Contestants are introduced to the ranch, trainers, and rules. The 12 contestants were separated into two teams, red and blue, and assigned their team trainer. They competed for a 5 lb advantage at weigh in.
22 November 2005
4 January 2006
11 September 2007
18 September 2007
25 September 2007
The teams are put to the test for the first time with a tempting food competition. Each contestant will need to decide whether it is worth it to participate when they are put in a room full of unhealthy food. They have four minutes to consume or not consume the most calories and the winner will receive a three-pound pass that will be used to their advantage at this week's weigh-in. In the physical challenge, contestants will participate in three different 100-meter heats against the yellow team formed by three kids. Host Alison Sweeney informs them that the winning team will receive a phone call home, making the stakes this week even higher. After the weigh-in one of the teams will have to send someone home.
2 October 2007
9 October 2007
16 October 2007
23 October 2007
30 October 2007
6 October 2007
13 November 2007
20 November 2007
27 November 2007
4 December 2007
11 December 2007
18 December 2007
1 January 2008
8 January 2008
15 January 2008
22 January 2008
29 January 2008
5 February 2008
12 February 2008
19 February 2008
26 February 2008
4 March 2008
11 March 2008
18 March 2008
25 March 2008
1 April 2008
8 April 2008
15 April 2008
16 September 2008
Husband-and-wife teams and parent-adult child teams compete in the must-see season premiere.
23 September 2008
Chef Rocco DiSpirito teaches contestants to make healthy, tasty and affordable meals.
30 September 2008
This week, the contestants take a road trip to one of the most beautiful places in the world - the Grand Canyon!
7 October 2008
Family teams face their toughest challenge yet.
8 October 2008
Surprising weigh-in forces one team to send a family member home.
14 October 2008
Contestants face longest challenge ever - from sun up to sundown.
21 October 2008
Contestants try unusual workouts -- and get six-week progress reports.
28 October 2008
One contestant breaks a record at weigh-in.
11 November 2008
A week of surprises - including the return of all the eliminated contestants - shakes things up for "The Biggest Losers".
18 November 2008
Contestants get a blast from the past 80's week.
25 November 2008
NFL Superstars Jerry Rice and Steve Young and Celebrity Chef Rocco DiSpirito guest star in the Thanksgiving episode.
2 December 2008
Tyra Banks and "Project Runway" winner Christian Siriano Guest Star -- It's one of the most eagerly-anticipated events of every "Biggest Loser" season - the makeover episode!
9 December 2008
Final four contestants reflect on their amazing weight loss journeys, and America votes to choose the third finalist!
16 December 2008
"Biggest Loser" revealed in Season Finale - In this must-see, exciting live finale, all of "The Biggest Loser" families from this season return for a special reunion and a chance to weigh in one last time - and show America how much weight they've all lost since beginning their weight-loss journeys.
23 December 2008
6 January 2009
Season 7 begins by introducing the players, who will compete in pairs. Grandparents, best friends and former plus-size models are among the twosomes. The group also boasts the oldest contestants and the heaviest contestant in the show's history.
13 January 2009
The players encounter temptation, forcing them to assess why they've come to the ranch.
20 January 2009
This week kicks off with a temptation that host Alison Sweeney tells the contestants will allow one player to reunite with their teammate at home and bring their trainer with them. But the reunion doesn't go exactly as planned when fireworks erupt between the two teammates after one player accuses the other of not doing all she can to stay on the ranch.
27 January 2009
It's Super Bowl week on the Biggest Loser ranch, and that means food, football and fun with two special guest stars - celebrity chef Curtis Stone and NFL MVP Kurt Warner.
3 February 2009
Now that the contestants' partners are back at the ranch, those who've been working out at home will weigh in and see how they have fared away from the ranch.
10 February 2009
One contestant wins a 24-hour visit from a loved one on the 100th episode of "The Biggest Loser".
17 February 2009
Contestants learn to work without the use of the gym.
24 February 2009
Contestants get a pop quiz on health and aging.
