TV Recap: 'Face Off' Episode 201 - 'Return to Oz'


Face Off Episode 201

"Return to Oz"

Original Airdate: 11 January 2011

In This Episode...

It's a new season of Face Off and host McKenzie Westmore has a new face (seriously - it has been Botoxed so thin you can almost see the skull beneath). Fourteen contestants gather for the foundation challenge: in two and a half hours, each contestant must create their own character; there are no specifications or parameters set forth. Jerry wins with a simple purple elf character, and he gains immunity for the spotlight challenge. In the spotlight challenge, the contestants are split into two teams of seven, divide by gender. They are tasked with recreating four characters from The Wizard of Oz: the lion, the tin woodman, the scarecrow, and the wicked witch.

The Creations

The women went with a "tribal post-apocalyptic" theme for their creatures: a scarecrow with a smashed pumpkin head with metal pieces; a lion with tribal paint all over; a steampunk tin woodman; and a golden wicked witch.

The men decided on a "horror-look" for their characters: a scarecrow that, while well-executed, brought nothing new to the table; an emaciated, sickly lion; another steampunk tin woodman, this one with a gaping hole in its chest; and a dried up, husk of a wicked witch.

The Verdict?

Overall, the judges liked the women's scarecrow and the witch better; they liked the men's lion better; and they hated both team's tin woodmen. They chose the women's team as the winner, with Brea the overall winner for her work on the witch's headpiece. Greg was kicked off the show for his work on the tin woodman's chest piece.

Dig It or Bury It?

I don't understand the point of the "foundation" challenge. I mean, I understand it, but it feels like filler. It makes the episode's winner kind of pointless. Usually on competition reality shows like this, the episode's winner gains immunity in next week's challenge. But in Face Off, the foundation challenge winner gains immunity for the spotlight challenge, and the spotlight challenge winner gets... well, nothing really. Bragging rights?


Next week the contestants must turn their models into sea creatures. The twist is that the makeups must be waterproof, as the models will be completely submerged in water.