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Celebrity IOU: Melissa McCarthy gets 'ugly cry' from relatives

041 337 79 36 Martha Pyke (2020-05-11)


Melissa McCarthy predicted her aunt and uncle would 'scream, then cry' after seeing their secretly renovated Chicago home on Monday's episode of Celebrity IOU.

The 49-year-old actress was right, as Connie and Jim Perusich went into an 'ugly cry' when she surprised them with the update, at times only being able to repeat the words, 'Oh my God.'

In just three weeks, four rooms were renovated in the couple's house, aided by Property Brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott, both 41, and Melissa's cousin Jenna.






Helping family: Melissa McCarthy helped her aunt and uncle with a surprise renovation of their Chicago home on Monday's episode of Celebrity IOU














The Perusichs were 'career police officers' who always took care of other people, Melissa said, hoping to thank them for being 'real superheroes' and 'the kindest people.'

'They don't put themselves first,' she added. 'It's just not who they are.'






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When the Scotts arrived at the home, Melissa joked that they had found themselves 'in a sea of cops,' and she'd played one herself in the 2013 film The Heat, with Sandra Bullock.

Melissa had sent them away on vacation to Florida for three weeks to celebrate their 35th anniversary, and were 'slightly aggressive' about making it happen, she recalled.






If you have any inquiries concerning in which and how to use written price before any work is started to ensure they understand the scope of the work and protect them from "additional charges.", you can get in touch with us at our page. Getting emotional: Connie and Jim Perusich went into an 'ugly cry' when Melissa surprised them with the update














They'd thought about aiming for a month 'but it starts to get real fishy,' she affirmed, noting, 'I'm slightly terrified that they might come back early. Their cop Spidey senses might tingle.'

Melissa and Jenna, Jim and Connie's daughter, wanted to update the house so that it would be a safer, more welcoming environment for their 'big Irish Catholic family' and friends.

One big concern was making it easier for Jim to get around, as he'd once been seriously injured on the job and paralyzed from the waist down, before he taught himself to walk again.






Sent away: Melissa had sent them away on vacation to Florida for three weeks to celebrate their 35th anniversary, and were 'slightly aggressive' about making it happen, she recalled







TV stars: Drew and Jonathan Scott had three weeks for the home renovation


He needed help sometimes, but didn't ask for it, Melissa shared.

'Connie and Uncle Jim look to the positive,' she explained. 'They look and see what they do have and how lucky they are. It's really easy to give back to two people who've done nothing but give.'

She and Jenna sought to open up Connie's dark kitchen and dining space, bring in more light, remove the 'trip hazard' carpet from the living room, and create a breakfast area for Jim.






Family affair: Melissa's cousin Jenna also helped out with the home renovation


Melissa was full of ideas, telling the Scott brothers, 'I compulsively knock down houses,' and explaining that it was something she and Jenna often did together.

'You're like the Construction Cousins!' Drew said, as the women quickly posed back to back in the Scott's own signature style.

Melissa and Jenna joked that a lot of the furniture in the house was from their aunt Sally, a former cop and nun, and wondered if it fell off the back of a truck. 


















Good one: 'You're like the Construction Cousins!' Drew said, as the women quickly posed back to back in the Scott's own signature style


Jonathan admitted that Connie's kitchen was 'hideously ugly,' and vowed to prioritize it in the renovation, telling Jenna, 'if this area's important, then we gotta nail it.'

He and Drew decided to redo the entire living room, kitchen and dining room, and Joanna asked them if they could do her dad's man cave downstairs, too.

His broken-down recliner was where he'd rested since he came home from the hospital, and he slept there and watched sports games in it all the time.






The before: The home featured a green carpet with rugs over it







Opening up: The space was opened up to provide more light


'It's not as fluffy as it looks,' Melissa said, jumping into the uncomfortable chair.

The brothers' outlined their plan for the home, nervous about only having three weeks.

They wanted to create an open kitchen with a window, new counters, and a huge island for meals or morning coffee. The living room would get a better dining table, new front windows and herringbone hardwood floors, while Jim's man cave would receive a new stone hearth and fireplace, along with a TV wall and a more comfortable recliner.

On demo day, Melissa and Jenna ripped out walls and tossed furniture with vigor, as Drew and Jonathan prepared to update the couples' old plumbing and electrical.






Demolition duo: On demo day, Melissa and Jenna ripped out walls and tossed furniture with vigor, as Drew and Jonathan prepared to update the couples' old plumbing and electrical


'I think they're just going to be totally shocked once they realize they've not been robbed,' Melissa opined, as she looked around the totaled room.

For Jim's man cave, the brothers considered a range of colors to which they'd given wacky names, from 'Drew's Breath' and 'McCarthy Gray' to 'Jonathan's Smile,' their final choice.

They had 12 days left after completing the paint and drywall, and subsequently replaced all of the doors in the basement and first floor, 'to ensure a uniform look throughout.'






