Ten contestants have left; tonight is the tenth elimination; and after the hour is up, only 10 will remain… plus 5 more! It’s an hour episode tonight which can only mean a surprising episode most hopefully!
We begin with the sun rising over the weatherboard house. They find the news that they are up for elimination (Keenan and Mel) shattering and in a recap, we remember that Mel will not cry. Funnily enough, she isn’t actually crying; much. She doesn’t really want to go and when she actually does begin to cry, we see yet another back story from her. It isn’t long before we see the 15th back story from team partner Keenan who is now team captain!
They hug each other before they leave for elimination and we head to the orange house.
Bob and Peter are planning for their Taubman’s paint prize arrival which they won in a white room challenge. They don’t want to leave because their house is about to become something.
As Peter describes his back story, we have a look at a home he either renovated, lives in or both. Either way, it is impressive!
We then see Bob’s story and it is of my opinion that whoever remains today will be finishing the competition off solo.
They arrive at their challenge in the warehouse where the four judges are standing waiting for them. Brendan welcomes them all and is surprised to hear that one of them is good! Brendan reminds them that after becoming forces to be reckoned with; one team will soon be left with one member as one of them will soon be going home.
Meanwhile, the working bee the khaki team won yesterday is fast approaching and Nathan and Suzanne are planning for the day ahead.
We get a look at their plans yet again before we head to Bunning’s where Nathan and Suzanne picks up a whole heap of product.
The receipt is about as long as the contestant list for this show!
After the break, we are back at elimination where we get a recap of what happened in the final 5 seconds before we went to the khaki team. Brendan reminds them why they are there and Mel said she is pumped as she and Keenan won’t be going home. The orange team have only heard about this now! Haha.
To the challenge; and it is a stress test split into two rounds. The first round will be based around a ‘chair’ which excites Mel.
Peter tells them that one chair will come out at a time and they must place the chairs in chronological order. The first team to make a mistake will head into round two with the other team safe. Peter tells them to enjoy it and Bob thinks he has time on his side.
Brendan gets them to say their final words to each other; but is surprised when the words turn out positive.
With that, the first chair comes out; for each team, it is a green, wooden, antique-y looking chair designed in the 1790’s.
With that, the second chair comes out and it is obviously more modern made of what looks like acrylic. Pretty easy start!
They both place the chair correctly as it is a 2002 version of the 1790’s chair but Peter tells them that from this point on, it will get a lot harder.
The next chair comes out and it is a recliner. Both place the chair in the middle as a 50’s chair and Mel seems to know her stuff quite well. It was designed in 1956 and Mel had it correct to the tip!
The next chair comes out and it is a bean bag! Bob doesn’t know when the bean bag, as a chair, was invented but neither does Mel.
After the break, the contestants who are safe begin to arrive for the working bee and the contestants are surprised by the lovely house and Jason cannot believe that the khaki team has won a working bee. Nathan has a list of things to do and Natalia is surprised by the hollow house and the lack of plaster. She is shocked by the amount of work to do.
They all begin to inspect the house and make their opinions and it isn’t good with most people shocked by their lack of progress. Well, with so many eliminations, I’m surprised this team ever gets any chance to do anything.
Outside, Nathan dishes out chores before Suzanne dishes out khaki outfits for everyone to win, to their chagrin. All except for August, who grabs a shirt that actually belongs to Suzanne!
Michael and his good soul, just wants to get in and smash it and get the team up to scratch!
They then get right into it with some people getting stuck into the floors and some contestants working outside; including Jarrad and Jason who are working with Nathan to put up a screen.
Jason loves the area to bits but they need to get it done in time. Jason’s chat to the camera turns Nathan around to tell him off. Jason now realises why this place is so far behind; poor management, haha.
We return to the bean bag dilemma which the orange and green team are having trouble with and they are no closer to an answer.
Again, they place the bean bags in the same positions and when the next chair comes out; they place it in the same positions again! Both times; the contestants were correct.
