Friday, February 18, 2011

The Biggest Loser- #BL11- week 7- "In order to heal, you have to open up."

A touchy feely episode of The Biggest Loser this week, folks.  No major drama and no chocolate fountains.  What we do see is a little more about certain characters we haven't focused on this season and the ability of both teams to step up and stop relying on one person to carry it for everyone.  Nothing too exciting, but we do see Brett and Cara attempting some Mind Bullet action for the first time.

The show starts with Arthur trying to explain to a very confused Jesse about his plan to trade Jay and Jen to The Unknowns.  "My goal is to stay here as long as we can," and Arthur is confident that he can win back his team's love and adoration.

The next morning, Ali greets both teams with a Pop Challenge:  Untangle each team member wrapped up in ropes for the chance to win the week in the gym.  Losers have to work out outside.  Justin feels immediately confident as he is both a cowboy AND an Eagle Scout, and quickly works out the kinks to claim victory.  They grab the antique key that releases the old timey pirate padlock and get to work.

"Jillian is going to kill us," moans Marci.  And the Black team certainly does seem mopey and down as Bob and Jillian check to see how they are doing.  "I feel bad news emanating from your area," Jillian says.  The Black team explains the gym-less situation, and Bob and Jillian promise a tough week of grueling outdoor workouts so that they can triumph over the mighty Unknowns.  Besides, challenges don't win the show:  Weight loss wins the show.  And the Black team has won the last two weigh ins. 

The yoke is heavy on Arthur's shoulders to really pull it out this week, and the ladies of the Black team are on his case to eat well ("Momma says no cheese"), taking away his sausage and steak for water poached fish and salads. 

On the Unknowns front, Jen, Justin, and Austin become the Subway "Eat Fresh" Community Players, acting out what may be the worst Subway plug EVER on the show.  After a gym workout, the Unknowns casually lounge by a cabana next to the pool where Austin sets up a challenge for Jen and Justin- whoever jumps in the pool with all of their clothes on and swims across the pool and back first has to serve the other person a Subway breakfast sandwich in bed.  Justin wins, and Jen serves him his sandwich in a plastic bag.  Fancy!

At the weekly challenge, the teams are encouraged to get their "lives back on track" by pushing a 24 ton train 800 feet while answering health based trivia questions.  I would have thought that the Black team had this, but the Red team was so much faster that even getting 5 out of 6 nutrition questions wrong they STILL beat the Black team.  Their prize is the ability to pick one person from the Black team whose weight won't count at the weigh in.

At the Last Chance Workout, Brett gets Kaylee to open up about not feeling good about herself and Cara works on a pissy Rulon, who has been lashing out all week and finally admits that he has been checked out for the past six years and roars, "I'M NOT GOING TO GAIN MY WEIGHT BACK!"  Outside the gym, Bob and Jillian coach their team through lawn chair furniture lifts, proving that having a gym membership is not a prerequisite for weight loss.

After Arthur pushes Jillian's truck all by himself to a montage of him pushing the truck the first episode, it is time for this week's weigh in.  Who will be the winners?  Red team goes first!

Jay:  From 317 lbs to 308 lbs- 9 lbs lost

Jen:  From 218 lbs to 211 lbs- 7 lbs lost

Moses:  From 340 lbs to 333 lbs- 7 lbs lost

Kaylee:  From 190 lbs to 187 lbs- 3 lbs lost

Justin:  From 282 lbs to 277 lbs- 5 lbs lost

Rulon:  From 382 lbs to 371 lbs- 11 lbs lost (over 100 lbs lost)

Austin:  From 316 lbs to 306 lbs- 10 lbs lost

Ken:  From 307 lbs to 296 lbs- 11 lbs lost  TOTAL:  63 lbs, 2.68% BW

The Black team will have to lose 52 pounds with one person's weight not counting.  The Red team chooses Irene.  IRENE?  Okay, if that's your strategy.  I would have chosen Arthur or Courtney!

Irene:  From 204 lbs to 198 lbs- 6 lbs lost

Deni:  From 201 lbs to 196 lbs- 5 lbs lost

Sarah:  From 212 lbs to 208 lbs- 4 lbs lost

Olivia:  From 208 lbs to 206 lbs- 2 lbs lost

Hannah:  From 201 lbs to 194 lbs- 7 lbs lost

Marci:  From 187 lbs to 181 lbs- 6 lbs lost

Courtney:  From 265 lbs to 258 lbs- 7 lbs lost

Jesse:  From 246 lbs to 238 lbs- 8 lbs lost

Arthur:  From 435 lbs to 415 lbs- 20 lbs lost  TOTAL:  59 lbs, 3.02% BW

The Black team wins for the third time in a row!  Had the Red team chose Arthur, they would have won.  Wee woo.

At the elimination ceremony, the Red team chooses Jay to go home, even though I would have taken this opportunity to get rid of Justin or Rulon since they are a much larger threat.  Where is the strategy this season?  I don't always agree with Arthur, but at least he spices it up a bit.

At home, Jay has lost 111 pounds and taken 7 years off his Dr. H real number age.  And he is planning on taking the at home prize.

NEXT WEEK:  A double elimination!  Juicy.

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  1. Arthur got EVERYTHING he wanted this past week. He's a game player, and his last few moves were very high risk/high reward. Traditionally, any game players on the show are seen as villains, but I have to admire how he played these past two weeks. He put a huge target on his own back by trading two of the strongest players on his team for two of the weakest on the red's. This seemed like a stupid idea at the time because nobody expected him to pull of the 20 pound weight loss! But he charmed the hell out of everybody on the team, got their help, and got on track with the fitness. Like you, I'm uncertain as to why the red team chose Irene. My guess is, Irene has pulled more double digit weeks than Arthur. She's been a virtual non-presence on the show, but it stands to reason they saw more than we see considering the editors have to cut down a week's worth of footage to two hours. Putting myself in their shoes, I would gather they didn't pick Arthur because he has been a notorious slacker, and they didn't pick Courtney because, although she has been consistent, she had previously dropped 10 pounds making her susceptible to the 'week two curse'. Fast forward to Red team at the Elimination table. As I tweeted before, the pack protects it's own. While Justin and Rulon are the obvious threats on the red team, they're also huge alpha males, and every team loves a leader. No team is going to cut off it's own head. Arthur, being the master strategist that he is, knew that Jay and Jennifer would be the odd ones out. Goodbye Jay. Arthur got rid of a team he dislikes, he got the favor of his team back, he got a HUGE number off and he gets to stay another week. There's nothing more to say than, "Well played, Arthur."

  2. It was a great episode. I could tell with all the focus on Arthur he was going to either be sent home, or have a major weight loss. Black team loses access to the gym and they still beat the red team. Cara is too far removed to be a replacement for Jillian. She seems to walk away as much as the contestants she's trying to motivate. And I love Alison keeping us abreast of the typical mood at each weigh-in, especially this week.