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  • Teenage Rage

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    Season 17, Episode 204 - Aired 06/14/2013

    Phyllis and Barry say they're desperate to calm their violent 15-year-old son, Brandon, and turn to Dr. Phil for help. The couple confides that their son's anger began around age 6 and has grown progressively worse -- so much so that their requests for Brandon to perform simple tasks such as brushing his teeth or bathing cause him to go into a rage, breaking things and punching holes in walls, and even chasing Phyllis with scissors. Barry says they walk on eggshells, waiting for Brandon’s next violent outburst and that every day he leaves the house worried that his wife may not make it to the end of the day. For protection, the couple says they’ve even installed locks on various doors throughout their home, providing Phyllis a "safe room" in which to hide. What is at the root of Brandon's anger? Dr. Phil spends some one-on-one time with the young man to determine what’s driving his behavior. And, find out what Phyllis recently found in Brandon’s room that shocked her to her core.

  • Bully Backlash

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    Season 17, Episode 203 - Aired 06/13/2013

    Thirteen million children will be bullied in the U.S. this year. Dr. Phil examines a high school incident that involves lawsuits, death threats and both sides feeling bullied. Sixteen-year-old Katie says her classmate Nick turned against her and started recruiting people to join a "Kill Katie Klub." She says the taunting by her classmates escalated and forced her to quit school. Katie's mom, Giselle, says her daughter — once, a popular cheerleader with good grades — is now homeschooled and has lost everything. Giselle says her attempts to remedy the situation with parents and school officials fell on deaf ears, so she was forced to go to the police, resulting in backlash from her community. Giselle says she wants Nick and his parents, Michelle and Daniel, to take responsibility. Michelle and Daniel speak out exclusively to Dr. Phil, insisting that Nick was just making a joke about starting a “Kill Katie Klub,” and that it went no further. They say that they’ve held their son accountable, and they just want the drama to end. Is Giselle perpetuating the situation? Sparks fly when these families face off. Can Dr. Phil help them broker a peace?

  • Is Mom Playing Favorites?

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    Season 17, Episode 202 - Aired 06/12/2013

    Twenty-eight-year-old Lynn says her mother, Anne, has turned her entire family against her, and now she feels like she's the "black sheep." She says her mom calls her names, has hit her and favors her younger brothers so much that it's caused them to turn against her. Anne says her daughter’s narcissism and lies have made her an outcast. She claims Lynn will stop at nothing to get attention — even lie about a pregnancy and miscarriage. Can Dr. Phil stop the mudslinging long enough to get to the root of their disagreements? And, was Lynn really pregnant? See how mother and daughter react to what medical records reveal. Then, hear from Lynn's brother Tom. Why does he say he sides with their mom? Can Dr. Phil mend these family ties?

  • My Friend is Too Obsessed with Me

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    Season 17, Episode 201 - Aired 06/11/2013

    Traci says her former friend, Jinda, is obsessed and infatuated with her. Traci says Jinda began texting her about 50 times a day after they first met -- texts that soon became over-the-top proclamations such as, “I can’t get you out of my mind," and “I swear I will love you the right way.” Traci says she thought Jinda just needed a friend but then grew more uncomfortable as, she claims, Jinda was also inappropriately affectionate with her children, began texting her friends -- whom she had never met -- and even tried to touch and kiss her. Traci claims Jinda crossed the line when she tried to sabotage her marriage, so she cut off communication with her. But is Jinda getting the message? Jinda admits to being "needy and clingy," but does she see that she's overstepped her boundaries? Can Dr. Phil help her rein in her behavior? Then, Kari says her sister, Holly, stabbed her in the back when she took Kari’s ex-husband’s side during their divorce -- and, after not speaking for three years, she wants an apology. Holly says she’s not sorry and that Kari is the one who needs to apologize. Can Dr. Phil end the silence between these sisters?

  • When Love Hurts

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    Season 17, Episode 200 - Aired 06/10/2013

    Gina says her fiancé, Jeremy, is physically, emotionally and sexually abusive, and that in the last year, he has beaten her at least once a week, and they’ve been in at least 50 altercations. Gina says Jeremy has wrestled her to the floor, choked her, cracked her teeth, slammed her head against a wall, beaten her with a belt buckle and driven a nail through her arm. And, when Gina was three months pregnant, she says Jeremy did the unthinkable — he raped her. What does Jeremy say happened? Find out why Gina says she believes Jeremy will kill her. And hear why, despite her fear, she says she will never leave him. Jeremy admits that he physically abuses Gina, but adds that she is often the aggressor in their fights. With so much anger in the house, the couple says their 2-year-old son has begun to display aggressive tendencies. Can Dr. Phil get to the root of what's really wrong and stop the cycle of violence? Hear how secrets from Gina's and Jeremy's childhoods could be the culprit. If you know someone who is trying to escape an abusive relationship, learn the steps to take by visiting DrPhil.com.

  • Never-Ending Abuse?

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    Season 17, Episode 194 - Aired 05/31/2013

    Erin says that when she was 8 years old, her stepfather, "Mr. Dave," began sexually abusing her, and that she also watched him molest her friends. Erin says that despite telling her mother, Lisa, what was happening -- a claim her mother denies -- the atrocities continued until she confided in a teacher three years later. Erin’s stepfather was arrested and is currently behind bars, and Lisa was convicted of sexual abuse of a minor for failing to protect her daughter. She served 13 months in jai, and is now permanently on the sex offender registry. Erin, now 22, says she's struggling to let go of the anger and resentment she still feels for her mother. Face to face on Dr. Phil's stage, will Lisa take responsibility for not taking action? And, can Dr. Phil help Erin find forgiveness? Then, find out why Lisa's 14-year-old daughter may now be in need of her mom's protection, and if Lisa is up to the task. This program contains strong sexual content. Viewer discretion advised.

  • My Fiancée vs. My Mom

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    Season 17, Episode 193 - Aired 05/30/2013

    Christian says he is stuck in the middle of two women fighting over him: his fiancée, Beth, and his mom, Carol. Beth says her future mother-in-law is meddling, constantly berates her and is trying to destroy her relationship — and if she doesn’t butt out, Beth says she’ll be forced to end her relationship with Christian. How did the bad blood begin? Carol admits she doesn’t trust Beth and even hired a private investigator to spy on her. Why doesn’t she approve of Beth? And, what did the private investigator discover? Christian, who says he once had a great relationship with his mother, says he and Beth have canceled their wedding twice, in part due to his mother’s behavior. Is he prepared to choose between the two women in his life? And, will Carol ever accept Beth? Don’t miss Dr. Phil’s advice for this troubled family. Can they reach a resolution?

  • A Twisted Family Tragedy

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    Season 17, Episode 192 - Aired 05/29/2013

    From the outside, Tayler’s life seemed picture perfect — but no one could have imagined the disturbing secrets she was hiding behind her smile. From the ages of 6 to 17, Tayler says her dad, Russell, molested her, gave her drugs, and took her to Mexico on numerous occasions, where she was forced to do unspeakable things. How could these horrific events have occurred without anyone noticing? Tayler’s mom, Deanna, says she was unaware of the alleged abuse and just thought Tayler and her father had a special father-daughter bond. Were there warning signs she missed? Now 19 and addicted to heroin, Tayler says she feels alone, abandoned and confused — but she also admits that she misses her father. Can Dr. Phil help get her on a path to both emotional and physical recovery? Then, hear from Tayler’s two younger sisters. What did they witness? Were they being groomed by their father? And, where is Russell today? If you’re a parent, tune in to learn how to protect your child from a predator.This program contains strong sexual content. Viewer discretion advised.

  • Young, Online and Out of Control

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    Season 17, Episode 191 - Aired 05/28/2013

    Terri says she trusted and thought she knew her 15-year-old daughter, Sierra — who she believed was a popular teen, earning good grades — until Sierra disappeared and was discovered by police, days later, after witnessing a murder. Terri says she then learned that Sierra had been living a very different life — experimenting with drugs, meeting men online and having sexual relationships with them — many of whom were twice her age. Despite Sierra's alleged traumatic experience, Terri says her daughter continues to travel down a troubled path. Can Dr. Phil get to the root of Sierra's behavior? What warning signs did Terri miss? And, how might she be enabling her daughter? If you’re a parent, you can’t afford to miss this powerful show! This program contains strong sexual content. Viewer discretion advised.

  • Intense Family Drama

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    Season 17, Episode 190 - Aired 05/27/2013

    When America’s Next Top Model contestant Jael first appeared on the show, she was addicted to drugs, and her life was spiraling out of control. After one of the most explosive and unpredictable interventions in Dr. Phil history, Jael reluctantly agreed to travel to Los Angeles and see Dr. Phil -- but seconds before appearing onstage, she took off running. For the first time ever, Dr. Phil left the stage to go outside and speak with the 28-year-old behind a dumpster, and convinced her to stop running and seek treatment. It’s been six months -- how is Jael now? Then, 41 years ago, Karin and Tommy placed their son for adoption. Now, they say finding him is a matter of life and death. They contacted professional locator Troy Dunn(http://drphil.com/shows/page/TroyDunn/) to help with the search. Is he able to locate him? And, Tony says 15 years ago, his girlfriend left with their 3-year-old son, Mitch, and he’s been searching for him ever since. Seven months ago, Tony was contacted by police and informed that 18-year-old Mitch was found wandering the streets of Los Angeles alone, emaciated and confused, after allegedly being held captive by his mother and stepfather. Where is Mitch now? And, why does Tony say he still hasn’t been able to see his son?

  • Parenting Disaster: Extreme Excuses

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    Season 17, Episode 189 - Aired 05/24/2013

    Darcy says that her sister, Jennifer’s, home is in a state of complete chaos. She says Jennifer and her husband, Ralph, have no rules, their kitchen is bare, the electricity is often shut off, and they put their needs ahead of those of their four children -- who are acting out as a result. Darcy says her nephews, 8 and 10, smoke marijuana, play with weapons and recently started a local forest fire — and that the 10-year-old once wrote a note asking for someone to kill him in his sleep. She says her 12-year-old niece was recently called to truancy court, and her 16-year-old niece is having unprotected sex in the home with her older, live-in boyfriend. Ralph concedes that he’s struggling to provide for his family financially and has made mistakes as a parent but says Jennifer is to blame, claiming she’s checked out as a mother. Jennifer admits she’s detached from her family, struggles with depression and has trouble maintaining the household. With this family in dire need of a resolution, Dr. Phil stages a no-nonsense intervention. Are Jennifer and Ralph willing to take the necessary steps to save their family?

  • It's Either Me or Your Deadbeat Son Part 2: Meet Grandma

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    Season 17, Episode 188 - Aired 05/23/2013

    Dr. Phil continues to unravel the painful details of Johnna’s past, including her relationship with her mother, Cindy — with whom Johnna’s 23-year-old son, Chase, is now living. Johnna calls her mom “demonic” and a “sociopath” and claims she is poisoning Chase’s mind. Cindy admits she was a terrible mother who never wanted children, but she insists she’s a wonderful grandmother — and blames Johnna for Chase’s current struggles. What’s at the root of their bad blood? Hear Cindy’s shocking confessions. Then, Dr. Phil offers Johnna tips for moving forward and changing her family legacy. Can she learn to put the past behind her and apply new parenting strategies that will help Chase to live on his own? Don’t miss this emotional conclusion!

  • It’s Either Me or Your Deadbeat Son

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    Season 17, Episode 187 - Aired 05/22/2013

    Ed says his wife of two years, Johnna, enables her 23-year-old son, Chase, so much that it’s destroying their marriage — and he’s considering divorce. He says Johnna buys Chase cell phones, applies for jobs for him and even pays his $5,000 annual child support for his 2-year-old son. Johnna admits that she’s easily manipulated by Chase — why won’t she put her foot down? Dr. Phil delves into Johnna’s past and discovers a deep source of pain. How may that be affecting her parenting? Chase, who is currently living with his grandmother, says he feels unprepared for the world and blames his mom for his lack of motivation. Can Dr. Phil help him become more independent and start supporting his family? And, can Johnna learn new parenting strategies to stop enabling him? Plus, don’t miss Part 2 tomorrow, when Johnna’s mother, Cindy, reveals some of her own shocking parenting choices. How may she be contributing to this difficult dynamic?

  • Are My Children in a Cult?

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    Season 17, Episode 186 - Aired 05/21/2013

    James says his estranged wife, Jennifer, is being controlled by a religious group that he calls a cult, and he fears his four children may be in danger. He says that after moving their family to Missouri two years ago to join The Fellowship of the Martyrs (FOTM), Jennifer developed an attachment to the ministry’s leader, Doug Perry -- who claims to hear the voice of God -- and their marriage fell apart. James says he soon came to believe that the growing FOTM community was unsafe for his family. He says when Jennifer refused to leave with him, he took their children and left in the middle of the night -- a decision that landed him in jail on kidnapping charges, and the kids back with his wife. Now, out of jail and no longer a member of FOTM, James says he’s fighting for custody of his kids -- and hoping to save his marriage. Jennifer insists that FOTM is not a cult, and she believes that Doug is a prophet of God. Is she interested in reconciling with James? And, does she feel their children are in harm’s way? Then, Dr. Phil talks to Doug. Did he convince Jennifer to leave her husband? How does he respond to allegations that FOTM is a cult? Plus, cult expert Rick Ross weighs in.

  • A Dr. Phil Exclusive: Runaway Mom Speaks Out

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    Season 17, Episode 185 - Aired 05/20/2013

    In a Dr. Phil exclusive, runaway Pennsylvania mom Brenda Heist, 54, speaks out for the first time since abandoning her family 11 years ago — leaving them to believe she had been kidnapped or murdered. Why does she say she walked away from her life after dropping off her two young children, then ages 8 and 12, at school? And, where has she been living all these years? Brenda, who is now behind bars on a probation violation, was declared legally dead three years ago — so, how was she recently found? Plus, hear Brenda’s tearful message to the children she left behind. Did she try to contact them over the years? And, don’t miss the surprise reunion that brings Brenda to tears.

  • Marry My Ex and You'll Be Sorry

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    Season 17, Episode 184 - Aired 05/17/2013

    When Brittany last appeared on Dr. Phil, she said Tim, her boyfriend and father of her 6-month-old daughter, was abusive and unfaithful — but she was considering marrying him anyway. Days after the show aired, local Department of Human Services removed the baby from the home and placed her in foster care, prompting Brittany to leave Tim for good, and work to regain custody of her daughter. Tim says he’s a changed man and is now head-over-heels for his fiancée, Krysten, whom he’s dated for three months — but Brittany says Krysten is in over her head. Are her warnings genuine — or is she pining to get Tim back? Then, Krysten learns the full extent of Tim’s past. Will she have a change of heart?

  • From Star Athlete to Call Girl

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    Season 17, Episode 183 - Aired 05/16/2013

    Courtney says her sister, Christie, had it all -- beauty, brains and a promising future as an athlete -- until a series of bad decisions changed the course of her life. She says Christie has been arrested multiple times for crimes, including theft, DUI and prostitution -- and even made national headlines for her involvement in a celebrity sex tape scandal. While Christie served three years behind bars, Courtney raised Christie’s son, Quincey, now 7, and even tried -- but failed -- to get temporary custody of the boy. Christie has since left her son with her parents while serving probation in another state. She admits to her past indiscretions but says she's a good mother, and plans to take Quincey back. Courtney claims that Quincey has told her shocking stories about life with his mom, and she believes Courtney is still an unfit mother. Who does Dr. Phil think should be caring for the boy? And, can these sisters unite for the best interests of the child? Plus, Courtney reveals a secret Christie has been keeping. Will it ruin their relationship for good?

  • I Abducted a Baby/ Confessions of a Sociopath

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    Season 17, Episode 182 - Aired 05/15/2013

    Michelle admits that three years ago, she faked a pregnancy and stole a baby in a scheme that landed her in jail, charged with abduction of a child under 14. What drove her to commit such a crime? After serving two-and-a-half years behind bars, the 27-year-old speaks out exclusively to Dr. Phil. Michelle claims that she was just borrowing the baby — who was not harmed — and she feels that because she always intended to return the child, her punishment was excessive. Can Dr. Phil help her grasp the gravity of her actions? Then, “M.E.” says she’s proud to be a sociopath and recently wrote a book to give the world a closer look inside the minds of people like her. She says she doesn’t have a conscience, seeks to gain power at any cost and that her favorite pastime is “ruining people.” Does M.E. really display the traits of a sociopath? Hear what Dr. Phil thinks.

  • Turning a Blind Eye?

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    Season 17, Episode 181 - Aired 05/14/2013

    Thirty-five-year-old Tonya says from ages 5 to 15, her adoptive father, Bruce, molested her — and that despite her cries for help, her mother, Kathy, did nothing to stop it. Kathy admits that she believed her daughter’s claims but was too afraid to take action. Why did she allow Bruce to live in the same house as her daughter — even after he allegedly admitted to the abuse? Tonya says she was not only betrayed by her mother but also her half-sister, Sarah, Bruce’s biological daughter. Tonya claims that Sarah continued to support her father after he pleaded guilty to sexual acts on or in the presence of a child under 16 in a lewd, lascivious or indecent manner. Tonya faces Kathy and Sarah on Dr. Phil’s stage. Can she find forgiveness and finally heal the wounds of her painful past? Plus, hear from Bruce, who served one year in prison and 10 years of probation and is now a registered sex offender. Does he have any remorse? This show contains strong sexual content. Viewer discretion advised.

  • The Rescue of Jessica Buchanan

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    Season 17, Episode 180 - Aired 05/13/2013

    On October 25, 2011, 32-year-old American aid worker Jessica Buchanan and her colleague, 60-year-old Poul Hagen Thisted of Denmark, were kidnapped by Somali pirates. They were held captive for 93 days in the African desert -- enduring deplorable conditions, including very little food, water and sleep, and living in constant fear that they’d be killed at any moment. News of the capture was kept quiet to protect the hostages, while the U.S. military planned a top-secret rescue mission. On January 25, 2012, in a stealthy nighttime operation, Jessica and Poul were rescued by members of Navy SEAL Team Six -- the same unit that carried out the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. In a daytime exclusive, Jessica opens up to Dr. Phil about her horrific experience, which she details in her book, Impossible Odds: The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan and Her Dramatic Rescue by SEAL Team Six. Hear her account of the kidnapping. How did she get through her darkest hours? Plus, Jessica, now a new mom, confides that she still has nightmares and flashbacks of her ordeal. Can Dr. Phil help her move past the traumatic experience so she can focus on her family?

  • My Wife Shot Me in the Head

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    Season 17, Episode 179 - Aired 05/10/2013

    Dr. Phil speaks one-on-one with Ed, the father-of-three, whose wife of 22 years, Leah, was convicted of holding him at gunpoint and firing five shots at close range. Hear his account of what happened that fateful night and the courtroom drama that followed. What does he believe drove Leah to shoot him? And why did he refuse to testify against Leah in court? The couple has called off their divorce twice since the shooting — how does Ed feel about Leah now? And, Ed is petitioning the court to release Leah early — would he take her back? Then, hear from the couple’s 21-year-old daughter, Maria. Whom does she side with? Don’t miss part two of this gripping interview!

  • The Wife, Her Ex-Cop Lover and the Husband She Tried to Kill

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    Season 17, Episode 178 - Aired 05/09/2013

    In 2010, in the midst of a contentious divorce, Leah held her estranged husband and father of her three children, Ed, at gunpoint and fired five shots at close range, leaving bullets lodged in his throat and shoulder. Ed survived the attack, and Leah pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree felonious assault and one count of third-degree felony abduction and is currently serving four years in prison. Dr. Phil visits Leah in prison in search of answers. What does she say led her to shoot Ed? What role does she say her then-boyfriend, retired police officer, Mark, played? And, tune in Friday for part two of this exclusive interview when Dr. Phil speaks exclusively with Ed!

