The complexities of family life and marriage are no strangers to the world of reality television, and Ethan Plath of “Welcome to Plathville” seems to be learning this the hard way. As one of the oldest siblings on the show, he tries to juggle family tensions and marital struggles like a pro – or at least, he tries. But things come to a head when his family decides to follow his sister, Moriah Plath, by ignoring his wife, Olivia Plath.
What happens when you are stuck in a love triangle, not with another woman, but with your own family? Ethan Plath finds himself on this tenuous tightrope every day. The tension has become unbearable, causing him to reconsider not only his relationship with his family, but also the geographical ties that bind him to them.
At an apt dinner celebrating their fourth wedding anniversary, Ethan and Olivia Plath discussed the elephant in the room: the impact of his family on their marriage. They both agreed that their summer adventure in Europe was a breath of fresh air, allowing them to reassess and rediscover their love far from family problems. “It was a turning point,” Olivia confessed, attributing the improvement in their relationship to the distance they had created between themselves and Ethan’s family.
Welcome to Plathville: The Promised Land for the Plaths?
So, what’s the logical step when your family becomes the third wheel in your marriage? You move. Not just to another state, but to another lifestyle. Olivia Plath can barely contain her excitement about leaving Cairo and all its memories. Ethan Plath, on the other hand, still feels the gravity of his family ties. Over their dinner, they took a moment to plan their future – a future that could very well be in Minnesota.
Ethan’s enthusiasm for becoming a father also came up at dinner. He wants to start a family, and he’s not shy about it. Olivia chuckles at his enthusiasm but is clear that her focus now is on the upcoming move.
As we already know, moving away is easier said than done, especially when entangled in a complicated web of emotions. For Ethan, the hardest part isn’t the packing; it’s the emotional baggage that comes with it. He has tried to contact his sister Moriah to make sense of the sudden hostility, but she has shut him out, further complicating an already complicated family dynamic.
The couple is optimistic that a change of scenery will be their salvation. Ethan believes that “distance only makes the heart dearer” and hopes the move will help restore his broken family ties while strengthening his marital bond with Olivia.
For those who follow the Plaths closely, this move raises many questions: will distance indeed only make the heart dearer? Or will it drive Ethan and his “Welcome to Plathville” family further apart?