Sister Wives returns tonight and we pick right back up with the Browns in the midst of drama surrounding their Flagstaff, Arizona move.
In the following clip, Meri Brown gets choked up while retelling husband, Kody Brown, and sister wives Janelle Brown, Christine Brown and Robyn Brown about the possibility of being kicked out of her rental home because of her plural family.
“The neighbors contacted the owner of my rental. I had a conversation with the owner. Pretty much the first thing she said to me was, ‘Meri, I am second guessing the fact that I approved you to rent this house,’” Meri, 48, explains in the January 5, season premiere. “She asked me if I would consider leaving the house and not renting from her.”
“We told her everything. We’ve disclosed everything.” Kody Brown, 50, replied in the scene.
Meri Brown cosigns Kody — noting the landlord was well aware of the family’s status before signing the rental contract.
“I was, like, completely open with her,” Meri says. “They put it in the contract — in the rental contract. She knows we’re a plural family. She knows we’re gonna be filming in the house.”
Meri Brown adds: “By the end of the conversation, you know, she was just like, ‘I need to rethink this. I need to consider whether or not I wanna have you continue renting from me.’”
Kody Brown then points out that the decision to vacate the property is “not up to” the owner. Rather, it is his and Meri’s choice.
Meri Brown labels the neighbors bullies and refuses to be victimized.
“If I walk away, what does that say about me? Just being a chicken? Is that like letting them win?” she asks. “Because of their bullying? ‘Cause that’s what it is. They’re bullying me. They’re bullying the owner to kick me out because they don’t like who I am without even knowing me. If I cave and I let them bully me out of this house, then they win.”
Sister Wives Season 9 will feature the Browns adjusting after their move to Flagstaff, Arizona. With the shift comes more problems with their housing. Meri and Kody Brown also attempt to work through their marital issues by returning to therapy.
Press play below to watch a preview of season 9.
Sister Wives premieres on TLC Sunday, January 5, at 10 p.m. ET.