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The Biggest Loser Episode: "The Biggest Loser: Couples"

Season 7, Episode 12
Episode Synopsis: The contestants spend a week at home, where they must run a half marathon and make healthy food choices. Later, the players face a cookie temptation; and the weigh-in reveals the contestants' progress while at home.
Original Air Date: Mar 17, 2009

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The Biggest Loser: Couples Episode Recap "Week 11" Season 7, Episode 12

This week's episode began right where we left off — in the elimination room. Alison has invited Black to join Blue and announces that Mandi is not the only contestant to go home. In fact, everyone will be going home for the week and will return for the next weigh-in. The players are anxious to see their families, but are aware that they'll return to the temptations that got them to the ranch in the first place.

It was nice to see everyone's welcomes when they returned home, especially Mike and Ron's. Mike's brother Max, who is extremely overweight, could do nothing but sob at the vision of a life he wants and the feeling that he's now alone in being an obese family member. We also get flashbacks to Week 1 and realize how far everyone has come so far.

But in Biggest Loser fashion, this week will not be without a challenge and a temptation. Each person receives a tin of cookies (13 to be exact), and finds out that their task will be to run a half marathon. For every cookie they choose to eat, they can also add on five minutes to another person's time, getting them closer to the 10,000 dollar reward. The internal debate begins, but c'mon people: Wouldn't you rather save your calories for fresh-baked cookies and not those sent in the mail?

Then, the half marathons kick off, with each person doing it in their hometown location. It's cheesy music and flashbacks galore but I'm not going to lie, I was truly inspired by this one. Tara is a rock star, as per usual, and Sione is doing great as well... That is, until he stops and falls to the ground. With the support of his cousin, he gets up to finish the race. There were lots of tears at each of the finish lines, and everyone completed the 13 miles, with the exception of Ron. So now the cash prize will depend on the way the cookie crumbles, literally.

Before heading back to the ranch, the Biggest Losers enjoy their last moments with their family. Aubrey figures out how to balance working out with five -- count 'em, five -- kids. She also takes the opportunity to confront her obese father and reason with him that he really needs to lose weight. Mike and Ron still enjoy their favorite pizza place, but I'm shocked when the owner offers them whatever they want, on the house. Um, hellooo, they're on a weight-loss show! Sione's mom orders calamari in front of him, but, like a good boy, all he does is take a big, fat whiff. And for Helen, it takes a trip to the grocery store for it to all to settle in. She knows she'll be able to keep up her routine when she returns permanently. 

Back on campus, it's time for the weigh-in. First, Alison reveals that only one person ate a cookie, Helen, and she used it against Tara. Adding five minutes on to her stellar time of 2:24:19 leaves her to fall just short of Sione's time of 2:25:57. On to the weigh-in:

Mike loses 8 pounds.
Laura loses 6 pounds.
Tara loses 2 pounds.
Sione loses 4 pounds.
Filipe loses 7 pounds.
Helen loses 7 pounds.
Black loses a total of 34 pounds, 2.35%.

Aubrey loses 5 pounds.
Ron loses 10 pounds.
Kristin gains 1 pound.
Cathy loses 1 pound.
Blue
loses a total of 15 pounds, 1.34%.

Blue loses yet another weigh-in and you have to wonder how they'll ever be able to even the playing field. Because Ron has immunity for losing the highest percentage of his team, it's down to Aubrey, Cathy and Kristin. Cathy says she'll go home — it's amazing how many people essentially volunteered to leave when they knew it was their time to go. So after an emotional good-bye, Cathy is on her way. Today, while she's kicked alcohol and cigarettes she has a new addiction: spinning. And she's even gotten her daughters to run with her. Way to go Cathy!

For my Q&A with last week's eliminated contestant, Mandi, head here.

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This week's episode began right where we left off — in the elimination room. Alison has invited Black to join Blue and announces that Mandi is not the only contestant to go home. In fact, everyone will be going home for the week and will return for the next weigh-in. The players are anxious to see their families, but are aware that they'll return to the temptations that got them to the ranch in the first place. read more

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Premiered: October 19, 2004, on NBC
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