September 24, 2006 11:01 PM by Joe Blackmon
This week in "Boyd/Milorey," a housewife who serves her video-gaming son and husband dinner at their computers swaps with a cheering coach mother of three who believes competition is everything, on "Wife Swap," MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Each week from across the country, two families with very different values are chosen to take part in a two-week long challenge. The wives from these two families exchange husbands, children and lives (but not bedrooms) to discover just what it’s like to live another woman’s life. It’s a mind-blowing experiment that often ends up changing their lives forever.
For Tammy Boyd (38), her husband, Rick (41), and their three children — Tiffany (16), Calsie (14) and Cody (12) — of Pennsylvania, winning is everything. It’s first place or nothing for the Boyds — they won’t even display second-place trophies on their enormous trophy wall. School teacher and coach Tammy pushes her kids to be winners at everything they do, from academics to athletics. She coaches the girls’ cheering team, and her tough style got the team ranked number one in the nation. Rick is a former semi-professional hockey player who thinks that the problem with America today is the lack of competition. Son Cody competes in hockey, baseball, basketball and soccer. The kids feel overextended and pushed by their parents, but quitting is not an option. In order to maximize their time, the Boyds practice ‘divide-and-conquer’ with the kids: Rick is in charge of Cody’s athletics, and Tammy spends her days coaching the girls.
Tammy heads to another town in Pennsylvania, where Marilyn Milorey (33) spends her days in internet chat rooms and her evenings dutifully serving her video-gaming husband, Andrew (33), and son Jayson (12) at their computers. Marilyn is the only real adult in the house, but she doesn’t want to put pressure on her husband or son to step up and do more. Jayson’s gaming keeps him inside all day, and his best friend and rough-housing partner is his dad. Andrew and Jayson are addicted to their joysticks and can play for 12 hours at a stretch. Jayson has a mini-fridge in his room so that he doesn’t have to interrupt his gaming to get a soda. Marilyn brings them anything else they need — all they have to do is yell for it.
In the first week of the swap, Tammy’s perky, hard-driving personality drives the Milorey boys up the wall, while Marilyn can’t keep up with the Boyd’s busy schedule of activities. In the second week of the swap, when the wives change the rules and turn the tables, Tammy breaks out her coach’s whistle and gets Jayson out of the house and into a different kind of game, where he learns how to play with kids his own age. She also pushes Andrew to grow up and start being a father to his son. Marilyn puts an end to the Boyds’ competitive schedule and compels them to see each other as people, not trophies. Without the distraction of the sports, Rick is forced to rethink his marriage to Tammy.
At the end of the swap, when the couples are reunited, will Marilyn pull the plug on the video games and call her husband out on his childish behavior? Will Tammy put away her coach’s whistle, ease up on Team Boyd’s grueling sports schedule and take her marriage off the bench and back onto the field?
"Wife Swap" is an RDF USA production. It was created by Stephen Lambert and is executive-produced by Wendy Roth and Stephen Lambert of RDF Media ("Faking It" and "Junkyard Wars") and Michael Davies of Embassy Row ("Who Wants to be a Millionaire"). Cristin Cricco, Stephanie Schwam Adams and Mike Gamson are the co-executive producers.