(L) Cig & George’s leather puppet (R) Emily & Tyler’s cloth puppet

This week’s Face Off has the teams creating life sized puppets. While this week is an immunity challenge there is that cliffhanger from last week to resolve. Results ahead.

We start off with the conclusion of the elimination challenge from last week. The three Bottom Looks used the judges’ feedback to improve their creations. Rachael & Gage’s work isn’t up to muster and they are eliminated.

The remaining contestants arrive at the lab on a later morning to find McKenzie Westmore waiting there to introduce this week’s challenge. The task is based on a simple question - what if Geppetto had been in a different trade instead of woodworking when he made Pinocchio? Each team selects a trade and designs a puppet appropriate for that line of work.

This week producer Suzanne Todd (Tim Burton’s Alice movies) is a guest judge.


Ben & Evan (top) just aren’t feeling inspired by their goldsmith choice and end up creating a lackluster gold ballerina. Logan and Adam (bottom) take their idea of goofy too far in the judges’ opinion. Both teams are Bottom Looks this week.


Keaghlan & Melissa make a blacksmith inspired metal puppet that is a big improvement over their recent Bottom Looks. They are a Top Look.

Cig & George make a leather rodeo clown. At the last minute they realize the sillier parts of their design won’t look right and ditch them. This is a good call. The judges focus instead on the detailed leather look of the face. They are a Top Look again.


Emily & Tyler also make a ballerina. But their fabric ballerina (representing their tailor selection) is much better than Ben & Evan’s work. The judges are impressed by the whole design and Ve even says it’s camera ready as is. Their Top Look streak continues and this time they win the challenge.

At the start of the season I would not have expected Emily & Tyler to be the team to beat. But they work well as a team without a lot of friction (from how the show is edited it looks like Emily is driving the train). Cig & George are the other team working like two peas in a pod and able to win more than one challenge.


McKenzie Westmore’s looks for the challenge introduction and 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 Syfy website and McKenzie Westmore’s Instagram account.