IN ONE OF THE MOST EXPLOSIVE "WIFE SWAP" EPISODES YET, AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN MOTHER WHO BELIEVES IN CLEANLINESS, ORDER AND MILITARY DISCIPLINE SWAPS LIVES WITH A CAUCASIAN MOTHER WHO GIVES HER KIDS FREE REIN AND WHOSE HUSBAND USES RACIST LANGUAGE, ON ABC'S "WIFE SWAP"
This week in "Wiggins/Felix," an African-American mother who believes in extreme cleanliness, order and lots of discipline swaps lives with a Caucasian mother who gives her kids free rein and whose husband uses racist language, on ABC's "Wife Swap" -- the critically-acclaimed, unscripted reality show that takes us into the intimate heart of the American family home, revealing the extraordinarily different ways families live their lives -- TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
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 their lives forever.
Vicki Felix (27) and her husband, Jeremy (28), live in a cluttered, suburban home in upstate New York with their children, Erikka (9) and Dyllan (5). Vicki works as a dispatcher while Jeremy is unemployed. The only family rule is that there are no rules. Jeremy sometimes uses racist language and Vicki doesn't believe in discipline, resulting in their kids' being spoiled and outspoken. Vicki spends little time with her family, instead choosing to stay out late, gambling at a local casino. Jeremy is responsible for cleaning, cooking and caring for the kids, who often refuse to obey him. With no established bedtimes, the kids stay up late watching television and playing video games. Vicki has banished Jeremy from the master bedroom; he's reduced to sleeping on the couch.
Vicki travels to the North Carolina home of Neicey Wiggins (40) and her husband, Bill (41), an ex-Marine. The Wiggins run a strict, clean household based on Bill's military precision and Neicey's need to control their two sports-minded sons, Billy Jr. (18) and Brelend (15). "General" Bill surprises the boys with military inspections of their bedrooms, including white glove tests. If things aren't ship-shape, he makes the boys get down and "give him fifty." The Wiggins are proud of their African-American heritage, and raise their well-mannered sons with stringent rules, curfews and punishments. Neicey keeps the boys on a short leash, constantly calling them on their cell phones to determine their whereabouts. In addition to regularly cleaning and cooking, Neicey works from home, caring for a baby who is dropped off by its mother at 5:30 a.m. each morning. She also waits on Bill Sr. hand and foot, and always puts her family's needs before her own.
In the first week of the swap, Vicki struggles with Neicey's crack-of-dawn schedule and constant housework, while Neicey goes ballistic with Jeremy over his use of racial slurs. In week two of the swap, when the wives change the rules and turn the tables, Vicki introduces a gleeful Billy Jr. and Breland to life without rules, and forces Billy Sr. to do all the housework. Meanwhile in the Felix home, Neicey lays down the law and teaches the family a valuable lesson about racism and slavery. At the end of this swap, when the couples are reunited, the wives let lose in a heated exchange, culminating in one of the most explosive final face-offs ever. Will they find any common ground, or do their differences run too deep?
"Wife Swap" is an RDF Media production. It was created by Stephen Lambert and is executive-produced by Lambert, Jenny Crowther, Wendy Roth of RDF Media ("Faking It" and "Junkyard Wars") and Michael Davies of Embassy Row ("Who Wants to be a Millionaire"). Stef Wagstaffe is the co-executive producer.
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