‘Sister Wives’ Season 14 Episode 14 Recap: Crying on Coyote Pass & Counseling a Chaotic Couple

Us, praying we don’t have to hear the word “rental” more than three times this episode…

Note from The Ashley: Yes, we are a bit behind on the ‘Sister Wives’ recaps, but we are working to catch up! Here’s last week’s recap. Sunday’s episode recap will be posted soon!

 

Drive your fleet of moving trucks to a piece of vacant land, throw it in park and pray that you don’t discover that your collection of “live, laugh, love” signs have been stolen when you return…

It’s time for another episode of Sister Wives! 

This week’s episode kicks off in North Carolina, where Maddie has yet to give birth to her second bathtub baby. After realizing things are going to be moving quite slowly, she checks in with her midwife and gets the OK to drive two hours back to her and Caleb’s house, where she’ll likely settle in just as it’s time to turn around, drive back to the birthing center and shoot the Grandspawn ‘o’ Kody from her loins.

All risks aside, Maddie says she just wants to sleep in her own bed and not have to deal with her dad barging in every hour to torment her son and swipe all the complimentary bottles of conditioner from her hotel shower. 

“I’m pretty sure watching me give birth in the backseat of my car would be less traumatic for my son than spending another night in this hotel with my dad.”

Unfortunately for Maddie though, before hopping a plane back to Arizona, Kody plans to hang around for another night to play with Axel, hang out with Caleb and more importantly, avoid Sobbin’ Robyn and a Not-Very-Merry Meri. 

“I’ll literally sleep in the bathtub at the birthing center if it means not having to hear Robyn talk about rental homes for another 24 hours.”

Back at Maddie and Caleb’s house, the group has a riveting discussion on weather, which leads Janelle to tell Kody and Christine that she doesn’t see Maddie’s family making their way back out west to live; however, she does believe Maddie will try to convince her siblings to move to the East Coast. Based on the nonsense the Browns have pulled this season, Maddie could sit her siblings down for a ‘Sister Wives’ Season 14 marathon and we’re sure that would do the trick.

Someone who doesn’t need convincing is Ysabel, who is already looking into escaping leaving Flagstaff to come live with Maddie and Caleb. Everyone in the house appears to be up to speed on Ysabel’s plan except for Kody—- a strategic move on Christine’s part. 

“Whoops!”

Christine says she honestly thought Kody “was more aware of Ysabel’s plans”— despite no one ever mentioning anything to him—and she thinks the move would be a good thing.

“I have always been on Team ‘Get Them Out of the House,’” Christine says. 

These are also the words Janelle lives by, however, by “them” she means Kody’s other wives…

Caleb tells Ysabel that she’s more than welcome to move to North Carolina to be his and Maddie’s built-in babysitter, but Kody isn’t as supportive of the idea… mainly because it wasn’t his own. He says he doesn’t want to keep Ysabel “in prison”—I mean, it’s not like she’s one of his wives or something!—but he’d rather her go to school in Flagstaff.

Kody then compares his family to cattle, which is somehow one of the least offensive things he’s done this season. 

We sense another Polygamist Barbie Dream House presentation on the horizon…

Before finally heading back to Arizona, Kody says he needs to find out what’s going on with Ysabel’s possible move to North Carolina. Most of all, he wants to know if Maddie will continue “attracting” more of her siblings to flee their parents’ rental homes, thus ruining his dreams of one day living compound-style on Coyote Pass. 

Well yeah, why else do you think we continue to watch this dumpster fire?

Also currently crushing Kody’s dreams are his wives, whom he fears will want to spend holidays with their adult children outside of the dream living situation he’s created for them in Flagstaff.

The horror!

Honestly…I would assume that any time a Sister Wife got to leave Flagstaff (and Kody) temporarily they would consider it a vacation…even if it’s just to get, like, a colonoscopy or something. 

According to Kody, this would be the ultimate betrayal and it would basically tear the family apart. 

“At no fault of my own, mind you!”

