Last week, while many of you were watching Jackieís big mouth sink her in the game, I was NOT watching the election returns. Yes, the NBC affiliate where I live showed election coverage instead of The Biggest Loser, which means that a) I watched American Idol last Tuesday and b) I didnít get to watch the show until late on Sunday night when the episode was finally aired here. Okay, letís be honest: I tried to watch the show on Sunday night, but fell asleep. I have no excuse, other than to say that there clearly wasnít enough Bob in the first 20 minutes to keep me from dozing off. What I DO know is that Bernie won the weigh-in last week and that Dan and Jackie were blind-sided by their team when the four guys voted to eliminate Jackie after promising they wouldnít do it without a warning.
When the Blue Team returns to the dorms without Jackie, the Black Team expresses their disappointment. Dan is clearly devastated. He tells us that he and his mother made a pact with Mark and Jay. The brothers promised not to vote off Dan of Jackie Ė they even swore on their childrenís lives Ė without telling them first. Dan hangs out with the Black Team and gets some sympathy. The Black Teamers all give the Blue Team guys the big stink eye and Roger rants that the Black Team shouldnít even have an opinion about what the Blue Team does. Boy, guilt is a bitch.
Dan retreats to his now-empty bedroom, where he lays on his bed and cries. He continues to avoid dealing with his teammates the next morning at breakfast and in the gym as well. He has nothing to say to any of them.
Jillian arrives to meet with her team and immediately guesses that Jackie is gone. She knows that Jackie got the boot because they all look so unhappy. Some of the Black Teamers bring up the subject of Dan moving over to train with Jill. She tells them that she just cannot take on Dan: she already has a team to train. She urges her team to stay away from the Blue Team and their drama.
Bob sits down with Dan for a heart to heart about how heís feeling. Dan is sure heís the next person on the hit list and, really, heís probably right. He tells Bob about the pact he and his mother made with the rest of their team, but Bob wants Dan to focus on getting his head back in the game. Dan knows heíll be on the chopping block any time his team is up for elimination and vows to be the biggest loser on his team every week. Bob promises heíll do whatever he can for Dan and assures him that he isnít alone. Dan notes that Bob is also on the side of the other Blue Team members and those guys lied to him and eliminated his mom.
Fakiní It Until You Make It
Because Bernie won the weigh-in last week, he gets to climb the mountain and retrieve his prize. Heís confronted with the three envelopes dilemma and chooses ďGame Play.Ē His prize is a bit cryptic: 50% off at this weekís challenge. Guess weíll have to wait and see what that means.
In the gym, Dan continues to isolate himself from the rest of the Blue Team. He says heís on his own island, away from his teammates who lied to him. Still, he decides to gather them all together and tell them he understands they had to vote someone out. Dan feels like he needs to try to develop some sort of bond with his team if he wants to stick around. Really, heís not okay with the fact that they voted out his mom, but heís going to lie and say he is. When the Blue Team sits down together, Mark and Jay both apologize for the way the elimination went down. They admit they handled the situation badly. Mark blows some smoke and tells Dan heís the ďlight of the house.Ē Oh, please. Dan asks them to communicate and be honest from here on out and they all agree. Mark tells us that Dan is an integral part of the team and will help them win weigh-ins. He then admits, laughing, that, if the Blue Team goes to the elimination room, Dan will be going home.
Water is Never Good
Itís challenge time again and the teams meet Ali near a lake. They all look thrilled at the prospect of getting soaking wet again. This challenge, Ali tells them, is designed to celebrate the accomplishments theyíve made so far. Two pairs from each team will stand opposite each other on balance beams suspended over the water while each holding a rope connected to a weight in the amount of pounds theyíve lost so far. The last team to drop the weight wins. Ali asks Bernie to reveal his reward for winning last weekís weigh-in and explains that he and his partner will only have to hold up half of the weight Bernie has lost. The winner will have the power to give immunity to two people Ė one person on their own team, and one person from the opposing team. Because each team has five members, they will have choose one person to sit out the challenge. Kelly sits out for the Black Team and Trent, who didnít do so well on the last water-related challenge, will sit out for the Blue Team.
