I am quite far from being anything remotely close to a handyman. Despite having a keychain that resembles a handsaw proclaiming me to be a member of a handyman association (Truth — my stepfather was giving me a key and it came with the keychain that he got as a member of that association, I am really not that handy. Having gotten into a number of HGTV shows in the last few months, I am quite interested in the people that take the houses on the show and transform them from horror shows to amazing living spaces using tools and construction material.
The concept of the television show All American Handyman is that one person out of a group of handymen will walk away with the title of All American Handyman. In order to get this amazing title, the person has to survive a series of challenges, show after show, each more difficult than the last. It is almost like watching programs like Survivor or Big Brother, only that absolutely every single thing that is quite usable in the real world of home repair. When a contestant on the show makes an error in repairing a patch and one of the judges explains what went wrong, that is knowledge you can take to the bank the next time you have to patch a hole in the wall.
In the most recent episode, everyone was paired and had two challenges. Contestants Rodney and Carol did exceptionally well in the first challenge, in which they had to crawl through a tight space and repair seven different problems. In the second challenge, however, they were meant to build an outdoor kitchen complete with a sink, refrigerator, and a barbecue. From the very beginning, Rodney (an excellent handyman in every way including brilliant design) had an idea of what he wanted to do and did not seem interested in including Carol. He kept on telling her to wait on the sideline and that he would tell her what was happening but soon she grew frustrated — understandably.
She and Rodney started clashing on every single idea that he had and she even began speaking harshly about some of the ideas, saying that they just would not work. By the end of the challenge, almost everyone else had built a much better outdoor kitchen and the judges were well aware of it. They said that going forward, being able to work in a team was the most important thing and that since they failed to do so in such a spectacular manner, they were both sent home.
I imagine that even if they had done a reasonable job on the outdoor kitchen but had collaborated from the start — for example, if they had laid out a plan in the beginning instead of one of them doing all of the heavy lifting to the resentment of the other, it would have gone a lot better and they may even have won instead of getting taken off the show.