For several months now, we've been documenting and reading about tension between Kody Brown and his Sister Wives.
Did Kody really take off his wedding ring and flirt up a storm during a recent gym visit? Is there any validity to all those divorce rumors?
But while it remains worth looking into these stories and wondering about the future of Kody's quartet of romance, it may also be worth investigating another relationship...
... the one between Meri and her fellow Sister Wives.
Meri, Robyn, Janelle and Christine Brown have not always gotten along perfectly well for one very obvious reason: They share a husband!
This, of course, is the underlying premise behind their TLC series and their polygamous arrangement with Kody and also with each other.
All awkward things considered, they've handled the situation pretty darn well -- but a few cracks in their congeniality may finally be showing.
Just consider what Meri posted to her Instagram Story this week.
I wish more women realized that helping another woman win, cheering her on, praying for her, or sharing a resource with her, does NOT take away from the blessings coming to them, Meri wrote, adding:
In fact, the more you give, the more you receive. Empowering women doesn’t come from selfishness but rather from selflessness.
This message could have been about anyone. Meri never cites Robyn, Janelle or Christine by name or anything.
But it's difficult not to read a lot into the quote, especially when you consider that Brown wanted some financial assistance to open up a bed and breadfast in Utah a little while back...
... and none of the Sister Wives were willing to chip in.
Doesn't sound like the actions of women trying to empower another woman, does it?
Overall, Meri has been very vocal over the past few years about her dissatisfaction as one of four of Kody's wives.
She and the long-haired reality star are still married, but they basically took a break back in 2016 and 2017, which is when Meri got entangled in a very embarrassing castfishing scandal.
Just about a month ago, meanwhile, Meri expressed sadness that Kody had moved the family from Las Vegas to Arizona.
"Yesterday I had this overwhelming emotion of missing Las Vegas, the place I called home for nearly 8 years," her message began. "I mean, I was really really sad for not living there anymore."
She then referenced the sun and the beautiful day and tried to put a positive spin on her new living arrangement -- but it was clear she was only attempting to see a silver lining.
"There's a lot of life ahead of me here and I'm anxious to see where it takes me," Brown continued in late April.
On the Sister Wives reunion special that aired that same month, Kody acknowledged trouble between himself and Meri.
But also said they were working hard to mend fences and start over.
"Meri and I had an abrupt change. Different culture, Different religious values, we might have just [gotten a divorce], but we're fortunate enough to be blessed to be a part of a family that is its own culture," he said on air, adding:
"So we continue to move forward working on that, steadily moving in a direction where we're just fully mended."
Meri agreed, but it also sounded like she was sadly resigned to her romantic fate more than excited about it.
"You have to figure out a way almost to just cut it off and just be dead," Meri said of her beliefs about her marriage before the catfishing scandal. "I honestly have had to mourn what is gone."
Kody concluded that the married couple is now "dated" and he's psyched for their "new beginning."
Meri echoed this sentiment, but, again, not in especially convincing fashion.
"I'm looking at a future," she said. "I am, and I have a lot of hope for what could be."
We're not as hopeful. But we also think that could be a great thing for Meri Brown in the end.