The Block 2017 room reveal recap: Jason and Sarah’s judgement day
It’s room reveal night, and the day of reckoning for Jason and Sarah.
Kitchen week has come to an end, and it’s time to get the verdict on whether Jason and Sarah will be allowed to continue on The Block, or if they’ll be kicked to The Curb, a reality show I just made up in which the eliminated contestants of other reality shows sit around whining.
One can’t fault the couple’s effort. Well, this week anyway. They’ve been working around the clock to finish both their kitchen and master suite.
Foremen Keith and Dan come to inspect Jason and Sarah’s progress and, as is their custom, take perverse glee in making concerned noises and grunts. They’re particularly concerned that Sarah has chosen the day before room reveal to go out shopping and spend hours sitting in traffic. That’s still 100% more productivity than she showed last week, guys.
It doesn’t help that the two have chosen to tile their ensuite with herringbone tiles so small they have to be installed using tweezers and a microscope. Jason also has to lug a vanity the size of a Volkswagen Kombi up the narrow, twisting stairs to the bathroom.
But, this being The Block, Jason and Sarah certainly aren’t the only ones struggling to get across the finish line. Clint and Hannah have found that their cooktop isn’t sitting flush on their kitchen bench due to a bit of mis-measured cabinetry. When Clint tells Hannah he can fix the problem, she looks at him as though he just asked permission to crack open her skull and dig around in her brain with a serving spoon. Despite her lack of faith, Clint deftly removes the offending bit of cabinetry and the cooktop catastrophe is averted.
Everything is finally coming together for Jason and Sarah, though. Their fellow contestants are even considering lending a hand. Not Ronnie, however. Apparently he saw Sarah chatting to Hannah rather than working, and in the moral code employed both by Ronnie and primary school kids, that’s an unforgivable sin.
But perhaps Ronnie isn’t being too harsh in his assessment. Josh and Elyse are hesitant to pitch in as well, as Josh said they helped the couple paint before and received nary a thank you, and were later refused help installing their fireplace flue. Of course Clint says he’ll help, but Clint is objectively the nicest person in the world, so he’s a poor point of reference.
In the end, Sticks, Wombat and Clint do help Jason and Sarah sprint to the finish just before tools down.
That means it’s judging time, and judges Neale Whittaker, Shaynna Blaze and Darren Palmer will inspect Jason and Sarah’s master suite first to determine if the couple have done enough to avoid elimination.
Surprise, surprise, Jason and Sarah absolutely killed it. The master suite is amazing, the walk-in robe is fantastic and the ensuite is maybe the best in the competition. If every season of this show was 17 years long, these two would be odds-on favourites. Jason and Sarah celebrate, and Jason tells us he’s thumbing his nose at everyone who thought the couple couldn’t pull it off. Does that include you a few days ago, Jason?
Jason and Sarah's master suite
Now it’s time for the main event. Jason and Sarah’s kitchen is up for inspection. Again, the judges are impressed. Scott tells us they were drawn to the shiny metal surfaces. I think he might be confusing them with birds. Darren also loves the concrete bench. He says this bench is the most “concrete-y” concrete he’s seen. I don’t even know how to respond to that.
Jason and Sarah's kitchen
Next up are Hannah and Clint.
Hannah and Clint's room
The judges love the styling and the use of different materials. It’s an all-out love-fest for the Queensland couple’s kitchen, until the judges notice the minuscule fridge. Hannah and Clint have tried to augment their cold storage by adding not one, but two wine fridges. Unfortunately, this along with the decision to use their kitchen’s niche to build a cocktail bar convinces the judges that this house will only appeal to well-to-do drunks.
"Did someone say my name?"
The judges head to Ronnie and Georgia’s, and dub their kitchen “sexy”. Fortunately, before they can recreate a scene from 91⁄2 Weeks, they turn their attention to the concrete finishes. But the couple again cops criticism for their stinginess with power points, and Shaynna warns that they need to add some colour to their home’s styling.
Ronnie and Georgia's kitchen
Sticks and Wombat are up next. The judges appreciate the timber return on the boys’ island bench, and the use of woodgrain generally. It should particularly appeal to any cashed-up termites come auction day. The judges also appreciate Sticks’ awesome bookcase which swings open to reveal a hidden whiskey room. Darren calls it the ultimate hipster accessory. Neale says the boys should be marketing their home using the phrase “raw luxury”, which sounds slightly dirty.
Sticks and Wombat's kitchen
Finally, Josh and Elyse’s kitchen is up. Neale says the kitchen combines with the lounge and dining room to create a space that’s hygge, a Danish word meaning “pretentious reality competition judge”. The judges are already impressed. Then they find the butler’s pantry and entirely lose their shit. They say the room is spacious enough for an army of butlers, each more obsequious than the last. Shaynna tells us that to this point in the competition she’d had Ronnie and Georgia pegged as the winners, but that Josh and Elyse are now the team to beat. This shouldn’t cause the least bit of friction.
Josh and Elyse's kitchen
The scores are tallied, and Josh and Elyse earn perfect 10s across the board.
|Jason and Sarah||9.5||9.5||9.5||28.5|
|Hannah and Clint||9||8||9||26|
|Ronnie and Georgia||10||9||9||28|
|Sticks and Wombat||9||8.5||9||26.5|
|Josh and Elyse||10||10||10||30|
Tune in next week when all their fellow contestants are happy for them and no-one questions the judges' decision in any way whatsoever.
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