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‘The Biggest Loser: Couples’ recap, episode 3

By Ginny

After last week’s tiny weight loss, can Roger Shultz of Enterprise and Trent Patterson drop enough to keep the Bama Slammers in the running on “The Biggest Loser”?

And what’s gum got to do with it?

500 tons or bust: This show starts with a long plug for the Million Pound Match-Up, challenging viewers to collectively lose 500 tons by the finale. I myself have lost 10 pounds since the premiere, but I have to save some for Jillian to beat off of me. Er, yeah.

Now acclimated to the world of brutal workouts and challenging nutrition choices, teams are playing to win. Sometimes, it’s hard to remember that nearly half a million bucks are up for grabs. Trying to balance smart game play with massive weight loss makes “Survivor” strategy look like Candy Land.

The challenge ties into the new focus on game play: a pecking order affair to oust teams by filling their trays with medicine balls. The grays align with black (brothers) and pink (mother/daughter) to gang up on other teams, and the grays win, securing immunity in this week’s weigh-in.

The Biggest Loser

Remember, Trent’s hug options were a cute, clean
daytime-TV star or a fat, muddy linebacker.

My favorite product placement of the season arrives when Bob tries to convince contestants to replace snacks with brand-name sugar-free gum, because you can’t eat and chew gum at the same time. (Next week, he’ll hand out pacifiers.)

Girls were girls and men were men: On the family drama front, Neill (white) continues his whiny slacker ways, while Bette-Sue (pink) is confronted by her daughter Ali about pretty much every mistake made in her upbringing. Because Bette-Sue seems sincerely contrite, I give her a pass this week, and focus all of my disdain onto Neill.

Also, a prolonged Baldwin-style fight erupts between the brothers (black) that bores me to tears. It does lead to a massive meta-fight: Teams yell at each other about game play, but it’s really just frustration from having so little control over who might be eliminated.

Frustrated fat people are cranky. You know what would help? Gum.

The Biggest Loser

Wonder Twin powers, activate!

The weigh-in: Our guys are sitting pretty with immunity, but still pull off a loss of 22 pounds, or 2.97 percent. As Trent drops below the 400-pound milestone for the first time in years, he dedicates his 13-pound loss to his wife on their anniversary.

Up for elimination are the purple team (best friends, fat camp counselors) and the white team (newlyweds), which includes big pansy Neill. I send him home with the power of my mind, as well as votes from all the other teams.

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

Previous: The health films from hell and the see-saw showdown.
Next: A twist pits one team against all the rest. Only gum can save them.


Ginny, pop culture and fashion maven, dares you to read her blog, whiskey. tango. foxtrot., at blog.myspace.com/whiskeytangofoxtrotblog.

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