AN ULTRA-FEMININE, MIAMI MODELING AGENCY EXECUTIVE WHOSE TWO LITTLE GIRLS ACCOMPANY HER TO STAR-STUDDED EVENTS SWAPS PLACES WITH A TRADITIONAL COUNTRY WOMAN FROM WISCONSIN WHO LOVES BEAR HUNTING, WRESTLING AND
ICE FISHING WITH HER HUSBAND AND KIDS, ON ABC�S �WIFE SWAP�
This week in Schachtner/Martincak, a high-powered Miami modeling agency executive, a woman whose two young girls are lavished with expensive toys and designer clothing, swaps places with a bear-hunting, ice-fishing, self-proclaimed lover of the simple life and mother a large family from Wisconsin, on ABC�s �Wife Swap� -- the critically-acclaimed, unscripted reality show that takes us into the intimate heart of the American family home to reveal the extraordinarily different ways families live -- MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27 (8:00-9:00 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 just what it�s like to live another woman�s life. It�s a mind-blowing experiment that often ends up changing their lives forever.
It�s a girls� world for Lauren Martincak (46), who runs a successful modeling agency and enjoys Miami�s glittering VIP social scene. Not only does she indulge her two little girls, Sammi Jack (10) and Danni Jo (7), with designer clothes and gifts, but she�s proud that they want to be just like her. She refers to them as her �mini-me�s.� Lauren is grooming 10-year-old Sammi Jack to be �the next big thing in America� by promoting her daughter�s very own girl band. Husband Danny (39) escapes their ultra-girly home to wake board and play hockey with his buddies.
Lauren travels to the small-town Wisconsin home of 45-year-olds Patty and Joe Schachtner, high school sweethearts who enjoy the simple life with their children, Travis (25), Pattie Jo (22), Toby (19), Dylan (17) and Gunnar (14). The male-dominated household is more like a frat house than a home. That�s fine with rough and tumble Patty, who loves spending her time away from her volunteer EMT position with her family. They hunt, fish, wrestle and hang out together.
In the first week of the swap, Lauren gets a taste of the great outdoors in Wisconsin as she eats bear, hunts and ice fishes with her new family. She is frustrated by the young Schachtner men, who are more interested in playing pranks on her than in setting goals for their future, and is perturbed that Gunnar, the youngest boy, is forever teased by his siblings. Meanwhile in Miami, Patty�s head is spinning from the Martincak children�s overly scheduled lifestyle. She is appalled that they are late to school each day because it takes them so long to decide what to wear, and nearly breaks down when she discovers how little time Danny spends with his children � even when they beg him for attention.
In the second week of the swap, when the wives change the rules and turn the tables, Lauren decides the boys need to acquire some ambition and forms a boy band for them called �Bearz,� appointing youngest brother Gunnar as their manager. Meanwhile, Patty takes control by canceling the girl band practices and taking away the girls� designer clothes. Danny clashes with Patty and, in a final attempt to humiliate her, presents her with a box of live chickens and tells her, �I wanted to make you feel at home.�
At the end of the swap when the couples are reunited will they find common ground? Or, will they 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, 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 Wagstafffe and Stephanie Schwam are the co-executive producers.
�Wife Swap� is broadcast with Spanish subtitles via secondary closed captioning. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to airdate.