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'Face Off' recap: Judge match

Season 7 | Episode 707 | “Judge Match” | Aired Sept 2, 2014

We’ve seen a lot of awesome things since Face Off first premiered, but nothing as awesome as seeing the judges participate in a challenge. Yes, this week was the oft-promoted Judge Match. It’s one thing to hear the judges critique, but it is another thing entirely to see them down and dirty in the lab, creating instead of judging. Even McKenzie seemed a little weirded out by the whole thing. It felt like some sort of parallel universe, but in the absolute best way possible.

'Face Off' judges, Glenn Hetrick, Ve Neill and Neville PageMcKenzie begins the episode with six of Face Off’s best and brightest from previous seasons. Each judge will choose a team of two all-stars. The winning judge will get $5,000 donated to the charity of their choice. (And bragging rights, obviously.) In addition, their team members will also walk away with $5,000.

The challenge is to create a pair of living chess pieces that could live in a colorful, stylized fantasy world. And since the theme of the season is life and death (remember that theme from the first episode that we never spoke of again?), one piece must be pure and pristine, while the other is evil and twisted.

Team Glenn

Charity: North Shore Animal League

Chess Pieces: King and Knight

Laura (season 3, season 5 winner)

Wayne (season 4)

Team Ve

Charity: A Window Between Worlds

Chess Pieces: Queen and Rook

Roy (season 3, season 5)

Conor (season 1 winner)

Team Neville

Charity: Orangutan Foundation International

Chess Pieces: Bishop and Pawn

Miranda (season 2, season 5)

Anthony (season 4 winner)

The judges and their teams have three days to complete their challenge, so they jump right in. Ve firmly believes that there can never be enough evil queens, so she heads that direction. Glenn is making a half-horse/half-human champion knight, and an evil, diseased king. Neville is a little concerned. He does mostly creative design, and works on a lot of science fiction, not fantasy. He decides to use this to his advantage and create an altar-boy pawn that is being turned by a dark bishop.

Ve still does a lot of applications, so she’s prepared for the latter parts of the challenge, but she hasn’t sculpted in 30 years. Welcome back to grunt work, Ve. Roy (one of my all-time favorites) is a phenomenal fabricator, and he is sent away to build a castle. On Glenn’s team, Wayne is an insanely fast sculptor, and he begins working on an ENORMOUS horse head for their knight.

Team GlennNeville is creating a digital version of his sculpt to guide his team’s design. He is very focused on the detail work of the pieces. He nitpicks a lot, and his team slowly starts falling behind. They are racing to get their sculpts done in time.

The judges all are spending most of their energy on one character, and letting their teams handle the other. Glenn is working mostly on his king, and Ve on her queen. (Appropriate, no?) Ve decides that her queen must have long red hair, even though Conor created an entire headpiece. My thoughts are more on Ve’s hair, and wondering how on earth she spent the entire challenge with her hair down and in her face.

In true Face Off fashion, the judges wander around the lab and compliment each other’s amazing work. I love seeing so much of the judges’ personalities in this episode. The judges also get to learn how hard this show actually is. I think it’s great that they will have this understanding of the contestants going forward.

Team VeFinally the chess pieces are finished. They are being judged by Lois Burwell and Michael Westmore. But the winner will be chosen by Glenn, Ve, Neville and their teams (but they cannot vote for themselves). Lois, Michael and McKenzie will serve as tiebreakers.

All of the pieces are, unsurprisingly, amazing. Glenn’s knight is enormous. Ve’s queen is stunning. (Although I wanted to see more of Roy’s awesome fabricated castle.) Neville’s pair looks the most like chess pieces, but the least realistic. After a stop in a Survivor-esque voting booth, Neville is named the winner. (I am a little surprised, but really, how could you choose?)

Winning Team NevilleWhat did you think of the Judge Match? What other competition show judges/hosts would you like to see participate in their show? (I’m hoping to see Jeff Probst, personally.) And who else wants Ve’s evil queen to get her own movie?

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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