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Has there ever been a worse Block relationship between builders and contestants than that of Ankur and Sharon and their traditions Liam and Scott?
It’s like watching your best friend persist with a toxic block in the hope he’ll change — and that’s on both sides. Why Liam and Scott continue to work with people they clearly despise is a mystery. And why Ankur and Sharon didn’t let them go as soon as things turned ugly is another one.
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On the one hand, Ankur and Sharon have a habit of disappearing from the site together for hours on end, rather than doing some of the few jobs they actually can do, such as cleaning up the site and making design decisions.
And on the other hand, Liam and Scott don’t want to work past 5pm or on Saturdays, and disappear to Gisborne for a leisurely pub lunch on Ankur and Sharon’s dime on the reg.
Sharon and Ankur make their feelings explicitly clear in a phone call with a friend.
“We’ve got these builders who are f***ing idiots,” she says.
“They’re a***holes!” Ankur interjects.
“They’re lazy, they don’t want to work past 5 o’clock, they just want to leave, one of them doesn’t want to work on Saturday.”
She tells producers she blames the relationship for spoiling her Block experience.
Back at the house, Scott is ribbing Liam about being left to make design decisions.
“It’s the little things that just add up. Obviously you can understand it makes this not very enjoyable,” Scott tells a producer.
Another relationship fracturing is foreman Dan’s with supplier CSR. The company contacts him after seeing their precious plasterboard and insulation material being left outside in mud and rain, in the middle of a nationwide shortage.
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“I’ve just had one of the most embarrassing phone calls I’ve ever had on The Block in the 10 seasons I’ve been involved in,” he tells Tom as they stand around Tom’s waterlogged insulation bats.
Tom cops it on the chin, agreeing it’s not good enough, then promptly heads to the pub in an attempt to be the first contestant to go have a counter meal every day while still managing to finish the hellish hallway week.
When Dan finds out he’s seriously peeved, and that might be another relationship on the rocks.
But nobody’s having a worse time this week than Omar and Oz.
Their tiles are thrown off site after being caught with a fraudulent WorkCover insurance certificate, leaving the boys with an un-waterproofed laundry and mud room.
In a genius move that Sharon claims they stole from her, Omar and Oz are putting in a dog wash bath in their mud room, which means it needs to be treated as a wet area.
After calling every tiler in Melbourne on the Friday of a long weekend they manage to scrape in the waterproofing, but by then Freedom has run out of time to install their cabinets, and it looks like they’ve got zero chance of finishing.
Bryce from Freedom, has almost a Block character in his own right, is clearly becoming doing the impossible, and not making this the first time in Block history that Freedom’s actually finished a job.
There’s nothing to be done though, and the boys’ cabinets are left outside under tarps.
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EP 26: The Block left high and wet by supply problems
EP 25: ‘Kitchen without a soul’ — Block team roasted
EP 23 & 24: Ronnie’s Block return gets awkward
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EP 21: Neale ‘traumatised’ by team’s messy effort
EP 19 & 20: ‘Designed to f*** you up’ Neighbors star snaps
EP 18: Scott Cam reveals Block’s worst spenders
EP 17: Omar & Oz go from heroes to zeros
EP 15 & 16: ‘Stop talking!’ Sharon and Ankur’s web of lies unravels
EP 14: ‘That’s a lie’: Gibe that kicks off a Block war
EP 13: ‘Bland’ — Neale slams Block team’s bathroom
EP 11 & 12: Block bathroom raising eyebrows with ’70s porn vibe
EP 10: ‘Worst on the Block’: Sharon and Ankur slammed
EP 9: ‘I hate it here’: Block contestant’s meltdown
EP 7 & 8: Neighbors’ star in war of words with Shaynna continues
EP 6: Block contestant’s sledge at Shaynna
EP 5: Underdogs win due to unorthodox bathroom feature
EP 3 & 4: Bathroom fails prompt war games and waterworks
EP 2: Sour grapes and scandal as Elle and Joel quit without telling anyone
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