Man cave: For Jim's man cave, the brothers considered a range of colors to which they'd given wacky names, from 'Drew's Breath' and 'McCarthy Gray' to 'Jonathan's Smile,' their final choice


Melissa advised the brothers on final finishes and storage solutions, loving Jonathan's idea of putting her relatives' favorite green color into their new kitchen cabinets.

'This has been my aunt and uncle's home for 35 years,' Melissa considered. 'And I get the feeling they are going to say ''We shouldn't have had this; it should go to somebody else'',' which makes it all the better it's going to them.'

'This will not only delight them,' she said, 'It will change their whole world.'


















Game changer: 'This will not only delight them. It will change their whole world,' Melissa said


After everything else was built-in, and the kitchen island installed, the last step was to find Jim a sleek new recliner, which Melissa helped the brothers shop for over the phone.

'Who says a man cave cannot be a beautiful space?' Jonathan asked.

On reveal day, Melissa confessed that she was 'terrified,' saying, 'I know it's going to be great, but we have gutted their house.'

She and Jenna predicted that her aunt and uncle would 'scream, then cry… an ugly cry.'






Ugly cry: Jenna and Melissa demonstrated the family's 'ugly cry'


'It's the kind of crying that you should do alone in your car, behind a mall,' she said.

She and Jenna went to get Connie and Jim from the airport and drove them up to the house, telling them, 'Don't peek, don't peek.'

'Here we go! Home sweet home!' Melissa said, throwing open the door.

She had tears in her eyes as Connie looked around at her beautiful new living room, exclaiming, 'Are you kidding? Oh my God!'






Too much: Connie was overwhelmed by the renovation and was practically speechless


'We're in the wrong house!' Jim echoed, repeating 'Oh my God' as the girls wept, laughed and hugged each other.

'I did all the counters, Jenna did all the floors,' Melissa joked. 'It took like 20 minutes a day.'

'This took an army,' Connie realized, her mouth agape.






New counters: The renovation featured new counters and space for Jim to sit at the counter while Connie cooks


Just then, the Scotts walked in, saying, 'I think somebody left their bags outside.'

Connie screamed, 'Ahhhh! You're kidding! You guys!?'

Jim shook Drew's hand, saying, 'You look just like the guys on TV!'






Famous faces: Jim shook Drew's hand, saying, 'You look just like the guys on TV!'


Drew told Jim that Melissa had masterminded the whole thing.

'Oh my God,' Jim reeled. 'Is there anybody better than Melissa McCarthy, and my daughter Jenna?'

'Would you believe that we're the people that had all that old junk, and I thought I loved it?!' Connie wondered aloud.


















Loving it: Connie and Jim immediately loved all the improvements


Later, she reflected on her initial reaction to the home reveal.

'I think I did the ugly cry and screamed,' Connie said. 'That's always a class act, isn't it?'

'She deserves this,' Jim said of his wife. 'She doesn't ask for anything.'






Deserves it: Jim said that Connie deserved and noted that she doesn't ask for anything


'Thank you guys so much,' Connie told the Scotts. 'I love coming home, but this is a whole new Home Sweet Home. I hate the ugly cry…'

'It's in our blood,' Melissa insisted. 'It's in our genetic makeup.'

She turned to her aunt and uncle and told them she'd wanted to do this for them because they'd spent their whole lives doing things for other people—'not just family.'






The after: The room was redone to allow more space for family gatherings







Open plan: The kitchen was opened up so Connie could interact with guests while cooking


'You spent your whole lives as police officers protecting people, taking care of people, and then coming home and still being a good mom, a good dad,' she said. 'And that is something really remarkable. And that is why you deserve all this, because you would never do it for yourself.'

'This could never happen if it was just us,' Jim agreed.

'All my life I've said I could live in a fishbowl,' Connie remembered, looking at the windows and the view they offered of the world. 'You gave it to me. Look how beautiful it is.'






Fishbowl dream: 'All my life I've said I could live in a fishbowl. You gave it to me. Look how beautiful it is,' said Connie, looking at the windows and the view they offered of the world


The Scotts asked Jim about his favorite item downstairs.

'That chair is very important to me,' he confessed. 'It got me through a lot. It was like a part of me. I got hurt, I got nursed, I was with that chair all the time, crying at night, nobody knew it.'

'Oh my God,' he said when he saw his man cave, hugging the brothers and marveling at its custom-built record player, tilting TV, and cozy chair, into which he immediately sunk down.






Cave chair: Jim settled into a comfortable new chair in the man cave


The Scotts played an old song on the record player, and Jim recalled the moment he first saw Connie across the room 35 years ago.

'I still wanna dance,' he told her, taking her in his arms.

Celebrity IOU will return next week on HGTV. 


















Fond memory: The Scotts played an old song on the record player, and Jim recalled the moment he first saw Connie across the room 35 years ago




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