It also could have been his brother playing with them. In the beginning of the first episode of TLC's popular show Three Wives, One Husband, the Foster family of 23 became a family of 24 as one of the three wives, Lilian, gave birth to her husband Enoch's 20th child, Adonija. Scary. He asked his wives to help him choose the engagement ring and invited Lydia to the home birth of his 17th child. Producers followed different families in the fundamentalist Mormon community of Rockland Ranch for a year, where 15 or so polygamist families all live in homes literally carved into the side of a massive sandstone rock. Enoch had been told by his dad to "be fruitful, multiply and replenish the Earth". "Why are there so many unsolved murders in Utah?". However, 10 minutes with Heather and Mitch on My Kitchen Rules (TV2 Mondays) is more than enough. But for Enoch, who returned to The Rock when he saw that his dad's ideal community was dying some 15 years ago, a typical day-to-day consists of building and remodeling projects, in which he essentially tries to develop better ways to inhabit a rock. "We're really, really strong on preaching to people not to have polygamy," Lillian said in an interview with the Denver Post. Sadly, the Fosters are once again a family of 23 because Adonija passed away in a deadly house fire last weekend at the age of 2. While they appeared to be compliant, he didn't draw them out and listen to them. "It's a lot of work for a man," said Enoch. While an older sister took them away, the boy might have still had some or perhaps something had been smoldering in his room. Their criticism and arrogance has become a feature of the Kiwi series. "Plural marriage requires a great deal of giving." K ey moment in Three Wives, One Husband (Channel 4): Enoch Foster, a fundamentalist Mormon, has gathered his two wives – Catrina and Lillian – and 17 children for a meeting in one … TLC fans were introduced to the polygamist family on its latest series Three Wives, One Husband, which documented the lives of polygamist families living at … Enoch said of his late son, "It brings his mother comfort knowing she chose to share his birth with so many — that so many got the opportunity to meet him." For believers of the Mormon faith, polygamy, or plural marriages, as they seem to prefer to call it, is a lifestyle one has to be called to. Since producers wrapped their year-long filming in Rockland Ranch, Utah also passed an anti-bigamy law making it illegal for anyone to live with a purported spouse while legally married to someone else. But that doesn't seem to be the case in Moab's The Rock community, where "Enoch and his wives earn a living running the community's building project," as the show's narrator states. Enoch and Lilian were outside working on the family ranch when the fire broke out. So viewers and the other contestants were hoping they'd end up like the deceased Italian chef – he pasta way – but they didn't. When she initially entered the family, eight years after Catrina, she mentioned "it was definitely a challenge coming into an established family but I would way, way rather have a piece of a really good man than a whole man who wasn't as good.". The only critical comment about sharing husbands came from Marina next door. Aptly nicknamed "The Rock," this area was founded about 40 years ago in an effort to bring the polygamist community of Moab, Utah together and embrace their shared practice of plural marriage. The series makes no judgment, allowing viewers to form their own opinions about fundamental polygamists. Ten minutes with Tom was hardly enough. He'd managed two out of the three but The Rock looked as barren and uninviting as a bailiff at the door. After all, and not to get too geography-y, many countries around the world practice polygamy in only the wealthiest families, as the suggestion alone presupposes that a husband can single-handedly take care of as many wives as he takes. So Lydia took a break from the courtship. As it were, Enoch's own dad Bob Foster, found this rock some 40 years ago and has been carving his vision of a Christian community into this 500-foot-high rock ever since. "When he takes out his skinny wives, I feel like a beached whale," Marina confessed. Familiies from the documentary series Three Wives, One Husband. Perhaps it's something to do with the voyeuristic glance that the earlier aughts gave us in shows such as HBO's Big Love, though if you ask Brad Wilcox of the National Marriage Project, the increasing popularity of polygamy has something to do with "an increasingly libertarian or laissez-faire view that many younger Americans take toward sex, marriage, and family life.". According to the San Juan County Sheriff's department, a fire broke out in the room where Adonija was napping in the family's Utah home. Abel was a mailman who loved letterboxes and went on dates with his wives once a month. The cameras followed Enoch around as he agonised about whether he should increase his harem. By the time he drew an egghead at Rongotea School, people knew his cartooning was special. It should've been called Three Wives, One Husband, No Brain and Three Mothers-In-Law. Three Wives, One Husband (TV2, Tuesdays) focused on Enoch Foster, his two wives and 17 children. Enoch, so caught up in the Mormon belief that they should "people the whole world", talked at his family, not to them. It must give Ancestry.com a headache. The first episode, told in the understated way that only Brits can do, was bizarre and unnerving. When a teenage son told Enoch about the blaze, Foster put on a paint mask and put out the flames with a fire extinguisher. Three Wives, One Husband (TV2, Tuesdays) focused on Enoch Foster, his two wives and 17 children. Well done. Producers followed different families in the fundamentalist Mormon community of Rockland Ranch for a year, where 15 or so polygamist families all live in homes literally carved into the side of a massive sandstone rock. There's something staggering that this ageing rocker or raging Ocker is still alive. 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And though you'd think he has his hands full with two ladies and soon-to-be 17 children, Enoch is eager to take a third wife, Lydia Rose, into the family. Which is the opposite of what they wanted to do with the show, which was raise awareness and show the world what it's like inside their pluralist community. Adonijah was Enoch's 17th son, though the father now has 20. A seven-year-old sister got a three-year-old boy out of the room with the fire, but was unable to get Adonija out. Enoch sighed and said he was ready to give his time and love to those around him. Three Wives One Husband is currently streaming on Netflix. Marina was expecting and married to Abel Morrison, who had two other wives and 11 children. He's been popping up on TV (The Project, TV3, Wednesday) talking about his new book Working Class Man, his dangerous addictions and his New Zealand tour. Our own Tom Scott (Q&A, TV One, Sundays) also talked about his lifetime memoir, Drawn Out. While it was a comment on pregnancy, it spoke volumes about sharing and equality in a white, male-dominated household. What a sacrifice. First, Adonijah Foster, the baby Lillian was pregnant with at the beginning of the episode, whose birth is later televised, died tragically in a Rockland Ranch house fire last April. "I found myself wanting to let somebody else have the opportunity to share that, to share that experience," she said at the beginning of the show. Lydia also wanted to be "the mother of nations" – a title I thought we'd bestowed on Judy Bailey – but, while she was attracted by Enoch's energy, she didn't love him. One thing Enoch couldn't do is talk about the other half but, with Lydia in the fold, he could at least say "I'll consult the other quarter". A British television crew set out to prove how accurate the joke was and visited a Mormon enclave at The Rock in the middle of Utah desert. He remembered the two year old as "a mischievous boy who would give a big grin when he was caught doing something he wasn’t supposed to do — like the time he was found emptying a jar of applesauce.". Fans of the Fosters might remember that it was Catrina who initially suggested another woman join the family, because she found her husband had so much love to give, she couldn't take it all herself.