Update: recap after episode posted below!
‘Escaping Polygamy’ is all new tonight, Monday August 14 on A&E, with yet another story of making a choice to break with a polygamist sect. In last week’s season premiere, we saw a first for the show. A man, his two wives and their eight children were all helped to leave the Apostolic Universal Brethren (AUB). The team had never assisted anyone from that particular group; lifting a family out of that compound was nerve-wracking to say the least.
Tonight, in “Give Me Back My Daughters, Part 1”, a mother reaches out after leaving behind two of her children at the now infamous FLDS town of Colorado City, Arizona. Those familiar with the book “Sophie’s Choice” and/or the film of the same name, understand the concept of having to decide which of your children to save, when it’s impossible to save them all. In the EXCLUSIVE sneak peek posted below, listen as the mom gives us the circumstances of that choice.
It’s time for Rosie and Suzie, the two children still separated from their mom and other siblings, to join them. The question is whether or not they can be found. When the team learns the secret location of the eldest daughter, things begin to happen.
‘Escaping Polygamy’, now in its third season follows the activity of three sisters, Jessica, Andrea and Shanell who left everything behind ten years ago. They were members of the Kingston clan, a powerful polygamist group based in Salt Lake City, Utah known as The Order. They are now dedicated to assisting others to remove themselves from polygamist sects.
Getting them extricated is much more than physically removing them from a compound or property. The preparation to do so includes discussions about why the individual(s) wants to leaving what to expect on the outside and the ramifications of abandoning people or family left behind.
We followed the hunt for only one of Suzette’s daughters, the eldest named Susie Mae. We weren’t given any information about the younger one, and perhaps that will come in part II next Monday night.
The episode concluded as Suzette and the team were told to leave the property where daughter Susie Mae was living. The amount of lying to keep her from Suzette was overwhelming. The team was told by everyone that Susie hadn’t been seen in the area for quite a while. Luckily Jessica and the team knew that Matt saw the Susie when he watched the property.
They knew where to look after a member of the FLDS community spoke with anonymity to the team. Susie had been sent from the Colorado City area to a “house of hiding”, from which she might never return, according to the source.
Suzette’s sadness and fear for her daughter only increased. Her guilt also grew about what kind of life Susie was living. When Suzette left FLDS, Susie he was old enough, as was her sister to resist moving out. Her head had already been filled with what Suzette called propaganda and lies, in the guise of spiritual advice.
The horror story of Susie being told at a young age to “train” for being a wife to a man, by allowing her father to help her was bone-chilling. Coupled with hate about her mother, and you’ve got a young woman who sees Suzette as the enemy.
In the sneak peek scenes of the next episode, we saw that Suzette left the house in a vehicle that is about to meet, perhaps collide with the SUV driven by Matt. Stay tuned…
‘Escaping Polygamy’ airs Mondays on A&E, beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT Image/video credit: A&E, used with permission