The Block recap: Tasmanian trials and tribulations (05.10.2016)

Marc Terrano 6 October 2016

The Block 2016 episode 26

Welcome to the great 2016 waterproofing fiasco.

Last night saw the Block contestants cruise to Tasmania for some product placement *ahem* challenges.

After disembarking from the Spirit of Tasmania and getting into their Suzuki Vitaras, they travelled to Wynwood Sawmill to win timber from Hydrowood.

The challenge was apparently simple. Each team had to design a table for their terrace, with five different timbers up for grabs. The winning design would be chosen by the sawmill workers (from Wynwood Sawmill, just in case you forgot), with the team that produced it getting their hands on the coveted Blackheart Sassafras, the most expensive (at $30,000) and rarest timber. With many of the teams having already ripped through their budget faster than a chainsaw whips through a branch, this was clearly a desirable prize.

Blackheart Sassafras

The prized Blackheart Sassafras. Queue angelic choir sound effect. Source: Channel 9.

Karlie and Will dazzled the judges with their elegant design, with Dan and Carleen hot on their heels in second place. To be clear, there is no chance this will make the Block's resident boomers any less annoying.

Andy and Ben were once again the laughing stock of the show, when one of the judges thought their table looked like a barbecue. Their wheeled monstrosity earned them last place yet again, although even so the timber they received was worth $18,000.

The block episode 26 BBQ table

Andy and Ben's table. Nice try guys. Source: Channel 9.

Things weren’t all bad for the pranksters. At lunch Ben managed to come first in a truly bizarre surprise quiz which included the marketing slogan for the Suzuki Vitara as one of the questions. Andy and Ben bagged $5,000, which will help add a bit of cash to their paltry $44,000 budget.

Refreshed from their trip (nothing like some Antarctic winds blowing around your nether regions), the contestants returned to Melbourne and settled back into The Block.

Both Dan and Carleen and Karlie and Will were progressing nicely, with their cabinetry being installed. Andy and Ben hadn’t fared as well. Their builder had been delayed because of Kim and Chris’ plumber. We look forward to endless blame-shifting as a result of this.

Fortunately, it wasn’t long until fortune once again favoured Geelong's best-known goons, when they won another much-needed boost, this time from McCafe. As well as ensuring that Andy and Ben won't end up on the streets just yet, this also reassured us that the show's producers weren't going to pass up yet another product placement opportunity.

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Product placement shot #254. Source: Channel 9.

Between sips of Maccas coffee, ForeDan explained they would be receiving $5,000 worth of tiling from Fabian the Fiery, one of the best tilers the series has ever seen.

And it seems like a good tiler is essential, because the waterproofing issues have really kicked off.

Julia and Sasha’s laundry had a laundry list (I’m sorry) of problems, ranging from gaps in the waterproofing to completely missing sections of waterproofing. After eight hours of repairs Keith and Foreman Dan gave the thumbs up to the barely functional couple's barely functional laundry, but the delay cost them another half day.

The block 2016 episode 26 Julia and Sasha waterproofing errors

Julia and Sasha have to redo their waterproofing. Source: Channel 9.

That said, no-one had it worse than Kim and Chris. On top of their own waterproofing issues their builder Andy went AWOL.

After finally reaching builder Andy, we found out it was money that had caused the spat. Namely, he wanted more of it.

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Kim and Chris have yet another awkward conversation with builder Andy. Source: Channel 9.

After being unable to come to an agreement, Kim found a new builder, causing Andy to want to have another discussion about staying on. Awkwardness ensued and Andy was booted with his money. What followed was an emotional all-nighter as the duo got the site ready for the new builder, their third so far. All of which builds expectations nicely for disasters aplenty in tonight's episode.

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