I finally got around to watching this episode and I replayed the whole money issue a few times to make sure I understood what happened. This is partly paraphrasing but I got most of it.
Tori: How much do you need?
Antonio: About 5 – 6 thousand.
Tori: Here is 10 thousand, count it out while I go back to my drawing.
Dan: Says something but I can’t remember what
Antonio: Wait, did she give you 10 or 5 thousand? She just said she gave you 10.
Dan: No, its 5 thousand.
Tori: Ignores them
My thoughts on the whole thing, Dan was right in saying that Antonio should take some of the blame. He knew it was 5 thousand when it was quoted to them and he also didn’t say anything. Neither of these men spoke up and they both knew it was 5 thousand.
Tori was the right one to go home. She didn’t lead, she appeared to have contributed zero to the challenge and if she only wanted them to spend 5 thousand why on earth would she give them 10? They paid cash for that pergola. Clearly they had 10 thousand and I don’t really know anybody out there who wouldn’t spend the 10 thousand if they had it. The way he probably rationalized it to himself was “She gave me 10, it must be ok so I’m going to spend 10 even though she said 5.”
There is some weird editing going on though because Tori clearly said she gave him 10 thousand and yet Dan says it’s 5 thousand and we never see her taking back that 5 thousand. So unless that happened and ended up on the cutting room floor then he had 10 thousand in his hands when he went shopping. It also very clear in the way this was edited that they wanted Dan to look bad. They never again showed Tori saying "here is 10 thousand" and they never explained why or even if it did change to 5 thousand in his hands.
I had issues with that pergola. They could have built something much nicer for a fraction of the cost. Isn’t Antonio supposed to be some awesome carpenter/builder? Why didn’t he build something?
I also had issues with the pool, I can’t believe they didn’t put a fence around it! I didn’t have a problem with the play set and thought that was a great idea for the little guy because he won’t always be little but the pool will always be an issue without a fence around it.
I think Lonnie should win but since the last couple of seasons have been females, I see them giving it to Antonio to finally get a male winner.
This episode tells me that the producers are looking for some sort of landscaping show as their new one and it was a sort of audition to see who would do best in that new show.
Anyways, just my impressions.
The pool had a portion of a leaning down and mostly broken fence around one side of it. The rest had nothing. It was the front short side of the rectangle, the closest to the house part.Originally Posted by lobeck;3685784;