Last night saw The Block season four’s second couple, Polly & Waz, progress to the main event in the wake of Chrissy & Toby who were eliminated second. Tonight; it is experience v amateur as couples Tania & Rod and Carrie & Chris go head to head for spot three.
We begin with a quick recap of the week that was as Scott returns to the Langham hotel to announce pair three to go head to head. After being chosen, the two teams go to the warehouse for the traditional garage door lift up and revelation. As we enter our third night of doing this, the dramatic effects are fading as the lights of the warehouse come on instantaneously after the garage door opens.
Scott runs through the rules, that remain the same, including telling them about the core decoration they must use. After a few tips and points, Scott tells them their time has started as the two teams rush for their rooms.
Each team open their box to reveal a weird looking lamp. Both teams are a little confused as what to do. This room, with the bland walls, also has a Victorian fireplace to one side. The teams wonder what room they want to renovate with Tania and Rod deciding to take the fireplace out as its era doesn’t fit with the modern looking lamp.
Chris & Carrie are off to shop and being Sydneysider’s, they don’t really know their way around the winding Melbourne streets. They have no luck to begin with Carrie’s humour sort of annoying Chris.
Across town, Tania & Rod are trying to sort out their flooring, looking through different rugs and carpets. They choose their carpet and move on to their paint choosing. I wonder if anyone will be leaving their paint behind today. Meanwhile, after a huge chunk of time, Chris & Carrie find a shop to make their first huge chunk of buying with their first major purchase; a lounge.
After deliberation; they realise they don’t want anything from the expensive Nick Scali and leave.
Carrie really just wants more than $5000 to renovate her room. Well, they don’t actually leave; they just haggle down the price on a nice looking suite thanks to a nice woman.
Meanwhile, Rod is busy taking out the fireplace so the couple can work on a modern room with a blank canvas. Tania is out shopping and explains her team’s strategy to us, which is a ‘divide & conquer’ strategy as called by Scott, opposite to Chris & Carrie’s strategy which is to work together. I believe the same situation was the crux of episode one; I can’t remember what team employed what strategy though.
Meanwhile, as Tania scores a bargain on a suite of her own, Scott has just found out that Rod has taken out the fireplace that took him hours to carve. Rod explains how the team are building their room around the lamp, and the fireplace didn’t work with the theme. Scott thinks this is a clever idea.
Carrie begins to work on the lamp, which is very hard to build with the sort of instructions provided. Carrie hopes that everyone got something like the lamp, although we know they didn’t with the last gift being a simple chair and the one before being an even simpler side table.
Meanwhile, Tania is at IKEA buying ANOTHER lamp! Rod tells us in a cutaway that he will be angry if Tania comes back with things that will take forever to set up (like big flat packs). As it happens; Tania comes back with not one, not two, but three!
How is he meant to finish those flat packs when that lamp is such a bitch to set up?!?
Chris & Carrie’s lounge suite is delivered to their happiness, considering it was a pricy suite. On the flip side, Tania’s suite; which was a bargain, didn’t include delivery, and when she works this out, the store has already closed! Oh, no Tania, dah dum!
Day 2 arrives after the break and the teams get on to the final hours of renovations before judging. Tania has a plan to work around yesterday’s follies as the carpeters come in to lay the floors.
Rod is working on the flat packs and is a little annoyed at the time consumption and Tania’s habit of picking out three of them for Rod to do.
Chris & Carrie have hurried to buy a television before buying a few things from IKEA, however with IKEA opening late, their plans begin to crumble. They also find out that some of their products like chairs that they wanted, aren’t in stock.
In the process, Chris has to pay for parking and run other errands in the process as Rod goes to pick up the lounge suite from the day before. He scurries around for some sort of rope to hold down the suite in the back of the truck and finds some warning flags to use.
Meanwhile, Chris & Carrie are worried to find out IKEA hasn’t given them all the boxes needed for their TV Unit; their curtains have come without screws and their chair wasn’t coming together properly. Bloody hell, IKEA’s pretty useless, isn’t it!
In the last half hour, panic and struggle ensures as the teams get their final pieces on their walls, floors and tables before Scott calls time! Their work is over.
We get glimpse of both rooms and I think for the first time, I have a favourite. The first room the judges, Neil & John visits is Rod & Tania’s room which the judges call fantastic. They like the fact that Tania bought a second lamp to compliment the first.
Neil wonders why they took out the fireplace but John just thinks they are minimalists and they have done a good job.
In Chris & Carrie’s room (not my favourite), the judges give very positive feedback (like the paint job) bar the small television sitting in the corner. I actually think the room looks horrible!
Scott calls the teams out and reveals to the other team that Tania & Rod ripped out their fireplace. They still stand by their decision.
Scott reveals that the winning team is in fact Rod & Tania; definitely the right choice, as they move on to compete on The Block!
So another episode down and it has been pretty smooth and fun like usual but where I think this show has a downside lies within the timeframe. I do think that the half hour timeslot makes the show feel just a little bit rushed, but overall, it creates a bite size feel to the show and just makes me want to return for more.
Courtney’s Verdict: 9.8/10