This week’s BL episode was dubbed “Face Off” week and and opens with Joe wanting to go home and Alison greeting the contestants in a room with a huge buffet of Chinese food. (Gulp, this will be the case when Ellen and I and our 100 or so SilverSneakers students converge on the East Fusion Buffet for our annual luncheon next week). This is season 14’s first food temptation and the team who eats the most calories wins a 2 point advantage at the weigh in (to be used however the winning “eater” chooses.) This whole “who can eat the most calories” challenge makes me sad and angry but I am happy to say, while each group got 5 minutes in front of the buffet, willpower prevailed. Only Cassandra, on the black team, ate…and as a team they decided she eat 2 fortune cookies for only 60 calories total. Why it looked like she was eating soooooo much food, I didn’t understand. The 2 cookies would be enough to win the challenge and the chance to pick the weigh-in, face off, pairs. One contestant from her black team would get pitted against a red team member and each person that wins their weigh in face off, wins a point. Team with the most points wins the weigh in. Cassandra picks some interesting face off duos.
After the challenge, we learn Joe has packed his backs and gone home, telling the other contestants, but not Bob. His brother, Mike, went home last week and obviously neither of them had what it takes to go the distance. His leaving means red team automatically wins that point at the weigh in. Needless to say this pisses Bob off more than anyone else. Dolvett is so pumped by the face-off theme, he has them facing off in the gym as well. We see some drama between Cassandra and Conda when they compete in a burpee challenge with bosu ball in hand. They rematch in another challenge and Cassandra remains the winner.
Next is the challenge and it was a decent one. They must make an assembly line and get water from one area to another to melt a block of ice that holds the prize. In a twist, their trainers are there to help them, but only in the form of coaching and cheering. Red team emerges victorious and wins a video call from their loved ones, but several team members give it to their partners on the opposing team.
We see Bob pay a visit to the aqua team who went home the first week but have a chance to come back if they lose 50 pounds, together, in 4 weeks…I think that would mean they come back to weigh in next week. But for this week, it’s time for everyone to weigh in. Cassandra splits her two pound advantage win by giving one to Megan and one to Gail. Jeremy would be the only contestant to pull double digits this week, losing 11 pounds, but everyone did lose and in the end Black team would win the face
off sending red team to the elimination room where Lauren, quite surprisingly, was voted off. I truly believe they all voted for her because she does have the determination of an athlete and they thought she would do better than anyone else at home. When we see her she is down 53 pounds and competing in a half-marathon, accomplishing her goal of under 3 hours.
Next week, the teams compete for exclusive rights to the gym. I generally love to see what the other team does, as it is usually more impressive than the gym workouts.
I have quite a few things on my mind this morning other than BL, but my face time with the computer screen is over. Forgive my typos as my time was up 5 minutes ago! Before I sign off, thanks to everyone who went backwards to go forwards with me yesterday. I just love your willingness and energy. Lots of good workouts!!! Make it a wonderful Wednesday. More tomorrow.