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'The Biggest Loser' - 'Week Fifteen' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 28th 2010 8:42AM
Daris George, 'The Biggest Loser: Couples 3'(S09E15) With the elimination of Victoria last week, it was suddenly two teams of two versus three teams of one. Looking at those numbers, if those teams of two united, the solo acts would be in trouble. Seven contestants left. It doesn't matter if you're best friends in the whole wide world. When you're this close to the end, you play the game.

That's exactly what the contestants started doing this week, in a way more transparent than we've seen all season. Unfortunately, in that same week they had to leave the comfort of routine at the 'Biggest Loser' ranch and head for the dude ranches of Texas. Alison Sweeney informed us that five of the fattest cities in America are in Texas, which means they need some motivation.

In honor of those five cities, that motivation comes in the form of a 5k run the contestants will be doing with groups of Texans rallied through the radio. Get through that, corral some calves and get ready for a weigh-in where the temperature is only 34 degrees. Everything's ... colder in Texas?

Not to take away anything from their individual efforts, but both Ashley and Michael have Daris to thank for motivating them with his stair exercise. Perhaps more importantly even than the workout, it helped the three of them solidify as a unit strategically. With the gray and yellow teams looking tighter than ever, this was the first week they revealed to us at home that their plan was to eliminate pink, orange and white.

It makes sense, and they have the numbers to do it, so long as they can beat the scale. This was the week that all three of the singles left in the game really needed to stay above that yellow line to ensure their safety in the game. Otherwise, they'd start getting picked off one by one. If they can break up yellow or gray, they have a better chance in the next few weeks.

There were a lot of heartwarming stories with the local citizens during that 5k walk. It wasn't a challenge, so much as an opportunity for the contestants to inspire others with their stories. At the time of filming, it was clear that the season had already started airing, though I'm not sure how far in we were. It sounded as if Sunshine and O'Neal had already returned to the ranch, which puts it about ten weeks ago now.

I'm sure the physical transformation for the locals upon seeing these seven in person versus what they saw on television was just remarkable. How did they keep from having the final seven leaked, though? Did everyone have to sign confidentiality agreements to not spill the beans as to who was left? I noticed that this wasn't a public event, even though they were in the streets. I guess people aren't as fanatical about finding out things like this on 'The Biggest Loser,' or maybe I'm just not paying close enough attention to the spoilers out there.

Spoiler alert, though if you're this far in you knew what you were getting into: I know many of you have expressed dislike for the yellow team, so this must have been a good week for you. For them, it was an absolutely terrible week. O'Neal's brother died, so they missed the last chance workout for the funeral. Then, they both fell below the yellow line.

Thank god Koli had immunity, as he dropped only one pound. It was a little surprising that he admitted in front of Bob and Jillian that he took it a little easy this week. I would think they'd eat that up and spit it in his face by kicking him up one side of the gym and down the other. But I guess they know there are gameplay elements and strategies in play; particularly in this late game.

The biggest shock of the night came from Michael. Yes, he's still as big as many starting contestants, but fifteen pounds! It's an astonishing accomplishment. I really can't wait to see what these guys look like in the finale, because the side-by-side shots we see now are so astonishing. Ashley has a figure, Daris and Sam look practically done, Sunshine is looking close, and Koli is closing in on what Sam's been looking like for weeks. I'm still surprised each week that Sam and Daris can still find weight to lose.

In the end, it was a no-brainer. Everyone in the house loves and respects O'Neal, and of course he's going to sacrifice himself for his daughter. Alison didn't even update him on how many votes he had during the elimination. I'm sure it was across the board, and O'Neal (the last of the elder generation) went home. The question now is if it will be three-on-three strategically, or if alliances will shake up in the house.

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I think if they were really strategizing the 3 solos should have sent home Sunshine. She is much stronger in the individual challenges than Oneal and he would have probably been a mess if she left and he stayed. I realize the meanness of that but the game is at the point where one of these people left have a chance to win 250k and thats kind of hard to ignore.

Theres been too much boo hooo niceness this season anyway and while I love a tearjerker moment as much as the next guy, wake up people the gray team is thinking money now!! Daris is really the most in tune with the game aspect of it and the fact that yellow and gray team were totally shooting for final four.

That, btw is folly on their part.If I was one of those teams I would want my partner to go so one of us would have a shot at the 100k while the other had a shot at the 250k. Only one person can win the grand prize , might as well send your loved one home and try for both and have 2 chances to win a big $ rather than one, right??

I love Daris too with Michael second... anybody else notice in the promos that they say see the first contestant to lose 200 lbs ON THE RANCH, yeah that means Mikey is staying til the end, nobody else has the potential to lose that much.....


April 28 2010 at 6:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I hope they ditch the couples thing - it worked for a while but I liked it better solo.

I thought this episode was kind of boring, though. Maybe heartwarming but boring. I think Koli threw the weigh-in to some degree, maybe just by taking it easy or water loading or something. I didn't really buy his act of being surprised on the scale, and next week I bet he'll be in double digits.

April 28 2010 at 10:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to John's comment

i think Koli was a little red-faced that it was sooo obvious that he threw the weigh-in. getting a 3 or 4 isn't so obvious, but a 1 is clearly gameplay.

April 28 2010 at 12:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I want Koli gone, followed by Sunshine. I am really pulling for Daris!

April 28 2010 at 3:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am glad O'neal went home . He needs to let sunshine stand on her own two feet. I am tired and I think she is too of seeing him beat himself up for her. She appears to be quite capable of taking care of herself. Right now she needs to focus on her diet as well as her training because something is holding her back,perhaps Bob or Jillian will step in.

April 28 2010 at 9:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Unnatural. Sunshine and Oneal are co-depedent whiners. Finally got rid of him!

April 28 2010 at 9:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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