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The Biggest Loser 4, December 4: “Would You Like Salt-Free Diet Pepperoni On That?”Page 3
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When trainer Bob hears that Nicole only lost one pound, to her face he acts amazed. However, in a cameo, he tells us that after so many weeks of consistent loss, her body demanded a pause. Yeah, I don’t think that exact turn of phrase is in the medical texts either, but it sort of makes sense to me. Neil is actually so bummed out over not understanding why Nicole only lost one pound that he’s not enjoying his own accomplishment of a double-digit loss.
Similarly wondering why she didn’t do better, Jillian tells Julie that like Nicole, sometimes that just happens. Julie tells us she hopes the vote goes her way, but still has trust issues with her teammates. It’s an indication of her lack of self-esteem, but really, we know she’s not going home because she’s not a realistic threat to win.
Bob has Nicole try on the clothes she wore on day one. They are literally falling off her. Next, she tries on her going home clothes. In a cameo, Bob claims he’s worked Nicole harder than any previous contestant on any previous show. They end the segment with an appreciative hug.
Clips of the experiences of both potential evictees are run, three minutes worth. Nothing new here, so… next!
It’s now time to vote. Predictably, voting is dictated by shirt color. Officially, Neil votes for Julie, then Hollie and Isabeau vote for Nicole. Since Nicole would lose in a tiebreaker, it’s decided that Bill’s predictable vote shall not be shown. It would have been a classy touch to have all four members of the Black Team get together and agree to throw one vote against Julie, knowing that it wouldn’t affect results anyway.
The only suspense is how Neil would cloud his comments, since he can’t claim Julie is either a threat to win or especially motivational as a competitor. Preacher Neil wants us to believe he doubts his vote matters because the Black Team has control of the game. He says he wants to send the message that as long as he’s here, the Blue Team will remain strong. Oh, please!
Nicole tells us this experience was “the best time of my life.” Everyone has big hugs and kisses for her before she walks off. In the traditional funeral video, Nicole says she is sad to have just missed the finals and misses Bob and Neil, who were a big part of her success. We see her arrive home and be greeted by her parents and other family and friends. Her father John is so supportive, it’s cute.
In more current video, we learn Nicole now weighs 188 pounds, a total drop of 91 pounds. She feels good and now enjoys an active social life. She currently wears a smaller dress size than when she was thirteen!
The Ten: As promised, here’s their list of “the top ten Biggest Loser transformations of all time.” I have no idea what the criteria were, as there are several contestants who had larger losses and/or percentages. For example, a list of the omitted might include last season’s Jaron and Ken, who lost 160 and 161 pounds, respectively. And although she was included, in season two, Shannon lost more weight and had a higher percentage loss than either Suzy or Dre… so, why did she place lower than the other two, in ninth place on this list?
So, criteria for the list are a little gray, reducing this feature to fluff. It’s official – they have run out of filler for these two-hour episodes!
Since the list was presented in descending order, that’s the way I am reproducing it in the table. For what it’s worth… enjoy!
My Opinion: They voted right this week, as Nicole had the potential to win and Julie does not.
Network News: Are you worried about getting inspired to follow up on all those New Year’s resolutions? No fear. NBC has announced that the next season of this show will begin very soon – on New Year’s Day! Two-person teams will be featured. I expect to be writing a preview article when more information is available.
Also, in related news, The Biggest Loser has combined with iVillage to create a pair of information sources related to maintaining a healthy lifestyle through the holidays. At NBC’s site is a section called “The More You ‘No’” (a take on their slogan, “The More You Know”) with tips from show nutritionist Cheryl Forberg and Black Team trainer Jillian.
Over on iVillage, there are recipes excerpted from The Biggest Loser Cookbook, and several competitors are writing a blog about their experiences this season. Click here for the recipes and here for the blog.
Next Time: The final challenge involves recalling events from earlier in the season. Great, this show does like to recycle! Then the stage is set for the finale with the last elimination of the season.
Join me here next week for a recap of all the action (maybe even the recycled stuff – no promises!), sprinkled with my own reactions and opinions. And let me know what you think about it all at the eAddress below!
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