On the fifth season premiere of Supernanny, Jo Frost pays a visit to the Quinn family in Amherst, New Hampshire. The Quinn family consists of Gina and David Quinn and their four children. David Quinn is a chiropractor, and he often acts just like a big kid. He laughs at the kids, even when their behavior goes too far. Gina is a personal trainer, and she often finds herself all alone in refereeing the kids. Gina admits, “We are at a total loss.”
This week the Supernanny joins the Martinez Family and tries to bring peace to a home when dad is in Iraq.
Tonight on Supernanny, Jo meets a pair of aggressive and foul-mouthed boys. Can she turn these two little devils into angels?
On tonight’s episode of Supernanny, Jo helps to heal a long standing separation between awoman’s estranged dad while working with a family of seven children.
A family of seven desperately need SuperNanny’s help tonight as the parents deal with the obstacles of raising five children between the ages of four and nine.
The Doyle family needs Supernanny’s help. They are young parents of three young children age 5 and under. Sara, 5, is stubborn. Lizzy, 3, hits, slaps, and throws temper tantrums. Andrew, the 20 month old baby of the family, whines all day. Doug Doyle comes home from work and sits on the couch, while Brandy Doyle is left to discipline alone. She also holds down a full time job and is overwhelmed.
“You guys need a back to basics class,” Supernanny Jo Frost declares. “I’m on my way!”
Supernanny is introduced to the children without incident, but as soon as Mom goes upstairs to put Andrew down for a nap, the girls get nasty. They may be toddlers, but they hit and kick like old pros. Brandy ends up sliding Sara into her room and holding the door shut. Later, Lizzy kicks the TV. Mom deals with it by distracting her with tickles and giggles.
Brandy spends most of her time cleaning, while her children hang around with nothing to do. The house is spotless – and the children’s minds are a blank. Doug arrives and boy, is he glad to see Jo. “I know what she can do, and it’s a relief!” he says, before retreating to his corner of the couch with the remote. The little girls desperately try to get his attention, but when that fails they begin to fight. Mom comes in to break it up, but ends up bickering with Doug instead.
“It’s my break time to sit on the couch and not deal,” Doug says. “My husband is lazy,” Brandy replies. “My job is more physically demanding. I’m exhausted,” Doug whines. Supernanny breaks it up. “Does anything ever get resolved?” she asks. “No!” The Doyles don’t exactly work together on anything.
At the Parent’s Meeting, Supernanny points out the unattended children. “You provide a lovely home. But where is the enthusiasm and motivation where it should be, which is the kids? There’s a laziness there.” Brandy’s quick to defend herself. “I’m always cleaning something!” Supernanny’s not talking about her housekeeping. “You’re lazy when it comes to the kids,” she replies.
Brandy starts to cry. “I don’t want to neglect them!” Jo has some wisdom to share. “If you’re going to love your kids, let them see it. Give them you.” Her Tip of the Week hits home for the Doyles. “It’s not a competition about who does the chores, as long as they get done. Stick together,” Jo advises.
Teaching begins with Jo posting a routine. She’s assigning Dad to pick the girls up from daycare and play with them. The next afternoon, she plans fingerpainting and bubbles, and Doug has a blast. He doesn’t even miss the TV. “I proved that I can be a good father,” he says.
Lizzy disobeys though, and it’s time for a naughty chair showdown. Brandy’s not sure she can take it, but with Supernanny in her corner, she perseveres. “You’re her mother and she’ll do as she’s told!” Jo tells Brandy. Lizzy escalated, but Brandy followed through for the first time ever and finally got an apology from her daughter. Mom is afraid to invite other children over, so of course Jo pushes them to have some pals for a play date. It seems to be going well, until Lizzy decides she doesn’t want to share. Brandy puts her in the naughty chair, and Sara starts acting up. Doug deals with her, but all hell breaks loose. The girls double team their parents and start cursing like sailors. The friends take off, and the Doyles follow through with the naughty chair technique. “Today didn’t go as well as they hoped,” Jo admits. She claims future playdates will only get better – I don’t see how they could get any worse!
