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The Biggest Loser 3, Finale: Say What?by Brian Towers -- 12/15/2006
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Welcome to the twelfth and final episode of The Biggest Loser 3! This series focuses on overweight contestants and their struggles to lose weight and, in the process, regain control of their lives. Challenges and temptations bar the way to nice cash prizes for contestants who lose great percentages of their original body weight.
This finale is two hours long and guaranteed to be chock full of excitement… and many clips of things we’ve seen before. Safe to say that everyone’s journey is revisited except those of series hostess Caroline Rhea and Dr. Robert Huizenga, the show’s medical expert.
The night begins with Caroline Rhea welcoming us to the live finale. They are in Holl-y-wood! I gotta say it, she has again been dressed in a gown that Project Runway’s Santino may have fitted for her. She spills the news that apparently, one of our four finalists will NOT be making it to the scale. We won’t find out more about that until much later, though. Then, she launches us into our first recap of the season’s events. I’m skipping right past most of those in this article.
Back live, Caroline reminds us that the ghost players are weighing in to win a prize of $50,000, eliminated players aim for $100,000, and then the final four decide the big prize of $250,000.
Caroline turns our attentions to the 34 ghost contestants. Actually, 33 – I’m so anal, I froze the screen to confirm that Adrian and Jaron are only part of the middle group of eliminated players, and I counted the heads.
Caroline tells us that nine of the group lost more than a hundred pounds. When the nine stand up, I count three females and six males. Way to go, gang! Caroline interviews a couple of the mob. We learn that Linda from Idaho got married because she learned to love herself and that Vicky from Ohio has become a distance runner and has completed a half-marathon.
Caroline informs us that the two biggest losers in this group will weigh in for the prize. Those people are: Poppi from New Jersey and Matthew from Maine. Both players are among the four who (briefly) returned to the ranch, only to be sent home the next day back in episodes seven and eight.
Poppi, a mere shadow of her former self, tells us she went from a size-22 dress to a two! She gets on the scale first, and her weight has dropped from 232 pound to… 115! That’s a loss of 117, or 50.43%!! Poppi is deservedly elated, as no one has ever lost that high a percentage on the show before.
Caroline tells Matthew he needs to lose a whopping 185 pounds to win. She jokes, “I’ve seen it done.” He gets on the scale, and she almost sees it again. After telling us Matthew started at 366 pounds, we find he now weighs 190. He’s lost 176 pounds, or 48.09%. Close, but no cigar! Poppi wins the at-home challenge and the $50,000.
Next up, the eliminated-at-the-ranch contestants are introduced. We’ve seen how most of them look from video in the last minute of their elimination episodes. The whole group is looking good, but let’s just say that Jennifer, Amy, Ken, Brian, and Jaron look especially super! Marty’s biceps are not to be overlooked, either.
A change of pace finds us watching the final four returning to their homes, which is where the last episode ended. Needless to say, all are very happy to see their family after almost three months at the ranch.
The first one we see arrive home is Wylie. Wild screams greet him, and his friends are stunned and impressed by the change. Next up is Heather. Her husband is glad to have back the girl he married and tells her she looks “amazing.”
Kai’s story follows. Her parents think she’s “a babe,” and, “absolutely stunning.” The good news for her is that the whole family has lost weight in her absence and several have started regular workout programs.
Last up, Erik. Only his wife and two young daughters are present in the family kitchen. His wife is overcome by the change in Erik. She tells us he’s a new man and she hasn’t seen this Erik in a long time. In the back yard there’s a surprise greeting party, with all Erik’s friends and other family members present. Erik jokes, “Okay, let’s eat!”
Back on stage, trainers Kim and Bob are brought out. They greet the eliminated players warmly. Since, ahem, most of Bob’s team has in fact been eliminated, it takes him longer to do so.
The weigh-in of these eliminated contests ensues. Contestants mount the display scale in order of elimination, with the following chart showing the results in that sequence.
I note that Jennifer and Amy both topped the hundred-pounds-lost mark. Also, the last five men averaged almost 150 pounds weight-loss. While at home, Brian lost 88 pounds, Jennifer lost 92, and Ken, 93. On the minus side, Adrian is actually heavier than when she was on the ranch. Overall, the group averaged 34.5%, which is pretty nice.
As the weigh-in progresses, Jennifer holds her lead until Ken takes over. Then, Brian grabs the lead and holds it until the end. So Brian wins the $100,000, and he is elated. The Blue Team and trainer Bob rush to congratulate him, with runner-up Jaron only getting in the way a little.
Caroline tells us, “Now, it’s about the final four.” And the next segment is, indeed, a series of self-recorded, at-home videos from our final four. A gauge on the screen indicates that these clips were recorded six weeks before the finale. From Erik’s opening comments, we are led to assume the total “at home” period is a little over three months long.
Erik admits his training plans are being foiled by distractions in his life. However, he’s back to work at his deli, fighting the twin bad habits of smoking and eating on the job. He admits he’s tempted to sway. He’s also concerned that he has a poor personal history of finishing tasks he starts.
Heather is finding the home life to be no treat, either, and she’s always exhausted. I fervently wish they’d insert a clip of her moaning about how “unfair” it was that Adrian had it so easy, working out at home. Alas, they do not. In one weigh-in she finds she is inexplicably gaining weight.
Wylie works out hard, but he knows he needs to keep on top of his calorie count. He admits in one entry that he ordered some pizza intending to just eat two pieces. However, it got out of control and he rues that he ate the whole thing. He doubts his ability to stay tough enough to win the prize.1 2 Next-->
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