The Block recap: Would you lather? (27.09.2016)

Jodie Humphries 28 September 2016 NEWS

The-block-2016-Episode-22-a-slippery-challengeOne pair of contestants cleaned up on challenge night.

It was challenge night on The Block, and the couples were tasked with making a uniquely-scented soap that smelled like their favourite location in Australia. Because nothing demonstrates renovation skills like . . . making soap.

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The contestants get to the soap making. Source: Channel 9.

Regardless, that’s the hand we were dealt, so it’s the one we’ll have to play. The teams would create their soaps, along with a wooden soap dish. The winners would be given $5,000 in cash and the comforting knowledge that strangers all over Australia were slathering their nude bodies with their creations, as the winning soap was to be put into production and sold at David Jones.

The contestants split up, with one half working on the scent for their soap and the other half heading off with Scott to learn the art of woodturning in order to create their soap dish.

The contestants showed their creativity by all choosing beachy scents for their soaps. All, that is, with the exception of Kim, who decided to do something farther inland. Perhaps “Cattle Station” or “Rubbish Tip”?

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The other contestants get the low down on woodturning. Source: Channel 9.

Meanwhile, the woodturning team was having a grand time, with both Chris and Sasha taking easily to the new skill. Dan planned an ambitious three-piece design, but ran out of time and had to stick to a boring old soap dish with no moving parts. Will and Ben took the opportunity to give Dan a hard time over the size of the piece of wood he had chosen. It was all very Freudian.

Finally, the challenge done and dusted, it was time for judgement. Karlie and Will presented Heavenly Hayman, while Andy and Ben came to the table with Coastal Candy, Sasha and Julia created Whitehaven and Kim and Chris presented Blackbutt Bliss, which is a frankly terrible name for a soap.

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The surprising results are announced. Source: Channel 9.

Andy and Ben emerged the victors, much to the consternation of the rest of the contestants. Carleen complained that the boys didn’t follow the brief with their regionally non-specific soap, while Julia and Sasha were disappointed they wouldn’t have the chance to be featured in David Jones. Chris and Kim and Will and Karlie were more disappointed that they didn’t score some much-needed extra funds.

In spite of the complaints, expect to see Coastal Candy at a David Jones near you, though no soap will be strong enough to wash away the memory of this bizarre challenge.

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    AdamSeptember 28, 2016

    Was there no master suite updates last night? I’ve started skipping Tuesday night episodes completely because of the challenges.

    Andy and Ben’s seems the best choice on the face of it simply *because* it was more regionally non-specific; more chance of being able to sell it to a wider audience that way.

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      JodieSeptember 28, 2016

      Hi Adam,

      There really wasn’t much update on the master suites last night, the main point was that Kim and Chris kept hitting hurdles first with needing their floor ripped up due it being done improperly as per Keith and Dan’s request. Then Keith poo-pooed Kim’s design idea to cover the windows with, already ordered and built, cabinetry, so they are having a horrible time of it.

      There was also a little bit of Julia and Sasha doing some work or clean up on the roof, but the episode was really all around the challenge. But i do agree that Andy and Ben’s would appeal to a broader audience and really they nailed what people want in a soap which is for it to smell so good you want to eat it (from the description of the scent). resident Blockspert

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