Two wayward British teenagers, Rosie and Nick, experience strict parenting on the other side of the world in Puerto Rico, where they spend a week with the Hills family.
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Many parents raise their kids on a diet of strict discipline.
It's our responsibility as parents to be in control of the music
they listen to, the movies they watch and the friends they have.
Am I friends with my children? No.
I'm not your friend. I'm your parent.
And immediate consequences.
My dad is really strict.
If you break the rules, he can be very scary.
But can traditional parenting change the lives of
rebellious British teenagers?
I was brought here on this earth to party.
She can be an absolute nightmare. It's awful.
My lifestyle is playing Xbox, getting hammered and having sex.
I went to anger management and got kicked out for being angry.
No-one can tell me what to do.
Not even the Queen of England can tell ME what to do.
He's slapped me, poked me, pushed me. He's done it all.
I am what I am. If you don't like it, jog on.
To find out, two teens, who'd never met before, will leave their fraught families behind.
Maybe she'll come back and be nice.
-And head off to the far corners of the world
where they will live according to strict rules imposed by new parents.
You are not in the UK! You are in Barbados.
They're the most awful people I've ever met in my whole life.
If she wants to throw a hissy fit, she can have her hissy fit.
-I'm going home.
-This is our rule.
If you're going to cop an attitude about it, forget it.
What are you going to do? That's what I thought.
I'm not going to stand there and argue with that psychotic bitch.
-If this is how they are, I'm sorry for Britain.
Let's get pissed.
16-year-old Rosie Hynd is an unstoppable party animal.
What's the point in going out and being sober?
Like, it would just be just rubbish.
She does like to rip the backside out of things, you know, if she's drunk,
she's not a little bit drunk, she's paralytic.
-One, two, three, go!
-Be careful. People could put anything in your drinks.
It's like talking to a brick wall.
Right now is my time to go crazy really.
No-one's going to stop me from doing it.
There's no 'what if'. It's a definite 100% no.
Rosie's volatile temper leaves mum feeling powerless.
She's either lovely or she's vile.
-Put that down.
-Oh, just don't start, you two.
-She's called me the C-word a few times, usually a fat C.
Rosie, calm down I didn't mean to offend you.
Don't talk to me.
To avoid confrontation, mum allows Rosie to rule the roost.
I have learned to back off. That's just really the only way.
I didn't mean to offend you.
Stop talking, then.
It probably is hard to say no to me, that's why I get away with so much.
She's very headstrong in everything. She is so determined.
I would say a master manipulator at the tender age of 16.
Two years ago, things got much worse at home when Rosie's mum and dad suffered marital problems.
It's made me overcompensate because
she's my baby and I can't bear her being hurt.
It's really wounded her inside, though she won't admit it.
There is a lot of anger inside her.
She does have a lot of anger.
Around this time, Rosie stopped going to school.
Mum didn't feel strong enough to control her.
Just before my 14th birthday is when I stopped going to school.
I just decided that I didn't like it, so I wasn't going to go.
We had to go to court and that didn't even work.
Wild horses would not have got her there.
I have tried everything.
I'm going to climb over the fence in a minute.
Mum Lynn is scared that Rosie is hell bent
on throwing her future away.
It can't go on like this. Otherwise she's going to have huge problems and
ruin the rest of her life.
Stop talking to me like I'm a child because I'm not.
You are MY child, Nicholas!
-I'm not a child.
-I'm 18 years old.
'Nick Barrientos may be 18, but he acts more like a boy than a man.'
He's not growing up. He's a spoiled brat.
I'm not a child. Don't treat me like one.
You show me every single day you're a five-year-old child.
I hate being told what to do.
Not even the Queen of England can tell me what to do.
Nick left school with eight GCSEs but refuses to continue
his education or get a job.
Hard labour is just scary.
I can't handle a full-time job. Can I have some money?
He needs hard work and to realise that he's on planet earth.
-That's it, yeah.
-You need to stop being so lazy.
Nick's hiding a secret from his mum and step dad Christian, smoking marijuana is his favourite pastime.
Mum does not know that I smoke a lot of drugs. She would go mad.
Mum is also keeping secrets from Nick. When he was a
baby, she fled Colombia to escape from gang violence.
She refuses to discuss her past life in Colombia or who his father is.