  • Give Me Back My Son

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    Season 17, Episode 177 - Aired 05/08/2013

    Five years ago, Andrew and Sarah lost custody of their then 5-year-old son, Drew, to Sarah’s mother, Roberta, while they struggled with alcohol addiction. Roberta says Andrew and Sarah are still unstable and unfit to be full-time parents, and she won’t relinquish custody until they prove they “have grown up.” She claims that Sarah is neglectful and has a history of violence and once choked her while she was driving, landing Sarah in prison for five days on charges of assault, battery and obstruction of justice. Andrew and Sarah admit they’ve made mistakes but say they’ve turned their lives around, and now they want their son back. Dr. Phil sends The Locator’s Troy Dunn to Andrew and Sarah’s home — are they sober now? And, are they capable of providing a safe environment for a child? Dr. Phil delves into the couple’s past and uncovers a painful loss — can he help these troubled parents learn healthier coping strategies and get their lives back on track? Plus, don’t miss Dr. Phil’s tips for anyone who is hoping to regain custody of a child.

  • Peeping Tom Husband: Hidden Webcam and Secret Videos

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    Season 17, Episode 176 - Aired 05/07/2013

    Debra says she was horrified when she discovered that for eight months, someone had been secretly videotaping her and taking intimate photos of her inside her home — some of which ended up on a pornographic website. She says she felt even more shocked and violated when she learned — through her children — that her husband, Henry, was the peeping Tom. Henry admits to setting up the hidden cameras and collecting the images but insists that he never intended for those images to end up online — so how did it happen, and why did he do it? Hear his explanation to Dr. Phil. Plus, with Debra feeling deeply betrayed and threatening divorce, can this marriage be saved? Then, the couple’s children, 18-year-old Michael and 22-year-old Demi, say their relationship with their father has been severely damaged since they made the shocking discovery. Can Dr. Phil help heal this fractured family?

  • The Ultimate Home Invasion

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    Season 17, Episode 175 - Aired 05/06/2013

    Mary claims her husband, Jesse, is abusive, unfaithful and controlling, and she feels like she’s living in a prison. She says he refuses to let her have a car, cell phone or friends and has not allowed her to leave the house in five months. She says they fight every day, and claims that during one brutal altercation, he punched her and fractured an eye socket, leaving her with a black eye for a month -- a claim he vehemently denies. Jesse says he’s not controlling, he’s just “containing the beast,” and that his wife needs to abide by his rules if she wants to stay married. He says he believes Mary got pregnant to trap him and the only reason he’s still with her is because of their three kids. Jesse says he discovered that Mary had an affair two years ago -- and now wonders if he’s even the father of their children. Mary says the affair was emotional, not sexual, and claims her husband’s treatment of her pushed her to do it. The couple admits their kids witness their fights and are often caught in the middle. Dr. Phil sends psychiatrist Dr. Charles Sophy to the couple’s home to dig deep into the core of their problems -- Find out what he uncovers. Are Mary and Jesse at risk of losing their kids? And, when the couple joins Dr. Phil onstage, can he help them bring peace to their chaotic union?

  • Trapped by My Cop Abuser: Why Won't Anyone Believe Me?

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    Season 17, Episode 174 - Aired 05/03/2013

    From the outside, 27-year-old Jennifer says she appeared to be in a happy relationship with George, a former police officer who was 17 years her senior and the father of her three children. But behind closed doors, she says she was hiding a painful secret: She claims George started sexually abusing her when she was 8 years old — while he was dating her mother and acting as Jennifer’s father figure. George is currently serving four-and-a-half years in prison for sexual battery, but Jennifer says many people in her town still refuse to believe her story, including George’s longtime friend, Brian. After Jennifer takes a polygraph test, and the results are revealed, how will Brian react? Plus, if you or someone you know is a victim of abuse, don’t miss Dr. Phil’s advice for how to move forward.

  • Reality Teen Princess Arrested

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    Season 17, Episode 173 - Aired 05/02/2013

    Alicia Guastaferro first made headlines at 16, when her family was featured in a 2008 episode of Wife Swap, where the then-teen pageant princess was shown being spoiled by her parents, including getting spray tanned by her dad. In August 2012, just shy of her 21st birthday, Alicia was back in the news, when state troopers found her at a highway rest stop, passed out in a running car with a 54-year-old man, whom she told police paid her for sex — a claim she now completely denies. She was arrested and charged with criminal impersonation, possession of a controlled substance and prostitution. The prostitution charge was later dropped, but the media still dubbed her the “Wife Swap Hooker.” Speaking out for the first time, Alicia says she’s not a spoiled brat — or a prostitute — and she wants people to give her a second chance. How does she explain her recent behavior? And why does the former beauty queen say she’s turned to self-medicating with prescription pills? Can Dr. Phil help this young woman get her life back on track? Then, meet Alicia’s mom, Karen, who says she’s desperate to help her daughter — but is she still enabling Alicia?

  • Saving Julie: The Final Decision

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    Season 17, Episode 172 - Aired 05/01/2013

    Dr. Phil continues his intervention with Julie and Danny, a couple who say they’re caught in a cycle of abuse. When Danny’s anger reaches a boiling point onstage, Dr. Phil expresses his concern for Julie’s safety: “If he would act this way here, in front of cameras and a studio audience, what is he like behind closed doors?” Can Julie stand up to Danny and end this destructive relationship once and for all? And, how will Danny react to her decision? Don’t miss the dramatic conclusion! Plus, join Dr. Phil’s campaign to End the Silence on Domestic Violence and sign up to become a Silence Breaker.

  • A Violent Love Intervention

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    Season 17, Episode 171 - Aired 04/30/2013

    Julie says for the last two-and-a-half years, she’s been living in fear of her boyfriend, Danny. She claims that Danny is verbally and physically abusive, tries to control her, isolates her from friends and family and monitors her every move. She says even a court order of protection didn’t stop Danny from stalking her at her job, causing her to be fired, and after apologies and promises to change, she took him back. She says she’s terrified of Danny’s angry outbursts and is afraid that one day, he’ll go through with his threat to kill her. Danny completely denies being physically abusive with Julie but admits that he struggles with anger and jealousy, is scared that she will leave him and has “terrible tantrums.” He insists that he loves Julie and says, “The only way we are ever leaving each other is when we both die in our 80s.” Can Dr. Phil help Danny rein in his anger and controlling ways? Don’t miss this explosive two-part series!

  • Confronting the Girl Who Shot Me In the Face

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    Season 17, Episode 170 - Aired 04/29/2013

    In 1992, 17-year-old Shawna was working as a grocery store cashier when she found herself in the middle of a robbery. She says Jerrie, 14, held her at gunpoint and demanded the money from her register when the gun went off, destroying her lower jaw. Now 39, Shawna says she’s had more than 100 surgeries, suffered 21 years of public ridicule and haunting nightmares, and is still struggling to move forward. For the first time since the shooting, Shawna and Jerrie come face to face on Dr. Phil’s stage. Released from prison as an adult — is Jerrie remorseful? Why did she do it? And, can Shawna find forgiveness and get the closure she’s seeking? Don’t miss this powerful all-new Dr. Phil.

  • Gorgeous, Gifted and Brutal

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    Season 17, Episode 169 - Aired 04/26/2013

    For nearly two years, Clint and Tracy say they’ve been living in constant fear of their 17-year-old daughter, Callie. They say that when she snaps, she becomes verbally and physically abusive — and they have the shocking video to prove it. The concerned parents say the teen is also abusing drugs and sneaking out of the house at all hours to meet up with older men. Callie denies her parents’ accusations and tells a different story: She claims she’s happy and if there are problems, they’re caused because her parents are overprotective, overbearing and controlling. What does Dr. Phil think? Can he help broker an agreement to bring peace back into this hostile home? Plus, when the show ends, sparks fly backstage between Callie and her parents. Don't miss the dramatic outcome of this all-new Dr. Phil!

  • Catfish with a Twist

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    Season 17, Episode 168 - Aired 04/25/2013

    Twenty-one-year-old Kourtney says she met and fell in love with Dylan online and that they had a four-month relationship, despite never meeting in person. She admits to being so head over heels that she was planning to move to Los Angeles to be with him -- until she received a Facebook message from a woman named Victoria, claiming Dylan was a fake. Victoria says she was also under Dylan’s spell, until she discovered a man named Daniel, who featured the same photos as Dylan on his profile. Victoria says she and her friend Ron began investigating to find out who was really behind Dylan’s profile. That’s when Kourtney says her life turned upside down. She says "Dylan" started harassing her, stalking and threatening her -- and posted intimate photos of her online. Dr. Phil brings the players together in this modern day “whodunit.” Find out why Victoria and Ron think that Daniel and Dylan are the same person. And, find out why Daniel says Victoria and Ron crossed a line in their investigation. Is Daniel the catfish? Dr. Phil tries to get to the bottom of this compelling mystery.

  • Teen Pregnancy Trap?

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    Season 17, Episode 167 - Aired 04/24/2013

    Karrieann says her 14-year-old daughter has been obsessed with having a baby since she was in the sixth grade and recently started a rumor that she was pregnant — a lie that created so much controversy, she had to change schools. The teen admits that she’s actively trying to get pregnant and has already been with 10 partners. She says she believes that at 14, she’s mature enough to make her own choices and thinks her life would be better if she had a baby. What does Dr. Phil think is really behind the teen's desire to get pregnant? And, can he enlighten her to the reality of young motherhood? Then, Lauren, 36, says she’s afraid her 18-year-old daughter, Kayla, will follow in her footsteps and become a teen mom. Does she have reason for concern? If you’re the parent of a teen, you can’t afford to miss this all-new Dr. Phil.

  • My Best Friend is Trying to Steal My Child

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    Season 17, Episode 166 - Aired 04/23/2013

    Crystal says her former best friend, Megan, is so obsessed with her 8-year-old daughter, Allanah, that she claimed Crystal to be an unfit mother and secretly petitioned the court for joint custody and physical placement -- and won. How could this have happened? Crystal admits CPS has been called on her 21 times, but says all of the claims were dropped -- and she insists that she’s a good mother. Megan says Crystal has a history of instability and often puts her own needs ahead of Allanah’s. She says she considers Allanah her family and feels the little girl is better off with her. After two months in Megan's care, the court granted temporary sole custody back to Crystal -- but with another court date quickly approaching, Crystal is afraid she’ll lose her child again. Who does Dr. Phil think should have custody? Then, when Steve last spoke with Dr. Phil, he claimed his girlfriend robbed him blind to the tune of nearly a half million dollars -- yet they were still together! Find out what happened after the show!

  • 10 Kids, 1 Affair: The Ultimate Divide?

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    Season 17, Episode 165 - Aired 04/22/2013

    Twenty-seven-year-old Whitney, the oldest of 10 children, says she had the perfect family growing up — but everything changed five years ago, when her father, Scott, left her mother, Melinda, for his current wife, Ashley, who was 19 at the time. Since then, she says her family has been at war: Her parents have been fighting dirty, her siblings have chosen sides, and Scott hasn’t seen his six youngest children in four years. Desperate for peace and reconciliation, Whitney reaches out to Dr. Phil for help. Can this feuding family come to a truce? Scott and Melinda face each other for the first time in five years on Dr. Phil’s stage. Why did Scott leave their marriage — and his kids? And, can Melinda let go of her anger and find forgiveness? Then, Whitney’s brother, Chase, and sister, Lindy, who haven’t seen each other in five years, face off onstage. Can they reach a common ground? Plus, Ashley and Scott share some news — how will the family react?

  • Teen Mom Farrah Exposed

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    Season 17, Episode 164 - Aired 04/19/2013

    Farrah Abraham gained instant fame while starring in the MTV reality shows 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom, and now she’s back in the headlines for creating a sex tape. Did Farrah plan to leak the tape to remain in the spotlight, or is it all a big misunderstanding?

  • Explosive Relationships

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    Season 17, Episode 163 - Aired 04/18/2013

    Nicole says her boyfriend, Mehdi, is abusive, but she’s not ready to leave him. Mehdi strongly denies Nicole’s accusations and claims she’s the real problem. And, actor Tom Sizemore opens up to Dr. Phil about his explosive relationships and wild past.

  • In the News: Stabbed, Shot with a Stun Gun and Attacked

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    Season 17, Episode 162 - Aired 04/17/2013

    Today’s show is filled with 911 calls, stun gun takedowns, rubber bullets, stabbings and people pointing fingers at each other. If you've survived a traumatic experience, don't miss Dr. Phil's tips for moving past a moment of crisis.

  • Child Star Scams?

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    Season 17, Episode 161 - Aired 04/16/2013

    Jessica believes her 7-year-old daughter is the next big star and admits she’s spent nearly $20,000 in an effort to make that dream a reality — but is she throwing her money away? And, Rhea and Nate say their marriage is on the brink of divorce — all because they can't agree on housework.

  • Kids Pick a Side: Mom or Dad

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    Season 17, Episode 160 - Aired 04/15/2013

    James and Dawn say after 18 years of marriage, they’ve recently separated, and their family has been in crisis ever since — with their three children, ages 16 to 21, stuck in the middle of the chaos. Despite Dawn’s desire to save their marriage, James says he’s ready for a divorce. He admits to cheating on Dawn with four different women and says he may be in love with one of them. Why did he stray? And, is there any way he would consider saving their marriage? Dawn admits that she has dragged her kids into their relationship drama and even let them see messages from one of James’ mistresses. How does she explain her actions? And, James and Dawn confess that their fights have grown physically violent — in front of their kids. With their children caught in the crossfire, can this couple repair the damage that’s been done and learn how to fix their fractured family? Plus, hear from the children — why do they say they feel pressured to choose sides?

  • Abandoned by Our Mom

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    Season 17, Episode 159 - Aired 04/12/2013

    Karlyn says her family was close, until her mother, Jodi, divorced her father, and kicked her and her brothers, Blake and Jordan, out of the house -- after she says they sided with their dad. Although Jodi lives only five miles away, Karlyn says she has not seen her mother in more than 12 years. Karlyn’s younger sister, Elyssa, tells a different story -- she says that Karlyn is evil and manipulative and is responsible for brainwashing the rest of their family and tearing them apart. Jodi says she’s the real victim and that her children abandoned her. Can they stop pointing fingers, put the past behind them and rebuild their fractured family?

  • Dr. Phil, Save My Marriage, Save My Life

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    Season 17, Episode 158 - Aired 04/11/2013

    Tiffany and Richie say they’ve been through more heartbreak in their eight-year marriage than any couple should have to endure, including a miscarriage, a stillbirth and discovering that their 2 1/2-year-old daughter had been molested by a family member. After prosecuting the perpetrator and starting the healing process, the couple’s world was rocked by another tragedy: the death of their 2-month-old son. Struggling to deal with their overwhelming grief and anger, Tiffany and Richie say their marriage is hanging on by a thread. Can Dr. Phil help this couple support each other and stay united as they grieve in different ways? Then, Ashley and Erin say their seven-year marriage has been on the brink of divorce since the beginning, due to infidelity, sex addiction and a failed open marriage. Separated for six months, can their union be repaired for the sake of their 6-year and 6-week-old children? Plus, don’t miss Dr. Phil’s tips for maintaining a successful relationship.

  • Disruptive Daughters

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    Season 17, Episode 157 - Aired 04/10/2013

    Kim says her 22-year-old daughter, Kaitlyn's, persistent emotional meltdowns are causing chaos in the home — and she is fed up. But could Kim be enabling her daughter’s behavior? Kaitlyn’s stepfather, Ross, says he believes his stepdaughter is acting out to get attention. What does Dr. Phil think? Kaitlyn’s stepsister, Lexanne, says she’s getting married in a few months and worries that Kaitlyn could disrupt her big day. How does Kaitlyn explain her emotional outbursts? Then, Alice says her 31-year-old daughter, Jenny, lies so frequently, it's hard to know when she’s telling the truth. Alice says Jenny has lied about a stalker breaking into her house, getting hit by a car — and even faked being blind for six weeks. Now, she says Jenny is claiming to be crippled by a debilitating fear of dirt and germs. Is it all a ruse?

  • Scared of My Spouse

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    Season 17, Episode 156 - Aired 04/09/2013

    Sue says her husband of 12 years, Andy, is verbally abusive and that she’s so scared of him, she remains submissive — including getting drunk and having sex with him — to keep the peace. She says, “If he’s going to kill me, he’s going to kill me. I feel like I’m already dead.” So, why is she worried that Andy will leave her? Andy admits that he can be a bully, loses his temper and calls Sue vile names, but he says the duties of a wife are to have sex, cook and clean — and Sue doesn't carry her weight around the house. After breaking up numerous times, why do they keep reuniting? And, hear from Sue’s two adult children. What do they say contributes to the chaos in their mom and Andy’s relationship? Is there hope for this couple’s marriage, or should they cut ties?

  • My Controlling Mother Wants My Fiancé Gone

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    Season 17, Episode 155 - Aired 04/08/2013

    When Gabriel last appeared on Dr. Phil, he said he was at his wits’ end with his mom, Linda, whom he called intrusive, crazy and meddling. Linda admitted that she may have crossed some boundaries but said she was only trying to bring her family closer together. Six months later, mother and son are still at odds. Find out why Linda called the cops on Gabriel, and what Gabriel says is another example of his mom’s crazy behavior. Then, Audrey says her daughter, Nicole's, fiancé, AJ, is immature, selfish and verbally abusive, and she wants the wedding called off. AJ admits he's not perfect but says Audrey should not have control over whom Nicole marries. Does Nicole think that her mom’s concerns are justified — and does she still plan to wed AJ this summer? And, Dr. Phil weighs in — are there red flags that Nicole may be missing?

  • Affair Aftermath

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    Season 17, Episode 154 - Aired 04/05/2013

    April says her world came crashing down when she discovered her husband, Jeff, had a secret cell phone with racy photographs and text messages from another woman on it. After 15 years of providing fancy cars, expensive vacations and a beautiful home on the river for her family, she says the betrayal cut deeply. Jeff admits to the affair, but says his infidelity is not what ruined their marriage and that their relationship was rocky long before he cheated. He claims April is verbally and physically abusive and emasculates him for not making enough money. Can -- and should -- this marriage be saved? Then, Charnay says after one month of marriage, she learned her husband J-uan cheated and fathered a child with his ex while he was engaged to Charnay. She says she never would've married him had she known the truth, and that their relationship has been deteriorating ever since. J-uan wants to save their marriage, but Charnay wants to know if she should, "run like hell." Dr. Phil shares his insight and perspective on this marriage. And, can any marriage survive infidelity? Don't miss Dr. Phil's advice.

  • J.R. Martinez Opens up to Dr. Phil

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    Season 17, Episode 153 - Aired 04/04/2013

    War hero-turned-actor J. R. Martinez is known for his role on All My Children and winning the Mirrorball Trophy on Dancing with the Stars, but he says his road to fame wasn’t easy. In his new book, Full of Heart: My Story of Survival, Strength and Spirit, the Iraq war veteran recalls the day that changed his life forever — when his Humvee drove over a roadside bomb, resulting in numerous injuries, including severe burns to his face and over 30 percent of his body — and now, he opens up to Dr. Phil about the near-death accident. After 10 years and achieving fame, what challenges does he say he continues to face? And, what’s standing in the way of him marrying his girlfriend, Diana, the mother of his child? Then, Jasmine, who was shot in the leg in the 2012 Aurora, Colorado movie theater tragedy, talks to Dr. Phil exclusively. She shares what happened that day, and why she feels like a shell of her former self. Jasmine’s fiancé, Austin, who proposed two weeks after the shooting, says he thinks it’s time she move on — does he grasp the severity of what happened to her? Hear J.R.’s important message for the couple. Plus, don’t miss a special performance by international superstar Andrea Bocelli and 16-time Grammy Award-winner David Foster!

  • Crazy or Just Complex: What is Wrong with My Loved One?

