Before we get into tonight's episode (What's in the Safe and Who's Getting What Apartment) thanks for the interaction from Blog One! Especially:
Thanks to the keen eye of Mark who identified exactly what I couldn't, thinking they were possibly driving in Balaclava, turns out it was good old Chaps!
And my favourite of the night, from Twitter, because I love spotting a spelling error more than life itself:
Night Two here we go!
How to recap the recap… Ha! Oh that’s right Hayden and Sara are locked in. And only ten minutes to go! *Duh Duh Duuuuuuh*
Think I'm going to have a great Redbubble tshirt line by the end of the season, as Sara threatens "SCREW THAT AND LEAVE ME ALONE". I think it's a statement that can work away from the show and on several levels.
Things going wrong, people being snippy oooh and it’s only day one. These people are going to crack it earlier than most seasons.
Ha, how fresh and sprightly does Scotty look walking up the stairs and into position.
Everyone covered in paint and disdain, Courtney and Hans give themselves a fair appraisal, Bianca and Carla too, “We nailed that” ok Sara, just so you know: being humble isn’t a weakness or a flaw. I wish I had as much self confidence! No I don't.
Oh that's right, Spence decided to pull out big guns early, that ceiling is amazing and in fact the whole room. Oh god I’m not crying - you’re crying! SO MUCH DUST Kerrie and Spence.
Sheesh another room and more blubs! Good support though Jess. “You were amazing” Norm, not thinking “Yeah, I know” lulz. Clearly these guys are firming as everyone's favourites.
YAY the judges! HA how’s the rent-a-crowd (plus dog) for their entrance.
Dapper Neale Whitaker? Sure but what about Shaynna Blaze's skirt and Heidi hair?! Oh and Hi Darren.
Spending $7820 ambitious Kerrie and Spence have a rather large horsey pic, in their "simple and elegant for a 12-14 year old girl" room. Who must like horses... Horses, horses, horses, horses, Coming in in all directions, Do you know how to pony like bony maroney. Sorry I digress, apologies to Patti Smith.
"It's like coming into fairyland" a strong start from the judges, the ceiling is paying off. Colour pallette in keeping with the building. And even the chennile (I refuse to learn how to spell it) is getting props wow ok.
Scotty warns no one wants to hear the but. Shaynna’s bored with nothing on the wall at the end of the bed. Not a kids’ room. Fair call.
Ah St Kilda Festival! Always in February it's the day the streets are packed with thousands of people from all over town, and dudes dressed like nuns apparently, and when most locals going into lock-down. You will get the best people watching spot from the Gatty and constant access to dunnies always important to have that contingency at any festival wherever it is.
Reveals continue with Hayden and Sara. Oh that’s right they waited til the next morning to clear their stuff out, controversial. Woah and spent $10,776. What’s modern lux? Ok judges are happy with the kid element, fun and lovely feel. Especially the "niche" (wtf is a niche isn't it a book nook?). Bed spot clever. Space for toys and play. Skirting issue and a bit near the desk is noted as a fault, but that’s being quite harsh surely given the time frame etc.
B&C sinking $7278 into theirs. Oh yes dark ceiling this will be interesting… I always wanted a black ceiling with those glow stars when I was a kid. Oh that’s right the busted lamp, at least the judges are acknowledging that. A play room too. Clever. Ooh I have those types of walls in my place! La-di-da. Hahaha, Darren notices a climb out of the window issue with their junk box. Oops! But Shaynna c'mon do you have to have every surface covered, can’t they put their own stuff up in the spaces on the wall like I did with my posters from Smash Hits?
Norm and Jess very frugal with a $5464 spend. It's a Princess room… My bed when I was a kid had draws under it – brilliant - I kept my Duracell bunny in one of them. OH panic room… damn editors last night I thought it was going to be the locked door room. Bed under the window dangerous and illegal. Surprised that as parents Norm and Jess didn’t pick that up…
Courtney and Hans second most expensive room with $8411. They devised a vibe of travel adventure, for a braniac kid. "Detective or medium…" yeah Hans, not sure how those two compare but at least it's non gender specific. That cloud ceiling is really great! Oh dear the bubbling and the shelving is being picked on by the judges especially the 'crude' floating shelves. Geeze another bench seat compliance issue.
So the only people that can win is Hayden and Sara, effectively, with all the non compliance. Damn, potentially they really did nail it.
Uch ad break.
As expected, they were compliant. *yay*
The all important Apartment selection time arrives
Hayden and Sara are taking apartment 3… hang on more bickering...they haven’t discussed it!? Sheesh. So that’s at the back towards Middle Park and faces east (aka - not the water).
