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Wife Swap: McLeish And O’Dell Families

July 16, 2010 07:16 PM by Lisa Princ


Tonight on ABC, we finally got a new episode of Wife Swap after a  break. This week we met two families both from New York but from completely different worlds. Hear what happens when an etiquette school teacher swaps lives with a woman who teaches her tomboy daughters that is it okay to belch and play in the mud. Keep reading for all the details!

First up on Wife Swap on ABC we met the McLeish family. Mom, Rosa runs an etiquette school while her husband Nyron is Mr. mom doing all the household duties. Their two daughters must remain primped and proper and are only allowed to wear dresses as Rosa feels a first impression is very important. The girls must use proper etiquette in everything they do, even around the house, and they get graded on it once a week by Rosa! For social etiquette, Rosa takes the girls to music class and cheerleading, and that is about as far as their fun goes.

In another section of New York, we met the O’Dell family on Wife Swap on ABC. Mom, Sandy does all the household chores, as well as works all day in her husband’s shop cleaning and doing all the billing. Her husband, Kelly believes that chores are the woman’s duties and he does none of them. Their two teenage daughters are complete tomboys who are taught that appearances mean nothing and belching for fun is perfectly normal. For fun, the family races in the mud and then the girls just slosh around in the mud, even competing in mud pageants!


The swap was a complete nightmare for both families. In the McLeish home, Nyron and Sandy spent most of their time butting heads instead of accomplishing anything. Sandy spent her time following all of Rosa’s rules even though it killed her to see the children having absolutely no fun. When it was her turn for rules change, Nyron was not having any part of her rules and even told the girls they could not play in the mud when Sandy tried to have fun with them. After seeing them in tears though, Nyron did allow them to play in the mud for a short while, but when Sandy tried to take them mud racing, Nyron threw a tantrum, took the kids and sped off. When Sandy tried to confront him about it, all he did was belittle her and call her names, claiming that he looked down upon her. Before she left however, she did manage to get him to agree to let the girls have a “no etiquette” party in which Nyron himself seemed to have a alot of fun as well!

Back at the O’Dell household on Wife Swap on ABC Rosa was not having any part of playing in the mud and got annoyed at the girls when they tried to get mud on her. She and Kelly managed to butt heads as well, more so when it was her rules and she tried to get them to practice proper etiquette. Kelly wound throwing the clothes that Rosa bought them into the fireplace and burning them, and he blew up when she tried to get them to learn cheerleading by actually pounding the door with his first, injuring his wrist. In the end, Rosa and Kelly did manage to find some common ground and get along which led to a very enjoyable dance with the girls in which Kelly had just as much if not more fun than the girls did!

The table meeting went as good as everything else for these families as both families collided in their thoughts and Sandy let Rosa know how upset she was that she was disrespected by Nyron. Rosa did not seem bothered by this and went on to say that she and Kelly did manage to find some common ground. After the swap, nothing changed much for the O’Dell family except for Kelly showing more appreciation for Sandy and all she does. At the McLeish home, the girls are now allowed to wear casual clothes a little more and the family is enjoying more fun family time. I guess it was a successful swap afterall!

Be sure to tune in next Friday at 8 pm EST for another episode of Wife Swap on ABC.

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9 Responses to “Wife Swap: McLeish And O’Dell Families”

  1. Micheak R Crook Says:
    July 11th, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Dear Mr. and Mrs. McLeish.

    I have to say that I was quite surprised by the way that you are damageing your little girls. Can you really believe that removing any and all abilitity for your two girls to grow as REAL normal children is a positive thing? Can you believe that REAL people actually live like that? You do know that if you continue to raise your children in that manner, that there is a high probability that they will turn out to be serial killers. I mean it. They will most likely destroy tons and tons of fruit loops or even worse yet cherrios. By teaching them to emulate a fantisful ideation you are only trying to remove or lighten yor own skin color. You do know that there is nothing wrong with it. God made us all and the good lord does not make junk. Only human beings do. Please consider what you are doing.

  2. Maria t Says:
    July 11th, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Rosa and her husband are horrible people who try to oppress others and that is not the way people should ever act. Rosa is incredibly rude and so is her husband. They have a lot to learn because obviously they are very insecure.

