The Block 2017 recap (08.08.2016): Ensuite dreams are made of this
Our overly-ambitious teams may have bitten off more than they can chew.
Guest bedroom week continues tonight, with several teams getting ambitious by adding walk-in-robes and ensuites.
One of these brave teams is Jason and Sarah, who set about trying to buy some of the style elements for their guest room. One of these elements Sarah has picked out is some art deco wallpaper covered in pictures of bugs. Should be handy to hide any lingering vermin infestations in the heritage house.
Sarah bugs out
There’s no time to linger over this bizarre design choice, though. Foremen Keith and Dan are on the warpath, hitting up the teams for the waterproofing certificates for their bathrooms and threatening to shut down their work sites if they don’t deliver. This throws Ronnie into a tizzy, and he harries bedridden Georgia who’s been struck down with a stomach bug. The two argue heatedly, giving us a first hand glance at how they’ve probably made dozens of dinner parties incredibly awkward.
In addition to guest bedrooms, this week sees the installation of the steel frames for the Block houses’ modern extensions. They’re absolutely mammoth, and dwarf the heritage houses they’re attached to. In your face, people from olden times!
Next, Foreman Keith has some bad news for Jason. He tells the plodding plumber that he’ll need to install a lintel above an opening for his ensuite’s mirrored cabinet. Jason is utterly unconvinced, and argues heatedly. This is obviously a great strategy, as previous seasons of The Block have proven that Keith is a level-headed, reasonable guy who will easily reassess his position when presented with new evidence. Try kissing him, Jason.
Jason doesn’t get his way, of course. But, we do get to witness a new world record for the number of times the word “lintel” has been used in a single episode of television.
Meanwhile, Georgia is off to Beacon Lighting to deliver us some barefaced advertorial for their lighting design service. She oohs and ahhs over the new service and the expert help she’s receiving, only to choose a pendant light that looks like a giant disco ball. If that’s your ad for expert lighting design, you’re doing it wrong.
Back at the Block, Clint and Hannah finally get some good news. Scott Cam arrives to tell them that Beaumont Tiles will be donating all the tiling for the couple’s bathroom do-over. If we could, I’m sure we’d all donate the couple a few tiles, some added funds and a big warm hug.
Over at Sticks and Wombat’s house, it turns out wavy walls aren’t the boys’ only problem. They also have an overly springy floor in their guest bedroom. Keith and Dan break the bad news to Sticks, demonstrating just how bouncy it is. Sticks tries desperately to get the pair to tell him whether or not he’ll have to rip out the flooring, but they’re having far too much fun making concerned noises while jumping on his trampoline floor.
Pictured: Sticks and Wombat's floor
Finally, there’s a tender moment as Scott Cam takes all the teams out for dinner at a local pub. With Clint and Hannah heading off to Queensland on the weekend for Clint's grandfather's funeral, the other teams vow to pitch in to help them finish their guest room.
Ronnie and Georgia also get sincere for a moment and share how much they’re enjoying their Block experience. The best part, they say, is getting to spend so much time together. Georgia confides in us that the two bicker much more at home than on The Block.
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