The Biggest Loser Episodes

2004, TV Show

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

Season 7, Episode 7
Episode Synopsis: The contestants scale a large hill to locate two keys to the gym on the ranch. Those without keys must find ways to work up a sweat without access to the gym. Later, the teams go head-to-head in a rowing-machine challenge.
Original Air Date: Feb 17, 2009

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

It's getting down to the wire and now that individuals are being sent home, rather than a full team, the pressure is on.

Ali shows up for another pop challenge. She tells the players that most important key to weight loss success is the one that opens the gym. Each team will have compete for one of two keys, and the ones who don't get them will have no access to the gym for the entire week. And not only are there a ton of keys to choose from when attempting the open the lock, but in order to get a key, each person has to climb the hill. Some, like Tara, go as fast as they can for more chances to select the right key. Shanon, on the other hand, is less enthusiastic. There's no point in killing herself over it. Ron, whose knees have been getting worse as the weeks go on, struggles with the climbing. It was a great moment when his competitors help him. Tara's drive is incredible as she hustles back and forth, even puking in the process. Unfortunately, though, the game is the luck of the draw because Shanon and Mike, perhaps two of the slower competitors, come out with the winning keys.

After the pop challenge, the players return to their trainers, who learn the fate of last week's elimination. Jillian is happy to see Dane, but is surprised that Bob's team clearly defied him and instead made a decision from the heart. Bob, meanwhile, is speechless. He tells them that they kept a really big threat in the house and that they shouldn't ask for his input anymore if they're not going to listen. Ouch. The trainers also find out that they won't be able to train in the gym. Jillian is not happy and decides to make the living room a home gym where she'll do a "horrendous host of fitness videos circa 1980." The pink team, who has access to the gym, decides to turn half of it into a lounge so that they never have to leave. Kristin has a bit of an "aha" moment during her outside workout and says she feels so powerful, but it hurts knowing this person was inside her the whole time. A few of the contestants decide to have a little fun and after a dip in the sprinklers, they slide in the mud. Tara says she loves everyone at the ranch and I think the people that are left is the greatest group of all seasons.

This week's challenge is about rowing your heart out. Each machine is connected to a light and the players have to keep going so that it stays green. It becomes yellow as a warning and if it goes to red, the player, and their teammate, is eliminated. Ron and Mike are out first, no surprise there. Aubrey goes next. Shanon shushes her mom, who tries to push her to stay strong, but soon they're out too, followed by the Purple team. So it's just the Green, Blue and Black teams left. They keep teetering between yellow and green lights until Blue is eliminated, leaving just Green and Black. Tara starts taunting Dane while Laura is constantly fighting to get out of yellow. Eventually it gets too hard and Green gets eliminated, leaving Dane to win immunity. Laura starts crying hysterically, as she feels it's another disappointment, but there's no question she pushed as hard as she could for the duration of the challenge.

For the last-chance workout, Bob takes his team, minus Ron, to the beach. Ron stays in the pool to keep the pressure off his knees. He's upset and feels like he's letting his son Mike down by only being able to work out at around 30 percent. Jillian has her team do boxing and some good ol' '80s-style leg lifts. Tara is a bit of a mess this week and worries that she's going to be the one to go.

At the weigh-in, Dane goes first since he has immunity. He loses 4 pounds, 1.22 percent. Here's the rest of the group:

Kristin and Cathy, Purple, lose 12 and 1 for a total of 2.30 percent.
Filipe and Sione, Blue, lose 7 and 9 for a total of 2.65 percent.
Laura and Tara, Green, lose 8 and 7 for a total of 3.14 percent.
Mandi and Aubrey, Yellow, lose 5 and 7 for a total of 2.74 percent.
Helen and Shannon, Pink, lose 6 and 3 for a total of 1.99 percent.
Mike and Ron, Brown, lose 10 and 7 for a total of 2.51 percent.

Yay for Kristin getting below 300, and I'm so happy that Brown stayed above the yellow line, although at this point I don't want to see anyone go! It's also interesting that two of the bottom three teams had access to the gym all week.

During deliberation, Pink makes it relatively clear that Shanon should go and Helen should stay. Shanon feels she would do better at home and has already proved that. The rest of the group is pretty surprised that the parent is staying over the child and wonder if it's the right decision for them. But like last week, the remaining players respect their choice and vote Shanon to go home.

Do you think Shanon should've stayed? Click here for my q&a with her.


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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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