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Posted on 06/24/2006 by RealityWanted in Wife Swap

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This week in "King/Reeves" a penny-pinching, regimented, mom who believes withholding from her children teaches them responsibility swaps places with a free-spending mother who spoils her son at the expense of her husband - MONDAY, JULY 3 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Rebroadcast. OAD 1/30/06)

Each week, from across the country, two families with very different values are chosen to take part. In a two-week-long challenge, the wives from these two families exchange husbands, children and lives (but not bedrooms) to discover what it's like to walk a mile in another mother's pumps. It's a mind-blowing experiment that often ends up changing lives forever.

Amy King (34) and her husband, Kevin (34), live with their three children, Lauren (10), Keegan (7) and Grant (4), in an austere and immaculate home in suburban Oklahoma. Amy is an ardent saver and considers it her mission in life to help others learn how to save money. She limits family showers to two songs' worth of water from a special music CD, and routinely patrols the house in whirlwind fashion, turning off lights, picking up stray laundry and economizing with her every step. Amy and Kevin are goal-oriented and plan every minute of the day. The children have lots of chores and only receive allowance if they do extra work. Amy insists that the kids pay for their own treats and makes them contribute money toward all family vacations. The Kings' penny-pinching lifestyle has allowed them to pay off their home mortgage and save enough money for 34-year-old Kevin to retire now, though he keeps working. Amy is proud of her fiscal conservatism, but less so of her relationship with her children, especially Lauren. She focuses on the kids' flaws and shortcomings, and gets extremely frustrated when they do not live up to her enormous expectations. Amy and Kevin always put their relationship as a couple before their relationship with their children.

Amy travels to the kitsch-filled and country-style Mississippi home of Lori Reeves (39) and her husband, Sean (40). The Reeves' entire world revolves around their only son, Clark Richard, and the dream of turning him into a child star. Nothing is too good for Lori's baby -- she spoils Clark Richard daily with presents and attention, exempts him from chores, and ignores husband Sean in the process. The couple have been together for 19 years, but have never slept in the same bedroom. Lori complains that her husband is like a second child whom she must constantly nag to get things done. Sean works as a pharmaceutical sales rep, trying to keep the family's finances afloat while they go further into debt funding Lori's business -- a children's stage show, starring herself as "Miss Lori." Lori performs for pre-schoolers and is joined by Clark Richard and Sean, who dons a giant pig suit and acts as her assistant. Sean admits that he gets less respect than the family dog, which is pampered by Lori with endless toys and tiny clothes. Lori and Clark Richard side against Sean during arguments and dismiss his opinions outright. Mom and Dad have sacrificed their relationship as a couple and are united only in their adoration of Clark Richard.

In the first week of the swap, Amy is appalled by the Reeves' sinking finances and forces Sean to take stock of his lowly position within the family, while Lori bristles at the Kings' frugalness and is saddened when Lauren reveals how she really feels about her mother. In the second week of the swap, when the wives change the rules and turn the tables, Amy sells off the family's clutter and forces Sean to list what he wants from his wife, while Lori disrupts the rigid King house by letting the kids run wild on sugar and giving Lauren the pet she'd been longing for forever.

At the end of the swap when the couples are reunited, will they find common ground? Or will they all discover their differences run too deep?

"Wife Swap is an RDF Media production. It was created by Stephen Lambert and is executive-produced by Lambert and Jenny Crowther of RDF Media ("Faking It" and "Junkyard Wars") and Michael Davies of Diplomatic ("Who Wants to be a Millionaire"). Wendy Roth is the co-executive producer.


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