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Season 9 | Episode 5 | “The Gatekeepers” | Aired Aug 25, 2015

It’s time for Face Off‘s first foundation challenge of the season. Each contestant is given a Rorschach ink blot. They have to create an original character based on what they see. Emmy-winning designer Eryn Krueger Mekash serves as guest judge.

Meg creates a river mermaid and uses sponges to create a crest coming from the forehead. Eryn chooses her creation as the top look, and Meg wins a badly needed immunity for the next challenge.


The Challenge

In the spotlight challenge, McKenzie shows the contestants six doorways to uncharted dimensions. They will work in pairs to create a gatekeeper and whatever creature they’re keeping at bay. They choose keys that match each doorway to pick partners and get started.

The Teams/Concepts

Ricky and Jason have a Mayan door. They are going to create a serpent gatekeeper and a statue that he brought to life.

Evan and Stevie decide their gate is going to serve more like a prison door. Their gatekeeper is a superior, intelligent race that has captured inferior aliens using mind control. A light piece implanted in the skulls connects the two characters.

Ben and Jordan choose a celestial door. They decide to make a female, fawn-like gatekeeper and a goat-like bad guy.

Jasmine and Nora’s gatekeeper is a badass female alien. She’s captured a creature from a male-inhabited planet bound on domination.

Scott and Kevon make a powerful heroine gatekeeper and a demon behind the door.

Libby and Meg have a medieval door with a female guardian. She’s keeping out a boar/hyena monster, but Libby is a little unsure of the anatomy for her animal bad guy—and the judges are sticklers.

Lab Time

In the lab, Ricky’s cowl for his living statue is getting too masklike, and there’s a disconnect between their two characters. Jason and Ricky decide to scrap everything, and they both start fresh and keep it simple. But they’ve wasted a lot of time.

Libby also has a setback when she drops her cowl and has to resculpt the resulting dent. And she can’t get her face piece’s nose quite right either. She decides to give her creature a more human nose, which also ties it in better with the gatekeeper.

Ben and Jordan spend a lot of time fabricating. Jordan makes a helmet, chest piece, and lower-body piece, and his partner creates a headdress for their gatekeeper. Kevon also does some fabricating, making a headdress and horns for his team’s makeup.

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Nora and Jasmine are working really well together as a team. On application day, they consult each other on their paint jobs so they don’t look too similar.

But things continue to go badly for Jason and Ricky. Everyone is having issues getting their molds to set, but Ricky especially. They’re wasting a lot of time messing with their molds that they could be using to fabricate.

They finally get their molds run, but they don’t have time to clean before the end of the day. They have to run their molds in polyfoam the next day, but now they won’t get the movement and look that they wanted.

The team is so far behind schedule that Jason is going into last looks with only a bald cap. Nothing is pre-painted. He has one hour to do an entire makeup.

Top Looks:

Jasmine and Nora

Ben and Jordan

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Bottom Looks:

Libby and Meg

Jason and Ricky

The Judges Say …

The judges are thrilled with both Jasmine and Nora. It’s obvious they worked well as a team. They made excellent color choices on their female gatekeeper and did a lovely beauty makeup. Their male had a great sculpt and paint job. They had real anatomical awareness and originality in their characters.

Ben and Jordan did an unbelievable job. There was real harmony between the two characters, and they did an amazing amount of work. Their palette was perfect and they had great detail in their sculpts.

Meg’s gatekeeper wasn’t great, but it was Libby’s monster that really hurt this makeup. It was poorly sculpted, with no understanding of anatomy and a flat paint job.

Meg and Libby

Jason and Ricky’s creatures were too comical. Jason’s snake proportions were bad, and Ricky’s statue was really rough from the neck down. Both makeups look like bad masks.

WINNER: Jordan—he did a head-to-toe makeup that really worked.



  • I could see Jasmine or Nora winning this thing. And I’m happy with either outcome.
  • I love Jason and Meg so much, but if they don’t get their stuff together soon, I don’t think either one of them is going to last much longer.
  • I will never get over how nice everyone on Face Off is. I’ve talked about how nice and genuinely helpful the contestants are before, but it holds true for the judges too. They are so encouraging. It’s never, “You deserve to go home.” It’s always, “You weren’t ready—yet.” As a viewer I appreciate it, and I can only imagine the eliminated contestants do too.

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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