The Block room reveal recap: Feeling hot, hot, hot

Adam Smith 3 September 2017 NEWS

The Block Ep 21

Our contestants are feeling the heat on room reveal night, and our judges might be too.

It’s the end of a tumultuous week on The Block, and our contestants are finally ready to reveal their work. What they’re not ready to reveal is who exactly circulated the photo that led to a meltdown at this week’s body corporate meeting.

The photo in question was used to accuse Ronnie and Georgia of cheating because they drew inspiration from their room from the outside world rather than breathing it into existence ex nihilo like all good renovators do. Georgia is still confounded by who might have started the chain of events that saw the photo end up in Jason’s hands. Whoever it was, she says, played Jason like a pawn shop trombone. It was totally Hannah, by the way.

Jason decides to come clean, and tells Georgia that Sticks circulated the photo. Which, of course, is exactly what resident Keyser-Soze-in-training Hannah would have wanted.

Confession is good for the soul, they say, even if your confession unwittingly threw an innocent party under the bus. But if Jason is feeling warm and fuzzy, it’s likely from his superheated room.

Jason and Sarah have spared no expense when it comes to heating their living and dining room. They’ve installed a fireplace, hydronic heating, a reverse cycle air conditioner, a blast furnace, an active volcano and a blue supergiant star. This isn’t lost on Foremen Keith and Dan, who show up in hula skirts to taunt our jovial plumber for turning his house into the ninth circle of hell.

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Josh and Elyse are feeling no such warmth. The couple had planned to install their fireplace without actually hooking up the flue in time for room reveal. Keith put the kibosh on this idea, saying if they installed a fireplace it had to be functional. No-one tell Ronnie.

The pair finally track down a plumber willing to hook up their flue, but he doesn’t arrive until after the 5pm power tool cut-off. This no doubt means he’ll have to chew through the ceiling to run the chimney through.

The plumber has other ideas though, and decides that the power tool cut-off is probably more of a suggestion. His drilling reverberates through the Block, leaving the other contestants to wonder whether one of the teams is cheating or if the build site is haunted by the ghost of an industrious carpenter.

But the only thing haunting our contestants will be the withering feedback the receive from Neale Whitaker, Shaynna Blaze and Darren Palmer. The trio arrive for this week's judging.

First up are Jason and Sarah, and the judges are immediately immolated as they walk into the room. The credits roll as the camera slowly zooms in on the smouldering ash piles that were once Shaynna, Neale and Darren.

ROTLANeale Whitaker inspects Jason and Sarah's room.

OK, that didn’t actually happen, but it could have.

Somehow the judges keep themselves from combusting long enough to be thoroughly impressed with Jason and Sarah’s effort. They particularly love Sarah’s choice to incorporate a drawing from the couple’s five-year-old daughter.

Screen Shot 2017-09-03 at 9.14.54 pmJason and Sarah's room.

Next up are last week’s winners and Machiavellian geniuses Hannah and Clint, who made the gutsy decision to divide their living and dining room with a feature wall. Gutsy but not smart, it appears. The judges recoil from the room like it’s the architectural equivalent of flatulence. Hannah gets high marks for her styling, but the judges loathe the wall with a hatred as white hot as Jason and Sarah’s living room.

Screen Shot 2017-09-03 at 11.16.42 pmHannah and Clint's room.

Next the judges head to Ronnie and Georgia’s room, which they love almost as much as they hated Hannah and Clint’s. Shaynna is particularly thrilled by the enormous couch, which she says she absolutely has to jump on. She then daintily lowers herself on it as though she was wearing nitroglycerine pants. Neale loves the room’s sophistication, and uses it as an opportunity to get in a few more digs at last week’s nightclub-themed lounge.

Screen Shot 2017-09-03 at 9.27.16 pmRonnie and Georgia's room.

Sticks and Wombat are next, and the judges survey their room like the entire thing is made of Hannah and Clint’s feature wall. Speaking of feature walls, the judges are none too impressed with the timber feature wall the boys have put above their dining room table. They also hate the overuse of timber generally throughout the room. They feel the room lacks warmth, which is ironic as it’s easily the week’s most flammable.

Screen Shot 2017-09-03 at 9.32.56 pmSticks and Wombat's room.

Finally, it’s Josh and Elyse’s turn to face the judges. It looks like all the drama around the couple’s concrete shelf was worthwhile, because the judges love it. Neale is particularly taken with its “generosity”. If that’s true, maybe cash-strapped Jason and Sarah can ask the shelf for a loan. The judges also praise the room for tapping into the uber-hip “kinfolk” design trend. When they hear this particular bit of feedback, Josh and Elyse are dumbstruck. Elyse tells us the judges need to stop using big words. “Kinfolk” is two syllables, Elyse. If that’s too big, you’re not leaving them much to work with.

Screen Shot 2017-09-03 at 9.38.32 pmJosh and Elyse's room.

The scores are tallied, and Josh and Elyse’s decision to play a bonus point they won earlier in the week means they end up in a tie with Ronnie and Georgia. This means the couples get to share an overnight getaway. Fun!

Darren Shaynna Neale Total
Jason and Sarah 9 8.5 9 26.5
Hannah and Clint 7.5 7.5 8.5 23.5
Ronnie and Georgia 9.5 10 10 29.5
Sticks and Wombat 6.5 6.5 7 20
Josh and Elyse 9.5 9.5 9.5 (+1) 29.5

Ronnie and Georgia are actually pretty excited about the prospect. They figure it will give them time to bond with the young couple, and perhaps put their differences aside. But before they go, Ronnie displays his usual social aptitude by picking that exact moment to dob Josh and Elyse in to Scott Cam for not paying the $8,700 they owe from week one. Scott says he’ll deduct both this and a $1,000 noise violation fine from Josh and Elyse’s budget. Now, it’s off for an evening of fun and bonding!

Just kidding. Josh and Elyse would clearly rather nail their lips to a hardwood floor than spend an evening with Ronnie and Georgia, so they head back to the Block.

Missed an episode? You can read our recaps of every episode of The Block 2017 here.

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