Guest Post: House Rules – Is Plinio Always The Culprit?
Annajjj is back with another great recap, yesterday’s got wiped in a technical error. Over to you Annajjj:
Queensland; beautiful one day, stressful the next. Tonight (or as Voice Over says Ta-nite) Nick unleashes his previously well hidden ego and we get a major disaster with what looks like a pipe bursting in the house.
Leighton tells camera that in order to win you have to work outside your comfort zone. Michelle reminds us this is their fifth reno and their last chance to impress. Jane tells us she hates living in the tent but it is not supposed to be a reward Jane. Quick plug for Pauls® milk and Sultana Bran® and then Jane explains her concept for the gym room. She wants two mirrors so if two people are working out they can kind of watch each other. As you do.
The other teams think Team Plinth have a big advantage doing the gym room but they don’t have to have Jane on their teams. Plinth needs all the advantage he can get.
Couples Camp continues to work its magic on Leighton and Reese. Their couple motto is now “We are not going to bicker today” and it’s good to keep your expectations low. They beam supportively at each other and I think I preferred these two when they were fighting.
Barry had a shocker of a day yesterday but today is going better so far. The tiling team turn up and this First in First served rule is even more stupid that the roster system which allowed one team to hog all the tradies. Jemma asks the two men if they are her tilers and they nod enthusiastically. Leighton comes in to find out what is happening. I’ve got the other bathroom he tells them but Jemma has better legs in shorts than Leighton so he misses out.
Michelle and Kel are building their deck. Sneaky Chris comes sniffing around but he’s small fry and Michelle can deal with him. That’s ours and so is that and that and that. Chris goes running to his little brother for help. Michelle stands firm and Nick shoots her a filthy look as he goes back into the house.
The house is shaking too much to allow the tilers to mark out their level lines. The brothers jump around a bit just because being annoying is their thing then Chris asks is this place even safe? Which is the cue for….
Chester again! He is getting quite a lot of airtime this week. Did we find extra in the budget or something? Everyone is evacuated until the engineer can say the house is safe. This is eating into valuable time. The house is moving, says Chester, because it has been raised 2.4 metres in the air. No it is moving because you’ve turned it into a War of the Worlds tripod.
Chris takes advantage of the break to go shopping and he buys a single blue uncomfortable chair. He then goes back in and buys a grey comfortable one instead and it is a much better chair. Jemma also heads off but she’s on a mission to find the previous owners. Meet 94 year old Cora and we hear about how much the family loved the house. But not enough to keep it. You have to move on Cora says. Yes at 94 you don’t want to get stuck in a rut. Cora writes a little note for Seamy and Jemma gets emotional. Back at the house she gushes to everyone about her most amazing experience. Riveting says Nick sarcastically and he’s just verbalising what the rest of us were thinking.
We revisit the House Rules again and this is getting pretty boring as we’ve seen it about a hundred times. Yes we know they are conflicting and positive and everyone was shocked blah blah blah.
Michelle is in an antique shop looking for a metal splashbacks. She finds a silvery pressed brick splashback and the boys think it looks like alfoil. But Michelle doesn’t have time for your negativity. She likes the alfoil so much she decides to cover the entire kitchen with it.
McCrave-Burger arrives and she only ever seems to target Jane, possibly because no one else is giving her the time of day. Even Jane starts losing patience with her as once again McCrave makes placement suggestions about 2 days too late and maybe they need to get this woman on an earlier flight.
Meanwhile Kel is building the deck and hammering in nails crooked. Can’t wallpaper, can’t paint and can’t hit a nail in straight. Combine that with Michelle’s artistic design skills and it is cute that these two think they have a real chance of winning this competition. Deluded but cute.
Jane is in the laundry and she has giant sweat patches under her arms which she probably didn’t get from working hard. Plinth has 150 slats to paint and he makes a start. Later we see that Jane has been dragged out of the tent and is standing in her pyjamas reluctantly helping him.
Next morning and Nick’s ego has puffed up even more overnight. Barry is fed up with him and tells camera Nick thinks he is better than everyone on earth. Well he is 22 so of course he does. Then Nick lets Kel swap out some decking. He’s actually a good guy when he is not being a prat.
Four tons of fretwork arrives along with the world’s biggest front door. Chris’s theory is that a big front door gives the impression of something big behind it. Kel gets the giggles. So do you think you should wear big pants? asks Michelle and Kel and Australia crack up.
Reese has borrowed Jemma’s tiny green shorts so she can entice the tilers into their zone. The spacing for the taps in the bathroom is wrong so Reese then heads off to get a new fitting. Then Leighton calls her with some good news; he’s been able to fix the issue. What a legend says Reese but it would have been more legendary if he had worked that out before she set off.
Alfoil tiles now line the entire kitchen. The room looks like a giant tool box and is possibly the least hangover-friendly kitchen space ever. Well you wanted Industrial and if you have Michelle renovating for you, you can’t be vague about these things. You want a splash; you get a giant water feature. Like the industrial look? Welcome to your new engineering workshop. Michelle is hoping for a wow from the judges and she’ll probably get it.
Over to the long suffering Plinth who stoically submits to Jane twittering around trying to decide on tv placement. Maybe mount it here, maybe there, or go off centre over there. How about I mount it on your head, says Plinth but not out loud.
Michelle is trying to get a fan for her area. She tries to reason with Leighton then threatens to hit him and when that fails she calls in the big guns. The Kelminator. He then reminds that she is actually the scariest person in the house and with that she goes back and simply picks up the fan she wants and takes it.
There is a lime green feature wall in the lounge which is next to the aluminium kitchen and when we’ve seen the previews of Amy being ecstatic it can’t be when she is in this area. As usual Jane sits down and supervises Plinth doing all the work.
It is 2am and Jemma and Barry have gone back to the motel. The others are still working when suddenly there is a disaster. There is a major leak and no one can turn the water mains off. Ok this does appear to be being dramatic as we were promised. Nick yells for Plinth to put his fingers in his holes and Plinth looks taken aback. There are a lots of fingers and holes and the boy with the dyke springs to mind but I’m not going there. Finally they work out that someone has knocked the valve. Who is the culprit? Voice Over asks as we are given shots of the three least popular contestants.
In the morning Plinth takes full responsibility for knocking the valve even though he can’t actually remember doing it. It feels a bit like he is covering for Jane but it’s possible I only think that because I like him better than her. Jemma and Barry arrive and the bad news is broken. Plinth tries to put a positive slant on it by calling the flood a water feature but Barry isn’t amused.
Again we are told that more than one team will not finish but frankly I’d be surprised if anyone finishes. House reveal on Monday.