Previous episode: Excess Baggage Season One – Finals Week Part #3
This is it- the reality television event of the year- oh, who am I kidding, it’s a pity, but I think Nine will be celebrating the end of this failed experiment come 8pm tonight. Anyway, the last thing to do is find out who wins; Darryn & Lisa, Renae & Kevin, Matt & Ajay or Dipper & Lana? Let the battle begin!
We begin the episode with a lovely recap of the series that was. Kate welcomes us to the grand finale where one contestant will take home $100,000. We review the tight scores from yesterday.
The contestants are heading to their finale challenge and we hear some of their thoughts. Renae thinks she and Kevin will be friends for a long time. Dipper looks around to see everyone has changed. Ajay and Matt are just so happy to have made it to the final week.
Darryn & Lisa are just trying to stay focused as so they can win this.
On the beach, Kate, Christian, Tim and Jo welcome them to their finale. Christian points to Bear Island across the strait and tells them that this will be the location of their final challenge. Winners here will get eight points, with the points cascading for each place down from that.
Here, they will be tested with all they have learned so far. First, they have to run over the bridge to the island and use bits of code to find locked boxes around the island. In order to unlock them, they have to complete mini challenges- which will be miniature versions of challenges they have done before.
Once they have obtained all four bits of code, they must go to a code cracking station. The messages have been written by the judges and Kate herself. With that, they begin their final challenge. Over the bridge they go and onto the island. They have no maps and they can only run across the reasonably large island.
Darryn heads to the built up area and finds a mini-milk challenge, like the one from the Southern Highlands. Kevin & Renae make it to the water weight challenge from Tasmania. The difference is that they must complete the 4L water challenge four times to fill up four beakers with keys in them. This was good for them.
They open their lock in no time.
Lana and Dipper head to their first challenge, which is the Gold Coast leg-rope challenge where they have to unknot ropes to obtain the key. Lana thinks they could have saved time if they chose a rope that is easier to untangle; but they get straight in.
Opinion point: What was your favourite week this year?
After the break, the challenge continues. Ajay and Matt are working on the water station while Renae and Kevin move onto their next station. Darryn & Lisa work on the milk station, the challenge from the Southern Highlands.
Darryn thinks about the girl’s challenge and thinks he needs to pour milk, not knowing that the amount of milk required is the actual combination to the lock. They head off to the Balloon bursting challenge, first featured in the Hunter Valley week. They have to burst balloons until they find the right key. They get it right the first time, heading off to station 3.
Blue and purple teams have only completed one station and the orange team are still competing on their first challenge which was that rope challenge; the station of which is now being converged on by the other three teams!
The orange team are annoyed to hear that other people have completed a challenge each. Darryn & Lisa are working on their rope and it is Lisa’s time to shine as they untangle their rope first and grab their third clue.
Lana finds this frustrated, but she doesn’t know how far they’ve come. The orange team finally finish the station and head to round two. Purple team also finish their problem. Lana and Dipper scream through the milk bottle challenge while Darryn & Lisa head to their last challenge- the water weight challenge, which stumped Darryn the first time round. He thinks they’ll finish this one quick.
The blue team are onto their balloon challenge and grab their third clue quickly. They head to the milk money station and Kevin gets it so quickly. They are first to the final part of the challenge- code cracking!
Ajay & Matt get to the milk challenge and complete it quickly. They are now onto the code-cracking challenge.
Meanwhile, Darryn & Lisa aren’t going so well at their water weight challenge. Darryn pretty much confirms that he is out of this challenge.
Opinion point: Who deserves to win Excess Baggage?
Team orange end up at the last challenge and they are on their way to third place.
After the break, Ajay and Matt are cracking their code- having unlocked ‘Dear Ajay’. Lana is feeling good as she feels she can work this one out. Dipper stuffs things up to begin with and Lana is getting annoyed because he isn’t listening.
They finally get the combination, and they are off in third place. The judges are discussing the challenge, which is stumping the red team. They put it down to Darryn’s impatience. They finally fill it up and head to the code-cracking challenge.
