It was an emotional last week on The Biggest Loser ranch, filled with a lot of reflection and happy man-tears. After saying goodbye to Kristin, Mike is convinced that his dad has won the game for him. "My dad is playing chess and the others are playing checkers," he says.
The contestants walk into the gym where Alison is there to take them on a trip down Memory Lane. Tara admits that it's hard to watch herself and wonders why it took her so long to get where she is today. Filipe just laughs when he sees how he looked and how exhausted he was during the first week. Helen is horrified by her disastrous hairdo and to see Mike then and now is incredible.
Alison informs everyone that it's officially their last week on campus and sends them off for a workout where the trainers re-create some of the stuff they watched on the video from Week One. Afterwards, Helen, Tara and Mike try on their "goal" outfits and are amazed that not only do they fit, but they look fabulous. That Mike has really become a cutie.
Next it's off to Dr. H.'s to check in on their health progress. He reminds them that they were the sickest group ever accepted onto The Biggest Loser but today, you'd never know it. Helen, at 48, was biologically 60 years old when she entered the ranch. Today she's down to 50. Tara sees her stomach from Week One and shouts, "Oh, dear God," but then sees her stomach today and says, "That looks a hell of a lot better." Filipe has lost 15 inches around his stomach and Mike, who was the youngest and perhaps sickest contestant, has lost over half of the area around his waist. Ron couldn't even fit into the MRI machine the first week and now not only has he been able to stop taking most of his medications, but the fat pad that was around heart is almost gone.
It's time for the last challenge and the players have to lose the weight they've lost all over again. The task is for them to carry the amount of pounds they've shed over the last 16 weeks, and each time they make it over a hill, they can drop the number of pounds they lost in that corresponding week. Mike starts off struggling with his 153 extra pounds but soon picks up the slack. Tara also has trouble, but passes Mike to gain the lead and win. She gets to make the choice, yet again, of winning $10,000 or a one-pound advantage at weigh-in. Mike comes in second and gets whatever she doesn't choose. As each person finishes, they throw the empty bag that they carried over the mountain, to symbolize that they're getting rid of that old self for good.
Next it's train the trainer day and Jillian is not excited. "I didn't come here 400 pounds, so why am I getting my ass beat?" she says. Bob, on the other hand, loves it. But soon enough, he gets beat down and even has to yell at Filipe to shut up — in the friendliest of ways, of course. Afterward, it's payback time as the trainers hand out an intense, last-chance workout. Everyone gives it their all, determined to pull a good number in the final week. Filipe shows his confidence by saying, "There are four jackals in the house trying to take me down, but it's no problem. They're going against a lion."
Time for the final weigh-in to determine who makes it to the finale. Alison tells the group that the five of them came in with a combined weight of 1,733 pounds, but today they have lost over 600 pounds together. Pretty astounding. Tara announces her decision to take the one-pound advantage, leaving Mike $10,000 richer. Nice chunk of change for a college kid to pocket. So here's how the final numbers fell:
Ron: loses 9 pounds, 3.02 percent, to get down to 289 pounds. 141 total pounds lost in 17 weeks.
Filipe: loses 10 pounds, 4.10 percent, down to 234 pounds. (Yells his signature "wooo.") 130 total pounds lost.
Helen: loses 7 pounds, 4.35 percent, down to 154 pounds. 103 total pounds lost.
Mike: loses 11 pounds, 4.68 percent, down to 224 pounds. 164 total pounds lost.
Tara: loses 8 pounds, with one-pound advantage, 5.08 percent, down to 169 pounds. She's Jillian's only original contestant, has lost a total of 125 pounds, which is the most any woman ever lost on campus.
So Filipe and Ron are below the yellow line. Has the final week ever been full of such high numbers?
During deliberation, Filipe gets emotional as he talks about why he wants to be a finalist. He feels that in order to be the best, you got to beat the best but ultimately the decision will be in Helen and Tara's hands. Since both Filipe and Ron had previously placed votes against her, Helen feels no loyalty toward either person. But she does feel powerful and soaks it in as she and Tara are deciding the final four.
During elimination, Mike obviously votes for Filipe. Helen then also votes to eliminate Filipe as he's the bigger threat to her. But Filipe says he can't leave sad, as everything he's ever wanted to accomplish, he has.
So now it's 30 days at home for the final four — Tara, Helen, Ron and Mike — before the finale weigh-in. Who do you think will take home the grand prize?
Head here for my q&a with this week's eliminated contestant, Filipe.
It was an emotional last week on The Biggest Loser
ranch, filled with a lot of reflection and happy man-tears. After saying goodbye to Kristin, Mike is convinced that his dad has won the game for him. "My dad is playing chess and the others are playing checkers," he says.