The Block recap: Drama may be smaller than advertised (14.09.16)

Jodie Humphries 15 September 2016

The-block-2016-Episode-15-the-big-block-walk-out-that-wasntThe Block promised big drama last night, and boy oh boy did it … oversell that.

More on this in a minute.

First, the episode kicked off with Shelley and Scott waking the contestants up to check on the progress of their renovations. There’s no better wake-up call than having a couple TV hosts undermine your confidence, so Scott and Shelley set out to do just that by questioning Karlie and Will’s floating wall and Andy and Ben’s ability to deliver on the vision they’ve set out with for their apartment. What a way to start the day.

Karlie made boss

Scott Cam passes Karlie the poisoned chalice. Source: 9now.com.au 

Speaking of rude awakenings, Scott then informed Karlie she would have the dubious honour of being in charge of budgeting and work schedules for the common areas and rooftop garden. Karlie saw the job as a distinct disadvantage, but would the frustration be enough to make her want to leave The Block for good? Could this be the dramatic walk-off we'd been promised?

Nope.

Will stressed

Will shows his stress after a long day of problems. Source: 9now.com.au 

The good news continued for Karlie and Will, as Foreman Keith put a hold on Will pouring his polished concrete for the floors in their living areas. As Keith put Will through his paces to justify his concrete choice, he continued to find more and more details to nitpick. The hold-up did give the couple a chance to rethink their previous decision not to install underfloor heating, however, and given Melbourne’s weather the change of heart was probably wise. Still, all the drama had Will at the end of his tether and on the verge of flying home. Could this be the drama The Block had spent all week teasing? Could Will be chucking it all in and leaving forever?!

Nope.

carleen dan pleased with themselves

Carleen and Dan seem pleased with themselves over their prank on Andy and Ben. Source: 9now.com.au 

Meanwhile, Andy and Ben continued their mostly one-sided prank war with Carleen and Dan, with the boomers finally returning fire at the boys. Carleen and Dan placed ads in a local paper for free items and puppies for sale, listing the boys’ phone numbers. But, honestly, how many people read print classified ads? The same number who do their banking at branches, Carleen and Dan. The boys responded by gifting Carleen and Dan with a peace offering of high fibre cereal, scotch finger biscuits, and adult diapers. Well played boys.

But had the prank war gone too far? Had Andy and Ben’s well-meaning hijinks finally driven Carleen and Dan to the breaking point? Was this the drama The Block had been teasing all week? WOULD THE BOOMERS QUIT IN DISGUST?!

Nope.

Finally, Julia and Sasha had a fairly standard tiff about Julia’s indecisiveness and lack of confidence in her design decisions. It ended with Julia walking offsite to take a small break from The Block. That’s it. That’s the drama. Scintillating.

Unhappy Julia

Julia does an escape act from The Block and covers the in-car camera. Source: 9now.com.au 

That aside, we can await the room reveals with bated breath as one couple apparently scores perfect tens from all three judges on Sunday. But given the build-up of this episode’s drama versus its actual pay-off, expect those perfect tens to be eights.

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