2019-10-09 by W.M.
‘You’re not going to auction’: Block duo snaps
The party is well and truly over for Mitch and Mark.
The contestants have gone to war with their neighbours because they didn’t support their plans for a spa.
Only The Block’s nicest contestants, Deb and Andy, voted (albeit begrudgingly and with long faces) in favour of Mitch and Mark having a small pool on their upper deck.
Will Tess and Luke walk out?
The moment Mark and Mitch knew they had nailed it
But the boys needed the support of at least three houses to push ahead with the pool.
Jesse and Mel had already told them they were voting no because they didn’t want to give them a winning edge in what was shaping to be a two-horse race between themselves and Mitch and Mark.
So that left Tess and Luke and El’ise and Matt to cast the deciding votes.
The boys thought they had Tess and Luke’s vote in the bag because they had regularly come to their aid, lending them their tradespeople and even jumping in to help them clean up or put the finishing touches to their rooms ahead of judging.
But Tess and Luke decided, tearfully, to vote against their TV patrons. The Cairns couple had already grown concerned that Mitch and Mark’s so-called party room could put off potential buyers.
“Having the spa on the rooftop, basically that’s us putting the last nail in the coffin,” Tess said, mournfully.
“That’s us just going: ‘OK we are probably not even going to finish but you guys put a spa up there and make that whole level a party level.
“And we will just lay here and give up.’”
Mitch and Mark took Tess and Luke’s decision as a declaration of war. And, even though they couldn’t possibly get their spa across the line without a majority yes vote, they then pressured Matt and El’ise to declare just where they stood.
Why? Because they wanted to know exactly who was for them and against them when they began taking revenge.
They need not have bothered asking. We all knew where El’ise stood from the second she burst into tears just hearing the boys were getting a pool and she wasn’t.
It was a flat no. And that’s when the boys really went off the deep end.
“At this point I couldn’t care less about a spa,” Mitch spat, with cold disgust.
“Having a spa, not having a spa is irrelevant. At this point things on The Block changed. It’s about the changes that are going to flow on from this decision.
“If you f*** with us, I will f*** with you. End of story!”
Except it wasn’t the end of the story, not by a long shot. The boys then called all their tradespeople and told them they were no longer to help anyone else on The Block.
Within minutes the plasterers, who were due to start work on Tess and Luke’s studio the next day, called Luke to tell him that Mitch and Mark had banned them from doing the job.
“They have gone after us,” Tess moaned.
“They basically pulled our plasterers to prevent us from finishing. They kicked us when we were down.”
Later in the evening, Tess and Luke attempted to make peace with their neighbours but were coldly rebuffed with Mark telling them in no uncertain terms: “Grow up and stop playing the victims!”
“You’re not even going to finish this f…ing thing,” Mark hissed as he downed another spoonful of his sponsored microwave dinner.
“Three of your houses aren’t going to be in the auction so what difference does it make what we do up there?”
Mitch added: “I don’t want to help you. I have got no tears. Quite frankly, you broke me.”
The showdown led to Tess and Luke inviting all the other teams around to their place for a drink (aka a gossip session about Mitch and Mark).
Jesse was incredulous at the boys’ retaliatory measures.
El’ise was furious that the boys had basically written them off as contenders.
Deb and Andy said nothing mean about anyone, as usual. But it’s clear that The Block is divided into two camps.
And while Mitch and Mark (or B**** and Bark, as Luke has dubbed them) may well win The Block they won’t be winning any friends out of the experience.
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EP 37 recap: Will Tess and Luke walk out?
EP 35 and 36 recap: Reason for Tess and Luke’s devastation
EP 34 recap: Mitch puts his foot through the ceiling
EP 32 recap: producer dragged into cheating scandal
EP 30 recap: ‘Dog’s breakfast’: kitchen savagely mocked
EP 29 recap: Scott Cam gives contestants a serve
EP 27/28 recap: Gloves are off as teams threaten to quit
EP 26 recap: Tess and Luke flush another tradie
EP 25 recap: Is this the best bathroom on the Block ever?
EP 24 recap: Is this the best Block bathroom ever?
EP 23 recap: ‘I’m so sorry” — Mark and Mitch patch things up with Scott
EP 22 recap: What made Scott Cam storm off?
EP 21 recap: Homophobia row rocks The Block
EP 18 recap: Tess’ expletive-filled tirade after tradie sacking
EP 17 recap: Loo controversy sinks two teams
EP 15/16 recap: What made Mitch snap?
EP 14 recap: Jesse and Keith’s blow up
EP 13 recap: Judges slam Mark and Mitch
EP 11/12: Big move may blow up friendship
EP 10 recap: Why Scott Cam locked a contestant in car
EP 9 recap: How Jesse insulted Shaynna
EP 7/8: ‘Don’t be nice to them’. Luke’s plaster disaster
EP 6: Cheating allegations raised
EP 5: ‘Like a tomb’: Block’s bathroom disaster
EP 3 & 4: What’s got Scotty Cam so mad?
EP 2 recap: Tears and fights start early
EP 1 recap: Most shocking thing about this year’s Block