The thirteen remaining contestants on the week’s episode of Face Off are challenged with creating characters inspired by ordinary toys and household objects. Pee-wee Herman himself, Paul Reubens, is a guest judge. Results ahead.

Ve Neill joins McKenzie Westmore to introduce the week’s Spotlight Challenge. Ve won an Emmy working on Pee-wee’s Playhouse so knows a little bit about making whimsical characters out of ordinary objects. She specifically warns the contestants to not “go to the dark place.”

The contestants are divided into teams and get to work. Thirteen is a prime number however and there’s no way to form multiple teams with the same number of contestants. Melissa, the winner of last week’s Spotlight Challenge, is the odd one out and gets to choose which team to join. She teams up with Rob and Johnny for the sole three person team while the others have two.

Walter & Ant’s Racecar (left) and Katie & Kaleb’s Key (right) were safe looks.

Melissa, Rob and Johnny made Top Looks with their Lollipop character. Of course having an extra person helped get more done.

But Anna and Mel’s Watch Man was judged the best look with Mel winning the challenge. Anna has been on the winning team both times so far though each time her partner was the challenge winner. I don’t know if that means anything so we’ll have to wait until individual challenges. This was also a case where I think the model getting fully into character helped sell it.

At the other end the international team of Canadian Yvonne and German-born Robert are a Bottom Look with their Board Game Man. For one thing it came across as more scary than whimsical. This is Yvonne’s second time in Bottom Looks but as with Anna, I’ll wait for individual challenges before drawing conclusions.

The other Bottom Look is Njoroge* and Jennifer’s Crayon. The big yellow crayon did not go over well with the judges (or me). Jennifer is sent home.

In the McKenzie Report (since a certain feline commenter has an interest) here are McKenzie Westmore’s looks during the introduction of the challenge and at the reveal stage.


As always, you can see galleries of this week’s designs, the contestants’ previous work and previous seasons here. Images in this post via screencap.

*The N is silent if you’re trying to figure out how to pronounce his name.