May 29, 2007
This Dr. Phil Family is angry, out of control, and about to face an intervention in The Dr. Phil House! Gene and Myra have had a tumultuous 20-year relationship full of betrayals, infidelity, anger and bitter resentment. Married only six years, Myra has been unable to forgive Gene for four infidelities in the past, including one with a 19-year-old, and her anger grows stronger every day. Explosive fights are common in their household, and their children are fed up with the dysfunction. Melissa, 22, couldn't take it anymore and moved away from her extreme family. She wrote to Dr. Phil for help. Edwin, 20, and Eugene, 17, are still witnesses to their parents' volatile fighting. Edwin says he feels like an outcast in his own family and is tired of being picked on by his mother. Eugene says he's often pulled into his parents' arguments and can't wait to move out and go to college. Gene says he wants to do what he can to get Myra to forgive and forget, but do his Internet activities say the opposite?
Part 1 summary:
Gene and Myra move into The Dr. Phil House one night before the rest of the family. The bickering starts immediately and a game of Truth or Dare turns ugly. The next day, Dr. Phil meets with them and uncovers the truth about how their relationship started, and why they began with a shaky foundation. Can a relationship that began as an affair stand a chance? -
Part 2 summary:
To help Myra get over her anger at Gene's adulterous past, Dr. Phil arranges for her to sit down with Lee, a pregnant self-proclaimed mistress in a long-term relationship with a married man. Before they get far into their conversation, Gene intrudes and begins to tell Lee his side of the story. As the arguing between the couple heats up, Lee is left to watch the fireworks. Next, since Gene admits he treats women as sexual objects, Dr. Phil has a surprise for him. Three successful women arrive at the house, determined to change Gene's views about the opposite sex. After listening to them speak on behalf of women everywhere, Gene breaks down, and says he wants to become a better husband. The ladies are not convinced. Melissa, Edwin and Eugene join their parents in the house. After trying to have secret conversations off camera, Melissa gets a wake-up call when Dr. Phil knocks on the door. Is she sabotaging her family's opportunity for a healthier future? Then, in an exercise designed to get to the root of their resentments for each other, each family member takes a turn in the "hot seat" while the others open up about what they hate about them. Gene can't take the criticism and says he's going home.
Part 3 summary:
Melissa's boyfriend, Randy, arrives at The Dr. Phil House to join her and the whole family. Randy has been estranged from Melissa's family for stealing a large amount of money from Melissa, so his presence is largely ignored. Gene and Myra think that Randy is a liar and a thief, and the reason Melissa has gained about 100 pounds in the last five years. Gene and Myra try to talk to Melissa about her weight, but she gets defensive and leaves the room. Since Melissa and Gene often blame each other for the family's problems, Dr. Phil wants them to bury the hatchet long enough to cook a family dinner together without help from anyone else. Myra breaks the rules by taking over the cooking, while Melissa goes back to her room, snacking on junk food. After dinner, the family sits down for a meeting, focusing their attention on Melissa and her weight gain. Melissa angrily responds, saying she's overwhelmed with caring for her autistic son on her own, and she's depressed because she has no life outside of him. After hearing what Melissa has to say, Randy breaks down and cries. Dr. Phil joins the family meeting and confronts Melissa and Randy about their sometimes violent relationship and Melissa's mismanagement of her health.
Part 4 summary:
Dr. Phil surprises Melissa with the news that help is headed her way: She'll receive a complete health evaluation from the Lawlis Peavey PNP Center in Dallas, a personal trainer, nutritionist, and food service delivered to her door. In addition, she'll receive help for her depression and be connected with a developmental disabilities specialist for her autistic son. Melissa's family cries tears of joy at the good news. Dr. Phil tells Melissa to fix her toxic relationship with Randy or get out, and recommends that they consider moving back to be near her family. Then, Dr. Phil talks with Myra and Gene about the status of their marriage. Gene tearfully apologizes to Myra for all the pain he's caused. Dr. Phil emphasizes that they need to stop fighting. Next, Robin sits down for a talk with Myra. She advises her to find her personal truth and set standards of what she will and won't accept in her relationship. Dr. Phil talks with Gene about self-respect and making a life decision to change how he engages with Myra. Gene accepts the offer of marriage counseling. Next, Edwin and Eugene get an opportunity to fulfill their Hollywood dreams and audition for a talent agent and a casting director. The brothers rehearse their roles together, but Edwin worries Eugene isn't taking the opportunity seriously. After their audition, Edwin is offered a chance to enroll in an acting class in New York, and then return to Los Angeles in the fall to audition for new television shows. Then, since Myra and Melissa never learned to drive, they get a driving lesson so they can become less dependent on Gene and Randy. The driving instructor informs them that if they get their driver's license, they will get a Honda Fit vehicle. The family cheers them on while they drive. Because of their hard work, Dr. Phil sends the two women to a spa for pampering. Dr. Phil sits down with the entire family one last time. Will they use the tools he gave them to fix their relationships?
Several months have passed since this family left The Dr. Phil House. Since then, Myra has gotten her driver's license, while Melissa is still working on getting her license and losing weight. Melissa, Randy and their son moved back to Melissa's family's hometown. Edwin started his acting class in New York and looks forward to coming to Los Angeles in the fall to audition for new television shows. Eugene is off to college in September. Melissa promises she will have her driver's license by then. Myra and Gene are still working on their marriage.