Jo plays a game and discovers Brandy and Doug don’t know much about their daughters. She leaves for a few days with strict instructions for the Doyles to discover their little girl’s likes and dislikes. Before she leaves, Jo offers us a Bonus Tip: Before a playdate, have your child select a special toy and put it away. He can share the others.
Brandy’s nervous. “We’ll see how it goes,” she says. Sara invites a friend over, but ends up in the naughty chair during the visit. When Jo returns, she accuses Brandy of being Naughty Chair happy, and gives her a pop quiz to help her determine what offenses are Chair worthy. “It’s about controlling the situation and not the children,” Supernanny says.
Mom and Dad finally go out on a date, leaving Deanna the babysitter at home. Lizzy goes crazy, and makes the babysitter cry. When Brandy returns, she assesses the situation and disciplines Lizzy. Lizzy apologizes to the sitter and makes amends, and things seem to be all right.
The Doyle family finally have the tools to teach their children how to behave, and everyone’s happier. “Every day is better than the one before,” Brandy says. “The family I wanted was there all the time,” smiles Doug. Supernanny has saved another family from distress!
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On this week’s Supernanny, Jo Frost pays a visit to the Doyle family. The Doyle family consists of parents Brandy and Dwight and their children Lizzie, Sara, and Andrew. All the Doyle children attend daycare, but three year old Lizzie is at risk of being expelled from daycare, because other kids and parents have been complaining about her behavior.
Meanwhile, five year old Sara likes to use her mom’s sewing kit for cutting her own hair, and eighteen month old Andrew is quickly picking up on and following the bad behavior of his two sisters. Supernanny will go into the classroom in an attempt to use her skills to teach the Doyle children to be more respectful.
Supernanny airs on Wednesday, May 28 from 9 PM to 10 PM ET on ABC.
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Supernanny Jo Frost arrives in San Dimas, CA this week to answer the prayers of Pastor Charles Browning and his wife, Bernadette. They have six children and a lot of conflict. The eldest child is away at college, but the remaining five don’t respect Dad or help around the house. Bernadette spends more time on her cell phone than watching the children, and every situation is solved by yelling.
Erek, age 17, and Devante, age 14, are Charles’ stepsons. They feel that he is just freeloading off their mom. Bernadette is a successful real estate agent and makes a lot more money than Dad does. Charlette, age 2, spends her days wandering about the house, looking for someone to play with her.
Bernadette is defensive, and won’t even come all the way downstairs to greet Jo. “My first thought was, is this a nanny?” she says. Charlette loves her new playmate, though, and Mom gets jealous. She can’t coax her baby away, though. “She’d rather be with Supernanny than watch TV,” Bernadette says. “This is ridiculous!”
Jo has a quick chat with the boys. “She’s always angry,” Devante says about his mom. He’s glad Supernanny is there to help, and promises to give Jo 100%. A fight breaks out at dinner, and it’s about money as usual. The boys don’t think Charles is a good provider, and Mom doesn’t help by harping on the fact that she pays the bills. Meanwhile, Charlette is in bed with a can of spray cheese watching shows meant for adults, while Mom works in her office. Supernanny can’t wait to show Bernadette the price she is paying for her monetary success.
The Parent’s Meeting is short. Jo addresses the children’s lack of responsibility and chores, and takes Mom to task about leaving Charlette to raise herself. She encourages Charles to be more involved and vocal. “I want you to be proud of the work you do as a father,” Jo tells him. She butts heads with Bernadette. “You’ve got no respect!” Jo tells her. “I can’t change overnight,” Mom snaps back.
Teaching begins, and Jo decides it’s time to unplug the family. She forces them to put all of their remotes, game controllers, and even Bernadette’s beloved Blackberry in a jar where they cannot be touched. Mom has a hard time parting with her favorite accessory, but Charles is glad. “I really regret that we have allowed technology to consume almost every aspect of our family life,” he says.
Supernanny then takes on the role of Super Therapist, and tries to start Charles and Bernadette on a path to mend their relationship. The session seems to bring them closer together, as they remember the reasons they got married in the first place.
Next up is a chore list. The kids work hard, and everything goes smoothly. Dad takes his stepsons out for a game of pool to try to build a friendship with them. Charlette gets her own bed, and Supernanny teaches Bernadette how to put her little girl to sleep. Jo takes her leave, and Mom rushes to snatch her cell phone out of the jar.
