Toby is faced with the toughest part of his job, around-the-clock care for the newborn cows during calving season. The colony can’t afford to lose any cows so it’s up to Toby to care for the sickly calves, give them immunizations and feed them all by himself. There is so much work to do that Toby reaches out to Clinton for help, but Clinton resents being ordered to do anything and is only concerned with partying and sleeping until noon. Even with the colony’s financial livelihood at stake Clinton can’t be bothered to lift a finger to help. Clinton fritters away the last of the colony’s patience when he borrows a colony truck without asking and gets arrested for driving without a license. The entire colony is tired of dealing with Clinton’s horrible behavior, especially his mother who decides she must take action.
Claudia is feeling neglected because her mother Bertha doesn’t spend enough time with her. When she asks to spend more mother-daughter time with her mother, Bertha excitedly agrees. They each decide to choose an activity they can have fun doing together. Claudia chooses a country music concert, which is a problem because of Hutterite rules. Regardless, Bertha agrees, wanting to spend time with her daughter. But everything changes when Carver tells his mom that his last basketball game is on the same night as the concert. When Bertha is confronted to make a decision, she chooses Carver, which makes Claudia very angry. Her only recourse is to give her mother the silent treatment so Bertha knows just how angry and hurt she really is.
Things get worse for Toby when he has to work an extra night shift taking care of the baby calves which means he has no time to spend with his family or even sleep. The cash-strapped colony can’t afford to lose any cows, and when Toby finds a sickly calf in the middle of the night, he does everything he can to save it. The next day Toby finds the calf died which is both sad and stressful for him. Toby doesn’t know how he can possibly finish calving on his own and he can’t afford to lose any more calves.
Bertha reaches the end of her patience when she finds out that Clinton was arrested and kicks him out of her house. Wesley, feeling pity for Clinton’s immaturity lets him sleep at his house, but quickly gets tired of Clinton’s late-night drinking, and daytime sleeping. Wesley kicks Clinton out as well. Even after promising Toby to help take the night-shift with the cows, Clinton chooses drinking and playing pool over doing any work, forcing an already exhausted Toby to test the limits of his endurance.
Will Toby be able to continue his string of 20-hour days without losing any more calves? Will Claudia be willing to forgive her mother or will Bertha’s favoritism drive a wedge between them? And will Clinton ever grow up and become a contributing member of the colony or will his lazy, cocky ways cause him to get into more trouble than he can recover from?
Tune in to Meet the Hutterites: Breaking the Law tonight, July 17th at 10P et/pt.