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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 4, Episode 10

Flippin' on Broken Glass

High school sweethearts Monty and Reagan are flipping a house in Oklahoma City, OK, in order to spend more time with each other. The couple soon finds they have bitten off more than they can chew when Monty is forced to do all the heavy lifting and Reagan's design ideas become increasingly more expensive.

Thursday
Oct 17
8:30am | 7:30c
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.

Thursday
Oct 17
9am | 8c
Season 6, Episode 10

No Gutters, No Glory

A young married couple has decided to flip a house with the help of her brother. While the flip starts off well, the project soon falls behind. The guys want to move as quickly as possible but she is concerned that important details are being overlooked in the mad dash to the finish. Her fun-loving brother's reckless methods may also be putting his safety, and the entire project, at risk.

Thursday
Oct 17
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 7, Episode 10

Lonely Star State Flip

A young couple finds themselves in deep water on a flip in Pecan Grove, Texas. While he works on an oil rig for two weeks at a time, she struggles to find projects she can take on alone while she cares for their baby. The stress of their approaching open house starts to hit home as they try to split their schedules between the flip, a full-time job and full-time parenting.

Thursday
Oct 17
10am | 9c
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.

Thursday
Oct 17
10:30am | 9:30c
Season 7, Episode 11

Rebuilder's Remorse

A husband recruits the help of his wife to flip their first home in Grand Forks, ND. She loves demo but things get tricky when it comes time for rebuild. He realizes he might not have the best partner to navigate the waters of the rebuild process as the North Dakota winter approaches.

Thursday
Oct 17
11am | 10c
Season 6, Episode 11

I Now Pronounce You Flippers

A young couple simultaneously plans a wedding and flips their first house together in Miami, FL. While they initially think they will save a ton of money by doing a lot of the construction themselves, their inexperience ends up delaying them at every turn. With each project, they realize that they might need to dip into their wedding budget to get this house finished correctly.

Thursday
Oct 17
11:30am | 10:30c
Season 5, Episode 11

Communication is Turnkey

A young couple flips a house in South Bend, Indiana, and struggles to communicate during the project. He has more experience and gets frustrated with his wife's lack of construction knowledge, while she gets increasingly upset when he fails to explain the renovation projects.

Thursday
Oct 17
12pm | 11c
Season 4, Episode 11

Fluff and Buff

Longtime friends flip their first house in St. Paul, Minnesota. But when they discover a substantial mold infestation, the flip is delayed and the two friends clash over the budget and workload.

Thursday
Oct 17
12:30pm | 11:30c
Season 8, Episode 7

Texas Teardown

An unsuspecting husband and wife discover wide-spread termite damage that forces them to transition their Dallas flip from minor renovations to a complete rebuild. As their six-month timeline and workload doubles, these flippers cling to the hope the market turns in their favor.

Friday
Oct 25
11pm | 10c
Season 2, Episode 3

To Beam or Not to Beam

Best friends Blake and Tony have invested their life savings into their first flip in Austin, Texas. They need this flip to be successful, but the longer it takes, the more frustrated Tony becomes with his happy-go-lucky friend. lake may have gone to school for architecture and know a thing or two about construction, but Tony needs him to work faster if they're going to pull this flip off.

Friday
Oct 25
11:30pm | 10:30c
Season 8, Episode 7

Texas Teardown

An unsuspecting husband and wife discover wide-spread termite damage that forces them to transition their Dallas flip from minor renovations to a complete rebuild. As their six-month timeline and workload doubles, these flippers cling to the hope the market turns in their favor.

Saturday
Oct 26
2am | 1c
Season 2, Episode 3

To Beam or Not to Beam

Best friends Blake and Tony have invested their life savings into their first flip in Austin, Texas. They need this flip to be successful, but the longer it takes, the more frustrated Tony becomes with his happy-go-lucky friend. lake may have gone to school for architecture and know a thing or two about construction, but Tony needs him to work faster if they're going to pull this flip off.

Saturday
Oct 26
2:30am | 1:30c
Season 2, Episode 11

Flip School

After meeting in real estate school, Elsie, Derek and Serge band together to flip their first house as a team, but there may be too many cooks in the kitchen with this flip. With conflicting ideas and things like an animal infestation plaguing the renovations, this trio finds that there might not be strength in numbers. But all three have a stake in this flip and need to learn to work together if they want to make a profit.

Wednesday
Nov 27
2pm | 1c
Season 3, Episode 1

Her Way or The Highway

Monica and Whit put their relationship to the test as they flip their first house. Monica has worked on her own home and believes that she knows everything about construction. Her partner Whit thinks she might be making things more difficult than they need to be, but what Monica wants, Monica gets.

