With this episode of Sister Wives, we see the Brown family becoming a bit more comfortable with their celebrity as reality TV stars. The cameras interact more with the people around them, and Kody and most of the sister wives seem to enjoy being able to be open about their lifestyle in public, and are quite generous and fairly comfortable in answering questions. (Janelle has more trouble with this, but she does fine.)
They seem to be starting to respond more to their public audience this season altogether. This week they go right for the question of polygamy’s social acceptability by taking the cameras into Kody’s hometown, meeting with his childhood friends.
The whole crew caravan for the 15-hour trip from Las Vegas to Lovell, Wyoming, where they attend a parade and fireworks, go boating with one of Kody’s oldest friends, and see some other friends at a get-together that basically seems to have been created for the purposes of the show. Throughout this, the Browns go everywhere together as a polygamous family, openly talking about their lifestyle, which is fairly new for them for such public events.
The cameras interview random people on the street about their reactions to the Browns. People in general are accepting, but most do not approve. As several of the residents made sure to make it clear when interviewed in the episode, Lovell is not a place where polygamy is commonly practiced or accepted (where is?!).
Still, the reactions of Kody’s friends are mostly benign. What they express seemed quite real, ranging from incredulity to acceptance, with some admitting initial shock that they have since gotten over. One woman says that it makes sense to her that Kody would want sister wives and lots of kids, because he has always liked to be the center of attention! I think this has certainly shown itself to be true—Kody is a great guy to take polygamy public because he actually thrives in the limelight. Even though that quality is off-putting to some, people in general are fascinated.