So last night was the second half of the two-part opener of “Trading Spouses” on Fox. It was the episode where Mela and the Rich Obnoxious Woman (“RW”) got to decide where the $50K is allocated for the other family. If you recall, I hoped that Mela would give the rich family’s money to the hardworking MIL all the money and a trip around the world. I said that if the RW was true to form she’d send the daughter to fat camp, $10K into a college fund and the rest on crap gifts.
Well, I was 50% right. RW surprised me – she gave them $20K to pay off their debt, $22K towards a downpayment on a bigger house, and the rest was divided among the five family members to be spent as they wish. So I was off on that one – but who knew she’d suddenly have a soul when it came time to allocate the money?
Mela, however, I pegged correctly. She not only gave MIL $30K, but she said the rest of the money had to be spent on a family trip to Japan – no doubt to help the kids really learn about their grandmother’s culture, since the husband and wife have seemed to forget all about it in favor of big houses, cosmetic surgery and boats for the lakehouse. You could tell from the MIL’s reaction that she was shocked but secretly thrilled. Good for her – she deserves every penny since she’s basically living as a servant in her son’s house. What a way to “thank” your mother for raising you and giving you a good life!
Next week starts a new two-parter with two new families. Denis and I were lamenting that we didn’t know about this show when it was casting. We would have switched. Heck – one week for $50K? Works for us! Sadly, it seems that they are only casting poor and rich people – no middle-of-the-roaders like us. And all the clips they show of future episodes have older kids – 8, 9, 10 or teens. Not infants or toddlers like we have.
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