Alright folks, happy Tuesday…and you all know what that means! Another 2 hours of riveting television with The Biggest Loser, and as usual, it didn’t disappoint.
Welcome To The Ranch…or maybe we should say, Welcome To Hell
So it’s time to get past the introductions and get started at the Biggest Loser ranch, and of course Alison is there to greet the 14 contestants that have earned their spot there. Of course, right off the bat, Alison gives them a little bit of a shocker. Seven people were eliminated from the first round of challenges last week, and it looks like 2 of them are back in the game, thanks to some behind-the-scenes antics. Apparently both Bob and Jillian were able to each choose an eliminated person to be saved and brought to the ranch for a second chance. Their choices were:
Bob: Bob chose Aaron from Detroit. He told Aaron that he chose him so he could set an example for his young son, and that meeting his family at last week’s competition really touched his heart.
Jillian: Jillian chose Elizabeth from Boston. Jillian’s reasoning was that she’s always telling everyone that she’ll work them out until they puke, faint, pass out, whatever…but Elizabeth was the first to do it voluntarily last week!
Alison reminded all the contestants (now numbering 16) that they are playing as individuals, not teams, and then sent them over to the gym to meet up with their trainers.
There seemed to be a consistent air of nervousness amongst the contestants as they ran over to the gym. As one player put it: “We’re in season 10 now, and we know what the trainers do to their contestants”. And they weren’t disappointed.
There was a really quick ‘hello’, but the trainers got right to business. I thought it was funny to hear Jillian yelling for a level 7 incline on the treadmill when the players had been there for what seemed like only 5 minutes. And I giggled again when I heard the announcement, “There’s only 3 hours and 45 minutes left in this workout day!” Yikes!
Of course, no first workout wouldn’t be complete without some of the folks feeling the trainers’ wrath. It looked like Jesse got Jillian’s attention for some of the episode. And later, it looked like Bob had his cross hairs on Brendan, especially when Brendan asked him, “Are we almost done yet?”
Also, can I just add that there seemed to be an awful lot of puke in this episode? I mean, don’t get me wrong, if I was suddenly forced to do all this working out, I wouldn’t be looking so pretty, either, but I was kind of turned off with all the vomiting footage they decided to tape this season…
Other highlights from the beginning workouts:
Tina, 58, fell on her treadmill at one point, but to my surprise, she got right back up without making a fuss, and started walking again within a few minutes. It looked as though Jillian loved it!
Rick, 54, unfortunately started feeling lightheaded a bit into the first workout, and ended up being ‘out of the game’ for 45 minutes, just laying on the gym floor and trying to regain his strength.
Elizabeth, who had one of the more heart-breaking stories on this season, had a hard time catching her breath at one point, most likely due to her asthma, but Bob was luckily able to help her regain control.
And oh, the workout comments! Some of my favorites this episode:
Lisa: “I have 2 kids, and even childbirth doesn’t hold a candle to the first day workout!”
Mark: “I feel like these workouts are akin to medieval torture.”
Bob: “I want everyone to leave here a friggin mess!”
Speaking with the doctor
Somewhere in the first hour, Dr. Huizenga, with his fabulous blonde curls and half-mullet, came in to speak to each player about where they stand medically (after having done some testing behind-the-scenes). It was pretty heart-breaking and scary to hear what he had to say to each player about their health. I have to admit that I love Dr. Huizenga’s style – he’s blunt about what each player is facing, but he’s super-supportive and seems to genuinely care about each person. Here are some of the situations that really stuck out to me:
Lisa: Lisa’s got a huge cholesterol problem, but to the point where there is some major plaque buildup in her veins. Also, her smoking habit is costing her health big time, to the point where her ‘inner age’ is double her biological age, which is a first on this show.
Aaron: Aaron was told his body is made up of 51% body fat, and he now has diabetes.
Rick: Rick was told he has a 32% chance of experiencing a heart attack or other heart crisis in the next 5 years. For a fit person his age, this percentage of risk would normally be around 4%.
Allie: Allie, who underwent gastric bypass surgery at the age of 14, was told that when you go through this surgery, you lose both fat AND muscle, which is a huge disadvantage. The doctor was quite angry at the surgeon who performed on her and hadn’t warned her of such a fact. He also was angry that her parents let her go through the surgery without getting all the fact and options. He told her she has the biggest percentage of body fat, but didn’t actually say the number.
