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Similar in tune to "The Biggest
Loser", eight celebrities will be put through the ringer in a
celebrity-studded weight-loss challenge.
Recaps by Gordon Pepper, GSNN
Panel: Dr. Linda Papodopoulis, Harvey Walden IV
EP: Richard Hall, Curt Northrup, Matt Hanna, Jim
Ackerman, Hichael Hirshorn
Packager: Granada America, VH1
Airs: Sundays at 9:00pm ET on VH1
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Weren't You Here Before?
- July 8
A couple of months ago, we had 8 celebrities get drilled
over the course of 16 weeks to try to lose weight. The
results were...well...varied. VH1 (and the viewers, of
course), liked it so much that they decided to do it
again. Let's see who the 8 people who will be going to
the Fat Farm.
Toccara Jones - She was on America's Next Top
Model and got to the top 6 - but was eliminated because
of - you guessed it - her girth.
Willie Aames - He looked so cute and adorable as
a kid. This was over 20 years ago. He still has that
baby fat on him, and lots of it.
Victoria Jackson - This comedienne is a very
active woman. Unfortunately, her blubber has also been
Phi Margera - He plays Daddy Bam on Viva La Bam.
Unfortunately, he could also be Viva La Splat if he gets
Wendy Kaufman - She's the Snapple lady...wait a
sec. Wasn't she in the first edition? Why is she back?
Gary Busey - Popular 80's Actor and the Star of
'I'm With Busey'. Unfortunately, he has gotten so large
that he's now big enough to host AND co-host the show.
Jackee Harry - 10 years ago, the 227 stood for
the Comedy Show that the was known for. Now it could
stand for the amount of time in seconds that it takes
for her to get her pants on.
Jani Lane - he was the lead singer of the band
Warrant. There may be a warrant out for his exercising
techniques if he doesn't clean up his act.
These are your 8 celebrities. This is your recapper. I
am Gordon Pepper, and I welcome you to Celebrity Fit
The celebrities need to lose hundreds of pounds. For
incentive, the stars will have a weight doctor, an
exercise instructor, a psychologist, and lots of prizes
to win as they focus on the weight that they need to
lose. Someone who isn't lost - the host of the show, the
As the celebrities come in, we hear their first
thoughts. Jackee doesn't want to be embarrassed,
Victoria wants to be like Hilary Swank and Gary looks at
this like an amusement park for the body. ANT introduces
us to the panel that the celebrities will have to report
to each week -
Dr. Ian Smith - He is new this season and he is the diet
expert. He is going to customize the diets and teach
them what to eat and what not to eat, adding that Phil
needs the most education. 'My 5 year old has a better
sense of what to eat than you do.'. With that we get a
montage of Phil's wife telling him to not judge a food
based on its weight, like Cantaloupe Vs. Cotton Candy.
Phil argues that if you eat cotton candy, it won't show
up on a scale as quickly than an apple and we get to see
real quick why Phil is the heaviest of the group.
Dr. Linda Papodopoulis - She's from London and this
psychologist is also new to the series. She says that
the majority of diets fail because of negative thinking.
She tells Jani that she will help him find the 'rock' in
the rock star. With that, we get a montage of what he's
eating and we see why he's got that 'roll' in the Rock
Harvey Walden IV, Drill Sergeant and Trainer - The
celebrities hope that he didn't return from last season,
but unfortunately for them, he's back. The person he
immediately goes after - Toccara, as we see her at her
worst moments on the Top Model show. She doesn't want to
lose her hips or thighs, while Harvey calls her his
special project. This seems to be the first drama point
of the show.
The celebrities then go to take a physical, which
include a weigh-in and a water weigh. Here's a check on
the attitudes - Gary says that he has a lot of work to
do, while Toccara is thrilled that she's at 200 pounds.
Gary says that he weighs too much, so he got a penile
After the check-in from the doctors, the candidates go
to Harvey's House of pain. Harvey sends them off to do
some exercises. Some people take it better than others.
For example, Jackee insists on having a nickname of
Diva, which doesn't sit too well with Harvey. She
continues to be a Diva by screaming when she is doing
sit-ups, but adds that she has gained another person. At
least she's doing better than Phil, who can't even do a
We have more attitude issues. Wendy tries to cheer Gary
on, but Gary wants none of it and yells at her. If she
needs to root, she better be rooting for herself - Gary
is the best sit-upper with 45, while she can only do 9
of them. Here's the full list -
1. Gary - 45
2. Jani - 41
3. Victoria - 40
4. Toccara - 37
5. Willie - 31
6. Jackee - 12
7. Wendy - 9
8. Phil - 7
Next up - Push-ups. Toccara complains that her breasts
are getting in her way, but she's actually the leader.