Three days later, Jo’s back. After reviewing footage of a disastrous family movie night, during which Dad checked out, Devante fell asleep, and Mom talked on her cell phone, Jo decides some fun is in order.
More footage is shown, and it’s Mom barking orders and yelling at everyone in sight. Charles and Bernadette argue over who is going to change the baby, and Jo tells her she has a future as a prison guard. “This is a prison here,” Bernadette replies. “I have to be their warden.” Supernanny doesn’t accept that excuse. “There’s no love!” Jo says.
Time for the Tip of the Week! Supernanny suggests getting the kids involved in dusting by making sock puppets they can wear on their hands as they wipe.
Charles gives his family a sermon, and admits that he hasn’t done the best job as husband and father. He speaks from the heart, and Bernadette is touched. Supernanny caps her visit with another game – the family works in teams to complete challenges, and the losers get pies in the face. Jo takes her leave, and the family seems to be getting along better.
“I’m not going to be an armchair parent,” Bernadette promises, and it seems that Supernanny has rescued another family in distress!
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In this week’s Supernanny, Jo Frost pays a visit to one of her largest families ever. The Browning family consists of Reverend Browning, his wife Bernadette, and their six children. The six children range in age from toddler all the way up to college age.
Wife and mom Bernadette also has a real estate business, and the time requirements for her business make if difficult for her to have time for the kids. Instead of their home being the sanctuary that they envision, the Bernadettes have found that things are more like a battleground.
Supernanny airs on Wednesday, May 14 from 9 PM to 10 PM ET on ABC.
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This week the Supernanny, Jo Frost, makes a visit to a familywho is in turmoil largely because the father is stationed overseas in Iraq. Before he leaves on his next tour, father Sindo and mother Michelle sit down and make a video for Jo detailing what the issues are and why Michelle finds it hard to keep the kids under control while her husband is away. Michelle says that she feels lost and stressed out regarding the children, Sindo (age 9), Ashley (age 7) and Mikey (age 6), while she is worried constantly about her husband’s safety. Michelle states that she desperately needs help, peace and harmony in her home.
Once Jo gets to the house and the observation begins, so does the fun. All three kids greet her nice and respectably, but then the screaming and tantrums begin. While preparing food mom blows up at Ashley while telling her to turn around and shut up. After yelling at the kids Mikey tells her that she is being bad to them. Michelle responds by getting in his face, putting her hand over his mouth and yelling at him some more.
Downstairs while trying to play air hockey Jo witnesses Michelle and Ashley “acting like two kids” as they go back and forth with “no, yes, no, yes”, and say that they need to grow up. Jo thinks that Michelle takes out her emotions on Ashley.
Jo realizes how difficult it is for Michelle to give the kids what they need when she is constantly worried about her husband and checking the computer for an email. Michelle admits that she should just be happy when she GETS an email, but sometimes days will go by between emails and phone calls and it is at that time that she really starts to panic.
During a conversation between Jo, Michelle and the kids Sindo admits that he feels like their mother doesn’t like them. Jo realizes that hearing this frustrates Michelle, but says that Michelle often overreacts to situations and that is why the kids respond the way they do.
A little while later Sindo Sr. calls from Iraq and Jo notices an immediate change in Michelle. She is happy and calmer than she has been all day with the kids. Michelle informs Sindo that the kids are not behaving and Jo hears him tell them they need to act right. He then tells Jo that he knows he can tell them that on the phone, but as soon as he hangs up that they are misbehaving again. He says that his wife needs to worry less about him and more about the kids who are there and who need her. Jo agrees and then lets them talk in private.
The next morning Jo sits down with Michelle for the “family meeting” where Jo points out to her what she sees as the problems and tells her what they are going to do to change it. Jo then talks to the kids and presents them with a list of rules. The first two being to treat each other with respect and to listen to one another. Jo also touches on them remembering their manners.
After explaining the rules Jo explains that when they break them that Michelle will kneel down to their level, calmly tell them that they need to behave and if they don’t then they will go to the naughty chair. Sindo states that he is tired of the yelling and thinks that his mother will be calmer with the naughty bench and the rules.
