EW Community TV Show Episode Guides and Recaps from EW's Community

'Face Off' fan recap: The greatest show on earth

Season 9 | Episode 10 | “Freak Show” | Aired Sep 29, 2015

The latest episode of Face Off begins with a battle-worthy foundation challenge. Each contestant is tasked with creating intimidating tribal warrior makeup—from the waist up—inspired by a unique weapon. Their guest judge, Robin Matthews (Oscar winner, Dallas Buyers Club), encourages them to use war paint, scars, piercings, and tattoos that mark tribal warriors across various cultures.

The contestants get creative. Stevie uses feathers as stencils on her warrior, and Meg finger paints hers (since ancient tribes didn’t have airbrushes). But it’s Scott’s ingenuity—using watered-down clay to suggest cracked mud—that wins him the challenge, and with it, immunity for the next spotlight challenge.

The Challenge
When the artists enter the lab to meet McKenzie, it’s decked out like an old-school carnival. Each contestant spins a wheel and lands on a different sideshow act. Their challenge is to create the character that would really “wow” audiences at an old-fashioned freak show.

The Concepts

Nora’s Lobster Larry is a ’40s-era mobster lobster with more human features.

Meg’s Inside-Out Oscar suffers from a skin disease that causes him to molt. His muscle and brain will be exposed through the skull.

Jordan’s Elephant Lady was born at the circus and has a more literal form of elephantitis that incorporates a trunk.

Evan’s Moon Girl was hit in the head by a meteor and has a swollen head and bad acne.

Scott’s Twisted Tom has a skin condition causing draping skin and a deformed face.

Ben’s Human Peacock is the presenter of the freak show, and he has a flashy wardrobe covered in feathers and a beak-like nose.

Stevie’s Icicle Irma was born with a bluish-skin condition, and an accident with acid causes her melted skin to look like icicles.

(Fun drinking game: Drink every time someone in this episode says “skin condition.” Then immediately go to the ER for alcohol poisoning.)


Lab Time
Nora had a tough time coming up with a concept again this week. Her first sculpt starts looking too much like a mask, so she starts from scratch when she settles on her mobster idea.

Meg’s concept is heavily based on anatomy, and she knows she’ll have to nail the muscular structure to have any hope of being safe. When Mr. Westmore comes by, he encourages Meg to bring her sculpt further back on the head, and make sure the texturing is deep enough to paint.

Mr. Westmore gives some good advice to the others, too. He warns Stevie to make her icicles pointier, lest they start looking like boils instead. Stevie comes up with a clever solution, dripping hot glue down hanging strings to create more realistic icicles.

Evan starts feeling lost after Mr. Westmore’s advice to be more aggressive in his sculpture so the face piece matches the cowl. Evan’s solution is to completely start over. He decides to bring out the chin and the forehead to give the face a crescent moon shape instead.

Scott is working quickly, and since he’s so ahead of schedule, he decides to start an arm and a chest piece too. He has immunity for this challenge, and he can afford to take big risks. Scott even has the extra time to help Meg get her mold open after the edges fuse together.

In the fabrication department, Jordan starts an arm piece, Nora creates some lobster-claw hands, and Ben works on a big collar with lots of peacock feathers.

On application day, both Ben and Evan’s face pieces are ripped up and basically ruined. They have to spend lots of time patching before they get painting.

Lots of the artists use their skin conditions (DRINK!) to their advantage, by adding boils and other marks to cover up tricky edges.

"Freak Show" on Face Off

Top Looks:



Bottom Looks:



The Judges Say …

The forms on Ben’s Human Peacock are the best things he’s done on the show. He nailed the challenge with a clean and beautiful sculpture and good texture. He successfully made the face feel like a bird and used accurate human anatomy.


Nora’s lobster mobster really works for the challenge, by creating a hybrid between the freak-show name and what they’d actually look like. Some of the judges are concerned that you can’t see much lobster in the face, but they all agree that her forms and sculpting are excellent. Her costume and backstory really help add to the character, too.

Evan’s Moon Girl was his roughest makeup to date, and it stemmed from his own confusion. The sculpting was rough, and he could have had more successful makeup by being more subtle. His idea was funny, but he couldn’t find a way to bring his concept to life.

Meg missed a good chance to do something cool. Her character’s face was monkey-like, and there is too much going on. The paint job and sculptures were rough, and nothing about it said “inside out.” It was horror makeup—unsuccessful horror makeup, at that—and it wasn’t right for this challenge.

910 (3)

WINNER: Ben—the judges say his Human Peacock was the only top look tonight.


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

You May Like