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'The Biggest Loser' - 'Week Eight' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 10th 2010 3:18AM
The Biggest Loser, Sam Poueu(S09E08) Poor O'Neal. Apparently, nobody clued him in to who the vulnerable members of the blue team were going into last week's elimination. That meant he could sit there at the house a completely and total emotional wreck for the cameras to zoom in on, fretting that his daughter Sunshine had gone home. How much do you want to bet a producer outside asked the blue team to go into the house with Sunshine last to up the emotional drama.

Gotta wring out those tears however they can!

This week it was all about wringing out sweat in double-time, as Alison dubbed it "Work Week." Contestants had to add an eight-hour-a-day job to their regular exercise routine for one week to give them a taste for what it will be like for them when they get back out into the real world. But first ... why don't you pull that semi?

I felt terrible for the black team the moment I saw those trucks sitting there. With all the heart in the world, there is no way those five women and Sam can pull a truck as effectively as Michael's stacked blue team. And they did struggle more in getting started, but those women surprised and impressed again by staying more competitive in this challenge than even they thought they could.

If there's one side effect of Michael's machinations in selecting the teams, it's that he has created a solid fighting force in the black team, under Sam's apparent leadership -- though let's be honest; I've been married long enough to know that if a man thinks he's leading a group of women, it's only because that's what they've decided to let him think.

It's a little frustrating as a viewer to watch these teams, because we're almost inherently programmed to root for the underdog. That's not a knock against the black team, but it's not as if I dislike most of the members of the blue team. They didn't choose this arrangement any more than we did for them. I'm just ready for this season to get to singles before we lose too many more people.

While it seems a foregone conclusion that the black team can't compete in these muscle-based challenges, it's still anyone's game on the scale. The problem there, though, is that while Sam is still a big guy, he's closing in on his goal weight. That's why Michael put him on that team. He knew that Sam wasn't going to be able to throw up big numbers for much longer. He's gaining muscle mass and tone, though I'm not ready to proclaim his body beautiful just yet, Jillian.

Sherry really impressed me this week. One of the smallest and oldest people on campus, she managed to not only haul ass on that challenge, loading crates into the back of the semi, but she managed to score herself immunity on the scale with the highest percentage of weight-loss for the black team.

While it's disappointing that the black team lost the weigh-in, it was unrealistic to think they could beat the blue team week after week. Overall, Cheryl was probably the best strategic person to eliminate, though you can just imagine how hard that will be for Daris -- who looks poised to take this whole competition right now. Maybe it will be the fire he needs to push himself even further.

As for eliminations, I can't help but think it was a little cold of Koli to refuse to say goodbye to Sam in any way at the close of the weigh-in, only saying "He knows." He then blubbered into the camera about Sam for minutes on end. Was it not wanting to show that level of emotion in front of everyone, or is that just the kind of relationship they have. I thought Miggy and Migdalia were the emotionally cold ones, but that struck me as cold.

I'd say that Sam looked dumbfounded by this display, but he spent most of the night with a dumbfounded, slack-jawed expression on his face. I can only imagine him yelling at himself on the screen while watching it back now, the way my wife was, to just close his mouth.

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My Pound for Pound Challenge

This week I decided to take your suggestion, and remember to pay a lot more attention to what I'm putting into my body, along with continuing my exercise. I'd already cut out soda and most sweets, and now it's about portion control and making sure the meals we're eating aren't junk food in their own right. I'm not as vigilant as the contestants are, because I don't have a show paying for my food, but we are making improvements, and that's good for my whole family.

  • Starting: 224 lb.
  • Week 1: 222 lb.
  • Week 2: 225 lb.
  • Week 3: 220 lb.
  • Week 4: 218 lb.
  • Week 5: 221 lb.
  • Week 6: 216 lb.
  • Week 7: 221 lb.
  • Week 8: 220 lb.
  • Week 9: 217 lb.

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The whole Subway thing was over the line this week. I understand product placement, but don't try and fake it. The Biggest Loser always pushes the Stride gum too hard, but when you go to the lengths of making a guy say "I forgot my lunch... but wait - there was a Subway right across the street - the same one we visit every other week from camp! What a lifesaver!" ... that's when you've gone way too far.

They should have instead shown the dismay on Sam's face when the price came up on the register at Subway. That's worth going to McDonald's instead ANY day.

March 10 2010 at 10:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brent Todd

So I started p90x on Thursday and have done 6 of 90 days. In those 6 days I have gained 1.3lbs, but I have lost 1.5 inches on my waist. My calories are almost 100% clean now with very few coming from something sweet and processed.

I did have a cheat meal last week where the wife and I ate McDonalds but it didn't taste the same to me. I am going through produce like no other and it feels great.

March 10 2010 at 7:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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