Guest Post: House Rules – The Reveal…. Finally
Annajjj recap of the penultimate episode. She will be live blogging/chatting the finale on Sunday so please join in.
Here is the recap:
It’s finally the reveal night and the last two teams to go into the Grand Final are announced. But first we have a couple of hours worth of padding to get through.
We kick off with all the teams telling us how much they want/deserve to win. Then we cross to Ryandy who have a major disaster on their hands. Their kitchen appliances won’t be delivered for an hour and a half and there is only an hour and a half to go. Then over to Lisadz who are renovating their enormous zone and Lisa tells us that Adam is the most anal person she’s ever worked with which is TMI IMO. Lisadaz are getting a bit stressed with each other.
In another part of the house Carole reminds us for the one millionth time that she and Gapper are here to win. If she gets her mortgage paid off Carole can then be a mother and a grandmother. I’m a mother and a grandmother too Carole, and I still have a mortgage. They’re not mutually exclusive. The Cappers appear to be going with a vivid citrus theme in each of their rooms.
In the last half an hour Joh arrives on set to add pressure to the teams. Adam has the shits with the sheets and Team Telstra arrive to get their plug in. Gapper is still painting in the bathroom and Carole reminds everyone who might have forgotten that she really wants her mortgage paid off. Seriously.
With 7 minutes to go Ryan’s appliances arrive and he gets his Rhino on to install them. Adam runs to help out but Gapper is ordered to finish painting before he is allowed to help. Admittedly Carole is seen briefly helping by unpacking some stuff. Then time is up, tools down and the couples embrace again in slo mo. “We didn’t argue all week’ Gapper exclaims in surprise. Well no, not with each other you didn’t.
Snellster and Wendy arrive at the house and earlier poster Julieann is quite right. Joe doesn’t own a single shirt that hasn’t been upcycled from Granny’s tablecloths.
First up the Capper’s zone and personally I don’t love this living room but the judges think it looks great. Joe really likes the controversial nib wall. The judges also like the bathroom and there is a bad paint job right behind Wendy which doesn’t rate a mention. There is more citrus in the master bedroom and I hate that bedspread but everyone else seems to love it. Overall the Cappers have done a really good job.
Over to Ryandy’s zone along with a quick reminder that they capitulated to Cappers. In the kids room it looks like a bag of Smarties exploded. There is so much colour it almost becomes a colour void and the psychedelic wallpaper gives Joe head spins. Back to the entry which has one of those trendy new doors everyone is getting and then into the games room which has a very cool hanging chair and who doesn’t want one of those?
So far both teams have done well which makes me worry a bit for Adam and Lisa. In Ryandy’s kitchen it’s a big improvement although it does look quite a bit narrower than before. More ‘punches’ of colour and the pantry is in the wrong place.
Finally over to Lisadz zone and the dining room is great although apparently fabric chairs are a mistake. On the deck Joe likes the roof slats but not the yellow feature wall. The laundry and linen cupboards are good but the toilet is a ‘clash of colours’ according to Joe which is ridiculous as it is about the least colourful room in the entire house. The main kids room containing three bunk beds is a winner.
The teams arrive at Homebase to watch the Barnardos ladies, Jo and Nicki, and foster mum Sharon and her three girls inspect the house. This bit is mostly lovely apart from Nicki stopping to deliver a Telstra advertisement and then Jo delivering a Woolworths Insurance advertisement. The children love the new house and their enthusiasm is contagious. They all pile out onto the deck to admire it and there is a very very fancy house opposite.
Finally it’s judgement time. The judges say lots of nice things about the teams but don’t score them yet. This bit has to be dragged out. It’s 9pm now but we still seem to be a while off from a verdict.
After more ads Joh tells us it is unbelievably close. Judges start to deliver their scores which don’t seem to reflect their earlier comments at all. Adam and Lisa score 9 and 9 and Joh immediately tells them they are safe which seems a bit premature. What if the other teams get 9 and 10 or 10 and 10? They don’t though. Ryan and Candy score 8 and 8 and the Cappers get 8 and another ad break but really, we all know it will be a 9 and then back from ad break and yep. 9.
Farewell Ryandy! You were both a bit painful with the whole pranking thing at times but you didn’t deserve to lose to the Cappers on this one. We end with a preview of the teams renovating the ‘most important zone’ and the promise that the Cappers will torture us a lot more with their assertions that they want/deserve to win.