The Block 2017 recap (23.08.2017): A rollercoaster of emotions

Adam Smith 23 August 2017 NEWS

The Block Ep 16Tonight's episode takes us from white-knuckled frustration to sweet, sweet victory.

It’s challenge night on The Block, and the biggest challenge after last night is making it through a day without the contestants murdering Ronnie and Georgia.

Somehow, everyone quells their murderous rage long enough to find out about tonight’s challenge. They’ll be doing work for Ronald McDonald House, transforming rooms in the charity’s Parkville property. Honestly, this charity does such good work that it justifies the near-constant McCafe product placement.

The teams have six hours to complete their rooms, with a $5,000 cash prize and a bonus point at stake. Style guru Rebecca Judd will be judging.

The contestants draw numbers to decide who gets first choice of room, and then they’re off to the races. Everyone gets a room they’re excited about, with the exception of Jason and Sarah who end up with the double whammy of a huge room and the arduous task of climbing stairs to get to it.

Screen Shot 2017-08-23 at 5.46.20 pm"Stairs! My greatest nemesis!"

With the rooms chosen, they all get down to planning. Georgia says she and Ronnie want to create a room “that’s easy to be in”. As opposed to one that forcibly rockets you out a second-storey window as soon as you enter it, I suppose.

Hannah and Clint will be doing a feature wall with a graphic cloud print. By that I mean a photograph of clouds, not a cloud print that’s particularly violent or suggestive.

Sticks and Wombat will also be doing a large graphic print. In this case, they’ll be using two of Sticks’ surfing photos to create a beach-themed room.

Jason and Sarah are deep into planning as well. Their plan appears to be standing around arguing about whether to move the beds out of the room or come up with a design palette. It’s a bold plan, for sure, so we’ll see if it pays off.

Josh and Elyse have the rather brilliant plan of using Rebecca Judd’s bedding range in their room. If you can’t play to a judge’s fashion sense, play to their ego.

With plans made, it’s off to shop. This seems to go smoothly for everyone except, surprisingly, Sarah. She spends literally more than an hour wandering around trying to find where she parked. At the rate she’s looking, it would be faster to just construct a new car entirely by hand.

It’s at this point that the couple’s glacial pace moves from endearingly humorous foible to legitimately infuriating character trait.

Finally, she locates her car and gets back to the worksite, just in time to determine that there’s no point and she should just give up. But Jason’s progress in her absence is certain to lift Sarah’s spirits and put some much-needed pep in her step!

Just kidding. He hasn’t done anything.

Of course, the two don’t come even close to finishing their room. They’ve left it such a mess that they might end up actually owing $5,000 to Ronald McDonald House.

Screen Shot 2017-08-23 at 5.37.41 pmHannah and Clint's room.

Screen Shot 2017-08-23 at 5.38.03 pmRonnie and Georgia's room.

Screen Shot 2017-08-23 at 5.38.37 pmSticks and Wombat's room.

Screen Shot 2017-08-23 at 5.39.12 pmJosh and Elyse's room.

Screen Shot 2017-08-23 at 5.39.37 pmJason and Sarah's room. I'm not kidding.

In the end, Josh and Elyse score the win. Their use of Rebecca Judd’s bedding did not go unnoticed by the style maven. They score $5,000 and a bonus point, while the couples are treated to a night of glamping.

Except, that is, Jason and Sarah, who make the very classy decision to go back and finish their room. They finally complete it in the wee hours of the next morning, and the end result is honestly stunning. If only the concept of linear time didn’t exist, these two would be killing it.

The next day everyone is feeling good, so Scott Cam, Shelley Craft and Domain’s Alice Stolz show up to put an end to that. Alice is here to survey the contestants’ progress and determine whose design shows the most potential.

After considering all the teams’ progress … wait for this …


$&#$*@ FINALLY!

As we come down off that enormous high and the episode draws to a close, we’re treated to a completely unique moment. Ronnie and Georgia are arguing about something.

Missed an episode? You can read our recaps of every episode of The Block 2017 here.

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