The teams are balancing the combined amount of weight theyíve lost so far. Mark and Dan will be balancing 130 pounds, Maggie and Paul have 85 pounds, Bernie and Brittany Ė thanks to Bernieís reward Ė have 85 pounds and Roger and Jay have 107 pounds. Did I mention that everyone is wearing what appear to be wetsuits? Honestly, I never again need to see these people in any garment made of spandex or neopreneÖat least until the final weigh-in. Roger and Jay hit the water first, followed by Mark and Dan. Bernie and Brittany end up winning the challenge. Since they had to balance less than half the amount that Mark and Dan did, Iíd be shocked if they hadnít won. Ali explains that Bernie and Brittany donít have to decide who will get immunity right now: they just need to make their decision before the next weigh-in.
Following the challenge, the Blue Team is in the gym waiting for Bob. He canít believe they lost another challenge and tells them that not winning is ridiculous. They assure Bob theyíll win the weigh-in. He reminds them that they were confident about winning the last weigh-in too. He goes on to tell them that he understands there will be game play and gives them permission to do what they need to do. Hmmm. Iím not sure I like the new, AgroBob. I miss the sweet, smurfy Bob. Trent tells Bob that, for him, it isnít about game play: itís about getting healthy and staying healthy for his wife and son. Bob tells us he loves Trent because heís there for all the right reasons. He tells Trent heís a good man and is making his wife and family proud.
In the kitchen, Jillian meets with the Black Team to discuss who will be given immunity this week. Jill thinks they should be fair and just put names into a hat. Everyone writes their name down on a strip of paper and Jill pulls the strips out. The person whose name is on the last strip of paper gets immunity. Maggie breathes a sigh of relief and calls Jill the best picker ever when her name comes out of the hat last. Paul seems especially bitter, telling us he honestly doesnít think Maggie could be the biggest loser.
Wherein Jillian Reveals Her Squishy Center Under the Hard Coating
In the gym, Jillian notices that Maggie looks upset. She tells the rest of the team to keep working while she takes Maggie outside for a talk. Maggie admits that her weight affects everything in her life, including meeting new people. She thinks that, every time anyone meets her, they think ďDo I want a fat friend?Ē and then donít want to be her friend. Jillian assures her that quality people donít care about that stuff. Maggie says thereís a pattern in her life with people treating her horribly when she is good to them. It makes her feel like she isnít good enough.
As Jillian and Brittany talk, we learn that Britís parents divorced when she was very young and that her weight gain began soon after her father left. Jillian tells us that some of the things her team has gone through are beyond her knowledge. Part of being a good trainer is being able to ask for help.
Jillian gathers the Black Team together for a meeting. She thinks they could use the help of someone who has special expertise. The person she called on is someone she claims will be the most significant person they will meet while on campus. This is a person she refers to in any circumstance and whom she would trust with her life. She then turns into a ten-year old girl and introduces her mother, who is a psychotherapist. Jillianís little ďMommy!Ē as her mother enters the room is proof that Jillian is human and not a cyborg. Her mother, by the way, is young and gorgeous and clearly had Jillian when she was 15. After a quick hello, Jillís mom (from here on out, she will be referred to as JM) asks whoís going first with the therapy session.
Saviní the Drama For Your Mama
Meanwhile, Bob meets with his Blue Team and explains that Jillianís mother is on campus and willing to do therapy sessions with any of the contestants who would like to speak with her. Heís all for therapy, but believes itís a personal preference and doesnít want to force it on anyone. Any of the players can meet with JM if they want, or they can go work out with Bob. Roger, who clearly knows nothing about professional ethics, says heíd be worried talking to JM because her daughter is a trainer for the other team. Whatever.
The Black Team probably wasnít given a choice about talking to JM and Brittanyís session is up first. JM wants to talk about the emotional issues that underlie Britís weight problem. Brit reveals that, looking back, she began to overeat at a young age. She was thin before her parentsí divorce. JM tries to get to the bottom of Britís parent issues. We learn that her mother divorced her step-dad when Brit was little. Six months after the divorce, Brittany learned that her step-dad, the man she thought was her father, was not her biological father. Her biological father died when Brittany was four. She reveals that some of her best friends donít even know about this part of her life. She admits to being afraid of opening up because she doesnít want to get hurt.
