The Biggest Loser: Maturity rules

Last night was the painfully long 3-hour finale of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser: Couples,” and all I can say about that is that I’m incredibly thankful for TiVo. This show was when they bring everyone back from the whole season one by one to weigh them in, which takes about 15 minutes total, leaving 165 minutes of fluff and commercials. As they recapped the whole season, Mrs. Mike and I fast forwarded since we’ve not only seen every episode, but they tend to recap the entire season almost weekly.

Then they brought out Ron and Mike to see who America voted into the final 3…..both looked awesome but Mikey clearly lost more than Ron, at least to the naked eye. We’re all sick of their gameplay, but you have to hand it to them on doing a great job. And, drum roll please….America voted Mikey in! Many of us were pulling for Ron because we didn’t want to give him what he wanted, but I think in the end everyone saw a Mike-Helen-Tara final as more compelling.

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The Biggest Loser: Black team drinks, smokes, dominates

So last week “The Biggest Loser” left us all hanging with Mikey about to get on the scale. If he lost 10 pounds or more, everyone would be staying another week. Well, did you think they were going to start a show with someone being eliminated? Nope, Mikey lost 11. But then Alison Sweeney had them all go outside where there would be a pop challenge in which everyone had to lean against a wall with a medicine ball in his/her lap and stay there. Also, this week, the blue and black teams would be facing off individually, with the winner of this challenge setting the matchups. Of course, Tara won. I mean, she wins all these things unless Laura brings her down. So since the black team has an extra contestant, Tara had to sit out one person from her team at the weigh in, and she chose herself since she had been losing double-digits every single week so far. I thought it was a smart move. The matchups were Mike/Cathy, Sione/Mandi, Filipe/Kristin, Helen/Ron and Aubrey/Laura.

Then came the challenge, a relay race in which the teams had to drag medicine balls through water, up stairs and onto a basketball court while doing squats. My legs hurt just thinking about it all. The winner would have 24 hours of luxury at a spa resort. Of course, the black team has Tara so they won, but barely. And the entire team started getting into trouble at dinner, eating badly, drinking tequila shots and even smoking (I’m not sure if anyone but Helen was smoking, but still…). Anyway, the black team knew they shouldn’t have done this, as they consumed like 15,000 calories as a team and the blue team only consumed 1600 calories at their meal. The black team was also incredibly cocky. But when they returned to the ranch and Jillian gave them an earful, Filipe flipped out and he and Sione went running back to Bob, or as Jillian said, “running back to Daddy.” Pretty funny, but sad and weird. Those guys need to loosen up and get over it. Maybe Jillian is harsh, but she wants to win too.

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The Biggest Loser: did they have to leave us hanging?

Last night NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” left us hanging after two long hours, and for that I’m pissed. You had all that time to kick someone off and this is what you do? And then before you do that, you change the rules AGAIN? This show is really annoying me. Anyway, here is how it went down…

The show began with the contestants at Rocco DiSpirito’s cooking school, and they had to compete by cooking healthy variations on fast food….burgers, Mexican food and pizza. But they had to make those items taste good. The black team won, and their prize was being cooked dinner by Rocco, with the blue team having to clean up after them. Then each member of the black team had to choose fortune cookies and one of them had the prize of an extra vote at the weigh in, and Laura won that.

Then they showed the blue team working out with Bob, but not at the ranch, in a boxing academy with none other than Sugar Ray Leonard. Man, that had to be cool. Sugar Ray taught them his “POWER” technique of competing: “Prepare, Overcome, Win Every Round.”

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The Biggest Loser: Is this about the game or not?

Now that last season of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” has set the tone for future seasons as far as gameplay, the contestants on this season’s “Biggest Loser: Couples” are clearly not in it for the game. For the most part, these are all good people with good hearts who just want to lose weight and try and support each other in the process.

This week’s episode began on Tuesday night with a challenge that would determine new teams with new trainers. It would be from here on out blue vs. black, but some contestants would have to switch trainers. The challenge was to do 100 up-downs, football training camp-style, but in mud. The first to 100 would get to choose their trainer, and the rest would deal with a flip of Alison Sweeney’s coin. As it turned out, Tara won the challenge (of course) and they were able to stay with Jillian. Filipe and Sione had to switch to Jillian and Mandi and Aubrey had to switch to Bob. In all, I think 6 or 7 of them had a different trainer. But I didn’t expect them to act like it was the end of the world, and they did. What’s worse, Bob Harper started crying. I mean, come on!

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The Biggest Loser: yes, it’s a game

Last night on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser: Couples,” it was confirmed that part of seasons’ past gameplay has been caused by trainer Bob Harper. As they were all shown last week voting Blaine off the ranch, there was some footage of Harper telling his team to vote Dane off, because he was a bigger threat, even though Blaine pleaded with everyone to send him home so he could be with his new baby and family. While everyone told Harper that they felt for Blaine and felt like they did the right thing, Harper was annoyed and told his team not to ask him for advice anymore on voting. Um, I don’t recall them asking for his advice. Further, this is the eqivalent of firing someone and muttering, “Sorry, it’s just business.”

Meanwhile, host Alison Sweeney greeted the contestants with a pop challenge again, this time telling them to scale a giant hill next to the ranch to retrieve a key each time they reached the top of the hill. The key would be tried on a lock on the gym door, and only two keys would work out of 130. Whoever had those keys that worked would have access to the gym that week, while everyone else would have to work out outside or somewhere else. Yikes. Tara and Sione were racing up and down the hill like crazy to increase their odds, but Tara started puking after about 7 or 8 tries up and down the hill were futile. Shannon of the pink team and Mike of the brown team made it, and that was good for Mike and his dad Ron, who has a bad knee and can barely make it up and down any hill. It was nice to see the contestants all helping Ron too, and it’s clear that these are all good people and not gameplayers, much to the chagrin of Harper.

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