Holmes on Homes

HGTV (ended 2008)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 7 : Ep 13

    Capital Offense

    Aired 7/24/08

  • S 7 : Ep 12

    Rock Bottom

    Aired 7/10/08

  • S 7 : Ep 11

    A Different Slant

    Aired 7/3/08

  • S 7 : Ep 10

    Gut Ache

    Aired 6/5/08

  • S 7 : Ep 9

    Pane In The Glass

    Aired 5/15/08

  • Cast & Crew
  • Mike Holmes

    General Contractor / Host

  • Billy Bell

    Tool Truck Driver

  • Damon Bennett

    Senior Contractor

  • Shawn Morren

    Senior Contractor

  • Corin "Pinky" Ames

    Construction Crew

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  • show Description
  • Mike Holmes comes to the rescue of homeowners who had been swindled by dishonest or unqualified renovators. His goal: to educate homeowners on what to look for when hiring a contractor to prevent the nightmares that he and his crew deal with in each and every episode.

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (300)

    • Mike Holmes: If you can take something apart without tools, you know it wasn`t built very well.

    • Melanie (homeowner): When people ask us what we could have done differently, I simply don`t know. I really don`t know. I mean, we got an architect. We paid an architect. We got a building inspection. We had our plans approved by the city of Toronto. There was an engineer. We did our homework. We called some of their references.

    • Mike Holmes: No outside contractors came in. They had done the electrical, thay`d done the plumbing, they`d done everything.

    • Mike Holmes: This was underpriced in the beginning. As soon as I was told the price of $26,000 for the addition plus the kitchen, I knew right off the bat that it was definitely too cheap. So they had to cut corners.

    • Mike Holmes: (while discussing the redesign of the deck) You want a hottub or anything like that? Sorority Girl: Exactly what we were just going to say! Mike Holmes: 'Cause we can really do this up, you know. Sorority Girl: Like make it pimpin'?(girls laughing) Mike Holmes: Pimpin'? We can do that.

    • Mike Holmes: It's as if this couple in this house has attracted all the bad contractors.

    • Mike Holmes: (talking about the contractors who worked in the house he is repairing) These guys should be out of business. They shouldn't be IN this business.

    • Jon Eakes: If there's any mould up there, particularly if it's in anything structural, we'll have to deal with it.

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    Notes (26)

    • Although the original contractor for this job was tracked down to his office, he declined to allow his image to be used in the show (for obvious reasons) and his face was blurred out.

    • The HGTV production staff was worried that they would be asked to repair all of the terraces on the block since they were all built by the same developer with the same designs.

    • Although this episode is the second one produced for the second season, it was the first one to air.

    • Desmond Hamlyn was credited for working on this job, but he did not appear on camera at any time.

    • Lee Morlando was not credited for his personal appearance on this job, but his company was.

    • The original plan was for Mike and his crew to simply do rough-ins for the kitchen and bathroom so that Jean could easily finish the rest when she could afford it. In the end, Mike decided to finish the bathrrom completely since he felt she had already been swindled and spent so much money for nothing.

    • This is one of the only episodes where the problem was not caused or exacerbated by a previous contractor.

    • First episode in the series to be shot, edited and aired in High-Definition Widescreen.

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    Trivia (110)

    • The contractor had told the homeowners that the job had passed inspection so that they would be obligated to pay for the balance of the contract. When the inspector called Melanie and Dave directly, he informed them that the addition had not passed and that the issues that he noted must be addressed immediately.

    • This is the first on-camera appearance of series regular Benjamin Green

    • In this episode, a trick to determine if a home has mould or not is demonstrated. If an area seems discolored and mould is suspected, touch the area with a small spot of bleach off of a q-tip. If the spot changes color in 5 seconds, then it is mould. If it remains unchanged, it's dirt.

    • In this episode, Mike indicates that his father had passed away. It's not clear if it had happened shortly before the filming of this episode or not.

    • As the first season finale, this episode was a one hour special.

    • Benjamin Green was credited in this episode, but he did not appear in camera.

    • When Trevor and Stephen refused to pay the builder $1700 for upgrades to the house until the HVAC issue was addressed, they were sued. In response, they countersued the builder for $10 000 for the cost of repairing the heating/air conditioning system.

    • It was shown in this episode that building a ramp has different legal requirements than building a deck or a porch. It needs top have its plans approved by the municipality and must conform to safety codes. In addition, it has to be passed by an inspector just as any home renovation would be.

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    Allusions (20)

    • The title of the episode, "Faulty Showers", is a play on words referencing the BBC comedy "Fawlty Towers"

    • The title of this episode is a play on words referencing the phrase "Trials and Tribulations"

    • The title of the episode is a play on words of the Lynyrd Skynyrd song "Sweet Home Alabama"

    • The title of the episode is a play on words alluding to the phrase "No doubt about it".

    • The title of the episode alludes to the fact that each time the homeowners did their washing, the suds came out by the weeping tile. It also brought a tear to their eye when they saw it.

    • The title of the episode is a reference to the old saying "One step forward, two steps back". It refers to someone trying to achieve a goal, only to have circumstances beyond their control hand him or her reversals.

    • The title of the episode is an allusion to the Robert Redford film "A River Runs Through It". However, there are no similarities between the homeowners' situation and the plot of the film.

    • The title of the episode is an allusion to "The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men", only in this case, they were talking about Ann's floor.

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  • Fan Reviews (19)

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    By barbaradoyle7, Feb 20, 2013

  • Cancellation

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