The Biggest Loser 13, Episode 13: Thousand-Dollar Poundsby Ryan Mehaffey -- 03/28/2011
Previously on The Biggest Loser, the losers went to Hawaii, because when I think weight loss, I think Hawaii. Kim was feeling pressure because everyone was against her, shown when during the challenge everyone worked together to eliminate her. Conda reminded me why I can't stand her when she whined that Kim was being a crybaby about being alone and ostracized, just because Conda led the charge to ostracize her. At the Weigh-In, invisible Megan and Kimmy both fell bellow the yellow line and Kimmy was finally eliminated. On with the show.
Tonight's excuse is "Exercise Is Boring." Well it’s not any more exciting watching it than it is doing it.
We open on the ranch as everyone returns from Hawaii, and I can't believe what I'm about to type. Megan is talking. She says that coming back to the ranch is hard because she misses Hawaii. Buddy says part of him wishes he were back in Hawaii but part of him missed the routine of the ranch. We see them walk up to six piles of boxes, each box holding bottles of salad dressing from a sponsor. Due to my loathing of advertisement, I'm not mentioning which sponsor other then the brand has the name of a deceased movie star.
Alison greets them while standing in front of six empty trucks. She says one in six Americans struggle with hunger and over 16 million children do not have enough access to food. Thankfully The Biggest Loser and sponsor brand have teamed up to do something about it. Alison says sponsor company is already known for salad dressing and pasta sauce, but what they didn't know is this company gives all their profits to charity. Megan says she didn't know and assumed this salad dressing was just yummy. Alison says that since 1982, sponsor company has given over $300,000,000 to charity. Today, they're helping that cause.
The challenge is that they each have to load their own truck and they have 150 boxes. Half the boxes weigh 15 pounds and half the boxes weigh 20 pounds. They have to take one box at a time, first person to finish wins – as does their hometown. To the winner, sponsor company will donate 30,749 pounds of food to their local Feeding America food bank. That's a pound of food for every pound lost on The Biggest Loser.
Chris says her county is one of the most economically depressed in the country, so this means a lot to her. Alison says the best way to help yourself is to help others. Oh, and the winner also gets a one pound advantage. Megan thinks that this can really help her since she's so small. Alison tells Buddy he still isn't medically cleared, which annoys him. He's not getting to burn off calories like the others are. The six remaining losers take their positions. Mark says he loves to volunteer and help people, this can really help his food bank back home.
And they're off! Kim is first to the truck, followed closely by Megan. Mark decides to carry the heavier boxes first. Kim and Megan are one and two, while Conda and Jeremy are in last. Mark says Kim and Megan are about 10 boxes ahead of him, which is discouraging but he's just going to keep doing what he's doing. Kim now has 50 boxes and Megan is in second. Mark hits forty now.
More running. Kim hits 60 boxes and has yet to slow down. Kim says she's going after the smaller boxes first, trying to not lose her momentum. Kim runs out of light boxes and now only has heavier boxes. Mark says his strategy was the opposite, to put up the larger boxes first. Kim hits 100, and shortly there after Mark hits 100. Mark passes Megan, and at 120 he's only one box behind Kim. Mark says his strategy is working.
At 122, Mark takes the lead. Kim is ticked off, unable to believe that Mark managed to overtake her 10 box lead. Kim refuses to give up, but it doesn't matter. Mark wins. He says this is more then a challenge to him, he's excited that he'll get to give this huge gift to his home.
Alison tells Mark he's won a one pound advantage and a food delivery to Magnolia, Texas. She says that if each team finishes, salad dressing company will donate a truck of groceries to each person's community. Mark asks if he can help and Alison agrees. Chris says working together shows how close they've grown in the house. Conda says all this food will help people more then one pound will. Megan says her community getting a truck of food is the greatest. Alison says that since they worked so hard to finish this pop challenge, salad company is going to donate $150,000 worth of food to fight American hunger.
While challenges are hard to talk about (since there is little for me to do other than narrate) I really enjoyed this one. Even if the challenge involved a lot of advertisement, it's always nice to see people in need being helped. Believe me, with this season I need all the positive moments I can get.
