Love to Interrupt
The DiGeorge Files
The battle of the bulge takes a
high-tech turn as twelve people who have one thing in
common... girth... will compete to see who can shed the most
Recaps by Gordon Pepper, GSNN
Host: Caroline Rhea
Trainers: Bob Harper, Jillian Michaels
Creators: Ben Silverman, David Broome, Mark Koops
EP: Ben Silverman, David Broome, JD Roth, John Foy,
Todd A. Nelson
Packager: Reveille Productions, 25/7 Productions, 3
Airs: Tuesdays at 8pm ET on NBC
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"Do or Diet" - October
We start a new era. After the disastrous exit of Last
Comic Standing, we get the new show called The Biggest
Loser, which hopefully won't be what it's called in the
The premise is simple - whoever loses the most amount of
weight wins $250,000. The people will be divided into
two teams, where there will be challenges. The team that
loses must vote off one of their members. After team
challenges, their will be individual challenges, where
people also get voted off.
Does this sound familiar? I may sound like Jeff Suchard
here when I say - look, it's Survivor, gym-style. Of
course, staying on an island for 30 days with nothing to
eat will also result in rapid weight loss... but I
digress. Let's meet the 12 weight-winning wannabe's...
Lisa (26, Orlando, Fl - Sales) is dark haired,
looks mid-western. She's sick of having to sit in the
fat seat in planes and wearing granny panties.
Matt (25, Benington, PA - Marketing) has never
been thin, and the short black haired guy's worry is
that people will only see him as being thin and cute and
not getting to know the real him. The problem here may
be more than just weight...
Ryan (36, Van Nuys, CA - DVD Production) wants to
be an old grandpa - but he won't get to be old if he's
that physically obese.
Gary (40, Brooklyn, NY - Business Owner) has had
some not-so-good news from his doctors. For this short
cropper, balding white-haired guy, this is just not a
David (39, Boston, MA - Real Estate Developer) is
confident when he goes out on the beach with no shirt
on, but the bald developer knows he has to lose weight.
Kelly (31, Belmont, MA - Stand-up Comedian) wants
to be able to go to stores and wear whatever she wants.
She wants to lose her insecurity as well as the weight.
Lizzeth (26, Westminster, CA - Childcare) wants
to be hot - but the Latina is also doing this to be a
role model for her family, who are also all on the heavy
Kelly #2 (28, Coopersburg, PA - Teacher) says
that no one has said that she isn't datable because of
her weight - but she knows that's a fact and she wants
to do something about it.
Dana (21, Nashville, TN - Receptionist) wants to
prove to herself and everyone else that she can live a
healthy lifestyle. She has the Pippi-Longstocking braids
and a very twangy midwestern accent.
Andrea (29, Franklin, MA - Pharmaceutical Sales)
is the lone African-American Female in the group. She
wants to do this not just for health - but for her.
Aaron (29, Los Angeles, CA, Writer), is doing
this because he no longer wants to have man-boobs. Noooo
man boobs for Aaron.
Maurice (well, apparently, he is shy and he
doesn't want any of us to know his statistics), the lone
African American male (who is bald), wants to show
people that just because you're large, doesn't mean
you're lazy. The group comes to meet the host, Caroline
Rhea, as she tells everyone that the walk that they all
did during the player introductions was their first new
step to a healthier life. She warns everyone that there
is no stapling, sucking or cutting - this is about
improving your life the old school way - diet and
Caroline tells them all that there will be temptations
along the way, but if you stick through the program, you
will be a changed person. However, in order to get to
your future, you have to remember the past. Caroline
walks away, and a horse drawn carriage, which was behind
her as she was talking, moves with her as well to
...what they ate last week. Damn, that's a lot of food.
Playfully calling it the buffet, Caroline reminds them
all that they are turning away from that. Lizzeth says
that it made her sick and Kelly the comedian says that
it's a good motivation to start losing the weight.
Carolyn tells them all to go to their food and say
good-bye to it, because their comfort food will soon be
gone. They all do that - but Ryan sneaks a donut from
his food and eats it, which everyone catches and isn't
too happy about it. Way to go making a good first
They walk into a new home - a 24hour Fitness gym. Also
in the gym - a huge scale. Andrea is terrified of the
scale - and for good reason, because Caroline says that
they all have to weigh themselves.... now, as she sends
them all of to get their bathing suits. When they come
out... let's just say that watching all of these half
naked people could be a Fear Factor stunt. Ryan:
"America is going to see my man boobs." Yeah - and they
may be traumatized for life.
