The Block recap: Toilet overcompensation (12.09.16)

Jodie Humphries 13 September 2016


The couples have a go at each other's bathrooms, and Andy and Ben throw toilets at their problems.

After hearing the judges’ feedback all the couples, except Carleen and Dan who enjoyed their night away from The Block, headed back to check out each other’s rooms. Everyone was keen to see what got Carleen and Dan a perfect 10 from Neale Whitaker.

This was to remain a mystery, with opinion split on the winning bathroom. Andy found the tiles nauseating (lucky he was already in the bathroom), while Ben called the room horrific. While not all the critiques were quite so harsh, the contestants generally agreed that they didn’t see Neale’s perfect 10 reflected in the room.

Julia and Sasha were the next to face scrutiny, and everyone was impressed with the look and feel of their bathroom. The contestants seemed to agree that they liked Julia and Sasha’s bathroom better than Carleen and Dan’s.

Karlie and Will’s third-place bathroom was the contestants’ next stop. Kim noted there was no bath and no door, but critique always rings a bit hollow from someone wearing the Chump Jacket.

Kim and Chris chump jackets

Kim and Chris wear the Chump Jackets whilst planning their next room. Source:

Andy and Ben’s toilet-free bathroom was next. All the couples were impressed, and Karlie and Will commented on the original soap ad’s nod to the building’s history. The contestants agreed, however, that the lack of a toilet may have flushed the boys’ chances.

Last to be inspected was Kim and Chris’ contentious bathroom. The contestants outdid Darren and Neale by managing to inspect the room without coming to fisticuffs, with Julia noting she could see some of the judges’ points and Will commenting that Kim and Chris were trying to create something that wasn’t them.

Early next morning the couples were back to work, getting started on their guest bedroom. Andy and Ben decided to counteract their missing toilet debacle by giving the judges more toilets than they knew what to do with. They decided to add a toilet into their just-finished bathroom, and put an ensuite in place of the walk-in robe in their guest bedroom. It’s a move the pair have decided to keep a lid on, even going so far as to smuggle their plumber into the apartment in a wheelie bin.

Ben, Andy and ForeDan

Andy and Ben let ForeDan into their little secrect to make sure they can do it. Source:

Kim and Chris ran into a bit of drama with their builder, who had cheekily invoiced them for the day he wasted arguing with Foreman Keith over the couple’s built-in bath. A heated exchange between Kim and the builder saw them part company. While their current builder said he would stay to frame up the guest bedroom, Kim and Chris will be looking for a new builder for the remainder of their reno.

There was a bright moment for the reigning Chumps, however, when they won Foreman Dan’s cleanest worksite award. This means they’ll have the benefit of a lighting designer for the whole of their renovation. Scott Cam also surprised the couple with a visit from their two young children.

Kim and chris family reunion

Kim and Chris get a family surprise from Scott Cam to lift their spirits. Source:

Meanwhile, Julia and Sasha continued to disagree about every possible decision (and Julia’s inability to make them), Karlie and Will plan to add a floating wall bedhead to their guest bedroom and Carleen and Dan spent much of the episode basking in the glory of their controversial win with massages and a night away from The Block.

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