Dinner wars a recipe for meltdowns

What does a hypnotist, undercooked brussels sprouts and an old-school game of Twister have to do with a home renovation TV programme?

A fair bit, as it turns out, as TV3’s reality series The Block NZ was once again predominantly about the behaviour of those doing it, rather than the work they are actually doing in last night’s “explosive” episode.

Embroiled in the thick of it, as a two-team rivalry reached a series low, was Gizzy Hard couple Amy Moore and Stu Watts.

The pair’s deteriorating relationship with Team Orange’s Agni and Claire has overshadowed the goings-on of week 3, in which the four teams have to produce a kids’ bedroom.

The Block NZ 2018 has brought together four teams on a site comprising four townhouses at Hobsonville Point in Auckland. They have to fully renovate the houses, which are auctioned off at the end of the series. The pair who make the most money above their house’s reserve price win the grand prize of $100,000. Each couple also pockets whatever their house makes over the reserve.

The four-show weeks end in Sunday “room reveals”, at which two judges score the rooms and the winners get extra cash to go towards their $100,000 budget.

Along the way are a series of challenges from which money and advantages are earned. This week’s is $10,000 of Resene eco-decorating for the winners of “Dinner Wars”.

With that enticement, and the pressures of producing a meal scored by your Blockmates, on top of getting your room done, there is the potential for meltdowns of nuclear reactor proportion.

Every man, woman and their dog would have thrown a hundie on precious pup Agni chucking his bottle out of the cot. He didn’t disappoint, albeit with mitigating factors.

Agni and Claire’s Mexican-themed “Avatar” dinner was cruising along. Claire had coated everyone with some sort of mood-setting spray on arrival, the food was delicious and then they introduced their dinner feature — renowned hypnotist Guy Cater.

Whatever was in that spray — possibly nitrous oxide — kicked in on Amy, who got a case of the giggles and couldn’t stop. It proved infectious, running through the rest of the teams, bar Agni and Claire.

Problem is that with hypnosis to work, you need the atmosphere to be suitably relaxed. The laughter comes after the subjects are under, so with Amy’s cackling producing a domino effect, it was never going to work.

A fuming Agni had had enough and asked Amy to go.

“Are we being kicked out?” she said.

“Yes.”

Stu went 80s retro in his reaction as he trundled down the stairs, calling Agni “a *&$% egg” and adding “well, that’s an easy zero” in reference to scoring of the dinner.

As much as Agni has been more annoying than the douchebag who shouts out “get in the hole” every time Tiger Woods hits a golf ball, you did have sympathy for him — although the situation could have been remedied simply by having a Kit Kat or Claire applying some other type of relaxation “spray”.

The Orange Team’s dinner followed that of Team Purple’s Chlo and Em — themed A Night in Paris — at which it was pointed out that bruschetta is actually Italian and Stu thought he was on the set of My Kitchen Rules in critiquing the brussels sprouts . . . “as hard as rocks”.

Frivolity and sexual innuendo ensued in a game of Twister, during which Amy joined the Cupid brigade in suggesting the “move” of Em kissing Blue Team’s Ben.

“It feels like I’ve skipped to third base already,” said Em, as she contorted her body around her potential beau.

The Purple team’s dinner featured a visit by interior design expert Shelley Ferguson, who got the teams to play a game called Ticking Time Bomb, where each person had to say what they thought would ultimately push a Block opponent over the edge.

In reference to Agni, Amy said “me”.

“You’re actually right,” he replied.

Prophetic.

There is work going on between all this and it is steady progress for most.

Stu and Amy got the green light for the “secret” loft above their room, and their successful combination, anchored by knowing where their strengths lie, was underlined once again.

Stu has “110 . . . 120” percent faith in Amy’s creative flair.

“I’m not worried at all,” he said of her paint choices.

“I’m in charge of the roller. All that I’m worried about is the finished product.”

Amy is a machine when it comes to shopping — without Stu.

“Every single thing that I put in a room has a purpose,” she says.

And if that all comes together to win them 100 grand, all the trivial extraneous bits of this show go in the skip bin.

