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Guest Post: House Rules And The Block Both Have Drama Beaten Up

Guest post Annajjj has been on fire this week with the recaps thanks again:

For some reason Home and Away runs for an hour tonight so we get to see all of The Block before switching to House Rules (except for those of us who choose to stick around to watch Shelly Croft presenting Unlocked: Everything. We. Have. Already. Seen. This. Week. Presented. In. A. Really. Annoying. Way.)

The Block has moved from Steamroom-gate to Fluffyroller-gate and it’s no less tedious. Quick Block recap:

Preview of Trixie shrieking at a twin. Note: This is not the last time we will see this.

Foreman Keith reckons young Jarrod’s wall is rough as guts and he’d know. Keith is good for controversy but he’s clearly spoiling for a fight and also confident none of the Blockheads will dare challenge him. Keith is an OHS officer/security guard/crossing patrol rolled into one self-important tosser.

Preview of Trixie shrieking at a twin.

Level 1 and a twin (they’ve stopped using little captions for these girls so I have no idea which one) wants the option of sitting down in the steam room. That’s a good idea, better make sure Level 5 doesn’t steal it.

Back to Level 4 and Jarrod has brought in a professional to undermine Keith. Keith turns incandescent with rage and spontaneously self-combusts and we never have to see him again.

Fluffyroller-gate starts with the twin realising Trixie has given her the crappier of the two purchased rollers. She storms upstairs to confront her. Are we finally getting……nope.

Preview of Trixie shrieking at a twin.

Back from the break and surely now we get to see the actual……Ctrl V: Preview of Trixie shrieking at a twin.

I’m going out on a limb here and predicting The Block Unlocked will contain at least one Preview of Trixie shrieking at a twin.

After the next break we get the actual altercation which includes the insane Flipper laughing that Trixie is (in)famous for. And we end with a promise to return to Steamroom-gate. Seriously? Did we get to see any actual reno this episode? No. No we did not.

Over to 7 now where we’re warned that teams are sliding out of control and the producers have missed a golden opportunity by not having Kenny Loggin’s Danger Zone as the theme music.

Michelle starts us off with a classy ‘up ya bum’ hurled at hubby Kel and then we are reminded that Seamy are camping in the backyard. Despite the Tasmanian’s vigorously defending their State on Facebook this place looks bloody cold. Seamy are determined not to come last and other than Sean briefly getting his foot trapped in a doorway they seem to be under control this morning.

Jemma and Barry Jnr don’t like bright annoying colours in their own home but have no qualms about installing a retina burning orange splashback in Jane’s laundry.

Nick has a bit of an issue with Barry. His voice is… his voice is just a projectile annoying….voice he tells Kel who tells him he’s ok really. Kel is having such a good day. He loves Sean, loves Amy, loves Barry Jnr, loves everyone. He’s a happy chappy.

A few people are still struggling with the Danish design concept. Chris thinks it is a Mediterranean/Scandinavian thing. Yep somewhere nowhere near there.

Producers have a quick word with Jane and Plinth. Look no one’s really getting the Danish/family friendly/edgy/art deco/eco thing. Can you give us a bit of clarity? Seems it’s a bleached out concept, pretty easy really. Not mainstream, more like polished bohemian but not too arty, we don’t like macramé and not too schmick or all the wittiness will be lost.

Jemma has found an art deco door. Well the clever saleswoman says it’s sort of art deco so you know – SOLD.  The good thing about having four different style rules is you can pretty much buy anything and say it fits the criterion. To prove this Leighton and Reese have bought a bamboo bench top, Leighton having reversed his earlier position on bamboo, and they tell us this is going to look very Danish. Michelle comes across an art deco mirror and the boys are installing a…wait for it….Danish art deco ceiling rose. Retailers in Tasmania are having a field day with this lot.

Kel changes the bookshelf design. Michelle comes back to inspect Kel’s work and we all hold our collective breath for the verdict……she loves it. Massive sigh of relief.

Budgets are blowing out so Jemma and Barry Jnr go to return their laundry door and get a cheaper one but the store refuses to take it back. Later Barry does a Keith and gets the store to agree to refund the price of the door even though it has been damaged.

McCrave-Burger is advising Seamy on the little girl’s room. She says 9 turns to 10, 12 and 14 pretty quickly because they skip odd numbers in Tasmania.

Leighton tells Reese the lounge she chose, ordered and is very happy with, is suddenly wrong. Reese gets stressed out because that’s just what she does according to Leighton. Nothing to do with you then.

New morning and unlike yesterday, Kel’s day is turning very bad. First he discovers the doors in his hallway are different heights due to the unevenness of the house and who could have predicted that, then he gets (politely) shut down by his mate Sean when he gets a bit blustery and then he gets smacked with this gem:  “Remember when we had to sell your motorbike to pay the bills?”  Is Michelle conspiring to make Kel cry? Finally he goes to hang the short supply wallpaper and tears his first sheet.

Kel is now broken.

Jemma delights in teasing Nick who is, let’s face it, a pretty easy target. She threatens to go mad with the orange paint when they do his house. Nick has other problems too. He locks the front so he can finish his entrance floor and people are trying to purposely annoy him by continuously knocking on the door. A sign might have averted that you know.

