‘Sister Wives’: Robyn Brown Steps into New Role – How Did This Happen?

Sister Wives star Robyn Brown is more like the matriarch of this plural marriage after 10-years than the first wife who invested 30-years. Veteran viewers of this TLC reality series know all too well how Robyn Brown entering the family caused quite the shake-up.

Sister Wives: Robyn Brown Steals The Thunder

The Sister Wives seasons rolled by with Kody Brown and his four wives sharing their daily activities with an audience. Fans deemed Robyn Brown the favorite wife for the man with four wives very early on in the series. Some thought the honeymoon phase, which Robyn and Kody weren’t shy about, would eventually dissipate.

It waned just a bit once their 11-day honeymoon trip ended. But that’s probably because real-life eventually set in. But Kody still acted like a smitten teen around Robyn when back at home.

That 11-days that Robyn Brown had alone with Kody caused pain among the women who made up the three original Sister Wives. The hurt was so bad, that Janelle Brown wouldn’t accept phone calls from Kody for three of those days.

She describes her feelings as being angry. Janelle directed her anger at Kody. How dare he take that chunk of time away from his family, the second wife recalled thinking at the time. She felt it was ridiculous.

Meri was peeved as well because at the time they had just celebrated her 20th wedding anniversary. She got Kody for a three-day road trip for that Sister Wives milestone. Now the first wife wondered why Kody opted to spend all that time alone with Robyn when she only had a few days after 20 years.

Sister Wives: Robyn Brown

Christine Brown A Bit Passive Aggressive?

Sister Wives’ followers got a lot of mileage out of bashing Kody Brown over his trip with Robyn Brown. While the shared husband courted, then married Robyn, Christine was pregnant and gave birth. The outpour of sympathy from the fans was overwhelming for Christine Brown.

On the other hand, it didn’t take long for Christine to defend Robyn to the audience. She looked into the Sister Wives camera and said she found out Robyn needed that time to get to know Kody. This is what Robyn Brown told Christine when she asked her via a phone call if she did in fact need those 11-days alone with Kody.

But as the Sister Wives episodes play out, Christine got her digs in. Once back home, Robyn went shopping with her co-wives. At one point she tried on this gaudy top. Instead of just saying the shirt is not becoming on anyone who would attempt to wear it, Christine flung a jab at her new co-wife. She told Robyn that the shirt made her “look flat-chested.”

Christine joked about it and Robyn tried to make the best of it. But you could tell this hurt the newest Sister Wives spouse. Robyn thought she had three sisters to come home to. But even Meri, who became the best buddy to Robyn during the courting period, felt slighted by the new wife. Instead of a welcome, Robyn came home to hurt and anger.

Sister Wives: Janelle Brown - Christine Brown - Kody Brown - Robyn Brown - Meri Brown

Sister Wives: Shared Husband and Time Management

Fans were only privy to what TLC shared on screen. The Sister Wives clan also spoke about this in a book written years back.

The pain of Kody’s attention going to Robyn was something each wife needed to deal with individually. The three first Sister Wives seemed to feel they fell short in some aspect making Robyn their shared husband’s choice to spend time with.

Most families have one father and one mother, which works out to one patriarch and one matriarch per family unit. But not the Browns. While Kody Brown has the role of patriarch, he has four wives. So most followers referred to Kody’s first wive, Meri, as the matriarch of the family.

But that seemed to change for the fans once Robyn Brown joined the Sister Wives. In the beginning, she often sat right next to Kody Brown on the couch scenes on each episode.

Sister Wives: Kody Brown - Robyn Brown

New Matriarch Slowly Crops Up

The youngest and newest wife seems to still sit next to him today frequently. This happens both on the couch during the episodes and also when they do family interviews. Much like the interview in the photo above, where Robyn sits next to the husband of four. It also appears that Robyn Brown seems to speak more than the other wives. Fans spotted this tendency in the more recent seasons.

Meri Brown, Janelle Brown, and Christine Brown were part of this Sister Wives plural marriage for two decades before Robyn joined them. But Robyn Brown suddenly started to speak up on what it takes to make this plural marriage work.

Fans caught this and the buzz about Robyn started online. Many viewers thought Robyn Brown might ease into her place on that couch. But she came in as if she’d been part of the family as long as her co-wives.

Again, fans can only speak to the things they see. Robyn seemingly taking charge when answering questions may have to do with the Sister Wives editing. It’s possible all the wives offer an answer. But Robyn might just survive the editing procedure, with TLC leaving what the other three wives said on the editing room floor.

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