A ROCK AND ROLL SKATEBOARDING WIFE WHOSE KIDS PLAY WHENEVER THEY WANT
ON THEIR HALF-PIPE IN THE BACKYARD SWAPS LIVES WITH AN ORDERLY WIFE
WHOSE KIDS CLEAN UP TO THREE HOURS A DAY, ON ABC'S "WIFE SWAP"
This week on "Espinosa-Marquez/Pay," a wife who believes in skateboarding, self expression and following one's dreams swaps lives with a wife who makes her kids write five-paragraph essays if they break the house rules, on "Wife Swap," WEDNESDAY, MAY 28 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
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.
Christine Espinosa-Marquez (37), husband Gabe (36) and daughter Shelby (14) of New Mexico are a family of rock n' roll skateboarders. Christine and Gabe run a skate shop downtown to support daughter Shelby's skateboarding and to give local kids something to do. Gabe may be 36, but he still dreams of becoming a pro skateboarder and a rock star and believes kids should be able to do whatever they want. Shelby is encouraged to express herself playing electric guitar, drawing on her clothes and hanging out with her friends. The family open their shop and their home to local kids, and "the Tribe" come and go as they please, even camping out on the family's half-pipe in their backyard. Christine and Gabe believe children should never be forced to do anything they don't want to do.
Christine travels to Utah to the structured residence of the Pay family, where mom Robyn (40) is preparing her children -- Kincade (13), Emma (11), Mary Elizabeth "Libby" (9) and Tennyson (6) -- for a successful life by making them drink two quarts of her "green water" (kale, collard greens, chard and a little flax oil) every day, imposing corrective essays if they break a rule and making sure every child completes a list of chores before school. Husband Dennis (41) stands by his wife and believes in Robyn's rules and food regime. Robyn and Denis believe that discipline and micromanagement are the key to raising successful and productive children.
In the first week of the swap, Christine hangs up her skateboard, drinks the green juice and struggles with the structure and discipline that her new family live under. She is shocked by the amount of work the Pay kids do and, when she makes Libby write an essay for failing to do her chores properly, she tangles with Dennis. Meanwhile, orderly Robyn struggles to put up with the free wheeling ways of the Espinosa-Marquez. She tries her hand at skateboarding, but finds Gabe's parenting style too lax and teenaged for her taste. After being revolted by eating a hot-dog, things come to a head when she makes Shelby help her clean up after an evening with "the Tribe."
In the second week of the swap, when the wives change the rules, Christine makes Dennis write an essay on how getting kids to write essays is counter-productive, while his kids enjoy a chore-free week of rocking out with electric guitars and skateboarding. Dennis has to do the kids' chores and sit quietly and listen to the kids express their feelings about this overly regimented household. In the Espinosa-Marquez home, anti-establishment Gabe has to suit up and approach local businesses for money to sponsor members of "the Tribe" through college. Robyn rules skateboards are confiscated until the rules are obeyed. But Shelby rebels, ignores Robyn's chores and refuses to clean her room. At the end of the swap, when the families are reunited, will Christine get off the skateboard and set more rules in her household? Will Robyn loosen her grip and let the kids go out and play?
"Wife Swap" is an RDF USA production. It was created by Stephen Lambert of RDF Media ("Faking It" and "Junkyard Wars") and is executive-produced by Stef Wagstaffe and Michael Davies of Embassy Row ("Who Wants to be a Millionaire"). Stephanie Schwam Adams, Mitchell Rosenbaum, 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.