Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Biggest Loser

It looks like I'm doing the Biggest Loser summary again. Again, this won't be as good of a job as Trish does. I saw more than half of it, but my sister called, and it was on mute for a good period of time.

The former contestants who had been voted off returned, and two were allowed to stay at the ranch. It was sad to see how large some of the former contestants still are. The Brown team was particularly striking in that area.

To determine the first person who could stay, the contestants still on the ranch voted for who they wanted to remain. In a very touching move, three of them voted for Victoria to stay. You may remember Victoria was the daughter on a mother/daughter team (blue team) who lost the bike marathon race on the first show and was not allowed to stay on the ranch. The blue team competed at home with the yellow team (Sunshine/Oneal), who also were not allowed to stay on the ranch, to see who could lose the most weight at home. The yellow team won that contest. Basically, this is the first time Victoria will be able to stay at the ranch, and it was very sweet and moving to see everyone's reaction to that.

There was a 1,000-step challenge to determine the second contestant who would return to the ranch. It was a contest between 4 people, but red team's Melissa was the fasted to do those 1,000 steps and she beat Miggy, her husband and the pink team's mom to be able to return. She will make everything more dramatic. There were some mixed reactions among the contestants still on the ranch about how they felt about Melissa and Victoria returning.

Koli was trying to convince Ashley (daughter on the pink team - may have it wrong) that her roommate Stephanie threw her weight the week that Ashley's mom was on the chopping block. While I had the show on mute, there was much, much, much boo-hooing as the younger members on the ranch confronted and talked to each other.

Then, the big weigh in started. It seemed like the results were a little smaller than normal this week for The Biggest Loser, but they were still much larger numbers than that 1-2 pound healthy rate of loss that folks can expect at home. (And, I'm much closer to the 1/2 pound a week rate of loss.) The two folks who fell below the yellow line and faced elimination were Sam and Stephanie. They voted off Stephanie. It was still on mute, so I'm not sure of all the reasons why.

The where are they now moment at the end of the show for Stephanie was just beautiful. She went with a bunch of her friends to buy a beautiful dress for her 30th birthday party at the white/black market. She is now in a size 12 and looks very lovely. We saw her triumphant entry to her 30th b-day party, and she got to make a little speech about all the great changes in her life since she went to The Biggest Loser - she lost nearly 100 pounds, she's now a size 12, she fell in love (not sure with whom), lots of personal growth. Anyway, I found it all lovely and moving. I would have loved to shop for a size 12 dress for my 30th b-day. She hopes to be a size 8 by the finale of the show.

This was not the end though. A fan of the Biggest Loser was inspired by the show to try to lose some weight. He was morbidly obese and started at 674 pounds. He weighed in live and came in around 248. Yes, he lost more than 400 pounds. He seemed like a very unassuming, sweet man, and it was very lovely and inspiring to see how much he has accomplished.

Did you watch The Biggest Loser last night? What did I miss? Do you have a favorite contestant for whom you are rooting?

5 comments:

Michelle Butler on March 31, 2010 at 9:46 AM said...

From The Programming Insider:

As for The Biggest Loser, from a ratings perspective it is not one of the better seasons. But there was still growth in the overnights by half-hour as follows:

The Biggest Loser (NBC)
8:00 p.m.: 4.6/ 7 (#4)
8:30 p.m.: 4.7/ 7 (#4)
9:00 p.m.: 5.1/ 8 (#4)
9:30 p.m.: 5.6/ 8 (#4)

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) on March 31, 2010 at 10:27 AM said...

I've had lots of family visiting and traveling with them the last several days, and got home late last night. I did watch TBL this morning, but thanks again to Michelle for doing the recap.

Basically, the weigh-in had people voting to keep Sam because he inspired them and encouraged them more heavily to keep at it. They all felt they needed that. When Stephanie said she fell in love and they didn't reveal who, I wondered if it could possibly be someone on the show or if the show's producers just want us to wonder about that.

I loved Wayne's personal weight loss of more than 400 pounds. That was so awesome.

mbutler on March 31, 2010 at 10:47 AM said...

Trish, I hope you had a good time traveling and with your family!

Very interesting about Sam and why they voted the way the did. Personally, he almost looks like he doesn't even have to lose weight anymore whereas Stephanie still needed to lose a decent amount as she was around 200 pounds. Is he less of a threat in terms of percentages?

I was very curious about with whom Stephanie fell in love. In one shot at her b-day party, she was sitting next to a cute blonde who looked into her. I tried to figure out who he could have been in the house and came up empty.

Yeah, Wayne was just lovely. I hope he has someone to hug him to help celebrate.

Diane Gaston on March 31, 2010 at 11:04 AM said...

Well, he got a great hug from Alison Starling! I thought that might have been the highlight of his life. She was so genuinely excited for him.

I felt like Ashley and the other young member betrayed Stephanie's friendship. And I think Koli was not nice to spread his idea of Stephanie's motivations. (can you tell I'm into this show!)

I think the ratings are lower because it is the last season of Lost.

Michelle Butler on March 31, 2010 at 11:26 AM said...

Diane, who are you rooting for? Who are your favorites?

Alison was really excited. It was a nice moment over all.

Koli was trying to save his cousin - and was pretty upfront about that alone on camera. Really, they should have been able to see through that.

I kind of felt Stephanie was being betrayed, but again, I've missed lots of bits and pieces of this season, so I don't have the whole picture. I also wondered if it was just coming down to competition/percentages. Stephanie has more to lose than Sam - perhaps she was a bigger threat and they tried to gloss over the truth.

There is a lot of competition on Tuesday night: Lost, Idol, Dancing w/ the Stars...

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