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Season 9 | Episode 7 | “All That Glitters” | Aired Sep 8, 2015

Face Off  throws another tough focus challenge at the contestants, this time based on the works of the Bard himself, William Shakespeare.

The Challenge

The contestants meet McKenzie in Barnsworth Park Amphitheater for their next focus challenge. Back in Elizabethan times, all of the characters in Shakespeare’s plays were portrayed by men, so the artists will be gender-swapping male models into female Shakespeare characters.

They have some of Shakespeare’s more colorful ladies to choose from, and Judge Ve Neill, who won an Oscar for her work on Mrs. Doubtfire, gives them some advice on softening up their men with more feminine forms.

The Concepts

Nora—Sycorax, The Tempest
Nora’s character is an old witch, so she has the additional challenge of doing an old-age makeup in addition to a gender-swap.

Jasmine—Hermione, The Winter’s Tale
Jasmine regularly does drag makeups in Vegas, so she’s comfortable with this challenge. She’s turning her dude into a pregnant queen.

Kevon—Joan of Arc, Henry VI
Kevon’s lady is a fierce warrior, but he has a complicated task: turning a man into a woman who’s pretending to be a man.

Meg—Queen Mab, Romeo and Juliet
Queen Mab is an insect-like fairy, so Meg is able to add a creature element, rather than a straight gender-swap.

Evan—Hecate, Macbeth
Hecate is a goddess and queen of ghosts, so Evan plans on making her scary-pretty with an undead look.

Stevie—Hippolyta, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Stevie is making an Amazon goddess, the warrior leader of an all-female tribe.

Ricky—Ophelia, Hamlet
Ricky is familiar with drag since his boyfriend is a drag queen, but he has a very manly model to turn into a sexy, younger woman.

Ben—Titania, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ben’s character is a trickster and queen of the fairies.

Jordan—Lady Macbeth, Macbeth
Lady Macbeth is just a normal human, so Jordan decides to do a full facial sculpt to hide his model’s male aspects.

Scott—Cleopatra, Antony and Cleopatra
Scott loves the detail of the focus challenges, so he’s excited for another one. He has an iconic character, so he’s hoping to keep some of her more traditional elements, like her makeup and headdress.

Lab Time

Nora is struggling with an old-age makeup—something that can send you home if not done perfectly. Eventually, she decides to start over completely and aims for a character that’s more ugly than old. When Mr. Westmore comes around, he gives Nora lots of advice to help her soften her model’s features.

Jasmine does another wig piece and crafts a beautiful braid for her headdress. She also makes tears with hot glue, so they can be seen from across the room.

Kevon is a little concerned since his character isn’t very feminine to begin with. But Mr. Westmore gives him the great idea to add a scar to her face to give her more of a warrior feel.

Meg fabricates some spider legs to create a crown for her insect-like fairy, and Evan messes with different paint colors. Stevie is testing different paints to make sure she nails the ethnic skin tones of her model.

But sometimes, everyone just needs to loosen up and relax. So the boys take a break to have a little fun with the big wigs littered around the lab. Very attractive.

The Face Off guys wear wigs

But the fun’s over when some of the contestants get back to work. By application time, Meg is worried that her makeup isn’t as pretty as the others. She has one of the only makeups that looks more like a creature than a beauty makeup.

Everything is going wrong for Evan, and he’s not sure how he can save his makeup. The edges of Evan’s appliance are really thick, meaning he can’t blend his edges like he wanted to. And since he spends so much time fixing his edges, he doesn’t have time for the paint job he wants, even though he did all that paint prep.

Ricky is also having issues. Every time his model moves, it causes weird wrinkles on the face appliance. So Ricky decides to turn them into wounds instead, like crazy Ophelia has been picking her skin. But his scabbing doesn’t work like he hoped, and Ophelia starts looking old.

Jasmine gets her appliance on okay, but when she tries to paint, the makeup gets gummy and destroys the edges around her mouth. She finally has no other choice but to rip the whole face piece off. She is the only one without a prosthetic; Jasmine hopes her painting skills are enough to save her.

Top Looks:


Bottom Looks:


The Judges Say …

Meg’s makeup looks great from a distance, and the feminine aspects are most apparent in her makeup. Her colors are gorgeous, and she successfully captured both the female forms and fantasy elements.


Stevie created a complete character. She did a great job blending her edges and had a good beauty makeup. She used the right forms to make him look feminine, and gorgeous tones in her paint job.

Evan’s character looks more like a drag queen than a woman—and not a good one. The veins he added are directionless, and he overpainted his face, hiding the eyes.

Ricky didn’t do much right. He had good ideas, but bad application. He didn’t get the female form and his paint job was bad. The judges call his Ophelia a disaster.


WINNER: Meg—after weeks in the bottom, she’s back on top.


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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