Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Due to election day, The Biggest Loser was only a one hour show this week. People said it couldn't be done. How will we fit the drama, the game play, the plugs into a neat one hour package?
Well, it worked. They did, and I am JUST SAYING it might not be a bad idea to give us all a break on occasion. My butt gets awfully numb after tweeting for two hours. Not to mention I rewatch the episode the next day for this blog--I could be finished in record time!
We are half way through the season (what?) and Ali rolls out the latest twist: Marine Corps Boot Camp training at Camp Pendleton! The Marines immediately load the Losers into military vehicles and drive overnight to base camp. When they get off, they have three minutes to get into their color coded camo gear and hop onto a huge chopper. All the guys are totally geeking out, especially Frado who was in the Marine Corps, but none of the ladies are sharing their enthusiasm. SPOILER ALERT: This is a totally wee woo lady week. No power stories of redemption here. Maybe if this was a two hour episode. . .
After the chopper lands, the Losers must put on their heavy packs and head up a steep hill to the barracks. Anna and Elizabeth are struggling, having trouble breathing, and every interview with Anna shows tears in her eyes and a flagging mental attitude. Once at the barracks, the Losers make their beds and get some sleep for the week ahead.
Starting at 5 am, the Marines wake up the teams and start them on a montage that involves furious pt, lots of dirt, and limited bathroom breaks. The Losers are concerned about the mess hall fare- waffles and sausage are NOT on program-- and are hoping that the bad food will be counteracted by all the hard training they are putting out there.
Then it is time to meet Ali, complete in sequin studded military gear, to learn about this week's challenge. The teams must work together to get through a three mile obstacle course wearing weighted packs. The first team to make it through will win phone calls home. At the start of the race, the Black team makes a pivotal mistake-- they take extra weight out of the women's packs (weak girls again) and put it in the guys packs. The Blue team uses this time to get ahead and stay ahead. During the race, Elizabeth passes out, losing the race for the Black team. She is still determined to finish, but I feel all this breathing stuff isn't in her head like Jillian suggested a few weeks ago. I mean, she has some real problems here.
The Blue team wins and gets to have tearful phone calls to home. No one shares their prize like the Black team so generously did two weeks ago. My fave moment was Aaron talking on the phone to that cutie patootie little boy of his.
Then Bob and Jillian join the teams for a last chance workout where we discover that Brendan shaved his head and beard, revealing his likeness to Uncle Fester. Or a snow man. There is plenty of punishment in the gym, but the Losers seem to have built some character after this Marine exercise. Will that extra character add pounds on the scale? Onto the quickest weigh in in Biggest Loser history!
Mark: From 336 lbs to 329 lbs- 7 lbs lost
Jessica: From 244 lbs to 2450 lbs- 4 lbs lost
Lisa: From 244 lbs to 242 lbs- 2 lbs lost
Jesse: From 296 lbs to 297 lbs- 1 lb gained
Aaron: From 398 lbs to 384 lbs- 14 lbs lost = 26 Total lbs lost - 1.71% BW
"I'm at a loss," says Jesse. Um. No. You are at a gain. Aaron saves it by losing more weight than the entire team combined.
Ada: From 211 lbs to 204 lbs- 7 lbs lost
Patrick: From 337 lbs to 330 lbs- 7 lbs lost
Brendan: From 302 lbs to 298 lbs- 4 lbs lost
Anna: From 283 lbs to 281 lbs- 2 lbs lost
Elizabeth: From 213 lbs to 214 lbs- 1 lb gained
Frado: From 294 lbs to 298 lbs- 4 lbs gained = 15 Total lbs lost - .91% BW
WHAT?!? Frado apologized BEFORE he even weighs in that he "thinks" he gained six pounds. Ali is dumbfounded, and doesn't seem to believe him when he says immediately after that it wasn't game play. SURE. Right. And how could Elizabeth gain weight? Was it all the air she sucked in?
Ada is safe from elimination, and the Black team wastes no time eliminating Anna from the team even though she lost weight and didn't lose the challenge for them. I knew that Elizabeth was in with Frado and Brendan, but what kind of creepy weirdness is going on here? And why doesn't anyone use this opportunity to get rid of Frado? This show is getting on my nerves.
Anna reveals that she has gone from 330 pounds to 250 pounds, and is paying it forward to the people she works with by encouraging them to be more active.
Next week looks like more game play and thrown weigh ins. Remember when it used to happen like once a season? Now it is every week. BORING.
Here is Shay's two cents on this week's episode, courtesy of Diets in Review!