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Review: The Biggest Loser - Week Three

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 20th 2010 3:18AM
Migdalia Sebren and Miggy Cancel, The Biggest Loser: Couples 3(S09E03) The theme this week at the Biggest Loser Ranch was apparently anger. The first part of the episode focused on the Green team. Migdalia, the daughter, does a great job of bottling her emotions, thinking of tears as weakness. But those defensive walls almost prove her undoing. I thought her anger issues would be all we might get, but by the end of the episode, there was anger, bitterness and resentment flying all around.

Alison lets the contestants know that this week will be Student-Teacher week. One teammate will be the teacher, and will be the only one training with Bob and Jillian. The other teammate will be the Student. The only training they'll receive will be at the hands of the Teacher, and only the Student's weight will determine which team falls below the yellow line.

After that, she threw an Immunity Challenge at them that had more twists and turns in the way it played out than it did in what the contestants were actually doing.

That may be my all-time favorite challenge, too. Alison had the Teachers tangle ribbon all throughout a playground, under the impression that someone else would be unraveling it. As such, Michael of the White Team, made his insanely difficult. After they were done, Ali revealed that in fact the Student from their own team would be rolling back up their handiwork, and they'd be doing so blindfolded and guided by the Teacher.

What a gloriously devious thing to do. Poor Maria, Michael's mother, was beside herself trying to undo the knot of messes her son had made. In fact, his twists proved the undoing of several of the teams, except for the Pink Team, which seemed to thwart themselves at the very beginning of the ribbon. In the end, the Gray Team pulled out a victory, earning Immunity and the ability to switch one team's Teacher-Student positions at the weigh-in.

Pink Team had won the first challenge, in one of the lowest calorie temptations I've ever seen. M&M's (or cheap knock-offs) were the temptation. Eating one at a time, the last person still eating would win. Michael and Sherry were the only two who ate the first one, and then Sherry was the only one to eat the second. Three pieces of candy total eaten: 15 calories. I wondered what they were going to do with all the candy that was left ... man, I love M&M's.

For the most part, Pink seemed to choose teams based on what combination they thought would help that team do the best at the weigh-in. In fact, they wound up more worried about their choice of Ashley as the Student on their own team, going up against mostly bigger guys.

Through much of the episode, the focus was on Jillian and Bob's attempts to break through Migdalia's defensive walls of anger and frustration. Jillian's "mean" tactic didn't work, as she anticipated, and Migdalia stormed away ready to quit the show; also as Jillian anticipated. Bob got to play "good cop" and convince her to stay. What was great to see was her mother, Miggy, reiterating some of the points that Jillian had made. Here is a woman Migdalia will listen to, so hopefully she can begin to tackle some of her demons. The Green Team has been a tough one from the beginning, so I'd love to see them find happiness along with their successes.

At the weigh-in, the Gray Team expressed their disappointment in Michael's lack of commitment by switching him from Teacher to Student for the White Team. In the end, he didn't lose enough, sending the White Team below the yellow line. In looking at the final numbers, it looked like they would have fallen below anyway, as Maria's performance was actually worse than her son's.

Red Team's Maria followed up a one-pound gain last week with a one-pound loss this week, setting Bob and Jillian off into a tirade against her for throwing weigh-ins. She denied it, they screamed at her, her husband Lance couldn't even talk (I'll bet he's pissed!), and there's no way we're done with this one.

Honoring Maria's wishes, the Gray Team along with everyone except the makeshift team of John and Stephanie, voted to send her home and keep Michael on the Ranch. She showed that she has lost another 20 or so pounds at home and continues to directly face her fear of the water.

Maria's an amazing woman, but after listening to Koli and Sam, I kind of have to agree with them about Michael. He's kind of been coasting along, enjoying the ride. Sure, he's had double-digit losses each week, but coming in at 526 pounds, he'd have to try hard not to in this environment. He really needs to step up his game, as I really do like him. I'd just love to see that drive in him that I'm seeing in so many of the others.

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My Pound for Pound Challenge

You know, this is harder than it looks on paper. My total weight loss since I started this adventure now is sitting at a one-pound gain. That's right, I clocked in at 225 tonight, three pounds higher than last week. To be completely transparent, I did stand on the scale yesterday at one point (I know I said I wouldn't) and it showed a 223; I tend to fluctuate a lot. The bottom line is that what I did this past week didn't get the job done.

I did get my hands on Jillian Michaels' 30-Day Shred workout video. To give you an idea of what terrible shape I'm in, the morning of this latest episode was the first time I was able to work completely through the Level One workout on it without feeling like I was about to pass out. I picked up a couple of five-pound weights, and found some good jogging pants for colder weather, so I'm hoping to get outside some this week as well.

I'm not going to get discouraged over a bad week, because weight loss is a marathon and not a sprint. I had a lot of distractions, including a massive project that consumed every moment of free time I've had, but that's the way life is. I've got a long way to go, and even some extra time as I'm not going to stop working out when The Biggest Loser goes on its Olympic-sized hiatus.

With an exercise regime taking shape that really is making me feel the burn on a regular basis, it's time to focus more on diet. I can and will do this because it's now or start looking ahead to 250 pounds, and how much a new wardrobe is going to cost me.

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Europa

Oooooo, if only the Grey team had decided to have the Red team switch places! That would have been sweet!!

After the yelling match everyone is onto the Red team's game so I'll bet she'll loose some weight next week.

January 20 2010 at 3:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Aaron

Did anyone else notice the odd editing mistake during the weigh-in? Ali was wearing a black dress and had her hair down, and then for one brief segment, they showed her wearing something teal-colored and with her hair up. It was very, very odd.

As for the big weigh-in yelling match, I really liked the Red Team until now. I thought Melissa's strategy was brilliant but I agree with Bob & Jillian that her standing there and lying about it is insulting. I'm just glad Daris and his Mom are still around. That kid deserves this chance and is working hard for it. I wanna see him succeed.

January 20 2010 at 11:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Amy

I totally noticed that and wanted to know what she really said! In the mis-clip with the teal shirt she said "Good job, Orange Team."

January 20 2010 at 9:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MCW

I thought it was hilarious that Michael made all those knots for nothing. He did a great job with that :)

January 20 2010 at 10:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gennie

As long as I have been watching this show, I have never seen so much attitude!! I really have an issue with people who have the privilege of being on this show and then get angry when someone calls them on the very actions that got them there in the first place. I have to hand it to Jillian (and normally I want to punch her in the throat) because if that woman in green had come at me, huffing like she was, I would have let her leave and not looked back. Am I the only one that noticed that not only did she lie to her mother but she changed her story when she complained to Bob? Then the husband who is such an enabler that he was angry when his wife was actually called our for her obvious lie!! grrrrr! Then there was Michael. Standing there with one eyebrow raised, suppressing (ha!) his anger because everyone could tell that he was too lazy to put out any effort. I might just have to skip watching this season in order to keep my blood pressure down. What a collective bunch of ingrates!

January 20 2010 at 9:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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sarah

i too noticed the change in story. but, i gather that's how she interpretted that through her own guilt. what made me upset is that i feel as if, for a few seasons now, Bob has really been throwing Jillian under the bus. he first noticed the attitude in Migdalia and asked Jillian to talk to her. then he told her to be mean Jillian even though they both knew it wouldn't work. then Bob swoops in to be the nice guy. "I will be there for you." Ugh! snake.

i also thought the ribbon challenge was going to be one of the best. until they started right out of the gate and i realized what a tangled mess that was going to be. i guess ribbons and a playground look fun in theory...

January 20 2010 at 10:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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