As Haley and Quinn must face their mom's impending death, they realize they need to be strong for little Jamie who learns from Lydia that his grandma won't be there this Christmas. Although Haley is having trouble accepting this, Nathan has a heart-to-heart with his mother-in-law and tells her that she was "responsible for raising the woman that changed my entire world." Sigh. As Haley searches for a way to keep her mom healthy by calling on Nathan's team doctor, she comes to terms with the fact that there is no positive prognosis. They decide to embrace the harsh facts, and Jamie, Nate and Quinn decorate the Christmas tree for Lydia so that they can all spend one final Christmas together.
The Bachelor - Jake Pavelka, Ali
Did The Bachelor jump the shark with Ali's abrupt exit stage left?
"I'm going to go right on a limb and say no," host Chris Harrison told TVGuide.com. "But you know, I think the great thing about the show is people are deeply disappointed and upset that she's gone."
Biggest Loser - Melissa Morgan
Melissa Morgan and husband Lance were a duo to watch from the first week on The Biggest Loser: Couples campus. Losing 19 pounds at the first weigh-in, then gaining a pound the following week — coincidentally when she had immunity — Melissa denied her trainers' and fellow contestants' accusations that she was strategically playing the game. When Melissa gained a pound once again in Week 6, she felt the same scale that sent her home also vindicated her.
"I'm just praying that the plus one from last night's episode validates what I said through the entire season, which was I'm not playing the game; I'm really struggling with my weight here," Morgan told TVGuide.com.
The Biggest Losers head to the Olympics training center in Colorado where they promote train with the stellar athletes. This episode also marks the beginning of the contestants competing as individuals.
At the start of their Olympic-style training, the contestants meet Allison Jones, an amazing skier and cycler who was born with just one leg. Each contestants carries the Olympic torch before passing it along to Jones for the final lighting. Next, the contestants head to the cafeteria, where each Olympic sport has its own specific set of foods. I found it interesting when the nutritionists explained why someone training in Judo would eat one thing while a skier would eat another.
The Bachelor - Chris Harrison
The Bachelor had yet another dramatic exit this week. After her romantic hometown date with Jake, 25-year-old Ali was forced to choose between him and her job. Choosing the job — after all, she only had a 25 percent chance of receiving that final rose — Ali said goodbye. And in a series first, no rose ceremony was needed. TVGuide.com spoke to host Chris Harrison about whether viewers have seen the last of the duo, his thoughts on the rest of the hometown dates, and why Vienna and Ali are more alike than they'd care to admit.
TVGuide.com: Although Ali left, in next week's preview she appears to call Jake. What can you tell us about that?
Chris Harrison: You haven't seen the last of Ali and Jake and their situation is not...
After a relatively light-hearted and fun tribute episode last week, Tree Hill came back to its heavier, more dramatic self. Lydia James (Haley's mom) returned with shocking and saddening news. Millicent finally faced her drug problem, and Julian and Alex began making the film that would make, or possibly end, their burgeoning careers.
While Jersey Shore was MTV's recent breakout show, (its finale scored a record-breaking 4.8 million viewers), Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino certainly was the series' breakout star. He made a name for himself, literally, from the first episode with his third-person talk, "creeping" on housemate Sammi, and coining his daily routine — "GTL" (gym, tan, laundry). TVGuide.com spoke with him about how the show, and his body, is all real, what's next for him, and more.
The Biggest Loser - John Crutchfield
Entering the Biggest Loser ranch as the heaviest team in history was not the greatest record to set, but twins James and John Crutchfield — weighing in at 485 and 484, respectively — were determined to shed the pounds and become the second twin ever to win the Loser grand prize. Although they each lost 23 pounds in the first week, James was eliminated, leaving he and his brother "floored," John tells TVGuide.com. "Those were great numbers and we definitely expected to be there until the end, so it was a big shock."
Can you believe a month has already passed on the Biggest Loser ranch? Last week, Miggy said goodbye to her daughter, and this week she suffered another setback — appendicitis. After waking up to intense stomach pain, Miggy goes to see Dr. H at the hospital and comes home appendix-less.
Chris Harrison, Jake Pavelka
In this week's Bachelor, the high-flying pilot Jake narrowed it down to four girls who will be taking him home to meet the parents. In her first one-on-one date with the Pavelka, Corrie revealed that she was saving herself for marriage, and finally opened up about why their relationship had been progressing at a slower pace. Too late in the game to let her guard down, Corrie was sent home. Host Chris Harrison tells TVGuide.com that Corrie most likely didn't have a chance and explained why both he and Jake have learned from bachelorette Gia never to judge a "book by its cover."
TVGuide.com: Did Corrie ever have a chance?
Chris Harrison: I honestly don't think so considering...