A RASTAFARIAN MOM WHO RELIES ON JAH TO PROVIDE FOR HER FAMILY
SWAPS LIVES WITH A MONEY-MINDED MOM WHO BELIEVES HARD WORK
WILL BUY HER FAMILY THE BEST, ON ABC'S "WIFE SWAP"
"Martin/Vallone" � A Rastafarian mom who barely keeps her bank account in double figures swaps lives with a mom who believes that discipline and hard work provide the best things in life, on "Wife Swap," FRIDAY, JANUARY 23 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on ABC (OAD 10/31/08). Each week from across the country, two very different families take part in a two-week long challenge: The wives exchange husbands, children, and lives (but not bedrooms) to discover just what it's like to live in another woman's shoes. It's a mind-blowing experiment that can change lives forever.
In Florida, the Vallone family may only have $30 in their bank account, but they are rich� in karma, that is. Wife Jana (30), husband Jason (33) and their four children, Ezekiel (7), Shashamane (5), Malachi (4) and Sheba (2), live in a trailer where all four kids share a bed. Jason is a singer in a reggae band that's waiting for its big break; instead of working a nine-to-five, he devotes his time to the band. Jana cooks, cleans and home-schools the kids according to the principles of ONE LOVE. At the Vallones', Jah will provide, so if the kids want to go to the beach instead of learning spelling, Jana and Jason head to the ocean.
A world away in Texas, the Martins pursue the American dream in their well kept home. Wife Katrina (39) and ex-marine Troy (36) value order and meticulous financial management. They always have a financial goal in mind, whether it's an upgrade to their pool or an $8,000 home theatre system. Their three daughters, Allyson (16), Charlene (15) and Emily (9), have a rigorous schedule of chores which MUST be completed by 4.30 p.m. when Troy inspects their work. Troy polices the girls and is especially hard on his biological daughter, Allyson � who craves a closer relationship with her dad.
Once in Texas, Jana is horrified by the girls' chores and can't understand why Troy is so harsh with his daughter. In Florida Katrina is shocked at Jason's unconcern for providing for his family, as she watches the kids do whatever they want. In the second week, Jana clashes with Troy as she tries to show him that happiness comes from giving to others and also tries to heal the rift between him and his daughter. In Florida Katrina and Jason clash when she sends him to work at a job, and the Vallone kids experience public school for the first time. At the end of their time together, will Jana be able to heal Troy's wounded relationship with his daughter? And will Katrina convince Jason to pursue the American dream?
"Wife Swap" is an RDF USA production. It was created by Stephen Lambert and is executive-produced by Mike Gamson, Stef Wagstaffe and Michael Davies of Embassy Row. Neil Regan, Stephen Pettinger, Julie Cooper and Will Nothacker are co-executive producers. "Wife Swap" is broadcast with Spanish subtitles via secondary closed captioning. This program carries a TV-PG,L parental guideline.