Leighton baffles with waffle. And annoys everyone by farting all over them.

Amy is doing a Jackson Pollock on an old ladder, as she obviously hasn’t read the online comments about Matt and Kim’s panic room, and thinks this will fit the ‘edgy’ brief.

Time is running out and the teams are getting frazzled and start yelling at each other. The pressure is on and as usual no one thinks they will be finished in time. We get a preview of Jane and Plinth discussing the family room and it looks like they won’t all fit in there. Is it wrong that I’m now looking forward to a Leighton smack down? House reveals next week.


1 Georgie { 05.24.13 at 9:50 am }

I just posted this on the previous thread so am copying it across here.

“Attention-wise, I’ve been half watching this. I have paid enough attention to notice Michelle-from-hell though and wouldn’t be surprised if she doesn’t end up entombed in a concrete pour at some stage.

Great work again Annajjj thanks.”

2 Stacey { 05.24.13 at 9:59 am }

That was hilarious! I am only going to continue watching the show so I can get maximum lol-ing from these posts! Great work!!
About the Block, the whole upmarket thing…. Doesn’t it sort of alienate a big % of Aussies that watch it? Is anyone thinking of putting a steam room in their suburban family home?

3 Reality Raver { 05.24.13 at 10:28 am }

The highlight for me last night was when Jane described her and Plinio as “polished bohemians” not how most of Australia would describe her.

Steam room will become the most under utilised room in the house in my opinion. Gimmick factor only.

4 Kess { 05.24.13 at 11:14 am }

Both “Prison” Block, and the Houses from Hell, suck throughout the daily shows/all week.
And both are on such constant repeat loops -it’s very easy to get confused, which old hag am watching? Trixie or Michelle……….

Whatever, I have just made them into my own personal 60 minute make-over shows – watch the before episode beginning of the week/then watch reveal.
All the rest – garbage, and it will not be good for you, turn over to Community repeats before it’s too late and your sucked into bogan hell.

5 Erin { 05.24.13 at 12:34 pm }

Why haven’t any of the consulted a real estate agent about the double bathrooms? I very much doubt there is much call for “his and hers” bathrooms. If I was buying one of those apartments, i would prefer the space to be used a a walk in robe or something.

6 LB { 05.24.13 at 12:47 pm }

The twins on The Block came across as petulant & whiney. If you wanted a fluffy roller so desperately why didn’t you just go, you know, & BUY ONE? Last time I checked there wasn’t any rationing on fluffy rollers or Block contestants weren’t prohibited from leaving the site.

Having said that, Trixie is so annoying with her continually wailing about what a “good” person she is. Sounded like she was trying to convince herself as well as everyone else how wonderful she is. Johnno sure didn’t say much!

7 Anna { 05.24.13 at 12:55 pm }

Erin, exactly!

I need to tune Trixie out…. Wonder why Keif didn’t do a dummy spit that she didn’t consult him nor architect prior to going ahead & buying material & hiring tradies

The roller business is idiotic…. She should have known that sales guy would tell … Pulling stunts with twins is not smart, especially since she is using their steam room idea

Love the steam room, would hate to clean it! Great when its cold or when one is sick. Would not be used in the summer…..

8 AJ { 05.24.13 at 1:04 pm }

I missed House Rules, but watched The Block.

I suspect that in the next episode, the twins will accuse the Trickster Trixie of murdering the tiler who went missing half-way through the very first room challenge.

After all, the Trickster Trixie is solely dedicating all her time to devising methods to upset the twins! First she sent her secret agent electrician on a mission to steal all the twins’ best ideas. Then she sabotaged their painting efforts by deceiving them into using the wrong kind of roller which she purchased for them. What an evil person! The cops had better lock her up before she does any more damage.

@ Erin – I vaguely recall one of the teams, it may have been the twins, consulting with a real estate agent about the stupidity of having five bathrooms for a three bedroom apartment and they were told that an abundance of bathrooms is something that wealthy buyers look for. It doesn’t make any sense to me. I would have thought two bathrooms and a powder room would have been more than sufficient.

9 2ndhand { 05.24.13 at 1:42 pm }

Just to go back to the steam room – someone (was it Trixie) said they wanted to give the option of sitting down in their steam room. Is this really an option? Would anyone go and STAND in a steam room for any amount of time? Also, agree with Erin – a walk-in robe would be a much better use of space, as it does not appear that there will be much storage available.

What are they going to to about parking? Does not appear to be any underground parking, and in NSW at least, you have to provide a minimum of one and a half car spaces for each unit.

10 LB { 05.24.13 at 2:08 pm }

2ndhand, am pretty sure there would be underground parking. This was a motel in South Melbourne, so can’t imagine there wouldn’t be sufficient parking – would never have got planning permission from Council without it.

11 Anna { 05.24.13 at 2:16 pm }

Going back to the rollergate, was nice of Trixie to offer to shop for the twins, but don’t get why she bought different rollers for them then for herself …

It’s time they’ve moved in from the roller & steam room. Wonder if WA team will install a sauna …

I’m sure that next week there will be another ‘gate’ involving Trixie & the twins.