While the Black Team continues with their therapy sessions, the Blue Team walks up the side of a mountain with Bob. He claims it was the best kind of therapy for the guys. You know, I donít really need to see so many shots of big ole butts from behind as they climb up a hill. Just sayiní. Trentís leg is really bothering him as he climbs: he rates his pain an 8 out of 10. The Blue Team finally reaches the summit of the mountain and everyone is euphoric. Dan says this cleared his mind more than couch time would have. Hey, so when are they going to do the makeover episode? Dan seriously needs a haircut. Seriously
Next up for therapy is Kelly. She explains that her parents divorced when she was 7 and that her mom was a working mother. She then talks about a time when she and her mother had a huge fight and, in the midst of the argument, her mother had a massive stroke. Kelly has always felt like the stroke was her fault. Her family would even tell her not to upset her mother, so sheís always been careful around her mother. She even admits that there were events in her childhood that she didnít tell her mother about because she didnít want to upset her. All this stress drove Kelly to food. Can I just say that Jillianís mother is like the Anti-Jill? I wonder if sheís ever raised her voice in her entire life.
Paul meets with JM next. We see a picture of a young, thin PaulÖ.with hair. Paul admits he doesnít remember many things from his childhood, but what he does remember is ďsessionsĒ with his father. A session was when his father would beat him. Paul cries as he recalls how his father called him a bad kid. JM tells Paul that this sounds like severe physical abuse, not discipline. JM tells us Paul has survived his own person war and is suffering from the effects of that trauma. He hasnít had anyone to help him with it. Paul admits he has never talked about his childhood beatings. JM urges him to get help so that he can heal from the trauma: heís taken the first step by talking about it.
Jill tells us that thereís a reason 95% of people who lose a significant amount of weight gain it all back. She wants her mother to help the contestants to find those reasons so they can get support and continue on with a healthy lifestyle when they get home.
Missed It By That Much <----Maxwell Smart voice
Later, Paul and Kelly talk in their room. Kelly urges Paul to change his mindset. He tells her that talking to JM helped to calm his emotions. Kelly says that Maggie, Brittany and Bernie are close and, if their team loses the weigh-in, they will be the first to be eliminated. Paul clearly wants to avoid elimination. We see a montage of all the contestants asleepÖexcept for Paul, who is working out again, late into the night.
At the last chance workout, Jillian abuses the Black Team, including Paul, who probably just went to bed. The Blue Team, who was probably up late playing Dungeons and Dragons, enters the gym with their sweatshirt hoods up. They look like freaking hobbits. Giant, mutant hobbits. Maggie thinks the Blue Team has become a bunch of dumb jocks. Roger confirms this by likening them to a football team and then telling us which position they would each play
I donít speak football, so weíll just move on.
Itís time for another weigh-in ceremony. Alison welcomes everyone and then asks the Black Team which players will have immunity this week. They reveal that Maggie and Jay will have immunity. Jay gets a bit pissy because the competition doesnít seem to see him as a threat.
Kelly: was 233 lbs / now is 225 lbs (8 lbs / 46 lbs total)
Paul: was 251 lbs / now is 241 lbs (10 lbs/ 62 lbs total)
Bernie: was 223 lbs / now is 216 lbs (7 lbs / 67 lbs total)
Brittany: was 189 lbs / now is 188 lbs (1 lb / 33 lbs total)
Maggie: was 206 lbs / now is 204 lbs (2 lbs / lbs total)
Kelly is sure sheís now going home because Paul is definitely BL of the week.
Black Team totals: 28 lbs / 2.54% of body weight
The Blue Team must lose more than 34 lbs to win the weigh-in. I have to tell you that, throughout the entire Blue Team weigh-in, Kelly dramatically blinks back the tears, tilting her head back to keep the tears from falling. I feel less sympathetic as the weigh-in goes on.
