Something similar seems to be at work among the sister wives, but there is also, or so it seems to me, a fear that 11 days together will lead to a desire to be together more and more. I wondered if Kody had asked each of his other wives how she felt about Robyn and him taking so many days together and leaving them to care for the kids and everything else (so far in this series, the issue of livelihood and how the group supports itself is still somewhat unclear, at least to me).
I have the sense that Kody simply decided to have his time alone with Robyn. The two of them speak often of their long courtship, and say that it is rare, in the polygamist world, to court for such a long time. Marriages are often made within 60 to 90 days, but Kody and Robyn have been going out together (and even, scandalously, kissed before marriage!) for quite a while. They seem to feel they deserve time together. Of course, this is TV, and it's hard to say what is really going on.
I found myself wondering if the other wives could be a little afraid to complain to Kody (or to Robyn). It would be not only anti-Principle and unwelcoming, but has the potential to drive Kody further away from them. And yet, one senses each of them may feel they are uncertain how they will get back to a more reasoned, more fully shared life. Will each of them feel as though he would really rather be with Robyn when he is with when their new, scheduled four-way married life begins?
In one amusing passage, Kody and Robyn visit the San Diego Zoo, where a sincere tour guide shows them a group of rhinos, and explains earnestly that three or so females will “hang out together,” and will only find a use for the male when the time comes to mate. Robyn and Kody look both justified and barely able to contain themselves, overwhelmed with the desire to laugh.
As the Brown family has put itself in a difficult position by appearing in this show—I have read that they are under investigation for bigamy—I cannot help but wonder what made them wish to expose themselves in this way. The desire for 15 minutes of fame? Possibly money to help keep this enormous family fed and housed?