3 March 2009
Popular Chef Rocco DiSpirito Guest Stars - Celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito returns to the Biggest Loser to take the contestants to a restaurant, where he teaches them how to make healthier choices when eating out.
10 March 2009
A relay race at 24 Hour Fitness brings the winning team 24 hours of luxury.
17 March 2009
After the latest vote, Alison announced to all the remaining contestants that Mandi would not be the only person sent home that week. In fact, all the remaining contestants were being sent home to spend the time until the next weigh-in back in their home environment. To the contestants, being sent home is a mixed blessing: missing family and friends, they were looking forward to spending time with their loved ones, but on the other hand they are back to the old issues and temptations which were in part a cause of their original weight issues. The black team in particular is aware of this problem because of the indulgences they all partook at the resort spa the week before. After arriving home to family, friends and fanfare, the contestants found out that they would not be left totally to their own devices. They all were going to participate in an individual challenge of running a half marathon, the winner of the challenge - the person with the fastest time - receiving $10,000. There is one hitch. Each contestant is given 13 sugar cookies, each containing approximately 350 calories. For every cookie a contestant eats, he/she can add 5 minutes to any of the other contestant's time. Thus each contestant must weigh the benefit of adding to a competing contestant's run time against the negative of potential weight gain from eating the cookies.
24 March 2009
After the latest vote in which Cathy sacrificed herself to save both her daughter Kristin and teammate Aubrey and was thus sent home, Alison announced that there would be no more teams and that everyone was now working as an individual. Each contestant would also pick either Bob or Jillian as their trainer for the remainder of their time on the campus, an easy choice for some, a more difficult one for others. The week's challenge was in two parts, the actions of the contestants almost making one decide to pack it in and go home. The challenge - the winner of which would get immunity from elimination this week - allowed contestants to penalize others by adding as much weight as they have lost to date to any other contestant for part two of the challenge, the nature of which was not specified beforehand. When part two came along, the extra weight made some more resolved to win, while it made some feel defeated. The actual weigh-in was bittersweet for many in that milestones were achieved, but still resulted in low percentage of weight loss for the week, meaning they could be sent home on the upcoming vote.
31 March 2009
With Aubrey being sent home after the last weigh-in, the campus is less one person. Or is it? Three early season contestants - David, Estella and Nicole - are brought back, the person with highest percentage of weight loss since their very first weigh-in will stay and be immune from elimination this week if they do not gain any weight. This person's arrival scares many of the existing contestants due to the high amount of weight this person managed to lose while at home without the aid of a trainer. The second big surprise for all contestants is that Alison is not present for much of this week as she has just given birth. Fifth season's biggest loser, Ali, and sixth season's biggest loser, Michelle, are acting as guest hosts in Alison's absence. And a medical issue sends one contestant to the hospital which threatens their participation in the contest. When the week's challenge comes to pass, the contestants learn that their continued success in the quest for weight loss is all a matter of balance in life.
7 April 2009
Nicole's return to the ranch is short-lived as she is voted home in the latest weigh-in. However, bad blood surfaces between Sione/Filipe and Ron/Mike because of the last vote. All the contestants refocus when they are provided a game in temptation, which balances the potential for extreme weight gain against earning money against ultimate power for the week, that being the sole vote in this week's weigh-in. The contestants do not have to play if they do not want, but those that do ultimately have to face the wrath of Bob and Jillian. But thoughts go through all the contestants' minds that if one half of a remaining couple gets that sole vote, the other half will throw the weigh-in for the week as a longer term game strategy.
14 April 2009
When Sione is sent home after the latest weigh-in, Filipe and Kristin vow to work extra hard for Bob since no one from Jillian's team has been sent home in seven weeks. The reward challenge for the week tests the fear of heights for some. However, everyone this week will receive a reward of a wardrobe and hair make-over, all done for a movie premiere, but a movie that surprises the contestants in more ways than one. This reward is short-lived for one of the contestants whose serious injury may threaten his/her ability to continue with intense workouts until the injury heals.
