The Block recap: The distant future (26.10.2016)

Adam Smith 27 October 2016 NEWS

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The apartment of the future had us wishing this segment was in the past.

Sometimes it pays not to be invited to the party. That’s no doubt what Julia and Sasha were thinking the day after the little soiree at Kim and Chris’, when the other Blockheads were nursing hangovers. Ben seemed to get the worst of it, unable to keep anything in his stomach.The block 2016 episode 39 Kim dances 1

Kim enjoys herself at the shindig. Source: Channel 9.The block 2016 episode 39 Ben chunders

Ben struggles the morning after. Source: Channel 9.

Speaking of things that are violently nauseating, Telstra must have paid a lot of money to be shoved in our faces over and over, with the challenge apartment dubbed “Telstra’s home of the future”. Apparently the future is full of lazy, negligent parents. Scott and Shelley showed off the utopian enclave, where all the electrical and plumbing fixtures were voice-activated and the childrens’ room included a live video feed and motion sensor lights so parents will never again have to face the horrifying task of actually paying attention to their kids in any way. Obviously some parents will be super-happy to pay bucketloads of money for such a service.

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Cue the requisite shot of Carleen and Dan expressing incredulity over all this newfangled technology. Why, in their day you lit your gas lanterns, pumped water from the well, fed your kids their gruel and sent them off to work in the textile mill, and if they fell in the machinery and lost an arm, well that’ll teach ‘em to keep their minds on their business! Then you all came home and ate as a family before you said your evening prayers, turned in at 7PM and quietly died of consumption. AND THAT’S THE WAY THEY LIKED IT, CONSARN IT!

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Kim and Chris' get a projector installed in their terrace. Source: Channel 9.

Shelley, meanwhile, gave the couples a bit of added incentive to win The Block (you know, beyond the HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS AT STAKE) by showing them the holiday home on offer for the winner. Kim also got a bit of a boost for her headaches as treasurer, with ForeDan awarding her and Chris the $5,000 McCafe Quality Award. This little bonus had Julia and Sasha confounded, with Sasha making the incredibly astute observation that the team who got more advantages throughout the competition had the best chance of winning. Really? Is that your advanced statistical analysis of the situation? Next you’ll be telling us that the people who sell for the highest amount at auction will win the most money.

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Kim celebrates the $5000 McCafe win. Source: Channel 9.

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The holiday home up for grabs. Source: Channel 9.

Kim’s revelry proved short-lived. Julia and Sasha’s plasterer, Paulie, took his invoice to Kim, who found out the job was 150% more than the estimate Julia had given her. One can only hope this doesn’t hurt the strong friendship between the two. Or at least that the cameras are there when the next scrag fight happens.

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    TelstraNovember 14, 2016

    What is going to happen to the last apartment renovated on the Block the Telstra one

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      MarcNovember 15, 2016Staff

      Hi Telstra!

      Thanks for the question. We’re also very curious about what will happen to the challenge apartment. In short, we’ve heard nothing major about it yet. We think that it might be sold off at a later date – realistically they couldn’t sell it on the day with the others otherwise it could’ve made it difficult for the contestants.

      We’ll try to dig up and find out more!


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