I never spoke to Nicholas about why I'm here
because is is a very sensitive part of my life
that hurts me a lot still.
With mum and Nick both keeping secrets, their relationship is
at breaking point.
Talking to you as your mother, Nicholas.
I don't like being at home period.
Straight up. I don't like being at home.
He needs to sort his life out.
He is lost. He is absolutely lost.
In a desperate bid to get their teens to grow up and curb their selfishness, both mums have
agreed to send them to live with new parents under a strict regime.
-Bye, darling. Safe journey.
Obviously, I'm really worried about how she's going
to react and how she's going to be.
Rosie doesn't do well with actually being told what to do.
Be a good boy.
-Look after yourself.
-Think about your life.
Yeah. See you later.
-Love you too.
I do have worries, yes.
This experience must be make him to grow up a little bit, to be a man.
-How are you?
-Are you nervous?
I am. I was crying when my mum left.
-Yeah. I'm quite worried if they don't like me.
The British teenagers are being sent
over 4,000 miles away to the island of Puerto Rico in the Caribbean Sea.
This isn't a seaside holiday.
They'll be staying with the Hills - a hard-working Christian family
who live in an isolated rural area.
Being a parent is not a popularity contest.
Side to side now, hard.
Put some back into it.
We're firm. We have high expectations.
We want only the best for our children.
Dad Ed is a lawyer and wife Marta is a stay-at-home mum
to nine-year-old Jeremy, 18-year-old Stephanie and Ed Junior, who's 17.
My parents do not tolerate laziness.
I need you to get the yellow wheel barrow, quickly.
Ed and Marta are passionate about
installing strong work ethics in their children.
If I'm working, if I'm sweating, everyone
has to work and sweat with me.
We believe that he who doesn't work doesn't eat.
Thank you, Father, for this meal...
We won't allow them to have dinner, for instance,
if they don't have their chores done.
As soon as you're done with that, get the mower out.
Check the oil.
Ed and Marta Hill have zero tolerance for disobedience.
When our parents' authority is challenged, they don't like that.
Rebellion in the heart of a child must be taken out.
As soon as I see it, as soon as I hear it,
as soon as I smell it, it will be dealt with swiftly and severely.
After a 12-hour flight
the British teenagers arrive in Puerto Rico's capital city San Juan.
Puerto Rico's tropical climate attracts five million tourists a year.
Although Spanish is the first language, it is part
of the United States.
It is so nice.
-I want to go on a cruise.
-I want to go to the beach.
I bet you do. Do you reckon the family speaks English?
I hope they do. Just if they're dickheads!
If they're dickheads, they don't know what's coming to them.
The teens will be staying in the north eastern part of the island,
bordering a 28,000-acre rainforest, the El Yunque.
Feels like I'm in the jungle.
Oh, my God, they look uptight. Oh, no!
They look like the perfect family.
-You get out first.
Cos... You just get out first!
Hello, welcome. How are you?
-Nice to meet you.
-Nice to see you.
I'm Rosie. Sorry, I'm really hot.
-You probably are.
-Nice to meet you.
-Thank you. Hi, I'm Nick.
This is my wife, Marta.
This is the house.
That's my son, Edward, my daughter, Stephanie, my youngest, Jeremy.
Hi, I'm Rosie.
-Is there crocodiles?
-No, no crocodiles.
-This is Puerto Rico.
-I don't know.
This is civilised.
-You'll be sharing a bedroom with Stephanie.
Really different to how my room is.
It's nice, yeah.
I just want a cigarette.
Nick will be sharing a room with 17-year-old
Ed Junior and nine-year-old Jeremy.
These are Edward's. These are Edward's. The rest is mine.
It's yours. I never ever had Lego.
You guys are like the perfect kids, literally.
You read, do stuff creative.
I would never do none of this.
Well, I like them. They look like good kids.
I was expecting a more shocking kind of kid.
The kind of, I don't want my kids to turn into.
I don't know, I think they're kind of like plastic.
Really? I think they seem really nice, like really nice people.
-I really want a cigarette.
-So do I.
The Hills believe the children need clear and firm boundaries.
Before the teens can settle in,
Ed and Marta want to establish what those firm boundaries are.
Welcome to our house.
We'll be your parents for approximately six to seven days.
I hope that you guys know that you guys aren't on holiday.
This is two acres of land.
