Sorry I’m so late.
Coming up: Aspen’s wedding dress shopping, Kody putting together a ‘presentation’ for his wives, Janelle refusing to go
Kodester is putting together a business presentation about the family, a “business presentation.” Talking head says Kody has been trying to explain to his wives for the last three years about his desire to move and they treat him like he’s an idiot. Is this season go to be about how every adult in this family has a secret desire that has never been met? Crazy hair flying, he says, “his wives make him feel stupid... like he’s a nut job.” He checks the view of the presentation from every seat at Janelle’s house, then he calls his wives over for a meeting at Janelle’s house. He wants them all to say that he is right.
The wives come in. Christine and Janelle being the first to arrive. “You’ve gone to all this fancy trouble, “ they flirt while giving him giggly eyes. Robyn and Meri arrive next. They are surprised by the preprinted boards. Kody begins his pitch and he has printouts. “ i’m a capable man, just because I like it when you make my own breakfast doesn’t mean I can’t make my own breakfast”, he mutters. He wants them to all agree. No one says anything. Finally Kody starts his presentation.
He starts with the Utah story, the typical version, that they had to leave because they were threatened by the State of Utah for a felony prosecution. “In that process, our heart’s broke, but we got magic, we got magic back by living here, he concludes. The ladies look at him devotedly, in rapt attention, esp Robyn who isn’t even blinking. They summarize the whole Utah Prosecution Moving in Terror storyline again, but this time Kody adds the fact that he “picked a fight with them,” and that his lawsuit won. However, a current talking head Kody says that if they go back to Utah, it’s possible that they would be persecuted again. Kody then wraps up saying that he never saw Vegas as a permanent thing, and that he always figured once they had “some businesses, some equity in the homes,” that he wanted to go back. Kody keeps playing with his hair, and it’s obnoxious. What I’m gleaning is that pretty much he wanted to get some clout, money, and attention by being on the show, then go back to Utah to fight for his rights. He admits that they are not a very functional family at times, they tend to react rather than plan. Being affected by the cat fishing incident, Meri buying the house in Parowan, the clan thinking that Meri wanted to leave, Kody admits they aren’t sometimes not united, and that on bad days he struggles with plural marriage. Shocker🙄. The first worry that pops up is about the children. But Kody ends by intoning, where We Go One, We Go All. He keeps repeating this over and over again through the rest of his speech. I won’t bore you with the minute details, but here is the gist of it.
Kody wants to go back to Utah, he feels he has been exiled from the state, he wants to go back for his destiny. He wants to run for office and change the Polygamy law. Screw what his wives think, common sense thinks, or his family thinks. He leaves Christine to conclude that they should sell the equity in their homes to come up with money for Kody’s plan. He wants them to be architects in the next phase of life and not firemen/reactors.
Christine and Janelle are so against it, for the sake of their kids, Gabe and Gwendolyn, who are established in school enough to run for class treasurer(historian), something. They want to keep the younger kids in school, because how it affected the older kids when the transitioned with no planning to Vegas. Robyn brings up that they would have to have separate homes for a while. Janelle doesn’t want to leave her grandchild, Maddie and Caleb who are now here. Kody says the market can crash any time, hence the urgency. No matter what the ladies bring up in regards to the kids, it doesn’t matter, Kody has his mind made up. Eventually, he is going to lead, to places they may not want to go, but he’s the leader, and that’s why they married him. Another commercial break for chocolate. He does not find Vegas a wonderful place to live. But the ladies worry that they would not have an openly accepting place anywhere else. Robyn brings up Dayton, who needs to be transitioning this year to where they are going to be so he can start settling into his last 2 years of high school prepping for college. But she agrees with Cody ultimately saying the faster they move, the better for the kids, the triplets (all born the same year). Cody emphasizes that it matters like a heart attack, then leads the family to pray.
The women discuss the meeting during their pre-Seattle meeting to go shopping with Mitch’s mom. The women decide that even though they may not end up in Utah, they are more comfortable settling nearby, then decide on Arizona because they want a more conservative environment. The women discuss their litany of moves in the preceding 20-something years. Clearly over 15 moves between Wyoming, Montana, Utah, and back and forth every few years. The women discuss the fact it’s time for another ‘big move’ per Kody.