We cut to the inside of the ranch where Bob is talking to Megan about how her mom went home. He asks how Megan feels without her protection and Megan says she feels more focused. She no longer has to worry about her mom. Bob says that's crap, pointing out that Megan is the youngest contestant and has put forth the worst numbers of the season. He says that when Megan is around, he sees her push. The problem is when she isn't around.
Bob says he needs to know where Megan's commitment is when she isn't around. Megan admits she struggles with this and doesn't know how to motivate herself. Megan says she was about 12 or 13 when she began to gain her weight and she knew she was becoming "increasingly unhealthier," (her exact words). She thinks that she gained her weight due to a lack of self-confidence and self-worth.
Megan whines that she's always been at the bottom and is embarrassed. It's hard to admit that she's lived a life of mediocrity. Bob says he knows Megan has a video diary and he wants to see it. If Bob doesn't see the commitment from Megan then what more can he do? Bob tells us he's going to motivate Megan by action, by getting her to push through the workouts, and by super hard homework. Those things will give Megan a sense of accomplishment. Bob tells Megan she needs to fight for her life and she says she will. Megan says this is an awakening, which wont be fixed in a week, but she's willing to change her life.
Bob tells his group the excuse for the week and says he has a fun workout for them. They're getting changed and getting off the ranch. We cut away from the ranch and see the Red team going to meet Dolvett. Jeremy says he's used this week’s excuse in the past. Doing the same thing over and over again bores Kim. Buddy is excited about doing something different this week.
I have a policy of not mentioning sponsors due to my hatred of commercials so strong that seeing one sends me into a white-hot rage. Sadly, I have to violate my own policy and mention the sponsor here. There is no way for me to talk about this without mentioning the company.
Zumba workout, that's the big surprise. Dolvett admits he's never done this before, but if the others can do it, he will too. We follow them inside where we see people dancing. Mark says he instantly realizes they will be part of a class, which is intimidating. Kim wants to run out the door and Jeremy hopes he doesn't suck. Mark says he's not certain this group should be expressing themselves through dance. Buddy says they have three guys and an ex-wrestler is their girl.
They begin to... Zumba. Kim says there is no direction, just go. Buddy decides to Zumba from the depths of his soul. I don't really have much to say about this other than the rave music they're playing is driving me nuts and they do appear to be enjoying themselves.
Kim says it's really energetic and fun, while Mark says all apprehension is gone. Jeremy says everyone one smiling and having fun, while he is smiling because he is looking at all the ladies. Now Dolvett is up dancing with the instructor. Mark says he thought he was doing okay until he sees Buddy, who is giving all he has. Apparently Dolvett notices and calls Buddy up to the stage with the instructor.
Buddy takes off his glasses, which he says is serious Buddy. Jeremy laughs because Buddy does this weird make-it-rain pose. It's pretty funny. Mark says Buddy is hilarious and Buddy is really into it. More dancing. Buddy explains his dance moves to us.
We see Dolvett do a split. Kim says it is definitely not a boring workout and it doesn't feel like workout. Buddy is sweating and he says the thing he loves about it is the confidence boosting. Dolvett is happy because everyone on his team loves it. Dolvett calls Buddy over. He yells at the group that when he met Buddy, Buddy weighed 403 pounds and Buddy says he now weighs 275. Dolvett does this with everyone, and the dancers cheer as the numbers are yelled out. Mark says everyone there is genuinely excited for them and Buddy says this is encouraging and inspiring. Jeremy learned today that exercise didn't have to be boring and he'll leave with more confidence. With that, they finally leave the Zumba.
Now we go to the Black team, all with bicycles. Bob says exercise won't be boring this week. He adds that when people tell him exercise is boring, he'd say they haven't found something they like to do. We see them biking along. Bob says that when you're on a spin bike, you're just sitting there. When you're on a bike, you've got to deal with the terrain; you can't just sit there and read a magazine.
They're headed uphill now. Chris says on a spin bike, you control what you do and if it's too much, you can stop. Megan says before the show, she wouldn't have been able to do this. You wouldn't have been able to ride a bike? Bob asks Conda if it's a good workout to which Conda snarks that it is. Bob says Conda is in the back and (shock of all shocks) bitching the entire time. Bob tells Conda to pipe down because she's got a lot of weight to lose. The human race thanks you for saying that.