Dan: was 244 lbs / now is 237 lbs (7 lbs / 73 lbs total)
Roger: was 301 lbs / now is 292 lbs (9 lbs / 71 lbs total)
Trent: was 357 lbs / now is 349 lbs (8 lbs / 87 lbs total)
Mark: was 221 lbs / now is 215 lbs (6 lbs / 70 lbs total)
Jay: was 248 lbs / now is 244 lbs (4 lbs / 49 lbs total)
Blue Team totals: 34 lbs / 2.48% of body weight
Jay needed to lose 5 pounds for the Blue Team to win the weigh-in. This means the Black Team won againÖ by one pound. Kellyís crocodile tears miraculously dry up when she realizes sheís safe for another week. Ali congratulates Paul on being the biggest loser of the week. Roger is the biggest loser on the Blue Team, so heís got immunity this week. After standing there and looking at the weigh-in numbers, Bob canít hide his disappointment. He turns and walks out of the gym. So much for that dramatic huffing off we saw in the previews.
Back at the dorms, the Blue Team bites their fingernails and tries to decide what to do. Jay apologizes to all of them for his low weight loss numbers. Mark tells him not to worry about it: any one of them could have lost one more pound. Trent admits his numbers are starting to drop because of his injury. He then tells them to send him home so he can get himself together and get healthy again. Mark says he wants to make sure that Trent going home is best for the team. Mark wonders if it might be better if he goes home instead. Trent tells his team that he just wants to take stress over the decision away from them. He says this has never been about the money for him: itís about getting healthy. His injury is slowing him down in the competition. He promises not to slack off when he gets home. They all get in a round of ďI love you, manĒÖ.. and there isnít a beer in sight. They all cry and hug it out. Who needs therapy?
The Hardest Cut
Thereís really no suspense about the elimination this week, but letís review the votes anyway, shall we? Before the team reveals their votes, Ali welcomes them to their second elimination ceremony in a row. Ouch.
Even though they all decided Trent would go this week, Dan is still worried. After all, they planned to send Trent home last week, but sent Jackie home instead. After Jay casts the first vote for Trent, Dan seems to relax a bit. In turn, each Blue Team member votes for Trent, calling him a noble man and a good person for whom they all have a lot of respect. Rogerís vote is especially emotional. He and Trent have known each other for 21 years. They both cry as Roger talks about how close he and Trent are: they can communicate without talking. He hopes that Trent can now get his knee fixed, so he can continue on his journey. Trent says an emotional goodbye to his team and Iíll admit I reached for the Kleenex seeing him go.
Trentís journey video shows pictures of him with Roger 20 years ago. Trent says heís happy to have been a part of the show and to have shared it with Roger. He didnít come there for the money or for the game and says many of the contestants have lost sight of the goal of the show. He now has a great start to the rest of his life. Because of that, heís already won. What a sweetie. I just want to give him a big hug.
Twenty four hours after his elimination, Trent arrives at home to a huge group of family and friends. His mother Carrie tells us she thanks God for Trent every day. Sheís so proud of him. Itís yet another emotional moment this episode when Trent holds his son. He tells us it was hard to be away from him at the very beginning of his life, but he knows this will mean heíll have many more years with his son later.
Trentís homecoming isnít over. He trains athletes at the local high school and theyíve asked him to come to the gym. When he arrives, he finds a full pep rally waiting for him. Trent takes the microphone and tells the students he missed them all. He then thanks them for their support and urges them to think about what theyíre eating.
When Trent started on the show, he weighed 436 pounds. He now weighs 324 pounds, which means heís lost 112 pounds. Fitness has become an important part of his familyís life and Trent is especially happy that his son is seeing his parents living a healthy, active lifestyle.
Back at the elimination room, Ali summons the Black Team to the elimination room. Theyíre about to face their most difficult challenge yet. Theyíll be going back to the scene of the crime: the one place that could prevent them from losing the weight they need to lose. Theyíre all going home.
Next Week: The contestants have lost over 500 lbs. Now their emotional homecomings will turn into a dietary nightmare that may result in a ďtragicĒ weigh-in.