"I just ran into my room and started bawling," Brianne cries in her video diary. "I had alcohol. Now I feel completely betrayed. Chris is my stepdad and he loves me. I'm supposed to be able to trust him. He's not a parent figure. He's taken something away from me that I can never have back. Our trust bridge has been completely smashed."
"I won't even drink caffeine," Brianne says. "Alcohol? I mean that's a big deal. Even the littlest bit. I can never have the chance back. He just completely took that away from me."
Dr. Phil wants to get the facts straight with Chris. "You knew that there was tequila in this pie," he says. "It's margarita pie."
"I assumed that [tequila] was blended with it," Chris admits.
Chris replies, "I'm not disagreeing with you that it was a bad judgment." He recounts coming home from work that day and finding the margarita pie on the counter, which had been brought over by a neighbor. When Chris sat down to taste the pie a few hours later, Brianne asked for a bite, and he gave her a piece.
When Chris responds that he knew, Dr. Phil says, "And isn't it true that you knew there was alcohol in the pie? Isn't it true that knowing she was totally against it at a very moral, religious level, that you gave it to her anyway?"
"Yes, and it's also true that I told her it was margarita pie," Chris explains.
"Does that excuse the fact that you gave it to her?" Dr. Phil asks. "Are you saying because you said, 'It's margarita pie,' that she should have said, 'I don't want it'?"
Dr. Phil asks Brianne what she needs from Chris that she's not getting. Turning to her stepdad, she says, "Maybe if we just sat down and went through all the rules I have. I'd like for you to know when I'm grounded and what I'm grounded from," she says.
"Can I respond to that?" Chris speaks up.
"It's the new you," Dr. Phil jokes. The audience applauds, as only minutes before, Dr. Phil was urging Chris to speak up.
"Brianne, those are things that your mom and I need to get back on the same page and communicate with," Chris explains. "I don't necessarily know exactly when you've been grounded because your mom and I haven't spoken in detail regarding things going on at home. There are times when I feel like I'm playing catch up, and that's an area that your mom and I need to work on."
Dr. Phil wraps it up with Stacy and Chris. "You have to understand, when the two of you have problems and you don't resolve them, everybody else in the family picks up the tab for that trouble," he says. "Everybody is affected by that, which is another reason that I've said to married couples all the time, if you love your children, you will protect the relationship between their mother and father. The greatest gift you can give them is to let them grow up, not in an emotional divorce and a barren environment, but in one with constructive things going on and progress being made."