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"Wife Swap" finds two mothers of families, each with opposing values, to trade households, lifestyles and children (but not bedrooms) in a two week-long challenge: In the first part of the exchange, each mom moves into the other's home and agrees to follow a manual of "household rules" written by the departing mother, including how to parent, manage their social life, do house work, unwind and more. Everything changes in the second week when "new mommy" takes charge, introduces her own set of rules and runs the "nest" her way. At the end of the second week, the two couples meet for the first time in a raw and highly-charged exchange of views, making frank assessments of one another and discussing the experience. In the process, they really will discover what life would be like in someone else's shoes.
A self described "over the hill party girl," Marissa Zdazinsky lives with her husband Walter, their six-year-old son Jake, and live-in "manny" Princess in Las Vegas, Nevada. Marissa loves to go out, and she visits the Vegas Strip almost every single night where she and Princess drink, dance and party the night away. During the day, Marissa likes to sleep in and relax while her husband is at work and Princess tends to her son, Jake.
In Coral, Michigan, Angela Kuncaitis lives on a 40-acre farm with her husband Matt and their six children -- Abby (18), Anna (16), Buddy (14), Penny (11), Peter (4) and Favour (3). With a mission to be closer to God, this devout family left their eight-bedroom home with modern amenities for a farm with no electricity or running water, and only one bathroom. The children are homeschooled and are expected to do daily chores and help with the needs of the farm.
When "Big Juicy" arrives at the farm in Michigan, it's quite a shock to see the family has no modern amenities, and Marissa quickly realizes that she will be trading in her glamorous and pampered lifestyle for one full of cooking, cleaning and farm chores, while also tending to the needs of six children. While "Big Juicy" has a big heart and an open mind in regard to the lifestyle of her new family, she is upset when she tells them about her best friend/"manny" – Princess -- and they react with disapproval when they learn Princess is gay, causing tension between Matt and Marissa.
In Las Vegas, Angela meets her new family and quickly becomes uncomfortable with Marissa's party girl lifestyle. As a devout Christian, she doesn't drink and feels like a fish out of water when Princess treats her to a night on the town. Angela thinks Marissa is lazy and selfish, and finds Jake bratty and undisciplined, with no rules or boundaries in the home. The biggest issue Angela has with her new family is Princess, and when it's time for rules change, Walter and Princess are both dumbfounded with what Angela has in store for the family.
"Wife Swap" is produced by Zodiak USA. Natalka Znak, Claire O'Donohoe, Mike Gamson and Bruce Toms serve as executive producers. It is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HD format, with 5.1-channel sound. This program carries a TV-14 parental guideline.