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

Season 7, Episode 16
Episode Synopsis: The players receive makeovers with guidance from Tim Gunn, Tabatha Coffey and Brandon Martinez. Elsewhere, a player sustains an injury that will affect her workouts, and the contestants reach new heights in the challenge.
Original Air Date: Apr 14, 2009
Guest Cast Brandon Martinez Tabatha Coffey Tim Gunn
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Season 7, Episode 16
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Length: 01:23:47
Aired: 4/14/2009
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The Biggest Loser: Couples Episode Recap "Week 15" Season 7, Episode 16

After Sione exited the competition last week, his cousin, Filipe, is left to fight for his community and a win for Bob's team. He's sick of Jillian winning at the finales and believes the battle is now on.

Alison meets the contestants on top of a mountain where there are two wires hanging 110 feet in the air at the highest point. The contestants must traverse the canyon on the two ropes, and the first one across receives an awesome $25,000 kitchen makeover. Ron sits this one out while the rest fight the wind to cross the wire. Filipe and Mike start out strong, but once Tara figures out a strategy, she catches up to take the win. But her kitchen isn't the only thing to get a makeover. It's actually makeover week on The Biggest Loser!

The contestants head to Macy's where Tim Gunn (love my Timmy) is awaiting them to help dress their new bodies for the Hollywood movie premiere they're going to attend. Afterwards, they go over to the hair salon where Tabitha from Tabitha's Salon Takeover (talk about Bravo cross-promotion) gives them a new look. 

Turns out the night is actually everyone's own premiere of his or her new look to family. First to come out is a stunning Helen, who is greeted by her balling husband, Russ. Next, Tara comes down the steps and sees her mom who has also lost weight. "This is you, inside and out," her mom tells her. Filipe comes out, looking sharp in an eggplant-colored suit to meet his wife. Next is Kristin, with her new dark hair. She is reunited with her husband, Nick, and then Laura, who greets her best friend with a new red 'do of her own.. Last to debut their new looks are Ron and Mike, who looks awesome. Mike's brother Max immediately started crying when he realized he'd be the only big one in the family. My heart broke for him, but Mike vowed to give him the tools he needs to lose weight upon his return. And hey producers, maybe you can cast him on your next season. Just a suggestion. When all the reveals are complete, the movie begins, but it's actually a montage of the contestants' journey thus far. Heartwarming as always.

On to the last-chance workout. Because they lost a lot of time "under hair dryers when they should've been on treadmills," the trainers whoop their butts. But for Laura, her ongoing hip problem leads her to Dr. H's office. He tells her she has a stress fracture, and it's the most severe sports related injury they've seen in seven seasons. If she continues to push hard, she'll have to get surgery.

At the weigh-in, Alison informs Mike that he's only pounds away from Roger Schultz's record of the most weight lost on campus in 15 weeks. With a five-pound loss this week, he breaks the record, bringing his total loss to 145 pounds overall. His dad Ron is up next. He loses six pounds and 1.95 percent, and says he hasn't been this weight since his early teens. Tara loses four pounds, 2.15 percent; Filipe loses five pounds, 1.98 percent; and Helen loses a big seven pounds, 4.14 percent. Kristin only loses two pounds, .82 percent and Laura, with her injury, actually gains three pounds and 1.46 percent. Jillian gets upset, and they all start to cry. With Kristin and Laura below the yellow line, a tough decision must be made.

Laura tells the group that although she might need surgery if she doesn't take care of her hip, she wants to be there. She urges everyone to vote as if she's not injured. Kristin claims (rightfully so) that there's a huge game play decision: If Laura stays, she'll struggle and be less of a threat. She begs them to not take the "cowardly way out." In the end, only Tara and Helen vote Kristin while Ron, Mike and Filipe vote Laura. She may be going home, but she will not be alone, as Alison tells her The Biggest Loser is sending her with doctors who will take care of her issue. And she has gone from 285 pounds to 208, which is no small feat.

What did you think of the episode?

Head here to check out my Q&A with eliminated player Laura.

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After Sione exited the competition last week, his cousin, Filipe, is left to fight for his community and a win for Bob's team. He's sick of Jillian winning at the finales and believes the battle is now on. read more

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Premiered: October 19, 2004, on NBC
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: Popular reality fare about overweight people competing to drop pounds. Divided initially into teams, the contestants are aided (and bullied) by trainers and must participate in physical reward challenges. At the end of each episode, there's a weigh-in that helps determine who is sent packing.

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