The Block recap: Return of the Kingi (18.10.2016)

Jodie Humphries 19 October 2016

The block 2016 episode 34 title card

The contestants work on their re-do rooms and terraces, and veteran Blockhead pays a visit.

A mid-week episode on The Block means there wasn’t a lot to show as the contestants worked on their terraces and re-do rooms.

All the couples were struggling with the legalities around their terraces as they have walls and are technically rooms, and therefore cannot have BBQs. Kim, ever the researcher, found a BBQ certified for indoor use, giving her apartment the edge as the Block’s most flammable.

The block 2016 Episode 34 Smug Kim

Kim's smug levels approach critical. Source: Channel 9.

Andy and Ben took out the much-sought-after McCafe Quality Award, and decided to use it to actually pay their builder in something other than champagne dreams and strawberry kisses. Not surprisingly, a heavier wallet gave their builder a lighter step, and he got on with the job of finishing the boys’ terrace. Andy and Ben also struck upon the novel idea of asking Foremen Keith and Dan if they would pitch in on the boys’ study in exchange for some odd jobs. Who knew that was allowed?The block 2016 Episode 34 Andy cleans toilets

Naturally, one of the boys' challenges involved cleaning the dunnies. Source: Channel 9.

Certainly not Kim and Chris, who decided to add Andy and Ben’s shady deal to their usual raft of complaints about Julia and Sasha, Kim’s Forewoman duties, the judges’ comments on their rooms and the general existential unfairness of the universe. It really has become whinge fest 2016 for the couple. Chris added that the boys obviously haven’t worked as hard as him because they paid professionals to do the work. God forbid you get a professional to do the renovation work on a $2 million apartment. They called for the boys to be ineligible for judging. Really? But as Ben pointed out there is nothing stopping other couples from thinking outside the box to save money and asking Keith and Dan for the same deal.

The block 2016 Episode 34 Kim complaining

Kim and Chris question the fairness of the boys' deal with Foreman Keith and Foreman Dan. Source: Channel 9.

Then came the blast from the not-so-distant pass, with the return of last year’s contestant, Kingi. Will called in renderer Kingi for some help with his feature wall. We're sorry, it still sounds like a bogan name.

The block 2016 Episode 34 Kingi renders

Will and Karlie use their extra cash to pay for Kingi's rendering services. Source: Channel 9.

Scott Cam then gave the Blockheads their third challenge for the week, desperately trying to fill time and justify those sponsors’ ad dollars. This time, the contestants would cook up a two-course dinner. Meanwhile on Masterchef, the contestants would be installing carbon fibre stucco lath while Matt Preston yelled, “Now parge the lath!”

The block 2016 episode 34 lath

Pictured: Matt Preston

Anyway, as this renovation show puzzlingly tested its contestants’ cooking skills, it was revealed they would be cooking for known boofhead, former AFL player Brendan Fevola and his model wife, Alex. The winners would receive $6,000, with the runners-up pocketing a not-too-shabby $4,000.

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Just to keep the footy theme going, Andy and Ben somehow used their Geelong superpowers to summon footy legend Billy Brownless, who arrived with a slab of beer and fridge for their terrace. Brownless made his grand entrance in a van plastered in ads, wearing a Triple M vest as he passed over a slab of Carlton Draught. The Block has given up on any pretence of subtlety in its advertising. Maybe they should just enlist the Hypno-toad and be done with it.

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