We expect that you guys pitch in.
We don't tolerate laziness.
We kind of live by a rule that if a man doesn't work, he doesn't eat.
So, that's one of the consequences of not helping out.
Let me expand that a little bit.
The more you resist, the more we're going to push.
So, if you want it easy, you better don't resist.
If you resist, hmm.
We expect obedience and respect.
I don't enjoy being talked back to.
I don't enjoy smart-mouthing.
The idea is that we live civilly together, that we live...
It's not civil, though, is it?
-It's like state penitentiary or something.
-It's not a jail.
-Not at all.
You take the next one?
No smoking cigarettes
or tobacco during your entire stay
-in Puerto Rico, period.
-Because I am a lawyer,
I'm going to have you guys sign this set of rules as a contract with me.
All right, guys? There you go.
Sign your names on the dotted line.
And we're ready to rumble.
-I'm not not smoking.
-I can't not smoke.
-I'm addicted. It's as simple as that.
-So you guys aren't going
to sign the contract because of this?
I can't do it, sorry.
I don't have to sit at this table any more.
In the face of immediate defiance, Ed decides to stamp his authority on the teens.
(CRYING) I'm going to the room.
you go into your room, I will be going into your room
and I will be going and taking your cigarettes away.
I don't think... I don't think so.
And I'm also going into Nick's room.
-I'm going to take the cigarettes.
-Go on, do it.
-I will do it.
I need these cigarettes found.
Ed's determined to show the teens who's boss.
But the shock of his rules has driven Rosie and Nick to light up.
That's the most ridiculous thing I've ever
heard in my life, man. No.
It just makes it all the better.
You have to earn respect. You can't just, like...
-I don't know who the
'What's he going to do, go through all my underwear?'
My mum and dad would never do that to anyone.
Saying we've got to help around the house, it's not our house.
-I can't find Nick's cigarettes.
-They must have them with them.
-They must have them on their body.
The teens think they've won a victory.
But Ed has other ideas.
-Would you like one?
-You guys have already decided to disrespect me.
-You guys have already...
-Respect has to be earned.
Can I finish, honey? You already cussed in the house.
Bleep this, as you're standing in my house
I would hate for further consequences to occur.
-So guys need to stop.
-You know what...
I'm reasoning with you guys.
I'm 18 years old.
I am legally allowed to smoke this.
You have respect for me, I will give you respect.
That's how I work. Simple as.
All right. Here's this.
Listen to me. You will not smoke...
..inside of the house.
-The no-smoking rule will be bent.
Every other rule will be respected and tolerated.
If you agree to that right now, you have to put out
the cigarette and we have to go back and sign the contract.
I considered that the smoking was a minor issue in their lives and I had
bigger battles to fight with them.
We have an understanding
and I expect that you guys will do all right.
OK? Signed, sealed and delivered. The hard part is over.
Let's get some stuff done so we can have some dinner.
The Hills work together every day
as a team and look forward to their evening meal for family discussion.
Dig in, dig in. Pass it down.
Pass it all around.
-So, Nick, do you have hobbies?
-I don't do much other than get high.
-I don't do much other than get high.
-That's all you do?
-Yeah, pretty much.
OK. What do you use to get high?
Cannabis. I don't smoke anything else.
-I drink quite a lot.
What do you drink? Beer, wine?
-Me and one of my old friends that could go through, like, five bottles of wine between us.
-You and a friend?
Five bottles of wine?
-How do you keep it down?
We just pass out.
So, what is school life like?
-I done terrible in school. I done really badly.
I got kicked out of most things.
I stopped going to school when I was, like, 14 or whatever.
But are you allowed to stop at 14?
No, you're not allowed, I just did because I hated it.
My mum got taken to court because she couldn't make me,
she couldn't drag me into school.
Well tomorrow we'll be doing some school.
We consider that having an education is super important.
And I quite frankly expect that you guys do well.
Let's pick up.
Everybody take your plate and let's go.
I can't even explain
how different they are to my parents. Do you like them?
No, not really.
My mum is quite strict, but not, like, not to that point.
-There's no comparison.
We've got to get up at 5 as well.
-For school. Yay(!)
-Getting up for school.
I haven't got up for school for so long.
Morning, girls. Up, up, up.
Today Rosie will attend school for the first time in two years.
