'The Biggest Loser' recap: Jillian loses another team member (and her composure)
SPOILER ALERT: The recap for the "Get Moving" episode of "The Biggest Loser" contains contestant spoilers.
It was Night 2 of "The Biggest Loser" Season 14 premiere, and trainer Jillian Michaels has to be wondering if her decision to return to the series after a two-season hiatus was worth it.
Jillian lost one of her White Team members at the weigh-in during the premiere and watched another one quit before even weighing in. Night 2 of the season opener saw another White Team member wind up on the red line at the weigh-in.
Worst of all, it was Jillian's most motivated contestant.
Actually, worst of all is the preview for next week's episode, in which the voice-over teased that another White Team member -- there are only two left at this point -- will also quit the show.
Back to Night 2, which covered the second week of competition at "The Biggest Loser" compound. Nathan, a 25-year-old Colorado financial adviser, was sent home after a two-week total weight loss of 25 pounds.
Nathan, who was motivated to go on the show to get healthier before asking his girlfriend to marry him, hadn't made a great first impression on Jillian, getting kicked out of the gym in the premiere because he couldn't keep up with Jillian's treadmill workout.
But in Week 2, he revealed his gratitude to his tough trainer and even thanked her for her frank words. He told her that she helped him admit that he'd been using his weight (he started the show at 350 pounds) as an excuse to avoid making an effort to excel at anything in his life.
Jillian breaks down in tears
A newly motivated Nathan was the highlight of Jillian's Week 2 team. In fact, he was clearly working hard to reach his goals, while his two remaining teammates, Pam and Danni, struggled with the mental issues associated with their weight.
But at the weigh-in, Nathan's efforts netted him a modest five-pound weight loss -- that dreaded Week 2 plateau. With the lowest percentage of body weight lost among all three members of the losing White Team, Nathan was sent packing.
Jillian, the other trainers, and Nathan's fellow contestants were crushed to lose a competitor who had just begun to earnestly attack his health issues.
"When things were tough this week, I was thinking, 'You know what, I'm really excited to see Nate,'" a teary Jillian said. "He doesn't deserve" to go home.
"Day 1, you would have asked me how thankful I am to have Jillian. … I'm like, 'Man, she kicked me out of the gym,'" Nathan said after losing the weigh-in. "But it was a test to see how much I want to be here, and I passed that test. Throughout this process, she's told me a lot of things I needed to hear in my life that I've never been told."
Here is a good place to mention another of the few high points of the episode, before we move on to the many nuggets of harsh health news delivered to the contestants in Episode 2.
A quick postscript updated viewers on the progress Nathan has continued to make since leaving the show, and it's impressive: He has lost a total of 60 pounds, and he hopes to be down to 240 pounds by his wedding. The one he will definitely have, because -- drumroll -- he was shown buying a ring and proposing to his girlfriend, Maddy, who accepted.
The medical results are in