Another leader left “The Biggest Loser” during Week 12, when Justin sacrificed his place on the show. From the beginning of this season, I’ve wondered where they found these people. It seems like there are no unlikable people, with people giving themselves over for the sake of their teammates. With Justin and Marci gone, though, who will step up and be the leader and motivator of the remaining contestants on the ranch. This week, no one stood out to take the lead on the ranch.
“The Biggest Loser” opened after the elimination with all of the players mourning the loss of Justin. Kaylee apologized for trying to throw the weigh in. Rulon talked about how he felt about losing his teammate. The next day, they saw Alison in the workout room. She showed them videos of how they all reacted to being on “The Biggest Loser” ranch. After they watched the video, they learned about the team that just missed making it on the ranch. Vance, 19, and Leann, 52, a mother-son team, joined them as a the White Team. They worked out at home for a chance to work on the ranch.
For Vance and Leann to get on the ranch, they had to beat Kaylee weight-loss percentage (25.32 percent), the lowest in the house. Vance’s starting weight was 379 lbs. He needed to lose 95 lbs. He only lost 30 lbs. at home, which is actually a good number to lose in three months at home. Leann’s starting weight was 315 lbs. She need more than 79 lbs. She lost 45 lbs. at home. Neither made it to the ranch.
The pop challenge consisted of two team members holding a board with a ball on it. They had to carry the boards and drop 10 balls into the basket. The challenge losers had to spend a week off the ranch. The Green Team took an early lead. The Red Team (Jen and Courtney) lost the challenge and had to leave the ranch for a week. The Green Team also got a 1-minute advantage at the next challenge.
Courtney and Jen received $1000 and a menu of options, including buying their own groceries, a personal trainer for a day and a gym membership. They chose to get their own grocery, the gym membership, calls to home, massages and a night out at a restaurant. Courtney didn’t tell Jen that she wanted Brett to train them for a day. Brett wasn’t happy with their decision not to use a trainer. Courtney and Jen got a nice house in Ojai for the week.
While the Red Team received spa treatments, the other teams were being tortured by their trainers. Cara worked her team hard because of trying to throw the weigh in. She focused her attention on Kaylee in particular. Bob gave Rulon personal attention, challenging him to do a handstand. Bob took his team to a LA middle school and worked out with the students. They handed out Subway Fit Kits.
Courtney and Jen hiked near their home in Ojai and worked out at the gym. They enjoyed their one meal at the restaurant. They wanted to see if they could apply the things they’d learned in 13 weeks. Spending time off the ranch gave them a preview of how they would continue their journey at home. I understood why Brett was upset, but I admired their desire to see how they could do alone.
The Red Team joined the other teams for the challenge. The had to go on an Easter Egg Hunt as a cross promotion for the new movie “Hop.” They had to find eggs dyed in their team’s color and fill crates. All finishers got a free screening of the movie. The winning team would go to the movie premiere. A golden egg contained a special prize. The Green Team used their 1-minute head start. Olivia (Blue Team) found the golden egg. The golden egg gave Olivia the only vote as long as her Blue Team does not lose the weigh in. The Green Team won a trip to the movie premiere. James Marsden was at the private screening at Universal Studios. All the women started drooling.
Despite what seemed to be a tortuous last-chance workout, none of the contestants lost more than 10 lbs. Olivia didn’t have to use her single vote because the Red Team (Jen and Courtney) did not lose the weight necessary to avoid automatic elimination. They needed to lose more than 5 lbs. Courtney lost two, while Jen lost nothing. She left the ranch immediately. At home, she weighed 173 lbs., losing a total of 105 lbs. since the start of her journey.
Though Jen and Courtney will beat themselves up for their decision, it was a good lesson about overconfidence. They still needed their trainer as a guide; however, it took guts to see if they could make it on their own. In reality, the same thing could have happened at home. Next week, Jillian is going to talk to Rulon about eating in his room.
Bob (Blue Team)
Olivia 180 lbs. 176 lbs. 4 lbs.
Irene 173 lbs. 170 lbs. 3 lbs.
Moses 300 lbs. 293 lbs. 7 lbs.
14 lbs. 2.14 percent
Cara (Green Team)
Ken 263 lbs. 257 lbs. 6 lbs.
Austin 272 lbs. 265 lbs. 7 lbs.
Kaylee 174 lbs. 169 lbs. 5 lbs.
18 lbs. 2.54 percent
Jillian (Black Team)
Jay 282 lbs. 276 lbs. 6 lbs.
Rulon 330 lbs. 325 lbs. 5 lbs.
Hannah 172 lbs. 172 lbs. 0 lbs.
11 lbs. 1.40 percent
Brett (Red Team)
Courtney 234 lbs. 232 lbs. 2 lbs.
Jennifer 187 lbs. 187 lbs. 0 lbs.
2 lbs. 0.46 percent