A FAMILY WHO PAMPER THEIR THREE REAL CHILDREN AND 14 PLASTIC BABIES
SWAP WITH A STRICT FAMILY WHO REFUSE TO GIVE UP ON THEIR FAILING
AMERICAN DREAM, ON THE SEASON PREMIERE OF ABC'S "WIFE SWAP"
"Cameron/Drago" � A family who indulge their three real children and whose mother has a collection of 14 plastic dolls -- called reborn babies -- swap with a strict family who are trying to instill a strong work ethic in their three boys by having them work at the family's coffee shop and hot dog stand, on the season premiere of "Wife Swap," FRIDAY, MARCH 26 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. Each week two very different 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.
Loving mom Ro Drago of New Jersey is a perpetual mother to three real kids and 14 plastic babies. The reborn babies breathe, have a heartbeat and can cost as much as $5,000. Ro says these dolls are as "real as you can get without giving birth." She jokes that she's just like Angelina Jolie, because she "adopts babies from all over the world," with dolls from Canada and England. Ro is a pampered stay-at-home mom who spends her days shopping (she has multiple closets full of clothes), napping and doting on her reborn babies. Dad Jay works hard to give his family everything they want, and doesn't require much in return. He just wants them to have a social, fun life and be happy. Nick (19), Jessica (17) and Michael (14) are indulged and have no chores or responsibilities. Nick dropped out of college after a couple of days on campus and has just been chilling out for the past year.
The hard-working Camerons of Alabama are giving 150% to try and realize Teresa's dream of owning a coffee shop, but the economy isn't making it easy. Dave and Teresa have three boys: Tristan (12), Austin (10) and Gardner (3), and believe in traditional values of discipline and hard work. Teresa says that "children who aren't disciplined are the kids who go to school and slap their teachers." When her boys disrespect her, she has them do push-ups. The boys have to work hard at the family's coffee house, and Tristan works five days a week on a hot dog cart with Dave to bring in extra money. With work and chores, the boys have little time to socialize; Tristan and Austin haven't seen their friends in over a year. However Dave feels "friends are overrated," and he and Teresa don't think a social life will contribute to the boys' future success.
In the first week of the swap, Teresa arrives at the Drago home and meets Ro's real family and her plastic family. Jay assures her that Ro doesn't believe the dolls are real, but Teresa becomes concerned more attention is paid to the dolls than the actual kids. After finding closets packed to the ceiling with clothes and witnessing Nick's lack of motivation, she confronts Jay about taking responsibility for the situation in the house. Meanwhile Ro arrives in Alabama and is upset that the boys are working from sun-up to sundown with very little time for fun. As she grows closer to the family, things reach a dramatic climax when Ro finds out that the coffee shop's finances are in a perilous state.
In the second week, when the wives change the rules and turn the tables, Ro is determined to give the boys their childhoods back and tries to convince Dave that closing the coffee shop will give him more time to be a father to his sons. Ro also rules that Dave must care for reborn baby Emma to learn how to be more affectionate with his own children, but he threatens to "flush it down the commode!" At the Dragos', Teresa rules the family must learn responsibility by running a family hot
dog cart and that Nick help advertise the cart by wearing a hot dog costume. Teresa also rules that Jay and the kids stand up to Ro by cleaning out her overstuffed closets. Nick says Teresa "is ruining their family" and threatens to leave. After two weeks in another home, can Ro Drago convince Dave that kids deserve a little fun and shouldn't have to work so hard? And can Teresa Cameron get Jay Drago to stand up for his family and become the real head of the household?
"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"). Neil Regan, Julie Cooper, Will Nothacker and Ed Simpson are co-executive producers. This program carries a TV-PG,L parental guideline.