Trickery maybe . . . but no one lost an eye

Do the crime, do the time.

Even the most Cycloptic fans of Gizzy Hard couple Amy Moore and Stu Watts were sucking air through pursed lips after Room Reveal turned into a courtroom on last night’s episode of renovation reality TV series The Block NZ.

Team Yellow’s Amy and Stu breached the strict 6pm tools-down rule by keeping a tradie (an electrician) on site for nearly 20 minutes after curfew to get the power on — the night before the week 4 Room Reveal of the block of four Hobsonville Point townhouses.

Their actions and Amy’s incriminating words had been recorded and were played to them at Room Reveal, minus the theme tune to Jaws but with the prime-time TV desired shock effect.

“I’ll give you one chance,” Block host Mark Richardson said, with the forebodance of a school principal interrogating suspected water balloon bombers.

“Have you broken the 6pm tools down curfew?”

“Possibly,” replied Amy. “If he was there doing work that I didn’t know about.”

Turns out she did, though on the recording she says “it’s not as serious as you think”.

Turns out it is.

“That is a very serious matter,” says Richardson, “because if we are found to be in breach of our resource consent, the whole site could get shut down. Not to mention you guys get an unfair advantage, which I don’t think you need to take anyway.”

At the time of the revelation, Team Yellow had been scored 8.5 by one judge for their room — in this case the upstairs landing — and were set to win their fourth consecutive Room Reveal.

Richardson turned to the board and chalked a slash through their score.

“The issue will probably not end here,” he warned. “I’ll need to go and talk to the Wolf (site supervisor Peter “the Wolf” Wolfkamp).”

The win and $5000 towards their house budget instead went to Team Orange’s Claire and Agni with 14.5.

The next day Amy said they were “moving on. It takes a bit more than that to knock us off our perch. We totally *&%$! up and we apologised to everyone . . . we just have to move on.”

Easier said than done and when an upset Amy said “I can’t do it”, an over-it Stu took the harden-up-pussy approach.

“We have to do it, mate. I’m sick of all the drama . . . just deal with it”.

Richardson announced that this week’s Room Reveal was the family living room and part of each team’s brief was to choose a vase pre-selected by the judges and give it a botanical touch.

In what turned out to be a tension-easing “party zone” challenge at a furniture outlet, teams had to produce a themed table setting for a party in 30 minutes — a $6500 barbecue package for the winners.

Team Purple’s Chlo and Em claimed that, with Amy and Stu second, but this was one of those participation situations where everyone went home with a BBQ prize.

The second half of Amy and Stu’s punishment was meted out in a meeting with Richardson and The Wolf.

“What I have seen is a deliberate attempt to basically trick your way through the process,” said the Wolf before Judge Richardson imposed a $5000 fine, minus the swing of a gavel.

“It’s better than going home,” said the Wolf, which is codswallop because ousting Amy and Stu would rip the spine out of the show, leaving two affable but naive young men (Team Blue) flailing about like fish on a deck; Team Purple and their impersonations of Romy and Michele; and the average albeit burgeoning talents of Agni and “my darling” Claire.

Do you really think producers would take that ratings risk?

Their punishment was effectively $10,000 — $5000 for the breach and the $5000 they missed out on for being DQed from Room Reveal.

“Don’t worry fullahs,” an optimistic Stu chirped.

“In two weeks, we’ll have another 10 grand in our pockets.”

Stu also succinctly summed up the drama, controversy, stress and fallout of their week.

“It is what it is.”

And what it is, is a TV show.

No one lost their life. No one lost an eye.

The only losses have been Room Reveals, challenges . . . and the odd plot.

Do the crime, do the time.

Even the most Cycloptic fans of Gizzy Hard couple Amy Moore and Stu Watts were sucking air through pursed lips after Room Reveal turned into a courtroom on last night’s episode of renovation reality TV series The Block NZ.

Team Yellow’s Amy and Stu breached the strict 6pm tools-down rule by keeping a tradie (an electrician) on site for nearly 20 minutes after curfew to get the power on — the night before the week 4 Room Reveal of the block of four Hobsonville Point townhouses.

Their actions and Amy’s incriminating words had been recorded and were played to them at Room Reveal, minus the theme tune to Jaws but with the prime-time TV desired shock effect.

“I’ll give you one chance,” Block host Mark Richardson said, with the forebodance of a school principal interrogating suspected water balloon bombers.

“Have you broken the 6pm tools down curfew?”

“Possibly,” replied Amy. “If he was there doing work that I didn’t know about.”

Turns out she did, though on the recording she says “it’s not as serious as you think”.

Turns out it is.

“That is a very serious matter,” says Richardson, “because if we are found to be in breach of our resource consent, the whole site could get shut down. Not to mention you guys get an unfair advantage, which I don’t think you need to take anyway.”

At the time of the revelation, Team Yellow had been scored 8.5 by one judge for their room — in this case the upstairs landing — and were set to win their fourth consecutive Room Reveal.

Richardson turned to the board and chalked a slash through their score.

“The issue will probably not end here,” he warned. “I’ll need to go and talk to the Wolf (site supervisor Peter “the Wolf” Wolfkamp).”

The win and $5000 towards their house budget instead went to Team Orange’s Claire and Agni with 14.5.

The next day Amy said they were “moving on. It takes a bit more than that to knock us off our perch. We totally *&%$! up and we apologised to everyone . . . we just have to move on.”

Easier said than done and when an upset Amy said “I can’t do it”, an over-it Stu took the harden-up-pussy approach.

“We have to do it, mate. I’m sick of all the drama . . . just deal with it”.

Richardson announced that this week’s Room Reveal was the family living room and part of each team’s brief was to choose a vase pre-selected by the judges and give it a botanical touch.

In what turned out to be a tension-easing “party zone” challenge at a furniture outlet, teams had to produce a themed table setting for a party in 30 minutes — a $6500 barbecue package for the winners.

Team Purple’s Chlo and Em claimed that, with Amy and Stu second, but this was one of those participation situations where everyone went home with a BBQ prize.

The second half of Amy and Stu’s punishment was meted out in a meeting with Richardson and The Wolf.

“What I have seen is a deliberate attempt to basically trick your way through the process,” said the Wolf before Judge Richardson imposed a $5000 fine, minus the swing of a gavel.

“It’s better than going home,” said the Wolf, which is codswallop because ousting Amy and Stu would rip the spine out of the show, leaving two affable but naive young men (Team Blue) flailing about like fish on a deck; Team Purple and their impersonations of Romy and Michele; and the average albeit burgeoning talents of Agni and “my darling” Claire.

Do you really think producers would take that ratings risk?

Their punishment was effectively $10,000 — $5000 for the breach and the $5000 they missed out on for being DQed from Room Reveal.

“Don’t worry fullahs,” an optimistic Stu chirped.

“In two weeks, we’ll have another 10 grand in our pockets.”

Stu also succinctly summed up the drama, controversy, stress and fallout of their week.

“It is what it is.”

And what it is, is a TV show.

No one lost their life. No one lost an eye.

The only losses have been Room Reveals, challenges . . . and the odd plot.

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Jack Johnson, Timbuktu - 1 year ago
Very poor class and lacklustre. Constantly waiting time with showing the same scenes over and over again. I wonder who the director is, he needs to go back to learning how to make a good TV show. This year he has taken tips from school children to put this together.

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