'The Biggest Loser: Couples' Review: Advantage Schmadvantage
Last week was work week on The Biggest Loser: Couples. This week, well, maybe you could call it spa week. Or food week. Or something. Anything. There should be a name for this week that isn't "any other ordinary week" right? Well, that's not really a point, but sometimes these labels are nice--and they help a lot, too. Anyway, before I get distracted.

Spa day out, anyone? This week's episode began with a pop food challenge. Just trivia questions, no eating required--and to boot, the winning team gets a day at the spa, complete with a limo to bring them there. That honor goes to the blue team, who really lived it up with massages, swims and all those food. The black team? Well, they cleaned the gym and the kitchen.

But it's good to see nobody dwelled on the spa--after all, there is work to do. In the middle of workouts, Jillian talks to Ashley, who's worried about the amount of weight she still has to lose, as well as her mother, Sherry. Bob continued giving his team some luxury (if you'd call it that) by extolling the virtues of the avocado.

Iron Chef Ranch: But today's big challenge is a tougher one. Each team has to make an appetizer, a main course and dessert in only 30 minutes, and only with 12 ingredients. To make things easier to the eye, Curtis Stone will be hosting the affair. (Yes, yes, I know.) The winning teams gets a very big prize: a five-pound advantage at the weigh-in.

Their dishes were pretty interesting, but I imagine it's chaotic having this many people in one kitchen doing three dishes with limited ingredients in limited time. That thought meant I forgot what the dishes were. The black team took the advantage, something Jillian's happy about. As for Bob, well, he comforted the blue team with Subways. Subs as comfort food? Who would've thought?

So much for those five pounds: With the blacks getting a five-pound advantage, it's up to Bob to rally the blues to success in the weighing scale. Last minute workout time, and the blues are working extra hard. Even Michael was, never mind the fact that he left the ranch for a few days since his grandmother is sick. He promised he found time to work out at least twice a day during those off days.

The efforts worked, since the blue team got the upper hand at the weigh-in, rendering the blacks' advantage moot and sending them to the elimination room. Michael lost 11 pounds and crossed the 400-pound line--and kept his team safe. (For once, he worked his ass off like everybody.) Koli also broke a couple of personal records, breaking through the 300-pound line and losing 106 pounds since the show began.

I gotta feeling: Sheery was disappointed with her weight loss this week: it amounted to a paltry three pounds. Stephanie lost even less--just two pounds. But nothing beats the gut feeling, and Sherry felt it was her time to go. Indeed, she was voted out, albeit not unanimously--a couple of votes went to Andrea. Since leaving, she's lost 80 pounds.

Next week on The Biggest Loser: Couples: the remaining contestants head home... with a stationary bike.

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