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Ep306 Larry Birkhead/Helio Castroneves

05/28/14 Season 3 TV-PG

Larry Birkhead is the former boyfriend of Anna Nicole Smith and became a familiar face in the tabloids during a very long and public custody battle over his daughter with Anna Nicole. Larry resides in Louisville, KY with his daughter Dannielynn (7), his sister Angie, and her two children Chloe (10) and Justin (23). Larry is a hands-on dad and uncle who barely has any time for himself while the kids do not have set schedules or chores. The family rarely sits together for meals and frequently dines on fast food in front of the television. Larry was once a painter, but following the untimely death of Anna Nicole, he stopped pursuing his artwork, but never far from his memory, one of his portraits of Anna Nicole hangs in the family home.   

 

Helio Castroneves is a three-time Indianapolis 500 champion and former ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” champion who lives in Ft. Lauderdale, FL with his girlfriend Adriana and their daughter Mikaella (4). Adriana likes to keep a “perfect” home and constantly supervises the work of her housekeeper Sandra. Adriana also keeps Mikaella on a strict schedule that includes no television. She enjoys participating in a neighborhood workout group and makes sure that health is a priority in the home by serving healthy dinners each and every night. Helio likes to spend his free time with friends on his boat and enjoys a weekly game of poker.

 

When it’s time for the swap, Angie arrives in Florida and is immediately impressed by Helio and Adriana’s beautiful home, but when Angie learns she will be hosting Helio’s poker night, she feels a little overwhelmed about the evening. Angie is also out of her comfort zone working out with Adriana’s friends and feels out of place overseeing Sandra – especially since Sandra does not speak English and Angie does not speak Spanish. When it’s time for rules change, Angie decides she is going to shake things up and arranges a playdate for Mikaella that Helio will supervise solo, but this racecar driver experiences some speed bumps along the way. Meanwhile, back in Louisville, KY, Adriana finds the Birkhead home disorganized and tacky. During her first night of the swap, Adriana shares a family dinner of fast food burgers and French fries and she notices that the family does not spend mealtime together. Getting to know Larry, Adriana experiences firsthand how hard he works to take care of the family, so when it’s time for her to do things her way, Adriana is determined to bring structure and organization to the family with some surprises along the way. 

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