Last night was the easy part. Tonight; with the coldest day in 18 years for Melbourne, and complimenting rains, the contestants are about to get the shock of their lives as they dredge down in muddy dirt, lay slippery wooden slats and struggle to bang nails into foundations vigorously with numbed hands. So sit back in your toasty living rooms and get ready; because it’s gonna be a fun one!
We begin with the contestants getting as much done in the clear skied morning as they can and there’s a lot of progress being made.
It is Day 53, and Rod & Tania discuss the idea of getting Chris & Carrie back to help them with the block. What is it with this week and the return of these contestants? Also, I didn’t know it was legal for them to have so much help!
We are reminded of Jenna & Josh’s fight yesterday, and Josh comes in with a present, a jack hammer! She’s a little taken aback as she can’t jackhammer, and Josh is in hysterics. He insists that she can and in a cutaway, she fakes her appreciation.
The sun is still shining and Katrina & Rod discuss the fine weather they’re having but as Scott says, this is Melbourne we’re talking about, that can change.
Some guy named Claude comes round and asks for some hands to get some scaffolding off the truck. No one is happy about stopping work to get the scaffolding off, but they end up doing it and Claude shows them in the progress that he has had a heart transplant which is why they have to help.
We can tell that while they do this, the clouds are coming in. Katrina meanwhile doesn’t know how to set up the scaffolding; well actually, she does, but doesn’t know where to do it, or whether it is safe for her to do so.
To get to the heard to reach places, they decide to just use a ladder, and Rod makes sure Amie doesn’t paint on his side. After a tense couple of minutes, Amie completes the job and comes down to the relief of her kids.
Meanwhile, we are reminded of yesterday’s crack filling task set by Keith; and he is on Katrina & Amie’s back to get it done but they want to paint before filling the gaps, against his advice. At least he seems to help them for a little. He notices their paint job is dodgy and tells them how to do it properly however with storm clouds coming in, he is doing a too slow a job for the girls. They insist they will fix it up, and to the tune of Bob the Builder, they continue to paint and pay out Keith.
Keith questions why Amie isn’t setting up scaffolding, but she insists she can’t do it properly and continues to paint angrily.
As it gets hard to get to hard to reach areas, Katrina begins to put together scaffolding however Amie disagrees on the job, saying there is no space and no time. Later on, Katrina begins to cry and I didn’t know the tears would come this soon. It hasn’t even started raining yet.
At the end of the day, she thought building scaffolding was way out of her league, but she puts the scaffolding down anyway and gets back to work despite the fact that she isn’t too confident with her job.
Rod is being nice, willing to help the girls despite his job on his house; man I love those heartwarming scenes of reality.
As some people go out shopping, Scott, Rod and Josh decide to put scaffolding together to help the struggling girls and they are over the moon by the help. It isn’t long before the three storey structure is erected and ready for use.
On into the night, and the rain hasn’t yet started; but the clouds still threaten however they should be grateful that they’ve gotten yet another extra day of sunshine. Before the contestants go to bed, like a story, share their experience that all seem to end happily.
The contestants are not too confident that they will get the job done and to make matters worse, a quick radar check shows plenty of rain.
Soon, it begins, and gloomy music spells it all. Soon enough, Chris turns up to help Rod & Tania with their house and still, this all seems all wrong but as we find out, he will be treated like any other tradie with wages having to be paid.
Chris will do for Rod & Tania as Aaron did with Josh & Jenna; help landscape.
The day darkens even more, and it begins to pour. Amie is sanding walls under the patio and she is feeling sick. She can’t move her arm and her rib hurts; oh no.
Polly & Waz however feel very confident with their work to do as Waz begins with the white picket fence with tradies working on the front of the house.
Katrina is in the car wondering how it will be possible to finish the job with so much painting to be done and so little sunshine left.
Meanwhile, we head back to Jenna & Josh who are trying to with Aaron after his landscaping idea didn’t really work out. As we find out, he is not yet in Melbourne and as Josh & Jenna walk into Mitre Ten, I notice that the sky is clear blue. How does that work?
They explain to Aaron their new plan ideas and they try to get him up to scratch. At the end of the day, everyone is basically on the same page, however Jenna wants big trees and Josh wants smaller trees. It isn’t long before he starts to dominate over Jenna who thinks they should have big trees to comply with Aaron’s wishes.
They continue to bicker about the plants and Jenna is getting more and more frustrated. Josh calls Aaron to discuss the pricings of the big plants and tries to change the plans to accommodate smaller plants but Jenna still thinks they can afford the big trees.
After Josh confirms that Aaron is ok with the plans, but Jenna still wants big trees. Josh is adamant that they can’t afford it. They begin to bicker intensely in the car with Jenna even shutting off the camera.
Amie and Katrina soldier on despite their despair and hunt for furniture for their sunken lounge. They actually seem to be in good spirits however Amie still doesn’t feel very well, claiming to have the flu (yeah, I doubt it). Katrina has a massive, swollen ulcer in the back of her ankle to add to their troubles.
They struggle back to their car after a hard look in Mitre Ten and just lie in the car fake crying for a while and soon, they fall asleep; how embarrassing.
Rod has already gotten plants for his backyard and begins to dig up some holes with Chris to plant his deck for his secret spa, but with rain filling those holes pretty quickly; it’s going to be a hard job.
Rod however is keeping to perfection, wanting a perfect garden for some pretty cashed up customers. As it is the last week, he just wants to smash it out.
Back to Josh & Jenna, Jenna concludes that she hates the design of the garden; hating the fact that she didn’t have a strong enough impact with it. She also hates how he thinks they should be safe and easy for their last week, thinking they should adapt a similar stance to Rod; smash it out.
Scott comes to interview Jenna who explains why they are butting heads this week, stating they are both stubborn and she is trying hard to get Josh to back down. It is her way or the highway apparently, and Josh agrees, saying it usually is that way (I don’t agree at all).
Meanwhile, after their sleep in their car, they drive around and Amie wants to go for X-rays on her arm and with the risk of having to wait for hours but after going to St. Vincent Hospital, they find out the wait isn’t actually that long.
They think she has chickenpox however they later find out she has pulled a muscle and ask her to take it easy for the next few days. Obviously, she can’t.
After the break, the contestants discuss the horrible day they have all had with Rod discussing the poor muddy conditions he has had to face. We are reminded by Josh & Jenna’s plight before Josh, in front of Jenna, talks her down in a cutaway. She is visibly getting upset in front of him but he doesn’t back down. After a lengthy pause, she just leaves and Josh looks satisfied with himself.
With that, the episode is over and it is such a contrast to last week. Nice humour in it, including from the now struggling sisters who never cease to make me laugh. The product placement and ad breaks are getting a bit much now however with what felt like an absolute onslaught of ads. Still, loving this monster week.
Courtney’s Verdict: 9.0/10
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