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Chicken nuggets is like my family
Brown/Holland is the 18th episode of the 5th season of reality show Wife Swap. It originally aired March 27th, 2009 in the United States. It is the one of the most famous and acclaimed episodes of the series due to the performance of Curtis Holland becoming a viral hit on the Internet.

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  • Artistic License – Linguistics: Curtis and Ginger calls chicken nuggets their favorite food. But what they're really eating is chicken fingers, not nuggets.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: Cliff doesn't mind how obese his wife Ginger is.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Curtis Holland. He declares himself the King of the house hence the nickname "King Curtis".
  • Control Freak: It is clear that Curtis is the king of his family dictating what they eat every night endangering their health by enforcing an "all junk-food diet" regime. Also for the Brown family, the children never get their way and admit to being miserable, undernourished and overworked under their parents' militaristic dictatorship.
  • Deep-Fried Whatever: Ginger Holland declares "Fried food is the only way to go".
  • Doting Grandparent: When Joy came in and took away everything Curtis loves (which amounts to nothing more than video games and greasy, fried foods), Curtis went to go stay at his grandma's and eat all the chicken fingers he wants. Though he didn't pack any video games, he got bored after eating, and came back in only a few hours.
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  • Extreme Doormat: Unlike Curtis, his sister Courtney is accepting of Joy's strict parenting regime that includes early morning exercises and eating low-calorie meals.
  • Fat and Proud: Cliff Holland claims, "I'm poor, fat and happy!"
  • Fat Slob: The Holland family, with Cliff admitting so. Ginger is the fattest of the Hollands.
  • Insult Backfire: Curtis tries to pull off an insult at Joy saying that she can't run in high heels. As though he can run at all.
  • Money Is Not Power: Joy tells the Hollands to start selling off their cars and stop roller derbies. Curtis tells off Joy, "We don't care about money! You do!"
    • Ironically, in 2014 Curtis tried to milk money off his appearance on the show such as having his own reality show, his own brand of bacon, or using GoFundMe to afford a car asking for $80,000 (nobody gave in). Curtis stated he was never paid anything by the show's producers. When asked by people over the Internet why is he asking for money now in spite of his famous statements denigrating money, Curtis answered that his parents' finances dried up and they can't buy him the muscle car he wants.
  • Nutritional Nightmare: The Holland family indulge in Deep-Fried Whatever dinners every night, and the Holland parents blame Curtis for their eating habits claiming he's a very picky eater. Their fridge and freezers speak for itself. All they ever have in the house is chicken fingers, frozen processed meats, bacon, cheese-spray, Oreo cookies, Chips Ahoy and candies.
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    • The Brown family doesn't have it much better. Their mother refuses to make anything other than fruits and vegetables, and so the kids are dizzy, light-headed and have slurry voices because they're not getting enough proteins or nutrients only found in the animal products meat and dairy such as cobalamin.
  • Parental Neglect: Demarcus and Joy Brown hardly ever pay any attention to their children, leaving them alone at home for most of the day to focus on their militaristic boot camp. The Brown children aren't getting enough nutrition from protein and dairy since they're only allowed to eat fruits and vegetables.
  • Right Way/Wrong Way Pair: Averted; both the Holland and Brown families might think they're the Right Way and the other one the Wrong Way. But it's clear that the families outright ignore FDA nutrition guidelines and make up their own food pyramids.
    • Curtis Holland forces his families to eat deep-fried foods, especially fried chicken, for every meal. He even wants chicken strips for breakfast first thing he wakes up in the morning. His family have to eat what he eats because he self-imposes his rule over everybody in the house, and they're all morbidly obese.
    • Demarcus and Joy Brown force their children (and themselves) to live a militaristic lifestyle throwing out their beds if it's not made up, banning all sweets and meat or dairy products from the house (even though banning it altogether isn't healthy and they're important for eating at least in moderation). They don't spend much time with their children outside the discipline, and the daughter claims to be illiterate.
  • The Runaway: After Joy throws away all the junk food in the house including the bacon, Curtis packs up his bags and abandons his home. It is said he was at his grandmother's house.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Demarcus has a very objectifying view of women, as he expects his wife Joy (and then Ginger) to give him a facial and vehemently rejects everything Ginger tries to change about his lifestyle.
  • Straw Vegetarian: Demarcus and Joy are strictly vegan and forbid any meat, sugar, dairy and simple carbs such as flour and starches from getting into their house. They feed their children a vegan dish for every meal.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Curtis Holland just loves fried chicken fingers, and it is said he eats this everyday. He erroneously calls them chicken "nuggets", when they're actually chicken fingers or strips.
  • The Voiceless: Courtney Holland, Curtis's older sister, doesn't talk at all. She seems very shy and doesn't like to speak in front of a TV camera.
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