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          Cuba Gooding Jr.

          April 20, 2012

          Academy Award-winner Cuba Gooding Jr. joins Dr. Phil to discuss his new TV movie, Firelight, where he portrays a youth correctional counselor who encourages violent and troubled girls, many of whom come from a life of drugs and gangs, to join an elite firefighting team. Also, meet Theresa, a mom who had her teen, Angela, prosecuted for stealing money from her account and property from her home. Is there a darker problem at play? And, find out what you can do to help a troubled teen heading down a dangerous path.

          Cuba Gooding Jr. Talks Fame, Family and Firelight

          More than 16 million kids in the United States are at risk for hunger each day. Fortunately, you can help. Visit Feeding America to find your local food bank. And, help Dr. Phil raise enough money for 10 million meals. Donate today!

          Cuba Gooding Jr. opens up about his family life — and teaching his son to drive!

          Cuba talks about life inside the walls of prison: “You feel like life has discarded you.”

          “Quit Stealing or Go Back to Jail”

          Angela, 19, says she’s stolen thousands in cash and jewelry from her mom, Theresa, but insists, “I’m too high class for going to jail.”

          Angela shares a painful moment from her past and describes hitting rock bottom. And, Angela’s father, Mario, weighs in about her behavior.

          Dr. Phil addresses two of Angela’s scams and lists off her criminal infractions. “How nefarious is she?”

          Dr. Phil offers Angela help. Will she accept? “You’re smart. If you turn those smarts into making this work, you get your life back. If you don’t, you get a box, and we bury you in it.”

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          • Don’t miss the premiere of Firelight on Sunday, April 22 at 9 p.m. on ABC.
          • Find out how you can make a difference in the life of a deserving child. Read more about CASA!
          • If you’d like more information about the puppies featured on today’s show, please call The Grace Foundation at (916) 221-1088 or email


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          Know a “Bad Bride”?

          Are you a bridesmaid under pressure to look “perfect?” Is the bride demanding that all her bridesmaids lose weight and get into shape before the big day?

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          Know Someone Refusing to Act Their Age?

          Is your son or daughter a moocher and refusing to grow up? Is your loved one having a midlife crisis or wearing inappropriate clothing?

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          At War with Mom?

          Do you feel she is your worst enemy? Can you not believe you are related to someone you dislike so much?

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          Is a Narcissist Ruining Your Life?

          Do you suspect your partner/ family member to be a narcissist? Do they behave in a way that leaves you confused, distressed and fearful?

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          Fighting Over A Family-Run Business?

          Are you part owner in a family business and feel like you don’t get your fair share of profits?

          Help & Resources

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          Check out the mental health treatment programs that have assisted Dr. Phil guests.

          Feeding America

          Learn how you can help feed a child this summer.

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