The Block recap: Rule breakers, budget troubles and early contenders (21.8.16)
The Block 2016 has kicked off in spectacular fashion, with meltdowns, rule breakers and early contenders for this year’s title.
The Block started last night with contestants turning up to the abandoned soap factory that will play host to this year’s renovations. Host Scott Cam was waiting on the building’s roof with the group’s first challenge: 48 hours to turn a small storage pod into a bedroom and ensuite.
The series has already seen its first major drama, with Julia and Sasha running out of budget due after underestimating their trade bills. This left account executive Sasha, who was in charge of the budget, with the awkward task of telling property stylist Julia she would have to return items she’d purchased for the room in order to make budget. The lesson? Always get a quote before agreeing to work with a tradie.
The year’s first episode wasn’t short on lessons. School teachers Ben and Andy drew the ire of foreman Keith after getting their builder to paint their ensuite. As any Blockhead would know, this is a violation of the rules. Only contestants are allowed to paint. Ben was forced to suffer Keith’s wrath, writing “I’ve been a very naughty boy. Only Andy and I are allowed to PAINT”.
Ben and Andy weren’t the only contestants to bend the rules. High school sweethearts Will and Karlie thought they had an edge when they were able to lock in a builder. Unfortunately, the builder they chose was Matty, Kingi and Caro’s builder from last year. Block rules state that builders can’t work on the show in consecutive years, so while the couple were allowed to keep Matty for the 48-hour challenge, they’ll have to find a new builder for the main reno.
Baby boomers Dan and Carleen hit a slight speed bump when the Perth couple had trouble with their in-car GPS. Nevertheless, they were able to find their way around Melbourne to get the supplies they needed.
Early leaders appear to be school teacher Kim and NSW Police officer Chris, who seemed to be getting through the challenge without much hassle.They were quick to find a builder, and had no issues staying within budget. Kim proved to have a keen eye for detail, even asking for a toilet to be moved one or two millimetres to fit her exact specifications. While it’s early days, they may just be this season’s couple to watch.