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Guest Post: House Rules – Another Team Gone

Another great recap from Annajjj in an episode which must beat The Block in ratings as on that other reno show the teams had to build and race billy karts:

It’s Finals week and tonight we lose another team in a sudden death reno as this show continues the rapid run to the finale on Monday. We quickly recap the last episode where we farewelled Team Plinth and the teams were told they will return to their own homes to reinvent one zone in 24 hours.

Teams arrive at their own homes and stand in front of their little plastic clock meters. Unsurprisingly it’s raining in Brisbane. On your marks… don’tbotherwithgetset Go!

Teams run into their homes and first up they quickly discover the Producer’s House Rules: They have 24 hours which we already knew. Budget of $5K which is interesting. This is the first time we’ve been told the room budget. They are only to work on one zone which must reflect their style and they have to stay together at all times. How strict is that last rule supposed to be?

Because Michelle is horrified. It will do her head in to have to stay with Kel for any length of time and Nick doesn’t think Reese and Leighton will be able to cope. Everyone now has to decide on which zone to redo and doesn’t this seem like something you would have discussed on the flight home?

Michelle and Kel are going to do the Team Plinth’s kitchen again and good choice although Kel eyes off the wallpaper warily. Baz and Jemma are redoing the Entrance, Hallway and Beauty room which was Teamy Seamy’s first zone back when they were useless reno rookies.

Seamy are redoing the Porch, Entrance and guest room and they want to get rid of the boy’s front door, not because we don’t like it, they hasten to add, but because the judges felt it didn’t fit.

Quick cross back to Michelle bossing Kel around while he wastes time on the phone. Cut to the chase and friggin’ hell says Michelle before snatching the phone off him and Kel is in for a long 24 hours. Then over to the boys and they are redoing Nick’s room, the hallway bar and study den that Reese and Leighton mucked up.

Reese and Leighton are doing the master bedroom and study nook which was also a Plinth special, not because it was the lowest scoring room but because they hated it the most. A new king sized bed will be coming out of that budget. We get a prolonged shot down the front of Reece’s top to keep Australia’s husbands happy then the Salvation Army turn up to remove all that brand new unwanted furnishings. Here’s hoping homeless people will enjoy the oversized alfoil water feature doors and possum muriels.

Michelle and Kel start pulling off the kitchen tiles and a tiler magically appears in the kitchen. Michelle tells him that they want mosaics all the way through but not right now as they have to go and get the tiles first.  How much does it cost to have your tiler hang around in your kitchen while you go shopping?

Several teams jump in their utes to go shopping while back in Melbourne the Greek Boys are removing the top of the hall zone to create a linen/bar. They hope the judges will love this idea. Pretty sure they won’t.

Barry and Jemma are shopping for lights and Seamy are trying to get a new door. Kel and Chelle are shopping for tiles that they can install today. For the first time, Michelle tells us, she is dealing with Fear. Fear of Failure. Seriously Michelle? This is the first time this is happening to you?

Before the break we are reminded that one team will be going home. Ad break but Brad Pitt so it’s all worthwhile really.

We come back to the teams still out shopping. In Sydney Kel and Michelle arrive at the tile shop where Eliza has laid out a beautiful montage of tiles for Michelle. IMO they don’t look any better than the Moroccan/Manic bathroom ones the boys created but Michelle disagrees; she is delighted with them. Kel issues a warning that if it goes wrong it could backfire in their faces.

In SA Leighton tells his girlfriend she is a dickhead, which, although being an insult for most people, is actually an endearment in LeightonWorld.

Seamy have managed to find a replacement door! But before they get too excited, McCrave-Burger and Chester team up to remotely and pointlessly hassle them. McCrave advises Seamy that there is no way on God’s Green Earth they will be able to change the door and how about bugger off Craven McSchmaven. Take your negativity and stick it right up your bum. Really, what is the point of having this woman on the show?

