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The Biggest Loser 3, Episode 7: Taking a PassPage 2
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So the winners are Brian and Pam. In their calls home we see both have extremely young kids who seem to have begun talking in the last two months. Nice.
Last-Chance Workouts, though as inspirational as ever, seem dominated by shots of Erik hydrating. One wonders if this is smart with a weigh-in coming. The ladies of the Red Team are concerned that Wylie and Marty may not lose, thus one of them will have to go home. Gosh, do you think so? Wylie must be so happy as he watches this episode at home and sees the level of support he is getting from his teammates is even less than he thought it was.
It’s evening again, and time for the weigh-ins. No one seems overly confident about what lies ahead and there are no brash predictions. As people stand on the scale we see their current and day one pictures, side-by-side. In every case the difference is stunningly positive.
This week, the dreaded “Yellow Line” is reintroduced. Teams will be listed in descending order of loss percentage, and a yellow line before the second-last team defines who is eligible for eviction. It’s pretty simple – fall below the yellow line, you are at risk. Numerical results in the following chart are listed in the order they stepped on the scale.
So the two teams up for elimination are Kai and Erik, and by one pound, Pam and Brian.
Last-up Heather calls her narrow escape, “Bittersweet, because I’m sending our best friend home.” The three Red Team ladies cry amongst themselves. The others pretty much stand around gazing as though they’re running through the fourteen-times table in their heads.
Erik admits in a cameo he didn’t kill himself this week. Kai says she’s if she finds out he gained weight on purpose she may not use the free pass, just to see him out of the game. Yeah, right.
The next morning the two trainers stride up to learn the results. After doing so, trainer Bob wants to talk with Erik. Bob knows it was Erik’s intention to force the pass to be played. Erik insists he didn’t eat badly this week, and with Kai watching over him, I suspect that is true. Brian thinks it’s a smart move, as it also sets Erik up for a big loss next week.
Kim talks with the Red Team as well, telling them she’s impressed with her team’s numbers. The ladies never saw this coming and are still dejected over having to send home one of their own. Sitting with them must be Wylie’s dream right about now.
My opinion? Well played, Erik! That free pass had to be forced out and the playing field leveled again. Also, Erik has to play for Erik and this move ought to buy him at least two more weeks at the ranch.
All the players file into the Elimination Room. Immune Kai is prompted as to whether she will use her free pass. Despite a painfully annoying and childishly long pause that is no doubt called for by the producer, she announces that she will indeed use her free pass to save herself and Erik. That means Brian and Pam are out, and Caroline Rhea does not allow any votes to be revealed.
Bobby wants to speak anyway, and after telling him he is sorry to see him go, he calls Brian “a great person.” Marty agrees. Kai then weepily speaks well of Pam. As Brian and Pam knew it was coming they leave in even spirits.
It’s time for Carolyn Rhea to drop the bombshell – that the two departing players will be replaced! And in come six of the “ghosts” to stand behind our seated players. All of them have been caught by surprise and in fact, Kai’s jaw drops about as far as it can without dislocating. So much for the level playing field!
Specifically, these ghosts are the three men and three women with the best loss numbers since the first day at the ranch. The six are Jaron (Arkansas), Tim (Delaware), and Matthew (Maine) on the male side; and Poppi (New Jersey), Adrian (North Dakota), and Ginnie (Vermont) on the female side. Of the six, only Adrian has previously been featured in an at-home clip.
Caroline tells us two of them will rejoin the game (one of each gender), but it turns out we must wait another week to find out who that will be.
In a series of confessionals Pam says, “I traded Brian and Pam for this? You’re kidding me. No. Uh-uh. No way. They need to go. They need to go immediately. No. No.” Heather says. “If one of them wins (the game) I will be pissed. Like, seriously like, freakin’ pissed! I will just be lit. So it better not happen.” I feel sorry for the returning female player already.
Erik admits he doesn’t like the twist and thinks it’s not fair, but hopes he can help vote them out right away. Bobby has the right idea; he says, “We’ll treat them respectfully, and then respectfully send them on their way.”
The show is almost over now. Video shows us that an almost beardless and rather handsome Brian has done quite well since going home. He’s down a total of 118 pounds since he first came to the ranch (from 308 to 190), and I think he looks about ten years younger. He is enjoying more time with his family and figures the show saved his life. Pam’s video tells us she has lost another 25 pounds and is also enjoying a more full family life. Good for both of you!
Join me here next week for a recap of all the action, sprinkled as usual with my own reactions and opinions. We’ll see if the rumors are true about one of the ghosts having lost more weight than anyone in the house! And don’t be shy about dropping me a line at the eAddress below!
Brian lives in Toronto where he can be reached at Uncle_bto@rogers.com. He’d like to hear your opinions and promises to respond to all serious email.
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