The contestants are set for a cruisy judgement day to end their cruisy week; but that’s where the cruisiness ends as exterior week begins. In this 90 minute special, contestants will be thrown from heaven, into hell.
We begin on day 47 where the contestants are finishing off their living room and kitchen. We see a before and after look at different completed rooms thus far as contestants also go around to clean the rest of their interior off.
We look at the way the contestants chose their kitchens for the second time, as this part was completed weeks ago.
This time however, we have a look at how they get to their decision with Josh & Jenna arguing on their kitchen design of course yet the sisters was able to pick their kitchen straight away. In the end, Josh & Jenna were able to get both their ways with their kitchen taking in elements both contestants wanted.
We look at Scotty’s challenge and Tania & Rod’s reward before we head into today’s action. Polly finds out that Rod & Tania got $2000 from John McGrath and is upset about the uneven playing field.
Katrina meanwhile is making good use of her time by painting the roof by taping a paint brush to the end of a pole, calling it ‘the absolute beauty’.
Polly plates up some fruit for the builders and has to use plastic cutleries to the chagrin of Polly. Waz then talks about the man cave he has going on. Basically, in this pretty mundane week, Waz got up in the roof space and turned it into a storage space.
The down lights in the sister’s kitchen have gone in wrong but the sparkie is able to change it easily.
Katrina & Amie are a bit confused when the sparkie says a saying about a turd and some glitter.
After the break, finally, the hosts come to check on the progress of the houses. Before they go in, Scott marks a spot where the fence will go between Katrina & Amie’s house and Polly & Waz’s house and talks about what house will get the ugly side of the fence (with the railing) and who gets the nice side. Katrina & Amie and Polly & Waz flip a coin which decides that it will be Polly & Waz’s house that gets the paling side.
The hosts then go to Rod & Tania’s house where they begin their tour. Shelley love the big kitchen in store and Scott notices the servery they have built and the bar fridge.
They talk about their stainless bench top and stone island to which the hosts love, before they move on.
House two is Polly & Waz’s and Scott wonders where Waz is, point out the fact that Waz doesn’t look recognisable in his tradie gear. They love the look of the kitchen and Shelley also notices the big kitchen. Polly talks about the entertainment area they are building.
Waz then talks about the lift and turn coffee table and dining table.
The hosts wonder if the mural is going to be taken down, but they insist it won’t. Polly then whips out their clocks and Shelley calls it dated and Polly is a little insulted; but who could say something to the smiling Shelley.
Next up is Josh & Jenna’s house and they love the finish on the kitchen with Scott loving the panels on the overheads. They uncover their dining table which is made from recycled material but Shelley calls the eight seater ambitious.
Josh then brings out a massive light which wows the hosts and overall, I think their house is looking great.
Last up are Katrina & Amie. The hosts love how the house is coming together and man do I love those overhead.
Scott doesn’t seem to like their industrial dining table, calling it a bit of scaffolding however after finding out it is on wheels, he ends up liking it. The sisters are confident in it.
We return to the plights of Keith who has recently had a go at Josh for cutting corners. Now, he wonders why the plumber is underneath the house fixing the plumbing after the kitchen’s been installed. Well, if Josh had got his act together, he wouldn’t need to be.
Josh comes over and starts swearing at Keith because he’s on his renovation site. Keith gets up and tells him not to get shitty, and even Jenna is getting on Keith’s side against Josh.
Well apparently, Jenna doesn’t respect Keith either. Jeez, this couple should be evicted.
We then return to Polly’s wall mural which has polarised views. After Scott and Shelley asked them to take it off, Polly did a survey which turned in favour of Polly taking it off.
In a funny cutaway, Polly wonders if she has done a complete 360, complete 180, complete 10 80 or complete 720 on the decision.
Scott then tells us that we will be getting some opinions from tradie professionals including Keith. They love the taps in Polly & Waz’s house however they call their table ‘high school’. Keith gives their house an eight.
To Katrina & Amie’s house and they don’t seem to like the table at all, calling the table scaffolding.
They rate the room a 7 with the sisters wanting the design to stay with them.
Josh & Jenna think Keith will be unfair, and when he comes in, he says the overheads are from Jayco. He also notes some unfinished things with the tradies giving one half of the room an eight and a half and the other half a 2.
Last up are Rod & Tania and they love the splashbacks and lighting. They rate the kitchen an 8 or a 9.
They give Rod & Tania the overall winning ticket.
