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An Online Imposter Faked Her Death and Sent Me ...
In a Dr. Phil first, a catfish who orchestrated several online dating deceptions faces her victims, in-studio. How did Jeanne, a married, stay-at-home mom, trick Bart into two fake relationships? And, why did she do it? Jeanne admits she used the photos of two former classmates -- who confront her on Dr. Phil’s stage. How do they feel about being pulled into her drama? Plus, Jeanne says when she killed off one of Bart’s “girlfriends,” she even sent him human ashes in the mail -- whose were they? And, has she duped anyone else? Then, a controversial story ripped from the headlines: Ryan says his ex-girlfriend, Holly, falsely accused him of posting intimate photographs and videos of her online after they broke up -- and took her story to the media. In a Dr. Phil exclusive, Ryan shares his side of the story for the first time. What does he say happened?
43 min
Starving Myself; Killing My Family
Anne and Mike say their 28-year-old daughter, Michelle, has been battling anorexia, bulimia and drug addiction for 10 years, and at just 75 pounds, they fear for her life. The parents say Michelle cycles between binging, purging and starving herself, all the while using pain pills, cocaine and other drugs to cope with feeling hungry -- and was once found passed out with a needle in her arm. They say they’ve spent more than $100,000 trying to help their daughter, who has been in multiple treatment centers, and nothing has worked --but could they be part of the problem? Michelle says she wants to get healthy so she can be a better mom to her 2-year-old son -- whom she can barely lift or find the energy to play with. But is she really serious about finally making a change? And, why does she say she blames her mother for her current condition? Then, a family shares the heartbreaking story of their loved one, Trina, whose eating disorder caused her to have massive seizures that left the now 24-year-old with severe brain damage. Will meeting Trina and her family have an impact on Michelle? If your loved one is struggling with an eating disorder, don’t miss this show!
42 min
My Mother Chose Her Catfish Over Her Family
For more than a year, 65-year-old widow Gilda says she has been in a romantic relationship with “Eric,” whom she met online and has yet to meet in person or even speak to over the phone. She admits she’s sent Eric tens of thousands of dollars -- nearly draining her life savings and even selling the family home, in part, to come up with the funds. She says Eric has promised to pay her back, as soon as he returns to the U.S. from London. Gilda’s sons, Paul and Cary, and daughter-in-law, Linda, believe Gilda has fallen victim to a catfish, or online imposter, and they fear she’ll end up bankrupt and homeless. Cary says his mom has been acting like a lovesick teenager -- hiding her cell phone to conceal her communications with Eric, lying about what she’s doing and where she’s going -- and even sending him topless photos! He says he has gotten so frustrated that he has kicked her out of his home. Is Gilda being duped? Dr. Phil enlists the help of private investigator Doug Lane to track down details on “Eric.” Plus, he has two surprises for Gilda. Is she ready for the truth? And, tune in tomorrow to see what happens when Dr. Phil confronts a catfish, in-studio. Why did she carry out such a deception?
42 min
From Housewife to Secret Sex Life: A Sister Int...
Emily and Lori say that when their oldest sister, Kim, lost 115 pounds a year and a half ago, she turned into a completely different person. A one-time devoted wife and mother, they say that Kim filed for divorce from her husband of 17 years, joined a sexual fetish group and started neglecting her 9-year-old daughter’s needs --one time even losing track of the child for several hours. The sisters also claim that their niece is being exposed to Kim’s sexual activities and has become scared and withdrawn. Kim says that she’s happier than ever and insists that her daughter is well taken care of and is not exposed to any sexual activities --and she says her sisters are blowing things way out of proportion. How does she describe her new lifestyle and the changes she has made? And, hear from Kim’s soon-to-be ex-husband, James. Does he support the way Kim is living her life? Dr. Phil sorts through the allegations in search of the truth --is Kim’s daughter in an unsafe environment?Plus, Kim has a new boyfriend, Stacy, whom she calls the love of her life. Don’t miss part two tomorrow, when the sisters come face-to-face with Stacy for the first time --and learn a shocking secret about his past.