Kody then says some awkward goodbyes to his family and heads back to Flagstaff to venture out to Coyote Pass with Robyn and Dayton, that latter of whom, based on his obligatory participation in these recent moving truck scenes, looks like he’d rather be anywhere— even birthing a baby in a bathtub in North Carolina— than Coyote Pass. 

“Just think, Dayton… Soon you’ll be able to afford your own fleet of moving trucks for three to seven days.”

Robyn and Kody have yet to close on their house and we learn that they are being held up because they have to provide additional documents regarding their financials… as in all of their financials. Yet another fun perk of being in a plural marriage! 

While they wait, Kody says they’re paying daily for the four rental trucks that are still holding all of their crap on Coyote Pass and paying to rent the home that they’re trying to buy… one which they aren’t even allowed to move into yet.  

Umm, how does this work period?

Robyn says mortgages can be tricky when it comes to plural marriage and to that we say, “add it to the list!”

Because they’re technically living out of moving trucks at the moment, Robyn and Kody decide to do some digging in the trucks to find some toys for the kids to play with, and, if they’re lucky, the commonsense and good judgement that has clearly been misplaced along the way. 

Focused on what matters, as per usual…

On a completely unrelated note, Kody tells us that since moving from Las Vegas, he’s had a hard time sleeping and because of all the guilt he’s carrying this, he has “about 15 different pillows” that he keeps in rotation.

That’s no way to talk about your wives, Kody…

After all of that polygamist pillow talk, Kody and Robyn talk about the fact that they’re nearly homeless at the moment and we learn that Kody has convinced Robyn that it’s completely her fault, despite Kody being the one to push the family out of their happy homes in Las Vegas and into random rental after random rental in Flagstaff. 

Kody tells Robyn that even though they should’ve put an offer in on a house earlier, he doesn’t blame her, even though she is the one who had her heart set on finding that miracle, sent-from-God rental home. 

“But just know that I could!”

Kody tells Robyn they have the rental trucks for another five days, after which, he may get a storage unit to house his pillow collection until their home (or literally any home) becomes available. Like most things, this news upsets Robyn. 

Another day, another meltdown.

Robyn further proves her frustration by telling Kody she’s still keeping an eye out for available rentals, though Kody has another suggestion. 

Seriously, what did Dayton do to deserve having to film solely with these two?

Later on, Kody and his cast mate wife Meri head to Las Vegas to see the hardest working woman in the entire state of Nevada: their therapist, Dr. Nancy. (For those of you who are geographically challenged and don’t realize how ridiculous this is: Flagstaff is nearly a four-hour drive to Las Vegas. W…T…F…)

Meri (stating the obvious) says things between her and Kody have been rocky for quite a while and on occasion—aka when they run out of things to film on the show—they visit Dr. Nancy to address it.

Kody says “it’s time” to figure out what’s going on in their relationship. Not to mention, it gets him out of sorting through moving trucks for baby dolls and LEGOs with a crying Robyn for the afternoon, so there’s that. 

Upon their arrival to Dr. Nancy’s office, Kody and Meri are reminded of the hefty patient file they’ve racked up over the years and probably all of the bills to Dr. Nancy’s office that they racked up along with it. 

“Thanks for paying for my vacation home, by the way….and, no, Kody to answer your next question: you and Robyn can’t rent it.”

Despite being co-contributors to this hot mess of a marriage, Kody and Meri seem oddly surprised to see their issues scribbled onto paper and stacked up in a pile thicker than a phone book. 

Do they have these same reactions when watching episodes of this show?

Dr. Nancy kicks off the appointment by asking Kody and Meri for a rundown of what’s happened in the year-and-a-half since she last saw them. Yes, Kody and Meri’s folder is that thick and it doesn’t even touch on the Las Vegas to Flagstaff debacle. Buckle up, Nance! 

“Allow me to sum it up for you.”

Meri says even though she and Kody have grabbed dinner a couple of times, they aren’t really “working the muscle” that is their relationship.

