Last week, the game really began on “The Biggest Loser” ranch, when Brendan gained power and strong players Aaron and Jesse were sent home. Brendan used his power to create pairs, purposely making it a competition between the men and women. Of course, reason for creating these teams was the hope that the women would be the weaker players and a man would become the biggest loser of this season. On Week 9, we got to see if his plan was foolproof or foolhardy. Whoever survived this week gets to enjoy Makeover Week, one of the most coveted weeks of “The Biggest Loser.”
The contestants learned that their partnerships are short lived when Allison informed them that players returned to individuals, somewhat derailing Brendan’s game plan. Bob tried calling out Brendan on his vote and chose to provide a personal work out as a way to release his frustration about Aaron and Jesse’s dismissal. He then picked on Brendan’s teammate, Patrick, giving him the same treatment. I couldn’t imagine jumping rope with a tug-of-war type rope. Bob imparted words of wisdom. He reminded Patrick that winners like Allie, Helen and Danny focused on weight-loss, not just game play.
All contestants received videos from home, except Ada. Several of the contestants’ family members were inspired to lose weight as well. I felt sad for Ada, knowing how her family somewhat blamed her for the death of her brothers. It hurt me to hear that her family basically told her to lose 100 pounds or not come home. It made me worry about her support system when she returns home. Hopefully, she’ll be a strong person before returning home. In a demonstration of solidarity, the contestants made a video for her, acting as her surrogate family.
Jillian honed in on Elizabeth because she still hasn’t been about to stand on her own. She didn’t complete the 500-step challenge on the first show, so Jillian made her complete it, with all the other contestants cheering her own. By the end, she actually ran up and down the steps holding hand weights.
The swimming challenge consisted of holding their balance on two platforms. Eventually, one platform was removed, and they had to balance on one foot for five seconds, then 10 seconds, 15 seconds, then 20 seconds, etc. The winner received a one-pound advantage at the weight-in. Frado, who had the highest percentage of weight-loss, chose the first challenger. Ada, Lisa and Mark were the last three standing. Mark and Lisa battled it out and Ada basically watched. Lisa finally fell in the pool, and Mark picked Ada. Ada fell in the pool, and Mark received the prize, adding to the pounds he earned over the nine weeks.
Jillian had a Subway challenge, in which contestant had to create a healthy, tasty sandwich. Lisa’s 250 calorie, turkey & veggie sandwich one. She won free foot longs for this challenge. They headed to the gym for a last-chance workout.
Frado became the second player this season, behind Mark, to lose more than 100 pounds. Elizabeth hoped to get below 200 pounds this week but only lost four pounds and weighed 201, two pounds more than her goal. Ada, who had a hard week, lost eight pounds, earning the highest percentage of weight loss. Jessica and Elizabeth fell below the yellow line. Jessica, who only lost a pound this week, went home, likely because of the stress caused by Jesse’s expulsion. She had a personal makeover when returning home to Tucson. She weighed 200 pounds by the taping of this show.
Next week, viewers get a double dose of “The Biggest Loser.” Tuesday is the much-anticipated Makeover Week, and Wednesday is a “Biggest Loser: Where are They Now” special. I can’t wait. After players receive makeovers, they usually look 10 years younger.
Ada 198 190 8 lbs. 4.04 %
Frado 276 267 9 lbs. 3.26 %
Patrick 311 301 10 lbs. 3.22 %
Brendan 280 272 8 lbs. 2.86 %
Mark 317 309 8 lbs. 2.84 %
Lisa 234 228 6 lbs. 2.56 %
Elizabeth 205 201 4 lbs. 1.95 %
Jessica 228 227 1 lb. .44 %