Behind the Huge Wall
They say that great fences make great
neighbors. And like all great axioms, this is about to be put to the
ultimate test in the ultimate block party called "There Goes the
Neighborhood" as a giant wall mysteriously appears around several houses
in an Atlanta suburb. What does this mean for the people inside? We'll
The eight families inside the wall are
about to lose more than just contact with the outside world. They're
about to lose their electricity as well... no phone. No computers. No
video games. Not a single luxury. And it's all for a quarter-million.
Let's meet the families...
The SCHINDLERS - Mixed faith couple David
and Christina (David is Jewish, Christina is Christian) from California
moving back east after the Northridge quake. Together, they have three
kids, Noah, Emmett, and Olivia
The UPSHAWS - Mixed race couple Ricardo and Therese (Ricardo is black,
Therese is white) from Ohio and their two adult kids Christopher and
Alexus. They're athletic.
The BUSSIERES - Tom & Susan (originally from Boston) and their two kids
Elise & Jake... and Susan's mom Marcia "Mimi" Flerra. Tom's what you
would call... a workaholic.
The JOHNSTONS - Cameron & Regina (originally from Pennsylvania) and
their daughter Carliegh... and their niece Theresa. They call themselves
The NELSONS - Native Floridians Chris & Mickey and their three boys
Christian, Branson, and Jackson.
The SOUTHEYS - Single-parent Laurie and her only child Haley.
The DEGIROLAMOS - Jersey natives Jeff & Lisa and their two boys Greg &
The MULLENNIXS - Lesbian couple Chris Mullenix and Renee Hatcher with
their two kids Nathanael Mullenix and Keith Goff. Technically, Keith is
Chris' nephew due to her taking him in after a freak accident killed
both his parents.
With a quarter million dollars at
stake... people are going to get hurt quickly.
There is one out, though... a huge door
in the front of the wall. But like all huge doors in front of the wall,
it only swings one way. If you're behind the door, it means that you've
Cameron thinks that the Mullennixs are
the first to go. "Too fracturing." We'll see. First challenge is
The Mullennix boys are playing their
games when they are called down to spend some quality time with their
two moms. "If this is the way it's going to be, then you might as well
walk outta that wall right now."
The Upshaws think that the greatest thing
they can do is keep to a routine. That's going to be hard... as of
9:12p... You're out of power. No AC... no cooking... in Atlanta.... in
the summertime... Oh, this is going to be fun.
Jeff D. tries to stifle the heat by
putting in screen window. Greg decides to push dad's buttons if only
because it's funny.
And then Matt and the fire brigade shows
up. He basically saw the electricity as a giant distraction and now that
it's taken away, they can focus more on their families.
NEIGHBORHOOD CHALLENGE: Hosedown
Two members will play. One is going to be
in a muddy t-shirt. The other will untangle fire hoses and use them to
reveal numbers on a shirt. There are three of them. Run to your family
chest and open up a lock to raise a flag. First family to do that will
be crowned Kings of the Neighborhood. They will have the responsibility
of picking two families to kick out of the neighborhood, which will be
bittersweet, because in the end, they're still neighbors.
Tom B. is the first to unravel his hose,
and now he's hosing down his wife Susan. The Nelsons and the Upshaws
draw even, but the Nelsons have the numbers first. The Bussieres catch
up... but the winners are the NELSONS!
Winners of the neighborhood challenge
have life behind the wall a little easier. Today... the Nelsons are
going to be cooler with a new fridge/freezer powered by a generator and
cold BEvERages inside.
The rest of the neighborhood shows up to
hang out. Everyone's basically trying to get into the good graces of the
family... butter them up... et cetera, et cetera.
The Schindlers think that the DeGirolamos
are a sneaky family and therefore a threat. The Bussieres think that
they're going to screw them over somehow.
The Nelsons don't want to put any of the
families up. But in the end, Christian says that the DeGirolamos are
threats and the Mullennixs are weak links. The Bussieres are also on the
hit list because they were inches away from winning the challenge
earlier. "We put those two names up, and we've lost them as neighbors."
Chris M. was hoping that this would take
away distractions, but no electricity is proving to be hard on everyone.
David S. says that this is terrific to put work aside and focus on his
family for a moment. Jeff D says that he's sweating bullets.
The Nelsons nominate the DeGirolamos,
being tough people. They're not surprised. They also nominate the
Mullennixs, being unstable. And Miss Chris is visibly hurt. She's always
had their back and this is blowing her mind right now. The Nelsons hope
that when all is said and done, there's no long-term damage.
The rest of the families are going to go
back home and pull the picture of the family that they want to stay in
That's four, that's enough. The other
family voted for the Mullennix family to stay. But right now, the
DeGirolamos are the first family kicked out of the neighborhood, as they
exit to a show of support from the neighborhood.
Some important things to remember: this
is only a game... they will always be neighbors... and this will always
be your neighborhood.
Come back next week to see who goes next.
We'll leave a light on.
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