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Friday, March 13, 2009: Wife Swap

by Rebecca Bellotto March 13, 2009 6:00 am
Friday, March 13, 2009: <I>Wife Swap</I>

Okay, so Wife Swap is a show that is most often (by me, anyway) half-watched in marathons on Lifetime. But tonight marks the 100th episode of TV's most uncomfortable staged social experiment (well except for Black.White. -- but hey, we live in a post-racial world now, right? No need for that to ever come back!), and with it return two "fan favorite" families. Curious about what sorts of people this show's viewers deemed so compelling that they had to return for a bonus round? Read on...

In the red corner we have the Heenes, a storm-chasing family from Colorado who apparently love science more than anything. And in the blue corner we have the Silvers from Florida, a blended family headed by a psychic with a specialty in past life regression whose extremely effete sons believe they are destined to be great performers. Listen, before you judge just know that mom Sheree Silver has a doctorate in metaphysical philosophy, because apparently that's a thing. So she likes science too! Oh but there's something else...she believes she can control the weather. That'll go over well with the storm-chasers, right? I predict absolutely no tension between these two families.

Just kidding, I predict lots of tension! I have in fact seen the original episode with the Silver family and let me tell you, those people are nutty as an economy-size container of Planter's Assorted. And no, they did not learn a damn thing during their previous match-up -- although this time the two sets of kids get to face off, so that should be interesting. Shouldn't these people realize that when Wife Swap calls them up, especially back for a second episode, that something is very wrong/hilariously entertaining with the way they live and then proceed in a manner that indicates awareness of this instead of going off half-cocked trying to perform past-life regressions on people who (gasp!) think the weather is dictated by wind pattern and natural forces? What's that you say? -- then we wouldn't have a show? Well...phooey.

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