Move on, says Stu . . . on to the next drama

Builder joins bickering

Builder joins bickering

Amy Moore and Stu Watts scored another win last night due to a double disqualification.

"I LOVE Stu,” my 10-year-old son said while smashing back a bowl of jelly tip ice-cream during last night’s episode of The Block NZ.

Stu being Stu had made one of the classic comments that have endeared him to many watchers of the TV3 renovation reality series, which is into the business end of week 5 at the townhouse block site at Hobsonville Point, Auckland.

Plumber Stu is a no-frills, straight-up, get-on-with it, pretty much no-time-for-BS type of bloke.

His philosophy is to get the job done and — what has been one of his catch-cries through the soap opera moments that are the oxygen of reality TV — “move on”.

My son simply thinks he’s funny, eg last night.

Whether it’s wielding a paint extension pole-roller like a lightsaber and saying “I am your father, Luke”; introducing his “companions” while working solo in the early hours of the morning — “here’s vaccie (vacuum cleaner) — “it sucks”; or forgetting what challenge it was they won to earn a 55-inch LED TV (it was a memory challenge), Stuisms have become a series staple.

Not that he’s afraid to dive into the fray or speak his mind when he feels it’s warranted.

Last night he referred to Team Purple’s Chlo and Em as “muppets” and gave his 10 cents worth about rules and breaking them.

But one of Stu’s biggest strengths, and clearly a vital reason why he and Gizzy Hard other half Amy Moore are three-from-four when it comes to winning Room Reveals, is his work ethic.

Second to none.

It’s no secret Team Yellow’s winning formula features two core ingredients — Amy’s styling and creative brilliance and the hard yards put in by Stu, quality builder Dave Wallace and co.

On last night’s show, however, Dave decided to enter the personal warfare that predictably returned after a ceasefire following Stu and Amy’s DQ from last week’s Room Reveal.

An Everest-high mountain was made of a molehill over site supervisor Peter “Wolf” Wolfkamp giving Purple’s Ditz Twins some ceiling painting advice.

Dave also wasn’t happy about Purple’s builder sweeping up after the 6pm tools-down curfew and there was a further accusation of Purple’s plasterers starting earlier than they were allowed in the morning.

When Team Blue’s builder Will asked Chlo and Em “is Wolfie doing our work for you,” they replied: “We can’t help it if we’re Wolfie’s favourites” and broke into a puerile rendition of Rick Springfield’s “Jesse’s Girl, changing the chorus to “We want to be Wolfie’s girls”.

Told of the Wolf “tutorial”, the bees started buzzing in Amy’s bonnet.

She questioned the Wolf, who freely admitted he was “showing them how to paint”.

“Maybe I have to lose 30kg and 20 years” . . . to get similar help, Amy suggested.

Show host Mark Richardson, in a voiceover, warned that “Wolf doesn’t make the laws around here . . . he is the law.”

There’s the title line in the Clash song (I Fought The Law) Amy might want to remember next time she takes on Wolf’s dictatorship.

The Wolf, the next day, told Team Yellow he was quite entitled to give advice and “if you want help, ask, it’s no problem”.

“Move on,” said Stu. Of course.

Meanwhile, Em declared Purple were going to stand up for themselves from now on and, wearing a purple ribbon in her hair, produced one of the are-you-kidding-us quotes of the show so far.

“They may be double our age but they are half our maturity.”

While this latest spat and Team Orange’s Claire and Agni being ordered by the almighty Wolf to clean the communal shower took up a lengthy portion of the show, teams cranked along in getting their family living area ready for Room Reveal.

Team Yellow, true to form, were in control with a room aimed at producing a warm, colourful, cosy and comfortable space.

The Wolf also gave big ups to Dave for the media cabinet he built.

“Making it on site is testament to your skills young man.”

The episode ended with Agni calling a Block collective meeting to get the go-ahead for teams to be able to GIB on Mondays, allowing them to finish plastering on Tuesday.

With the disastrous time management shown by some teams so far — particularly Blue — Yellow faced the dilemma of again ostracising themselves from the others by voting no or potentially taking away a crucial advantage by agreeing.

