- September 10
Last time, the seven couples were reduced to six thanks
to a voteout of Erik & Jayna. Not only that, a wrench
was thrown, giving the very lax (okay, HALFWAY finished)
bathroom of LC4 the nod over UC1, which the experts
agree would have to be gutted in its entirety to be of
with a drawing. A bunny-beaver creature saying "You can
do it! 3 Weeks, 4th Place... Keep going! E&J! XOXO." I'd
post the picture, but there are kids watching this page,
and we wouldn't want to give them nightmares. Their
response: "Grow up!" They're probably not watching,
Meanwhile, LC3 revels in
their backdoor victory, as Carl & Kim prepare to move up
to Upper Complex, saying that UC has a pretty good shot
of winning this week. Dave and Ana on the other hand are
apparently so good that they can't even lose on purpose.
Guess you're going to have to try to win, right? Try
with this. Challenge #3....
CHALLENGE #2: RECREATE THE SECOND BEDROOMS
2. TOTAL BUDGET: $8,000 ($5,000 cash, $3,000 Sears
gift cards) - in addition to any money left over
from previous challenges. Last week's winning room,
Lower Complex Apartment 3 receives an extra $2,000
cash. That money is to be used solely for the second
bedroom in that apartment and cannot be used on any
4. PROPERTY MANAGERS: Before work begins, choose a
"property manager" to oversee this week's
assignment. The Property Manager is your team's
leader. He or she can make all the decisions
themselves or he or she can choose to be democratic,
but the final say on all matters will be theirs, so
4. TRANSPORTATION: One car per team, one pickup
truck to be shared by both teams. Each team gets the
pickup for four shifts to be designated by both
5. You will have until four days. The second bedroom
must be completed by noon on Thursday. The clock
Steve & Nicole are
worried as to why Carl & Kim are always on the block as
she volunteers for PM duty AGAIN (because she knows the
judges by now). But Steve can't argue with those
strengths, so there she goes.
Before any peace can be
made on Lower Complex, they decide that Ana should be
PM, citing that she can be trusted.
Cutouts are in order at
UC2, as the Rednecks (Scotty & Sam) sing Kim's praises.
"She's as anal-retentive as I am," Sam says. Something
tells me we're going to get along fine this week. Sam
helps Kim up in UC1, where Steve doesn't have the
confidence to see any of Kim's ideas to fruitiion. Sam
says simple's fine, but UC has lost two weeks in a row.
five-designer team that is Brad & Lew are taking on more
man-hours with less men. Downstairs in LC4, we have
logistics planned, we just need some verticals for Rose
to chill and bitch somewhere.
We're 10 minutes in, so
it's out with the old time. That night, The All-American
Couple of Steve & Nicole start to believe that they're
so off key on what the judges are looking for. Exhibit
A: The bathroom. Enter Carl from downstairs who helps
out with UC1's walls, just as Steve is stopped by Nicole
for "not doing it right, baby."
Rose gauges the Boys'
(Brad & Lew) design style as "like a Chinese restaurant"
as the Boys head out to get a computer. End result of
spying: the Boys are going down. Just remember what
Tyler said last week: it's more important to try to win
than to force other people out.
Laying the floors with
less than half of their time to go, and Steve is going
at it alone. Needless to say, he's hurting, and not just
from the hammer. Meanwhile Kim and Sam are heading to
the official department store of the Complex and DIYers
everywhere... You guessed it. Target. Joke! Kim uses the
shopping time to feel out the
all-of-a-sudden-really-goofy Sam. Meanwhile back in UC1,
Nicole seemingly can't do a simple task handed down by
her partner Steve, especially on the moulding. Enter
Scotty, who plays damage control to make sure Steve
isn't screwing something up.
We're down to a day and
a half, as the boys of LC3 are building cubes for the
back wall. We're looking at a red-eye. Downstairs,
Barney's working on the ceiling while Rose is trying to
wrestle with the rotary saw. "That wasn't good."
Scotty gives the Boys
their props from up above. Below that night, Ana and
Rose are working out the fiscal matters of their newest
project. Ana can't figure out why they keep coming up
short. Rose knows why. Because she's bogarding it all.
