The Block 2017 recap: In which I spend the whole recap dragging Ronnie

Adam Smith 12 September 2017

The Block Ep 26As a new week dawns on The Block, Jason and Sarah are still reeling from room reveal.

The two were handed an ultimatum by Scott Cam after failing to even start their master suite. If they don’t finish both their master suite and this week’s kitchen by room reveal, they’ll be kicked off the show and we will have lost a wellspring of comedy.

Meanwhile, the other teams are riding high after some pretty good feedback from the judges. They have Jason and Sarah to think for the favourable juxtaposition.

Winners Josh and Elyse are off on a resort retreat, and they’ve taken along Wombat who’s been left orphaned while Sticks awaits the arrival of his baby.

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Ronnie is having some fun of his own as he gleefully reports back to Foremen Keith and Dan on Jason and Sarah’s woes. Seriously, did this guy make it through a single day of high school with an un-wedgied bum?

Ronnie’s appetite for sledging is about to be sated as it’s time for open for inspections. It’s a bit of an anticlimax as basically no-one is actually at the Block, but we must press on for the sake of tradition.

First up are Josh and Elyse. Jason and Sarah and Clint are all suitably impressed by the winning room, but Ronnie thinks the judges got the scoring wrong given the room’s lack of a door. How wrong? Oh, about half a point I should say.

That’s the score by which Josh and Elyse pipped Ronnie and Georgia, whose room is next. And in all honesty, it’s hard to fault. The room is amazing, and Clint is quite taken with the concealed TV. Jason says there are a few painting problems, but that it’s otherwise great. This is what magnanimity looks like, Ronnie.

None of that is on display when Hannah and Clint’s room is up for inspection. Ronnie and Georgia lay into the couple’s tiling work. Ronnie goes so far as to say it looks like it was done by a 10-year-old. You’d know 10-year-olds, Ronnie, as that’s about the level of your emotional intelligence.

Sticks and Wombat’s room is next, and Ronnie and Georgia actually really love it. It’s a breath of fresh air this week for the two not to be hyper-critical.

This screeches to a halt when they inspect Jason and Sarah’s fiasco. Clint responds to the unfinished room with empathy. Ronnie and Georgia, meanwhile, mercilessly make fun of the couple. I guess it’s somewhat understandable given Jason’s absolute verbal onslaught on Georgia a few weeks back, but it’s still a bad look.

Jason and Sarah are actually hard at work, trying to plot out a strategy to finish this week’s rooms and salvage their future in the competition. As they get to planning, Scott Cam stops by the make nice after last night’s awkwardness. He suggests that the two call a body corporate meeting to ask their fellow contestants’ permission to skip this week’s challenge so they can focus on their room. Who could possibly stand in the way of such a reasonable request?

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Fortunately, we get a brief interlude from all this drama to hear that Sticks’ baby boy has arrived. We’re also treated to a pretty amazing ‘80s music video starring Wombat as he sings wistfully about his missing friend. There’s even a sexy sax solo. I say this without an ounce of irony: it’s some of the best television I’ve ever seen.

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Unfortunately, it’s back to the maelstrom of awkwardness as Sarah tries to arrange a body corporate meeting. Ronnie tersely informs her that he and Georgia will refuse to attend. Once again, given the outcome of the last body corporate meeting it’s kind of hard to blame him on this point.

Georgia manages to talk some sense into Ronnie. She warns Ronnie that if Jason and Sarah get kicked off the show, the producers could bring in a more talented team to finish the build. That’s one reason to help the couple out. Another is basic human decency, but what fun is that?

In the end, everyone attends the body corporate meeting and unanimously gives Jason and Sarah permission to skip out on this week’s challenge. Jason is overcome with gratitude and says the meeting changed his opinion of Ronnie. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

So our budget-challenged couple will be given the best chance possible of getting themselves back on track. Unfortunately, it appears they’re not the only ones with budget woes. Everyone’s favourite Queenslanders Hannah and Clint are facing a rude awakening as well.

Clint has big plans for the couple’s kitchen. He wants to put in a bar and wine fridge to really class up the place. But Scott Cam shows up to deflate the couple by telling them that they have less than half the money left that they thought they did. That wine fridge plan might have to be scaled back a bit.

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