The simple idea of The Biggest Loser, is that "whomever loses the most...wins."
The simple idea of The Biggest Loser, familiar to dieters the world over, is that "whomever loses the most...wins." Losing weight will be difficult, though, as the 12 contestants (six male and six female) will be faced with real-life temptations that their new approved weight-loss skills and resources should help them overcome -- if they want to win, that is.
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25 Sep 2007Description ▼
The teams are put to the test for the first time with a tempting food competition. Each contestant will need to decide whether it is worth it to participate when they are put in a room full of unhealthy food. They have four minutes to consume or not consume the most calories and the winner will receive a three-pound pass that will be used to their advantage at this week's weigh-in. In the physical challenge, contestants will participate in three different 100-meter heats against the yellow team formed by three kids. Host Alison Sweeney informs them that the winning team will receive a phone call home, making the stakes this week even higher. After the weigh-in one of the teams will have to send someone home.
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17 Mar 2009Description ▼
After the latest vote, Alison announced to all the remaining contestants that Mandi would not be the only person sent home that week. In fact, all the remaining contestants were being sent home to spend the time until the next weigh-in back in their home environment. To the contestants, being sent home is a mixed blessing: missing family and friends, they were looking forward to spending time with their loved ones, but on the other hand they are back to the old issues and temptations which were in part a cause of their original weight issues. The black team in particular is aware of this problem because of the indulgences they all partook at the resort spa the week before. After arriving home to family, friends and fanfare, the contestants found out that they would not be left totally to their own devices. They all were going to participate in an individual challenge of running a half marathon, the winner of the challenge - the person with the fastest time - receiving $10,000. There is one hitch. Each contestant is given 13 sugar cookies, each containing approximately 350 calories. For every cookie a contestant eats, he/she can add 5 minutes to any of the other contestant's time. Thus each contestant must weigh the benefit of adding to a competing contestant's run time against the negative of potential weight gain from eating the cookies.
24 Mar 2009Description ▼
After the latest vote in which Cathy sacrificed herself to save both her daughter Kristin and teammate Aubrey and was thus sent home, Alison announced that there would be no more teams and that everyone was now working as an individual. Each contestant would also pick either Bob or Jillian - they would want for their trainer for the remainder of their time on the campus, an easy choice for some, a more difficult one for others. The week's challenge was in two parts, the actions of the contestants almost making one decide to pack it in and go home. The challenge - the winner of which would get immunity from elimination this week - allowed contestants to penalize others by adding as much weight as they have lost to date to any other contestant for part two of the challenge, the nature of which was not specified beforehand. When part two came along, the extra weight made some more resolved to win, while it made some feel defeated. The actual weigh-in was bittersweet for many in that milestones were achieved, but still resulted in low percentage of weight loss for the week, meaning they could be sent home on the upcoming vote.
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15 Sep 2009Description ▼
The sixteen contestants for season 8 are introduced. The theme for the season is having a second chance, which brings with it a lot of baggage for most, if not all, contestants. The second chance applies to the show with one contestant, back from a previous season, and has been allowed to continue with his weight loss journey. Before the contestants even have a chance to do a workout, weigh-in or meet the trainers, they are subjected to their first challenge, a 1-mile race, the winner to have immunity from elimination. As with previous seasons, all the contestants will be paired up, the winner of the race also having the choice of his/her partner. The race proves to be too much for two of the contestants. At the first official weigh-in, there are five people over 400 pounds apiece - the largest number ever for the show, and the heaviest single person ever on the show. At their first workout, the contestants learn that both Bob and Jillian will be jointly training them all. Each contestant goes through a medical evaluation, which is a wake up call for most. At the first elimination weigh-in, only fifteen contestants weigh-in, although all sixteen are still in the game.
22 Sep 2009Description ▼
Immediately after Alexandra is the first person voted off campus, Alison tells the remaining contestants that every person will stay on campus for an extra week if they work together to lose a collective 150 pounds by the next weigh-in. If they don't, the reward turns into a punishment where two people will be voted off. Bob and Jillian know the contestants have an almost impossible task because of the historic curse of "week 2", but do their best to help the contestants realize the goal. The contestants place added pressure and stress on themselves and the other contestants, especially those who they feel are not working hard enough. Much of the animosity is directed toward Julio, who many felt should have been voted off the previous week. Celebrity chef
29 Sep 2009Description ▼
Because the contestants met the challenge of losing a collective 150 pounds between them the previous week - even without needing the 35 extra pounds they "won" - no one was voted off campus last week. One contestant learns of a medical issue which may altar her training. Before the start of this week, Alison offers one team a weight advantage at the next weigh-in in exchange for no access to the trainers, that weight advantage starting at 2 pounds and going up by 2 pounds until one team decides to take it. The individual that ultimately makes the unilateral decision to take the weight advantage does not have the emotional support of their partner or of the trainers. Alison offers yet a second advantage, this one available to only one person. That person will decide which person from each team will represent the team in the next weigh-in. The winner of that advantage has to eat the most food placed in front of them, each person not being able to see the amount eaten by any of the others. The trainers once again chastise the person who ate the most food. The teams also face an immunity challenge, one of both strength and endurance. The teams are given the choice of heavier weights over longer distances or lighter weights over shorter distances. Irrespective of the challenge outcome, all teams race in the spirit it was intended. By the end of the week, one person becomes the target for all the others, regardless of if that person remains on campus after this week or not.
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13 Oct 2009Description ▼
With Julio voted off campus after the latest weigh-in, all the remaining participants are now in paired off in their original pairs. Or are they? The first game, one purely of luck, offers the winner the power to rearrange the groupings. The participants will now be split into two teams - one training with Jillian, one training with Bob - with the winner of the game assigning who will train with who and who will be on which team. The game has some other possible windfalls, but also some large potential costs. The winner of the game is the one person who most of the other participants least wanted it, that person who makes some unpopular decisions. Some are unable to cope without the partner they've had since day one of being on campus. The reward challenge is one of each person figuratively and literally carrying their team, the winning team to get a video letter from home. Some on the winning team show their support for their former partners. When the deliberation for the vote off occurs after the weigh-in, the team has one person as the obvious choice, until another member decides to take one for the team.
27 Oct 2009Description ▼
ItÂ’s an intense week on Â“The Biggest LoserÂ” when the contestants learn from host Alison Sweeney that they will each face off against a player from the opposing team at weigh-in. The winner of the pop challenge gains considerable control by getting to choose who faces off against whom. Then New York Yankee and four-time World Series champ Derek Jeter gives the players a pep talk about the importance of teamwork before they embark on a wild baseball challenge. The challenge winner then gets a delicious and healthy Mediterranean meal prepared by acclaimed chef Curtis Stone. Later, one player breaks a Â“Biggest LoserÂ” record at weigh-in, and then the contestants say goodbye to one of their own in the most emotional elimination so far of this season.
03 Nov 2009Description ▼
The nine remaining contestants head to Washington D.C., for an adventure that will take them from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to the inside of the White House kitchen. After arriving in the nations capitol, the players learn from host Alison Sweeney that theyll now be competing as individuals rather than by teams. And their first challenge is a big one to race around the National Mall and try and bring as many people as possible back to the Washington monument for a public workout with trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels, for the biggest workout in Biggest Loser history! Later, the trainers and contestants meet with members of Congress to talk about the importance of health and nutrition education, especially in schools. Then the players engage in a wild competition involving iconic D.C. landmarks before visiting the White House, where they get to prepare a delicious salad with the chef using vegetables from the White House garden. Later, the contestants weigh in by the steps of the Lincoln Memorial before another elimination round sends a contestant home for an emotional reunion with their family.
10 Nov 2009Description ▼
With Tracey being voted off campus after the previous weigh-in, there are eight contestants remaining. Those eight see it as a contest of four against four: the younger contestants (Amanda, Daniel, Rebecca and Shay) versus the older contestants (Allen, Danny, Liz and Rudy). This difference is especially important in the balance of power this week as two people will be going home after the next weigh-in. The person with the lowest percentage of weight loss will fall below the "red line", and immediately be sent home. The two others with the next lowest percentage of weight loss will fall below the "yellow line" and go through the regular voting process. When Bob and Jillian learn about the red line, they talk between themselves about playing God and making sure a certain person remains above both lines to ensure that person's stay on campus. The winner of the first challenge - a race using tennis balls - will be given a one pound advantage at the weigh-in. The main challenge of the week has the contestants at the circus, jumping through hoops to eliminate their fellow competitors, the winner of the challenge having immunity at the weigh-in. Bob uses the circus theme to come up with a unique last chance workout. After the challenges, one of the coalition of four come up with a plan they hope will assist them at the weigh-in.
17 Nov 2009Description ▼
ItÂ’s one of the most eagerly-anticipated events every season -- Â“The Biggest LoserÂ” makeover episode! Fashion guru Tim Gunn and chic hair stylist Tabatha return to help the remaining six contestants look fabulous before they give speeches about their weight loss journeys to motivate others at a TV Guide Magazine event. Then itÂ’s time for amazing reveals and emotional reunions, when the made-over contestants show off their incredible new looks to loved ones flown in to help them celebrate their big day and hear their emotional speeches. Later, the contestants face a high-flying challenge across a canyon divide, and the winner is rewarded with a two-week trip to Â“The Biggest LoserÂ” resort at Fitness Ridge in southern Utah. Then a tense elimination follows the weigh-in, sending another contestant home.
08 Dec 2009Description ▼
All of the contestants from this season return for a special reunion and a chance to weigh in one last time Â– and show America how much weight theyÂ’ve all lost since beginning their weight-loss journeys. There are four contestants left, but America has voted on the two that fell below the yellow line in last weekÂ’s episode to choose who will be the third finalist in the game. After AmericaÂ’s vote is revealed and the third finalist is announced, the eliminated player will then weigh in with the other 12 eliminated contestants to compete for the $100,000 Â“at homeÂ” prize. Then itÂ’s the moment viewers have been waiting for, when one of the three finalists will be named this seasonÂ’s Â“Biggest Loser.Â”
05 Jan 2010Description ▼
The twenty-two contestants - who arrive as teams of two - are introduced, three of whom are the heaviest three contestants ever on the show, and one team which weighs collectively close to half a ton. Their initial weigh-in is held in each's hometown in front of family, friends and other townsfolk. When they arrive on campus and enter the gym for the first time, the contestants are surprised to see it empty, except for twenty-two bicycles. Each team is to cycle collectively 26.2 miles, the equivalent of a marathon. The team to finish the distance first gets immunity from elimination, the bottom two teams who will be asked to leave the campus immediately. However Bob and Jillian are training together, and use the first workout to assess the fitness and personality of each of the contestants. At the first weigh-in, the contestants are weighed as a team. The team with the lowest percentage of weight loss falls below the yellow line. The remaining contestants vote which of the two on that team will be eliminated. At the weigh-in, two contestants set new weight loss records for the show.
12 Jan 2010Description ▼
With two couples asked to leave following the bicycling challenge and James being voted off after the first weigh-in, seventeen contestants remain on campus. Jillian and Bob are still feeling out the contestants and try to get to their core issues. Everyone in the gym is feeling the pressure of what is known on the show as the week 2 curse of an extreme drop in weight loss following the first week high. Dr. Huizenga takes each couple aside to demonstrate to them in meaningful ways how their weight issues are negatively affecting their lives. The reward challenge is one of balance and speed, with the ultimate reward for the winner, and the ultimate penalty for the last place team. Extreme fear takes hold of one contestant, which Jillian later helps try and conquer. Going into the weigh-in, the contestants weigh-in as teams, one person from the team with the lowest percentage of weight loss who will be eliminated. Bob calls out one contestant to admit to games playmanship.
19 Jan 2010Description ▼
With Patti voted off after the latest weigh-in, there are sixteen contestants left on campus. Before beginning this week, the two teams who left campus after the cycling challenge held on the initial day are visited half way through their 30-day at home challenge, the team with the lowest percentage of weight loss after that 30-days who will be invited back on campus. For the sixteen currently on campus, they face "student teacher" week, where only one member from each team - the teacher - will have access to the trainers, that team member who will teach their partner - the student - how to train for the week. The student will be the only team representative at the weigh-in. The one person who has the power to name the teacher and the student for each team is the winner of a temptation challenge. In addition to the trainers, the teachers have access to chef
26 Jan 2010Description ▼
With Maria voted off campus at the last weigh-in, there are fifteen contestants remaining. Michael is given notice by the others that he has to show that he wants to stay by working hard. And Bob and Jillian confront Lance and Melissa about Melissa's lack of weight loss for the past two weeks. The contestants are given a pop challenge - a race of luck - with the winning team getting immunity. The winning team is also given the task of doling out three sets of disadvantages to other teams. The reward challenge is a test of strength to propel the teams up a cable pulley. The winning team is given the task of doling out three other sets of rewards, which to many are better than the immunity prize from earlier. Bob and Jillian have a surprise for the contestants as the last chance workout. Tempers flare at the weigh-in.
