Episode summary

Jo visits the Del Re family in Staten Island, New York where Joe (39) & Adele (42) have three children: 9-year-old daughter Clarissa and 4-year-old fraternal twins Peter & Deanna.

The twins are acting out which overshadows well-behaved older sister Clarissa. They fight, scream, and throw violent temper tantrums.

Peter is extremely aggressive, angry when he doesn't get his own way. He hits, kicks, head butts, throws things around, and The Ringleader.

Deanna is very bossy, stubborn, defiant, and doesn't give in. If there's something that she wants, she'll demand it now!

Adele & Joe have resorted to yelling to control their kids. Joe is angry and Adele gives in to everything. Even though Joe is a police officer and can control the streets, he has a hard time controlling his kids. Joe is over protective of Clarissa.

Can Jo help the Del Re family find a peaceful solution to their problems and teach them to control their out-of-control twins? Can she get Joe to stop being overprotective of Clarissa?


  • During Family Test Run while the Del Re's were busy catching up on life, Jo was busy catching a cold and that's why Jo's voice sounded slightly different during Parents Evaulation and Reinforcement.
  • This episode was filmed on December, 2008.

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