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The Biggest Loser 4, October 23: The Most Dramatic Weigh-In Ever?Page 2
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At the weigh-in, Alison repeats that the team that has the lowest percentage of weight loss and falls below the Yellow Line will be up for elimination, and that the other teams will be doing the voting. Here are all the results:
Everyone is completely, utterly shocked by Neil’s results. An increase of SEVENTEEN POUNDS?! It’s safe to say that the show delivered on their promise of “the most dramatic weigh-in in Biggest Loser history.” In fact, this is so shocking that unusual results from Amy and Ryan are glossed over.
Alison announces that Jez’s team is the trio up for elimination. She also tells them that never before have two players increased their weight in the same weigh-in, and voices the opinion that “maybe the game is on.”
As the players return to the kitchen, Neil goes right to bed while the other players discuss their shock at his result. After a few minutes, David goes upstairs and strongly advises him to come downstairs and account for himself. Neil does so, and convincingly expresses his confusion about what happened to him.
He does reveal that he knows that a gallon of water weighs eight pounds, and when Hollie asks him why he knows that, there’s no answer forthcoming. Busted!
After about two minutes of this, we see a cameo of Neil sitting outside. He confesses to us that he did, indeed, load up on water and throw the weigh-in. Unfortunately, it worked too well and his actions become obvious. His intention was to keep the Blue Team intact by losing on purpose and having a non-Blue player eliminated. Huh? Even without the fishy results, he’s the biggest target in the show.
Is this a good time to confirm that the animal pictured at the top of this article is a rat?
For the first time this season, the trainers were not at the weigh-in, and Neil admits to being nervous about telling Bob his results. Bob responds, “Are you kidding me? Seventeen #$@# pounds? Are you #$@# kidding me?”
Bob is not happy. He says, “Have you not learned anything from me, Neil?” He adds, “I am so mad I can’t even see straight right now!” He considers it “a slap in the face of everything we do at Biggest Loser!”
When Jillian hears the news, she is irate and immediately figures Isabeau is the target. The whole Black Team is downcast as they go to work out.
When Jillian walks through the kitchen where the Blue Team plus David are eating, she says to Neil’s back, “It’s disgusting, Neil, I hope you’re proud of yourself.” He snickers, and she comes back into the room to congratulate him for playing games with people’s lives. That shuts him up!
As the teams assemble in the Elimination Room, Alison notes how somber everyone is. Neil simply says, “Everyone knows what I did, and the game is on.”
Julie votes first on her team. With “a vote for integrity,” she casts their vote against Neil. However, the others vote against Jez (not Isabeau) and the dark deed is done.
Interestingly, if the last team had voted against Isabeau, it would have created a three-way tie, and as the one with the work percentage this week, Neil would be the one going home. Ah, that would have been sweet, seeing the playa outplayed!
As Jez leaves, he’s proud that his integrity is intact. There are no hugs shown for anyone not originally from the Black Team. Neil is probably lucky he didn’t get a voting tray inserted deeply into a mid-level body cavity!
In his funeral video, Jez says he’s proud of himself. Current video shows us he is now a mere 242 pounds, having lost a total of 103 pounds. He has moved to California and continues his healthy lifestyle.
My Opinion: In some shows, dirty game play and deceit is accepted and can even be expected. Here, it’s just wrong. People who are already morbidly obese should never be put in a position where they see extreme weight gain as a valid decision. This episode left a nasty, bad taste in my mouth. However, Neil “The Rat” has set himself up for a big loss next week, and probably kept his trio-now-duo safe from elimination.
Here’s another thought: To me, those on the Red Team who voted out Jez instead of Neil (read: Bryan and David) are almost as guilty as Neil, by condoning his distasteful deceit. And why do they not see Neil is the bigger threat? Three weeks in a row, the wrong one gets voted out.
I expect the change in Amy’s training pattern is responsible for her weight gain. Next week, we hope to see results. I agree with her decision to change trainers, though, because no matter what she says, Kim sent a rough message to Amy and she ought to have anticipated the resulting lack of trust.
I wonder about Ryan’s weight increase, which was glossed over on the show. After losing almost ten pounds a week, gaining a pound doesn’t make sense. But with the two other teams dominated by Black Team members, it made no sense for him to try and lose the weigh-in. I’m wondering if he knew what Neil was doing and took advantage of the situation to pad his own numbers (little more subtly, thankfully) in preparation for the next weigh-in as well?
I don’t usually make predictions about this show, but this time I think I must. With Ryan and Neil almost certain to post big losses and save their teams next week, I have a feeling another dominant figure may be in trouble – Black Team Bill. Bill has already lost almost four percent more than Kae, and over ten percent more than anyone else still in the game! Hopefully I’m wrong, as the winner of Biggest Loser ought to be one of the bigger losers!
Next Time: At the end of the show, we are promised that next week will be about retribution toward Neil. Fine by me! I also want to see the discussion when Neil and Isabeau discuss the casting of their vote!
Okay, rant over.
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