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The Biggest Loser 3, Episode 9: An Ounce of PreventionPage 2
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At any rate, Adrian has decided to participate and get some exercise after all. As they are ready to start, Heather tries to tell Adrian they only get votes because they are the biggest threats. I will give Heather some small bit of credit for trying to make Adrian feel better, though what she actually said was a lie. Adrian responds, “I think this is bull!”
Sure enough, as the challenge begins, everyone not wearing a gray shirt names Jaron or Adrian as their choice to be lowered. In what must be an astonishing occurrence for Caroline Rhea, they are the first two eliminated.
Heather is out third. A little later, it develops that everyone is only ten feet from the ground, one step from elimination. They go out in the order of Wylie, Marty, and then after an intense battle, Erik. So a giggly Kai wins an all-important, unfairly contested immunity and can gain all the weight she wants this week!
One notes Erik chose to lower Marty late in the game and keep Kai aloft. Did Kai’s whining’s about fear of height influence this decision? And who believes her at the end when she says she cared more about getting down than she did about winning the challenge? Not me!
All that drama aside, I must say that this was one of the more exciting challenges this season. Those folks were pumping those bikes at a SERIOUS level! Hey, at least in the area of uniqueness, it beat the heck out of walking up a down escalator.
But let’s get back in the gym, where it is “Last Chance Workout” time. The trainers are working their charges hard. Kim moans that Bob only has two people while she has five. However, she also credits Wylie as essentially working on his own. Could that be because Kim rarely acknowledged the non-females on the team? Sure enough, Wylie is working like a demon. Kim tells us, “If anything, I have to slow him down.”
Adrian knows that if she or Jaron fall below the yellow line, they’re gone. She’s sure the others would celebrate.
It’s evening again, and time for the weigh-ins. This week, the dreaded “Yellow Line” will define the two individuals with the worst results, and those two will be up for elimination. Numerical results in the following chart are listed in the order they mounted the big faux scale. Remember, Kai is immune this week.
So the pair up for elimination is Marty and Wylie. Caroline Rhea points out that had Marty lost one more pound, Jaron would have been below the yellow line instead.
Erik has now lost an even one hundred pounds. Caroline Rhea tells us he is one of only three people to hit that mark on the show. I can tell you the others were last season – first Dr. Jeff and then Matt passed the century mark.
Meanwhile, Kai is pleased she dropped below the two hundred pound mark and vows never to get that heavy again. I give credit to Kai. Being immune, she just slacked off little and didn’t GAIN weight!
This next bit may sound odd coming from the guy who also writes abut the Survivor: Live show and bemoans weak gameplay, but I truly feel this show is different. So here’s my thought: I think if I could make one change to the Biggest Loser process, it would be that anyone who actually gains weight is automatically eliminated. I just think that gaining weight on purpose contravenes the basic tenet of this show.
That said, I’m sure Kai has set herself up for a nice loss next week that should see her safely into the final five.
Later that night and back at the house, Wylie needs to go outside and take a walk. Well, to cuss, really. Obviously he’s concerned about not losing any weight after working so hard this week, but the other players don’t understand why he’s acting the way he is. Heather calls it, “poor sport-ish-ness.” By comparison, Marty comes into the room and jokingly tells those assembled, “Vote ‘No’ on Marty!”
The next day trainers Bob and Kim run up to hear the news that Marty lost eight pounds and fell below the yellow line with Wylie. No one can understand why Wylie didn’t lose weight.
On a jog, trainer Bob and Erik discuss the upcoming vote. Bob says, “You know what you gotta do, right?” Erik responds, “The Blue Team is the Blue Team, it’s important to me.”
All seven players file into the Elimination Room. The first vote is from Adrian, who votes against Marty. So does Jaron. However, Kai votes Wylie, expecting that after a zero he’ll pull a big number next week. Heather is next and echoes that opinion. This brings it all down to Erik.
And surely to trainer Bob’s dismay, Erik sends home… Marty! His reasoning is that he’s trying to protect his own position in the game. It was nice to finally get some honesty. Erik has turned against the Blue Team for the second time, but now he has his own private trainer.
Marty takes it well and says he has found purpose in his life. He’s lost 91 pounds so far.
It’s time for the videos of our newly departed contestant. First up is the farewell video, in which Marty says, “I came here to lose weight and I found a new person inside of me.”
The next day, we see Marty come home and he’s greeted by many of his students, who have only the best thoughts for Marty. His change is so drastic that some of the kids admit they didn’t even recognize him! He tells them solemnly that they inspired him when he sometimes felt like he wanted to quit.
More current video tells us Marty has now lost an incredible total of 140 pounds, and I can tell you, he looks fantastic. One could not recognize him from the guy we saw back in week one. He says, “I feel like I can do whatever I want to with the rest of my life. I feel that The Biggest Loser has given me back my life.” Keep up the good work, Marty!
I was a little surprised I didn’t get feedback on my closing note last week, where I was critical of the way the trainers dealt with the new folks. The only email I did get was from a former contestant, and they essentially agree with me. Anyway, I was extremely pleased to see the trainers return to a more normal role this week and focus on the pounds.
If you have any thoughts on this week’s episode, let me know at the eAddress below. Otherwise, join me here next week for a recap of all the latest action, sprinkled as usual with my own opinions.
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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