The ABC reality show "Celebrity Wife Swap" is back for another season, and this time the celeb swappers are real head-scratchers.
On the second season opener, reality TV mom Kate Gosselin swapped lives with former Playboy model Kendra Wilkinson, providing plenty of blonde moments and polar-opposite opportunities. While Kate lounged by the pool in Calabasas with her feet up and let Wilkinson's hubby Hank Baskett serve her dinner, Kendra was in rural Pennsylvania feeding chickens and packing lunches for Gosselin's eight kids.
"Mady [Gosselin's 12-year-old daughter] is mentally older than I am," an exhausted Kendra droned. Out of the mouths of babes.
While the new season of "Celebrity Wife Swap" will also feature the quirky Coolio and Mark McGrath combo, as well as Alan Thicke and Gilbert Gottfried (oh boy, we wonder how Dr. Jason Seaver would analyze that one), nothing may be able to top last year's Flavor Flav/Dee Snider wife switcheroo, in which the hip-hop legend got a veritable "Wife Swap" divorce from Snider's wife, Suzette, because he refused to spend time with his pseudo fam.
But public enemies aren't always made on TV swap shows. In fact, scripted TV has done its own share of swapping, which means the inevitable revelations of how much harder the other person's life is are usually resolved in a sweet 22-minute time frame.
Check out these memorable TV swaps:
Lucy, Ricky, Fred, and Ethel -- "I Love Lucy" (1953)It was a job swap on "I Love Lucy" when Lucy and Ethel switched daily duties with Ricky and Fred in the 1953 episode "Job Switching." The classic episode had the boys on dinner duty while the girls brought home the bacon, but it all culminated with a chocolate factory fiasco and a kitchen adorned with flying chickens and rice. In the end, the guys admitted that there's more to being a housewife than lying around the house and playing canasta: "We'll make the money; you spend it," Ricky declared.
Mike and Carol Brady -- "The Brady Bunch" (1970)The grass is always greener, or so Mike and Carol Brady thought in a 1970 episode of the sitcom "The Brady Bunch" called, well, "The Grass Is Always Greener." When Mike scoffed at how easy his new wife had it, she decided to switch roles with him for a day. That meant Carol spent the day with their three tween boys at baseball practice while Mike helped their three very lovely girls with hair of gold (the youngest one in curls) earn a Girl Scout cooking badge. So how did it pan out? Let's just say everyone was bruised and achy by the end of the day (slipping on broken eggs in the kitchen hurts), and Mike was definitely donning a baseball glove -- and a newfound respect for women's work -- the following week.
Gabe Kotter and Mr. Woodman -- "Welcome Back Kotter" (1975)A 1975 episode of the sitcom "Welcome Back Kotter" had laid-back teacher Gabe Kotter switching roles with grumpy assistant principal Woodman, and it included a personality change for both men. It was "No More Mr. Nice Guy" for a suddenly humorless assistant principal Kotter, while Mr. Woodman was dressing up in historic costumes and actually being nice to the Sweathogs.
Piper and Leo -- "Charmed" (2005)What's it like to walk a mile in someone else's shoes? Just ask Piper and Leo of the WB fantasy drama "Charmed." The 2005 episode "The Lost Picture Show" had the husband and wife Whitelighter/witch duo switching into each other's bodies. It only took Leo a few hours of living inside Piper's body to realize all that she had to juggle (being the breadwinner, a mom, and a charmed one!), while Piper learned an even more valuable lesson: "I am not gonna spend the rest of my life tinkling standing up," she said.
Jerry and Kramer -- "Seinfeld" (1996)TV fans love a good apartment swap (remember when the "Friends" gang traded spaces?), but "The Chicken Roaster" episode on "Seinfeld" took the cake. The ingredients for this switcheroo included a heaping helping of Kenny Rogers Roasters chicken and a bright red neon restaurant light that shined in Kramer's bedroom window, prompting him to beg Jerry to switch pads with him so he could get some sleep. But after one night in his pal's bed, Jerry was taking on Kramer's cray-cray mannerisms, while Kramer -- who previously vowed to boycott the light-shining chicken shack -- was becoming a bit addicted to the hickory-roasted delicacies across the street. A red-eyed Jerry's revelation: "I knew it! The greasy door knob, the constant licking of the fingers, he's hooked on the chicken, isn't he?" But don't worry, Rogers eventually turned out the red light and the whole gang got some shuteye.
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