-You want some coffee?
All right, I'll make you a cup of coffee and get dressed.
It's going to be your skirt. You're going to be wearing a skirt.
In Puerto Rico, full school uniform is compulsory.
-You don't like wearing skirts?
-I don't like those skirts, no.
Nine minutes, let's do this.
I think it's a load of bullshit. This uniform's not going to last, don't worry.
Five minutes, guys.
This skirt is ridiculous. I look like a dick.
Button up. Let's do this. I got to go.
Puerto Rico has one of the highest college education rates in the whole world, ranking sixth.
Nick and Rosie will be attending Bonneville,
a private school with a reputation for high-achieving, disciplined students.
-You guys will be... Nick!
-I can't tuck it in, man. It looks weird.
Listen, Nick, you're going to wear the shirt tucked in. Go on, now.
You're a reflection of me and my household.
I want you guys to reflect me. Come on. Let's get into school.
Before they can start class, the teens must meet with headmistress Mrs Ruiz
to go over the school rules.
We don't allow any glasses, sunglasses, at any moment.
So, we can go over some of the basic rules of this school.
We don't allow hats. You cannot stay with that hat, with the beanie, OK?
Boys must wear their polos or shirts tucked in with a belt and black shoes.
Our school has no tolerance of the following - no cigarettes,
no bullying or fighting, no weapons, knives, guns etc.
Students will be expelled
immediately if they are involved in any of the above.
Students that show lack of respect
to a teacher or staff member will be sent to the office immediately.
-You will find that they're very responsive.
Let's move on and let's go this way.
Rosie and Nick will join the senior pupils for registration with teacher
I think they're going to shine
because I think that they want to be examples of what a good kid is.
The new pupils are asked to introduce themselves to
the rest of the class.
My name's Rosie and I'm from England.
I didn't really like school, so I stopped going when I was, like, 14.
What do you do on your weekends?
Really, like, yeah, there's quite a lot of parties.
I drink quite a lot of alcohol.
I started drinking when I was, like, 13 maybe.
-How old are you now?
Oh, my God, you don't look 16.
Any other questions?
Please, feel free. Thank you.
What's going on, everyone? I'm Nick.
I'm from London.
I went to school, didn't like it, got kicked out.
You say you got kicked out of school, for what reasons?
Being rude to teachers, fighting, smoking on school premises.
I think that's it.
I'm speechless, actually.
What I do on the weekend, I smoke a lot of drugs and listen to music.
If I were you, I wouldn't do that, man.
In your life, you can have so much future without using drugs, man.
OK, guys. Let's start with the class then.
-Rosie, do you have a copy?
-No. What is it?
It says class rules...
After registration, the teacher runs through the school rules.
But Rosie and Nick aren't listening.
You know that you will not get a late pass.
So be here on time.
You remain seated until I say that the class is dismissed.
It's a two-way street.
I respect you and you respect me.
I think Nick and Rosie do have a lot of freedom.
But I think they use it in wrong ways.
I think their lack of motivation is really sad.
If you don't get motivated for
your education, you're not going to have a good future.
You really do need to have your shirt tucked in. If not you'll be sent to the office.
One hour into their school life in Puerto Rico, Rosie and Nick decide to skip class.
No pupils are allowed to wander the campus during class time
and headmistress Mrs Ruiz spots the teens flouting the rules.
-Why are you out of class?
-We're going to class in a minute.
No. You're not supposed to be here now. You need to go to class.
-I don't know where the class is.
-Where's your schedule?
9:30. You're supposed to go to room 29. Let's go.
I don't want to be here anyway.
You go to Math or you go to my office and we'll call your parents.
-Right, let's go to the office.
-Let's go to the office.
Students in Puerto Rico at your age, they all go to school.
I don't like school.
I didn't go to school in England.
Why am I going to come to school in, like, Puerto Rico?
I just don't like school, simple as. Plain and simple.
So, what are your expectations when you grow up, when you're a man?
I'm not thinking about the future yet.
You're not thinking about your future? It's coming right away.
-You just told me you're a man.
-Yeah, I know. I am.
But I don't need to think about it right now, so I'm not going to.
-Do your parents pay for everything for you?
You're a lucky guy.
This is the way Bonneville is run.
I cannot have a bad example for my younger kids. I'm sorry.
