Family Plots: We're giving away some great prizes from A&E's new series, "Family Plots", which airs Monday's at 9PM EST/PST AND 8PM CST.

Winners will be selected to take home the following prizes:

- Carryon Laughing The Complete Series DVD set

Related: GIVEAWAY: Win Selma on Blu-ray

- InvestigativeReports™ (Cold Case Files) VHS

- ToCatch a Killer (Homicide Detectives) VHS

- Family Plots Messenger Bag

- FamilyPlots t-shirt

- FamilyPlots "lip embalm" set

Episode Synopsis:

EPISODE 1 - BLOOD IS THICKER THAN WATER

 

Family Plots throws open the parlor door to the inner workings of San Diego’s, family-run Poway Bernardo Mortuary. Its staff is an intriguing assortment of family members and other unusual characters who compassionately console grieving families on a daily basis.  Three beautiful sisters, their hot-blooded father, an exacting boss, a quirky funeral director, and a stream of anguished patrons, comprise the cast of this groundbreaking new real-life series. In this premier episode, set over one busy day, we meet the Wissmiller family and experience first hand not just their unique family dynamic and life affirming humor, but also the intensity and pathos of the world they work in.

 

Life, and death, for the staff at the mortuary is busier then ever when head embalmer, Shonna, suddenly realizes that they have less than 30 minutes to get a deceased’s body into it’s casket and to the funeral. While her father Chuck fights San Diego traffic to make the service on time, Shonna is rushing to dress and cosmetize another body for a family viewing at the mortuary - a perfectionist -- she wants to create the perfect lasting visual memory of their loved one.

 

At lunch the Wissmiller family dynamic is on full display when an argument flares between Chuck and his youngest daughter Emily, who takes it out on their pizza.  As Shonna puts the finishing touches on the deceased and the staff prepares the mortuary for the family’s arrival, a blown circuit breaker threatens the impending wake.

 

At the end of the day, after one last embalming, the three sisters head out for a girls night on the town, while Chuck (after a rare apology to Emily) has to drive a group of young boxers he is training in the company van to the gym.  But for the kids, there is a catch—they must share their seat in the back of the van with the body Chuck is taking to the airport for shipment.

 

 

EPISODE 2 - SMOKE AND MIRRORS

 

The staff of the Poway Bernardo Mortuary picks the wrong day to try to stop smoking on a cash bet, when embalmer Shonna gets one of the most challenging reconstruction cases of her career – a woman who died at the wheel of her car in a horrific crash.

 

The family of the deceased is desperate to be able to view their mother and to say goodbye.  The pressure and tension is on the gang to try to make the deceased look good enough for her family to see her one last time. The woman has broken every bone in her body, and the risk is that although the family thinks they’re prepared, they could actually be traumatized for life by seeing their grandmother in this state.  Shonna is driven by her professionalism and empathy to do the best job she can in putting the woman back together, but she’s tortured by not being able to make her perfect. As the intense stress fuels the gang’s desire to smoke, the nicotine starts to call them back one at a time...

Brian B.