The Block 2017 room reveal recap: Ronnie gets crane kicked
It'll take more than a crane to lift Ronnie and Georgia's spirits after a tumultuous few days.
It’s been a long weekend, so it’s worth taking some time to recap our previous recap. When last we left our Blockheads, Ronnie had asked Jason for permission to crane a pool over his yard. Jason thought back to that time Ronnie allowed he and Sarah to skip challenge day in order to complete two rooms and thus save themselves from being kicked off The Block, and decides the best way to repay this act of charity is to demand 15 large.
Jason tells Ronnie and Georgia he wants $10,000 up front and $5,000 if they win either this week or next week. After a bit of huffing and puffing, Ronnie and Georgia come back with a counter-offer of $5,000 up front plus another $5,000 if they win this week or next. Jason and Sarah say they’ll have to think about it, and try their best to hide their sinister laughter.
This leaves Ronnie and Georgia to negotiate with Clint and Hannah, whose property the crane will also pass over. Ronnie and Georgia tell Clint and Hannah they’ve agreed on a deal with Jason and Sarah. Unless they’re referring to agreeing to Jason’s suggestion that they get $%&*ed, that’s not technically true.
Nice guy Clint then shocks the couple by having the audacity to ask for compensation for the half day of work he’ll lose by allowing them to use their crane. He says he’d like whatever Jason has agreed to, which at this point is nothing.
Georgia is gobsmacked. She’s furious that The Block’s nicest couple would want remuneration for being hugely inconvenienced and perhaps knocked out of the running for the week’s prize. After all, she and Ronnie have spent this entire competition as the very picture of generosity and altruism.
In the end, some tense negotiations end with Jason and Clint agreeing to $7,500 each up front and $500 each for every hour that the crane runs past its 12pm deadline. The negotiations also reveal that Ronnie and Georgia lied through their teeth about already having a deal in place with Jason and Sarah. This DOES NOT sit well with Hannah and Clint, who would never lie about anything. Except maybe circulating a photo that got Ronnie and Georgia accused of cheating. BUT THAT WAS TOTALLY DIFFERENT!
Thankfully, before we can completely give up on the idea of the fundamental goodness of human nature, the judges arrive.
First up are Jason and Sarah, and the judges love the colour palette. Neale is obviously a fan, as he’s wearing a suit the exact colour of the couple’s wallpaper feature wall. As he disappears against the wall behind him, leaving only a floating head and gesticulating hands, Darren tells us the word that sums up the room is “luscious”. Could you have picked a grosser word, Darren? Succulent? Juicy? Moist?
Jason and Sarah's room
Next up are Hannah and Clint. Again, the judges are impressed with the colour palette and the textures, but they feel the room is out of balance. Shaynna fears the giant flatpack wardrobe could make the room feel like the walls are closing in “like in Raiders of the Lost Ark". Ummm, it was Temple of Doom, thank you.
Hannah and Clint's room
Ronnie and Georgia’s house is next, and the judges are blown away. Neale even goes so far as to say, “#knockingitoutofthepark”, and we collectively lament the death of the English language. The judges are also taken with Ronnie and Georgia’s ensuite, and Neale says it oozes glamour. OK, you’ve officially outdone Darren for gross sounding compliments.
Ronnie and Georgia's room
The judges move on to Sticks and Wombat’s house, and Neale exclaims that the boys have finally found their inner hygge. Well, it’s always in the last place you look. The judges all agree it’s a big change from the pair’s initial challenge room, and Darren reminds us of the ill-fated fart book the two originally used in their styling. We all take a moment to mourn its absence. The judges are also impressed with the boys’ hidden television, which drops down from the ceiling at the push of a button. Sticks and Wombat tell us that they worried the mechanism lowering the TV was likely to explode. Should be a big selling point then.
Sticks and Wombat's room
Finally, it’s on to Josh and Elyse’s. The judges are impressed with the colour palette, and say the room is glamorous and sophisticated, but also welcoming. They say the young couple have old, wise heads on their shoulders. Clearly they haven’t seen them take a geography quiz.
Josh and Elyse's room
The scores are tallied, and Ronnie and Georgia tie Josh and Elyse with perfect 10s across the board.
|Jason and Sarah||9.5||9.5||9.5||28.5|
|Hannah and Clint||8.5||8||8.5||25|
|Ronnie and Georgia||10||10||10||30|
|Sticks and Wombat||9.5||9||9.5 (+1)||28|
|Josh and Elyse||10||10||10||30|
But we’re not done yet. Clint tells Scott Cam he wants a receipt for the money Ronnie and Georgia must pay for their crane usage. Hannah tells the entire group that she doesn’t trust Ronnie and Georgia to pay after lying that they had struck a deal with Jason and Sarah. Georgia is offended by this, and says if Hannah wants to interpret her deliberately misleading and objectively false statements as “lies”, well then that’s her business.
We’re also treated to a delicious bit of poetic justice when Ronnie and Georgia get back to the Block to start digging their pool, and immediately hit a water main they didn’t know was there. It is, for lack of a better word, luscious.
Missed an episode? You can read our recaps of every episode of The Block 2017 here.