TLC continues to abuse us all with their fixation on polygamy and the whole sister wife phenomenon.
This nine-part series following Brady Williams, his five wives and their combined 24 children, who all live together on their large family property outside of Salt Lake City, Utah.
This week the ugly side of jealousy, loneliness rears its head with four out of the five wives.
House Hunting Without Us
In this week’s episode, Brady and Rhonda celebrate their 10th anniversary with a trip to Brady’s father’s home in Washington. But suspicions arise at home amongst the wives, who believe the trip is an excuse for Brady and Rhonda to check out real estate without their approval.
Suspicions arise at home amongst the wives, who believe Brady and Rhonda are checking out real estate without their approval.
Family discussing how it can take a village to raise a child, and that’s one great part about their family:
An independent plural family, the Williams gradually withdrew from the fundamentalist Mormon Church after reevaluating their core beliefs. Believing in equality for everyone and a God who loves and accepts all, they emphasize that their choice to be together is “about love, commitment and happiness as a family” rather than religious doctrine.
Though their beliefs and their decision to leave the church have led them to be shunned by their community and estranged from many family members, the Williams’ believe their sacrifices are worth it.
Meet Brady’s Bunch:
BRADY (43): Brady was born into the Mormon Church, but until age 16, he had never heard of polygamy. At that time, his parents converted to a faith that embraced the plural lifestyle. Until the age of 34, he grew as a church leader before he and his family decided to break away. Currently, Brady works as a project manager at his brother’s construction business while also pursuing a degree in philosophy at the local college.
PAULIE (1st wife): 41-years old, married for 21 years and has six children – Karlie, 21; Joshua, 19; Madeline, 17; September, 15; Maura, 13; and Camry, 10.
Paulie was raised in a polygamist family and expected Brady to have additional wives, but she is also proud of her oldest daughter, who is recently married and plans a monogamous lifestyle. Paulie works as a dental hygienist.
ROBYN (2nd wife): 40-years old, married for 21 years and has five children – Hannah, 20; Lauren, 17; Dane, 15; Thomas, 13 and Trey, 10.
Married about nine months after Paulie, Robyn also grew up in a polygamous home and expected to be a plural wife. Dubbed by the family as the “creative” wife, Robyn has taken a few art classes and loves making handmade gifts for her large family.
ROSEMARY (3rd Wife): 40-years old, married for 19 years and has four children – Kimberly, 18; Taylor, 15; James, 14 and Brandon, 11.
Rosemary used to work for the family construction business but stopped after winning a scholarship at the local college. She is studying for her teaching degree in music and biology and is particularly passionate about composing.
NONIE (4th Wife): 35-years old, married for 16 years and has five children – Paul, 15; Rachel, 13; Marissa, 10; Aeyden, 8 and Tailee, 4.
Nonie was living in Montana when she first met Brady, and the two had a brief long-distance courtship before they got engaged. She currently handles the administrative side of the family’s construction business and is the only wife that works with Brady on a steady basis.
RHONDA (5th Wife): 34-years old, married for 14 years and has four children – Eden, 13; Lake, 11; Arwen, 8 and Nikolas, 2.
Rhonda, who is Robyn’s cousin, loves to work outside the home and is now a medical assistant. Despite their immediate bond, she confesses it still took eight years before she really felt like she belonged in the family. While Rhonda says there are downsides to polygamy, she loves that her kids always have other mothers around that love them.