By Holly Rasmussen
This week on Sister Wives, Kody and Christine are celebrating 21 years of
wedded bliss tolerating each other. In celebration of their anniversary, Kody is taking Christine on a trip to Galveston, Texas. In true Kody Brown style, though, he has decided that, even on an anniversary trip, he should bring more than one woman. Kody invites not one but two of the family’s therapists to go along on the trip.
Before they can go on the trip, Kody, Christine and the other wives must deal with a more serious issue.
As The Ashley has previously reported, Robyn and Kody are in the midst of a legal battle with Robyn’s ex-husband, David Preston Jessop, for custody of Robyn’s kids from her first marriage. Last year Meri divorced Kody so that Robyn could legally marry him, in hopes that it would be easier for Kody to adopt Robyn’s three children. There’s just one problem with that, however: Robyn’s ex-husband has not signed over his rights to the children.
As The Ashley told you previously, David Preston Jessop does not like the spotlight. (So…he’s the exact opposite of Kody). Robyn claims that David was both physically and emotionally abusive during their marriage, and that he has basically ignored the kids in recent years. For these reasons, Robyn feels it would be best for Kody to adopt the kids. He already a litter of children; what’s a few more?
So Kody and his gang of wives head to the attorney’s office to discuss the adoption. David has been refusing phone calls and mail from the Browns’ lawyer for six weeks, and was even seen running out of his house when a process server showed up to serve him papers.
They file the paperwork and their lawyer says that if David does sign the paperwork, the kids could be legally adopted as early as one week.
Meanwhile, Kody is flipping his hair around, Janelle and Meri are looking miserable, and the children are running amok. So…business as usual in the Brown family cul-de-sac.
Christine is busy planning the vacation getaway to celebrate their anniversary. A few days later, they excitedly head off to Texas. (Because, what would be more fun than second honeymooning with your therapists? You know these therapists only agreed to this nonsense because TLC is springing for the trip.)
While on the trip, one of the therapists takes them to the beach and instructs them to build something out of rocks that is representative of their relationship. Christine wants to build something that represents love and compassion between the two of them. Kody, on the other hand, wants to build something representative of the entire family.
When they discuss this with the therapist, Christine said she would like to focus on just their relationship–not the entire family. Kody, who is completely ignoring all requests and suggestions made by Christine, tells her, “Honor the family and I will love you.”
Did you hear that, Kody? That was the sound of millions of female viewers trying to punch you through their TV screens.
He continues to berate poor Christine, and she seems to accept that everything wrong in their relationship is her fault. She is begging Kody for some individual attention, but he is totally unwilling to give Christine that. They end their trip by dressing like pirates and going to a pirate-themed tourist trap that probably offered them free admission if they’d film there.
Back in Las Vegas, Robyn is crying and having panic attacks for attention, while Janelle and Meri look like they’re wondering what the hell they’re still doing in this trainwreck of a family.
On the preview for next week, Robyn tells Kody that her ex is in the attorney’s office in Montana and may be willing to sign the papers. This would clear the path for Kody to adopt the kids.