1. Toccara - 47
2. Jani - 45
3. Gary - 43
4. Wendy - 35
5. Willie - 31
6. Victoria - 30
7. Jackee - 17
8. Phil - 14
FInally, it's time to run. How can they do the 100 meter
dash? I guarantee that no one here is going to break any
1. Toccara - 16.00
2. Jani - 16.41
3. Willie - 17.15
4. Victoria - 17.51
5. Gary - 29.23
6. Jackee - 29.97
7. Wendy - 31.51
8. Phil - 32.15
Harvey (To Phil) - What's your claim to fame?'
Phil - 'My son picks on me.'
Phil says that he's been gaining 10 pounds a year, so he
doesn't think it will be a problem to lose 10 pounds a
year. Well, by that time, you'll be 156, Phil. Phil
talks about mowing the lawn to lose the weight, which is
true - but you're not going to lose weight when you are
on a riding lawn mower.
ANT presents the next challenge - a rock climbing
apparatus. Linda explains that the point of this
exercise is to show you how you face challenges. Jani is
terrified of heights - but he actually makes it to the
top. Victoria also made the top as did...Toccara? Not
only did she make the climb up the wall, but she also
finished in first in two of the athletic 'events.'. WIth
that being said, let's see who is on Harvey's 'Most
Some analysis here....Toccara may have a point about not
wanting to lose a lot of weight, as she is smoking
everyone else. We can now understand why Wendy is back
here again. As for Phil, he looks like one big hairy
marshmallow and he really needs to shed some pounds.
After all of the analysis has been made, we move on to
the first weigh-in. ANT once again talks about the rules
and the prizes. He also discusses the importance of the
team captains. The first one is...Gary Busey. Phil
claps, but he's the only one. Jackee lets out an 'Ugh!'
and even Gary is wondering what he's doing there. He
does say that he has great motivational skills as we see
the life of Gary Busey. As you all may (or may not)
know, Busey was involved in a motorcycle crash that
resulted in a brain operation. He survived that, and he
feels that he has been given supernatural powers because
of it. Everyone else thinks that he's one cell short of
a battery. He describes FEAR as False Evidence Appearing
Real. Jackee describes it as, 'I'm going to kick Busey's
Ass...and I think he wants me to.'
Gary approaches the weigh-in and his first number
is...209. The idea is to get rid of that mid section,
which is going to be tough with a knee injury. Gary
explains that the knee injury doesn't bother him
anymore. He also says that TEAM stands for Together
Everyone Achieve More. Harvey sets his target to be 5
pounds and he expects him to lose 30 pounds. Gary
pledges Focus, Ambition, Discipline and Follow-through -
which spells FADFT. The women are already snickering in
the back. I hate to break it to the ladies, but at least
2 of you will be stuck on his team...
The other team captain is...Jackee! ANT - 'Are you up to
the challenge?' Jackee - 'Against that idiot?' Jackee
loves to make friends and influence people. She needs to
influence the scale more, as she is weighing 202 pounds.
Jackee is told to lay off the fried foods and the late
meals. Harvey asks if she is dedicated. She says that
she is, but she's not going to work out. Wha? Jackee
says instead that she's going to be a good leader by
motivating everyone else around her. Harvey immediately
lays into her and tells her that she's in the wrong fit
camp, and Jackee quickly changes her tune and says that
she will get in shape and change her attitude. She
better - she is supposed to lose 50 pounds, and she
starts with a target weight of 5 pounds.
Gary's first teammate is...Victoria! She looks like she
preferred to be nailed by a bus than to be Gary's
teammate. In a flashback, we go to her house and see her
pictures of when she was on Saturday Night Live - and
she was much skinnier. Why? Because she used to be a
gymnast. Her gaining weight is a rebellion against her
father, Gymnast Coach Jim Jackson. Victoria says that
diets don't work - but she needs one, because she's up
to 167 pounds. That's not too bad, but for Victoria, the
exercises may be more mental, as she says that she could
have been anorexic because of her father's desire for
her to lose weight. Linda says that she needs to work on
the self-esteem. Harvey, who works on her body, wants
her to lose 4 pounds this time, and 30 pounds for her
duration on the show.
Jackee is looking for a teammate, but she is looking
less than thrilled when her first teammate will be Phil.
