Love to Interrupt
The DiGeorge Files
The Video Wall
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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"Bake Selling Yourself" -
We spent last week staring at election returns. We
look at this week going into weight loss returns - and
we come into the traditional reality game show dilemma
which started all the way back from the first series of
Survivor. What am I talking about? We'll see later...
...but for now, we'll get a verrrrry long recap. Why
verrrrry long? Well, the episodes are now 90 minutes
long because a. the ratings are good and b. Father of
the Pride's ratings aren't, which is something they
can't afford to have during the November sweeps period.
We wake up the next morning, as Gary feels good that
he's not eliminated. Kelly Mac is happy too that the
teams are even, while the other Kelly misses Lizzeth,
who got booted on the last episode.
Jillian meets her team, and says that she is alarmed
that her team has plateaued that early. She says that
her diet is the 'Eat Less' diet, not the 'Starve' diet,
and what she wants them to do is eat more and exercise
less, adding protein and some meats. That thrills Kelly
and Ryan, who wants to lose at least 7 pounds, while
Matt is concerned that he could be gaining more weight.
On Bob's side, he likes what they are doing in terms of
the 'Eat More' diet - he's just going to add more of it.
Gary says that if it isn't broken, don't fix it, while
Kelly is complaining about her aches. Gary is also
having a knee problem, and he thinks it could be a
factor. Bob is concerned, but Gary says that he will do
whatever he needs to do to win this.
Matt is losing that mentality, as he is getting tired.
David hates the monotony, and he wants to see - or at
least hear from - his kids. With that, he may get his
wish, as everyone sees a phone on the table. Next to the
phone is a box, with a card under it, saying 'Eat this
and' with another card next to the phone which says 'Get
a 2 minute call.' What's under the box? a big Cinnamon
Roll! Temptation, temptation...
Everyone comes in, and Lisa says that it's not fair.
That's around 1,100 calories worth of cake, and they are
all thinking about it. Maurice says that he'd do it if
it was for a ten minute phone call, which prompts Gary
to say that Maurice would have to go through him first.
With that said, there's a knock on the door and a note
in a picnic basket. The note now extends the call to 10
minutes - and they only have 15 minutes left for the
deal to happen. Gary stares at Maurice, who doesn't go
for the phone.
The time limit passes, and there is another knock at the
door. In the basket is another note, saying that since
none of them went for the temptation, they ALL get a 5
minute phone call. Everyone rejoices and a crying Ryan
and Maurice share some huggy-time. AwwwwBarf.
Lisa calls her husband, Matt calls his mom, while Aaron
gets...an answering machine. He yells into the machine
until he gets Darrell, his brother-in-law, on the phone
as he talks about the new addition in their house. Ryan
calls his wife, who he calls his biggest cheerleader. He
starts weeping all over the place as he finally get to
see a human side of him. Gary also calls his wife as
they both start crying. He says that his wife told her
to go out 100%, and that support will only help him.
We get done with the sappy stuff as Jillian takes over
the Red Team. She tells them all that the key to get
back on the weight loss mode is to shock the system -
and a run up the hills is a good way to do it. With
Jillian yelling (and in some cases, pushing them up the
hill), they get all the way up there, and then after a
10 minute break, she yells at them to run back down.
Ryan starts bleeding, but he attributes that to Jillian
coming in last night and biting him with her fangs. Heh.
I would have attributed it to Lizzeth or Kelly and a
very sharp cookie cutter.
After the workouts, they have another surprise waiting
for them - a box that says 'Oversized Popstar' on it.
For their weekly challenge, each team will perform in a
song and dance routine for judges, as they have to
create a song about being overweight. Matt and Ryan are
enjoying the idea, while the blue team is wishing for
that option for that Cinnamon Roll to come back out and
be an edible option instead.
The Blue Team decides to collaborate for ideas, while
the Red Team decides to make Matt the director and Lisa
the assistant director. Lisa protests that just because
Matt is gay (well, there's the gay demographic person,
Chico, every reality show MUST have one gay person in
it, you know), he is the choreographer, while Ryan says
that he's seen Matt dance. Too. Much. Information. Kelly
isn't worried about the performance - she's worried that
everyone will kill each other beforehand. Heh.
Jillian says that life is about performance, while Bob
wants to see what everyone is made of. Maurice gets
excited when he sees the theater. Caroline the Emcee
says that the room will be full of people, and they will
decide who the winners are. The winning team will get a
gourmet meal by the calorie commando, while the losing
team will not only have to make their own meal, but they
will also lose their trainers until after the weigh-in.
The Blue Crew starts it off. They get a rap going off
with Maurice starting off and each of them getting a rap
going. Let's say that American Idol 4 won't be worried
about The Biggest Loser's musical spin-off as Maurice
blows his lines. Oops. They still all think that they
did well, though.
Going against them is the Red Team, featuring Matt
wearing an Elton John wardrobe from the 1970's. They all
have uniform tattered aerobic outfits as they also get a
rap going - complete with a chorus and a chant. Their
performance seemed to be more uniform and in sync than
the Blue Crew, so I think they will win.
