Luke and Jasmin start and end these episodes still mired in a world of pain.
Luke starts the ball rolling with a blow up with foreman Keith, who slams Luke’s builder’s work as “pathetic”, “crap” and “done by five-year olds”.
It would be hard for anyone to take, but given Luke is a carpenter himself, the criticism doesn’t go down well.
Keith — whose main role seems to be deliberately needling contestants into arguing with him — then suggests they sack their builder, despite the fact he had been the builder on a previous Block-winning house.
Luke is steadfast in his loyalty, but an error with a shower floor and a scheduling snafu sees the couple paying three plasterers a total of $1,700 for sitting around on the footpath waiting for an opportunity to plaster that never comes, so maybe Keith had a point.
Either way, it all comes to a head when Keith pulls Luke up for cutting cement sheeting without a dust extractor and threatens him with a dreaded “reinduction”, which would shut his site down for an hour.
“It just seems like every moment Keith is trying to stop me progressing,” Luke says.
Keith is having none of it and is quickly doing his well-oiled “I’m the foreman on this site, show me some respect” routine. (See The Block 2019, 2018, 2017…).
“I’m used to being my own boss and running my own tight ship, and I’ve got to adjust to that,” Luke eventually concedes.
What Luke and Jasmin still can’t seem to adjust to is the fact they’re renovating a 1910 house. Even a special visit and coaching session from judge Darren Palmer doesn’t seem to help matters. He takes them to a spectacular Federation home and they seem inspired, but despite the fact he tells them he thinks the vanity they’ve chosen for this week’s guest bathroom might not be right, they vow to press on, believing even if they don’t impress the judges, they’ll impress a buyer.
“My gut instinct is telling me to do what I love,” Jasmin says.
Also in pain, but for reasons more important than vanity choices, are Daniel and Jade.
Daniel has received news that his beloved grandfather has died. It wasn’t unexpected but watching the pair support one another in their pain is genuinely moving. They are determined to fly home to SA to attend the funeral and be with the family, and almost as moving is Scott Cam’s decision to let Keith and Dan supervise their trades, and even pick up a paint brush, to ensure they still finish their room.
Harry and Tash finally get some good luck with a tiler, after three long days of setbacks. After struggling to lock one in they had thought they’d finally struck lucky with Mohammed, who went through the induction process and got his mug on TV, but on the day he was due to work, turned off his phone and failed to show. Luckily yet another ring around produced replacement Sam, who saves the day.
A freak thunderstorm, which dumps 55mL of water on Brighton, sees two houses bearing the brunt. Jimmy and Tam, and Daniel and Jade’s bathrooms are both swimming pools by the morning, and given they had asked Keith’s team to put tarpaulins up and been knocked back, it’s up to Keith to fix it.
He apologises to both pairs, who show the kind of understanding Keith would never show them for a similar error, and the rooms are quickly cleaned up and reinspected.
Jimmy and Tam are continuing to cement themselves as The Block 2020’s teacher’s pets.
Scott Cam is so sure they’ll finish their bathroom a day early he books them a Saturday lunch on him, and Keith almost swoons when he sees Jimmy getting ahead on demolition work in the rest of the house while he’s waiting for his waterproofing to dry (all within the rules provided they don’t start any actual construction).
The pair have found an incredible green rectangular basin and are designing their room around it, and Scott Cam has picked them as the winner before it even goes in.
This week the teams also find out about two Block twists. This year, with Scott Cam handing out their budgets weekly as opposed to in one lump sum, there’s not so much room for extravagance, but he’s made an allowance for one big splurge per team. Each team can come to him once during the competition to pitch a game-changing idea, and if he approves they’ll get the cash to do it.
And the all important auction order will be decided in a new way too: the team which gets the most points from the judges over the course of the entire season decides. It’s Jimmy and Tam’s to lose.
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