Bob returns his attention to Megan, saying when Kimmy watches this episode, she'll see why asking to be voted off was worth it. Bob says this bike ride will be a good lesson for Megan, to show her what she's capable of. Bob now has them biking up a hill. He says he sees a strong girl in Megan, they need to bring it out. Megan says being so far ahead of everyone else is a metaphor for how she doesn’t need anyone else here. It's her and only her going up the hill.
We see both Chris and Conda struggling. Bob points this out and notes that Megan makes it all the way up the hill without stopping. She says she's proved to Bob that she's capable of doing what she never thought she could. Bob gets them to look at the hill and makes them reflect on how far they've come. He says they should be really proud. Chris says 13 weeks ago, she'd never have survived this and it's a huge accomplishment to see how far she's come. I've got to say this was once again a rather positive segment. I'm wondering how long it'll take NBC to burn up all my goodwill.
We see the cast sitting in the kitchen, not eating for some reason. Oh, a spokesman for a sandwich shop comes into the kitchen to do an advertisement for said sandwich shop. I'm going back to my policy of no ads, which includes not naming spokespeople. Mark says that they can all relate to the spokesperson because they've all been in the same place, weight-wise.
For flimsy justification of this commercial, the spokesperson talks about exercise and eating at the sandwich shop. What I love is that while this is going on, a little disclaimer says that these results aren't typical. There are no words. Anyway, the spokesperson leaves now that he's finished his commercial. I love that NBC is giving up justifying it, now they're just having people show up on camera to do commercials.
Now it’s night and we see Jeremy in his room talking to Dolvett. Jeremy talks about his parents’ divorce and his dad’s addiction to painkillers. Jeremy admits he cried when his parents split up. He says he was embarrassed and ashamed at that point. Jeremy says he didn't want to be judged by what his father did and for people to say he also has an addictive personality. Dolvett asks what Jeremy would say to these people and Jeremy would say, "you might be right."
Jeremy explains that telling the story takes him right back to those bad times and now he doesn’t want to face it. Jeremy can't think of the last time that he cried before he came here and he used to never express his emotions. Dolvett says that where Jeremy is now is good and he's dealing with the pain. The healing begins when you admit you have pain and Dolvett tells Jeremy not to hide it. Jeremy says he hid from his weight behind humor and now that he's here, he chose to address it. Jeremy is here to change. Dolvett says he likes that and the two hug.
Cut to the gym. Megan says that Bob has her on his radar, he wants her to take her diary-cam and to record everything she does. Megan's homework is the same thing every night, six hours of straight cardio. She says before she was only loosely following Bob's instruction, but now she's following them much closer since she's being recorded. Remember that, it'll be important later. Megan tells the camera she's going to bed, then that she's waking up and going walking, then that she is walking and going to eat breakfast.
Megan says she's basing more of her filming on when she gets up and goes to bed. Megan is just beginning working while everyone else heads off to bed. Megan thinks that it's good that Bob gave her the diary-cam. She tells the camera she'll be proud of the numbers she puts up this week, no matter what they are. She finally cuts off the camera. Sorry if that last segment wasn't very clearly narrated – it wasn't clearly edited either. Seriously, I couldn't follow it at all thanks to the constant time skips. Weird.
Now we see the entire cast entering the healthy food grocery store. Alison greets them and says that along with this week’s excuse, another excuse is, "eating right is boring." They're going to get a taste of how wrong that is in this week’s cooking challenge. The first thing they need to do is find all the ingredients for their recipe in seven minutes. Jeremy exclaims that it sucks and he tells us he can't cook.
Alison says the second part of the challenge is that they have 20 minutes at the ranch to make the dish. Kim says she's screwed since she is a bad cook. Alison says they'll be judged for on taste, nutritional value, and creativity. When they go back to the ranch, three surprise judges will be waiting. Using my incredible psychic powers I'm going to guess the judges are Becky, Vinny, and Antone from last season. Oh and they're going to win $1,000 for each pound they lose if they win this challenge.
Conda says she has to win since she's a great cook. Buddy says his lowest number was five pounds and his highest was 23. He'd love $23,000. Alison explains they have to get their ingredients and then cross the tape finish line.
