The Biggest Loser: down to three, almost

Last night on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” there was one more weigh-in before the live finale this coming Tuesday night. The final four would have one more opportunity to reach that finale and have a shot at the title, while two of them would be subject to a vote by all of us to determine if they deserve to be or should be in the running for it all.

The episode began with each contestant going home for 60 days after being on the ranch for a few months, and after showing a bunch of fluff with families and once again seeing Danny as a “rock star” from when he was like 17, seeing Curtis Stone cook for Danny and his family, and having the trainers visit each contestant at home and coach them a bit (we know there is more than coaching going on between Bob and Amanda)–it was time for the big jolt. That they would each be going back to Los Angeles to run a full marathon before weighing in one more time. Yikes. They did this last season and my legs wanted to buckle while sitting on my couch. But if Big Ron from last season could walk it, anyone could.

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The Biggest Loser: An “Evil Empire” final four

One thing is for sure with this season of “The Biggest Loser” on NBC….every time I decide to pull for someone, they wind up below the yellow line and get voted off. Every time! So we went from five down to four last night, and next week will be extremely interesting….but more on that in a few paragraphs.

At the start, they showed the remaining five after Kristin was eliminated, with Filipe clearly keeping his mouth shut but clearly pissed at Ron’s “Godfather” gameplay. Mikey correctly said his dad was “playing chess while everyone else was playing checkers.” Then trainer Bob Harper asked Ron point blank if he talked Mikey into voting Kristin off, and Ron flat-out lied to Bob’s face the way he lied to Alison’s face after Kristin was sent packing. Bob was pissed.

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The Biggest Loser: “Godfather” Ron is a liar

Last night on “The Biggest Loser,” the episode began with Kristin jumping for joy that she avoided elimination and that Laura went home with her hip injury. Kristin, however, was feeling confident now that she could possibly win, but also feeling like maybe she shouldn’t get too excited. Tara, meanwhile, was so upset about Laura getting voted off and that everyone would be trying to take her out now. Well, duh. Suck it up, Tara! Jillian told her as much, saying that Laura being sent home was good for Laura, and that this isn’t about Tara. She also told Tara that it’s a good thing to be the one everyone is gunning for.

Then they had a game show type challenge with the editor of Good Housekeeping, in which the contestants had to answer nutrition related questions. It came down to Mike and Kristin, and the tiebreaker was having to guess the number of calories in a fast food fish sandwich without going over. Kristin guessed like 400 and Mikey guessed 635, and the actual amount was 640. Wow! So Mikey won, but then the fact that some of the competitors didn’t do so well angered Bob Harper to the point of him wanting his team to videotape a day of their eating habits.

They showed Mikey doing a product placement with plastic bags, and he said that when he goes to college, he’ll be able to cook chicken breasts in these plastic bags in his dorm. Which made me think of something–what exactly is going to happen to Mikey when he discovers beer? I’m just sayin’!

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The Biggest Loser: Faith restored in one contestant

Last night’s episode of “The Biggest Loser” began with Filipe reading a letter from his cousin Sione after Sione had been eliminated the week before, basically inspiring Filipe to keep the family flame burning at the ranch. Filipe was reading the letter to Kristin and Kristin made a comment that the last 7 weeks, one of Bob’s contestants had been eliminated, and that Jillian had a knack for delivering the winner of the show the last few seasons. Hmmm.

Then came the challenge, a frightening one in which the contestants had to cross a 700 foot zip line over a 10 story canyon. Yikes. Kristin said it can’t possibly look as scary on TV as it did in person, and I don’t doubt that for a second. As they began, Ron took a few steps in and realized his knees wouldn’t be able to take it. Ron has basically participated in about 5% of these challenges. Meanwhile, Filipe jumped out to a huge lead, Mikey got over his fear of heights, and Tara slipped and was having trouble getting back up on the line. But lo and behold, as she does every single time, Tara got back up and figured out how to effectively move quickly down the line. She was catching up to Filipe fast, and said something like, “I had a strategy…” I’m so sick of hearing that. Naturally, Filipe couldn’t keep up with her and Tara won. Mrs. Mike is officially as sick of Tara winning every week as I am. She won a $25K package of food for a year or something like that from Jennie-O, and just keeps stockpiling her prizes.

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The Biggest Loser: Gameplay is back, baby!

And you thought this season of “The Biggest Loser” couldn’t compete in gameplay with last season’s Vicki and Heba antics? Last night it was made painfully clear that it’s all about the game once again, but the producers surely make it easy for that to happen.

Anyway, since Nicole was voted off by a slim margin last week, with Filipe, Sione and Helen all voting for Ron, there was hell to be paid by Ron, who Kristin said is competitive, manipulative, and that they call him “The Godfather.” Wow. But check this out….when they all went back to the dorms, Mike and Ron said they felt betrayed, and Ron said “Thanks to all of you who voted to keep me here, but for those who didn’t, may you be struck down and die.” Holy crap, did Ron just say that? Then he went on some rant to Filipe about Filipe lying to Ron’s face, and Filipe didn’t defend himself, but he was clearly upset that Ron called him a liar. Let’s face it, this is a game and now that game was on.
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