After a week off, the Sharks were ready to have people back in the tank for a new episode. Would they build on the relative success of the previous episode or would all the entrepreneurs walk out with no deals in hand?
The first people in the Tank were Marley Marotta and Alexander Mendeluk from Spirit Hoods. They wanted $450,000 for a 15% stake . The hoods were faux fur hats that had flaps along the sides to protect people's hands in cold weather.There were also built-in speakers. This segment provided me with one of the major highlights of my life - seeing Kevin O'Leary wearing a multi-colored Spirit Hood. Seriously, it looked like a furry rainbow was perched on his head. They tried to get Mark Cuban to wear one that was in the colors of the Dallas Mavericks, but he wasn't feeling it. Spirit Hoods said they were more than hoods, they were looking for a lifestyle brand. What gave the Sharks pause was the fact that there were a large number of imitators out there and also they were a possibly rapidly depreciating company. The net result was no Sharks buying in - though Daymond John did make an offer for 50% of the company, but they tried to renegotiate, which offended his sensibilities and he withdrew.
There was an update about Cuban and John going to an entrepreneur conference and they also showed casting calls for Shark Tank. The point that was driven home was that the Sharks haven't met any of the entrepreneurs before. They only know their first name.
Next in the tank was Jan Goetgeluk from Virtuix Omni. He wanted $2 million for 10%, which raised all the Sharks' eyebrows. The Omni was a virtual reality game which also featured an omni-directional treadmill, which made for a really immersive experience. Robert Herjavec, being the big tech geek, tried it out and nearly fell. The company had raised a good amount of its money from Kickstarter. The main sticking point was the fact that it relied on the visual aid, the Oculus Rift, and all the Sharks were worried about it becoming obsolete very, very quickly. All the Sharks fell out in pretty fast order, since Goetgeluk was trying to get them to buy into a vision two years into the future. Barbara Corcoran also didn't like the size of the thing, saying that any husband who bought it for a home would be in deep trouble, possibly divorced.
The third people in the tank were two tough mothers named Jocelyn Fine and Kelly Dineen from New Jersey. They were selling FoHawxs - add-ons to any biking or skating helmet to make them 'cooler'. The add ons made the people wearing them look like Roman Centurions. I kept expecting one of the kid models to belt something out about Caesar. They wanted $150,000 for 30% of their company. It quickly became apparent that their sales were not as good as what the Sharks needed to invest, despite the items being in many stores. O'Leary even had to bark, "Wake up and smell the bankruptcy!" The two women were still defiant despite no Sharks biting, and O'Leary didn't even try to make one of his ridiculous offers that featured royalties. There was a lot of fiery debate on the entrepreneur's side, but the Sharks didn't see them as being rooted in reality. Fine even nearly broke into tears after all the Sharks bowed out. It looked like it might be another week of no Shark deals. .
Last in the tank was Al "Bubba" Baker, a former NFL player, along with his daughter. The Sharks didn't seem intimidated by the fact that he was big enough to flatten all of them if they made him mad. He had created the De-Boned Baby Back Rib, a boneless rib that only needed 2 minutes in the microwave to be ready to eat. He wanted $300,000 for 15%. He had two patents on it- a first in the Tank, according to O'Leary - patents for food and the process for making it. The main thing that separated it from others was that he cooked the ribs with the bones and then had them removed and stored to preserve the flavor. They asked why he had taken 20 years to perfect it and he admitted that he had quit before, but then his daughter, who was running track, wanted to quit traning and he forbade her to do that. She said he had quit with the ribs, so he promised to get back into it. The first person to make an offer was O'Leary - $300,000, but it had to be distributed from one of the largest meat companies out there and he wanted 49% of the company. John then submitted his own offer and wanted 20% less in equity. The time came for a decision and Baker was gracious. He thanked O'Leary for making and offer and went with John's deal, which met with general approval from the other Sharks...minus O'Leary, of course.
It was another tough night for the entrepreneurs, but 1 of 4 wasn't a total wash. It's going to be interesting to see what happens with the Christmas-themed episode.
The movie tagline sort of sums it up: "Four guys from the suburbs hit the road...and the road hits back." The four middle-aged friends who like to jump on their motorcylces and go riding around once a week are: Doug (Tim Allen) a dentist embarrassed by his job; Bobby (Martin Lawrence) a henpecked husband who wants to break away from being a plumber; Dudley (William H. Macy) a mild-mannered computer programmer and resident geek; and finally Woody (John Travolta) an entrepreneur with seemingly the most going for him. In actuality Woody is about to hit rock bottom but rather than be honest with his friends he convinces them all to hit the open road with him--to feel the wind in their hair so to speak. And as they go looking for adventure they soon find that they’ve embarked on a journey they will never forget. Uh-huh. Who would have thought these four actors would make a movie together? Casting Wild Hogs looked like the best part about making the movie as the producers probably sat around coming up with different variations (wonder who else they considered--Tom Hanks? Steve Carell?) Comedy veterans Allen and Lawrence have fun riffing on one another doing their shtick here and there while Travolta (the only real biker of the bunch) and Macy easily keep up with the antics. For the most part these guys click but I’m sure everyone did this purely for the money—and the Harleys. Ray Liotta gets to play the menacing villain once again as the leader of a motorcycle gang who has it out for our hapless quartet. Of course this time Liotta plays it for laughs and does a nice job with it. Even Marisa Tomei makes an appearance as a small town denizen who falls for Macy’s Dudley as the boys end up defending the town from Liotta and his thugs Magnificent Seven-style. You can see every plot point coming a mile away plus a few director Walt Becker probably didn’t even know were in there. But honestly from the guy who directed Van Wilder what did you expect? Becker is handy with a camera and totally knows where the film’s bread is buttered focusing all his energy and attention on his four stars. Unfortunately in doing so Wild Hogs mostly misses out on the poignancy of say a City Slickers even though it tries real hard to get us to connect with these middle-aged men trying to recapture youth--or whatever. But listen this isn’t supposed to change the world; Wild Hogs is just pure dumb fun about a group of guys wearing leather and riding hogs. Period.