After hearing about the budgetary issues of the contestants until the cows came home yesterday, tonight’s Scotty’s challenge special should hopefully break things up a bit because I can tell you, for the ratings this show is getting, it just hasn’t captivated me as much as it should have over the past week.
We begin the episode with a storm and I swear the bolt of lightning behind the houses was fake! Either way, the rain is sure real and it’s coming down quite hard and for the double storey houses without roofs, it’s getting into all of their rooms!
The contestants continue to complain about their money and I guess it’s an important part of the show, but it sure is a boring topic.
Anyway, the contestants all get a text message meaning they all have to go to Scott’s workshop for yet another challenge.
When they arrive, there are benches full of old looking items. The sisters think it will be a market style challenge.
Tomorrow morning, at 6am, they will be opining market stalls in Melbourne’s biggest market (I missed the name). There will be two teams going head to head. Josh & Jenna and Polly & Waz will form one team with the sisters and Tania & Rod forming the other. They will be selling their hearts out to raise as much money as possible. Everything they earned will be going to the Salvation Army.
They will go to the Salvation Army, collect as much stuff as they can and sell it all. The team who makes the biggest profit wins. And here comes the product placements in the form of an online website plug for Gumtree where we can look out for bargains like the contestants have.
This website will donate $5000 to the winning team ($2,500 per pair) and with that happy news, they all drive towards, not the Salvo’s, but to the block!
Scott tells them they have to pick something up at their houses and they all go to stand in front of their gates. They all confusedly stand in front of their gates, waiting for their door to open and as Scotty calls ‘Come on out’, the doors open to reveal, after a break and a huge recap, the four teams who were eliminated in week one! Wow, what the hell are they doing there?
Chris from team Chris & Carrie teases that their house may not be their house for long! But he can’t reveal too much!
The contestants are shocked with Waz thinking they’ve all been given the boot, but most contestants are happy.
Scott calls them all out and tells them that the eliminated contestants will help the teams raise money.
Each eliminated pair will be put on the team which contains the pair who won against them in week one, so Shannon & Aaron and Chrissy and Toby will join Josh & Jenna and Polly & Waz with Chris & Carrie and Laura & Emily joining Katrina & Amie and Rod & Tania.
So the team who wins the challenge will also keep their old competitor pair for two days! This could solve heaps of problems, but for me, it’s just great to see Laura & Emily back on our screens!
The contestants all move off to brainstorm names and selling ideas. Both teams seem to function well and it could be a tight contest.
Both teams have been lent a van which they can fill with Salvo’s items for the sale. Team members from each team rush into the store and pick up whatever they can with Rod & Tania even taking a display stand of brochures! Chris follows suit and begins to take odd things as well.
For some reason, Carrie takes a pram!
Tania grabs a heap of clothes while Chrissy has her hands on suitcases. With a minute to go, Josh grabs some books with Chris grabbing CD’s. Jenna thinks they will kill it in the competition.
Meanwhile, Polly & Waz head to Mitre Ten to find a microphone but the man tells them that they can just make one.
So, Polly with a microphone isn’t the smartest idea and her constant ‘screaming’ soon gets on the nerves of Aaron.
Meanwhile, it seems Katrina, Amie, Laura and Emily just go out for some coffee and snacks. They then go to a clearance store to pick up heaps of freebies in what seems like a smart idea! They load the small corolla’s up before leaving.
After a break, we arrive at Market Day and the contestants all arrive at just later than 5am in the morning with all teams complaining about the early waking. They all get to the market place and are stunned to see people already set up.
Both teams are situated next to each other, so Polly quickly whips out her megaphone and attracts a bit of attention.
Rod’s way of attracting people is dressing up in a clown uniform and going around with a few balloons. Chrissy for one is quite impressed with his efforts. He is in the heat of things, able to attract people with children to their stand.
Team one immediately notice that Rod’s stunt is dragging customers his way, so go to drastic measures to expose themselves to potential buyers, including ditching the marquee.
But team two don’t just have Rod the clown, Laura and Emily have invited their emcee friend and his PA system to keep them all coming. The added team member really aggravates the other team as their stall becomes empty; void of customers.
To revolt, Chrissy and Jenna decide to unplug the microphone from the PA system with Rod commenting on Team one’s clowning around, haha. Loving this episode so far; but is it too predictable?
