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Screw the Oscars, screw the leadership battle, THIS is the event of the day! This is the moment you have all been waiting for. Since launch day, we were told that someone would be kicked out of the camp for drinking alcohol. In a party we were previewed on Thursday, it became apparent that someone had brought booze into the compound with some contestants visibly drunk. Tonight, the perpetrator will be caught and thrown out in what can only be a dramatic episode! All WILL be revealed tonight. Who will it be?
Shannan is told that a party was held the night before. He heads straight for the bunker to find out what had gone on. He sees the contestants partying quite nicely. Then, Luke’s behaviour got worse and worse, and Shannan sees that he appears to be drunk- and losing control! He even slaps someone on the arse. He also swears quite frequently in an argument with someone, and Shannan thinks he has disrespected CBL and the blue team, as well as himself.
In the living room, the contestants talk about Luke being in lockdown. At the same time, Shannan arrives at the room where Luke is staying. Michelle feels he was out of control and Hamish feels he owes someone an apology for his actions. He feels he doesn’t know Luke at this stage.
In the room, Shannan discusses with Luke how important his actions are. Luke feels he went back to the old ‘alcoholism’ Luke, saying his drinking is a huge problem. Shannan says he crossed the line, his hands are tied, and someone has to leave.
Luke is in tears.
In the lounge, Shannan and Luke enter and gather the contestants. Shannan debriefs on the events of the night before Luke tearily apologizes for his actions. He then tells them that he now has to say goodbye, due to his mistakes. He is not eligible to win Biggest Loser 2012 OR the Biggest Loser eliminated contestant prize.
He then says his goodbyes and good lucks. All he can do now is hope he can make it to the goal weight he set for himself by finale.
With that, Shannan and Luke head to the door and with some sad parting words, Shannan says goodbye. It’s a tough way to go out. But he needs to earn back some respect, go home, and stay away from the grog. Shannan will still help him on the outside.
Opinion point: Did Luke deserve to go for his actions?
It is then all back on for training. Tiffiny enters her gym to find out how the challenge went. The team has to break it to her that they came last in the challenge and incurred a 4kg weight penalty. Tiffiny is distraught.
Kasey is in tears and Tiffiny comes over to wonder what was wrong. Kasey brings up Selena’s laziness, and looking at it, she really didn’t do much at all.
Selena shakes her head and Kasey has a go at her. Tiffiny stops the training session and Selena begins to unleash on Bek and Kasey.
She accuses them of bullying them but Bek insists they were encouraging her.
Opinion point: Are you on Selena’s side, or Bek and Kasey’s side?
After the break, we recap everything we just saw in that tense white team training session.
We get more recaps from Thursday’s episode. Bek is being really calm- almost mocking-like.
Tiffiny then gives all contestants a few minutes to vent. Selena says they have to remember that she has 30kg on them all but Kasey says that her and Bek have 30kg on Michelle but are still able to catch up.
Kasey storms out of the room, thinking that Selena is talking shit and saying they’ve done nothing but try to make her feel like part of the team.
Michelle thinks Selena can do a bit more and Selena also thinks she could have worked harder. Tiffiny is smiling, her martial arts will unify her team.
To the black team’s training session and there’s a massive tyre, a rowing machine, a wheelbarrow and four sandbags sitting in a small garden to the side of the compound. It’s training time, Commando style!
He wants to make sure that his team doesn’t fall below the yellow line this week. He is most concerned by Graham, who was in threat of being eliminated last week. It seems elimination is STILL ON this week!
Simon is pulling the wheelbarrow with the weight in it and he drops it. Graham goes to help him but is made to go on the rower- he needs to lose as much weight as possible.
The red team then head into their training session after winning the challenge. They play a joke with Michelle. They make it sound like they lost at first, but reveal that they in fact won the challenge. Lisa thinks this would make her train them easier this week, but she is wrong.
They have to get that one space above the yellow line.
They are annoyed that Hamish has eaten his way to immunity. It’s funny to hear Lydia say that out.
It’s an intense training session, but it should ensure their safety above the yellow line! We’ll see.
Back in the white team training session, Tiffiny is pushing them to their limit. She is trying to get rid of their frustrations for good. One spot lies above the yellow line for them. Tiffiny concentrates on Selena, making her get rid of all her frustrations with the group and everyone else. She cracks a wooden board in half!
She then proceeds to get the other teams to do the same. Gosh their screams are piercing. Tiffiny is proud of them, but will be as proud after weigh in?
Opinion point: Who SHOULD do the best in weigh in?
To the weigh in, and the white team are hoping Selena can pull a good number.
Hayley recaps the special week it has been- the immunities that were awarded throughout. She also recaps on Luke’s expulsion. Hamish is now the only blue member. He cannot fall below the yellow line though, as he has immunity.
It is again a three horse weigh in. Hayley reminds the white team about their penalty. Hopefully they’ve all done enough.
The weigh in begins with immune Hamish.
He weighed 132.8kg. He now weighs…127.0kg, a loss of 5.8kg- massive for someone who took a big temptation.
Again, we HAVE to probe Hamish about Michelle. There’s definitely something blossoming there.
