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Season 9 | Episode 4 | “Frightful Fiction” | Aired Aug 18, 2015

Eliminations were left up in the air after last week’s 100th episode, but now the party is over. Jason, Missy, Nora, and Meg were our bottom looks, and after deliberation, Missy was sent home for her paint job and poor anatomy. Now that we have that unpleasantness out of the way, let’s move on to this week’s truly fantastic challenge.

The Challenge

McKenzie announces that the Face Off contestants will be doing a brand-new kind of challenge: the focus challenge. The focus challenge is essentially a spotlight challenge, but focusing on the face. The contestants will only have two days to work, and the judges are looking for attention to detail, good edges, blending, and great paint jobs.

In addition to being the first focus challenge, it’s also the season’s first individual challenge. Each contestant will create the protagonist of a mashup between classic literature and horror. The contestants choose their books and get started.

Frightful Fiction

The Concepts

Ben—The Legend of King Arthur and his Undead Knights
Ben is creating the titular king, whom Merlin brings back to life every time he dies. His Arthur will have a crown that’s melted into him.

Brittany—Great Expectations of a Serial Killer
Brittany decides to create a Miss Havisham character, meaning she’s doing both an old-age makeup and a burn makeup. She’s challenging herself right out of the gate.

Evan—Sherlock Holmes: Bloodsucker
Evan’s Sherlock was the victim of a vampire plague.

Jasmine—Sherlock Holmes: Bloodsucker
Jasmine goes a different route and creates Sherlock’s vampire daughter, who solves mysteries like her dad.

Jason—The Scarlet Letter: Puritan Poltergeist
Jason is making Pearl the literal daughter of the devil, and her evil starts to manifest in her appearance.

Jordan—Gulliver’s Travels of the Underworld
Jordan is creating Lord Munodi, with a separate cowl piece for a crown.

Kevon—The Legend of King Arthur and his Undead Knights
Kevon uses a female model to create an undead Merlin with sunken-in features.

Libby—The Exorcism of Monte Cristo
Libby’s Count is possessed by a demon spirit. His face is withered as he rots from the inside out.

Meg—The Scarlet Letter: Puritan Poltergeist
Meg’s concept is the ghost of Hester, who is exacting revenge on lying men.

Nora—Gulliver’s Travels of the Underworld
Nora has the idea for a demon queen who leads Gulliver through the underworld.

Ricky—The Exorcism of Monte Cristo
Ricky’s titular Count is literally possessed by his anger, and Ricky takes selfies to use as references for furious faces.

Scott—Don Quixote: Monster of La Mancha
Scott creates Sancho Panza, whom Don Quixote has Frankensteined from the bodies of dead workers. His face will look stitched together from different skins.

Stevie —Don Quixote: Monster of La Mancha
Stevie makes Don Quixote himself into a dragon knight. She sculpts scales into the face piece rather than applying them later.

Lab Time

When Mr. Westmore goes on his rounds, he suggests that Scott add some staples to connect the skin pieces, but otherwise, he really likes Scott’s design. He warns Jasmine that her young Miss Holmes could end up looking too old, and he encourages Jordan to nix his cowl. This challenge is all about the face.

Mr. Westmore has some harsher advice for Brittany. He warns her that Glenn and Ve are hypercritical of old-age makeups, and from what she has so far, it’s not looking too good. He gives her LOTS of notes, and Brittany gets some help from Nora too, but she’s running out of time. On application day, Brittany is able to do some old-age stippling around the eyes and mouth, but she’s not pleased with how her sculpt turned out.

Jason has issues with his sculpt too. He’s spending too much time trying to nail his form, so he takes a walk and comes back at it fresh. He doesn’t have time to start over, but he uses his remaining time to tweak what he has to make it work.

Jasmine, perhaps inspired by her success last week, creates another wig with an interesting silhouette. She uses foam points to create bat-like ears in her character’s bright red wig.

Meg struggles during this challenge. She is the last one left sculpting, and she isn’t able to clean out her clay before the end of the day. And when she starts painting on application day, her paint ends up textured. She’s behind schedule and her makeup is not as clean as the judges want it.

Stevie is also unsure about her paint job. But Scott isn’t. He uses different colors on each of the different skin patches to help them stand out but stay cohesive.

At the reveal stage, Lois Burwell is back as a guest judge, and the top and bottom looks are as follows:

Top Looks:




Bottom Looks:





The Judges Say …

The judges think Jasmine’s makeup was very successful. She made interesting sculptural choices and colors. It looked good from far away and even better up close. She created a strong character that answered the challenge.

Stevie’s character was also successful. There was some great sculpting and a strong level of detail. She made good color choices and everything was well blended. But the judges warn her to be more confident.

Scott showed restraint and accuracy. His work was subtle and well done. He also showed skills as a designer, since he obviously put thought into each part of his makeup.


On the other side of things, Jason’s creation didn’t fit the challenge. His Pearl didn’t look like a child or a demon, and the coloring wasn’t good.

Meg’s makeup was wracked with bad decisions. She had a poor sculpt and a poor paint job. Her forms didn’t work, and since this challenge was focused on the face, it stood out in a bad way.

Brittany overreached. What she created didn’t work as an old-age makeup or a burn makeup. And she topped it off with poor painting.


SENT HOME: Brittany—she went big and she went home.

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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