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'Face Off' recap: Tea parties and twisters

Season 7 | Episode 706 | “Wizard of Wonderland” | Aired Aug 26, 2014

This week, the Face Off contestants were up a twister and down the rabbit hole in the most fun and whimsical challenge they’ve had so far this season. They gather beneath a 94-foot-tall rainbow at Sony Pictures Studios, a tribute to The Wizard of Oz. This week’s challenge is based on the characters from the film. But there’s a twist! (At this point, the biggest twist Face Off could have would be not to include a twist.) The contestants will create Ozian characters as if they’ve fallen down the rabbit hole into Wonderland.

The contestants team up and choose their characters. The pairs are as follows:

George and Drew — Wicked Witch of the West

Dina and Stella — winged monkey

Sasha and Jason — Cowardly Lion

Keaghlan and Rachael — Tin Woodman

Cig and Damien — Scarecrow

Right out of the gate, everyone has some awesome ideas. George and Drew want to give their witch hair resembling a tornado. Stella and Dina’s monkey is a court jester for the Queen of Hearts, and the Tin Woodman serves as her reluctant executioner. The Scarecrow lost his stuffing down the rabbit hole and has become a colorful patchwork. And the Cowardly Lion is…a dark, creepy soldier?

I’m assuming Jason has never seen any incarnation of Alice in Wonderland ever. Jason: Even Tim Burton made Wonderland bright and whimsical. So Jason wants to create something dark, scary and realistic, and Sasha wants to do something, you know, related to the challenge. But Sasha doesn’t like confrontation, and she lets Jason run with his terrible concept, even though she has done much better in previous challenges. Sasha is bummed. This is her dream challenge, and she could be dominating if she was working by herself.

Mr. Westmore comes to check in. He seems to like most of the designs, until he gets to Jason’s. He tells Jason that his Lion needs to be bolder and more whimsical. It’s not up to par with the other makeups, and it is not adhering to the challenge. Jason is frustrated that he has to start over, but he still hasn’t seemed to realize that he should be listening to Sasha.

Luckily, the other partners are all working well together. Cig and Damien’s makeup is a lot of fabrication, so they begin molding right away. They are going to stuff their Scarecrow with glittery fabric, but they are having some trouble getting enough movement in the face.

Stella and Dina trim a little of Rachael’s purple hair to use on their monkey, and Stella begins making playing cards to construct wings.

Sasha is trying to make the best of her partner’s poor concept by painting their Lion’s fur with Cheshire Cat stripes. But the hits keep on coming when Sasha encounters mold problem No. 4 and her cowl mold locks.

George, meanwhile, is testing out his witch’s broom by running around the lab. But he and Drew decide to scrap their witch’s twisted hair because of the size of their hat. That’s means a crucial part of their concept is missing.

Finally, it’s time for the reveal stage. George and Cig’s Witch looks straight out of Oz, but nowhere near Wonderland. The judges think that they should have given her some Wonderland-inspired hair and ditched the hat.

Cig and Damien’s Scarecrow is too busy and their face is dark. And after everything, Sasha and Jason’s Lion doesn’t look like a soldier, or even like a Lion. Ve compares it to Teen Wolf (the movie), and I have to agree.

Dina and Stella's winning makeup

Dina and Stella’s winning makeup

And while last week monkeys were adorable, this week they are terrifying (in the best way possible). Perhaps there is no way to create a flying monkey without it being super creepy. The judges love how Stella and Dina made their monkey’s ears part of its jester hat, and the playing-card wings look very Wonderland. Keaghlan and Rachael are praised for their realistic paint job and solid concept.

Top Looks:

Dina (Winner) and Stella

Keaghlan and Rachael

Jason's cowardly lion sent him home.

Jason’s cowardly lion sent him home.

Bottom Looks: 

Jason and Sasha

Cig and Damien

Unsurprisingly, the judges decide to send Jason home for his poor concept and execution. Dina and Stella’s court jester monkey is named the top look, and Dina is the overall winner.

Which other Oz characters were you hoping to see down the rabbit hole? Did you want Sasha to stand up for herself as much as I did? And are you excited for next week’s “Judge Match” or bummed we’re missing out on a real episode?

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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