The Block recap: Working together, falling apart (24.10.2016)

Jodie Humphries 25 October 2016 NEWS

The Block 2016 episode 37 feature card

The contestants had to put aside their differences and play nice as they work together on a final apartment. They did neither of those things.

With their own apartments done, it was now time for the couples to find a way to work together to renovate the challenge apartment. This seems about as likely as the next season of The Block filming in Sydney.

First, though, it was time for the weekly passing of judgement. The contestants all got to have a squizz at each other’s terraces, and the consensus seemed to be that Julia and Sasha were lucky to pull into a tie with Kim and Chris, and especially lucky to beat out Karlie and Will. Andy and Ben also received some lovingly patronising pats on the head just for finishing their prison cell terrace. Overall. this segment had all the warmth of an esky filled with ice.

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The sticky-beaking over, Scott Cam gathered the contestants back at the Block to work on the challenge apartment. He informed everyone that someone would have to be in charge of dividing the budget of $150,000 cash along with the sponsor vouchers. Kim reluctantly put her hand up, because we know how reluctant she is to grab any chance to lord over others. Did I need to put sarcasm alerts on that sentence? She's definitely much more Kim Jong-il than Kim Possible.

The block 2016 episode 37 Kim raises her hand to be treasurer

Kim raises her hand to be the treasurer. Source: Channel 9.

Next it was time to assign each team two rooms for the next two weeks. This was to be done via the super-scientific selection process of “plant the finger on the building plans”. Surprise, surprise, everyone’s fingers gravitated toward the same space. The plan was quickly abandoned in favour of pulling names out of a hat.

The block 2016 episode 37 Kim picks from a hat

Kim pulls names out of a hat. Source: Channel 9.

In the end, Carleen and Dan will tackle the main bathroom and living and dining areas; Julia and Sasha will take a guest bedroom and the kitchen; Kim and Chris will handle the hallway, laundry and powder room along with the terrace; Andy and Ben will apply their non-existent budgeting talents to the ensuite and master bedroom; and Karlie and Will will take another guest bedroom and the garden courtyards. No matter how ugly you think this melange is going to be, the reality will be worse.

The block 2016 episode 37 week one rooms

The room allocations for week one. Source: Channel 9.

The block 2016 episode 37 week two roomsThe room allocations for week two. Source: Channel 9.

Now it fell to Kim to sort out the budget. She took into account all the sponsors' vouchers allocated for each room, put money aside for building materials and three builders, and this left approximately $100,000 cash to be split between the rooms. This is how she did it; master bedroom $11,000, ensuite $16,000, each guest bedroom got $8,000 each, living and dining $7,000, main bathroom $13,500, hallway, laundry and powder room $6,000, kitchen $4,000, terrace $17,000 and the private courtyard $17,000. Now no-one could complain about that, right?

The block 2016 episode 37 Andy farts in the car with Carleen

Andy amuses himself with a fart while driving with Carleen. Source: Channel 9.

Right. That was about as likely as Kim not using her position to screw over Julia and Sasha. Spoiler alert: Everyone complained about the budgeting and Kim totally used her position to screw over Julia and Sasha.The block 2016 episode 37 Julia and Karlie whinge about budgets

Julia and Karlie complain about the tight budgets. Source: Channel 9.

Kim relented on her budget after some pressure from Julia and basically everyone else except herself. The adjustment to the budget took $2000 from the terrace and $2000 from the courtyard and distributed the $4000 equally between the guest bedrooms, main bedroom and living and dining area. The episode was still not done, with Kim managing to squeeze in some last-minute tears.

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Kim redistributes the budget. Source: Channel 9.

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    October 25, 2016

    Just $4,000 for the kitchen? Really? I’m assuming there’s some heavy duty vouchers for use in there then! Benchtop alone could cost that much. Appliance I imagine are all covered by the vouchers.

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      JodieOctober 26, 2016

      Hi Adam,

      You are our most regular commenter on our Block recaps.

      I thought that as well when the budgets were read out but sponsors include Reece, BOSCH and Freedom did all the other kitchens, so the $4,000 is for trades and styling really and if they can’t do it with that when Freedom do the bulk of the work then there are issues. But that being said watching Julia last night feeding back to Kim what they are spending on the guest bedroom and she is just randomly picking numbers rather than having any actual solid figures I do wonder how they will go with that budget.

      More whining to come I imagine. resident Blockspert

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