November 04, 2007 10:47 PM by Joe Blackmon
Written By DA Southern. Well, well..when they say Extreme Home Makeover, they mean it, don’t
they. Ty Pennington and the gang decided to demolish a home by using
Luke Skywalker and the Rebels who blew up the Death Star, I believe.
More on that in a moment, but let’s back up to how this all started.
The Extreme Makeover gang are continuing their fifty-state crusade to help a family in each state and, this week, have found themselves in Wyoming to help the Miller family rebuild their radon-laced home built into a hill that had caused both of the kids to become ill. It is not only for the family this time around, but for all of the rescued animals the family has taken in as well. Heck, they had me at "rescued animals".
Ty started out by welcoming the newest designer with typical soap opera good looks, Rib Hillis, to the team. Rib, in a side interview, said that he had always been a fan of the show and that he had been a construction worker and a designer and wanted to help change people’s lives.
Ty showed the team a video of the Miller family, Dawn, Dan, Destiny and Dakota, and how they moved to a house that was built into the side of a hill. Dawn told of the animal rescue they had been involved in for over ten years and how perfect the opportunity to have twenty acres for the animals and for the family to roam. Unfortunately, the kids began to get sick, explained Dawn and they had the home tested and found it to have radon poisoning. The trouble was that the family could not move and the bank would not lend anything against the house because of the situation for the family to make needed repairs.
Ty asked the team if they were up for it and they all said "No". No, not really. The team were anxious to help the Miller’s and the animals they had rescued. The bus arrived at the house and Ty bounded from the bus with the team in tow and used then used his giant megaphone to get the family out for the meet and greet.
Ty announced that the family was going to Washington DC for vacation for a week and then had the family show them their house. As compared to many of the houses on Extreme, the house was fairly clean and functional inside. The big thing with this house, that Ty explained in a cutaway, that it was not what you could see but what you couldn’t see in the house that was so bad for the family. Each of the Designers met with the kids to see what they liked and new guy, Rib, was talking to the animals to see they wanted for their house.
Designer, Paige, found that daughter, Destiny, was into Drama and Disney’s High School Musical, so she decided on a Drama theme for her. John Littlefield met with 10-year old Son, Dakota, and found him to be involved with Soccer and a huge fan of Soccer sensation, David Beckham, so, John immediately knew that that Soccer was the direction he was headed. In the main area of the house, Ty was talking to the Dad, Dan and Ty saw the guilt that he felt for moving the family into a house that was making them sick. Ty also saw that Dan felt guilty for not being able to fix the problem and Ty assured him that it would be fixed.
Ty sends the family off to Washington DC and the Carter Brothers Construction company shows up with a bevy of volunteer help ready to built the house for the family. Builder Chris Carter, in a cutaway, talked about how it was so important for the community to come together to help a family in need.
Ty decided to treat this home differently because of the nature of the home being built into the side of a hill. So, armed with 350 sticks of dynamite, Ty has the house wired to blow like a science fiction movie prop. Ty decides to give the Miller family a preview of the explosive conclusion to their homestead by blowing up the families dishwasher that Mother, Dawn, had complained about and a daybed that the animals had used. The appliance and the bed were blown and then, the explosion of all explosions, the house was blown in one of the coolest demolitions ever on Extreme. Ty told the family "that it was a good thing they had so much land because the house was scattered over all 20 acres." He probably wasn’t kidding.
The house build was fast as they probably took extra time with the details of the demolition. Ty showed the vapor barrier that was being installed to protect the family as well as an intricate pipe system that would further send any dangerous radon gas away from harms way. Paige was next up showing the Drama design she was working on for Destiny. We had our first view of the new Designer, Rib, and his 1000 square foot animal-themed design, including three drainage pipes for the dog’s toilets that they will drink from, as well as doggie beds in shape of bones.
We had our first look at what Eduardo Xol was up to as he had some massive stain glass designs he was working on for the entry way of the Miller’s new home and his trip to a stain glass shop that was helping him with the windows.
The Day 4 scene showed the frantic pace of the house being built as the breakneck episode raced to get the 5000 square-foot home done for the family by day seven. Ty was next seen rolling what looked to be some old wooden fencing that he had found on the acreage and explained how he was using the wood to build a Wyoming-themed room for the parents, Dan and Dawn. The next scene, we find Ty calling the family to tell them that they were going to see a Soccer game where David Beckham was playing. After brief shots of Beckham in action, there was a very nice scene of the family, especially Son, Dakota, meeting Beckham and David giving him an invitation to his soccer camp.
Day 5 brought us Eduardo showing the vast difference in the houses as this home had massive twenty-two foot windows in the entry way, as well as the fifty-two total windows in the home that contrasted to the very few in the former home. Rib’s animal room was really taking shape with the coolest toilets being installed for the dogs to drink from. John was shown playing Soccer with Dakota’s former team and John rallied the team to sign a ball for Dakota to encourage him to come back to the team when he is better. Eduardo was next seen talking to the family and telling them to order items from the Sear’s catalog, well, because there aren’t a lot of Sears available for the team to shop in where they were in Wyoming.
Day 6 saw the final pieces of the house being put together and was mostly devoted to a concert from country music star, Wynonna Judd, who, in a cutaway, explained how she felt proud to entertain the volunteers and how she was an animal activist and wanted to honor the family and the volunteers.
Day 7 brought the family home and, in a cutaway, Builder Chris Carter had a great statement where he said that "Wyoming may be the smallest State as far as population but the biggest state as far as heart goes." The family was visibly shaken as they "Moved That Bus" and Ty introduced them to the builders. They family then went inside the house and were overwhelmed as they walked into the grand open-designed home. Ty sent each of the family into their rooms and Destiny was first into her Drama-themed room and immediately noticed all of the Disney inspired pieces. Dakota then found his Soccer-themed room and Ty pointed out all of the unique aspects of the room as he bounced a soccer ball off of his head. Ty took Dan and Dawn into their retreat and they were both relieved to have a retreat to finally be at ease in. The final reveal was the coolest animal-themed room ever as the Design Team and the luckiest-pets-on-earth greeted the family as the doggie beds, inside kennels and toilets that the dogs could drink out of were showcased.
Ty closed with his now famous, "Welcome home, Miller family, welcome home." and we wrapped what was one frenetic episode. Your Reality TV Magazine intrepid reporter will anxiously await the next breakneck episode with Ty Pennington and the crew.