Christine Brown expressed her feelings a bit more in the latest episode of “Sister Wives,” and her ex-husband Kody Brown commented on the changing dynamic.
Episode 3 of Season 17, which aired September 25 and titled “The Labors of Love,” focuses on four main storylines: What would have been Christine and Kody Brown’s birthday, a Zoom encounter between Kody and the four women he shares children with, the death of Meri Brown’s mother Bonnie, and the birth of Mykleti Padron’s daughter, marking a new grandchild for Christine and Kody.
During the Zoom family reunion, Kody met his Robyn, Janelle, Christine and Meri Brown. As the meeting began, Kody began by acknowledging that they weren’t able to meet in person, saying, “So, another COVID-19 meeting.”
Christine replied, “Well, it’s important because two important things have changed. Schools have reopened, so kids can go back to class.”
As she spoke, Kody briefly raised his hand and looked like he was about to interrupt her. In a behind-the-scenes interview, Kody explained what he was thinking at the time.
“We have this meeting, but it seems like she’s trying to run our meeting, like she’s trying to take over. She’s becoming kind of an ‘independent woman’ now,” he said.
Kody went on to say that he didn’t appreciate Christine’s “attitude.”
“There’s literally an attitude of ‘I don’t need you guys anymore and I don’t really have to submit to what the band wants,'” he said.
When discussing COVID-19 school protocols, Christine mentioned that their daughter Ysabel wants to go to school in person since she is a senior and wants to be with her friends.
Kody feared exposing himself to the virus if his daughter returned to school. He hinted that he would not want to visit his children at Christine’s house if, indeed, Ysabel went back to school.
Janelle Brown interrupted at this point and said, “I don’t know, Kody, I think, I don’t know, I guess it’s up to you.” In a behind-the-scenes interview, Janelle admitted that she felt bad that Ysabel basically had to choose between seeing her dad and seeing her friends.
Back at the meeting, Janelle asked Kody when he would start to feel comfortable going back and forth between all the houses to visit his families.
“I cross a line, but I don’t know, it frustrates me so much that I can’t shut up,” Janelle said in a private interview.
Meanwhile, Kody aired his own frustrations in a confessional.
“I feel like Christine is trying to corner me, even Janelle is trying to corner me on what I’m going to do,” he said. “I sometimes feel like they want to catch me in some kind of COVID protocol hypocrisy, so I’m very careful about answering them.”
The 53-year-old then said he obviously wanted to see his daughter, but was waiting to see “how accommodating Christine will be about it”.
“She traveled like crazy so I couldn’t see the kids anyway,” he explained.
Later in his confessional, Kody said he didn’t like Janelle and Christine’s tones during the conversation.
“I kind of want everyone to make their choice, but I feel really uncomfortable because you can hear it in Janelle and Christine’s voices.
“I hear that kind of nuance, that sarcasm of ‘Well, are you going to keep doing what you’re doing? Because it’s really stupid compared to what we think, “he said. “And it’s this little cocky attitude about rules and stuff like that that I got and I’m kinda sick of the cocky attitude.”
Back at the reunion, Kody explained that he had asked two of his children with Robyn Brown that they had no plans to return to class.
In response, Christine expressed her frustration at the establishment of a private confessional.
“So he asks Breanna (Kody and Robyn’s daughter) not to go back to school in person because he wants to be with her, but he says Ysabel can go back?” she says.
“God, Ysabel would love to get a phone call from her dad saying, ‘Can you please not go back to school in person so I can come see you? Do I really miss you?’ But it’s really hard for me that he doesn’t call Ysabel and talk to her in person or even text her,” she said.
This interaction follows Christine’s previous comments about how Kody divides his time.
On last week’s episode, Christine slammed Kody for not watching the kids they share. Responding to Christine’s comments, Kody admitted “hardly ever” watching his kids.
“I’m good at watching my kids, but I hardly ever do. It’s easier for me to pay someone $20 an hour than to lose $200 an hour with the company I have on hand,” he said.
This article originally appeared on TODAY.com