'The Biggest Loser' recap: The fountains of weigh-in
It's week five at the Biggest Loser ranch, and Danni is all alone. She's the only remaining member of trainer Jillian Michaels' decimated White Team, and Danni's bummed -- she misses teammate Pam and her support -- and she's worried -- her only support now is the tough Michaels, and Danni is concerned that she won't be able to keep up with Jillian's challenging workouts.
As for the rest of the contenders, when they return from their first workout of the week, they head to the kitchen, ravenous, and begin discussing what healthy vittles they're going to sink their teeth into. Problem: the kitchen has been cleaned out, with nothing left but condiments, coffee, and a note from host Alison Sweeney, telling everyone to meet her at the local supermarket.
And we have the week's first challenge: food shopping. After acknowledging that most people have to food shop within constraints -- time and money -- Ali tells the teams they will have 15 minutes and $70 per person to purchase their sustenance for the whole week.
That sparks comments about how challenging it is to buy healthy food on that budget -- as many contestants point out, junk food is usually cheaper than good fresh fruits and veggies -- and how some of the contestants' habits include living on fast food rather than shopping and cooking, all sentiments most people wishing to live a healthier lifestyle probably understand first hand.
But the teams pull together (save Danni, who's pulling a Jason Derulo … y'know, ridin' solo) and come in right at their budgets and returning to the ranch with carts full of tasty and healthy food.
Mission accomplished on that front, but Bob's still worried about his Blue Team. They have yet to lose a weigh-in, but to Bob, that only means they're setting themselves up to fall, and he feels it's necessary to point that out to them. They need to step it up a notch or 10, Bob says, or they're going to find themselves regretting it come weigh-in time.
And you're thinking this is foreshadowing a big meltdown by the Blue Team, right?
Updates, we got updates
Changing focus from those still at the ranch to those who left weeks ago, viewers are updated on the progress of the Season 14 contestants who left the show the first week.
There's Nikki, the White Team member who quit before the first weigh-in, setting in motion the White Team's dwindling numbers. Nikki's back home in California, and, as she promised she would when she left the show, she's motivated herself to pursue a healthier weight, dropping 50 pounds from her 280 pound starting weight.
And then there's TC, who was the first contestant eliminated in Season 14. TC began the competition a 376 pounds, lost 15 his first week on the ranch, and has lost an additional 65 at home. The newly confident Oregon man even admitted he looked fantastic in his "after" makeover photos.
The update segment also includes a quicker-than-usual check-in with the season's teen contestants, who share their immediate weight-loss motivations. For Lindsay, it's a chance to make the cheerleading squad at school. For Sunny, it's losing enough weight to have her choice of beautiful gowns to wear to her prom.