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Wife Swap Saved My Marriage

February 20, 2006 12:01 AM by Joe Blackmon

Catch up with some of last season’s "Wife Swap" families to see the dramatic turnarounds in their lives – changes the families say are a result of their appearances on the show — on "Wife Swap Saved My Marriage," a special two-hour event airing MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

In South Carolina, it’s the first ever "Wife Swap" wedding! The Smoaks, who hadn’t shared their martial bed in over 10 years, recently renewed their vows in a romantic second trip to the altar. Hear why the swap experience was so profound for conservative gun-toting couple Aletha and Glenn Smoak that she claims the show "… probably saved us from divorce court." There have also been some major changes for her swap counterpart from Arkansas, anti-NRA, animal rights activist Amy Beaver, a woman who never cooked or cleaned and was light on rules. Is she still an unconventional mom to her daughter, Emily?

When we first met southern belle Christie Baker of Tennessee, she pampered herself with two daily bubble baths, while her devoted husband served her breakfast in bed, did all the housework single-handedly and tended to their three spoiled teen-aged daughters’ every need. She swapped with upstate New Yorker Audrey Donahoe, the wife of a fourth-generation dairy farmer and mother of six children, whose world revolved around taking care of her brood and running the dairy farm side-by-side with her husband. Since the swap, does Christie still wear a pink boa around the house, and does she still order her husband to serve her breakfast in bed?

When clean obsessed, noise-phobic, extremely structured Caprice and Don Policchio of Pennsylvania participated in the swap, they came in for a LOUD awakening. The couple’s strange habit of sipping coffee through straws to prevent their teeth from staining, cleaning five hours a day and their dislike of pets jarred Bambi and Ken Pitts of Connecticut, who had an unruly, boisterous household with three children and more than 25 animals they’d rescued. Are Caprice and Don still drinking coffee through straws, and do the Pitts still have animals running amuck in their house?

New age Californian vegan Elizabeth Ghani, whose children and husband, Adofo, lead an alternative lifestyle of meditation and stressing creativity to the exclusion of basic housework, swapped places with extremely clean, traditional Italian, meat-loving mom Paulette Stallone, who taught Elizabeth a lesson in cleanliness and order. But is Paulette still serving daughter Nicole breakfast in bed and styling son Mikey Jr.’s hair every morning?

Last but not least, we go back to the wives and their families who first started the phenomenon, wood-cutter Lynn Bradley of rural New Jersey and heiress Jodi Spolansky of New York City. See the major transformations in their lives and find out if Lynn still chops wood by herself and if Jodi still has four nannies for her three kids.

"Wife Swap" is an RDF Media production. It was created by Stephen Lambert and is executive-produced by Lambert, Jenny Crowther, Wendy Roth of RDF Media ("Faking It" and "Junkyard Wars") and Michael Davies of Embassy Row ("Who Wants to be a Millionaire"). Stef Wagstaffe is the co-executive producer.

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One Response to “Wife Swap Saved My Marriage”

  1. Ellen Says:
    February 21st, 2006 at 7:10 pm

    Hi there,

    I missed the first few minutes of the show and wanted to know what happened to that rich Spolansky family?
    I’ve posted on boards and it looks like no one watched it.
    Have you?
    I’d love to know!
    Thanks.

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