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Wife Swap (2004) - 3x01 - Jeffrey/Greiner

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Former beauty queen Shannon Jeffrey (37), husband Wayne (41) and their three girls -- Jesstine (15), Alyssa (11) and Trinity (9) -- believe that a perfect appearance is everything. Shannon spends $36,000 a year keeping their luxurious Tennessee home decorated like a furniture showroom, is constantly plucking her daughters eyebrows, and grounds them if they have chipped nail polish. Dutiful daughter Jesstine wakes up at 4:30 in the morning to straighten her hair the way Shannon likes it. When nagging perfectionist Wayne isnt flying commercial jets as a pilot, hes obsessively cleaning the house and complaining loudly about it. Wayne spoils his wife and daughters, doling out money instead of spending time with them. When he bought Jesstine a red sportscar for her birthday, she complained that she wanted a pink car and told him to get it repainted. While the girls enjoy being spoiled, they wish their Dad would spend more time hanging out with them and less time nagging them.

Shannon heads to the Pennsylvania home of the blue collar Greiner family, where mom Belinda (43) and her husband, George (42), live with their two children, Madison (10) and Seth (9). The Greiners live in a loving but cluttered den filled with animals and their junkshop finds. What the family cant get for free, they find in the trash or buy at thrift stores. They live in sweats and jeans, and Belinda has bought daughter Madison new clothes only twice in her entire life. Belinda cares more about spending time with her animals and her children than she does about cleaning up after them. She spends every waking hour of her day with her kids, even home-schooling them so she can have more time with them. In order for Belinda to stay home with the kids, George must work 16 hours days as a carpenter to support them. He spends so much time fixing other peoples houses that he has no time to work on the countless unfinished projects in his own house.

In the first week of the swap, Shannon is forced to live without makeup or fancy clothes in a house full of unfinished projects, pet hair and mounds of clutter. In the Jeffrey home, Belinda cant believe the lengths that the family will go to in order to maintain perfection, and breaks down when Waynes incessant nagging turns into confrontation and yelling.

In the second week of the swap, the wives change the rules and turn the tables. Shannon pretties up the kids and packs them off to their first day at a real school. She hires a professional cleaning crew, finishes the many unfinished home projects, and moves the pets to the basement to lessen the odor and dust.

Meanwhile at the Jeffrey house, Wayne lashes out at Belinda when she tries to home-school the girls. Belinda, tired of Waynes yelling and nagging, brings in a communications expert to teach Wayne how to express himself better with both her and his daughters, which results in some eye-opening discoveries for them all.

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Broadcast: 2006-09-18

Production No.: 218

Episode Overall No.: 47

Episode Type: Regular Episode

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