On this week's episode of Thintervention, Jackie demands absolutely no cheating and total commitment for one full week. She's caught the clients in their lies, and they owe her. Jeana, a former O.C. housewife, and Nikki, the Australian with a penchant for cocktails, move in with their more disciplined castmates, Bryan and Nikki. Meanwhile, Jackie plans for some end-of-the-week fun — feline style.
The episode begins with Nikki arriving at Mandy's place in the suburbs. When Mandy opens her fridge, Nikki comments that she's never seen one so well stocked.
Nikki will learn a lot this week.
Jeana arrives at Bryan's apartment and meets his partner of seven years, Miguel.
The entire group convenes at Jackie's gym, and she recalls the results from last week's lie detector test: Jeana, Shannon, Nikki, and Stacy weren't being honest in their food and workout logs. As a result, Jackie is going to make this week's workouts so intense and tells them, "In spite of you, we will get those pounds off."
Today is all about the "sexy body parts:" butt, abs, and arms. Nikki burst into tears at just the thought of exercising. Jackie (and I commend her for her patience and optimism) remarks that this emotional outburst signals progress. Nikki's mind and body are connecting, which is the key to a healthier lifestyle.
Half the group runs on treadmills, while the others do bicep curls, lunges, and squats. Then they switch.
Nikki surprises everyone by pushing past her defeatist attitude and powering through her workout. Oddly, Mandy, who is supposed to be Nikki's role model this week, is the one on the brink of a breakdown. By spending so much time on herself, she feels like she's neglecting her family. She has even ordered a massage for her husband this evening to make up for her absence. Nikki, as her houseguest, gets one, too. Talk about being in the right place at the right time!
The next morning at Bryan's apartment, Jeana wonders if Bryan is sleep walking. No, he is really waking her up at this early hour, and they are going to go spinning. But first, they down one of Jackie's recommended pre-workout shakes — a mix of berries, spinach, flaxseed oil, and amino acid powder. At the gym, Bryan is impressed when Jeana appears to break a sweat. She's actually pushing herself!
Mandy and Nikki begin their day on a more leisurely note. They shop for lingerie and Mandy reveals that each time she reaches one of her weight loss goals her husband rewards her with a shopping spree. The pampering goes both ways, apparently.
In the afternoon, the group meets up in Chinatown. Their homework this week is to find their "inner sexy." They're here to learn about herbs that increase your libido, but end up mostly goofing around.
"Is there a cure for cankles?" Joe asks. And then pointing to Stacy, the group's designated punching bag, says, "Great, she'll take two."
Stacy is not happy. But good fortune is in her future! It turns out she can dance and this week's extreme workout is with Robin Antin, creator of the Pussycat Dolls.
Robin will teach the cast an exercise routine based on the Dolls' signature burlesque style and pop song "Don't Cha." After the lesson, there will be a dance off, and the winner will receive a one-hour treatment at the Kate Somerville spa.
The men are at a clear disadvantage. The dance is geared toward women — rife with hip thrusts and chest pumps. Everyone has fun with it, though, especially Bryan, who's wearing a ruffled, magenta button-up blouse that's way too small.
Ultimately, Stacy wins, and although I hate to jump on the picking-on-Stacy bandwagon, I think Shannon performed better.
Of course, the week wouldn't be complete without a couple of surprise visits. Craig Ramsay, a trainer who also works with the cast, shows up at Mandy's, and Jackie surprises Joe in da club with his friends. She wants to see him in his element, she explains, and orders them both a Patron Silver on the rocks. Joe has painful interactions with the ladies, punctuated with awkward questions like, "When did you realize you were smarter than your parents?"
Later, at the group therapy session, Joe says this night was the first time he left a bar alone because he didn't think anyone there was good enough for him. Perhaps it's time to whip out the lie detector machine again . . .
Jackie gently suggests that sometimes his humor can come off as hurtful — for example, as Stacy chimes in, with the cankles comment he made in Chinatown. He doesn't care. He enjoys his sense of humor and considers it a gift. He came here to lose weight, not to make friends, he says.
I'm not sure why he thinks he can't do both, and the scale reveals that reaching out to others actually can help you. Thanks to Bryan, Jeana has lost five pounds, and thanks to Mandy, Nikki — definitely most improved this week — has lost seven. Bryan has lost six, Stacy five, Shannon seven, and, what do you know, Joe has only lost two.