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The Biggest Loser recap: Change Comes From Within

Suze Orman helps the contestants pinch pennies — and inches

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Mitchell Haaseth/NBC

The Biggest Loser

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Bob Harper
Reality TV

Is it makeover time yet? Because, frankly, my dear friends, I got a bit tired of Biggest Loser this week. (Quel scandale!) I know going into each episode that I’m about to watch a show that’s essentially a carbon copy of the one that ran the week before. But, for some reason, this week, I was expecting something more. (That is the definition of insanity, isn’t it?) Maybe I expected to see a new guest in the house. Maybe I was hoping the workout sessions wouldn’t go something like: Jillian works out contestant X, contestant X is failing during work out, Jillian perches on contestant X’s treadmill, Jillian makes contestant X collapse in tears, contestant X suddenly has confidence. Or maybe I was just hoping that neither Sunshine nor O’Neal would cry.

But I shouldn’t have had such hopes, since I knew somewhere inside my being that they would be dashed. Of course, I could be holding a grudge because this week’s episode focused on one of my least favorite topics: money.

Maybe it’s because I don’t have any, or because it gives me nightmares about that C I got in economics in college, but I don’t really care to watch folks chat about money. In fact, if I’m going to see Suze Orman, I want to see her take down some poor soul who wants to buy a castle and glitter unicorn while being hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt. Not lightly rib our contestants for not managing their money well.

Yet, as dull as the financial guru’s visit was, it still was more interesting than the first challenge of the episode, which was, fittingly, about ”change.” Literal change. Ali — dressed like Fifth-Grade Teacher Barbie — told the cast members they would have to balance as many quarters as they could on a tray. The person who could hold their tray up longest would win $10 for every quarter on their tray. It’s the type of challenge that would fit a waitress working at a restaurant for piggy banks but is ultimately boring to watch. I would have much preferred if they had the contestants try to catch blowing change in one of those carnival money booths. Jillian would sure watch with pleasure.

Either way, Daris had problems five minutes into the challenge, dropping out first. O’Neal wasn’t far behind him, dropping his tray after Ali asked, ”Can he keep it up?” (That’s what she said.) It came down to Sunshine versus Mike, who told our host, ”I’m hoping I can just keep it up.” (Again, what she said.) And after 55 minutes, it was Sunshine who dropped her tray, and immediately collapsed into a ball of tears in a scene I’m hoping makes it into her audition tape for the Terms of Endearment sequel. Anyone else think that was a tad overdramatic? That sort of crying should be reserved for the loss of a relative, or when the black and white cookie you’re carrying falls on the concrete in front of Ace Bar when you’re steps away from your front door after excitedly walking home with your dessert. Not for losing a few hundred dollars that wasn’t even yours to begin with.

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