Marriage Checkups: Billie-Jeanne and Stirlyn

Marriage Checkups: Billie-Jeanne and Stirlyn
Is Stirlyn still burping and slurping?
A couple statements Dr. Phil made had a strong impact on Billie-Jeanne and Stirlyn: "If momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy," and "the most powerful role model in a child's life is the same-sex parent."

Stirlyn realized that his sons are looking up to him, and he no longer wants to set a bad example. "I really want my sons to see how a man is supposed to act," he says. Since coming on the show, Stirlyn no longer passes gas or burps at the table, and he uses his napkin.

"Dr. Phil, I want to thank you for all you did for us," says Billie-Jeanne. While she's pleased with her husband's progress, she thinks Stirlyn's table manners can still use some fine tuning — especially before they go on a cruise. "I'm afraid that by Stirlyn not knowing some of the things etiquette-wise, he'll embarrass me."

We sent Stirlyn to have a private lesson in table manners with Cynthia Grosso at the Charleston School of Protocol and Etiquette.
Stirlyn learned how to seat someone in a chair, sit up straight, eat soup, cut his salad, order wine, and more than he ever wanted to know about silverware.

All the while, Stirlyn kept a good attitude, laughing as he said, "That's a lot of work for a lousy piece of lettuce!"

Then, Stirlyn put his manners to the test at a fancy dinner with his wife.

He brought Billie-Jeanne flowers, and then proceeded to critique her for eating her soup improperly!

"If this can make you happy," he tells his wife about his new manners, "it's worth my doing."

Billie-Jeanne thanks Dr. Phil. "Stirlyn has white-glove manners, and I can't wait to go on our cruise," she says.