The copper leaf ceiling is done and man, does it glow. Vern and his team all admire it. Chris: "I tell you what, it was worth it. It's the coolest thing I've ever seen." Vern says that they still have to put a piece of trim around the border. Vern says that the treatment will add some reflection during the day and drama at night.
Gen assigns homework. She sits on the platform between Bill and Becky. Her skirt is knee-length but, when she sits down, it hikes up pretty far. As the camera operator moves down to the low level at which they're seated, you almost get to find out whether Gen's carpet matches her drapes. (Oh come on...she won't wear shoes -- you think she wears underwear?) She's not conscious of the problematic camera angle but happens to adjust her knees just in the nick of time. I thought they were going to have to pixilate her there. Anyway, Gen's team's homework is very minimal because they've done so well so far. They agree that the wall colour is right.
Vern says that they need to get the grout on the coffee table, touch up the furniture, and copper-leaf the insets of the door panels Amy Wynn made. You know, Betsy has a little bit of Sigourney Weaver about her, especially in profile. Kind of Sigourney Weaver crossed with Jane Kaczmarek. Vern pretends to leave.
Gen says that they have to paint the black racing stripe around the room, and cut the pieces of black carpet for the platform. They'll glue them down the next day. Gen: "I have the best team! Whatever, Vern!"
Day Two. Vern arrives to find his team touching up the red paint on the cabinet doors. Betsy looks really, really tired. Vern says that it looks awesome, and asks, "How was last night?" Chris: "Want me to answer that?" Now, we know from what the HOs themselves posted in the forums that Vern was there until 4:30 AM. I understand why we don't have footage of that stuff, since obviously the camera crew didn't sign on for these all-nighters and I'm sure their union wouldn't stand for it anyway, but why must we perpetuate the farce of homeowners doing homework alone, without the designers? Especially with Vern. Everyone knows he's almost always there all night. But we know that other designers and even carpenters have stayed really late -- even all night-- too; why not just own up to it?
Bill and Becky are sitting on the platform draped in black carpet and talking about whether he's okay. He's ready to carry on. Gen and MPDP come in and discover that Bill cut himself with the carpet knife and had to go get stitches. Gen hugs Becky, who's nearest, and says, "You guys are the best homeowners ever!"