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'Face Off' fan recap: The 100th episode

Season 9 | Episode 3 | “Surprise of the Century” | Aired Aug 11, 2015

It’s the 100th episode of Face Off! Syfy’s underappreciated competition show has given us nine seasons, 120 artists, 1,157 makeups, and now, seven weddings. This season’s contestants meet McKenzie in the Pasadena Mausoleum, where she tells them about the monumental episode and their matrimonial challenge.

The Challenge

Working in teams of two, the contestants will be turning real-life engaged couples into whimsical but macabre duos. And their corpse couples will be getting married on the reveal stage—officiated (legally?) by McKenzie herself.

The artists pick their partners and grab tablets preloaded with videos of their couples. The videos will help them get to know their couples and design a makeup for the most important day of the lives—but no pressure.

Face Off 100th episode contestants

The Teams/Concepts

Scott and Stevie’s couple got engaged over Christmas, so they’re turning them into carolers who froze to death in the woods.

Ben and Jasmine’s couple love cats and Beauty and the Beast, so they decide to do a feline version of the tale as old as time.

Ricky and Jordan’s couple is nerdy and likes video games, so their concept is to make the bride and groom look like they were electrocuted in a pool mid-game.

Libby and Brittany’s couple wants a fantastical, woodsy wedding (which could be tough considering the macabre theme). They decide to make the groom a treelike creature and the bride a water goddess.

Jason and Missy are going to give their groom a dramatic broken neck, like he and his bride committed suicide together by jumping off a bridge.

Evan and Kevon’s couple describe themselves as yin and yang, and they love their four pugs. Their concept is to turn the groom into a pug-like demon and the bride into an angel.

Meg and Nora have the only gay couple. One groom is creative and does drag, so he’s going to be their artistic bride, while his groom is the creation she drew that came to life.

Lab Time

Scott and Stevie want their carolers to be gaunt, but when Mr. Westmore makes his rounds in the lab, he warns them that their sculpts are too thin to run in foam like they want. They’ll have to use silicone. The pair decides to run the mold in both materials, and in the end, they end up liking their foam appliance better.

Scott and Stevie on

Jasmine spends hours making a yarn head piece for her bride. As soon as she thinks she’s done, Ben gives her the groom’s horns that need to be wrapped too, and they’re ENORMOUS. Jasmine basically spends all of her time wrapping yarn around things, but it’s worth it, because the pieces look awesome.

Ricky decides to add a silicone heart to his groom’s chest piece. He adds some lighting and a pump so the groom can make the heart beat, adding a cartoony element to his makeup. But when he inserts the heart in last looks, it starts to rip the chest piece up, and Ricky has to implant it further than he intended.

Brittany and Libby fall behind when all of their big molds start getting stuck. Luckily, Face Off is the show where people help each other, and Missy, aka the “Mold Whisperer,” is able to get the molds out.

But even the Mold Whisperer can’t free her and Jason’s bust. It gives eventually, but the bust is cracked. Luckily, Missy is able to patch it up okay. By last looks, they can’t even tell where the damage was.

Evan and Kevon, our rhyming team, are struggling. Evan creates huge wings for their demon groom, but Kevon ruins their bride’s prosthetic when he slips the cowl on, and he has to resculpt the destroyed edges directly on her face.

Nora and Meg (my actual faves) are struggling with this challenge too. Adorable Meg is a mound of nerves; she doesn’t want to ruin the most important day in her couple’s life. Meanwhile, Nora isn’t used to creating cartoony characters. She adds some brushstrokes to make her groom look more like a living illustration, but she doesn’t know how to paint him to make their concept come across.

After the couples are revealed and the judges take a closer look, McKenzie does a mass wedding for all seven couples, while the contestants, judges, and a smattering of amused friends and family members looks on.

Top Looks:

Ricky and Jordan

Ben and Jasmine

903 (11)

Bottom Looks:

Jason and Missy

Meg and Nora

The Judges Say …

Ricky and Jordan’s creations are like pop-art zombies. They were whimsical and had great use of colors. The groom’s chest piece was anatomically correct, and their makeup added the humor that the challenge called for.

Ben and Jasmine’s couple was the purrfect definition of whimsy. The silhouette was fantastic, and the paint job, on the bride especially, was great. Both their bride and their groom were complete characters, and the judges loved the use of yarn.

The couple that Jason and Missy created was too dark. They obscured the form with their bad paint job, and their anatomy was incorrect. And more concerning? They thought they were a top look.

903 (10)

The judges didn’t like Meg and Nora’s story or their makeup (and the girls know they fell short). Their idea was too subtle to be whimsical, and the drag makeup wasn’t good either.

903 (12)

WINNER: Jasmine—she’s never knitting again, but damn, was it worth it.

SENT HOME: To be continued …

Our elimination was postponed in lieu of a toast and cake (as all eliminations should be), so we’ll find out which wedding planner is getting the boot next week before individual challenges begin. (My vote is Missy the Mold Whisperer.)

Face Off airs Tuesdays at 9/8C on Syfy.

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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