The Biggest Loser: how gameplay makes a difference

After watching the finale of “The Biggest Loser” last night, and feeling all those heartwarming feelings for the winner and everyone else who lost a LOT of weight, reality set in this morning when I crunched the numbers. Let’s recap….oh but first, make sure to check out my review of The Biggest Loser Meal Plans by eDiets on my food blog, Mikey’s Kitchen.

First, host Alison Sweeney brought out the two contestants vying for the final spot to compete for the title, Ada and Elizabeth. Ada had been nicknamed “The Terminator” by her fellow contestants and as expected, she won the final spot in landslide over Elizabeth, who had been below the yellow line multiple times this season. So Elizabeth was escorted backstage where she would compete for the $100K “at-home” prize. They then introduced the trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels, and told them they would have two more trainers in Season 11 that they would also be competing against. How awesome is that?

Then they brought out the first round of contestants to weigh in.
Adam lost 182 pounds, or 45.27%. Nice way to start, and dude looks really good. Allie lost 74 pounds, or 22.98%. Sorry, but I barely remember her! Tina lost 72 pounds, or 27.38%; and Elizabeth lost 71 pounds, for 29.1%. Even she looked pretty good.

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Gameplay is part of every season on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.” It just is. Some seasons are worse than others, however, and this one is particularly blatant. Except that Frado, Brendan and Patrick have a hard time coming out and saying it.

So last week after Jesse and Aaron were sent home, Bob Harper (who seems to become attached to every contestant he works with) was pissed. He asked Brendan point blank, “I thought you said no gameplay?” and Brendan offered a lame excuse. He was pissed at Patrick too, because he thought that not only was Patrick different, but he thought Patrick was close to Jesse, which he was. Patrick admitted he wanted to win badly for his family, but Bob responded that he should want to compete against the best and biggest threats, rather than weaker competition. Good point.

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Well if you thought this season of “The Biggest Loser” was a love-fest, think again. Game play reared its ugly head again last night, and I don’t know about you, but I hate when it comes to this. Frado, Patrick, and Brendan are simply out for the $250K and nothing else. Weight loss means much less to them. Those guys are starting to resemble former Biggest Loser villains like Vickie or Melissa. Maybe it’s for ratings, maybe it’s to make us all hate that trio, but they are doing a good job of it. And I was starting to like all the changes, but the changes continue to play into the game play, and that’s what sucks.

With that, here we go. The show began with Bob Harper at the home of one of the eliminated contestants, but we had to of course wait two hours to find out who that would be, and there was an added twist of there being two eliminations. Then host Alison Sweeney offered the news that there would no longer be blue vs. black, and that they would be going to pairs. However, one person would get to pick the teams. Uh-oh. So the initial challenge that would determine the teams was this–the contestants had to sit around a table and choose menu items for dinner, and the person who ate the most calories would get to choose the teams. Of course, some of them just stuck with low-cal fare, while others, like Brendan, pigged out to the tuen of like 3500 calories. Lisa ate salad and such but then pigged out at dessert, something that infuriated Bob later on. That came after Lisa said she was 60/40 in favor of wanting to stay on campus. Say what? That also infuriated Bob.

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Last night’s “Biggest Loser” proved that this show doesn’t need to be TWO HOURS long every week. Thanks to the elections, last night’s episode was a brisk one hour long, and I do mean brisk. There were no fluffy pieces with trainers making contestants cry, no Dr. H showing contestants that they’ve added 30 years to their life, and most of all–no Alison Sweeney asking each contestant what they’re thinking as they weigh in. With that, here we go…

After eliminating Adam, the contestants were whisked off by US Marines to Camp Pendleton. Once they got there, they had to hike to their barracks, and I do mean hike–up a steep hill. They were awoken early and stretched, then ate breakfast. The breakfast was greasy french toast and sausage–not at all what they were used to eating at the ranch. Then they had to compete in an obstacle course, and the winning team would get to call their families right there on the beach. All was good except when Elizabeth on the black team passed out, which slowed them down, allowing the blue team to win. But nobody was bitter, they just helped Elizabeth to the finish line.

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“The Biggest Loser” on NBC has this way of throwing twists and turns on top of twists and turns. They did that again last night, just as I was beginning to like said twists. Just don’t ever get too comfortable watching this show, and if you’re on the show, that’s even more so.

The episode began with a recap of last week, with Rick being sent home, but then host Alison Sweeney asked everyone back in, and told them that for the next weigh in, only one person would count for each team, and the other team got to choose which person they wanted to weigh in, at the weigh-in. Wow, that’s crazy!

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