Its come the time in The Block during which COVID-19 lastly rears its ugly, ugly head.
Watching the contestants get their first nasty inkling that it’s not only a bizarre illness that may by no means bother Australia is sufficient to induce PTSD. All of it appears so way back that we might joke about dunny paper shortages, however seeing it progressively daybreak on everybody on the present that the world is about to alter looks like witnessing a second in historical past, albeit one which solely occurred about six months in the past. SIX MONTHS!
However on this episode it’s extra of an inconvenience than the terrifying descent into financial spoil and despair that we all know is coming. The inconvenience takes the type of contestants having to order every thing, from nails to gyprock to rugs to door handles, for the whole remainder of the construct. Producers are fearful there shall be shortages of supplies so ordering now could be their solely selection.
All this whereas additionally engaged on their grasp ensuite.
“That’s not straightforward for an skilled builder,” Keith notes.
Jasmin, who’s by no means met an alternate possibility she didn’t like, has a predictable meltdown, complaining that she doesn’t wish to be locked in for tiles for a room weeks sooner or later in case the judges counsel they go in a unique route.
“You’re higher off producing a room with tiles than with out,” is Dan’s uncontestable response.
A minimum of all this ordering offers Harry one thing helpful to do. He’s damaged his foot, and is beneath strict orders to remain off it fully, so he’s mendacity in mattress, the proper alternative to crunch numbers and work out what’s wanted. Besides he isn’t. He’s simply mendacity there.
“It’s no completely different from another week on The Block,” Dan says. “I’ve by no means seen anybody cruise via The Block like Harry.”
As a substitute, his daughter Tash is engaged on spreadsheets of supplies like a demon.
Whereas Dan is chipping at Harry, Keith is doing the identical to Luke and Jasmin’s builder Macca, who has been on The Block earlier than
“Each time I stroll into Home 4 I discover one thing,” he says. “It’s stuff a primary 12 months apprentice would know. In the actual world I solely give individuals one or two probabilities after which I do away with them.”
He takes Luke apart to attempt to persuade him, once more, that sacking his builder is perhaps on the playing cards.
“Macca reckons there’s a little bit of a vendetta in opposition to him,” Luke says later, holding his floor.
Additionally not having a good time is Jimmy and Tam. Nonetheless reeling from their sudden plummet from first to final, they’re conflicted about their insane determination to have their grasp ensuite solely accessible with a visit via a wardrobe.
“We knew we’d get pinged for that wardrobe however we didn’t suppose it will be that unhealthy,” Jimmy says.
Shaynna Blaze referred to as it a “catastrophe” and the judges agreed they’d have to tear it out and begin once more.
“We prefer it. We don’t need to do the identical factor as everybody else,” Jimmy says, making an attempt to place a courageous face on it, however when their actual property brokers wrestle to muster any enthusiasm concerning the format it’s clear they should do one thing to repair the error.
They gained’t pull out the wardrobe, however they’ll seal up the door via to the ensuite and make one other door within the hallway of their main bedroom to achieve the ensuite.
Tam cheers herself up with a take a look at run of a wise bathroom, which not solely has female and male settings for spraying the consumer’s bits, but additionally has a heated fan for mild drying — excellent for a bathroom paper drought.
She spends an inordinate period of time within the cubicle.
“I didn’t know that you simply needed to press a cease button,” she says. “I sat there for fairly some time. It’s bizarre as a result of it feels such as you’re weeing your self however you’re not.”
That’s the producer’s new slogan sorted.
“I’m going to do it once more,” Tam provides.
We wager you’re.
Sarah and George are barely bitter Harry and Tash took out the win with their main bedroom, which Sarah claims has hardly any interval options, one thing she and George have been criticised for prior to now. However this pair by no means keep down within the dumps for lengthy.
Talking of which, George annoys his plumber and disgusts Keith by taking not one, however two morning poos in a bathroom the plumber is about to work on. A minimum of he has the nice grace to look sheepish concerning the stench he’s left.
“Mate, I’ve bought a weak abdomen, are you severe?” Keith says, as Kelly Clarkson’s Since You’ve Been Gone (”I can breathe for the primary time”) performs.
I see what you probably did there music particular person.
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