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November 5, 2006 Episode: The Thibodeau Family

So we just returned from South Dakota. Having never been, I didn't know what to expect.The first thing that I noticed was corn, corn, corn and more corn. As the bus got closer to the farm, I realized that we were in farm country! This family is miles away from their nearest neighbor or hospital — and knowing Siehera's story, how difficult that must be. I knew this little girl had been through so much and that the house was working against this little girl's health. We finally got to meet the whole clan: Nila, Kevin, Siehera and two feisty little boys named Kyle and Kevin, not to mention the family ferret. When I first arrived at the house, the first thing I noticed was that from the outside, it wasn't so bad. But upon further inspection, the house was the root of their problem. This is a young vibrant family and regardless of what they've been through, they have each other. As the design team descended on them, they looked a bit stunned… I guess it's not every day a giant... read more

October 1, 2006 Episode

Blog... Blog... Blog... Hi everyone! Michael Moloney here.I just returned home from what turned out to be an amazing week. This time the bus stopped in Armada Township, a tiny farming town about an hour outside of Detroit, Michigan. I was excited to go back to Michigan cuz we shot one of our most popular shows there already.Do you remember the Vardon family from Season 2? Mom and dad were deaf, they had two sons, Lance was blind and autistic and Stefan did not have disabilities and communicated to the entire family.The Armada community was incredible as well. It seems everyone knew our new Michigan family, the Gilliams. Maryann and David Gilliam were happily married -- he was a firefighter/paramedic -- and they had just purchased what was supposed to be their dream home.Last year on Christmas Eve David had a seizure and died, right in bed next to his wife. The same bed where 21 days earlier, David himself delivered his sixth child, Naomi.Can you imagine? It just once again shows us ... read more

Extreme Makeover Helps the Big Easy

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition's Ty Pennington talks New Orleans musician Irvin Mayfield.

Stunned silence doesn't play especially well on reality TV, but then reality TV hasn't encountered anything quite like New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Archille "Chile" O'Neal, a blues musician from storm-struck St. Bernard's Parish who lost all of his instruments, was moved beyond words when Extreme Makeover: Home Edition's Paul DiMeo — the carpenter with the Buddy Holly eyewear — surprised him with a pickup truck full of gleaming Gibson and Hohner guitars. As he clicked open case after case, O'Neal just shook his head in glorious disbelief. "You realize these are for you, Chile?" a producer asked off camera. "All these are yours to keep." DiMeo slung his arm around O'Neal's shoulder and smiled warmly, as the producer asked them to redo the moment. On Take 2, they got exactly the Extreme reaction ABC needed: hoots, hollers and an unholy scream of "Oh, my god!" As its popularity co read more

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