'The Biggest Loser' recap: When the trainers are away ….
SPOILER ALERT: The recap for the "Pay It Forward" episode of "The Biggest Loser" contains contestant spoilers.
While the contestants at the "Biggest Loser" ranch are still dealing with losing one of their competitors from last week's weigh-in, host Alison enters the house and drops another shocker on them: Three more people are leaving the ranch!
Yes, they were freaking out too, but only because they forgot about the rule of reality TV fake-outs. Yes, three more people were leaving the ranch: Dolvett, Jillian, and Bob, the "BL" trainers, who would be MIA for the week of ranch training while they went off for surprise home visits to this season's teen contestants.
The contestants were understandably concerned about how well they'd fare on their own, particularly Pam and Danni, the sole members of Jillian's White Team, and Jackson, the sweet Red Team member who's been working hard but has been plagued by illness and low weight-loss totals for the last couple of weeks.
The team members were supporting each other -- and being very vocal during their workouts -- but none of them felt prepared for the week's challenge: a 5K race, in which the winning team would split a $15,000 prize. Some complained of knee injuries, some said 5K was 4K more than they'd ever run before, and still others were dealing with blisters during the race.
But with Danni leading the pack, and even the slowest contenders determined to finish the race with a combination of walking and running, the 5K proved to be the collective group's most impressive physical effort of the season so far.
Danni won the race, Red Team Joe came in second, and White Team Pam came in third, meaning Danni and Pam got to split that $15,000 cash pot. Pam's earlier reaction to learning about the $15,000 prize: use of the phrase "Shut the front door," which we hereby ask be retired permanently, like "Gangnam Style" and anyone with the last name "Kardashian."
Everyone, in fact, finished, including Jackson, who finished in an especially inspiring sixth place after his lungs nearly gave out halfway through the race, requiring the assistance of Dr. H and an inhaler to clear his lungs and allow him to continue.
Kid playThe trainers are off to the teens' hometowns, and it has to be said yet again: These kids are so adorable. Bob surprises Biingo while the 13-year-old is at dinner with his family in Maryland, Jillian surprises 16-year-old Sunny while she's studying with her friends, and Dolvett pops into 13-year-old cutie Lindsay's school and surprises her by announcing himself via the school PA system.
The visits were planned not only to surprise and motivate the kiddies but also to give the trainers a chance to get to know the teens better and get to know a little more about what might be causing their weight issues.
Biingo, Bob learns, lost his home. His father's business was hard-hit by the recession, and his family had to give up their home and move into the basement of a family member. That meant a school-district change for Biingo and emotional trauma for his entire family, which Biingo dealt with by indulging in junk food.
Sunny, Jillian learns, uses food to deal with a stressful schedule she maintains because she's afraid of disappointing her parents. Her mom and dad want their only child to become a doctor, and Sunny, instead of taking the time to explore all her options and simply enjoy being a kid, packs her schedule with schoolwork and extracurricular activities so that she can get into a good school.