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Season 9 | Episode 14 | “Movie Magic, Part 2” | Aired Oct 27, 2015

Okay guys, this is actually it—the Face Off finale! Our season 9 winner has been named, but first, let’s talk about that cliffhanger twist from last week.

The (New) Challenge
Our finalists—Nora, Ben, and Evan—had just completed the camera tests for their two short-film characters. But, as happens in Hollywood, there was a last-minute change to the script. Now, there are three characters in their movie. The contestants have two days to address all the changes Patrick requested after the camera test, as well as create an entirely new character.

Good thing they’re getting a little extra help. McKenzie brings out a few more eliminated contestants to join the teams.

The Teams
, Jasmine, and Meg + Ricky

Ben, Jordan, and Scott + Jason

Evan, Kevon, and Stevie + Libby

The (Updated) Concepts
movie, The Prey, already featured a female prey character hunted by a tree demon. Now, Nora is creating the ally character, an older creature the same race as the prey. The ally is enormous, dwarfing the tree demon, as the hunter becomes the hunted.

Ben’s movie, Resurrection, is about a high priest of an alien species resurrecting an ancient creature from his own race. But now, there’s also a victim character, a beautiful, young female who looks more human, and whom the priest offers to the creature as a sacrifice.

Evan’s movie, Quarantine Zone, starred a female wanderer with a mild case of an infectious virus who stumbles upon a captive man in a more advanced stage of the illness. The movie’s new character is someone in a third stage of the virus, one that is barely human. Evan’s original captive character was too creature-y during the camera test, giving him even more reason to devolve the captive back to a middle-stage of the disease. Now, the captive will retain human elements, while his new character becomes a grotesque, inhuman creature, completely taken over by the virus.

Lab/Makeup Trailer Time
The teams get straight to work in the lab. Because of the major changes Patrick requested, Evan is essentially creating two new characters in the time everyone else is creating one. While he sculpts faces, Evan’s team sculpts giant arms for the creature character, and Libby organizes their kits for set.

Nora’s team does a lot of pre-painting on their pieces, and Ben sculpts a subtle face-piece for his female victim.

And then it’s time to head to set. Nora’s film is first, and she heads to the makeup trailer. She knows that the makeup will have to hold up during a long day of filming, and she is incredibly bossy focused. The hunter character that Jasmine and Meg are painting starts looking too white, and Nora reminds them it needs to look like it did two days ago.

When last looks roll around, Nora still has to get her literal giant painted. Finally, Nora is called to set.

Nora does lots of touch-ups on her creatures during the shoot, as well as waterproofing her characters’ legs for scenes shot in a stream. The best line uttered during this episode (season? series?) is Ricky seriously asking Nora, “Do you have the KY?” in the middle of a touch-up.


Ben heads to his own makeup trailer before his night shoot. His team spends a lot of time on application, but no matter how much Jason glues, the female face-piece will not lay down smoothly around the chin.

Because he spends so much time working on application, Jason doesn’t start her beauty makeup until last looks. Ben ends up adding a wound to the victim’s mouth to fix the edge, but it’s still not looking as good as he had hoped.

Luckily, Ben’s team got a lot of pre-painting done before they headed to the makeup trailer, and the rest of the applications go pretty smoothly.

When they get to set, Patrick has Ben remove his victim’s contact lenses. He doesn’t love her look, but there’s no time to fix it now. Ben is able to add some cool elements during filming, like a thick slime on the back of the creature’s head.


Evan’s team works hard in their makeup trailer, but when McKenzie calls last looks, Evan still hasn’t painted his new creature character. He pulls the whole team off of their touch-ups to get him painted in time for the shoot.

The first time Patrick sees Evan’s two new characters is when they arrive on set. He thinks they look much better, but he has the wanderer lose her jacket, forcing Evan to quickly paint her arms before filming.


And that’s a wrap! The contests head to a special Face Off movie screening to see the finished product. (It’s like those episodes of ANTM where they film Cover Girl commercials!)

The Judges Say …
 produced beautiful paint jobs, and she painted almost every part of her characters’ bodies. There was a synergy with her characters, and the third character didn’t feel like it was tacked on last minute. The tree creature felt organic, and the prey and the ally looked related and at home in their environment. Nora was also proactive on set.


Ben created some really cool forms on his priest, and his work was creative, thorough, and detailed. His paint jobs were great, and although there were some obvious issues with his female victim, his creature was excellent and featured a lot of texturing and intricacies, while still feeling connected to the priest character.914 (3)

Evan’s work was incredibly impressive, considering he created two completely new characters in the two days he was given after the camera test. He worked well with Patrick and on set. All three characters had great paint jobs, and they fit together to tell a cohesive story. The progression of the disease was clear through his characters.


And the winner is … Nora!
After some tough deliberation, the judges name Nora the Face Off champion. She’s walking away with a VIP trip to one of Kryolan’s 85 international locations, a new 2015 Fiat 500, and $100,000. Plus satisfaction and pride and stuff, too.

Congrats, Nora!

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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