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'The Biggest Loser' - 'Week Eleven' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 31st 2010 3:19AM
Victoria & Cherita Andrews, 'The Biggest Loser: Couples 3'(S09E11) Well, all hell broke loose at the Biggest Loser ranch this week. There was so much chaos going on, we didn't even get time for a normal challenge, which isn't to say there wasn't a challenge, and there weren't two people with immunity this week. But I'm getting way ahead of myself.

As promised, we got to see a lot of familiar faces, and a couple of not-so-familiar faces, as the eliminated contestants returned yet again for a chance to return to campus. It was a little odd seeing some of them at a size that is clearly before what we saw in their "after elimination" packages.

The return was especially difficult for the original blue team, Cherita and Victoria Andrews, as neither of them have had the opportunity to spend even one full night as part of 'The Biggest Loser' on-campus experience.

The first week, they were cut along with Sunshine and O'Neal for coming in last on the cycling challenge. In week four, they were beat out by Sunshine and O'Neal in at-home weight loss for the chance to return. Despite having to do it all at home, they'd continued their weight-loss efforts, so it was gratifying to see some of the game-play removed when the remaining contestants voted to allow Victoria at least a chance to experience the Ranch.

When Alison Sweeney revealed that a challenge would determine the second contestant who would be returning, I was a little pissed off that ABC had already spoiled the results in their promos for the episode. I realize that Melissa is a polarizing personality, and it's probably not a bad idea to promote that she's going to be in the episode if you want to draw more eyeballs. But couldn't you have at least tried to make it a little less obvious that she won this challenge? Maybe speculate that she might return.

Knowing that the scene of her bursting through the gym doors with an, "I'm back!" took all the tension and excitement out of the step challenge. Gee, I wonder who's going to win this? Could Miggy catch up? Does Sherry have a chance? Yawn.

It certainly means the next week or so, at least, is going to be interesting. With things switching to singles from here, there's even a chance that she could go pretty far. And right away, she started talking about how stupid everyone at the Ranch is for ignoring the gameplay aspects of it. It was weight-loss, or a lack of it, that did her in the last time, but she seems to have gotten that back on track.

Victoria, on the other hand, did not have a good first week on campus. Perhaps we'll call it the jitters. Most contestants shed a ton of weight on their week one, but she has been losing weight at home, so it's more an adjustment her body needs to make to stick around. I'd hate to see her below the yellow line next week, because unless Melissa is right there next to her, she'd likely be the one to go; she just hasn't had time to build any ties around campus yet.

The gameplay ploy Koli played this week felt more like gameplay on his part than on hers. I think Sam and Koli may be playing everyone in the house by playing a strong strategic game, but doing it completely in secret. Stephanie has been a horrible weight-loss contestant most weeks in this game, and was again this week. To think that she could strategically throw a weigh-in to get Sherry eliminated is something Melissa might do, but I don't think it's something Stephanie could do even if she wanted to.

I think Sam skated by this time on relationships he's built, because he's a tremendous physical threat in challenges. Strategically it would have made sound sense to get rid of him, which is why I think he and Koli are playing this game like the "Ron-father" did a few seasons back: sweet, kind and manipulative to the end.

It's still a bit early to see if they can run the game to the end, but I see them with a very strong chance. The longer they keep their team intact, the better they'll be. Only the yellow team is two strong, as well, and they probably figure it's only a matter of time before O'Neal can be sent packing when he slips below that line.

They've still got Daris and Sunshine to deal with for serious contention for the title of Biggest Loser, even if it comes down to the four of them in the finals; and those are two very tough competitors. I'm not ready to count out Michael or Ashley yet, but they just have so much further to go, and have to put up such big numbers each week to stay competitive that their struggle is going to be so much harder along the way.

WEIRD LIVE WEIGH-IN

I'm as thrilled as anyone that this guy was so inspired by the show that he lost more than 400 pounds, but couldn't they have gathered his friends and family there for a show of support. The eerily quiet live weigh-in with him and Alison was incredibly awkward. They also could have taken some of that two hours they had to work up some banter, or prepare their interview.

I love these stories of regular people who are changing their lives, but the presentation of this couldn't have been more awkward if he'd been asked to stand there in a speedo. No, I take that back. That would have been more awkward.

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Lisa

I would like to think that Koli was being genuine, but Brent has a interesting theory that might be true. I can't believe they let Melissa back though. Why couldn't they just bring one back? But if she ever falls below the line again, she'll be gone! I also don't get why they keep bringing people back if they keep doing that, this is going to be the longest season ever! I was glad they brought Vicky back though she should get at least a shot at being on the ranch, it's kinda cruel to keep bringing people back and sending them home. Also, am I the only one bothered a bit by some of the challenges that they put together? It seems to me like some of these challenges are set up for someone like Melissa to win. I know the show is physically demanding, but it still seems like they are asking a lot of these people at times.

March 31 2010 at 6:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jan Crump

I was sorry to see Stephanie go! I like her a lot. NOTE: Stephanie did an interview, real time, 2 weeks ago on AOL, and said that she and Sam are in love and living together and plan to be married! I think that is why Koli was such a sh*t last night and stabbed her in the back. I guess he doesn't approve. I hope Sam realizes how she was played by his cousin when he watched the show last night! I hate, hate, hate, hate, etc. that Melissa is back. She is the worst representation of a woman - scheming, sneaky, back stabbing, controlling, mean spirited, etc. Don't like her, can you tell! lol

March 31 2010 at 6:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
PomDeTerre

Good riddance stephanie- she's a whiner & clearly the weakest link there. NO ONE can endure that regimen week after week and only lose 2 pounds or so ongoing- unless they're sneaking in burritos. Now, PLEASE get rid of that be-ech Melissa- AGAIN. All I wanna do is slap her ugly face.

March 31 2010 at 4:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lisa

@ Brent! I thought the same thing! They never annouced her her new love was. Automatically I assumed it was Sam!. Boy this year they really laid in the drama!

March 31 2010 at 2:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Z!

Im so glad that Vicky was voted back in cause she deserved it. Koli is full of bs cause he was the one being shady talking about people behind their back without a shred of evidence which he admitted. And I dont hate Melissa cause she is right, its ultimatlely a game and no one is gonna look out for you as Steph found out when her "friends" voted her off. These people need to wake up and I cant believe they left Sam on. That guy is a beast and they might never get another chance to get him out.

March 31 2010 at 1:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mel

I was so upset last night. I agree that Stephanie has been working hard and had a few tough weeks - as a woman around her exact age and weight - I can say it's such a struggle, losing 8 lbs one week then 1 or 2 the next week. She did not cheat nor manipulate and I was angry with Koli for suggesting it and Ashley for buying it.

Not to mention if those folks really wanted to look at the overall picture and "game play," they would've gotten rid of Sam who is more of a threat. It broke my heart to see Steph go and also get let down by her "friends" but she looks so beautiful and healthy and that's what it's all about. I'm so dissapointed in Koli. I like your theory, Brent ;-)

March 31 2010 at 10:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brent Todd

here's something else to consider with Koli's actions. Sam and Stephanie developed a relationship while on the ranch. Lots of flirting and hand holding and what not. Remember her speech at the end about finding love. Notice there weren't any shots of her and a guy? It's because the guy is Sam. My crazy theory on this is Koli is jealous of the time Sam started spending with Stephanie when she lost the 9 pounds versus him. So Koli, knowing how mentally unstable Steph would turn out to be, planted that seed that she threw the weigh ins. Adds a bit more to it huh.

March 31 2010 at 7:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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sarah

say it ain't so! i love Sam!

March 31 2010 at 9:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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