March 29, 2013 05:50 AM by Megan Thompson
Wife Swap is all new tonight on ABC. This week a conservative Christian is swapping households with a woman who is married, but also has a girlfriend. If you thought last week’s episode with Big Juicy was good – this episode is c-r-a-z-y! Plus, there is a Wife Swap first in this episode that you don’t want to miss!
First we meet Gina Loudon who is a gun carrying, bible reading tea party activist. She is married to a former Senator and has five children. She is very outspoken about her political and Christian views. So who could Wife Swap possibly find that is the polar opposite of Gina? They pull a homerun when they find Angela, her husband and their girlfriend – yes a polyamorous relationship.
Both wives pack their bags and head to their new homes for two weeks. Angela is stoked to find out that she will be living on the beach, while Gina is dreading the cold NY weather. “I’m utterly confused about the family situation,” Gina tells the cameras after looking at the family’s photos. She can’t figure out if Ashley is an older daughter or if there are two families living in the house. But Angela is quickly learning that the Loudon household is Republican and Christian by the items she is finding.
The ladies now sit down to read their new family manuals. “I’m trying to wrap my brain around this one,” Gina says when she finds out that Ashley is the 23 year old girlfriend. While Gina is reading about sharing a bed with a girlfriend, Angela is reading about family Bible study time. This is when the women are interrupted by the families coming home. Right away, Angela shares with the Loudon family that she lives a polyamorous lifestyle. “Kids you’re getting a lesson,” John tells his kids. While John tries to explain to the kids what polyamorous means, Gina is meeting her new family. Chris shares that Ashley came to a party at the house, got drunk, stayed the night and never left. How romantic!
As Chris sits and watches wrestling on TV, Gina is grossed out by cooking an unhealthy dinner of Hamburger Helper. To prove that three isn’t a crowd, Chris and Angela take Gina out for some drinks. They hoped that the drinks would loosen her up, but she immediately starts rattling off her political views. “Obama really is a communist, gay population is much sicker than the straight population,” Gina tells the couple. The next day, Chris decides to do some online research on his new wife. He quickly stumbles on Gina’s political website and reads her views on gay marriage. While preparing t-shirts for his upcoming wrestling match, Chris confronts Gina about her views on gay marriage. “You don’t feel a man should be able to marry two women?” Chris asks Gina. Gina stands by the law, not how she really feels which infuriates Chris. Gina shuts down the conversation by saying she has done nothing but love his family, so she is done.
Back in California, Angela is shooting guns and helping the oldest daughter film a segment for her political website. The next morning, Chris takes the family on the deck for a Bible reading. But Angela quickly takes offense to one of the proverbs she thinks is directed towards her.
It’s time for the new wives to change the rules! Gina is removing all the TVs and unhealthy food from the house. She also wants the family to participate in Bible study and learn the Bill Of Rights. But Gina’s last rule causes the family to break out in tears and refuse to cooperate. Gina wants Ashley out of the house! “Ashley I want you to go find your dreams and not be trapped here,” Gina tells the family. Ashley refuses to leave, but says she will abide by the other rules.
Angela is laying down the new laws in the Loudon household. She wants the political and religion talk to come to a complete halt. Anyone found guilty of breaking the rule will need to put money in a jar that will go to a local Gay and Lesbian help center. The other rules are eating junk food and doing more fun activities.
John is quickly filling up the no political talk jar, so Angela want to take him out for a “non-judgmental” night out on the town. Right away, John quickly annoys Angela by his remarks. So much for the non- judgmental night. But Angela seems to be getting along great with the kids, enjoying skateboarding and art lessons. All is going well until John slips a $250 check into the jar, so he can buy some preaching time. As soon as John starts reading a verse from the Bible about a man lying with another man, Angela leaves the room in tears. “We will have to pray for her that she hears it,” John tells the kids. John follows Angela to the room, but she wants him to leave. “You will never change me,” she tells him.
Back in New York, Gina want the kids to listen to her Bible stories – but they run and find a TV to watch. Next on Gina’s agenda is to teach Chris about The Constitution and The Bill of Rights. “You are evil,” Chris tells Gina about her views on gay marriage. The fight ends with Chris kicking Gina out of his house. Gina walks out the door and Chris slams the door behind her.
It’s time for the couples to meet and discuss their experience. But for the first time in Wife Swap history, the Loudon’s refuse to show up. Production is told by the Loudon’s attorney that they will not be filming anymore. Really? What did they think they were signing up for? Angela is reunited with her husband and her girlfriend to learn about the week’s event. “I definitely didn’t learn anything from him,” Angela tells her husband. This family is happy with their lifestyle and don’t plan to change it.
What did you think of tonight’s Wife Swap? Why do you think the Loudon’s refused to film anymore?
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