If you tuned into The Biggest Loser last night expecting the usual Watch the first hour, then fast forward through at least three-quarters of the second hour to alleviate the boredom that comes from watching the bloated weigh-ins routine, then you, my friend, were in luck. The Tuesday-to-Wednesday TWO-NIGHT EVENT turned out to be two one-hour shows instead of the four long hours of commercial breaks surrounded by slivers of show edited for as much drama as possible that I thought it would be. Hooray!
Since President Obama addressed Congress at 9 p.m., NBC chopped Loser in half and packed in so much actual conflict between 8 and 9 that I was surprised when the show ended so abruptly. Alie Sweeney, you killjoy! Take note, producers: the show would be a little less laborious if you included actual things happening instead of freeze-framing before every commercial break and repeating previous footage afterwards. Is the first hour always so action-packed, or did it just seem that way without the weigh-ins dragging the pace down? Either way, I’d like to thank Barack: this is some change I can get behind.
After Helen participated in the obligatory ”I lost my teammate and I’m sad without her/him!” opening, the teams made their way to the first challenge of the night. But unlike any previous stunt, this challenge had actual, devastating stakes for the teams that didn’t win. The couples were finally to be condensed into two trainer-fronted teams, and the fate of all but the first-place finishers would be decided by the flip of a coin. Surprisingly, that twist was revealed without even a single commercial-break tease. Skipping to the good stuff — keep it up, NBC.
For the challenge, the contestants had to complete 100 Biggest Loser up-downs, a variation on a traditional football exercise that involved lying on your stomach, then springing to your feet and tagging a Biggest Loser medallion, then lying back down and doing it 99 more times. No word on whether the standard exercise usually involves thick mud, or whether one of the producers has a secret mud fetish (see: last week’s mud wrestling scene).
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