The collective decision must be unanimous. The others said yes but the show ended before Gizzy Hard cast their vote.

Here we go again.

"I LOVE Stu,” my 10-year-old son said while smashing back a bowl of jelly tip ice-cream during last night’s episode of The Block NZ.

Stu being Stu had made one of the classic comments that have endeared him to many watchers of the TV3 renovation reality series, which is into the business end of week 5 at the townhouse block site at Hobsonville Point, Auckland.

Plumber Stu is a no-frills, straight-up, get-on-with it, pretty much no-time-for-BS type of bloke.

His philosophy is to get the job done and — what has been one of his catch-cries through the soap opera moments that are the oxygen of reality TV — “move on”.

My son simply thinks he’s funny, eg last night.

Whether it’s wielding a paint extension pole-roller like a lightsaber and saying “I am your father, Luke”; introducing his “companions” while working solo in the early hours of the morning — “here’s vaccie (vacuum cleaner) — “it sucks”; or forgetting what challenge it was they won to earn a 55-inch LED TV (it was a memory challenge), Stuisms have become a series staple.

Not that he’s afraid to dive into the fray or speak his mind when he feels it’s warranted.

Last night he referred to Team Purple’s Chlo and Em as “muppets” and gave his 10 cents worth about rules and breaking them.

But one of Stu’s biggest strengths, and clearly a vital reason why he and Gizzy Hard other half Amy Moore are three-from-four when it comes to winning Room Reveals, is his work ethic.

Second to none.

It’s no secret Team Yellow’s winning formula features two core ingredients — Amy’s styling and creative brilliance and the hard yards put in by Stu, quality builder Dave Wallace and co.

On last night’s show, however, Dave decided to enter the personal warfare that predictably returned after a ceasefire following Stu and Amy’s DQ from last week’s Room Reveal.

An Everest-high mountain was made of a molehill over site supervisor Peter “Wolf” Wolfkamp giving Purple’s Ditz Twins some ceiling painting advice.

Dave also wasn’t happy about Purple’s builder sweeping up after the 6pm tools-down curfew and there was a further accusation of Purple’s plasterers starting earlier than they were allowed in the morning.

When Team Blue’s builder Will asked Chlo and Em “is Wolfie doing our work for you,” they replied: “We can’t help it if we’re Wolfie’s favourites” and broke into a puerile rendition of Rick Springfield’s “Jesse’s Girl, changing the chorus to “We want to be Wolfie’s girls”.

Told of the Wolf “tutorial”, the bees started buzzing in Amy’s bonnet.

She questioned the Wolf, who freely admitted he was “showing them how to paint”.

“Maybe I have to lose 30kg and 20 years” . . . to get similar help, Amy suggested.

Show host Mark Richardson, in a voiceover, warned that “Wolf doesn’t make the laws around here . . . he is the law.”

There’s the title line in the Clash song (I Fought The Law) Amy might want to remember next time she takes on Wolf’s dictatorship.

The Wolf, the next day, told Team Yellow he was quite entitled to give advice and “if you want help, ask, it’s no problem”.

“Move on,” said Stu. Of course.

Meanwhile, Em declared Purple were going to stand up for themselves from now on and, wearing a purple ribbon in her hair, produced one of the are-you-kidding-us quotes of the show so far.

“They may be double our age but they are half our maturity.”

While this latest spat and Team Orange’s Claire and Agni being ordered by the almighty Wolf to clean the communal shower took up a lengthy portion of the show, teams cranked along in getting their family living area ready for Room Reveal.

Team Yellow, true to form, were in control with a room aimed at producing a warm, colourful, cosy and comfortable space.

The Wolf also gave big ups to Dave for the media cabinet he built.

“Making it on site is testament to your skills young man.”

The episode ended with Agni calling a Block collective meeting to get the go-ahead for teams to be able to GIB on Mondays, allowing them to finish plastering on Tuesday.

With the disastrous time management shown by some teams so far — particularly Blue — Yellow faced the dilemma of again ostracising themselves from the others by voting no or potentially taking away a crucial advantage by agreeing.

The collective decision must be unanimous. The others said yes but the show ended before Gizzy Hard cast their vote.

Here we go again.

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