NO PLACE LIKE HOME!

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The sea­son four pre­miere of the hit ren­o­va­tion se­ries Fixer Up­per be­gins with what could be con­strued as a jok­ing ref­er­ence to the re­cent con­tro­versy al­leg­ing that el­e­ments of the show are faked: In the in­tro, Chip Gaines turns to his wife, Joanna, and says, “What’s your name again? It’s nice to meet you. Cast­ing did a heck­uva job mak­ing it look we knew each other.” As Chip at­tempts to put his arm around the mother of his four chil­dren, he beck­ons, “Step in here, hot pants!” as a laugh­ing Joanna ducks, dodg­ing his em­brace. And that’s it: The show then goes back to the for­mula that view­ers have grown to love, with the cou­ple show­ing po­ten­tial fixer-up­pers to An­drew Chap­man (a high school math teacher whose bushy beard is greatly ad­mired by Chip) and his wife, Bri­tanny (a non­profit di­rec­tor), who have a bud­get of $450,000 — and a desire for a “dog­gie spa” that ends up hav­ing adorable con­se­quences for the Gaines’ house­hold. (Spoiler: Chip brings home two new pup­pies.) As if the Gaines fam­ily needed to get any cuter …

Chip and Joanna stand the heat in this cute kitchen.

BY MATT SUL­LI­VAN

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