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: 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: 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: Big sweeping curveball

I gotta hand it to the folks at NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.” They keep changing things up the point of being insane, though I admit last night’s curveball was strangely compelling. After Aubrey was kicked off last week, Filipe was shown talking to his cousin Sione, and they were both pissed that Ron had almost voted Filipe off the previous week. Then since host Alison Sweeney had her baby that week, guest host number one was Ali Vincent, the winner from two seasons ago and first female Biggest Loser champ. Ali threw the curveball, bringing back three contestants who were voted off early in the season–Nicole, Estella and David. They would each weigh in and whoever had the highest percentage of weight loss to date would be allowed back in the competition, with immunity the first week so long as they didn’t gain weight.

Estella lost 45 pounds, or 18.6%; David, though he looked about the same as when the season started, lost 46 pounds or 11.7%; and Nicole lost a whopping 87 pounds, or 32.34%, and was the clear winner. Not only that, Nicole has the second highest percentage of weight loss in the house now, second only to the mighty Tara. Not surprisingly, this made everyone nervous.

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The Biggest Loser: Are you as annoyed as I am?

NBC loves to mess with us when it comes to “The Biggest Loser.” Once again, the teams were broken up and it is now an individual competition again, as the show began with host Alison Sweeney giving each contestant the color t-shirt they began this season with, and then having them pick which trainer they wanted to work with the rest of the way. That is, until she threw another twist at them. This season is “The Biggest Loser: Couples,” but the show never gives you what it promises. Okay, so it’s an individual competition again. But next week they will change it up again. It’s maddening, and if I wasn’t asked to write this blog, I probably wouldn’t watch the show anymore.

Anyway, the contestants went through the process of choosing their trainer as if it was a life and death decision. At least that’s what these lovely producers of the show wanted to portray. I realize Jillian has a winning track record and Bob is the nice guy, but come on. Tara, Mike, Laura and Helen all chose Jillian while Kristin, Filipe, Sione, Ron and Aubrey chose Bob.

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