Just when players had gotten used to all working as one big group, the game gets shaken up again. Each trainer will have his or her own team of three, determined randomly by players picking up dumbbells with one of four different colors hidden on the bottom: black (Jillian), blue (Bob), red (Brett), and green (Cara). They get to pick in order of their percentage of weight loss, but going first is no advantage since it is completely random. There is no way, short of psychic ability, to tell which dumbbells are associated with each trainer. Since there are 12 spots and 11 contestants, the team that ends up short a player will get to choose one of the eliminated players to bring back. Most of the players are happy with their choices, but a couple seem a little disappointed. They end up this way:
- Cara's Green Team: Kaylee, Austin, and Ken
- Brett's Red Team: Jen, Courtney, and Justin
- Bob's Blue Team: Moses, Olivia, and Irene
- Jillian's Black Team: Rulon, Hannah, and ?.....
Each of the trainers has a chance to take the small team off-campus for a change of scenery. The choice they make tells us a little about the trainers and gives us all something new to look at.
Jillian takes her team to her fabulous beachfront home for a workout and some heart-to-heart. Rulon reveals that he never felt worthy of love so he could never fully accept it, even from his wife. It really helped me understand why 12-step programs require people to develop a relationship with a higher power: No human being is ever going to be able to be perfectly loving all of the time, so it's too easy to take any fight or conflict as a sign that you are unworthy of love. On-camera, players and trainers never talk about God, but I bet that they do off-camera. Hannah is off running on the beach while this conversation happens, but I am sure she got her chance for a one-on-one with Jillian too.
Bob takes his contestants to Crunch, where he has been doing a Spinning class since before the show started. Contestants have to sit up front while the hardbodied regulars cheer them on. It's clear that Moses has not gotten as much cardio training as some of the other contestants because of his limitations. He seems to do just fine keeping up with the class but it pushes him out of his comfort zone. I think this is the best part of mixing up the trainers -- forcing contestants to try something new that will challenge them.
Brett's team technically stays on campus -- they go for a hike in the hills surrounding the ranch. All of them seem moved by the beautiful scenery and the chance to reflect on how far they have come. Justin seems especially affected by the changes in himself. He realizes that he is finally the man he always wanted to be.
Cara's team, predictably, goes to a boxing gym. She doesn't seem to know the trainer working there, but it has a gritty, Rocky-esque feel, with graffiti scrawled on the walls and unglamorous institutional-green walls. Cara works out with Kaylee. Because Austin seems to be doing so well with his boxing training, he gets a chance to spar with the trainer. The trainer coaches him through the fight but it does seem that Austin holds his own. He is definitely not just a fat kid anymore. We get absolutely nothing on Ken, and I don't think that's a coincidence. He does not seem to be adjusting well since his stay at home and he and Austin don't seem comfortable around each other. Plus, events later in the show seem to prove that Ken isn't much into teamwork.
A big and important moment in the show is Kaylee's realization that she is ready to go try her luck in the real world. She confides in Cara that she's ready to leave. She's not the girl who hung back and was too afraid to stand up for herself. She's ready to take on some real-life challenges. Cara tries to talk her out of it, "A fighter stays in the fight until the fight is over." Cara's one-note identity really shows its limitations here. To put it into terms she could understand: It doesn't seem to me that Kaylee is a fighter quitting a fight -- she's a boxer who's done enough sparring and is ready to get into the ring.
This leads us to expect some shenanigans at the weigh-in, and it does become clear that Kaylee intends for her team to throw the weigh-in. She tells the camera that she's nervous because she asked her team to do "something hard" and hopes they are up for it. She loses no weight this week, either because she rigged the weigh-in or because she doesn't have much left to lose. Austin loses only a couple of pounds and Kaylee nods her approval. When Ken weighs in, though, it's clear that he is not with the program. He has lost 7 pounds and Kaylee immediately starts crying because that puts the Green Team ahead of the Red Team. There's some argument -- obviously Ken doesn't approve of cheating and is annoyed that this is the only way for people to leave. Allie tells them that Kaylee is free to leave but that someone from the Red Team will still be eliminated. Then Ken says something about how his wife has never seen him this thin, but no one is listening because they are all mad at him (besides, his wife doesn't seem like someone who would really care about his new lower weight). A player on the Red Team has to go home and because Jen has immunity, it has to be either Courtney or Justin, and everyone loves both of them. Obviously it would have been easier for everyone but Ken if he had gotten with the program and allowed Kaylee to have her wish.
Justin immediately makes it clear that he wants everyone to choose him and not Courtney for elimination. He feels he has found what he came to the ranch for. Justin has been a leader on the ranch all along and it's obviously hard for people to let him go. A couple of people vote for Courtney instead, but enough people respect Justin's wishes that he heads back home to start "Justin's Call Out," a program for very overweight people at a local gym. I'm not sure if he owns the gym or is just allowed to run the program there. I wouldn't be surprised if "The Biggest Loser" had helped sponsor this initiative since they have been trying to push the "Pay it Forward" theme for a while now.
Sorry for the late review! I forgot that I hadn't written one for this episode yet. I was having trouble deciding what to blog about this weekend and really wish I would have remembered sooner that I was a review behind. Can't wait until tomorrow's episode -- the show is really getting good!