A lot happened on Sunday's episode of Sister Wives: The Browns went to Alaska, had the world's most cumbersome grocery shopping trip, Kody awkwardly discussed "boundaries" with Maddie and Caleb (including a creepy story about courting Robyn) and we learned that Robyn and Kody are having a girl. Here's what did not happen: Meri did not talk about her catfishing situation with the family. At all. In spite of what viewers were led to believe by last week's previews, there was zero mention of Meri's scandalous online activities, and fans who were primed for a dramatic announcement were frustrated, to say the least.
Seriously. That was the whole episode ? #SisterWives— Rancher Nikki (@RancherNikki) November 9, 2015
With next week being the season finale, it's hard to imagine that either of Meri's story lines — the catfishing or her health scare — could be addressed in any meaningful way. The fact that Sunday's episode didn't include either of these issues, but did include a reveal of the sex of Robyn and Kody's baby, as well as Kody managing to shoehorn information about his courtship with Robyn into his talk with Maddie and Caleb, just made viewers crankier about how Robyn-focused the season has been and continues to be.
Guess I'm gonna have to go Google this stuff about Meri. I'm so sick of every episode revolving around Robyn.. #SisterWives— Melissa (@Lissa3427) November 9, 2015
So even Hunter's phone call home was about Robyn, via the gender reveal. #SisterWives— Tammy Lynn (@tammylynn1013) November 9, 2015
Oh good, we almost went too lomg not talking about Robyn this episode, glad we got back on track #SisterWives— deerdog (@weirddeerdog) November 9, 2015
Just when I thought it'd be less Robyn and Kody. We went from adoption to baby. #SisterWives I'd like to see some of the other wives.— Amy (@AmyDFS) November 9, 2015
Of course, there is the possibility that the show is planning to talk about Meri's scandal and/or health problems next week and leave fans hanging until the premiere of Season 7, but would it make up for slighting Meri, and all the other wives, this season? We still haven't heard anything about Janelle and Meri's therapy — is it happening? Is their relationship better? There was also the matter of Christine and Kody's relationship troubles, which only received one episode's worth of treatment and zero follow-up. It's pretty impressive that the adoption arc was able to be stretched out as long as it was. Here we are, a week away from the season finale, and the issue that's been burning a hole through computer monitors all over the country remains unaddressed, except for the occasional shot of Meri glancing longingly at her computer screen (which no one would have noticed if the news about the catfishing wasn't everywhere). The previews for next week show a sobbing Meri, but so did the previews for this week's episode, so maybe getting our hopes up isn't the best idea.
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