They’ve been feeling dispirited all week, partly due to family issues at home, but also because they’ve fallen so woefully behind on their budget. Now, in a Block first, it transpires Sarah and Jason have opted NOT to complete their master bedroom and ensuite in time for judging.
And Scotty’s not happy.
“I have been getting tough with them the whole series. Because they are spending too much money, and they just have no idea how to budget,” he says. “I have been riding them pretty hard to get them across the line at the end - but that’s because we don’t want to see people fail.
“We want to see them finish.”
But failure doesn’t seem to be troubling Sarah this week - she’s resigned to scoring zeroes from the judges. And she’s not about to change her strategy.
“I am not going to stress about it,” she says. “If we don’t finish, we don’t finish.
“I am more worried about getting it done properly, playing the long game ,and the buyer, than winning $10,000.”
They are spending too much money, and they just have no idea how to budget. I have been riding them pretty hard to get them across the line at the end - but that’s because we don’t want to see people fail.
But is this really the best strategy? Or in the spirit of the game? Ex-contestant, ‘ForeDan’, Dan Reilly, doesn’t seem to think so.
“Not even as an ex contestant, but as a fan of the show, just to a couple give up the way they have - it’s hard,” he says.
“You are given one of the best opportunities you will ever get, to be a contestant on The Block. To give up like that - it’s disappointing.”
The thing that is frustrating Dan - and his colleague Keith - is the fact that by ruling themselves out of contention, they’re actually digging themselves further into a hole with their budget.
“If they don’t compete for room wins, they won’t stand any chance of getting out of the mess,” Keith says.
But Jason is unrepentant, saying he’s not about to lose sleep about it.
“I am not focused on the win, I’m more focused on the end,” he says. “It’s not the way I wanted to be playing the game, but it’s the reality.”
I am not going to stress about it. If we don’t finish, we don’t finish.
Not even another budget intervention from Scotty’s assistant Sarah seems enough to persuade them to up their game.
They’re on shaky ground.
“It’s two strikes - if you go to the third strike, it’s looking dire,” says Scotty. “It’s a matter of sticking to this new budget.”
Here’s hoping they can.