The Block recap: The boomers you love to hate (10.10.16)

Jodie Humphries 11 October 2016 NEWS

The block 2016 episode 29 recap

Carleen and Dan were on a quest to ratchet up their villainy last night.

If you were putting together a fantasy dream team of the most objectionable reality TV contestants in Australian television history, The Block’s Carleen and Dan would go in the draft somewhere between that guy on The Bachelor who picked the girl no-one liked and that other guy on The Bachelor who picked the girl no-one liked. In other words, high first rounders.

Their draft stock was on the rise last night, as the couple did everything possible to appear unlikeable. It started with having a whinge about nemeses’ Karlie and Will’s winning rooms.

While the other contestants heaped praise on Karlie and Will’s hallway, powder room and laundry, reigning chumps Carleen and Dan felt it wasn’t up to their standard. Keen-eyed viewers will remember that this standard includes leaving walls unpainted.

Following the room inspections, the beloved boomers continued their quest to become cartoonish, moustache-twirling villains as Dan once again played the condescending male to Karlie, demanding access to their apartment so Dan and Carleen could get their plumbing sorted.

Karlie is annoyed by Dan

Karlie gets frustrated with Dan's condescension. Source: Channel 9.

We were given a brief respite from the pair when Andy and Ben launched another bright idea to shore up their ailing funds. After losing spectacularly in table tennis to Foremen Keith and Dan, and subjecting all of us to ForeDan’s upper thighs, the boys decided they would challenge the foremen to see who could kick an AFL ball into a wheelie bin. Spoiler alert: No-one can. To save some time and actually get back to renovations on this renovation show, host Scott Cam suggested altering the bet to reward the first person to handball a goal. Andy was up to the challenge, leaving the boys with bragging rights and $500 added to their budget. Keith and Dan were forced to don the Chump Jackets, a familiar feel for Dan but a rather uncomfortable fit for Keith.

Andy and Ben celebrate

Andy and Ben celebrate their win. Source: Channel 9.

Keith and Dan wear the chump jackets

Keith and Dan get snug in their chump jackets. Source: Channel 9.

Back to Dan and Carleen’s general unpleasantness, and Dan argued against a move by Will to extend power tool time. Possibly because it will disturb the all-too-likely slumber plans for WA's finest slobs, should they again choose to sleep instead of finishing one of their rooms.

Conflict ratcheted up a notch when Dan and Carleen’s plumbing again caused issues for Karlie and Will, all of which the pair blamed on those entitled young whippersnappers.

On a positive note, Kim and Chris again won the McCafé quality award, and we won another bit of ham-fisted product placement. Seriously, how much clumsier and obtrusive could the product placement be?

I used to be merely ambivalent about McDonald’s and Suzuki’s, and now I want to travel back in time and stop them from even being invented. Money well spent, advertisers.

Kim and Chris win the McCafe quality award

Kim and Chris win the McCafé quality award. Not pictured: A huge McCafé logo. Source: Channel 9.

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    October 12, 2016

    Karlie and Dan did do the wrong thing by having their polishing work thru til midnight, but that was a calculated move to take the large fine on the chin in order to hopefully win the larger prize at the end of the week, so I get that.

    Dan’s ridiculousness though makes no sense at all. He seems to think that we’ll all be seeing Will as being negatively portrayed on TV, but frankly, Dan just looks like a spoiled brat. I don’t want to get too personal, but I’d hate to see if Dan’s parenting method is just like how he’s dealt with the younger contestants on this show. It’s so backwards and dated. A little bit of courtesy and humility goes a long way…

    The product placement can be a bit on the nose, but I did love the look of the Freedom app they were showing off with the 3D view of how the kitchens will look! Didn’t one of the teams win $20k worth of kitchen appliances earlier in the season? That’s sure going to come in handy for whoever that was (clearly can’t remember :P) with the ongoing budget woes.

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