April 27, 2007 12:01 AM by Joe Blackmon
This week in "Browne/Robinson," a diva mom who raises her kids to be
primped and perfect divas-in-training swaps lives with a laid-back mom
whose family owns a scrap yard and can barely control her immature
husband and pack of unruly boys, on "Wife Swap," FRIDAY, APRIL 27
(9:01-10:00 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.
Vegas mom D’eva Robinson (31) has always known that she was born to be a diva, and she even changed her name to fulfill her destiny. D’eva is a salon manager whose prized possessions are her wardrobe full of glamorous, over-the-top clothes and her shelf full of stylish wigs. D’eva demands that her whole family be every bit as fabulous as she is, so husband Dwayne (47) and children Taylore (12), Jourdyn (10), Eli (8) and Journi (5) must complete household chores and time-consuming beauty regimens to keep their house — and themselves — looking great. D’eva has even inspired Dwayne to go to cosmetology school so the family can open up hair salons all over Vegas.
D’eva travels to the Texas home of the Browne Family, where wife Christie (39), husband Trenton (39), and their sons, Jeremy (14), Joshua (12), Benjamin (11) and live-in nephew Charles (17) run a scrap yard and live in a messy house where the rambunctious boys rule the roost. Christie is a laid back computer teacher’s aide who believes that boys should be boys and kids should have the freedom to goof off and learn from their mistakes. Trenton acts more like a friend than a father to the boys, even letting the underage boys drive cars from the scrap yard around the family’s private property. Trenton and the boys treat the living room like a wrestling ring and eschew all chores, but mellow Christie doesn’t mind, even when the boys are out toilet papering the neighbor’s house.
In the first week of the swap, D’eva must put up with the wild antics and pranks of the Browne boys, and is shocked to find that the underage boys are allowed to drive. Meanwhile, tomboy Christie must transform herself into a diva with a glamorous dress and wig, and must enforce D’eva’s strict chore and beauty regimen on Dwayne and the Robinson kids.
In the second week of the swap, when the wives change the rules and turn the tables, D’eva takes the Browne boys to the laundromat to teach them to do chores, and the boys get into such an intense argument that the police are called. In Vegas, Christie takes the Robinson children to a scrap yard to learn how to change the oil of a car, and frees the kids from their chores and enforced primping so that they can look and act like kids.
At the end of the swap, when the couples are reunited, will D’eva drop the diva attitude and let her kids be kids? Will Christie scrap their scrap yard and clean up her family’s act?
"Wife Swap" is an RDF USA production. It was created by Stephen Lambert and is executive-produced by Stef Wagstaffe and Stephen Lambert of RDF Media ("Faking It" and "Junkyard Wars") and Michael Davies of Embassy Row ("Who Wants to be a Millionaire"). Mitchell Rosenbaum, Stephanie Schwam Adams and Mike Gamson are the co-executive producers.