Break out those T-squares and drafting triangles, kids -- it's time for a model-building montage. Watch Michael struggle to build a miniature chair. See Andrea apply some Elmer's Glue. It's every bit as compelling visually as I just described, which is rather unfortunate. We also get a hint about some of the designers are working on: Andrea has proposed a wall of open storage along with a home office area and a stage; Carisa takes a page from the Goil playbook (Giant Peppers ad Wheels: The Two Hallmarks of Great Design, coming soon to a bookseller near you) and plans to put all the furniture on casters; and Matt's design apparently centers around self-doubt. "I haven't made a model for years," he says. "I'm not into making models... I don't think I can do it because it's not my thing." Goil plans a stage that can roll out -- See? Casters! -- "so that kids can be outside and play outside in the sun." And give up the chance to inhale all the exhaust fumes from the SUV? Boy, that's a pretty big trade-off you're asking the Bells to make there, Goil.
Model-building montage time is over, so we move to the one-on-one presentations portion of our program. First up is Andrea, who expands upon her previous description: take advantage of the loft in the back, add both closed and open storage, add a desk to one wall, and put a stage surrounded by a catwalk on the other. Oh yeah, and there's a swing. In the garage. Which the Bells really seem to like. They must really want those kids of theirs to asphyxiate. Carisa brings a black box with labels like "CAR" and "STORAGE" slapped onto sections of the model, and talks to the Bells like the kids will be the one making the final call on the design. Which they may well be -- it would explain the garage-as-play-area idea. Ryan begins his presentation by saying, "You guys have a lot of stuff," and things deteriorate considerably from there. He proposes using the upper loft to store things that aren't used that often and cut-out niches to stash hardware. Then, he suggests "getting rid of a lot of stuff," and if you haven't seen this particular episode or don't have it committed to memory, I would suggest dashing off to your nearest VCR or personal video recorder just to see the positively murderous look Ma Bell shoots at Ryan when he suggests de-cluttering. Get rid of a lot stuff? Get rid of it? Then how will our neighbors know who rich we are? We didn't meticulously accrue a lot of things we don't need or want or even realize we have just to have some hippie vagrant suggest we get rid of it all. And you have the audacity to suggest such a thing in front of my children? How dare you! Mr. Oldham -- have this one flogged.