It hasn’t lit the ratings world on fire, but now with the end in sight, can this little show pull in a few more eyeballs? Tonight isn’t anything special, but let’s check in with the contestants and see what they’re up to!
Natalia is at the half done house with Nathan, and as they talk about living on site, Nathan runs through the jobs of the day; installing windows and doors! All hands on deck. The half done house is now at lock up stage- congratulations guys. Nathan jokes that with lock up, he can stop people like Natalia (and Suzanne) from entering the group.
The green team are in the process of ripping out the original foundations due to the house being so old, and Keenan isn’t happy with the labour and budget expensive job. Mel frets that leaving this job so late in the game could cost them the competition.
Product placement time as we head to Bunning’s to hear Michael tell us how buying from Bunning’s can be cheap!
Back at the house, a real estate team have come to see the fibro cottage. Jarrad gives them the lowdown (excusing the mess), telling them how they have converted the cottage. The real estate peeps seem very impressed.
They value the house at around $600,000, but Michael is cautiously optimistic.
After the break, we head to the shop where August is happy to be his own man. Without Christie, there is no need for compromise or anything! The only problem; Natalia has left a half finished kitchen for August, and August can’t find the instructions nor one of the pieces!
To the inner city terrace and a truck of LG goods have arrived and the boys shamelessly run through quotes fit for an ad (life’s good, etc, etc.)
They go to fit the fridge through the door, but it doesn’t fit! What the hell will they do? Well, they take the doors off the hinges and after a bit of struggle and some much needed help from the tradies, it still doesn’t get through. They’ll need to take the doors off the fridge, but there’s no time right now- it’s challenge time.
The contestants arrive at the warehouse and stand before the judges.
Brendan says this will be a day they will talk about for years to come; this is the start of finals week!
Today, and for the rest of the week, Peter and August will learn of who will join them in the final six.
Brendan reminds them of the overall prize before Baz tells them that today; they will be earning a reward for their house.
Robyn then takes them over to find out the theme of the competition.
She tells them that this white room challenge will ignite their inner child- it’s youngster theme.
He tells them that the winners of the challenge will win four tradies for 48 hours! This white room is a must win; make it count!
They have five hours and work starts…now!
They all run for the stuff with Mel and Keenan, both parents, most keen for the job. Baz interviews Keenan and we find out he wants to build a cubby house!
August is building a castle complete with toy soldiers.
Jarrad uses this opportunity to build a room that we would have wanted; complete with a 50 inch TV and a sky blue wall.
Peter will be making a Rubik’s Cube room and he has a myriad of colours to help him paint the spectacular room. Luke wants a unisex room.
5 minus one equals four; that’s how many hours they have.
Robyn goes to the khaki team’s room and finds out they are building a boys room ‘designed by the adults, influenced by the kids’. Painting is done in most instances, except for Peter’s Rubik’s Cube room where he has had to rethink due to his colours being wrong and too pale.
The judges discuss the progress of the challenge thus far and Baz seems happy with the green team’s cubby house room.
Robyn discusses Peter’s problem and decides that he should never go near a paint mixer again.
To August, and his room is completely white as he continues to work on his toy soldiers. Due to time constraints, he has cut down the number of soldiers to just one.
Two hours to go, and Peter is going to make a splatter effect on his wall with some paint. August is now taping his room up to paint! Yeah, there are some problems!
The weatherboard team are sticking stickers on the walls to make it look super fun before Mel goes to paint the cubby house. They are definitely struggling today, but the amount of time her and Keenan mention how they are ‘pushing it today’ is a bit nauseating. Not another reality TV cliché, please!
Nathan and Natalia are building something which they describe as letting their imagination go! OK.
An hour remains and August is still painting with the rest of them rushing around everywhere!
Baz and Robyn discuss the progress thus far and they love how Jarrad is using his own artwork on the walls while they discuss the ambitious greens room.
It seems August’s new nick name is ‘Augie’, as I find out when the judges discuss his room. They think it will work in the end.
They feel that the Khaki’s team and their Pocahontas room is the most stable in terms of time management and organisation. They do think Luke and Jason are cramming a lot of stuff in their room. Robyn mentions that Luke picked most of the girly colours.
With 30 minutes to go and Jason and Luke are getting into the spirit of things, arguing like two kids about the placement of a clock. Meanwhile, the other contestants are working.
August’s room is coming together but it is the Khaki team’s room that gets Peter’s attention as he goes over, sits in their tent and acts like a buffoon.
The judges discuss the rooms one final time as time ticks down. Soon enough, time is up!
After the break, the contestants stand before the judges and Brendan as they debriefs on the challenge. He tells them how the judges are impressed, and the judges begin to pass judgement (positive) on the rooms.
Why are they doing this now? Well, they aren’t judging in proper today!
Brendan then welcomes in their guest judges; an army of children! The renovators are happy to see so many smiling faces; except Natalia who isn’t confident about their judging at all. Bloody kids, she says.
Brendan tells the kids that their job is to find the best room and then vote by using the tokens. Peter is happy that the kids are judging because his paint job is horrible and Baz wouldn’t like it at all!
With that, the kids are off and judging.
The contestants have a quick preview of how the judging is going before they are moved off into the locker rooms to wait their fate.
As they watch the jumping kids, Brendan wonders whether any of the rooms will survive the kiddy onslaught.
We hear of some opinions but not much is given away as the kids continue to draw on boards, use the toys and jump on beds!
Out in the locker room, the business is serious as they wait nervously for the result.
After a while, it is time to announce the winner. Brendan gets the renovators back in the room as the kids ‘welcomes them back to the warehouse’ as miniature versions of the judges (possibly their kids?) hand out their quotes!
Brendan tells them that three rooms are ahead of the pack; the fibro cottage, the inner city terrace and the weatherboard house.
One team got 22 votes, one got 23 votes, but the winning team on 30 votes was the team from the… weatherboard house with their cubby house and monkey bars!
With that, they win the four tradies and the kids are sent on their way.
Brendan then tells them that this is the final straight; finals week.
With that, the episode is over and hey, it’s kinda overshadowed by what’s to come.
While it was a lovely episode, complete with humour, something different and a bit of fun, it seems very out of place. Is it the most appropriate task for a finals week? I would rather my finals week to be filled with high intensity.
Still, nice start to the week and a good idea in my opinion.
Courtney’s Verdict: 9.2/10