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

Season 7, Episode 17
Episode Synopsis: The players take part in a health-trivia challenge to win a trip to New York. Later, Bob and Jillian critique the contestants' grocery purchases; the players face a balance challenge; and someone hits a milestone at the weigh-in.
Original Air Date: Apr 21, 2009

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Biggest Loser: Couples Episode Recap: "Week 16" Season 7, Episode 17

It's the sixteenth week on The Biggest Loser campus, and the claws are coming out. Tara lost her partner, leaving the Brown team as the only pair intact, and Tara's scared and upset that Jillian advocated for Laura to be voted out. The two talk it over, and after Jillian yells at her not to be so selfish and realize it wasn't right to keep her there with an injury, the two move on. On the other side, Kristin is also terrified that there are only three weigh-ins left and that the moment she declares how badly she wants to win, it will get yanked away.

The contestants were treated to a fitness and food trivia game this week with Rosemary Ellis, the editor-in-chief of Good Housekeeping, as the host. The questions are somewhat tricky. (Who knew that ground chicken wasn't a great option since it includes the skin?) The last question asks how many calories a fried fish sandwich with tartar sauce contains, and Mike is only 5 calories off from the correct answer of 640. I'm always amazed at how well they all learn calorie counts. Kristin is pretty bummed when Mike wins the three-day trip for two to New York City and even asks him, "Are you even old enough to go to New York by yourself?" Someone's a little bitter.

Next up is the challenge where the contestants' future literally hangs in the balance. Are there ever any challenges that aren't metaphors for the BL contestants? Each person hangs in a cage suspended 45 feet above the ground, and each one holds the rope that keeps them in the air. Once they let go, the cage falls and they're eliminated. Everyone freaks out about the height, and Mike and Ron are the first two to drop. Everyone starts bickering to cause each other to lose focus, but it doesn't really work for anyone. I love that Helen called Tara out for her diss that sounded more like something a 10-year-old would say. After an hour, only Tara and Helen are left. Helen tries to bargain with the powerhouse but to no avail. She lets go of the rope and Tara wins... again. Yawn. She gets a choice between $10,000 and a one-pound advantage to be decided at the weigh-in. Which would you choose?

Bob watches the video journal he had instructed his team to make so that he'd get a sense of their eating habits. Surpisingly, he's upset that they're not eating enough. Even their dinner is one serving split between the three of them. We all know that on the ranch, when you eat too little it ends up backfiring.

During the last-chance workout, emotions were running wild. Bob pushes Kristin to her limits and gets her to run at 10.0 for 30 seconds. Pretty impressive I think. Jillian forces Mike to evaluate his anger and resentment towards his father, and he's finally able to ask him why he allowed his sons to get as obese as he did. Mike tells Ron that he's been so frustrated but never expressed it His dad tells him that it's okay to be mad, but that he couldn't drill it into his family while he wasn't on track himself. But now that Mike and Ron are on their way, they can return home and show Mike's overweight brother Max how to get there too.

At the weigh-in, Tara reveals her decision from winning the challenge, and takes a risk by going for the $10,000. As she steps on the scale — with Jilllian scared to look — she learns she lost five pounds and 2.75 percent body fat, which is a great number considering she passed on the one-pound advantage. Next up is Ron, who loses four pounds, 1.32 percent, and is under 300 pounds for the first time since his early teens. Helen weighs in and only loses one pound, .62 percent. She's not so thrilled. Mike, yet again, has a great week and loses eight pounds — he's down 153 in total — and 3.29 percent. Filipe is up next and only loses three pounds and 1.21 percent. The shocking number of the night is Kristin, who actually gains a pound, +.41 percent, despite her intense workouts this week. Both she and Bob are stunned and confused.

With Kristin and Helen below the yellow line, Jillian calls it the worst-case scenario, as these are two players who do not deserve to go home. Helen pleads with her fellow competitors that she is not ready to go. Kristin is flat out angry that she worked so hard and this is how her body reacted. She speaks to Ron alone in hopes to guarantee both his vote and Mike's. Ron tells her that he's keeping his word to never write her name down and will talk to Mike about doing the same. But, of course, that's not what happens. Ron and Mike shadily discuss how they plan to vote, and since Kristin is Mike's biggest threat in the house, he votes for her causing a tie. That means the person with the lowest percentage is out — Kristin's going home. She sees past Ron's claim that he didn't know Mike would vote for her and calls him out for taking the easy route to victory. I guess I'd be upset too, but then again it's a game and everyone is going to do what they can to win the $250,000.

Kristin goes home, but she's ecstatic that she's gone from 360 pounds to 244 in just 16 weeks. She tells the world in her exit interview that she's going to walk back into her house and restart life as a brand-new person. Upon her return she's welcomed by her husband, mother, Biggest Loser partner Cathy and the rest of her family. Like she said earlier in the episode, it may have taken 16 weeks, but she's realized that she deserves this new, healthier version of herself.  

Do you think the Brown team did the right thing or stabbed Kristin in the back?

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It's the sixteenth week on The Biggest Loser campus, and the claws are coming out. Tara lost her partner, leaving the Brown team as the only pair intact, and Tara's scared and upset that Jillian advocated for Laura to be voted out. The two talk it over, and after Jillian yells at her not to be so selfish and realize it wasn't right to keep her there with an injury, the two move on. On the other side, Kristin is also terrified that there are only three weigh-ins left and that the moment she declares how badly she wants to win, it will get yanked away.

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