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Ask Dr. Phil
It's "Ask Dr. Phil" day, as viewers at home and in-studio have their toughest questions answered! First, Pam's dying wish was that her sister, Roberta, marry her husband Lanny --something Roberta admits she agreed to, thinking she would die first. But two months ago, Pam died suddenly, and now Roberta feels compelled to keep her promise, but she’s not sure if it is the right thing to do. Should she marry her brother-in-law? And, how does Lanny feel about the potential arrangement? Then, Amanda admits she’saddicted to shopping and has spent more than $500,000 over the past four years, while racking up $30,000 in credit card debt. Amanda’s husband, Steve, is threatening divorce if she doesn’t rein in her shopping habit. With Dr. Phil’s help, can she get her spending on track and save her marriage? And, Deborah says she was once a beauty queen who took pride in her appearance --but now, she weighs nearly 300 pounds and says she’s scared to slim down. What’s driving her fear? Plus, meet Nichelle, who says she’saddicted to eating flour --how can she break this unhealthy habit? Don’t miss this all-new, no-holds-barred Dr. Phil!
43 min
Love Scams: A Mother Hooked By A Catfish
Fifty-six-year-old widow Sebrina says she’s in love with her overseas boyfriend of one year, “James,” whom she has talked to online and over the phone but has never met in person. Sebrina admits she has sent “James” more than $250,000 --emptying her life savings --but believes he will pay her back, as promised, when he pays off business debt, returns to the United States and marries her. Sebrina’s daughter, Sarah, says she’s at her wits’ end trying to convince her mother that she’s being scammed --and says she has even shown her evidence to prove it --but Sebrina continues to send “James” money. Is Sebrina in denial, or is Sarah on the wrong track? Dr. Phil enlists the help of private investigator Doug Kane to look into “James’” claims and find the truth. Has Sebrina fallen victim to a catfish?Plus, don’t miss what happens when Dr. Phil confronts “James” over the phone!
43 min
Bad Teen or Bad Mom?
Valerie says she’s petrified of her angry 15-year-old daughter, Baylea, whose rages are so violent and out of control that the police are often called to intervene. Valerie says that during these incidents, her daughter turns into a “crazed animal,” punching holes in walls, throwing items, and hitting and scratching herself -- and she fears someone could get seriously hurt. Despite her efforts to control her daughter, Valerie says Baylea drinks, smokes marijuana and skips school. Can Dr. Phil help uncover what’s at the root of Baylea’s rage? Baylea’s older sister, Chelsea, blames their mother for the teen’s behavior, saying she acts more like Baylea’s friend instead of a mother. Is this a case of a bad teenager or bad parenting? How does Baylea explain her actions? Valerie admits she’s failing as a mother and needs guidance. Can Dr. Phil help her tame her teen -- before she self-destructs?
43 min
Facing Off with My Polygamous FLDS Father
Born into the polygamous FLDS sect, Rebecca Musser claims that at 19, her father, Lloyd, forced her to marry 85-year-old Rulon Jeffs --the head of the church and considered a prophet by his followers. After seven years of marriage, Jeffs --who was said to have as many as 65 wives --died in 2002, and that’s when Rebecca says she made her escape. Now 37, Rebecca, who recently authored The Witness Wore Red: The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice, sits down with Dr. Phil and recounts the abuse she alleges she endured at the hands of fellow FLDS members and the day she says she found freedom. How did she learn to assimilate into society after being closed off from the outside world for so long? And, hear how she helped authorities build a child sexual assault case against Rulon’s son, Warren Jeffs --who took control of the church when his father died --and other church leaders, who are now behind bars. Then, Rebecca’s father confronts his daughter for what he says is a “book full of lies” and explains why he’s threatening to sue. Why does he say Rebecca had a “fairytale life”?And, how does he answer to her allegation that he forced her to marry against her will? Plus, Rebecca speaks out about breaking the cycle of abuse and shares her top “red flags” to look out for.
43 min
Stepparent Abuse?
