Last week, the players depended on one teammate to keep them on “The Biggest Loser” ranch. The Blue Team ended up in the elimination room, with Jessica and Adam tying for votes. The fate of the Blue Team went to the hands of the Black Team, who decided Adam had to go home. This decision left 11 players on the ranch to train with US Marines on Week 7. This week, though, the show only ran for an hour because of election coverage.
The show started with the entrance of two Marines with stern faces. Frado revealed his past as of the Marine Reserves. For the next week, the contestants would live and work out like Marines as Camp Pendleton. They dressed in helmets and vests and boarded Humvees that transported them to the base. Each contestant had their own fatigues and every day was like a last chance workout.
First, the contestants donned backpacks and hiked up a hill to the barracks. I could imagine how hard it was for them. It had to be hard for the contestants, many of whom still weigh more than 100 pounds. The players, though, worked through the discomfort and accomplished something they may have never done. They had to sleep on cots, just like the Marines.
Day two, Marines woke them up at 5 a.m., giving them only a few minutes to get ready. They had a quick workout, breakfast and more working out. It gave viewer a glimpse into the regimented life of a marine, having time limits even to use the restroom. They ran an obstacle course as their challenge. The winner of the challenge received a call home. Again, Elizabeth had an asthma attack. I know asthma is real because lung problems run in my family and it’s pretty scary to see someone you love having one. It just seems like when the going gets tough, she has an attack. I wonder if it’s more of an anxiety attack because of stress. The Blue Team won the challenge and the Black Team carried Elizabeth to the finish line.
Brendan cut all of his hair to look like the Marines. After their marine-style training, Bob and Jillian continued dishing out the pain with a last chance workout. Of course, “The Biggest Loser” added its mandatory product placement section, pushing the benefits of Fiber One cereal. The last few seasons, they haven’t hidden product endorsements. The Marine workout and last chance workouts did not translate into big numbers on the scale.
The trainers and the players attributed the low numbers to the high caloric diet of the Marines. Only Aaron lost a big number (14 pound) while everyone else lost less than 10 pounds. Jesse, Frado and Elizabeth actually gained weight. Frado even apologized for gaining four pounds. The Black Team went to the elimination room. The team sent Anna was sent home with three votes, even though Frado and Elizabeth gained weight. At home, she now weighs 250, losing a total of 80 pounds.
It felt like everything was rushed to get it all in within an hour, but the time contracts reduced the dramatics seen in a regular hour. Next week, “The Biggest Loser” returns to its regular two-hour format and eliminated players return to show how much weight they’ve lost.
Mark 336 329 7 lbs.
Jessica 244 240 4 lbs.
Lisa 244 242 2 lbs.
Jesse 296 297 +1 lbs.
Aaron 398 384 14 lbs.
Total pounds/percentage: 26/1.71
Ada 211 204 7 lbs.
Patrick 337 330 7 lbs.
Brendan 302 298 4 lbs.
Anna 283 281 2 lbs.
Elizabeth 213 214 +1lbs.
Frado 294 298 +4 lbs.
Total pounds/percentage: 15/.91