  3. Sandy K Says:
    August 20th, 2012 at 11:30 am

    I have to say after watching this episode I believe that the Mcleish family is making a huge mistake with their children and the way they live their life. Making it so all your children think about is the way they look and being graded on it on a daily basis is going to cause your children to hate you later in life. I have never seen two more judgmental people in my life! Not wanting to enter their house because it looked middle class? Simply ridiculous! And the way you talk to people you think you are better than? What are you teaching your children by talking to people that way? So disrespectful.

  4. angela Says:
    December 27th, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Oh i cant believe what i saw that rosa lady doid to that girl not only did she get snappy she hit and pushed that child she should be charged

  5. Peter Says:
    January 8th, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Rosa and Nyron are caricatures. First of all, she doesn’t pay all that much attention to their appearance because they all need to go to a hairdresser and the decor of their home is 1980′s hillbilly. They are complete fakes–I hope this was just a stunt for the cameras. Appearance is everything? These are obviously very ignorant people who haven’t benefited from much in their lives, so they are trying way too hard. I would also question their intelligence. Again, they try so hard to impress, but listening to their speech, looking at their home and their appearance, they’re are just wanna-bes and will likely never actually arrive.
    The O’Dell’s are a great family, but they go too far with the mud and belching thing. There are literally hundreds of things to do as a family which are fun, and tons of things to expose your children to. Again, I hope this was just for the cameras. I will say that Mrs. O’Dell was obviously a very intelligent woman–just listen to her speak. She runs a business. McLeish is faking it. And she looks like a pig, but that’s not important because she sits up straight! Finally, beware of anyone who has to always tell you that they are above you…they think if they say it loudly enough it will someday be true. And we all know that no one is better than anyone else. I can’t believe that she laughed at their house just be seeing it from the outside. She needs to lose the pink plaid and very dated floral wallpaper. Put the teapot down and do something meaningful. Also, the McLeish girls’ speech is lacking. They talk like babies, and did anyone see the penmanship? Intelligence is inherited in many cases, and the O’Dell girls obviously are very smart girls. Which they got from their parents. The McLeish girls are just as bubbleheaded as their dumb parents.

  6. SH Says:
    June 8th, 2013 at 10:46 am

    For people who are so concerned about etiquette, the McLeish couple certainly are extremely rude and extremely shallow. Nyron is completely classless and a poor excuse for a man. Rosa is just a straight up b*#$ and seems to be proud of it. I feel so sorry for those children.

  7. Jessica Says:
    July 26th, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    McLeish family needs to get real!!! You guys are ruining your girls!!! Rosa and her husband don’t deserve to be a part of a community! You guys suck at life!!!!

  8. Pr Says:
    July 26th, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    The O’dell’s were pure Trash! That family has no class at all.

  9. Jennifer newbell Says:
    July 27th, 2013 at 8:09 am

    I see that everyone is trashing the Mcleish family. The main problem that I saw was the father. He was very unaware of how poor they were. You can be a classy without the ugliness. It seems to me that there etiquette has not brought them much wealth nor respect. Watching the fathers fake smiles for his little girls was really sad. Those two girls will grow up and not want anything to do with him. Well unless daddy can pay a bill. People like him should be very careful when going on a television show because he could upset the wrong kind of person and as he said he wanted to “knock out” the O’dell families wife if she was a dude. How is that practicing good etiquette? Somebody probably will in the future knock him out if it has not happened already. You never speak to a women even if she is a mud pig that way. At least the O’dell family’s husband was accepting of his disrespectful ways and apologized for his attitude. I don’t disagree that it was gross to try and force the girls to do the O’dell’s mud thing come on thats just gross unless your putting a mud pack on your face to tighten pores and such. Even the vehicle mud racing seemed fun but those girls will never get a real man unless they do act a little more lady like and be girls a little more. Unless a dude is into men then he’ll just marry them and have an affair with other guys behind there back. Sorry I meant women….. Good luck to both families no one is perfect and if you don’t have a very nice house Mcleish family dad. Don’t act like your better than most being that you judge on apperance. And fix your face and teeth too. They all had beautiful children in the sense that they were all capable of great change in truly bettering themselves the sad part is that neither family learned that much from each other because in their “worlds” are so blinded by there small minds that have no capability of evolving with the rest of the world. Good luck!!


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