Viewers will witness how the design team came to the home of Patricia and Milton Harper in the Atlanta suburb of Lake City, Georgia, where heavy rains often caused the family's septic tank to malfunction and spew raw sewage into the house. When life got messy, Patricia and the kids, Darius, 17, LaVaughn, 15, and eight-year-old Mister, would sleep in their van, while Milton Harper pumped out the refuse. A 5,300 square-foot English style home - the largest yet constructed by "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" -- was built for the family. The design team, contractors and hundreds of workers and volunteers were able to turn the Harpers' living nightmare of a house into a dream home. The process of their particular home makeover is the subject of this episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition -- How'd They Do That?" While design team leader Ty Pennington was preparing to film this episode in his hometown of Atlanta, he underwent surgery for a perforated appendix. Although he was still recuperating, the energetic and dedicated Pennington did not want to let the family down. Not only was he was able to do his part from his hospital bed, the mischievous design team leader, along with Constance Ramos, managed to make off with a few items from the hospital for eight-year-old Mister Harper's new cardiology-themed bedroom. Additional show highlights include: -How microbiologist Dr. Gerba (affectionately referred to as "Dr. Germ") examines the old house by swabbing various areas -- and the results shock everyone. -How Lake City mayor, Willie Oswald, works alongside the design team. -Designer Eduardo Xol translating the jokes of comedian Jeff Foxworthy, a Georgia native, to the non-English speaking Latino workers. -Since a recuperating Ty needs assistance with his secret room, designer Paul DiMeo and Ty's hometown buddies pitch in and work feverishly to accomplish the room in time for the family's return home. The design team for this episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will feature team leader Ty Pennington, Paul DiMeo, Michael Moloney, Constance Ramos, Ed Sanders and Eduardo Xol.moreless
I thought the family truly desevered the house they had built for them,I really felt for this family and how they were living and sleeping in their car. Seeing the family's faces when they saw their new house for the first time was great.moreless
I just rencently saw this episode as I do not live in the United States as Iam an Australian anyway the episode made me cry severval times.The family truly needed the help from the extreme home makeover team and the contacter who built the house for the family was truly deserved.Seeing how the family lived in their old house really made you feel for them .Seeing the family return home and seeing their faces when the bus moved away made me reach for the tissue box again and also when they saw their rooms for the first time.moreless
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