A SELF-PROFESSED "PRINCESS" MOM WHO PLAYS DRESS UP WITH HER
DAUGHTER EVERY DAY SWAPS LIVES WITH A HARD-WORKING MOM WHOSE
ONLY FAMILY TIME IS SPENT BOTTLING DEER URINE, ON ABC'S "WIFE SWAP"
This week in "Lowe/Hamilton," a self-professed "princess" mom who loves to shop and primp with her spoiled daughter swaps lives with a mom who bottles deer urine for a living with her husband and kids, on "Wife Swap," MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Rebroadcast. OAD 2/26/07)
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.
For Ohio salon owner and mom Angie Hamilton (36), her husband, Tim (47), and daughter Chastity (14), each day is filled with manicures, pedicures, shopping and beautifying. Angie feels that all girls should be treated as princesses, and princesses don't do chores. Tim caters to Angie and Chastity's every whim. He drives Chastity wherever she needs to go and runs non-stop for whatever they need, despite the fact that he works a fulltime job. He believes that it's his job as a man to take the best care of the women in his life, and does it all without complaining. Tim and Angie's lives revolve around Chastity, whom they adore so much they can't discipline her. Chastity thinks she's the most beautiful and popular girl in town, and if she ever forgot it, her parents would be sure to remind her.
Angie travels to the Pennsylvania home of the Lowe family, where Anita (43), her husband, Rick (42), and their two kids, Brandie (19) and Brandon (17), live together but never see each other. The Lowe family is all work and no play. They're all so busy with their individual lives that the only family time they have together is spent bottling deer urine for hunters. In addition to their full-time day jobs, Rick and Anita run a demanding business bottling and selling deer pee out of their home. The business is so hectic that the kids have to bottle and label alongside their parents, leaving little time for anything else. Anita caters to her husband at the expense of her own free time, waking up at 2:30 a.m. just to lay out his clothes, make his lunch and heat up his car. She cares little for fashion or appearance, and doesn't mind the smell that results from bottling deer pee in her own house. Rick is obsessed with deer -- he hunts them, he keeps them in a pen in his backyard, and he sells their urine to fellow hunters. The only time Brandon gets to spend with his Dad is on sporadic hunting trips. Brandie describes herself as a tomboy, and can't remember the last time she had girl time with her mom.
In the first week of the swap, Angie works Anita's grueling shifts of bottling deer urine and becomes overwhelmed by the smell of pee and deer meat in the Lowe household. At the Hamilton house, Anita can't believe how Tim and Angie spoil Chastity, whose diva behavior causes Anita to break down in tears.
In the second week of the swap, when the wives change the rules and turn the tables, Angie bans everything "deer" and forces Rick to do all the chores around the house and spend time with his kids. She dotes on Brandie, spending girl time with her and making her feel beautiful and special. In the Hamilton household, Anita and Chastity come to blows when Anita takes away Chastity's makeup and forces her to bottle deer urine, cook and do laundry in an attempt to make her appreciate the hard work Tim does. Anita gives Tim more time and freedom to do what he enjoys, but he has a hard time enjoying himself while watching Chastity buck against the new rules. He and Anita end up having it out over Chastity's bad attitude.
At the end of the swap, when the couples are reunited, will Angie learn to appreciate Tim and take her daughter to task for being bratty? Will Anita learn there's more to life than just bottling deer urine and start spending quality time with her kids?
"Wife Swap" is an RDF USA production. It was created by Stephen Lambert and is executive-produced by Wendy Roth and Stephen Lambert of RDF Media ("Faking It" and "Junkyard Wars") and Michael Davies of Embassy Row ("Who Wants to be a Millionaire"). Cristin Cricco, Stephanie Schwam Adams and Mike Gamson are the co-executive producers.
"Wife Swap" is broadcast with Spanish subtitles via secondary closed captioning. This program carries a TV-PG,L parental guideline.