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The Biggest Loser recap: Game Play

Tracey ticks off the rest of the players with her strategy on a double elimination night

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The Biggest Loser

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Bob Harper
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Last week the Losers were a team, defeating elimination together. Not anymore. After last week’s warm fuzzies, Ali started the episode with a jolt. ”This is a game,” she said, ”In life, as in this competition, your success comes down to choices.” (Theme alert!)

So, the Losers had to play a little game of ”Would you rather?” For the week, would you rather have Bob and Jillian, or a 2-pound weight advantage at the weigh-in? Almost everyone preferred the trainers. Said Liz, ”I didn’t get fat by pushing myself!”

Agent Orange, whose devious mastery of the game became briefly illuminated later in this episode, said, ”Who’s gonna jump at two? I don’t think anyone’s gonna jump.” (Clearly, he’s memorized every season of ”Loser”. Backwards.)

But then Tracey crossed the line. ”Why not step over that line to take that advantage?” she reasoned. Everyone else was horrified. Sean: ”I don’t want to say ‘What are you doing you crazy woman,’ but what are you doing you crazy woman?”

When the trainers heard about the challenge, Bob giggled and Jillian scoffed. Who would sell us out for two pounds? Tracey: ”I did.” The drums pounded. Jillian smiled grimly. Bob pouted. ”It’s kind of a slap in the face,” he said. Jillian: ”She’s given up Bob and I for two pounds. We’re, like, the best in the world.”

Bob sat Tracey down: ”Let’s talk about this fear that you’re coming from right now.” He guided Tracey into a deeper understanding of her panic instinct, which she explained with some hand-talking: ”Panic is right here, like, doo-doo-doo-doo.”

Second challenge! ”Tonight is your first temptation,” said Ali. ”Control your diet or control this game.” Tracey: ”Control? Who doesn’t want that?” The player who ate the most 100-calorie cupcakes would get to decide which person would represent each team at the weigh-in.

Rebecca: ”Damn you, sprinkles!” Sean: ”In my brain, I was like in the Bahamas sipping cupcakes. I wanted to rub cupcakes all over my body.” Liz smelled each cupcake like a viticulturalist, but didn’t give in. ”That would just put this huge target on our back,” she said. ”We don’t need to be controlling the game like that, it’s too soon.”

Tracey disagrees! For our benefit, she put on a little puppet theater explaining her mindset, in which her hands represented ”Patience” and ”Panic.” ”You’re being a little crazy. You need to stop and listen to patience,” said her left hand. But Tracey didn’t listen. She downed four cupcakes to Antoine’s two. Said Ali, ”You now have the power in this game.”

Agent Orange summed up the situation perceptively: ”She’s a loose cannon this week. And because she’s been so impulsive, I’m worried what decision she’s gonna make.” Rebecca was less delicate: ”She doesn’t even know what she’s doing when she does it.”

Jillian felt betrayed again. ”I think I’m going to run over there and throttle you with my bare hands.” Bob echoed her comments. ”I hate the game. I hate gameplayers. Gameplayers get fat again.”

NEXT: Getting on the scale