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Biggest Loser 5: Couples, Episode 11 – Two Really Horrible Ideas in Reality TVPage 2
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Jillian tells the ladies that that although they lost a teammate, they gained one, too. The rest of them would rather have seen Bernie standing there, especially Brittany.
A clip from Jillian appears next. She explains the importance of sleep to a vigorous workout scheme. Insufficient sleep messes with your body’s metabolism and hormones, and you don’t burn calories like you should. She recommends eight hours. Staying up all night to type this recap, I might get four.
The next day, the teams are sitting in the kitchen with their trainers. Ali prefers to hang with the guys. Precious little is being said at the Black Team’s table, but life is good at the Blue and Pink Team’s table. Just as serious strategy talk is about to begin, Jillian walks up and it’s cut off.
I know how it kills the trainers when they can’t control every aspect of the game, but it doesn’t matter… Jillian goes home sooner or later. From a game play point Ali would be wise to join up with the guys. Not only are the remaining women part of the force that led to her ouster, but also they are acting defeated and exude a negative, desperate aura. By siding with the Blue Team, she can be the last woman standing, needing just one great week at the end to make the finale.
The teams have adjourned to the gym, and not surprisingly, Jillian seems to be focusing her efforts of Ali. Others are watching Ali work out to see what she’s got, and Ali doesn’t mind showing off. At one point, Ali is running at speed eight, while the others are walking behind her at three or less. When does Jillian ever let them get away with that, except for today? Ali gets tested on many different pieces of equipment, but for the rest, it’s only endless treadmill time.
Even Roger notices Jillian is ignoring her team and seems to only have one focus today, “converting Ali to the ways of the Black Team.” Indeed, Jillian warns Ali about the men being other than they seem. Seriously, it’s time for the trainers to let the players play the game!
The next clip is most definitive. Ali runs and Jillian praises her while Kelly and Maggie stand on treadmills behind them, not even making a pretense of working out. Jillian is oblivious to their actions and reactions.
Later that night, Jillian meets with her charges to discuss the team’s mood. Jillian gets then talking, and Maggie admits she’s been eating more food of late. Expounding, Maggie gets as far as, “now, Ali’s back…” and Brittany lets out a big sob. Brittany says that when they were one of six, there was a chance of winning, but now it seems more hopeless than ever.
Jillian tells us that she always liked Ali, but her return has caused havoc in the house. She’s discouraged to see her team reverting to old behaviors in reaction to this stress. To them, she says that you don’t have to be a finalist to be successful on the ranch.
Yes, but what about that good old quarter-million buckaroos?
The team decides that some kickboxing is called for. I think it might be a really good idea too.
In an out-of-sequence scene the kitchen, Jillian offers some cooking advice to Ali and Kelly. Fish and shallots are on the menu, but so is a commercial, which is not on my menu. I will say that shallots are a favorite of mine, and their resulting dinners look great. As the scene ends, Kelly asks Ali if she’s making S’mores now.
It’s nighttime again, and Alison has assembled everyone outside for a challenge. First, Alison asks Ali about coming back, and Ali says the vibe in the house is different and she’s still finding how to fit in. Wordy but non-committal – well said. Mark says he is ready to compete and show he’s as competitive as ever. We never doubted that at all.
This challenge is about energy. Tonight, they will ride stationary bikes that convert their pedaling effort into energy. Every ten calories of effort converts to ten kilojoules of energy, enough to turn on one oversized light bulbs in a string of ten. In a series of heats, the last two to light all ten are eliminated.
Dan admits he doesn’t know what a kilojoule is. Meanwhile, Kelly is sure she can’t win. Too bad, because this one is really worth winning… the winner gets an extra vote at the next elimination! This segues to Brittany telling us she’s sure she’s up for elimination this week.
Seriously folks, this is a badly designed challenge, because it favors male contestants who haven’t blown out their knees yet. Sure enough, in the first round, all the men finish first, and Ali and Kelly are eliminated. In round two, Maggie and Brittany are out, completing the predictable gender sweep. Brittany confesses that it bothers her all the more when she loses to the boys.
Dan sees this as a chance to see where he stacks up against the other guys. However, in round three, Mark wins for the third time. Dan prevails over the rest, so Jay and Roger are out.
I’m guessing both guys would use the extra vote the same way, but it’s about pride now. And Dan prevails! I wonder if he saved a bit from the earlier rounds? Maggie says in a cameo that as far as she’s concerned, it didn’t matter who won.
Dan explains to us the voting options he’s considering. Loyalty to your former teammates is one issue, but eliminating competition is another. It was a good idea to break up the brother once and I’m unclear what has changed about that, but we need to see the weigh-in results before making any definite plans.
The next day, Bob arrives to hear the results of the challenge. He knows the potential swing vote is huge. Bob raises the point that Dan needs to be above the yellow line to utilize his prize. Good point, the wording wasn’t clear… if Dan gets no vote, does he still get his extra vote? Or does he lose both if he falls below the yellow line? Hmm…
In another out-of-sequence segue, it’s Bob’s turn to offer advice in the kitchen. He stresses the need to have a weekly meal plan. He also suggests people should prepare portion-controlled lunches in advance so you’re not tempted to make quick, bad decisions.
In the next scene, Bob explains that they give the contestants a “cheat day” after each weigh-in. This is a day where the diet is not strictly adhered to. However, what I’d call “the slippage factor” isn’t ridiculously severe, and workouts remain in force. Bob explains that such a day is a reward to look forward to, so they can better resist other temptations. Also, it’s a shock to their system, hopefully avoiding weight-loss slow-downs in the week ahead.<--Previous 1 2 3 Next-->
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