How did we get here? What happened to Ada the Terminada? Let's start at the very beginning (I've been told it's a very good place to start.).
Ali sends the Losers home with DVDs to watch and an extra bonus to Frado: Curtis Stone comes to his house to cook a healthy meal for his family. How this "meal" changes into something completely different is a subject for another paragraph.
Elizabeth heads to Lawrence, MA, Ada heads to Gilroy, CA, Frado heads to Staten Island, NY, and Patrick heads to Vicksburg, MS (via steamboat, obviously) to meet with family and friends and have many tearful montages. And this is the point where I got really weirded out by the episode.
When they showed Frado's home, I was surprised. He lives in a lovely, HUGE Staten Island home with an in-ground pool. Do you know how much a home like that runs? Those homes can be in the million dollar range! Then I saw his thin family, his Navajo themed television watching room, his position on many well deserving charities that had a banquet hosted by Frado and cooked by Curtis Stone (paying it forward, they say) with obligatory book signing of Curtis' cook book, and it got me thinking. And I talked about this episode at my job the next day and my co-workers agreed with me.
Whether I like Frado and his game isn't in question. I wasn't crazy about how he ran the game, however, I don't feel someone in his financial position should be given the same opportunities as say a Patrick who is unemployed and desperately needs the money or an Elizabeth that lives in a tiny apartment. Everyone who suffers from the disease of obesity or diabetes should be able to get the help they need, and for some, The Biggest Loser MAY be their only hope (although we have seen plenty of people getting healthy at home on their own). Frado is surrounded by many creature comforts and a family who supports him. He doesn't come from an obese family. From the looks of it, Frado was the anomaly in his family. Couldn't he have hired a nutritionist and a personal trainer and left the grand prize to Patrick or inner city school teacher Brendon? Why does Frado even need to be on the show? According to NBC's website, Frado is a futures commodities trader. Looking into what this job pays, I found this quote on about.com: "The excellent salesmen and very good traders tend to make in excess of $100,000 a year. A small percentage of them make well into six figures and sometimes seven figures."
Should NBC allow contestants that have their own means to lose weight compete on this show? In my opinion, I say no. And would the other players have chosen differently if they were fully aware of his financial status? The common ground is that they are all heavy and haven't been able to do what they need to lose the weight. Frado seems to have all the necessary tools. The other contestants? No support at home, no self esteem, no job or money: Those seem like pretty big obstacles to weight loss.
Maybe it was sour grapes the rest of the episode, but I was not terribly interested in the marathon. I would love for the show to shake it up and try a new challenge, like a triathlon or mountain climbing or something that would be more fun to watch! I decided just to touch on my favorite highlights of the episode. That impassioned Frado speech took a lot out of me!!!
- Ada's confrontation with her parents after they watched her DVD may have been one of my favorite moments on this show EVER. That s#&t was REAL.
- Patrick cleaning the house with his kids. Super adorbz.
- Jillian almost hitting Ada with her SUV when she came to visit.
- Elizabeth getting SCHOOLED by Jillian for not working out and moving in with her boyfriend instead of focusing on herself.
- Bob's cue card placement on his trainer tip--what was that cue card guy thinking?
- Elizabeth's Jenny-O turkey bacon plug. AWFUL.
- Ada's six minute potty break during the marathon.
- Jillian's porno, I mean, commercial for GoDaddy.com.
- Ada beating Tara Costa's marathon time- 4 hours and 38 minutes is amazing!
- Ali's Falcon Crest blouse at the final weigh in. It was. . .very leopardy.
Patrick: From 279 lbs to 244 lbs- 35 lbs lost- 12.54% BW
Frado: From 248 lbs to 221 lbs- 27 lbs lost- 10.89% BW
Elizabeth: From 192 lbs to 177 lbs- 15 lbs lost- 7.81% BW
Ada: From 179 lbs to 167 lbs- 12 lbs lost- 6.70% BW
Now it is America's turn to choose who will be in the final three! Please vote for Ada. PLEASE?
Want to know what Shay has to say? Check out her vlog, courtesy of Diets in Review!