Yesterday, Lisa and Simon won passes to next week’s weigh in, which could be their ticket back into the game. Tonight, the third weigh in pass is up for grabs! Who will get it and progress to the weigh in? A good excuse to watch!
At Camp Biggest Loser, the remaining contestants enter the gym, where Michelle is holding cardboard cut-outs of Simon and Lisa, and they know immediately what has happened- they have won weigh in passes. Well, they should, they were there when it happened. So, in this training session, Michelle wants them to beat Simon and Lisa’s spin-bike times from yesterday. Simon was fastest- so he will be the big goal, but they should at least aim to beat Lisa. With that, the training begins.
The contestants are determined, and Michelle is pumping them up- they should be successful. Michelle seems most determined, and beats Simon’s time, scoring 12.08 (Simon got about 12.20). Margie also beats his time. Graham is third, and he just misses out on beating Lisa. This means Alex and Kasey are not going to beat the times at all. Michelle doesn’t seem concerned that three of the five contestants couldn’t beat the time. Wasn’t that the point of the session? Margie has felt flat since the eliminated contestants came back, but Michelle is adamant that this is normal.
Opinion point: Should Michelle have made sure the contestants beat Simon and Lisa?
After the break, the eliminated contestants head into Shannan’s training yard for some training. He notices that Hamish is sick, but with little explanation about his flu, Shannan is annoyed- stating that the trainers still train when they have ‘colds’. Basically, he doesn’t want this excuse that he is sick. Hamish then walks off in tears as the session begins. He doesn’t want to be here. Shannan pulls him aside and he admits that he lets colds get to him. Shannan suspects something else is going on and he brings up Michelle. She wouldn’t want to see him like that- she would want to see him in the session.
With that, he re-enters the session to partake in Shannan’s circuit. Shannan does like his station-work. They climb stairs, jump ropes, jog, throw tyres, lift medicine balls and ultimately, strive to lose weight. Shannan promises that the contestants will train through thick and thin. But not right now, because the eliminated contestants have a challenge on their hands.
They all head into the gym, which is full of treadmills. Bek is wondering what is going on, but surely in a week like this, she would know. Hayley is there, and welcomes them to the next weigh in pass opportunity. Six are left to fight it out for three passes. Today, they will be training their brain- and it will be a nutrition quiz. They will start on a 4km treadmill walk and will be asked true and false questions. Get their question right, they will stay at the speed. Get it wrong, they will have their speeds increased by increments of 1km for each incorrect answer. The winner will be the last man or woman standing- and they will get a weigh in pass and an opportunity to go back into the game. Apparently, Lydia is happy about this- she is just glad to have gotten rid of the spin bikes.
Their questions begin. The first question is; ‘A 120g serving of coleslaw has more Calories than a Caesar salad?’ Lydia goes false, as does Shane. The rest say ‘true’. The answer is false- Brenda, Bek, Hamish and Ryan increase their speeds.
‘Two Weet-Bix have less calories than two poached eggs’. True for product placement. They all say true, except Ryan, who says false. Just quietly, Ryan was wrong, and his speed goes up a notch. Who wudda thought?!
Opinion point: What are your thoughts on this quiz?
‘A Whole raw potato triples in calories when fried up into chips’- the correct answer is false, but they all get it wrong. They all increase their speed- for Ryan, this is his third increase. For knowledge, it actually quadruples.
‘Alex’s Bio Age was 75 years old when he entered Camp Biggest Loser’ is the next question. Hamish says true, and he’s wrong, it was false. His Bio Age was 70 years of age.
‘One tablespoon of olive oil has more fat than 1 tablespoon of butter’ is next. Lydia thinks it is true, which is right, meaning the rest of them put their speed up. Ryan is out by the looks of it. Lydia is still at 5km. Shane is at 6km with Bek at 7km and Hamish and Brenda at 8km each.
‘A tomato is a vegetable?’ Brenda says true, and is the only incorrect person.
‘O-Positive is the most common blood type’. A simple way to answer this is to imagine a round blood cell- it’s in the shape of an ‘O’- which is the most basic shape a blood cell can be (A-Positive blood types and B-positive blood types have different yet specialised ‘spikes’ or ‘altered edges’- hence why A-Positive people can’t give blood to B-Positive people)- so of course it is true. Many say false- in fact, they all have it wrong.
‘A yoghurt coated muesli bar has more calories than a chocolate chip muesli bar?’ Bek says false, and is wrong, so she increases her speed. She thinks this is still a stroll in the park.
‘Ryan, as the largest contestant in the history of The Biggest Loser, weighed in at 231kg?’ They all say false, except Hamish, who increases his speed as he was wrong. With a cold, he needs to blow his nose!
‘White rice has more carbs than pasta?’ Brenda says false, as does Bek, and they both increase their speed. Bek can’t believe this.
‘Milk chocolate has more Calories than carob per weight’. They all say true, and they’re all wrong. Hamish is out. Michelle is a bit worried now. Shane, Brenda and Bek are left, oh, and Lydia.
‘Pumpkin has more fibre than sweet potato’. Bek answers false, which is right, so the rest increase their speed. Brenda is looking weak.
Opinion point: Surprised by the results?
‘Watermelon is more than 90% Water’. Before she can answer, Brenda gives up. They all say true, and they’re all right.
‘Peanut butter has a high cholesterol count’ and again, before anyone can answer, Bek is out. Lydia says false, and Shane says true. Shane is wrong, and increases his speed.
‘The combined weight of the 16 Biggest Loser contestants was more than 2,500kg’ Again, Shane and Lydia answer differently, with Shane guessing false correctly. Lydia increases speed.
‘After two weeks of giving up smoking, your risk of a heart attack begins to drop’. Shane says false and is upped in speed.
‘Sparkling mineral water has more calories than tap water’ They both say true. They are both wrong.
‘Fried rice has 14 times more fat than steamed rice’ but before answering, Shane drops out, giving Lydia a win. She wins the weigh in pass, and joins Lisa and Simon at weigh in. Brenda, Hamish, Ryan, Shane and Bek will have to fight for the next two passes- and Hayley promises their acquisition won’t be easy.
That’s where the episode ends. For a half hour episode, I really think this benefited. This is supposed to be a fast paced week, and this episode certainly was faced paced with a good balance of challenge, training and all that nice stuff in between. But the product placement in the challenge (Weet-Bix) and the whole entry into the challenge where Bek ‘supposedly’ didn’t know there was a challenge on, looked cheap, and I had to laugh at it. But other than that, perfect!
Production Values (visual and audio techniques, overall ‘bling’ of the show):5/5
‘Sell-out’ factor (Cross-promotion and product placement free?): 1.8/2
Entertainment Value (emotional feel, storyline, eventful?): 2.8/3
Courtney’s Verdict: 9.6/10