for our family and our religion,” Kody explains. “We are able to own our relationships in every way, instead of having to be secret.”
That said, he, his four wives, and thirteen kids pour out of the two RVs they’re traveling cross-country in and into the town of Winslow, Arizona. There, they are quickly recognized and welcomed by Thomas McCanley, who owns the Arizona 66 Trading Company. Thomas is a civil libertarian who is thrilled that the family is exercising their right to freedom of religion.
The Brown Family Meets Biblical Polygamists
Now, after watching and listening to the Brown family for the past few years, I have to agree that the family deserve the right to practice their version of polygamy in America. I, and many viewers, may still think that Meri, Janelle, Christine, and Robyn are nuts to be satisfied with sharing one husband, but it’s clear that it’s their own adult choice and you certainly can’t accuse any of these women of being pushovers.
Kody Brown is certainly no Warren Jeffs and his brood of 17 all have strong minds of their own, with most of the older teens rejecting the idea of polygamy for themselves. If anything, you just keep wondering why Kody wants to live out of a suitcase between four houses and two RVs at all times and organize every trip like an army sergeant with umpteen potty spots.
The point of the trip, aside from traveling along historic Route 66 is to meet a “biblical” polygamist family. They aren’t Mormons or “fundamentalist” polygamists. Apparently, they are living in polygamy because the patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, were polygamous — that’s my best guess at this point.
Can An Eating Competition Salvage The Trip For The Brown Kids?
The family heads to Missouri (or “Misery,” as Hunter calls it) to meet another polygamous family, and the teenagers in the group are not happy about it at all.
“I’m frustrated because I’d much rather be hanging out with all my friends instead of sitting in an RV,” Hunter explains. Good point!
The older teens — Logan, Meriah, Mykelti, and Aspyn — aren’t on the trip because they’re away at college or prepping for it, and Christine and Janelle freak out because they don’t have their helpers to keep the other kids in line.
Anyway, you can see Hunter’s point — this doesn’t exactly sound like a teen dream vacation. Nevertheless, the yuckiest moment in the episode has nothing to do with polygamy. The family decides to go eat at the Big Texan Steak Ranch restaurant and compete in a steak-eating contest. Apparently, if you can eat a 72-ounce steak, plus a salad, bread, baked potato, and shrimp in 60 minutes, you can eat for free. Otherwise, each serving is $72 per person.
Why anyone would want to stuff themselves silly in a big saloon-like restaurant, I have no idea, but Kody, sons Hunter and Garrison, and daughter, Madison, decide to try the gag-inducing challenge.
It’s not long before Kody is looking green and in the end, none of the Browns prove to have the stomach for competitive eating. That’s alright — they’re already living large, thanks to their enormous family!
So, do you think it’s great that the Brown family doesn’t feel like they have to hide their lifestyle choices anymore? Let me know!
— Bonnie Fuller
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