"Living Room Lunge"
- September 17
Last time, Brad & Lew were outed... as threats to the
other teams to the point where they were put on the
eviction block. But Steve & Nicole set new standards in
futility delivering the worst sleeper bedroom (aside
from everything else) and sending teammates Carl & Kim
(who had escaped eviction twice before) to the
This week is a must-win
situation for Upper Complex. If they don't, then one of
them, either the Rednecks (Scotty & Sam) or the
All-American Couple (Steve & Nicole) is going down. It's
Meanwhile, Brad & Lew
are applauding their victories in Lower Complex, putting
Rose in a bad spot. She was initially in it for the
money. Now she wants blood.
Next morning, your next
CHALLENGE #4: RECREATE THE LIVING ROOMS
2. TOTAL BUDGET: $14,000 ($11,000 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
3. 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. TIME: You will have five days. The living room
must be completed by noon on Wednesday. The clock
"Wednesday?" Yes, Rose.
Wednesday. Ana Banana gets the nod for PM this week for
LC. For UC, it's Steve who will man the slowly-sinking
Good Ship Upper Complex.
Brad & Lew's plans
include making furniture first while waiting until later
for the floors. Scotty is overplanning, just as Lew
said, thinking about pillars. Yeah, way too elaborate.
Barney wants some waterfalls. Rose doesn't want that.
That precipitates into a quarrel. Nothing gets done
until Rose decides to do what she wants.. which,
consequently enough, is nothing.
What's going to keep UC
out of the doghouse this week? A visit to Sears.com, of
course! They shop for a sick entertainment center.
Afterwards, it's happy trash time. Steve says clearing
floors is better than sex. Way too much info there.
The guys of LC4 head out
to get some floors over at Beverly Blvd., home of
Television City in Hollywood! Back in the flat, Rose and
Ana are butting heads again because Ana's working and
Rose is... well, not. The guys come back with news of a
couch, which gives her hiccups.
Meanwhile up in UC2,
Scotty & Sam have decided to make UC1 their project,
their Seabiscuit if they were. So they go from Rednecks
to Horse Whisperers. Meanwhile, Steve doesn't see much
of Nicole anymore. Mostly because he's busting his own
LC4 got a good floor...
just not enough of it. Brad & Lew bails out the team
while shopping for their own carpet. They got the
carpet.. but forgot the wood. That's what happens when
you focus on kittens.
While UC2 works on a
door, Rose is adamant that their room doesn't get a
speck of taste, so all of Ana's decorations have to go
back. Unless she exercises her will as PM... which she
does. You can tell that Brad & Lew have brought out the
worst in Rose.
Scotty puts his ceiling
together while the others in UC get furniture. Speaking
of which, the furniture arrives on time at LC4. Ana
Meanwhile, Steve &
Nicole are working at their flat hard, even if it means
the occasional fight now and then. In LC4, they're this
close to being done. By contrast, UC1 needs furniture in
the worst way. Will tomorrow be a turnaround?
LC3 gets the floor done,
and not much else. LC4 is way ahead of schedule. Sam &
Steve work on UC1 while discussing Nicole's state of
distress. At the 24-hour mark, Tyler asks Steve to
wrangle the other tenants for a special warning.
Delivering a very badly-needed lesson in teamwork, each
group will move into their teammates' own apartment and
finish their teammates' work before judgment is handed
down. Definitely a setback for LC, who is a) not yet
done (LC3) and b) done for days (LC4). Scotty & Sam, on
the other hand, have to pick up their teammates' slack,
while Steve & Nicole act as mediators. This one is going
to go to UC say the guys of said part of the Complex.
Brad decides to modify
the plans so it can be finished. Downstairs, it's
rug-laying time and furniture placing time. Ana calls it
"groovy-looking." Barney and Rose call it... bad.
The girls get their
furniture, as Nicole starts getting more upbeat and
cheerleader-like. Both teams are pulling red-eyes.
Barney loves his room. Rose is predicting that Unit 3
will come in last. Last minute scramble time again...
The Army of Darkness is approaching... and that's the
horn. Tools down, the living room battle is over! This
round is different, as only LC will cast eviction
notices, since UC's votes cancel out. In the end, only
one final couple will be evicted tonight.
UC1: The one room
in UC1 that sticks out as the best one. Steve is ever
the pitchman as Lourdes thinks the curtains are short,
Jason likes the even lines, and David would've rather
seen a unified room.
UC2: Nice homey
feel. David agrees. Lourdes doesn't like the fact that
it's without an ocean vista, and Jason is the victim of
Steve's half-truths. Sure the entertainment unit is a
custom piece, but he didn't ask who customized it.
LC3: Very simple.
Very brown and green. Lourdes likes the contemporary
feel. Jason finds fault in the door. David thinks that
the arrangement says "thanks for coming by, don't stay
too long." Could spell trouble.
LC4: Nice little
living room. Lourdes likes the door, but both she and
Jason give the couch what for. David calls the whole
room a bad dream.
Dave & Ana have a
difference of opinion on their flatmates. UC unites in
one final show of solidarity in hopes that they will not
come in last AGAIN. Lumberyard time for one final
Running down vitals:
UC1 spent $12,691.18 out
leaving them with $4786.54.
UC2 spent $14,483.09 out of $17,390.21, leaving them with $2907.12.
LC3 spent $14,471.25 out of $19,738.59, leaving them with $5267.34.
LC4 spent $11,363.05 out of $17,414.87, leaving them with
Most valuable this week
will receive an additional $2000 to begin project #5.
That room, unanimously, is in... LC1. Great start to
hopefully a long road. But before you celebrate, someone
must be held accountable for failure. Marked for
eviction today are...
UC: Steve & Nicole and
Scotty & Sam. The couple at risk is determined by random
draw... Brad & Lew draw... Steve & Nicole.
LC: Brad & Lew
Once again, Brad & Lew
tried really hard, only to find resistance from
individuals. They have no regrets, and wouldn't mind not
seeing any of their teammates again. On the flipside,
Steve & Nicole laud their teammates for sticking with
them through thick and thin. "I want you to win" brings
a steel-eyes Sam to tears.
And now, the results of
the appraisal. The least valuable room is in...
LC4. Brad & Lew are rewarded for a good job with a royal
boot. That's gratitude for you. As for the rest of the
teams, it's their final trip to the Lumberyard EVER! But
it comes at a high price. From here on out, teams are
dissolved, and it's every couple for themselves to
finish the decks, the second bathrooms, & the kitchens
(Apartments 1-3) and the second bathroom, kitchen,
smaller deck, and third bedroom (Apartment 4).
Four couples remain.
Four apartments. Unit 3 is now empty, so someone has to
move, and Barney & Rose choose to stay in #4. Dave & Ana
move. So we are all set for the biggest real estate
challenge since Monopoly with some high stakes riding on
And as always, their
next challenge comes tomorrow.
As for the final
auction, bidding starts at $500,000. Too rich for my