The Sister Wives family seems to be getting more saavy about public relations. I feel they are getting much better about allowing the vulnerability of reality show exposure in ways that benefit them.
The wives all decide to go together to a personal trainer. Meri, Janelle, and Christine speak in an aside about their struggles with weight, while Robyn (the thin one) says that Kody has told her he likes women with curves. Christine gives some real evidence for this in showing her wedding photo, when she was heavier than in this episode!
This directly addresses what so many bloggers and internet commenters have been attacking them for – the fact that the older wives are heavier than Robyn, the newest one. Everyone is just convinced that this must mean she has the competitive advantage with Kody, and many are not very kind about stating it.
I was impressed that they were so willing to be open about this. It was quite vulnerable to allow the cameras to record them being weighed, and admit their difficulties. I feel that being this open and honest will probably defuse some of the negativity, although I am sure some will never be convinced.
It has been clear that most of the wives have put on more weight since moving to Las Vegas, as have the older daughters. I was glad to see them trying to do something about it – hopefully the group support of doing it together will help them undo some of the damage all their recent stress has caused.
Kody and the sister wives go out to dinner with an Episcopalian minister, answering her rather pointed questions about their fundamentalist Mormon faith. She asks how the Browns’ faith is like the FLDS she is familiar with from recent news stories, living on compounds. Kody mentions arranged marriage as a major difference, and says that the compounds are mostly about having community with other like-minded people.
The Browns are very adament that they don’t believe in arranged marriage, and are against marriages to underage women. They also are clearly living in more modern and mainstream circumstances than the compounds, at least as they’ve been described in the stories I’ve seen. From what I’ve read, independent FLDS are generally more like the Browns.
They invite the minister to attend the family’s oldest daughter’s 16th birthday party. Generally this would be a more intimate family gathering, but TLC edits the scene so that it doesn’t seem too invasive. The minister ends up saying that while she isn’t sure about all fundamentalist Mormons, she could feel the love of the Sister Wives family and therefore can’t bring herself to judge them. Hopefully, others will feel the same.