Over to Leighton who has built a weird oak feature wall but he and Reese love it so all good. Then back to Brisbane where it is still raining and the front door has arrived.

In Melbourne the boys start painting over the red ceiling in the soulless bedroom and for some reason Reese and Leighton know which zone they boys are doing. Nick say the original painting was the worst he has ever seen but he should take a look at what his brother is doing right now. Cutting in appears to be an abstract concept as Chris starts slapping paint over the cornices and halfway down the walls.

In WA Jemma is busy painting the beauty room black. Does she remember that she originally asked for a beauty room fit for a princess? What crazy-arsed princess demands a black room?

Michelle calls her boy Nick to hassle him and then goes to have a sleep. Reese appears on screen to tell us hard core people like them don’t need sleep.  Over in Perth Barry is up all night and as dawn breaks he starts building flat packs.

Ads for The Mole are coming thick and fast tonight.

Six hours to go and Hawaii 5.0 music starts up and is it….Yes! Kel installs a Waikiki Muriel.

Chris isn’t sure about the tiny bottles of alcohol stacked above the linen cupboard. He thinks maybe they don’t go with the whole linen theme. I wouldn’t worry too much Chris, most people consume their evening aperitifs while folding the towels.

Michelle starts getting tearful because her doors have failed to show. Glass for the desk arrives in Adelaide and in Perth the pendant turns up for the hallway. With only two and a half hours to go the pantry door still hasn’t arrived and I wouldn’t want to be that supplier if Michelle gets eliminated over this. Michelle has a little melt down and Kel gives her a quick hug and pep talk. They are not going home he reassures her which probably guarantees they now will.

New door in QLD and suck on that McCrave, it looks 100 times better and they got it in on time. Next Seamy go shopping for palm trees and they can’t find a free car park. Frankly, with less than three hours to go, I’d just stop in the middle of the road and take off from there.

It’s the last hour and the boys belt down to the ATM to get out extra money as one of their suppliers is demanding cash. Kel is out on the shopping trip from hell. I have a manic wife running madly around the store, abusing the life out of me, he says. As usual Team Baz have gone over budget and have to return stuff.

Back at the house Michelle has to style and no time for a mood board. Amy is still painting. Jemma is still returning stuff. And did Michelle just tell Kel to Look at moi?

Teams count themselves down and then time is up. All the teams are very happy with their work. Everyone flies back to home base.

We are told Joe and Wendy have had a busy few days going around the country to cast aspersions on the teams’ work. This is a bit weird – are the judges judging on what they personally like or the original brief of the rooms or the workmanship? It’s not really clear.

They arrive at Barry and Jemma’s house first and initially wow. Linen cupboard is finished and the Princess Beauty Room is painted in soulless black but the judges like it. Where are you supposed to lie down for waxing? Score: 8 and 7

Michelle and Kel’s place is next and Joe just loves those pink pants doesn’t he? The kitchen has a good beachy Moroccan feel says Wendy and they are impressed although the pantry is still the same. Michelle blinks back tears. Check out the wall muriel – totally unpretentious says Joe waving his arms around like a pretentious prat. Scores: 7 and 8

So far we have two teams vying for top or maybe bottom place.

Super long ad break during which I transform a few zones in my own house then we are back and its Leighton and Reese’s turn.

Judges arrive and Joe has his purple pants on and Wendy is now taking her style tips from him and has her red nana pants on. They admire the study nook and Joe gets all effusive over the feature timber wall. Scores: 9 and 9 so they are safe.

Nick and Chris are up now and the judges arrive, and nasty orange pants for Joe, and he can’t even open the linen cupboard but frankly Joe how are your shortcomings our problem? The study underwhelms the judges. Boys think they are going home and they might be right.

Scores: 6 and 6 which puts them at the bottom and makes everyone else safe.

Can I just say I will be SHOCKED if Seamy score lower.

