OK, so I clocked off work a bit early today and I can deliver you the blog to Judgement Day 4 a little earlier than expected; which is very good! Last week; the judges weren’t too impressed with some of the progress; but like The Biggest Loser and the weight loss rebounds; can an impressive week follow a sombre one?
So before we start; the voiceover chick basically gave away the result; but because I am so nice to you guys, I won’t just yet.
As we begin, we head to the inner city terrace which is finally moving forward thanks to finished paperwork. Luke can’t wait for the judges to arrive and see all their hard work. The team however seem to be sitting down and eating!
To the orange team and Peter & Bob are now trying to do as much as possible to keep themselves out of elimination. Bob is not too worried but Peter needs chocolate to keep his blood sugar levels up he is so nervous!
They even roll out a red carpet (made of fabric) for the travelling judges.
This week, it will be Brendan, Robyn and Baz going out to the front line. The judges discuss what they are looking for. Robyn wants to see some design movement and Baz wants to see extensions up and running. Brendan wants to see progress outside and well developed plans. He tells us that the winner will receive tradies for a few days while the losers receive… elimination!
The judges head off and we return to the inner city terrace where Luke and his team have finished demolishing the old stair case and are chiselling off the wallpaper. They also find that the more they take out, the more the terrace is beginning to lean inwards and they could end up with a collapsed home!
Luke gets some beams in to support the wall that is bending inwards and he tells us how delicate the job is. He begins to slowly and carefully demolish a bit of the wall to be used as a part of the extension. They then get a supporting girder installed properly and they celebrate their efforts! They are proud of their team work efforts.
The judges then arrive at the inner city terrace and they expect lots to have been done with the teams overall work ethic. They walk inside and seem wowed by the efforts of the team. They have increased ceiling height and the judges are just in awe by the progress. Brendan jokes that he can’t see what has happened.
They go outside to have a look and again, they are so stoked to see nothing left however Baz tells them to be careful with the wall behind them and Robyn wonders if the task is still too big for the team.
The only problem is the budget which has a bit of a blow out but the team are confident they can pull it back.
Out front, they are quite impressed with the progress, but that budget could be a bit of a let down. I doubt it.
After the break, we head to the fibro cottage which has some noticeable changes happening to its façade. The swimming pool hole has also been dug and the lack of rain has been a godsend because now, they can get ready for their extension. They have also started on their floors for the extension by the look of it.
Outside, the judges love the sound of working and construction. They are hoping for a lot of progress due to the working bee last week. They go out back and are surprised by the progress. They love the flooring and the swimming pool but Michael surprisingly tells them that more has been done inside than outside.
They also see that they have moved some windows and also find out that the tiling and painting in the wet rooms have been completed. Brendan jokes that they have to pull their finger out.
The judges notice the plastering hole in the roof, but it doesn’t seem to be too much of a concern.
To the sixties suburban and the renderers have worked on the façade of the house which not looks brand new and they want to begin on painting. Some guy tells them that they have to wait a few more weeks before they can paint.
They end up working on their extension by demolishing the deck and ripping the walls out. It seems like a fun job!
The judges rock up and Suzanne is a bit nervous about the second judges visit for her on the khaki team. The judges are happy with the rendering job but Nathan is concerned by Brendan’s presence, noticing that they haven’t worked too much on the garden.
Nathan runs through how the khaki team have heeded the advice of the judges but Baz knows there is too much to do and they don’t have much time. Nathan stumbles when Brendan brings up landscaping, and Baz pretends to hold Brendan back from punching him.
Overall, the judges seem to have mixed thoughts on the khaki team.
Next up is the halfway house and we have a look at the progress the team has made. Plastering has been done, the garden is being worked on and windows are being installed. Lock up has been finished.
The judges arrive to the half done house and discuss the loss of two team members in one week. The expect lock up to be done, damp issues sorted and decking all sorted. With that; they go inside.
They are impressed with the red carpet and Robyn is excited. They love the progress of the indoor area, calling it great. Brendan call them the odd couple team, but the orange team find that their communication has increased.
Baz is still concerned by the damping in the hallway but Peter has a plan and it should be all done by next week.
The question on Brendan’s lips is; is the decking done? Pretty much and it looks great. Brendan wants to know who is taking the reigns of the garden now Kim is gone and they say they are both in charge.
Brendan tells them not to worry about grass as the space doesn’t need it and tell them they are on the right track. The judges reveal that they are the first team on lock up stage.
After the break, we go to the shop for their reveal and we get a look at the plan yet again. The ceilings and walls have been completed and Christie and Natalia are working on the vanities in the kitchen.
August is well underway with the removal of the floor before the judges arrive. They expect to see gyprock and plaster; which obviously has happened.
The judges rock up and are in awe with the progress. August runs them through the house thus far and they seem very thrilled with it all.
Brendan wonders how the landscaping is going and there is a lot of material ready to go in; however they haven’t worked out their final plans.
Brendan is impressed with the sketches and images of their plans and reveals they have the most paperwork, which is good.
Last up tonight is the weatherboard house where the green team have been working hard. They have worked on their concrete slabs for the extension and have also done a lot of work with architraves and hinges.
The team won two tradies for a few days and with that comes serious progress! Walls come up on their extension and they all feel confident.
The judges rock up to the house and discuss what they expect. They are expecting big things with all the challenges they have won.
They come in and Robyn is impressed with the job done on the ceilings. They enter the bathroom which looks brand new.
They come outside and look at the new extension and think it looks incredible. They talk about the rain on concrete problem and their solution.
The team have a lot of paperwork but Baz is not happy with the side of the house and the lack of retainment.
Baz isn’t happy with the lack of painting and work in the master bedroom and they have a lot of work to do.
Outside, they seem to have a mixed review of the paperwork for the team and notice they are leaving hard things until last.
With that, the contestants head to the warehouse where they will meet their fate.
Brendan tells them what is up for stake for the winner and of course, for the loser.
Brendan; having gone for his first ever judgement day, loved their progress.
Brendan tells them that there are two houses that have progressed in leaps and bounds; the fibro cottage and the inner city terrace. Basically, Luke, Jason J, Kathy, Sam, Michael and Jarrad are all safe this week.
But who is the overall winner? Well of course, it is the hard working foursome from the inner city terrace.
Brendan mocks Jason J’s accent; the funniest scene of the series, saying he always says they will never win anything. Baz is lost for words and congratulates them.
There were however, two teams who lagged behind. They were the sixties suburban and the weatherboard house.
Nathan, Suzanne, Jason H, Keenan and Mel are in danger here and Brendan calls the decision incredibly close.
He then reveals that the team going to elimination will be the weatherboard green team of Jason H, Keenan and Mel.
Mel is in tears and personally, I don’t blame her. Despite their set backs, they have done way more than the khaki team! This is obviously because of the sheer amount of eliminations the khaki team have gone through.
The judges explain themselves, but it still doesn’t really add up. Oh well, either Jason H, Keenan or Mel will be going home tomorrow after a quite impressive judgement day. The best thing about these episodes is that it concentrates on the renovations. Personally, and this all comes down on episodes in the near future, I think they have the balance between challenges and renovations almost perfect.
Oh, and an end note, the best courtyard creator Keenan, wins the role of head renovator.
Courtney’s Verdict: 9.0/10