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'The Biggest Loser' - 'Week Fourteen' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 21st 2010 8:36AM
(S09E14) Half of the remaining contestants in the house will make up the Final Four, and the other half will be going home. Want to know how I know that? Because Bob explained the math to me. That Bob Harper, he's not only a trainer, but he's clearly an advanced mathematician as well.
Ashley Johnston, 'The Biggest Loser: Couples 3'
As we close in on the end, I'm getting very close to the point where it will be difficult to see any of the remaining contestants go home. Because we're nearing the finish line, it's time to start thinking about the game and who should have their chance at the grand prize.

It's easy to say that someone like Sam, who lost zero pounds last week, is ready to go home, his journey nearly complete. But if his journey includes a shot at the title and the $250,000, then what's to say his amazing accomplishments aren't worthy of that opportunity. You can only play nice for so long. Game play is inevitable, and it's knocking now.

With this week's temptation, Koli went absolutely bat-shit crazy. As with most temptations, most of the contestants didn't even participate, which means they're stronger than I might have been. There's a part of me that says having all that food piled up like that might make it all look a little disgusting, but taken individually there was some pretty awesome looking horrible-for-you delectables. I'm not sure I could have held out.

Koli had the noble cause of fighting for Sam behind him, but you could tell that he was really enjoying indulging all the horrible habits that led to his weight problems in the first place. At least, at first. By the end of the day, he was struggling. It's a shame he couldn't know what anyone else is doing, because he could have consumed less than half what he did and still won.

The prize was ultimate power: the only vote in this week's weigh-in. He got it so that he could ensure Sam's safety should his cousin drop a lousy number again. Instead, he had to choose between two young women who only dropped a single pound each. Luckily for him, it was Victoria going up against Sunshine.

Nothing against Victoria, who's earned my respect for achieving so much while spending most of the season at home, but it went about as she suspected. She hasn't been there long enough to have built up any lasting relationships, and she hasn't been there long enough for me to be emotionally invested in her story more than I am Sunshine's.

It was interesting, considering the week that O'Neal and Sunshine had, that he managed an 8-pound loss, while she hit only one. I guess the loss of his brother was motivating him emotionally to push himself through the heartache, regret and pain. And as long as we saw Bob and Jillian working with O'Neal, where was the support for Sunshine? This was her uncle, as well as O'Neal's brother. Surely she had a relationship with him as well, and was struggling as he was emotionally.

The challenge put even more of a burden on O'Neal as a bad fall re-injured his knee. The double emotional whack may have been what sent Sunshine's body into a sort of shock. I'm expecting that she'll be able to bounce back to her usual good numbers next week, barring any unexpected disasters.

Koli dropped ten pounds this week; more than any other contestant; despite consuming 4,100+ calories in the temptation. This tells me he might be in trouble next week, as his body is going to have to react at some point. Or maybe the extra time that he and Sam spent in the gym trying to fight off those calories really did make the difference.

As much as it's easy to say Sam is done with his journey, and Jillian's concerns that they are codependent on one another, there's something to be said about the power of constant support and unconditional love and commitment. We've seen it in previous "Couple" editions, and couples that have stayed together this deep into the competition tend to do very well as they near the end.

It helps keep you motivated knowing that you've got someone in your corner. That's why I'm a little worried about Ashley now, because who's in her corner? I know she has good relationships with most of the remaining guys, but she and Sunshine are the only girls left, and Sunshine has always bonded and performed more like one of the guys. The odd one out, Ashley has seen all of her friends and allies leave this game.

What worries me is that she's now feeling that same sense of abandonment that she probably felt when her dad passed away. She coped then with overeating, only now she has to have an emotional breakthrough to learn how to stand proudly on her own two feet. She made progress when she had her talk with Sherry, and has succeeded without her, but now she needs to believe that she can do this entirely on her own if she has to. And that she's worth doing it for.

It was great seeing Cherita's follow-up piece during Victoria's. Because Cherita never slept one night on campus, she will be in a unique position to motivate others. All of her success is her own, and she looked amazing. Both the Blue and Yellow teams did amazing work at home during that first month, and it's great to see that the Blue team doesn't need trainers, the Ranch or any of that to succeed, because it reiterates to all of us that we don't either.

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It's getting closer and closer to the finish. But so far I don't think anybody looks as good as Danny did last year.


April 21 2010 at 1:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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