In Brissie and apparently the door looks worse now. Its 70s says Wendy and she thinks they have broken their own rules – was Queenslander style their only rule? What about warm, welcoming and positive. Can’t this door fit one of those briefs? Joe condescendingly says it is sweet. The porch painting is unfinished because of the rain but the spare room is great. Judges are impressed with it.

Scores 6 from Joe aaaaannnnnd ad break. I predict a 7 from Wendy and safe and the boys are going home.

4 hours later we are back from the ad break and a 7 from Wendy and safe and the boys are going home Seamy score a 5 from Wendy and WTF?! Facebook explodes as Australia leaps to their feet and screams Noooooooo! at the television.  Shock elimination indeed!

No rest for the distressed as Jo announces that next up is gardens and the Leaderboard has again been wiped clean and two teams are being eliminated next. Does anyone else feel like this show is on fast forward now?

So down to the final four teams and a preview of teams racing around each other’s or maybe their own properties, it’s not clear, and do the landscaping and McCrave will come around and tell everyone they got it completely wrong. Why do we see Michelle and Jemma together in one backyard?

No House Rules for those of us in QLD and presumably NSW due to the footy biffo thingy. Do other states get the semi-final tomorrow? How will they keep the eliminations secret? I may need to hop on a flight tomorrow; bdd do you have a spare room?



1 Darryl { 06.26.13 at 9:26 am }

Very disappointed that Seamy went. The car park was at Toombul Shopping Centre and honestly it’s not that hard to get a park there normally. I think they must have just been in one of the busier car parks. SA v WA in finale otherwise this show has officially jumped the shark

2 AJ { 06.26.13 at 9:35 am }

Very disappointed that Sean and Amy went home. Although, to be fair, I’d forgotten how terrible they were in the beginning. Jemma and Ben’s hallway and beauty room were pretty horrendous.

I think Carly and Leighton did the best job with the mini-renovation, although I think they should have included some shelving in their study. And how did they fix the gaping hole in their floor?

While Jemma and Ben did some great work, especially in the hallway, I’m not sure the beauty room really met the original brief or any requirements for a beauty room. Wouldn’t the black, sparkly wall around the unsafe glass partition simply end up covered in spray tan? Is that really better than a tent?

The least work was done by Michelle and Kev. Hiring a tiler to replace the riles, shopping for accessories and replacing the wallpaper with a bizarre mural didn’t seem like it required a lot of effort.

While Nick and Chris did marginally improve the bedroom, I think the study and bar both looked worse, especially the bar. And poor Amy and Sean. I think the door was an improvement, based on the style of the house, and given that the producers arranged for a special cameo appearance by those two people to tell Amy and Sean that the task was impossible, didn’t they deserve some credit for achieving the improssible?

3 Veronica { 06.26.13 at 11:25 am }

Sorry to see Seamy go even though that front door was atrocious. Someone should tell them that just because a house is built in Qld doesn’t make it a Queenslander. And a door befitting a 1980s project home + a bit of fretwork isn’t going to do it either.
M&K’s kitchen looked better but that muriel was not an improvement on the yellow cockatoo paper, which I loved BTW. But who am I with 30 years experience in the decorating industry, to disagree with Michelle and her mood boards?

4 Daze { 06.26.13 at 11:51 am }

Veronica, I too didn’t like the Hawaii cheap stick on. Much preferred the yellow cockatoo print and side board.

Wonder if the scores would have reflected differently if Seamy didn’t change the door (which I liked from the get go), but I couldn’t figure out why they changed the nice spare bedroom – it did nothing to enhance the room.

5 Daze { 06.26.13 at 12:01 pm }

Still not sure how we will catch up here in Qld with HR not playing tonight? Does SA, Vic get Wed and Thur viewing and we only get Thur night? Bit stumped.

Was surprised at how reserved the normally warm Joh is as a hostess on this show. Totally agree with other poster that McBurger is a waste of time/space on this show and doesn’t lend any usefulness of any type.

