Hatchet buried . . . on with the show

Gisborne couple Amy Moore and Stu Watts. File picture

The Block NZ is not filmed before a live studio audience.

Each episode of the reality renovation TV3 series was shot about five weeks earlier.

The four teams can only surmise what is to be screened. They see the finished product when we see it.

Obviously they have an idea — having been through the regular Block challenges, weekly Room Reveals, outstanding antics and, of course, the juicy stuff that ultimately satisfies the reality TV beast’s insatiable thirst for controversy/drama.

It’s a double-whammy for the eight protagonists. Under the almost all-seeing eye of a TV camera, they revel in the highs and suffer through the lows of long days and nights on the building site of their Hobsonville Point townhouses.

Hours and hours of footage are digested, pruned, manipulated and reconfigured into 60-to 90-minute (including ads) prime-time TV packages.

Out the other side of this editing machine comes two contrasting products — Willie Wonka’s highly sought-after everlasting gobstopper and that stick of chewing gum that turned Violet Beauregarde into a giant blueberry.

All teams have tasted both, none more so on the emotional roller-coaster level than Gizzy Hard couple Amy Moore and Stu Watts.

In last night’s edition, they endured the aftermath of breaking the 6pm tools-down rule and initially failing to come clean when confronted about it.

Team Yellow were not only disqualified from the week 4 Room Reveal, they were fined $5000 and had to face a frosty reaction from the other three.

“We have heard things that people have said and that’s tough to take when you are already feeling pretty low,” says Stu.

A soup ladle could cut the tension in the air and it all proves too much for “a pretty mentally- exhausted” Amy.

“You don’t want to be the person who crumbles and falls,” she says, then does.

Amy suffers a panic attack, or what she later describes as “losing her lolly”. She and Stu are advised by site supervisor Peter “The Wolf” Wolfkamp to take a break from the site.

Fortunately, Gizzy Hard have an on-to-it builder in Dave Wallace, who has played a vital role in their three Room Reveal victories.

The Yellow Team builder crew soldier on with this week’s Room Reveal — the family living area — before Stu returns, minus Amy, who is “taking time out”.

“She probably deserves it after the week she’s had,” says Dave.

Stu gets back to what he’s been good at all series — “cracking on into it”.

All four teams are making good progress — even Blue Team’s Ben and Tom, whose time management skills have been worse than Alice in Wonderland’s White Rabbit.

Amy returns and she and Stu approach the other teams to apologise and ask for their forgiveness.

It’s hugs, kisses, sunshine and lollipops as the bridge is rebuilt.

The humble pie extends to The Wolf.

“If I had a tail, I’d put it between my legs because we are really sorry,” Amy says before presenting him a gift — a hat with “I Am The Wolf emblazoned on it.

The episode’s challenge sees teams pair up to put together and decorate playhouses for Hobsonville Point primary school pupils.

A panel of students judge Team Purple/Blue the winners and they share $5000 of outdoor furniture.

It’s all going so well.

Swimmingly well.

Too well.

The Block NZ is not filmed before a live studio audience.

Each episode of the reality renovation TV3 series was shot about five weeks earlier.

The four teams can only surmise what is to be screened. They see the finished product when we see it.

Obviously they have an idea — having been through the regular Block challenges, weekly Room Reveals, outstanding antics and, of course, the juicy stuff that ultimately satisfies the reality TV beast’s insatiable thirst for controversy/drama.

It’s a double-whammy for the eight protagonists. Under the almost all-seeing eye of a TV camera, they revel in the highs and suffer through the lows of long days and nights on the building site of their Hobsonville Point townhouses.

Hours and hours of footage are digested, pruned, manipulated and reconfigured into 60-to 90-minute (including ads) prime-time TV packages.

Out the other side of this editing machine comes two contrasting products — Willie Wonka’s highly sought-after everlasting gobstopper and that stick of chewing gum that turned Violet Beauregarde into a giant blueberry.

All teams have tasted both, none more so on the emotional roller-coaster level than Gizzy Hard couple Amy Moore and Stu Watts.

In last night’s edition, they endured the aftermath of breaking the 6pm tools-down rule and initially failing to come clean when confronted about it.

Team Yellow were not only disqualified from the week 4 Room Reveal, they were fined $5000 and had to face a frosty reaction from the other three.

“We have heard things that people have said and that’s tough to take when you are already feeling pretty low,” says Stu.

A soup ladle could cut the tension in the air and it all proves too much for “a pretty mentally- exhausted” Amy.

“You don’t want to be the person who crumbles and falls,” she says, then does.

Amy suffers a panic attack, or what she later describes as “losing her lolly”. She and Stu are advised by site supervisor Peter “The Wolf” Wolfkamp to take a break from the site.

Fortunately, Gizzy Hard have an on-to-it builder in Dave Wallace, who has played a vital role in their three Room Reveal victories.

The Yellow Team builder crew soldier on with this week’s Room Reveal — the family living area — before Stu returns, minus Amy, who is “taking time out”.

“She probably deserves it after the week she’s had,” says Dave.

Stu gets back to what he’s been good at all series — “cracking on into it”.

All four teams are making good progress — even Blue Team’s Ben and Tom, whose time management skills have been worse than Alice in Wonderland’s White Rabbit.

Amy returns and she and Stu approach the other teams to apologise and ask for their forgiveness.

It’s hugs, kisses, sunshine and lollipops as the bridge is rebuilt.

The humble pie extends to The Wolf.

“If I had a tail, I’d put it between my legs because we are really sorry,” Amy says before presenting him a gift — a hat with “I Am The Wolf emblazoned on it.

The episode’s challenge sees teams pair up to put together and decorate playhouses for Hobsonville Point primary school pupils.

A panel of students judge Team Purple/Blue the winners and they share $5000 of outdoor furniture.

It’s all going so well.

Swimmingly well.

Too well.

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