Guest Post: House Rules – The First Elimination
A big night on House Rules with the first elimination and we get to find what happens next. And no one can break down a House Rules recap better then Annajjj.
Over to you Annajjj:
Final reveal at the final house; it’s a school night so although we can still drink for ‘upcycle’ something tells me we’d be best off taking little sips. It’s going to be a long night.
Bomber and Mel are packing to come home and appear to be stealing the hotel pillows. Back at their house the teams are doing the final frantic rush to the finish. Continuity Fail as there’s no way those scenes are two hours out from being finished. The expensive chair for Abby arrives and it’s smaller than I remember. Brooke has found some old security screens to hang while Ryan scavenges for a bit of junk for a bed head. Surely with what these teams have saved in recycling furniture they could buy a couple of new pieces?
With 30 minutes to go we get in two drinks for a kitchen bench and tyres in the bedroom, then time is up! Tools down, step away from the pressed tin.
The judges arrive and open the (different to all the others) front door. There is quite a lot of junk in the hallway making it crowded. Wendy and Joe love the master bedroom and bathroom though and the word ‘hero’ makes it in twice.
Into Snow White’s zone where we get another look at the awful faux brick and oh look, maybe Bomber and Mel will actually like it. Pretty sure the judges won’t. Sure enough they hate it but really seem to like everything else in this room. Two more drinks in the bathroom for the vanity, the tiny mirrors are a fail and the wall quote is badly done, but overall the Snow Whites have done a good job. Australia starts to get a bit worried.
Ryan and Candy tell us they’ve upcycled more than anyone else and I’m not sure my liver can take this. There is more pressed metal in the lounge but it works quite well. Joe thinks the brick wall is ‘right on song’. Thanks Snellster, that’s just what this reality show needed; a new wanker expression.
Into the laundry and the judges love the laundry basket pulley system but the concept is a bit lost on me. Can anyone explain?
Ethan’s bedroom is lacking in personality although Kaitlin’s is pretty cool. The judges love little Abby’s room and especially the expensive little chair. The dining table is too small, fair call, and the kitchen splashback is horrible. The judges like the bathroom salad bowl sink but how does everyone automatically know this is a salad bowl? It looks like a failed colander to me.
The teams arrive at HomeBase and everyone is stressing about having to go home except for Lisa who is stressing about Team Bomb or Ryan and Candy having to go home. Jo slowly explains the rules again for Lisa’s benefit. Then the judges arrive; Joe having changed his pants mid-flight. Judges score and this bit seems to drag on even longer than usual and we drink four more times throughout it:
Adam and Lisa: 8 & 9
Cappers: 7 & 8 and Carole is disappointed but she tries to hide it.
Ryan and Cands: 7 & 7
Maddi and Lloyd: 6 & 7
Snow Whites: 8 & 7 and they are rapt. This is their best work yet and Brooke is stoked that they have finally been given the credit they deserve but doesn’t some of that credit go to McFlurry* who steered them away from ‘heading for disaster’?
Team Bomb arrive home to find their kids waiting patiently for them. Both families go into the house and awesome seems to be the general consensus to begin with. Jordan really likes his room and immediately Mel gets emotional. This is yours forever, she sobs and Jordan looks alarmed. He was hoping not to have to live with his father and his father’s girlfriend forever.
Abby goes into her room and sits on her special chair and Carole is delighted. Abby is prompted by Mel to love her room and then Kaitlin is prompted to like her room although her responses are a bit monosyllabic. Fair enough though, it must be a bit intimidating to have cameramen following you around in your own home. Easily-pleased Ethan is delighted with his very boring room. It’s amazeballs he declares but it isn’t.
Mel is not sure about the whiskey lounge although Bomber loves it. Is it just me or does Mel seem a bit pickier than expected? There doesn’t seem to be the same level of awe and appreciation that Bomber is showing.
Team Bomb arrive at HomeBase to deliver their scores:
Cappers: 7 which seems a little mean.
Ryandy: 6 and again a bit low with the scoring.
Adz and Lisa: 7
Mads and Lloyd: 6
Snow White: An 8! which is impressive for a team that used pictures of bricks instead of real ones. Australia starts counting on it’s fingers..no….surely these two can’t actually be safe?
Things get serious now but first we go to another ad break and lucky we are not drinking for ad breaks or we’d all be on the floor by now. Several hours later we return and Jo announces the leaderboard for the SA renovation and, oh come on get on with it, then she drags out the final leaderboard scores:
Adam and Lisa: 105
Gosling and Crush: 103
Maddi and Lloyd: 101
Team Bomb: 97
Snow Whites: 91 and going home! Australia cheers!
I can’t pretend to be sad about this. Even though they were clearly victims of creative editing there was just too much unpleasantness to warm to this couple. We revisit some of their less awful moments then they leave the competition for good.
The leaderboard is wiped clean which seems to shock some people but not as much as the next announcement. Each team gets a whole house to renovate and presumably in one night since Wednesday is reveal night. This is a new and interesting twist. Wonder how these home owners were picked?
* I can’t remember who came up with this name but it’s brilliant.
House Rules on SEVEN tonight at 7.30pm