The Block 2017 recap: Haunted by the past
This week on The Block is all about finding fault, and there’s plenty to find.
It’s the final week on The Block, which might be the sweetest seven words I’ve typed all year. As our series winds to a close, it’s time to look back and reflect on everything our contestants have accomplished.
Or rather not accomplished, it seems. This week our teams will take on the front of their houses, but they also have to tackle the defects in the rooms they’ve already completed. For some, this means a minor touch-up here and there. For others? Well, others are Jason and Sarah. So draw your own conclusions.
But before the contestants fix the faults in their own rooms, it’s time to find fault with each other’s. It’s open for inspections.
All our Blockheads are unanimous in their praise of each other’s work on studio and garage week. Until they arrive at winners Ronnie and Georgia’s. No-one seems to see what the judges apparently did, but while most of the contestants are merely incredulous, Josh is infuriated. He nitpicks minor details like the fact the power doesn’t work, none of the bathroom is plumbed, the doors aren’t properly installed, the skirts and architraves aren’t finished and the entire room is actually just a Wile E. Coyote style painting on a rock.
Ronnie and Georgia's studio
Josh just can’t let this go. He heads out on the warpath, showing all his tradies photos of the offending room. He even goes so far as to drag Elyse to the room blindfolded and watch her emotionally crumble upon realising that they lost the week to the set from a community theatre play.
So righteous is Josh’s anger that he and Elyse raise the issue with host Scott Cam. Scottie quite astutely points out that Ronnie and Georgia actually finished two additional spaces compared to the other teams, by fitting out their garage and creating a games room. What he doesn’t say, but is heavily implied, is that the show’s producers obviously treat Ronnie and Georgia by a different set of rules. There will be no justice today, Josh and Elyse.
Having talked the young couple down off the ledge, Scott does the classy thing and goes to dob them in to Ronnie and Georgia. The pair don’t really have an answer for the fact that they won with a room filled with defects, but they neatly shut down discussion with an elegant “haters gonna hate”.
That’s also the couple’s general attitude toward all the faults found in their home. They’re going back over the defects list and are annoyed that Foremen Keith and Dan marked each one with a sticker AS IS STANDARD INDUSTRY PRACTICE.
At least they’re not in the shoes of Jason and Sarah or Hannah and Clint, whose houses are only being held together by the defect stickers. Keith tells us that Hannah and Clint have more than 900 to fix, while Jason and Sarah’s is a number so large scientists don’t even have a name for it.
Knowing how much work they have ahead of them, Jason and Sarah employ a two-pronged strategy of sleeping and sitting around staring into space. This frustrates their builder, who’s spent the entire season moving at the same molasses pace as the couple but has suddenly become the Flash.
Sarah is downtrodden, but concedes that the two could perhaps have used their time better. DO YOU THINK? WHY THAT’S THE SORT OF PROFOUND SELF-ACTUALISATION MOST PEOPLE ONLY ACHIEVE AFTER YEARS OF THERAPY!
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