Ed has been called away from work to collect Nick and Rosie from school.
Depending on how he acts now, this could be make or break, literally.
-Seriously, if he's a
-then I'm not going to...
No way. Not going to do it.
They don't want to stay in class. I cannot have students outside the classrooms.
They disobey our rules
and unfortunately they cannot come back to school.
If they were to change their attitude would they be allowed to come back?
No, I'm sorry.
They told me that they came for a holiday to Puerto Rico.
-They certainly didn't come for a holiday.
The British teens are permanently excluded.
Their school life in Puerto Rico is over.
All right, guys, let's go.
I'm very angry.
They're acting like babies
and they can't get through a day of school.
A simple day of school.
So when Rosie wanders off to swap mobile numbers, it's the final straw.
Rosie! Rosie, right now!
Right now! Right now!
-It's a phone number. It's my property.
-Can I talk to you?
No, no. What you doing, man?
Leave 'em alone. They ain't got nothing to do with it.
-No, you don't have to talk to him.
-Don't worry, man.
Just leave him. He's a bit cranky.
Did you just say... Did you just say "BLEEP"?
Yeah, I did. What are you going to do?
That's what I thought.
Pissy old man. Being rude.
You guys have breached every agreement.
-I don't give two flying
Look, I swore - loads. Oh, well. Life goes on.
It's just a word. Jeez.
I will not be embarrassed in public.
There's going to be trouble at home tonight.
Ed tells Marta about the teens' appalling behaviour at school.
Not two periods went by that they've already been kicked out of school.
ALREADY kicked out of school.
So, I guess that they're not going to have...
fun at all.
There's no privileges. It's over. They get nothing.
I'm sick of this already.
And Nick dared to talk back to me.
Nick dared to speak foul language to me.
They act like just a bunch of spoiled brats. That's what they are.
Let's put them to work...
Ed calls them to the table one at a time to hand out their punishment.
When I went to pick you up, you belched out
a bunch of cuss words
But you was being rude to Rosie. I don't care. You was.
You were shouting at her like she was a seven-year-old girl.
I'm not going to stand for that. She's my friend. I'm going to look out for her.
Frankly, you don't need to stick up for her.
-I have to stick up for her.
-At that age you're supposed
to obey your parents and you're not doing that.
You're just looking after me.
-That's it. You're not my parents.
-Is that what do you think?
-Now Nick, you've breached a series of covenants.
There are going to be consequences to breaching those covenants.
I'm going to get changed and you're going to help me out in the backyard.
Go to your room and cool off.
This guy keeps trying to think I'm his son and it's pissing me off.
I've got my dad and he's the person that's like that to me.
No-one else can ever take up that position in my life,
no-one, simple as.
This is so hard. It's harder than I thought.
-Want a cup of coffee?
I'm going to need it.
-You're not going to work?
-What did they say?
-They were just like, "There's going to be consequences." How can he talk
-to me like that and expect me to abide by his
-I've been doing it for 17 years!
-I don't know how!
Come to England and you'll see a whole new different light on things.
Seriously. Does it not annoy you?
-It's because he's used to it.
He doesn't know any other way.
You have no idea.
The Hills believe in rewarding good behaviour and punishing bad.
So Rosie must also be reprimanded for skipping class.
The consequences are severe.
You have no privileges, Rosie.
You're not allowed to use the internet.
You're not allowed to use the telephone.
You're not allowed to watch television.
You will help out and you WILL help out.
I'm going home.
I don't want to be with these people. I don't like them.
They're nothing to me.
I can see her getting angry as well. It's kind of cool.
Rosie is intent on leaving, but there is nowhere to go. The Hills'
nearest neighbour is over a mile away through a tropical rainforest.
Due to the dangers in Puerto Rico,
the Hills don't allow their kids out of the grounds unaccompanied.
-getting them to open it up, I'm not staying here.
-How can you actually do this?
-I don't know.
-I'm not staying in this
They're the most awful people I've ever met in my whole life, ever.
Ed's tactic is to ignore Rosie's attempted escape
and the Hills carry on with household chores.
Oi, dickhead, open the gate!
Open the gate!
Answer me when I'm talking to you! Open the gate.
I'm going to bash your house until you open the gate.
'If she wants to get into a bickering match, I'm not going to.'
If she wants to rid herself of our authority,
I'm going to allow her to have her tantrum.