And they're off! Right away Conda knocks Buddy into a display of soda. Conda, ever the role model, is not the least bit sad. Chris plans on making a broccoli and cheese stuffed chicken breast, with an orange-honey dipping sauce. She thinks she has a good chance. Jeremy meanwhile has no chance. He says that his cart, much like his recipe ideas, is empty.
Kim wants to make a teriyaki fillet stuffed with mushrooms. Conda is cooking cabbage soup she cooks all the time, saying everyone likes it on the ranch. Conda finishes up first and says to bring it on. Buddy is making fresh chicken salad. All the items he's using are healthy, except for the regular mayonnaise. He says he had to choose between regular and fat free, so he went with regular. That way when the judges dock him for health (which they will) he'll make it up in taste.
Two minutes left. Chris can't find honey. One minute left. Chris still can't find honey while Jeremy grabs bread. Mark says he isn't worried about Jeremy at all since it would surprise him if Jeremy even made it through the grocery store, much less with all his items. Chris crosses the finish line third, followed by Mark and Megan. Buddy crosses while Jeremy still doesn't have everything. Buddy bets $10 that Jeremy still doesn't have everything.
Jeremy is grabbing stuff and tells us that he's making french toast. How healthy is that? He crosses the finish line right as time runs out. Jeremy is about to celebrate when he realizes he's out of eggs. Everyone laughs and Buddy points out that french toast has two ingredients. Jeremy tells him to shut up and Buddy say's he'll have to make bananas on bread.
They return to the ranch and Alison says they'll have 20 minutes to cook. They run off and begin setting stuff up. Kim says she's never cooked this before. Jeremy says without eggs he's just going to have to make it up as he goes. Five minutes in. Buddy grills the pineapple going into his salad. Megan is proud that she's learned how to cook fresh fish. Ten minutes left. Chris says time is running out and the only burners available are the small burners in the back. She says she needs the large burner because she needs the heat. Jeremy is done burning his banana, though, so Chris takes over.
Two minutes left. Cooking montage. Kim says time is literally flying by. Less than a minute. Everyone is running out of time. Chris has to pull her chicken off and cut it up. As she does, she notices right away that her chicken isn't done. From the angle of the camera, her chicken looks fine, but I trust Chris to know better than me.
Fifteen seconds left. Chris sets out her undercooked chicken. Everyone else finishes their dishes. Time’s up and hands are up. Chris says it is what it is, she's mortified and doesn't want to present it to the judges. Alison asks if they're happy and Jeremy says his is the best. Alison hopes so, because they're going to be judged by three Season 12 contestants.
In walk Vinny, Antone, and Becky, all looking good. Megan is super excited, she calls Megan one of the most awesome people ever. Buddy meanwhile loves that it's these three instead of the dweeb from down under, Curtis Stone.
Confession time. Season 12 was the first season I saw all the way through. I've since seen every episode of this show, but Season 12 is special to me (in spite of its Anna problem). Seeing these three is really great.
Alison says last season they proved age was not a problem. Becky says she managed to lose 88 pounds on the show. Antone tells us how he lost 202 pounds and Vinny says he's excited to be here and see this group. Alison says they'll face the judges one at a time in a separate room. In first is Jeremy with his dish, Jeremy's Banana Surprise. It's got burned banana, burned apple, burned bread, and I suspect burned jam. But it's only 208 calories. Antone asks if Jeremy took 20 minutes and Jeremy says he took 19 and a half. He tells us his mission was to not embarrass himself and he is failing miserably.
Next is Megan, who made pan seared tilapia with mixed vegetables. It's got 430-calories. Antone sees Bob's mantra here, lean and green, and Megan's got it. All three judges seem to love it. Megan says her dishes are nutritious and creative.
Third is Conda, delivering her 305-calorie cabbage stew. Vinny says her meal is an all around great dish. Conda says she is going to win, and tells everyone so as she walks by.
