I just can't do the no-spoiler zone anymore. Hopefully if you're reading this you don't mind spoilers.
The challenge this week, a walk on a zip line across a canyon, could have been an exciting one if there was any real competition here. It was sort of rushed through, and there was the usual outcome of it coming down to a contest between two players with the rest of the players just participating. Ron, however, took two or three steps, decided that since he could never win it wasn't worth trying, and quit. It seems like he's missed the point of this show. He obviously has seen his role as kingmaker for his son Mike all along and hasn't been that interested or focused on making changes himself.
This was Makeover Week on "The Biggest Loser," but oddly, the makeovers themselves were not that big a part of the show for a change. We didn't get much of Tim Gunn, though he obviously gave the players good guidance. Everyone looked fantastic. I really liked Laura's hair, and was thrilled that Kristen finally got rid of her skunk-stripe highlights. Mike and Sione's haircuts brought out the squareness of their jawlines.
There were some touching scenes when the made-over players saw their family members. I personally felt very bad for Ron's other son, Max, who was obviously torn apart because he was still so large and his brother Mike looked so good. The idea that the two of the players from the ranch are going to be able to go home and "fix" Max is an upsetting one -- they can help and provide support, but ultimately we all have to fix ourselves if we want to be fixed. There was a hint that next week's show is going to get into the issues behind Mike and Max's weight problems -- obviously there is something big going on in that family. We found out this week that Ron weighed more than 200 pounds by the time he was 9 years old, and more than 300 pounds by 15.
Laura was a big focus of the show this week. Jillian had hinted on her podcast that one of her contestants had a stress fracture in her foot and then continued to work out on it anyway while wearing the immobilizer boot despite doctor's orders. Obviously, that was Laura, because she ended up with an even more serious injury, a hip stress fracture. Luckily, the show is committed to helping her rehabilitate the injury, which seems like it would be a challenging one to deal with.
We're down to just a week or two before the finale, I think. That's why Sione and Laura's transformations after leaving the ranch didn't seem as dramatic as some of the others -- they had a lot less time.
I would like to see Mike, Tara, and Kristen as the final three. I have to say, I was originally rooting for Tara to win it all, but now I'm cheering for Kristen. Of all the remaining players, she seems to be the one who has her head in the right place.