At the beginning of Week 11 of “The Biggest Loser,” Brendan and the other guys basked in the glory of their game play. All of their chess pieces seemed to be in the right place for an all-men finale. This was the last week before the final four contestants would be named. The remaining contestants had to participate in a “Biggest Loser” tradition, wearing weights equivalent to the weight they’ve lost and completing a physical challenge. Contestants worked against a red line and a yellow line. Anyone below the red line automatically went home.
At the beginning of the episode, Nastia Liukin, American gymnast and winner of the all-around 2008 Olympic gold medal, showed up for the challenge. The winner of the challenge received $10,000 from Subway, enough money to buy Subway sandwiches for 40 years. All contestants got sandwiches after the challenge, which consisted of performing different physical challenges. Again, Ada competed against the guys in the challenge, proving she’s the strongest woman on the ranch. Ada missed the final challenge by a hair. Brendan and Patrick made it to the last challenge, climbing Jacob’s ladder. Brendan won the prize. He decided to give $1,000 dollars to Ford’s Warriors in Pink, a breast cancer charity.
Brendan, who wants to be in the final four, seemed to be slowing down, almost as if he thought his had the finale in the bag. Jillian concentrated on the women while Bob beat a workout into Brendan. The players talked about what they’d do if they won the money. Brendan, who works as a teacher in the inner city, said he’d use the money for an afterschool program or something to help his kids. I’ve developed a love/hate relationship with Brendan because he’s smug when he wins but also displays moments of generosity. Mark wanted to go a trip with his dad. Patrick, who lost his job, said he’d pay off debts.
Dr. H did a follow-up visit on Frado, the sickest person on the ranch this season. In 11 weeks, Frado no longer had to take five injections to control his diabetes or the 12 prescription medications. As long as Frado maintains his weight loss at home and eats a healthy diet, he won’t have to take anymore medications to control his diabetes.
Bob and Jillian had a heart-to-heart talk with the remaining contestants. The ranch was a controlled environment with only healthy food and walking and exercise is part of their daily lives. At this point in “The Biggest Loser,” the contestants will face the real world with unhealthy food and family responsibilities. If those around them are unhealthy, they may serve as unwitting saboteurs.
Ada, I think, will have the hardest time losing her remaining weight at home. A constant dialogue is the lack of encouragement from her parents because of death of her brothers. She keeps talking about her father sometimes saying she should have been the one who drowned. She’s been so strong at the ranch. Hopefully, she will find moral support at home.
The players had to put on all the weight they’d lost and complete the challenges they did to get on the show. After so many steps and miles, they gradually drop the weight lost each week. The winner of the challenge received a home gym and a one-pound advantage at the weigh-in. The producers kept showing clips of previous episodes. Ada gained an early lead, with Brendan closely following her. I was rooting for Ada to win this challenge. She won and received the fitness equipment and one pound.
The last, last-chance workout was Bob and Jillian’s final attempt at killing the contestants in the gym. Jillian got in Patrick’s face and made sure his mind was in the right place to go home and complete his journey. Then, Jillian honed in on the women, particularly Ada. Unlike a lot of contestants with hard lives, Ada never cried about her situation or expressed joy for her accomplishments. I think Jillian feels she has to make contestants cry, especially those who’ve bottled everything inside them.
The weigh-in proved stressful for the players, knowing at one person automatically goes home. Frado lost the most weight, 15 pounds, and had the highest percentage of weight loss. As the remaining contestants weighed in, Elizabeth again fell below the yellow line along with Mark. Surprisingly, Brendan’s game play failed him. He was the last one to weight in and has the lowest percentage of weight loss and automatically went home. Mark and Elizabeth pleaded their case to be in the final four. Surprisingly, Patrick dissented and voted Mark off, breaking the man bond formed. Elizabeth became the last member of the final four.
The final four was set, including Frado, Patrick, Ada and Elizabeth. Brendan’s game play didn’t work, but he still lost weight at home and started a wellness program. Patrick set a goal of winning the at-home prize. Elizabeth’s slow weight lost this season illustrated a prime example of how difficult it is for some people to lose weight, even under ideal circumstances. At least, she didn’t let her asthma and slow progress cause her to give up. Next week is the last week before the finale. The contestants have to work out at home before their weigh in.
Frado 263 248 15 lbs. 5.70%
Patrick 291 279 12 lbs. 4.12 %
Ada 185 179 6 lbs. 3.78 %
Mark 299 292 7 lbs. 2.34 %
Elizabeth 196 192 4 lbs. 2.04%
Brendan 265 260 5 lbs. 1.89 %