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A look at the potential reasons why Room To Improve's last episode never aired

We need answers.

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WE HAVE NOT forgotten that RTÉ still owe us an episode of Room To Improve. Back at the start of the year, we were all extremely excited for the final episode of the series.

Unfortunately, we were given a rerun of an old episode instead. While the episode was a classic, we were still not emotionally prepared for the season to be cut short by one episode.

Since then we’ve been trying to figure out some of the reasoning behind how RTÉ could do this to us. Here are a few theories:

1. Ciaran from Fair City was his client


For some reason he wouldn’t allow Dermot to go near a part of the property that he referred to as ‘The Box’, which seriously delayed the construction.

2. The project Dermot was working on was actually the Luas Works

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Why not? Could be his brightest and most open project to date. Plenty of delays there. Probably went extremely over budget too.  Sounds like a Room To Improve project.

3. Dermot got a fidget spinner and the distraction it caused him has derailed the whole show

Fidget spinners Source: DPA/PA Images

Yep. Dermot, like the rest of us, is spending 9 hours a day staring at a fidget spinner instead of working.

4. The budget was blown on a pink hard hat for the stylish wife

They give the clients the white ones for free. Yet there’s always one client who insists on getting a pink one who comes crying to Dermot 6 minutes later saying they can’t afford a front door. Well maybe if you hadn’t spent that €5 on your hard hat you wouldn’t be in this mess Louise.

5. Dermot drew up the plans after way too many coffees

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This resulted in the final product resembling the house that Springfield built for Ned Flanders after a hurricane destroyed his home. Don’t worry Dermot. We all have those days.

master bedroom

Source: Out799/YouTube

6. Dermot went on a really extreme road trip to show the client what he was talking about


He suggests door handles made of iron. The client thinks it’s a bit iffy. Billions of euros and many, many months later, he has brought the client to the earth’s inner core (which is 80% iron) to show them just how interesting iron is as a construction material.

7. The neighbours thought that the extension was too high so they drove their car through the house and construction had to begin again

Car crashed through wall of house Source: DPA/PA Images

Again, it’s probably only a matter of time.

8. There’s a stubborn husband who is too enthusiastic about Batman who will not accept anything other than a house shaped like the Batman symbol

2472667-batman_symbol_sticker Source: Gamespot

That’s the floorplan.

9. There’s a wife who wants the central room of the house to be the utility room and have every other room revolve around it

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Why stop at getting a utility room in your house when you can make your entire house into a utility room?

10. Dermot is currently trying to source the world’s biggest pane of glass

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He needs it for a window right in front of a bath and toilet that will face out into the front garden. The clients want frosted glass for privacy but he thinks that will spoil the look of the house more than having to pee in that room with the light on at night time would.

11. Ryan Tubridy was the client

Tubridy stands in for Norton Source: PA Archive/PA Images

The episode turns into a hybrid of Room To Improve and Who Do You Think You Are where Ryan and Dermot spend months tracing their DNA to find out that they were actually separated at birth. Then they need a few more months to get to know each other and make up for all of the time that they missed out on as brothers.

Seriously. I’ve never come across a man that looks or sounds like either of these people yet RTÉ manage to get two of them. How is that possible? They must have been grown in test tubes in the RTÉ labs. If figuring this thing out is the reason that the last episode has taken so long, then I don’t even mind.

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