Wednesday
Nov 27
2:30pm | 1:30c
Season 2, Episode 7

Hit The Brakes

Ernie and Megan are schoolteachers who have decided to flip a house in Vineland, New Jersey, during their summer vacation. While Megan wants to make this house the best it can possibly be, Ernie just wants to finish the flip and hopefully put some money in their pockets. With time and money running out, Ernie becomes increasingly frustrated with his wife's elaborate renovation plans and the fact that he has to do all the work.

Wednesday
Nov 27
3pm | 2c
Season 3, Episode 5

High Heels and High Budget

Susan and Rolf are a husband-and-wife flipping team that have found the bargain of a lifetime in one of the country's most expensive zip codes: the Hamptons. The flippers soon find that the amazing location may not be worth all the issues they discover in this rundown home. With problems around every corner and a dwindling budget, Susan and Rolf must rush to finish the house before they completely run out of money.

Wednesday
Nov 27
3:30pm | 2:30c
Season 2, Episode 12

Late Again

Friends Paul and Chris decided to start a house flipping business together in Ocean Township, New Jersey. Paul's experience as a builder is mostly from the comfort of an office overseeing the business side, and Chris is a little more laid back. Paul wants to get this renovation completed as soon as possible, but that means zeroing in on each task while Chris moves from one project to the next.

Wednesday
Nov 27
4pm | 3c
Season 3, Episode 4

Hole Budget

Samm and her husband, Chris, have always loved doing DIY projects on their own home, so they decided to flip a house in Dallas. They were able to find a condo instead and thought starting smaller would be a good idea. While the square footage may be less, this condo hasn't been touched since 1970 and everything needs to be updated. Troubles with the HOA and disagreements over their budget may make this first flip a flop.

Wednesday
Nov 27
4:30pm | 3:30c
Season 2, Episode 6

Mother Knows Best

When Bobby told his mother that the real estate market in Portland, Oregon, was perfect for flipping a house, he didn't expect her to quit her job and move in with him to find her own project. Now Bobby is helping his inexperienced mother flip her first house and hoping she'll set aside her own ideas about design and listen to his voice of experience.

Wednesday
Nov 27
5pm | 4c
Season 3, Episode 10

Never Flip With Family

Aspiring professional house flipper Kay convinces her younger cousin, Arniece, to help her flip a three-story townhouse in Philadelphia. Arniece reluctantly agrees to partner with her enthusiastic cousin and soon finds she has to take charge of the project after Kay makes it clear she has no idea how to renovate a house.

Wednesday
Nov 27
5:30pm | 4:30c
Season 2, Episode 8

Not So Silent Partner

Chad and April finally saved up enough money to quit their jobs and start flipping houses with the help of their silent partner, Michelle. But when Michelle shows up unannounced to throw in her two cents, April and Chad are the ones left speechless. The girls take the flip for a detour, and Chad is left wondering if he can handle all the work on his own without doing more damage to their budget, or himself.

Wednesday
Nov 27
6pm | 5c
Season 3, Episode 12

No Use Crying Over Spilt Paint

Orlando, FL, couple Marissa and Johan have decided to flip their first house. But the deeper they get into their renovations, the more they realize they might not be able to pull off this flip. Johan claims to have extensive home renovation experience, but Marissa soon realizes that he isn't as skilled as he says and it's up to her to figure out a way to get a grip on a flip that has spiraled out of control.

Wednesday
Nov 27
6:30pm | 5:30c
Season 2, Episode 13

Reckless Renovations

Tom and Mike are longtime friends who have decided to flip a two-family home together in Union, New Jersey. Mike is an experienced builder, and Tom is a real estate agent, which seems like the perfect flipping team, but Tom's recklessness on a construction site might be the thing that sabotages this flip.

Wednesday
Nov 27
7pm | 6c
Season 3, Episode 13

Shiplap and Mishaps

Husband-and-wife flipping team Robert and Tobi have decided to renovate a historic home in New Jersey. After Tobi becomes fixated on salvaging and saving anything she can from the old home, Robert has to find a way to appease his wife while still updating the house for a modern buyer.

Wednesday
Nov 27
7:30pm | 6:30c
Season 7, Episode 4

In The Trenches

A husband-and-wife team goes way over on schedule and budget when permit applications with the city don't go as expected. Finding themselves at a standstill with what work they can accomplish, the wife starts to worry this flip will never end.

Sunday
Dec 8
8am | 7c

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