Now, to the red team, and Margie is first. She weighed 136.3kg. She now weighs…129.7kg, a loss of 6.6kg!
Lisa is next. She weighed 91.1kg. She now weighs…85.7kg! That’s a loss of 4.4kg. She’s now in the 80’s!! That is amazing! Now it is time to probe her about Simon. Things are going well. She also feels her boys will be happy with her.
Up next is Lydia. She is immune. She weighed 122.3kg. She now weighs…115.7kg, a loss of 6.6kg! Her team’s total is now at 17.6kg, or 5.06%, now into first place. Can they stay there?
Next to weigh in is the white team with their 4kg penalty. They have to lose 27.5kg! Still quite achievable. Selena is first. She weighed 145.4kg. She now weighs…138.5kg, a loss of 6.9kg! She is over the moon with that.
She feels she is gaining confidence and feels she is more mature now. She wants to say a lot to her mother, like she is sorry for not telling her why her daughter was scared to go to school.
Selena then sends her a quick message down the barrel!
She steps down, and wonders if the girls can now put her up. Bek is surprised. Kasey is next. She weighed 115.9kg. She now weighs…111.4kg, a loss of 4.5kg, bringing her team’s weight loss to 11.4kg.
Next is Michelle. She weighed 93.8kg. She now weighs…91.3kg. That brings her team to 13.9kg. Yep, they’re under! Hayley wonders what will happen if she goes home and she says she will be devastated to leave Hamish behind.
Sorry, but that relationship will never last on the outside.
Last up is Bek. She weighed 111.0kg. She now weighs…107.1kg, a loss of 3.9kg, giving her team a loss of 17.8kg, or 13.8kg with the penalty.
They now sit on a weight loss percentage of 2.96%. They have fallen below the yellow line and will face elimination. They may be OK if the black team follows.
The black team must lose at least 23.6kg to stay safe. Margie is not confident with Graham on their team. Simon is first up, and he knows he has to lose 7kg.
He weighed 143.9kg. He now weighs…136.5kg, a loss of 7.4kg! He had beaten his goal by 400 grams.
Alex is next. He weighed 139.2kg. He now weighs…131.6kg, a loss of 7.6kg, bringing his team’s loss to 15kg. He has lost 30kg since day 1. He can’t wait to reach his goal.
He thinks they can reach their goal with Graham. He needs to lose 8.6kg. It’s a big one.
He weighed 184.7kg. He now weighs…177.9kg, a loss of 6.8kg, bringing their loss to 21.8kg, or a percentage of 4.66%, putting the black team below the yellow line yet again. The white team may still be safe yet if the red team have forgiven and forgotten Brenda’s elimination.
Alex thinks he hasn’t tries one hundred per cent, but thinks he is now believing his own lies.
Hamish and the red girls are safe for another week, but Alex is this week’s biggest loser! As long as he got that, he will be proud of himself. The black and white teams must now decide who to put up.
Bek is sure the white team has made their decision, but wonders how she can break the news to Selena. So she’s basically going to play Selena while keeping her own arse covered. Basically.
The black team thinks about doing lowest percentage. The white team is voting. Selena votes Bek, but Bek votes for Selena. How will the other two vote?
Well, it is elimination time. The red team and Hamish take their seats for elimination, and it is time to find out who is up for elimination. Not Selena, but Bek! Not good in a way for Bek- she’s the one who betrayed the red team! And guess who she is up against? Undefeatable Graham!
Opinion point: Are these two the most deserving to face elimination? Who would you have picked?
Lydia shakes her head, thinking she would see Selena there. Bek feels she was blindsided by the team. We then see the rest of the team’s votes. Michelle voted Bek, as did Kasey even. Bek wished that they would have been honest with her, considering they were thinking of voting off Selena.
I think it was Kasey who proposed voting unanimously for Selena first. But I could be wrong. Hayley asks if Selena heard that the team was going to vote for her and Bek confesses that she didn’t, but had she asked she would have honestly told her.
Coulda, woulda, SHOULDA!
Graham reveals that he is there because he had the lowest percentage. He feels he still needs to be there as he has a long way to go. He is scared of going home and failing himself and his family. He is quite emotional about this.
He has classed himself as a failure until this stage.
Bek pleas to keep her, but is very emotional in doing so.
The vote itself takes place tomorrow.
So the episode that we’ve been waiting for comes to a close. Overall, I think the expulsion was handled OK, but I don’t think they spent enough time on it. I would have preferred them to have explored the party a bit more, and if we were able to go a little bit more in depth with what was going on.
I also think that they could have spent a little more time on Luke’s departure, but other than that, wonderfully produced!
The rest of the episode, while masking the controversy, was definitely full of shocks, such as the white team’s disunity, and the weigh in. It proved to be must-watch television, and I think that when it comes to event television, The Biggest Loser has done itself proud.
The Biggest Loser Australia: Singles next airs Feb 28 at 7PM on TEN.
For more on Luke’s expulsion, read this.
Production Values (visual and audio techniques, overall ‘bling’ of the show):5/5
‘Sell-out’ factor (Cross-promotion and product placement free?): 2/2
Entertainment Value (emotional feel, storyline, eventful?): 2.9/3
Courtney’s Verdict: 9.9/10