'What a Challenge.' It will be - Phil weighs a whopping
353 pounds. What's more concerning is that over 45% of
the weight is body fat and he eats 6 massive meals a
day. Ian pledges to change that. The objective for Phil
will be 7 pounds for the first weigh-in and a whopping
80 pounds by the end of the show. Phil asks if it's
healthy, as he thought that losing 10 pounds a year
would be ok. Harvey's response, 'Are you mad? Did you
park your spaceship out there and fly in here every now
and then? You are smoking dope.'
Gary's next teammate is someone who ANT had a crush on
when he was a kid. That person is...Willie Aames! He
looks stunned, and we're not sure if it's because he's
teamed up with Busey or because he was deemed desirable
for ANT. We see scenes of him in 8 is Enough and Charles
in charge and a picture of him when he was a 'stud'. Now
the stud has turned to sludge and his wife is concerned
that his continual work has him begging for a heart
attack. His weight is 187 pounds worth of sludge. Ian
tells him to get away from foods and Linda wants him to
get away from work. The target weight loss is 6 pounds
and the target goal for the show is 40 pounds.
Willie says that he has reservations, but he thinks that
the team is going to work hard. He says that he's going
to clash with Busey, who explains to Willie that DOUBT
is for Debating On Understanding Bewildering Thought.
Willie doesn't want to hear any of Gary's clap-trap and
just wants to work out, while Victoria, who actually is
listening to Gary, describes this as Gary starting a
cult...and she's joining it against her will! Yipes!
ANT tells the next person to sashay to the scale - and
it's, of course, Toccara. She weighs in at 205, and she
celebrates? The Body Fat percentage is 29%, and that's
not cause for celebration. Ian says that too much body
fat will lead to diabetes. Harvey says that Toccara
needs to lose weight, and she says that she doesn't have
to lose all of that weight, because she still wants to
be a plus-sized Supermodel. We have found this season's
Harvey says that she needs to lose 6 pounds in 2 weeks.
Toccara asks if that's a lot. If she's not happy about
that, then she's going to be very miserable about what's
next - the total for her is 50 pounds! She complains
that she would be a size 6 if that happens, and Ian
explains to her that at her height, 155 pounds isn't
small. Toccara laughs at Harvey as she gets off the
scale. This is going to be your project.
Gary's last teammate is..Wendy! Gary is not looking too
pleased about that, but welcomes her in by saying that
he is going for positive reinforcement. She slaps him as
she goes to the scale. We can see that this is going to
be a rocky ride. The good news is that her current
weight - 226 - is still down from the 245 that she
started with and she's still in the 40's in her body fat
(44.4%). The bad news is that it's up from the 217 that
she left the first season at. She is also dealing with
her high cholesterol issue again. Wendy admits that she
strayed, but she's back to be serious. Harvey tells her
that it's not a bus rally and she has to go forward. The
target weight loss is 6 pounds and the target is 50
Finally, Jani will be joining Jackee's team, and he'll
be joining her with a weight of 190 pounds. Ian says
that he has chicken legs, a big gut, and hypertension -
all of which he needs to work on. Jani says that he
wants to be a healthier person, and according to Harvey,
being a healthier person means to lose 4 pounds now and
30 by the end of the show.
ANT tells them all that these are the teams - for better
or worse. Gary wants to make a statement. Oh boy. 'This
is the team that has to be together. Otherwise, we
wouldn't be chosen by another force of nature which is
greater than mine.' Everyone is speechless after that
and you could have heard a fly buzz in the room.
ANT introduces them all to the giant scales that were so
prominent in Celebrity Fit Club 1. As a reminder, the
team that loses the most weight over the course of the
season will win the Grand Prize. Everyone gets on the
scales, which will now be calibrated to the team's total
weight. Jackee - 950 pounds. Gary - 789 pounds. ANT
reminds them all that the scales don't lie, and he
leaves them...with them still on the scales as Jackee
asks how they can get off the scales. Heh.
My take? I enjoyed the show for it's first season, so of
course I'm going to like it now. What do I think of the
teams? It's a classic case of 1 team with 3 bad
attitudes (Jackee, Toccara, Phil) Vs. another team
that's unified - but has a massive ego under captain
Busey. I think that Busey's team should do well as long
as his ego doesn't drive everyone nuts. We'll also see
how that patented teammate switch in the middle of the
series affects everything as well.
Next week - The team's first 2 weeks with each other.
Join us in 7 days to see if they work all together as a
team (nah) or implode (probably).