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Season 7 | Episode 15 | “One Knight Only” | Aired Oct 28, 2014

It’s finally here—the season 7 finale of Face Off! Overall, it hasn’t been one of my favorite seasons. It has featured some of my favorite contestants, but there weren’t many makeups that I’ll remember (besides the clown challenge creations that will haunt my nightmares forever). Regardless, it’s been great to see our finalists grow throughout the season. Now, before we announce the winner, let’s recap!

After last week’s elimination, McKenzie throws the finalists straight into their final challenge. We are ending the season the same way we began—with life and death. For the finale, the contestants will be creating two fantasy knights: a heroic “life” knight and a villainous “death” knight.

Like most of the previous finale challenges, eliminated contestants have come back to help the finalists with their last makeups. Dina, Cig, and Drew all get to choose an eliminated contestant to help them. But in a fun surprise, each finalist is randomly assigned a former champion for their team, too. The finalists and their teams are as follows:

Dina:  Stella and Nicole (season 3 winner)

Cig: Sasha and Rashaad (season 6 winner)

Drew: George and Rayce (season 2 winner)

The contestants choose a coat of arms to inspire their knights. Dina chooses an aquatic theme, Drew selects one with deer, and Cig picks one with gargoyles. McKenzie also says that their characters will compete in a knights’ tournament, so their makeups will have to withstand jousting and a sword fight.

image (20)The next morning, the contestants jump right in. Cig wants to make both of his knights gargoyles with heavy armor. Dina’s death knight is a crab king who was brought back to life by electric eels. Her good knight is a fish man with beautiful starfish armor. Drew’s knights are dueling factions of faunlike creatures.

Mr. Westmore arrives (wearing the Westmore family crest) for a final round of advice. He warns Cig to be careful that both of his knights don’t look too dark. With his current, gargoyle-heavy sculpts, both creatures could look death-inspired. Cig decides to start his life character over and make it more human.

image (19)Mr. Westmore also urges Dina to incorporate the octopus from her coat of arms into her makeup. Dina is nervous about making such a big change to her makeup at this stage, but she likes Nicole’s suggestion that she replace the electric eels with octopus tentacles that have taken over the brain of her crab instead.

The finale is always a HUGE challenge with lots of work, and even with an extra day, the contestants are still scrambling. Dina’s team is rushing to finish cleaning out their molds before the end of the day, and time is running out. But Drew, George, and Rayce all come out to help Dina’s team. This is the finale, and these contestants are still taking the time to help each other. That is what makes this show so special.

But beyond this, there is actually very little work shown during the finale, since the emphasis seems to be on the performances done by the models. So we see a little bit of molding, some sculpting, and George trying on wigs. (Thank goodness we didn’t have to go an episode without this goofball.)

715 (6)When the teams return home at the end of the day, Dina, Drew, and Cig’s families are all there waiting for them! Family reunions on competition shows are the worst, and they always make me want to cry. (Survivor destroys me every season.) But seeing their loved ones is the boost that the finalists need to finish their makeups the following day.

image (18)Applications and last looks are both done at the Grand Arena, where the knights’ tournaments will take place. When time is up, everyone gets to watch the amazing, crazy sword fights between the life and death knights. During their close looks, the judges are impressed that all of the makeups withstood the battle.

But what do the judges think of each set of knights?


The judges think Cig’s life knight’s makeup is great. He has good conceptual work, and both sculpts are well done. His death knight character stood out during the battle, but he could have pushed his good knight character more.


Dina’s overall vision is exemplary, and she had a great concept. There is astounding detail on her makeups and she used great color and shapes on both of her creations. Glenn says that Dina’s death knight looks camera-ready.


Drew’s life and death knights feel like they are in the same world, but still feel independent of each other. His death knight is gorgeous, and the paints and sculpts on both complement each other. The judges feel that Drew fulfilled the fantasy knight element the best.

After what Glenn says is one of the toughest neck-and-neck finales on the show, Dina is named the winner. Dina quit her job to come on the show even though she didn’t have a lot of experience. She took a big risk, and it definitely paid off.

Did you agree with the judges? Which former champion were you most excited to see back? And what are you going to do until January?

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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