Aspen went to her wedding dress shopping with the Robyn, Janelle, Mitch’s Mom, Hannah, Maddie, her son Axl. Mitch is wearing a kilt and will embrace his Scottish heritage. They are shopping off the rack, and Aspen will get her dress altered. Robyn and Christine eschew the lack of trains at their weddings, and no walking down the aisle. Aspyn had a total Say yes to the dress moment, with 3 different dresses. Mitch wants a more covered up dress in the front. Kody is the one that prefers a more covered up look, it’s not from their church or religion but Kody’s personal preference for his wives to not bare their arms and be more conservative in dress. Another shocker. Aspyn chooses Dress #2 which everyone now says it’s perfect. It’s just a regular princess ball gown strapless dress.
The ladies are going to Seattle to see Hannah, Mitch’s mom so she can design hats for the wedding. Christine is giving Kody the instructions on the kids while she will ge gone, Kody is not paying attention, he’s on his phone. Mindy will be there too to help him while the women are away. He will be taking care of the kids. All the women get loaded into the car to leave. They are going to have a Segway tour and seem very excited to hit the road. They each have assigned tasks at each house that they give Kody, even Meri, who pointedly has no kids home.
Next scene, the sisterwives arrive in Seattle, WA and they all go to lunch together. They have a discussion about who has planted their garden for the season while in this limbo land waiting for Kody to make up his mind where they are going. The women acknowledge they are in a limbo. Christine is upset about Gwendolyn who won treasurer for that school year. Christine wants to stay in Vegas for the entire school year, as a single mom, “like an army wife”. Kody says no. Janelle says it’s important they stay together. She says that she often didn’t make most of the moves initially and would stay behind for a few months to years. She now says in hindsight she regretted staying behind. , Meri says it’s great they can choose where they move to. Janelle considered St. George, Utah, and Robyn agreed that that would be an easy move since she has her parents there. Robyn expresses her frustration that her free agency has been limited (by the anti-polygamy law in Utah), and it feels so un-American. Christine is still confused and not sure what to do. She feels that it’s unfair to stake it all on Gwedolyn, on one girl’s happiness.
The next morning in Seattle, the ladies arrive at Hannah’s apartment building to look at her hats. Hannah (Mitch’s mom) greets them warmly and asks the wives what kind of hats they like. The women have no clue. Hannah let’s them try various hats and they each pick a style they like. They talk about netting, styles, flowers and colors. Meri finds it hard to choose one. She settles in a fascinator. Each wife chooses a hat. I remember upstream seeing a picture of Aspyn and Mitch’s wedding and the wives did indeed wear the hats.
The four wives and Hannah go to lunch at Paiche. Next Sunday preview: The women have an honest (well as honest as they can be) conversation in their hotel room.
Back to the show: The women all wear hats and go to lunch with Hannah. They talk about the bridal shower, which Aspyn is planning and Christine is just helping with. The women ooh and aah over Hannah’s fabulous life. Hannah says that the only way to have the life you want is to be an independent woman. She left her husband 20-some years ago and it must have been the when she started the business. Hannah is in the same religion but did not have a polygamous relationship with her husband, she never had a sister wife. She states she never got along with her siblings and knew she would be a bad siste Wife. My takeaway from that is that polygamy is not mandatory in their church. Hannah has 5 Kids, 2 of who are called into plural marriage. She talked more about her divorce, and her free life. The wives concluded she would make someone, ‘not them’, a good sister wife.
Meanwhile, back at home, Kody mopes. He has a cookout in the backyard with all the kids at the back of their homes. Kody says over voiceover that it is the season to move and their kids will benefit more from it.
The women go riding on a Segway. They went downtown Seattle on segways in matching jackets and helmets. Robyn says that the best sister wives their relationships seem very transcendent. Christine says the first 5-10 years of being a sister wife are hard. Meri says she is quite different with her friends than with her sister wives. Christine says that although they are at different places, they know their sister wives will support each other.
Next time on sister wives: The family starts exploring alternate places to live. Christine and Kody take a trip to Flagstaff, Arizona. One of Janelle’s boys decides that if they move he will ‘run away’”, he cries dejectedly into the camera.