A Family in Crisis: Michael Leaves Home

"I Gave Up on Our Family"
Chris and Stacy's marital woes and problems with new pregnancy.
Brianne was already aware that her mother had one affair while married to Chris. That affair produced Bohdan, the baby placed for adoption. Taking Dr. Phil's advice, Stacy decides to tell her daughter the whole truth about her infidelity.


"You knew about Bohdan and Bohdan's dad and that I had an affair with him. I just wanted to let you know that that wasn't the only affair that I had before. I had two other affairs since I've been married to Chris," Stacy says.


"I'm completely shocked to find out that you did it two other times," sobs Brianne. "That really is shocking to me. I feel completely betrayed again. How can you do that to your husband and to us?"


In tears, Stacy replies, "I was so frustrated and hurt that I gave up on Chris. I gave up on our marriage. I gave up on our family."

Dr. Phil walks down from the stage and sits in front of Brianne, saying, "I cannot tell you how sorry I am that you're in the middle of this. There's something you said that I fully understand. You said, 'I am the good kid. I make straight A's. I follow the rules. I'm a good citizen.' You don't say you're perfect, but you said you've been the good kid and get no rewards for it. I want to tell you that's not true with me. I was willing to take this on because of you, because I feel like you're caught in the middle of all of this and you've got no help, no voice and nowhere to turn."


When Dr. Phil asks Brianne how she feels about his observations, she says, "I'm glad that you think I deserve attention because I'm the good kid."

Dr. Phil assures Brianne that he's trying to help her family stay together, even though it may not feel that way right now.


"I wrote down exactly what you said," he tells her. "'One's been put up for adoption, one sent away to his dad. Now one's sent to Happy Hill Farm. Now there's another pregnancy. What's next? Am I going to get sent away? Is something going to happen to me?' We don't know what's going to happen, but we know we're committed to building this family solid and getting it in the right direction."


Dr. Phil tells Brianne that he has arranged for her to meet with Laura Hudson, a therapist in her hometown, and Brianne thanks him.