The Block 2017 recap (22.08.2017): The good, the bad and the shockingly devious
Villains emerge tonight on The Block. Some obvious, and some not-so-obvious.
This week on The Block we’re knee-deep in the lawless wasteland that is “anything but a bedroom week”. Contestants are allowed to build a study, a lounge, a media room or a post-apocalyptic society where the strong rule and petrol is the sole form of currency.
Sadly, no-one appears to have chosen the latter option. Hannah and Clint have chosen a classy sitting room, Josh and Elyse have chosen a studious sitting room, Ronnie and Georgia have chosen a sophisticated sitting room, Jason and Sarah have chosen an intimate sitting room and Sticks and Wombat have such a tiny amount of space that sitting won’t be an option in their room.
Speaking of sitting, that’s all Jason is up to at the moment. Foremen Keith and Dan are getting annoyed because our resident plumber has yet to connect his plumbing, and it’s holding up the build on the new addition to the house. Unfortunately, due to their profligacy Jason and Sarah can’t afford help, and Jason on his own works at the speed of negative five people. The Colorado River “plumbed” the Grand Canyon faster than Jason is plumbing this house.
After being yelled at by Keith, Dan and finally Sarah, Jason finally finishes both his plumbing and insulation so builders can get a move on completing the addition. He laments the fact that there are 75 days left on The Block. Or, in Jason time, “a brief lunch break”.
On the opposite end of the speed spectrum are super renovators Ronnie and Georgia. We join Ronnie as he tries to get a good deal on an attic ladder for his sitting room. He does his best to haggle with the supplier to drive down the cost. I’m sure when his cut-rate attic ladder collapses on the home’s eventual owners, the though of the $100 Ronnie saved will keep them going during the arduous physical therapy.
The attic ladder supplier isn’t the only person Ronnie is trying to shake down this week. Josh and Elyse still owe Ronnie and Georgia $8,700 from their week one challenge room win, and have been practically Jason-esque in their lack of urgency to settle the debt.
Ronnie hits upon the bright idea of getting a local florist to pose as a standover man to shake Josh and Elyse down for his money. The poor guy tries to do his intimidation bit on Josh and Elyse, and it doesn’t play at all. Instead, he gets mercilessly mocked when his gravest crime is just having kind eyes.
"Hi, I'm here to be robbed of my dignity."
Ronnie has one more villainous turn left in him. Josh and Elyse called a body corporate meeting yesterday to get permission to start their backyard a few weeks early in order to get their swimming pool done in time. All the teams are totally in favour of the idea, with the exception of Ronnie and Georgia. The pair cement their status as this season’s villains by scuttling Josh’s plans for no purpose other than sheer pettiness.
Georgia also says the two made their decision because all the other teams hate them. The other contestants assure Ronnie and Georgia that they didn’t hate them before, but that they certainly do now.
Finally, all the other contestants share their frustration with Ronnie and Georgia’s decision. All of them, that is, except Hannah and Clint.
Instead, our sweet, loveable Queenslanders who are friends to all and wouldn’t say an unkind word to anyone reveal that the other contestants have played right into their hands. Hannah tells us that they wanted Josh and Elyse’s motion struck down as well, but in a Machiavellian masterstroke, went along with the crowd knowing full well that Ronnie and Georgia would play the villains for them, absolving them of every bit of blame.
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