The Block recap: The perfect ensuite divides (19.09.16)
The perfect 30 ensuite wasn't the only thing to cause divides on The Block last night, with a brick wall coming between two couples.
First up the losing contestants took a gander at each other's rooms while winners Andy and Ben enjoyed a night away from The Block at a million-dollar property. Julia and Sasha’s room was first to be viewed, with Carleen agreeing with the judges' opinion that the room was soulless.
Kim commented that the judges expect a lot from Julia because of her job, while Karlie noted that if their room came last, what were the judges thinking? What this really illustrates is how competitive The Block is this year.
The couples discuss the judges scores and comments at HQ. Source: Channel 9
Next was Kim and Chris’s room. Again, Carleen agreed with the comments from the judges that the room was very showroom-style, but added that she thought it was lovely. Overall the couples were impressed with Kim and Chris’s offering.
Next up was Carleen and Dan’s creation, and with their previous guest bedroom getting completely battered by the judges the other contestants were keen to see what happened this time around. All the couples appeared bemused by the room and why the judges praised it, with Will saying he didn’t like it and Chris commenting it wasn’t his style at all.
Karlie and Will’s room was up next and after their previous guest bedroom win, expectations were high. Generally the design was popular, with the notable exception of permanently grouchy boomers Carleen and Dan.
Dan pointed out that if you were to come home after a few beers you might well hit the wall a few times before getting into bed, due to the unusual placement of the bed in the room. Carleen added that she didn’t like the artwork and that it wasn’t necessary.
Are there still some sour grapes from this couple after Karlie and Will won the last guest bedroom? (Clue: yes.)
Finally, the contestants were allowed to see the perfect-scoring guest bedroom and ensuite from Andy and Ben. Sasha seemed to be bitterly disappointed, offering comments about their ensuite such as “it’s dirty” and that it wasn’t a ten. Carleen also felt the need to point out that the workmanship wasn’t a ten with a bit of paint dripped onto the skirting in the ensuite, but she and Dan did concede that the lads did a good job.
Julia also felt confused because she got "assassinated" (the girls' new favourite word) for styling, yet the boys' styling scored top marks despite not being picture-perfect. Karlie and Will were the only couple that were impressed and understood why Andy and Ben won, having delivered what no-one has ever done in The Block’s history: a spacious ensuite attached to a guest bedroom that was also roomy and still had robes.
Julia and Sasha were less than impressed by Ben and Andy's room. Source: Channel 9
Then the whinging (bitching) continued when Kim said that all scores should be lowered, and Sasha piped in that the judges aren’t judging everyone on the same level. Sasha continued her tirade against the judges and their comments on Julia’s styling, saying that it is not fair that they expect more from her due to her career and they should apologise. Kim had a bit more of a positive outlook on how to handle the negative comments, saying that they gave good feedback to styles they liked, and she wouldn't listen to the negative.
All the couples got stuck into living and dining week with plans being made and things being ordered. Unfortunately for Karlie she had the added responsibility of sorting out the roster for the couples to work on the rooftop garden, which she assigned to Carleen and Dan this week. When he went up to get started Dan saw there was rubbish and no supplies to do the work, so called Karlie who was uninformed that this was part of her role as Forewoman.
Although still steaming from the judges' comments and their room score Julia and Sasha got some good news when Foremen Keith and Dan came to let them know that the brick wall that had taken out a chunk of their million-dollar views was able to be reduced. However this happiness was short-lived as Kim and Chris got wind of what the girls were able to get and wanted the same treatment.
The catch is that as the walls are load-bearing and structural they can only be reduced by a total, across both walls, of 1.3m which is what is being removed from the wall in the girls apartment. This meant that as the girls were first to approach Keith and Dan about the wall they were left with the decision to either split the 1.3m between the two apartments or keep it all to themselves.
Kim and Chris are less than impressed by Julia and Sasha's decision about the wall. Source: Channel 9
Kim and Chris thought this would be an easy-answered question for the girls as the two couples had become close friends since being on The Block and Chris often helped them out at the last minute without complaint. However, Julia and Sasha are here to win on auction day and after leaving Kim and Chris hanging, eventually told them they would be keeping the whole 1.3m reduction to themselves. This left Kim and Chris not only upset but angry and with a grudge that's likely to continue for the remainder of The Block. This just added to Julia’s continual struggle to get through The Block without having a complete breakdown.
Scott and Foreman Dan then decided to give out the cleanest worksite award to Julia and Sasha, Scott then made a dig saying that he felt Kim and Chris deserved it to which Dan responded they could share it. This added some tension to the already tense air between the two couples. The prize this week was for the girls to choose which tradie they wanted to utilise from Scott’s little black book.
How will this all play out over the coming weeks? Only time will tell.