Sister Wives drama: Does Christine Brown want to leave the family?

Reality’s polygamous Brown family has endured some astronomical changes in the past year, including exposing their controversial lifestyle on a popular television show, facing legal scares, losing their jobs and relocating to a new city, but perhaps one of the hardest things to deal with was the addition of a new, young, hot wife after nearly two decades of living together as an unchanged family unit.

Christine in particular has been finding it hard to accept her husband’s obvious affinity for Robyn, who addicted three of her own children from another marriage, and now has a baby on the way. Christine isn’t upset with Robyn, and in fact really likes her, but feels neglected by Kody. It probably didn’t help things that Christine was pregnant with her sixth child while Kody was courting Robyn, and seemed to be distracted during her pregnancy, but is now doting on Robyn while she’s expecting. Not only that, but Christine is used to being the last wife, and never had to deal with the same kinds of feelings that Kody’s first two wives Meri, and Janelle, no doubt felt when Christine was added to the broad.

In clips for tonight’s episode, Christine candidly sorts through her frustrations on camera.

“To me I don’t think Kody’s very equal with his time. I think he caters to Robyn, to Robyn’s needs, to Robyn’s kids . . . and I think that he’s spending all of his time building up his and Robyn’s relationship, and he doesn’t realize that our relationship really is not great, and he needs to spend some time developing our relationship too.”

In another clip she seems to be over the Kodster, and Janelle articulates how Christine and Kody’s relationship troubles ripple through the entire family:

“I don’t know if I care if it’s perfect anymore, or if it’s what he wants anymore,” she said. “It’s like it’s just so much work. I know there’s a big pay-off. I know for years and years we had a great marriage and a great thing, and I just don’t know what I want anymore.”

It turns out that even though Christine is struggling with these difficult feelings, she still doesn’t want to give up the family she’s known for so long. Even though she was feeling fed up, because of the unique situation, she has more ties to the relationship than Kody. There are obviously many drawbacks to being part of a plural marriage, but The Brown family does a compelling job of showing a lot of (sometimes subtle) benefits of being in this type of situation. No matter what your status is: single, married, in a relationship, cheating, or in a plural relationship (there are actually a good number of people outside the FDLS and other religious sects who openly commit to more than one person,) you’re going to go through lots of struggles and complicated feelings. There is no cure for being human.

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