Fans took to Twitter as Welcome to Plathville returned for season three with some big changes this week.
Parents Kim and Barry Plath got some backlash as it was revealed that their son Ethan moved out and no longer wants any contact with them.
In a flashback to two years ago Ethan, 23, and wife Olivia were seen sitting with his parents as Olivia explained how she was made to feel like a bad influence on the other kids.
Ethan then explained in a confessional: “Attempts to resolve issues, it felt like it didn’t go anywhere and our relationship was actually worse for it after dealing with all the drama.”
‘CUT OUT EVERYTHING’
In her own confessional Olivia revealed that they had no choice but to “fight” and “cut out everything that doesn’t want us to make it.”
Ethan added: “We needed space as a couple so we decided that that meant no contact with my parents.”
With the no contact Ethan explained that it also means he doesn’t get to see his siblings, a rule his parents made because he wants no contact with them.
As the show aired one of the most scathing comments on Twitter about Ethan’s parents accused them of being manipulative.
The viewer wrote: “I’m watching Plathville for the first time today, and I’m totally on Ethan,Micah,and Mariah’s side(if I had to choose a side). Their parents are so manipulating, and they put up a sweet “loving” front as if their doing nothing wrong!! It’s INSANE!”
“So happy that #welcometoplathville is back! I just love Ethan and Olivia. I really want them to make it”
Another viewer chimed in: “Ethan is more a man than Barry will ever be. #welcometoplathville“
“There’s a part of your heart that hurts.” Barry said in a confessional as the couple recalled being told by Ethan to never contact him.
“I love all of them. I just wish we could get along.” Kim added.
Giving a little insight into how she raises her kids, Kim said: “Everything is the same as when it was on the family farm.
“That includes no phones, supervised movies, supervised internet, no social media, little to no sugar, appropriate clothing, no video games and no rock music in the house.
“Unfortunately, not everyone agreed with these rules so our family is in three different households.” she added.
Meanwhile, Moriah, 18 – who has also moved out of the family home with brother Micah – had her first date with Max.
Soon after though it becomes clear their relationship isn’t going so well as she’s dumped by her boyfriend.
“I’m learning it all” Moriah said in a confessional before fans see the break-up scene with Max as they sit on a dock together.
Max explained that as he’s gotten to know Moriah he is realizing they are not that compatible.
“Whenever I confront you about something you just freeze up, which is not communicating.
“I don’t know if that is just how you were raised, where if there is a problem you just don’t address it, but in my family if there’s a problem you address it head on and then you find a solution to it.”
In a confessional after the breakup talk, Moriah explained: “There’s just so many things that were done different with me, how I was raised, my parents, my education, and the emotional stuff coming out of that.”
‘DIDN’T SEE IT COMING’
After the split she said “I didn’t see it coming” and called Max “the best thing that ever happened” to her.
The duo agreed to be friends and Max then said he would like to meet Moriah’s parents to see what they’re really like.
During a dramatic final scene Ethan comes to tell his parents and siblings that he’s moving away with Olivia but it ends in a tense interaction with them on the front lawn.
Kim and Barry insist on seeing Olivia who is sat waiting in the car but Ethan refuses to let them near his wife.
Things got so heated that Ethan and Barry come face to face and his younger siblings had to intervene.
The episode ends with Ethan’s tearful siblings watching him walk away.
Welcome to Plathville follows Kim and Barry Plath and their nine children; Ethan, Hosanna, Micah, Moriah, Lydia, Isaac, Amber, Cassia and Mercy, who they are raising in an unconventional way in rural Georgia.
The official description of the TLC show reads that the kids have “never had a soda, don’t know who Spider-Man or Tom Brady is and have never watched TV.”