Air Date: Friday, February 13, 2009
Time Slot: 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: (#513) "Bonett/Linkins"
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"Bonett / Linkins" ´┐Ż A family of LARPERS (Live Action Role Players) who dress as characters out of a fantasy adventure swap lives with a family of overachievers who use motivational messages and positive attitude to help them meet their goals in life, on "Wife Swap," FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13 (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 LARPING Linkins from Virginia live in a world of fantasy. As a Live Action Role Player, Mom Grace (53) spends her days dressed up as an elf, gypsy or queen and roams the forest with other fanciful characters from her LARPING group. When she's not in the woods, she spends 12 hours a day on the computer frolicking in virtual fantasy worlds, while Dad George (57) runs the family cleaning business. Neither Grace nor George see a need to be strict parents, which sons Casey (19) and Randy (12) take full advantage of. With few rules and a mom who would rather create spell packets or fancy costumes, sleeping in or bringing home less than stellar grades is totally acceptable. Randy's real dream is to become more active and try football, wrestling or martial arts, but his parents have discouraged him from these intense sports in favor of LARPING.

Meanwhile, the success-driven Bonett family from Florida believe the sky is the limit if you have the right attitude. On the advice of a motivational speaker, Dad Warren (43) starts each day jumping on a mini trampoline, which gets his blood pumping and puts him on the road to success with a positive attitude. Mom Prebble (48) covers the mirrors in the house with motivational messages for kids Wyndham (15) and Celia (13) to keep them thinking positive! However attitude is only half of the formula´┐Żeducation and hard work are essential to the Bonetts' success. Warren and Prebble lead by example and are workaholic real estate agents; Warren's phone is attached to his ear at all times, and his laptop is never out of his sight. And, since higher education is mandatory for their kids, Warren and Prebble have gone as far as to cut the kids out of the will if they don't attend college.

In the first week of the swap, Grace Linkins leaves behind her life of fantasy and journeys into the real world at the Bonnet home. She is impressed by the care and precision that has been taken to keep the Bonett home immaculate, but is troubled by how much time Warren spends on work and how little time he spends with his family. An exhausted Grace worries that, with so much focus on setting and achieving goals, the Bonnets are missing out on valuable, relaxed family time. Meanwhile in Virginia, energetic Prebble has trouble adjusting to the slow-paced Linkins home. She feels Grace spends too much time on childish role playing in the forest instead of taking care of her home or encouraging her kids to reach their greatest potential in life. Prebble attempts to show George his lax attitude is making his kids go nowhere fast.

In the second week, when the wives change the rules and turn the tables, Grace strives to bring the world of imagination into the Bonnet home. She breaks down after pleading with Warren to turn off his phone, lock up his computer and join his kids in a LARP. The usually structured Bonett family finds it difficult to morph into whimsical characters and join the world of make believe. Meanwhile, Prebble Bonett attempts to bring a dose of reality into the laidback Linkins' home. To better prepare them for their future, Prebble encourages Randy to go for his dream and try martial arts. and she persuades Casey to get a haircut and go on a real job interview. After two weeks in another home, can Grace Linkins show the uptight, go-getting Bonetts that a little fantasy isn't going to stop them from being successful? And can Prebble Bonnet motivate the Linkins to leave the world of fantasy behind to achieve real life goals and become successful?

"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 ("Who Wants to be a Millionaire"). Stephen Pettinger, Neil Regan, Julie Cooper and Will Nothacker are co-executive producers. "Wife Swap" is broadcast with Spanish subtitles via secondary closed captioning. A TV parental guideline will be posted closer to airdate.

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