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Season 10 | Episode 5 | “Foreign Bodies” | Aired Feb 10, 2016

On Face Off, the lab is just what they call the room where everyone sculpts and paints. But on tonight’s episode, the lab is transformed into a literal lab, complete with beakers and microscopes.

McKenzie talks about movies that feature parasitic aliens that burst out of their human hosts, a fun (?) combination of horror and sci-fi. These films are the inspiration for their next challenge, and the contestants are joined by an expert to help advise them, Lance Henriksen (Aliens).

The Challenge
Working in teams of two, the contestants choose a real microorganism to serve as inspiration for their own alien that will burst out of its human host’s body.

The Teams/Concepts
Mel and Melissa
are going to make their alien burst out of the host’s head, with flayed skin from the human’s actual face sliding down the shoulders. (Disgusting.)

Johnny and Walter’s alien is shedding its human host’s skin, plus its head is bursting from the middle of the chest.

Yvonne and Anna are going for gruesome, with the alien bursting out of one side of its host’s face.

Katie and Robert plan on making little tentacles and tumor-like growths on the skull, where the creatures fester until they are ready to pop out.

Kaleb and Rob’s alien is going to burst out the back of their host’s head, so you can only see it when he turns around.

Lab Time
The contestants are mid-concept stage when McKenzie comes back out, but she’s not with Mr. Westmore—she’s with Lance. This challenge has a surprise element. All of the final creations must have some sort of slime, and the contestants have to make it right now, during an impromptu foundation challenge.

Each team has two hours to create a custom slime for their alien creations; then they’ll test them out for Lance and McKenzie. Both members of the winning team will have immunity on this challenge, so the stakes are high.

The teams work with a variety of strange ingredients to find the right texture, color, and consistency for their alien slime. This entire sequence honestly just made me a little gaggy, but I’ll recap the best I can.

Lance Henriksen appears on Face Off

Mel and Melissa’s magic ingredient is veterinary lube. Johnny adds some flocking powder to his slime. Katie uses a highlighter and corn syrup base to make a bright and runny slime. Anna and Yvonne want a slow-moving slime, and struggle to keep it from getting too runny. Kaleb works to make a mucus-y, chunky slime, and I work not to vomit.

After repeatedly tossing, squirting, and smearing their slimy creations over the poor, poor models, Lance names Mel and Melissa the winners.

It’s finally time to really dive into the sculpts. Anna and Yvonne are aiming to make something genuinely scary. Kaleb starts sculpting a shoulder piece, and Johnny works on fabricating a motorized head that will burst out of their host’s chest.

Mel starts over on her face four times before she lands on a design she’s happy with. Katie sculpts the bumpy cowl for her host, while her partner, Robert, makes a brain-worm alien named Hans, complete with a theme song. (Robert is so important to this season.)

On day two, the chest piece Johnny left to mold overnight did not work. They have to start all over again. They can’t go to the reveal stage without the bursting element. That’s the whole point.

Rob spent too much time perfecting his sculpt, and now he’s feeling overwhelmed. He eventually just decides to start molding; otherwise, he won’t have time to finish before time is up.

On application day, Kaleb and Rob need to apply as many prosthetics as possible so they can start painting. Johnny and Walter test out their chest piece, and Melissa lays hair on her host’s shedded face.

Face Off, "Foreign Bodies"

Katie’s cowl is too heavy, and it’s causing a huge wrinkle on their model’s forehead. She and Robert keep trying to patch it, but it just makes the edge thicker. By last looks, it’s still looking pretty rough, and Robert is frustrated they couldn’t find a solution. He’s sure this edge will put them in the bottom looks.

Top Looks:
Mel and Melissa
Rob and Kaleb

Face Off, "Foreign Bodies"

Bottom Looks:
Katie and Robert
Anna and Yvonne

The Judges Say …
Mel and Melissa
used lots of great forms and had an awesome (and colorful) paint job. They particularly liked the alien face and their pretty blue slime. The judges felt like their creature best suited what the challenge asked for.

The shapes coming out of the side of Rob and Kaleb’s creation gave it a cool, creepy look. The sculpt on the back was amazing. The back of the piece was definitely more interesting, and it made for a really good reveal. (Bet Rob is glad he paid attention to Lance’s advice on making scary aliens.)

Katie and Robert could have done more with their headpiece; it just looked lumpy, not like anything was growing underneath. The skin tones didn’t match, and the parasite was almost an exact replica of their microorganism. Glenn, the season 10 pessimist, says the cowl is one of the worst applications on the show.

Face Off, "Foreign Bodies"

Anna and Yvonne’s creature just didn’t work. It looked more like a transformation than an alien bursting out. The split shouldn’t have gone down the center of the face, and overall, it was just a little boring.

WINNER: Rob—has he moved to the front of the pack this season?


Face Off airs Wednesdays 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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