Well, thankfully I have a DVR and will be able to re-watch last night’s Biggest Loser. I didn’t start watching until about 9:30 and found myself dozing off from time to time. I think I went back and watched the parts I missed, but it’s still early in the morning so I am not sure I am clear on all, but here’s my random thoughts at 6am on the episode they called “Paying it Forward.”
Is anyone else feeling a little bias toward, as Jillian calls them, the “boys?” Not only have they come out on top in the weigh ins, but then they all get to workout with Anna Kornikova. Sure, she’s a fantastic athlete, but let’s face it…most “boys” love her for her looks. Those guys would have played tennis with her till they sweated away every last pound. They must have been pretty nervous though, no? When I was in high school I tried taking some tennis lessons from a guy I had a crush on. He was leaving for college on a tennis scholarship. I had a very hard time hitting the ball—I WAS SO NERVOUS! Did you hear Brendan say he wouldn’t let go of Anna when they hugged good-bye? And that she smelled good. I sure hope someone like Tom Brady, or Jason Taylor come teach them all how to play a little football. That’s good exercise, too…and fair is fair!
So we see a lot of changes to this season’s show and some of them make a lot of sense. The challenges seem MUCH safer. Last night they had the pop challenge of climbing the stairs with a tennis ball and loading up each other’s cylinders to eliminate their opponents, one by one. Frado (I like Frado) won that challenge and got immunity. Then came the pop weigh in, which no longer seems so pop.
Frado weighs in first and only loses 3 pounds. He basically admits that he threw the weigh in, since he had immunity. I like the admittance. (We also saw admittance of an alliance last night–Patrick, Brendan and Frado) It’s a game! As others weigh in, there are not huge weight losses, which is expected this particular week. A few of the guys see double digit losses and Adam ends up with the highest percentage of weight lost, and the chance to save one of the contestants that will fall below the yellow line. Like last week, half of them will fall below. After Aaron pleads his case, Adam saves him and once again, just one “boy” is below, the rest “girls.” Time for their challenge.
Truck loads of sand are dumped into piles and the contestants must dig and search for the brass ring. Once found, that person is safe and they move to the next pile. In the end, Tina and Lisa would come up “ringless.” Tina has made a bad name for the “older” contestant. Her wavering between wanting to go home and not, was enough already. Everyone voted her off. It was time to go home and pay it forward, helping her daughter (who tried out for the show but did not make it) to also lose weight.
The great news was that Tina and her daughter ARE losing a lot of weight at home. Tina is about to see herself get below 200 pounds and she looked great. She and her daughter hope to show up 200 pounds lighter for the finale.
Though I had a hard time staying awake for the entire show, I do think it’s great that the challenges have NOT been dangerous, so far this season. Though the episode was titled paying it forward, I didn’t really see why. Doing something for our children? I don’t think that’s paying it forward, I think that’s good parenting. Don’t we have a responsibility as parents? I think YES. One thing I always like about BL is how the contestants are encouraged to do this for themselves, so I find myself just a little confused…but again, I wasn’t fully present when watching parts of last night’s episode, so maybe I missed something.
Maybe next week they will change things up a bit. I would like to see equal opportunity for both the “boys” and the “girls.” With that said, none of the “girls” have yet to really impress me. Sophia caught my attention from week one, and I think we may see her shine, yet. Frado gets my vote for who can go all the way..unless his alliance comes back to bite him in the ass.
On a side note, I was happy to hear Bob offer up soy milk as an alternative to cow’s milk in the middle of the product placement segment for the frozen shake mix. He could have suggested almond milk, too…
Next week there will be two lines–a yellow and a dreaded red and 2 people will be heading home. Stay tuned!