MPDP appears wearing a long-sleeved coral t-shirt and jeans, carrying her raincoat and umbrella. They're in Hollywood. It's sunny, but it's going to rain. Right away, I'm riveted. Chance of meteorological puns and clichés: 100%. Chance MPDP will find an excuse to do some kind of Mary Poppins routine with her umbrella: undetermined, but high. Today's HOs: four young, cute, hipster types. Josh wants his friend Robin to "de-tchotchke" her apartment; and Michelle wants to help her friend Jason achieve a "swanky new bachelor pad." Today's cast: Gen, Frank, Ty, and of course, MPDP: Giggles, Squiggles, Wriggles, and Niggles.
Jason has lived in his apartment for a few years, but hasn't really moved in. It's a living room/dining room, with a very wide arched opening between them. White walls; hardwood floor; lots of windows (five in the living room, two in the dining room) and light; big chunky fireplace with cinder-block-sized bricks. It's a pretty nice basic space. There's a taupe loveseat with a kind of tone-on-tone pattern. (Hitchcock's on it.) Jason's TV's on a small green stand opposite the loveseat. There's a funky old chair upholstered in bright red and a one of those big cheesy midcentury lamps. I don't know where he got that loveseat; it's nice enough, but seems too conservative and staid for Jason's taste. Maybe someone gave it to him. There are tons of framed pictures and photographs on the floor leaning against the wall in piles here and there. In the dining room, there's a small bistro-style table and chair. And a scooter. Jason says he's never there, so he hasn't done anything. I'm guessing he's a professional photographer, from the number of photos and stuff around the place. He likes browns and blues. Pretty much any colour -- except pink. "And no sheep," he adds. I guess he's getting Frank. I figured he'd get Gen, with her love of photography. Michelle says that Jason is a great artist, and that he's got lots of things that need to be showcased. She complains that she's hardly ever been invited over and that she hopes this makeover will help him to become more social and maybe get a little more action. Jason seems astonished by these comments.
Josh doesn't like Robin's living room. Her apartment is almost identical to Jason's, except she doesn't have a fireplace, and there's a French door on the wall next to where the fireplace would be. The walls are strong egg-yolk yellow with a white ceiling and a hardwood floor. She's got a dark grey sofa, but not a lot of other upholstered furniture. She has a dining-room table in a medium brown stain. The windows have yellow tab curtains on them. The room is filled with plants and tchotchkes and candles and art and whatnot. The most notable thing in the room is draped over the back of the sofa: it's a large, colourful printed throw featuring Jesus Christ and a few of His bestest angel pals. That is...really kitschtastic. Or sacrilicious. Or offensive, depending on your point of view. Robin spends all her time in the living room because it's a one-bedroom apartment, and she thinks it's very comfortable and cozy, but agrees it's time for a change. She loves anything in the yellow/ orange/ red/ brown range -- what she calls warm, '70s colours. Where the heck is Laurie Smith when you need her? Oh, I know...dreaming up non-yellow-sounding names for yellow paint. I don't see a TV in Robin's apartment, but maybe it's there somewhere in the clutter. Josh asks her about turquoise. She doesn't care for that, nor for pink, or purple. Josh thinks the room needs a little kick, and says that Robin has a strong personality. They pretend to lunge and choke each other.