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Weight and See: The gong show


‘The Biggest Loser: Couples’ recap, episode 4

By Ginny

This week on “The Biggest Loser,” it’s one team vs. the rest. Which side do Enterprise’s Roger Shultz and teammate Trent Patterson fall on? Can the Bama Slammers survive this latest challenge?

More twists than an irradiated pretzel, after the jump …

The yellow menace: The ep begins right after last week’s twist announcement in the elimination room. Sami turns out to be Marlena’s child by Jack No. 3!

Actually, all contestants have an hour to choose the team they would like to eliminate. Teams vote mostly according to merit (purple/fat camp counselors), threat (black/brothers) or alliance (yellow/divorced couple).

Gray picks purple, following Roger’s motto, “Two below, you gotta go.” I think it’s also, “Three below, you gotta blow,” so it could have turned out much worse for the girls.

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Also … ‘Four below, you gotta ho.’

Paul and Kelly, team yellow, receive the most votes, but instead of elimination, the pair now compete against all other teams in the challenge and the weigh-in. Countless other rules and surprises make this incredibly difficult to explain further, but the most important thing is that it gives us a chance to see Paul (yellow) get all “Art of War” on everyone’s asses.

This includes wearing a costume, busting out sweet kung-fu moves and quoting Chinese philosophers. It also involves the producers’ culturally sensitive use of the sound effects board from “Survivor: China,” punctuating most of what Paul says and does with a resounding gong or swishy knife sound.

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Chow Yon-Fat, or Hong Kong Phony.

Walk on water: For the challenge, teams walk a balance beam over the pool and bring back 16 pegs. You know who would be good at this? A kung fu master.

Yellow wins handily, while Trent (gray) takes a dive, literally. Paul and Kelly win letters from home, which they strategically sacrifice to the other teams.

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Trent drops into the water near Coney Island;
we’ll see him in a month.

Among the letters, I’m shocked to see photos of Roger looking much heavier in the past than he has on this show.

This worries me: How much more he can lose?

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The weigh-in: Before, several teams conspire to add water weight, so that yellow can eliminate black from the big group. (It’s complicated, I know.)

The producers nix that with a last-minute twist (oy, with the twists): The team with the highest percentage weight loss this week wins immunity.

Although the grays drop 25 pounds (3.48 percent), they come in second, while the black juggernaut rolls on with a 4.64 percent loss.

Despite that, the water-logged contestants bring down the average enough to let yellow win. Because black has immunity, yellow sends pink (Bette-Sue and her daughter Ali) home. Gong!

I’m actually glad they’re splitting up — except for the funny orange team Jackie and Dan, I’m finding the teams to be less interesting than past contestants. Have you picked a fave yet?

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

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Next: Teams compete as individuals. From now on, we call them by first names, so study up.


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

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6 Yips for “Weight and See: The gong show”

  1. Dystopos
    Tuesday, January 29, 2008, 2:36 pm

    I think you’re going to have to dumb this down some more for me. Are they doing well or not?

  2. Ginny
    Tuesday, January 29, 2008, 5:21 pm

    Not ancient Greek-y enough? JK. Yes, they’re doing well — not the best, not the worst. They grays don’t get a ton of screen time as yet, because they’re not causing any drama.

  3. Wade
    Tuesday, January 29, 2008, 6:12 pm

    I’ll say this much — as long as they’re on the show, they’re doing well. Once they’re gone, oh well …

    “They bought their tickets, they knew what they were getting into. I say, let ’em crash.”

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