Reaching into the rack for the Yellow spice

To make a good curry, you need spice.

It doesn’t matter what other ingredients you put into it, it’s the spice that brings it together.

For some, the hotter the better.

Reality TV follows that recipe. You gotta have the spice or you might as well watch re-runs of The Waltons or clear the fridge of the bowls of six-week-old leftovers.

A generous dose of chilli was injected into The Block NZ renovation reality series last night.

Thankfully, some might say.

Other than a heartstring-pulling episode where the four teams did up a room each at the Ronald McDonald House for families with children receiving critical medical treatment, Block producers were this week crying out for the drama that pumps blood through this addictive genre of TV.

They got it. In the form of Team Yellow’s Amy Moore. Or, as she was referred to in last night’s episode, “Hurricane Amy”.

Teams are into the penultimate week of work on their Hobsonville Point townhouses. In two weeks the houses go to auction and the winners of the $100,000 for the house that sells for the most money over its reserve will be found.

This week’s areas are the laundry and a redo of any room teams feel needs it. Teams have been given an extra $10,000 to do this, on the condition that it must score more than it received from judges in its original Room Reveal or the money is taken back.

The Gizzy Hard Yellow machine is in full operation, reconditioning the “desert chic”- themed guest room they “inherited” in week one after winning Room Reveal and taking the option to swap houses with Team Orange’s Agni and Claire.

“This is what you inherit when you take over a room from week one,” said Stu as he eyed some dodgy paintwork.

Amy has a grand plan to “zhuzh up” the room or, as show host Mark Richardson puts it, “out-outrageous herself”.

Amy has set the standard for colour and styling since day one — which happened to be July 8. The distance between her and the rest equates to Dan Carter’s performance at the 2015 Rugby World Cup and Beauden Barrett’s kicking last weekend.

And having attained almost matriarch-like status, she’s happy to help those in need. In Blue Team’s Ben and Tom’s case, headless-chicken desperate need.

Last night’s Block turned into an Amy special as the Agony Aunt of styling — bestowing advice on all three other teams with Oracle-like revelation.

Even series-long rival Agni approached the Yoda of colour choice, resulting in an interesting, albeit unusual, exchange where the pair bonded through their deep admiration for the colour mustard.

“The love of mustard has brought us together,” said Agni.

“Claire and Stu don’t love mustard enough to be part of our team.”

Orange’s builder Dylan wasn’t buying it. He reached for a thesaurus to find the word he thought best fitted Amy’s game — “manipulative”.

The tide of shiny happy people holding hands turned when Amy found out Purple Team’s Chlo and Em had nicknamed her Hurricane Amy.

She took exception, telling the girls they were like 12-year-olds and suggesting they don’t ask for her help again.

The calming influence and a hug from Stu was needed — “come here old grouchy girl” — but the situation was exacerbated by the girls deciding to emulate the plastering Team Yellow used in their entranceway.

Yellow suggested the girls “find their own ideas”, “be original” and “design something yourself”.

And if the promo for tomorrow's show is anything to go by, it appears Team Purple are about to munch into an eyebrow-burning vindaloo. Hope they put the toilet paper in the refrigerator.

To make a good curry, you need spice.

It doesn’t matter what other ingredients you put into it, it’s the spice that brings it together.

For some, the hotter the better.

Reality TV follows that recipe. You gotta have the spice or you might as well watch re-runs of The Waltons or clear the fridge of the bowls of six-week-old leftovers.

A generous dose of chilli was injected into The Block NZ renovation reality series last night.

Thankfully, some might say.

Other than a heartstring-pulling episode where the four teams did up a room each at the Ronald McDonald House for families with children receiving critical medical treatment, Block producers were this week crying out for the drama that pumps blood through this addictive genre of TV.

They got it. In the form of Team Yellow’s Amy Moore. Or, as she was referred to in last night’s episode, “Hurricane Amy”.

Teams are into the penultimate week of work on their Hobsonville Point townhouses. In two weeks the houses go to auction and the winners of the $100,000 for the house that sells for the most money over its reserve will be found.

This week’s areas are the laundry and a redo of any room teams feel needs it. Teams have been given an extra $10,000 to do this, on the condition that it must score more than it received from judges in its original Room Reveal or the money is taken back.

The Gizzy Hard Yellow machine is in full operation, reconditioning the “desert chic”- themed guest room they “inherited” in week one after winning Room Reveal and taking the option to swap houses with Team Orange’s Agni and Claire.

“This is what you inherit when you take over a room from week one,” said Stu as he eyed some dodgy paintwork.

Amy has a grand plan to “zhuzh up” the room or, as show host Mark Richardson puts it, “out-outrageous herself”.

Amy has set the standard for colour and styling since day one — which happened to be July 8. The distance between her and the rest equates to Dan Carter’s performance at the 2015 Rugby World Cup and Beauden Barrett’s kicking last weekend.

And having attained almost matriarch-like status, she’s happy to help those in need. In Blue Team’s Ben and Tom’s case, headless-chicken desperate need.

Last night’s Block turned into an Amy special as the Agony Aunt of styling — bestowing advice on all three other teams with Oracle-like revelation.

Even series-long rival Agni approached the Yoda of colour choice, resulting in an interesting, albeit unusual, exchange where the pair bonded through their deep admiration for the colour mustard.

“The love of mustard has brought us together,” said Agni.

“Claire and Stu don’t love mustard enough to be part of our team.”

Orange’s builder Dylan wasn’t buying it. He reached for a thesaurus to find the word he thought best fitted Amy’s game — “manipulative”.

The tide of shiny happy people holding hands turned when Amy found out Purple Team’s Chlo and Em had nicknamed her Hurricane Amy.

She took exception, telling the girls they were like 12-year-olds and suggesting they don’t ask for her help again.

The calming influence and a hug from Stu was needed — “come here old grouchy girl” — but the situation was exacerbated by the girls deciding to emulate the plastering Team Yellow used in their entranceway.

Yellow suggested the girls “find their own ideas”, “be original” and “design something yourself”.

And if the promo for tomorrow's show is anything to go by, it appears Team Purple are about to munch into an eyebrow-burning vindaloo. Hope they put the toilet paper in the refrigerator.

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