Kevin & Renae are working through this slowly and they are getting somewhere. Ajay and Matt are both doing one half of the puzzle to speed up quick.
Darryn is not happy about the code at all, and they get into a world of problems. Dipper & Lana are working slowly, but that may be because Dipper keeps forgetting the code.
The blue team finish their message, get Christian to check and he declares them winners of the finale challenge! Their message was from Tim.
Ajay & Matt finish their message, which was from Joanna, and they come second, earning seven points.
At one point, Darryn & Lisa drop their board into the mud, giving Dipper & Lana a third place win with six points.
Christian wrote the red team’s letter and he gives them their five points for coming fourth.
Opinion point: What do you think of having a finale challenge?
With that, the contestants head off to their fitness test- their final ever opportunity for points. But we hardly get anything from it- no personal bests being broken, no achievements whatsoever!
After the break, we are in the finale check in, where the past contestants and family and friends are waiting. Kate welcomes them all to the event. With a few introductions, Kate brings in Dipper & Lana- the orange team.
Oh, they’re all glammed up!
Next up are Ajay & Matt; followed by Kevin & Renae and Darryn & Lisa.
The crowd go wild, but one close up shot shows a woman very unenthusiastically applauding.
With that, we see a VERY extended recap/movie/feature film on the series that was. I’d recap this, but if you read my recaps of every episode before this, you should know what is going on.
With that, Tim begins to talk about all the changes each of the eliminated contestants have gone through since they were eliminated.
John has lost 5.1% BPF and 13cm off his waist. Ben has lost 5.4% BF and 3cm off his waist. He has submitted an application to the Police academy.
Christine has lost an additional 3.9% BF and 4.5cm off her waist. She is stunned. She comes out front and she looks amazing- probably the best looking one there.
Collectively, they have lost 3.6m from their waist (all 16 of them) and 302kg of fat.
Opinion point: Who, out of the eliminated contestants, looks the best?
After the break, we take a closer look at the orange team, Dipper & Lana. We see a recap of their time and what they were like before the series.
Lana, today, says she is more confident and feels it has been the perfect environment to learn about herself. Her mother, Marie, is a little emotional, loving how she has gotten confidence to come home and not worry about her family so much.
Ajay & Matt of the purple team are next to receive the same treatment. Ajay tells them thank you and Matt says it is like winning the health lottery.
The blue team, Kevin & Renae, are next. Renae says she has now learnt to relax and enjoy life while Kevin thinks he has given his kids a ‘healthier him’. Victoria, his girlfriend, has noticed so many changes.
After the break, it is time to see how the red team went. It’s a nice story that seems to touch everyone in the room. Lisa offers Darryn a tissue. Lisa saw the video and thought she was weak and down; compared to now, where she is up; with Darryn! Lisa says Darryn gave her love and determination and how to not let people push her around.
Darryn says it has always been about Lisa and thinks her journey has been extraordinary. Lisa then grabs a gift for Darryn. He opens the box to reveal a pair of rings by the look of it which has the word’s ‘love forever’ and ‘dickhead’ on them!
They then check in.
We review the scoreboard after the finale challenge. Ajay & Matt are on 21; Dipper & Lana are on 20; Darryn & Lisa are on 19 and Kevin & Renae are on 18! Wow, nice pattern there.
Kate reminds us of the scoring system again, before the orange team come up to check in. Tonight, they are talking about the change from week one to now.
Lana’s BFP was 47.9%. It is now…38.3%, a change of -9.6%. Her WC was 123.5cm. It is now…97.0cm, a change of -21.5%. Her FTS was 3.7. It is now…7.1. Her check in score is 38.2 overall. Dipper’s turn.
Dipper’s BFP was 33.3%. It is now…19.5%, a change of -13.8%. His WC was 126.0cm. It is now…103.0cm, a change of -18.3%. His FTS was 5.9. It is now…8.3. This gives him a score of 40.4. This gives them an overall combined score of, 98.6, which is now the score to beat.
Opinion point: Are you surprised by Dipper & Lana’s final score?
After the break, it is time for the blue team to check in. They need at least 80.7 points to beat the orange team.
