This week The Biggest Loser
went to Camp Pendleton (it's sort of like when Glee
did Britney, except this theme week was far less successful). The contestants trained with the Marines, bonded like Marines, and ate like Marines. At the end of it all at one of the least impressive weigh-ins ever, three contestants gained weight and Bob deemed it "unacceptable." I agree, Bob, but I don't think it's fair to blame it on the contestants. This week went haywire and, at times, just downright stunk, and here are the five stinkiest things (excluding the gym) about this episode:
#5 The episode was only an hour long.
Now, to be fair, there were some things that didn't stink about it only being an hour. The episode flew by and was forced to get to the point. The weigh-in was how all weigh-ins should be (less beeping, more results!). Unfortunately, the episode length seemed like more of an after-thought and resulted in a lot of sloppy montage-editing. Although, of all five stinky things, this one is probably the biggest blessing in disguise since this episode was not great to begin with.
#4 Elizabeth's performance in the team obstacle course.
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I don't like to pick on people who are trying their hardest and I know Elizabeth is, but she has performed so poorly time and time again and I'm getting frustrated with the black team not voting her off. If it were Rick instead of Elizabeth, they probably would have won that challenge! It was just incredibly frustrating and sad to watch.
#3 The weigh-in.
It was a real stinker of a weigh-in; three contestants gained weight (Frado gained four pounds and was just hoping to not gain six!) and the trainers seemed shocked that this bad idea didn't work out for anyone. It was also weird that Frado apologized before his number went up, then, unprompted, swore it wasn't gameplay. I did like that it was shorter, though.
#2 The decision to vote Anna out.
The black team has been calling all the shots lately, including Adam's elimination last week, and they've been calling them poorly. Eliminating Anna totally stinks because A) I really liked her, B) it should have been Elizabeth and C) what is the strategy here?
#1 This whole focacta idea from the producers.
Seriously, what were they thinking? It was a failure of an idea, since the contestants didn't have a choice in what they were doing or eating, not to mention that sleep deprivation and weight-loss work against each other. What really stinks about this whole idea is that the contestants were blamed for their poor results, even though it wasn't their idea to train with the Marines. I respect the Marines, it was cool to see how they train, but what they're doing works for them and not necessarily for weight loss. Plus, what is going on in this picture, how is it helping anything?
(images courtesy of NBC)