After last week's interview with Thintervention's Bryan I was ready to throw in the towel. How will I top that? Then I realized there are still two episodes of the show left and I should probably finish what I started. Okay.
Still reeling from Bryan's surprising loss in the Pussy Cats Doll sex off, the Thinterventionists are on their own for the first three days of the week, promising to eat cleanly and workout to intensity. At the end of the three days everyone packs their bags: We are going on vacation! Fitness vacation, but still!
The team heads to Renaissance Club Sport to meet a grinning Craig in the lobby with a stack of gift bags. Inside the bags: Swim suits! Suddenly the air is out of everyone's happy balloons. "So, yes, we are doing a pool workout," Craig says. There is a lot of fuss, mostly with the ladies, and Joe of course shows his sensitive side by telling them to suck it up. When Shay seems overly sensitive about showing her body because of stretch marks, Craig offers to show her his own and some tears in the process. I am loving Craig more and more every episode-- hot gay guy that is also sensitive? Does he like musicals? Let's talk, Craig.
After an intense pool workout, Stacy wins her own hotel room. The others are paired up: Joe and Bryan, Mandy and Shay, and Jeana and Nikki. "I'm being punished," moans Nikki, hurting Jeana's feelings. Even though Stacy is in her own room, she still comes to Shay's to gossip about Joe and talk about his toddler sized package.
Meanwhile, Joe is working one on one with Craig who is trying to teach Joe some manners with the ladies. Joe thinks his sense of humor is fun and Craig tells him that making fun of Stacy's cankles and asking to see Jackie's ass are not considered funny. And if Jackie took it personally, she is taking it out on Bryan, who decided to have a one on one with her. "I'm SO glad I asked Jackie for an extra workout today," he sweats.
Joe meets up with Jackie and apologizes for being crude, rude, and socially unacceptable. Jackie tells him he needs to stop being so caught up in trying to look like her and focus on his insides. With that fresh knowledge, Joe asks a Bible reading Bryan ("It's the Good Book. It's really good.") if he would like to go to the bar and get a drink. Bryan reminds him that they are on a workout show called Thintervention, leaving Joe to meet up with Jeana and Craig. No Nikki, though. Improvements all around!
For the Extreme Workout, Jackie breaks the participants into two teams to compete in a rowing race. The winners get a day at the spa and the losers get to wake up early for a two hour morning workout. Bryan, Joe, Nikki, and Jackie compete against Jeana, Shay, Stacy, Mandy, and Craig. Not surprisingly, the team with five people wins the race. "It's so great to beat Jackie Warner!" says Mandy.
After a hard day of boating, Jackie takes them all out to dinner. For starters, she orders a bevy of unhealthy choices: Fried calamari, artichoke dip, coconut shrimp, kobe beef sliders. "What is Jackie doing? Is she stoned?" wonders Joe. Bryan and Stacy become visible upset when the food arrives, and when Jackie asks why, Bryan says, "It's like throwing cocaine at a drug addict."
"This is how the world operates," Jackie replies. And it is true. When people are trying to lose weight and be "good", the temptations of food and things you can't control sometimes appear to be too great to resist. Nikki doesn't know what the big issue is, stating if she was upset over the food she "would realize I'm not ready". Nikki gets totally Oprah and starts offering some really sound advice about dealing in the real world. "When Nikki is the voice of reason, anything is possible," Jackie says.
The offending coconut shrimp is removed, and everyone starts to order their real meals. It is every waitress's nightmare: A bunch of special instructions that TV shows tell you that restaurants are totally cool with ("Can you give me four ounces of a six ounce steak and wrap up the other two ounces for me?") that they really are not. Modifications within reason are acceptable- sauce on the side, no cheese, etc.- but when you start asking to change the portions? My chef at my job would rip me AND the customer a new one.
Later in the evening, Nikki and Bryan are tucked into bed and Nikki shares that the program is really starting to work for her. "My one concern is motivation," she says. Luckily, she had Bryan there to keep her going over the next six weeks when they have to go off on their own.
After a naked Craig in the jacuzzi interlude, the ladies at the spa and the losers in the gym, it is time for the therapy and weigh in. When asked what their biggest challenges were, everyone has a lot of good observations about themselves. Realizing they are emotional eaters, that food is not love, food is a crutch, not caring about themselves, putting others before themselves, and not feeling like they were worth it are all major discoveries that they have made.
And Joe finally apologizes to Stacy. What if they ended up together? Wouldn't that be nutso?
Mandy: From 145 lbs to 144 lbs- 1 lb lost
Shay: From 184 lbs to 185 lbs- 1 lb gained
Jeana: From 162 lbs to 161 lbs- 1 lb lost
Joe: From 211 lbs to 208 lbs- 3 lbs lost
Stacy: From 206 lbs to 204 lbs- 2 lbs lost
Nikki: From 205 lbs to 205 lbs- 0 lbs lost
Bryan: From 234 lbs to 227 lbs- 7 lbs lost
Not the greatest weigh in ever. Shay gained because she ate three breakfasts, Jeana is barely half way to her weight loss goal, and Nikki thinks this is getting "ridiculous". I mean, if you can't lose weight at Camp Jackie, how are you going to do it at home?
Jackie reminds everyone what they will need to do to stay successful during their six weeks apart:
1.) Intensity of exercise
2.) Eat clean and control your portions
3.) Rely on each other for support
Good advice! Let's get ready to see some results on the Season Finale next week!
Here are some memorable quotes from the episode- enjoy.
April 23rd, 2017 Fully Charged
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