Safe in the knowledge they have an advantage

Noses to the grindstone.

Noses to the grindstone.

What is in the safe?”

That’s the question Gizzy Hard twosome Amy Moore and Stu Watts will get to answer after a full-on couple of days on The Block NZ — a reality TV show in which teams pit their DIY skills to renovate four townhouses in the Auckland district of Hobsonville Point.

Up for grabs is $100,000 cash and any money teams make above the reserve price when the houses are auctioned.

Episode 4 was mainly about noses to the grindstone in the countdown to their first room reveal — the guest bedroom.

Even Team Orange’s Agni was working up a sweat after predominantly exercising his mouth for the first three episodes.

While the likes of Blue Team’s highly ambitious Tom and Ben were lagging way behind schedule, Yellow Team’s Amy and Stu were tracking relatively well with their “moody botanical”-themed room.

Show host Mark Richardson interrupted proceedings to announce their first “game-changer” challenge from which the winners get “an advantage that could potentially change the game”.

With Ben and Tom having won all three challenges up to then, it was a case of anyone but Blue.

Not to be.

One player from each team was blindfolded and had to identify by touch five items from The Block site. Tom did it in 11 seconds to win. Last-placed Amy took 31.75.

“He was in there like a rat up a drainpipe,” an impressed Stu said.

The Blue boys later and in the privacy of their room revealed the advantage — the right to overrule a Block Collective decision.

The formation of a Block Collective is new to the series. For any team who wants special permission to do something out of the ordinary or propose something that is in a grey area, a meeting of the Block Collective must take place. Only a unanimous vote in their favour will give the team permission.

Following the game-changer challenge, omnipotent one Richardson stepped in to decide “the mighty safe issue” — a bone of contention between the Yellow and Blue teams.

A search for a hidden safe and the as-of-yet-known advantage inside it ended controversially with Blue’s builder finding it but Amy actually seeing it first, and claiming she and Stu should therefore get it.

Richardson agreed and the safe was handed over to Yellow.

In theorising about what was inside, Amy and Stu discussed that if it was the chance to take points off another team, would they do it? (yes Amy, the TV audience cried, yes).

Amy and Stu got a confidence boost when Block design expert Shelley paid a visit and after a couple of suggestions said “you guys are all over it”.

Whether the judges think the same will be revealed on Sunday.

What is in the safe?”

That’s the question Gizzy Hard twosome Amy Moore and Stu Watts will get to answer after a full-on couple of days on The Block NZ — a reality TV show in which teams pit their DIY skills to renovate four townhouses in the Auckland district of Hobsonville Point.

Up for grabs is $100,000 cash and any money teams make above the reserve price when the houses are auctioned.

Episode 4 was mainly about noses to the grindstone in the countdown to their first room reveal — the guest bedroom.

Even Team Orange’s Agni was working up a sweat after predominantly exercising his mouth for the first three episodes.

While the likes of Blue Team’s highly ambitious Tom and Ben were lagging way behind schedule, Yellow Team’s Amy and Stu were tracking relatively well with their “moody botanical”-themed room.

Show host Mark Richardson interrupted proceedings to announce their first “game-changer” challenge from which the winners get “an advantage that could potentially change the game”.

With Ben and Tom having won all three challenges up to then, it was a case of anyone but Blue.

Not to be.

One player from each team was blindfolded and had to identify by touch five items from The Block site. Tom did it in 11 seconds to win. Last-placed Amy took 31.75.

“He was in there like a rat up a drainpipe,” an impressed Stu said.

The Blue boys later and in the privacy of their room revealed the advantage — the right to overrule a Block Collective decision.

The formation of a Block Collective is new to the series. For any team who wants special permission to do something out of the ordinary or propose something that is in a grey area, a meeting of the Block Collective must take place. Only a unanimous vote in their favour will give the team permission.

Following the game-changer challenge, omnipotent one Richardson stepped in to decide “the mighty safe issue” — a bone of contention between the Yellow and Blue teams.

A search for a hidden safe and the as-of-yet-known advantage inside it ended controversially with Blue’s builder finding it but Amy actually seeing it first, and claiming she and Stu should therefore get it.

Richardson agreed and the safe was handed over to Yellow.

In theorising about what was inside, Amy and Stu discussed that if it was the chance to take points off another team, would they do it? (yes Amy, the TV audience cried, yes).

Amy and Stu got a confidence boost when Block design expert Shelley paid a visit and after a couple of suggestions said “you guys are all over it”.

Whether the judges think the same will be revealed on Sunday.

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