I think it will probably bring them closer together, in the end. With so many kids to look after, and no new women for 16 years, I don’t think they’ve had to deal with this level of emotional difficulties between the adults before. It would be easy to just bypass a lot of that and focus on handling business. This seems to me like it’s making them be more real with each other.
Robyn’s baby is likely to help the sister wives bond. As fundamentalist Mormons, the Browns place a very high value on having lots of kids. (I don’t agree with this personally, but I honor their right to their religious beliefs.) As hard as it may be for some people to understand, having kids with the same man brings these women closer together, gives them something very intimate and special to share.
If they can get a family business going together, as they are trying to do, that may also really save the day. In addition to being the financial vehicle they need to create a housing situation that will work for them, it could be the way they all reconnect more intimately again in the meantime.
They’ve all got to really be on board, though. At one point in this episode, Robyn confronts Meri on her reluctance to participate in trying new business ideas, and in her greater commitment to keeping her separate house a mile away from everyone else. Robyn laughs when she says it, but I think that’s just her way of trying to not get too heavy while still speaking her truth. I think she means it, and I think she might be right.