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The Biggest Loser 4, October 9: I Went To Paradise, and All I Got Was a Sweaty T-Shirt!Page 2
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Remember, it’s the team’s total percentage loss that counts, not the raw pound amounts. First on the scale is the Black Team. The Red Team is weighed second, needing a loss of more than 31 pounds to earn safety from elimination. When their turn comes up, the Blue Team hear they need to lose more than 28 pounds to avoid elimination. Here are the numbers:
After she is weighed, Julie says that being under two hundred pounds is “one-derful.”
Alison announces that the Red Team wins the week, and the Black Team must face Alison in the Elimination Room for the first time. Alison informs Hollie that she is the biggest loser on the losing team, and thus is exempt from eviction.
Isabeau and Hollie seem to be allied, and Hollie tries to pull Julie into a female alliance. Julie seems overwhelmed. Has she never heard of the “vote for anyone but me” strategy? Hollie seems to feel they can pull in Jez and vote out a twin. This is a necessary move, as the twins will vote against everyone else before they would turn on each other.
Julie admits to us that she doesn’t trust anyone. She cleverly recognizes that she and Jez are two singles in a team with two strong dyads (okay, she didn’t say it like that, but I’m DYING to write some proper strategy!) that need to unite to fight off those threats, so she talks to Jez. Jez is rather non-committal, even speaking aloud the sin of forcing a tie and letting the elimination decision fall out of their hands. Julie thinks that will work against her (hardly – at under 9%, she’s the lowest percentage loser still in the game), and she implores Jez to make the decision to vote out a twin.
In all of this, neither twin is named as the specific target. Of those still in the game, Bill is the highest percentage loser at 19.3%, while Jim is third at almost 15%. (Kae at 18.22% is second; Jerry’s final number of 16.8% still places him third overall).
It seems that the vote is very much up in the air. One thing is for sure – no one is going to fall on their sword to save any of the others!
The Black Team assembles in the Elimination Room. Hostess Alison tells us that the twins’ birthday is tomorrow. Bill confirms that they’ve always celebrated their birthday together. This seems ominous, doesn’t it?
First to vote is Bill, who votes for Isabeau because he thinks her reason for being there is less significant than the rest. Isabeau is next to vote, and she votes for Jim because she thinks he will do well at home.
Jim is third to vote. Because he finds her overconfident and presumptuous, he votes for Isabeau. Immune Hollie votes against Jim, who she sees as a threat. Julie votes for personal reasons and against the threat of Jim.
This brings the vote totals to for three for Jim and two for Isabeau, with Jez holding the deciding vote. Will he allow a tie? Nope – hoping that he’s done the right thing, he votes for Jim.
The group is deadly solemn, but not tearful. Voted out 4-2, Jim admits to being shocked and disappointed. During the farewell hugs, the tears flow from everyone.
In his funeral video, Jim says he is very appreciative of this opportunity. Current video shows us he is now a mere 238 pounds, having lost a further 69 pounds for a whopping total of 123 pounds lost! He has involved his family in the process and they all live a healthier lifestyle. You look great, Jim!
Well, we learned that with some non-trivial effort, going on vacation is no reason to let your regimen slide. It helps if you have the liquor police on call and never miss a chance to run in deep water!
The Black Team just couldn’t keep avoiding elimination forever. There are plateaus in the weight-loss process, and they hit a small one. Only Isabeau and Hollie beat the total number of the Blue Team, and in fact, the four lowest percentages posted were by the other four Black Team members!
They voted correctly, the twins had to be broken up. The last season of Big Brother is just the latest example of many that show how an unbreakable dyad can take over a game if left together too long. Their next move, should they end up in the Elimination Room anytime soon, ought to be to break up the other dyad.
Next week, ninety-minute episodes of The Biggest Loser continues to air at 8:30. For a preview, drag your cursor across the area between the square brackets below. Don't do that if you prefer to remain spoiler-free! [ There’s a challenge at the beach, and the winning team gets (more) stuff from home. Also, a Black Team member gets a makeover. I’m hoping it’s a blond, so I can better tell them apart! ]
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