02 Feb 2010Description ▼
At the last weigh-in, Migdalia was voted off campus. The campus is not only down one contestant but two as one is sent to hospital temporarily on a medical issue. But two others ultimately return to campus as the at home challenge given to Victoria and Cherita and Sunshine and O'Neal, which the on-campus contestants did not know about, comes to an end and the four return to campus to weigh-in. Before doing so, they go through what Bob calls the Biggest Loser rite of passage: a last chance workout. The returning team is told that they will receive immunity for the week, but that they are also given ultimate power: the only vote at the week's all contestant weigh-in. During the week, Bob and Jillian each focus in on a few contestants to get to the bottom of their weight issues. The reward challenge is a Super Bowl week football related challenge, with the winning team receiving immunity at the week's weigh-in, the losing team getting a two-pound penalty.
09 Feb 2010Description ▼
Having the lowest percentage of weight loss as a team and being a single member team, John, without deliberation, was sent home after the latest weigh-in. Koli is having doubts about himself being on campus, especially as John, who he feels is more deserving, is no longer there. The contestants learn that for this week, they will now be weighing in as individuals as opposed to teams, two contestants will be sent home (the one with the lowest percentage of weight loss, plus one of the next two who will be voted home), and in the spirit of the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympics that they will be training at the US Olympic Training Center much like Olympic athletes do. As a pop challenge, the contestants are required to 500 slides on a slide board (mimicking a speed skating maneuver), with a gold, silver and bronze medal awarded to the top three finishers. Those three get an advantage at the reward challenge, which is styled along the lines of a biathlon. The winner of the reward challenge gets immunity at this week's weigh-in. Because of the travel to and from the Olympic Center and the higher fat food available there, the contestants are all concerned about this week's weigh-in. Following the weigh-in, the two contestants below the yellow line receive a surprise.
02 Mar 2010Description ▼
After the latest weigh-in, Melissa leaves the campus as the person who fell below the red line. Cheryl and Darrell, the two contestants who fell below the yellow line, complete their one-on-one challenge to see who goes home and who stays. Following, the remaining contestants, who were only last week told they were playing now as individuals, now learn that they will now be placed on teams, however not their original couple partnership, but a blue team trained by Bob, and a black team trained by Jillian. The winner of a temptation challenge has the power to select those teams, as well as select one undesignated person (which may be him/herself) to receive immunity for the week. The person with immunity will ultimately be on the team which loses a player at this week's weigh-in. Without knowing what the temptation challenge is, each contestant has to decide if they want to participate. After making the decision to play, those players have some regrets in that the temptations (consumption of high calorie foods) are not choices but necessary penalties of the game. The choices made by the winner of the challenge bother many of the other contestants, as well as Bob and Jillian. This week's reward challenge is one of strength and working together as a team. The winning team's rewards are letters from home. Before this week's weigh-in, the contestants have a reassessment by Dr. Huizenga.
09 Mar 2010Description ▼
After the latest weigh-in, Miggy was voted off campus. O'Neal, replacing Miggy on the blue team, was afraid that SunShine was the contestant voted off. Starting from last week, the teams continue their David vs. Goliath mentality, the black team being David, the blue team being Michael-stacked Goliath which nonetheless lost the previous weigh-in. The contestants immediately learn their reward challenge for the week: pulling a 33,000 pound semi-trailer truck and putting together a puzzle at the finish line. The reward challenge is quickly dispensed of as, for the week, the contestants are moving back to something resembling real life. They will commute by bus to and from a job - volunteering for Feeding America at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank - working an eight hour shift each day. In addition, like real life, they must think about what they will eat during their work day, and the gym will only be open for certain hours, meaning that they only have a limited amount of time to work out before and/or after their job.
16 Mar 2010Description ▼
This week, the blue team squares off against the black team in a food trivia pop challenge that will send the winning team via limo to a day of pampering and luxury while the losing team has to stay behind and clean up the kitchen and the gym! Then popular chef Curtis Stone stops by to help host Alison Sweeney judge a food cook-off challenge. Each team has 30 minutes to make an appetizer, entrée and dessert using only 12 ingredients, and the team who wins the taste test gets a big advantage at this week's weigh in. Then an emotional elimination round sends another player home.
23 Mar 2010Description ▼
This week, the contestants return to their hometowns to visit family and friends. But with those happy reunions comes the challenge of continuing to eat right and exercise despite all of the distractions and temptations away from the ranch. After arriving home, the players also get a surprise - a gift crate with a stationary bicycle and a DVD of host Alison Sweeney explaining the at-home temptation and challenge that awaits them. Each contestant will ride the length of a full marathon (26.2 miles) on their new stationary bike - but they are also provided with a temptation in the form of 48 mini-cupcakes. For every cupcake a contestant may choose to eat, they can apply five minutes to the final ride time of any other player during the bike challenge - a twist that could have a dramatic impact on the outcome of the game. Later, the weigh-in back at the ranch reveals how they all did at home before another contestant is eliminated and sent home for good.
30 Mar 2010Description ▼
With Lance voted off the last weigh-in, he is sent home. Or is he? All the contestants who have previously been voted off campus, with the exception of Migdalia who is dealing with a personal issue at home, are back, one of whom will be invited back on campus, that person to be chosen purely by vote of the on-campus contestants. The only rule is that one cannot vote for their own family member. After the invited player is named, Alison announces one last challenge for one of the off campus contestants to get back on campus. The challenge opens up old wounds between various players. Both returning players receive immunity for the week. All the contestants also learn that they are no longer in teams, but are now competing as individuals. The two returning players and being back to singles brings up issues in the contestants' minds.
06 Apr 2010Description ▼
After the latest weigh-in when Stephanie was voted off campus, Melissa, who is back as a return contestant, is amazed that the others seem not to be "playing the game". Bob tries to convince her that playing the game still requires hard physical work and that one should not to lose track of the primary goal of a lifestyle change. The next game that Melissa and the others play is one of weight loss for the week. The first person to lose two percent of their current body weight will receive immunity for the week, each contestant only having one opportunity to weigh-in for this prize. Because the stakes are high and the temptation great to lose weight quickly, Dr.
13 Apr 2010Description ▼
This week's pop challenge finds the contestants piling quarters, each worth $10, on to platters, and then trying to balance the platters as long as they can to win the money they're holding. Afterwards, financial expert Suze Orman talks with the contestants about their financial health, along with season 8 winner Danny Cahill, who she predicted would win last season. It's a wake-up call for many of them struggling with their personal finances, especially when Orman shares her prediction for who will win this season. Then a wild challenge in the pouring rain finds contestants racing to find the right keys that will open this season's biggest prize yet for two lucky contestants - brand new cars! Later, trainer Bob Harper takes the players outside for a workout in the mud, which leads to a wild mud-wrestling fight and a lively chase to bring trainer Jillian Michaels into the fray.
20 Apr 2010Description ▼
Andrea was voted off campus at the last weigh-in. The power of the vote this week may fall to one person. In a temptation challenge, the contestants are forced to eat all their meals alone for one day in a room filled with both healthy foods, and unhealthy foods. The person who eats the most calories will have the only vote at this week's weigh-in, except if that person falls below the yellow line. In that case, the vote will occur as usual. Many contestants resist temptation, some fall to temptation without a thought of playing the game, while two in combination decide to play the game. The temptation challenge ends up being a motivator at the workouts for many. The reward challenge has each contestant building a vertical structure out of blocks, strong and sturdy enough to climb up on to reach a flag. The first person to get their flag wins a one pound advantage at the weigh-in, the last place finisher receiving a one pound disadvantage. This challenge brings up a fear of heights among some, and one has a more difficult obstacle to overcome by the end of the challenge. Before the weigh-in, the contestants receive a visit by Dr.
04 May 2010Description ▼
SunShine is still adjusting to the fact of O'Neal no longer being on campus, he who was voted off after the latest weigh-in. That leaves Sam and Koli as the only remaining couple among the six contestants still on campus. Those six have made it to makeover week. Each is given $1,000 to shop for clothing. They get to share their new made-over self with some special people. With their special people, the six are treated to a private concert to cap off their makeover. They get back to the reality of campus when they compete in a reward challenge. They must climb a Jacobs Ladder suspended over a swimming pool. The first person into the pool will have a one pound penalty at the weigh-in, the last person remaining with a one pound advantage at the weigh-in. The second place finisher questions his/her motivations for giving up the challenge. The results of the challenge affect how Bob and Jillian conduct the last chance workout.
11 May 2010Description ▼
With Sam being voted off campus at the latest weigh-in, he who is the first contestant ever to reach his goal weight while on campus, there are no original couples within the remaining five contestants. Koli and SunShine did not understand why Ashley and Daris voted for Sam. Koli and SunShine however were and are unaware that Ashley, Daris and Michael have an alliance. The contestants learn that an alliance this week will not matter as there is no yellow line, only a red line, the contestant who falls below that line going home this week. This reality adds a noticeable air of tension on campus. The reality of the process also profoundly affects one of the contestants. To relieve the stress, Bob takes the contestants on a field trip for them to meet a friend who ends up inspiring them. Two previous biggest losers, who have had different post-contest paths, return to campus to provide guidance to the remaining five. Based on an on-line vote, a shedding weight challenge from a previous season is resurrected. It is a cathartic experience for some of the competitors. The winner has a choice of one of two rewards. Before the weigh-in, each contestant reflects on his/her on-campus journey thus far.
21 Sep 2010Description ▼
The theme for this, the tenth season, is "pay it forward" where trainers, Bob and Jillian, will not only assist the contestants on the ranch in their weight loss goals, but communities across America, where two-thirds of the population are now considered obese. Alison, Bob and Jillian travel to seven cities across the continental US - Detroit, Los Angeles, Portland, Atlanta, Phoenix, Oklahoma City and Boston - where three potential contestants in each city weigh-in, talk candidly about the underlying reasons for their weight problems, and then compete in a race (in some cities it will be doing five hundred step-ups, in others it will be running one mile) against each other, the top two finishers in each city automatically becoming contestants on the ranch. Those top two finishers from each city form a team on the ranch. But will a third place finish be the end of the "Biggest Loser" road for those remaining seven?
28 Sep 2010Description ▼
The fourteen contestants learn that they will be joined on the ranch by two of the seven eliminated contestants, those two being "saved", one each by Bob and Jillian. They also learn that despite wearing a same colored t-shirt as the other contestant that made it through from their city, each of the sixteen contestants is competing as an individual. The sixteen go through their first workout with Bob and Jillian, and have their first assessment by Dr. Huizenga. Both processes are eye opening experiences, and not in good ways for most. Bob and Jillian also take the contestants into the kitchen to discuss their diet, past and future. Aaron, Brendan and Mark receive presents from home based on the discussions in the kitchen. Alison drops two bombshells on the contestants regarding their first weigh-in on the ranch: it will done earlier than they expected, and the yellow line will not be above the bottom two contestants but rather the bottom half of all the contestants. Although most contestants end up posting big weight loss numbers, the euphoria quickly turns to dismay for some as one by one a contestant falls below the yellow line. After the weigh-in, Alison tells those below the yellow line that six will be safe, one by decision, the other five in a race for their on-ranch life.
05 Oct 2010Description ▼
With Allie being voted off the ranch at the last weigh-in, there are fifteen contestants remaining at the ranch. At that last weigh-in, seven of the eight women were below the yellow line, and as such Jillian feels the women have to get out of what she calls their "kum-ba-yah" mentality. That overwhelming atmosphere of bonding and friendship amongst all sixteen contestants has now disappeared with the first elimination, which makes them all truly realize that they are in a competition, however a competition in which two of the remaining fifteen express not wanting to participate, which raises the ire in the remaining thirteen and in Bob. Because of the twists demonstrated in the past week, the trainers are now treating every workout as a last chance workout as no one is aware when the weigh-in will happen. One of those workouts is provided by tennis player
12 Oct 2010Description ▼
After hearing from host Alison Sweeney that two people will be going home this week, the contestants face their first temptation in the form of cupcakes, one of which represents a potentially huge prize for the winner that could grow more valuable each week. Later, chef Curtis Stone shows them that desserts can still be part of their lives by teaching them to prepare delicious, low-calorie cupcakes. At an early weigh-in, trainer Jillian Michaels grows frustrated with one contestant who doesn't celebrate her successes, and then trainer Bob Harper invites the players to his house for a vegan meal. Then those who fell below the yellow line face an elimination challenge involving large rolls of carpet, but one player fears elimination when sidelined by an injury. And despite two players being sent home this week, the contestants learn that the competition is about to get bigger.
19 Oct 2010Description ▼
With Sophie being below the red line and Burgandy the person voted off of those below the yellow line after the last weigh-in, there are twelve contestants left on campus... or so those twelve believe. However, the five contestants who never made it onto the ranch arrive, with the one of those five with the highest percentage of weight loss coming onto campus to compete with the twelve. That person learns that he/she will wield much power as that person will also determine the newly formed teams: six on the black team who will train with Jillian, and six on the blue team who will train with Bob, with the final person, who will have immunity for the week, being allocated to the team who loses a contestant this week. That person makes a surprise decision which may be their downfall if the plotting on the ranch works the way those contestants determine. The game playing irks Bob and Jillian, who get wind of the plot. Beyond their first workout, their first team task is a reward challenge, where, as a team, they must race through downtown Los Angeles the fastest, with a different team member answering a food related question at each of six stops, with wrong answers resulting in that team member needing to complete a workout time penalty. The challenge ends with surprising and selfless results. This week's weigh-in ends up being an emotional one based on the thoughts of game play.
