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'The Biggest Loser' - 'Week Twelve' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 7th 2010 11:15AM
Jillian Michaels, 'The Biggest Loser'(S09E12) Is there any point in saying it was a crazy week in the house anymore? The producers seem determined to make every week more intense and stressful than the week before, and that's exactly what happened.

Right off the bat, Alison Sweeney announced that contestants would have a chance throughout the week to earn immunity. They stuck a button in the middle of the gym. The first person to hit the button opened the scale. If they lost at least 2% of their total body weight, immunity was theirs. If they didn't, they were out of the hunt for that week.

Right away, the queen of gameplay, Melissa, was gunning for that button. With no allies in the house, she would need it to save her bacon should she fall below the yellow line. And then there was the challenge.

I am totally behind the addition this season of penalties for the person who comes in last on these challenges. It helps to spur the competition, and ensures that people will push themselves just as hard as they can. The swimming challenge looked grueling, unless you're an Olympic swimmer like Sunshine. That girl was a fish in the water; an advantage that helped her secure a win.

The interesting aspect of the challenge was what happened after you picked up your one hundred one-pound weights from the floor of the pool. You had the option of just quitting, or stepping up to help someone else. With both O'Neal and Michael struggling below Melissa's level, everyone stepped up to help them both, pushing Melissa to the bottom where she received a one-pound disadvantage at the weigh-in.

Suddenly, that button was all the more important. Victoria jumped the gun, and pushed it on day two of the week. But she only dropped three of her needed six pounds by that point, so was out of the running. From there, it became a battle between Sam, Koli and Melissa for who would push it first, and it came down to middle-of-the-night exercise going into day four.

I felt certain when the sirens went off that Melissa had gotten to that button, but Sam beat her to it. Even more astonishingly, when he needed to drop six pounds, Sam shed a whopping ten of them ... in four days time. The advantage going into the next weigh-in is that counted for his official weigh-in for the week, meaning he has an extra three days of weight loss towards next week's number.

In the end, the one-pound disadvantage helped Melissa; she turned out to have no difference on her weight-loss efforts. Just like the last time she was on campus, despite working out hard, Melissa didn't get the weight-loss numbers she needed to see. She was down with Andrea, or as I call her "The Invisible Girl." Honestly, don't you forget she's even there when she's not on camera?

There's a lesson to be learned through Melissa's aggressive gameplay strategy, and it's one that Russell Hantz learned last season on 'Survivor,' and may yet face again. As much as gameplay can work, it inevitably alienates you from the group, even if they're playing the game as well. Melissa was ostracized on an epic scale for wearing her gameplay on her sleeve. Russell played his way to the final three, but wasn't liked well enough to earn the necessary votes over a lesser player.

The revelation that she was a lawyer was something I didn't know, but fit in perfectly with her approach to the game from the beginning. Her closing argument was about as strong as you're going to see, but her downfall was in not reading and knowing her jury. At the same time, I think she knew an emotional or personal appeal wasn't going to work, so she took the only long-shot she had. It didn't pan out.

We've already seen Melissa at home, and there were no new revelations with this second trip back home, except that we got to see Lance again, and watch them both run a half-marathon. I'm sure NBC is a little disappointed that the queen of drama wasn't able to stir much up on her second run, and in fact didn't even stick around. Like Russell, she's so polarizing a player that people can't help but tune in to see what she might do next.

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Mike

I think what will kill these shows that lets "eliminated" people return (Project Runway brought back an excellent model only to have her not chosen again) is we wil stop beleieving an of it is real. You can get kicked off, come back, get kicked off . . . why watch anything but the finale?

April 07 2010 at 7:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sah

I am glad Melissa got sent home last night. I am glad to see everyone getting along and not back stabbing each other this season. Good luck to everyone on the show.

April 07 2010 at 7:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sarah

i am sooo glad gameplay, or negative gameplay, died this season. everyone is playing their own game, but they aren't really cutting people down and being nasty about it. glad Melissa is gone.

April 07 2010 at 1:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Europa

As soon as it was revealed that Melissa is a lawyer I immediately thought, "Oh well, that explains A LOT!" What's that quote from Shakespeare? "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers". I know people complain about using that quote because it's often used out of context but I can't help it. I didn't want her back on the ranch any more than any of the remaining contestants. She's just a pain which, I'm sure, the producers loved.

April 07 2010 at 1:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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April 07 2010 at 11:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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