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'Face Off' recap: One, two, tree, go!

Season 7 | Episode 4 | “Twisted Trees” | Aired Aug 12, 2014

In Face Off’s fourth episode, it was all about tree people and superheroes. Wait, that sounds like an awesome idea for a movie! For their foundation challenge, the contestants have two hours to create a superhero based on a costume. The winner will receive immunity. There is a mad dash to choose the best costume as super-inspiration. Mike Elizalde, a makeup artist for movies like Hellboy and X-Men: The Last Stand, is the guest judge for this challenge. He chooses Rachael as the winner.

Now it’s time for the spotlight challenge. And what wood you know—this week, they’re making trees! McKenzie explains that great films like The Wizard of Oz and The Lord of the Rings trilogy have featured living trees. (Um, she totally forgot Pocahontas.) The contestants will create a larger-than-life tree creature based on a specific tree species. And, since there always has to be a twist, the trees must also incorporate a common arboreal malady.

The artists are working in pairs again this week, but this time, they get to pick their partner. The groups are as follows:

Stella and Sasha: White birch tree with burls

George and Keaghlan: Silk floss tree with choking vines

Drew and Cig: Weeping willow tree infested with bugs

Doc and Jason: Bristlecone pine tree struck by lightning

Dina and Rachael: Banyan tree with fungus

Vince and Damien: Sequoia tree with rot

The contestants really branch out with this challenge, and there are lots of different ideas. George and Keaghlan are creating a creature that formed when a tree and a human merged together. Sasha and Stella are making a sacred Native American tree. Dina and Rachael take the challenge a little more literally, and sketch out a concept for an actual twisting tree.

When Michael and McKenzie Westmore come around, Dina and Rachael find out that they are barking up the wrong tree with this concept. Mr. Westmore thinks they need to rethink their sculpt. Dina is understandably nervous. Her partner has immunity, and this setback could end up sending her home. But they don’t let Mr. Westmore’s criticism sap their creativity, and they rework their sculpt.

George and Keaghlan are way ahead of schedule. They get to spend all of day 2 working on their fabrications. (I’m hoping George sticks to his pattern of running around the lab in part of his costume.) But first, the partners take a moment for a 30-second dance party, Grey’s Anatomy style.

Drew and Cig experience mold crisis No. 2 of the season: They have a lot of problems getting their mold open, which results in lots of cracking and breaking. Eventually, they get it open and avoid too many major calamities. Meanwhile, Jason is working on the biggest mold he’s ever done. He and his partner, Doc, then become the proud owners of mold crisis No. 3 when their creature’s arms keep breaking.

In fact, mold issues are popping up all over the lab this week. Sasha and Stella’s hands don’t come out as well as they’d like, and they are conflicted about whether or not to use them. Vince and Damien’s piece has a second skin, which under normal circumstances would not be good. But since they are creating a rotting tree, they decide to embrace it and make it work in their favor.

Doc and Jason’s mold crisis proved too big for them to overcome. Their creature is sans arms, so they embrace the creative use of a sheet. Cig and Drew’s tree creature is largely dependent on its branches, but where there’s a willow, there’s a way! We get a glimpse at Cig and Drew’s completed weeping willow on her way to the stage, and she looks great.

But when the weeping willow comes out onto the reveal stage, there are no branches. The branches were too heavy for the model to wear, and she had to remove them backstage. Now Cig and Drew are left with an incomplete tree on the reveal stage.

After examining all of the creations, George and Keaghlan’s silk floss tree and Dina and Rachael’s banyan tree are safe.

Top Looks:

Jason (Winner) and Doc

Sasha and Stella         

Bottom Looks:

Vince and Damien

Cig and Drew

I was rooting for Sasha and Stella, but their boxing glove hands (which Stella wanted to drop) held them back from claiming the top prize. Vince and Damien were stumped by this challenge. Their makeup wasn’t cohesive, and Emmy-winner Vince was, shockingly, sent home.

Did you expect Vince to stay in the competition longer? How many of my terrible tree puns did you find in this recap? Who else want to go see Guardians of the Galaxy (again)?

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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