After a break, there is yet another recap before returning to the markets for the action. There are three hours left and Katrina & Amie are very happy with their efforts.
Team one as a whole are not having much luck at all. They all have a team meeting before Scott tells them to get out of their stall and FIND people. They heed his advice and decide to go out to sell raffle tickets.
Scott Cam is on hand for any auctions to take place. Team one helps out team one with their raffle auction with great success. With one hour to go, it’s time for the teams to step up to the plate and WIN THIS THING.
They all go hard and by the look of things, they are all just pooped and spent. Time is soon up and Rod explains that he is all clowned out.
Both teams have a lot of money and are both happy with how much they raised for the Salvation Army. As they calculate their money, Scott is surprised at how much they have all raised.
He then calls them together before congratulating them and telling them what is on the line.
The winning team has raised $479 more than the other team, as announced by Scott, to the surprise of the contestants.
Somehow, team one are able to pull of the win and I cannot believe that AT ALL! All four pairs are happy, but this does mean that Laura & Emily and Chris & Carrie are to leave again.
Overall, the cast rose over $3,000 for the Salvation Army, plus the $5,000 donated by Gumtree.
That’s a job well done in by books.
After the break, we join Scott as he and Shelley go around inspecting all the rooms thus far this week. First up is Josh & Jenna and after looking at the crazy week they have had, the host’s walk in and are happy with the space that they have.
Jenna tells them about her artistic ideas for the room before they look at their ensuite bathroom with Shelley absolutely loving it. Shelley just can’t get over it actually!
Next to be inspected is Katrina & Amie’s upstairs room. They immediately notice that work hasn’t begun on their stairs, but stuff is happening in their master bedroom and ensuite bathroom. First to the ensuite, and the hosts are equally impressed however Shelley doesn’t exactly like the look of just one basin.
Scott loves the shampoo shelf before they move onto the bedroom.
Not much work has happened but Shelley is happy that they are wallpapering!
They both promise that a lot of work is in store for tomorrow.
Next up are Polly & Waz and after yet another look of their week that has been, the hosts come in to inspect their master bedroom. Scott and Shelley are impressed at the fact they have build their own shelves. They also love the pair’s cityscape theme but Scott is thankful that they will be having help from the other couple as they have too much to do!
Rod and Tania are next and it isn’t a big recap at all before the hosts come up to inspect their rooms. First up is the ensuite bathroom and Scott loves the glass and notices Rod’s stash of tools.
They go out to look at the Master Bedroom and with all the glasswork, Rod jokes to Scott that he will be putting mirrors everywhere by the study, to Scott’s surprise and imminent relief.
After the break, Polly & Waz and Josh & Jenna get their prize; help from their eliminated competitors. Polly & Waz gets Chrissy & Toby on the job with Aaron and Shannon on the job for Josh & Jenna.
The twins Laura & Emily and Chris & Carrie leave the block for probably the last time (and only time I just remembered) and don’t seem to miss it at all.
Aaron gets on the paint roller as Jenna has a bit of a nap. Meanwhile, Chrissy begins painting for Polly & Waz with Polly barking orders at her that would be SO annoying. Yet again, she just reminds me of The Circle’s Chrissie Swan!
Toby begins to paint the awnings and edges and something he does seems to capture the laughter of Waz.
Meanwhile, the losing teams of Rod & Tania and Katrina & Amie get on with their painting without any help. They contemplate the twin’s commitment to the challenge considering they really wanted to go home, haha.
Anyway, Katrina is ‘happy for the winning teams’… not.
So with that, the episode is over, and finally, a wonderful episode returning to the previous glory this show was showing before this week. Loved the humour of the episode more than any other episode and absolutely LOVED seeing the eliminated contestants return for an absolutely brilliant challenge.
A MUCH better episode and one Nine can pat themselves on the back with!
Courtney’s Verdict: 9.0/10
Don’t forget guys, I need your help! If you want to run this blog for a week in September and have the capacity to write even little reviews on some reality programs plus post them on Throng, I’d love to hear from you as I am unable to do so. Contact me via PM on this site, or through firstname.lastname@example.org. Thankyou for all who take on this volunteer work; it would mean a lot to me!