A new season of Sister Wives is underway, with the first episode tackling the aftermath of Meri Brown’s love-tussle, with an online catfish. The episode was more transparent than most, probably because TLC had the whole off-season to figure out that viewers want answers, not celebratory harem frolics. A few asserted details didn’t quite add up, and the edit stinks of a subtle, though deliberate shading of the tawdry tale. No surprise there, but Meri isn’t going to get off that easily.
Meri first notes that she was planning to tell the family about her harrowing battle with an emotionally abusive online catfish, during their filmed dinner in Alaska. Meri said on the new episode that she was worried about wrecking the family’s trip, by dragging Fish into the picture. However, viewers watched Meri announce, “Don’t be surprised if I just up and leave, and am gone.” Not only do her words not align with being “abused,” but she certainly appears to be planning a departure, NOT crying for help and understanding. TLC needs to fix their editing, because this just didn’t fly. Mare was about to run off with “Sam,” not plead victim. Evidently, an exit announcement from the matriarch of the family wouldn’t be upsetting enough to “ruin” their vacation.
The second problem is that Meri’s account detailing when she told Robyn about Fish aligns with “Sam’s” details of the same event. This obviously means that Meri and Sam communicated, after she disclosed the affair to Robyn. Meri said, “The weekend we went to go see Hunter for parents weekend, in Colorado, I ended up in Robyn’s hotel room one night, and I just finally told her what was going on.” Sam writes more than once, about Robyn being let in on the dirty secret.
“She [Robyn] didn’t know until the weekend of September 6th. When Meri confessed to being in love with me, confessed to the affair, and started opening up to Robyn about her feelings for me. That’s when Robyn knew what was going on.”
“Meri confided to Robyn about the affair on September 6th weekend trip they took to visit Hunter at college in Colorado. That was the first time it was ever confirmed that Meri had had an affair with me for the past 6 months.”
Meri and Robyn both assert that Robyn became aware of a predator’s evil grasp on her vulnerable victim, that night. Meri clearly spilled about the meeting to “Sam,” so could the true exchange have been about the affair itself, and the upsetting decision that Meri was facing?
Would a decision to leave a 25-year polygamous marriage, along with 17 children, be an emotional one? Meri have simply been upset about her broken marriage, and the inevitable exposure of the affair. Robyn comments,
“Meri would sit and call me over and she would just cry, and want me to hold her.”
“Robyn only knew Meri was unhappy with Kody. And Robyn would come talk to her, let her cry, and be very loving and supportive.”
“When Meri confessed to being in love with me, confessed to the affair, and started opening up to Robyn about her feelings for me. That’s when Robyn knew what was going on. And Robyn gets emotional because Robyn dearly loves Meri with all of her heart.”
The Browns have likely condensed the timeline of the unraveling of the relevant six month period. Meri claims that “Sam” proclaimed his love, and that it felt good. Meri immediately fast-forwards, and jumps to reports of threats, privacy violations, emotional blackmail, and abuse. This effectively blurs the most incriminating timeframe, where the voicemails, photos, and bananas come into the picture.
There are a couple of other head-scratchers to consider. The Browns all refer to the catfish in the plural. Catfish Sam is labeled as “these people,” “him and her and them and it,” “them,” and “friends.” Christine clarifies that the culprit is one person with several identities, but that doesn’t stop TLC allowing the vague, plural references. Why not be clear, and nail the Fish?
Meri admits that when Fish professed his love, it was “flattering,” but left out that she returned the sentiment over and over. She outlines the Fish manipulating their conversations, bashing the Brown’s beliefs, and notes “evil deception.” There was no commonsense question asking why Meri did not shut out the Fish, or simply change her phone number. Janelle nails it when she comments.
“It really does surprise me that Meri fell for that. When I am listening to the facts I’m like wow—how did you not say ‘Take a flying leap,’ when that person said that to you? The Meri I know, says those things.”
Meri speaks of her raised suspicions over Fish’s claims, and her demand to clarify his identity. Meri reports that she told Fish, that she needed answers.
“If you want to keep talking to me, you have to meet me.”
“He [Sam] kept trying to say, ‘Well let’s talk, let’s text,’ and I [Meri] said, we will continue that, after we meet.”
Excuse me? So Meri was being abused, bugged, manipulated, and deceived—but was up for continuing the fun, if Fish was really a hot business tycoon? Was Meri so entrenched in Fish’s plural web, that she existed as a brainwashed love-bot, or did her dreamboat simply not pan out? Meri notes that when Fish stood her up, they never spoke again—but that she is still terrified of what he/she/it/they might do.
Meri Brown needs to clean up her story, or at least adjust some key details. Do you think TLC will address the hardcore evidence, that proves that Meri was a willing participant in the online fling?