This week, there was nothing but drama in The Biggest Loser: Couples house as Ron was left in the game, despite receiving votes from his "alliance." The tension follows from the elimination room to the living room as Ron calls out Sione for telling him he was "fine" before the voting. Mike's also upset about his dad getting stabbed in the back while Kristin recognizes that Ron is both cutthroat and competitive. And as the producers like to dramatize, we see a little montage showing Ron as the king of the house.
The next day, Ali is waiting in the gym that's filled with silver platters everywhere: It's time for a temptation challenge. 100 trays are hiding snacks (mostly fattening, some healthy), cash and one lucky golden ticket that will give the player who uncovers it the power to cast the sole vote this week. Of course, nothing in the BL house comes calorie-free. As each player tries to get the lucky platter, they rack up the calories. Finally Laura gets the golden ticket, and she and Tara scream with excitement as they realize they'll be safe another week.
The trainers walk into the gym as the contestants are cleaning up the remnants of their temptations. None too pleased, Bob and Jillian train together to kick their butts and pretty much beat the crap out of them. I bet everyone but Laura is really regretting that temptation.
Jillian takes her team to Subway for a little product placement healthy meal. All of a sudden, in walks last season's father/daughter duo Colleen and Jerry looking great, and they the team how to make a healthy sandwich. Jillian gives them some tips, like using mustard and vinegar instead of oil and mayo, apples instead of fries and iced tea instead of soda. Minor adjustments that seem pretty easy to follow.
This week's challenge is at the Rose Bowl football stadium, and Filipe is more than stoked to be there (since my 'SC Trojans have often dominated there). Their task is to run the stairs — all 2,156 of them. It's also boys versus girls, with the winner of each gender to compete in a second heat. The prize is pretty sweet: a two-week trip for four at a fitness spa in Utah. It's no surprise when Sione and Tara win the first leg and have to face-off against each other. Is anyone else sick of these two going head-to-head? Although most of the race is pretty tight, Tara edges out Sione, once again, for the victory.
Back at the house, the scheming begins. Sione and Filipe pretty much tell Kristin if she falls below the yellow line she's dun-zo. Helen and Laura chat and Helen suggests maybe Laura vote off her own partner because, after all, they're not family. Really, Helen!? Kristin then suggests that Tara may fall below the yellow line on purpose, knowing her partner Laura won't vote her off. Oh, the possibilities.
After a little Marley & Me screening and a last-chance workout, it's time for the weigh-in. Mike goes first as he's nine pounds away from setting the all-time record for weight-loss at the ranch (144 pounds). Unfortunately, he only loses five, his lowest number yet, which gives him a 1.98 percent loss for the week. Here's how everyone else did:
Ron- loses 9 pounds, 2.84 percent.
Tara- loses 3 pounds, 1.59 percent. (Jillian sends her a scathing look as Tara swears she didn't lose a small amount on purpose)
Kristin- loses 6 pounds, 2.39 percent.
Helen- loses 2 pounds, 1.17 percent.
Filipe- loses 7 pounds, 2.70 percent.
Sione- loses 4 pounds, 1.54 percent.
Laura- loses 8 pounds, 3.76 percent.
Helen and Sione are below the yellow line, and it's up to Laura to cast the deciding vote. Sione tears up and asks Laura to vote with who she wants to be there while also slipping in that she can count on him every single week from there-on-out. Helen tells Laura that she and Tara are her closest people, and considers them daughters. So whose plea worked? After the cousins do one last Tongan chant, Sione, Helen and Laura head to the elimination room where Laura makes her tough decision; a power she regrets winning. She ultimately decides to send Sione home, but instead of wallowing, he's excited to go back to his family, share what he has learned and be a better father and husband.
Do you think Laura made the right decision? And does this almost guarantee Tara the Biggest Loser victory?
For my Q&A with eliminated player Sione, click here.
This week, there was nothing but drama in The Biggest Loser: Couples
house as Ron was left in the game, despite receiving votes from his "alliance." The tension follows from the elimination room to the living room as Ron calls out Sione for telling him he was "fine" before the voting. Mike's also upset about his dad getting stabbed in the back while Kristin recognizes that Ron is both cutthroat and competitive. And as the producers like to dramatize, we see a little montage showing Ron as the king of the house.