Guest Post: House Rules – A Feel Good Challenge
Annajjj is back with another recap. Thanks again:
I missed last night’s episode but I’m very sorry to see Madllo go home. They were my second choice for the win.
Tonight is the second semi (demi-semi?) final and teams are renovating a house belonging to the Barnardos Family in NSW. Teams assemble in the front yard and are greeted by Joh who tells them the house is in desperate need of a makeover. Out come Jo, Sharon and Nicki who tell us this is a holiday home for needy kids and immediately all the teams get emotional. Inside the house it’s pretty run-down and the contestants can’t wait to get started.
Joh reminds everyone not to let their emotions get in the way; this is still a competition. Carole does’t need the warning. Not for one single minute in the past 8 weeks has she taken her eyes off the prize. She tries to boost up the viewer sympathy vote by telling us her own kids were so lucky to have had a better childhood than the Barnardos kids, even if they didn’t get their own special $400 reading/cuddling chairs.
The house is divided into three zones; two medium sized zones and one massive zone. Teams get to pick a card, any card, and Lisadz get the entire house minus a couple of bedrooms, the kitchen and one or two other rooms, which are divvied up between the Cappers and Ryandy. They all have 7 days to complete this renovation.
House Rules are fairly standard:
Fun, family beach house
Safe and friendly for kids
Relaxed retro feel
Pops of colour (we miss you now Brooke!)
Creative easy care options – no one can quite work out what this means
The Cappers are determined not to lose. The Producers are also determined the Cappers won’t lose and they enlist first Chester, then McFlurry, to support the Capper’s vision of getting everything they fucking want all the fucking time.
First up Chester! arrives to advise the Cappers to knock down the wall between their zone and Ryandy’s to maximise their view. Then McDawn-French adds her 70 cents worth, and tells the Cappers they really need to get the view at all costs. On second thoughts maybe McManipulator and Chester are doing this to stir up trouble and make viewers hate the Cappers more to increase the ratings….
Anyway Candy and I are getting very annoyed with the Capper’s demands although Ryan seems quite happy to support them, support anyone really, except Candy. No wonder she dumped him.
In Lisadz’s zone they are trying to fit multiple bunk beds into their bedroom. Demolition begins and Adam starts sawing through the existing cupboard. What a shame Team Bomb aren’t here to rescue and upcycle it into some sort of table/shelf/bed-head monstrosity.
McGuilt-Trip bounces back on set to hassle Ryandy about their games room wall. ‘That view belongs to everyone’ she tells them but it’s a goddam competition McStupid. They don’t have to give up their zone features to another team just because you say so.
Candy is clearly unhappy but is forced into giving up the games room wall so the Capper’s can get their dining room view. ‘Well done. I knew you’d get your act together’ Carole smirks, making everyone except Gapper want to slap her. ‘We’re near the top of the leaderboard’ Gapper reminds her, ‘and we’re gonna get your mortgage paid off!’ Her mortgage? Hmmmmm.
The Cappers decide to knock down the wall between the toilet and the bathroom and this seems a bit of a stupid idea. This house will hold 10 people and wouldn’t it make sense to have two separate loos rather than making one inaccessible whenever someone is using the bathroom?
Carole then gets pissed off with Gapper for ‘helping’ Adam with sourcing the cornicing both teams need. So it’s fine for you to demand the sea view for ‘the good of the project’ but you’re upset when Gapper arranges consistency with the cornicing?
Ryandy are arguing again and Ryan takes out his frustrations on the demolition of the kitchen. Later he and Candy make a late night trip to Masters to redesign their kitchen to give Lisadz some space for their laundry. Well done gice. Hope you two teams are in the finals and we get rid of the annoying Cappers. Reveal and elimination on Sunday.