The Block recap: The judges terrace a new one (23.10.2016)

Adam Smith 24 October 2016 NEWS

The block 2016 episode 36

Final room reveals saw the contestants sprinting toward the finish, but their renovation odyssey isn't over yet.

It was final room reveals last night on The Block, and everyone was getting a bit sentimental. Even the normally-composed Julia, a pillar of emotional strength throughout the season, finally cracked and had a cry.

But would the tears continue when it came time for judging? Shaynna, Neale and Darren showed up to give the contestants something to cry about.

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First up were Karlie and Will, whose bigger terrace area gave them a distinct advantage. The judges loved the couple’s deck and courtyard, with Neale branding it “luscious and mature”, a description usually reserved for over-50s dating websites.

The judges were less impressed with Karlie and Will’s re-do room. While Shaynna said the couple’s redone living area had addressed the layout issues, Darren pointed out that their television remained in danger of imminent immolation.

The block 2016 episode 36 Karlie and Jim terrace

Karlie and Will had an advantage due to the courtyard. Source: Channel 9.

Next up were Carleen and Dan, who were understandably exhausted after being forced to get by on just 14 hours of sleep per night. Nevertheless, they got high marks for their terrace, particularly the couple’s table with a built-in fireplace.

But Shaynna did have some concerns about the bizarre choice to put a leather sofa outside. Carleen tried to defend the decision by arguing that the sofa had a protective coating, but unless that protective coating was a roof and walls, it’s probably not going to cut it.

Shaynna seemed fairly unimpressed by the whole experience, which drew Carleen’s ire. Carleen accused Shaynna of being a middle aged woman picking on another middle aged woman. However, the boomers did get some encouragement on the re-do of their guest room.

The block 2016 episode 36 Dan and Carleen terrace

Carleen and Dan's terrace got high marks, even if Shaynna's comments did ruffle Carleen's feathers. Source: Channel 9.

Andy and Ben’s budget terrace was next to be judged, and their lack of funds shone through. Darren moved from calling the terrace a “man cave” to comparing it to a prison cell, while Neale said it needed a “dirty great ute” to complete the picture. About the best feedback the judges could muster about the boys’ terrace and re-do room was that they had managed to finish.

The block 2016 episode 36 Andy and Ben terrace

Andy and Ben's prison-cell chic terrace. Source: Channel 9.

It was then on to Julia and Sasha’s, and after “assassinating” property stylist Julia with weeks of career-ending comments, the judges now all decided they wanted to hire her, gushing on and on about the styling of the terrace.

Their effusive praise turned downright erotic when they surveyed the guest bedrooms, as they heaped frankly creepy compliments on a contestant's styling when they previously insinuated there was no sense of style. It was a bit like if Lee Harvey Oswald had proclaimed that he couldn’t wait to vote for Kennedy in ’64.

The damage is done, folks.

The block 2016 episode 36 Julia and Sasha terrace

Julia and Sasha's terrace scored highly with the judges. Source: Channel 9.

Last to face judgment were Kim and Chris, whose careful budgeting was obvious in the extra cash they had to spend on their terrace and re-do rooms. Shaynna proclaimed that the couple’s terrace “knocks me out”, so with her unconscious it was left to Darren and Neale to finish the judging. The judges were equally impressed by Kim and Chris’ redone master bathroom.

The block 2016 episode 36 Kim and Chris terrace

Kim and Chris' terrace. Source: Channel 9.

As the scores were tallied, the boys' budget woes sank them to the bottom of the heap. Carleen managed to get in a particularly nasty dig at Shaynna. What was that about middle aged women criticising each other, Carleen?

Contestants Darren Shaynna Neale Total
Kim & Chris 9.5 10 10 29.5/30
Julia & Sasha 10 9.5 10 29.5/30
Andy & Ben 6 6 5 17/30
Carleen & Dan 9 7.5 9 25.5/30
Karlie & Will 9 9 9 27/30

With the judging complete, we were again met with a situation where mortal enemies get to spend a night away from the Block together. It’s as though the network had planned it this way.

Another twist got thrown at our contestants, with Scott Cam revealing that they would have a week to renovate another apartment from start to finish, and that the teams would all work together.

So Karlie and Will working with Dan and Carleen? Julia and Sasha working with Kim and Chris? Dan and Carleen working with absolutely anyone?

Stay tuned for next year when this apartment ends up in our weekly Safe as Houses column.

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    esmeraldaOctober 26, 2016

    Why is Chris and Kim allowed to trash Julia and Sasha so much to everyone and think that it is ok to extend their views to the resident landscaper. I hope that they get very little in return for their efforts. Who will they blame? It is their grandma country style that would be to blame.What do you think?

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      JodieOctober 26, 2016

      Hi Esmeralda,

      Thank you for your comment.

      I don’t know that they are intentionally trying to get anyone else to dislike Julia and Sasha. Kim was merely making a comment that she wouldn’t be giving Julia what she wanted and that this was because the girls had previously made it clear that they were in it for the competition rather than to make friends and so Kim and Chris would no longer be doing them favours.

      And really it’s all a lot editing done by Channel 9 so who knows what truly is happening. resident Blockspert

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    jassOctober 24, 2016

    Why is Kym being that way with everyone when yo shouldn’t behave this way on a program like this. She’s being very unfair n childish the way she’s behaving. She’s the wrong person for the job. SORRY

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      esmeraldaOctober 26, 2016

      Why is Chris and Kim intent in getting the onsite landscaper into their personal argument that is over

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      JodieOctober 26, 2016

      Hi Again Esmeralda,

      As I mentioned in response to your other comment I personally don’t feel that Kim is trying to get anyone else on site into their issues with Julia and Sasha I just think they are very open when it comes to their issues and so speak their mind quite a lot. resident Blockspert

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      JodieOctober 25, 2016

      Hi Jass,

      Thank you for your comment.

      I am guessing you are referring to how Kim is handling being the treasurer for the challenge apartment. I guess it could look like she is being unfair to the other contestants but as none of them put their hand up to do the job I, personally, feel like she can but she isn’t. She has a tough job and a very tight budget that she is doing her best to try and allocate appropriately taking the needs of each room into account. And considering Kim and Chris were one of the few couples not to have budget woes in their final week I think having her in charge of the cash is pretty smart, she obviously did it well for their apartment.

      But it’s hard to say as no one else put their hand up for the job. resident Blockspert

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