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'The Biggest Loser' - 'Week Thirteen' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 14th 2010 3:03AM
Danny Cahill, 'The Biggest Loser 8'(S09E13) Danny Cahill, who won last season of 'The Biggest Loser,' was so much fun to watch on his journey to success. Who better to come and inspire the current batch of contestants? He was joined by CNBC's Suze Orman, who came back to offer financial advice to the contestants, or at least that's what we were led to believe.

In truth, she did little more than ask a couple of them how in debt they were, and then made her prediction as to who would win based on various financial factors she knew about them. She made a last minute change to her pick based on a revelation one of the contestants made right there.

I remember last year her talking about the financial burden of being overweight, and really getting into some real discussion, but this time she had virtually nothing to say. Maybe they saved all the good stuff for her CNBC show this weekend; which would mean her appearance was little more than another blatant 'Biggest Loser' commercial.

At least she trotted out Danny, her pick for last season's winner. If picking based on finances is the way to go, then this season's winner is going to either be Koli or Sunshine. Koli was her first pick, until he revealed that he hadn't been bothering to count his calories during his stay at the ranch. That revelation caused her to switch her pick to Sunshine, though she indicated if he got his act together, it might still be him. I have no idea, because she didn't really go into it, how she came by her pick and how much stock we can put in it.

I'd rather put stock in who's working their asses off at the ranch. You know, people like Koli and ... Sunshine. Well, what do you know? Her system must work after all.

Money was at the heart of this week's challenges, and it was nice to see O'Neal give the car he won to Sunshine. after netting several hundred dollars in her second place finish to Michael in the quarter balancing challenge, Sunshine had a pretty good week. Until she got on the scale, that is.

The producers did a good job of setting up some drama there, by having both Sunshine and O'Neal hovering just above that yellow line. Fortunately for them, Drea had a poor showing, and nobody did worse than Sam. Considering he weighed in on "Day Four" last week as part of that challenge, he had ten days to shed pounds, and he netted a zero. I don't even know how that's possible.

I had a bad feeling about Drea this week, though. For the first time in thirteen weeks, we actually got to know her a little bit. In looking at all the remaining contestants, it was always Drea that I forgot about, and she was the one we knew virtually nothing about (Victoria doesn't count here because she's still fresh and new). I had a feeling they were spotlighting those contestants who would make up the final groupings, so it didn't look good for Drea's long-term position for several weeks now.

I guess they wanted to give us a little glimpse into who she is and what she's all about before the rest of the contestants sent her on her way, keeping the Gray team two strong going into the final eight. It's always risky to keep couples together this long, as they start to use their numbers advantage to their benefit, often landing both partners in the final four.

Brown team did it two seasons ago, and I could see a gray and yellow alliance pushing everyone else out, so long as they can keep their own numbers high enough to avoid elimination over the next few weeks. As much as I hate to say it, with Drea gone, I think I could support any of the remaining eight contestants in the final four, and even winning this season.

Victoria might be a bit hard just because she's new, and because I know that's not fair to her, I don't even like that I feel that way. But if her, O'Neal or Sunshine makes it that far, it will be a testament to their strength and character considering that all three were sent home on day one and had to accomplish much of the work on their own.

Either we're getting too close to the finale for the producers to want to show much progress in the "Where are they now?" vignettes, or Drea hasn't really lost much more weight since being sent home. I have a feeling it may be a combination of the two, but it is good seeing her passionate about weight-loss, and helping others achieve their own goals.

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Lynnie

I agree with all 3 of you - the Sunshine/O'Neal team is getting to be almost as annoying as the Ron/Michael team was. I was actually rooting for Sunshine to be in the bottom 2, or even voted off! She could finish out at home, anyhow - look how far she's come already. I'm cheering for Daris and Ashley; they're my favorites!

April 15 2010 at 4:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GrumpyOldMan

Sunshine blats at the drop of a hat when everything doesn't go her way.
And what was that with O'kneel cupping her buttocks?
icky

April 14 2010 at 4:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
CeCe

I for one am tired of the Sunshine/O'Neal fest. There is something just a little creepy about him. Last week she had her talk with him about finally becoming a woman and he decided it was time to let her go. It never occured to him that he was the one holding her back??!! And the tears between those 2 .. "cry me a river" could be an actuality.

April 14 2010 at 9:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Mel

OH THANK GOD! I totally agree!I am soooo sick of the uncomfortable attachment between Sunrise and O'Neal and her sobbing through the weigh-in was distracting and annoying.

Still don't trust Koli after he lied to Ashley and got steph sent home...I hope Sam isn't being sneaky, too.

I adore Daris and want him to win - he is hard working, classy, and drama-free.

April 14 2010 at 11:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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