Dr. Phil continues his discussion with Brenda and Drew, who are at odds over the way she says Drew treats Brenda’s children. Brenda claims Drew is abusive to her 14-year-old son and 20-year-old daughter and fears his anger will escalate to the point where he seriously injures them. Drew says he’s just trying to make a man out of Austin, and says Destiny, who is intellectually challenged, is a lot smarter than she leads people to believe, and he wants to prepare them for the real world. Dr. Phil’s wife, Robin, has a strong message for Brenda and confronts Drew about his behavior. And, Dr. Charles Sophy, Medical Director for Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, has a stern warning for both parents. Then, nearly three years ago, Lauren says her 2-year-old daughter was brutally abused and murdered by her stepmother. Hear why she says she blames herself for her baby’s death. Can she heal from such a painful loss?
42 min
Mooching, Stealing, Sloppy Son; Should They Kic...
Brandi and her fiancé of eight years, Chet, say that they’re on the verge of splitting up because of the constant tension and fighting caused by Brandi’s 20-year-old son, Andrew, whom they call a “moocher.” They say that Andrew is unemployed, sleeps all day, rarely showers, and is so lazy that he urinates in bottles and throws away his dishes, rather than wash them. Chet claims that Andrew also lies and steals --and insists that he’s ready to move out if Brandi doesn’t kick her son to the curb immediately. Andrew admits that he has stolen loose change and that he’s lazy and sometimes sloppy, but says, “What kid isn’t?” He claims that he would like to get out of his mother’s house, but says he has no money and nowhere to go. Is Andrew ready to stop making excuses --and start taking responsibility for his own life? Plus, Brandi admits that she has made life very comfortable for Andrew by giving him money, doing his laundry --and even applying for jobs on his behalf. Is she helping her son --or is she enabling him? Dr. Phil offers the family advice for starting fresh. Can Andrew learn to survive on his own? And, how can Brandi and Chet begin to heal the damage done to their relationship? Don’t miss Dr. Phil’s special surprises to help the couple reconnect!
41 min
Daughter Vs. Dad: Shocking Revelations
Chris says he thought he had a strong bond with his adopted daughter, Lynn, 17, until just two months ago, when he says she told an unthinkable lie that ripped apart their once-tight family. Lynn claims Chris molested and raped her three times -- twice at 9 and again at 12 – allegations that Chris adamantly denies. Lynn’s mother, Mandi, says her daughter has a history of lying, and she supports her husband. What does she say happened recently that caused the bad blood between Chris and Lynn? Chris says he feels like he’s the “pariah of the neighborhood” and fears he could end up in jail for a serious crime he didn’t commit. Is this just a rebellious teenager caught up in a lie she can’t get out of, or is Chris guilty of the unthinkable? Tune in for Part 2 tomorrow, when one guest makes a shocking confession!
42 min
A Sister Intervention: The Boyfriend’s Sordid P...
Emily and Lori say in the last year and a half, their sister, Kim, lost more than 100 pounds, filed for divorce and became a member of a sexual fetish group --and they worry about the effect her new lifestyle is having on her 9-year-old daughter. Kim maintains that she’s happy and insists she cares for her daughter properly. She says she has no plans to leave the group or her new boyfriend, Stacy, who is also a member, and whom she plans to move in with. Emotions run high when Kim’s sisters meet Stacy for the first time --and Dr. Phil reveals a shocking secret from Stacy’s past. What explanation does Stacy offer? How much did Kim know? And, how will she respond when all the information is out on the table? Plus, Dr. Phil weighs in --does he think Kim’s daughter is in danger? And, what advice does he have for this family moving forward? Don’t miss the dramatic conclusion!
43 min
An Obsessed Love Triangle
Sandie says she desperately hopes to win back her ex-husband, Chris, so they can be a family again with their adopted 11-year-old daughter, but his ex-girlfriend, Aileen, will stop at nothing to keep them apart. She says Aileen is stalking and harassing her, calling CPS and making false reports of abuse and neglect, and even created a fake profile on Facebook to talk trash about her --and she wants her prosecuted. Sandie says she and Chris have filed a total of nine peace orders against Aileen, but only the last one filed by Chris was granted, protecting him --but not Sandie or their daughter. Aileen admits to intentionally causing trouble but says Sandie deserves it because she destroyed her relationship with Chris --and she also wants him back. Chris says he’s tired of being caught in the middle of his exes and isn’t interested in a relationship with either one, other than co-parenting with Sandie --but is he sending mixed messages? Can this trio reach a truce and learn to respect boundaries?
