Scoring points to bring down Yellow

Arch-rivals Amy and Agni shared a moment on the latest episode of The Block NZ renovation reality TV series.

The feud between Gizzy Hard duo Amy Moore and Stu Watts, and Team Orange’s Claire and Agni, has been a feature of the show since Amy and Stu won the right to choose any of the four townhouses they wanted, so claimed the much-preferred corner house Orange originally drew.

Agni and Claire sulked like a grounded teenager and insults were traded like shots in a five-set Wimbledon final between Federer and Djokovic.

Team Yellow’s Amy and Stu moved on while Team Orange continued to fester, fuelled by the Gizzy Hard crew’s seemingly unstoppable streak of success at Room Reveal time.

On last night’s episode, host Mark Richardson conducted “a social experiment”, with Amy and Agni unwitting participants.

He called a game-changer — a contest from which the winning team receive an advantage or benefit.

One member of each team is involved and last night’s included the two A’s.

The four participants were greeted by tables of pasta spaghetti and marshmallows.

Richardson, using Team Blue’s Tom and Purple’s Em as Guinea pigs, said they had to face each other with one end of a piece of spaghetti in Tom’s mouth and the other in Em’s. They then had to eat their way through the pasta until their faces met.

When it dawned on Amy and Agni that they would be paired, the reactions were TV-viewing gold.

Amy looked like a vegetarian on a tour of an abbatoir while Agni appeared to be chewing a wasp while walking on broken glass.

Richardson was kidding but Agni got the last laugh.

The actual game-changer required them to build a tower using the spaghetti and marshmallows.

The highest tower that stayed erect in the count of 10 seconds won. Agni’s winning effort measured two centimetres higher than Amy’s.

Orange received a minus-one point they can inflict on the score of any other team at Room Reveal, as well as an “undo” — a card that can be played to negate a game-changing device played against them at RR.

Agni’s win means Team Orange now have two undo cards and, more important, two minus-1s. If they can win this week’s give and take competition, they would add a plus-1 to their arsenal, giving them a potential three-point advantage over another team.

Week 9 on the Block is the kitchen and dining room and all but Yellow are facing major budget issues four weeks out from auction day.

Gizzy Hard are in the box seat with $46,000 remaining of their $120,000 budget, a total boosted by the money received from their RR victories. Orange have $29,000, Purple just under $25,000 and Blue less than $21,000.

With $12,000 up for grabs in this week’s RR, Yellow’s chasers are desperate for a win.

If they don’t, they will almost certainly have to overspend on their budget.

The overspend gets added to the team’s reserve price at auction time, which harms their chances of making the most profit over the reserve price and collecting the $100,000 first prize.

For the other three teams, it is a case of Yellow must not win. Strategy looks certain to play a part come Room Reveal.

Meanwhile, Amy and Stu are chugging along like a cross between Thomas the Tank Engine and a Japanese bullet train.

Stu is a machine when it comes to painting. His work ethic continues to be unquestionable, as is the quality of his product.

The same cannot be said of Team Orange’s painting, a situation not helped by Agni’s ability to find things to do that don’t involve a brush.

In last night’s episode, Claire discovers she has painted the front panel of the exterior of their house a colour not allowed.

The show ends with site supervisor Peter “The Wolf” Wolfkamp sticking post-it notes all over a Team Orange wall, indicating each mistake they have made and must fix.

“It’s not like school where you get a star for taking part in the race,” says The Wolf.

“This is the real world.”

  • Disclaimer: On last night’s episode of The Block, Team Blue’s Ben lamented his short stature while painting and claimed “you have to be a tall painter to be a good painter”. This is, of course, a load of bollocks. My mate Stu Clark, formerly of Gisborne and now in the Bay of Plenty, measures somewhere between Frodo and Michael J Fox, and is a top-notch painter-decorator. Shame on you, Ben.

Arch-rivals Amy and Agni shared a moment on the latest episode of The Block NZ renovation reality TV series.

The feud between Gizzy Hard duo Amy Moore and Stu Watts, and Team Orange’s Claire and Agni, has been a feature of the show since Amy and Stu won the right to choose any of the four townhouses they wanted, so claimed the much-preferred corner house Orange originally drew.

Agni and Claire sulked like a grounded teenager and insults were traded like shots in a five-set Wimbledon final between Federer and Djokovic.

Team Yellow’s Amy and Stu moved on while Team Orange continued to fester, fuelled by the Gizzy Hard crew’s seemingly unstoppable streak of success at Room Reveal time.

On last night’s episode, host Mark Richardson conducted “a social experiment”, with Amy and Agni unwitting participants.

He called a game-changer — a contest from which the winning team receive an advantage or benefit.

One member of each team is involved and last night’s included the two A’s.

The four participants were greeted by tables of pasta spaghetti and marshmallows.

Richardson, using Team Blue’s Tom and Purple’s Em as Guinea pigs, said they had to face each other with one end of a piece of spaghetti in Tom’s mouth and the other in Em’s. They then had to eat their way through the pasta until their faces met.

When it dawned on Amy and Agni that they would be paired, the reactions were TV-viewing gold.

Amy looked like a vegetarian on a tour of an abbatoir while Agni appeared to be chewing a wasp while walking on broken glass.

Richardson was kidding but Agni got the last laugh.

The actual game-changer required them to build a tower using the spaghetti and marshmallows.

The highest tower that stayed erect in the count of 10 seconds won. Agni’s winning effort measured two centimetres higher than Amy’s.

Orange received a minus-one point they can inflict on the score of any other team at Room Reveal, as well as an “undo” — a card that can be played to negate a game-changing device played against them at RR.

Agni’s win means Team Orange now have two undo cards and, more important, two minus-1s. If they can win this week’s give and take competition, they would add a plus-1 to their arsenal, giving them a potential three-point advantage over another team.

Week 9 on the Block is the kitchen and dining room and all but Yellow are facing major budget issues four weeks out from auction day.

Gizzy Hard are in the box seat with $46,000 remaining of their $120,000 budget, a total boosted by the money received from their RR victories. Orange have $29,000, Purple just under $25,000 and Blue less than $21,000.

With $12,000 up for grabs in this week’s RR, Yellow’s chasers are desperate for a win.

If they don’t, they will almost certainly have to overspend on their budget.

The overspend gets added to the team’s reserve price at auction time, which harms their chances of making the most profit over the reserve price and collecting the $100,000 first prize.

For the other three teams, it is a case of Yellow must not win. Strategy looks certain to play a part come Room Reveal.

Meanwhile, Amy and Stu are chugging along like a cross between Thomas the Tank Engine and a Japanese bullet train.

Stu is a machine when it comes to painting. His work ethic continues to be unquestionable, as is the quality of his product.

The same cannot be said of Team Orange’s painting, a situation not helped by Agni’s ability to find things to do that don’t involve a brush.

In last night’s episode, Claire discovers she has painted the front panel of the exterior of their house a colour not allowed.

The show ends with site supervisor Peter “The Wolf” Wolfkamp sticking post-it notes all over a Team Orange wall, indicating each mistake they have made and must fix.

“It’s not like school where you get a star for taking part in the race,” says The Wolf.

“This is the real world.”

  • Disclaimer: On last night’s episode of The Block, Team Blue’s Ben lamented his short stature while painting and claimed “you have to be a tall painter to be a good painter”. This is, of course, a load of bollocks. My mate Stu Clark, formerly of Gisborne and now in the Bay of Plenty, measures somewhere between Frodo and Michael J Fox, and is a top-notch painter-decorator. Shame on you, Ben.
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