The food talk
At one point, the trainers gathered everyone into the kitchen to have a discussion about food. Bob stressed that size and portions are things everyone needs to start paying attention to, and that the American standard that “bigger is better” just isn’t right. He also gave the interesting fact that 3500 calories equals a pound, which leads into Jillian talking about the ‘common sense’ diet, which follows taking in less calories and expending more than you take in.
Shortly after the food discussion, the players were working out when a few packages arrived. Surprisingly, they were packed with some restaurant sandwiches that some of the players had been talking about, which were huge, disgusting, greasy, etc. At that point, Brendan broke down, and spoke to Bob about it. Brendan was upset that he let himself get to this point, but Bob was able to turn it around on him and told him to forgive himself and move on.
Not your typical weigh-in
Alison came in during downtime and let the contestants know that there’d be a weigh-in that evening…but with a twist. The yellow line was moving up, and instead of having the typical 2 lowest players beneath it, it would now have HALF the players beneath it. This means the bottom 8 players are in danger of elimination. So, without further ado, here are the numbers from this week (in the order of how they weighed in):
Mark: currently 380 lbs, lost 41
Tina: currently 247 lbs, lost 16
Patrick: currently 378 lbs, lost 22
Rick: currently 314 lbs, lost 36
Allie: currently 305 lbs, lost 17
Frado: currently 340 lbs, lost 27
Sophia: currently 258 lbs, lost 14
Ada: currently 240 lbs, lost 18
Burgandy: currently 219 lbs, lost 12
Jesse: currently 339 lbs, lost 30
Jessica: currently 268 lbs, lost 14
Adam: currently 368s lbs, lost 34
Lisa: currently 272 lbs, lost 16
Brendan: currently 331 lbs, lost 31
Elizabeth: currently 232 lbs, lost 12
Aaron: currently 438 lbs, lost 30
And in the bottom 8 are:
Interesting little fact, only one woman made it to the top 8 (Ada), and only one man was in the bottom (Patrick).
Also, it was announced that Rick, having the highest percentage of weight loss this week, would have the ability to choose one player that he could save from the bottom 8 and make safe from elimination. There would also be an Elimination Challenge for those in the bottom.
The Elimination Challenge
All the contestants were brought to a grand arena, in Biggest Loser style, which was a hangar. The place was set up with flags in a straight line, and the challenge was to have the players in the bottom race in sprints to capture the flag, which would free them from facing elimination. The last 2 players without flags would have to face the top 8 players, who will then be voting one of them off the show.
Before the race began, Rick made his announcement that the player he would be saving is Patrick, leaving all girls to participate in the race. The racing then started, with the girls sprinting to each flag and one girl at a time became safe from elimination. There was a bit of drama when Burgandy confronted Jessica about shoving into her during one of the sprints, to which Jessica answered, “I didn’t mean to, so get over it”.
In the end, though, it ended up being Tina and Allie who were the last 2 without flags, and therefore the only 2 facing elimination through voting from the top 8 players from this week’s weigh-in.
I’ll go out on the limb as saying that I really didn’t get the votes this week. It turns out that Allie received the most votes, but it was the reasoning that I was confused about. Some folks stated that they didn’t get the feeling that Allie really wanted to be there at the ranch. However, Aaron, being the first to vote, said he voted for Tina because he “wasn’t really sure that she wanted to be there”. And to that comment, Tina responded that he was actually right, she was wavering and wasn’t sure she wanted to continue on.
At the end, we got to see Allie after she had gone home. What was really heart-breaking was that she admitted to calling her mother before she got back home (and just after she was eliminated) and asked her to hide all the chocolate in the house. However, she got home and there was chocolate waiting for her on the kitchen counter. We’re lead to believe that she stopped talking to her mother at that point, because it updates us on her current status (where she reveals that she’s lost 60 lbs since starting this whole journey) and that “she has recently started speaking to her mother”. Either way, she’s looking great!
Next week’s preview looks promising, with the weigh-in taking place in the first hour of the show. One little tidbit was seeing Tina storm off and saying something about wanting to go home, while the other players are ticked because they gave her a second chance. Like we didn’t see that one coming!
Until next week…