21 April 2009
After the latest weigh-in, Laura is voted to be sent home in part because of the stress fracture in her hip, which made many believe she would be better off leaving to deal with her serious injury. With Laura's departure, Tara is feeling vulnerable, as are Mike and Ron as the only remaining pair. After a nutrition based reward challenge, Bob, who is surprised that they did not all get 100% on the quiz, wants to review critically the eating habits of those on his team. The primary challenge of the week tests the strength, balance and fear of heights of the contestants. The winner of the challenge has a difficult decision between a monetary reward versus an upper hand at this week's weigh-in. With only six contestants remaining, both Bob and Jillian push the contestants beyond their limits in the last chance work-out.
28 April 2009
Ron and Mike are able to orchestrate Kristin being voted off on the latest weigh-in, without Ron breaking his promise to Kristin and Kristin's mother, Cathy, that he would never write Kristin's name. Bob is angry with Ron for not being truthful to him about that decision. The one person feeling especially vulnerable after that vote is Filipe, who sees the other remaining contestants having a stronger bond with each other. Alison provides a retrospective to the remaining contestants of their early days on campus, the trainers who recreate their initial training sessions. The contestants in turn get a train the trainer session. The week's challenge is an uphill battle for all, with each carrying the weight of their accomplishments to date with them. Alison also provides a surprise to the contestants: not only will the person being voted off this week go home, but after the next weigh-in, all will go home to complete the remainder of the contest. The contestants have mixed emotions about their upcoming time at home.
5 May 2009
Filipe, who was voted off the campus after the last weigh-in, is not the only contestant going home. All contestants have now completed their time on campus and are sent home for thirty days before the next weigh-in. They are all apprehensive about their time at home and whether they can translate what they've learned on campus to real life. The final four contestants are all feeling stress without their trainers - who do show up at each of the contestant's home for some moral support and a training session - but also because they learn that they have one last seemingly impossible challenge: competing in a full marathon, albeit one with an added incentive for finishing. One contestant faces a medical issue prior to the race, and another faces them during the race. Prior to the weigh-in back on campus, the final four learn that the fate of the two that fall below the yellow line - the two who are up for elimination - will not be in the hands of the other contestants but rather a much larger group.
12 May 2009
Mike and Ron, below the yellow line on the latest weigh-in, learn who America voted for to proceed to the final three with Helen and Tara. Before season 7 is completed, season 8 already begins with two hopefuls, Amanda and Erinn, vying for the one remaining spot for next season's competition. The decision on who that person will be is made by popular vote by the American public during the airing of this live episode, voting based on part on how each does in a workout with Bob and Jillian. The results on the "Pound for Pound" Challenge is presented, this program which aims to tie weight-loss programs across the United States to food bank donations, with the amount of weight pledged and lost equaled by the weight of food donated. The nineteen non-finalist contestants weigh-in to see who has the highest percentage of weight loss to earn the $100,000 "at home" prize. The final three weigh-in last, to see who will take home the $250,000 grand prize. By happenstance, the three finalists do have the highest percentage of weight loss this season, the only three contestants to have lost more than half of their original weight.
15 September 2009
The sixteen contestants for season 8 are introduced. The theme for the season is having a second chance, which brings with it a lot of baggage for most, if not all, contestants. The second chance applies to the show with one contestant, back from a previous season, and has been allowed to continue with his weight loss journey. Before the contestants even have a chance to do a workout, weigh-in or meet the trainers, they are subjected to their first challenge, a 1-mile race, the winner to have immunity from elimination. As with previous seasons, all the contestants will be paired up, the winner of the race also having the choice of his/her partner. The race proves to be too much for two of the contestants. At the first official weigh-in, there are five people over 400 pounds apiece - the largest number ever for the show, and the heaviest single person ever on the show. At their first workout, the contestants learn that both Bob and Jillian will be jointly training them all. Each contestant goes through a medical evaluation, which is a wake up call for most. At the first elimination weigh-in, only fifteen contestants weigh-in, although all sixteen are still in the game.
