Episode summary

Jo Frost visits John and Sara Manley in Southern California. John (46) and Sara (45) have been separated for over six months. They have two devious children: 7-year-old Max and 4 1/2-year-old Claire.

John has his own apartment but has tried not to disrupt his children's lives, so he has daily meals and spends every weekend in the family home, but overnights in his own apartment. Max and Claire are worried that their parents will get divorced.

Grocery store outings turn into a disaster with the kids running off in different directions and throwing temper tantrums to get a food they want and other people won't go down the aisle if the Manleys are there. However, the children handle their anger, worry and confusion with tantrums and squabbling. Max backtalks and is very aggressive. Claire screams and have meltdowns to get her way. Max tells Jo that he keeps contemplating why his dad moved out and doesn't know why. Sara does not want to divorce, but John does. Can Jo help John and Sara help Max and Claire to accept the divorce?


  • In Reinforcement, Jo takes them to Santa Monica Pier and is seen during the end credits.
  • This episode was filmed in May-June 2008.


Supernanny was ranked 7 in the ratings with 5,401,000 views at the time of this episode's broadcast.[1]


  1. "Primetime Broadcast Ratings, November 7, 2008"

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