26 Oct 2010Description ▼
The contestants start their week hearing surprising news from host Alison Sweeney that at this week's weigh-in, only one person's weight will count for the blue team and the black team. It will be up to the opposing team to decide whose weight will count and the two contestants chosen won't be revealed until the weigh-in - leaving the blue and black teams busy strategizing on who they should choose. Then the players get a visit from celebrity chefs Curtis Stone and Lorena Garcia. Each chef is paired with a team to help coach them through a timed cooking competition - but neither chef is allowed to actually touch the food, adding to the tension as they race against the clock to finish in time. The winning team gets an advantage at this week's challenge, a dragon boat race pitting blue team vs. black. It's the ultimate test of teamwork and timing as both teams race to win the challenge and a prize that will give them a valuable advantage at weigh-in.
02 Nov 2010Description ▼
Immediately following the latest weigh-in when Adam was voted off the ranch, the remaining eleven contestants learn that they will immediately leave for their new training site to work with their new trainers for the week: Camp Pendleton with the US Marine Corps. Upon arrival at camp, some are buoyed by the discipline they feel they require to achieve their weight loss goal, while others feel they can't handle the boot camp style of training. They learn that everything they do, part of the marine code, is to work as a team and never to leave one of their team behind. Their first task is to hike with full gear to their barracks. Their team challenge for the week is to complete an obstacle course as a team, each member having a thirty pound pack on their back, which they can redistribute amongst their team members as the team sees fit. The winning and losing team are only as strong as their weakest team member. The winning team's reward is telephone calls from home. Bob and Jillian resume their training roles for the last chance workout, but are concerned about what has happened during the week when they were not present. At the weigh-in, the last contestant to weigh in has an unusual prediction.
09 Nov 2010Description ▼
After Anna is voted off the ranch at the latest weigh-in, the trainers are dismayed that it was collectively the worst weigh-in in the show's history with three of the contestants gaining weight. The remaining ten contestants learn that for the next week they will no longer be in two teams, but rather five teams of two, each pair who will weigh-in together. Two teams will fall below the yellow line, with one team being voted off the ranch. One of those ten will make the decision as to the pairings based on a temptation challenge where on a set menu, each contestant will secretly order an appetizer, a main course and a dessert apiece, with the person consuming the most calories winning the challenge. For the food to count toward the calorie count, the entire plate of food must be consumed. When the appetizers arrive, it becomes obvious who is playing the game. What may be more troubling is the one person not playing the game that decides to eat a decadent dessert just for the want of it. The winner of the challenge has an obvious game plan, which ends up creating two factions on the ranch. Because sugar plays such a big part in obesity, the contestants compete in a reward challenge to build a sugar cube tower five feet tall, transporting the sugar cubes from a pile to the construction site one cube at a time. The result of the temptation challenge brings out many emotions both amongst the contestants and the trainers. Bob and Jillian feel they have to address issues specifically with Aaron, Ada and Lisa. The trainers also focus much of the training regimen based on the pairings. The weigh-in continues to bring out those emotions, with Bob and Jillian contributing to the free for all argument. The vote is equally as emotional, especially between one of the contestants voted off and one of the people who voted for that team. In a post episode live segment, Bob visits the eliminated contestants at one of their homes to see how they are doing months after that emotional elimination.
16 Nov 2010Description ▼
Bob vents his frustration out on those who voted Aaron and Jesse off campus after the latest weigh-in. The eight remaining contestants, now competing as individuals, are provided support in the form of video messages from home. One contestant, however, receives no such traditional support, but does receive one from a non-traditional source. Both Bob and Jillian focus much of their attention on Elizabeth, who they feel has not yet been able to stand on her own two feet at the ranch. Jillian gets her to complete a yet as of unfinished task. But they want all the contestants to step their training up a notch as their on-ranch journey gets closer to ending. The reward challenge for the week is a one foot balancing one while perched precariously over a pool of water, the winner to receive a one pound advantage at the weigh-in. The one pound becomes all the more important when the contestants learn what will be happening the following week if they remain on the ranch.
23 Nov 2010Description ▼
The stakes are higher than ever this week when host Alison Sweeney informs the last six contestants that there will be a red line and a yellow line at the weigh-in this week, and those who stay above both will be in the final four. Special guest Nastia Liukin, a five-time Olympic medalist and four-time World Champion gymnast, meets up with the players for a pop challenge that tests their stamina as they compete in five different exercises. Later, trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels talk to contestants to see how they feel about going home, one contestant gets an impressive health update from Dr. Huizenga, and the players all discuss what they'd do with the grand prize money if they won. Then it's time for the traditional end-of-season challenge in which the players all put their original weight back on and drop it incrementally as they lost it on the show. Later, one player tearfully says goodbye after falling below the red line at the weigh-in, and then two more are up for an elimination that really takes the player voted out by surprise. Finally, the two eliminees return home for emotional reunions with family and friends, leaving the season 10 final four at the ranch.
30 Nov 2010Description ▼
The stakes are higher than ever this week when host Alison Sweeney informs the last six contestants that there will be a red line and a yellow line at the weigh-in this week, and those who stay above both will be in the final four. Special guest Nastia Liukin, a five-time Olympic medalist and four-time World Champion gymnast, meets up with the players for a pop challenge that tests their stamina as they compete in five different exercises. Later, trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels talk to contestants to see how they feel about going home, one contestant gets an impressive health update from Dr. Huizenga, and the players all discuss what they'd do with the grand prize money if they won. Then it's time for the traditional end-of-season challenge in which the players all put their original weight back on and drop it incrementally as they lost it on the show. Later, one player tearfully says goodbye after falling below the red line at the weigh-in, and then two more are up for an elimination that really takes the player voted out by surprise. Finally, the two eliminees return home for emotional reunions with family and friends, leaving the season 10 final four at the ranch.
07 Dec 2010Description ▼
The final four contestants leave the ranch and transition back to life at home, showing off their new slimmer selves to family and friends and facing the temptations and challenges of everyday life. Six weeks later, they return to the ranch to run 26.2 miles, cheered on by loved ones. The winner breaks a "Biggest Loser" marathon record. Then a final weigh-in determines who the two definite finalists will be - and which two contestants fall below the dreaded yellow line, leaving America to vote which one will be the third finalist to compete for the grand prize of $250,000.
14Where Are They Now? Special
Live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel... host Ricky Gervais takes the stage. His beer (presumably Fosters) is already waiting for him. The over-under on the amount of time it takes him to make a Charlie Sheen joke is 30 seconds."It's going to be a night of partying and heavy-drinking," Gervais says by way of welcome. "Or as Charlie Sheen calls it: 'breakfast.'"The under wins.On to a "Tourist" joke. He quashes the rumor that the only reason it was nominated was so the HFPA could hang out with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. "They also accepted bribes," he says.He gets bleeped for "for Christ's sake."He mentions "I Love You Phillip Morris" wasn't nominated. "Two heterosexual actors pretending to be gay, so the complete opposite of some famous Scientologists," he zings. As the guests in the room look around and wince, Gervais assures them the hypothetical actors in question aren't in the room. "My lawyers helped me with the wording of that joke."There's a Hugh Hefner is old joke, and some unfortunate pantomime.He senses light laughter and gets right to presenting.Scarlett Johansson is up first to give out best support actor in a movie, to Christian Bale for "The Fighter." Hopefully no one steps in his line of sight as he makes it to the podium, you know how he hates that.Bale acknowledges he didn't used to know who the HFPA was. "And now I know who you are and I suddenly realize how wise and spectacularly perceptive you guys are," he jokes.He gets played off the stage and the mike cuts out as he's trying to acknowledge Robert De Niro.LL Cool J and Julie Bowen are out next for best actress in a drama TV series, which goes to Katey Sagal for "Sons of Anarchy."She thanks her costars and FX execs and her manager of 30 years. She gets cut off just as she's thanking the show's exec producer, and her husband, Kurt Sutter.Julianne Moore and Kevin Spacey acknowledge Miss Golden Globe, Joe Mantenga's daughter, Gia. They present mini-series or TV movie, to "Carlos".The people who assigned the seats are batting o-fer on winners, as people keep having to make the long trek from their seats in Siberia in the back of the auditorium.Whoever is accepting for "Carlos" gets played off as well, but seems to think the music is just mood and not a cue to shut up.Ricky Gervais waits as the whole crew try to make their way off the stage. He introduces the next presenter as the star of Hudson Hawk, Hart's War and Mercury Rising and as Ashton Kutcher's dad: Bruce Willis.He's there to introduce comedy nominee "RED."Garrett Hedlund and Leighton Meester present next, but nobody hears what they're saying because Meester's dress has a slit that goes higher than the voice of the winner: Chris Colfer from "Glee."He's barely putting words together as he gets on stage and thanks the show creator Ryan Murphy, his "fairy godfather."He dedicates the win to his costars, "but most importantly to all the amazing kids that watch our show and the kids that our show celebrates and are constantly told 'no' by people because of who they are....well, screw that, kids."Next up is Michelle Pfeiffer to present best picture nominee "Alice in Wonderland."Phillip Burke, the president of the HFPA, comes out and congratulates everyone on their congratulating.Milla Jovovich and Kevin Bacon present best actor in a TV drama to Steve Buscemi for "Boardwalk Empire."He pulls out his notes and promises to talk fast "before that sad music comes on." He thanks HBO and his costars and his family.On to best TV series drama, which goes to "Boardwalk Empire." Terrence Winter opens with "holy effing crap."Mark Wahlberg takes the stage. Fun fact: he's an exec producer on the show. Winter wraps up: "To my family and friends back in Brooklyn: I can't believe I'm sitting at a table with Al Pacino either."Andrew Garfield presents "The Social Network" but gets totally tangled on the word "inspiringly" because, well, it's not a word.Alec Baldwin and Jennifer Lopez are next and introduce best original song after he awkwardly talks about her dress and makes a "Ski Party" joke. Uh, sure."You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" from "Burlesque" wins and Diane Warren and thanks Cher for being "the eternal bada--- you always are."Next is best original score, which even Alec Baldwin seems bored by. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross win for "The Social Network."Trent Reznor thanks the people on the movie and doesn't look the least bit like a hard core rocker with his reasonable length hair and tux.And then, it's time for Justin Bieber and Hailee Steinfeld, the girl from "True Grit" (yes, she's taller than him). They introduce best animated movie. The winner is "Toy Story 3". (Cut to Tom Hanks and, inexplicably, Jennifer Love Hewitt.)The director Lee Unkrich accepts, acknowledging the presenters and asking if they were even born when the first one came out.Gervais is on to drinking wine introduces the next star as from Ironman, then wonders if it's a porn title. He continues with "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" and "Bowfinger" to make his point, then says he's also from Betty Ford and the Los Angeles county jail.Robert Downey Jr. comes out and not only takes the jab in stride, but gamely jabs back."Aside from the fact that it's been hugely mean-spirited with mildly sinister overtones, I'd say the vibe of the show is pretty good so far," he says.He moves on to his intro."I don't think an actress can say she's done her best work... until she's slept with me, Julianne." Cut to Julianne Moore. Then Anne Hathaway, Annette Bening, Emma Stone and Angelina Jolie, the nominees for best actress in a comedy.Downey continues, saying that somehow the women did their best work without him."I guess I'm just saying, if I could, I'd give it to all five of you," he wraps up, pointedly. Maybe he'll want to host next year.Annette Bening wins for "The Kids are All Right" and the camera immediately cuts to Jane Lynch, who recently married her girlfriend.Bening thanks Julianne Moore, her costar, for asking her to make the movie. She thanks the 1962 Golden Globe winner for "Most Promising Actor," her husband Warren Beatty.Ricky Gervais is back out, saying the next presenter has been in ten of the top grossing movies of all time. "He has played a boxer...and Rambo."Sylvester Stallone presents "The Fighter".Geoffrey Rush and Tilda Swinton are next presenting best actor for mini-series or TV movie. Al Pacino wins for "You Don't Know Jack."Al Pacino and his four-inch high brown hair take the stage and he rhapsodizes about the joy of playing a real person. He appears to be about half the size of Tilda Swinton, even with the hair.The music does not play him off. You don't play Al Pacino off.Then for actress in a mini-series or TV movie. We learn why Jennifer Love Hewitt is there: she's nominated for the Lifetime movie "The Client List."But she loses to Claire Danes for "Temple Grandin."Next is Zac Efron to introduce "The Kids Are Alright."Ricky Gervais comes out next, introducing the next actor as one he cast in his show, "he's now leaving that show and killing a cash cow for both of us... please welcome the ungrateful Steve Carrell."He and Tina Fey introduce the nominees for best screenplay. "Screenplays we could have written, if we had time," Fey says.That one about the rock climber that, Carrell says, he would have given his right arm to write. Har.Aaron Sorkin wins for "The Social Network." He says the people at Sony believe "people who watch movies are at least as smart as the people who make them."The table applauds Scott Rudin as the "best living producer."He commends David Fincher for making scenes of typing look like bank robberies.Next is supporting actress for TV. Jane Lynch wins, she hugs Sofia Vergara almost immediately."I am nothing if not falsely humble," she says, and acknowledges "Glee" writer Ian Brennan for writing Sue's "deranged" lines.More Ricky, who introduces the next category as one "no one in America cares about." Foreign films!"In a Better World" from Denmark wins. Smugly check that off on your Golden Globe ballot if you guessed it right.Helen Mirren is up next to introduce "The