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Top bites from 'Shark Tank': Fear the beard!

Season 6 | Episode 7 | “Titin, Beardbrand, Singtrix, and Myself Belts” | Aired Feb 27, 2015 (repeat)

The Sharks: Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John, and Kevin O’Leary

If you’re a fan of big beards, bad karaoke turned good, and athletic apparel that makes you look like a superhero, this episode of Shark Tank was for you! If not, this episode was still for you. It’s Shark Tank, for goodness’ sakes!

Let’s look at the top bites from Friday’s (encore) episode:

Bite 1: Mark Cuban is not a fan.

I firmly believe that Mark Cuban is the hardest Shark to impress. While Kevin makes the entrepreneurs feel like discarded Silly Putty at times, his biggest hesitation usually comes from the valuation of the products. Mark, on the other hand, has no problem showing disinterest and skepticism in a product quickly, and is usually one of the first ones out.

He definitely goes all-in on hammering Titin, a startup that produces weighted compression gear that promises to increase a workout’s aerobic results. Even though founder Patrick Whaley details that the company has had over $1 million in sales, Mark is not convinced that there’s enough evidence the technology actually works. His skepticism produces this classic line: “My B.S. meter is going through the roof!”

Needless to say, Mark does not make an offer. Patrick prevails, though, as he agrees to an offer from Daymond.

Bite 2: Facial hair wins MVP of the episode.

That’s right. The MVP of this episode is Eric Bandholz’s beard, which even gets a close-up as he enters the tank.


Appropriately, Eric’s company, Beardbrand, specializes in grooming oil and supplies for men with full beards and mustaches. It’s a cool, niche product that doesn’t quite catch on with the Sharks. However, we do get this gem after Eric asks Daymond to touch his beard: “I’m not touching no other man’s beard!”

Bite 3: Things turn sour quickly in the Tank.

Singtrix, by cofounders John Devecka and Eric Berkowitz, looks like it has everything going for it. The innovative karaoke machine makes people sound good through the use of hundreds of special effects. The pitch is great and the Sharks are enjoying the product. Looks like we have a winner! Right? Wait for it …


Things take a turn for the worse as Devecka and Berkowitz refuse to budge much from their original valution (seeking a whopping $1.5 million for 5 percent equity). Kevin, Lori, Daymond, and Robert all offer deals, but Devecka and Berkowitz counteroffer $1.5 million for 7 percent. Not much of a bump there, and the Sharks certainly don’t appreciate it. They all bow out in succession, showing just how fragile the ground is for entrepreneurs when they are in the Tank.

Bite 4: Get the kid out of there

Myself Belts founder Talia Goldfarb brings five-year-old Tegan into the tank to help demo her product for the Sharks. The belts are specially made so that they can be easily fastened by little kids (helping them learn independence). Tegan, of course, is a joy for the Sharks. They laugh at everything he says.

Then he leaves the tank, and the negotiations begin. Mayday! Mayday!

It gets really rough in there for Talia as she talks about the declining sales due to the economy (and favoring an online sales model until there’s a recovery). Despite many tough questions from the Sharks, and almost not getting a deal, she hangs in there and agrees to an offer from Daymond. The difference between how things appear when Tegan helps to present (“Awwww, look at him!”) to how it is once he leaves (“RRROAR THIS IS SHARK TANK!!!” ) is mind-boggling! Many kudos to Talia for sticking it out.

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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