Now, why couldn’t Nickhead and Christina find those tiles for K’shell’s bathroom, she would have been over the moon. Still, it was a huge improvement on J-Plinth’s choice and I was sorry the white cupboard doors didn’t arrive in time (am guess seeing as they were paid for, Kel would still have replaced them after the show)?

You could tell with the editing, the boys weren’t going home even on the back of their Lin-Bar as he aptly named it (wtf was that all about, lol)

Even though the scores were cleaned off when Seamy was eliminated, why didn’t the winners at that cut off point, win something to acknowledge how far they’d come, and then an overall winner announced next Monday. Seems odd that if Leighton, by far the best carpenter contestant, was peaking as the winner, could lose that placing on the scoring of gardening

Totally loved Carly/Leighton’s make over, bedroom spot on and 500% improvement on J-Plinth’s study ‘nook’.

6 -E { 06.26.13 at 12:22 pm }

You’ll have to download it via bittorrent to catch up .. afraid that’s how those of us int States are watching the show 😉

7 Daze { 06.26.13 at 12:25 pm }

thanks -E. Never heard of it, but will search for it now :)

8 katmac { 06.26.13 at 12:39 pm }

I am so devo about no more Seamy! Nooo! In my dreams they would be the hosts of next season and get Joh out of there. All she does is make me yell at the tv for her to bugger off.

9 brain dead dave { 06.26.13 at 12:50 pm }

Daze, Vic and SA get House Rules tonight. I won’t get a HR tomorrow night as 7 have an AFL game slotted in.

It should all be encored on the weekend but would readers want me or even better /earlier someone from Vic to post tonight’s culling , if there is one? With suitable spoiler , of course.

Get on the plane,annajjj. We’ll go to Carly and Leighton’s place and watch it there.

10 Kess { 06.26.13 at 12:52 pm }

I love this show.
I also loved 10s Renovators and hope this show succeeding might make them consider revamping and trying that show again.

The Block – is awful. I saw them jump the shark – again, during add flipping last night.
So bad – and I just realised what 9s problem is, 10 has Neighbours; 7 has Home & Away – 9 are iconic soap envious, and are creating a new soap – No. 96, instead of sex you get, umm….what do you get???

11 Daze { 06.26.13 at 1:20 pm }

Aah, now I see, thanks for that BDD, I did look at eBroadcast for Adelaide tv for tonight but didn’t look for Thur (SA) and hadn’t realised SA/Vic won’t have HR on then. All makes sense now, but yes, I’ll be reading anything tonight to get spoilers as I can’t work out this bittorrent thingo download – (wrong generation, oldish computer and don’t have Windows 7,8,9,10 etc lol)

12 Techhater { 06.26.13 at 2:01 pm }

Annajjj another great recap. Will miss reading these when series ends.

Here in Western Qld HR is on tonight and no episode tomorrow.

13 Veronicali { 06.26.13 at 2:14 pm }

This week does seem rushed, it’s too soon for it to end!

Jemma & Ben had white billowy curtains in the beauty room too – how long before they’re spraytan orange.

The brothers had a week to source moroccan-y tiles and couldn’t, took Chell & Kel mere hours. Hated the muriel, but they like it.

Still no king bed for C & L – wonder what happened to their old one.

My theory on first J & P, then Seamy going is production are sick of travel, which would make B & J in WA next for the chop.

TB – not even worth watching on Sundays now.

14 Techhater { 06.26.13 at 2:39 pm }

Veronicali well spotted re: white billowy curtains. They would get pretty stained rather quickly.

I thought it was sad that Seamy left. I rather liked their bubbly personalities.

15 Veronicali { 06.26.13 at 2:43 pm }

Yes at first I couldn’t believe Seamy were for real, but they really are nice. Noice.

katmac has a good idea – let Seamy host next year.