After everyone in the audience votes, we find that the
winning team is...(after the commercial break)...the Red
Team! They win, 77% to 23% and they have the edge going
into the next weigh-in. Bob goes into the Blue Team's
room and says that although he won't be there, he is
sure that he taught all of them what to do. He tells
them all that no one is going to go home and implores
them to win the weigh-in. Maurice guarantees Bob that
they will win the weigh-in and tells him to get some
As the blue team leaves the theater, the red team gets
on stage and meets Juan Carlos Cruz, and shows them what
he looked like 70 pounds ago. He tells them that he
knows what they are going through, and his meal will
taste great ad help them lose weight. The first course -
tuna tartare with mangos. During the meal, David
proposes a toast to Lisa and Kelly, who helped them win
the challenge. The women seem happy, as David is doing
his part to heal the rift that he had with the ladies
from the last episode. Will he be this nice if the red
team loses again?
The blue team, meanwhile, takes their time to work out.
Aaron does the same workout he did with Bob to show that
he can do it without him, adding that he has a little
Bob with him. Andrea shares the sentiment, saying that
Bob is all with them as she, Kelly and Maurice all run
in sync. Maurice is confident that they will all
represent as they spend the rest of the evening working
The next morning, Jillian takes over and puts them
through heck. This time around, she tells them that if
they complain, their partner will be the one who does
the extra reps. That motivates Matt and Kelly to keep
their mouth shut, while Matt is still concerned that he
gained weight from the last episode - and wonders if he
can maintain his attitude if he goes back on the scale
and gains weight again. He talks to Jillian about it,
who says that there will be plateaus, and adds that it's
about staying the course, making small changes and
believing he can do it. She tells him that he lost 19
pounds in 2 weeks, and to stay th course, but Matt isn't
convinced as he says that if he gains weight this time
around, he's going to flip out. Could you flip out on
The weigh-in is next, and everyone is concerned. Gary is
concerned about his knee and how well he'd be able to
continue. Kelly is concerned about sticking around to
continue her goal. Maurice wants to be healthy, and it's
not about the money, and Kelly Mac wants the thinness
more than the money. Ryan says he's a winner for being
here for 3 weeks and feeling healthier, while Aaron
wants to have positive vibes about his team.
Will ha have positive vibes after the weigh? Let's
Blue Team -
Gary - from 213-206 = -7 pounds
Aaron - from 234-225 = -9 pounds
Andrea - from 206-200 = -6 pounds
Kelly Mac - from 209-204 = -5 pounds
Maurice - from 423-415 = 8 pounds
Total = -35 pounds
Red Team -
Lisa - from 225-213 = -12 pounds
Kelly - from 225-215 = -10 pounds
Dave - from 240-233 = -7 pounds
Ryan - from 308-294 = -14 pounds
Matt - from 291-274 = -17 pounds
Total = -60 pounds
The red team just blew out the blue team, and it's
pretty unsure who will be leaving, since they all lost
around the same amount. Kelly, who lost the least, is
already packing up her bags. Andrea tells Kelly that
Aaron has told her that he has lost 36 pounds - and he
says that he can also do it on his own. Hence, she will
vote for him, because the rest of them need the
additional help. Well, that's true, but are you going to
vote out the person who's lost amount of weight for your
Aaron says that it's an insane decision, while Kelly
thinks about it while jogging. Andrea won't accept
defeat while Gary says that he has more work that need
to be done. Maurice is confident that he will be there
until the end and that he has unfinished business.
It seems that once again we have men vs. women in terms
of the voting. The women are polarized for Aaron, while
the men, according to Gary, have decided to vote for
Kelly. Or have they? Gary decided to not vote for Kelly
- and tells her this. That shocks Kelly - and Aaron, as
they talk about it later. Aaron wants everyone to pray,
but the women aren't buying what Aaron is selling that
the conversation ends in a very uncomfortable silence.
Speaking of uncomfortable, it's elimination time.
Caroline asks Kelly about her losing the least amount of
weight, but she says that she is strong and dedicated.
Aaron has lost the most, and he thinks that he can bring
more numbers to the table. Maurice says that people
should have faith in him.
So it's time for the voting. Aaron voted for.... Andrea.
Whoa. Didn't see that coming, and from the looks of it,
neither did Kelly. Andrea, going back to her
conversation with Aaron, votes for him. Gary keeps his
word to Kelly and votes for Andrea, while Kelly, who
thought that Aaron was going to vote for her, voted for
Aaron. Maurice says that the person that he voted for
was the person that he thought would be the most ready
to go out into the real world, and he voted
A stunned Aaron tells the group that he is very worried
about their chances. Andrea fired back and says that he
sounds arrogant because it seems like they can't do it
without him - but I think that Aaron is correct and even
Caroline is wondering where that strategy came from. I
agree and we'll have more on this later...
Aaron thinks that the blue team is going to break down,
adding that he has lost 15 pounds more than everyone
else on the team. He may have a point - after the show,
Aaron has lost another 27 pounds. He's now at 198- the
first time he has been under 200 pounds in 6 years.
So going back to strategy - it is way too early to start
jettisoning strong members of the team. The format looks
a lot like Survivor - merge and all, and unless there is
a women vs. men sub-alliance going on, the blue team
can't afford to lose any more members - and certainly
not the person who can lose a lot of pounds quickly.
They better hope that Maurice starts picking it up,
because if not, they are going to be Pagonged right out
of the competition by the red team. The question asked
at the beginning of the recap, by the way, is this - do
you root for the likeable but strategically challenged
team (blue) or the team that you can't stand to root for
but who is playing the game better (red team)? This goes
all the way back to the lovable (Pagong) Vs. intelligent
(Tagi) in the very first Survivor, and we may be having
a repeat of it here.
Next week - Bob doesn't want a repeat of it, so he
penalizes his team for making such a dumb decision,
while the red team loses it on an endurance challenge.
We'll see who loses another member in seven days.