King's Speech."Blair Underwood and Vanessa Williams presents best actress in a TV series, which goes to Laura Linney from "The Big C." She's not there to accept.Jane Fonda introduces "Burlesque."Next, best actor for TV. Kaley Cuoco (and her impossibly long hair extensions) announce her costar Jim Parsons as the winner.He thanks "my writers" then catches himself, saying "the writers - 'my writers,' how crass."Jeremy Irons introduces the nominees for best supporting actress in a movie. As they cut to Helena Bonham Carter we see she's wearing a tumbleweed on her head. That's some hairdo.Melissa Leo wins for "The Fighter" and thanks anyone she can think of.Matt Damon is up to present the Cecil B. Moore award to Robert De Niro, who he says he hadn't heard of until about five years ago when he was in "The Good Shepherd."He quotes from "The Godfather" - doing the Fredo part. And then "GoodFellas" - the Joe Pesci lines."And who could forget 'Taxi Driver' where he was literally unrecognizable as a blonde 13 year old hooker?" Damon jokes, before a montage of De Niro - including "Analyze That."Then Bobby D takes the stage and the crowd stands and applauds - and he lets them."Thank you, Matt - and I loved you in 'The Fighter'," he says.To the HFPA: "I was very gratified when you made the announcement two months ago - well before you had a chance to review 'Little Fockers,'" he says.He says some of his movies were missing from the montage, but the punchline is censored.He says he's releasing some of his movies on DVD for people who may have missed them "I'll be selling them in the lobby right after I pose for more pictures with the remaining members of the Hollywood Foreign Press."He gets another standing O when he leaves.Then it's Megan Fox to introduce "The Tourist."Annette Bening introduces best director. David Fincher wins for "The Social Network".He reads his acceptance speech, thanking the crew "without whom I'd just be a bitter old man with a lot of opinions."Jimmy Fallon and January Jones present best TV comedy to "Glee." We hear their rendition of Journey for the third time.Ryan Murphy thanks people as the entire cast and crew takes the stage. His acceptance speech takes less time than their entrance.Alicia Keys introduces "The Black Swan".Next, Halle Berry introduces best actor in a comedy, in which Johnny Depp is nominated twice. Paul Giamatti wins for "Barney's Version.""I'm a little jacked up because I ate five boxes of the free Godiva chocolates," he says. He thanks his three movie wives, and says he got to "smoke and drink and" something that gets censored.Joseph Gordon Levitt gets up and quotes Betty Davis in introducing "Inception."Jeff Bridges strides on stage next and introduces the nominees for best actress in a drama. The winner is Natalie Portman, who pregnantly takes the stage and thanks her grandmother in Cincinnati and parents, who are in the audience.She mentions her fiance Benjamin Millepied, who choreographed the movie and had a line, saying he didn't want to sleep with Natalie's character."He's the best actor, it's not true! He totally wants to sleep with me," she says.Ricky Gervais introduces the next two presenters as a man whose movies have made $3.5 billion and he's won two Academy Awards and three Golden Globes... and Tim Allen.He and Tom Hanks introduce the nominees for best comedy."We remember when Ricky Gervais was a slightly chubby, kind comedian," Tom Hanks says. "Neither of which he is now," concludes Allen.The winner is "The Kids Are Alright".Sandra Bullock introduces the nominees for best actor in a drama. Colin Firth wins for "The King's Speech".He thanks the HFPA for the mid-life reassurance. "Right now this is all that stands between me and a Harley Davidson."He calls director Tom Hooper and his costar Geoffrey Rush the two other sides of his "man love triangle."Michael Douglas gets a standing ovation as he comes out to announce the final award of the evening. "There's just gotta be an easier way to get a standing ovation," he says.Onto the nominees for best picture (drama). "The Social Network" wins. (Insert status update joke here.)Producer Scott Rudin accepts. Kevin Spacey is among the crowd on the stage, as a producer. He thanks Mark Zuckerberg for allowing them to tell a story about social networking through his life.Ricky Gervais comes out to say good night. "Thanks everyone in the room for being good sports," he says, even though they weren't.Finally: "Thank you to God - for making me an atheist."
04 Jan 2011Description ▼
This season's twenty-two contestants - eleven sets of couples - are brought onto the ranch, where they weigh-in for the first time. Bob and Jillian are still amazed that after ten seasons of the show that there are still so many people who have not got the message of living healthily. Two firsts among this set of contestants are one who is deemed the heaviest ever on the show in proportion to height (he who lost 140 pounds already from his heaviest weight), while another is an Olympic gold medalist. As the contestants see their starting weight, they discuss the issues which have brought them to the ranch. Instead of going for their first workout immediately following, the contestants learn that they will participate in their first challenge - a 5 kilometer run per team - the outcome which will determine which six teams will stay on the ranch to train with Bob and Jillian, and which five teams will go to an undisclosed location to train with two other unnamed trainers new to the show. There is a major incentive to train with the unknowns. As the six teams train with Bob and Jillian, who don't understand why anyone would have passed up the incentive, some of those teams in turn don't understand how any trainers can be better than Bob and Jillian. The remaining five teams also believe their workouts will yield as good if not better results than those on the ranch. Before weighing in for the first elimination weigh-in, the on-ranch contestants are given a general overview of how the off-ranch contestants performed. The elimination is an emotional one, where both team members up for elimination asks for the other to stay.
11 Jan 2011Description ▼
After the first elimination weigh-in, when Ana was eventually voted off the ranch, the remaining eleven contestants on the ranch learn that the ten contestants training off the ranch lost more weight by far with two fewer people, despite the fact that those ten had immunity and have immunity for another three weeks and thus mentally did not have to work as hard to remain in the game. As an incentive for this week, Alison tells the on-ranch contestants that if they lose more weight by percentage than their off-ranch compatriots, they will all have immunity for the week. Both groups have further incentive in that the group who wins the weigh-in will receive $10,000. The off-ranch contestants send their on-ranch colleagues a temptation challenge and more personal messages of their own. As Bob and Jillian train the on-ranch contestants, they dig deeper into the psyches of a few to uncover the reasons for their weight problems. Dr. Huizenga provides each of the contestants with a health and medical evaluation, which are among the worst he has ever seen of those people on the show. The team reward challenge has each group building a floating bridge over which all team members must cross, the winning team, that which crosses the fastest, being awarded a three pound advantage at the weigh-in. The on-ranch contestants face a minor setback when Jillian takes ill, leaving Bob to do double duty during the last chance workout. By the end of the week, Bob uses the David vs. Goliath analogy to compare the on-ranch to off-ranch contestants, but hopes for the same end result as the story.
18 Jan 2011Description ▼
The "unknown trainers" are finally revealed, and both will share their personal stories that led them to "The Biggest Loser." Their contestants, "the unknowns," confront one player they feel isn't working hard enough, and later, "the unknowns" and the ranch contestants square off for a pop challenge. The winning player from each group will get a delicious healthy dinner prepared by Chef Curtis Stone, and compete for a coveted 2 lb. advantage at this week's weigh-in. Later, Dr. Huizenga gives "the unknowns" startling news about their health, and one player is surprised to learn they have the highest percentage of body fat in the group. Meanwhile, trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels single out a few of their contestants to find out what really led to their weight gain, and then the ranch contestants meet host Alison Sweeney for a water-carrying challenge that will give the winner the sole vote at this week's elimination. Later, a surprising weigh-in -- which results in shocking numbers for one team -- disappoints the trainers in a big way, leading to the elimination of one player they feel isn't ready to go home.
25 Jan 2011Description ▼
The contestants are faced with the "ultimate temptation" this week when each team enters a room filled with each player's favorite foods. Whoever eats the most calories gets to choose which team will go train with the "unknowns" and the new trainers. Later, the stakes are high with a calorie-counting challenge that will give the winners what they want most - letters from loved ones back home. The trainers confront a contestant they think threw the last weigh-in, and later, trainer Jillian Michaels puts trainer Bob Harper through an intense yoga workout to show the players what they'll ultimately be able to do once they lose weight. Then one player takes matters into their own hands to try and send a contestant home.
08 Feb 2011Description ▼
It's Valentine's Day on the ranch, and host Alison Sweeney ushers the contestants into a room full of chocolate candies for a holiday-themed temptation. Whoever eats the most chocolate will have the option to trade two players on their team for two players on the other - or to keep the teams the same, and the winner will be a secret. But as teams are divided into red vs. black, the winner's choice causes upset in the house. Later, a five-part relay race challenge tests the players' endurance, speed, agility, strength and knowledge. Trainer Jillian Michaels takes one contestant horseback riding, and one team gets to enjoy heartwarming videos from home before a weigh-in results in a Biggest Loser record being broken and another player heading home.
15 Feb 2011Description ▼
The two teams of contestants are all tied up this week - literally - in a rope challenge in which teamwork will determine which group of players will get to use the gym this week, and which team will have to be creative and find other places at the ranch to work out. One trainer moves into the house to try and get a contestant to open up, and later, one team wins the chance to block someone's weight on the scale at a wild physical and mental challenge that finds them pushing a train 800 feet while answering food fact questions along the way. Then one player reaches a milestone at the weigh-in before another contestant is eliminated and sent home.
22 Feb 2011Description ▼
After the latest weigh-in, when Jay was voted off the ranch, Alison brings together all the contestants to tell them that for the next weigh-in, they will still weigh-in as teams where one person will be voted off, but that they will also weigh-in as individuals with the person with the lowest percentage of weight loss automatically leaving the ranch. That means that two people are leaving after the next weigh-in. As such, the trainers work the contestants especially hard this week. The black team ultimately discuss strategy to protect who they consider their most vulnerable team member, Arthur. The discussion ends up being a heated one. On the flip side, Brett and Cara focus their attention on Kaylee, the lightest person on the red team who is closest to reaching her goal weight and thus susceptible to lower percentage of weight loss. Brett and Cara take the red team off campus to work at a mixed-martial arts studio, where Rulon meets an old friend. The team challenge is a volleyball styled one, where the teams are hampered both by the size of the balls and the gear the team members must wear on their hands. The winning team gets a three pound advantage as a team at the weigh-in. At the weigh-in, obvious strategy comes into play which brings about tears from some, relief from others and cheers all around.
01 Mar 2011Description ▼
Following the latest weigh-in when Deni and Jesse purposely sacrificed themselves by falling below the red line and asking to be voted off among the losing team respectively, the remaining contestants learn that those two are not the only two going home this week. All the contestants are going home for two weeks, where they will see loved ones, but also face those temptations and demons that brought them to the ranch to begin with. They each go home to a warm welcome, but all are soon faced with real life. Austin celebrates his twenty-first birthday and considers indulging. Courtney needs to go back to work at the family fast food restaurant with its obvious temptations. Jesse and Arthur have a heart to heart about the problems that led to Arthur's weight gain. Hannah revisits her former second home: the volleyball court. And Kaylee decides to pay it forward to her family. All the contestants also don't lose sight of the fact that when they return to the ranch, they will participate in a 5 kilometer foot race. Then, they have a sense of déjà vu to week one. Some see the race as a chance to retake control of their own destiny on the ranch. They must also contend with the weigh-in, which, with the resulting vote, ultimately brings out the emotions of many about what is best for each individual contestant versus what is considered the right thing to do.
08 Mar 2011Description ▼
After the latest weigh-in when Arthur was voted off the ranch, Alison asks each team to choose a captain for the week without telling them the full responsibilities of the job. One of the captains' first task is to choose only two of their team members who will get to train with the trainers for a day, and to choose one team member who will have the only access to the kitchen cooking for the week. A couple of the people chosen to have access to the trainers not only have strenuous physical workouts, but also emotional breakthroughs. The two chefs for the week find that they have an additional burden in having a reduced amount of time to work out. The week's challenge is one where each team must cross a 100 yard mud covered field without touching the ground, the reward for the winning team being $6,000. The weigh-in result is especially troublesome for one of the team captains.
15 Mar 2011Description ▼
Host Alison Sweeney tells the remaining 12 contestants that they will all be on one team this week - the blue team - and they will all have immunity if they beat their weight loss from the previous week. But first, there's a pop challenge in which they have to prepare delicious, healthy, low-calorie meals in under 30 minutes. Chefs Curtis Stone and Lorena Garcia will decide who prepares the best dish, with the winner getting a coveted prize. Later the blue team meets at a rock quarry where they'll have to uncover a buried rope attached to signs with trivia questions. If they answer the questions incorrectly, they will be led in the wrong direction, something all the players want to avoid since the winners get a huge advantage at this week's weigh-in. Later, Dr. Huizenga drops by with impressive medical updates, including the news that one contestant has already reached their goal weight. Then it's time for the weigh-in, when players found out if they all get to stay at the ranch another week - or if they'll be sending one contestant home.
22 Mar 2011Description ▼
This week, one eliminated contestant returns and the remaining players are split into four teams - red, blue, green and black. Each team will be led by one of the four trainers - Bob Harper, Jillian Michaels, Cara Catronuova and Brett Hoebel. While Bob takes his team to spin class and Jillian takes hers to work out at the beach, Brett leads his group on a hike and Cara heads to a boxing ring and has one of her players fight against a longtime boxer. Later, the four teams square off in a difficult challenge involving ropes and weights, and then gameplay at the weigh-in doesn't turn out the way one contestant expects, and another player is sent home.
