Shows This Week
Monday - December 9, 2013
Ray and Deena say that three years ago, after Deena had an affair and they divorced, their 16-year-old daughter, Summer, went from a straight-A student to a violent and out-of-control teen. The parents say that Summer shoplifts, uses drugs, gets into physical fights with friends and family, dresses provocatively and lies about her age to date much older men. They also claim that she has run away from home at least 15 times -- including a month-long ordeal in Las Vegas, when they say Summer lived on the streets, abused drugs and panhandled for money. How does Summer explain her behavior? Hear why she says she had no choice but to run away to Vegas -- with a near-stranger. And, how do Ray and Deena respond? Has the contention between them compromised their ability to parent Summer? Dr. Phil weighs in and offers the fractured family advice for moving forward. Will the parents be willing to come together to get Summer back on track?
Tuesday - December 10, 2013
Heather claims that her husband of two years, Anthony, is physically and verbally abusive and says she fears that one day, he could seriously hurt or kill her. She says that he has punched her, bitten her, slammed her into walls, thrown her to the ground and, most recently, she claims he tried to blind her by putting rubbing alcohol in her contact lens case — allegations that Anthony completely denies. Anthony says that ever since returning from Iraq, he has had trouble controlling his anger. He admits that he lashes out verbally at Heather, who he claims nags him and pushes his buttons, but he is adamant that he would never physically harm her. Will he agree to take a polygraph test? Dr. Phil has some tough questions for Anthony about his behavior, including his admitted abuse of Heather’s small Chihuahua. What does he think is at the root of Anthony’s anger? Plus, Dr. Phil’s wife, Robin, issues a strong warning about domestic violence and provides important information from her new ASPIRE Initiative. Will her words make an impact on Heather and Anthony?
Wednesday - December 11, 2013
Kelly says her 16-year-old daughter, Ellie, is on a path of self-destruction, and she fears for the teen’s life. She says Ellie has an eating disorder, is suicidal, cuts herself and has overdosed on prescription drugs. She also says Ellie lashes out at her in anger on a daily basis, forcing her husband, Rob, to play referee between them. What’s at the root of the teen’s behavior? Ellie admits she has low self-esteem but says her mom is overreacting. How does she explain her choices? Dr. Phil digs deep into the teen’s past to find the source of her pain. Can she turn her life around, before it’s too late? Plus, don’t miss the dramatic moment after the show!
Thursday - December 12, 2013
Rabecca claims that three-and-a-half years ago, her mother, Debra, tricked her into signing over legal guardianship of her 4-year-old daughter, Dezira, while she was suffering from postpartum depression. She says that since then, Debra has developed an intense attachment to Dezira and has gone to great lengths to keep her daughter from her, including taking Dezira for the night — and then hiding her for three months. Debra says she believes the child belongs in her care, claiming Rabecca never bonded with Dezira as an infant and willingly signed over guardianship. She also alleges that Rabecca, who has two other daughters, is an unfit and neglectful mother — so why isn’t Debra fighting to take the other children? Hear the shocking reason why Debra says she's contacted Child Protective Services — and Rabecca’s response to the allegations. Plus, could something from Debra’s past be motivating her desire to parent Dezira? And, what does Dr. Phil think is the best outcome for the child? Can this mother and daughter find common ground before the courts make their decisions for them? This program contains strong sexual content. Viewer discretion advised.
Friday - December 13, 2013
A High School Homecoming, a Rape and a Ruined Relationship
Twenty-five-year-old Brianna claims that at age 15, she was raped by two male classmates at a post-Homecoming party, and when prosecutors initially refused to file charges, she says her mom, Bridget, coerced her into sharing her story with the national media, sparking backlash from her peers. Why does she say she believes her mom had an ulterior motive in getting her to speak out? Bridget insists she wanted to empower her daughter, because she felt they weren’t getting anywhere with the legal system. Does she take any ownership in the fallout that her daughter says she received? Bridget and her husband, Michael, say Brianna -- who now has a 7-year-old son -- has since spiraled out of control, and they fear for their grandson’s safety. They claim Brianna and her partner, Vickie, use drugs and that Vickie has been abusive toward the child -- allegations both women deny. Is Brianna’s son in danger? Emotions run high when the family faces each other on Dr. Phil’s stage. Then, best-selling author Mitch Albom shares a painful, personal experience that inspired his new book, The First Phone Call from Heaven
, and offers advice to Bridget and Brianna. Can this mother and daughter make peace with the past and fix their fractured relationship?
LAST WEEK'S SHOWS
- Love, Lies and Murder: Killer Doctor's Daughter Reacts to Mistress Interview
- Parents Divided over Disowning Their Son
- Scandals Ripped from the Headlines
- Pregnant in Handcuffs: Shopping Outrage or Innocent Mistake?
- Twin Trouble/Marriage Misery