Guest Post: House Rules – And They Are In Marrickville
Well House Rules hit my neighbourhood last night with the apartments less then a kilometre from where I live as the crows flies. I can confirm that the crew were only there for a week. The closest I got to them was nearly knocking Russell down as he crossed the road as I rubber necked looking at Maddi being interviewed in the drive way. Flattening a reality TV contestant would not have made me very popular with SEVEN.
However over to Annajjj who talks about what happened the block of flats:
Tonight we move into the next phase of the competition and the teams are facing two new challenges. Each team has to makeover an entire unit in four days then after that they have just 24 hours to rectify the zones the Snow Whites did in their own homes.
Teams arrive in Marrickville where Joh explains the rules which include a stupid one about the couples having to stay together at all times and, needless to say, the Cappers are instantly upset. Teams get to choose a unit by picking a set of keys, all of which have a cunning clue in the form of a keyring.
The Cappers go first and choose the frangipani which belongs to Jack and Alice who are looking for a tropical theme. Duh.
Next Adam and Lisa choose the dummy which is the apartment of Eleanor and Michael and baby Sebastian. Eleanor wants a modern plantation look while Michael looks like he’d rather be anywhere else.
Candy and Ryan choose the bug keyring which belongs to Monica who is instantly my new favourite. Monica has a fascination with insects which is definitely a positive when you live in a one bedroom unit in inner West Sydney.
Mads and Lloyd choose the pasta keyring which is Maria’s apartment. Maria bought this apartment 40 years ago and she is after a feel from a modern rustic Italian. Go Maria!
Finally Team Bomb sook a bit as they are forced to choose the final apartment keyring which is Sulman and Sila and their two boys. This family are keen to get a home that reflects their Nepalese heritage but Bomber is a bit cross with this whole concept. He doesn’t know the first thing about Nepal except, don’t they have those big Nepalese hills or something? Yeah the Hima-whatevs.
Well that didn’t take long. The Cappers are already fighting about a number of things including what to keep from their apartment. Mads and Lloyd are planning a herb garden for Maria which looks pretty cool. We’re told a couple of the kitchens definitely have to go and ‘we need a new knob’ declares Carole. Meanwhile her old knob is wandering around looking confused as usual.
The Nepalese family are ‘real people’ Mel tells us, which thankfully clears up any misunderstanding that we might have had that these were paid actors. The demolition begins and Bomber is in a very bad mood. His temper is not improved by the appearance of several million cockroaches. Mel suggests he farts to get rid of them but they go with the less toxic option of letting off several bug bombs. Monica would be spinning in her grave.
Then Chester! turns up to point out the issues with Bomber’s floor which makes him even more annoyed and he looks ready to explode (pun intended). He and Mel stupidly buy one bag of floor leveler which everyone watching immediately knew would not be enough.
McFlurry makes her own quick appearance to advise Maddi and Lloyd that ignoring the owner’s brief because it’s a bit hard and going with their own design is not a great idea. They decide she’s probably right and then research Italy for about 1 minute before deciding some plastic fruit and two bottles of wine should nail it.
We are reminded of the stupid rule that teams have to stay together and out at the shops, Candy is getting fed up with Ryan bouncing around like Tigger. Bomber and Mel are buying cheap stuff from Fantastic Furniture (although the cameraman has been briefed not to include the store’s logo anywhere) and as usual Carole is rolling her eyes at Gapper. Men! What do they know about style and shopping? Why am I here? whines Gapper. Because the producers have decided this show should focus more on drama than on renovation Gapper.
Further proving this point producers have let down Adam’s tyre to slow his team down a bit.
It does appear that the tradies have been able to do quite a lot while teams were occupied with shopping. But with only 24 hours to go the teams have to stay up all night painting and wallpapering to finish in time. Bomber has another sook outside and although my Mel-crush has dulled a bit I still think she could do better than this guy. Big reveal tomorrow.