This one-hour episode centers around the change for the Brown family from Utah to Nevada. They are happy and relieved to arrive in the one-month rental house where they presently are staying; they are seeking homes for each wife. They must hurry and they also have only a few days before they put the children in school. Yet they (the adults, at least) are very much at peace.
Kody: “We have just moved, and we have a lot of unpacking to do. There’s a lot of sunlight, and it’s 70 degrees. I feel like I’ve been born again. What a place to be born again, in Las Vegas!”
Meri: “I really do feel at home here. Today we’re putting things away and trying to put things away in the house.”
Kody: “So it’s light and fluffy for little kids, who are in a vacation home, free and at peace for the adults– the teenagers are still bitter right now.”
The teens are angry that they are living in a vacation home, “out of suitcases.” Even though they know that their family could have been broken up, they are still resentful at having had to relocate. Some, particularly Mariah,plan to go back to Utah as soon as they can.
While they are involved with practicalities, the episode’s real center is Robyn’s and Kody’s decision to try to have a child. They aren’t discussing it with the other wives, but one is sure that the feeling must be hanging in the air.
Kody had wanted Robyn to have a baby much sooner, but the legal situation created too much stress, so she “just said no.” Kody, as ever, seems very pleased that he can show the world that all the women have choice in their lives, aren’t just being told what to do. Now they are in Nevada, Robyn feels safe, and they begin to try to have a child.
The family makes finding a home for Robyn first, since her children had had to move a lot. There is a fair amount of confusion because the children all begin school at differing times and the children are accustomed to being able to take long showers, and so on.
The teens say “I really don’t want to make friends with people here.” They don’t like Nevada and want to go home, but one can see the beginning of interest in a new way of life. Nevada has a different style of dress, and a whole new ethos– one that worries the Brown wives.
The girls want to wear less “modest” clothing, but with four “mothers” watching, they find it hard to get away with this. They want to wear what they wish… as Robyn says, “They are beautiful girls and they probably don’t realize what it means to boys when they have certain things showing-it’s a huge signal to boys. Because they’re gorgeous.”
Robyn has the first house, and Janelle then finds the next. She is a bit ashamed and embarrassed to admit that she “wants” something, that it is important to her, but the other women back her up.
As ever, there are problems. The women each want a perfect house, and to live near one another (oddly, there seems to be no thought of sharing a house – one house for two wives?) The family is worried about money, for they all lost their jobs when Utah faded in the rear- view mirror, yet no one wants to compromise. It’s still Kody’s dream that one day they will live in a big house, all together, though.
Now they have two weeks left in the vacation home. The Browns are getting nervous about where they will go…
“I can’t ask Meri or Christine to move to just any home down the street, when Janelle and Robyn have the homes they want.”
Finally Christine finds a house. “See, God loves us.” She is happy.
The houses are each several blocks from one another, which must be a change from living so close together, and recently all in the same house.
Eventually, Robyn and Meri go back to Utah to get their things and pets; a painful trip, but one that helps to bind the two together.