As an apartment dweller, not hearing people walking above is a major, major factor. How is it that a coin can sound like a bowling ball when dropped above your head onto floorboards.
Kerrie and Spence next, makes sense. Oooh they’re going with the safe apartment! Underneath H & S.
B & C look relieved. YES Penthouse number five! Great choice - back of the block, it will have water and city views surely.
Norm and Jess they were gunning for fifth place and got fourth so that's a great achievement. Penthouse living for the Queenslanders, unreal, how infectious is their enthusiasm! So that one faces Fitzroy Street, which will get nice morning light and provide amazing people watching.
Apartment two ooh the biggest apartment for Courtney and Hans, interesting so it's a last but not least arrangement.
WHAAAAAT PLOT TWIST Hayden and Sara get to steal their kid's room reno money back by taking it from other contestants? That’s just mean and nasty, Scotty. And announces that the main bathroom is the first challenge. Gee whiz. Guess it's the most important room in a house
Finally everyone goes through their new spaces, I love the enthusiasm Jess and Norm have, it’s too cute. At the risk of repeating myself 100% firming as everyone's favourites, surely.
*Fanfare* Here we go, safe reveal time…
ka ching ka ching ka ching Spence you are correct saying your $150,000 + worth of goodies is a "game changer", well done!
Gosh and they're decisive - suggesting to the current leaders Hayden and Sara the money be taken from them. That’s extraordinary. No piss off Sara why do you need to know. Just accept their very generous offer. Oh sorry Spence, you're a stand up bloke, as you were.
Now it’s show time Keith and Dan are in the house!
Jess sucking up to them early, good ploy.
Fa crying out loud, Bianca – FIX YA HELMET
Ooh grumpy peeps in Apartment 2. Courtney crying… what about… oh nooo their Builder has quit. Ah well that’s construction for you. Good advice Dan… just go shopping
A 2.5m Japanese Maple inside a bathroom. Really Jess? Are they known to be indoor plants?
Yes! I love these issues where one apartment impinges on other’s bulkheads and whatnots
I think Hans just lost his lunch, so not only do they not have a builder but Norm and Jess could be affecting anything they'd already thought of. Good luck with that one...
Hayden and Sara are on the Tiles.
Elsewhere the netty team go off to source a 450kg feature wall!? Don’t hold back B&C, guess it *is* the penthouse with the city and bay views, so painted MDF ain't gonna cut it. LOL now you think about the practicalities of how to get it in. This has got crane written all over it, luckily you’re on the roof and you don’t have any rooms yet…
Fitting at least four product placements into a two minute space, the bathroom supplies are now being perused for Courtney, Hans, (or is that Hayden and Sara I really need them to wear their hardhats at all times for the first couple of eps while I work out who's who) and Kerrie and Spence:
Errm, Kerrie and Spence are just flaunting their extra wealth! Ewwwwwww the squirty toilet, no just no I cannot. Can't. That would take a lot to get used to
Ooh the wood vanity, so warm. Good eye Kerrie, I never really think of wood for bathrooms. Except a sauna.
Meanwhile I sense a big issue brewing, Sara's not having much luck with her husband I couldn’t live with that indecision.
Get it together Hayden. Tipping you've seen that look a few times
And just like that, you've dithered for too long H and you didn't get your vanity, but it will look great in Kerrie and Spence's apartment who nabbed the last one before you could. Sucked in.
Ha, here's that Sara stare again, tipping we'll see a few of these over the coming weeks!
Woah she's told her husband Hayden to get out of the shop and go be constructive back at the Gatty. And things get on a roll for stare bear Sare. Jess is going it alone too to pick out some tile stuff to help with an idea of grandeur.
More visual overlays - City view from West Beach, tick; People cavorting on the bike paths in Elwood, tick; The docks? tick (I guess); more cavorting, tick; a boardwalk I'm not familiar with but guess it's Port Melbourne, tick!
Storyline progression time, great news guys Courtney and Hans might have a builder! But god I hate when people try to have phone calls like this (I know they probably have to do it for tv production purposes but if I see anyone doing this in real life I feel like tipping sand on them)
Time for the end of day one summation - oh no don't piss of the foremen kids, but Keith stop with your high standards of Day One dropping sheets or piling up beams or whatever it was you said, but Dan backed you up so who am I to judge.
Hang on so watching the promo for what might be happening tomorrow there's too much to process - someone's waving incense sticks around, there's another couple in life jackets, people are being told they might have to get out and Sara's demanding money from Bianca and Carla. AND a Face Off with Dan. Surely that cannot all be tomorrow night!?
Same bat time, same bat channel I guess... see you then.