On tonight’s “Biggest Loser,” the elimination red line was replaced by a new voting booth, Jillian’s team was finally safe while Dolvett’s team hit the Terrible Twos and had to vote out one of their own.
Pam and Danni, the two remaining members of Jillian’s team, were coming to grips with the fact that their team has become very, very small.
Quote of the week, from Pam: “The good news is we’re going to spend a lot of time with Jillian. The bad news? We get to spend more time with Jillian.”
The contestants were then ushered into a neon-lighted room filled with video games and high-calorie junk food. They all took a quiz on childhood obesity and the losing team has to spend 4.5 hours a day locked in what I call the “Red Room of Hot Dogs.” Why 4.5 hours? The average child spends 4.5 hours a day in front of electronic screens.
One eye-opening fact that the contestants learned in their pop quiz: the childhood obesity rate has tripled in the past three decades. “C’mon America, we’ve gotta pay attention to this, Michael said. “What we’ve been doing is wrong and needs to be fixed.” Another distressing fact: 75 percent of parents think their child is a healthy weight, when in fact their kids are overweight.
The red team won the quiz and the white team won the tie-breaker, which puts Bob’s blue team in the Goodie Room for 4.5 hours a day all week. Alex had a brainstorm and dumped orange juice all over the food to make them less palatable.
Dr. Dolgoff visited all the kids at their homes, and at Lindsay’s home, she told Lindsay and her family that Lindsay has pre-diabetes. But she told her family that the treatment is diet and exercise, and she’ll be able to reverse that.
Back in Candy Land, the blue team was able to leave and finally work out. At night. After sitting around all day. (Which is why some people swear by morning exercise).
The challenge: Ever wade through a pit of liquefied bubble gum? These guys are going to. They have to transport 10-pound gumballs (oh, the dental work!) across Lake Bazooka. The winning team wins a year’s worth of groceries. And after threatening to puke in the bubble gum, Jackson and his red team won the challenge.
Last-chance workout: Dolvett has a pretty fun outdoor gym, which includes and pits, slide boards and punching bags. Over at Jillian’s Jym, Pam was doing great until she hit some sort of psychic wall and started bawling again. But what’s doing in Candy Land? Bob decided to have them work out in there, doing thrusters, squats, burpees and push-ups.
Weigh-in: This week, there is no red line. Instead, they will use a new voting room to eliminate a contestant on the losing team, which might do away with the old elimination animosity. So how’d they do?
Elimination: The white team is finally safe, but the red team has to send someone home. Joe had the highest percentage lost, so he’s safe. But it was Cate’s turn to go home this week. “I appreciate the fact that everyone thinks that I can do this at home, because I can,” Cate said.
Quote of the week No. 2, from Cate: “Being healthy isn’t a chore, it’s a gift.”
The update: Cate has made it to One-derland at home and is training for a marathon.
Next week: Three people are going home? What the what?