Carol tried to guess what got me most riled up about this week's episode of "The Biggest Loser." To be able to tell you, I will have to violate my "No Spoiler Zone" general practice -- the things that have me steamed are integral to the plot of this week's episode. So you have been forewarned.
This week there was a new twist. Instead of weighing in as a team, each player on the Blue Team faced off against a player on the Black Team. The faceoffs were set up by the winner of a "pop challenge" right after the cliffhanger weigh-in.
I thought the way the faceoffs was set up was pretty fair. There wasn't a single matchup that I thought was obviously one-sided. The Blue Team members were motivated by the challenge, but the Black Team had gotten lazy and cocky and was sure they would have no trouble winning. There was some distracting drama and jerkiness by Filipe and Bob (Sione went along with it), but that wasn't the part that had me steamed.
Then there was a challenge, and as Carol said, the prize was 24 hours of gluttony -- sorry, I mean luxury. First spoiler: The Black Team won the challenge, despite some really heartfelt efforts by Cathy, Aubrey, and Mandi. Kristen couldn't take part in the challenge, and even though Ron's part of the challenge seemed custom-designed to give him a chance to show some effort, he put his team way behind. Ron has held the Blue Team back in every challenge, and there has been a lot of crying about how the Blue Team always loses.
Here is the part that got me angry. Ron is a huge liability for his team. He isn't healthy enough to do most of the challenges, he can't work out like the other players, and often he doesn't even seem to care enough to even make a show of trying in individual challenges. He also doesn't lose much each week because he can't work out like the other players. Last time the Blue Team had an elimination, they sent home Dane, who was a strong, athletic player. This time, despite all of the crying about the Blue Team always losing, Kristen and Carol let Ron tell them that this time, they should send home another strong player. They didn't even consider sending home Ron, who seems to have set himself up as some kind of Godfather who gets to decide who stays and who goes.
If the Blue Team wants to keep Ron on, fine, but who do they have left to compete in challenges? Kristen and Ron, who are both held back from competition by their respective injuries, Carol, who is one of the older players, and one player who actually has a chance. That player will, of course, be the next one who gets sent home when the Blue Team loses its next weigh-in.
I don't know why everyone listens to Ron. I used to like him, but more and more, he seems selfish and manipulative. He hasn't really taken advantage of his opportunity to make real changes in himself. He sees this whole process as about weight loss and gameplay, when it really should be an opportunity to deal with the deeper issues that have led to his problems with weight. This is a person who already has lost and regained weight for years. He even had a weight loss surgery and managed to defeat it, leaving his body terribly distorted and sick. Does he really think that any weight he loses on TBL will stay gone if he doesn't learn a new way of life? And if he's not interested in doing that, than all of his crying about "I need to be here!" is just a waste of breath.
I think that to make the players more motivated to vote off the weakest links, the weigh-ins should be more like last week's, where if everyone on the team loses their target weight, no one has to leave, but if they don't, someone from that team has to get sent home.
So Carol, what do you think? Are you disappointed?