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On the September 18 episode of Sister Wives, Janelle Brown reveals the status of her marriage with Kody Brown. She says it’s “adequate” but acknowledges that it’s nothing like his marriage to his fourth wife, Robyn Brown.

Janelle Brown wears a maroon sweater during an interview for 'Sister Wives' Season 17 on TLC.
Janelle Brown, ‘Sister Wives’ Season 17 | TLC

Janelle’s kids struggle with how Kody treats her

Christine is separating from Kody after being denied an intimate marriage. However, Janelle, who is also struggling in her marriage with Kody, says it’s enough for her.

Garrison Brown standing outside with a rake on his shoulders in ‘Sister Wives’ Season 16 on TLC
Garrison Brown, ‘Sister Wives’ | TLC

“Janelle’s fine with her relationship with Kody. She’s said that it’s everything she needs it to be, everything she needs it to be, over and over and over, she says that,” says Christine.

However, Janelle’s children think their mom and dad’s marriage isn’t cutting it. “Her kids feel different,” Christine admits. “Janelle’s kids have been frustrated with him for years because of the way that he’s treated Janelle for years,” the Sister Wives star concludes.

Jannelle says her marriage to Kody is ‘adequate’

In the September 18 episode of Sister Wives, Janelle finally reveals the status of her marriage to Kody. She is still with him, despite the difficulties within the family.

“Kody and I have a good relationship. It’s struggling, but I know what I need from Kody, and I communicate that to him. And he does a pretty good job meeting it,” Janelle tells the cameras.

However, Janelle isn’t blind to the fact that her marriage with Kody isn’t like it is with Robyn. “What I have is adequate. It works for me, but it doesn’t look like Robyn’s relationship with him,” Janelle admits.

She also pointed out that he’s at Robyn’s house a lot. “I know he ends up at Robyn’s a lot to help with the little kids, but I really am not sure where he is,” Janelle explains.

Robyn denies getting special treatment

Throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Kody has been at Robyn’s house. With his strict protocol to avoid contracting the virus, Kody has pushed Christine and Janelle away, including most of their children. With the family split in two, Kody is almost exclusively with Robyn and her children and has been accused of neglecting his other wives and children.

Robyn Brown wears a floral shirt in an interview for' Sister Wives' on TLC.
Robyn Brown, ‘Sister Wives’ | TLC

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Robyn, however, doesn’t believe that she’s getting any special treatment from Kody. “Different people think that Kody is not being fair with his time, and he really actually is; they’re just not tracking it because they’re struggling,” Robyn says.

“You know, this isn’t a new complaint that Kody favors me. They kind of make assumptions about how he is at my home. I’m not getting some preferential treatment, even though that’s what they think. Plural marriage is hard for me too,” Robyn concludes.

Robyn and Kody’s marriage is the only one currently functioning like a real marriage. How much longer can Janelle deal with a marriage that is merely “adequate”? Only time will tell.

New episodes of Sister Wives Season 17 air Sundays at 10 p.m. EST on TLC.