'The Biggest Loser' recap: And it all comes down to one
White Team member Danni was operating solo for the second week in a row, but on the "Lead by Example" episode of "The Biggest Loser," the Red and Blue Teams also found their fates coming down to one person.
When the teams entered the gym, host Alison Sweeney was waiting to greet them with three giant dice covered with photos of the contestants from the first day they landed at the "Biggest Loser" ranch. The dice, they learned, would be used to determine which one of them would weigh in at the end of the week. Or rather, which one contestant's weight would be used to determine the week's winning and losing teams. The trainers, Bob and Dolvett, would roll the dice for their teams, and the face that landed on top would be the person whose week-five weight loss would determine the fate of his or her team.
For the White Team, Danni's it, so no dice necessary.
The contenders immediately realized this meant a lot of extra pressure on each of them for the week, as any one of them could end up being responsible for sending a teammate (or themselves) home.
That realization set off the week's first meltdown, as Blue Team member Gina started to cry, prompting trainer Bob to get annoyed with her again, and for the two of them to start jawing at each other.
Red Team's Jackson also had concerns, since his workouts haven't exactly been free of drama -- or vomit. He worried that he'd let his team down with the extra pressure weighing on him.
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Teen role models
The trainers did their weekly video check-in with teen contestants Biingo, Lindsay, and Sunny, and their jobs for the week also involved solo missions; they were challenged to take on the task of planning an activity that would help and inspire their fellow teens in some way.
For Sunny, that meant planning a fun workout circuit for her gym class, while Biingo started Biingo's Activity Club to encourage his friends to get involved with real-life physical sports instead of spending all their competitive energies on video games.
Meanwhile, Lindsay held a pep rally for kids who've been bullied, and got emotional when she shared her experiences with her schoolmates. The event ended on a high note for the teens, when pop star Cody Simpson showed up and shared that he had been bullied, too, and then sang for Lindsay and her friends.
It's OK if you don't know who Cody Simpson is, by the way. Just think of the first person whose poster you had plastered on your wall when you were 13, and you'll get it.
Walking the Plank
The week's challenge -- with a prize that promised all the contestants on the winning team would receive letters from loved ones at home -- was yet another solo mission. One person from each team (and, of course, Danni as the only member of the White Team) had to walk across a balance beam, pick up plates with a calorie count on each one, walk back across the plank, er, balance beam, and pair the calorie count with the correct food entrée.
Oh, and that walk across the balance beam? The contestants had to make the walk while two large, long padded pendulums swung back and forth, threatening -- and succeeding -- to knock the contestants off with each step they took.
After several times each of getting smacked off the beams, Gina, Jackson, and Danni figured out how to maneuver their way to and fro, but Danni yet again proved herself to be an incredibly strong competitor and paired all her calorie count plates with the corresponding dishes before Gina and Jackson, and earned herself a very sweet, supportive letter from her father.