Wife Swap

Season 3 Episode 16


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 19, 2007 on ABC
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Episode Summary

A survivalist farm mother who eats only raw foods swaps families with a status-conscious mother whose family believes in keeping up appearances.
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  • Disgusting,moronic Iowa family!

    That's about all I'm going to say,because everyone already pretty much said what I've been thinking about those idiots and I'm not going to repeat anything that was said.All I'm going to say is that this whole family's attitude about pretty much everything irratated me almost as much as that Shannon Nicole b*tch in that episode about the cabin family that lived like pioneers.
  • Watching the Iowa family and their "lifestyle" was very disturbing.

    It's hard to imagine that this family can survive eating raw meat in a house that harbors bacteria. How hard is it for the family to realize that yes, some bacteria is good for you, but most you don't want? Raw chicken has salmonella which is clearly not our friend. Salmonella causes disease in humans and animals and infects over 40,000 people and kills over 600 people a year. Don't they care about how their food tastes? Perhaps all that "friendly" bacteria from the plaque on their teeth clouds their tastebuds, not to mention causes gingivitis. Can't they find organic toothpaste at their grocery store?moreless
  • Ballet of the Deranged

    Are the Haigwoods for real?

    I imagine so, I have met folks just like them. Watching this episode was almost like a reunion of sorts for me.

    Old man Haigwood seemed to be an unhinged loon, a characteristic that he has passed down to his son the aspiring pilot. The female-like other Haigwood was a missionary for the brilliant dietary habit of eating raw meat (rancid or otherwise) and brushing teeth with unprocessed butter and clay (yes, CLAY) all while beaming... showing off a set of inflamed gums that looked just about ready to shoot her teeth forcefully from her mouth.

    Of course, the poor woman who was dumped into this nut house had no chance... no chance at all. After a week of being nagged to eat lumps of rotten cow and chicken flesh, Mrs. Webb commits the cardinal sin of bringing the ever-nutty Haigwoods out to a barbecue joint. Soon after, they all fall ill... except for the poor Webb woman, who actually eats food that's supposed to be food and is accustomed to it(as opposed to the maggot bait the Haigwoods devour).

    So the Haigwoods get a grease overload and pretend to be sick to their stomachs (as witnessed by the barf bowl laying alongside the ailing Haigwood daughter). Old man Haigwood thinks that he just shortened the lives of his kids by letting them eat processed food, and collapses on the bathroom floor in a sobbing heap. Old man Haigwood, what have you done??

    Old Man Haigwood loves to sing the praises of drinking raw eggs and eating cadaverous flesh. "My hair is growing back!" he claims while bowing his head, showing off three renegade strands of hair that have pushed up randomly through his scalp. Mrs Haigwood brings her Iowa carnival on the road and into the home of some poor fashion consultant from California. They endure mock emergency drills where they crawl under a bench in the basement and cry for help. Mrs Haigwood is so adamant to sell her "germs are good" snake oil that she licks the kitchen floor (uncleaned for a week, thanks to Mrs Haigwood), convinces the youngest boy to eat a slab of raw chicken on some sort of leaf, and nearly slits the throat of a barnyard animal in front of the children to "show them where their food comes from". Wisely, Mr. Webb takes the children and makes a hasty exit, leaving the Haigwood woman with the now relieved chicken in her hands as he drives away.

    Meanwhile, the Haigwood children go uneducated, believing the tripe that their father tells them that "if germs are bad, why would God put them here"? and echo it back like the steepest wall of the Grand Canyon. I imagine that they are here to weed out the gene pool of people that think bacteria-ridden raw meat is somehow healthy. Germs are all good? Tell that to the victims of the black plague.

    Boy Haigwood is just a regular bundle of fun. When confronted in any way, he "whispers so he doesn't shout" as his body shakes and rocks back and forth (an aside- a zoo animal will sometimes do that too). As Mrs Webb was leaving, Boy Haigwood explodes at her like a ripe pimple... all over a slight disagreement. I'd have to see how he behaves at the DMV.

    Mr Webb tells Mrs. Haigwood (on her diet advice) "Why would I listen to anyone who looks like you?" Instead of being insulted like the mentally functional people on this Earth, a lightbulb goes off in Mrs. Haigwood's head. "That's it! I could sell this raw meat diet if I were PRETTY!!", she thinks. At the end of the show, Mrs Haigwood shows up at her Iowa home dressed to the nines, certainly ready to pitch the raw meat diet to anyone dumb enough to listen or those physically unable to get away from her.

    I liked this episode, and feel very guilty about it. If they weren't on the television, these yahoos would never be allowed into my home. These are the type of people who would be chased away from any other home by way of shotgun.moreless
  • This episode sickened my family!

    I love Wife Swap but this episode really sickened My whole family as we watched this. As one family

    Ate raw food and everything was so raw. I felt so sorry

    For those kids that they didn't have a say in how they

    Should eat. I kind of liked the second family though despite keeping up appearences. Still, thankfully that the people of Iowa aren't like the first family. Very saddened and painful to watch!moreless
  • What!I am from Iowa and as I watched this show, I kept thinking where did they get these freeks. We did not live like that. Instead a nice cooked steak!Then the next day I find out these freaks live 6 miles from my home town not 90 miles from a town.moreless

    I felt sorrow for that poor lady from California. I heard she refused to live in that house and they had a trailer brought in for her to stay. Can't say I blame her. From what I saw and what I have read and heard, it sounds like a bunch of balony. I eat at the bar they ate at every time I go back and it is great. Keep those freeks on the farm, where did they come from?!?!moreless

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