Gary, who is disgusted for letting him get this way and
who looks like a slab of meat, is 234 pounds. They get
measures and put in a water tank to determine their body
fat percentage, and Kelly/teacher (236) says that the
whole experience was humiliating. David (who said that
he wasn't there because he looked like Vin Diesel) is
250, while Dana is at 175. Matt is the heaviest that he
has ever been (310) and Lisa (242) was completely
embarrassed. Ryan and his manboobs come in at 310, while
Andrea, who doesn't want to see her weight, is at 215.
Aaron is at 265, who rationalizes it this way. "I know
why I'm so fat - I haven't exercised and I've eaten like
a pig." Well put, Aaron. Kelly/comedian is at 223 - but
she feels like she's at 300. She never wants to see that
number again. Maurice says that he is the big man on the
ranch - and at 436, he sure is.
After that lovely experience, Caroline shows them the
room that could get their numbers even bigger - the
temptation room. Each person has a fridge, and in each
refrigerator is the person's favorite food. Each person
is on one of two teams. In order to stay in the game,
they have to make sure that the team on weigh-in loses
the most amount of weight - because that determines
which team has to vote someone off. She reminds everyone
that $250,000 is at stake. Andrea wants to take a trip
and strut in her 2 piece bikini, and everyone doesn't
care as much about the food as they do about the money.
By the way, those teams are -
Blue Team - Aaron, Dana, Maurice, Andrea, Gary, Kelly #1
Red Team - Matt, Lizzeth, David, Kelly #2, Lisa, Ryan
Both teams get into their rooms to find a bag of sweets
waiting for them. Matt immediately takes their bag and
sticks it in the women's room. Heh. The teams are
already making vote-off procedures, as Matt says that
whoever touches their fridge is gone. Lisa, on the other
hand, is offended, saying that if someone tells her what
to do it will push her to food. That's not a good
attitude to have...
Maurice says that some of the people don't have a chance
- because he loses the most amount of weight. Well, that
makes you a threat, Maurice, and maybe an ideal
candidate to go home after the team competition has
ended. Matt says that the first week, people won't be
losing a lot of weight - Maurice included.
David uses to be a physical trainer (wha?) and he says
he's here because he ate too many late night meals. Andy
has said that they have all lost weight off of diet
plans, while David thinks that Ryan will quickly run to
the fridge. Everyone then says that they are all
determined and how they will all be... The Biggest
Helping out the loser-wannabe's will be two different
trainers. Jillian Michaels, a female fitness trainer who
likes to push people hard a la the army, is the sergeant
of the red team. Bob Harper, from Nashville, will be the
blue trainer. He focuses on making it fun - but to get
Jillian says that the first time can be rough, which
usually results in people throwing up. They don't do
that, but David calls her a 'tough b...chick' as they
all collapse. Conversely, Bob sits them all down and
wants them to all know each other. We get a flash
sequence between Jillian pushing her group through
torture and Bob talking to his group.
Jillian tortures them all with another run, and Jillian
tells them all that she is pushing them because this is
as bad as it's going to get - but it will get better. On
the other side, Bob has them do light circuit training
which keeps people their heart rate - except for Dana,
which he goes after because he doesn't think that Dana
is trying her hardest.
Jillian continues to go after changing habits - starting
with Matt. When she finds out that he has cigarettes,
she has Ryan hold Matt as she takes them and destroys
them, much to the shock of Matt. He thinks that all he
has to do is go get another pack in his room - until
Jillian tells him that if she finds out he's been
smoking, everyone else will run a mile. He doesn't like
cold turkey, but he realizes that if he does, he's
leaving. He goes after Dave and says that he also
smokes, which has Jillian telling Dave that he's
quitting. She tells him that it's not about using the
cigarettes instead of eating to win a competition - it's
about changing your habits, and David reluctantly agrees
to do it.
We have our first upchucking victim - and it's Aaron,
who does it in the bushes. The rest of the group rally
around him, and they end their session with a team
huddle and a 'Go Blue Crew' chant.
Jillian introduces us to the red team's 'Eat Less' diet,
which is to burn more calories than you take in, go high
on protein and fiber and low on carbs, and to control
the portion. It's not about not eating carbs - it's
about eating the right carbs, as they will be eating
more vegetables. Jillian says that if they cheat, to not
lie to her about it - and she looks like she means it,
too. Bob counters that with an 'eat more' diet, which is
to eat 4-6 planned meals a day, regardless if you are
hungry or not, with a high volume, low calorie and low
carb. In addition, he will be eating the same thing that
everyone else will be doing. Andrea loves the new diet,
because there's portions and Aaron likes it, but
Maurice, who is wondering where the meat is, calls it
the 'eat not enough' diet.
