It's hard to imagine it's been a year since Sister Wives aired a new episode, but Sunday's Season 8 premiere ended the dry spell.
While some things have undeniably changed since the last time we saw the beloved TLC family, many things remain the same:
It wouldn't be an episode of Sister Wives without Kody Brown freaking the hell out about the latest wedding he has to foot the bill for.
When Sister Wives Season 8 Episode 1 got underway, Kody and his wives were the ones who went venue hunting for Mykelti's wedding.
If Kody is the one handing over the cash, he wants to make sure he can get things for the best price possible, and that's a good thing.
Far too often, reality stars squander the money they make from appearances and wind up in horrible shape when the cameras stop rolling.
We're looking at you, Speidi!
Tony and Mykelti were going for a whole different theme for their wedding, one that combined their nationalities and heritage.
Mykelti said to the cameras:
“The theme of our wedding is going to be Mexican vintage because I think it sounds cool and what I’m trying to do is bring two cultures together."
“Mexican is Tony, vintage is me."
"We don’t want to serve a $50 plate for everybody. We’re going to do something simple, inexpensive: a taco buffet.”
But Tony thought that came with some big drawbacks, namely that the Brown family is not good at making tacos.
“When you go to Mykelti’s house, and you want a taco, a really white taco comes out… we want street tacos with like, real steak."
This was music to Kody's ears because he likes to keep spending to a minimum, but if something sounds too good to be true?
It probably is, and true to form, the venue then dropped a bombshell on him - that inside caterers absolutely had to be used.
Christine Brown told the cameras in response to that: “We want to give Mykelti this awesome wedding, but 400 people is a lot."
"She has to realize somewhere in her mind that that’s really expensive. We don’t want to feel like we’re being taken advantage of.”
“We want to give her the nice awesome wedding that she and Tony want," she added, "but 400 people is a lot.”
The inside caterer also charged $30 per plate so 400 guests would amount to a pretty hefty figure, no question.
“We’re just starting out here, but I’m standing here in a bit of shock thinking that we could deal with the reality of 400 people,” Kody says.
Maybe he should set up a GoFundMe page?
Meanwhile, Meri was still trying to move on from the whole catfish scandal and decided it was time to make some changes.
What did those entail?
She wanted to open an inn at her family home in Utah, and she seemed ecstatic at the prospect of it.
As expected, Kody was less than enthusiastic about all of it. He wanted to know the ins and outs of it before agreeing that it would be a good idea.
“Going through this process, this is my first reaction, and I’m very sorry for this–what value is this to us, even to Meri?” Kody said in a confessional.
“It’s three hours away. How is she going to manage it, how is she going to run it?"
"The reason my concern is there is because every bed and breakfast I’ve ever known of is family-run," he added.
"It doesn’t have affordability to have employees," Kody said.
"You have to do the work yourselves.”
Food for thought, to be sure.
Will Meri's business venture get off the ground running? Will the wedding live up to Mykelti's expectations?
We'll have to see when Sister Wives continues Sundays on TLC! In the meantime, hit the comments below!