'The Biggest Loser: Couples' Review: Trainers, Demonstrate!
The Biggest Loser's second week has become a tradition: of trainers anxious about the contestants' performance, of contestants anxious about suffering a steep drop in weight loss (or gaining them), and of course, the medical eye-openers. These contestants are sick, and in that other tradition of the show--hyperbole--this bunch is the sickest bunch yet.

Dr. Huizenga was around to, as always, tell everyone the impact of their weight on their health. But he decides to be a bit more creative, by giving everyone a medical task--and the results are both life-affirming and amusing. I mean, the trainers became the guinea pigs! Michael, who began the show as the heaviest contestant yet, watched on as Bob walked around with the extra weight that he carries.

Cheryl and Daris were told about the impact of their old diet by having Jillian eat everything: she proceeded to chow down on Mexican food with a mix of sarcasm and enthusiasm... to spit it out into a trash can. "This s-- is not food," she said. Classic, I said.

The others were less frantic, but still had the needed effect. What struck me the most was Lance and Melissa's task. They were told about the financial effect of their weight problems, which should hit home for Lance, who worked as a commercial diver before the pounds went coming. Later, Dr. H returned to tell everyone (again) about how sick they are. Darrell is the sickest of the bunch, apparently: he apparently has sleep apnea, asthma, reflux, metabolic syndrome, all those names. Michael's body fat is affecting his internal organs. Ashley was diabetic.

It's their second week on the ranch, and we all know the existence of the week 2 curse. As always, the trainers got everyone together to help them get past it with satisfactory results, although that meant scaring the hell out of some, or at least the hell out of us. Jillian gave John a pep talk against comfort food. I was scarred, perhaps for the next day or so.

The challenge involved the teams walking on a balance beam across the pool, bringing beach balls with them. The winner, of course, won immunity--that went to Lance and Melissa. Maria got herself a slight medical scare when she slipped on the beam and got herself a bloodied nose, a black eye and a broken finger. Ouch. She was not really comfortable with the challenge in the first place: they eventually lost, getting them a two-pound penalty.

Jillian later gave Maria a pep talk on her fears. Maria felt she screwed the challenge up for her son, and as she cried, they ended up going to the pool, in the middle of a rainy day. Now, emo bands, here's what to do...

The red team's immunity couldn't have come in at a perfect time. Melissa gained a pound after a week--scary, disengaging, but should serve as extra ammo for next week, right? Funny thinking Melissa said last week that she kicked her husband's butt on the scales, only for everything to be flipped over. Sherry broke past the 200-pound mark, while Michael was continuing her quick weight loss, clocking in at 481 pounds--that's around 45 pounds less than when he began.

In the end, it was the purple team, Patti and Stephanie, who dropped below the yellow line. Patti decided to sacrifice herself, telling everyone to vote for her so her daughter could stay. Left with no choice, they granted her wishes and voted her out. Still, it's all good: last time we checked she's lost 43 pounds and has run a 5K with her husband. Dr. H paid her a visit, telling her that her health is so much better--she's now taking only two prescriptions, down from nine.

Next week, a load of ones: one member represents the entire team, and one contestant loses a pound. Eeek, but that depends on how much everybody lost. To the scoreboards, then:

Black team: Andrea at 279 pounds (-5), Darrell at 373 pounds (-10)
Brown team: John at 451 pounds (-10)
Gray team: Koli at 366 pounds (-8), Sam at 345 pounds (-9)
Green team: Migdalia at 245 pounds (-4), Miggy at 219 pounds (-8)
Orange team: Cheryl at 210 pounds (-3), Daris at 310 pounds (-7)
Pink team: Ashley at 345 pounds (-8), Sherry at 196 pounds (-5)
Purple team: Patti at 216 pounds (-4) (eliminated), Stephanie at 243 pounds (-3)
Red team: Lance at 336 pounds (-8), Melissa at 215 pounds (+1) (immunity)
White team: Maria at 258 pounds (-1), Michael at 481 pounds (-11)

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