Loser Week 11: A Lesson on Motherhood

March 19, 2009 at 10:58 am 8 comments

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.

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  • 1. Karen  |  March 19, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    I too feel that Helen was a butt for doing that to Tara, but I did not like the competition, I think it was really unfair, it would have been better if say you ate the cookie then your time and the person you ate the cookie against time would be compared not the whole group.
    Aubrey did eat some cookies, some people are saying that it was against Helen, but I am not sure.
    I hope that Aubrey’s dad gets a shot for the show also, poor guy really needs to do some thing.
    Cathy is really a sweet person, she looked great after the show, and kudos to her for encouraging her other daughters to work out also, I hope things keep going for her.

  • 2. Jimbo  |  March 19, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    I didn’t actually see this week’s show but Sarah gave me the summary. So, they’re going to be individuals again next week? Good, these teams were disastrously uneven (especially after the Blue Idiots got rid of their best players three weeks in a row).

    And yes, good for Cathy. Quality person, quality results even after she went home.

  • 3. Mom  |  March 19, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Aubrey did look like she ate a cookie…also, did you notice when they walked in for the weigh-in, Laura had a “boot” on her leg – up to her knee and the next shot they showed when they were lined up, she didn’t! I was guessing after the marathon she was experiencing problems but nothing was ever said.
    This was a very emotional episode for me – Cathy was awesome! A WONDERFUL MOTHER!!! And my heart just broke for Mike’s brother. You can tell they are a very close family.
    Shannon – bless her heart – still looked like she hadn’t lost any weight during the visit from her mom. I feel really bad for her and hope to heck Helen doesn’t win this thing!

  • 4. Lindsay  |  March 19, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Aubrey ate cookies..I think they may have been from other people though..like Filipe and Mike….not too sure though.

    ps, can’t stand Helen..or Aubrey. And I still can’t stand Ron.

  • 5. osarah  |  March 19, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    I was surprised that Ron didn’t say “Aubrey, you proved you can do this at home. It’s your turn to go home.” I guess he must have said something of the sort though since you mentioned the Production Blog.

    John and I loved the part when Mike saw his brother as well. It was really touching, and whether or not he’s offered a spot on next season’s Biggest Loser, I hope this has inspired him to get healthy. As for Aubrey’s dad, I don’t think he gets it. He says he does, but he doesn’t.

    Cathy really showed excellent character this week. It’s so awesome to see her inspiring her daughters back home. Good for them! (Also, isn’t it crazy how much they all look alike?!)

  • 6. alicesworld  |  March 19, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    I totally agree with you about Helen. What a selfish brute. Totally lacks the character that Cathy has in droves. I SOBBED when I saw Mike’s brother crying – wasn’t that heartbreaking? Oh! I love Biggest Loser!!

  • 7. rachelheather  |  March 19, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    I was wondering about the Aubrey thing too. They definitely showed her eating more than 1 cookie, and she should have had to own up to it.

    Helen drives me crazy. I always thought she was a bit obnoxious.

    I love Kristin, but I feel like she should be getting way bigger numbers…there’s got to be something going on there.

    I hate how everyone (well, not everyone, but a lot of them) hates on Tara – just because she’s working harder than you and looks amazing doesn’t mean she’s a horrible person. Get over it and work harder if you want to beat her.

  • 8. gmgennari  |  March 23, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    I can’t agree more. This episode really highlighted Helen’s selfishness. I really felt for Tara when she discovered that Helen ate the cookie, and I thought she handled the situation with grace. I wanted to shake Helen at that point, and I know Tara must have wanted to kill her! Oh, and I never felt comfortable with the decision to send Shannon home, either.

    I am so glad they did not send Aubrey home. How could she do it with five kids? That woman needs to stay there. It figures that Ron wanted to send her home–he is a sneaky sucker.

    I still have to rant about Filipe and Sione. Why are they still working out with Bob?? I think Bob needs to spend all his time with the remaining members of the blue team. Cut those wankers loose, Bob. If I was on the blue team, I think I’d feel more than a little bit slighted.

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