Archive for March 19, 2009

Loser Week 11: A Lesson on Motherhood

A day late, here is the recap…


The episode picked up right where last week left off. The black team joined the blue team in the big conference room and Aly told them all they’d all be going home for the week. No trainers. Just them and their family, and all the distractions.


I enjoyed watching them all go home. It’s neat to see their family’s reactions. My favorite part of the entire episode was when Mike’s brother saw him. He is also overweight. He immediately started crying. With his dad and brother losing weight, he was the only “big guy” in the family. My mom and I really hope that Biggest Loser offers him a spot on the next season. I think he’d do really well and jump at the opportunity.


Even though the contestants were home, they still had a challenge. A tin arrived at each contestant’s house containing 13 cookies and a DVD. The DVD told them that they’d all be participating in a half marathon. Whoever had the shortest time won $10K. It also told them that each cookie was worth a 5 minute penalty for a player of their choice.


Let me now take a moment very long paragraph to complain about Helen. I don’t like her. At the beginning of the season I thought she was alright. That was probably because I was too distracted by Joelle. I don’t think it was very thoughtful of her to make her daughter stay home at the beginning of the season instead of her- but at the time I was willing to chalk it up as strategy, not a character flaw. I was wrong. We saw this when she allowed her daughter to get voted off instead of herself. What kind of mother does that?? As we’d seen, Helen was skinny a few years back. She has it in her to do it again. Shannon needs the help. Shannon probably has eating issues because her mom is so selfish and never gives her any attention. Then, after the luxury weekend I liked Helen even less. She gets 24 hours of freedom and starts drinking and smoking. Seriously? Grow up! This episode made her look even worse. First, there were at least 3 shots of her hugging and kissing and crying with her husband and son while Shannon hung in the background… yes, I know she probably misses them a lot since she hadn’t seen them but come on! Based on other contestants behavior, she should be hugging and crying with Shannon because they are closer after the experience together. Whatever. I was appalled when she ate the cookie. Her family was sitting there, convincing her to do it. That just shows that they’ve all missed the point. I really feel bad for Shannon. She needs a better support system. And, Helen, I think it’s pretty tacky to call Tara “b-baby”… we all know that’s not what you were about to say. And Tara is not a b-baby. She’s tough. She’s a hard worker. She deserves every prize she’s won. Way to set an example for your kiddos.


Cathy, you are a good mother. At the weigh-in the blue team lost again. Duh! (cough..cough..dane…cough..mandi..cough) So then it was time for them to choose between Cathy, Kristin, and Aubrey. Ron lost the most weight on the blue team so he had immunity. I don’t think I saw it on the episode (did anyone?) but I read on the Production Blog that Ron wanted to vote of Aubrey. Instead Cathy said she’d go home. She said that she’s a mother and mothers have to make sacrifices for their children. Then she added that Aubrey has become like a daughter to her. Of course she didn’t want to go home, but she did. Because it was honorable and right. And I really love her for that. I loved that team. Kristin still has a lot of weight to lose, if she doesn’t hit a wall, she could go really far.


I hope Helen is watching these episodes and seeing how selfish she is.


Oh yeah, I didn’t even mention the half marathon. No big news…. Tara won. Sione got second. But since Helen ate the cookie, Tara ended up losing. So Sione got $10K. Ron didn’t finish. He did 4 miles. I’m actually shocked with his weight loss. He seems like he can’t do anything, yet he’s lost over 100 pounds. Amazing. Also, did any of you see that Aubrey ate a couple cookies? Who were they against? Or am I making things up?


Always entertaining. Always surprising. Tune in next week when they turn into individuals again.

March 19, 2009 at 10:58 am 8 comments


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