A PRIM AND PROPER FAMILY OBSSESSED WITH ETIQUETTE AND RAISING ELEGANT
YOUNG LADIES SWAP WITH A MUD RACING FAMILY WHOSE TOMBOY DAUGHTERS
LOVE TO GET DIRTY, ON ABC'S "WIFE SWAP"
"McLeish/O'Dell" - A family whose mom runs an etiquette school and is raising elegant and pristine daughters swap with a mud racing family of rough and tumble tomboys who love burping contests and rolling about in the mud, on "Wife Swap," FRIDAY, JULY 16 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Each week two very contradictory families from across the country participate in a two-week-long challenge: The wives exchange husbands, children and lives (but not bedrooms) to discover daily life in another woman's shoes. This astonishing experiment repeatedly changes lives and redefines families.
Good manners, social status and first impressions are paramount for Rosa McLeish, who runs an etiquette school for boys and girls in New York. Rosa also trains young ladies to be presented to formal society at events called cotillions, and loves hosting elegant tea parties for friends. She and husband, Nyron, run a tight ship at home and their two daughters, Jenae (10) and Jasmine (5), are inspected head to toe every morning before they leave and are marked on report cards for behavior, manners and even how long it takes them to get from the car to the house - "transition time." The girls participate in cheer because, according to Rosa, "cheerleading is an elitist group in the community, so to get accepted, to be part of that group, is a form of stature." Nyron is Mr. Mom, making sure the home is always tidy and neat, as the MacLeish family believe in balanced roles for men and women.
The O'Dell family of New York love to get down and dirty. Kelly and Sandy are two fun-loving parents who work hard in the family auto shop and enjoy life by spending family time mud racing. Their two daughters, Brittanie (19) and Kayla (17), are tomboys who love working on cars and would never be caught dead in a dress; they'd rather be mud queen than prom queen. Sandy not only works on the cars in the shop but also manages the office and takes care of all the housework back at home, while Kelly puts his feet up watching TV. The O'Dells spend evenings together having family dinner with mismatched plates and no regard to manners, with Brittanie and Kayla belching and burping at the table. The O'Dell' No. 1 priority is to have fun together, even if it means rolling around in the mud.
In the first week, Rosa arrives at the O'Dell home and is appalled that the girls enjoy being in the mud and getting dirty. She is upset with Kelly for raising his daughters like boys and is shocked the girls don't match their socks to the rest of their outfits, "a big fashion faux pas." When Kelly, Brittanie and Kayla take Rosa out for a mud race, she's disgusted at the sight of the girls rolling in the mud and horrified when she gets a spot of dirt on her clean clothes. Meanwhile Sandy arrives at the McLeish home and feels there is zero fun in the house and that the girls are overly controlled. A tearful and emotional Sandy butts heads with Nyron, and soon etiquette goes completely out of the window.
In the second week of the swap, when the wives change the rules and turn the tables, Rosa is determined to clean up the McLeish family's act and rules that the girls must take etiquette lessons. But Kelly burns the clothes Rosa has picked out for the family, and the girls break down in tears when they feel that Rosa is belittling their father. At the McLeishes' Sandy bans manners and rules and tries to introduce the girls to mud-sliding, mud-racing, burping, dressing like tomboys and throwing a mud party. An outraged Nyron dramatically attempts to bring the swap to a stop.
After two weeks in another home, can Sandy O'Dell show the McLeish family that the girls can have fun and loosen up a little? And can Rosa McLeish get the O'Dell family out of the mud and transform them into well mannered, elegant members of society?
"Wife Swap" is an RDF USA production. It was created by Stephen Lambert and is executive-produced by Mike Gamson and Michael Davies of Embassy Row ("Who Wants to be a Millionaire"). Neil Regan, Julie Cooper, Ed Simpson and Will Nothacker are co-executive producers. This program carries a TV-PG,L parental guideline.