Air Date: Friday, March 27, 2009
Time Slot: 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: (#518) "Brown/Holland"
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"Brown/Holland" � A family of four who love to demolish junk cars and eat fried foods swap with a family who run on a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables and a military driven schedule, on "Wife Swap," FRIDAY, MARCH 27 (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 Hollands from North Carolina are true southerners who live for Demolition Derby! Parents Cliff (40) and Ginger (38) love to build, paint and destroy cars. With 80 junk cars in their backyard to play with, kids Courtney (12) and Curtis (7) already know how to strip a car's interior, change a tire and replace a bumper. To fuel their bodies, the Hollands love all things fried. Dad Cliff says they would try salad if they could figure out a way to fry it, and son Curtis demands chicken nuggets for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Hollands are happy to spoil their kids, and it's seven-year-old "King Curtis" who runs the Holland house. Whatever King Curtis wants, he gets, though Cliff justifies spoiling his kids by claiming they're "money poor, family rich." It's all in the name of down and dirty southern fun for the Holland family!

In Florida, there are no spare tires around the waists of the Brown family. Dad "Sarge" (39) is former military turned fitness fanatic. Together Sarge and his wife, Joy (39), have created a hard-core fitness boot camp business, instructing up to four classes a day and putting their students on the path to excellence. At home Joy keeps the family healthy on a diet of raw fruits, vegetables and supplements. Son Sevin (8) has nightmares of vegetables chasing him if he eats unhealthy food. With so much time spent on fitness, Sarge rarely has time to spend with his kids, Sevin and Loren (5). Apparently he thinks he will have plenty of time in the future, because the Browns believe their healthy lifestyle will help them live to be 120.

In the first week, Ginger Holland heads south for a week of boot camp, beginning before dawn every day, rain or shine. Though Sarge attempts to put her on a path to excellence, Ginger questions how healthy it is to replace food with supplement pills. She worries the family lives too much for the future without enjoying life in the present. Meanwhile in North Carolina, Joy Brown is introduced to the world of Demolition Derby. She struggles to see the point of buying cars only to smash them to pieces. She confronts Cliff in the hope he'll sell his cars for a profit, but Cliff responds that he is "fat, poor, and happy!" Joy observes the family's diet and wonders how they can function eating refined carbs and processed meat and cheese. King Curtis thinks Joy is too skinny and recommends she should "eat a little bit and be happy," just like him.

In the second week of the swap, when the wives change the rules and turn the tables, Ginger tells Sarge he needs to leave his drill sergeant attitude behind and become a real dad to his kids. However, when she brings cookies home for the kids, Sarge can't help but monitor exactly how many his kids eat. Ginger finds it frustrating that Sarge can't relax and simply enjoy spending time with Sevin and Loren. Meanwhile, Joy Brown puts an end to the reign of King Curtis. She gives the Hollands a dose of military like structure and puts the family on a healthy, wholesome meal plan. Without his beloved chicken nuggets, King Curtis is infuriated; he packs his bags and stages a walkout to Grandma's house. After two weeks in another home, can Ginger Holland show the Brown family that no matter how healthy and fit you are, quality time with your family is what's most important? And can Joy Brown finally de-throne King Curtis?

"Wife Swap" is an RDF USA production. It was created by Stephen Lambert and is executive-produced by Mike Gamson 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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