29 Mar 2011Description ▼
After the latest weigh-in when Justin was voted off the ranch, Kaylee feels like she needs to clear the air about her own premeditated and failed attempt to be voted off. That emotional encounter is followed by another when the contestants revisit the day they found out that they were going to be on the show. Alison also makes them think about "team 12", the team that didn't quite make it on the show, or does this team make it on? The pop challenge has the contestants balancing balls on boards. The winning team of the pop challenge receives a one minute advantage at the team challenge, with the losing team leaving the ranch for the week with a $1,000 budget to be spent on predetermined "menu" items. That losing team has an emotional discussion with their trainer about their choices before leaving the ranch. Bob takes the blue team to the Ánimo Jefferson Charter Middle School to work out with the students there. The team challenge is an old fashioned Easter egg hunt with 5,000 eggs in total, with one golden egg as a special prize for the contestant who finds it. The winning team receives an invitation to the world premier of
05 Apr 2011Description ▼
With Jennifer being automatically evicted from the ranch after the latest weigh-in, Courtney is the only remaining red team member. She sees it both as a blessing and a curse, but also realizes that her recent weigh-ins have been less than impressive and needs to figure out why. The teams have a maximum 15 minute challenge to determine what they believe is a mile distance, with the winning team receiving a Hollywood night out, and the losing teams doing clean-up duty on the ranch, including in the sweat drenched gym. The night out ends up being more memorable for one of the contestants. During the week's training, the green team hits an obstacle. Jillian calls out Rulon on what she hears is his late-night junk food binges. At the weigh-in, the results end up being as emotional for the trainers as it does for the contestants.
12 Apr 2011Description ▼
After the latest weigh-in when Courtney was automatically evicted from the ranch (which also meant that with the demise of the red team, Brett was also asked to leave since he no longer had anyone to train), the remaining nine contestants learn that they will be spending the week in New Zealand. The trip ends up being an emotional one for Moses, whose father spent much time there as he was growing up. The start of their trip incorporates many adventure elements, two which include Auckland's Sky Tower, the tallest structure in the southern hemisphere. One of those adventures makes one contestant and one trainer face their ultimate fear. The team challenge - a 5 kilometer race - also incorporates adventure elements in that it is run across rugged mountain terrain, which includes running through a creek bed and climbing up a slippery sand dune. The first workout brings out a difference in opinion between Ken and Cara. During the last chance work-out where Bob leads everyone - including the other trainers - in a yoga session, Cara takes Ken aside to deal with his issues. Despite the spectacular nature of the setting, everyone is concerned about the week's weigh-in, especially due to the toll the travel may have taken on their bodies.
19 Apr 2011Description ▼
Open in Queenstown, New Zealand with the contestants and trainers meeting Alison on the beach. This week the series will convert to singles competition. We get a discussion of the emotions related to returning to the first color they wore on the show. All trainers will be working with all the contestants and a parachute lands with Brett.This week the trainers will be taken contestants on special adventures. Cara picks Hannah and Kaylee to attempt the world's highest cliff jump. The jump is from 358 feet up and jumpers reach 93mph. A reluctant Cara is first to jump and all three get something from the experience.At the week's first workout there is a lot of discussion of the disappointing weigh-in everybody had last week. Brett's focusing on Kaylee. Olivia is a little grouchy at Rulon for writing her name down last week even when Moses asked everyone to send him home.Hannah tells Cara she's worried about going home to what she's thinks is a bad support system. She doesn't want to be the "same old Hannah."Alison tells the gang about their next challenge. They will river board half a mile down a river. The winner wins both a helicopter tour of Milford Sound and individual immunity. For some reason at that point Alison bungee jumps.The temperature of the water causes the contestants trouble, as does the current of the river. Olivia gets out to a huge lead while Austin (who can't swim) is in last. Irene begins having cramping problems and gets passed by Kaylee and Rulon and falls to fourth. Kaylee pushes her near the end but ultimately Olivia hangs on for the win.Olivia brings Hannah on the trip. The two share thoughts on how far they've come and both are emotional.Brett talks to Austin and Jay about getting a second chance, something with which Jay can obviously relate. He's picked them to go on an adventure, in this case a climb to the top of a mountain side. They reach the top and love the experience.Bob's paired up with Rulon and Irene for the adventure. He's selected bungee jumping. Irene is pretty scared but eventually makes the jump. Rulon tells Bob that today is the fourth anniversary of his plane accident. Bob eventually talks him into it.Next up are the last chance workouts. Brett decides he want to teach some of the girls Capoeira, a martial art which combines dance and self-defense. Jay says he like the sense of responsibility that comes with being alone this week. Kaylee talks about believing in herself without her dad around.Bob thinks he's hearing too many people say they are tired. Hannah talks about being mentally fatigued.Time for the weigh-in: Alison reviews the week and reminds us that the two players below the yellow line will be voted on. The immune Olivia is on the scale first and comes in at 168, down four pounds for the week.Jay is the first at-risk contestant on the scale. He comes in at 265, down five pounds from the previous week. He is relieved and feels this is a turning point. Up next is Irene. She's lost four pounds (to 157) and is pleasantly surprised. Rulon is next, needing to have lost at least eight pounds to beat first-place Irene and be safe. He's lost ten pounds (to 301) and is in first overall. Bob calls him a "force in this house."Next on the scale is Austin. To beat Irene and be safe he needs to have lost at least seven pounds. He's down just five (to 250), but doesn't seem all that worried about it given the surroundings. That means Irene is now safe. Ken takes the scale needing to have lost at least five pounds to be safe. He's comes up just short, losing four pounds (to 243). He isn't happy. With two people left to weigh-in Austin is now safe this weekHannah is up next. She needs to have lost at least four pounds to be safe. She comes up one pound shy, losing three pounds (to 161) and immediately starts to cry. She says she's done everything she can do each week. Hannah's percentage means Jay is definitely safe and Ken will definitely be below the yellow line.It will either be Hannah or Kaylee facing elimination with Ken this week. Kaylee (who Alison reminds us has lost two pounds combined in the last five weigh-ins) needs to have lost at least four pounds. She does it, dropping five pounds (to 163). She is emotional and says she needed to have her father away to stand on her own feet. This means Ken and Hannah will be voted on this week.Alison leaves the two contestants make their case. Ken says his "destiny" is to fight and talks about feeling accepted by a group for the first time in his life. He is very emotional. Hannah talks about improving her self-image and says she needs more help. Kaylee says it will be a particularly tough decision for her. She related to Hannah but has been friends with Ken.Obviously Austin casts his vote for Hannah and Olivia votes for Ken. Irene says Hannah is "like my sister" and votes for Ken. Kaylee votes for Hannah, saying she has confidence she'll finish anything she starts. Jay also thinks Hannah has what it takes to be successful but since Hannah helps bring him back he votes for Ken. That is three votes for Ken, and since he had the lower weight loss this week we don't need to hear from Rulon.In the at-home vignette we see that Ken has lost another five pounds since leaving the show.
26 Apr 2011Description ▼
Open with everyone heading home from New Zealand. Austin talks about how tough it was to lose his father the week before. He's feeling the pressure of having to do everything on his own. Irene is feeling the pressure of thus far being the biggest loser on the show.Alison pops over to the ranch and tells the guys this will be Favorites Week. Hannah talks about several old contestants she'd like to see.When they get to the gym they are greeted by Season 5 winner Ali Vincent, the first female ever to win Biggest Loser. She's written a book and travels the country giving motivational speeches. Also there is Sam Poueu from Season 9. He's a personal trainer at the Biggest Loser resort and is planning his wedding with fellow former contestant Steph. Sam emphasizes that the real challenge begins after they leave Biggest Loser. Rulon says he can relate to Sam, who ended up leaving the show early when he reached his goal weight. Rulon is only 15 pounds from his goal weight.Ali and Sam lead the guys in a workout. They start with a 5K and then move into some circuit training.Ali gives everybody some cooking tips. She shows them a side dish she uses quite a bit. Sam talks about the importance of what you eat right after a workout. He mentions the importance of mayo in his culture and suggests hummus as a replacement.Everybody meets Alison at a race track that was the site of a famous car-pulling challenge in Season 7. NACAR driver Clint Bowyer shows up and helps her introduce Tara from Season 7. Tara was notorious for winning challenges and talks about her charity work since leaving the show. Tara will be joining them for today's challenge, which consists of each of them being harnessed to a car. First person to pull their car a half-mile wins $5,000, their face on a cereal box and a trip to a NASCAR race.The race begins and not surprisingly Rulon is off to a fast start. But Tara manages to keep right with him, as Austin sneaks into third. Tara makes a push near the end and ends up beating Rulon in a photo finish. The bumper of her car just edges Rulon's car. Tara says she's going to donate the money to her foundation.Last chance workout time. Bob puts everybody puts a grueling treadmill training session. Rulon talks about feeling confident he can handle the challenges he'll face when he goes home. Cara thinks Rulon might be tired of competing and thinks that could be a good thing.Jillian and Irene have a one-on-one. Jillian thinks she needs to be able to accept everything she's accomplished thus far. She doesn't think her 98 pounds of weight lost so far has sunken in. This leads to a tearful statement from Irene that she is starting to see how strong she is.Before the weigh-in Rulon asks to speak to everybody. He steps on the scale and says he's asking to leave the show for "personal reasons." He gives no other explanation and Alison tells him good luck before he leaves. Rulon tells us in an interview that "there are things that need be addressed back home." He gives a few hugs and walks out the back. Bob thinks means the season is now "anybody's game."This changes nothing about the weigh-in and Irene is first to take the scale. She has lost three pounds (to 154), meaning she's the first women this season to lose 100 pounds. She is all smiles. Kaylee is next and has gained two pounds (to 165). She covers her face and looks confused. She's says she's "at a loss."Austin is next and needs to have lost at least five pounds to be safe. He's in good shape, dropping seven pounds (to 243). He tells Alison it was a hard week. Olivia is next and she needs to have lost at least four pounds to be above the yellow line. She's down six pounds (to 162) and is ecstatic. She calls it "amazing" and Alison says she's now down 99 pounds.Jay is next. He needs to have lost at least six pounds to be safe. He also comes through, dropping seven pounds (to 258). This means Kaylee is definitely below the yellow line. Either Irene or Hannah will join her. Hannah needs to have lost at least four pounds. She also hits her mark, having lost five pounds (to 156). She looks relieved.Hannah is up first to vote. She votes for Kaylee based on a bond with Irene. Austin says his friendship with Kaylee is too strong and he casts his vote for Irene. Olivia also votes for Kaylee. That second vote is enough to eliminate Kaylee since she would lose a tiebreaker.In the at-home vignette Kaylee says she's figured out why her weight was going up and down. We see that she is dating Vance, one of the guys who showed up in Week 13 to earn a spot on the show.
