Ty and the team are off to Hattiesburg, Mississippi along with Christian Slater to help the Heathcock Family.
Sherman Heathcock is an American hero in every respect. After the events of 9/11, he enlisted in the National Guard to help protect his country. When he's not overseas, Sherman is a deputy sheriff and a member of the SWAT team. With the little free time he has, Sherman coaches his son Gary's football and baseball teams.
While Sherman was serving in Iraq, disaster struck as Hurricane Katrina left the family home badly damaged. Falling trees led to a leaky roof which caused water damage throughout the house. The damage is so bad that the foundation is now giving way. The Heathcocks fear the house may crumble at any moment.
After the family is sent on a well-deserved vacation, they open a box Ty gave them to find a ringing cell phone inside. To their surprise, Sherman is on the line. The whole family believes he's calling from Iraq, but he's actually in the same room. Anyone else got chills right now?
Ty instructs Christian Slater to rip out the oven that has been broken for years. He's a great actor who takes direction well. Christian's most memorable moment may be when he shows us his chainsaw skills to help make a desk for Annie. At one point of the makeover, Christian and Ty head to Camp Shelby to help with Operation Homefront, which creates care packages for troops like Sherman who are deployed overseas.
When Ty calls the Heathcock family for an update, he lets Christian give them some great news. The United Services Automobile Association
(or the USAA
) will be providing $75,000 in college scholarships for the Heathcock kids. But wait...there's more! The Heathcock family gets private meetings with the Jonas Brothers and Celine Dion. Talk about getting starstruck!
After the fun is done, the Heathcocks come home to a roaring crowd. Ty has yet another surprise for Sherman. His other family, the men serving with him in Iraq, is on a satellite feed telling our driver to MOVE THAT BUS! Before long, the chant erupts in the crowd. Love it! Here is the breakdown of this week's build: