|"The Kids are Alright"|
This week's episode of The Biggest Loser was so FULL of crap. It actually made me angry, really angry!
This week there was the red line/yellow line business. The Red team went to a new and exciting location to box. BOX! Can you believe it? We learned the Scorpion Flip. The Black and Red teams played with their balls.
This is what really annoyed me about the episode. After the ball challenge where the Black team lost, the Black team gathered around the table to discuss what will happen when they lose the weigh in. Not IF they lose the weigh in. What unfolds is a master manipulation by Marci to convince the parents in the team to let the "kids" stay on the show. Basically, the parents throw the weigh in to insure the younger folks get to keep participating. When Jesse says he isn't ready to go yet, the women at the table turn it around on him, making their whole cause about "keeping Arthur safe".
Hold on. If Arthur hadn't lost 20 pounds last week, they were going to vote him off. Remember? The Black team NEEDS Arthur and Jesse and their larger numbers as they get smaller. Marci is already under 200 pounds. So is Deni. Why don't they volunteer to go home?
When Jesse says he wants to stay and calls the team out on their game play, Olivia gets up from the table indignantly like Jesse did something to her personally. My theory? She felt guilty because the women had already planned to send Jesse home and thought he was going along with it.
At the weigh in, the game play becomes even more apparent.
Austin: From 306 to 299- 7 lbs lost
Ken: From 296 to 291- 5 lbs lost
Justin: From 277 to 270- 7 lbs lost
Rulon: From 371 to 367- 4 lbs lost
Kaylee: From 187 to 180- 7 lbs lost
Moses: From 333 to 322- 11 lbs lost
Jen: From 211 to 213- 2 lbs gained (Which I don't understand.)
Arthur: From 415 to 406- 9 lbs lost
Olivia: From 206 to 202- 4 lbs lost
Sarah: From 208 lbs to 204 lbs- 4 lbs lost
Irene: From 198 to 195- 3 lbs lost
Hannah: From 194 to 193- 1 lb lost
Courtney: From 258 to 256- 2 lbs lost
Marci: From 181 to 182- 1 lb gained
Jesse: From 238 to 241- 3 lbs gained
Deni: From 196 to 204 lbs- 8 lbs gained
"It's clear that something is going on," says Rulon.
Instead of trying to really lose weight and come together as a team, the Black team becomes petty, losing very few pounds (except Arthur). The parents gained weight to "protect" their "kids". There are no kids on this team. They are all grown ups, and some of the parents could go home because they have already lost a good amount of weight. Instead, Deni takes a DIVE, gaining 8 pounds, and then giving a speech about how she gained the weight to save the "kids".
How about showing your support by pushing each other and making the effort? Gaining weight shows you don't believe your teammates have what it takes to lose the weight themselves. The Black team is shattered, and I cannot imagine how they will ever recover after losing two team members: Deni after falling below the red line, and Jesse being voted off in an unfair elimination.
At home, Jesse has started a walking program and Deni has become a super grandma.
Next week: The teams are going home for two weeks and Jillian prepares for her transition to Oscar winning actress.
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