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The key to any relationship, TV taught us last week, is complete honesty. Take There & Back’s Tiffany, who vowed to be faithful to her fiancé until she couldn’t be faithful anymore. Or Date My Mom’s Magaly, who admitted that her high opinion of her daughter might be because, well, she’s her daughter. But no one was more upfront about her excess baggage than the woman who married Maury Povich: “It would be much better if you were out of town when we do this program,” Connie Chung told her husband on Weekends With Maury & Connie.

There & Back

Monday at 10:30 p.m.


“Do you think you would be tempted to cheat on me as we move forward in our relationship?” former boy bander Ashley Parker Angel asks fiancée Tiffany, the mother of his newborn child. “No…I already would have been cheating,” she offers by way of reassurance. “That’s my pattern.” And just in case he doubts her devotion: “[I cheated] on all my other boyfriends except you.”


Wednesday at 10 p.m.


“I really had thought that [‘Yo, bitch!’] was an affectionate name between blacks,” says sensitive white mom Carmen, who can’t understand why she’s offended her African-American housemate with the greeting. Thank goodness boyfriend Bruno is a lot more tactful: “Is the myth true?” he asks a woman at a bar. “Are black men more endowed than white men?”

Starting Over

Friday at noon (WRC-TV)


“My hope for you,” says life coach Rhonda to graduating housemate Jill, “is that you always keep your heart open.” And if that doesn’t happen, “I hope that you have incredibly amazing sex!” But how does wounded Jill embark upon such a journey of self-realization? With the gift of “a new bedroom set!” gushes Rhonda, the coach who thinks of everything.

Date My Mom

Friday at 5:30 p.m.


“Oh my gosh—maybe you’re not beautiful and I think you’re beautiful ’cause I’m your mom,” says Magaly, still honing her pitch on her daughter’s behalf. Well, if your kid isn’t attention-getting, find her a man who can’t pay attention: “I have ADD,” says suitor Adam. “She does, too!” says Magaly excitedly, imagining a match made in Ritalin.

Weekends With Maury & Connie

Saturday at 10 a.m.


How did that sweet Maury Povich ever get mixed up with that trash-talking Connie Chung? “You should be allowed to give somebody the finger,” says Chung in the show’s Po & Con debate segment. But Povich disagrees: “That is really an ugly, nasty, dirty, filthy gesture. [It] has absolutely no social redeeming value.” Speaking of which: “I Think My Husband Is Sleeping With My Mom!” Tuesday on Maury. —Mario Correa