August 06, 2007
Meet three women ready to divorce their controlling and chauvinistic husbands. In a last-ditch effort to save their marriages – and their sanity – Tara, Amanda and Cherie turn their husbands, Scott, Nic and John, in to Dr. Phil’s Man Camp, an intensive week-long stay in The Dr. Phil House, designed to give them an attitude adjustment and a new appreciation for their wives. With toxic attitudes, explosive fights and abusive behavior, can these three couples repair the damage and save their marriages?
Part 1 summary:
Unbeknownst to the husbands, their wives are brought to The Dr. Phil House as well. While the men are away, the women get to play: by leaving a colossal mess for the men to clean up! When the men see the destruction and learn their time to clean has come, tempers flare. Furious, Scott refuses to participate and demands an explanation. After a heated discussion, he hangs up on Dr. Phil and storms out, leaving a broken-hearted Tara behind. Can she convince Scott to return with a participative spirit, or is this the end of their stay â€¦ and their relationship?
Part 2 summary:
After Scott refuses to clean up a mess in the house, he has an angry discussion with Dr. Phil and storms out. His wife, Tara, begs Dr. Phil to approach Scott in a different way so he won’t leave, but Dr. Phil says he refuses to reward tantrum behavior. When Tara tries to convince her husband to give Man Camp another shot, a huge argument erupts and Scott leaves again. Tara resolves not to quit and is touched when she gets a hand-written message from Dr. Phil. As Nick and John roll up their sleeves and clean the messy house, their wives secretly watch in amazement. Will the men have a new appreciation for what their better halves do on a daily basis? Unable to book a flight home, Scott joins the other husbands for dinner and agrees to stay until morning. Dr. Phil sits down with Scott, who admits he overreacted the previous evening. When Tara joins the conversation, Dr. Phil offers to help them get the skills they need to communicate without fighting. Scott agrees to stay. Then, Dr. Phil talks with Nic and Amanda and warns them that a secret rendezvous they had almost got them kicked out of Man Camp. Will they recommit to the process, and will Amanda agree to bring in the man she’s cheating with, so Dr. Phil can face him?
Part 3 summary:
After almost getting kicked out of the house, Nic and Amanda sit down with Dr. Phil to discuss the biggest issues in their marriage. Dr. Phil brings in Nic’s mother, Juanita, whom they didn’t invite to their wedding. Amanda has a hard time getting along with her mother-in-law, but wants Juanita to have a relationship with her grandchildren. So why hasn’t she tried to see them more often? Nic struggles with his emotions as he tells his mother that he’s always felt like an inconvenience in her life. Then, Dr. Phil addresses Amanda’s choice of income as an exotic dancer, telling the couple that if they want their marriage to survive, she has to quit her job. When Cherie and Tara give her their opinions on her job choice, Amanda breaks down, unable to tolerate being judged. Dr. Phil gives Nic a chance to confront the man who has been sleeping with his wife, and the couple forms a united front as they tell this man to get out of their lives for good. Then, Cherie observes as John talks with Dr. Phil, but becomes angry over what she hears him saying. She joins the men to give her side of the story. Dr. Phil informs John that his mother-in-law will be joining them. Does this make him pack up and leave?
Part 4 summary:
Cherie’s mom, Joan, comes to The Dr. Phil House to talk with her daughter and son-in-law. She meets one on one with John, while Cherie watches their conversation from another room. John promises Joan he will work hard to change his abusive behavior toward his wife, but Cherie feels he’s being insincere. Despite the knots in her stomach, Cherie confronts John, who becomes angry and storms out of the house. Meanwhile, tensions grow between the other couples. Amanda and Tara engage in a confrontation in the kitchen â€¦ over spaghetti sauce. The next day, Cherie drops to her knees and begs John to stay, apologizing for thinking he wasn’t being genuine. Dr. Phil meets with the couple again and shows Cherie a video of what John said after he stormed out of the house. Then, Tara and Scott go on their first romantic date, but the honeymoon period doesn’t last long.
Part 5 summary:
Dr. Phil sits down with Scott to talk about his anger problem and how he can control it. Feeling confident he can do what Dr. Phil suggests, Scott vows to Tara that he will never yell at her again. Cherie and Tara never made it a secret that they didn’t approve of Amanda’s job as an exotic dancer. They confront Nic by the pool, telling him he shouldn’t take responsibility for all of his marriage problems. Dr. Phil assigns the couples some intensive exercises to help them all understand their partner’s point of view. As each person stands before his or her housemates and explains what he or she really wants, raw emotions pour out, and the group grows closer with compassionate support. Then, Dr. Phil explains his rules for fighting and how they all need to stop what they’re doing to their children. After watching a videotape featuring their kids, the message is clear. The couples vow to change their dysfunctional behavior when they return home. Having made great strides in repairing their relationships, will these couples continue working toward a happy, healthy marriage? Don’t miss the follow-up next week!