The Welcome to Plathville star Ethan Plath has a complicated relationship with his mother, Kim Plath, which is harming his relationship with Olivia Plath. The strong bond that he and his mom once shared is now virtually non-existent. Unfortunately, the long-standing rift has impacted the entire family. Sadly, it’s also taken a toll on Ethan’s marriage.
Ethan and Olivia Plath had a beautiful wedding on the Plath family farm in October 2018. They had a bright future ahead of them, but all of that quickly changed. Shortly after getting married, Olivia encouraged Ethan to come out of his shell. She definitely helped him to get acclimated to the real world. Olivia showed him that there was more to life than his small hometown of Cairo, and taught him how to think for himself. Her attitude of “living life for yourself” was a foreign concept to Ethan, as he grew up in a strict household that had rigid rules. Unsurprisingly, this caused tension in the Plath family as Kim was afraid that Ethan and Olivia would have a negative influence on her younger children.
For quite some time, Ethan has had to deal with mounting pressures between Kim and Olivia. Kim didn’t hide the fact that she didn’t like Olivia, and went so far as to say that she was filled with evil spirits. This caused an even bigger divide, as Olivia was hurt that Ethan did not stand up for her more. After that, Ethan vowed that he wouldn’t let her be treated that way anymore, even if that meant putting distance between himself and his family. Ethan kept his word, and went out of his way to have minimal contact with his parents, especially Kim. Even though Ethan has remained committed to Olivia and putting his marriage first, the anger and resentment toward Kim has grown with each passing day.
The once happy-go-lucky Ethan has turned into a shadow of his former self, who seems defeated and overwhelmed. The intense frustration that Ethan lives with is negatively affecting his marriage. He admitted that he was never taught to share his feelings while he was growing up, so he shuts down and avoids confrontation when there is an issue. This has caused a lot of stress within his marriage, as Olivia wants to talk about her feelings and deal with problems head-on. Ethan said that he felt Olivia had changed a lot since they got married, but he fails to realize that he is a changed person too. He is letting the grudge that he has toward his mom seep into every part of his life.
Olivia has recognized this, and suggested that Ethan go to therapy so he can work through his emotions. He did take her advice and attended one session, but he didn’t feel that it was helpful. Ethan and Olivia’s marriage has been on shaky ground for quite some time, and they even separated for a period of time. Now, they are actively trying to work on their relationship, but Ethan can’t get past his ingrained childhood behavior. Olivia made it clear that she didn’t want them to keep secrets from each other, and believes that they need to stay open and honest.
Instead, Ethan is reverting to being sneaky, and only telling Olivia things on a need-to-know basis on Welcome to Plathville. He said that growing up in a strict household taught him how to be crafty enough to get around the rules. This behavior is detrimental to Ethan’s marriage, and if he doesn’t realize it soon, it may be the end of his relationship.