After weeks of anticipation, Christine Brown’s big move arrives in the latest episode of “Sister Wives.”
In last week’s episode, the father of 18 lashed out at Christine in front of his other wives when she told him she planned to move to Utah in a week. Kody stood up and yelled, comparing Christine’s departure to a “knife in the kidney” and accusing her of treating other family members like “junk.”
Both Janelle and Christine were surprised by the way he behaved. “I was a bit shocked by Kody’s behavior. He was just angry,” Janelle says in a confessional.
While sitting with Janelle, Christine says it was a “terrible conversation” and that she thought it was “going to be much better”.
The scene then shifts to a confessional with Christine. “I was so shocked by his aggression,” she says.
Back in the meeting with Janelle, Christine acknowledges that she expected people to get hurt when she left, but she didn’t expect Kody to be “volatile” and didn’t know how to respond to his anger.
Janelle tells Christine that Kody seems to have bottled up his emotions until that point. She talks about her feelings in a confessional.
“It surprised me because he was so loud and he was so angry,” she says. “The timing seemed odd, but I think he just reached his (boiling) point.”
Janelle then tells Christine that she’s not sure how to navigate the new dynamic once she’s gone.
“I don’t know how not to be on one side or be seen as one side,” she says. She continues the thought in a confessional, saying, “I’m damned if I do and damned if I don’t. I can’t take sides without them saying, ‘You took a side!'”
Meanwhile, Christine tells her friend and sister wife that “no one should take sides”. It’s a feeling Kody echoes as he and Robyn get together with Mykelti, his Christine daughter with Christine.
“I don’t want people to take sides. I don’t want to force you to take sides or anything like that,” he tells his daughter.
Christine didn’t plan to say a formal goodbye with her extended family, but Mykelti thinks it’s important, so Kody and Robyn visit Christine’s house with their kids later in the episode. Janelle and some of her children also attend, but Meri has not since she left town.
The farewell is visibly tense, everyone stands outside in their own corner and several family members talk about how uncomfortable they feel in their own confessionals.
“I’m not in a good place here… this is such an awkward moment,” Kody says in his private interview, adding that it feels “so humiliating” to see his wife leave.
Mykelti, who organized the meeting, even admits that you can cut the tension with a knife.
“It’s uncomfortable outside. It’s weird, it’s intense. Nobody really wants to be here,” she says in a confessional.
Still, Mykelti tries to encourage the group to stay positive and reminds them that they are still a family.
“There is no one to blame for this. It’s all normal, it is what it is. And we should just all be thankful that even through this we can continue to be a family and that we can still support each other,” says the 26 year old.
Kody says he doesn’t feel like family.
“I’m in a weird place where I don’t think I ever want to see Christine again,” he says. ‘I don’t want to think about her. I never want to drive past this house and mourn over it.”
He continues: “I don’t want to sit in this place again. I don’t want to deal with this at all.”
After everyone has said their goodbyes, Janelle walks over to give Christine a hug and the mother of six bursts into tears. In a confessional, Christine explains her emotional reaction.
“I wouldn’t have asked for this (goodbye. I certainly didn’t need it. It’s worse than I thought it would have been,” she says. “I think it was the worst goodbye I’ve ever had. “
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