'The Biggest Loser' Recap: One Hour Less is More
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
I've been flapping my gums for weeks now that The Biggest Loser would be much better served by only being an hour. Well it's nice to know that people are reading my articles, but I couldn't have imagined in my wildest dreams that the President himself would intervene and grant my wish. President Obama commandeered the second hour for me so that he could talk about something or other. In fact, BuddyTV is exclusively reporting that mandating the runtime of The Biggest Loser is now officially a part of our Constitution. Thanks Barry!
Big Losers Vie for Gym Privileges
The abbreviated episode forces the issue and gets us right into the week's first challenge. The stakes are high for this one as the losing team will not be allowed to work out in the gym, and thus will be on their own losing weight this week. The challenge involves a test of their knowledge about dietary questions. I'm not afraid to admit that I failed just about as hard as the black team did. But before we even get to see how a week without the gym will affect the team, we have to deal with the drama provided by Mrs. Claus (Chris) threatening to go home. She tells Bob that the house has caused her to lose her sense of invisibility in real life, but her histrionics sure seem to be a cry for more attention.
There's a Downside to this Episode Not Being Two Hours Long
I know, I know. I can already see your comments before you even write them: "This Casey guy and/or girl doesn't know what he or she wants." That's truer than you know my TV buddies out there. But let me explain, this episode only being an hour robs us of the opportunity to watch Conda's sassy-self get put in her place by Dolvett. After a few too many eye-rolls, he kicks her out of the gym and essentially puts her in a timeout like the child she is.
The Weigh-Ins Commence
Hold on, Buddy had a baby? Think of the pounds that's going to shed. The black team comes in to the weigh-in after a week of living the life of furniture movers for their fitness regimen. This sets up an age-old psychological principle. It's only natural for the red team to subconsciously think that they'll waltz to a win considering their opponent can't be in the gym. Conversely, it stands to reason that the black team will be driven to work harder in hopes of overcoming their disadvantage. All the ingredients are in place for a classic underdog upset tonight.
Unfortunately, somebody forgot to float that theory to Megan, who clocked in with a measly two pound weight loss for the week. Buddy actually lost ten pounds even while being away from the 'Biggest Loser' house in a week where a lot of players put up some gaudy numbers. (Incidentally, Buddy mentioned that his ten pounds lost was more than how much his baby weighed. And the conspiracy deepens...)
The stage is all set for Conda to be the deciding contestant, and to her credit, she knocked it out of the park sealing victory for the red team. Gail is sent home after weeks of infuriating Bob, but if you were sitting there thinking, "But we never even got to see her in a swimsuit!" Well, you got it.
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