The Block recap: Competition (and a poorly-placed TV) heats up (25.09.2016)
It was room reveal night on The Block, and the drama started before the judges could even make it in the door.
Julia made her return after fleeing the scene earlier in the week, and it was time to inspect how Sasha had managed on her own.
The Queen of Indecision was decisive about one thing: She hated almost everything Sasha had done. Julia did like the moulding, though, so Sasha can always hang onto that.
After that bout of amateur judgement, it was time to let the professionals have a crack. Neale, Darren and Shaynna headed to The Block to cast their eyes over the contestants' living and dining rooms.
Karlie and Will's living and dining area. Source: 9now.com.au
First up were Karlie and Will. The hero of their reno this week, the polished concrete floor, wasn’t polished in time. No matter. The judges apparently give marks for good intentions, because they were all impressed by the floor, as well as the heating installed under it. They also gave high marks to the couple’s huge photographic artwork. In spite of this, Neale felt "hemmed in" by the furniture, and Shaynna was concerned that placing the fireplace below the television and a plasterboard wall could lead to the absolute most obvious outcome: a scorched wall and melted television.
Carleen and Dan's living and dining area. Source: 9now.com.au
Next stop was Carleen and Dan’s. Shaynna and Darren were impressed with the couple’s custom-built entertainment unit, and Neale remarked on how much the couple had grown over the last few weeks.
Andy and Ben's living and dining area. Source: 9now.com.au
Still on a high from their perfect 30 last week, Andy and Ben were next in the firing line. Shaynna was impressed by the boys’ choice of another artwork that gave a nod to the building’s heritage. However, the judges seemed to agree that enough was enough, and Neale said it was the last piece of heritage artwork he wanted to see in the apartment. Shaynna also had a go at the furnishings, saying they weren’t high-end enough. Darren argued that the television was placed too high. Fair enough. If the TV is too high, how are you supposed to look down your nose at contestants on next year’s edition of The Block?
Julia and Sasha's living and dining area. Source: 9now.com.au
Next up were Julia and Sasha, and everyone was eager to see how the couple would fare without Julia around to do . . . whatever it is she does. Nevertheless, the judges were impressed with the way the girls (or Sasha) had maximised the room’s view, and loved the artwork and furnishings.
Kim and Chris' living and dining area. Source: 9now.com.au
Finally, it was Kim and Chris’ turn. It was a bit of a mixed bag for the couple, with the judges showing a lot of enthusiasm for the smart home features built into the room, particularly the ability to control all the appliances via a mobile phone. But Kim and Chris were also guilty of hoisting their television aloft into the airy firmament beyond the neck-craning capacities of any normal humans. And, Shaynna called a brick column in the room "the biggest mistake" she had seen that day. Really? Bigger than Karlie and Will’s combustible TV?
|Karlie & Will||7||7||6.5||20.5/30|
|Carleen & Dan||8.5||8.5||8.5||25.5/30+1 bonus pt|
|Andy & Ben||7||7.5||7.5||23/30|
|Julia & Sasha||8.5||8.5||8.5||25.5/30|
|Kim & Chris||7.5||6.5||7||21/30|
In the end, the judges delivered a tie. Julia and Sasha, sans Julia, drew even with Dan and Carleen. Keen viewers will remember, however, that Dan and Carleen had an extra point in their back pockets from winning the restoration challenge. They chose to use it, and came out the winners on the night. Karlie, Will and their television en flambé were left to wear the Chump Jacket.