I think she'll do fine after she has a tantrum.
-The keys to get out of the gate.
-All right, honey, go try those keys.
-key is this?
-drive one of your
-That's a car key.
That car isn't here any more.
Well, you won't mind if I do this, then, will you?
-Good. Give me the keys to open the gate. I'm not staying here.
I can't, honey.
Don't call me honey! All right?
He's not going to back down.
So that's why I would probably snigger every now and then
when they would try to disobey my father. I'm like, "Uh-oh."
Can you come and open the gate? Please, "Dad".
-Why not? I will smash your car window!
Why don't you go lie down for a while?
I don't want to lie down!
-I want to get out of this
-Can you not ignore me?!
Why won't you open the gate?
Why won't you open the gate?
It's been eight hours since the standoff began
between the British teens and the Hill family.
It's almost 7pm. We're going to sit down and have dinner.
If she wants to sleep outside,
enjoy the company because there's lots of it. Listen to it.
CROAKING AND CHIRPING
Father, bless this meal
and provide for those who do not have and look upon our guests
and bless them. Look at their attitudes, look at their rebellion.
I pray in the name of Jesus, amen.
-How's that? Is that good?
-We're going to smoke in their car.
'She can have a tantrum all week if she'd like.'
It's up to her.
'But I'm not budging.
'I'm not playing games.'
I've gone as far as I can with her and this is the line. CAR HORN HONKS
CAR HORN HONKS REPEATEDLY
Disconnecting the car battery, Ed defeats Rosie yet again.
I am not staying here.
I don't understand why you won't kick me out.
-I don't want to kick you out.
What do I have to do to be kicked out?
Should I teach your little boy some really bad swear words,
would that work?
Let me tell you this, today you have shown me that in fact,
you are not 16, you are six years old.
-Have your fit and when we're done,
when you're done then... I'm done with you. I'm done.
-I'm not fitting. Listen.
-I'm done with you.
How do you expect me to...?
How do you expect me to talk to you like an adult with respect,
when you're treating me like I'm...
It's approaching midnight and Nick is beginning to flag.
You got to have balls of steel, seriously, it's not easy at all.
The easiest way is to say sorry and go inside and sleep, have a shower.
I feel like I've failed.
You haven't failed.
You just don't want to sleep out here.
That's the only reason I'm saying sorry. There's no other reason.
-I wouldn't say sorry otherwise.
-I was out of order.
I don't think you was.
I was. I was completely out of order.
It was disgusting, my behaviour.
So, just do it.
Ed's firm stance has finally broken the teens.
I wanted to apologise for the way that I spoke to you
and your wife earlier. And I am truly sorry.
I really regret speaking to you the way I did.
It was completely uncalled for.
Are you going to follow the rules?
For the rest of the time I'm here, I'm going to follow your rules.
My house, my rules. I'm sorry. That's what I want to hear.
It's your house,
they're your rules and I'm sorry.
I want you to take a shower and I want you to go to bed.
Right now. Nick stays.
'I can't believe he's still talking to me, after the way
'I spoke to him, really. There's no point in kicking off'
because he's not going to send me home.
I don't kick off like that at home because I don't need to.
Because, like, my mum, like....
..she never treats me like that.
Look me straight in the eye, like a man, and I want you to tell me...
..my house, my rules. I'm sorry.
It's your house, your rules and I'm sorry.
But there's one thing that I do... I would like to say...
I don't appreciate you trying to be my dad
because I've got quite bad father issues and it's not helping me.
Nick doesn't know his real dad and has never met him.
When he was little, his mother left his father and fled Colombia in fear of her life.
I was shot in my back two times and in my arm.
It was very bad. It was very bad.
Then I have to leave the country.
As far as I could.
The events were so traumatic, Anna doesn't talk about it.
And Nick suspects his father was involved in the shooting.
Nicholas didn't know that I was shot until two years ago.
Because he sees my scars, he came and asked me.
I have to say, "Yes, I was shot..."
And he didn't ask anything else.
His step dad Christian is the only father Nick has ever known.
I don't mind you being, like, friendly and whatever,
but I don't want you to try and think you're my dad because
I've only got one dad and he's... I care for him a lot.
I am in no way, shape or form
elbow your stepfather out of the picture...
But your stepdad and I
have formed a team.