22 September 2009
Immediately after Alexandra is the first person voted off campus, Alison tells the remaining contestants that every person will stay on campus for an extra week if they work together to lose a collective 150 pounds by the next weigh-in. If they don't, the reward turns into a punishment where two people will be voted off. Bob and Jillian know the contestants have an almost impossible task because of the historic curse of "week 2", but do their best to help the contestants realize the goal. The contestants place added pressure and stress on themselves and the other contestants, especially those who they feel are not working hard enough. Much of the animosity is directed toward Julio, who many felt should have been voted off the previous week. Celebrity chef Curtis Stone
also assists the contestants in learning about healthy eating. They better be paying attention as a reward challenge is based on his lecture, the reward being a collective 15 pound advantage at the weigh-in. The contestants face a second reward challenge as a team based on their collective ability to balance. Mid way through the week, Tracey returns to the campus after recuperating in the hospital from her collapse during the one mile race on day 1. She, still under medical supervision, has to be especially careful of balancing her food intake against her lessened physical exertion.
29 September 2009
Because the contestants met the challenge of losing a collective 150 pounds between them the previous week - even without needing the 35 extra pounds they "won" - no one was voted off campus last week. One contestant learns of a medical issue which may altar her training. Before the start of this week, Alison offers one team a weight advantage at the next weigh-in in exchange for no access to the trainers, that weight advantage starting at 2 pounds and going up by 2 pounds until one team decides to take it. The individual that ultimately makes the unilateral decision to take the weight advantage does not have the emotional support of their partner or of the trainers. Alison offers yet a second advantage, this one available to only one person. That person will decide which person from each team will represent the team in the next weigh-in. The winner of that advantage has to eat the most food placed in front of them, each person not being able to see the amount eaten by any of the others. The trainers once again chastise the person who ate the most food. The teams also face an immunity challenge, one of both strength and endurance. The teams are given the choice of heavier weights over longer distances or lighter weights over shorter distances. Irrespective of the challenge outcome, all teams race in the spirit it was intended. By the end of the week, one person becomes the target for all the others, regardless of if that person remains on campus after this week or not.
6 October 2009
After the last weigh-in, Sean and Antoine sacrificed themselves for Shay's sake and requested that they be voted off the campus, to which the other contestants complied. The actions by Tracey the last week were not well received by the others, which may make her a target. She also receives some news from Dr. Huizenga about her medical situation. The week long challenge the contestants face is no access to the kitchen, meaning that they have to order in all their meals. Bob and Jillian know that they have to make the workouts that much more difficult to compensate for the probable bad food the contestants are eating, but they also assist the contestants by taking them all out for one meal to teach them how to order. Also concerning food, the contestants have a reward challenge on making the smartest food choice among three different chicken meals. For immunity, they have a strength endurance test. The result breaks a mental barrier for one. After the weigh-in, the voting process is a highly emotional one.
13 October 2009
With Julio voted off campus after the latest weigh-in, all the remaining participants are now in paired off in their original pairs. Or are they? The first game, one purely of luck, offers the winner the power to rearrange the groupings. The participants will now be split into two teams - one training with Jillian, one training with Bob - with the winner of the game assigning who will train with who and who will be on which team. The game has some other possible windfalls, but also some large potential costs. The winner of the game is the one person who most of the other participants least wanted it, that person who makes some unpopular decisions. Some are unable to cope without the partner they've had since day one of being on campus. The reward challenge is one of each person figuratively and literally carrying their team, the winning team to get a video letter from home. Some on the winning team show their support for their former partners. When the deliberation for the vote off occurs after the weigh-in, the team has one person as the obvious choice, until another member decides to take one for the team.
