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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 8, Episode 2

All Play, No Flip

A real estate agent and her energetic husband start their first flip in Jackson, Tennessee. Surprise structural damage, electrical problems and mold turn a one-month project into a ten-month ordeal. She gets frustrated with his playfulness and questions whether he's taking this flip seriously. As his focus darts, her worry grows, and the end of this project is nowhere in sight.

Thursday
Feb 27
4:30pm | 3:30c
Season 3, Episode 8

Stilts and Stones May Break the Budget

Christine and Greg have decided to flip an enormous house by the beach in southern New Jersey. The flip starts to spiral out of control when Christine's expensive taste interferes with Greg's strict budget.

Thursday
Feb 27
5pm | 4c
Season 2, Episode 2

A Family that Flips Together

When Brandon found out that his mother and stepfather were going to flip a house in Hamilton, New Jersey, he decided to go to real estate school and invest in their flip. Brandon may be the baby of the family, but he knows a lot more about what sells houses than Elsie and William. He struggles to get his parents to listen to him, which begs the question, will they be one big happy family, or will this flip be one big mess?

Thursday
Feb 27
5:30pm | 4:30c
Season 7, Episode 2

Flipping in the Big Easy

Two friends and stay-at-home moms decide to flip their first house together in New Orleans, Louisiana, but their conflicting design styles and schedule test the limits of their friendship. In order to finish the flip on time and on budget, they'll have to find a way to compromise.

Thursday
Feb 27
6pm | 5c
Season 8, Episode 12

Upstate Upset

A husband and wife take on an enormous house in upstate New York for their first flip. Even with a background in construction, they find themselves overstressed and out of luck when the project is delayed by several months. The couple tries to split household duties and flip duties so that they can work on it day and night, but with exhaustion and winter creeping up on them, at least one of them is worried there's no end in sight.

Thursday
Feb 27
6:30pm | 5:30c
Season 7, Episode 7

Momma Knows Best

A college student enlists the help of her mother while flipping a house in Connecticut for money to pay for her tuition. The duo feels optimistic after a strong start attempting most projects themselves to save money. The young student is a little less enthused by the job as their schedule presses on, however, leaving her hard-working mother worried her daughter's social life will distract her from pulling her weight in the project.

Thursday
Feb 27
7pm | 6c
Season 6, Episode 1

Home Is Where the Hearth Is

A couple decides to flip a house they have admired for years in Henderson, TX. But, when their timeline extends beyond their expectations, they are forced to move into the active renovation site in order to keep things moving and cut costs.

Thursday
Feb 27
7:30pm | 6:30c
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
Mar 22
7am | 6c
Season 8, Episode 1

Bugging Out Over Beams

A married couple flips a gutted ranch-style home in Owasso, Oklahoma. The discovery of termite damage puts this flip behind schedule and over budget from the start. But the real trouble begins when one flipper ignores the other's design ideas and starts making all the decisions, turning this flip into a power struggle between a cautious wife and a risk-taking husband.

Sunday
Mar 22
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 9, Episode 10

Termite Turmoil

A couple are flipping their first house in Pasadena, California, but while she has a lot to learn, nothing slows them down like the house itself. From asbestos removal to termite treatment, they take hit after hit.

Sunday
Mar 22
8am | 7c
Season 8, Episode 13

Power Problems in Chicago

Two cousins flipping a funky, outdated house in Chicago find themselves tearing it back to its original structure. Plumbing and electrical problems threaten their progress, but they don't see eye to eye when it comes to hiring professional help. One flipper is extremely optimistic, while the other is more realistic about whether they may have taken on more than they can handle.

Sunday
Mar 22
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 10, Episode 2

School House Rocked

A couple is forced to spend half their budget and timeline fixing structural issues on a house she chose in Clyde, NC. He wants to bring in professionals to finish the job, but she's desperate to stay on budget and do the work themselves.

Sunday
Mar 22
9am | 8c
Season 10, Episode 3

Measure of Skill

A couple flips a home in College Park, GA, and thinks the hard part is over because the interior demo is complete. However, when their first project goes awry and their timeline is busted by permit delays, they worry the flip is nothing but a money pit.

Sunday
Mar 22
9:30am | 8:30c
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.

Tuesday
Apr 21
1pm | 12c
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.

Tuesday
Apr 21
1:30pm | 12:30c
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.

Tuesday
Apr 21
2pm | 1c
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.

Tuesday
Apr 21
2:30pm | 1:30c
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.

Tuesday
Apr 21
3pm | 2c
Season 9, Episode 7

Keep Calm and Karrie On

Two sisters take on a dilapidated house in Seguin, Texas, with moldy walls, a leaky roof and a bad odor. While safety and power tools may not be their strongest attributes, the two work to turn the grimy property into a livable space for potential buyers.

Tuesday
Apr 21
3:30pm | 2:30c
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.

Tuesday
Apr 21
4pm | 3c
Season 9, Episode 10

Termite Turmoil

A couple are flipping their first house in Pasadena, California, but while she has a lot to learn, nothing slows them down like the house itself. From asbestos removal to termite treatment, they take hit after hit.

Tuesday
Apr 21
4:30pm | 3:30c
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.

Tuesday
Apr 21
5pm | 4c
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.

Tuesday
Apr 21
5:30pm | 4:30c
Season 8, Episode 11

Flip Out of Reach

A husband and wife set out to flip a spacious home all by themselves in Baltimore. As a real estate agent, she knows what the people want, but he worries her-high end tastes and minimal experience will sabotage their profits.

Tuesday
Apr 21
6pm | 5c
Season 8, Episode 12

Upstate Upset

A husband and wife take on an enormous house in upstate New York for their first flip. Even with a background in construction, they find themselves overstressed and out of luck when the project is delayed by several months. The couple tries to split household duties and flip duties so that they can work on it day and night, but with exhaustion and winter creeping up on them, at least one of them is worried there's no end in sight.

Tuesday
Apr 21
6:30pm | 5:30c
Season 8, Episode 1

Bugging Out Over Beams

A married couple flips a gutted ranch-style home in Owasso, Oklahoma. The discovery of termite damage puts this flip behind schedule and over budget from the start. But the real trouble begins when one flipper ignores the other's design ideas and starts making all the decisions, turning this flip into a power struggle between a cautious wife and a risk-taking husband.

Tuesday
Apr 21
7pm | 6c

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