The Biggest Loser: Couples: Previewing Episode 7.17
Now, I'm the guy who usually scoffs when watching anything that veers towards achingly touching and achingly poignant (despite my actual tendencies to be just that), but The Biggest Loser always manages to be an exception.  I don't know.  You're bound to cheer on everybody and hate only those who are annoying, and only because they're annoying.  That provided, last week was a treasure trove of scoff-able moments, if there's such a term.  Alas, the magic worked, and I didn't.

Moment one: Bob Harper and Kristin Steede, also known as the girl who was eliminated last week.  To be honest, I was still wondering how some contestants doubt their ability to go far when they've already gone farther than they expected.  Then again, her point makes sense--she might want to make it to the end, but if she doesn't, it'll be a missed opportunity and she'll hate herself for it, or something.  After a few exchanged words, the hug happens and it becomes sappy, yet empowering.

Empowering.  That's a catchphrase I can use for the next couple of weeks or so.

Moment two: Ron and Mike Morelli, that father and son team who's got my attention for most of the season, for some reason.  Mike had a good point: why didn't Ron lose weight for him and his brother Max, and let their weight balloon to these levels?  Why not follow the wife?  Again, I'll admit, I was thinking it was becoming something akin to those soaps during the day, that life-changing conversation that leads to some life-changing realization.  I figure it's all solved, considering they're at the ranch already.  You guessed it--empowering.

And perfectly so.  This week's episode of The Biggest Loser: Couples will show their last week on the ranch, and as if they need more reminding, they'll get another idea of how far they've gone.  A progress report, a peek at their "real age", and those goal outfits--I guess we'll have more of those teary-eyed moments, and I should prepare for the inevitable.  I kid, of course.  I'll be watching out for the time when the contestants get to train their trainers.

Exactly.  Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels going through the routines?  Must be effortless, sure, but must be very fun, too.  Ahh, I'll come out of tonight slightly confused, I'm guessing.  This episode airs tonight from 8pm on NBC, during which they will eliminate one more, weigh themselves once more, and return home for the big weigh-off.

Empowering?  Yes, indeed.

-Henrik Batallones, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
(Image courtesy of NBC)