A CONSERVATIVE, GUN-TOTING MATRIARCH OF A SOUTHERN FAMILY
TRADES PLACES AND FAMILIES WITH AN ANTI-NRA, ANIMAL RIGHTS
ACTIVIST MOTHER, ON ABC�S �WIFE SWAP�
�Episode No. 103� -- This week a conservative gun-toting matriarch of a southern family swaps lives with an anti-NRA, animal rights activist mother, on �Wife Swap� -- the acclaimed unscripted reality show that takes us into the intimate heart of the American family home to reveal the extraordinarily different ways families live their lives � MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Rebroadcast. OAD: 10/6/04)
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 what it�s like to walk a mile in another mother�s pumps. It�s a mind-blowing experiment that oftentimes ends up changing their lives forever.
Aletha and Glenn�an avid hunter and fisherman�haven�t shared the same bedroom in 10 years. But they do share the same view on guns; they recently presented 11-year-old Addie with her first gun. The couple�s parenting style is traditional and strict�they don�t tolerate disrespect from the kids, and privileges are revoked as punishment. In their isolated country setting, the Smoaks� only neighbors are the three generations of Aletha�s family who live on the same estate and visit frequently.
Aletha travels to Arkansas and swaps places with Amy Beaver, a 34-year-old animal rights activist. Amy and her husband, Jeff, are environmentalists with six college degrees�but little money�between them. They are anti-NRA Green Party members who support the dream of their only child, 10-year-old Emily, to become the next Michael Moore. They treat Emily like the third adult in the family. Jeff and Amy share a strong relationship�and the same bedroom. Unlike Aletha, Amy avoids her extended family, detests cleaning and doesn�t work. The family has moved 15 times in the last 10 years, and has a disorganized household, heavy on clutter and light on rules.
In the first week of the swap, Amy forces herself to not speak out against Glen�s firearms, Confederate flag and �stuffed� animals decorating the wall. Meanwhile Aletha�s condescending remarks towards Jeff and Emily�s disregard for cleanliness and authority gnaw at Jeff�s peace-loving attitude. In the second week when the new wives take over and change the rules, Glen and Amy�s initial friendship is tested when her liberal leanings offend Glen�s southern pride, while Jeff breaks down in tears over Aletha�s negativity. Will these people ultimately find common ground, or are the differences too deep?
�Wife Swap� is an RDF Media production. It was created by Stephen Lambert and is executive-produced by Lambert and Jenny Crowther of RDF Media (�Faking It� and �Junkyard Wars�) and Michael Davies of Diplomatic (�Who Wants to be a Millionaire�). Wendy Roth is the co-executive producer.
This program carries a TV-PG,L parental guideline. It is broadcast with Spanish subtitles via secondary closed captioning.