16 cuisinaire { 06.26.13 at 2:48 pm }

The judging is irksome. On one hand Seamy feels compelled to change a door that they liked (judged unfit for a “Queenslander”) and in the time frame replaced it with something else that they liked but this time considered to be ’80s project home door. In contrast, Team NSW replaced wallpaper with a “non pretentious” “muriel” that looked like it belonged in a cafe circa late 60s-early 70s. Okay, Kel and ‘Chelle liked it but considering they have a “new” home with wonderful views and a tasteful living area, why would you judge such an addition as anything but tacky? The challenge was inherently inequitable as some teams had much more to do to than others to create “wow” in the time frame. Some compromises had to be made to fit the 24 hours. In previous challenges, an incomplete renovation attracted more than negative comment. Team NSW did not complete their cabinetry changes because products did not arrive in time. They were obviously not penalised for a poor decision to rely on something arriving from Melbourne. They could have changed the bathroom tiles more to their liking in the same time (bugger the judges’s comments).

17 Techhater { 06.26.13 at 2:52 pm }

Veronicali and Katmac What a great idea. I would love to see them instead of Goanna. I do think as the show evolved they really shone out.

18 Veronica { 06.26.13 at 5:21 pm }

I don’t like Goanna either but at least she’s better than Scotty. I would love to see a wonderful decorator like Brisbane’s Anna Spiro take on the style consultant’s role instead of McCrave Burger who is a total waste of space giving no guidance whatsoever. And boy, some of the contestants could have used some help.

19 seepi { 06.26.13 at 10:35 pm }

I think the judging of this show does need to be worked on. the bit where the judges wander around trying to impress each other with their grasp on decorating, is on the dull side.

I didn’t like Michelle’s muriel – I would have liked a nature/beach scene, but not that one. she liked it though.

Sean and Amy’s door would have looked great in cream. Or that dove grey everyone used to use a few years ago.

I don’t mind that Michelle nad Kell didn’t change much – I don’t’ think the idea of the 24 hours was to achieve as much as possible, more to choose the right place to expend your effort and budget.

so Michelle and Kell used more exciting tiles and replaced the bubbly wallpaper – win. Nick and chris did four coats of paint on a massive room and you couldn’t tell the difference – fail.

20 seepi { 06.26.13 at 10:37 pm }

and on the block – I wouldn’t mind a show where they had pairs of people and each week they had to build billy carts or race round balls or make a mantelpiece out of egg cartons or whatever. But this should be a standalone show, not part of a renovation show.

it doesn’t go together ‘million dollar penthouse rah rah rah’
hang on – let’s build a cheap and nasty billy cart.

21 Eliza { 06.26.13 at 10:40 pm }

They should have just put it on for everyone tomorrow night. What a waste of time SoO was tonight…..

I didn’t understand j&b’s make over the beauty room was meh and poorly done. The door Seamy picked was ugly and not fitting. Their make over wasn’t great but I was trying to think which other zone they could have got done?

I liked the wallpaper j&p had put in m&s kitchen and agree that mural was ugly but Michelle LOVES them! The boys were a bit silly with the linen cupboard. The winning room was def best by far.

Next season Joh needs to either warm up or get lost. She was too stilted and cold. Chester needs to have a much more hands on role, same with the design expert. They just seemed to pop up every so often then disappear again! The timing of when McCrave would turn up was just stupid and frustrating. Like questioning a kitchen design flaw when it was already installed…. Less of a rush to the end would be good and no eliminations.

22 Veronicali { 06.27.13 at 8:36 am }

*Possible spoilers alert for those in NSW & Qld*

The Pink Pantster got the flick last night in favour of a landscaper judge.

The NSW and SA exteriors were done by two teams each. Sunday night the other two houses will be done, and the lowest scoring two teams eliminated.

Jemma roped in some backpacker types to paint the NSW exteriors. C&L’s day-labourer pair were … ineffectual.

The brothers built a memorial to Plinth on C&L’s front porch.

Chell & Kel now have a drive-thru creek.

I now know Jemma has cellulite thanks to a pervy cameraman.