(Why does my mind automatically go to Meri and Kody sex when I hear the phrase “working the muscle?” Be right back— have to go flush my brain out with bleach…)

Anyway, Kody agrees with Meri that there marriage is a bigger mess than the moving trucks on Coyote Pass.

“Well I don’t disagree with that, but I think that’s just a cliche,” he says. “We’re family but we’re not acting married.” 

Meri tells Dr. Nancy that Kody said he doesn’t want to work things out with her until things are in good standing with everyone else—meaning Meri’s relationships with the older children in the family as well as the other wives. Meri admits that she’s close with some of the adult children in the family but not so close with others.

Kody notes that Meri has great relationships when it comes to business, but not so much when it comes to the family. 

“What do I have to do, squeeze into a pair of zig-zag neon leggings?”

Dr. Nancy tells the couple she’s concerned that they’ve made little to no progress over 18 months, something Kody attributes to there still being some hurt feelings remaining from Meri’s catfishing scandal as well as things that were happening before.

DEAR.GOD.NOT THE CATFISH SCANDAL AGAIN! Lord, save me from this nightmare!

“The catfishing was really just a wake-up call for Meri and I,” Kody says. “Our problem ran much deeper than that and it’s probably why we led up to why the catfishing even happened.” 

“Ah, the catfishing scandal. Or as I like to call it, pages 203 to 1,989 of your patient file.”

Kody says he regrets what he and Meri had and is instead looking to the future of what they will have, which he doesn’t believe Meri is doing. Meri says she knows what they had is gone but admits that it’s a difficult thing to mourn while still being in a relationship with him. She says she doesn’t know how to wrap her head around this (honestly, same) and she reveals that people often ask her why she doesn’t just leave.

Kody then puts on his Dr. Nancy hat to tell Meri that she has some healing of her own to do before they can fix their relationship and he accuses her of frequently playing the victim. 

Oh, and he shows signs of complete delusion. 

Thanks for clearing that up.

But don’t be mistaken! Kody does cop to some of his own faults, including his “rescue complex,” his desire to always makes things better and his need to “fill up a love tank.”

After that last comment, we’d really like Kody to make good use of his “rescue complex” by rescuing us from this nonsense he’s spitting. Unfortunately, we soon learn that’s not the direction this therapy session is moving towards. 

This man has four wives, ladies and gentlemen. FOUR!

“Something has triggered me and I am angry,” Kody says. “In this relationship, it’s gotten to the point where I am just done with hearing how I am wrong. I am not stepping into this to sit there and be ridiculed again.” 

Kody then one-ups himself by telling Meri and Dr. Nancy that he feels like he was “deceived into a relationship that was very different” than what he expected. He says he and Meri had a “very fast courtship” with a lot of expectations and not a lot of communicating. 

“ …and I didn’t know who I was marrying and as things unfolded, I started to become very troubled, even bitter, by the situation I was in,” he continues. 

Um, you chose to marry her Kody. It’s still your fault. 

Kody goes on to say he was basically ready to be done with his marriage to Meri, but he couldn’t walk away because he made a commitment. (And then he made another commitment, and another commitment and another commitment.) 

What a romantic!

Just when we think Kody is finished roasting Meri in Dr. Nancy’s office, he accuses her of mistreating other people and even Dr. Nancy seems to agree, suggesting that Meri can be a defensive person. While it appears that Dr. Nancy has gone full Kody-Mode, she tells Kody he’s not off the hook just yet… but first she needs a break to “collect her thoughts” and also rethink her career choice. 

“And hand over some more cash because I’ve just decided to increase my hourly rate.”

After a quick break, Dr. Nancy resumes the session by instructing Kody and Meri on an exercise that addresses what matters most to them in a relationship. When it comes time to share, Meri says she values kindness, being genuine and having interaction. Kody says he also values kindness, as well as trust, compassion and integrity.

They are then asked to write the factors that prevent them from achieving these things, followed by behaviors and ideals that contribute to different feelings and emotions. (Think MadLibs meets therapy meets a painful dental procedure.) 

