The Biggest Loser: Families: Karma is a Powerful Thing

Folks, you can’t ignore karma, because it is more powerful than all of us. Last week, as NBC’s “The Biggest Loser: Families” was barreling toward its live season finale, there was a cliffhanger of sorts. Michelle and Vicky had reached the finals, but the third finalist would be determined by America voting between Ed and his wife Heba. They tried some sneaky gameplay thing, where Ed gained two pounds and then implored America to vote Heba into the finale. I voted for Ed and urged all of you to do the same, and it turns out we weren’t the only ones who wanted to stick it to Heba. They had them both come out on stage (both of them look phenomenal by the way), and it was announced that Ed was going to be the third finalist, with (get this) 84% of the vote. That’s not just karma, it’s a sure sign that America is tired of the gameplay and more about the true spirit of the show. Good for you all. But there is more to this story, and I’ll get to that later.

They had a look back at the season, and host Alison Sweeney, who at this point is very pregnant, was stumbling all over her words, which was pretty funny. Then they started bringing out the eliminated contestants in groups of four, and would show a video recap of each one and then have them weight in. The contestant with the highest percentage of weight loss among the eliminated players would take home $100K.

First was Adam and his wife Stacy, and Tom and his son LT. Adam lost 80 pounds, or 23.53%. Stacy lost 65 pounds, or 29.41%. LT lost 87 pounds and Tom 78 pounds, but both were in the 24% range and so Stacy was the current leader. Then they brought out Jerry and his daughter Coleen, and Shellay and her daughter Amy. Let me tell you, this was the highlight of the show Read the rest of this entry »


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The Biggest Loser: Families Barrels Toward Finale

As cliche as it sounds, these reality show seasons seem to go so fast, they run into each other after a while. NBC’s “The Biggest Loser: Families” will air its live finale on Tuesday after last night’s final three (minus one) were revealed. More on that shortly.

First, the episode last night began with “blue team” members Ed, Heba and Vicky celebrating that they voted off another “black team” member, Renee, last week. So it was just the three of them and Michelle in the Final Four. But wait, this season there is only a Final Three. So with this one more episode, another contestant would be going home.

When trainer Bob Harper met his blue team, he told Vicky he was concerned about her. That’s because she was one of the biggest, if not the biggest, gameplayer to ever set foot on the ranch. She wanted the grand prize from Day 1, and she would stab anyone in the back on her way toward that goal. But Bob reminded her that in Season 1 of the show, champion Ryan was also a gameplayer, and while he lost the most weight then, he now weighs the same Read the rest of this entry »


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The Biggest Loser: Blue Team Blues

If you watch NBC’s “The Biggest Loser: Families,” you know that Vicky is bitter and, as Ed said, will scratch someone’s eyeballs out in order to win. So when Amy went against her former blue team and voted Vicky’s husband Brady off last week, everyone in TV land rejoiced, except for Vicky and Heba and Ed, and Brady. Amy’s reasoning was that Brady was a big threat to her, because she was the biggest loser on campus so far and Brady was second. She also knew about the alliance between everyone in a blue shirt but her, and that when five went down to four, they would all vote Amy off. Makes sense to me.

But Vicky went on to call Amy a “backstabbing bitch” and posted a “REVENGE” sign on her dorm room door. Trainer Bob Harper was shocked about Amy’s choice, but he wanted to talk to her and see what her reasoning was. When Amy explained it, Bob understood and also told Amy she had a great shot at winning. But Bob also wanted his “blue” team (remember we’re in individual competition now, but blue still trains with Bob and black with Jillian Michaels) to get along. He also thought that the whole “revenge” thing with Vicky would bite her in the ass.

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The Biggest Loser: Pulling The Same Crap

Well, we knew it was coming. NBC’s “The Biggest Loser: Couples” is soon going to be an individual competition again. It’s already halfway there. Like I’ve said, I don’t mind that, but don’t call it something it isn’t, and most of all, don’t confuse us so that we wind up not caring about the show.

Anyway, last night was the one-hour conclusion to the show that began before the presidential debates on Tuesday. So basically it was the last-chance workout for the week, a product placement bit with Subway, the weigh in and the elimination.

Coleen went first and lost three pounds, or 1.54%. That meant if she was below the yellow line, sshe was automatically eliminated since she was the only member left from her team (her dad was sent home last week). Then as each team weighed in and was losing 9, 9, 8, 8 and 12 pounds, I started to feel worried for Coleen. However, the orange team of Ed and Heba only lost 1.4%–Heba dropped 8 pounds but Ed did not lose any weight. Yikes.

So Ed and Heba, who by the way are newlyweds, had to decide who would stay at the ranch and who would go home alone. Heba is tall, but weighs almost 300 pounds….so Ed wanted her to stay to get in the best shape so that they could give themselves the best chance to have children. It was touching and sad, but the right decision.

They showed Ed at home, and he has lost 85 pounds to date, down from 335 to 250. Wow! Sometimes what’s lost in all the gameplay and rules changes is the fact that this show really helps people transform themselves and lose a ton of weight. And that’s why we watch, to root for them all. Tito, get me a tissue please……


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The Biggest Loser: Here We Go Again

We all knew that the name “Biggest Loser: Couples” was a facade, and that was proven last night. Look producers, we don’t care that you break up said couples, but if you start changing the teams every week like you did last season, you’re going to lose more than a few viewers. Mrs. Mike summed it up best last night, saying “I hate this show.” Harsh, but you can’t keep confusing your audience or they will get annoyed and stop watching. Me, I have to watch it to deliver this blog, but I want some continuity.

Anyway, so last night’s episode began with the contestants road-tripping to the Grand Canyon.
Host Alison Sweeney met up with them halfway there at a convenient store in the middle of the desert to offer up the first challenge. Ali pulled up in a beautiful RV, and announced that the winner of this challenge would stay in the RV and everyone else would be camping. The challenge involved convenience store food, and guessing how many calories were in each item Ali put on the counter. There were three rounds, and Ed and Heba (orange team) won all three, with their teammates conceding them the victory after two of those rounds.

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