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    Season 17, Episode 152 - Aired 04/03/2013

    Tonya says she hears voices and has private conversations in her head with celebrities, including President Obama, Rob Kardashian, Clint Eastwood -- and even Dr. Phil. Her mother, Diana, and niece, Ciera, are concerned that she may be mentally ill, but Tonya says she’s not crazy and that a lot of people hear voices. She says one of the voices, “Grandma,” is oftentimes unkind, has threatened her family and makes her laugh out loud to look crazy in front of others. Could something in Tonya’s past be the cause? And, can Dr. Phil help her quiet the noise? Then, Laura says her 20-year-old son, Hunter, is either a con man, a pathological liar or is mentally ill. She says his elaborate lies include pretending to be the CEO of a multibillion dollar company, a professional wrestler -- and even a cancer victim. Hunter admits that the last 10 years of his life have been a lie but says he just can't stop. What's at the root of his deceptions? Psychiatrist Dr. Charles Sophy shares his insight. Plus, learn the early warning signs of mental illness in children and young adults.

  • Misbehaving Moms?

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    Season 17, Episode 151 - Aired 04/02/2013

    Leah says her mother, Dora, may appear to be sweet, but she’s actually a narcissist, hypochondriac, drama queen and a liar. She says Dora is always claiming to be sick — including lying about having cancer — to elicit sympathy from others, and she's tired of the chaos it creates. Dora denies Leah’s accusations and says she has medical records to prove her illnesses are real. She says her daughter has rejected her and refuses to let her see her grandchildren — and the depression she feels as a result makes her ailments worse. Is Dora embellishing her illnesses? And, can Dr. Phil and Troy Dunn, star of The Locator, help this mother and daughter find a common ground to rebuild their relationship? Then, Carrie says her 61-year-old mother, Paula, has been meeting strangers online and having sex with them. She says she's embarrassed and disgusted, but also worried for Paula's safety. Paula says she's not doing anything wrong — but is her behavior cause for concern? Dr. Phil weighs in.This program contains sexual content. Viewer discretion advised.

  • Shocking Mom Revelations

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    Season 17, Episode 150 - Aired 04/01/2013

    From the outside, Lisa and David may look like the perfect couple, but Lisa says she’s hiding a dark secret from the world — she has been suffering from bulimia for the past eight years binges and purges as many as 10 to 15 times a day. She admits that her eating disorder continued while she was pregnant with her now 2-year-old son, Tobias, which she believes may have caused him to stop breathing for minutes after he was born. Now 12 weeks pregnant with her second child, Lisa says her bulimia is out of control, and she’s afraid for her unborn child’s life. David says he’s tried everything to help his wife, but reveals that her self-destruction has taken a turn for the worse. David says Lisa has also been smoking, drinking and even cutting herself. What’s behind Lisa’s dangerous decisions? Can Dr. Phil help Lisa — and her unborn baby — before it’s too late? Then, Doreen, 26, says she realized she was gay at a young age and that her mother, Diane, doesn’t accept her relationship with her girlfriend, Ana. Diane says she blames softball for Doreen's "choice" to be gay, and it makes her sick to her stomach. Can Dr. Phil help build a bridge of acceptance?

  • Controversial Parenting

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    Season 17, Episode 149 - Aired 03/29/2013

    Kathy, a stay-at-home mom and advocate of the Attachment Parenting philosophy, says she still breastfeeds her nearly 4-year-old son -- who calls her breasts “Money” -- and she doesn’t plan on stopping until “he stops asking.” Kathy jokingly calls cribs “cages,” and says both of her children share the bed with her and her husband. Has she taken Attachment Parenting too far? Pediatrician and co-host of The Doctors Dr. Jim Sears weighs in on the parenting theory. Then, self-professed helicopter grandmother Joann says there’s nothing she won’t do to check up on her children and grandchildren, including climbing over locked gates to break into her 39-year-old daughter, Angie’s, home. Once inside, Joann admits she leaves notes, reminding Angie to clean up around the house, and raids the cabinets in search of alcohol to pour out. Angie says she’s tried to tell her mother to back off. Will Joann finally agree to give her some space? Plus, Lavaniel posted a video on Facebook and YouTube of him verbally bashing his then 15-year-old son, Lavaniel Junior, for wearing skinny jeans. After logging more than 200,000 views, the video has stirred controversy: Is Lavaniel a bully or a caring father? Tune in and decide for yourself!

  • Young, Innocent and Held Captive

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    Season 17, Episode 148 - Aired 03/28/2013

    Twenty years ago, 10-year-old Katie Beers vanished, and a nationwide manhunt ensued. Sixteen days later, John Esposito, a friend of Katie’s family, turned himself in and led authorities to his underground bunker where Katie was being held captive. Since her rescue, Katie has never spoken publicly about her ordeal, in an attempt to live a “normal” life. Now, she opens up about her kidnapping in her book, Buried Memories, and shares her horrific experience in an exclusive with Dr. Phil. And, former FBI profiler Clint Van Zandt, one of the first people to see Katie when she was discovered, shares details of the homemade dungeon and why he believes Katie would have never been found if Esposito hadn’t given himself up. Then, two years ago, 13-year-old Sarah Maynard and her younger brother walked into their home and into the middle of a nightmare: Their mother and a family friend had been murdered, and a man with a knife grabbed Sarah and tied her up, and then brutally killed her brother. Sarah was held captive on a bed of leaves for four days until authorities found her. In a daytime exclusive, Sarah, now 15, shares her story with Dr. Phil and discusses her book, The Girl in the Leaves. How did she survive her horrifying ordeal? Plus, Dr. Phil has a surprise for Sarah.

  • Dangerous Minds: Women Who Snap

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    Season 17, Episode 147 - Aired 03/27/2013

    Dr. Phil speaks exclusively to Brenda and Jeremy Perry, who tragically lost their 2-year-old and 6-month-old sons, Alton and Ashton, just weeks ago, at the hands of Brenda’s mother, Debra, who then turned the gun on herself. Brenda says she had concerns about her mother’s mental health and never left the children alone with her — so, why was Debra allowed to pick the boys up from daycare on that day? And, how is the couple dealing with the tragedy? Dr. Phil prepares Brenda and Jeremy for the difficult days ahead. Plus, find out how you can help the young couple. Then, in 2010, Bethany Storro made headlines when she claimed a stranger threw acid in her face, leaving her disfigured. She later confessed she had intentionally applied industrial-strength drain cleaner to her face. Why would she want to hurt herself and create such an elaborate lie? Don’t miss this Dr. Phil daytime exclusive!

  • Dangerous Revenge

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    Season 17, Episode 146 - Aired 03/26/2013

    Twenty-three-year-old Amber made headlines when she posted a photo of her bruised face and neck brace on Facebook and publicly accused her ex-boyfriend, Austin, of attacking her with a baseball bat — an attack Austin denies. The incident landed him in jail for assault and her in intensive care — but despite the assault, Amber admits that she still loves Austin. Amber’s mom, Joyce, fears her daughter will take Austin back when he’s released from jail — and that doing so could have deadly consequences. Why does he have such a hold on Amber? And, can Dr. Phil help her find the courage to move on without him? Then, George says his ex-wife, Dorothy, is “evil” and “diabolical” and even tried to have him killed three years ago. Dorothy pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and is currently serving five years in prison. Why does George believe she wanted him dead? And, how was the alleged plot revealed? Dorothy speaks out in an exclusive interview from behind bars — why does she say she was framed? And, how does she explain an incriminating audio recording with a confidential informant?

  • My Husband is a Fugitive, but I Love Him

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    Season 17, Episode 145 - Aired 03/25/2013

    Frank says that 10 years ago, he was a respected high school basketball coach -- until a sex scandal involving a student landed him behind bars and on the sex offender registry. Frank maintains his innocence, but says he accepted a plea bargain and served 25 months in prison for second-degree sexual assault, second-degree threatening and interfering with an officer. Since his release in 2006, Frank says he’s worked hard to move on with his life -- including getting married and starting a family -- but he says his past keeps coming back to haunt him. Last year, Frank served additional time in prison for violating his parole conditions by coaching his stepson’s basketball team. And recently, when Frank learned a warrant was out for his arrest for an alleged probation violation, he went on the run. Now, he joins Dr. Phil, along with his wife, Donna, to tell his side of the story. Donna claims that the probation restrictions placed on her husband are “unlivable” and prevent him from being an attentive father. Is Frank the victim of a broken system -- or is he just making bad decisions? CNN legal analyst and anchor for ABC News Sunny Hostin weighs in.

  • House on Fire: A Family Divided

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    Season 17, Episode 144 - Aired 03/22/2013

    Suzanne says her sister, Jennifer, is a neglectful parent, and she's considering taking action to gain custody of Jennifer's three children. Suzanne says when the family's home caught fire, Jennifer saved her daughter's friend's baby and left her own children to fend for themselves. Jennifer's 16-year-old daughter, Alyssa, suffered a broken ankle after jumping from the second story, and her 12-year-old son ran back into the burning house to save his 9-year-old sister. Jennifer maintains she is a good mom, and says there was too much smoke and fire to go back for her kids. Was there more she could have done? Is there truth behind Suzanne's accusations? Then, hear Alyssa's emotional plea to Jennifer. Will it make an impact? Don't miss this compelling, all-new Dr. Phil.

  • Teen Mama Drama: Did She Get Pregnant to Get on TV?

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    Season 17, Episode 143 - Aired 03/21/2013

    Kayla, 18, and Vincent, 17, say that they dated for just four months before Kayla discovered she was pregnant. Shortly before giving birth to Milo, now 9 months, the young couple broke up. Kayla's mom, Jill, and stepdad, Mike, believe Kayla got pregnant intentionally, to earn a role on one of the popular teen pregnancy reality TV shows — a claim Kayla denies. Kayla says as a teen mom, she quickly realized she was in over her head and signed custody of Milo over to her mom. Jill and Mike say that Kayla is immature and would rather party than be a mother. Can Dr. Phil get Kayla to step up and be the mom her son needs? Then, Vincent joins the show with his father, Lewis. Who do they believe should be raising Milo? And, is Vincent doing all he can to be a good father? Plus, do you think TV shows about teen mothers glamorize or prevent teen pregnancy? Log on to DrPhil.com and vote! And, tune in to learn about the three most important conversations that you must have with your daughter.

  • Confronting Narcissistic Personalities

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    Season 17, Episode 142 - Aired 03/20/2013

    Dr. Phil’s guests say their family members are arrogant, entitled and think the world revolves around them. Seanna says her 25-year-old daughter, Corinne, compares herself to Gandhi and believes she’s so special that she deserves to star in her own reality show — but is she in need of a reality check? Corinne says her pretty face belongs on magazine covers, and admits that she manipulates people to get what she wants. What is driving her arrogance? When Dr. Phil uncovers a painful secret from her past, will she let down her guard? Then, Rosemarie is a mom of three and engaged to be married to Brian — she's also a self-proclaimed narcissist who admits that she seldom considers anyone else’s feelings. Rosemarie says it’s all about getting what she wants when she wants it — and she will stop at nothing to fulfill her desires. She admits that she alienates friends and family and is aware that her self-absorption may be destroying her relationship with her fiancé. Now, Rosemarie fears her narcissism is rubbing off on her 9-year-old daughter. Can Dr. Phil help her see a new perspective? Plus, can you spot a narcissist? Could it be you? Log on to DrPhil.com and take a quiz!

  • His Girlfriend Robbed Him Blind

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    Season 17, Episode 141 - Aired 03/19/2013

    Rebecca says her sister, Pamela, has repeatedly betrayed her by sleeping with the important men in her life, including her ex-husband, her child's father and even her current boyfriend. Rebecca confides that she feels so scorned that she now has a difficult time trusting anyone. Pamela admits that she made mistakes but says she's tired of feeling guilty, and she feels Rebecca needs to forgive her and move on. But is Rebecca ready to leave the past behind? Can Dr. Phil help repair their relationship? Then, Steve says that over the last five years, his girlfriend, Megan, has stolen nearly a half million dollars from him. He claims she has forged his name on checks, taken out credit cards in his name and has taken more than $167,000 from his elderly mother. Megan admits to taking the money but says she did it for a good reason. Is Megan with Steve for the love or the money? And, if Steve thinks it's for the money, why does he stay? Dr. Phil explains the 16 powerful tools that the world’s most successful people use, as outlined in his book, Life Code: The New Rules for Winning in the Real World. If you’re ready to stop being used and abused and start being a star in your own life, don’t miss this show!

  • Two Amandas

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    Season 17, Episode 140 - Aired 03/18/2013

    When 22-year-old Amanda last appeared on Dr. Phil, she was living in a motel room, prostituting herself for drugs and on the brink of death. After an intense intervention, Amanda agreed to go to rehab. But while en route to the treatment facility, she changed her mind and walked away from the airport. Refusing to give up on her, Dr. Phil producers tracked Amanda down and encouraged her to go to rehab — and in the process, rescued her 27-year-old drug-addicted friend, also named Amanda. Now several months into treatment, hear from both women about their journeys to sobriety. Where are they now? And, what message do they have for young girls headed down a similar path? Then, Kathy says when she discovered her 17-year-old daughter, Molly, was working as a prostitute, she had the teen’s alleged pimp arrested. Find out why Molly says her mother only made matters worse. Plus, hear from Molly’s father, Mark. How does he feel about his daughter's life choices? And, how can he help influence her to change? If you know a self-destructive teen in need of help, don't miss this show! This show contains strong language and strong sexual content. Viewer discretion advised.

  • Love: The Good, The Bad and The Painful

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    Season 17, Episode 139 - Aired 03/15/2013

    Newlyweds Kayla and Travis have been married for just a year but say their marriage is already unraveling. Kayla says Travis is physically and mentally abusive, and she caught him kissing another girl. Travis admits that he's been abusive and unfaithful, but says he cheats because Kayla is boring and that oftentimes, hitting her is the only way he can get her to stop talking. “When you back a dog into a corner, he’s going to bite,” Travis says. Why won’t Kayla leave? Can Dr. Phil get this young couple back on track? Then, Amanda says after having five children, including twins, she's unhappy with her body and she wants plastic surgery — but, her fiancé, Ali, says if she goes through with it, he’ll call off the engagement. “My philosophy about women is: All natural and no preservatives,” Ali says. Amanda says Ali never compliments her, yet praises other women’s appearances — and it’s taking a toll on her self-esteem. Is she willing to risk losing the man she loves? And, is she considering the surgery for the right reasons?

  • In Love and Illegal?

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    Season 17, Episode 138 - Aired 03/14/2013

    Thirty-year-old mother of four Melissa Dilan-Hernandez made headlines when she was charged with unlawful sexual activity with certain minors, stemming from her relationship with her fiancé, T.J., who is 17 years old and the father of her 4-month-old daughter. Melissa is facing up to 15 years in prison and may have to register as a sex offender, yet she says she still doesn’t consider their relationship a crime. How does she justify her love affair with a minor — and planning a pregnancy with him? T.J. says he wants to spend the rest of his life with Melissa — but is he willing to wait for her if she goes to jail? And, could their romance stand in the way of his aspirations of becoming a U.S. Marine or police officer? T.J.’s father, Ed, and stepmother, Sea, weigh in with their thoughts on the relationship. Do they approve? Plus, don’t miss Dr. Phil’s stern advice for Melissa and T.J. — and for any teen who may be blindsided by love.

  • Ex-Wives Seeking Justice

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    Season 17, Episode 137 - Aired 03/13/2013

    Dr. Phil talks to Sherrie Daly, former wife of pro golfer John Daly, and Siohvaughn Funches-Wade, ex-wife of NBA star Dwyane Wade. Why do the women say they’ve been wrongly portrayed in the media? And, why do they believe they lost custody of their children?

  • Obsessed with Love

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    Season 17, Episode 136 - Aired 03/12/2013

    Nineteen-year-old Victoria says she can’t stop obsessing over her ex-boyfriend, Nathan, whom she dated for 18 months. What’s behind her infatuation? Can Dr. Phil help her move forward, instead of lingering in her past? And, how does Nathan feel about Victoria's obsession? Has he truly moved on, or is he sending Victoria mixed signals?

  • Desperate Searches

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    Season 17, Episode 135 - Aired 03/11/2013

    Siblings Muriel, 32, Brandi, 31, and Les, 34, have been living a mystery. They haven’t seen their mother, Brenda, in 31 years, have no idea if she’s dead or alive and only know what they say their father told them: their mother abandoned them. Muriel recently contacted Troy Dunn, star of The Locator, to help with their desperate search. After more than three decades, the siblings reunite with their mother. Will they get the answers they’ve been yearning for? Did Brenda abandon her children, or was something more sinister at play? This program contains strong sexual content. Viewer discretion advised.

  • Good Luck Fixing Me, Dr. Phil!

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    Season 17, Episode 134 - Aired 03/08/2013

    Nikol says her husband of eight years, Mark, is arrogant, narcissistic, racist and homophobic and that he belittles and humiliates her. Nikol says some of Mark's outrageous behavior includes urinating on a woman, exposing himself to other men and driving drunk. She also believes that he's cheated on her and fathered children with other women -- but despite all of this, Nikol says she wants to stay with him! Mark claims he's only had emotional affairs, but admits to being a lousy partner and acting outrageously when he's drunk. He says even he wouldn’t want himself as a husband. Can Dr. Phil help break through Mark's tough exterior? When he digs into this couple’s past, he uncovers two troubled childhoods fraught with hardships and abuse. Can their marriage be saved, or are they better off apart?This program contains strong language. Viewer discretion advised.

  • Falsely Accused of Being a Deadbeat Mom?

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    Season 17, Episode 133 - Aired 03/07/2013

    Jared says his ex-wife, Chandra, is a deadbeat mom who has failed to pay her court-ordered child support in the last six months. He also accuses Chandra’s current husband, Jason, of physical abuse toward his two children when they’re in his care — a claim Jason adamantly denies. Chandra accuses Jared of emotionally abusing her since their divorce five years ago, and she claims he’s determined to ruin her life with her new husband. Is Jared a concerned parent, or a bitter ex with an ulterior motive? And, with their children caught in the crossfire, can these exes stop pointing fingers and learn how to peacefully co-parent? Plus, why hasn’t Chandra paid child support? Then, don’t miss Dr. Phil’s tips on how to effectively co-parent with your ex!

  • Ferocious Teens

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    Season 17, Episode 132 - Aired 03/06/2013

    Two moms say their teen daughters are completely out of control and turn to Dr. Phil for help. First, Rita says her 13-year-old daughter, Lexi, is angry and abusive and has no respect for authority or property. She says her daughter has been smoking cigarettes since she was 10, punches and writes on her bedroom walls, has been sent to the principal’s office more than 50 times and takes out her frustrations with violence. She says Lexi has even created a list of girls she wants to fight, and she's scared the teen might end up in jail. Lexi admits that she’s angry, but says her chaotic home life is to blame — and that after the show, she’s moving out! Hear why Rita thinks Lexi is acting out. Does Dr. Phil agree? And, how might Rita be enabling her daughter's behavior? Then, Jennifer says she's struggling to control her defiant and destructive 13-year-old daughter. A home video documents the teen's violent outbursts. Can Dr. Phil help Jennifer rein in her teen?

  • Lying, Spending Spouses

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    Season 17, Episode 131 - Aired 03/05/2013

    Kim says she recently discovered that for the past five years, her husband, Mike, has been pretending to go to work at high-profile jobs, but in reality, he’s been playing video games in the basement and sleeping in his car. She says Mike even convinced her to quit her job of 18 years to move their family to Germany for his new employment opportunity — that never existed. Mike admits that he lies so often that he can’t even keep track of the stories he's told. Why has he been carrying out this deceit for so long? And, is there anything else he’s hiding? Kim says she never suspected Mike was lying to her — but looking back, were there warning signs she might have missed? And, can this marriage be saved? Plus, Dr. Phil shares tips from his new book, Life Code: The New Rules for Winning in the Real World, to help Kim stop being victimized and become victim-wise!