Michelle’s first and second tests come shortly thereafter when they go to Sindo’s hockey practice. Ashley tells her mother that she wants popcorn and when her mother says no Ashley gets upset. Michelle kneels down and quietly tells her that she needs to stop the attitude or that she will go sit on the floor. The tantrum only gets worse so Jo takes over, pulls Ashley away from the immediate surroundings, gets down to her level and firmly tells her that she will stop the behavior now or go to time out. Ashley calms down and goes back to stand by her mom. Then Mikey will not stay off the ice and after telling him twice, along with a little pushing from Jo, Michelle puts him in time out. Mikey responds by telling his mom that he loves her and giving her a hug. Jo considers it a success.
Once they get back to the house Jo has a surprise for Michelle. Waiting for her on the computer is her husband live, looking back at her through a web-cam. Michelle is shocked and Jo explains to her that it is a better way to keep in touch. Now, whenever Sindo Sr. can call, she can actually see him. Michelle tells him that she is going to correct the problems in the house and with her, but that when he comes home he needs to support that and he promises that he will.
Jo waits while Michelle brings the kids in with their eyes closed and surprises them with being able to see their father. The kids are ecstatic and seeing the kids give a group hug put a smile on Sindo Sr.’s face. Jo then directs them all to a family website that she set up where they can all post messages back and forth to each other and keep in touch. This proves to be a great idea throughout the show as the kids send and get private messages from their father, helping to strengthen the bond between them.
Jo wants the family to have fun so she takes all of them to a bounce house environment where they can play together and laugh. They all have a great time but Michelle is worried about Ashley throwing a tantrum when it is time to go. Jo tells her to give warnings about when they are going to leave, let them know when it is half way, and then start counting down the minutes as it gets closer. With three minutes to go Michelle is very panicked as Ashley runs away from her. However, when time runs out she is surprised and happy that Ashley gets ready to go quickly, and only asks if they can come back.
When they get home they prepare for a party with five of the kid’s friends. Everyone is excited, Michelle tells all the kids the rules and the party begins. Sindo, in his excitement, throws something at the ceiling that hits the lamp on the fan and breaks it. Jo is worried about Michelle’s reaction but Michelle surprised them both by saying that it was an accident, cleaning it up, and continuing to have fun with the children. During the party Jo says her goodbyes and leaves Michelle to handle the situations alone for the next couple of weeks.
Jo Comes Back
In many episodes of Supernanny, Jo is horrified to see the rules fall apart as the parents and kids revert back to their old behavior once she is out of the house. This time however, was different than the others. Jo came back and watched several videos with Michelle where the kids were behaving, Michelle was doing what she needed to do, and the home was calm. Jo praised her continuously on succeeding.
Then the pair watch a video of Mikey picking his nose and biting his toe nails. They also watch the boys arguing with mom about brushing their teeth, Mikey going as far as stating that he wants his teeth to fall out so that he can get money from the tooth fairy. They also see video of Sindo calling Michelle names and hitting her butt with a hockey stick. Michelle and Jo decide that they need to go over manners with the kids a little more.
Jo gives the kids a “test” where she asks them about what Mikey needs when he puts his finger up his nose, and Mikey jumps up and says he needs a tissue. Jo then asks what Sindo thinks his mom should do when he calls her a bad name and he mentions that she should follow the steps for punishment and he says that he knows it is against the rules for him to call her names. Michelle is excited to see that the kids know the rules and Jo says they did great, while tearing up the test.
Jo’s last assignment in the house is getting the kids to brush their teeth correctly 2x a day. She has a 5′ toothbrush made that lists all the rules for brushing teeth and proceeds to pretend to demonstrate what they are supposed to do. She then tells Mikey that the tooth fairy won’t take or pay for rotted out teeth that don’t fall out naturally, but rather because they were not taken care of. Mikey seems to understand.
Jo leaves the house for the last time confident that Michelle can handle it. More importantly though she leaves Michelle confident that Michelle can handle it. Jo helped Michelle find a way to achieve the peace and harmony in her home that she craved.
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