Chris is next. She says she keeps expecting them to notice the chicken isn't finished and she's embarrassed. Nothing that can be done about it now. Chris's toxic chicken is at 393 calories. Antone says he came from the restaurant business and the first thing he noticed was the chicken was undercooked. Vinny asks how long it took to cook and Chris says not long enough. She says the chicken is a little raw on one side. Antone expects the chicken to start clucking. Chris makes the excuse that she didn't have enough time to which Antone asks why she chose to make it. Chris says she's made it before and she figured she could get it done in time. Antone says that's just an excuse and Chris is making it on the season of no excuses. Get used to it, Antone – this is the season of no excuses in name only.
Fourth is Mark with his marinated chicken at 446-calories. Antone asks about the feta cheese Mark used and Mark says he went with it because of the flavor and the fact it was low calorie. Antone says the feta cheese increased the calories without needing it.
Buddy comes in with his 432-calorie tropical chicken salad. Buddy mentions the ingredients, and the judges freeze when Buddy says mayonnaise. Becky freaks out at this and Antone says he'd have liked for Buddy to use low-fat mayo.
Kim goes last, saying she's nervous. She has a teriyaki beef with portobello mushrooms, at 33z calories. Yes according to NBC, the dish has 33 lower case z calories. Anyway, Vinny asks if there is cheese in there and Kim says there is. Antone says Kim's dish tastes fantastic.
The cast lines up in front of the judges. Alison says it now comes down to who is going to win. Kim could use the money as a single mom, while Conda thinks she deserves it because she's the only one who cooks. Becky says the winning dish came down to the dish that knocked it out of the park in all three categories. Megan says that sounds like her dish. Becky, however, names Kim the winner. Kim laughs and Conda looks nauseated, which makes me smile. Kim can't believe it. The graphic about Kim's recipe now says that it has 337 calories – nice job, NBC. Alison mentions Kim can now win money for each pound she loses on the scale and Kim says it'll motivate her further.
Now it’s time to make fun of Jeremy. They all laugh at him and Vinny asks what he was thinking. Jeremy says he has no skills to which Vinny responds, "it shows." Jeremy says there are some haters out there. Antone is wondering if Chris is making excuses just about cooking or weight loss too. He isn't sure if he should say something, but he should if he could help her. Chris says Antone was off base with his comments. She was embarrassed and very angry, but she'll keep her comments to herself.
We cut to Chris in the gym at night. Chris says after the challenge she didn't feel very sociable so she went to the gym to work out. As she's on the stair machine, Antone enters. He says he has no idea what to say to Chris, but he knows he offended her and had no intention to do so. Antone talks about how he came to the ranch with the same issues as Chris and explains he only said something because if there is something that's holding Chris back, he'd have to say it.
Chris, however, is annoyed that Antone was analyzing her even though he'd only seen her for 30 minutes. Chris feels like Antone set her back. Antone says it wasn't his intention to call her out but to show her something about herself from a different perspective. Chris says she's started to wonder what it is that people see in her that she doesn't see in herself. Complete strangers still see these things in her.
Antone says he wanted to mention it to Chris and Chris asks what is it about her. Antone says that maybe Chris still has that one thing she isn't willing to face. Chris asks what it is and Antone doesn't know, but they can figure it out. Chris says that pretty much sucks. Antone says she's still here and has the opportunity to change. Chris goes back to work and Antone says he hopes that Chris is motivated to change. Chris says before Antone met her, she felt that she had overcome her issues, but now she feels like she's back at square one.
We cut away to the Last Chance Workout of both teams. Bob is excited and he has his striped shirt on. Chris asks about it and someone (Megan I think) says Bob is being a referee. Bob says if the excuse is that working out doesn't have to be boring, then neither does his clothing. First, though, Bob wants to see Megan's video diary. Megan compares Bob to a Mafia Godfather who will whack you if he doesn't get what he wants. Megan hopes it's enough for him.
We see Bob watching the video diary and Megan explains little things in it to him. Bob is excited and says that he learned Megan really is doing the work. What's ironic about this is that Megan earlier said she was only doing "the work" because of the video diary. So Megan hasn't really changed at all. She does however justify my theory that she's a big hypocrite.
Bob talks to Megan about how she had a feeling of not deserving to be here. Megan says she's started feeling better and empowered. Bob says Megan has all the makings to be on top, but that is where she has to be – there is no other choice. They hug and Megan is happy because Bob said he's proud of her. That's all she needed to hear. If you want to know why people hate this season, this scene should tell you. It's not just the hypocrisy of this cast that drives people nuts, it's the fact that they don't seem to see anything wrong in it.