  • A Family Secret, A Family Struggle

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    Season 17, Episode 130 - Aired 03/04/2013

    Eighteen-year-old Atira is being accused of tearing her family apart. Her mother, Yolanda, sister, Alexa, and brother, Stuart, say the young mom is a "lazy slob," who yells, shoves and cusses, and they’re tired of the chaos she creates. Atira admits she’s full of anger but says her family makes no effort to understand her. Is Atira just an out-of-control, bratty teen, or is a dark secret from her past causing her to lash out? When Dr. Phil digs into this family’s history, will Yolanda, Alexa and Stuart begin to better understand Atira? Then, Atira confronts Yolanda for ignoring her cries for help as a child. Where was her mom when she says she needed her most? Will mother and daughter find a common ground on which to rebuild their relationship? Then, former prosecutor Loni Coombs, author of the new book, “You’re Perfect” ... and Other Lies Parents Tell, joins Dr. Phil. Learn about her six parenting tips for effective listening. Plus, find out how a marshmallow can help you learn critical information about your child’s future, and the most important thing Dr. Phil says you must do with your child every day. This program contains strong sexual content. Viewer discretion advised.

  • My Daughter is Lazy and Entitled

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    Season 17, Episode 129 - Aired 03/01/2013

    Tracy says her daughter, Ashley, 22, and Ashley’s boyfriend, Andrew, 23, are freeloaders who are living rent-free in her home, while she pays all of their expenses. She says they sleep all day and have let her beautiful suburban home turn to filth. Tracy says she accepts blame for allowing the situation to spiral out of control — learn the one mistake she says she regrets the most. Ashley and Andrew deny the accusations and say they work part-time for Tracy’s business, and they’ve earned everything she's given them. See what happens when Dr. Phil cameras enter the home. Dr. Phil gets real with Ashley and Andrew — and Tracy. Can he get through to them? Then, Lorrie and Todd say that their 13-year-old-daughter controls their home. The parents admit that they just can't seem to say no to the teen, who they say throws tantrums and manipulates them until she gets her way. Lorrie and Todd say they prepare special meals for her and cut her food — and it’s putting a strain on their marriage. Dr. Phil shares his insight and devises a plan to get this family back on track. Plus, tune in to find out the three tips you must know to ensure you're not spoiling your child.

  • NBA Player's Battle with Anxiety Lands Him on the Bench

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    Season 17, Episode 128 - Aired 02/28/2013

    NBA rookie Royce White recently made headlines when he was suspended by the Houston Rockets for “refusing to provide services as required by his Uniform Player Contract," after he failed to report to his D-league assignment. Royce, who has an anxiety disorder and a fear of flying, says he wanted a mental health clause added to his contract — and he wouldn’t play until that happened. Royce, who has since been reinstated, takes a two-day road trip to Los Angeles to sit down with Dr. Phil and provide a glimpse into his struggles. How does he feel about the way the team and the league have handled the challenges that his mental illness presents? And, what message does he have for his critics who say he shouldn’t have signed with the Rockets? Then, Jodi says her extreme fears of heights and flying and are taking over her life — and cheating her 8-year-old daughter, Charlee, out of opportunities. Jodi admits that she’s turned down jobs that may require her to get on a plane, encourages her daughter to focus on local activities and dissuades her from following her dreams of joining a competitive dance group, because they travel. Watch as Jodi faces her two biggest fears: flying on an airplane and driving over a bridge. Can she learn to calm her anxiety and start living a life without fear? Plus, get an update on Caroline, who was so terrified of being harmed by intruders that she even showered with a handgun and stun gun. How is she doing now?

  • The Search for Dylan: The Polygraph Drama

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    Season 17, Episode 127 - Aired 02/27/2013

    In Part 2 of this Dr. Phil mystery, the family of 14-year-old Dylan Redwine, who has been missing for three months, continues to search for answers. Dr. Phil sits down one-on-one with Dylan's father, Mark, in an effort to help find Dylan. Was he the last person to see the teen? And, what does Mark think happened to his son? Mark says he’s tired of having the finger pointed at him, and he’s willing to take a polygraph test to help clear his name. When the time comes, will he take the test?

  • The Disappearance of Dylan: Who's to Blame?

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    Season 17, Episode 126 - Aired 02/26/2013

    On November 19, 2012, then 13-year-old Dylan Redwine vanished without a trace while on a court-ordered visitation at his father, Mark’s, house outside Durango, Colorado. Mark and his ex-wife, Elaine, who haven’t seen or spoken to each other in three years, come face to face on Dr. Phil’s stage. What happened to Dylan? Why are his parents pointing the finger at each other? And, what does Mark have to say about the last time he saw his son? Plus, why does Mark and Elaine’s oldest son, Cory, accuse his father of hiding something?

  • Young, Online and Out of Control

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    Season 17, Episode 125 - Aired 02/25/2013

    Terri says she trusted and thought she knew her 15-year-old daughter, Sierra — who she believed was a popular teen, earning good grades — until Sierra disappeared and was discovered by police, days later, after witnessing a murder. Terri says she then learned that Sierra had been living a very different life — experimenting with drugs, meeting men online and having sexual relationships with them — many of whom were twice her age. Despite Sierra's alleged traumatic experience, Terri says her daughter continues to travel down a troubled path. Can Dr. Phil get to the root of Sierra's behavior? What warning signs did Terri miss? And, how might she be enabling her daughter? If you’re a parent, you can’t afford to miss this all-new Dr. Phil! This program contains strong sexual content. Viewer discretion advised.

  • Outrageous Parenting Styles

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    Season 17, Episode 124 - Aired 02/22/2013

    Amy admits she’s a “psycho over-protective mom” of five children, ages 4 to 20, and worries that her behavior could be crippling her kids’ development. She admits to flossing her 20-year-old daughter's teeth, trimming her 15-year-old's toe nails and doing her children's homework for them. Amy says she’s just trying to prevent her kids from being hurt or disappointed -- but is she really setting them up for failure? Amy’s 20-year-old pregnant daughter, Katelynn, says her mother’s overprotectiveness is out of control -- claiming that Amy has even threatened to gain custody of her unborn baby, to ensure the child is taken care of properly. And, Amy’s son, Robert, 15, says he’s suffering in school because his mom won’t let him do his own homework, and he doesn’t even know what he’s good at, because she does everything for him. What's behind Amy’s “helicopter mom” habits? Find out what Dr. Phil uncovers from Amy’s past that may be contributing to her parenting style. Can she learn to take a step back and allow her kids to become independent?

  • Heroin in Suburbia: A Town Intervention

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    Season 17, Episode 123 - Aired 02/21/2013

    Heroin use among America's youth is no longer just a big city problem; it's plaguing some of the most prestigious and safest suburban towns in the country. Dr. Phil sheds light on Simi Valley, California -- a community once known as the safest city in America -- where residents are now fighting a heroin epidemic that they say is crippling the town’s youth. Dr. Phil talks to teens and meets with Mayor Bob Huber to discuss his community plan. How can this drug problem be stopped? Then, Simi Valley families with heroin-addicted sons reach out to Dr. Phil for help. Greg and Mary say their 20-year-old son, Nik, has been using drugs since he was 13 and is so out control, he's been kicked out of seven schools, arrested more than 30 times and even labeled a “terrorist” by the Department of Homeland Security. Now living on the streets, Nik says heroin has taken over his life, and he knows that his future is either jail, death -- or Dr. Phil. Then, Linda and Richard admit they buried their heads in the sand when they first saw signs of their 24-year-old son, Steven’s, drug use, but they say they still can’t stop enabling him. Are they ready to toughen up to give their son a chance at a healthy future? Then, MonetMonet was a promising young talent before she says she turned to drugs to deal with the death of her father. Ten months have passed since she accepted Dr. Phil’s offer of help. How is she now?

  • Scammed and Duped?

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    Season 17, Episode 122 - Aired 02/20/2013

    Angie says she’s madly in love with her attractive, dashing, overseas boyfriend, Danny, whom she’s been dating for more than a year but has never met. Angie confesses that she’s sent Danny at least $175,000 — some of which she admittedly stole from family members. She says she would like to not only prove to Dr. Phil and his viewers that Danny is a real person, she would also like Dr. Phil's help in getting $6 million that Danny sent her from an offshore bank account in the Cayman Islands. Angie admits to sending $1,000 to Danny so he could buy a plane ticket to the United States and appear on the show with her. Where is Danny, and why wasn't he sitting next to Angie in-studio? Angie's 20-year-old son, Brandon, says his mother is in deep denial and can’t even see that she’s being scammed. Is Danny who he says he is, or is Angie being duped by an online imposter or catfish? Dr. Phil does some digging and finds answers. Is Angie ready to accept the truth? Then, when Craig last spoke with Dr. Phil, he thought he might finally meet his former fiancée, “Jen,” in person — until she backed out at the last minute. After some investigative work, the real “Jen” is exposed. Don’t miss this shocking conclusion!

  • Absentee Mom, Clueless Dad?

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    Season 17, Episode 121 - Aired 02/19/2013

    John says that when his ex-wife, Laurie, moved 1,500 miles away to be with her boyfriend, Joe, she abandoned her children, and he was left to raise the couple’s three boys — Johnny, 14, and twins Christopher and Alexander, 12 — on his own. The single dad proudly proclaims that being a committed father makes him “one in a million” — but is John really in over his head? John admits the boys disrespect his authority and recently, he says Alexander punched him in the face and gave him a black eye. Laurie says her children tell her that they aren’t happy living with their father, and she denies deserting her children — but is she willing to step up and take Dr. Phil’s advice? Then, hear from the three boys. What do they reveal about their home life? And, is this a case of clueless parenting — or unruly kids? No parent can afford to miss this all-new Dr. Phil!

  • Dr. Phil Mystery: Hit and Run Killing or Falsely Accused?

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    Season 17, Episode 120 - Aired 02/18/2013

    Carol and Tab’s 20-year-old son, Alex, was killed by a hit-and-run driver. They believe that Alex’s death was no accident, and they accuse Rob, 24, of being responsible. Rob, joined by his mother, Linda, and sister, Lenora, 21, says he’s being falsely accused and placed in the middle of an “unrelenting witch hunt,” and he just wants everyone to move on. See what happens when he comes face to face with Alex’s family on Dr. Phil’s stage. Why wasn’t Rob tried on vehicular homicide charges? Hear from a crime scene reconstruction expert hired by Alex's family. Has he uncovered new evidence? Don’t miss this riveting Dr. Phil mystery as the victim’s family confronts the young man they believe deliberately killed their son.

  • Casey Anthony's Attorney: What He Wants to Reveal to Dr. Phil

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    Season 17, Episode 119 - Aired 02/15/2013

    It’s been a year and a half since a Florida jury found Casey Anthony not guilty of first-degree murder in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee — a verdict that stunned many — and Casey Anthony is still making news. Recently, Casey reportedly filed for bankruptcy, and there are reports that she reconciled with her father, George. Dr. Phil sits down with Casey’s former defense attorney, Jose Baez, who discusses his book, Presumed Guilty: Casey Anthony: The Inside Story. Baez weighs in on the most recent headlines and shares what he says he wants the public to know but couldn’t say during the trial. During opening statements, Baez made claims that George molested Casey when she was a child —a claim George denies. Knowing Casey's history of lying, does Baez stand by his accusation? Or, did he knowingly misdirect the jury? And, Baez says he knows how Caylee really died — hear his theory. Plus, in an exclusive interview, John Bradley, a prosecution witness whom Baez accused of perjuring himself on the stand, speaks out for the first time on television. If you’ve been following one of the most infamous trials in America, don't miss this show.

  • My Son Picked the Wrong Fiancée

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    Season 17, Episode 118 - Aired 02/14/2013

    Gayle says her soon-to-be daughter-in-law, Hannah, is manipulative, immoral and disrespectful — but she’s never even met her! Gayle says Hannah's relationship with her son, Ryan, is based on sin because Hannah used to date Ryan's best friend. Ryan says his parents will never accept Hannah because they hold out hope that he will reunite with his ex-fiancée and mother of his daughter. See what happens when Gayle and Hannah meet, and mother and son come face to face for the first time in three years on Dr. Phil's stage! Can this family find a common ground from which to build an amicable relationship? And, will Gayle ever accept Hannah as her daughter-in-law? Plus, Dr. Phil has a challenge for the ladies — Will they accept?

  • The Boy in the Bunker: The Exclusive Interview with Ethan and His Mother

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    Season 17, Episode 117 - Aired 02/13/2013

    On February 4, 2013, FBI officials rescued then-5-year-old Ethan from an underground bunker in Alabama, where he had been held hostage for nearly one week by 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes, who was killed during the raid. Investigators say Dykes, a former sailor and Vietnam veteran, stormed a school bus carrying 21 children a week earlier, shot and killed the driver and then abducted Ethan. In an exclusive interview, Ethan, who just celebrated his sixth birthday, talks to Dr. Phil along with his mother, Jennifer. How can this family move forward after such a traumatic event?

  • His Girlfriend Robbed Him Blind

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    Season 17, Episode 116 - Aired 02/12/2013

    Rebecca says her sister, Pamela, has repeatedly betrayed her by sleeping with the important men in her life, including her ex-husband, her child's father and even her current boyfriend. Rebecca confides that she feels so scorned that she now has a difficult time trusting anyone. Pamela admits that she made mistakes but says she's tired of feeling guilty, and she feels Rebecca needs to forgive her and move on. But is Rebecca ready to leave the past behind? Can Dr. Phil help repair their relationship? Then, Steve says that over the last five years, his girlfriend, Megan, has stolen nearly a half million dollars from him. He claims she has forged his name on checks, taken out credit cards in his name and has taken more than $167,000 from his elderly mother. Megan admits to taking the money but says she did it for a good reason. Is Megan with Steve for the love or the money? And, if Steve thinks it's for the money, why does he stay? Dr. Phil explains the 16 powerful tools that the world’s most successful people use, as outlined in his book, Life Code: The New Rules for Winning in the Real World. If you’re ready to stop being used and abused and start being a star in your own life, don’t miss this show!

  • My Friend is Too Obsessed with Me

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    Season 17, Episode 115 - Aired 02/11/2013

    Traci says her former friend, Jinda, is obsessed and infatuated with her. Traci says Jinda began texting her about 50 times a day after they first met -- texts that soon became over-the-top proclamations such as, “I can’t get you out of my mind," and “I swear I will love you the right way.” Traci says she thought Jinda just needed a friend but then grew more uncomfortable as, she claims, Jinda was also inappropriately affectionate with her children, began texting her friends whom she had never met, and even tried to touch and kiss her. Traci claims Jinda crossed the line when she tried to sabotage her marriage, so she cut off communication with her. But is Jinda getting the message? Traci says Jinda still texts and drives by her house, and she worries what Jinda might do next. Jinda admits to being "needy and clingy" but does she see that she's overstepped her boundaries? Can Dr. Phil help her rein in her behavior? Then, Kari says her sister, Holly, stabbed her in the back when she took Kari’s ex-husband’s side during their divorce -- and, after not speaking for three years, she wants an apology. Holly says she’s not sorry and that Kari is the one who needs to apologize. Can Dr. Phil end the silence between these sisters?

  • Did He Kill His Wife?

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    Season 17, Episode 114 - Aired 02/08/2013

    Kelly says on August 2, 2011, he found his wife of more than five years, Margaret, dead in their bathtub. Police ruled her death an accidental drowning — but Margaret’s friends, Nancy and Christine, say they think she was murdered by Kelly, and they want the investigation into Margaret’s death reopened. Kelly admits his marriage wasn’t perfect but insists he did not murder his wife. What does he claim happened on the day Margaret died? Kelly says Nancy and Christine have been harassing him, and he believes they even hired someone to throw a caustic substance in his face. Sparks fly when the women face Kelly for the first time in nearly two years on Dr. Phil's stage. Do Nancy and Christine have any evidence that Margaret’s death was suspicious? And, hear from homicidal drowning investigator Andrea Zaferes, who was contacted by Margaret’s friends. Does she believe this was an accidental drowning or something more sinister? Plus, Kelly agrees to take a polygraph test. Don’t miss the results!

  • I Hate My Daughter-In-Law

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    Season 17, Episode 113 - Aired 02/07/2013

    Donna says her daughter-in-law, Jen, is “spoiled, ungrateful and disrespectful” and that she dislikes her so much, she can’t sleep at night because of the stress. She says she’s resentful that Jen didn't include her in the planning of her son, Brad’s, wedding or in the couple’s baby shower — and Jen won’t trust her to care for her granddaughter. Brad and Jen say Donna is the problem and that she has a temper and lashes out with nasty voicemails and mean Facebook comments that frighten them. They say Donna has been so disruptive to their lives, they cut the cord with her four months ago, changed the locks to their home and now sleep with a gun for protection. Donna has written to Dr. Phil for help five times, but is she ready to get real? If you clash with your in-laws, don’t miss this show!

  • Baby Snatcher — Barely Escaping a Fetal Abduction?

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    Season 17, Episode 112 - Aired 02/06/2013

    In her first nationally-televised interview, Angelique, 20, breaks her silence about an alleged plot to steal her unborn baby. In December 2010, Angelique, then 7 months pregnant, says she met Kassandra, 18 — and two months later, she discovered her new friend had been faking her pregnancy and allegedly planning to surgically remove Angelique’s baby. How did Angelique learn of and narrowly escape this sadistic plot? Kassandra has since been sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in a psychiatric hospital for attempted arson — Does Angelique think that justice was served? Plus, Angelique says the frightening incident still traumatizes her to this day. Can Dr. Phil help her move past her fears? Then, Katie, 21, admits that she’s been obsessed with being a mom since she was a teenager, wants at least 20 kids and confesses that she’s resorted to dirty tricks to become pregnant — without her husband, Jeff’s, knowledge. She says she was already telling Jeff, 23, she wanted another baby while still delivering their first! Jeff says he's willing to compromise but is uncomfortable with the drastic measures he says Katie is taking to get pregnant again. Can Dr. Phil get to the root of Katie's baby obsession?

  • Actress Accused: Was She an Accomplice to Murder?

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    Season 17, Episode 111 - Aired 02/05/2013

    In 2010, Rachel says she was in love and planning to marry the man of her dreams, but just days before their beachside wedding, her fiancé, Dan Wozniak, was arrested for murder. According to investigators, Wozniak shot and killed the couple's neighbor, Samuel Herr, and his friend, Juri “Julie” Kibuishi, and then allegedly dismembered Samuel’s body and scattered his remains in a park. Wozniak, who is behind bars awaiting trial, was indicted by a grand jury on two felony counts of special circumstances murder, to which he has pleaded not guilty. Now, two years after the grisly murders, Rachel has been arrested and charged with three counts of accessory after the fact. Prosecutors believe she lied to help her then-fiancé cover up his alleged crimes. Facing four years behind bars, Rachel, along with her attorney, speaks out, claiming she was duped by Wozniak and knew nothing of his alleged crime. Then, Samuel Herr’s father, Steve, weighs in. Hear why he believes Rachel is playing the greatest role of her life -- that of an innocent victim. And, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas details why he says Rachel’s story just doesn’t add up. Is Rachel a victim, or did she help cover up a crime?

  • Soccer Mom Madam Confession

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    Season 17, Episode 110 - Aired 02/04/2013

    When the woman dubbed the “New York Soccer Mom Madam,” Anna Gristina, sat down with Dr. Phil in September 2012, she denied accusations of running a multimillion dollar prostitution empire and claimed she had been wrongly targeted by investigators who were “out to get her.” Three weeks later, Anna shockingly pleaded guilty to one count of promoting prostitution. Now, Anna says she’s ready to come clean to Dr. Phil. Does she believe her venture crossed the line into prostitution? Plus, hear how she says her simple matchmaking company flourished into a global business with a roster of wealthy and prominent clientele, allegedly including professional football players and management. Will she name names? Don’t miss this tell-all Dr. Phil exclusive!