03 May 2011Description ▼
After the latest weigh-in when Rulon announced that he was leaving the show voluntarily for personal reasons and Kaylee was voted off the ranch, the remaining five contestants meet
10 May 2011Description ▼
After the latest weigh-in, Olivia and especially Jay - the two contestants under the yellow line - felt like they dodged a bullet when the week's fairy godfather,
17 May 2011Description ▼
Open with the final four and some video comparisons of where they are now compared to when they arrived at the ranch 20 weeks ago. We then see them all talking about making the final four. Alison says this is the week they must prepare for the "final step."Olivia and Hannah talk about being half of the final four. They talk about making sure to enjoy the final moments.The final four come into the gym for the first time this week. Bob and Jillian talk about the sisters still being around and Jay's ability to avoid elimination. We see their first workout of the week. Bob talks to Olivia about everything coming to an end. He calls her "an amazing woman." Bob wants Jay to continue writing goal weights on his arm as he works towards the finale. Jay is thinking about 180 for the finale. Bob wants to make sure Irene finishes everything she started. She talks about being a little worried about returning to her life.Alison greets the final four outside the gym. She tells them a company will give $5,000 for the person who can make the best turkey burger recipe according to a group of elementary school kids. Irene's is a cheeseburger with turkey bacon; Olivia's idea involves yogurt with green food coloring; Hannah's is a really simple cheese idea; Jay builds a volcano of ketchup and cheese atop the burger. The kids hate Olivia and Irene's ideas. Ultimately Jay edges out Hannah for the challenge win.Alison greets the final four on a golf course. They bring out Season 10 winner Patrick who tells them this will be the annual weight-back-on challenge. Every contestant hast to carry around the weight they've lost during the season. They will start with a golf bag filled with a flagsticks weighing as much as they did five months ago. Each stick weighs as much as lost during each week and they will place the clubs. They'll be carrying: 98 pounds for Hannah, 154 for Jay, 108 for Irene and 108 for Olivia. The winner gets a $15,000 home gym.At the beginning both Olivia and Jay experience minor medical issues with the weight. Olivia gets help from a trainer for back spasms. Jay is having trouble staying upright on the first few holes. But ultimately everyone finishes, with Hannah winning by a pretty decent margin.Time for the last Last Chance workout. Hannah is looking forward to one last time with the trainers. Bob assures her that she is no longer the victim she was when she first arrived. Olivia thinks she can do anything she can put her mind to. Irene has been able to step back and evaluate her progress.The final weigh-in on the ranch begins. Hannah talks about the dream of being the first sister-duo to reach the finals. As always, the top two tonight will automatically reach the finals, while the others will face a vote from viewers to see who gets the third and final spot. The third finalist will not be revealed until the finale next week.Irene is on the scale first. She talks about how difficult it is to lose weight as she gets smaller. She has lost three pounds this past week, dropping down to 144. She says she doesn't care about the number because she had such a great week.Up next is Jay, who thinks he needs a "good number" this week. He's down a relatively modest four pounds (to 242) and isn't very happy. His percentage places him in second so far, about four-tenths of a percent behind Irene.Olivia takes the scale next. To be above the yellow line and guarantee a spot in the final-3 she needs to have lost at least four pounds. She nails it right on the number, losing four pounds and dropping to 149. She pumps her arms in the air in joy and Hannah yells, "I knew it." Olivia is emotional about finishing what she started. Bob talks about how proud he is of her.This means that Jay will be in the bottom-2, either with Irene or Hannah. Hannah takes the stage with a chance to be half of the first-ever sisters in the final. It is the final weigh-in on campus this season. Hannah needs to have lost at least four pounds to join Olivia above the yellow line and guarantee a spot in the finals. Like her sister Hannah hits the number exactly on the nose, losing four pounds exactly (to 146). She screams "yeah" and Olivia runs to join her on the stage. Alison calls Hannah "special," a sentiment echoed by Bob and Jillian. Olivia says she could never have done this without her. She has now lost 102 pounds on the show, the third woman to do so this season. Irene finishes as the biggest loser while at the ranch, but will have to complete with Jay for the final spot.Cut to "24 Hours Later," as we see the contestants go home to meet family and friends -- Olivia to New York City, Irene to Portland, Jay to West Orange, New Jersey and Hannah to Nashville. All four are nervous about various components of the homecoming.All four are greeted with screams of joy from their homecoming gatherings. Olivia's husband said he couldn't believe his eyes. Jays wife calls him a "brand new Jay." All four detail their exact weight loss while at the ranch. Jay advises others in their same predicament to seek help. Irene says she didn't realize how strong she was until this point. Olivia calls this day one of the best of her life.All four of them get a video in the mail. Each has interviews with them when they first started their journey and highlights from throughout the season.Irene's includes her mother being voted off early and a number of key weigh-ins. Afterwards she talks about how good she feels. Hannah's video starts with her talking about wanting to have a family and feeling incapable of deserving love. We also see her battle her back injuries and play volleyball with her father. After the video she talks about how much has changed.Jay's video begins with him arriving on the show feeling for the first time like he isn't invincible. He achieves several huge weight-losses on the scale and becomes a force in the gym. Jay calls the video "amazing." Olivia and her husband watch her video. She also talked at the beginning of the season about wanting to have kids. We see the reunion with her husband during Makeover Week and the week she sang on the scale.After Alison flashes back to some of the past champions, she tells us it is up to us to decide between Irene and Jay as to who will battle the sisters for the $250,000 first prize. Both Irene and Jay asks for our vote in very modest language.
24 May 2011Description ▼
As those that fell below the yellow line in the penultimate weigh-in, Irene and Jay find out which of the two the American public has voted for to join sisters Hannah and Olivia as one of the final three contestants. Bob, Jillian, Cara and Brett provide their thoughts about their roles and their favorite moments from this year, which will be the last for Jillian. Jillian's replacement trainer for season 12 is introduced: ex-professional tennis player
25 Oct 2011Description ▼
Courtney being voted off the ranch after the latest weigh-in brings the remaining ten contestants into "all-for-one" Halloween week. They learn that they will be competing as one group, all with common goals. They will be aiming for a 100 pound total weight loss goal, which if met will mean that no one will be eliminated after the weigh-in. If they don't reach that goal, one person will be voted off, with only the biggest loser of the week having immunity. Their week long temptation challenge has a ten pound bowlful of candy in the middle of their kitchen. For every pound of candy they eat collectively, they will receive a one pound advantage at the weigh-in. And the team challenge has them collecting apples hidden throughout a maze over a ten minute time period. They will receive additional weight advantages at the weigh-in if they collect certain weight amounts of apples, but if any contestant is in the maze at the ten minute time limit, they will have a weight disadvantage at the weigh-in. Most of the trainers and contestants see this week as the first real opportunity to get to know everyone on the ranch, and to experience working out with different people. There is one, however, who makes no bones about the fact of missing their regular trainer. And a romance blossoms on the ranch between two of the contestants. Although most are happy for them, one trainer also cautions them on not losing focus on the healthier lifestyle goal.
01 Nov 2011
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15 Nov 2011Description ▼
Alliances are perceived to be breaking as Joe is voted off the ranch after the latest weigh-in. Those alliances take on new meaning for the remaining seven as they move into competing as singles, with this week being the first for the season with a yellow line. The challenge for the week is modeled on a pentathlon, with each of the five events garnering the contestants scores of up to 7 for each event. Events test athletic prowess (whether it be in the form of speed, strength, agility and/or balance), knowledge or pure luck. The contestant with the highest score by the end of the fifth event receives immunity for the week. The contestant with the lowest score receives a one pound disadvantage at the weigh-in. With those events where strategy comes into play, some contestants remain true to their alliances while others play solely for their own benefit. Dolvett uses the week to bond with the two he is training, most specifically John who he wants to open up more both to himself and to his training methods. Bob remarks on a Biggest Loser First, where the last chance workout for the week is not true to its name as the the last event for the pentathlon, an athletic one, occurs after the workout. The contestants are provided assistance in that event by multiple Olympic medalist
29 Nov 2011
06 Dec 2011Description ▼
Sunny, the latest eliminated contestant, is not the only one going home, as life on the ranch has also finished for the four remaining contestants. Although all four go home to hero's welcomes and deal with how they will handle life off the ranch, Vinnie in particular deals with a painful part of his past, and makes an important decision about his future. Each of those four also receives not only a video visit from their trainer, but a real life visit from them as well, plus a video visit from an important person from their past who will hopefully be a reminder to keep them on their new life path. But their life at home is short lived as the four, plus all the eleven eliminated contestants are finally at the stage of competing in the Biggest Loser marathon. Alison tells them that the winner will not only be an automatic finalist, but that the top five finishers will also receive cash prizes, the winner receiving $25,000. One contestant opts out of the race due to medical reasons. The remaining fourteen are all determined to finish the race, but Dr. Huizenga may have a different opinion for a few based on his diagnosis for their long term healthy life. Regardless of the race outcome, the final four (or three if the marathon winner is one of the four) enter into the week's weigh-in to determine the finalists, who are automatically the ones with the highest percentage of weight loss.
13 Dec 2011Description ▼
Alison first introduces the band
03 Jan 2012Description ▼
Alison greets the twenty season 13 contestants outside the gates of the ranch, the contestants who are in couples (siblings, parents and children, spouses, friends, etc.). They learn that the theme for this season is "no excuses". They also learn that one couple will not make it through the gates of the ranch, they who are last place couple in a three phase challenge, where the four leading couples move on after the first phase, an additional four after the second phase, and the final couple after the third phase. However, the losing couple is provided some incentive to do well in their weight loss journey at home. The eighteen contestants who proceed through the gates of the ranch then meet the two trainers for the season - Bob and Dolvett - with who they are provided a two hour training session before the contestants choose with which trainer they want to train. The contestants will ultimately be in two teams of nine. At the end of the two hour session, which ends up being a difficult process for many, the contestants learn the rules of the selection process, which does not sit well with many of them. At the first last chance workout, the competition heats up not only between the contestants on the two teams, but also between the trainers as Dolvett notices the work ethic of his team compared to Bob's. Dolvett is determined that his team will not to lose to Bob's at the inaugural weigh-in as his team did so often in season 12.
06 Jan 2013Description ▼
In front of a live studio audience, Alison introduces the season's theme, childhood obesity through the Challenge America program, with three young people being the faces of the challenge to reduce childhood obesity by having them go through a weight loss regime at home. Each will have one of the three trainers to work with, those three which includes the return of
07 Jan 2013Description ▼
With Nikki voluntarily leaving the ranch and the competition, and TC falling below the red line at the first weigh-in meaning that he was automatically eliminated, the white team, led by Jillian, is already down two members after week one. Their problems continue as Jillian seems unable to get through to her team members. All thirteen remaining contestants learn that at this week's weigh-in, there once again will only be a red line, meaning that the person with the lowest percentage of weight loss on the losing team is automatically eliminated. For their first workout of the week, they will be doing it in an outdoor workout space specially designed by their trainer. Dr. Huizenga provides a medical assessment of all contestants, and the news he provides is generally not good. The three childhood obesity ambassadors return to the ranch to have their own physical assessment done with their trainer. They join their adult counterparts for the week's team challenge, which is modeled on football as their guest is San Diego Charger
3Week Three: Cut the Junk
14 Jan 2013Description ▼
The white team is reeling as Nathan is eliminated at the latest weigh-in, he the third member who the team has lost in only two weeks, with theirs being the only team that is no longer at the full complement of five. Alison gives the teams a trivia test on childhood obesity, the losing team which is given what they consider the worst punishment: having to spend four and a half hours every day this week locked in a typical childhood obesity room filled with junk food, televisions and video games. As that time takes away from their workout time, the trainer of the eventual losing team is determined to make the best out of this bad situation. Two contestants on two different teams have a bad week mentally, while another decides at least temporarily to switch trainers to get a different perspective both on workouts and the emotional cause behind her weight gain. The three childhood obesity participants, at home this week, are visited by "Dr. Joanna" who gives them and their families health and nutrition advice. The week's team challenge is at a make-shift carnival, which are notorious for junk food. The contestants literally are weighed down by this junk food in this challenge. At the elimination weigh-in, the contestants learn that there is no red line this week, but will be the first time that the losing team will vote out one of their own, the only person on that team immune being the one with the highest percentage of weight loss. Alison shows them this season's new voting room, which none want to have to visit again.
4Week Four: Pay It Forward
21 Jan 2013
5Week Five: Waist & Money
28 Jan 2013Description ▼
Pam's elimination at the latest weigh-in raises issues for all three teams for this upcoming week. If the white team loses the next weigh-in...
6Week Six: Lead by Example
04 Feb 2013
7Week Seven: Tough Love
11 Feb 2013
8Week Eight: Work Together
18 Feb 2013Description ▼
Michael's elimination at the latest weigh-in has put some people on the defensive in how the vote went down. The remaining contestants learn that they will will have to work together as one cohesive unit this week as Alison tells them that if they as a collective can lose 70 pounds this week, they will all be provided immunity from elimination at that weigh-in. They are provided two opportunities to lower that 70 pound amount. The first, which potentially could drop that number by up to 10 pounds, is through a pop challenge on nutrition knowledge and surpassing physical challenges already taken, however it will be completed by the child ambassadors, which in some respects frightens the contestants if only because the fate of those 10 pounds is out of their hands. The second, which could be another 10 pound deduction, is through this week's team reward challenge, where the contestants are required to dig through five to ten large sand piles to find clues to complete the entire challenge within 30 minutes. Despite needing to work together as a team, there are many fractures at the ranch above and beyond the earlier fracture resulting from the latest vote. These fractures not only occur between contestants, but also between contestants and trainers. Alison provides them all an opportunity to mend some of these rifts through a team building exercise, where, in pairs, the people involved need to rely on and trust the other member of that pair to achieve a common goal. And through all the trials and tribulations of the week, the early stage of love emerges. Written by
9Week Nine: Face Your Fears
25 Feb 2013Description ▼
In Face Your Fears week, Francelina, the latest eliminated contestant, is not the only person leaving the ranch. The loser of the latest pop challenge, success in which is dependent upon help from the other contestants, will also face one of his/her biggest fears: leaving the ranch, if only for the week, to live life without the gym, the trainers and a properly stocked kitchen. That pop challenge loser will also bring with him/her one other contestant of his/her choice. Conversely, the pop challenge winner receives a one pound advantage at the weigh-in. This challenge has an unexpected outcome. For the week, the trainers challenge not only the remaining contestants but also the child obesity ambassadors to face a major fear in their life of the trainers' choice. Those choices mainly relate to their weight loss journey, but may deal more specifically with helping them with their emotional well being. The reward challenge makes many of the contestants face a major fear, namely of heights. But losing the challenge may be the biggest fear as the winner receives what is considered the ultimate reward - immunity at the next weigh-in - important for some who feel the pressure due to large weight loss the previous week. Written by
10Week Ten: Make a Difference
04 Mar 2013Description ▼
There are five contestants remaining after the elimination of Alex, those five who are going into makeover week. Fashion stylist
11Week Eleven: Down to the Wire
11 Mar 2013Description ▼
The joy the final five feel at the latest weigh-in by all making it past that weigh-in is slightly deflated by the news that at the next weigh-in, the penultimate, there will be a red line, the contestant falling below that being automatically eliminated, and a yellow line, the two contestants falling below that being possibly eliminated from the competition based on a public vote leading to the finale. That means that the top two for the week automatically make it into the final three, with the winner of the public vote being the third finalist. The childhood obesity ambassadors join the contestants on the ranch for this, their final week on the ranch. All are provided a video diary of their eleven week journey to this point. Dr. Joanna provides the childhood obesity ambassadors updates on their health status, while Dr. H provides good news to the one contestant who may be the poster child not only for this season but for the entire series in how that person's health has improved to a state of the most conditioned athletes. The trainers get emotional as they deal with the five and how attached to them they have become. And one contestant makes it one step closer to the finale by winning the annual shedding the pounds challenge - this year's edition taking placing on a snowy uphill slope - as that winner who gets a one pound advantage at that penultimate weigh-in. Written by
18 Mar 2013Description ▼
As those that fell below the yellow line in the penultimate weigh-in, Jackson and Joe find out which of the two the American public has voted for to join Danni and Jeff as one of the final three contestants. Bob, Jillian, and Dolvett provide their thoughts about this season and their interactions with the contestants and with each other. Interspersed with other segments is the story of each of the three childhood obesity ambassadors, each who has a special outcome from their journey thus far. The at-home contestants are introduced and Alison describes a little of their journey on the show and after leaving the ranch before they each weigh-in for the final time to determine the winner of the $100,000 at-home prize. Alison introduces a segment on the Challenge America program, for which each trainer introduces a member of the American public who has gone through their own weight loss journey at home. Alison also introduces
15 Oct 2013Description ▼
For the first time, the trainers, who for season 15's theme "Second Chances" will be Bob, Jillian and Dolvett, are in charge of casting the fifteen people who will comprise the contestant list. After conducting interviews with the applicants, those fifteen chosen are brought to the Biggest Loser Ranch, where they learn that they will take part in their first workout before the trainers choose which five will be on Bob's blue team, which five will be on Jillian's white team, and which five will be on Dolvett's red team. During this workout, the naming of the team members and the first team workout, each contestant tells a little about him or herself and his/her motivation for being on the show. At the first weigh-in, Alison tells them all that this week there is no yellow line, but a red line, the person who falls below that line from the losing team who is automatically eliminated, unless... That "unless" is the one "save" that each trainer has over the course of the season who can veto that elimination of their team member.
