COME ON. They have taken away the happy theme song. They have replaced it with screams of pain and a pulse. Then there is a recap of last week's episode underscored with Terminator 2 music. Then there are shaky hand held camera interviews of the contestants saying things like "Everything has become more real." Then there is a tearful group meeting filled with arguments and the threats of sending someone home.
I keep expecting them to have a house vote and then kick Puck out because they don't feel safe in the house with him. I miss the happy Biggest Loser! The inspirational reality program I have come to know and love! This season feels a lot colder and harder. I am just saying- I wouldn't be at all surprised if next season there was a Biggest Loser all seasons challenge called The Gauntlet.
The big drama this week is between Tina Grandma Glasses and Lisa. After Allie's elimination, Tina says she wants to go home because she forgot she had planned a vacation with her family but got on The Biggest Loser instead, and Lisa wants to leave to go take care of Allie. Of course everyone accuses them of being selfish and pathetic. Bob walks in to take them all to the gym and has to play babysitter and judge to a bunch of cry babies. "All it takes is one elimination," he says.
TO THE GYM! Since Jillian is gone (filming Losing It, I presume), Bob leads the Losers through a major circuit workout through 15 stations. "It was organized mayhem," says Rick. Bob is weeding out all the other Tina's in an effort to see who really wants to be here. In the Cross Hairs: Southern Gentleman Patrick, Fog horn Frado, and Funny Man Jesse. I don't see why he got called funny man. I would have named him Big Fat Baby for being so sassy to Bob until he ground him into the dirt.
After the workout, Bob hangs out with Tina in an effort to figure out why she wants to leave, and manages to convince her she needs to be a little selfish. Especially since she got on the show and her daughter (who's idea this was) did not get on the show. "I won't give up. I promise," Tina says.
Giving Bob a much needed break, Jillian returns to get the girls in a "warrior head space" because they are "all a little too koombaya". Makes you miss old school female game players like Tracy and Melissa, doesn't it?
Time for a challenge! Ali meets the contestants at a tennis center where they are joined by tennis hottie Anna Kournikova to run some skills and drills. Brendan earns the nick name of "The Stalker" because he stands just a little too close to the star and holds on just a little too long. "She smells good, too." Creepy.
And no surprise to anyone, it is a POP CHALLENGE! The Losers must collect tennis balls and put them in tubes. Whoever has the most balls in their tube is eliminated. The boys quickly gang up on the girls, eliminated all of them first (except that Jessica Rabbit), leaving only Frado, Brendan, and Patrick left to duke it out. Adam perks up his ears, wondering could they possibly be an alliance? Hmmm? Frado wins immunity, and Ali announces that there is another weigh in tomorrow night. Surprise!
Adam should win an award, because as soon as they are all home from the tennis center, we see Brendan, Patrick, and Frado meeting together to form an alliance. Such a dirty word. "We can't let anyone find out!" says Brendan. They then change into their boy band names: Intensity (Frado), Endurance (Brendan), and Fire (Patrick). Frado also states, "I don't want to be a game player. . .but. . .it is what it is." Uh oh.
THE WEIGH IN! Will it be the second week curse?
Frado: From 340 lbs to 337 lbs- 3 lbs lost
He is immune, which accounts for the low number. Jillian says that "Frado doesn't strike me as a game player" but after the rest of the weigh in it is evident that something is rotten in the state of Denmark.
Adam: From 368 lbs to 356 lbs- 12 lbs lost- 3.26% BW
Patrick: From 378 lbs to 366 lbs- 12 lbs lost- 3.17% BW
Jesse: From 339 lbs to 329 lbs- 10 lbs lost- 2.95% BW
Mark: From 380 lbs to 369 lbs- 11 lbs lost- 2.89% BW
Jessica: From 268 lbs to 261 lbs- 7 lbs lost- 2.61% BW
Rick: From 314 lbs to 306 lbs- 8 lbs lost- 2.55% BW
Ada: From 240 lbs to 234 lbs- 6 lbs lost- 2.50% BW
Sophia: From 258 lbs to 252 lbs- 6 lbs lost- 2.33% BW
Lisa: From 272 lbs to 267 lbs- 5 lbs lost- 1.84% BW
Tina: From 247 lbs to 243 lbs- 4 lbs lost- 1.62% BW
Aaron: From 438 lbs to 431 lbs- 7 lbs lost- 1.60% BW
Brendan: From 331 lbs to 326 lbs- 5 lbs lost- 1.51% BW
Elizabeth: From 232 lbs to 229 lbs- 3 lbs lost- 1.29% BW
Burgandy: From 219 lbs to 218 lbs- 1 lb lost- .46% BW
Angel Adam wins the weigh in and gets to choose one player to save from the elimination challenge. Invisible Ada and Jessica Rabbit are the only two women above the yellow line, and Blind Side Aaron and Stalker Brandon are the only two guys below the yellow line. Better odds this week.
At the gym for the not last chance workout, Jillian schools the guys and proves she is "still the man around here", and Bob talks to Lisa about being more selfish and to stop selling herself short.
Then it is time for the second elimination challenge! Adam reveals he will save Aaron, and Brendan has a sour grapes moment. Then Ali tells the players about the challenge: Dig though huge piles of sand for a brass ring. It is truly a Wild Kingdom moment, watching the players claw and kick desperately through the sand for their very salvation. Sophia even grabs a ring right out of Brendan's hands- COLD! But the final two happen to be Tina Grandma Glasses and Loser Lisa: The very two who started this whole episode.
It is no surprise that Tina is the eliminated player, and she goes home to Pay It Forward to her daughter who didn't get on the show. Tina has gone from 263 pounds to 205 pounds, and she hopes that she and her daughter will be able to lose a combined 200 pounds by the finale.
Next week: Two lines to rule them all, and a double elimination. Knives out!