43 min
Nearly 30 and Dating a Teen with Braces
Jean says her 17-year-old daughter, Cheyenne, was the all-American girl -- a cheerleader, track star and straight-A honor student -- until she began dating Josh, a 28-year-old divorced father. Jean says her daughter has become rude, disrespectful, verbally and physically abusive, and she’s worried Cheyenne is throwing away her promising future. Cheyenne says she loves Josh, and no one can keep her from seeing him -- not even her mother. Josh says there’s nothing wrong with his relationship with Cheyenne, and he can’t wait until his fiancée is 18, so they don’t have to deal with Jean anymore. Dr. Phil takes a look at Josh’s history -- should Jean be concerned? And, can this fractured mother-daughter relationship be repaired?
42 min
I Spanked My Wife with a Wooden Spoon and She N...
Last October, Kirby made headlines -- and spent 13 weeks in jail -- after his wife of 26 years, Renee, videotaped him spanking her with a wooden spoon. Kirby says he wants to try to save his marriage with his now-estranged wife -- if she will just “repent”! With a protection order preventing Kirby from having any contact with Renee, Dr. Phil speaks to him via satellite. Hear what Kirby claims led up to the incident -- and why he thinks Renee is the one who should be apologizing! Plus, what other behavior did Renee catch on tape? Is Kirby commanding respect, or is he just being a bully?
42 min
My Scheming, Lying, Swindling Sister
Lisa says her half-sister, Sarah, is a sociopathic liar who is pushing her entire family away with her web of deceit, which includes forging checks and lying about the deaths of her father and brother. Sarah admits she has a problem, which has cost her every relationship she has ever had, but she says she still doesn’t know how to stop. Sarah’s family confronts her on Dr. Phil’s stage. How does she explain her choices? Could something in her past have triggered her behavior? Tune in to hear Dr. Phil’s advice for Sarah. How can she repair the damage she has caused and regain her family’s trust?
42 min
Molested & Abused for over 10 Years: "Why Won't...
Sisters Ashley, 30, and Megan, 24, say growing up they were sexually abused repeatedly by their step-grandfather, Joseph Palmer, and claim their grandmother, Peggy, knew about the abuse --but did nothing to stop it. In 2007, Palmer was convicted of 151 counts of sexual misconduct and sentenced to more than 250 years in prison. The sisters say they can’t move on until they get an apology from Peggy, who continues to adamantly deny that the abuse ever took place. Emotions run high on Dr. Phil’s stage when the sisters face their grandmother for the first time since the trial. Why does Peggy say her granddaughters are lying? Plus, what causes Peggy to storm off stage? And, don’t miss Part 2 tomorrow --will Peggy have a change of heart?
42 min
Love Scams: "My Mother Sent Her Online Fiancé o...
Norma, a 70-year-old widow, says she can’t wait to move to Ghana to be with her fiancé, “Richard,” whom she met online two years ago but has never seen in person, despite sending him her entire life savings of more than $300,000 – as well as three cars. Norma’s daughter, Tammy, believes her mother isbeing scammed by a catfish. Dr. Phil tracks down the real man behind the images of “Richard” -- is this a scam? Plus, get an update on two past guests: Sebrina (link: who learned she had been victimized in a catfish scam, and Anna (link:, who confronted her husband, Pablo, about his infidelities. How are they now?
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Daughter Vs. Dad: The Truth Revealed
Dr. Phil continues unraveling a family drama full of serious accusations and adamant denials. Chris and Mandi say their 17-year-old daughter, Lynn, has told a shocking lie that Chris molested and raped her three times --twice at 9 and again at 12 --allegations that Chris adamantly denies. When Dr. Phil presses for answers, will he get to the truth? Chris and Lynn agree to take a polygraph test --what will the results reveal? And, someone makes a shocking confession. Don’t miss the dramatic conclusion! Plus, learn about the FBI’s Child ID app that could save your child’s life.
42 min
Three Daughters, Three Addicts, One Family Bein...