Last Chance Workout. Dolvett tells his team that this week workouts aren't dull, and in that spirit, he created an obstacle course. It involves jumping on a tire, running through a rope maze, crawling under a net, and throwing sandbags out of a circle. Dolvett says the only prize here is pride.
Mark goes first. He says that he's setting the time for the rest of the group since he's going first. Mark isn't worried about Buddy or Jeremy beating him but he still wants a good time since Kim will try to beat him. Mark finishes with three minutes and seven seconds.
Buddy goes next. He says he is pretending he is Rambo as he runs through the first parts of the course. Buddy compares parts of the maze to various movies and has fun. Still, he has to go slow due to his injury. Buddy finishes with four minutes and one second.
Now Jeremy. Dolvett says the excitement on Jeremy's face suggests he can beat everyone else's time. Jeremy says the sandbags take the longest. He finishes with three minutes and 25 seconds. Up last is Kim. Dolvett says you can see the competitiveness on her face. Kim says she wants to beat the guys, but obviously her competition is Mark. Kim rushes through the obstacle course and finishes in two minutes and 37 seconds. Dolvett calls it a huge motivation for Kim, since the harder Kim works, the more cash she gets.
We now are with the Black team. Bob tells Megan he'll be watching her like a hawk and he expects to see her vomiting. Bob is fixating on Megan, saying she has to be above the yellow line. More workout montage. Megan says that Bob is serious about this, to the point of having his referee shirt. Bob screams at Megan to run faster, oh and this is supposed to be fun. Whether it's fun for her or for Bob is up for debate.
We see Megan and Conda on the rowing machine. Bob yells that unless Megan beats Conda on the rowing machine, he will cut her hair off and kill her. Megan is afraid that he'll do it, which is of course absurd. Bob would never kill Megan in front of so many witnesses. Conda says Bob is always pitting her and Megan against each other; making it a competition is how Bob makes it fun. Megan pulls harder and finishes the rowing machine. Bob says that Megan did impress him this week, but one week isn't enough to undo a lifetime of bad habits.
Back with Dolvett, who tells Buddy never to forget the intense expression on Kim's face. She says Dolvett is pushing her really hard. Kim is sweating dollar bills. We see Kim bouncing on the burpee as Dolvett tells her to go ahead and give up. Kim refuses and says while this is hard, she has to stay above the yellow line every week. She also brags that she's basically getting paid to workout this week, every rep is $1,000. More workout montage. The Red team finishes with a high five.
Back with Bob, who is talking with Chris. He asks if what Antone said ticked Chris off and Chris says it did. Antone's opinion that Chris wasn't trying very hard freaked her out, since if she's still having issues here, what will she do when she goes home? Bob says Chris has lived on the sidelines most of her life, but now she's grown and doesn't want to go back to the way things used to be. Bob says it's a great thing. He tells Chris that she is a strong woman and she only forgot about how far she came.
Bob gets her to think about Hawaii and how she surfed there. This experience is so great for Chris because Bob is giving her an arsenal. Chris is a lot stronger than she used to be and Bob wants her to win when life challenges her. First though, she has to show everyone else she's strong. She needs to find her power and her strength; everyone else knows she's strong but she has to find it in herself. Chris says the words are sinking in and she needs to take them and run with them. The two hug.
Time for the Weigh-In. Megan says in the beginning of the week, Bob told her she didn't have the fire to stay. She thinks she did a good job and can't wait to prove him wrong. Alison says the excuse this week was that working out is boring, but this week has been anything but boring. Kim will get a thousand dollars for each pound she loses while Mark has a one pound advantage. With that in mind, Kim is up first.
Kim drops from 171 to 164 for a loss of seven pounds and a gain of seven grand. She's so excited to see a seven, especially at this point in the game, since it shows hard work pays off. Kim's percentage is 4.09%.