23 CAM { 06.27.13 at 10:46 am }

Another spoiler re: last night’s garden make overs…the team who brags the most of course ends up in the bottom two. It’s sooooo obvious during the show that they will be there because they spend more time bragging about how amazing they are than actually working.

Also, having the back yard as opposed to the front yard seems to mean having a much larger task on your hands. M & K’s back yard is freaking HUGE!!!

24 cuisinaire { 06.27.13 at 12:22 pm }

Again the challenge was not on a level playing field, literally. Team NSW’s yard was a far bigger project than that required in Adelaide. It would not have been difficult to create “wow” at Carly & Leighton’s with a simple cleanup and the addition of a readymade screen, upmarket furniture and the drive-in screen on the wall. By the way, who built the decking? Was it Steve? I can’t remember. Roll on lawn and simple garden bed border with a new paint job on the fence finished the job. Out the front, the guys did some positive structural work but the rest was rather blah. By way of contrast, massive change and physical effort was required front and back in Sydney. The property was visibly transformed.

25 cuisinaire { 06.27.13 at 12:59 pm }

And C&L’s home didn’t need exterior painting, just the shed I think.

26 Jodie { 06.27.13 at 9:32 pm }

How can I find out what that silver/grey metallic paint in the beauty room was? Stunning! Any ideas please?

27 cha { 06.27.13 at 10:32 pm }

the whole semi-finals/finals is messed up and as the same with everything else in the show nothing is even how could you poss compare the work needed to be done at M&K’s to C&L’s???? also im convinced that the show is rigged and M&K are going to win they have the best sob story and time after time they do very little actual work just buy some nice stuff and get top scores for it

28 Daze { 06.27.13 at 11:40 pm }

Most if not all, reality tv shows, Cha, are ‘rigged’ but they are made for our entertainment. MKR, MC, Celebrity Apprentice, Voice, XFactor to name a few. Agree that the 2 backyards were both much bigger, at M&Kel’s place and Carly/Leighton’s – great job on the gardens and features. Well, except for that 3pce set (cheap looking) that the boys did out the front of C&L. Loved C&L’s makeover by M&Kel the best.

29 LB { 06.28.13 at 1:15 am }

Jodie, check the House Rules website – they have a list of products and suppliers.

30 Gabby { 06.28.13 at 9:17 am }

Us, it makes me wonder. We never saw M and K doing any of the hard yakka, like getting down and building that decking, we actually saw the boys doing theirs, but not once did we see M and K near the decking. All we saw them doing was painting, shopping and gardening. If someone noticed them doing any actual building please feel free to correct me. Not even the placement of the TV. It makes me wonder if they have some help.
I think Carly and Leghton had the hardest landscaping to do with that drop, hats off to them for a job well done and to Ben and Gemma they did a great job as well. No doubt about those girls, they can certainly work hard, I take my hat off to both of them.

31 cuisinaire { 06.28.13 at 10:23 am }

Gabby, I’m with you (as I commented earlier #24,25). I suspect that the really hard yards and tasteful innovation may lose out to sentimentality. I hope not.

32 Gabby { 06.28.13 at 11:19 am }

Yes Cuisinaire, I think it was your posts that got me thinking.
I have just read annajjj’s recap,(briliant as always) and she put the scores up. You are not going to believe this, although you probably saw them, my taped show cut off and I have just seen them and cannot believe it. Michelle and Kell basically scored the highest. What a rip off!

33 steph { 06.29.13 at 7:35 pm }

Chris(tine) is full of himself and a changed person from when he left. He dumped his girlfriend of three years telling her he has an image to maintain – bob the builder perhaps? But he was keen to accept and not return a set of circulon pans and a down doona she bought for him as a coming home gift

34 Gabby { 06.29.13 at 8:32 pm }

Thanks for that Steph. He didn’t come across as one of the nicest guys on the show. Him and his brother were both smart mouthed and thought they had the show in the bag. They have a lot to learn about life. I would say his ex girlfriend had a lucky escape.

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