  • Exclusive: The Man behind the Manti Te’o Girlfriend Hoax Comes Clean

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    Season 17, Episode 109 - Aired 02/01/2013

    Dr. Phil recently sat down with Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the man behind the Manti Te'o love hoax. Ronaiah revealed how he created Lennay, a Polynesian beauty, as an intricate deception to lure the Notre Dame football hero into a relationship. Despite never meeting in person, Manti and the fictitious Lennay’s relationship grew deep and intimate on many levels, before Ronaiah killed off Lennay and the hoax was revealed.

  • Exclusive: The Man behind the Manti Te’o Girlfriend Hoax

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    Season 17, Episode 108 - Aired 01/31/2013

    Manti Te’o’s 2012 football season inspired many sports fans when, despite the reported deaths of his grandmother and girlfriend, the Notre Dame linebacker earned a Heisman Trophy candidacy and a shot at a National Title — but when reports surfaced indicating his girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, never existed, the athlete became the subject of ridicule and speculation. Te’o claims he was duped into falling in love with Lennay, whom he had never met. In a Dr. Phil exclusive, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the mastermind behind the hoax, breaks his silence for the first time. Dr. Phil delves into the path that led to this scheme, and the many twists and turns taken along the way. What was Ronaiah’s motivation? And, was Te’o involved?

  • Shocking Mom Revelations

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    Season 17, Episode 103 - Aired 01/24/2013

    From the outside, Lisa and David may look like the perfect couple, but Lisa says she’s hiding a dark secret from the world — she has been suffering from bulimia and for the past eight years binges and purges as many as 10 to 15 times a day. She admits that her eating disorder continued while she was pregnant with her now 2-year-old son, Tobias, which she believes may have caused him to stop breathing for minutes after he was born. Now 12 weeks pregnant with her second child, Lisa says her bulimia is out of control, and she’s afraid for her unborn child’s life. David says he’s tried everything to help his wife, but reveals that her self-destruction has taken a turn for the worse. David says Lisa has also been smoking, drinking and even cutting herself. What’s behind Lisa’s dangerous decisions? Can Dr. Phil help Lisa — and her unborn baby — before it’s too late? Then, Doreen, 26, says she realized she was gay at a young age and that her mother, Diane, doesn’t accept her relationship with her girlfriend, Ana. Diane says she blames softball for Doreen's "choice" to be gay, and it makes her sick to her stomach. Can Dr. Phil help build a bridge of acceptance?

  • Distorted Beauty

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    Season 17, Episode 102 - Aired 01/23/2013

    April is a drop-dead gorgeous 21-year-old, but she sees a hideous monster in the mirror. April says she believes her face is so ugly, that she sometimes thinks the only escape might be to end her life. For the last 11 years, April says she's spent countless hours with her worst enemy, the mirror. April compulsively picks at her skin -- so much so that she believes she’s developed scoliosis from sitting hunched forward on her bathroom sink. Beautiful April thinks she is so incredibly grotesque, she is ashamed to show her face in public. Will Dr. Phil be able to convince April to remove the layers of makeup she has hidden behind for more than a decade? Can Dr. Phil help her see how beautiful she truly is? And, adorable Meghan, 15, says she hates how she looks so much, she often wishes she had never been born. Meghan’s mother, Christine, says her daughter’s intense self-hatred and daily violent breakdowns are ripping their family apart. What's at the root of Meghan's pain? And what is Dr. Phil's tough message for Christine? Then, Rebecca, 25, says she suffered from body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) for more than 10 years before she sought help two years ago. Don’t miss her message of hope for both girls.

  • Girls Who Bash Girls Who Dress Sexy

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    Season 17, Episode 99 - Aired 01/18/2013

    Dr. Phil takes on the hot-button topic of what some are calling “slut-shaming” -- when young women are taunted and harassed, often online, for their sexual behavior, such as having casual sex, having more than one sexual partner or dressing provocatively. This form of bullying, like others, can lead to tragic consequences. Fifteen-year-old Felicia Garcia sent her last tweet, “I cant, im done, I give up,” before jumping in front of a train, while many of her classmates looked on. Friends of the freshman say she was tormented by bullies for alleged sexual encounters with football players. Did her classmates go too far? And, what can parents and students do to prevent another senseless act? Grab your teen, sit them down and watch this powerful Dr. Phil together!

  • Football, Booze and Bad Behavior

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    Season 17, Episode 98 - Aired 01/17/2013

    It’s a case that has made headlines and rattled the tight-knit city of Steubenville, Ohio: Two high school football players are accused of raping a 16-year-old girl while partying in August 2012, and some community members are accusing authorities of conducting a lax investigation in order to protect the football program. The case recently garnered national media attention after a video showing a teenage boy joking about the rape was leaked online by Anonymous, a loosely associated group of Internet hackers. Ma'lik Richmond and Trenton Mays, both 16, have been charged with rape and are awaiting trial as juveniles — but some critics believe the teens should be tried as adults and that more students should be charged. Dr. Phil talks to community members about the controversial investigation and how social media is playing a part. Tune in and decide for yourself: Are city leaders trying to protect the town’s beloved football program, or is justice being served?

  • Adult Temper Tantrums

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    Season 17, Episode 97 - Aired 01/16/2013

    Laurie and Patrick say their 25-year-old son, Stephen’s, rage is so out of control that they’re afraid he’ll kill them if something doesn’t change. They say Stephen, who is unemployed and lives with them rent-free, has destroyed their house, stolen from them and even threatened to shoot them in the head when they refused to give him gas money. Watch as Dr. Phil cameras visit the family’s home — and the cops show up! Stephen says he feels like he has no control over his actions once something sets him off. What’s at the root of his anger? And, is he ready to get help? Plus, how might Laurie and Patrick be contributing to his behavior? Then, Jessica says her fiancé, Justin, is a great guy when he’s sober but becomes violent and abusive when he drinks, and their relationship is on the brink of disaster. She says Justin, while under the influence, has spit on her, kicked her and even pushed her while she was three months pregnant. Justin admits he has a drinking problem — but is he willing to get help?

  • Is Mom Playing Favorites?

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    Season 17, Episode 96 - Aired 01/15/2013

    Twenty-eight-year-old Lynn says her mother, Anne, has turned her entire family against her, and now she feels like she's the "black sheep." She says her mom calls her names, has hit her in the past and favors her younger brothers so much that she's even turned them against her. Anne says her daughter’s narcissism and lies have made her an outcast. She claims Lynn will stop at nothing to get attention — even lie about a pregnancy and miscarriage. Can Dr. Phil stop the mudslinging long enough to get to the root of their disagreements? And, was Lynn really pregnant? See how mother and daughter react to what medical records reveal. Then, hear from Lynn's brother Tom. Why does he say he sides with their mom? Can Dr. Phil mend these family ties?

  • Young, Innocent and Held Captive

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    Season 17, Episode 95 - Aired 01/14/2013

    Twenty years ago, 10-year-old Katie Beers vanished, and a nationwide manhunt ensued. Sixteen days later, John Esposito, a friend of Katie’s family, turned himself in and led authorities to his underground bunker where Katie was being held captive. Since her rescue, Katie has never spoken publicly about her ordeal, in an attempt to live a “normal” life. Now, she opens up about her kidnapping in her book, Buried Memories, and shares her horrific experience in an exclusive with Dr. Phil. And, former FBI profiler Clint Van Zandt, one of the first people to see Katie when she was discovered, shares details of the homemade dungeon and why he believes Katie would have never been found if Esposito hadn’t given himself up. Then, two years ago, 13-year-old Sarah Maynard and her younger brother walked into their home and into the middle of a nightmare: Their mother and a family friend had been murdered, and a man with a knife grabbed Sarah and tied her up, and then brutally killed her brother. Sarah was held captive on a bed of leaves for four days until authorities found her. In a daytime exclusive, Sarah, now 15, shares her story with Dr. Phil and discusses her book, The Girl in the Leaves. How did she survive her horrifying ordeal? Plus, Dr. Phil has a surprise for Sarah.

  • Bipolar and Mentally Ill Moms

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    Season 17, Episode 94 - Aired 01/11/2013

    Dr. Phil goes behind the stigma of mental illness to show how it’s affecting two families. Amanda, 24, is a mother of two who says she’s bipolar, and that during manic episodes, she becomes violent and screams, yells and shakes. Amanda says that despite her illness, her sister, Rianne, and mom, Lori, are insensitive and mean to her — but they say they believe Amanda may be taking advantage of her diagnosis. Rianne says Amanda acts out and uses her illness as an excuse — including an incident in which Rianne claims Amanda punched her in the face and lied to police about it. Then, Jenny is a 53-year-old mother of three who says she suffers from dissociative identity disorder, formally known as multiple personality disorder. She says she has 22 “alters,” whom she calls “parts of me.” Jenny reveals the traumatic childhood experiences that she believes caused her to take on multiple personalities. And, Jenny’s son, Robert, 30, shares what life was like growing up with Jenny. Then, Jenny's biographer, Judy, a retired therapist who wrote Twenty-Two Faces, based on Jenny’s journals and their sessions together, joins the show to defend herself against accusations that she may be exploiting Jenny.

  • Ashley Toye: Monster or Mistake?

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    Season 17, Episode 93 - Aired 01/10/2013

    Six years ago, Ashley Toye, then 17, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for her part in the torture and murder of two teens, Alexis and Jeffrey Sosa. Now, a new law may give her the opportunity for a reviewed — and possibly reduced — sentence. Does she deserve a second chance? Ashley, now 24, speaks out from prison in a daytime exclusive.

  • Teenage Rage

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    Season 17, Episode 92 - Aired 01/09/2013

    Phyllis and Barry say they're desperate to calm their violent 15-year-old son, Brandon, and turn to Dr. Phil for help. Their requests for Brandon to perform simple tasks such as brushing his teeth or bathing cause him to go into a rage, breaking things and punching holes in walls, and even chasing Phyllis with scissors. Barry says they walk on eggshells, waiting for Brandon’s next violent outburst and that every day he leaves the house worried that his wife may not be alive when he returns. What is at the root of Brandon's anger? Dr. Phil spends some one-on-one time with the young man to determine what’s driving his behavior. And, find out what Phyllis recently found in Brandon’s room that shocked her to her core.

  • Elder Abuse

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    Season 17, Episode 91 - Aired 01/08/2013

    Mike says his sister, Shelley, conned their elderly parents out of $100,000, which Shelley denies. And, Mattie says her 86-year-old mother was abused at her nursing home. Learn how to keep your elderly loved ones safe!

  • Crazy, Stupid Love

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    Season 17, Episode 90 - Aired 01/07/2013

    Amanda says her husband of two years, Jeffrey, was recently caught in an online child sex sting and sentenced to five years in prison, yet she’s not sure if she should leave him. Why does she say she blames herself for what happened? And, hear from Amanda’s parents, Juliet and Timothy, who say they just want their daughter to move on. When Dr. Phil gives Amanda a harsh dose of reality, will she see the situation for what it is? Then, 18-year-old Seri says that two years ago, she fell in love with 26-year-old Hector, who convinced her to quit school and become a prostitute — and give him all the profits. Hector was convicted of sexual assault of a child and is now serving up to 30 years in prison. Seri is raising their daughter and has a new boyfriend, Will, but she admits that she would consider taking Hector back, if given the opportunity. Why does Seri say she still has feelings for her abuser?

  • The Truth about Liars

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    Season 17, Episode 89 - Aired 01/04/2013

    Katie says she’s at the end of her rope with her husband, John’s, lies and if he doesn’t start telling the truth, she’ll leave him. She says John has lied about everything from his job to having cancer and that they’ve even lost their house because of the deceit. Katie admits that she knew John was a liar during the 10 years that they dated — so why did she marry him and have a baby with him? John confesses that he’s deceived people for as long as he can remember and claims that he’s just looking for attention. When he reveals even more lies to Katie, will she head for the door? Plus, don’t miss Dr. Phil’s tips from his new book, Life Code, in stores this February, about how to identify the people who will lie, cheat, use and abuse you.

  • A Mother's Shameful Past

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    Season 17, Episode 88 - Aired 01/03/2013

    Raylynn says in 1988, she was seduced by smooth-talking charmer Curly Thornton and joined his traveling evangelical group — which she says she now considers a cult — and although Curly died in 1999, Raylynn says she feels like he’s still haunting and controlling her. Raylynn says she became so wrapped up in Curly’s teachings, she gave up everything, including her car, her home and her job. She says she even moved her young daughter, Sunny, now 32, into Curly’s home and that shortly after, he changed from an inspirational leader to a fear- driven, mind-controlling abuser. How does Raylynn say she was seduced into what she calls a dark and manipulative world? What are the warning signs she may have missed? And, is she ready to let go of the guilt she says she’s been carrying around for years? Then, Sunny reveals a secret that she’s been keeping from her mom. Does she blame her mom for what happened to her? Plus, Curly’s son speaks out publicly about his father for the first time.

  • New Year Mama Drama

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    Season 17, Episode 87 - Aired 01/02/2013

    Gabriel says his mom, Linda, is crazy, intrusive, “religious to the extreme” and causes so much drama that he and his wife, Suzanne, avoid her at all costs in fear of what she’ll do next. They say Linda constantly accuses Gabriel of stealing and using drugs and not only meddles in their relationship, but she also shows up at their home uninvited — sometimes in the middle of the night — just to check up on them. Linda calls herself the “Queen Bee” and says she’s not prying, she’s just trying to create a happy family — but is she pushing her loved ones away? Can Linda learn to respect boundaries? And, will this family find the peace they’re hoping for? Plus, Dr. Phil explains the “Why Lie” that he says Linda is hiding behind and helps her face reality. And, tune in to learn how to tear down the barriers and begin to live with no fear in the New Year!

  • Smart People, Bad Choices

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    Season 17, Episode 86 - Aired 01/01/2013

    Do you consider yourself smart, yet continue to make bad choices? This New Year, stop setting yourself up for pain and problems, and put all the drama and bad choices in the rearview mirror! Dr. Phil says ex-spouses Jennifer and Phil are the perfect example of intelligent people whose choices could lead to terrible consequences. Since their divorce five years ago, they have been at war, and their three children are caught on the battleground. Jennifer says her “sperm donor” of an ex-husband doesn’t make enough of an effort to see their children and owes her nearly $30,000 in back child support. Phil says Jennifer is a habitual liar who “infects” the kids with lies about him and is on a mission to keep the kids from him. Dr. Phil doesn’t mince words when he tells them the mistakes they’re making. After hearing what their kids have to say, will this couple redefine their co-parenting plan before their children pay the price? And, one of the world's leading researchers in cognitive psychology and a member of the Dr. Phil Advisory Board, Dr. Art Markman, talks about his book, Smart Thinking, and the three-part formula for employing effective learning and smart thinking in your daily life. Plus, Rachel is ashamed of a bad habit that has followed her since childhood. Don’t miss Dr. Markman’s five keys to breaking any bad habit!

  • New Year: Change Your Life

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    Season 17, Episode 85 - Aired 12/31/2012

    Making New Year’s resolutions is easy; the hard part is keeping them. Dr. Phil says there's no better time than now to make a change in your life and start creating what you want, instead of settling for what you don’t. Learn his five powerful secrets to success in making your resolutions a reality. Dr. Phil shares the stories of three couples with three very different problems they are resolving to fix in the New Year. Allyson and James say they resolve to improve their financial picture, get out of debt and stop living hand-to-mouth. And, Missy says she is making one of the most popular resolutions: to lose weight. Will she meet her goal in time for her wedding to Justin? Then, Jill and Matt are busy parents who say their sex life has gone from fireworks to fizzled out. Their resolution is to reignite the flames and reconnect. Plus, Jim Cramer, author and host of CNBC’s Mad Money, offers a solid strategy for achieving financial resolutions. This is practical advice you won’t want to miss, whether your income is meager or millions. Don’t just make resolutions this year -- tune in and learn how to keep them!

  • Children of Affairs

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    Season 17, Episode 84 - Aired 12/28/2012

    Three percent of all children born in the United States each year are the product of extra-marital affairs. What happens when these children — a result of lies and deception — grow up and learn the circumstances surrounding their birth? Germaine says she is five months pregnant and engaged to Trevor, the father of her unborn child. But, Trevor already has a wife. Germaine says Trevor constantly lies to her and his wife, and she wants to know if he is ready to end the deceit and commit to her. Hear what Dr. Phil thinks about the future of their relationship. Then, Krista says she was 11 years old when she learned she was the product of an affair, and her world came crashing down. She says the pain, anger and guilt she feels affects every area of her life, including driving a wedge between her and her husband of 11 years. Will an emotional exercise with Germaine help Krista find a new perspective on life? And, will Germaine and Trevor begin to understand how their behavior may have lifelong consequences for their unborn child?

  • Dirty Divorce? Why Are They Still Living under One Roof?

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    Season 17, Episode 83 - Aired 12/27/2012

    In this real-life War of the Roses, Dr. Phil speaks to Laura and Ross, a once-happily married couple, who say that although they’ve been divorced for years, they both refuse to leave their home, which at times has resembled a war zone. Ross says his 10-year marriage to Laura started to crumble when she began pursuing younger men. He says Laura became a sex-obsessed party girl who chose the “cougar” lifestyle over her marriage, and he says she should leave. Laura says she likes to hang out with younger men, but denies being a sex-obsessed party girl. She says her marriage simply fell apart and argues that the house is as much hers as it is Ross’ and he should be the one to leave. Both admit that living under one roof has taken its toll, and that their arguments have gotten physical. Laura says she believes Ross is trying to kill her and that she had to be hospitalized after she claims he drugged her. Ross says Laura gets so heated she once stabbed him with a pen during an argument. Dr. Phil speaks to their 17-year-old daughter, Kayla. Hear how she says her toxic home life has affected her. Plus, learn what you must know if you’re going through a divorce with children.

  • To Catch a Catfish: An Online Dating Predator Exposed

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    Season 17, Episode 82 - Aired 12/26/2012

    Dr. Phil’s guests say they fell victim to a catfish -- a person who creates a false ID on the Internet in the hopes of luring people into romantic relationships. Devon says she fell in love with a man named David, whom she met online, and then spent nearly three years planning their future together -- without ever meeting him in person. She says they talked and texted every day for hours and exchanged photos, but every time they attempted to meet, David always had an excuse to reschedule. Although Devon was in love, she says David was controlling and manipulative, and she started cutting herself to cope. Then, a phone call changed everything -- Devon says she was shocked to learn that David wasn’t who he said he was. And, Lauren, Bobbi and Kelly say they also fell for the same man and spent months establishing an online relationship -- one that never culminated in a face-to-face meeting. The women say an estimated 26 women have fallen victim to this alleged catfish’s schemes. What were the signs that they missed? And what would drive a person to carry out such a deception? Learn the online dating red flags to look out for. Plus, you won’t believe who the alleged catfish really is!

  • Inside the World of OCD

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    Season 17, Episode 81 - Aired 12/25/2012

    Jennifer says that for the past 20 years, she has been suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, and that it rules every aspect of her life. Watch as Jennifer demonstrates how everyday tasks — like preparing food, cleaning furniture and just leaving the house — have become exhausting rituals that take her up to 13 hours to complete. Jennifer reluctantly travels to Dr. Phil with the help of her best friend, Howard. “I don’t want to live with OCD, but I don’t know if I know how to live without it,” Jennifer confesses. Dr. Frank Lawlis, chairman of the Dr. Phil Advisory Board weighs in on Jennifer’s condition and offers treatment. Can she leave her comfort zone in order to get help? Then, Pam and Jack say their 25-year-old son, Michael’s, OCD is so severe that they’re afraid to leave him alone. They say Michael often goes into a trance — the longest lasting 21 hours — during which he screams, curses and punches himself repeatedly. Pam and Jack say they’ve tried multiple treatments and more than 10 different medications, but nothing has helped. Watch as Michael visits leading neuroradiologist Dr. Bradley Jabour, who performs a brain scan to see what’s going on inside Michael’s head. See the fascinating results, and hear Dr. Jabour’s plans for Michael — and Jennifer. Plus, meet Bob, who says Dr. Jabour’s program saved his life. And, log on to DrPhil.com for more information about OCD warning signs and treatments.

