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'The Biggest Loser: Couples' Season 11, Episode 18 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted May 4th 2011 10:45AM
Tim Gunn, 'The Biggest Loser'['The Biggest Loser' - 'Week Eighteen']

It's Makeover Week on 'The Biggest Loser'! And to kick it off in style was none other than fashion guru Tim Gunn himself. Gunn arrived in style in a horse-drawn carriage, and announced himself as the contestants' fairy godfather.

With the lofty title came the power to grant them three gifts throughout this week's episode. As we only had an hour because of the second episode of 'The Voice,' there wasn't much time spent on their hair and wardrobe shopping. Basically, we got right down to the reveals.

Later, the contestants discovered there were two cars to be won, which is pretty solid odds considering there were only five people left. And then we had a very memorable weigh-in for two reasons, and both of them created very happy moments. It was a feel-good episode all around. Well, except for that yellow line.

But before we get to that, there was the matter of the makeovers. With Rulon quitting last week, we only got to see five transformations, but they were still all stunning. The three girls looked like princesses, which was an especially sweet moment for Irene, as she remembered a time in her younger life when she was so into all these girlish things. Now, feeling beautiful again, she was able to embrace that side of herself.

Things were so rushed, they had to squeeze in a quick product placement during the segment when Ken Paves styled their hair. Here Austin, eat a stick of gum and hold this box toward the camera just like that. Great!

While I liked most of the looks, it was sad to see Olivia's beautiful locks cut so short -- but at least it looked so much better than what happened to Hannah. I swear that looked like a bad wig throughout the One Republic mini-concert. I think it was the bangs, as the 'do looked a lot better when she started pulling them back and wearing her hair more casually.

The challenge was one of endurance and luck, which is generally how they like to give away these cars. Unless, of course your name is Irene. That girl managed to win one of those on her second key, which means she only jogged two miles to get it. Out of fifty keys total, it wasn't until the second-to-last one that the other car was finally claimed.

Olivia got that, which is just fantastic. With her dreams of starting a family, what could be better than a Mazda 5? It was a good week for Olivia all around. She got a wonderful makeover. She got to see her husband and marvel that he's lost the same amount of weight at home that she has on the Ranch (99 pounds each). They looked like a brand new couple and so happy.

Then, one pound away from that 100-pound weight loss milestone, she simply killed it on the scale. She promised that she would sing opera when she hit 100 pounds, and she came through on that promise. No more would she play the witch or the funny fat character. She was shooting for leading ladies, and she hit us up with a song from one of those that moved Bob to tears.

It was an unexpected and beautiful moment. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the game and the weight loss that we lose sight of the fact that these people have lives and hopes and dreams outside of the Ranch. This was a great little reminder for us that these are people and not just players in a game we're watching. It's after the finale that they'll really shine.

But before Olivia's little performance, there was the matter of that yellow line. Olivia's four pounds lost this week pushed little sister Hannah below it, so it was a bittersweet moment of victory. Jay was below it with her, and it seemed inevitable that his second chance in the game was coming to an end.

But that's when Tim Gunn returned and bestowed upon them his third gift. Sure, it was melodramatic and corny as hell, but it's Makeover Week and it was fairy tales and wishes so I can forgive a little silliness along the way. Makeovers was gift number one. Number two was seeing their loved. So for their third gift, Gunn erased the yellow line meaning no one went home this week.

Likely this was a scheduling thing because Rulon quitting last week led to a double elimination. It just fortuitously worked out that it could create a happy ending for Makeover Week. The trainers, who again were only on for a brief moment, were certainly thrilled as this is a terrible week for training and exercise, as evidenced by two- and three-pound losses for three of the contestants.

So we'll do it again next week, and we're back our regular two-hour running time as we head toward the finale in three weeks. Who deserves to make the Final Four? Who deserves to win the whole thing? Who do you think is doing the best at home?

'The Biggest Loser' airs Tuesdays at 8PM ET on NBC.

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