The Block recap: Knives out (28.09.2016)

Jodie Humphries 29 September 2016 NEWS

The-block-2016-Episode-23-the-block-wars-continueIt was time last night to check our contestants’ progress on their master bedroom renovations, but all that took a backseat to some vehicle-related drama.

Tensions continue to mount between Kim and Chris and Sasha and Julia. The top floor of The Block doesn’t seem to be big enough for the two teams, and Kim and Chris seem determined to act out a rather one-sided vendetta against the girls. It began with Julia and Sasha committing the faux pas of taking both their personal car and the Cam Van offsite at the same time. With the girls serving as their own project managers, one of them has to be on-site at all times. Kim was not about to let this breach of etiquette slip by, and complained to Keith and Dan. Contestant Dan, who had previously been pulled up when he and Carleen had gone offsite simultaneously, also had a whinge to Keith. So Foreman Keith was left with little choice but to call Julia and Sasha and demand one of them hightail it back to The Block.

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The boys present the Dan Van to Keith and Dan. Source: Channel 9.

But it wasn’t all vehicle-related drama (vehicular dramacide?). There was also a bit of vehicle-related comedy with Foreman Dan (vehicular Danslaughter?), as Andy and Ben tried to solve the problem of the single communal vehicle by introducing the Dan Van. The pair got a wagon which had been donated by one of the show’s sponsors emblazoned with Foreman Dan’s face. Not wanting Foreman Keith to feel left out, Andy and Ben presented him with a variety of rhyming gifts, including beef, a wreath, some briefs and a fire chief hat. Arguably, some of them were a bit of a poetic stretch, but it’s the thought that counts.

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Kim is loving her new role and power. Source: Channel 9.

We’d had drama and comedy, so it was time for some romance. Karlie and Will had a night on the town to celebrate their nine-year anniversary, while Chris organised a date night to celebrate Kim’s role as Sasha and Julia Victimiser … er … I mean … Forewoman.

Finally, at long last, it was time for some renovation work. Shelley and Scott made their way to The Block to check up on the contestants’ progress. First was Carleen and Dan’s apartment. The two disclosed their secret weapon: heritage pieces they’d had in their vault and would deploy in their master bedroom.

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Karlie and Will enjoy a romantic night out. Source: Channel 9.

Next up were Karlie and Will. The two are badly in need of a win this week, as they’re running extremely low on budget. The lack of funds hasn’t stopped them from having a specially-made timber feature wall installed in their master bedroom.

Andy and Ben were also low on funds, and were hoping a spinning shoe and clothes rack and full-length mirror in their built-in robe might snare them a win this week and provide the money they needed to continue. The judges are bound to be impressed by spinning shoes. They’re only human, after all.

Shelley and Scott then headed upstairs to The Block’s current war zone. Kim and Chris have the biggest master bedroom on The Block, but it’s not big enough to hold their contempt for Sasha and Julia. Kim jumped at the opportunity to show Scott video evidence of the girls’ tradies using power tools after tools down.

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Julia tries to get revenge on Kim and Chris. Source: Channel 9.

This left Scott in the unenviable position of informing Sasha and Julia that they were being hit with a $2,000 fine. Sasha demanded to see the evidence, and went straight to the girls’ builder to let him know what happened. Meanwhile, Julia decided turnabout was fair play and lurked outside Kim and Chris’ apartment to try to catch their tradies in a noise violation. She didn’t have much luck, but points for tenacity. We’ll just have to wait until Sunday to see if the top floor of The Block has the structural integrity to survive all this tension.

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