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Can two First Time Flippers turn a disaster house into a dream home? We chronicle the highs and lows of renovation as homeowners take on their very first flip. Will they make a profit? Or break the bank?

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Season 9, Episode 12

What in Foundation?

A recently engaged couple that loves working together decides to flip a home in Paso Robles, California. The project will be the ultimate test of their teamwork as they tackle disgusting carpet, cracks in the walls and an outdated kitchen.

Saturday
Jan 4
9:30pm | 8:30c
Season 9, Episode 4

You Can't Handle the Roof!

Days after having their third child, a couple from Mobile, Alabama, throw their first flip into the mix. They move her home law office and the kids to the job site to keep everything moving. However, unexpected hang-ups, like a leaky roof, could lead to a flood of trouble.

Saturday
Jan 4
10pm | 9c
Season 9, Episode 2

Help Me Sharhonda

A husband-wife duo decides to do most of the construction to save money on their first flip in Duncanville, Texas. He has some construction experience, but she's a total newbie and needs guidance, something he struggles to give when it means compromising their speed.

Saturday
Jan 4
10:30pm | 9:30c
Season 8, Episode 5

Batter Up!

A SWAT expert breaks out the force's battering ram for his and his girlfriend's first flip in West Palm Beach, Florida. They're off to a great start with the big guns, but it's the small tools that give them the most trouble. Poor measurements lead to wasted time on simple projects, threatening their tight schedule.

Saturday
Jan 4
11pm | 10c
Season 8, Episode 10

Winter Flipping is Coming

A young couple flipping a fire- and water-damaged duplex in Passaic, New Jersey, runs into one problem after another when they strip the home to its bare bones. They go over their allotted time for the flip and are forced to face the harsh winter -- and the even harsher reality of what goes into flipping a house.

Saturday
Jan 4
11:30pm | 10:30c
Season 9, Episode 6

Short on Time

A couple has big plans for an old townhouse with good bones in Bridgeport, PA, but plenty of surprises lurk behind the walls and underneath their feet. Between installing self-leveling concrete and laminate, the duo has their hands full with hang-ups from the ground up.

Sunday
Jan 5
12am | 11c
Season 9, Episode 12

What in Foundation?

A recently engaged couple that loves working together decides to flip a home in Paso Robles, California. The project will be the ultimate test of their teamwork as they tackle disgusting carpet, cracks in the walls and an outdated kitchen.

Sunday
Jan 5
12:30am | 11:30c
Season 9, Episode 4

You Can't Handle the Roof!

Days after having their third child, a couple from Mobile, Alabama, throw their first flip into the mix. They move her home law office and the kids to the job site to keep everything moving. However, unexpected hang-ups, like a leaky roof, could lead to a flood of trouble.

Sunday
Jan 5
1am | 12c
Season 9, Episode 2

Help Me Sharhonda

A husband-wife duo decides to do most of the construction to save money on their first flip in Duncanville, Texas. He has some construction experience, but she's a total newbie and needs guidance, something he struggles to give when it means compromising their speed.

Sunday
Jan 5
1:30am | 12:30c
Season 8, Episode 5

Batter Up!

A SWAT expert breaks out the force's battering ram for his and his girlfriend's first flip in West Palm Beach, Florida. They're off to a great start with the big guns, but it's the small tools that give them the most trouble. Poor measurements lead to wasted time on simple projects, threatening their tight schedule.

Sunday
Jan 5
2am | 1c
Season 8, Episode 10

Winter Flipping is Coming

A young couple flipping a fire- and water-damaged duplex in Passaic, New Jersey, runs into one problem after another when they strip the home to its bare bones. They go over their allotted time for the flip and are forced to face the harsh winter -- and the even harsher reality of what goes into flipping a house.

Sunday
Jan 5
2:30am | 1:30c
Season 9, Episode 13

Crashing Down in Connecticut

A Connecticut couple's first flip spirals out of control as they go further over budget with every project they tackle. While she struggles to get things back on track, his love of new tools and expensive fixtures constantly interferes.

Sunday
Jan 5
3am | 2c
Season 9, Episode 14

Mother's Mayhem

A mom and son flip their first house in Nolensville, TN, but her recklessness and his overly cautious approach immediately put them at odds. As they struggle to keep things moving, she insists on hiring professionals, but he wants to stay on budget by doing most of the work themselves.

Sunday
Jan 5
3:30am | 2:30c
Season 5, Episode 10

The Not-So-Handyman

Real estate agent Tabitha enlists her husband, Quincy, to flip a house with her in a quiet suburb outside Atlanta. A self-proclaimed handyman, Quincy is determined to save money by doing all the work himself. But as the flip goes on, Tabitha realizes that Quincy is not as handy as he claims to be, and the quality of the flip starts to suffer from his lack of experience.

