Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Biggest Loser: Two-part edition

Because of President Obama's speech, this week's "The Biggest Loser" was in two parts. Unfortunately, our DVR had a hiccup and I missed the challenge in the first part that resulted in the reshuffling of teams. Only a few members of each team stayed put -- the rest were reshuffled to different teams.

As you can imagine, there were a lot of tears and anguished speeches over this reshuffling, but it seemed to help the team members who switched. As Jillian said, "They get the best of both worlds. They get to experience two totally different philosophies and workout styles." Most of the team members who switched did really well in the weigh-in.

When it came to the elimination, the big debate was whether players should keep other players on because they are pulling big weight loss numbers for the team or whether they should eliminate the players who are most likely to succeed at home. During this debate, I started to like a specific less and less, because he seemed to be arguing mostly in his own self-interest and not considering what might be best for the team. There was also a subtext, I think, of players starting to think about the finals and considering who might be their biggest competition.

This week wasn't one of my favorite shows. When the players start crying over who is their trainer, and even Bob cries and makes a huge fuss about everything, that's when I start to tune out a little. There doesn't seem to be much real reason for all this angst. I liked Jillian's ability to say, "Well, that's different," and move on. That's the kind of resilience that's good to model for the players and the at-home audience.


  1. In relation to how the contestants acted to switching trainers, I have to wonder what would happen when they got home and had a REAL problem. A bit of drama for sure. And is Bob THAT unstable?

  2. This is my first comment on this blog but I've been enjoying it for several weeks now. I have to say I agree with you. I actually kind of found the whole emotional breakdown aspect kind of laughable...was Bob going for the Emmy? I love The Biggest Loser but I agree...Jillian had the right idea and no matter how much they cry about it, the players who got to switch trainers are getting an advantage.

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  4. I like the resilience line "well, that's different" and move on. I am going to keep that one. It's a nice nuetral statement. I don't watch the biggest loser but I enjoy your posting about it. Also, thanks for your years of contributing to AFG!!


"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07