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Top Bites from 'Shark Tank': How to make Mr. Wonderful huggable

Season 6 | Episode 24 | “Budsies, Bee Thinking, PullyPalz, Forus Athletics” | Aired Apr 10, 2015

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

Shark Tank returned from hiatus with a new episode on Friday, and will have fresh episodes for the rest of the season. We get to see Kevin O’Leary say “You’re dead to me” to new people! Exciting! Let’s get to the bites:

Bite 1: The Sharks get stuffed

Alex Furmansky is here to pitch his extremely creative product, Budsies. Basically, you can take any drawing, send it to Budsies, and they’ll make a plush doll out of it. Alex’s pitch goes to another level as he shows other variations of Budsies. You can make one of your pet (Petsies)! You can even make one of yourself (Selfies)! Alex has even brought a doll of each Shark. This explains the feature image of Mr. Wonderful in huggable form, and this picture of Daymond:

Shark Tank

How can you not like this?

Alas, even though the Sharks are impressed by the dolls, they drop out for various reasons such as a disbelief in the growth potential of the company. So no deal.

Bite 2: The production team rocks

Have I ever said how much I love the production quality of this show? It’s polished and intriguing without feeling overproduced, which is a tough balancing act.

The Shark Tank production team is on fire this episode. We especially see this as Julie Thompson pitches her product, PullyPalz. They are plush dolls where the arms serve as a pulley system, allowing for babies to reach for pacifiers (or other items such as little toys) on each side.

The Sharks drop out for reasons such as the retail price being too high, and the producers and editors are using the right shots, cuts, and music to sweep viewers into the action. It comes down to Lori, and the production team is perfectly capturing the intensity. Julie wants $100,000 for 20 percent, but Lori asks for 30 percent. Julie TAKES A HUGE RISK and asks if Lori could do 25 percent. Lori is surprised. The Sharks can’t believe Julie didn’t just take the offer. The camera angles and music are intense! I think I’m going to be sick!

Lori says she can do 28 percent, and after a bit more tension in the air, Julie accepts. It’s just a wonderfully produced conclusion to the segment. Kudos to the team.

Bite 3: Daymond is not convinced

We have Forus Athletics here, and the founders, Joel Vinocur and Arsene Millogo, actually sprint into the tank. I mean, full-on sprint. I’d like to thank these guys for reminding me that I could be exercising instead of sitting at home watching this show. Hmph!

Joel and Arsene’s lightweight, ultra-comfortable running shoes are displayed in a variety of colors and designs. They also pitch Attlo, an email marketing platform that will help them sell the sneakers. Despite Arsene’s touching story about his challenging upbringing in Côte d’Ivoire, The Sharks bow out for various reasons. One reason includes the challenge of going against established sneaker companies, and another reason seems to be that they feel the entrepreneurs are trying to do too much. It comes down to Robert, who is interested, but wants Daymond (who bowed out already) on board to deal with inventory control. So all eyes are on Daymond, and Arsene tries his best to convince him to join in with Robert. Will Daymond join?


Arsene is still trying. Robert is still interested if Daymond is in. Can the entrepreneurs convince Daymond?

Um, no.

Just no. Well, no fairy-tale ending here. Moving right along …

Bite 4: Kevin has had every job ever invented in the universe

Bee Thinking, founded by Matt Reed, makes alternative, handcrafted bee hives. I remember being stung by a bee before, and I sure didn’t think I could make millions off of them. Not sure if I should have?

Anyway, the highlight here is that Kevin apparently used to do some beekeeping. Is there anything he hasn’t done? Despite the connection, he bows out, along with the others. Although Matt doesn’t get a deal, I commend him for how humble he is during the whole thing.

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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