22 Oct 2013Description ▼
At the initial competitive weigh-in, Jillian decides to use her one trainer save for the season to keep Craig on the ranch, meaning that all fifteen contestants will compete for another week. Jillian and Dolvett take aside Craig and Jennifer respectively to talk to them about issues which may hinder their weight loss journey, and to use that issue as a motivator. Ruben meets with Dr. Huizenga, who gives him some bad health news. Hap receives some bittersweet news from home, which seems to spur him on to work harder, most specifically at the last chance workout. At the first team challenge of the season, Alison tells the contestants that the weight loss of only one person from each team will count, that person who will be chosen right before the weigh-in literally by the roll of a dice. The trainer of the team that wins the challenge will have two rolls of the dice for two players from which to choose. That challenge is a race to fill a tank of water. Speed and endurance are not only factors, but also team cooperation as the five team members will be tied together, and luck as rolls of the dice once will determine how many buckets of water they can carry at any given time. At the weigh-in, most contestants want to be chosen for their team, with only a few who don't. The person with the lowest percentage of weight loss on the losing team is automatically eliminated unless their trainer uses his save for the season, an option no longer available to Jillian's white team.
29 Oct 2013Description ▼
The first eliminated contestant, Fernanda, provides an update of her weight loss journey at home. The teams, all with the same amount of resources, learn that their workout this week will be determined by an auction of gym equipment, each piece which is available to the entire team if they have the highest bid. Strategy is to make other teams pay as a high a price as possible for the equipment that they want, while paying as little as possible for what one's own team wants. It is the penultimate item on the auction block that has the potential to be good or bad: a mystery box. Bob takes aside Matt to talk about postponing his marriage plans to be on the ranch, which may either help or hinder him in his weight loss. If he is sent home early, the experience may scar him in that journey. As such, Matt becomes Bob's project for the week. Dolvett's target is Tanya, who he feels has not lived up to her potential. He tries to discover why. All the trainers feel the contestants as a collective just aren't mentally invested in their journey this week, and so decide to provide them with a gift to get them over what is hopefully a short term hump. This week's weigh-in again has a red line, meaning that someone will automatically be sent home unless a trainer save is used.
05 Nov 2013Description ▼
Tanya feels extra pressure on herself this week as Dolvett used his one and only trainer save of the season at the last weigh-in to keep her on the ranch. The fourteen remaining contestants compete in their first temptation challenge - a Halloween themed one - the winning team which will receive immunity at the next weigh-in as long as none on that team gains any weight. In a patch of one hundred pumpkins, the contestants, one by one by team, have to choose a pumpkin, one which contains the immunity ticket. The other ninety-nine pumpkins contain either a cash prize which the individual keeps, or a Halloween treat. If the contestant chooses not to eat the treat, their team sits out the remainder of the challenge. One team does receive that immunity, which places pressure on the two losing teams. This week, Dolvett's red team seems as a collective to be falling victim to light-headedness during their workouts. Jillian worries about two of her team members, namely Jay whose hip is not feeling good, and Tumi, who doesn't seem to have any aggression in the way she works out. And Bob focuses his attention on motivating Holley, which he hopes will spark his other team members as well. All the contestants receive gifts, which may help them out emotionally. At the weigh-in, the team(s) without saves or immunity worry about the red line.
12 Nov 2013Description ▼
Ruben's elimination at the latest weigh-in, he who was seen as the heart of the ranch, brings the reality of the competition side of the equation into focus for the remaining contestants, and not just his red team mates. Dolvett brings his team to work out with the Beat Cancer Bootcamp. This experience motivates the team, but has the greatest emotional impact on David, whose first wife died from cancer. Jillian takes her team's workout into the pool, where she helps Craig overcome his fear of water, that fear the result of not knowing how to swim. Bob knows that the target is squarely on the blue team's back, as the only team that still has its full complement of members and that still has its trainer save. The week's reward challenge goes into the kitchen, where Sam Kass , White House Senior Policy of Nutrition, and last year's child ambassadors judge a food competition, the winning team, who has prepared the combination healthiest and tastiest dish, will win a year's supply of produce. This challenge hits home especially for Jennifer, whose lifestyle has led both to her and her daughter being overweight. Just before the weigh-in, Alison drops a bombshell of news which affects all the competitors regarding this weigh-in.
19 Nov 2013Description ▼
It's a busy week at "The Biggest Loser" ranch, which kicks off with a fun bouncing ball challenge that will award members of the winning team a welcome cash prize. All of the contestant take an emotional walk down memory lane watching their casting audition videos, reminding them why they are at the ranch - and how far they've come in just six weeks. Ruben and Dolvett visit music icon and 16-time Grammy Award winner David Foster at his home, where Ruben isn't the only one stepping up to the microphone. And the show's most recent "Biggest Loser" winner, Danni Allen, stops by for lunch and a pep talk with the contestants. Then it's time for another tense weigh-in, where one more contestant will face elimination.
26 Nov 2013Description ▼
Bob using his only trainer save on Matt at the last weigh-in puts all the teams on equal footing with no trainer saves left. Bob's decision weighs heavily on Matt, who has a chat with Tanya, who was also a previous "savee". Being Thanksgiving week, the reward challenge hits home for the contestants more ways than one. The challenge has the teams filling trucks with boxes of Thanksgiving food that will be delivered to the victims of the Moore, Oklahoma tornado. The team who fills their truck first of forty boxes average per team member will have family/friends flown in to spend Thanksgiving on the ranch. The trainer of the winning team sees this win as a double edge sword, where visiting family can act as a distraction. One other person on the ranch nonetheless keeps to his own Thanksgiving ritual. Bobby speaks to Bob about a secret he has been keeping from his family, that secret to which Bob can give an insider's perspective. At the weigh-in, one person definitely will be sent home ...
03 Dec 2013Description ▼
The remaining contestants learn that Holley, who lost the latest weigh-in, is not the only person going home this week, as one other will be spending the week at home. That person will bring along his/her trainer, and his/her weight will be the only one counting for his/her team at the next weigh-in. The person chosen to head home is determined by luck, based on the spin of a wheel. That trainer believes this situation is bad for all on their team as it takes away from the workout of the team members still on the ranch, and that the time at home for the chosen one will be too much of a distraction. After all is said and done, that trainer has a change of heart as to the initial belief that the cons would outweigh the pros of that person being sent home. One trainer ends up taking over the reigns for that missing trainer's team members still on the ranch. The week's workouts on the ranch bring two contestants back to activities that they participated in in high school, that return to ...
10 Dec 2013Description ▼
Ruben, the most recently eliminated contestant, is shown in his post-ranch life. The remaining contestants meet at a diner, where Alison holds a pop quiz on lifestyle and obesity. The quiz topic and the locale are appropriate as the team that loses the quiz will return to work for the week - something that most of the contestants are dreading as "no time" has always been an excuse for not having a healthy lifestyle - not at their regular jobs, but rather at this diner, where bad food temptations will be immense. The losing team decides to bring some of their work home with them to tempt the other teams. Bob feels that Hap's low weight loss numbers are attributed to his eating habits and thus he decides to control that part of Hap's on-ranch life. Bob also feels that Bobby is not yet in a good head space where he is confident about his actions or therefore his future. Via video, Dolvett wants to train Jennifer's nine year old daughter, Taylor, who has picked up many of her mother's bad...
17 Dec 2013Description ▼
The 10 remaining contestants reach a milestone this week, as the competition goes from teams to singles. Wearing their new individual color shirts, the players meet host Alison Sweeney for a night-time "ring of fire" endurance challenge that involves holding a percentage of their individual weights. Alison also shares exciting news about an upcoming event that will be a "Biggest Loser" first for contestants, and sobering news that this week's weigh-in will end with a double elimination. Now that the teams have been disbanded, trainers Bob, Jillian and Dolvett are eager to switch it up and work out with new contestants this week. One player struggles with self-sabotaging negative thoughts, and two contestants make it to the coveted "One-derland" at weigh-in and say goodbye to weighing over 200 pounds. Then it's time for the dreaded red line, which will determine which two players will be going home.
07 Jan 2014Description ▼
Hap and Matt, the two contestants who fell below the red line at the last weigh-in, learn that one of them may not be going home this week. They and all the other eliminated contestants to date participate in another weigh-in, the one with the largest percentage of weight loss since day one of being on the ranch who will return to ranch as a contestant. The returning contestant and the others remaining on the ranch also learn that this week's weigh-in will be the first of the season with a yellow line, the two that fall under it who will be up for elimination, the person eliminated based on a vote of the others. A retrospective of each of the remaining contestants is shown, most specifically how their weight loss to date will affect their life whenever they go home. The week's reward challenge consists of an uphill race where the winning contestant will be the first to carry ten kettle bells up the hill, with one of the many buried kettle bells - the gold one - worth five. The winner ...
14 Jan 2014Description ▼
The contestants are off on the adventure of a lifetime, headed to Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah, where they'll train like champions and get to meet some incredible Olympic athletes. Dolvett introduces the players to Olympic gold medalist Apolo Ohno, who talks about his own "Second Chance" - this season's theme - and works out with the contestants inside the spectacular Olympic Oval arena. Then the contestants get to compete in the sport of curling, after an introduction to USA Curling team members Jessica Schultz, Debbie McCormick and Anne Swisshelm. The fun continues at the base of the bobsled track, where words of motivation from USA Bobsled Team members Lolo Jones and Jazmine Fenlator get the remaining seven players fired up about the fast-paced sport. But for this week's challenge, they won't be racing down the track. Instead, they will be running more than a mile up the bobsled track, a challenge made far more difficult by the elevation of over 7,000 feet. Also this week, ...
21 Jan 2014Description ▼
There are seven contestants remaining after the elimination of Jay, who is seen at home on the continuation of his weight loss journey. Those seven go into makeover week. Fashion stylist Tim Gunn and hair stylist Ken Paves lead the makeover team. Tim's goal is not to treat the seven as his dress up dolls, but rather collaborate with each to provide them with a look with which they will feel comfortable. Most give Ken free reign over their hair. While David knows and is excited to see his facial hair go, it which he kept more as a symbol of his journey, Marie is a little less excited to see her hair go as it has been the one thing she felt she could control as her weight increased. All seven get to share the experience with their family and friends, who are flown to Los Angeles. After the makeover, it is back to work as the contestants still know that losing weight in their primary goal. Bob in particular is aware that makeover week has always been a distraction away from that goal. At...
28 Jan 2014Description ▼
The stakes are higher than ever when the five final players compete in a "Biggest Loser" first - a sprint triathlon, requiring them to swim 1/2 a mile, bike 12 miles and run three miles. The triathlon winner will secure a coveted spot as a finalist, as well as a brand new Ford Fusion. Then it's an emotional trip down memory lane as the contestants watch footage of their journeys with their trainers, and see firsthand how far they've come since arriving on the ranch. Later, it's time for the last weigh-in before the finale, where two players will fall below the red line and go home, and two more will become finalists, joining the triathlon winner to compete for $250,000 and the title of "The Biggest Loser" at the season 15 finale.
