MPDP opens the episode with her usual lame introduction, except this time it's not full of Texas clichés, which is a relief. She's wearing jeans and a denim jacket, with flowered shirt underneath. MPDP announces that they are in Plano, a suburb of Dallas. Hey! I've been there! There were a lot of really big houses that all looked the same, and most of them were made of brick. And the highways were very new and unsullied by the salt, snow, and mud that we get where I live. Hey, I was only there one night. I don't remember much. The only other thing I know about Plano is that I saw a documentary on MTV with Serena Altschul about a terrible heroin problem amongst teen residents. So there's that.
MPDP voice-overs that the designers today will be Doug and Hildi, and that Ty will be the carpenter. They are all at a petting zoo or feeding farm or some such thing. Doug is trying to convince some goats to move, which isn't working. Is that a metaphor for working with stubborn homeowners? Hildi bottle-feeds a goat. Hildi and Doug then tie Ty to a pony with a rope. I don't know what that was all about. ["Well, I...no. Not gonna go there." -- Deborah]
Now it's time to meet the two teams. Both teams consist of a husband and wife. Just to make things confusing, both wives are named Angie. The two Angies are "amateur decorators" who recently started their own interior decorating business. We see them putting some sort of rickrack around the bottom of a lampshade. Their husbands, Jeff and John, will assist them.
The first Angie -- who I'm going to call Blue Angie, because that's the color shirt she wears throughout -- is married to John. Blue Angie says that she and Red Angie decided that they should get paid for all of the decorating work that they were doing, since they were making pillows, lampshades, table runners, and curtains. I get the feeling that the two Angies sit around with their friends and just squeal over how cute things are, and aren't they just darling, and don't you just love it? Anyway, Blue Angie and John have a game room that also serves as a play area for their four sons. It's very bland -- white walls, beige rug, white furniture. Blue Angie says that their game room hasn't been decorated because it wasn't a priority. She's hoping that they get more storage, because while she loves her kids, she doesn't want to look at their toys. John says that since they have four boys, certain colors "would definitely not work, like pinks, purples, things like that -- oranges." Oh, heaven forbid their boys have to play in a pink room! They might turn out...funny. Because you know, pink walls are what turn boys gay. Even in Texas. I kind of hate Blue Angie and John already. Blue Angie wants the design to be something they can keep for a while; she doesn't want to have to change it in six months because the boys are tired of what is on the walls. They're kids. They don't care about the wall color. John wants the kids to be able to get to the toys they want, and also have a place to put them when they are done. John particularly doesn't want to "step on a Hot Wheel at two in the morning." It bugs me that these two are pretending the room is all about their kids, when clearly Blue Angie just wants it to look pretty and John wants it to be neat, and they really don't care what their kids want. Which is fine -- they own the house; the kids don't. But don't pretend it's all for the children.