Linda and Rich say their three 20-something daughters are all hooked on heroin -- and the parents disagree about how to handle the situation. Linda admits she enables her daughters by giving them money, paying their bills and providing a place to stay, but she says she just can’t kick them out -- like Rich wants to do. Dr. Phil gives the couple an uncensored look at a day in their daughters’ lives -- obtaining money at any cost, buying drugs and shooting up together. Will this be the eye-opener the parents need to stop enabling their daughters and help save their lives? And, will the siblings accept help under Dr. Phil’s one big, non-negotiable condition?
42 min
My Ex Won't Stop Videotaping and Posting Our Ou...
Amie says she lives in fear of her 7-year-old son, Jayden, who has violent outbursts in which he punches, kicks, spits and throws things, prompting her to call the police at least 15 times this year.Desperate for help, Amie says she began posting videos of Jayden’s tantrums online, one of which has received almost 2.5 million views. But Jayden’s father, Chad, says Amie is just looking for attention and blames her for their son’s bad behavior, claiming she sometimes triggers his outbursts. Dr. Phil brings the exes together in search of answers. How does Chad respond to Amie’s allegations that he is an absentee father? Plus, don’t miss Dr. Phil’s revealing one-on-one talk with Jayden. How can Amie and Chad learn to co-parent peacefully and get Jayden back on track?
42 min
Blacklisted By Mom: Can We Speak To Our Dad Bef...
Siblings Karina, Nicole, Amber and Chase say their mother has blacklisted them from their family and won’t let them see their father, who is dying of bone cancer. They claim their mother won’t give them a current address and even deletes their text messages to their dad. They say they miss their dad and their younger siblings, who live at home. Their mother strongly denies these accusations and points the finger back at her oldest children, who she claims have isolated themselves from the family and abandoned their father in his time of need. Emotions run high when this fractured family comes together on Dr. Phil’s stage -- and these four children reunite with their father. What does he say about the situation? What’s at the root of this family feud? And, can everyone put an end to the fighting before it’s too late?
42 min
My Bulimic Daughter Thinks Calories are Contagious
Wanda says her 15-year-old daughter, Bella, is battling an eating disorder, and she fears for the teen’s life. She says Bellais obsessed with being skinny and will starve herself and then binge and purge. She also says her daughter associates germs with calories --causing her to wash her hands obsessively, change her clothes several times a day and hold her breath so she doesn’t “catch calories.” Bella admits she is so obsessed with food, she can’t concentrate in school, hoards food in her bedroom and binges and purges 30 to 40 times a day. Why does she say she blamesher mother for her disorder? And, will she grab on to the lifeline Dr. Phil offers?
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My Family Does Not Know I’m A College Girl Suga...
Michelle, 23, says she moved out of stateand her family thinks she is attending a prestigious university and working a retail job.But in reality, she ismaking a living as a Sugar Baby --a young woman who dates older menand is pampered withmoney and perks. Michelle says she hasreceivedmore than $80,000 in cash, lavish gifts and trips --and she says she believes it’s an honest living, because she doesn’t sleep with men for money. When Michelle reveals her secret to her brother and father, how will they react? And, Michelle says she hopes to become an attorney one day --could her Sugar Baby lifestyle affect her career aspirations? Plus, a few months ago,Ashley (link: to her then-fiancé, Cesar, that she had been a Sugar Baby throughout their engagement --did he call off the wedding? Tune in to learn the surprising twist that happenedafter the show!
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Mike and Vicki say their 37-year-old son, Ryan, was once making millions running a successful real estate company, but for the past three months he has been living in their garage, on their dime, along with his 24-year-old girlfriend, Rachel. The parents claim Ryan is a “freeloader” who sleeps all day, acts entitled, picks fights and even leaves them to care for his 5-year-old son. Ryan admits things are chaotic in his life but insists it’s not all his fault. Why does he say his parents are partly to blame for his business failing? Dr. Phil has some tough questions for Ryan about his behavior --does he take any accountability? And, hear from Rachel --is she happy with their living situation? Plus, Ryan isn’t the only one staying with mom and dad --you won’t believe how many mouths Mike and Vicki say they are feeding! How can the parents stop the bleeding and take back control of their lives? And, is Ryan ready to step up to the plate and work toward living on his own?
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