Are we good?
Tomorrow we'll talk about the rest.
Ed's back in the driving seat.
To ensure the teens play by the rules, he decides to put them
to work around the house under his beady eye.
Around here, boys work outside and girls work inside.
You can start...over there.
If my mum told me to do this, I'd tell her to go away.
Come on, that's a ridiculous amount of grass to cut!
You missed a spot. Right here.
He's doing really well.
He's taken a crack at it.
It looks like he's doing just fine.
To reinforce Nick's new found work ethic, Ed is taking him
to the Casa de ninos foster home to meet the manager.
Hi, Nick. Welcome.
The shirt says Mr Lazy, but on the inside he's a strong and valiant man.
-I know it.
-I'm sure that's true.
Nick is shown around by Carlos, a volunteer who used to live in the home.
I got here when I was nine years old.
I stayed until I was 19.
It's weird seeing that everyone has to share a room.
It's very difficult at first when you get here.
But you get used to it.
The 50 boys in the foster home must do chores AND go to school.
-Do you get to do chores in your house?
-My room is horrible. I hardly ever clean it.
I am hardly at home, I don't really have time to clean my room.
The kids here get to do this every day.
From Mondays to Fridays, sometimes on Sunday.
My mum mostly does all the chores.
Actually, my mum does a lot for me at home.
It's so good to have family. Someone that cares for you
and when you have a problem, they're there for you.
You have your mum. I don't have mine, but I'm grateful for what I have.
I'm going to take that. I'm going to listen to your advice.
I'm going to help my mum more when I get home.
I didn't really... Ididn't do it at all. I'm not going to lie.
Apart from to help myself, which is kind of selfish.
None of these kids have anything, literally, they've got nothing.
Every kid needs like a father figure or mother figure growing up.
I wish I could talk to my mum.
I think I'm old enough to know the truth.
I want to, like, know the full story because
she always bursts into tears
whenever she mentions anything like that.
I don't really know anything about it, or I don't know much about it.
But I do know that she went through a lot,
a lot of...
..hard, like, heartache for me.
Back home, Marta steps in to help Nick
with his confused feelings about his parents.
I would like to know about her past.
I know some of it, but I don't know the full story.
I think it was either my dad or someone working for my dad that shot
my mum. That's only trying to piece together everything that happened.
I've always thought that my mum got shot because of me.
I've always thought it was my fault.
..I've always thought it was my fault and I guess that's
probably the root of why I'm so demotivated for everything.
You should try to communicate
with your mum.
Talk to her about your things.
Nick's been away from home for six days. Now Marta helps him pluck up
the courage to ask his mother the truth.
-Hola, mi nino, como esta?
-I'm good, how are you?
-I'm fine, darling, how are you?
-Yeah, I'm cool, everything's cool.
I just wanted to know if...
my biological dad shot you and was it my fault.
No, darling. No. Absolutely not.
'You have absolutely nothing to do with that.
'Your biological dad'
doesn't have anything to do with that, anything at all, darling.
-Don't worry. It's something that I need to talk to you about it,
it's not your fault. It's not your dad's fault.
It's nobody's fault, OK?
Absolutely nothing to do with that.
OK, Mum. Thank you.
Yeah, we need to talk when I get back.
Have a heart to heart.
I love you and I miss you so much!
I love you too, Mum.
I feel relieved that it weren't my fault.
I feel relieved I didn't have anything to do with it.
I choose not to say anything good or bad about his dad.
Because I didn't have anything good to say,
I decide not to say anything.
I think that was my mistake. But I was protecting Nicholas.
It's probably the main reason I've been angry
and because I didn't know that much of it.
Just made assumptions and, you know, it's just the anger kept building up
and building up over the years.
The British teens' time in Puerto Rico is nearly over.
Ed wants Rosie to see how her binge drinking could destroy her life.
So today he's taking her to a drug rehabilitation centre.
We're in San Juan.
This is a pretty bad zone in Puerto Rico.
Rosie, we're going to introduce you to the other girls,
so you can meet them and then we'll go to the kitchen.
-You like washing dishes?
-No, not really.
Why are you here?
Because I was a drug addict.
I started with alcohol when I was 16.
-And then after that,
I experimented with marijuana.
Then cocaine, like, around 17.
Then after that...
