Sister Wives Season 17 has all been building up to this.
For the last handful of recent episodes, we’ve watched as Christine Brown and Kody Brown sat down to discuss the past and future of their relationship.
The past? It’s been one-sided, painful and sex-free for Christine.
The future? Kody is trying to make it as complicated as possible.
On Sunday, meanwhile, Christine and Kody were done analyzing their marriage and finished with their solo conversation.
It was time to tell the other sister wives that Christine was moving back to Utah.
“It’s no secret that Kody and I have been in a rough spot for a long time,” Christine told the women.
“I have decided to leave Kody. It’s a hard decision. I need to make a choice for happiness. I need to make a choice to have joy in my life and peace and there hasn’t been a lot of hope at all until I decided to leave.
“I feel strongly this is the best choice for me.”
Wow, huh? There it is.
“I’m in shock,” Robyn admitted in a confessional, adding:
“I don’t know what to say here. I don’t know what to say to her. It’s not really computing. It’s just not making sense right now.
“I’ve been through a divorce. I know what this means. We’re not just talking about three kids and a husband and a wife.
“We’re talking about 18 kids, spouses, grand babies and five of us that are all connected and committed to each other and technically married.”
For her part, Meri later told camera:
“This is just a big announcement. I’m just processing at this point. I’m not happy right now. I’m not happy with the situation. It makes me angry.
“Come on, you guys, can’t we all just get our heads out of our butts?”
Considering all Meri has been through, you’d think she’d be far more understanding of Christine’s decision.
Janelle, meanwhile, remained closest to Christine…. already had an idea that major changes were on the way, even before Christine came clean at last.
“I intellectually knew this was coming,” she said on air. “But here we are today. It’s hard to know something and then to actually have it happen.”
Then, of course, there was Kody.
You won’t believe this — but he made Christine’s monumental choice all about himself.
“I think that our relationship has been so bad for so long is specific to Christine’s change of heart regarding plural marriage,” he said, placing all the blame elsewhere.
“I think that I was spread so think and she needed a certain level of attention led us to where we’re at.
“Plural marriage just hasn’t worked for her for many, many years.”
Later, Kody wondered whether Christine had another reason to wanting to get out of Arizona.
“I’ve never understood her need to move.
“I don’t understand it at all unless there’s some guy she wants to date there,” the father of 18 said in a confessional.
“Or she wants to get away from me so my stink isn’t on her so she can date.”
In the end, Kody made it clear that this entire romantic arrangement was all about him… and the other ladies best arrive at that same conclusion.
Kody called for the rest of the sister wives to “conform to patriarchy again,” saying that he felt bitter because the family hasn’t turned out like he “designed.”
The terrible Brown family leader concluded:
“I’m disappointed in how I’ve managed this. I felt like all of your independence was more important [and] in that [thought process] we sort of loss some sort of community.
“I guess I’m just sorry we failed.”