‘Sister Wives’: Meri Brown Just Proved Kody and Robyn Break the Family’s Rules

The Brown family doesn’t seem to be getting along. When fans met the family back in 2010, everything seemed to be going reasonably well. Sure, the alternative family hit a road bump or two when they added Robyn Brown to the family after more than 15 years as a family that included three wives and one husband, but everything seemed to settle down when the family put down roots in Las Vegas. A second move to Flagstaff has sent them into a state of flux once again, and while Kody Brown, the family’s patriarch, is trying to get everything under control, his first wife, Meri Brown, just pointed out that Kody and Robyn break one significant family rule.

What rules do the Browns follow?

When the Brown family was first introduced to the world on Sister Wives, they insisted they had rules that ensured their family ran smoothly, and that jealousy was kept to a minimum. One of the big rules they apparently had for more than a decade was to keep the conversations between each wife and Kody private.

Janelle Brown, Kody Brown and Christine Brown
Janelle Brown, Kody Brown and Christine Brown | Gabe Ginsberg/FilmMagic

In short, it seemed like they avoided conversing about each other with Kody if it could be helped at all. Instead of having side conversations about each other, the Browns focus on bringing issues to a roundtable, where everyone can weigh in on drama at the same time. The whole goal, apparently, was to cut down on jealousy. The Talko notes that they also avoid displays of affection for the same reason.

Kody and Robyn aren’t following the conversation rules

Robyn blatantly stated, during the Mar. 1 episode, that Kody had told her that Meri wanted to live in a home encased in the trees on the property they purchased ahead of their move to Flagstaff. Meri shot back by informing Robyn that Kody had relayed the conversation wrong. The discussion culminated in a heated argument between Kody and Robyn, but eagle-eyed fans note that the wives revealed that they don’t always follow the family’s rules.

If Robyn and Kody are discussing what Meri wants privately, they are having a conversation about another wife without her consent and without her present. That seems like a big no-no in the family, but it’s far from the first time that the pair have crossed a line. In fact, they broke the no kissing rule before they were married, too.

Meri and Robyn seemingly formed an alliance years ago

While Christine Brown, Janelle Brown and Meri have primarily abided by family rules, albeit often with some resentment, Kody and Robyn seem to throw caution to the wind somewhat regularly. The couple allegedly kissed before marriage and may have had a far more sexual relationship before tying the knot than they’d like viewers to think.

While it’s been long suggested that Kody only has a relationship with his fourth wife, things have gotten pretty tense between them recently. In fact, Kody even suggested he’d consider ending the marriage if he didn’t get his way. Fans pointed out that Robyn was suddenly falling out of favor because she no longer agreed with everything he said. Many fans think the announcement of a fifth wife is forthcoming, but that remains to be seen.