Mark is next. He feels confident, but not cocky or arrogant. It's time to show his work is paying off. Last week Mark nearly broke the 200-pound barrier, and all week breaking through it has been on his mind. Time to see how he did. Mark drops from 200 pounds to… 200 pounds, for a loss of, let me check, zero. Mark says that when the number stopped, he couldn't believe it. He says it is humbling and frustrating. On the scale, Mark asks why he tried, which Dolvett doesn't let go. Dolvett says Mark tries because he is getting healthier and Dolvett is proud of him no matter what. Since Mark has a one pound advantage, his total loss is 0.58%.
Buddy is next, dropping from 275 to 269 for a loss of six. He isn't happy, saying he felt like he needed to pull an eight. Buddy says his knee injury has still been hurting him and he's in danger of falling below the yellow line with Mark. Buddy is at 2.18%.
Fourth is Conda. She needs to have lost at least five pounds. Conda drops from 217 to 210 for a loss of seven. Conda smirks and says she'll lose at least 100 pounds here. Conda is at 3.23%.
Jeremy goes up fifth. He needs five pounds for safety. Jeremy drops from 266 to 260 for a loss of six. He says he wanted more, but anything to keep him safe is good. Jeremy is at 2.26%.
Now Chris goes up. Chris is at 204 pounds and needs to have lost more than three. Chris says she's petrified that she didn't lose more then three. Chris drops from 174 to 170 for a loss of four. Chris says she did it by the skin of her teeth but she did it. Alison asks what Chris needs to work on and Chris says her tendency to doubt herself. Bob tells her to remember that when it happens again (which it will), to not doubt herself. This is the lesson she learned from Antone and she should thank him. Chris agrees and says she holds no ill will towards Antone. Chris loses 2.30%, knocking Mark below the yellow line.
Megan heads up last. She's nervous since everyone is expecting her to pull a big number and all this stress isn't good for her. Megan is at 195 pounds and needs to lose at least five. Megan drops from 195 to 191 for a loss of four and (barring Mark quitting) what is certain to be a quick vote out.
Megan begins to cry, saying she thought she worked hard but it is what it is. Bob says that this feeds the little devil in Megan's head telling her she isn't good enough. Still crying, Megan agrees and says she won't let that little devil tell her this anymore. Megan says that this week she tapped into those issues she has of self-doubt and that she's still got a long way to go.
Megan lost 2.05% so both she and Mark will be facing elimination. Kim is again the Biggest Loser of the night. Megan says that she's already below the yellow line, but she's below it with Mark. Mark's a strong competitor and she is not.
We head straight into the Elimination Room. Mark says this week he lost zero pounds but every week he's worked very hard. He deserves to be here. Megan however thinks she tapped into something this week and she deserves to stay instead.
Jeremy votes first. He rambles about how everyone here is a friend and it's not about who is weak or strong anymore. Jeremy votes for Megan to leave. Conda says she couldn't vote on personal feelings and instead on work to this point. Conda voted for Megan.
Chris goes third. She says that once again she's faced with a father who has a tendency to find distractions when he gets home. Chris voted for Megan. Megan says she'll be okay and going home will ultimately be better for her. We'll see about that, because with three votes (at least), Megan is gone. They hug and the last Purple fridge goes out.
Megan says she's come so far from the person she was when she first arrived. Megan says she has more confidence in her athletic abilities and there are so many things she never realized she was capable of. She says she's so proud of where she is now and while she isn't done yet, she's got the tools to get where she needs to be.
In Megan's At-Home segment, we learn Megan is at 189 pounds. Megan says her major motivator was missing horseback riding. We see Megan going to ride her horse. She can't believe she's racing right now and tells Bob she's doing it. We see Megan's boyfriend Michael, who has proposed to her (and is now her fiancé). The two of them head off to sponsor gym and we learn Megan inspired Michael to the point that he's lost 80 pounds. So wait, he lost more then Megan, in less time, without a trainer?
We see Megan looking for a wedding dress. She says before the show she could only fit into a size 20 and now she can fit into a size 12. Kimmy says it's amazing how happy Megan is now. Megan says the her before The Biggest Loser was afraid to do things. She isn't anymore. Megan plans to get married by 2013 and wants Conda to be her bridesmaid. Why?
Next week is Makeover Week. Oh, and they're going to the White House to reveal their new looks, where Michelle Obama will meet them. So the walkout (if it does happen) isn't next week. To bad, I was hoping it would happen before Conda got to Makeover Week.
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