..I ended up doing heroin and coke.
This is my home right now.
What time you start drinking, 16...
-You just started drinking?
I started drinking regularly that was when I was from 16.
I used to drink occasionally from, like, 14, I suppose.
I do think I'm different because, like, I know when to stop.
I don't like carry it on and on. But I suppose everyone says that really.
I started like that, you know.
Look where I'm at right now.
So, you think you can control it.
You don't see it. We don't see it, you know, until we hit bottom.
Then it's too late.
You have to take care of yourself.
I see Rosie and I see me.
I don't want her to have been through what I went through.
I hope she listens really hard, you know,
and she realises that if she continues drinking like that,
she can, you know, end up like me or like any of
the girls here in detox.
I definitely think I'll be more careful
and more wary of how much I'm drinking.
I will be more sensible about my drinking.
I'm not going to end up like this.
I think I've done really well today. I'm proud of myself.
They kept saying thank you to me and things like that.
-It was really sweet.
I think they really appreciate the work that I've done here.
-Father, we thank you for this meal. We thank you for providing this food. We thank you for the day.
I was pretty amazed about the change in Rosie's attitude.
I was a little taken by it, because I really was expecting
a bit more of the foot dragging and a bit more of the fist pounding.
Have you ever had a ketchup sandwich?
That's just like him.
I'm guessing at this point that there has been a breakthrough.
Nick and Rosie's time in Puerto Rico has come to an end.
I am more optimistic about my future.
I think Ed's best quality is...
he sees the good stuff in everyone and not the bad.
-Hello. Almost ready?
'Rosie has changed so much in just a few days,'
just by us...
not caving in on her demands.
All right, thank you.
Coming here has just opened my eyes to not being lazy.
Helped me realise I need to find a job and prove to myself and
my family that I'm not completely worthless, and that I can buckle
down and get to work and not just laze about smoking weed all day.
I will miss them, but I'm going to remember them
for a very, very, very long time.
I really hope this experience has taught Rosie
just a little bit more about taking responsibility for her own actions.
Oh, I missed you!
I missed you, too.
'I have been too soft on Rosie. She needs some firmer boundaries.'
And I certainly intend to put those in place now.
I have come away with some positive things
like I appreciate home much more.
I've decided I want to go to college and retake my GCSEs.
That's more than enough for me.
That's brilliant. I couldn't ask for anything more.
I am really sorry if I've worried you and stuff in the past.
I'm going to try my best not to worry you any more.
-It's only because I love you so much.
I hope Nicholas has learned from this that he can really talk to me.
Or he realise maybe that we are here
for him and that we always going to listen what he have to say.
I've missed you, too!
How you found it?
It was hard, but it was fun.
It made me realise that I wasn't...
I'm not as lazy as I thought I was.
In the past,
I'm not proud to admit it, but...
I smoked a lot of weed
and I promise you from this point onwards
I will make you proud, I promise you that...
..with all my heart.
I love you.
I love you too, Mum.
I'm so proud, darling.
Next time on World's Strictest Parents...
school dropout Scott Collinson...
-Very good bongs.
-..and party boozer Billie Spencer...
-I've had enough.
-What does that mean, swivel on it?
-..get new parents in Kenya.
-I'm not wearing uniform.
-You are embarrassing me here.
-I'm not embarrassing you.
I'm not getting used to anything and I'm not going near that.
-I'm not going somewhere I don't know on my own.
-No, I'm not.
-This is a very big problem. A big one.
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Two rebellious British teenagers experience strict parenting on the other side of the world, as 16-year-old wild child Rosie Hynd and 18-year-old lazy waster Nick Barrientos get new parents in Puerto Rico. For a week they must live with the Hills, a Christian family who live by the 'if you don't work you don't eat' rule. Dad Ed is a lawyer and his wife Marta is a stay-at-home mum to Ed Junior, daughter Stephanie and son Jeremy.
The Hills believe in firm boundaries and expect the teens to abide by their no smoking and no drinking rule. Immediately the teens defy the parents but Ed compromises, sensing the teens have bigger problems. A second conflict erupts, but this time it ends in a twelve-hour stand-off as Ed and Rosie battle it out to establish who rules the roost.
Can Nick learn to communicate with his mum and start to grow up? And can Ed teach Rosie to curb her reckless ways and learn to respect her parents?