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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

TV alert

If you're around tonight, make sure that you check out Trading Spouses on Fox. When Trading Spouses and Wife Swap were originally airing, I was SO into them . I think a lot of the appeal is seeing how many different types of successful (and not so successful) relationships are possible and watching what happens when someone is put into a radically different environment and have to give up a bit of control.

Both of these shows have had some truly enjoyable episodes, but tonight's episode of Trading spouses in the second part of what is probably my favorite of them all. Barbara, the up tight control-freak vegan with the awkward, extremely sheltered home schooled kids and seemingly beat down husband trades places with Diana, a laid back, practical, gator farmer with a sweet but simple husband and a willful, stubborn, and hilarious son, ZeZe.

In the first episode, while dining in some charming Bayou eatery surrounded by turtle soup, crayfish, frog legs, and gumbo, Barbara explains, in a very condescending manner, that she's a vegan. You can't ever tell with these shows if a reaction actually comes from what's being said or is just edited to look that way, but who ever edited this scene did a great job. As she explains she's a vegan, they cut to ZeZe who exclaims how great his oysters are. When she says "So long as we have a choice, we're going to choose compassion over killing, the cut to ZeZe, mouth full, chuckling at her. When she tries to discipline him later, he gives her a halfhearted apology to get her off his back and when she keeps talking he tells her "you're fired".

Tune in tonight to see it all go off the rails. It's on Fox at 7P CDT.

3 Comments:

  • i dont think i need to watch it now.
    i believe youve told me all i can ever get out of such shows.

    that being said, a firend of mine had somthing to do with Pinks, ( http://www.speedtv.com/speed/press.php?p=12608 ) "Reality street/Dragracing" that im actually a little interested in seeing.

    By Blogger wouldpkr, at 6:11 PM  

  • Is this a repeat? I think I caught the end of this episode, or one leading up to it.

    FOX is the network for gawkers. Seeing other people have it bad tends to make us feel better about ourselves... which also makes us more susceptible to suggestions during the innumerable commercial breaks.

    That said, I'd love to see Trading Spouses combined with COPS or World's Wildest Police Videos. Make the cops trade partners, and see if they can solve crimes any better. Or watch as the Traded Spouses fly off the handle, resulting in a domestic disturbance call... all on video, of course.

    By Blogger pylbug, at 12:34 PM  

  • well, it WAS a rerun, but the show is split up so that each pair of families gets two weeks, so you may have seen the end of part one last week.

    The thing that really fascinates me in these shows are the relationships that these families have,be they good or bad. You get to see the control freaks deal with children that have been raised differently, or husbands that don't pitch in or are waiting to be told what to do or whatever.

    Even in thses episodes both of the wives were the one's wearing the pants in the family, as both of the husbands were pretty much playing second fiddle. Even so the differences in lifestyles makes it difficult for them to come to terms with a different way of doing things.

    I'm not watching (simply) to feel better about myself in relation to the hayseeds, but to explore, for example, the different types of parenting and the effects thereof.

    By Blogger E, at 1:04 PM  

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