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Season 6 | Episode 16 | “Victoria’s Kitchen Almond Water, Greenbox, Tycoon Real Estate, and Phonesoap” | Aired Jan 30, 2015

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

After our bonus episode of Shark Tank on Tuesday, we return to our regularly scheduled hour of wheeling and dealing. Let’s get right to the recap:

Pitch 1: Victoria’s Kitchen Almond Water
Treps: David and Deborah Meniane (Paris, France)
Seeking: $200,000 for a 20 percent equity stake

David and Deborah (husband and wife) are here to present an almond water inspired by their grandmother, Victoria. It’s all-natural, free of a lot of things (such as soy and gluten), and comes in original and coconut.

David: It is that perfect drink that will make you feel like you’re lounging in the freshly cut grass in the south of France.

Well, I’m sold. That sounds pretty refreshing.

David and Deborah are all in; they invested their life savings into the business, and David left his high-paying job. The biggest challenge cited by the Sharks is distribution. The drink has too much sugar for Whole Foods and health stores of that sort, which would be an appropriate market for this style of drink. But David and Deborah confirm that they have listened to feedback and at least have a low-calorie option on the way.

David: You tell me what you like, and I’ll make it happen.

Sounds good, right? It turns out that this attitude backfires for David and Deborah. The sentiment spreads among the Sharks that David and Deborah are bending too much for what people want, prompting Robert to say: “You almost listen too much.”

The Sharks start backing out, and it comes down to Mark. C’mon, Mark! I want to lounge in the freshly cut grass in the south of France!

Mark Cuban ponders the offer from Victoria

No dice. Mark backs out, citing Dave and Deborah as being too willing to say “yes” to everything the Sharks say. Plus, the lack of a zero-calorie option is a drawback.

Result: No deal.

Pitch 2: Greenbox
Treps: Jennifer Wright-Laracy and Ned Kensing (Based in NY)
Seeking: $300,000 for a 10 percent equity stake

We start off and everything is well and OH NO NED CAN’T REMEMBER THE PITCH!

Ned: Sharks, based on our consumptions … Sharks, based on our consumptions …

But the Sharks are really cool about it and share a laugh with Jen and Ned.

The Greenbox is a pizza box made completely from recycled materials. The box easily tears apart into four disposable “plates,” and the bottom of the box folds to become a storage container for leftovers. Brilliant! Their largest customer is Whole Foods, and they have sold over 10 million boxes through direct sales, with $1.7 million in sales the past year. Good so far.

But Kevin asks the big question: Will this help companies sell more pizza? A company like Domino’s would have to pay a fraction of a penny per box to convert to these boxes. Mark points out that even a fraction of a cent more per box will end up being costly over time, and quickly bows out.

Kevin makes an offer contingent on getting a licensing deal with one of the major pizza companies: $300,000 for 10 percent, plus he gets the first $300,000 back from royalties (which essentially makes the $300,000 a loan).

Lori and Robert make an offer also contingent on one large pizza company coming on board: $300,000 for 30 percent, and Lori assures, “We will be with you the whole way …”

Jennifer and Ned confer … and they accept Kevin’s offer. The 30 percent equity ask from Lori and Robert was too high. Still, the rest of the Sharks express their shock that anyone ever does a deal with Kevin.

Result: Deal: Kevin

Pitch 3: Tycoon Real Estate
Treps: Aaron McDaniel (San Francisco, CA)
Seeking: $50,000 for a 5 percent equity stake

Tycoon Real Estate is a crowd investing platform that allows people to invest in real estate for as little as $1,000.

Mark immediately hates it and is out. Ouch.

Aaron keeps going. So like other crowdfunding platforms, Tycoon Real Estate allows people to enter what they would like to invest, and once the goal is met, they become real estate investors. If the goal is not met, then everyone gets their money bock. The “Dealmaker” sets the value of the building and is in charge of the investment. A 1.25 percent fee is charged to investors.

Rob breaks down how investing in real estate in general is risky, and he doesn’t favor this platform for doing so. Lori doesn’t feel comfortable with the idea of investing in real estate with people she doesn’t know. And Barbara doesn’t know if she can trust the “Dealmaker,” which does kind of sound like a Batman villain, if you think about it.

So it comes down to Kevin. He hypes up that he has a brand and he cares a lot about money. He offers $50,000 for 50 percent and a rebranding of Tycoon Real Estate. Aaron says he can’t do more than 10 percent. Soooo things end rather hastily.

Result: No deal.

Pitch 4: Phonesoap
Treps: Dan Barnes and Wesley Laporte (Provo, UT)
Seeking: $300,000 for a 7.5 percent equity stake

Dan and Wesley, cousins, ask what’s dirtier: a cell phone or a public toilet? Uh-oh.

They inform us that the average cell phone has 18 times more harmful bacteria than any surface in a public restroom. Thanks a lot, Dan and Wesley!

They introduce us to Phonesoap charger, a case/charger that uses ultraviolet light to kill 99.9 percent of the bacteria on a cell phone.

The Sharks ask what’s wrong with just using sanitizer, but Dan and Wesley explain that sanitizers can cause fingers to stick to the screen more.

The idea is interesting. Let’s see where this goes.

Dan and Wesley note that there’s a huge market in hospitals and schools. Mark is interested in this and sees the value from a commercial (rather than consumer) standpoint.

Kevin makes an offer: $300,000, plus he receives $6 a unit until the investment is recouped, then $3 a unit until he gets paid $1.2 million. I don’t know about that deal. Dan and Wesley are not really enthused either, so Kevin withdraws.

Mark makes an offer:: $300,000 for 20 percent, with the contingency that they lower the price of the unit and the charge time (to about 30 seconds). But Lori comes from out of nowhere to make an offer! QVC, here we come. She offers $300,000 at 15 percent, and of course she’ll have it on QVC and in retail. Cuban tries to convince Dan and Wesley that their product would do better as a commercial product for hospitals and such rather than the consumer route with Lori.

A back-and-forth ensues between Mark and Lori. And Lori goes down to a 10 percent equity stake if Dan and Wesley accept immediately … and they do! SUPER SNAP!

Gotta’ love the Tank.

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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