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The Biggest Loser 4, November 13: Flying SoloPage 2
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What the winner gets is… a 24-hour trip home! If that’s not enough, the winner will also win immunity! Alison teases them by saying that they will also win “the power to make a very important decision.” That last part remains a secret for now, but Alison assures them that these are the highest stakes this season.
Kai finishes the bike segment first, followed by Nicole, then Bill, Hollie, “B,” and Neil. This means Amy, Isabeau, and Julie are all eliminated. On the treadmills, everyone starts at the same time. I’m not sure that’s at all fair – Kae should have been able to retain her lead, just like in a real triathlon.
Hollie tells us that she has an extensive swimming background, but she’s not comfortable she can handle the running stage. Kae and Bill finish first and sure enough, it comes down to Hollie and “B” for third… and Hollie prevails. So, “B,” Neil, and Nicole are out.
The third leg is swimming. A “mere” 40 lengths of the pool separates one of them from a trip home and immunity. Again, Kae gets no advantage from winning the previous leg. There’s not much suspense as Hollie (who Kae tells us is a swim coach) wins easily. It is a taxing effort, though. Bill finishes six laps behind, and Kae (who, I suspect, was mostly joyful that she did not drown), a dozen. From Alison’s blog, I learn that this segment didn’t finish until 3 AM!
Alison informs Hollie that her third reward (besides the trip and immunity) is to award a second trip home and immunity to another person! Despite Alison insisting that Hollie make a choice, she has trouble doing so. She can’t decide if she should reward the person who misses home the most, or make a strategic move. How about Kae, the person who won two of the three legs? Eventually, we learn that Hollie has selected her teammate Julie. Julie is happy to be selected, but the others, notably Amy, are disappointed.
Alison has one final warning for the two. They will weigh in along with the rest when they return and if they have gained weight, their immunity is revoked and they are at risk of elimination. Hollie hopes that won’t be an issue for her and that she can actually enjoy her time at home. I gotta say, if one day home overrides the week’s effort in the gym and nine weeks of nutritional and lifestyle training, I’m not optimistic about the chances of long-term success.
Home time for both is rejuvenating. We first see clips of Hollie in Tucson, where she visits with a girlfriend, Antoinetta, who is impressed with the changes in Hollie.
Next we see Julie (in Jacksonville, Florida) sneaking up on her husband and son. Her husband is very proud of Julie’s accomplishments. We find out that he’s lost 28 pounds on his own! Later, Julie helps order a proper meal for her family. She finds it a little scary to be making her own food choices after so long, but her supportive husband suggests to her that she has to put into practice the things she has learned.
Back in Arizona, the girlfriends meet up with another friend, Tara. Tara is surprised how different Hollie looks. They have a meal together, and Hollie shows restraint by ordering a relatively responsible meal. But a no-cheese pizza? Ick!
Meanwhile back at the Campus, Jillian meets with her team to hear the results of the challenge. Newly-black-shirted Amy is weeping because she wasn’t chosen for the reward. Huh? Jillian tells Amy she needs to focus on her workouts. Apparently, Amy has talked of leaving before, and Jillian can sense that this is a real crisis going on. Amy fears that she and Isabeau will be the ones below the yellow line. Jillian calls that “highly unlikely.”
I can interject that she and Isabeau plus the two who are immune are the four who are currently below 20% of weight loss, so historically, that’s a valid assumption. Additionally, as the newcomer, she is less likely to be saved by the Black Team than Isabeau. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
Back in Florida and at the beach, Julie enjoys working out her husband into submission. He takes it well.
Hollie takes her girlfriend Antoinetta to the gym. Now, Antoinetta is a big gal and I’m betting she’s not real familiar with the inside of a gym. To her credit, she gamely does as much as she can. Antoinetta asks Hollie how she made it through her first day and Hollie confesses, “I didn’t. I cried all day, and Jillian pushed me and yelled at me, and made me do it.” As her friend hovers over a barf bucket, Hollie continues to be very encouraging.
It’s time for our wandering duo to get back to Campus. Julie has an especially tearful farewell with her family.
Meanwhile, it’s the last-chance workouts, and the trainers are working them hard. Amy bemoans that with only three of them there, she’s getting Jillian’s full attention. And did you know that “B” is the last Red Team member in the game and represents Kim’s sole hope? If you didn’t, it’s the same spiel as last time and the time before that and the time before that, so you can get the gist of it from my last couple of articles. I try and stay neutral toward the participants, but just a small part of me wants “B” gone so this storyline can mercifully be put to bed!
Over with the Blue Team, Neil is amazed that every week, Bob seems to be able to make his last-chance workouts harder than before.
At the weigh-in, Alison reminds Julie and Hollie that if they gained weight they will not be immune to eviction. Based on their results, I’m going to guess that every meal they had wasn’t a diet special. But they survived.
As everyone is weighed in, we see split-screen “before and after” pictures of them. The losses are now accumulating to the point where some of the differences are quite striking. Including this week, there have been over a thousand pounds lost at the Campus.
Below, contestants are listed in the order they were weighed in. Here are all the results:
Congrats to Bill for making the hundred pounds barrier!<--Previous 1 2 3 Next-->
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