What does a hypnotist, undercooked brussels sprouts and an old-school game of Twister have to do with a home renovation TV programme?

A fair bit, as it turns out, as TV3’s reality series The Block NZ was once again predominantly about the behaviour of those doing it, rather than the work they are actually doing in last night’s “explosive” episode.

Embroiled in the thick of it, as a two-team rivalry reached a series low, was Gizzy Hard couple Amy Moore and Stu Watts.

The pair’s deteriorating relationship with Team Orange’s Agni and Claire has overshadowed the goings-on of week 3, in which the four teams have to produce a kids’ bedroom.

The Block NZ 2018 has brought together four teams on a site comprising four townhouses at Hobsonville Point in Auckland. They have to fully renovate the houses, which are auctioned off at the end of the series. The pair who make the most money above their house’s reserve price win the grand prize of $100,000. Each couple also pockets whatever their house makes over the reserve.

The four-show weeks end in Sunday “room reveals”, at which two judges score the rooms and the winners get extra cash to go towards their $100,000 budget.

Along the way are a series of challenges from which money and advantages are earned. This week’s is $10,000 of Resene eco-decorating for the winners of “Dinner Wars”.

With that enticement, and the pressures of producing a meal scored by your Blockmates, on top of getting your room done, there is the potential for meltdowns of nuclear reactor proportion.

Every man, woman and their dog would have thrown a hundie on precious pup Agni chucking his bottle out of the cot. He didn’t disappoint, albeit with mitigating factors.

Agni and Claire’s Mexican-themed “Avatar” dinner was cruising along. Claire had coated everyone with some sort of mood-setting spray on arrival, the food was delicious and then they introduced their dinner feature — renowned hypnotist Guy Cater.

Whatever was in that spray — possibly nitrous oxide — kicked in on Amy, who got a case of the giggles and couldn’t stop. It proved infectious, running through the rest of the teams, bar Agni and Claire.

Problem is that with hypnosis to work, you need the atmosphere to be suitably relaxed. The laughter comes after the subjects are under, so with Amy’s cackling producing a domino effect, it was never going to work.

A fuming Agni had had enough and asked Amy to go.

“Are we being kicked out?” she said.

“Yes.”

Stu went 80s retro in his reaction as he trundled down the stairs, calling Agni “a *&$% egg” and adding “well, that’s an easy zero” in reference to scoring of the dinner.

As much as Agni has been more annoying than the douchebag who shouts out “get in the hole” every time Tiger Woods hits a golf ball, you did have sympathy for him — although the situation could have been remedied simply by having a Kit Kat or Claire applying some other type of relaxation “spray”.

The Orange Team’s dinner followed that of Team Purple’s Chlo and Em — themed A Night in Paris — at which it was pointed out that bruschetta is actually Italian and Stu thought he was on the set of My Kitchen Rules in critiquing the brussels sprouts . . . “as hard as rocks”.

Frivolity and sexual innuendo ensued in a game of Twister, during which Amy joined the Cupid brigade in suggesting the “move” of Em kissing Blue Team’s Ben.

“It feels like I’ve skipped to third base already,” said Em, as she contorted her body around her potential beau.

The Purple team’s dinner featured a visit by interior design expert Shelley Ferguson, who got the teams to play a game called Ticking Time Bomb, where each person had to say what they thought would ultimately push a Block opponent over the edge.

In reference to Agni, Amy said “me”.

“You’re actually right,” he replied.

Prophetic.

There is work going on between all this and it is steady progress for most.

Stu and Amy got the green light for the “secret” loft above their room, and their successful combination, anchored by knowing where their strengths lie, was underlined once again.

Stu has “110 . . . 120” percent faith in Amy’s creative flair.

“I’m not worried at all,” he said of her paint choices.

“I’m in charge of the roller. All that I’m worried about is the finished product.”

Amy is a machine when it comes to shopping — without Stu.

“Every single thing that I put in a room has a purpose,” she says.

And if that all comes together to win them 100 grand, all the trivial extraneous bits of this show go in the skip bin.

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