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Weight and See: One is the whiniest number


‘The Biggest Loser: Couples’ recap, episode 7


The black team has been on a roll. Can anyone (the blue team) or anything (cripping childhood issues) stop it? It’s all head games on “The Biggest Loser,” where a single pound could decide the fate of our former Crimson Tiders, Roger Schulz of Enterprise and Trent Patterson.

Tell us your innermost desires, after the jump …

Mama’s housed: Dan’s not happy with his blue team cohorts, and the black team ain’t too happy either. After dumping Dan’s mom Jackie, Mark defends his decision to break his word to both.

Dan cries while confessing to the camera. Mama’s boy.

Roger ain’t too happy with the black team, confiding: “Play your black team game. Don’t get in our damn business. It’s none of your business who we kick off.”

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Roger begins the healing.

Trainer Bob offers support to Dan, who doesn’t trust his teammates. He’s alone in Shangri-La, the awkward name he gave to his shared bedroom with his mother.

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At least they had separate beds …

Dan calls a healing team meeting, ending with that cocky, hands-in “1-2-3-pride!” chant. Later, Mark confides that Dan’s next anyway. Hard to believe everyone hates Mark …

Lifts and separates: It’s the halfway point, so let’s make the contestants pull their weight. Literally.

The challenge involves two pairs from each team holding weight bags over water with ropes and pulleys. The pounds equal each pair’s total lost weight this season.

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Maybe the next challenge should be dismantling this thing.

The blue team fails miserably, as Roger and Jay slip, then Mark and Dan.

As the winner, the black team can grant immunity to a member of each team before weigh-in.

Bob ain’t happy with his blue team, having lost two events. Trent explains tearfully that money isn’t his motivation: “I want to get this off and keep it off. I want to be there for my son, my wife.”

Bob beams, confiding that Trent is in it for the right reasons.

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Trent needs a hug. On three … 1-2-3 hug!

Mommie dreariest: Maggie (blue) has her own crying jag while in the workout room. Trainer Jillian pulls her aside, where Maggie talks about her daddy issues and sums up, “Who wants a fat friend?”

Does Jillian make her run laps? Infinity pushups? No, she calls in a mystery guest. (Oh, please, please, please, let it be Supernanny.)

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Jillian’s mom has got it going on.
Jillian, can’t you see, you’re just not the trainer for me.

Jillian’s mom the psychotherapist arrives, apparently without a name. In her soft-spoken, reassuring sessions, she digs into their troubled psyches.

More crying ensues. Oy, they’re going to lose all those pounds through tears. Delicious, salty tears.

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The new HBO series, ‘In Treatment,’
starring Maggie, Kelly, Paul and Brittany.

Match the contestant with his underlying trauma:

A. Brittany 1. Endured regular beatings (called “sessions”) from father
B. Kelly 2. Because of mother’s delicate health, had to appease her
C. Paul 3. Never knew birth father who died young

Answer key: A-3, B-2, C-1. We forgot: D. Us. 4. Compulsive need to mock reality TV participants and/or wash hands.

The blue team skips therapy time, choosing a hike (“walk it out, instead of talk it out”). Trent powers through, despite his crippling childhood issues bum knee. Uh oh …

Fellas, denial ain’t just a river in 1-2-3 Egypt.

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The weigh-in: The black team thinks blue will win, as Maggie likens it to a dumb-jock clique. The blue team thinks blue will win, as Roger likens it to … a dumb-jock clique.

Earlier, Jillian randomly selected Maggie for immunity, while the blue team picked Jay (black).

Roger and Trent lose a combined 17 pounds, a remarkable feat at seven weeks, and Roger is the blues’ biggest loser.

Despite poor showings by Brittany and Maggie (3 pounds total), the black team wins another weigh-in by the slimmest of margins, 2.54 to 2.48 percent. If blue had lost just 1 more pound, it would’ve won.

Everyone is shocked! Bob storms out!

The blues discuss who to eliminate: Dan, Mark or Trent. But Trent volunteers, saying he’d like to get his knee fixed and continue getting in shape at home. He’s there for his family, not for the money.

And so, fellow Bama Slammer Roger casts the deciding vote against his football buddy, who has lost 87 pounds, more than any other contestant.

There is no ‘I’ in Trent.

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BSF … Bama Slammers Forever.

Back in Endicott, N.Y., 24 hours later, Trent smiles broadly, holding his newborn son Lincoln for the first time. The high school where he works greets him with a pep rally.

And so far, Trent Patterson has gone from 436 to 324, a total of 112 pounds.

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Do the contestants need more therapy or more gym time to conquer their size issues?

“The Biggest Loser: Couples” airs at 7 p.m. Tuesdays on NBC 13.

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Next: Ali sends everyone home.


  • BuddyTV talks with Trent: “Roger and I knew we were gonna be threats going into the competition” | plus an audio interview [MP3]
  • Trent picks the final three: Roger, Jay and Dan

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