Wife Swap

Episode 5.16 : Heene/Silver

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TV Info

Episode Premiere

March 13, 2009





Show Period

2004 - 2010

Production Company

RDF USA, Embassy Row


The Heene family from Colorado live life on the edge. Wife Mayumi (43) and storm scientist Richard (45) take their three kids, Bradford (8), Ryo (7) and Falcon (5), out of school to go on storm chasing missions to prove Richard's theories about magnetic fields and gravity. If conditions are right, Mayumi wakes her family by shouting "Storm Approaching, Storm Approaching!" into a bullhorn. The family sleep in their clothes so they can leap out of bed and into the storm-mobile. Richard calls Mayumi his 'ninja wife'; she maintains equipment, drives the storm-mobile, films tornadoes and waits with the kids while Richard jumps on his motorbike, heads into the eye of the storm and launches rockets to measure magnetic forces. At home the family are as chaotic as a twister: the kids have no table manners and throw themselves around the house, and while Richard devotes every moment to his research, he expects Mayumi to cook, clean and run the house without any help.

When Florida native and self-professed psychic medium Sheree Silver (48) married husband Sam (42), they opened a "spiritual center" together where she sells mystical trinkets and performs psychic readings. Sam is so in awe of his wife that he waits on her hand and foot - cooking, cleaning and even blow-drying her hair.

Sheree is raising her sons, Andrew (13) and Justin (10), to be in touch with their feminine sides as well; the boys dance and play musical instruments, and they don't play sports. Sheree feels that her sons are too sensitive for public school and opts to home school them instead. As a result, the boys' only interaction with other kids their age is only at tap and ballet lessons, where they're also the only boys in the class.

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