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'Shark Tank' recap: Foam cakes, wobbly tables, and smelly clothes!

Season 6 | Episode 3 | “FunCakes Rental, Paper Box Pilots, Tablejacks USA, Reviver” | Aired Jan 27, 2015

In case you missed it, we got a bonus episode of Shark Tank on Tuesday. It was a repeat, but remember: If you didn’t see it before, it’s new to you. So let’s get to the recap!

The Sharks: Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Barbara Corcoran, and Kevin O’Leary

Pitch 1: FunCakes Rental
Treps: Kimberly and Koray Aya (Grand Rapids, MI)
Seeking: $285,000 for a 25 percent equity stake

Have you ever been shopping for a wedding cake? Have you, like me, ever wondered, “Why can’t we just get that much more affordable sheet cake from Acme, put a flower on it, and call it a day?” Then FunCakes Rental is for you. Kimberly and Koray (mother and son) are here to pitch a company that rents display wedding cakes that are entirely stuffed with foam. So while it looks like an elegant cake on the outside, it’s all foam on the inside. There’s a secret compartment in the back of the cake where you can hide a real, cost-friendly cake.

FunCakes Rental presents on Shark Tank

Most of the Sharks are warm to the idea, but the sales figures hold Funcakes Rental back. Kimberly and Koray disclose that in their seventh year, they had $150,000 in sales, and only brought home a $17,000 combined salary. So, of course, things go south from here.

Lori: I don’t want my something borrowed to be my cake.

The low figures even brings forth a jab from Mark: “You guys are not grinders.”


After a rough patch of Shark criticism for their lack of sales, Kimberly and Koray are mercifully let out of the tank.

Result: No deal.

Pitch 2: Paper Box Pilots
Treps: Noah, Milo, and Brian Cahoon (Island, UT)
Seeking: $35,000 for a 25 percent equity stake

Paper Box Pilots makes exciting stickers that kids can put on boxes of all sizes to create imaginary vehicles. Brian works on this closely with his sons Milo and 13 year-old Noah, who is apparently the CEO! I’m pretty sure I had no clue what “CEO” even stood for at that age.

Paper Box Pilots, Noah, Brian, and Milo Cahoon

Noah spearheads the pitch, and is doing a great job. Kevin is impressed enough to offer $35,000 for a 50/50 equity split, with the option of actual boxes being packaged with the stickers.

Rob steps up and makes the same offer as Kevin! Snap!

Barbara joins the fray and offers $35,000 for 35 percent on two contingencies: making the stickers more girl-friendly, and (like Kevin’s offer), including an option that comes packaged with a box.

Rob ups his offer to $50,000 for 50 percent. Overall, Barbara has offered the best deal.

Brian tells Noah that he has to make the decision. That’s putting a lot on a 13-year-old kid! Again, when I was that age, I would have thought a CEO was a type of candy bar or something.

After some consideration, Noah chooses … Kevin! Barbara is in utter disbelief, but Noah explains that he chose Kevin because he had the background that Paper Box Pilots needed in the toy industry.

Result: Deal: Kevin

Pitch 3: Table Jack
Trep: Steve Christian (Houston, TX)
Seeking $100,000 for a 25 percent equity stake

I, like you, have encountered the mysterious wobbly table phenomenon. All seems well on Planet Earth as you head into your favorite restaurant for a bite to eat. But as you begin to dine at the table, something is wrong … very wrong. The table is wobbly!

Luckily, Steve is here with the Table Jack to solve the problem. The Table Jack is a stabilizing system that goes under a table’s legs, and can be easily adjusted for balance should the table become wobbly. Steve certainly has energy in his pitch, and shares an impressive list of some of the locales asking about the product (such as places in Japan and the United Kingdom).

However, what holds him back is the immense challenge of bringing the product to restaurants. Although Steve enthusiastically confirms that he’s traveling around and going many places to do this, the challenge is just too big for the Sharks to ignore. It comes down to Mark, who empathizes with Steve’s door-to-door attitude, but can’t confidently invest in the endeavor.

The quote of the night comes in the post-Tank interview:

teve I hope that when the Sharks go to dinner tonight … I hope their table does wobble, or any other time that they go … because they’ll be thinking of Table Jack for the rest of their life.

Funny anecdote … or personal voodoo project? You decide!

Result: No Deal

Pitch 4: Reviver
Treps: Ben and Eric Kusin (Dallas, TX)
Seeking: $150,000 for a 5 percent equity stake

Reviver makes clothing swipes used for freshening your clothes on the go. One swipe slides onto your fingers, and then you can wipe it on your clothes to mask odors. There are different kinds of swipes for different odors (such as pets and cigarettes).

Ben and Eric, brothers, come in fresh off of $500,000 in sales in 10 months. They project to make $4 million in the next year! We find out that their dad is the founder of GameStop, they have $2 million from him invested in the business, and they have a big meeting set up with Walmart. And they need the Sharks why?

The brothers call the swipe a technology, but Mark is fired up and tells them that they are certainly not a technology. This leads to this reaction:

Reviver Clothing Swipes

No captions necessary.

After a bit more rundown from Kevin and Barbara, Lori comes in with an offer of $150,000 for 15 percent. Rob counters with $150,000 for 10 percent. But good ol’ Lori has the QVC connection and everything that comes with it, and that sways the Kusins to go with her over Rob. Which leads to Rob’s face at the end. I can never tell if he’s mad or just practicing mind control:

Shark Tank Robert H Reaction

Result: Deal: Lori

Shark Tank airs Fridays at 9/8C on ABC.

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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