Wife Swap Australia – Peter Is One Of The Biggest Dickheads Seen On TV
To think when this episode started I thought Leanne King cleaning nazi was going to be the villain of the piece. In fact it was Peter Xanti who has got to be the biggest tool on a reality TV show in the last year or in fact in the history of the genre.
The issue was he was not even making it up his persona – it was him.
The only reason I can think he and his wife Bernadette went on Wife Swap Australia was to promote their music. They play in an acoustic medieval trio. Not a big market for that type of music, in fact they could barely rustle up double figures when they were busking in Adelaide mall.
Peter also occasionally plays drums in a Black Sabbath cover band. Peter does not much else. His excuse was “Work stunts your growth mentally and creatively”. Even the loser singer from the rockumentary Anvil had a job.
Bernadette’s biological clock must have been ticking as this guy has always been a dickhead. He lived at home until he was 42 years of age, and then he moved in with her. They had Piper and then another baby who was pretty expressionless most of the episode it must be because when he is looking after him he was placed in his room.
He classified himself as a stay at home dad, and Bernadette worked part time for a confection company.
In fact by the time Leanne King moved in with him for a week I was cheering for her. And what perfect casting.
Leanne was an uptight cleaning machine who had an over the top regimented daily routine, not just for herself but for family as well. Also her motto was “work, ethics, morals’ and of course she had no time for people on welfare… I note she made no mention of middle class welfare that her family probably receives.
Leanne because she was too busy playing with her Mr Sheen (that was no euphemism) that her daughters were little rebellions in waiting, and her husband had lost his gonads a few years back.
So she moved in with Peter and it was game on.
It did not take her long to crack – first she said she had come from the penthouse to the shithouse. She also realised that “this guy is the biggest wanker”.
Basically she was horrified at the way the kids had to fend for themselves Piper fed the two-year-old breakfast.
The biggest anticipation was when it was time for the new rules of the house. She came out blasting “You are a balding middle aged man, not Jim Morrison”. Also she said he had to quit smoking, get a haircut and a job. Fast forward less then 24 hours and she was turfed about by him. Clearly his man hood had been hurt.
Bernadette who had done some lovely stuff with her two daughters and had toned down the cleaning routine was upset when she turned up for the chat across the table and Peter had not turned up, and also walked out once Leanne started giving her some home truths about him.
Ironically Leanne could not handle any home truths about some of her own parenting habits, like not attending netball games or allowing her kids friends to come and visit.
Anyhow Peter thought he was quite justifiable that he did not turn up. In the follow up it was surprising Bernadette was still with him.
He proudly proclaimed to camera that he had held down a job for three days. Apparently the work dried up after that.