Back at Josh & Jenna’s house and they finally install their huge overhanging light.
Amie strings together a bundle of teacups for their house and while it doesn’t look like the one she saw in a shop JUST yet, it is getting there for sure.
The sun sets on the day to The End Of The World by Kate Miller Heidke. The contestants contemplate the house interior being completed by tomorrow’s end.
We look at a retrospect at the interior of the house’s transformation because tomorrow, they head outside and the doors to their interior close. It is, as Polly said, the beginning of the end for The Block.
The next day is eerily calm and quiet as the contestants struggle to get up and finish the kitchens. The sisters are pretty much done and it actually looks really nice, as does Polly & Waz’s house and I couldn’t help but notice that Today is on the telly in the background.
Not two seconds after this blatant cross promotion, blatant product placement as Jenna & Josh arrive at a well signposted Maccas for a coffee with no apparent storyline at all.
Polly is baking for the judges and Rod puts some kind words on the board for them as well.
The contestants unwrap their neatly kept kitchens before Scotty calls them out and they are told to exit onto the street.
Scott notices how nice they look with makeup which shows the easy week they’ve have, as a contrast to past weeks where they have come out looking horrible.
Scott debriefs the week with the contestants before telling them to leave for the warehouse while their judges come to judge.
With that, Neale and John come to The Block and start, as usual, with Josh & Jenna’s kitchen and dining room.
We also look at their new living area and it looks brilliant. To the kitchen and Neale thinks it looks cool, saying there is a wow factor. Everything they have done is in keeping with the other rooms.
John loves the timber overheads as they compliment the pure white. They also love the blinds and the under bench dishwasher.
John can’t get past the dining table and the huge pendant lamp. They also make mention of the new living room.
Neale calls it a ‘working’ kitchen and only has a bit of criticism for the possibly polarising stove top.
Next up are Rod & Tania and the before and after shots are brilliant.
They love the brightness of the kitchen and John calls it a professional and well executed room. John also loves the balance.
Again, not many negatives here with their kitchen praised for its intricacy and execution and its functionality.
They don’t seem to like the fact that the house doesn’t have a dining room with Rod & Tania opting to put a bench side eating area on the island. The judges don’t like this at all, calling it a shame.
Next up for inspection is Polly & Waz and after a quick recap and a few before and after pictures, the judges walk in.
They call it ‘interesting’ and they find the dining table ‘very odd’ in its placement between the couch and the television but there’s something not quite right with the proportionality of the kitchen.
They love the timber and the fittings and the sunk in sink.
I actually like the kitchen, but I do agree, they’ve made it look small.
Next is Katrina & Amie and after yet another recap and before and after shot, the judges enter their industrial kitchen.
The judges call it a nice extension to the living area. They call it clever with the kitchen being modern and the rustic objects in it.
From a design point of view, Neale thinks there is a lot of wow factor.
They do actually like the table and seem to like the coffee cup mural. So to the whole kitchen itself and they don’t like the limited cooking and preparing space.
John also hints at a ten for the sisters.
After the break, the contestants are waiting in the warehouse but Scott doesn’t seem to be turning up. Time passes, and they have no idea where he is, maybe he’s out for lunch, haha?
He does eventually rock up and stands in front of his blackboard, telling them he is sorry that he is late, but it is their fault for producing some of the best kitchens they’ve ever seen.
Another Toyota product placement before Scott gets on with the judging. He tells them that three out of the four teams were in the range for winning this week with one having the best quality, one having the best design and one having the best wow factor.
They do finally have a winner and this week, Scott is flipping things round this week, starting with execution. After a few comments per team, he scores Josh & Jenna a 9, Polly & Waz an 8, Katrina & Amie a 9 and Tania & Rod a 9.
So, it’s pretty intense and the teams, who thought they had a lead, now don’t.
So now, Scott turns the board and reads out a few comments as he writes down the design scores. In the end, the scores were as follows and there is only one point in it:
JOSH & JENNA: 18
KATRINA & AMIE: 17
ROD & TANIA: 16
POLLY & WAZ: 15
So, a pretty interesting end to this oh so lazy week. But laziness ends here with next week being all about exteriors. It is like transforming an entire house into real estate goldmines in one week.
I loved the kitchens overall, even Polly & Waz’s kitchen sparked an interest in me. The episode had plenty of suspense but some cringe worthy moments of product placement and cross promotions. Lovely effort!
Courtney’s Verdict: 9.8/10
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