The Block room reveal recap: Here Clint goes again on his own

Adam Smith 16 October 2017 NEWS

The Block Ep 45Our sleep-deprived contestants are limping toward the finish, but still find time for a singalong.

The biggest week yet on The Block, a phrase I’ve used so many times it’s lost all meaning, has driven our contestants to the breaking point. Ronnie has been stricken down with the flu, Jason and Sarah are facing a tiling catastrophe and Clint’s sanity is hanging on by the barest thread.

Jason and Sarah of course are facing their usual issues. After a full night of work, their tilers have selfishly gone home to sleep or some idiotic thing like that. The nerve. They end up returning after midday, which is precisely one mid of a day too late to actually finish tiling the couple’s ensuite.

Meanwhile, Foreman Dan takes a bit of time to play amateur art critic. Ronnie and Georgia have a stunning painting delivered, which Dan berates as “just a bunch of dots”. He says it’s the worst painting he’s ever seen. Geez. Sorry, it’s not a portrait of a wizard airbrushed on the side of a van, Charles Baudelaire.

There’s no accounting for taste, I suppose. Just ask Clint, who’s drawing the concern of his fellow Blockheads as lack of sleep sees him spiralling ever deeper into psychosis. Apparently, no-one else appreciates his loud, atonal singing as he paints his garage. The final straw comes with a rousing rendition of “Here I Go Again”. You know what? If appreciating Whitesnake is crazy, I don’t want to be sane.

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Pictured: The zenith of Western civilisation

Finally, Foreman Keith intervenes and administers a field sobriety test, which Clint fails miserably. He orders Clint to get some sleep and robs us of seeing Clint writhe on the bonnet of a Jag a la Tawny Kitaen.

The only thing Jason and Sarah have been robbed of this week is the possibility of a win. The culprits? Their shiftless tilers, who apparently consider floor-to-ceiling tiles in a sizeable ensuite too big a job to pull off in 12 hours. Sarah tells us that the two are “paddling a boat downstream into rapids and about to crash out of the boat”. Jason’s not the only wordsmith in the family, it seems.

Before our contestants come completely off the rails, the judges arrive.

First up are Jason and Sarah, and the couple has still managed to pull off a pretty amazing room despite the indolence of their tilers. Neale, Darren and Shaynna are amazed by the size of their room, but given the fact that all the contestants are working with the same size of room, this might seem less impressive as judging progresses.

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Jason and Sarah's room

Next are Hannah and Clint, and Darren and Neale agree that it’s the couple’s best room so far. Shaynna, meanwhile, isn’t quite feeling the vibe, despite the fact she can’t fault it. Perhaps you’re transferring your own ennui onto Hannah and Clint’s room, Shaynna. Also, in one of the more ignominious moments of the season, Darren plops himself down on the toilet to prove that it’s set too close to the vanity. Thankfully, he leaves his trousers aloft.

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Hannah and Clint's room

Ronnie and Georgia’s studio is next, and Shaynna is impressed that the space has clear purpose. As opposed to a space that wallows in existential dread, I guess. The judges love that the space could easily be used by an entire company. Darren also likes that the lower ceiling gives the space a “more human scale”. Unfortunately, this means Ronnie and Georgia have taken themselves right out of the market for any families of giants.

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Ronnie and Georgia's room

Sticks and Wombat are next, and the hard work they put into their timber panelled ceiling and skylights has paid off. Darren says he feels like he’s in a barn, and somehow means this as a compliment. Neale says he would love to live in the room. He might have to fight Wombat for that honour.

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Sticks and Wombat's room

Finally, the judges head to Josh and Elyse’s. Shaynna argues that the space doesn’t have the flexibility of the other properties, but Darren points out that furniture can actually be removed, neatly quashing her argument. Neale says the space leaves him speechless, and he demonstrates this by spending several minutes speaking.

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Josh and Elyse's room

Finally, the scores are tallied. Everyone receives incredibly high marks, but Ronnie and Georgia eke out a half point victory. The real victory, though, is that we only have one week left in this competition.

Darren Shaynna Neale Total
Jason and Sarah 8.5 8 9.5 26
Hannah and Clint 9 8 10 27
Ronnie and Georgia 10 9.5 10 29.5
Sticks and Wombat 10 9 10 29
Josh and Elyse 10 9 10 29

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

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