  • Mama's Boys

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    Season 17, Episode 80 - Aired 12/24/2012

    Do you know a mama’s boy who can’t cut the cord with his overbearing mom? In the new movie, The Guilt Trip, out now, comedian Seth Rogen plays Andy, a man guilted into driving cross-country with his domineering mom, Joyce, played by legendary singer and actress Barbra Streisand. Andy, who is at first aggravated by Joyce’s smothering, comes to discover that they have more in common than he thought. Dr. Phil sits down with Barbra and Seth to discuss the film and their impressive careers. What similarities do the stars say their roles had with their real-life relationships? And, why were they drawn to this film? Plus, watch newly-added interview footage! Then, Joe says his stepson, Rendall, is a 25-year-old mama’s boy who is currently funding his college education with a $50,000 loan, which Joe’s wife, Barb, co-signed on. Rendall insists that he’s not taking advantage of his mom. Currently unemployed, does he have plans to pay back the loan, or will he let his mom foot the bill? Can Dr. Phil help Rendall get traction to succeed on his own?

  • Top Model Intervention

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    Season 17, Episode 79 - Aired 12/21/2012

    At 22, Jael was an aspiring star and finalist on the hit show America’s Next Top Model. A statuesque beauty, her future seemed prime with possibility -- until the darkness of substance abuse and addiction stole her from the spotlight. Now 28, the former model's family says her drug habit has taken a toll both mentally and physically, including rotting her teeth and leaving her body covered in sores, and they fear for her life. With Jael living on the streets, Dr. Phil sends mother-son intervention team Brandon and Debbie to Jael’s hometown to find her and stage an intervention -- but their trip does not go as planned. Find out what they discover. Desperate to get Jael the help she needs, Brandon finally locates her, and what follows is the most out-of-control drug rage in Dr. Phil history. Reluctantly, Jael agrees to travel to Los Angeles to see Dr. Phil, but just seconds before appearing onstage, she takes off running. Don’t miss the unlikely place Dr. Phil goes to help her. Can he convince her to stop running and commit to getting well? Plus, Dr. Phil has some tough truths for Jael’s parents. Could they be enabling their daughter’s behavior?

  • Little Miss Attitude!

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    Season 17, Episode 78 - Aired 12/20/2012

    Renae says her 14-year-old daughter, Amanda, was a model child and a parent's dream, but in the last couple of years has become a rebellious and violent teen. Renae says Amanda's anger is oftentimes directed at her. She says the teen has punched her -- as many as 50 times in the last year -- has knocked her teeth out, called her names and has kicked, bitten and spit on her. Amanda admits that she doesn't respect her mother -- or any authority -- and that she has a violent temper, but says, "Fights find me.” Can Dr. Phil help show Amanda more effective ways to channel her aggression -- and her family better ways to cope with her? Then, Courtney, a police officer who works with juveniles, says that despite her training, she can’t control her defiant, eye-rolling 16-year-old daughter, Sabby’s, bad attitude. She says when Sabby doesn't get her way, she works herself up into a rage and has pushed her grandmother, threatened to kill her younger sister, and was sent to and kicked out of boot camp just recently. Then, meet Sabby, who maintains her defiance with Dr. Phil. Can he get through to this tough teen? If you are having a difficult time raising your teen, don’t miss this show.

  • Sudden Tragedy, Lasting Grief

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    Season 17, Episode 77 - Aired 12/19/2012

    The recent shooting deaths at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut have left the families of the victims devastated and the nation in shock. How can the country move forward after such heartache, and how can families who are struggling with loss get past the pain? Dr. Phil helps his guests conquer their feelings of guilt and grief to help ensure they don’t journey down an endless road of despair. Eight years ago, Julie’s mother-in-law accidentally backed her SUV over Julie’s 4-year-old son and killed him. Julie’s older daughter, Madison, who was 14 at the time, witnessed the accident and says that ever since, she has been overcome with guilt for not saving her little brother. Two years ago, Madison left home and has had little contact with her mother. A recent phone call reunited them, and Madison says she’s ready to face her feelings. Can Dr. Phil help her work through her grief, guilt and loss? Then, Greg says one night in 2009, he came home to find his 17-month-old son dead. Greg’s wife at the time, Lori, was convicted of murder and sentenced to 25 years to life in state prison. “The facts have taken place, but I don’t understand the rationale or what happened behind it,” the grieving dad says. Can Dr. Phil help Greg make peace with what happened?

  • The Littlest Witnesses: How Children Grieve

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    Season 17, Episode 76 - Aired 12/18/2012

    In the aftermath of the recent elementary school shooting in Connecticut that authorities say left at least 20 children, six adults and the gunman dead, many questions remain: Could this tragedy have been prevented, and how can we keep it from happening again? And, how can the families of the victims and the young children who witnessed the shooting cope with such a trauma? Dr. Phil goes behind the headlines in the shooting and offers advice to families who might be struggling to talk to their children about such a senseless act of violence.

  • Profile of a School Shooter

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    Season 17, Episode 75 - Aired 12/17/2012

    On the morning of December 14, 2012, authorities say 20-year-old Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut and opened fire, killing at least 20 children and six adults before taking his own life. Investigators believe Lanza shot and killed his mother at a nearby home before the massacre. Who was Adam Lanza, and why would he carry out such a senseless act? Dr. Phil goes behind the headlines in this tragedy in search of answers. Plus, would you know if you were raising a killer? In a very rare and emotional interview, hear from Jeff, whose son, Andy, became a school shooter. He says in 2001, his then 15-year-old son went to school with a .22 caliber revolver and 40 bullets in his backpack and opened fire on his classmates. Jeff recounts the tragic day and shares the signs he says he may have missed in his son. Plus, hear Jeff’s tearful warning for all parents.

  • Time Does Not Heal All Wounds

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    Season 17, Episode 74 - Aired 12/14/2012

    Dr. Phil’s guests prove that a person’s life can change in an instant — for better or worse. Erica says her mother, Jackie, abused her as a child — a claim Jackie denies — and looked the other way when she was being molested. For the first time in five years, Erica comes face to face with her mother — can they let go of the past and start the healing process? And, will Jackie take any ownership for the pain her daughter says she caused? Dr. Phil offers both women advice on forgiving and moving forward. Then, Karen says her life was changed in the blink of an eye when her 21-year-old daughter, Kyleigh, was killed — and she was faced with the difficult task of donating her daughter’s organs. Watch as Karen meets Dawn, the recipient of Kyleigh’s heart, for the first time! Plus, best-selling author Mitch Albom discusses his new book, The Time Keeper, and shares advice on how to stop wasting time — and start living life!

  • Controversial Parenting

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    Season 17, Episode 73 - Aired 12/13/2012

    Kathy, a stay-at-home mom and advocate of the Attachment Parenting philosophy says she still breastfeeds her nearly 4-year-old son -- who calls her breasts “Money” -- and she doesn’t plan on stopping until “he stops asking.” Kathy jokingly calls cribs “cages,” and says both of her children share the bed with her and her husband. Has she taken Attachment Parenting too far? Pediatrician and co-host of The Doctors Dr. Jim Sears weighs in on the parenting theory. Then, self-professed helicopter grandmother JoAnn says there’s nothing she won’t do to check up on her children and grandchildren, including climbing over locked gates to break into her 39-year-old daughter, Angie’s, home. Once inside, JoAnn admits she leaves notes, reminding Angie to clean up around the house, and raids the cabinets in search of alcohol to pour out. Angie says she’s tried to tell her mother to back off. Will JoAnn finally agree to give her some space? Plus, Lavaniel posted a video on Facebook and YouTube of him verbally bashing his then 15-year-old son, Lavaniel Junior, for wearing skinny jeans. After logging more than 200,000 views, the video has stirred controversy: Is Lavaniel a bully or a caring father? Tune in and decide for yourself!

  • Weatherman's Real Life Hangover

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    Season 17, Episode 72 - Aired 12/12/2012

    Dr. Phil goes behind the headlines of two popular weathermen who lost their jobs amid scandal. Former Philadelphia meteorologist John Bolaris says he’s become a laughingstock ever since he was drugged by two women and duped out of more than $43,000 while vacationing in Miami in 2010. He claims the media portrayed him as a womanizer instead of as the victim of an international crime ring. Find out what headline he says further humiliated him. Now unemployed, how can he regain his career and repair his reputation? Plus, hear from John’s fiancée, Erica, who recently created another scandal for John by posting racy Tweets on his Twitter account. How does she explain the posts? Then, Zoel says she made headlines when her online sex chat with a married Connecticut meteorologist went viral — and he was fired from his job. Zoel says the media has painted her as a “home wrecker” and a “slut” and that her relationship with her 21-year-old daughter, Kayla — whom she recently reunited with after 19 years — has been damaged as a result. Can Zoel repair her reputation and prove to Kayla that she can still be a trustworthy mom?

  • Killer Mom: The Sole Survivor and Remarry or Run?

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    Season 17, Episode 71 - Aired 12/11/2012

    The Locator’s Troy Dunn is back to help Dr. Phil tackle two stories about separated loved ones. When Lori was 2 months old, her mother shot and killed Lori’s 10-year-old brother and 7-year-old sister while they were asleep in bed. She tried to shoot Lori next, but the heat of the gun barrel woke her up, and the gun misfired. Lori’s mother turned herself over to police, and Lori was raised by her biological father and stepmom, who never told Lori anything about the tragedy. When Lori was 14, she discovered the truth about her past, and two years ago, more than 40 years since the shooting, Lori learned that her biological mother gave birth to another daughter, Marlinda, while in the state’s custody. Lori has been desperately searching for her sister, with no success. When Troy surprises Lori and Marlinda walks on stage, will the reunion be everything Lori hoped for? And, Lori reveals the shocking information about their biological mother to her sister. How will Marlinda take the news? Plus, Lori explains how a visit with her biological mother 26 years ago took a horrifying turn. Then, Mitzi and Tim married after two years of dating, but she filed for divorce only three weeks later. A year and a half has passed, and Mitzi and Tim have broken up and reunited more than eight times and are now engaged again, but Mitzi is worried she might be making another wrong decision. She says Tim sends her mean text messages when he’s drunk, and she worries he still may have feelings for his ex-wife. Tim says he’s changed and is ready to right the wrongs of the past, but should Mitzi believe him? What do Dr. Phil and Troy think?

  • Mama's Boys

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    Season 17, Episode 70 - Aired 12/10/2012

    Do you know a mama’s boy who can’t cut the cord with his overbearing mom? In the upcoming movie, The Guilt Trip, out December 19, comedian Seth Rogen plays Andy, a man guilted into driving cross-country with his domineering mom, Joyce, played by legendary singer and actress Barbra Streisand. Andy, who is at first aggravated by Joyce’s smothering, comes to discover that they have more in common than he thought. Dr. Phil sits down with Barbra and Seth to discuss the film and their impressive careers. What similarities do the stars say their roles had with their real-life relationships? And, why were they drawn to this film? Then, Joe says his stepson, Rendall, is a 25-year-old mama’s boy who is currently funding his college education with a $50,000 loan, which Joe’s wife, Barb, co-signed on. Rendall insists that he’s not taking advantage of his mom. Currently unemployed, does he have plans to pay back the loan, or will he let his mom foot the bill? Can Dr. Phil help Rendall get traction to succeed on his own?

  • Home Invasions

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    Season 17, Episode 69 - Aired 12/07/2012

    John and Jenn say that when they moved in together a year and a half ago, they were faced with the challenge of blending their families — including eight children under the age of 12 — and it’s taken a toll on everyone. Outnumbered, Jenn admits that the household is out of control, and she’s checked out. John says that on a typical day, Jenn will sleep until noon and spend the rest of her day on the couch, usually playing on her phone and talking to a male friend, whom he’s never met. Dr. Phil sends psychiatrist and Medical Director of Los Angeles’ Department of Children and Family Services, Dr. Charles Sophy, to observe John and Jenn’s home and provide his insight. When Dr. Sophy stages a family meeting, find out what the children say they want from Jenn. Can he help get this family back on track? And, can Dr. Phil help Jenn check back into her family and her relationship? Then, Debbie is a mother of four who says she hates her own children and refuses to let them touch or hug her. Debbie admits that she often yells at the children and once spanked one of her kids so hard that she bruised her hand and broke a blood vessel. Debbie’s husband, Chuck, says that Debbie told him that she could, “walk away from this and never look back.” So, why doesn’t she? Dr. Phil delves deep into Debbie’s past to uncover the source of her pain and anger. Can he help her get to the root of her problem in time to turn this family around? Plus, if you're an overwhelmed mom, log on to DrPhil.com to find support and resources.

  • Young, Reckless and Enabled

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    Season 17, Episode 68 - Aired 12/06/2012

    Donna and Roger say their 25-year-old daughter, Jordan, is addicted to drugs, reckless and out of control, but she wasn’t always that way. How did she go from a mature, polite child to disrespectful teenager with multiple arrests in just a few short years? Donna says she blames her ex-husband for always going to Jordan’s rescue and not allowing her to suffer the consequences of her bad behavior. She says Roger has given their daughter thousands of dollars, has bailed her out of jail, bought her new cars and an apartment and has spoiled Jordan despite her defiance. Donna’s sister, Marianne, agrees that Roger is the problem and says until he changes his behavior; Jordan will never have a chance. Has Roger been enabling Jordan? Find out what Dr. Phil thinks. And, after five failed attempts at rehab, hear what Jordan has to say about why she can’t get clean. What does she think about the accusations toward Roger? And, where does Roger lay blame? Can Dr. Phil help these ex-spouses become a unified front to better serve their daughter? And, find out if you're an enabling parent. Tune in and take this quiz!

  • How to Talk to Your Kids about Sex

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    Season 17, Episode 67 - Aired 12/05/2012

    It’s a topic that makes many parents run for cover, but explaining “the birds and the bees” is a conversation every mom and dad needs to have with their kids. When is the right time and how do you do it in an age-appropriate way? Deanne says she has no clue how to have the "sex talk" with her 12-year-old daughter. Dr. Phil and Dr. John Chirban, author of How to Talk with Your Kids about Sex, give her -- and you -- the sex talk dos and don’ts. Then, John and Julie say it’s too late to have the important talk with their 15-year-old daughter, who they recently discovered is sexually active. They want to know: What do they do now? Should they put her on birth control? And, what do you do if your teen daughter is boy crazy and wants to dress sexy? Dina says she was shocked to discover what her 14-year-old daughter was doing to get attention from the opposite sex. Find out why the teen says she has to use her body to attract boys. Plus, kids ask Dr. Phil their own -- sometimes hilarious -- questions! For answers to all your sex talk questions, tune in!

  • Move On or Move Out

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    Season 17, Episode 66 - Aired 12/04/2012

    More than 10 years ago, Leah’s 15-year-old daughter, Jessica, was killed in a horrible car crash that also left Leah’s oldest son, Michael, now 22, paralyzed from the waist down. Since the tragedy, Leah has kept Jessica’s bedroom exactly the way the teen left it, and despite encouragement from her family, she says she can’t bring herself to pack up her daughter’s belongings. Leah’s husband, Curtis, says his wife is stuck in the past and that their marriage is suffering — so much so that they haven’t slept in the same bed for more than three years. Can Leah finally let go of her pain and anger? And, can her marriage be saved? Then, hear from Michael and from his brother, Brent, who walked away from the crash unhurt — but not unaffected. If you or someone you know is struggling to move past an unbearable loss, don’t miss this all-new Dr. Phil.

  • Skeptics Beware: The Psychic Intuitives Are Here

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    Season 17, Episode 65 - Aired 12/03/2012

    Psychic medium John Edward is back by popular demand and ready to take on his skeptics, including Dr. Phil. First, John changes things up by turning his back to the audience, removing any potential visual cues — can he still connect audience members to the other side? And, Dr. Phil shares a moment with John that he says challenged his skepticism. Next, John and intuitive counselor Colette Baron-Reid team up to help grieving mother Therese find answers into her daughter, Venus’, disappearance more than two years ago. Can she find comfort after such a devastating loss? Then, celebrity numerologist Glynis McCants breaks down the numbers behind some of Dr. Phil’s most talked-about guests this season: Robert Blake, Nadya Suleman and Dina Lohan. Can she help explain their controversial behavior? Plus, Glynis details how the numbers could help you find Mr. or Ms. Right. And, self-admitted skeptic Lisa Vanderpump of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills gets a reading from the group. Will she become a believer?

  • To Catch a Catfish: An Online Dating Predator Exposed

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    Season 17, Episode 64 - Aired 11/30/2012

    Dr. Phil's guests say they fell victim to a catfish -- a person who creates a false ID on the Internet in the hopes of luring people into romantic relationships. Devon says she fell in love with a man named David, whom she met online, and then spent nearly three years planning their future together -- without ever meeting him in person. She says they talked and texted every day for hours and exchanged photos, but every time they attempted to meet, David always had an excuse to reschedule. Although Devon was in love, she says David was controlling and manipulative, and she started cutting herself to cope. Then, a phone call changed everything -- Devon says she was shocked to learn that David wasn't who he said he was. And, Lauren, Bobbie and Kelly say they also fell for the same man and spent months establishing an online relationship -- one that never culminated in a face-to-face meeting. An estimated 26 women have fallen victim to this alleged catfish's schemes. What were the signs that they missed? And what would drive a person to carry out such a deception? Learn the online dating red flags to look out for. Plus, a Dr. Phil producer tracks down the man in question -- and you won't believe whom they find!

  • Beaten, Starved and Locked in a Room?

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    Season 17, Episode 63 - Aired 11/29/2012

    Brad Thill and his ex-wife, Leslie Tiesler, made headlines when they were arrested in connection with the alleged abuse and starvation of three of their five children. According to news reports, Leslie is accused by authorities of routinely locking three of her adopted sons in a room and tool chest over a period of 14 months, denying them food, beating them with a wooden spoon and shooting them with a BB gun. She is currently behind bars, charged with three counts of child abuse. Brad was arrested as a co-conspirator but says he's innocent, and he wants to set the record straight. He sits down with Dr. Phil to try to clear his name. Why does he say he had no idea what was going on inside the house? And, looking back, did he miss any warning signs? Plus, where are the children now? Then, when troubled actor Robert Blake recently sat down with Dr. Phil, he said his loved ones all turned their backs on him -- but was it the other way around? Blake's son, Noah, speaks out on Dr. Phil, saying his father has it all wrong. What does he say really happened? And, does Noah think his father could have been involved in Bonny Lee Bakley's death?

  • Who Is the Best Celebrity Babysitter?

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    Season 17, Episode 62 - Aired 11/28/2012

    Three celebrities who have zero experience with children babysit five loud, opinionated and out-of-control kids, ages 6 to 12, in a quest to be named the "Best Celebrity Babysitter." First, Patti Stanger of Millionaire Matchmaker takes the children to a bakery and quickly realizes that young kids and sugar don't mix. Don't miss the moment that drives Patti over the edge! Then, Jeff Lewis of Flipping Out brings the children to a 150,000 square-foot furniture store -- and loses one of them! And, Kalon McMahon made single moms across the world mad when he referred to Emily Maynard's daughter as "baggage" on The Bachelorette. Attempting to redeem himself, Kalon takes the kids to an indoor trampoline park. After spending the day with children, will it change his mind about them? Tune in to find out who wins the competition!

