2014 Shows

Siblings Tone and John say that they can’t stand their brother, Dan’s, fiancée, Shannon, and they want him to end the relationship now. They claim that Shannon is rude, foul-mouthed, selfish and manipulative and say that she constantly starts fights with them -- and with Dan. The siblings also claim that Shannon, a self-admitted recovering addict, still smokes pot and drinks, and they fear she’ll influence Dan, who is also in recovery, to start using again. Shannon insists that she’s being unfairly judged by Tone and John and claims that they’re responsible for stirring up all the family drama. Sparks fly when the feuding future in-laws come face to face on Dr. Phil’s stage. What does Dan -- who’s caught in the middle of the chaos -- have to say? Does he think he’s in danger of relapsing? Dr. Phil sorts through the allegations and takes a hard look at Shannon and Dan’s relationship -- does he think they’re ready to walk down the aisle? And, can he help this family broker a peace? (OAD: 11-22-13)

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Replied By: robertfromohio on Dec 2, 2016, 4:21AM
Dan's siblings were arrogant, self-righteous, smug and unlikable and seeing them gloat about their "victory" at the end of the episode made me wish I would reach through the screen and throttle them both. I'm glad Dan and Shannon are getting the help they need with psychology and drug recovery, but Dr. Phil was FAR, FAR, FAR too kind and passive to his brother and sister. He should have called them out on their controlling, nasty behaviour. 

This episode had me screaming at the television, and I think it was a major blunder on the show's part. I really hope we get a follow-up episode where these problems are corrected. If Dan's siblings are still acting this way by then, I sincerely hope Dr. Phil will set them straight instead of allowing them to massage each other's egos.
Replied By: roleisgirl on Jul 22, 2016, 7:01AM - In reply to adiebaileyc
There is no reason to talk about the issues in the letter until they talk about the REAL ISSUE which is drugs!!!

 You can't run to second based until you pass first base. Until drugs are out of their lives, way longer then a month, there is nothing else to talk about. You see that's their 1st base. Yes, the siblings are a lot, but it doesn't change the facts. They are drug abusers! 

Sorry to to hesr your daughter is martied into a family that doesn't accept her, that must be tough!
Replied By: nberry on Nov 7, 2014, 5:38AM
Dr. Phil really pissed me off this time and I'm happy to see so many agree. His family is disgusting and cruel, did he ever address the crap they spewed! Not one thing they listed as to why she is so bad is valid! The br other gave no reason for disliking her. Shannon you are too good for this hott mess, run away from them as fast as you can.
Replied By: ping99 on Oct 7, 2014, 5:21PM
Toxic Tone  must shut up !!!  Hope Shannon find another better new family !
Replied By: luvmyhuskies on Apr 26, 2014, 3:06PM
I was maybe 10 minutes into the show when my husband walked in from work.  He didn't see the TV but the 30 seconds he heard was all he needed.  He said, "what the hell are you watching and how long do we have to listen to this cuz it's already giving me a headache!  They sound like they're from New Jersey!"  He was born and raised in New Jersey and "fled" from there over 15 years ago.  Per his request for his sanity, I turned off the show and agreed to pick it back up when he wasn't home.

Like apparently everyone else commenting, I also had tremendous trouble getting through this show.  Where was Dr. Phil telling them to butt out, what Dan and Shannon do is none of their business considering they're legally adults?  And just once I would've been so happy to hear him say to the sister, "will you please just shut the hell up!"  There's countless times I don't agree with Dr. Phil but he let me down this entire episode.

And speaking of the big mouth sis, her declaring that their family's constant use of profanity is perfectly fine because it's the norm but a nonfamily member is NOT allowed to swear had me laughing in its absurdity.  Seems to me she just looks for any reason whatsoever to pick on Shannon.  And her "after the show" comments seemed way off base as well.  Her interpretation of the show was that Dr. Phil was on her side 100% in hating Shannon.  Whoever Dan winds up with in the future, I feel awful for that poor girl! The sister will always be in her back pocket.  So Shannon if you hadn't already done so, allow me to add to the chant of RUN SHANNON RUN!!!!

Replied By: nzder110 on Apr 13, 2014, 11:32PM - In reply to thornqvist
While I agree that they aren't ready for marriage yet, and I am guessing that message got through loud and clear, and the message about drug abuse got through loud and clear.  The issues that didn't really get discussed or resolved were the cruel interferring family.  Why on earth is it okay for them to abuse their brother's girlfriend and set double standards, and smuggly end the show thinking Dr Phil was on their side.  She would have to love this guy a lot to stay with him and put up with what in my opinion is the in laws from hell.
Replied By: kellcann on Mar 26, 2014, 1:40PM - In reply to thornqvist
dr phil needs to do a follow up and stick to the family issues. i agree now isnt the time for dan and shannon to get married, but they would probably be significantly closer if the sister wasnt being an evil puppetmaster. she's pulling on everyone's strings behind the scenes, and even when the brother was like "well, after this it could change." and toni flat out said "she's not going to change. we have to get her away from him." she sounds like a crazy jealous ex!
Replied By: kellcann on Mar 26, 2014, 1:37PM
i can agree that the whole pannel was a bit of a hot mess, but poor shannon. did dr phil not notice toni deviously smiling whenever anyone said anything to shannon or whenenver the poor girl tried to defend herself? watching that elfin little brat smirk and purse her thin evil lips was disgusting. "i'm not going to just let anyone marry my brother." how about she spends less time causing conflict for her brother trying to put his life togethere and she could spend a little more time fixing her own life.
Replied By: cam970 on Mar 23, 2014, 5:22PM
Shannon, get as far away from this lunitic family as you can.  Dan seems like a nice guy, but anyone who would marry a guy as weak as Dan is w/regard to his maniac alpha sister will live a life of misery. GET OUT NOW (unless Dan grows a pair)!
Replied By: thornqvist on Mar 22, 2014, 4:29PM
I think I am just going to reinterate what some others have said, but he totally let Tone and the brother off the hook, and missed an opportunity to help this family.  Yes, it's good that he addressed the drug issue and that they should continue to postpone the marriage, however, Tone and the other in-laws should have been SERIOUSLY redirected!!  If Dr. Phil had told them in no uncertain terms that the new girl friend shouldn't have to "prove" herself to them, and that their behavior was going to do nothing but alienate their brother and harm their family, maybe they would have had some reflection.  They left that show happy that Dr.Phil agreed with them and appeared to think that there should be no marriage, and that they had all behaved badly.  WRONG!  WRONG! WRONG! 

Dr. Phil, you need to have those folks back on--and set Tone and the rest of the in-laws straight.  Their brother will end up alone if they continue to have their way and think they aren't doing anything wrong, which will surely lead him to seek comfort in drugs!  You messed up this one!!

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