Another judgement day looms for the crew on The Block as the biggest room (or should I say collection of rooms) to date is put under the microscope by Neale and John (now seriously, isn’t Neale a girls name?).
We are reminded of the gruelling task at hand and the prize money on offer with a quick recap of the week that was.
It is day two of the extra help given by Chrissy and Toby and Aaron & Shannon to Polly & Waz and Josh & Jenna respectively and as Chrissy and Toby arrive at 6am, work begins straight away.
Katrina & Amie are one of the teams that didn’t win extra help, but after winning $3000 after a wallpapering challenge, they shouldn’t be too hard off. With the wallpapering expertise, they begin their wallpapering their bedroom; the first room this year to have a wallpaper treatment.
Waz & Toby are glossing a cabinet up, even after foreman Keith and builder Shiran advise against glossing it up, due to it being Waz’ pride and joy. Seriously, when the foreman tells you it won’t work, what chance to they have at impressing the judges.
Meanwhile, Keith tells Rod his shower is not waterproof with no room for architraves. Rod, being a tradie himself, has now gotten himself into trouble by Keith for the third time and Keith tells him if he doesn’t fix the problem soon, he will have to complete the room again!
After the break, there are four hours to go. Shannon and Jenna are out getting furniture and as they have left it to the last minute, Jenna is panicking and Shannon is trying to get her to calm down.
Shannon gets a first hand experience at Josh & Jenna’s arguing when Josh calls wanting money and Jenna is cardless.
Meanwhile, the sisters have finished wallpapering and jokingly pretends they are judges, viewing the room for the first time, putting on some dramatic ‘wowing’. Haha.
Meanwhile, rod has worked out a way to get his architraves in and both Keith and Scott are surprised at his problem solving.
Meanwhile, on the back of their wallpapering success, they now have to finish their bed head and get it up the stairs. Moving the heavy head is quite funny to watch with Amie using plastic bags for gloves.
It is time for Polly & Waz and Josh & Jenna to farewell their help in the form of Chrissy & Toby and Shannon & Aaron. After a few last words, they are out of here.
It takes about two and a half hours for the sisters to manically get their bed head up the stairs and it seems they are doing it with a lot of giggles, haha.
Katrina places the bed head on top of Amie who is on the bed, which is also quite funny to see.
After the break, it is judgement day, and the contestants have two hours to put the final touches on their rooms. Manic music ensures as a picture falls down and smashes in Rod & Tania’s bedroom; somehow they had two of the same picture. This is one event amongst many that flash across the screen as Scott walks down the street to call times up.
As the contestants walk out, despite the harder challenge this week, they don’t seem flustered as much as usual, possibly a sign of growth over the season thus far.
Scott debriefs with them of the week that was, interviewing all of them. The contestant’s then head to the warehouse after Scott promises this is the only season they will probably make the contestants renovate two rooms, haha.
The judges now rock up to judge the two rooms. First up, Josh & Jenna.
We look at their week and then get to see the wonderful before and after shots. The judges thought it has a lot of wow factor in it. They think that featuring an unmade bed is a big risk. They also like the continuity of the room. They don’t like the storage in the room but do like the lighting.
Next room, the walk in wardrobe and they love it, calling it endless storage, but realise they may have more space than the others.
Off to the bathroom and the judges are again blown away, loving the room and what they’ve done with it. They also like the feeling of height in the room, saying it is a great example of going the 10%. There are a few dirty corners however.
Next up are Rod & Tania and after a recap of the week, we get a look at the before and after shots before the judges come in.
They walk into the mini study at the top of the stairs and they love the execution and idea of the room. Concern? Maybe the fact they got the space from somewhere else may compromise the other room’s size.
First official room for inspection; bedroom. They think it looks like a boutique hotel room and Neale loves the headboard. It’s a room that doesn’t amaze John, but he thinks it is ok.
Time for the shower and they like the black and white bathroom. The double shower idea is also praised. They can’t find many faults in the room but the black curtain isn’t highly praised.
After the break, the judges move to room(s) number three, Polly & Waz. A recap and a before and after shot later, the judges enter to judge their room.
They knew they had a room like this in them; thinking it has great soul and character. They call the bookcase tremendous. They love the bedside photo that works well with the city views. The fitting of the blinds are not too good, but OK. Their wardrobe is also great. John calls it one of the best rooms of the series, possibly the best.
To the ensuite and the judges think it looks good and functional. John calls it well planned with Neale loving the use of space. They think it a good quality room and is very professional.
Katrina & Amie are last for inspection and we look at their week that was and a few B&A pictures before Neale and John walk in.
Neale, a wallpaper lover, doesn’t like the wallpaper, saying it makes the room look smaller- and I agree! The room looks small and really more of a teenager’s room than a master bedroom. They love the storage of the wardrobe, but don’t like the lack of storage bedside.
To the bathroom and it looks like a near carbon copy of Tania & Rod’s room. The judges think it is pleasant and cosy. Neale loves the vanity unit and the use of a trolley for storage.
Neale finds it hard to fault with John calling it their best room so far.
The contestants walk into the warehouse for the result revelation as Scott comes out and stands in front of the blackboard.
Scott interviews the contestants with Josh showing his shaking hands. He reads out Josh & Jenna’s comments about their design. And it seems he will be reading out all the contestant’s comments for design before scoring any of them.
He then writes down all the eights that the contestants scored with Rod & Tania scoring an 8 for Ensuite execution as well as Katrina & Amie. Polly & Waz score two eights for their Ensuite (one for Design and one for execution) and also one for their Bedroom’s execution.
Josh & Jenna score double eight for their bedroom and one for their Ensuite’s execution.
This of course surprises the contestants, Polly & Waz in particular.
Scott tells them that despite all of the eights; this isn’t a predictable week as some of them scored a 9.
With that, he spins the board. He then writes down the rest of the numbers, also calling out some extra comments.
After the break, he flips the board after announcing there is a split decision. The scores read as follows:
JOSH & JENNA= 33
POLLY & WAZ= 33
KATRINA & AMIE= 28
ROD & TANIA= 29
This means, the money will be divided $5000 each for Josh & Jenna and Polly & Waz.
So what an interesting outcome, but I thought that if there was a tie, the judges would re-rate.
The contestants go to judge the outstanding rooms for themselves but I won’t bother blogging this as it will probably appear in Unlocked but basically, Josh & Jenna and Polly & Waz shun each other’s rooms.
So as it turns out, a pretty decent episode with wonderful results; always love these episodes. The blackboard was a bit complicated, and a longer camera shot of it would have been appreciated, but I’m picking fault here at an overall outstanding episode.
Courtney’s Verdict: 9.8/10
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