The trainers were on Dr. Oz on Friday (in my market--I think it's actually a repeat of the day before, so maybe the official show was Thursday). Weirdly, they touched on some of the issues we've raised. Jillian says she IS meaner this season. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe she said she didn't know why. Dr. Oz asked Bob whether the intense workouts were the best route to go, and Bob stressed that the show's workout schedule is not for home viewers to follow--the contestants are constantly being screened and monitored by staff and doctors.
There seemed to be little love lost between Jillian and Dolvett, which was interesting....if anyone else saw the show, did you notice that, too?