Sister Wives fans who are tired of the adoption storyline, rejoice! During the November 8 episode of the TLC series, you might finally get to see Meri Brown talk about getting catfished. Unfortunately for Robyn Brown, the catfishing scandal will shift the attention away from her big moment in the same episode.
This has been a very Robyn-centric season of Sister Wives so far. She’s the center of attention not only because she’s pregnant, but also because Kody Brown has been in the process of adopting her three children from a previous marriage. Now that the adoption is a done deal, it looks like the Sister Wives storyline might shift a bit by finally focusing on the elephant in the room: Meri Brown’s catfishing scandal. The story dominated the headlines shortly after Season 9 began, and viewers have been dying to hear Meri talk about it.
Meri Brown had to be Robyn’s hero to make the Sister Wives adoption storyline happen — she gave up her status as the only legally married woman in the plural family so that Kody could wed Robyn and begin the adoption process. Meri’s decision to relinquish something so near and dear to her for the benefit of Robyn made her look like the most selfless of the sister wives. However, Meri’s actions didn’t seem like such a big sacrifice after it was revealed that she was acting like a single lady after the divorce.
Early in October, Meri Brown confessed to engaging in an emotional affair online. This was technically cheating on Kody — Meri still considers herself one of his “spiritual wives.” However, it seems as though going through the divorce made Meri even more dissatisfied with her lonely status as the only sister wife with no kids at home. Her fragile emotional state made it easy for a female fraudster named Jackie Overton to “catfish” her, or fool her by pretending to be someone else online. Overton took advantage of Meri’s vulnerability by convincing the Sister Wives star that she was a handsome, successful businessman looking for love.
According to the Daily Mail, Meri Brown will likely talk about the catfishing scandal and the effect that it had on her family during the next episode of Sister Wives. In a preview for the episode, she’s shown crying during a confessional.
“They have no idea how bad it is,” Meri says in the Sister Wives promo. “They don’t know what I brought into the family.”
What she brought into the family was a ton of unwanted tabloid attention and an embarrassing story that stole the spotlight away from Robyn Brown’s pregnancy. However, during an interview with People, Meri claimed that her sister wives and her spiritual husband supported her after she decided to tell them what had been going on.
“My family was very concerned for our safety and angry that we had been targeted,” she revealed. “They were relieved once I told them what was really going on and saddened that I had been so afraid of involving them that I didn’t go to them sooner.”
Jackie Overton recorded voicemail messages from her smitten victim and shared them online. In the recordings, the Sister Wives star can be heard declaring her love for Sam Cooper, the made-up man Jackie was posing as online. Meri even compared “Sam” to her husband by saying that he was better looking, sweeter, and more caring than Kody.
“If I were to compare you, you would win on all counts. You win on all f**king levels. Now I’m pissed,” she said in one message. “You don’t think that I think that you’re taller, better looking. Better looking, anyway. Kinder, sweeter, you care about me. You want me. You say that you’re willing to fight for me, you say all these things about love and affection and passion. So yeah, if I were to compare you, you win all the time.”