Sister Wives star Meri Brown on Kody’s “disturbing” approach to marriage

After years of working on her marriage, Meri Brown says she’s frustrated that Kody won’t reciprocate the effort on an upcoming episode of “Sister Wives.”

The reality star, 51, sits down with Kody, Robyn and Janelle for a family gathering in the new episode and the group discuss the status of their plural marriage now that Christine has left for Utah.

In an exclusive clip shared with TODAY.com, Meri points out that Kody was so heartbroken about his split from Christine, but refuses to mend their relationship.

“It’s interesting to hear him talk about this and the parallels that happen with him and Christine and me and him,” she says in a confessional. “It’s a little unsettling because some of the things he’s frustrated about with Christine, he did to me. He wants to work on it with Christine, but not me.”

Back at the family gathering, Robyn speaks up, saying, “If people are just tired of trying and they don’t want to get out, then I need to know.”

Meri addresses Robyn directly at this point and makes her intentions clear.

“Robyn, I think you and I have had enough conversations about this that you know exactly where I am. And I’m still here because I’m still trying. Six years later I’m still here. Ten years, 15, 20 years later I’m still here. It’s what I want,” she says.

What Meri doesn’t say, but refers to, is the 2015 catfishing scandal that caused a rift in her marriage. She entered into an online relationship with a person she thought was a man, but was in fact a female fan.

In the past, Kody has said he felt their marriage was “dissolved” after the catfishing incident.

Meri said in an earlier episode of Season 17 that their relationship further disintegrated when she asked if they could take a break amid tension. “I said, ‘Can we just go through some of this stuff? Can we take a break?” she said “He interpreted that when I kicked him out and he never came back.”

In a confessional, Meri speaks out about Robyn’s lack of reaction to her statement. “Like I’m here, Robyn, I’m here. And there’s silence,” she says.

Meanwhile, Robyn explains why she was so quiet in her own confessional.

“I love that Meri says she wants to work things out as a family. But I purposely just say nothing because I don’t want it to intimidate Kody and Janelle and make them feel like they have to conform so maybe we can do some really solve problems,” she says.

In his own confessional, Kody comments on the meeting and seems bored by the conversation.

“I’m exhausted. Like, who cares? If you’re not with me, you’re against me. Eff off, you know? I’m just like that,” he says. “Ironically, Meri is trying to support me and I don’t want to be in a relationship with her anymore.”

Back in the meeting, Robyn asks Janelle to share her perspective. Kody’s second wife speaks frankly to him.

“I really think you, Kody, are concentrating like you’re like, ‘Oh my God, nobody wanted to be together.’ And to be honest, I really don’t know if I want to do the job,” she says. “It actually feels like I’m being forced to choose between my kids and this group. I don’t feel like my kids are welcome.”

On last week’s episode, Janelle shed some light on the dynamic between Kody and several of their children, namely their sons Gabe and Garrison.

“Kody and my boys are very estranged. He doesn’t even want to see their point of view. He says, ‘You have insulted me. You have offended those close to me (aka Robyn). You must come… and apologize and cringe.’ You know, my boys just aren’t going to do that,’ she said.

Gabriel said in his own interview that he had not spoken to his father since he forgot his birthday.

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