A COMPETITIVE FAMILY OF CHAMPION GYMNASTS SWAP WITH
A KICKBALL FAMILY UNCONCERNED WITH WINNING, ON ABC'S "WIFE SWAP"
"Harris/Weasel" - A no-nonsense family of competitive gymnasts swap with an uncompetitive family of kickball enthusiasts who live for a good time, on "Wife Swap," FRIDAY, AUGUST 6 (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.
The Harris family of Tennessee abide by strict conservative values. Parents Ken and Jen own and operate a gym, allowing them to devote their lives to training their future gymnastic champion kids, Mackenzie (8) and Hunter (6). To learn financial responsibility, the children run their own mini-businesses making popcorn and selling candy at the gym. Their profits go directly into their college fund. With all the focus on rearing well-behaved, fiscally responsible kids, Jen and Ken have no social life. Jen says if she wanted to have fun at a party, she probably wouldn't invite herself.
For the fun-loving Weasel family of Michigan, life is about living every day to its fullest. Parents Jamie and Shanna don't want to grow up and be responsible. Together they play in a non-competitive adult kickball league. After their rowdy games, they go to the local pub for some kooky karaoke. Shanna is responsible for picking up after sons Mitchell (13) and Marshall (8), because they don't believe in delegating chores or responsibilities. Carefree Shanna doesn't see a problem with the messy piles that have been lying around their house for two years. Although they have no savings for their retirement or the boys' education, Jamie and Shanna don't like to worry about the future. As a family, they enjoy going to antique stores and blowing their money on whatever they want.
In the first week of the swap, Jennifer leaves behind her immaculate home for the chaotic Weasel home. She has trouble taking Jamie seriously as an adult. To help her understand the Weasel philosophy of always having fun, he takes her to a kickball game. Back at home, she struggles with giving Mitchell five dollars simply because he asks for it. When he literally flushes the money down the toilet to prove its unimportance, she confronts Jamie about the incident to see if he can muster the courage to discipline his son. Meanwhile in Tennessee, carefree Shanna can't find any trace of kids in the pristine Harris home. After meeting Ken, she wonders why the whole house has to conform to his controlling ways.
In the second week of the swap, when the wives change the rules and turn the tables, Jen cracks down on the unruly Weasel household. She starts by putting the men to work. After failing to get through to him, Jen questions if Jamie will ever learn to be a responsible parent. Meanwhile, in Tennessee, Shanna Weasel attempts to breathe some life into the Harris household by allowing the kids to finger paint on Ken's beloved beige walls. Shanna worries that, with a rigid role model like Ken, the kids will never learn how to have fun. After two weeks in another home, can Jennifer Harris teach the Weasels the benefits of discipline and financial responsibility? And can Shanna Weasel help the Harris family to lighten up and learn how to have a good time as a family?
"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"). Stephen Pettinger, Neil Regan, Julie Cooper and Will Nothacker are co-executive producers. This program carries a TV-PG,L parental guideline.