Getting tired of Trixie telling the cam what a lovely person she is …

12 brain dead dave { 05.24.13 at 2:25 pm }

I don’t think Trixie is as great as she says she is either. The lady doth protest too much.

No SA loyalty from me. I’m calling Leighton an ar$ehole here and now. Can’t see his relationship lasting much longer. It’ll be in No Idea soon.

Chicky Babes dropped the door after being offered help carrying it. Don’t think there’s be a chance of a refund in the real world.

13 Reality Raver { 05.24.13 at 2:33 pm }

In Trixie’s defense (not that I am a fan) I think they already had the long hair roller. If they had footage of her actually shopping at Mitre TEN all would be revealed…
I suspect she did not realise there were different types of rollers or asked a guy for a roller for outdoors and that what he gave her.

Re: Steam room versus bathroom. I would love my own bathroom. However three bathrooms and a fourth toilet for visiting guests would probably be sufficient.

14 Littlepetal { 05.24.13 at 2:59 pm }

I thought Trixie bought 2 sets of identical rollers. She didn’t get a different one for the cop lady.

15 Danielle { 05.24.13 at 3:23 pm }

Watched both shows. On house rules for all people complain about how cold Tasmania seems they still wear t-shirts. I heard it was filmed in the summer so the contestants would not get sick from being in a cold tent.
Jemma and Ben don’t seem to be the type of people to really look into things before they commit. I mean they had no idea that the foundations of their place was crap. They don’t seem to know how to keep to a budget! Taking back a $700 door is not going to fix them going $2000 over budget!
The Block has gotten so dramatic lately in terms of editing and sound effects. What actually happens is boring and dull.
People do admit that on a reality show you get so immersed in the world that little problems seem like a big deal so I think that is what is happening with Trixie and the twins.

16 Anna { 05.24.13 at 3:54 pm }

Most personalities on the Block are a bit bland… too lazy to rewatch Trixies trip to the Mitre 10

Her constant pimping of her personality is boring. Some people don’t have to plot to undermine others…. comes naturally

She should have cancelled her steam room order when she found out that they were copying twin’s idea

17 Lifeslurped { 05.24.13 at 7:13 pm }

In TB world, is there a trade mark on ideas? No one owes exclusive rights to a particular design feature – regardless of where/how that idea came about. It is also possible that people do arrive at similar ideas independently. The argument that one ‘stole’ another’s idea is ludicrous ! ‘OUR idea’ what rot!

18 Anna { 05.24.13 at 7:20 pm }

Lifeslurped, have you been watching the show????

Trixies sparkie overheard twins and ran to her and suggested she does it

It’s not that she came up with the idea on her own…. She could have used it another week, but to copy another team shows her lack of imagination & design

Sticking plants on those wooden tiles made the whole place look cheap & tacky. She lost the plot that she didn’t win last week… tears / tantrums/ whining / bitching and the list goes on

Personally hated the wooden tiles … would never do it. It’s not the right look for a penthouse appartment

19 Anna { 05.24.13 at 8:00 pm }

It’s official.. they are all morons!!!!

They have a HUGE dressing room, 5th dunny and laundry are one room BUT not one of them asked permission to combine his and hers dunnies in order to make just one luxurious en-suite. Double sink, bath tub/spa for 2. Shower for 2. What’s the point of 2 loos one they could have installed a loo and a bidet.?

20 brain dead dave { 05.24.13 at 8:35 pm }

There’s no way that Trixie arrived at the idea for the steam room independently. If that were true , fair enough.

The sparkie let the cat out of the bag ,then it was a case of monkey see ,monkey do.

21 Littlepetal { 05.24.13 at 8:45 pm }

Just saw the floor plan. Agree with Anna that I would prefer a Hugh ensuite with a spa and a his and her sink. A spacious shower will be nice too. You don’t need 2 toilet bowl.

22 brain dead dave { 05.24.13 at 8:50 pm }

One toilet bowl could be used to fill with ice and beer when/if there’s a party. How “edgy” would that be, Keith and $cotty?

23 Gabby { 05.24.13 at 8:52 pm }

Littlepetal @ 14 that’s exactly what I thought happened. If anyone knows how a long haired brush got in to the mix please let us know?
Anna @ 16 you are right as soon as Trixie knew where the steam room idea came from she should have scrapped it straight away, no more questions asked.
I’m sick of nothing happening on the Block. I’m starting to enjoy House House Rules more. It moves along at a faster pace and no recaps after ads.

24 Reality Raver { 05.24.13 at 8:54 pm }

Maybe they should put n a panic room that is ,rant to be high end

25 Anna { 05.24.13 at 9:14 pm }

Emma, thought they already have :-) (the bedroom from WA team)

26 Reality Raver { 05.24.13 at 9:23 pm }

Anna – lol true

27 Anna { 05.24.13 at 9:27 pm }

Surprised to see that all teams are not thinking of high end Melbourne buyers when they are renovating .

The wooden tiles would be nice in a B&B, but not in a Penthouse