An Ultra-Conservative Farm Mom Swaps Lives With a Las Vegas Party Mom on the Season 6 Premiere of ABC's 'Wife Swap' Thursday, March 21

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March 18th, 2013

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Marissa Zdazinsky, a.k.a “Big Juicy,” and Angela Kuncaitis, an ultra-conservative and religious mom of six, trade lives for two weeks on the Season 6 premiere of “Wife Swap,” THURSDAY, MARCH 21 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.


“Wife Swap” finds two mothers of families, each with opposing values, to trade households, lifestyles and children (but not bedrooms) in a two week-long challenge: In the first part of the exchange, each mom moves into the other’s home and agrees to follow a manual of “household rules” written by the departing mother, including how to parent, manage their social life, do house work, unwind and more. Everything changes in the second week when “new mommy” takes charge, introduces her own set of rules and runs the “nest” her way. At the end of the second week, the two couples meet for the first time in a raw and highly-charged exchange of views, making frank assessments of one another and discussing the experience. In the process, they really will discover what life would be like in someone else’s shoes.


A self described “over the hill party girl,” Marissa Zdazinsky lives with her husband Walter, their six-year-old son Jake, and live-in “many,” Princess, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Marissa loves to go out, and she visits the Vegas Strip almost every night, where she and Princess drink, dance and party the night away. During the day, Marissa likes to sleep in and relax while her husband is at work and Princess tends to her son, Jake.


In Coral, Michigan, Angela Kuncaitis lives on a 40-acre farm with her husband Matt and their six children -- Abby (18), Anna (16), Buddy (14), Penny (11), Peter (4) and Favour (3). With a mission to be closer to God, this devout family left their eight-bedroom home with modern amenities for a farm with no electricity or running water, and only one bathroom. The children are home-schooled and are expected to do daily chores and help with the needs of the farm.


When “Big Juicy” arrives at the farm in Michigan, it’s quite a shock to see the family has no modern amenities, and Marissa quickly realizes that she will be trading in her glamorous and pampered lifestyle for one full of cooking, cleaning and farm chores, while also tending to the needs of six children. While “Big Juicy” has a big heart and an open mind in regard to the lifestyle of her new family, she is upset when she tells them about her best friend/”manny” – Princess -- and they react with disapproval when they learn Princess is gay, causing tension between Matt and Marissa.


In Las Vegas, Angela meets her new family and quickly becomes uncomfortable with Marissa’s party girl lifestyle. As a devout Christian, she doesn’t drink and feels like a fish out of water when Princess treats her to a night on the town. Angela thinks Marissa is lazy and selfish, and finds Jake bratty and undisciplined, with no rules or boundaries in the home. The biggest issue Angela has with her new family is Princess, and when it’s time for rules change, Walter and Princess are both dumbfounded with what Angela has in store for the family.


“Wife Swap” is produced by Zodiak USA. Natalka Znak, Claire O’Donohoe, Mike Gamson and Bruce Toms serve as executive producers. It is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HD format, with 5.1-channel sound. This program carries a TV-14 parental guideline.


  • Lisa Morra

    Thank you, Marissa, for proving that being Christ-like means more than carrying around a bible. You are a great wife, mother, and friend and I’m proud of you. I’m sorry your family was stuck with a cruel, judgmental woman in your place but good for you for finding a way to connect with the children from the other family when it seemed like you’d have nothing in common with them. You made the best of a very rough two weeks. LOVED you running around their farm in a blinged-out dress and hair/makeup. Totally true to you!!

  • magnolia

    the religious parents you are ARROGANT, IGNORANT & NON CHRISTIANS
    And as parents you set a terrible example…(I am a Christian too)
    While my family are Christians we were taught NOT to judge others, NOT to condemn others, we were taught to forgive, have compassion, embrace the differences and mostly we were taught to be good examples to our children!!
    and you are NOT ——-what if your son was gay or your daughter, you have given them NO opportunity to share their innermost feelings with you. You have cast aside your own children.
    did you learn Anything about yourself…the world did…but you cant seem to HONESTLY look at yourselves – what are you AFRAID OF???

  • Rochelle

    I found Angela and her husband to be extremely rude and condensending at the “round table” portion of the show…how arrogant and pompous ….obviously it’s Angela’s way or the highway..I ave to say I bet the children truly enjoyed a day f shopping and being pampered..they are treated like slaves with no contact with the real world. They should e ashamed of themselves …

  • Jill

    I enjoyed this episode. I love seeing what is “normal” for other families. I think the best part is that they usually take wives who are polar opposites ( and usually pretty extreme) and sometimes their families benefit from them learning from each other. I hope marissa sees this forum and feels vindicated by the response in her favour. I don’t agree with those who said she was a great mom- but you could definitely see that she loves her son and wants to be a better mom. I really respected her for her willingness to give it her all and learn from the experience! I also thought her husband did really well at the end when they all met together ! No one mentioned the son in their comments. That was the only thing I agreed with Angela about. The son ‘s behaviour was awful and would only get worse as he gets older! I hope they learn that rules, respect and some structure are important for kids! My question is – why did princess move out????? :(
    For Angela’s kids- I hope they are able to learn about acceptance, tolerance and loving thy neighbour from somewhere, because with the way Angela and her husband have them so isolated, chances are that they will be just as intolerant as their parents! They seem like good kids- I’m glad they get at least 10 minutes of fun each day.

  • nikki corona

    At the round table discussion, angela and her family really showed their emotionless “true colors”. I feel sorry for Angela’s children.

    HOPEFULLY they don’t grow up influenced by their parents bigoted behavior.

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