As reality television has evolved, producers have got much cannier about “what works,” and the choreographed collisions between contestants have only gotten more and more garish.
Case in point: Last week’s Trading Spouses: Meet Your New Mommy. Such life-swapping shows have long dabbled in cartoonish pairings of contestants (vegan activist mom gets sent to live in a house filled with taxidermy!) with occasionally rich results (if there’s anything funnier than a vegan activist mom offering a sobbing apology to a mounted deer head, please tell me what it is).
But things might’ve crossed over to the dark side with last week’s Trading Spouses, in which a professional hypnotherapist swapped lives with a die-hard born-again Christian. Unsurprisingly, the Christian provided the majority of the drama—hearing Satan in the family’s dryer, demanding to be taken to a church after accidentally speaking to a psychic on the phone—all culminating in a fire-breathing freak-out available for your viewing pleasure here.
FYI: the envelope you see the woman tearing up contains the reward money her family was due to receive for participating in the show. Key twist: the spending of each family’s $50,000 prize money is decided by the opposite mother. In this case, the hypnotherapist mom earmarked various funds for the Christian mom’s kids to fulfill their dreams plus $20,000 for the Christian mom to receive the gastric-bypass surgery she wanted. Meanwhile the Christian mom gave the hypnotherapist’s family engraved King James bibles, funds for various family projects, and $400 to get rid of their possessed dryer.
I know it’s not fair to judge a people by their reality-TV counterparts, but damn, this is an entertaining bit of Christian psychosis.