- Kody Brown’s youngest daughter Ariella suggested that he and Christine “go on dates” to fix their marriage.
- On Sunday’s episode, Christine and Truely said an “awkward” goodbye to Robyn and her children.
- Christine said she felt Robyn’s children were “angry” at her for leaving the family.
On Sunday’s episode of “Sister Wives,” Kody Brown’s youngest son brought a bittersweet element to a very awkward scene when he suggested that his father and his ex Christine Brown “date” to fix their marriage.
At the end of the episode, members of the Brown family who were in Flagstaff, Arizona, gathered in Christine’s backyard to say goodbye to her and her now 12-year-old daughter Truely before they left the family and moved to Utah.
Towards the end of the tense goodbye, Kody and his fourth wife Robyn’s daughter, Ariella Brown (who was five at the time of filming) had a question for Christine.
“Why did you and dad break up?” she asked.
“We weren’t in love anymore, you know? That happens sometimes,” Christine told her former sister’s daughter.
Christine assured Ariella that they still dated her sometimes, but Ariella had another idea. “You have dates!” she suggested innocently.
“Oh, well, it doesn’t always fix everything, my love. But thank you, what a great idea,” Christine replied with false joy in her voice.
Christine and Kody announced they would be separating in November 2021 after more than 25 years of “spiritual” marriage. In previous episodes of “Sister Wives,” it was established that one of the reasons Christine left Kody was that she and her children felt that his family with Robyn was more important to him than they were.
In Season 16, Christine said in an interview that it’s hard for some of her daughters to “respect” Kody because they see him as having “favorites.”
“And they struggle with the obvious fact that it is more comfortable in some houses than in others,” he added. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Kody lived at Robyn’s house because she had the younger children and followed her strict guidelines for travel, social distancing, and sanitizing household items.
In a one-on-one interview on Sunday’s episode, Christine said she felt “uncomfortable” answering Ariella’s question. She added that she knows “everyone is wondering” why she’s leaving Kody, but that Ariella is so young that “she’s brave enough to ask.”
Robyn had a hard time coming to terms with Christine leaving Kody, despite the tension between them. She mentioned in previous episodes of the show that, according to her sect of the Mormon faith, Christine and Kody are “not divorced” until Christine is “physical with another man.” All the adults at Brown agree that those rules don’t apply in this case because Christine no longer believes in faith.
Reflecting on the tense scene in her backyard following Sunday’s episode, Christine noted that Robyn’s older daughters from a previous marriage (whom Kody legally adopted) seemed “angry” at her as they said their goodbyes.
“No, my kids weren’t mad at her,” Robyn told the cameras in a solo interview. “They are the innocent parties in all of this, all the children.” She said Christine leaving the family was “devastating” for everyone.
“Sister Wives” airs Sundays at 10 pm ET on TLC.