Wife Swap, the TV program where wives swap families for two weeks to live in each other’s homes, is one of ABC’s best performers. And it’s easy to see why: The children and husband usually end up pleading for their real mom/wife to come home. For the unappreciated women (read: pretty much everyone) the show is like porn.
A Cleveland recently couple got to see what this forced separation was like…
Steve and Marlee Brown, owners of Shoparooni in Collinwood, live in Cleveland Heights with their 11-year old son, Zane. By day they sell accessories like necklaces made out of scrabble pieces and ironic trucker hats decorated with butterfly prints. By night Steve is also a professional yo-yo player who’s most well-known for doubling for Owen Wilson as a yo-yo stuntman in Zoolander.
The family, you could say, is rather non-traditional. To commemorate their engagement, the duo bypassed the usual wedding rings. Instead, Marlee got a tattoo of a carrot on her left finger, while Steve got a matching rabbit on his own.
To make for better TV, producers tend to match families from different orbits – Kentucky rednecks swap moms with Orange County trophy wives, etc. Neither producers nor the Browns will talk about their episode, but the show will air on ABC this fall. – Rebecca Meiser