Last week on The Biggest Loser, Laura took ultimate control of the game and used her one vote to kick Sione Fa off The Biggest Loser Ranch. Many suspect Ron, a.k.a. “The Godfather” has a bit too much control over the game at the moment. Will he keep control of the game this week?
This week, Filipe is reeling with Sione’s departure. Sione left a letter telling him he needs to make the commitment to be the best. Kristin comes to comfort him but starts crying with him. Filipe tells us that he needs to represent him and his family and Bob Harper. Kristin points out Jillian Michaels hasn’t lost a single player in seven weeks.
The contestants meet Allison Sweeney at the top of a large canyon. They must cross the canyon by walking across two cables (one above and one below). The peak of the canyon is ten stories tall. The winner wins a $25,000 kitchen makeover and a restocked fridge by Jennie-O Turkey. Mike is afraid of heights. Filipe says he’s going to do it for Sione. Kristin calls the producers demented. And the race is on….
Ron stops after the first 40 feet. Filipe takes an early lead. Tara falls off completely and has to get back on the wire. She struggles to get her feet back on the cable but eventually gets back up. Mike is in second and Kristin is in third. Tara overtakes Mike with her “glide and step” combination. It’s a photo finish (ish) but Tara wins in 9 minutes, 14 seconds, about ten feet in front of Filipe.
Allison Sweeny officially announces Tara as the winner after all the contestants finish. It’s her tenth win of the season! She then tells them Tara isn’t the only one who gets a makeover because it’s makeover week! Tara says she’s excited to finally take care of herself. Kristin’s excited to see a visualization of how far they’ve come. Filipe jokes that he won’t have to work out this week if they cut his hair.
The contestants walk into Macy’s and find Tim Gunn waiting for them. Tara’s so excited when she see him, she runs up and gives him a hug. He announces that they’ll all be dressing for a Hollywood movie premiere.
Tim Gunn tells us this is going to be an emotional experience for the contestants because they will be all be shopping for a brand new body type. Mike impresses Tim with his (basic) fashion skills. Tim tells Tara to take some risks and show some skin. She jokes that she can’t because it’s a family show. Helen tells Tim that she’s overwhelmed by the experience because she believed all those clothes to be untouchable.
They put the contestants’ outfits on mannequins to shows us what their new fashion looks like. He also tells them they’ve all received a thousand dollar Macy’s gift card. Tabatha Coffey meets them at the salon to give them new hairstyles. Laura freaks out about her hairdo.
Helen’s husband, Russell, explains that it’s not really a movie premiere; it’s the premiere of their new looks. It’s a premiere for the contestants. Helen starts crying when she sees her husband and he tells her how beautiful she is to him. Tara’s mom, Cheryl is there to meet Tara. Her mom lost forty pounds and Tara tells her that she looks beautiful and returns the sentiment. Filipe goes to meet his wife, Levila and she starts crying right when she sees him. Kristin’s husband, Nick is there to meet her and just beams with pride. Laura’s best friend Monica is there to meet her with her new hairdo.
Becky and Max are there to meet Ron and Mike. Evidently, Ron’s never shaved his beard before. Max starts crying because he wishes he was experiencing the same thing. As soon as Mike walks out, Max goes up to hug him and starts crying harder. He says, “Now I’m the big one.” The rest of the family has to comfort him and tell him he’ll get there too. Mike pulls Max aside and tells him he’s not stuck like this because he has the ability to change. Max says that when he sees Mike, he just wants to be like Mike because he just wants to be seen as normal. In an interview, Max tells us Mike would do anything for him and that he inspires him. They have a long brotherly hug.
Access Hollywood and OK magazine are interviewing the contestants on the red carpet. After the red carpet walk, they sit in a theatre with their loved ones to watch a mini-movie made about the season so far. Kristin, Laura, and Helen comment that the person they see on the screen doesn’t exist anymore. Instead of doing a before and after, the movie says “Day 1” and “So far…” pushing the contestants to continue losing weight. This truly is their journey thus far.
Last chance workout time! Bob Harper only has Kristin, Filipe and Ron on his side. Kristin notes that last night was a fairytale but the fairytale’s over in the gym. Bob’s pushing the limits of his team because he doesn’t want to lose any of them this week. Meanwhile, Jillian Michaels sends Laura to Dr. Huzinga because her hip has been hurting. Evidently, she has a stress fracture on her hip. It’s the most severe injury in seven seasons of The Biggest Loser. Jillian looks crushed. Dr. Huzinga tells them that she can’t run for three months and she can’t do anything that causes her pain.
Helen pulls Jillian aside for Product Placement Time! Milk? Alright, Dairy Farmers of America… 3 glasses of milk a day friends!
Jillian kills her contestants for their last chance workout. Tara’s attitude has changed from fear of elimination to a great go-getter attitude. Mike notes there’s a sense of urgency because they haven’t had a workout in a couple of days due to the makeovers.
Weigh-in time! Allison Sweeney tells them their last task of makeover week is to make it over the yellow line. Roger lost 144 pounds in season 5. Mike is 5 pounds away from breaking the record of the most weight lost on The Biggest Loser campus. He hits the five pounds on the mark and breaks the all time record. 145 pounds in fifteen weeks.
Helen, -7 pounds, 4.14%
Tara, -4 pounds, 2.15%
Mike, -5 pounds, 2.02%
Laura, +3 pounds, +1.46%
Filipe, -5 pounds, 1.98%
Ron, -6 pounds, 1.95%
Kristin, -2 pounds, 0.82%
Laura’s lost 77 pounds in fifteen weeks. Everyone starts to cry when Laura goes below the yellow line. Jillian makes a speech about how hard it is to see this happen and how proud she is of Laura.
In the dining room, Laura tells the contestants that she really wants to be here. She has a serious injury and knows she needs to take care of it but she wants them to vote as if she’s not injured. Kristin tells them that if Laura stays, she would struggle. She says she needs to be at the ranch and she’s not at the ranch to win the money, she wants to start a family. She begs them not to take the cowardly way out and vote her off because she’s the biggest threat.
When the two girls leave, Tara tells the group that Laura’s just starting to figure it out. Ron speaks up and tells Tara that Laura can’t get the help she needs here. He tells her that in order for her to get better, she needs to go home. Tara argues and says she has more support on the ranch than she does at home. Ron tells her that she needs rest and rehab every day. Tara calls Ron out and tells him she knows what he’s doing because he loves Kristin.
Elimination time! Tara votes for Kristin. Mike and Ron vote for Laura. Helen votes for Kristin. Filipe seals her fate and sends Laura home. Allison Sweeney tells Laura she won’t be going home along. The Biggest Loser will be sending great doctors home with her to make sure she gets better. Laura meets with Dr. Huzinga and Dr. Mink and is told that she’s getting better. She has a physical therapist and a personal trainer who have both helped her to maintain her weight loss. She hopes to lose 100 pounds by the finale.
Next week, Mike confronts Ron about their past.
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-Kim Wetter, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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