I must admit I had never watched Extreme Makeover Home Edition before. In fact if you had asked me 2 weeks ago WHAT IT WAS, I would have said it was a do it yourself plastic surgery kit (the kind Burt Reynolds and Marie Osmond used.)
Moreover, if you explained to me that it was a show where designers redesign a house to accommodate a disabled child I would have WISHED it was the plastic surgery kit!
Still, when I heard that Mr. T was going to be on this weekend, I made sure to watch.
The show starts by introducing the Burns family. Sadly it wasn't Mr. Burns from the Simpson's. Luckily, it wasn't Ken Burns' family from PBS.
Instead, it was a nice family in Garden Grove, California. Garden Grove is the home of the world famous Crystal Cathedral and located right across the highway from Disneyland.
The Burns' have a child with a disability that makes his bones very brittle. He was like Sam Jackson's character except without evil plans for mass murder.
Or so it would seem. I'm keeping an eye on you, kid.
So, the family vacates their house so a demolition crew can rip apart their home and rebuild it in a manner that suits them better.
Because they were so close to Disneyland, the Seven Dwarves show up to help rip apart the house. Using pick axes and sledgehammers Dopey, Doc, Sleepy, Rocky, Cheesy and Heloise (or whatever their names were) start destroying the walls. It was a nightmare I have had for years. Only in THAT version Michael Eisner is telling me that if I don't give him 10% of my income Donald Duck is going to break my kneecaps.
After destroying the house, a large crew goes to work on making a new improved house. Every few minutes they throw in something wacky for the home audience.
On this episode there was a skit where they stole the 3rd base pad from Angel Stadium (to decorate the child’s room), a scene where they hooked a fire hose to a water bed, and Mr. T.
Mr. T tosses the host into some materials for the child’s room. This is to make sure they are soft enough for the little boy’s weak bones.
Afterwards, Mr. T called the family on the phone, said "I pity the fool" and gave a motivational speech to the crew. Then he took photos with EVERYONE.
The show ends with the family returning to see their home. The modifications that were made are both functional and attractive.
The family was happy and thankful.
ABC then ran a promo looking for people who would like to have their home 'made over.'
I would let Mr. T and Grumpy destroy my house ANY DAY.
They wouldn't even have to rebuild it.