'The Biggest Loser' recap: Be careful what you wish for
After a “Biggest Loser” honeymoon period, last week’s elimination of Allie caused this group to unravel. Hardest hit were Tina and Lisa. Tina, because she was struggling with survivor’s guilt because the group chose to keep her and ditch Allie. Lisa, because she’d become close chums with Allie. A group meeting was called, and these two ladies began spiraling something awful. Lisa, who was supposedly in “The Biggest Loser” house because she needed to get healthy for her kids (including a daughter who had begun starving herself because she “didn’t want to look like Mommy”), said she wanted to cut short her stay so — get this — she could go home and take care of Allie, who coincidentally lives near Lisa’s home. Tina said she was going to ask to go home in part because — get this — she’d had a family vacation planned that she didn’t want to miss.
The group turned with a vengeance on these two, blasting them for being idiotic and selfish at the same time. “It was pathetic,” Frado said. In walked Bob to give everyone a smack upside the head and remind them of the gift that they had been given and to hang on to it with both hands because “it’s going to be gone before you know it.”
Then Bob took everyone into the gym for a one-man tail-whipping. What do you all think about the extended gym scenes? I am loving it. “Hell begins,” is the way Rick described it. And what do you think about these surprise weigh-ins and the shifting yellow line? I wasn’t sure that I liked it...
But I’m sold now. It completely shakes up the pace of the show. Before it was all building up to the final moments of the show, with the weigh-in followed quickly by the elimination. Now the entire second hour is a roller-coaster ride, with the surprise weigh-in, the winner being able to “save” someone, the challenge to determine which two players will be put up for elimination and then the elimination itself. Much more drama.
When Lisa and Tina fell below the yellow line, it was a done deal that Tina was going home. She just rubbed everyone the wrong way by pleading to save her own life and sending Allie home. (I thought that Allie must be screaming at the TV as she watched this.)
There’s a three-way tie in this week’s quote of the week:
“I'm going to break your legs and beat you with them,” Bob to a slacking-off Patrick.
“You don’t disrespect me!” Bob to Jesse for looking at him cross-eyed.
“She smells good too.” A googly-eyed Brendan, who fell in love on the spot with tennis star Anna Kournikova, who not only looked stunningly pretty in pink but also did a great job of encouraging the players to find ways to have fun while still getting in a good workout. I don't think I've ever said this before about a guest star: They should bring her back. (Although she might be too scared. I thought they were going to need the Jaws of Life to rescue Kournikova from Brendan’s good-bye grip.)
Final thought: Could Adam be any more of a sweetheart?
— Rene Lynch
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Photo: Tennis star Anna Kournikova chats up the players. Photo credit: NBC.