Ana decides to go over all the books again. "Once we're
done with this room, things are going to get ugly."
Sam's threatening Scotty
with the prospect of no sex. Enough to drive any sane
man to his knees. Meanwhile in LC4, Rose finds the
missing money. Mysteriously, to boot, as the NYC breaks
all ties with the Seniors. "A few more days, and we'll
never see these people again."
We're playing the
24-hour rush again as Dave & Ana are arguing about
furniture. Dave says they don't have time for shopping
around. "I can't go shopping with you, you annoy the
(^_^) out of me."
Back at UC, Scotty's
overzealous hammering puts an unwanted hole in another
wall. Sam: "Because he's a dumbass." In LC4, Dave & Ana
are trying like heck to get their shelves in. Ana likes
working with Brad & Lew, because their tastes are the
best in the entire complex. The two worry about her and
Dave being cooped up with Barney & Rose. Speaking of
which, Ana has considered them over the Seniors to keep.
Scotty isn't buying
Steve's offer that Carl & Kim are playing up to the old
roommates. Meanwhile, Barney and Dave are grabbing
furniture, Brad & Lew are worried that their bedroom
isn't going to happen, Sam thinks that Scotty's wall
shelves are clutter. The Boys are finishing what looks
to be an impressive wall, and Mr. Bullhorn and his
friends are coming down the front steps with three
minutes to go! *HORN!* And that's it, tools down, the
bedroom battle is OVER! Now it's time for inspection.
UC1: Looks like a
bedroom I could work in. I'm looking for an actual bed,
though. Jason likes the computer space. David doesn't
see a connection in the pieces. Lourdes like the cherry
red. Infinitely better, I must say.
UC2: Looks like a
bedroom I could sleep in, but it's a bit unfinished.
Jason likes the craftsmanship. David needs a bigger
carpet. Lourdes really likes the look.
LC3: It's Brad
and Lew. Very stylistic. But Jason faults them on the
finish of the wall (could've been "a teeny bit more
consistent"). David likes the matching and the fresh.
Lourdes likes everything... except the moulding.
but in a complex way. Jason doesn't really see upscale
in the vertical blinds (but hey, Rose'll like them).
David and Lourdes seem to be fixated on the faultiness
of the shelves.
It's going to be a close
one, but I think Upper Complex can finally notch one in
the W column. We'll see at the Lunberyard, right as Kim
pledges that if she's going down, she's going down
fighting. Dave & Ana would rather take out the Seniors
if they lose, as the Rednecks will not get rid of the
AAC, Steve & Nicole, even if they do a shoddy bass-ackwards
job in the end.
Time for this week's
judgments, where Tyler says that success is
rewarded... like that, but failure is punished.
Running down vitals:
UC1 spent $7310.97 out
leaving them with $3477.72.
UC2 spent $8212.02 out of $11,602.23, leaving them with $3390.21.
LC3 spent $9122.51 out of $12,861.10, leaving them with $3738.59.
LC4 spent $7223.61 out of $10,638.48, leaving them with
Most valuable this week
will receive an additional $2000 to begin project #4. That
room... is in LC3... again. Now to see who is at risk as
the eviction notices are served for...
UC: Carl & Kim
LC: Brad & Lew
Again?! Well, Carl & Kim
think they're making a huge mistake. The Boys just say
that everyone's done a good job. And Kim and Ana are
And now, the results of
the appraisal. The least valuable room is in...
UC1... again. Lower Complex gets their wish as Carl &
Kim are evicted. Brad & Lew are still there, but
now they have a choice. They can rejoin Lower Complex or
move on up to Upper Complex and hopefully teach Steve a
thing or seven about DIY. But Tyler warns them to choose
carefully, because they will be forfeiting all of LC3's
monies to inherit UC2's. Feeling the odd couple vibe
from both teams, they decide to stay in Lower Complex.
Only two couples in UC
left. If they lose next week, BOTH will be up for
eviction. A lot riding on the next project next week.
Meanwhile, Carl & Kim leave UC a message: "Please kick
unit 4's tenants out."