  • Daughter Drama

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    Season 17, Episode 61 - Aired 11/27/2012

    Julie and Mike say that their 16-year-old daughter, Brooke, may look sweet and innocent, but she's really an out-of-control teen. They call Brooke "a cross between a pit bull and an angry Chihuahua" and say she was involved in a fight so violent, she cracked a girl's head open and sent her to the hospital. Brooke's parents say that she frequently runs away, dates older men and has been arrested for shoplifting. They say that they fear if her behavior isn't reigned in, she'll end up in jail or on the streets. Find out why Brooke says she's lashing out. Can Dr. Phil get this troubled family back on track? Then, Jen says that her 24-year-old daughter, Jody, is anorexic, bulimic and an alcoholic. Jody says she doesn't think that she has an eating disorder but confides, "I'm fatter than I want to be." She also admits that she drinks too much but says that she doesn't care. Jody's sister, Ashley, says she's watched Jody slowly and painfully waste away. Plus, learn about a horrific car crash Jody was involved in -- who helped her cover it up? Is Jody's family enabling her dangerous downward spiral?

  • Overwhelmed and Frazzled

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    Season 17, Episode 60 - Aired 11/26/2012

    Dr. Phil's guests say they are overworked and overwhelmed moms who are at their breaking points. First, Miranda, 21, is a mother of two and says that she's responsible for all of the household chores, while her husband, Dakota, 23, plays golf, gambles and hangs out with his friends. Miranda says she cries almost every day and feels resentful toward her husband. Dakota admits he likes to have a good time but says that he works hard to support his family and feels that Miranda should be responsible for all of the housework. He says that his young wife gets easily overstressed and that she is the problem. Can Dr. Phil help these two negotiate a plan that works for both of them? Then, Jessa has 10 kids, including 1-year-old triplets, and admits she's overwhelmed but says her controlling nature makes it hard to delegate household tasks. Her husband, Jeremy, says Jessa takes care of everyone -- except herself. Professional organizer Julie Morgenstern takes a trip to Jessa's home. Can she help Jessa streamline her daily tasks and put herself first? And, to pamper these moms under pressure, Robin McGraw showers Miranda and Jessa with specially-selected gifts made available by OpenSky.com. Tune in to learn how you can buy some of Robin's favorite products -- and more!

  • The Ultimate Freeloaders

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    Season 17, Episode 59 - Aired 11/23/2012

    When Troy and Dayna locked up their newly-renovated house and moved to another state, they say two squatters moved in -- and refused to leave! The strangers claim they rightfully bought the house from a real estate agent and have the documents to prove it. Now Troy and Dayna are stuck in a legal battle that could take years to resolve. The couple and their two daughters are now living in a hotel while they fight to get their house back. How did this happen, and who should have legal rights to the home? And, with stress and struggle taking a toll on their health and marriage, can Dr. Phil help Troy and Dayna weather this storm? Then, John and Nancy say they're forced to live above their garage because their “freeloading” 31-year-old daughter, Kylea, and her three children have taken over their house. They say in the nine years she's been living with them, Kylea has paid minimal rent, the house is becoming a wreck and confrontations have gotten violent. How might they be contributing to the situation? Kylea says she’s not trying to use her parents; she’s just in a rough spot. What will it take to get her living on her own?

  • Twisted Grief

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    Season 17, Episode 58 - Aired 11/22/2012

    Have you ever made a horrible mistake and wondered if the feelings of pain and guilt would ever go away? In 1999, Tiffany was 16 years old when she was driving home on a country road and accidentally struck and killed a 7-year-old boy. For the past 13 years, she says she’s struggled to move past the tremendous guilt that she feels. Now a mom to a 1-year-old boy, Tiffany fears something awful will happen to him as payback. Can she learn to stop blaming herself and let go of her fear? For the first time since the funeral, Tiffany faces the victim’s parents, Doris and Dan. Don't miss the emotional meeting and the powerful message they have for Tiffany. And, Dr. Phil tells Tiffany why it’s so important for her to move past the accident. Then, Cassie says she's been struggling with enormous grief ever since her fiancé had a seizure and died right in front of her. She says her mom is not supportive, telling her get over it and move on with her life. Tune in to learn how you can help a grieving loved one.

  • Unbearable In-Laws

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    Season 17, Episode 57 - Aired 11/21/2012

    Jamie says that her husband, Tardus’, family is disapproving of their relationship and won’t accept her because she is Caucasian, and they are African-American. Tardus’ family says Jamie has “whitewashed” Tardus, forced him to move away and put a wedge in their close-knit family. With Tardus stuck in the middle, will he be forced to choose between his family and the woman he loves? Tardus’ parents, Tanya and Freddie, say they'd like to find a peaceful resolution, but believe that Jamie has changed Tardus into someone they don’t recognize. Have they tried everything they can to foster a relationship with their daughter in-law — or are they pushing her away? Then, Tardus’ brother and two sisters join the show. Why do they say they're ready to cut ties? Can Dr. Phil bring peace to this fractured family? For tips on managing your in-laws, visit DrPhil.com.

  • In Love and Illegal?

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    Season 17, Episode 56 - Aired 11/20/2012

    Thirty-year-old mother of four Melissa Dilan-Hernandez made headlines when she was charged with unlawful sexual activity with certain minors, stemming from her relationship with her fiancé, T.J., who is 17 years old and the father of her 4-month-old child. Melissa is facing up to 15 years in prison and may have to register as a sex offender, yet she says she still doesn’t consider their relationship a crime. How does she justify her love affair with a minor — and planning a pregnancy with him? T.J. says he wants to spend the rest of his life with Melissa — but is he willing to wait for her if she goes to jail? And, could their romance stand in the way of his aspirations of becoming a U.S. Marine or police officer? T.J.’s father, Ed, and stepmother, Sea, weigh in with their thoughts on the relationship. Do they approve? Plus, don’t miss Dr. Phil’s stern advice for Melissa and T.J. — and for any teen who may be blindsided by love.

  • World's Biggest Bride Update

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    Season 17, Episode 55 - Aired 11/19/2012

    Eight months ago, 23-year-old Robert Gibbs weighed close to 800 pounds, and fearing he would lose his life to obesity, made a desperate plea for Dr. Phil’s help in a YouTube video. It took two medical vans and five EMTs to get him to the show, and he had to be wheeled onstage. Dr. Phil arranged for Robert to go straight from the show to Wellspring Academy, a weight loss facility. Find out how he is doing today! Then, when Susanne first appeared on Dr. Phil, she weighed 541 pounds and boasted that she consumed up to 30,000 calories a day in hopes of becoming the world’s biggest bride by weighing 800 pounds by her June 2013 wedding. Dr. Phil warned the 33-year-old that she was on a dangerous path and offered her the opportunity to seek treatment at Wellspring at Structure House — how is she doing? See what happens when Dr. Phil pays her a surprise visit. And, hear from Susanne's family members. You won’t believe who she says is trying to sabotage her! Then, Dr. Phil surprises his nephew Scott, who has also been at Wellspring at Structure House for seven months and has lost more than 130 pounds. What does he say is the biggest key to his weight loss? And, how does he stay motivated?

  • Little Liars?

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    Season 17, Episode 54 - Aired 11/16/2012

    Eighteen-year-old Leanna and her 17-year-old sister, Erica, made headlines when, after dancing at a strip club, they were arrested for theft, falsification of ID and child endangerment stemming from Erica’s underage topless dancing — and they say the media reports about that night are false and ruining their lives. The teens sit down with Dr. Phil to set the record straight. Their father, Don, says his daughters have a history of lying, and he doesn’t fully believe their accounts of what occurred on the night of their arrest. What does he think really happened? And, did he know his daughters were working at a strip club? Leanna and Erica's older sister, Shannon, and grandmother, Doris, weigh in on the girls' choices. Can they help Leanna and Erica realize the consequences of their actions? Then, Jennifer and Robert say their 18-year-old daughter’s false allegations of abuse caused their community to turn against them. They say Tiffany told police, family and friends that they’ve hit her and left bruise marks, kicked her in public and even locked her in a dog kennel. Tiffany admits to the lies and secretly audiotaping her mother— but why did she do this? With Dr. Phil’s help, can this family rebuild their trust? Plus, how well do you know your teen? Take a quiz at DrPhil.com!

  • Dr. Phil Interrogates: Is He a Con Man?

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    Season 17, Episode 53 - Aired 11/15/2012

    Most people have told a little white lie or two, but Dr. Phil’s guest made national headlines when he was accused of duping the entire country. Tim Poe recently showcased his singing on the reality TV show America's Got Talent, and claimed that he was wounded by a grenade while on active military duty in Afghanistan and suffered a traumatic brain injury, resulting in a stutter. Shortly after the show taping, reports surfaced that he might be a phony. Tim says any lies were unintentional, and that he often gets confused because of his brain injury, and he wants to clear his name. But, is that also a lie? How will Tim respond when he is confronted by people who say they are certain he isn’t being honest? His ex-girlfriend, Alteen, says she saw Tim pretend to stutter at a karaoke bar years before he went to the Middle East, and a member of Tim’s National Guard Unit, Specialist Justin Doerfler, says there was no grenade explosion. When Dr. Phil drills down, will the truth finally come out? Tune in and decide for yourself: Is Tim the victim of lost memory, or is he victimizing others with his lies?

  • Broken Bones, Broken Hearts and Broken Engagements?

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    Season 17, Episode 52 - Aired 11/14/2012

    Brittany says her boyfriend, Tim, is evil, abusive and unfaithful . “I sometimes think that he could kill me,” she says. So, why is she still considering marrying him? Tim admits that he can’t control his rage and to choking Brittany while he was holding their 6-month-old daughter — and he fears he’ll accidentally hurt the baby next. Tim also confesses to cheating on Brittany with both men and women, and even finding male companions online. Can Dr. Phil help Tim reign in his temper before it's too late? And, Tim promises that the violence and infidelity are a thing of the past, and he’s ready to make a change — but is he? Don’t miss Dr. Phil’s eye-opening advice for this couple and anyone in an abusive relationship.

  • Life Code: The New Rules for Winning in the Real World

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    Season 17, Episode 51 - Aired 11/13/2012

    The game of life has changed, so it’s time to throw out the old rule book and start studying the new one! Dr. Phil’s new book, Life Code: The New Rules for Winning in the Real World, tells you the ugly truth about the users, abusers, and other “bad guys” in life, and reveals the secrets of how they think and how they could exploit you. Meet Peter and Kay. Peter admits to lying, cheating and manipulating to get women into bed and says he’s the ultimate womanizer. Kay says when she first met Peter online, she thought she had found her Prince Charming, but soon ended up played and betrayed -- just one of the many victims she says Peter has left in his wake. What signs did she miss? Dr. Phil explains the “Evil Eight” identifying characteristics that you should always look out for. How does Peter stack up? Then, Kelly says her identical twin sister, Kat, is out to destroy her life. Kelly says Kat has sued her, drugged her and tried to get her arrested, among other shocking allegations -- yet she still wants a relationship with her sister. Kat says Kelly’s claims are nothing but lies, and she’s tired of her sister always playing the victim. When the twins’ family members weigh in, will Kat fess up to any shady behavior? Don’t miss the “Nefarious 15” -- tactics from the Evil Eight’s playbook you’re going to want to know about! And, learn the “Sweet 16” -- what successful people consistently do to win in the real world. If you’re ready to win big and be the star in your own life, don’t miss this show!

  • Dr. Phil Mystery: Was Morgan Murdered by Stalkers?

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    Season 17, Episode 50 - Aired 11/12/2012

    In December 2011, 20-year-old Morgan was found dead in her bedroom of a suspected drug overdose. Authorities later ruled Morgan’s death a suicide, but her parents, Toni and Steve, say that they believe something far more sinister was at play. They claim that Morgan’s former friend and neighbor, Brooke, 18, and Brooke’s ex-boyfriend stalked and tormented Morgan in her final days and eventually killed her. Toni and Steve say they have home surveillance footage showing shadowy figures on their property on several occasions — but does it point the finger at anyone in particular? Plus, Toni says she has enough proof to reopen the investigation into Morgan’s death — but does she? Then, Brooke joins the show with her father, Jim, and faces off against her accusers. How does she answer to the allegations against her? Tune in and decide for yourself: Was Morgan murdered?

  • Million-Dollar Custody Battle

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    Season 17, Episode 49 - Aired 11/09/2012

    Ex-spouses Pam and Jim say they’ve spent nearly $1 million combined in a battle for custody of their 9-year-old daughter, Dawn -- a fight that includes multiple arrests, restraining orders and accusations of abuse and molestation. Pam says her ex-husband is a vindictive, narcissistic liar, and she has proof that their daughter is afraid of him. She also claims that Jim abused her for years and is now trying to destroy her life -- but is he? Jim says his ex-wife is mentally ill and should not have custody of Dawn. He says Pam has tried to kill him in front of their daughter, and he has proof that she has physically abused Dawn. Can Pam and Jim stop finger-pointing and mud-slinging and do what’s best for their daughter? Plus, Pam agrees to take a polygraph test. Don’t miss the results!

  • Moms Who Hate Their Own Children

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    Season 17, Episode 48 - Aired 11/08/2012

    Two moms who say they’re troubled by the hatred they often feel toward their children reach out to Dr. Phil for help. Tiffany says her 10-year-old daughter is a manipulative liar, and says, “I would be just fine if somebody took her.” Tiffany says she will oftentimes use corporal punishment as a consequence and admits to spanking her daughter until she was exhausted and telling her, “If I had a gun, I would have blown both of us away.” What’s at the root of her rage? And, can Tiffany learn to control her anger before it’s too late? Then, Karen admits that she feels resentment and anger toward her 14-year-old autistic daughter, Julia, and often thinks about running away. She says she has extreme frustration and annoyance for Julia’s “weird” and “unruly” behavior and often yells and screams hurtful things at her. Can Dr. Phil help Karen learn to care for her special needs daughter in a more patient and positive way?

  • Love: The Good, The Bad and The Painful

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    Season 17, Episode 47 - Aired 11/07/2012

    Newlyweds Kayla and Travis have been married for just a year, but say their marriage is already unraveling. Kayla says Travis is physically and mentally abusive, and she caught him kissing another girl. Travis admits that he's been abusive and unfaithful, but says he cheats because Kayla is boring and that oftentimes, hitting her is the only way he can get her to stop talking. “When you back a dog into a corner, he’s going to bite,” Travis says. Why won’t Kayla leave? And, can Dr. Phil get this young couple back on track? Then, Amanda says after having five children, including twins, she's unhappy with her body and she wants plastic surgery — but, her fiancé, Ali, says if she goes through with it, he’ll call off the engagement. “My philosophy about women is: All natural and no preservatives,” Ali says. Amanda says Ali never compliments her, yet praises other women’s appearances — and it’s taking a toll on her self-esteem. Is she willing to risk losing the man she loves? And, is she considering the surgery for the right reasons? Plus, log on to DrPhil.com for a list of questions to ask yourself before getting plastic surgery.

  • Teen Mama Drama: Did She Get Pregnant to Get on TV?

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    Season 17, Episode 46 - Aired 11/06/2012

    Kayla, 18, and Vincent, 17, say that they dated for just four months before Kayla discovered she was pregnant. Shortly before giving birth to Milo, now 9 months, the young couple broke up. Kayla's mom, Jill, and stepdad, Mike, believe Kayla got pregnant intentionally, to earn a role on one of the popular teen pregnancy reality TV shows — a claim Kayla denies. Kayla says as a teen mom, she quickly realized she was in over her head and signed custody of Milo over to her mom. Jill and Mike say that Kayla is immature and would rather party than be a mother. Can Dr. Phil get Kayla to step up and be the mom her son needs? Then, Vincent joins the show with his father, Lewis. Who do they believe should be raising Milo? And, is Vincent doing all he can to be a good father? Plus, do you think TV shows about teen mothers glamorize or prevent teen pregnancy? Log on to DrPhil.com and vote! And, tune in to learn about the three most important conversations that you must have with your daughter.

  • Dr. Phil Visits Monster In-Law Khalood

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    Season 17, Episode 45 - Aired 11/05/2012

    When Monster In-Law Khalood last met with Dr. Phil, she said that her daughter, Fallon, had become just as lazy and disrespectful as her son-in-law, Steve — and she wanted them to move out of her house. Khalood invited Dr. Phil to her home to prove that she’s not the crazy person she says everyone makes her out to be, and he quipped, “If they gave me a choice and said, ‘You can go spend 24 hours in that home, or you can get in a phone booth with an alligator and sandpaper its ass,’ I’d be in the phone booth.” Now, in a surprise twist, Dr. Phil takes Khalood up on her offer and travels to her home to get a firsthand look at what’s going on behind closed doors. What made him change his mind? And, is their living situation really as bad as Khalood says? When push comes to shove, will Fallon and Steve finally get their own place? Plus, tune in to find out why Khalood says Dr. Phil — and his viewers — owe her an apology!

  • Daughter Accused of Faking Pregnancy

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    Season 17, Episode 44 - Aired 11/02/2012

    Eighteen-year-old Cassie says that at 16, she became pregnant, and at seven months along, had a confrontation with her father, Todd, and tragically lost the baby. Todd denies the accusation and claims what medical records and multiple sonograms prove: Cassie was never pregnant. Why does he believe his daughter would make up such an elaborate story? After months of not speaking, Cassie comes face to face with her family, who says this isn’t the first time they’ve caught her in a web of lies. How does Cassie explain her pregnancy? Can Dr. Phil help uncover the truth?

  • House on Fire: A Family Divided

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    Season 17, Episode 43 - Aired 11/01/2012

    Suzanne says her sister, Jennifer, is a neglectful parent, and she's considering taking action to gain custody of Jennifer's three children. Suzanne says when the family's home caught fire, Jennifer saved her daughter's friend's baby and left her own children to fend for themselves. Jennifer's 16-year-old daughter, Alyssa, suffered a broken ankle after jumping from the second story, and her 12-year-old son ran back into the burning house to save his 9-year-old sister. Jennifer maintains she is a good mom, and says there was too much smoke and fire to go back for her kids. Was there more she could have done? Is there truth behind Suzanne's accusations? Then, hear Alyssa's emotional plea to Jennifer. Will it make an impact? Don't miss this compelling, all-new Dr. Phil.

  • Confronting Narcissistic Personalities

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    Season 17, Episode 42 - Aired 10/31/2012

    Dr. Phil’s guests say their family members are arrogant, entitled and think the world revolves around them. Seanna says her 25-year-old daughter, Corinne, compares herself to Gandhi and believes she’s so special that she deserves to star in her own reality show — but is she in need of a reality check? Corinne says her pretty face belongs on magazine covers, and admits that she manipulates people to get what she wants. What is driving her arrogance? When Dr. Phil uncovers a painful secret from her past, will she let down her guard? Then, Rosemarie is a mom of three and engaged to be married to Brian — she's also a self-proclaimed narcissist who admits that she seldom considers anyone else’s feelings. Rosemarie says it’s all about getting what she wants when she wants it — and she will stop at nothing to fulfill her desires. She admits that she alienates friends and family and is aware that her self-absorption may be destroying her relationship with her fiancé. Now, Rosemarie fears her narcissism is rubbing off on her 9-year-old daughter. Can Dr. Phil help her see a new perspective? Plus, can you spot a narcissist? Could it be you? Log on to DrPhil.com and take a quiz!

  • Bully Backlash

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    Season 17, Episode 41 - Aired 10/30/2012

    Thirteen million children will be bullied in the U.S. this year. Dr. Phil examines a high school incident that involves lawsuits, death threats and both sides feeling bullied. Sixteen-year-old Katie says her classmate, Nick, turned against her and started recruiting people to join a "Kill Katie Klub." She says the taunting by her classmates escalated and forced her to quit school. Katie's mom, Giselle says her daughter — once, a popular cheerleader with good grades — is now homeschooled and has lost everything. Giselle says her attempts to remedy the situation with parents and school officials fell on deaf ears, so she was forced to go to the police, resulting in backlash from her community. Giselle says she wants Nick and his parents, Michelle and Daniel, to take responsibility. Michelle and Daniel speak out exclusively to Dr. Phil, insisting that Nick was just making a joke about starting a “Kill Katie Klub,” and that it went no further. They say that they’ve held their son accountable, and they just want the drama to end. Is Giselle perpetuating the situation? Sparks fly when these families face off. Can Dr. Phil help them broker a peace?

