I was so angry that they ended the show on a cliffhanger this week. I'm hoping for the best.
There was drama again this week, but this time it wasn't manufactured. Jillian was getting tired of Laura "phoning it in" and forced Laura to face the truth: That she would be everyone's first pick to send home at the next elimination. Laura has lost about half what everyone else on her team has lost, so the point wasn't to pick on her, it was an effort to force her to take action. Watching the show, I was struck by how round Laura's face still is in comparison to all the other players, who are starting to developed defined jawlines. Jillian wanted her to see that she has the strength and the ability to compete if she would only start putting her heart into it.
I was annoyed by the cooking challenge -- the teams were given half an hour to invent four healthy recipes for typical fast-food fare. With everyone fighting for the same ovens, how were they expected to bake a pizza and broil a burger at the same time? Just preheating the oven for a good pizza can take more than half an hour, so the players were set up for failure. They could have probably done something reasonable if they had an hour to do things, or if they had bigger kitchens with multiple ovens. I felt like it sent a message that healthy cooking is hard, when it's not, really.
I loved that the Blue Team got to work out with Sugar Ray Leonard, especially because Aubrey was a boxer! That just blows me away.
Speaking of Aubrey, I felt really sad for her watching the food pantry challenge. She was so desperate to win those free groceries. I liked the way things turned out, though. Maybe she could be a good spokesperson and fundraiser for food pantries -- she was a single mom and fed her oldest two kids with the help of these organizations, and it sounds like she still has money struggles. She could help people understand how hard it is for families in need.
This was a good episode -- I felt like people were starting to see themselves less as contestants on a game show and more as a group of people with common goals. I wish they all were more like this.