The next chair comes out and Bob thinks this chair is a shoe in and yet again, the chair is placed in the same position for both teams!
The next chair comes out and it looks very modern. They don’t know if it is made out of plastic or timber.
Bob is lost and hopes Peter has ideas. Both teams place their chairs in different positions with the green team going for an older placing than the orange team.
After the break, we are back at the working bee and everyone is working really hard. Each person has been dictated a position with a list of jobs and we get a look in to what everyone is doing. Jarrad and Nathan with Jason have made a lot of progress with the screen wall and as Jarrod tell us how good it feels to be working outdoors; Natalia pulls out the feminist card and talks about how the boys have gotten all the good jobs.
She always gets the painting jobs; but don’t put that down to gender divide!
Jason’s job is to come up with a garden design and plan, so he comes up with some rough ideas and designs because he doesn’t actually have to build it. This will hopefully help the khaki team come up with a design themselves, and tweak it themselves as well. But will they listen to the ideas?
Luke is working on the inside on some of the woodwork and Nathan says he will be wrapped at the end of the day when everything is done.
Jason is wondering around to weird locations in the garden to get inspiration for his landscaping ideas. Pfft… hippie! Joking; he’s a South Australian; leave him alone, Courtney!
Meanwhile, Jarrad has been painting the screen the wrong colour because Nathan gave him the wrong paint apparently. Suzanne isn’t happy because she thought there was a better paint however after being unable to find what she thought was the paint, she ends up saying the paint Nathan has will work.
She talks about the elimination and how she doesn’t want any of her former green team members to go home.
After the break, we return to the elimination where we find out the green team had placed their chair in the correct position. As a blogger who can fast forward through the ads, I don’t really care; but as a viewer; that might have been too long between the challenge and the verdict; but nonetheless, Keenan and Mel are safe, leaving Peter and Bob moving forward into round two.
Bob is nervous as Peter is a machine, but they seem level headed as they realise their challenge. A huge door moves aside to reveal just a roof with a ceiling rose. Their challenge; paint the roof with no drips. If there are drips, they have to stop work, clean the drips off the floor, and then move back onto their painting.
The first to complete their challenge to the judges satisfaction wins.
Peter gets into it hurriedly while Bob takes his time. Peter wishes now that he didn’t give all the painting jobs to Bob.
The judges notice that Bob has dripped paint on the ground and that he hasn’t noticed.
They both begin with the edges and bob is still working on them as Peter paints around the rose on the ceiling which has to be avoided.
Peter is the first on the rollers and begins to roll the paint on to the ceiling. Baz tells us that Peter is loading his roller up too heavy and he is dangerously close to dripping paint.
The judges continue to provide commentary as the slow and steady Bob catches up to Peter as he begins to wipe drips off of the floor.
Peter feels that he will be going home!
After the break, Bob is still closing the gap and he has dripped paint over the edges of his roller tray! He finally notices all of the paint on the floor as Peter begins to finish up. It isn’t long before Peter calls for Baz to inspect the roof.
Bob continues to paint, but it is soon noticeable that it is too late; Peter has won. Bob has now left the competition, but he is gracious to leave; calling Peter ‘the better man’. Peter and the judges compliment Bob before he leaves.
The survivors then return to the now completed working bee and cleverly, Peter and Keenan walk in through the door leaving the rest to wonder whether Bob or Mel left. Mel then runs in laughing and Nathan hilariously points out that he was sick of Bob’s jokes anyway.
So a good episode obviously filled with humour. I must say, Nathan has to be my favourite contestant thanks to his laid back attitude and all. To the episode itself and there was a bit of product placement and despite the fact that I loved the heavy emphasis on the working bee; I felt that placing an entire block of it between two ad breaks separating the chair challenge and its verdict was quite silly.
Bob’s elimination was quite a happy moment as this old man shows why programs like this thrive off their kind hearted contestants!
Courtney’s Verdict: 8.5/10