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'Face Off' recap: The ladies are outta this world!

Season 7 | Episode 703 | “Ancient Aliens” | Aired August 5, 2014

Face Off has been easing into challenges this season. We started with the half-foundation/half-spotlight challenge in the premiere. Then we had the partner challenge of the second episode. But finally, our contestants have their first solo spotlight challenge, and this week, they’re making aliens.

The contestants meet McKenzie and Glenn in front of a giant blue pyramid of unknown origins. (Just kidding—it’s the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, California.) This pyramid is standing in for much cooler, much older ancient wonders that actually do have mysterious origins. The contestants are given seven structures to choose from: Giza Necropolis, Easter Island, Stonehenge, Machu Picchu, Pyramid of the Sun, Peruvudaiyar Kovil and Angkor Wat. Their challenge is to create an alien that could have inspired these ancient wonders and the surrounding cultures.

The contestants are given time to sketch at the site, and then it’s off to the lab. The sculpts are well underway by the time Michael and McKenzie Westmore stop by to check out everyone’s progress. Doc had chosen Easter Island, and he was creating an aquatic creature as the inspiration for the giant heads. But Mr. Westmore isn’t getting Easter Island from Doc’s sculpt. He gives Doc lots of comments and suggestions on how to fix it. (You can tell it’s a lot of comments from the choppy, time-lapse editing they used to show them.) And, as Doc and the rest of us learned from Barry’s mistake last week, always listen to Mr. Westmore.

But besides Doc’s dilemma, most of the emphasis is on the ladies this week. Stella has an awesome collar planned for her alien (which she ends up sculpting by pressing the actual necklaces into her clay). Keaghlan is creating an ENORMOUS headdress for her alien. And Sasha is creating her first cowl. Sasha is a little lost, but luckily she gets some help from Dina. Well, Dina doesn’t really help in the traditional sense. Sasha just creeps on her and does everything that Dina does. But hey, it works!

The gentlemen have some big ideas too. Last week’s winner, Seneca Crane Cig, is making a Hindu-god alien with four moving arms. George, for the second week in a row, is running around the lab in his fabricated costume. This time it’s squid claws. And Vince is—done? While everyone is running around like a maniac getting stuff finished before application day, Vince is casually strolling around, sipping a water bottle and wondering why everyone looks so frantic. I guess being an Emmy winner mellows you out.

Finally it’s application day, and everyone is really confident about their makeups. Contrarily, this makes me very nervous because one of them is definitely going home. But the tables start to turn when Gwen sees her chest piece. There was a problem (or two or three) with her foam latex, and she spends three of her four hours on Day 3 patching it. Unfortunately, this was time wasted, because the chest piece still isn’t looking so hot at last looks. And Doc, who had to rejigger his whole design after speaking to Mr. Westmore, doesn’t like his end result. It’s becoming clear who will be in our bottom looks this week.

When we get to judging, Ve is back! Katniss let her have a day off to come back to judge, and everyone is happy to see her again (including me). All four of our judges check out the alien creatures. George completed his goal of creating an alien without any human features, producing a squid-like alien in an exceptionally loud muumuu. Vince’s creature looks exactly like an Easter Island head on top of a person. And Cig, who dominated last week, produced an alien that ended up just looking a lot like a human with a cowl. But this was enough to get them through. They are safe, along with Drew, Rachael, Dina and Jason.

Top Looks:

Winner: Stella



Bottom Looks:




Gwen and her unsalvageable chest piece and poor paint job send her home. But did anyone else notice how similar Damien’s alien looked to the “Mack Truck” gangster last week? This model has incredibly strong features.

Keaghlan’s catlike alien and Sasha’s great use of jewelry (including an off-center bindi) and her model’s HUGE eyes were favorites of the judges. Stella also used jewelry to her advantage. But to my utter confusion, no one really talked about the amazing shapes that Stella created on the back of her cowl. But it doesn’t matter, because Stella was named the winner.

Do you think the right person went home this week? Are Keaghlan’s blue eyebrows growing on anyone else? And Stella, can we hang out sometime?

Face Off airs Tuesdays at 9/8C on Syfy.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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