The next morning, everyone wakes up and complains about
their muscles, which took a pounding from the night
before. They also come down and see breakfast, which is
bacon, French toast, sausages, pancakes and lots of
stuff that you shouldn't be eating. 'Probably the only
thing here we can eat is the plant (on the table)' jokes
Kelly, but Maurice decides to munch on the bacon. The
team allows it, but prohibits him from going anywhere
near the sausage.
The contestants now have fuel in their bodies, but two
race cars next to Carolyn have no fuel in them. The
teams have to carry the cars across the finish line by
rotating people between dragging the car and in the
driver's seat. The winning team gets 5 pounds of lard.
What's so important about the lard? They can add it to
the other team's weight at the weigh-in. The Red team's
Ryan complains of fatigue and stopped dragging the car -
and that's the difference as the Blue team wins. Aaron,
true to his nature, vomits right after the challenge,
while Maurice claims victory, saying that they have not
only win, but they have beaten the red team's spirit.
Maurice may be right, as Lisa complains to Matt that
since no one is writing stuff down, she doesn't know
what to do in terms of eating as Matt, who shrugs, says
that Jillian is going to make their lives miserable when
she finds out. Matt's right, as she makes them do cardio
in 2 hour sessions. Matt wants to quit, but Jillian
won't let him as he gets through the session, which
lasts for a total of 5 hours. on the other side, it is
Dana who is complaining, but Bob gets Dana through it.
We see both teams working hard as we see a 5 minute
filler on how hard everyone is working.
Next up - the weigh-in. Lizzeth is torn between not
trying hard and missing her family, while David says he
needs to make the change and Lisa is wondering if her
body will hold up. Ryan's frustrated because even if he
loses a lot of weight, if his team loses, then he can be
Starting weight - Blue - 1,537 pounds
Red - 1,535 pounds
Blue Team -
Gary - from 227-215 = -12 pounds
Maurice - from 436-423 = -13 pounds
Kelly Mac - from 223-210 = -13 pounds
Dana - from 175-170 = -5 pounds
Aaron - from 261-241 = -20 pounds
Andrea - from 215-209 = -6 pounds
Total = 69 pounds
Red Team -
Lisa - from 235-225 = -10 pounds
Lizzeth - from 167-164 = -3 pounds
Matt - from 310-288 = -22 pounds
Dave - from 250-240 = -10 pounds
Kelly - from 242-227 = -15 pounds
Ryan - from 330-311 = -19 pounds
Total = 79 pounds + 5 pound penalty = 74 pounds
The red team wins! Jillian 1, Bob 0
Matt and Lisa spoke to Gary about who he is going to
eliminate, and he snaps at both of them, reminding them
that he didn't make fun of them when it came to them
losing the challenge. He speaks to Andrea that Dana only
lost 5 pounds and Maurice didn't lose as much as he
should have. Dana puts a bigger bulls-eye on herself,
saying that she at 170, isn't going to lose much more
weight than 5 pounds at a time. Kelly is upset at
herself for only losing 13 pounds while Maurice says
that he wants to be there. Dana says that her journey
isn't complete until she loses 30 pounds and Andrea says
that she has started her life change, regardless of what
The blue team comes in with dinner trays and a cover. In
each tray is the name of someone that they have wanted
to vote off. Caroline does her Jeff Probst
interpretation, but not getting much out of it. Maurice
votes for Gary, but Aaron, Gary and Andrea vote for
Dana. Dana votes for Andrea, but with Dana up by 2
votes, Kelly's vote is inconsequential and Dana is
eliminated. Caroline says that Dana will not be the
biggest loser. True - but she is the first one.
Caroline reminds everyone to stay strong and keep up the
team spirit. Meanwhile, Dana, as leaving, loves what Bob
did and wants to continue what she's doing. Apparently,
she did - we see that after the show, she lost 15 more
pounds with a new job and boyfriend. Well, the show
seems to have helped her...
...but as for my take, the jury is still out. This could
be a good show that shows people how to do this dieting
trend at home with more advice and input - or it could
turn into a Survivor clone and be just as uncreative in
the future, voting and all, down to the final jury of
their peers. We'll see which one this evolves into as
time goes by...
...and when the time
hits next week, someone on the Red Team goes the extra
mile, while someone else does their best - to wreck the
team. Tune in to see who pounds what to whom.