"Holidays can be stressful enough - but what happens when you end up going somewhere you would never dream of with a bunch of people you don't know?! In Holiday Showdown, two families with polar opposite views of what makes a great family vacation are sent off to swap holidays for one week each - together!
How it works...
In week one, everyone lives by the rules of Family One. In week two, the tables are turned, and Family Two takes charge as they both embark on a very different vacation. At the end of the two weeks, both families come together for a Holiday Showdown "Last Supper" to give their full and frank views on their experiences."
I've seen two episodes of this and it's a hoot. This weeks episode had a "large" Family whose ideal vacation was Las Vegas, and an other whose ideal is Hiking in Yosemite. At the start the Lawson's say that they want to show that larger people are capable of doing things and that they are fit. They also want to renew their wedding vows - Vegas Style. The Harrison-Walts are very outdoorsy, and they want to climb Half Dome in Yosemite.
Vegas First - Gambling, All you-can-eat buffets, a chocolate factory tour, and the highlight - a helicopter tour of Vegas at night. The Harrison-Walts are good sports but can't take the excessive consumption, and being so close to the nature of the desert, seeing it from their air-conditioned suite, but not being able to enjoy it.
Yosemite - While they're not entirely roughing it, staying tent/cabins, the Lawson's find their accommodations entirely lacking. They make their first trek the next day, a relatively easy 5 mile gently downhill hike to a ranger station where they'll camp, with the Half Dome accent the next day. Unfortunantly, The Lawson parents are knackered less than 2 miles in to the hike. Mr. Harrison-Walt has to carry Mrs. Lawson's pack for her, so she can continue, grudgingly, to the campsite. Adam, the Lawson's son, though seems to be very excited about the whole thing. He is upset when his parents refuse to go on to climb Half Dome, as well as let him go with the other family. The Harrison-Walts finish the rest of the downhill climb from the ranger station (another 5 mile hike) in the time it takes the Harrison-Walts to climb Half Dome and take the trail back down to their cabin. As tired and sore as they are, the Lawson's seem to take a little pride in their 10 mile in 2 day hike, though they are very vocal about it being the worst experience of their lives. The final activity is biking down a mountain. Adam desperately want to participate, but Mrs. Lawson is pretty adamant about not letting him, as she and her husband don't think that they can even fit on a bike, let alone have the strength to pedal. Eventually, the Harrison-Walts convince Mr. Lawson that they will make sure that it will be easy for Adam and they will ensure his safety. Adam keeps up with the other family and has the time of his life, completing the decsent in an 1 and 1/2 hours.
At the final dinner, they discuss the 2 vacations. The Harrison-Walts confess how much they hated Las Vegas. Well aware of how the Lawson parents felt about theirs, they claim that they were the winners, because at least Adam really enjoyed the hiking, camping and mountain biking. Back home however Adam seems to recant this.
While I do not like gambling, there are many other things to do in Las Vegas that the Lawsons chose not to do, and didn't allow the Harison-Walts to do. I think that it was a shame that they couldn't be at least a little bit flexible in this respect, yet The Harrison-Walts didn't press them into doing every activity they had planned.