04 Feb 2014Description ▼
In this must-see, exciting live finale, the 15 contestants from this season return for a special reunion and a chance to weigh in one last time - and show America how much weight they've all lost since beginning their weight-loss journeys. Those who have been eliminated will compete for the $100,000 "at home" prize. Then it's the moment viewers have been waiting for, when one of the three finalists will be named this season's "Biggest Loser" and win the coveted grand prize of $250,000.
11 Sep 2014Description ▼
At the Los Angeles Coliseum, Alison introduces the twenty contestants for the season, they who are all former athletes, including some former professional athletes and former Olympians. She also introduces the three trainers for the season, who include now Biggest Loser training veteran Dolvett, and two newbies to the Biggest Loser family, Jessie and Jen. For their first workout at the Biggest Loser Ranch, the twenty contestants are under the tutelage of all three trainers, who get a feel for who are among the group. In general, Dolvett can see the former athletes come out as what he considers the best first workout he has ever been a part of on the show. The contestants are then thrown into their first individual challenge, which combines aspects of beach volleyball and an obstacle course. The prizes are the choice of trainer for the season, where there are six open spots per trainer. With only eighteen spots, the last two to complete the challenge are automatically eliminated. After...
18 Sep 2014Description ▼
The first elimination weigh-in finds Zina leaving Comeback Canyon, and Andrea, as the voted eliminated contestant from the ranch, joining Vanessa at Comeback Canyon with Bob. Andrea is intimidated to be against a former professional athlete in Vanessa, but believes she is up to the challenge, which will only be proved at the end of the week weigh-in. The trainers at the ranch believe they have to share their own stories with their respective teams to get them to feel safe sharing their own stories, which are a large part of why they have gained weight from their previous athlete selves. Jessie in particular feels he needs to do so as the freshman trainer on the ranch who has already lost a team member and who feels the need to prove himself by ensuring that the Blue Team does not lose the next weigh-in. Each of the ranch trainers does have those problem team members who have yet to have that mental breakthrough. The team reward challenge is an obstacle course, but also entails both ...
25 Sep 2014Description ▼
At the last sets of weigh-ins, Vanessa is eliminated at Comeback Canyon sending her home, while Emmy joins Andrea at Comeback Canyon. Bob learns that many of the reasons for Emmy's family's weight issues are external to her own home. At the ranch, the trainers provide what they hope will be longer term motivation for the entire contingent of contestants. Akin to baseball, Alison announces that this week will have a double header style of team challenges. The first challenge is a combination nutrition knowledge/food temptation one, the latter issue with a bit a of a twist that affects one specific team member. The winning team of the first challenge wins a two pound advantage at the weigh-in. The second challenge in the double header is a team cycling challenge, with the winning team the first collectively to get to the Olympic triathlon standard of 40km. Staying on the double header theme, the winning team of that second challenge wins a four pound advantage at the weigh-in. The first...
02 Oct 2014Description ▼
At the last sets of weigh-ins, Andrea is eliminated at Comeback Canyon sending her home, while Chandra joins Emmy at Comeback Canyon. By what Bob can see during the week and based on weight loss history at the ranch, he believes this may be the first week that the longer time resident of Comeback Canyon will stay for a third week. At the ranch, Alison tells the contestants that there will be a lottery this week, the last person's name who comes up being the "winner" of the lottery. The prize: a trip home for the week. The catch: theirs will be the only weight that will count for their team for the week's weigh-in. Their trainer will also accompany them, leaving the remaining team members to fend for themselves for the week. The person who ultimately wins the lottery states that the trip home will be treated like a business trip. That person's trainer, who does admit to feeling some pressure, hopes that a sense of place will provide some motivation, most specifically for the last ...
09 Oct 2014Description ▼
At the last sets of weigh-ins, Emmy is eliminated at Comeback Canyon sending her home, while Mike joins Chandra at Comeback Canyon. His arrival makes it a battle between youth and age, and between the biggest loser thus far against one of the people who has lost the least amount. Back at the ranch, the contestants learn of their challenge which is a four man relay pulling one's own weight across a 600 foot long rope suspended 10 stories over a canyon. The reward is more a penalty against another team, as the winning team has the choice to sideline one person from any of the opposing two teams from this week's weigh-in. Woody fears he may be a liability to his white team, who have yet to lose a challenge or a weigh-in, as he is deathly afraid of heights. However, it is another contestant who ultimately feels like the weakest link. At the weigh-in, the two teams that did not win the reward challenge feel the pressure as Alison tells them that this week will mark the first time this ...
16 Oct 2014Description ▼
At the last sets of weigh-ins, Chandra is eliminated at Comeback Canyon sending her home, while Matt, as the first casualty of the White Team, joins Mike at Comeback Canyon. Bob is looking forward to this battle as he sees both Mike and Matt as potentially going all the way to the finale. Bob receives a gift which he believes he will be able to use for others. The ranch contestants head off the ranch for a tailgate party at Los Angeles Coliseum, and their first temptation challenge. Each contestant is given three minutes alone in a tent full of every kind of unhealthy stadium type food available. The contestant who eats the most calories wins the challenge, and what on the surface is the most lucrative reward, namely immunity at the next weigh-in. However, that silver lining does have a cloud as their weight will still count toward their team's weight, with this week having a red line. Each of those who ate speak to their respective trainer about their thought process. Separate from ...
23 Oct 2014Description ▼
At the last sets of weigh-ins, Mike is eliminated at Comeback Canyon sending him home, while Gina joins Matt at Comeback Canyon. Bob designs the workout to deal with both Matt and Gina's issues, Matt's being working in a team to achieve goals and Gina's to deal with committing to fear inducing tasks. At the ranch, Jessie takes Lori back in history to get her to a better place emotionally. The contestants and their trainers head to the pool for the team challenge, which entails three contestants per team holding onto to 15% of their body weight to prevent their trainer from falling into the pool. The first team to drop their trainer will not have access to their trainer at all for the week. The second team to drop their trainer will only have their trainer for the last chance workout. In the aftermath of the challenge, one person from the losing team goes back to their athlete days to take control of their training for the week. The team with only their trainer for the last chance ...
30 Oct 2014Description ▼
At the last sets of weigh-ins, Matt is eliminated at Comeback Canyon sending him home, while Jackie joins Gina at Comeback Canyon. Beyond the issue of losing weight, Bob wants to instill in Gina and Jackie, who are both mothers, that a large part of their process is putting their own needs if not ahead then equal to that of the rest of their family. At the ranch, the contestants learn that their reward challenge is more putting their competing teams in the penalty box, the team winning the challenge who can assign the preset penalties, one team who will have to do cleaning chores at the ranch before they can do their workouts, while the other team will be sent away to Las Vegas without access to their trainer for the week. The challenge has one person per team running on a treadmill, the speed on which is increased every five minutes. The last person standing wins the challenge for their team. Jen and Dolvett are most concerned about Damien and Blake's well being this week. The weigh ...
04 Jan 2016Description ▼
Bob Harper, who takes over hosting duties after sixteen seasons of being one of the show's trainers, announces the many other changes to the show this season, including the house, the gym, and even the weigh-in room. This season is comprised of eight couples - sixteen contestants - including spouses, friends, family members, and one unusual couple who have never met but have a connection each as an "NBC reality show" family member. The theme for the season is to help the contestants deal with everyday temptations, such as they would face at home. Jen and Dolvett are back as trainers, who will each choose their team of eight after viewing contestant videos. Bob issues a temptation to the contestants even before they enter the gym for the first time and before they are even assigned to teams, which could jeopardize continuing a weight loss journey at the ranch. Jen and Dolvett get to know their team members during their first workout, while the contestants discuss the issues that ...
2Taste Test; Keep on Truckin
11 Jan 2016Description ▼
Team Dolvett is the first to lose a player as Britney is voted off the ranch after the first competitive weigh-in. This week is all about food temptations. A team reward challenge tests the contestants' knowledge about bad foods, with the losing team members not only having to eat the bad foods - the trainers who are able to fall on the team sword once during the challenge - but the winning team able to choose one person on either team to sit out this week's weigh-in. The contestants collectively meet with Dr. Huizenga, who illustrates graphically the consequences of their bad food choices not only on their weight but on their lives holistically. At the weigh-in, the results lead to the losing team not only losing a player, but them needing to have a heart-to-heart with their trainer about issues negatively pervading their mentality. In the second week for this episode, the teams embark on another food related reward challenge. They compete in a race to pull three food trucks, with ...
3Hooked on 'Tronics; the Big Switch
18 Jan 2016Description ▼
With Whitney and Hope respectively being eliminated after the last two weigh-ins, thirteen contestants remain at the ranch. In the first of the two weeks, the temptation dangled in front of the contestants is the distraction of electronics, as they have been unplugged since arriving on the ranch. Bob informs them that most Americans spend eleven hours a day in front of some sort of electronic device, some of that time which could be spent instead on leading a healthier life, such as working out. The first team challenge reflects the plugged in nature of the world, which they must overcome, to win. The electronic nature of the challenge is combined with a relay obstacle course. The winning team has the option of having access to electronics for the week, including video chats with their loved ones at home, or exclusive use of the gym for the week. The decision is made even more difficult with additional information Bob gives the contestants just before the winning team must choose. ...
4Ready? Set. Auction!; Ship Shape
25 Jan 2016Description ▼
With Richard and Sarah respectively being eliminated after the last two weigh-ins, eleven contestants remain at the ranch. In the first of the two weeks, the temptation dangled in front of the contestants is the distraction of luxury, which may take them away from the want to lead a healthy lifestyle, although the two need not be mutually exclusive. Bob holds an auction for the contestants who have the opportunity with a set amount of "Biggest Loser Bucks" to buy items, some which are health related - such as a one-on-one training session with Bob at his house - some which are "game" related, some which are truly luxury items to be used this week which will take them away from the focus of losing weight, and one mystery item. Bob issues another last chance team challenge in a combination strength/cardio relay for three members per team, with the winning team getting a one pound advantage at the weigh-in. That weigh-in will show whether the "game" auction items purchased will have been...
5Homeward Bound; Real World Problems
01 Feb 2016Description ▼
With Toy and Vicki respectively being eliminated after the last two weigh-ins, nine contestants remain at the ranch. In the first of the two weeks, Bob announces that the team challenge - which entails throwing ten pound medicine balls in a net held up by the opposing team, the winner who either reaches a certain number of "baskets" or the opposing team dropping their net - may be the most important as the reward is that the winning team gets to choose one person from each team to go home for the week with no trainer, and with those two contestants being the only ones whose weight will count at the weekly weigh-in. Who the winning team chooses may surprise. Bob's assertion that they will have no trainers may not be totally accurate. The contestants who remain at the ranch feel somewhat helpless in that their fates are in the hands of two people, over who they have no control, and as Bob further announces that there will be a red line at the weigh-in, meaning no deliberation on who ...
08 Feb 2016Description ▼
With Rob and Luis respectively being eliminated after the last two weigh-ins, seven contestants remain at the ranch after week ten, those seven who go into Makeover Week under the guidance of stylist Tim Gunn and hairstylist Ken Paves. Gunn realizes the importance of the makeovers to the seven as a physical manifestation of their weight loss journey, which they may not have fully realized until this time. They will get a chance to share this moment of their new selves with loved ones from home. At a get-together with all seven and their loved ones, Bob announces that those loved ones will be going to the ranch, for what they believe will be a workout with the trainers. Instead, they all learn that one loved one per contestant will be helping in a last chance challenge, a race entailing moving weights from one end of a field to another, and pulling a weight-filled sled across that field. The winner of that challenge receives a stay at a Biggest Loser Resort with that loved one, and a ...
7I Got the Power; the Final Cut
15 Feb 2016Description ▼
With Lauren being eliminated after the last weigh-in, six contestants remain at the ranch after week eleven. In the first of the two weeks, the contestants embark on a reward challenge over a pool climbing a rope using a harness/pulley mechanism, with the rope constantly lengthening. The last person to hit the water wins the challenge and the associated reward of a one pound advantage, and the ability to give a one pound disadvantage to another contestant, that contestant to be announced at the weigh-in. The winner realizes the power that comes with this reward, while the five non-winners realize that they have to work additionally hard to overcome the potential of that extra pound assigned to them. Those five also plead their case to the challenge winner. Bob takes the contestants aside individually to discuss the pitfalls of returning home, which will happen in two weeks regardless. At the weigh-in where the contestants face a yellow line, the effects of the one pound advantage and ...
22 Feb 2016Description ▼
Bob announces who between Colby and Jacky will be joining previously announced Roberto and Steven as the third finalist, and that this season's theme - real world temptations - will factor into what happens during this finale. He introduces the two trainers - Jen and Dolvett - who provide their thoughts about the season and the contestants. The thirteen at-home contestants are introduced and Bob describes a little of their journey on the show and after leaving the ranch before they each weigh-in for the final time to determine the winner of the $100,000 at-home prize. The trainers interview audience members who have gone through their own at-home weight loss journey. A video montage is shown providing some behind the scenes moments of Bob in his first season as host. Bob then introduces the three finalists, who are provided one last temptation which, if they decide to take it, could alter the outcome of the show. The three finalists then weigh-in for the final time to see who is the ...
1Time For Change #18.1
2A Big Loss #18.2
3Supporting the Team #18.3
4Messages from Home #18.4
5Diving In #18.5
6Overcoming Obstacles #18.6
7Going Solo #18.7
8Boosting Morale #18.8
9Final Four #18.9
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