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The Biggest Loser: Week Four

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 7th 2009 1:10AM
The Biggest Loser: Week Four(S08E04) Last week's episode of The Biggest Loser was about choices. Tracey made the choice to become the most hated woman in the house. This week, the theme was again choices. More specifically, how do you choose what to eat when you have to eat out? To drive home the point, Alison locked up the kitchen and forced the contestants to eat out for every meal this week.

To make matters even worse, Tracey hasn't been able to work out at all, and as the promos showed, her frustrations with her health continued into this week. However, despite restricted exercise, Tracey dropped eleven pounds last week. Could she do it again?

Could they all hang in there to make it another week on the Ranch? See, that was funny because of this week's challenge. Everybody had to hang on an incline above a pool as long as they could. Scary thought for 437-pound Shay. But surprises awaited.

How impressive was it that Shay outlasted almost everyone else there?! Here she is, the heaviest contestant in Biggest Loser history and she hung in there longer than most of the guys out there. It came down to Daniel, last season's heaviest contestant, and firefighter Allen. I continue to be impressed by Daniel's resilience and strength. He beat a firefighter and brought it home for the Orange team.

Good thing, too, because the scale was not friendly to him this week. For the most part, numbers were smaller, though Rudy keeps dropping double-digits week after week. This was week two, two weeks late. But especially for Daniel, who was the first contestant of the season to not lose weight in a given week. Luckily, he didn't gain but thank god for that immunity.

Orange team really needs to step it up if they want to stick around this game. We've had four weigh-ins so far. Orange team had immunity for two of them. Everybody was saved one week, and last week they were in the bottom two. It's been a month now, and they can't keep counting on Daniel to win immunities, or everyone to feel bad for Shay. They need to earn their place on that Ranch and step it up.

In the end, it came down to the Black team (Julio) and the Brown team (Danny and Liz). There was an element of strategy in play, with the chance to eliminate two competitors in one fell swoop, rather than a single individual. Would they do it? Would they...

Hey, Biggest Loser! How about you don't tell us who gets eliminated before we see any of the votes. In the closing moments before the last commercial break, we heard the following: "Coming up. The Biggest Loser transformation moment. See how the eliminated player looks today."

That's right, we have a team of one versus a team of two and you tell us there's an "eliminated player." Great. Way to kill the drama. Julio went home ... what a shocker!

At least now I don't have to feel bad for him being all alone in the challenges anymore. Even better, like Antoine and Sean last week, Julio's done great at home, shedding more than 100 pounds total. Seeing the dramatic weight loss of these early dismissals really makes me excited for the finale. We may see the best combined weight loss yet!

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Yme Sandelmann

What's up with posting this under "Other Drama Shows"? And even "Other Reality Shows" isn't correct. It took me a while to find this post. There is a "Biggest Loser"-tag already which only has two entries :(
The same for "America's Next Topmodel" by the way...

October 09 2009 at 3:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Shannon

I have to say, Shay is starting to get on my nerves as well. She's always complaining about the other contestants. She's had issues with Julio, Tracy, Coach Mo, and last night she even made comments that Liz would vote her out in a heartbeat if she fell below the yellow line. (Totally ignoring the fact that the same woman's already had a chance to vote her out, and didn't). Jillian pegged her right the first week, she plays the victim card. Also, I totally received the impression that she was alone in the world and had no support at home, yet when she was talking about winning the year's worth of healthy food, she said "WE could really use that," when talking about how badly she wanted to win. Who's we? Guess she's not as alone as she's trying to make herself out to be.

October 07 2009 at 6:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
RC

I think the reason the orange team lasted so long in the challenge is BECAUSE they are so big. Since they are heavier that means more friction between their body and the platform. Also, the bigger the person is the more surface area of their body would be in contact with the platform causing more friction as well.

That's not to say their arm strength isn't a factor, it definitely is. I'm just suggesting that unlike most Biggest Loser challenges where the bigger people have a disadvantage, this challenge was the opposite.

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October 07 2009 at 10:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GrumpyOldMan

Gotta love me some Trazey!!! Daniel cheated cheated cheated.

October 07 2009 at 8:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ctoan

I haven't watched yet, but is it possible that Daniel sandbagged this week, knowing they had immunity, to guarantee a bigger loss next week, when they might need it?

October 07 2009 at 6:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike

You ae right on about Shay. She even complained tnight about the two injured people playing games when the only reason she is still around is her constant boo-hooing and the fact her team had immunity.She needs to go. The Pinks need to go. Then we'll have the real competitors left.

October 07 2009 at 2:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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