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Season 6 | Episode 17 | “Fresh Patch, Balm Chicky Balm Balm, Drain Strain, and BedJet” | Aired Feb 3, 2015

You might have stumbled upon a bonus episode of Shark Tank Tuesday night. Who am I kidding? You knew it was on Tuesday, no stumbling required! On to the recap!

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

Pitch 1: Fresh Patch
Trep: Andrew Feld
Seeking: $150,00 for a 10 percent equity stake

Fresh Patch is a grass-delivery subscription service for dogs. You subscribe to have a small patch of real grass delivered to your door. Your dog … uh … does his or her business in it. You receive a new patch of grass a week or so later (based on your subscription) and throw the old patch away. Good for those who live in the city and may not feel like taking ol’ Spot out and about.

What makes this pitch cool is that Andrew comes out with someone dressed in a big dog costume.

Fresh Patch from Shark Tank

Okay, I’ll admit it. That was me. Or not.

Andrew has done $1 million worth of sales, all online. CA-CHING. However, he reveals that there’s a 75 percent attrition rate (meaning three out of every four people who use it the first time don’t use it a second time).

This doesn’t stop Kevin from making an offer: $150,000 for a 33.3 percent stake. Andrew does not comply.

Barbara offers $150,000 for 20 percent with a contingency: She wants the product in pet shops and retail.

Kevin drops his equity request to 20 percent to undercut Barbara, without the need for the product to go to pet shops and retail. Barbara stresses that this product needs to be in the stores.

Mark joins the fray. He wants to partner with Barbara. While Barbara would take care of getting the product in the shops, Mark and his team would handle the technology portion of things (website, etc.). Together, they offer $150,000 for 20 percent and ask for an immediate decision. Andrew tries to counter but Mark and Barbara don’t budge. Finally, Andrew takes the offer! Good for him, and whoever that was in the dog suit.

Deal: Mark and Barbara

Pitch 2: Balm Chicky Balm Balm
Treps: Liz Moskow and Abby Schwalb
Seeking: $75,000 for a 20 percent equity stake

Has a friend ever asked you for some of your lip balm? Sure, it’s your lip balm and it’s been on your lips, but you share anyway. This product tries to eliminate the anxieties around that. Balm Chicky Balm Balm (yes, say it exactly how you think it’s supposed to sound) is a lip balm with a second “friend end” so that you can share the balm without sharing the side you use for your lips. The packaging and presentation has a retro theme geared toward adults.

Liz and Abby have a fun pitch but the numbers set them back—$17,000 in sales in 60 stores, with a $9.50 retail price tag per balm. The Sharks are not fans of this.

Mark sums things up by calling it a “product, not a company,” and asserting that this product would be good as a niche in the adult entertainment market. As the Sharks all bow out, Kevin bashes the Balm Chicky’s prospects, which prompts the line of the night:

Abby: “I’m not sure why they call you Mr. Wonderful.”

Perhaps it’s his cheerful disposition?

Kevin O

No Deal

Pitch 3: Drain Strain
Trep: Naushad Ali
Seeking: $110,000 for a 15 percent stake

The Drain Strain is a drain stopper that prevents clogging (much better than my kitchen drain stopper, which prevents nothing). It has a basket that catches the mess before it goes down your drain. Once it is full, you turn the stopper, lift, squeeze out the mess, and start over.

Drain Stain

Kevin likes it; he offers $110,000 for 20 percent contingent on securing a licensing deal with a manufacturer of Naushad’s choice.

Barbara thinks Kevin’s deal is the way to go. I do, too.

Robert has an offer; $110,000 for … 10 percent! Oh, my. Never mind what I just said.

Robert also wants the contingency of securing a licensing deal with a major manufacturer of plumbing.

Naushad has to choose between Kevin and Robert. He asks if he can consult with his wife, and the Sharks tell him to stop stalling. Naushad chooses Robert’s offer, and Kevin is spurned.

Deal: Robert

Pitch 4: BedJet
Mark Aramli
Seeking: $250,000 for a 10 percent equity stake

The BedJet is an “ultrarapid” climate-control system for the bed. You place the device under the bed, put the attached nozzle under the bedding, and adjust the setting for how cool or warm you’d like for your bed to be.

Everything is going well (the Sharks even try out the climate-controlled demo bed and seem impressed), until we get to the retail price.


The Sharks balk at this. Mark Aramli (I’ll refer to him as Aramli to avoid confusion with Mark Cuban) explains that there is interest from major bedding companies. Kevin thinks the price is too high for the consumer—and makes the point again and again.

It’s getting loud in the Tank. In the midst of the noise, Lori is asking Aramli to explain more about those major mattress manufacturers who were interested. But Aramli is too preoccupied with Kevin, and inadvertently ignores Lori. Bad move.

Since Aramli is not answering her question, Lori says shes out! She explains that she asked Aramli five times to answer her question, but he didn’t. When Aramli asks if she could ask it again, she says …

Lori Greiner, Shark Tank

Well, does that look like she said yes?

One by one the Sharks bow out, with some noting that Aramli was too much in “pitch” mode instead of really explaining how the product worked and how it was better than other similar products.

But wait, there’s more!

Aramli asks for clarification from Lori on why she backed out, and she expresses her frustrations again. Barbara asks Lori why she won’t get over it. Lori doesn’t agree with that sentiment, and Robert even thinks that was crossing the line.

Aramli tries to go on, but the Sharks reiterate that they’re all out. And that ends one of the least comfortable Shark Tank segments we’ve seen in a while.

No Deal

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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