  • "My Fiancée vs. My Mom"

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    Season 17, Episode 40 - Aired 10/29/2012

    Christian says he is stuck in the middle of two women fighting over him: his fiancée, Beth, and his mom, Carol. Beth says her future mother-in-law is meddling, constantly berates her and is trying to destroy her relationship — and if she doesn’t butt out, Beth says she’ll be forced to end her relationship with Christian. How did the bad blood begin? Carol admits she doesn’t trust Beth and even hired a private investigator to spy on her. Why doesn’t she approve of Beth? And, what did the private investigator discover? Christian, who says he once had a great relationship with his mother, says he and Beth have canceled their wedding twice, in part due to his mother’s behavior. Is he prepared to choose between the two women in his life? And, will Carol ever accept Beth? Don’t miss Dr. Phil’s advice for this troubled family. Can they reach a resolution?

  • New Year’s Mystery: The Polygraph Test Results

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    Season 17, Episode 39 - Aired 10/26/2012

    When Sheena Morris was found hanged in a Florida hotel room on New Year's Day 2009, her death was ruled a suicide. But the 22-year-old's parents, Kelly and David, say they believe their daughter was murdered and have since been working relentlessly to reopen the investigation into her death, which is now under review. On Dr. Phil's stage, they come face to face with the man they believe killed Sheena -- her 48-year-old fiancé, Joe. Were there clues missed in the original investigation? Then, Joe says he believed Sheena was suicidal in the days leading up to her death -- so why did he leave her alone in the hotel room after a heated argument? Does his story add up? Joe takes a polygraph to prove his innocence. Don't miss the shocking results!

  • New Year’s Mystery: How Did Sheena Die?

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    Season 17, Episode 38 - Aired 10/25/2012

    In a headline-grabbing case, 22-year-old Sheena Morris was found hanged in a Florida hotel room on New Year's Day 2009, just hours after reports of an altercation between Sheena and her fiancé, Joe, now 48. Her death was ruled a suicide, but Sheena's parents refuse to believe that their daughter would take her own life -- they feel she was murdered, and that Joe may be responsible. In an effort to clear his name, Joe comes face to face with Sheena's mother and father, Kelly and David, on Dr. Phil's stage. What does Joe say happened on the night Sheena was last seen alive? And, how does his story differ from the one Kelly and David say they've pieced together? Listen to 911 calls from that night, including one from Sheena herself. Tune in and decide for yourself: Is there more to this story than Joe is revealing?

  • Never-Ending Abuse?

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    Season 17, Episode 37 - Aired 10/24/2012

    Erin says that when she was 8 years old, her stepfather, "Mr. Dave," began sexually abusing her, and that she also watched him molest her friends. Erin says that despite telling her mother, Lisa, what was happening -- a claim her mother denies -- the atrocities continued until she confided in a teacher -- three years later. Erin’s stepfather was arrested and is currently behind bars, and Lisa was convicted of sexual abuse of a minor for failing to protect her daughter. She served 13 months in jail, and is now permanently on the sex offender registry. Erin, now 22, says she's struggling to let go of the anger and resentment she still feels for her mother. Face to face on Dr. Phil's stage, will Lisa take responsibility for not taking action? And, can Dr. Phil help Erin find forgiveness? Then, find out why Lisa's 14-year-old daughter may now be in need of her mom's protection, and if Lisa is up to the task.

  • Little Miss Attitude!

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    Season 17, Episode 36 - Aired 10/23/2012

    Renae says her 14-year-old daughter, Amanda, was a model child and a parent's dream but in the last couple of years has become a rebellious and violent teen. Renae says Amanda's anger is oftentimes directed at her. She says the teen has punched her -- as many as 50 times in the last year -- has knocked her teeth out, called her names and has kicked, bitten and spit on her. Amanda admits that she doesn't respect her mother -- or any authority -- and that she has a violent temper, but says, "Fights find me.” Then, Amanda’s stepdad, Mike, weighs in. Hear why he calls his stepdaughter Satan and how he feels about her outrageous behavior. Can Dr. Phil help show Amanda more effective ways to channel her aggression -- and her family better ways to cope with her? Then, Courtney, a police officer who works with juveniles, says that despite her training, she can’t control her defiant, eye-rolling 16-year-old daughter, Sabby’s, bad attitude. She says when Sabby doesn't get her way, she works herself up into a rage and has pushed her grandmother, threatened to kill her younger sister, and was sent to and kicked out of boot camp just recently. Then, meet Sabby, who maintains her defiance with Dr. Phil. Can he get through to this tough teen? If you are having a difficult time raising your teen, don’t miss this all-new Dr. Phil.

  • Two Amandas

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    Season 17, Episode 35 - Aired 10/22/2012

    When 22-year-old Amanda last appeared on Dr. Phil, she was living in a motel room, prostituting herself for drugs and on the brink of death. After an intense intervention, Amanda agreed to go to rehab. But while en route to the treatment facility, she changed her mind and walked away from the airport. Refusing to give up on her, Dr. Phil producers tracked Amanda down and encouraged her to go to rehab -- and in the process, rescued her 27-year-old drug-addicted friend, also named Amanda. Now several months into treatment, hear from both women about their journeys to sobriety. Where are they now? And, what message do they have for young girls headed down a similar path? Then, Kathy says when she discovered her 17-year-old daughter, Molly, was working as a prostitute, she had the teen’s alleged pimp arrested. Find out why Molly says her mother only made matters worse. Plus, hear from Molly’s father, Mark. How does he feel about his daughter's life choices? And, how can he help influence her to change? If you know a self-destructive teen in need of help, don't miss this show! This show contains strong language and strong sexual content. Viewer discretion advised.

  • Inside the World of OCD

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    Season 17, Episode 34 - Aired 10/19/2012

    Jennifer says that for the past 20 years, she has been suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, and that it rules every aspect of her life. Watch as Jennifer demonstrates how everyday tasks -- like preparing food, cleaning furniture and just leaving the house -- have become exhausting rituals that take her up to 13 hours to complete. Jennifer reluctantly travels to Dr. Phil with the help of her best friend, Howard. “I don't want to live with OCD, but I don't know if I know how to live without it,” Jennifer confesses. Dr. Frank Lawlis, chairman of the Dr. Phil Advisory Board weighs in on Jennifer's condition and offers treatment. Can she leave her comfort zone in order to get help? Then, Pam and Jack say their 25-year-old son, Michael's, OCD is so severe that they're afraid to leave him alone. They say Michael often goes into a trance -- the longest lasting 21 hours -- during which he screams, curses and punches himself repeatedly. Pam and Jack say they've tried multiple treatments and more than 10 different medications, but nothing has helped. Watch as Michael visits leading neuroradiologist Dr. Bradley Jabour, who performs a brain scan to see what's going on inside Michael's head. See the fascinating results, and hear Dr. Jabour's plans for Michael -- and Jennifer. Plus, meet Bob, who says Dr. Jabour's program saved his life. And, log on to DrPhil.com for more information about OCD warning signs and treatments.

  • Adoption Controversy: Battle over Baby Veronica

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    Season 17, Episode 33 - Aired 10/18/2012

    Matt and Melanie adopted Veronica after her birth mom handpicked them to be her parents. Two years later, Veronica's biological father, Dusten, decided he wanted to raise Veronica, and Matt and Melanie were forced to hand over their daughter. Dusten, who is part Cherokee Indian, was able to reclaim his daughter pursuant to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), which was enacted "to protect the best interests of Indian children and to promote the stability and security of Indian tribes and families." Devastated, Matt and Melanie petitioned the United States Supreme Court to regain custody of Veronica. Should she be returned to them, or should she remain with her biological father? Dr. Phil, along with Troy Dunn, who has reunited thousands of lost loved ones on his hit TV show The Locator, delves into this controversial story. And, Chrissi Nimmo, assistant attorney general for the Cherokee Nation, and Les Marston, attorney and tribal judge, explain why they believe Veronica's father is the best person to raise her. Then, find out why Johnston, who adopted two boys who are part American Indian, says the ICWA is racist, unjust and hurts children.

  • Tense Reunions

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    Season 17, Episode 32 - Aired 10/17/2012

    It's a case that has made national headlines and garnered celebrity support: In 1995, then-17-year-old human trafficking victim Sara Kruzan was sentenced to life in prison without parole for murdering her alleged pimp. Many who believed the teen was the real victim and deserved a lesser sentence launched the "Free Sara" campaign, pleading for the case to be revisited. With clemency eventually granted, Sara, now 34, will be eligible for parole after she serves 25 years. How did this one-time honor roll student get lured in? Sara's aunt, Anne, blames her niece's mom, Nicole. Did Nicole turn a blind eye to her daughter's troubles, leaving her vulnerable to predators? Anne and Nicole come face to face on Dr. Phil's stage for the first time in 15 years. Then, Academy Award-winning actress Mira Sorvino, who plays the wife of a human trafficking investigator in her new movie, Trade of Innocents, weighs in on the case. Plus, hear about new legislation that may help teens like Sara receive more compassionate sentences. Then, Kim says her 17-year-old son, Brayton, steals, runs away and has even called in a fake bomb threat at school. Kim blames Brayton's absentee father, Doug, for their son's behavior. Doug, who has never met Brayton, has been paying child support for years, but still questions if he's really the teen's father. See what happens when he comes face to face with Brayton for the first time on Dr. Phil's stage. And, don't miss the results of their paternity test. Is Doug Brayton's father?

  • When Love Hurts

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    Season 17, Episode 31 - Aired 10/16/2012

    Gina says her fiancé, Jeremy, is physically, emotionally and sexually abusive, and that in the last year, he has beaten her at least once a week, and they've been in at least 50 altercations. Gina says Jeremy has wrestled her to the floor, choked her, cracked her teeth, slammed her head against a wall, beaten her with a belt buckle and driven a nail through her arm. And, when Gina was three months pregnant, she says Jeremy did the unthinkable -- he raped her. What does Jeremy say happened? Find out why Gina says she believes Jeremy will kill her. And hear why, despite her fear, she says she will never leave him. Jeremy admits that he physically abuses Gina, but adds that she is often the aggressor in their fights. With so much anger in the house, the couple says their 2-year-old son has begun to display aggressive tendencies. Can Dr. Phil get to the root of what's really wrong and stop the cycle of violence? Hear how secrets from Gina's and Jeremy's childhoods could be the culprit. If you know someone who is trying to escape an abusive relationship, learn the steps to take by visiting DrPhil.com.

  • A Twisted Family Tragedy

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    Season 17, Episode 30 - Aired 10/15/2012

    From the outside, Tayler's life seemed picture perfect -- but no one could have imagined the disturbing secrets she was hiding behind her smile. From the ages of 6 to 17, Tayler says her dad, Russell, molested her, gave her drugs and took her to Mexico on numerous occasions, where she was forced to do unspeakable things. How could these horrific events have occurred without anyone noticing? Tayler's mom, Deanna, says she was unaware of the alleged abuse and just thought Tayler and her father had a special father-daughter bond. Were there warning signs she missed? Now 19 and addicted to heroin, Tayler says she feels alone, abandoned and confused -- but she also admits that she misses her father. Can Dr. Phil help get her on a path to both emotional and physical recovery? Then, hear from Tayler's two younger sisters. What did they witness? Were they being groomed by their father? And, where is Russell today? If you're a parent, tune in to learn how to protect your child from a predator. This program contains strong sexual content. Viewer discretion advised.

  • Fat Attack

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    Season 17, Episode 29 - Aired 10/12/2012

    Dr. Phil’s guests say they’re fed up with their loved ones who keep bullying them about their weight. First, Valinda says her husband, Doug, calls her “Fatty,” “Wide Load” and “Big Girl” and even makes cow noises while she eats ice cream. She says the constant ridicule is not only damaging her self-esteem, but it’s also destroying their marriage. Valinda says she’s tried diets and has successfully lost weight, but claims that Doug’s lack of support sabotages her progress. Doug says he’s just trying to help motivate his wife to get healthy. Dr. Phil reminds Doug, who has a Ph.D. in behavioral psychology, that he’s way off the mark. Then, Donna says she’ll try to lose weight, but only if her son, Gary, stops picking on her about her size. Gary argues that his mom is lazy and needs to start exercising and stop eating junk food. Hear why his criticism may be adding more pounds to his mother’s frame. Plus, Liz Vaccariello, author of The Digest Diet, discusses the power of positivity in weight loss. Don’t miss her tips on shedding unwanted pounds. And, meet Adrienne, who has struggled with her weight since her teens. She says she has finally lost more than 60 pounds with Liz’s help. Can she help inspire Valinda and Donna to get healthy? If you or someone you know is struggling with weight loss, tune in! And, log on to DrPhil.com for a chance to win a copy of Liz’s book!

  • Scared of My Son

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    Season 17, Episode 28 - Aired 10/11/2012

    A 17-year-old Dallas boy recently made headlines after he allegedly told police that he killed his mom and sister. Would you know if you were raising a killer? In a very rare and emotional interview, hear from Jeff, whose son, Andy, became a school shooter. He says in 2001, his then 15-year-old son went to school with a .22 caliber revolver and 40 bullets in his backpack and opened fire on his classmates. Jeff recounts the tragic day and shares the signs he says he may have missed in his son. Then, go inside the mind of the shooter, when Dr. Phil speaks with Andy from prison. What does he say led him to want to perpetrate the shooting? Is he remorseful for his actions? Plus, Nicole and Jim say they’re so frightened of their 15-year-old son that they check in with each other up to 50 times a day to make sure each other is safe. Why does Nicole say she’s 150 percent sure her son is capable of killing someone? And, Kelly and Nick say their 14-year-old son is obsessed with guns and makes homemade bombs. They say when he gets angry, his behavior is out of control, and he lashes out to extremes. Kelly says she’s at her wits' end and is ready to turn their son over to the authorities. Hear why their son says he’s not violent, just misunderstood. If you fear your child is headed down a dark path, don’t miss the top warning signs.

  • Anorexic and Drug Addicted: Saving Morgan

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    Season 17, Episode 27 - Aired 10/10/2012

    One year ago, Bob and Ginger wrote Dr. Phil, desperately seeking help for their 29-year-old daughter, Morgan, who they said was slowly starving herself to death. At the time, Morgan was down to a mere 80 pounds, her organs had begun to shut down, her extremities were blue, and they said they believed Morgan’s 20-year battle with anorexia was nearing a tragic end. With their plea for help answered, Morgan was scheduled to be a guest on Dr. Phil, but days before she was to appear on the show, she backed out, claiming she could “handle her own recovery.” Now 120 pounds, Morgan has put on weight but says that she is treating her eating disorder — and the anxiety she feels from gaining weight — with the help of prescription pills. She admits to sometimes taking as many as 20 Xanax in one day, and says she’s so desperate to end her pain that she’s put a gun to her head to end her life — four times. Morgan admits that she’s become an “exceptional liar” and has deceived her way through seven treatment facilities. Her parents say they feel helpless, and her father, Bob, admits that sometimes he wishes, “God would just take her.” Dr. Phil takes a close look into Morgan’s family dynamics. How may her parents be enabling her behavior and jeopardizing her recovery? If someone you love is battling an eating disorder, don’t miss this powerful Dr. Phil.

  • Twisted Grief

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    Season 17, Episode 26 - Aired 10/09/2012

    Have you ever made a horrible mistake and wondered if the feelings of pain and guilt would ever go away? In 1999, Tiffany was 16 years old when she was driving home on a country road and accidentally struck and killed a 7-year-old boy. For the past 13 years, she says she’s struggled to move past the tremendous guilt that she feels. Now a mom to a 1-year-old boy, Tiffany fears something awful will happen to him as payback. Can she learn to stop blaming herself and let go of her fear? For the first time since the funeral, Tiffany faces the victim’s parents, Doris and Dan. Don't miss the emotional meeting and the powerful message they have for Tiffany. And, Dr. Phil tells Tiffany why it’s so important for her to move past the accident. Then, Cassie says she's been struggling with enormous grief ever since her fiancé had a seizure and died right in front of her. And to make matters worse, she says her mom is not supportive, telling her get over it and move on with her life. Tune in to learn how you can help a grieving loved one.

  • A Husband Accused: Holding His Wife Hostage?

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    Season 17, Episode 25 - Aired 10/08/2012

    Valerie says that for nearly four years, her husband, Chris, kept her trapped like a prisoner inside a “house of horror,” physically and emotionally abused her and forced her to live in inhumane conditions, feeding her just one plate of food a day. She says she had to urinate in cups and defecate on plates, and was confined to a waste-filled bedroom. A frail and emotionally-scarred Valerie sits down with Dr. Phil to describe her experience. How does she say her nightmare finally came to an end, just weeks ago? And, where is Chris now? Follow Dr. Phil cameras inside the home where Valerie says she was terrorized — what’s inside shocked our Dr. Phil producers and crew, and may shock you. Plus, Valerie explains why, despite the door being unlocked, she did not try to run. Then, hear from Valerie’s mom, Barbara, who says she knew her daughter was being verbally abused but felt powerless to stop it. Did she try contacting police?

  • Children of Affairs

    Children of Affairs Edit this episode

    Season 17, Episode 24 - Aired 10/05/2012

  • Exclusive: Mom Vanishes: The Killer Confesses

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    Season 17, Episode 23 - Aired 10/04/2012

  • Intervention: Heroin, Bath Salts and Meth -- The New Face of Addiction
  • Missing: The Mystery of Baby Kate

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    Season 17, Episode 21 - Aired 10/02/2012

  • Dirty Divorce? Why Are They Still Living under One Roof?
  • A Dr. Phil Exclusive: Child Prostitute Links Sandusky to Pedophile Ring
  • Brutal Beauties: The Trouble with Tiffani

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    Season 17, Episode 18 - Aired 09/27/2012

  • Brutal Beauties

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    Season 17, Episode 17 - Aired 09/26/2012

  • Edge of Insanity: My Schizophrenic Child

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    Season 17, Episode 16 - Aired 09/25/2012

  • Moms in the News: What Were You Thinking?

    Moms in the News: What Were You Thinking? Edit this episode

    Season 17, Episode 15 - Aired 09/24/2012

  • Deadly New Accusations: A Murder Mystery?

    Deadly New Accusations: A Murder Mystery? Edit this episode

    Season 17, Episode 14 - Aired 09/21/2012

  • Robert Blake Revealed: The Man behind the Murder Headlines
  • Dad Accused of Faking His Own Death

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    Season 17, Episode 12 - Aired 09/19/2012

  • Psychic Dilemmas with Medium John Edward

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    Season 17, Episode 11 - Aired 09/18/2012

  • The Lohans

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    Season 17, Episode 10 - Aired 09/17/2012

  • Trayvon Martin's Parents: The Questions They Want Answered
  • Top Model Intervention

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    Season 17, Episode 8 - Aired 09/13/2012

  • NY Soccer Mom Madam?

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    Season 17, Episode 7 - Aired 09/12/2012

  • A Dr. Phil Exclusive: Friends of George Zimmerman -- “The Most Hated Man in America” -- Speak Out
  • Out of Control and Out of Options

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    Season 17, Episode 5 - Aired 09/10/2012

  • She Lost Weight, He Lost His Temper

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    Season 17, Episode 4 - Aired 09/07/2012

  • A Mother's Betrayal: "My Mother Adopted My Ex-Boyfriend"
  • Teen Sex Obsession

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    Season 17, Episode 2 - Aired 09/05/2012

  • Worst Husbands in America?

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    Season 17, Episode 1 - Aired 09/04/2012