Emotion flows from the soft side of hard

Amy and Stu are the only parents on The Block

Amy and Stu are the only parents on The Block

The “emotional taxing” of their spat with the Orange team undoubtedly played a role as Gizzy Hard revealed a bit of Gizzy Soft on the site of the renovation reality TV show.

The tap started running after Yellow Team’s Amy Moore thought she and Gisborne partner Stu Watts were to receive a “surprise visitor” that could be her daughter.

Not so (the TV audience didn’t actually find out if there was a visitor).

The thought of her daughter all the way back in Gizzy proved too much and the banks burst.

“I miss my girl,” Amy sobbed in the arms of Stu, who was also left wiping away a bit of salty H2O.

The pair are the only parents among the four teams on The Block.

“I’m missing my kids, for sure,” said Stu.

“It’s pretty hard.”

He has also been “missing my beers” as well*.

This week’s reno room on the site of the Block on Auckland’s Hobsonville Point is the family bathroom — the most technical challenge the teams will face over the series in which each couple are required to completely renovate a townhouse.

These will be auctioned off, the overall winners pocketing $100,000 and all teams receiving any money made over the reserve price.

Team Yellow — whose showdown with Team Orange dominated the previous episode, leaving both teams behind schedule — got stuck into the task at hand.

With Stu being a plumber, they have a distinct advantage in this challenge, but time is looming as a formidable opponent, and when Amy revealed she wanted to go tile-mad as a feature of the room, Stu’s eyebrows leapt like a couple of caterpillars in a mosh pit.

“Let’s feature the bejesus out of it,” Amy enthused, forcing Block host Mark Richardson to explain “bejesus” is a word those born around the 1970s would be familiar with.

“Let’s hope the their room design is not as outdated as the term ‘bejesus’.”

While they have a not-so-secret weapon in plumber Stu, there is nothing they can do about the untameable beast known as Auckland traffic when it comes to waiting for product delivery — in Yellow’s case a custom-made shower — or the unreliability of some “tradies”, which most teams were to endure.

Fortunately, Yellow Team have Gisborne builder Dave Wallace, whose nous and skills, and unflappable demeanour, are proving a Godsend.

Last night’s episode reached a dramatic anti- climax with Chlo from Team Purple choking on a carrot while having an “intimate dinner” with the Blue boys, and freaking out Tom, who tried to help. He later claimed to have saved her life.

“I heim-licked her.”

The tools-down Block Challenge, a feature of each episode, required teams to build a floating vessel from provided material and race on a nearby lake over 100 metres — the winners receiving $5000 in New Zealand artwork, selection assistance, delivery and installation.

Stu and Amy, who live at Wainui Beach, fittingly created a surfboard, which probably would have won if their physical prowess had matched the idea.

“I hit the wall, old-people style,” said Amy.

“I wasn’t as fit as I thought I was,” said Stu.

Blue team won, with Yellow second, Orange third and Purple suffering that sinking feeling.

* Stu probably wouldn’t have wanted to know that he won the Handle Club draw at his favourite Gisborne watering hole, Smash Palace, last week. It is understood to have been worth $800 — but he had to be there to win it.

The “emotional taxing” of their spat with the Orange team undoubtedly played a role as Gizzy Hard revealed a bit of Gizzy Soft on the site of the renovation reality TV show.

The tap started running after Yellow Team’s Amy Moore thought she and Gisborne partner Stu Watts were to receive a “surprise visitor” that could be her daughter.

Not so (the TV audience didn’t actually find out if there was a visitor).

The thought of her daughter all the way back in Gizzy proved too much and the banks burst.

“I miss my girl,” Amy sobbed in the arms of Stu, who was also left wiping away a bit of salty H2O.

The pair are the only parents among the four teams on The Block.

“I’m missing my kids, for sure,” said Stu.

“It’s pretty hard.”

He has also been “missing my beers” as well*.

This week’s reno room on the site of the Block on Auckland’s Hobsonville Point is the family bathroom — the most technical challenge the teams will face over the series in which each couple are required to completely renovate a townhouse.

These will be auctioned off, the overall winners pocketing $100,000 and all teams receiving any money made over the reserve price.

Team Yellow — whose showdown with Team Orange dominated the previous episode, leaving both teams behind schedule — got stuck into the task at hand.

With Stu being a plumber, they have a distinct advantage in this challenge, but time is looming as a formidable opponent, and when Amy revealed she wanted to go tile-mad as a feature of the room, Stu’s eyebrows leapt like a couple of caterpillars in a mosh pit.

“Let’s feature the bejesus out of it,” Amy enthused, forcing Block host Mark Richardson to explain “bejesus” is a word those born around the 1970s would be familiar with.

“Let’s hope the their room design is not as outdated as the term ‘bejesus’.”

While they have a not-so-secret weapon in plumber Stu, there is nothing they can do about the untameable beast known as Auckland traffic when it comes to waiting for product delivery — in Yellow’s case a custom-made shower — or the unreliability of some “tradies”, which most teams were to endure.

Fortunately, Yellow Team have Gisborne builder Dave Wallace, whose nous and skills, and unflappable demeanour, are proving a Godsend.

Last night’s episode reached a dramatic anti- climax with Chlo from Team Purple choking on a carrot while having an “intimate dinner” with the Blue boys, and freaking out Tom, who tried to help. He later claimed to have saved her life.

“I heim-licked her.”

The tools-down Block Challenge, a feature of each episode, required teams to build a floating vessel from provided material and race on a nearby lake over 100 metres — the winners receiving $5000 in New Zealand artwork, selection assistance, delivery and installation.

Stu and Amy, who live at Wainui Beach, fittingly created a surfboard, which probably would have won if their physical prowess had matched the idea.

“I hit the wall, old-people style,” said Amy.

“I wasn’t as fit as I thought I was,” said Stu.

Blue team won, with Yellow second, Orange third and Purple suffering that sinking feeling.

* Stu probably wouldn’t have wanted to know that he won the Handle Club draw at his favourite Gisborne watering hole, Smash Palace, last week. It is understood to have been worth $800 — but he had to be there to win it.

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