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Review: The Biggest Loser - Week 12

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 2nd 2009 9:00AM
Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper, The Biggest Loser trainers(S08E12) As we all learned in the last episode, last week was the contestant's last week on the Biggest Loser Ranch. Now, it was time to face the real world once again as the final four contestants headed home for 60 days. Then, it would be back to the ranch for one final weigh-in to determine which two contestants were guaranteed spots in the finale next week, and which two would have to plead for America to vote them in as the third finalist.

The episode was framed and put together very nicely as a showcase for all the hard work Rudy, Danny, Amanda and Liz have put in during their time on the Ranch, and how much they've each grown and changed from this experience. It served as a retrospective of the season, in part, as well as an affirmation that the work this show is doing can change lives.

I was also glad to see the continuation of the psychological issues plaguing these contestants being explored and addressed. I suspect the show has learned that they really need to focus on both the internal issues as well as the obvious external ones.

My favorite aspect of the episode was that it served as a sort of equalizer for the remaining four semi-finalists. There were no more alliances and no more strategic gameplay with voting or challenges or anything. It was you against the scale. Removing those gameplay elements and temptations from the players made it much easier to support all of them on this second-to-last leg of their journey.

At this point, I think I could support any one of them winning, but if I had the opportunity to choose, I would pick Danny. He's shown such a great spirit and personality throughout the season, that every time I see how much he's lost, I couldn't be more happy for him. I just find myself saying, "Good for him!" over and over again.

But before we tackle the weight loss, let's talk about the marathon. The dreaded marathon that Ron had to tackle injured and with a cane last season was back again. I thought it was pretty telling that despite saying that they'd be willing to separate if one of them slowed down, Liz and Danny stayed side-by-side throughout the entire marathon, finishing together.

Rudy and Amanda, though, really rocked and rolled. Amanda must not have walked nearly as much as they made it look like she did, because she came in less than 30 minutes after Rudy finished -- and they both finished in less than five and a half hours.

The fact that Rudy literally never stopped running the entire 26.2 miles is simply astonishing. He's taken the "machine" lesson shown by Tara last season to a whole new level. And Tara, who has fallen in love with running, was there to cheer on the contestants throughout the run, while Mike and Helen from last season were at the finish to cheer them home.

As for that weigh-in, I'm quite literally speechless. I was proud of the women when they each dropped 16 pounds to get in the 8-9% range. But Danny, who I knew looked much thinner than when he left, just blew me away. 59 pounds in 60 days ... at home! How is that even possible? Rudy fared almost as well with 43 pounds of his own. That's 14.53% for Rudy and a stunning 20.49% for Danny.

While it quite obviously left Liz and Amanda to plead with America to make them the third finalist, I have to wonder if any one of them has a real chance of beating Danny or Rudy in this. I don't know how many days there are between the weigh-in we just saw and the live finale next week, but if this was any indication, those two are just going to look phenomenal.

I won't rule the ladies out, though, as Helen proved that being smaller can be a big advantage when it comes time for that final weigh-in.

[Catch up on their amazing journeys with clips and full episodes of The Biggest Loser on SlashControl.]

Who do you want to win The Biggest Loser?
Amanda80 (30.7%)
Danny136 (52.1%)
Liz12 (4.6%)
Rudy33 (12.6%)

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Mike

My Tv was confused by the president's speech and only taped the first half-four. That was enough for me. My wife has been on Team Danny and I am on Team Rudy, so we're both happy. They've already won.

December 02 2009 at 1:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sarah

i agree. this episode was overwrought with clips we've seen at least twice before. that being said, i am not really excited to see any of them win more than i am to see the other contestants come back. so many good players fell on the sword this season that my favs left the competition way before their time.

December 02 2009 at 11:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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MCW

You're right... it's going to be a dramatic difference when we see everyone who went home finally come back. We've seen plenty of the final 4, it's time to give the others some spotlight, since most of them left before their time, and for stupid reasons.

December 02 2009 at 11:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lisalou

I completely agree with you about all the great players gone already...I truly wish they wouldn't even make people leave...just take them out of the running for the money

December 02 2009 at 5:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MCW

"...It served as a retrospective of the season..."

You feel like you aren't even allowed to say it, but they're showing us the same clips over and over and over. At least Survivor is honest about when they're going to have a rerun episode.

December 02 2009 at 10:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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MCW

They could've cut 45 minutes from the show last night, and that would leave you with only new footage.

December 02 2009 at 10:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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