With a brand new Sunday timeslot, The Block is about to get bigger! Tonight, the contestants have their hardest rooms to date completed and judged before our very eyes. If you ask me, if anyone pulls off a good score; I’m going to be damned surprised!
We begin with Scott telling us that the renovated houses are taking shape with the house extensions done, exterior dressings underway and upper levels on the mend. The contestants begin to choose their exterior dressings and some of them look very good.
But now we head inside where the contestants are working on the most ‘gruelling and expensive rooms to date’.
Josh & Jenna are hell bent on winning this week which will be the third week in a row. Their main goal is ‘eliminating’ a contestant by plunging them into debt. Their mirror cabinet however, is causing them a few headaches, not fitting in the room. Jenna will continue to paint walls while others deal with it! Ok, Jenna, good luck with that!
Polly & Waz however seem to be cruising along, happy enough to be singing along to music and getting a move along.
The problem stricken sisters who have managed to do a turnaround, now have a full team of workers, leaving them time to do their hair and buy some shoes! Ok, girls, way to take advantage of a good situation. In their sake, I think they deserve it!
Meanwhile, the Rod & Tania problem of fixing their floorboards ready for the mammoth bath seems to not be too much of a problem with the bathtub going in anyway. All looks good at Jenna & Josh’s house as well as a few tweaks sees their cabinet finally fit into the room.
We look back at the sister’s problems and eventual breakdown earlier in the week before we see them now cruising along nicely.
And remember the boy’s making that bet that the team who lose this week’s judgement day will have to wear a ‘chump’ t-shirt? Well, it’s still on and the contestants are all convinced they won’t be wearing it!
Meanwhile, Polly & Waz are out shopping, and with attention to detail, they are making sure they buy the perfect stuff. When they drive home, sleep deprivation sets in with the couple unable to find their way out of the car park easily and Polly spilling a drink uncoordinatedly.
Meanwhile, at 5pm with an hour left before curfew, Polly & Waz finish their structural part of the room and are now onto the ‘final stages’. The other contestants now battle it out to get it all done but with high spirits.
We hear some final thoughts from the contestants as the sun sets and judgement day looming!
Near midnight, Jenna now realises that people have been walking on the new tiles without care, making them dirty. No Jenna, the tradies don’t care at all!
After the break, we move into competition day and it’s an early day for some people as they put the final touches to their rooms. Some contestants have only had an hour or two sleep with Jenna feeling sick as she finishes the ceiling.
With 30 minutes remaining, the sister’s are now putting in their new appliances into their laundry with the dryer not really fitting. Polly & Waz are just cruising with the buffing of the floor the last thing to do.
Only a few minutes left and the contestants are all just cleaning and perfecting their rooms as Scott comes and announces TIME UP! But not before another outburst from Jenna.
They all come out of their houses and stand before Scotty who works out who is chirpy and exhausted! He appreciates the tough week, but it is now over, and they must now move of to the warehouse as judging takes place.
Neil and John rock up and first up is Jenna & Josh’s house. We look at a recap of their problems (including their wrong plans) before seeing a nice before and after montage and the judge’s rock up.
They like the mirrors of the bathroom and the storage is great but their presentation is not good at all with dirt on the shelves and a light not fitted properly.
They also love the bathtub but there are a few crusty edges. They also like the mirrors, the tile colour, basin, toilet and shower calling it a modern room saying the couple have a good eye.
Next up are confident couple Polly & Waz; but will their confidence translate into points?
It sure looks good, but to the judges. They find a note that tells them that the house WILL have a bath, but in the off suite so they shouldn’t expect one. They say it’s not ‘wow’, but it is good, saying it is their best room of the competition. They love the cupboards and presentation but the pot plant in the corner does not go down well.
After a tough week, it is time for the judgement of Katrina & Amie. Can they prove their old tradie wrong and deliver a good room?
They enter and immediately call it great. They call their laundry signature and neat and love their quirkiness.
They don’t like the placement of the cupboards and also find a hinge missing! Again, it isn’t a ‘wow’ room but there are a few good points, including the bench top. There’s a checkered towel and black wall that doesn’t go well and in the bathroom, there is another plant that doesn’t work well.
They also find their mirror kickboard which confuses them, but overall, they score well on design.
After the break, we get a really unnecessary recap of the episode thus far, but now Rod & Tania, the last room, is about to be judged!
They had a few problems this week with the foreman, as we see in a recap, but will this translate into a poor room, or will Rod escape having to wear a chump T-shirt?
The judges enter and call the laundry ‘cool’ and ‘swish’ and are enjoying the storage. They also like the disco lighting near the mirror in the laundry.
They call the bathroom a ‘strong first impression’, loving the impact of the bench (which has a very modern wavy design to it) and they also love the storage, floor tiling and bath.
The orchard they have is also not a hit, with pot plants obviously not being a judges favourite. With that, judging is over and they debrief with Scott where we find out one team has received the highest score of the season!
The contestants enter the warehouse in front of the blackboard and Scott also enters. He tells them that judging is over and the judges have been impressed and amazed. He congratulates the contestants on this; saying their rooms have been stylish like the Toyota Corolla (I know they are providing the $5000 prize, but really guys, a product placement that obvious is not good).
So to the scoring and first up, design.
He gives each team a few of the comments from the judges before scoring them. There’s an ad break between Josh & Jenna’s comment announcement and scoring which is a bit out of place but in the end, they score a seven out of ten.
Polly & Waz also get a seven out of ten with Katrina & Amie scoring the same- wow, a close competition. The sisters incorrectly think 7 is the highest score achieved yet but I do recall one team getting 7 and a half.
With such a good review, Rod & Tania get a score of seven (I really don’t get that at all; they get really good reviews from judges and the others get way worse comments and still only get a seven).
With all teams now tied, Scott turns the board to mark the execution and add up the scores. He mutters a few judging comments with a bit of a funny cheek as he does it.
After the break, he flips the board around to show that for execution, Josh & Jena got 5, Polly & Waz and Katrina & Amie got 6 and Rod & Tania scored the highest score to date; an 8. This means:
TANIA & ROD: 15
POLLY & WAZ, KATRINA & AMIE: 13
JOSH & JENNA: 12
…and Josh & Jenna will be wearing the ‘chump’ T-shirt! Tania & Rod are happy to win with Katrina & Amie feeling good after a crap week.
We hear some final comments before Scott reveals, he has ordered ‘I am a chump’ and ‘I’m with chump’ t-shirts finished.
Now for next week, and he tells them to sit down. Next week, they will need to smash it out and do their entire top level- the master bedroom, walk in wardrobe and ensuite! But for their hard efforts, Toyota will provide a $10,000 prize for next week, double the usual!
So in a move different to what I expected; the contestants are now allowed to go and judge the other team’s rooms for themselves with a few positive comments and a few negative comments (namely Rod & Tania’s sinks which has the water splash on the bench and drain out the back).
So a pretty good episode, definitely worth an hour on the couch but again, maybe a bit too much recapping, especially half way through the episode reminding us of what we have JUST scene. The look back at the week that was is good, but again, I feel like we see a five minute recap of the first team’s week and a 2 second recap of the last.
Also, product placement guys! Not a fan!
Courtney’s Verdict: 7.5/10