For lack of any new photos, I ended up using a photo of Nicole from way, way back. Still fitting, though, as it was she who powered last week’s episode of The Biggest Loser: Couples
—she made it a stagnant episode, as she ended up going home after returning to the ranch, but she made it a significant one, highlighting the other thing that you need to be able to pull off a big feat like losing weight: emotional stability.
Her return to the ranch, if you may recall, was simple: she lost the most weight among the three former contestants who returned. 87 pounds is not easy, especially if you’re not really into it. It’s sad to see that she ended up gaining five pounds on the ranch just because she tried to deal with how much the dynamics of the ranch changed—indeed, as Bob Harper
, err, stressed, extreme stress can cause one to gain weight. Ah, the human body indeed is as complicated as it looks.
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But Nicole didn’t leave a downer. That’s the other half of emotional stability: recognition that you’re doing things well. It did sound a bit ridiculous, Nicole saying that she hasn’t had a full grasp of how much weight she lost at home, but sometimes all you need is encouragement to do it. She may have left stressed, but at least she knows she’s been doing quite well outside of the ranch—losing 18 more pounds is harder. Or 23, if you count the five extra ones she found herself with all of a sudden.
Perhaps that, and the fluids Ron got when he ended up in hospital. Suddenly, you realize that Nicole’s elimination is a necessary thing, else Ron finds himself in even deeper medical water. At least it wasn’t a heart attack.
We’ve let slip that tonight’s episode involves temptations, but it’s more complicated than that. It’s a massive temptation challenge, when players (forcibly) eat their way to the privilege to vote. Only the winner of that challenge gets to kick someone out of the ranch, which ups the stakes—and brings it down as well. Ahh, emotional stability, we do need you. The Biggest Loser: Couples
returns tonight from 8pm on NBC.
-Henrik Batallones, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
(Image courtesy of NBC)