The Biggest Loser: Couples: Previewing Episode 7.16
Last week's episode of The Biggest Loser: Couples was a big feel-good one.  Just what we needed.  Things getting too nasty on the floor?  What about a boost of inspiration, a boost of confidence, that boost of something to get us going?  We've seen the folks on the ranch overcome what seemed to be insurmountable odds, and look at how much weight they've lost.  Mike's broken the all-time record!  145 pounds in fifteen weeks, and he's far from over.  How bad could that be?

But here's a simpler, less existential feel-good moment: makeovers.  Who doesn't like it?  Sure, some makeovers go awry and people start bashing around after seeing the results, but for the most part, this is more beneficial than anything.  Tim Gunn and Tabatha Coffey setting them up for a Hollywood premiere, which turns out to be... another inspirational boost?  Apart from an opportunity to cross-promote Bravo shows on NBC, well, who wouldn't feel bad?  "Oh, I feel pretty," you'd probably say.  Yeah.  Exactly.

And Laura's elimination?  The circumstances may be painful--it wasn't politics, or any amount of begging, that tossed her out, but a stress fracture on her hip that could complicate things when she does her physical routines--but the send-off was actually gentle, a little bit of "we can't exactly do something about it, or else things would go worse," and then when it became final that she'll get the toss, they had doctors go with her so her recovery would be top-notch.  I don't know, but that move really got me going, "oh, isn't that nice?"--and I'm usually cynical at that.

Tonight on The Biggest Loser: Couples, it's back to normal.  Well, sort of.

Fitness, after all, isn't just merely physical routines: it's in what you take in your body, too, and the remaining contestants get grilled on their food and fitness knowledge for a chance to win a trip to New York.  Plus, trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels send them grocery shopping, complete with a critique on the end.  ("This goes.  This doesn't."  Or so I imagine.)  While Mike confronts Ron, as we saw last week, another milestone will be reached, and another one goes home--and it promises to be a shocker.  That's from 8pm tonight on NBC.

-Henrik Batallones, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

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