The artists walk into a lightening storm…in the lab. The challenge is based upon the grim reaper. With only two hours, the artists have to create their own versions of the iconic character whose face has never been seen.
What follows is a scramble of bald caps, prosthetics, and a surprising number of covered mouths. I guess you don’t really hear death coming….Laura and Tate are the top looks, with the win going to Laura for her beautiful use of light and shadow.
Next, the artists go to the Laugh Factory to receive their next Spotlight Challenge. Turns out it’s Hollywood’s most haunted locations. So the spotlight challenge is to create an original ghost character that is both scary and funny, a la Beetlejuice (which happens to be Ve Neill’s handiwork).
Roy is making something involving two vaudeville ghosts stacked on top of each other, Miranda has a ghost wife returning to nag her husband, Tate has the ghost host of a television show, and Laura has a dead Bill Nye-ish character, Laney is creating an electrocuted artist, and Eddie is maybe possibly working on some sort of doctor ghost which he ends up scrapping because it’s not funny at all. Eddie’s new concept is an angry 1920s baseball player who gets killed by his own baseball bat. I guess that’s funnier?
Laney’s freaking out over her wig and receives help from Tate who suggests using hair adhesive combined with hairspray and heat. Laura’s adding humor to her mad scientist by having his ear fall off. Then there’s Roy who has a two-part little person costume and it’s really quite hilarious. After seeing Roy’s creation, Eddie knows he’s falling way short of the mark. With one hour left, Miranda has plenty of painting to do and Eddie realizes that he is totally and completely screwed. Meanwhile, Roy continues blowing the competition away.
So let’s see the final results.
Laura’s mad scientists is a little too green for my taste, but it does straddle the line between death and humor.
Roy’s stacked vaudeville figures are perfection, and the judges cannot stop laughing.
Eddie’s baseball player is totally devoid of humor and isn’t even well crafted.
Tate’s old timey television cowboy is only rootin’ tootin’ funny because of his model.
Miranda’s vengeful wife is okay, but not her best work.
Laney’s electrocuted rocker chick is not funny at all.
Miranda and Tate are safe from elimination and head back to the makeup room. The judges call Laura’s mad scientist superb. Eddie is up next and…oof. “It doesn’t look funny, it just looks weird.” Nobody understands Eddie’s choices, including Eddie. Roy’s double character amazes the judges. Laney’s electrocuted character fails to explain why she looks the way that she looks, and it’s not funny at all.
The winner, of course, is Roy. He heads back to the makeup room with Laura. That leaves Eddie and Laney on the bottom. The judges send Eddie home for his utterly confusing character. Goodbye, Eddie.
Next week, the pressure starts to eat away at the contestants.