The Biggest Loser: Let the Gameplay Begin

Look, we all knew this was coming. “The Biggest Loser: Families” became a team competition again, with blue vs. black. They couldn’t just eliminate two people at a time and have the season end in October. It’s just that when I hear Alison Sweeney say, “But wait, there’s one more twist,” it just makes me angry and want to lose interest. Add the gameplay into it, and the show starts to lose its purpose as well. But anyway, I’m here to recap last night’s episode either way, so here goes….

It began with the first challenge, which was to determine who would be putting the teams together. The task? Eating donuts, brownies, and peanut butter cups in the dark. Whoever ate the most calories got to choose who would be on Bob’s blue team and who would be on Jillian’s black team. Heba and Phil were clearly trying to outdo each other, while some others decided it wasn’t worth it to eat any of the foods they came to the ranch to avoid. Heba won by eating a brownie that was good for like 400 calories. And since she was already pissed that her husband went home last week, she was even more pissed at Phil and split up him and his wife Amy on the teams.

The teams? Bob had Heba, Vicky, Amy P, Amy C and Brady. Jillian had Renee, Colleen, Michelle, Phil and Shellay. So essentially Heba broke up not just Phil and Amy, but Amy C and Shellay as well. Whatever. I have no idea what the strategy was, but it sure as hell pissed off Bob and Jillian, who are there to help the contestants lose weight, and nothing else. Bob even said that these gameplay things always backfire.

So then came the main challenge, which was for the teams to traverse up and down a huge hill for 14 hours in 100 degree heat. After about half a day, they all decided to rest for four hours so that no one would collapse. The teams got extra points if they finished a lap together, and that was a problem for the blue team because of Vicky’s bad knee. So Brady was doing extra laps on his own to make up for it. But it wasn’t enough and the black team won, and what they won was a two pound head start at the weigh in. Meanwhile, Michelle was having a breakdown…..and was shown calling her dad and getting a pep talk from him. Such drama. We knew she wasn’t going home and she didn’t.

Then the weigh-in. The black team went first and lost a total of 30 pounds, but the blue team won with 35 pounds….they go by percentage but it was still enough, even with the black team having a two pound pass. The voting came down to Renee and Shellay, and it was Shellay that was sent home, leaving her daughter Amy at the ranch on the blue team.

Shellay was shown at home with her husband and has lost something like 80 pounds….she looks awesome. Again, this is what the show is all about, not the gameplay and not the drama. Oh, and one more thing for you producers….Family, Schmamily!


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