Guest Post: House Rules – Judgement Day
Annajjj gives her take on the first of the garden makeovers:
It’s reveal day or, as Voice Over likes to call it, Judgement Day. Ryan tells us one of the teams is going home this week and either he’s got that wrong or this season is really going to be dragged out.
With only 9 hours to go Carole is still changing her mind every hour or so and bossing Gapper around incessantly. Madllo are out buying more sushi for the local ospreys and Adam is assembling the weird looking stone feature. Ryan has given up on building Gapper’s man-cave which is a shame because if anyone deserves a man-cave it’s poor Gapper.
Madllo’s entrance deck has disco strip lights and black plastic tubs of goldfish and they’ve definitely met the owners’ brief but not in a good way. Meanwhile Carole decides to steal some of Madllo’s pebbles for her own area and why wouldn’t you just ask for some? She eventually gives back one bag looking a bit sheepish and really there should be a penalty for this type of behaviour.
Finally the horn blows and it’s all over. Great effort everyone.
We get a long recap of the past 1.5 episodes then finally the judges land in NSW after paying an extra weight charge for Wendy’s dentures. Hipster Joe and Wendy initially like the exterior changes at Ryandy’s house but think the grey bagging is too light and patchy. ‘The stepping stones make you prance’, Joe demonstrates, just a bit too eagerly. The entry is unfinished and the fishpond buckets are lame.
Into the back where the missing roof has left the deck exposed. The courtyard is also exposed and the massive fire-pit makes the seating look too small. Over to the weird wood sculpture and it does look a bit like a grave.
Over to WA next and it’s a huge improvement. The rock walls look great and Wendy likes the stone sculpture. The water feature looks lonely, although I’m sure it’s not, and the deck is fantastic. In the backyard the timber frames look good but the water feature face isn’t finished and is bizarrely situated next to the water tank. Grandpa’s chair is in a nice shady area overlooking the hills.
Teams arrive at HomeBase and Joh is sticking with the flick. She reminds teams of the prize: Entire mortgage. Paid off. For good. That bit. Really isn’t. Necessary Joh.
We watch Ryandy arrive home on the monitor and they love the transformation. They like the ‘modern’ hotel-like LEDs and the sandstone and are delighted with the tubs of fish. Out to the back and they are very happy to have lost their roof and are stoked with the massive BBQ. Neither of them like Carole’s awful sculpture with Candy visibly shuddering as she describes it as a burial ground. Carole is stunned by their lack of good taste.
Next up we watch the Cappers arrive home. Carole is quiet until Gapper starts filling in the gaps and then she quickly recovers the power of speech to declare the front zone ‘insane’. The Cappers also love the backyard with lots of lawn and the massive Balinese statues.
Then Joe and Wendy arrive at HomeBase to deliver their verdicts:
Madllo – 6&5
Cappers – 6&8
Ryandy – 6&7
Lisadz – 8&9 and well done. That was a terrific effort.
Jo confirms that one team is going home after the next garden challenge. So if there is presumably a final with just two teams then there must be another elimination challenge. Any thoughts on what that could be?