Saturday
Jan 25
8:30pm | 7:30c
Season 9, Episode 9

Measurable Misfortune

A pair of passionate, yet inexperienced flippers face constant setbacks due to endless measuring mishaps in Phoenix. Even with their combination of brains and brawn, they can’t seem to complete a project without struggling to get it right the first time. After both their framing and French door installation projects go awry, the flippers find themselves at odds with each other as they struggle to stay on their projected timeline.

Saturday
Jan 25
9:30pm | 8:30c
Season 9, Episode 5

Plagued By Perfectionism

A woman wants to support her husband's dream of flipping a house in Parma, OH, but she quickly realizes his perfectionism will result in a slower flip than anticipated. As each project becomes more complicated than the last, and he takes his time in order to get it right, she feels stuck in a never-ending flip.

Saturday
Jan 25
10:30pm | 9:30c
Season 7, Episode 8

Quick Flip or Slow Drip?

A competitive couple attempts to power through their first flip in Holmes, PA. The project starts strong as the couple strives to do most of the work themselves and keep costs as low as possible. Unforeseen plumbing issues lead to a near flood in the basement, however, causing the panicked couple to question if they can pull through at all.

Saturday
Jan 25
11:30pm | 10:30c
Season 9, Episode 9

Measurable Misfortune

A pair of passionate, yet inexperienced flippers face constant setbacks due to endless measuring mishaps in Phoenix. Even with their combination of brains and brawn, they can’t seem to complete a project without struggling to get it right the first time. After both their framing and French door installation projects go awry, the flippers find themselves at odds with each other as they struggle to stay on their projected timeline.

Sunday
Jan 26
12:30am | 11:30c
Season 9, Episode 5

Plagued By Perfectionism

A woman wants to support her husband's dream of flipping a house in Parma, OH, but she quickly realizes his perfectionism will result in a slower flip than anticipated. As each project becomes more complicated than the last, and he takes his time in order to get it right, she feels stuck in a never-ending flip.

Sunday
Jan 26
1:30am | 12:30c
Season 7, Episode 8

Quick Flip or Slow Drip?

A competitive couple attempts to power through their first flip in Holmes, PA. The project starts strong as the couple strives to do most of the work themselves and keep costs as low as possible. Unforeseen plumbing issues lead to a near flood in the basement, however, causing the panicked couple to question if they can pull through at all.

Sunday
Jan 26
2:30am | 1:30c
Season 5, Episode 10

The Not-So-Handyman

Real estate agent Tabitha enlists her husband, Quincy, to flip a house with her in a quiet suburb outside Atlanta. A self-proclaimed handyman, Quincy is determined to save money by doing all the work himself. But as the flip goes on, Tabitha realizes that Quincy is not as handy as he claims to be, and the quality of the flip starts to suffer from his lack of experience.

Sunday
Jan 26
3:30am | 2:30c
Season 8, Episode 8

Unstructured Budget

A married couple takes on a flip in their hometown of Hillsdale, Michigan. After making some progress by tackling projects on their own, their strict budget is put in jeopardy when they discover major damage to the roof that threatens the entire structure of the house.

Saturday
Feb 1
8:30pm | 7:30c
Season 8, Episode 9

Flipping Over Cabinets

A daughter enlists her mom as her partner for a flip in East Tennessee. They have big hopes for the renovation but their methods clash when the daughter wants to move through projects quickly and just "eyeball it" instead of following her mother's more tried-and-true methods. These flippers will have to find a balance if they want to make it out of this flip together.

Saturday
Feb 1
9:30pm | 8:30c
Season 6, Episode 5

A Flip for All Seasons

First-timers enlist their friend to flip a house in Long Island, NY, but quickly realize that the project is more complicated than they ever expected. After the group is forced to tear down the entire frame of the house, the race is on to rebuild it from the foundation and finish as fast as possible. While one has the construction knowledge to lead the flip, his inexperienced partners will need to learn fast if the three of them are going to make up any ground together.

Saturday
Feb 1
10:30pm | 9:30c
Season 6, Episode 4

Funhouse Flip

Two friends think they have hit the jackpot when they nab a large house in Westport, CT, as their first flip. They soon realize, however, that the house has more quirks than they expected and the seemingly simple flip turns into a nightmare. With their investment on the line, these partners are forced to keep moving on a never-ending flip.

Saturday
Feb 1
11:30pm | 10:30c
Season 8, Episode 9

Flipping Over Cabinets

A daughter enlists her mom as her partner for a flip in East Tennessee. They have big hopes for the renovation but their methods clash when the daughter wants to move through projects quickly and just "eyeball it" instead of following her mother's more tried-and-true methods. These flippers will have to find a balance if they want to make it out of this flip together.

Sunday
Feb 2
12:30am | 11:30c

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