Kevin’s BFP was 38.8%. It is now…28.8%, a change of -10.0%. His WC was 118.0cm. It is now…98.5cm, a change of -16.5%. His FTS was 4.8. It is now…8.1! This gives him 34.6 as a check in score. Renae now needs to get the other 46.1 points to win.
Renae’s BFP was 46.7%. It is now…36.1%, a change of -10.6%. Her WC was 113.0cm. It is now…88.0cm, a change of -22.1%. Her FTS was 2.8. it is now…7.8, giving her an overall score of 40.5, and gives the blue team an overall score of 93.1, and puts them behind the orange team, who are still in it to win it!
The next team to check in will be the red team. To beat the orange team, they need 79.7 points. Darryn’s BFP was 33.5%. It is now…23.9%, a change of -9.6%. His WC was 106.0cm. It is now…88.5cm, a change of -16.5%. His FTS was 6.4. It is now…8.0; giving him a score of 34.1. Darryn is feeling really happy about those results.
Lisa needs to score 45.6 points to get red the top position. Lisa’s BFP was 50.6%. It is now…38.0%. That’s a change of -12.6%. Her WC was 136.5cm. It is now…101.0cm, a change of -26.0%. Her FTS was 3.4. It is now…7.3! This gives her an overall score of 45.9, giving the red team a combined overall score of 99.0 points, putting them at the top, and knocking the orange team to second and the blue team to third.
Opinion point: Surprised by the blue and red team’s performance?
The purple team then step up to weigh in. They need to score 78.1 points to win the game. Matt’s BFP was 40.8%. It is now…27.1%, a change of -13.7%. His WC was 139.0cm. It is now…107cm, a change of -23.0%. His FTS was 3.1. It is now…6.8! This gives him a score of 43.5! He is so proud of himself, and so he should be.
Ajay’s BFP was 44.8%. It is now…36.8%, a change of -8.0%. She still needs 26.6 points to win. Her WC was 109.0cm. It is now…83.5cm, a change of -23.4%! Do the maths; she just needs 3.2 on her FTS. Her FTS was 3.9. It is now…6.9, declaring them the winners!
AJAY & MATT HAVE WON EXCESS BAGGAGE! Matt wins $50,000 and Ajay wins that for her charity. They win with over 102 points!
Their families come in to celebrate this win.
Kate then wraps the season up with a short monologue. A fitting end.
The finale was pretty much like any normal Excess Baggage episode. The challenge was well presented and a great reminder of the season that has been. There was a fair bit of recap, but the film of the best bits was really quite well done. Still, a tad too long and a tad too dry with those individual team videos.
The check in was suspenseful and finally, we saw all the results in full! God knows what would have happened if we didn’t.
And despite this show’s downfall, it was still quite an emotional end. Not the type of emotion you’d get with MasterChef; but it was still there, and they should be proud of that.
To the series itself, and while it hasn’t always been smooth sailing, it most certainly didn’t deserve the viewer drop off it got. Yes, production was inferior compared to the Biggest Loser. Yes, at times, check ins got confusing. Yes, it wasn’t ever going to be a smash hit.
But while all of these problems were very evident, to see it bow out with well under 100,000 viewers is very devastating.
But, with that, Nine’s first reality venture of the year has come to a close- time to bring on The Block!
This is the final episode of Excess Baggage Season One to air. Thank you to all my readers who have kept up to date with this show by reading my posts. I appreciate each and every one of you!
Production Values (visual and audio techniques, overall ‘bling’ of the show):4.6/5
‘Sell-out’ factor (Cross-promotion and product placement free?): 2/2
Entertainment Value (emotional feel, storyline, eventful?): 2.9/3
Courtney’s Verdict: 9.5/10
EXCESS BAGGAGE SEASON ONE OVERALL VERDICT
Production Values (visual and audio techniques, overall ‘bling’ of the show):4.4/5
‘Sell-out’ factor (Cross-promotion and product placement free?): 1.8/2
Entertainment Value (emotional feel, storyline, eventful?): 2.7/3
Courtney’s Verdict: 8.9/10