After throwing some shade at Kody for always needing to get his way and at Meri for being a control freak, Dr. Nancy tells the dysfunctional duo that their assignment is to work on control together. Their first test? Control the urge to go off on each other during that long drive back to Flagstaff. 

“See ya in another 18 months, doc!”

That’s all for this week! 

On the next episode of ‘Sister Wives’, Maddie assumes her position in the bathtub to pop out baby number two and Kody and Robyn remind us all that polygamy and purchasing a house go together like Kody and a hairbrush. (Not at all.)

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13 Comments

  1. I think Kodi doesn’t want Meri to leave because he doesn’t want to lose her income. Meri seems to be doing well with her leggings and B&B. If she were to take off, a huge chunk of money would go with her. I wish she would leave. I’d like to see her happy with people who want to be around her.


  2. I wanted to punch his face in fir that entire painful to watch therapy session. These two DO NOT EVEN LIKE EACH OTHER! Why are they together? Meri your child is grown, most of the other kids have no relationship with you, and you’re legally divorced! Walk away. Fly free little bird!


  3. I wanted to drop a line and said I loveeeeeee reading the SW recaps!! I lost my cable a while ago and I don’t get to watch it so this is what I depend on each week!! THank you SO MUCH!


  4. I wish Robyn would elaborate on why polygamy is holding up her purchase, I think she’s full of shit .. it’s their finances. There’s only ONE legally recognized marriage , Kody and Robyn! When the title check is ran it will show one legal marriage and that’s all that matters as far as marriage goes. There is NO WAY the bank is holding things up because Kody has three other wives by religious belief.. they aren’t discriminating against their creed. Kody may have his name on multiple loans with his other wives, that goes along with “ do you make enough to pay those loans and this one too?” Anyone would be looked at for this reason , has nothing to do with how many relationships he has!
    Basically Robyn, you may not be able to afford the home by the bank’s guidelines, not because of your family arrangement!


  5. Agree but note that on April 21st, it’ll be 30 YEARS of marriage for them…. which makes his whining even worse!


    1. The zig-zag neon leggings picture quote had me laughing out loud! Kody was a huge douche in this episode, especially during the therapy session with Meri. I can’t believe how stupid this guy is and the amount of money wasted in this move.


  6. Seriously? After more than 20 years he blames their short courtship?
    His second wife divorced her brother, he could have divorced Meri.
    Few years ago he still wanted to have another child with Meri.

    But it is interesting that he brings up the relationship with older children. Maddie wrote a message about suffering abuse by someone her whole life and many people thought it was Meri.


    1. That tracks. She’s never had a good relationship with Janelle, so it stands to reason that her relationship with some/most of Janelle’s kids probably isn’t great, either.

      I’d love to see Nancy take Kody down seven or eight pegs. Doubt it would change Kody at all, but it would also least make me feel better.


  7. Seriously? After more than 20 years he blames their short courtship?
    His second wife divorced her brother, he could have divorced Meri.

    But it is interesting that he brings up the relationship with older children. Maddie wrote a message about suffering abuse by someone her whole life and many people thought it was Meri.


  8. Kody telling Meri that she has to make things right with the other children/wives before he’ll work things out with her is ridiculous. She’s his wife and the only one that she made a marriage covenant with. While it’d be nice to get along with the other sister wives, she has no covenants with the other women’s children. I think that she’s likely hard to get along with and has been very selfish and immature over the years (just like Mariah)but Kody needs to either cut ties or recommit to his marriage.

    Kody has coddled and even encouraged Meri’s selfish behavior over the years… one example is when he asked Christine to give up some of her housing budget to Meri who was over budget when building in Vegas. However, Kody is no victim in this scenario and needs to take accountability for his part.

    It seems like he doesn’t want to be married to Meri anymore but doesn’t want to be the one to initiate the breakup. I think he’s trying to alienate and make her so unhappy that she eventually leaves and he can be the victim husband who was left behind after trying soooo hard.

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