The pony has bolted . . . it’s a stitch-up

“My little pony, I love my little pony.”

The Hasbro toy line has brought joy to millions of girls across the planet since 1981.

Last night on The Block NZ, it threatened to cause a building site war.

Embroiled in the drama was our very own Gizzy Hard Yellow couple Amy Moore and Stu Watts, and the team Yellow fans love to not like very much, Orange’s Claire and Agni.

The Grand Canyon-sized rift between the teams widened further on the TV3 reno reality TV series, thanks to another strategic ploy by Orange.

Teams are well into their most testing week yet on the Hobsonville Point townhouses site — creating their master bedroom, walk-in wardrobe and en suite.

For part of that challenge, each team was required to choose a piece of fabric for another team, who must then produce something out of it to be part of the room. It’s called “give and take” and judges expect it to be significant.

Orange had to select for Yellow and, despite there being a general agreement between all four teams that they would buy fabric the other team wanted, Claire and Agni went tactical — reasoning that with Stu and Amy already holding a “minus-1” they could use against another team’s points in the end-of-week Room Reveal, it was in the best interests of the other three teams to try to derail their chances of victory.

This week’s Room Reveal prize added to their incentive — $10,000 to add to their $120,000 budget and 2000 “undo dollars”.

Orange decided on My Little Pony-themed material, a low blow considering the room.

“If they can pull this off, then Amy and Stu should be getting 10s every single week from here on,” grinned Agni.

“You guys are not going to be happy with what we have chosen,” Claire said when Amy and Stu went over to collect the fabric.

Ya think?

“This fabric is probably the worst thing we could have hoped for,” said Amy.

“We all said we would get each other something that wasn’t too hard and they obviously decided we need to be stitched up.”

Yellow pulled themselves off the floor of the ring and countered by telling Orange they would be sending them an invoice for Orange using their builder Dave Wallace for cabinetry work earlier in the series.

It was an uppercut blow, sending Agni into a state of stunned mullet bewilderment.

Dave added a thump to the solar plexus by saying: “I wouldn’t have charged for labour but I didn’t get a thank you.”

The other two teams — Blue and Purple — became possums in Yellow’s headlights when Agni revealed they had discussed the potential for setting up Amy and Stu.

“It’s totally a gang-up,” an incensed Amy said.

Claire and Agni went to Yellow’s house in the hope of sorting out the loaned builder situation. Yellow blew them off but later revealed they never had any intention of charging their rivals.

The interrogation light shone on Purple’s Chlo and Em when Amy presented them their fabric.

It was bit like a teenage girl caught sneaking through her bedroom window after curfew.

Em admitted they had talked about giving them a more difficult fabric.

“If you had known this (the My Little Pony fabric) was coming would you have said ‘don’t do it’?” Amy asked.

Em, possibly expecting to be grounded for the next 10 years, said she would have said “it’s up to you”.

Amy felt betrayed, having earlier spent two hours helping Em choose items to enhance their room. She made out that she was going to give the My Little Pony material to Purple but handed them the original fabric they wanted.

“That was intense,” said Em. “We are lucky but I feel she gave it to us to be the bigger person.”

Of course she did, and Amy now faces the massive task of somehow incorporating it into a master bedroom — a challenge that if anyone on The Block could meet, it would be her.

The show ended part-way through The Block NZ’s traditional Plank Walk Challenge.

Teams had two hours to build a cantilevered plank of whatever length they chose and install it over a pool. A team member is then required to walk the plank, put their toes over the edge and stay there for 30 seconds. The team who complete this, on the longest plank, win a $33,900 luxury spa package and a $2000 budget bonus.

There are no sharks circling in this pool, though with the dramas of the past, present and, no doubt, future, you can almost hear the theme tune to Jaws.

“My little pony, I love my little pony.”

The Hasbro toy line has brought joy to millions of girls across the planet since 1981.

Last night on The Block NZ, it threatened to cause a building site war.

Embroiled in the drama was our very own Gizzy Hard Yellow couple Amy Moore and Stu Watts, and the team Yellow fans love to not like very much, Orange’s Claire and Agni.

The Grand Canyon-sized rift between the teams widened further on the TV3 reno reality TV series, thanks to another strategic ploy by Orange.

Teams are well into their most testing week yet on the Hobsonville Point townhouses site — creating their master bedroom, walk-in wardrobe and en suite.

For part of that challenge, each team was required to choose a piece of fabric for another team, who must then produce something out of it to be part of the room. It’s called “give and take” and judges expect it to be significant.

Orange had to select for Yellow and, despite there being a general agreement between all four teams that they would buy fabric the other team wanted, Claire and Agni went tactical — reasoning that with Stu and Amy already holding a “minus-1” they could use against another team’s points in the end-of-week Room Reveal, it was in the best interests of the other three teams to try to derail their chances of victory.

This week’s Room Reveal prize added to their incentive — $10,000 to add to their $120,000 budget and 2000 “undo dollars”.

Orange decided on My Little Pony-themed material, a low blow considering the room.

“If they can pull this off, then Amy and Stu should be getting 10s every single week from here on,” grinned Agni.

“You guys are not going to be happy with what we have chosen,” Claire said when Amy and Stu went over to collect the fabric.

Ya think?

“This fabric is probably the worst thing we could have hoped for,” said Amy.

“We all said we would get each other something that wasn’t too hard and they obviously decided we need to be stitched up.”

Yellow pulled themselves off the floor of the ring and countered by telling Orange they would be sending them an invoice for Orange using their builder Dave Wallace for cabinetry work earlier in the series.

It was an uppercut blow, sending Agni into a state of stunned mullet bewilderment.

Dave added a thump to the solar plexus by saying: “I wouldn’t have charged for labour but I didn’t get a thank you.”

The other two teams — Blue and Purple — became possums in Yellow’s headlights when Agni revealed they had discussed the potential for setting up Amy and Stu.

“It’s totally a gang-up,” an incensed Amy said.

Claire and Agni went to Yellow’s house in the hope of sorting out the loaned builder situation. Yellow blew them off but later revealed they never had any intention of charging their rivals.

The interrogation light shone on Purple’s Chlo and Em when Amy presented them their fabric.

It was bit like a teenage girl caught sneaking through her bedroom window after curfew.

Em admitted they had talked about giving them a more difficult fabric.

“If you had known this (the My Little Pony fabric) was coming would you have said ‘don’t do it’?” Amy asked.

Em, possibly expecting to be grounded for the next 10 years, said she would have said “it’s up to you”.

Amy felt betrayed, having earlier spent two hours helping Em choose items to enhance their room. She made out that she was going to give the My Little Pony material to Purple but handed them the original fabric they wanted.

“That was intense,” said Em. “We are lucky but I feel she gave it to us to be the bigger person.”

Of course she did, and Amy now faces the massive task of somehow incorporating it into a master bedroom — a challenge that if anyone on The Block could meet, it would be her.

The show ended part-way through The Block NZ’s traditional Plank Walk Challenge.

Teams had two hours to build a cantilevered plank of whatever length they chose and install it over a pool. A team member is then required to walk the plank, put their toes over the edge and stay there for 30 seconds. The team who complete this, on the longest plank, win a $33,900 luxury spa package and a $2000 budget bonus.

There are no sharks circling in this pool, though with the dramas of the past, present and, no doubt, future, you can almost hear the theme tune to Jaws.

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