Guest Post: House Rules – A Transformed House And An Elimination
Apolgies due to a technial error my end Annajjj’s recap is up late. Here it is:
Final House Reveal at Michelle and Kel’s Sydney shack and tonight we find out which team is eliminated and it looks like we are in for some more surprises before the finale next Monday. But first…..
Teams are fighting the clock to finish their zones and there is the usual rushing and last minute painting and threats of not finishing.
Seamy are simultaneously taping old records to their feature cupboard wall and stressing about the enormous wifi fridge planted on their front porch. Is there any way you might be able to move it off my area Sean asks Plinth nicely but is told no, the doors have to come off right here right now. Ultimately there are five losers in this competition Sean points out which doesn’t sound very PPP.
Jemma and Barry are styling their master bedroom and Barry brings the confidence and a lacy mirror. Reese is stressing about running out of time to style her zone. Leighton is back to ignoring her.
Michelle, wearing an orange (!) top, shouts at Kel to hurry up. She’s keen to get home and see what has been done. Kel loads an orange (!) suitcase into the boot of their car and they head off.
Jo, also wearing orange, turns up to get in everyone’s way and Team Plinth’s fridge finally goes in much to Seamy’s relief. Jane stands around telling us that with very little time left it is important to push through. Push through what exactly Jane?
Time’s up, tools down, walk away from your zones, gice. It’s all over. Teams hug and share relief. Six renovations in six weeks. It’s a terrific effort.
The judges arrive and hipster Joe is back in those pants. First up is the lounge and deck and high praise from the judges. They love the proportions and the white and green. Into Team Plinth’s kitchen and dining area which is neutral and beachy and Wendy loves the wallpaper but there are bubbles. The Wallpaper King has failed. Wendy doesn’t like the tiles much and Joe thinks it is a bit bland. There are a few unfinished bits.
Next zone is entry, hall, stairwell and master bedroom and the judges love the entry but think the mirror is too spikey next to the cactus plant. There is too much going on says Joe dismissively, opening his bright blue blazer to tuck his red tie into his high waisted pink pants, before heading to the stairwell. Nice Morrocan wall things and the master bedroom is good. He loves the blue bedspread which saves the room from being El Blando. Wendy thinks the bedroom has missed the beachy brief. It’s a mix of French provincial and Hampton’s style. Isn’t the Hamptons a beach?
Nick and Chris’s zone now and the judges cram themselves into Alex’s tiny room. Although they appreciate the level of difficulty in designing a room for a young woman, they think the light fitting is too boudoir and not romantic. Next up is the bathroom with the Mexican/Moroccan/Matisse tile theme. Joe arranges himself artfully against the wall and ‘It’s a bit full on, bold and brave’ he drawls, referring to his pose which he holds for several minutes. I like it, says Wendy sounding not-quite-convincing.
Seamy’s area and the judges open the door to Jesse’s room. Its very rock ‘n’ roll and they don’t comment that when the bed is down there is no room to actually move in here. Next door the toilet is like…well it’s actually just a little powder room and a non-event says Joe but really Joe, what are you supposed to do to make a bang in a loo? Don’t answer that. The porch is very Hawaiian and both judges like it and think it sets the tone for the house.
Ad break with New Idea magazine promising the story of Reese and Leighton’s baby news, which will be like Lisa Curry’s baby news, which is that she’d quite like one.
Over at Home Base it’s Tradies vs SNAGs shirt day; Nick, Leighton and Barry in Lowe’s checked flannelette and Plinth, Sean and Christine in pale pastel business.
Jo delivers the news that one team will be eliminated tonight and then the scores:
Seamy: Judges loved the veranda but the toilet was disappointing as it was just a toilet. 8 and 7
Jemma and Possum Baz: Entry was too busy and all white hallway was all wrong. Too much French provincial style 6 and 7 and disappointment.
Chris and Nick: Bedroom was good and Joe likes the bathroom tiles, but Joe also likes candy pants so don’t get cocky yet. 7 and 7
Team Plinth: White kitchen was too bland and the splashback too conservative. Poor workmanship. 5 and 5
Leighton and Reese: Lounge was Waikiki-themed and the proportions were great. Deck was amazing and 9 and 9
Next up we get to see Kel and Michelle arrive home and reunite with their kids. All four seem nervous and excited as they enter the house.
First into Leighton and Reese’s area and they are overwhelmed. Everyone loves the lounge and the deck. Into the kitchen where Michelle loves the yellowy orange (!) wallpaper. Kel starts pointing out the bad finishes while Michelle is busy employing every expression in her extensive repertoire; surprise, shock, shocked surprise, horrified, amazed… Words may well come to Kel but expressions are coming thick and fast to Michelle tonight.
She loves the master bedroom but wishes she had more Hawaiian in here which is her own fault for narrowing the rules down to Waikiki in the kitchen. She and Kel notice a built-in rat hole in the wall. Then massive disappointment as she has lost her shoes drawer but seriously, in the past six weeks of being with these people day and night there wasn’t one opportunity to say ‘Hey gice, I love my big wardrobe and don’t touch it’?
Into the bathroom and Michelle instantly hates the wall tiles. Oh YUCK she says and declares it is Just Wrong. If they knew her they would know she hates orange unless it is on a shirt, suitcase, furnishings or a feature wall. More disappointment as the bathroom mirror has fallen off the wall and chipped around the edge.
Two brief scenes where Alex seems to like her room and she has the chandelier she wanted. Then into Jesse’s room where everyone is delighted with the cupboard bed which would actually be great for a small spare room. Michelle and Kel love the front porch.
Arriving at Home Base and Michelle is wearing another of her many orange tops and she gets a little teary as she thanks the teams for the work they have done. Scores:
Seamy: They’ve apparently made a 17 year old boy incredibly happy so he’s obviously see the video of Amy’s Harlem shake. Jesse also loved his room and everyone loved the veranda. Score is 7
Chris and Nick: Alex loved her bedroom but the bathroom is just ugh and score is Nick-don’t-hate-me 4
Leighton and Reese: Nailed it and is this the 10? Yes 10!
Jemma & Barry: They don’t like the cream and the finishes were bad and their score is 3 ouch! Barry is bitter, Michelle and Kel look guilty and Reese says suck it up.
Team Plinth: Finishes weren’t great so 5 but at least it isn’t a 3. Is 3 the lowest score we’ve ever had?
Now Jo makes the announcement which viewers were expecting but somehow shocks the contestants; that all the previous scores are going to be combined with the lowest scorer going home. Why are the contestants so surprised? How did they think the loser would be decided, Scissors Paper Rock or something?
Combined scores for the past six weeks are:
Top of the real leaderboard – R&L with 107, then Jemma and Baz come second with 106 and Seamy third with 98 points. Michelle and Kel are in 4th place with 97.
1 point separates the bottom two and after another prolonged pause it’s Nick and Chris with 90 so Team Plinth with 89 are going hooooome. Nooooo! But yes and really no one is that upset except me because they were so much fun to recap. Jo says it is sad to see them go home as they awkwardly leave without hugging anyone goodbye.
Jo warns the remaining teams that starting from now they are all going back to their own homes and redoing one zone in 24 hours. The Leader board has been wiped clean! What? This is madness! So it’s anyone’s game again and maybe the producers can decide who wins based on popularity. It looks like we may get several eliminations before the finale on Monday night. It’s going to be a very interesting week.