‘Sister Wives’ Thanksgiving Polygamy Style [Spoilers]

This week’s episode of Sister Wives was a bit different than the first two episodes of Season 7. TLC’s Sister Wives decided to forgo this season’s new tradition of two-hour episodes in order for Meri to be featured in a TLC special, Catching the Catfisher. With the shortened time limit, Sister Wives focused less on how the catfishing scandal has been affecting the family and more on family togetherness.

Last week on Sister Wives, Meri and Janelle went to visit their family therapist in an effort to work on their relationship with one another. Although the two have been sister wives for years, Meri and Janelle have never gotten along. Janelle went so far as to say she chose to work outside of the home so she wouldn’t have to be around Meri in the early years of their plural marriage.

This week, Meri and Janelle are working together to decorate for their family Thanksgiving. TLC shared this short video on the centerpiece project.

Anticipating the guest list to be around 70 guests, the sister wives had a lot of work to do and not a lot of time to do it. Janelle feels that throughout the entire plural marriage, she has always been a follower. Someone else always comes up with the ideas and Janelle takes instructions on what she needs to do to make it happen. Janelle was hoping Thanksgiving would give her an opportunity to take part in the planning of the event and not just the execution. Unfortunately, Janelle admittedly had no ideas to offer up, so she went with Meri’s plan. She then continued to complain the rest of the episode about how the Thanksgiving centerpiece experience hadn’t turned out how she wanted it to, and she was only doing what she was told.

Meri, on the other hand, took some small steps towards connecting more with Janelle. One of Janelle’s jobs was to spray paint the tin cans they were using as vases for the centerpieces. By her own admission, Janelle didn’t do a good job, and the cans were uneven and drippy. Meri graciously overlooked the lack of perfection and went on with decorating the tin cans and filling them with flowers. Although it seems like a minor step, it took a lot for Meri to hold back her opinion on the execution of the paint job.

In the end, Meri ended up taking charge of the decorations and Janelle hovered around watching what was happening. It doesn’t seem like the experience of the project was anything like Janelle wanted it to be, but Meri seems to think it went well.

At the end of Sister Wives, the family got to celebrate their special family Thanksgiving with all of their children at home. Kody thinks this could possibly be the last time that the entire family will be together as Maddie is getting married, Hunter is in the Air Force Prep Academy, and several of the older siblings are in college and living on their own.

What do you think about Meri and Janelle’s Thanksgiving centerpiece project? Do you think Janelle helped at all, or do you think all credit should be given to Meri for the design and execution? Do you think Meri and Janelle will ever be able to be more than just sister wives? Leave your feedback in the comments below, and tune in for next week’s two-hour episode of Sister Wives on Sunday, at 8/7c on TLC.

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