MPDP (Frink: "Her hair looks like it's under control") tells us we're in Foothill Ranch, "nestled between the mountains and the sea." She adds that, like those two geographic extremes, their homeowners are extremes. She says one couple's conservative and the other one's a little crazy. Frink and I in unison: "One's a little bit country, the other's a little bit rock and roll."
We're introduced to Linda and Brian, the "conservative" half of the foursome. Frink and I are busy making uncharitable remarks already so I didn't hear this on the first viewing. They're playing some dice game with Judy and Mark. Judy shrieks a bit over some roll of Linda's, attesting, according to MPDP's voice-over, to her craziness. This is some wild ride we're in for, here. Because I didn't really hear this on the first viewing either, I spent most of the episode wondering which couple's supposed to be the "crazy" one. Because there's really no evidence to go on either way.
Cut to the beach, where Kia (wearing some sunglasses with yellow lenses) and Ty are sitting together, waving their arms back and forth in what I take to be some kind of quasi-New Age/meditation kind of routine. Ty is described as crazy; Kia is described as "not so conservative." Not so talented, either. Frank is sitting off to the side, pretending to sketch but actually making notes on when the tide comes in, figuring if he can convince those two to let him bury them in the sand, he can kill two freaks with one big wave. Typically, the dullness of the episode tends to be directly related to the number of times "craziness" is alluded to in the opening segments.
Brian and Linda want to redo their game room, which is in a newly added loft. It's a large white room with greige carpeting and a vaulted ceiling. There are four small square windows in the far corner of the room. In front of the windows is an L-shaped computer desk. There's a foosball table in the middle of the room and a beanbag chair patterned like a soccer ball. There's a pine armoire and a tall bookshelf in dark wood. There are some ugly taxidermy specimens mounted on the wall, and taxidermy tchotchkes (like the tail feathers of a bird mounted on a base -- yecch) scattered around the room. The room is used for homework, office tasks, and games, and has to fulfill a lot of functions for both adults and children. Linda says she does scrapbooking and would like a space in this room to do that. Brian says he just likes fun, and is open to all sorts of themes; as examples, he mentions Hollywood, sports, and hunting as possible themes. He just doesn't want it dark. Linda says she's seen a couple of Kia's rooms and she tried calling her lawyer to get out of this contract but he was busy handling ALF's lawsuit against the media for always mentioning him in the same breath as Tina Yothers. Okay, no. She just says that she's seen Kia's rooms and that they're quite colourful. I guess "colourful" is polite talk for "hideous." Linda says that anything will be an improvement to the beige walls. First of all, the room is not that awful to begin with, and second of all: lady, are you sure you've seen Kia's rooms?