20 October 2009
Following the last weigh-in when Coach Mo was voted off, the black team is surprised that Tracey was not the one voted off. She can see their reaction, by which she feels hurt. The first challenge of the week is digging for keys in the sand to unlock a treasure chest. All Alison tells them about the reward is that it will definitely determine who will stay on campus and who will go home. After the challenge, the teams find out that the reward is a double edged sword with a down side. Ultimately, the winning team has the ability to give the reward away to the losing team if they so choose. The team that ultimately gets the reward do appreciate the positives about it, but also find that the down side will be difficult to overcome, which may affect their next weigh-in.
27 October 2009
After the latest weigh-in when Dina was voted off the campus, the two teams are matched five black team members against five blue team members. As such, the next weigh-in will be an individual one-on-one battle, the team winning at least three of the five match-ups will win the week. The reward challenge - one of speed and agility - will allow the winning team to determine who will be matched up against whom at the weigh-in. The following challenge will provide both a reward - a Curtis Stone
cooked lunch - and a 2-pound advantage at the weigh-in to use as they see fit. The challenge itself is inspired by campus guest Derek Jeter
. During the workouts, Abby, Amanda and Shay speak openly and emotionally about their challenges and fears with Jillian. At the weigh-in, beyond the actual one against one match-ups, one contestant hits a milestone.
3 November 2009
After Abby is voted off campus following the latest weigh-in, the remaining nine contestants are no longer in teams, but are back to being individuals. They are also off to Washington, D.C. to make a difference in the public health of America. They are recruiting people to participate in a mass workout held by Bob and Jillian in front of the Washington Monument. The contestant who recruits the most people gets an advantage at the week's main challenge. That challenge is a four stage race, the bottom contestants who will be dropped from the race after each stage. The winner of the challenge will receive immunity at this week's weigh-in. Also during their stay in the national capital, the contestants meet with federal politicians to discuss the epidemic of obesity in the United States, and meet with White House chefs. Instead of heading back to campus, they hold this week's weigh-in in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
10 November 2009
Tensions rise when contestants learn from host Alison Sweeney that two players will be eliminated this week - so only six of the eight remaining players will still be in the game after the weigh-in. With the stakes so high, players are more determined than ever to stay above the yellow line. First, there's a tennis ball pop challenge that rewards the winner with an advantage at weigh-in. Then the contestants have to jump through hoops - literally - when they head to the circus for a lively challenge with the coveted prize of immunity for whoever wins. Later, contestants are led by trainer Bob Harper through a wild, trapeze-swinging last chance workout, only to return to the ranch and find trainer Jillian Michaels ready to put them through a second, grueling last chance workout. Then a dramatic weigh-in leads to heartbreaking eliminations as the contestants say goodbye to two more players.
17 November 2009
At the last weigh-in, Daniel fell below the red line and was immediately evicted from campus, and Shay was voted off, leaving six contestants. Those six are told that they are going to give a motivational speech to an eager crowd. But before they give their speech, they get a make-over to match their new slimmer bodies. Tabatha Coffey
provides them with new hair styles, and Tim Gunn
provides a general wardrobe and style makeover. Back with the contest, the contestants compete in a reward challenge in the spirit of making over. One contestant has an anxiety attack over the challenge. And because of the makeover, the contestants have missed a week's worth of workouts. So their last chance workout is an all day affair. Before that workout, Bob takes Allen aside to discuss some matters. And Jillian speaks to Rudy about a disclosure he made during his motivational speech.
24 November 2009
With Rebecca voted off campus after the last weigh-in, there are five contestants left in the running for the Biggest Loser. Amanda in particular is feeling vulnerable as she realizes that if she falls below the yellow line, she will be voted off. Regardless, this week will be the last week on campus for all five. They are visited by financial expert Suze Orman
who relays stories of the financial individual cost of obesity. With this information, the contestants are given a quiz while running on a treadmill, with wrong answers making their treadmill experience more difficult, and correct answers increasing their financial well being. As a reward challenge, the contestants are visited by NFL Hall of Famer Rod Woodson
. The contestants' football related challenge not only involves shedding the amount of weight they've lost thus far all over again, but has an added incentive of the winner being able to choose how to do some good for the youth of America. At the weigh-in, the contestants learn the winner of this week gets an extra reward - courtesy of celebrity chef Curtis Stone
- which will assist them during their time at home.
