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The TV show Trading Spouses is a reality show on the FOX network and is often referred to as Trading Spouses: Meet Your New Mommy for advertising purposes. During the show, two families switch wives or sometimes even husbands for a week. Members of the family must then follow the rules set by the new family member. This usually causes conflict, especially with any kids in the family, because the new wife or husband usually has a more radical view of rules and discipline than they are used to.

Trading Spouses aired its first episode in 2004 and aired its season three finale episode in 2007. In early 2008, FOX decided to sell its rights to the show to CMT and officially end the series. This series began just a few weeks before ABC was to air a show with a similar premise.

Several times throughout the series, many wives showed up in more than one episode trading places with different people each time. This happened most often with those people who brought the most controversy and thus viewers to the show.

Each set of families had a two episode arch where the first episode aired the first week and the continuation aired the following week. This decision made viewers come back at least for a second time to find out what happened next.

One difference between this show and some of the other similar reality shows is that they give each family $50,000 with the requirement that the guest mother/wife gets to say how the family gets to spend the money. This is usually to help out certain members of the family with things they need or want to do.

Trading Spouses has 59 episodes that spanned over three seasons. Each episode was approximately 44 minutes in length when you don't count commercials. Some episodes were either longer or shorter than this average by a minute or two.

FOX
3 Seasons, 59 Episodes - Canceled
July 20, 2004
Reality
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Trading Spouses Full Episode Guide

  • Laurie is worried about all the pressure that Ed heaps on Nick. Meanwhile, Cheri can't believe how boring it is at the Allen home and why Tom is so against Wes leaving home for college. On a drive he reveals that she is only there for the week and if Wes starts getting the idea of going away to college he will have a mental breakdown.

  • Orange County, CA, is where we'll find Cheri Naudin, a highly motivated, hard working woman. Ed, might be even more competitive than she is. They have 15-year old, Nick, 13-year old Shannon and 11-year old Chele and are pushed by Cheri to achieve success too. In Santa Rosa, CA, is where the Allen family reside. A laid back, easy going couple who believe that most of the world is too uptight and corporate driven.

  • The free-wheeling lifestyle of a rock star is a big change for housewife Doreen Andrews of Boston, MA. But adjustment to the life of a stay-at-home mom any easier for rocker Terry Nelson of Longview, WA? While Doreen tries to tame Terry's husband, Terry wants to do the same for Doreen's slacking girls.

  • As a continuation of last week's story, Julie Chase and Judy Lane are still living with their new families. Each woman will evaluate their temporary families and decide how best they should spend the $50,000 that each family will receive.

  • Judy and Pepper Lane of San Diego CA are a couple of lesbians living with their artificially inseminated child Cory and adopted son Shay. They have a happy life unless confronted with ignorance. In Grant's Pass, Oregon is where we find Judy and Charlie Chase, along with daughters Kaci and Cyndi. Judy has a phobia against anyone who she feels threatened by such as smokers, overweight people or the homeless. Father Charlie is extremely competitive and pushes his daughters into sports.

  • The conclusion of a switch between Marguerite Perrin, a self-proclaimed "God Warrior" who made a previous appearance on the series, and LaToya Brown, a socially conscious mom who homeschools her 7-year-old daughter.

  • A peacenik puppeteer and a Marine Corps veteran return to their families and read a letter from their counterpart detailing how to spend the show's $50,000 reward.

  • Marla can tell that Marco and Henrietta are having troubles as they begin to confide more in each other. Meanwhile, Henrietta is chasing Maurice around trying to get the kids to tell him how upset they are with the way he ignores them. His defiance has pushed Henrietta to the point that she is about to leave for home.

  • In Part 2 of this episode, Mrs. Laura Wiessmeyer of Weymouth, MA, and Mrs. Wendy Kahn-Robson of Boulder, CO, continue to adjust to life after trading families. When they say goodbye to their new families, they leave them with a letter that could change their life forever. Finally, when the moms return to their own homes, they read the letters and learn how they will have to spend the $50,000 prize.

  • The Martin family consists of a Christian registered nurse married to an ex-marine and current corrections officer from Kentucky along with their 2 kids; Ashton - 20, a successful college student and Aaron - 17, a soccer player, raccoon hunter, and self proclaimed mountain man. The Shantz family are orthodox Jews. Lisa and Michael have been married 25 years and have 4 children, Kayla a 3rd grader; Ester, a senior in high school; Adina, a sophomore; and Aryeh, a 20-year-old.This family is very serious about education and eats a strictly kosher diet.

  • Mrs. Plonsker of San Francisco, CA, and Mrs. Sheila Welsh of Pleasant Hill, CA, continue to adjust to life with their new families - one in the city and one in the suburbs. And when each of them says goodbye and returns to her own family, they learn how they will have to spend the $50,000 prize.

  • Mrs. Chafee of Union, KY, and Mrs. Hornaday, a "Star Wars" fanatic from Buford, GA, continue to adjust to life with their new families. And when each of them says goodbye and returns to her own family, they learn how they will have to spend the $50,000 prize.

  • Mrs. Zandi, of Scottsdale, AZ, and Mrs. Frazier, of Licking, MO, continue to adjust to life with their new families. And when each of them says goodbye and returns to her own family, they learn how they will have to spend the $50,000 prize.

  • Mrs. Slivana Clark of Tacoma, WA, and Mrs. Christina Crowe of Belgrade, WA, continue to adjust to life with their new families. And when each of them says goodbye and returns to her own family, they learn how they will have to spend the $50,000 prize.

  • Mrs. Ann Marie Burgess, a vegetarian from Davie, FL, and Mrs. Raegan Dexter of Franksville, WI, continue to adjust to life with their new families. And when each of them says goodbye and returns to her own family, they learn how they will have to spend the $50,000 prize.

  • Mrs. Octavia Joseph of Beacon, NY, and Mrs. Lynne Gibbons of Mendon, MA, continue to adjust to life with their new families. And when each of them says goodbye and returns to her own family, they learn how they will have to spend the $50,000 prize.

  • Mrs. Dancy of Park City, UT, and Mrs. Wopperer of Brewster, NY, continue to adjust to life with their new families. And when each of them says goodbye and returns to her own family, they learn how they are required to spend the $50,000 prize. Moms trade houses and spouses on Part 2 of this episode.

  • In Part 2 of this episode, Mrs. Perrin of Ponchatoula, LA, and Mrs. Flisher of Boxborough, MA, continue to adjust to life with their new families. And when each of them says goodbye and returns to her own family, they learn how they will have to spend the $50,000 prize.

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