1 December 2009
Allen, the latest contestant voted off campus, is not the only contestant going home. The final four contestants are also going home to resume their weight loss while getting on with their regular day-to-day lives, including all the outside pressures involved. For some, they are returning to some problems that they left, while others are returning to what they see as a renewal of life. But some family members admit to the return being a difficult transition. Danny receives his reward for winning the latest weigh-in: chef Curtis Stone
teaching him and his family how to cook healthily. Each of the four contestants also receives a package from the trainers, including information on what their next challenge will be: to train for and run a full marathon. By the time their training is over, and they're at the start line, they are all feeling that they can accomplish this task. Alison tells them of a reward for the winner of the race. Along the course, the contestants are provided encouragement from some special guests. At the weigh-in, the eliminated player from the two that fall below the yellow line will not be voted off the show by their remaining fellow contestants, but rather by the American viewers.
8 December 2009
All of the contestants from this season return for a special reunion and a chance to weigh in one last time - and show America how much weight they've all lost since beginning their weight-loss journeys. There are four contestants left, but America has voted on the two that fell below the yellow line in last week's episode to choose who will be the third finalist in the game. After America's vote is revealed and the third finalist is announced, the eliminated player will then weigh in with the other 12 eliminated contestants to compete for the $100,000 "at home" prize. Then it's the moment viewers have been waiting for, when one of the three finalists will be named this season's "Biggest Loser."
5 January 2010
The twenty-two contestants - who arrive as teams of two - are introduced, three of whom are the heaviest three contestants ever on the show, and one team which weighs collectively close to half a ton. Their initial weigh-in is held in each's hometown in front of family, friends and other townsfolk. When they arrive on campus and enter the gym for the first time, the contestants are surprised to see it empty, except for twenty-two bicycles. Each team is to cycle collectively 26.2 miles, the equivalent of a marathon. The team to finish the distance first gets immunity from elimination, the bottom two teams who will be asked to leave the campus immediately. However Bob and Jillian are training together, and use the first workout to assess the fitness and personality of each of the contestants. At the first weigh-in, the contestants are weighed as a team. The team with the lowest percentage of weight loss falls below the yellow line. The remaining contestants vote which of the two on that team will be eliminated. At the weigh-in, two contestants set new weight loss records for the show.
12 January 2010
With two couples asked to leave following the bicycling challenge and James being voted off after the first weigh-in, seventeen contestants remain on campus. Jillian and Bob are still feeling out the contestants and try to get to their core issues. Everyone in the gym is feeling the pressure of what is known on the show as the week 2 curse of an extreme drop in weight loss following the first week high. Dr. Huizenga takes each couple aside to demonstrate to them in meaningful ways how their weight issues are negatively affecting their lives. The reward challenge is one of balance and speed, with the ultimate reward for the winner, and the ultimate penalty for the last place team. Extreme fear takes hold of one contestant, which Jillian later helps try and conquer. Going into the weigh-in, the contestants weigh-in as teams, one person from the team with the lowest percentage of weight loss who will be eliminated. Bob calls out one contestant to admit to games playmanship.
19 January 2010
During "student-teacher week," the contestants on each team assume the role of either teacher or student. "Teachers" get to continue working out with Bob and Jillian, but then have to teach what they've learned to their teammates or "students," who don't get to work out with the trainers. The "student'" on each team will be the only one whose weight counts at weigh-in. Acclaimed chef Curtis Stone teaches the contestants about portion control and helps them whip up a healthy chicken cacciatore dish.
26 January 2010
This week starts off with a high-stakes pop challenge in which contestants race for the prize of immunity - and the winning team also gets three envelopes to give to the teams of their choice with instructions that could have a dramatic impact at this week's weigh in. Also, tensions are high between the trainers and one team suspected of game play, and a lifting competition rewards the winning team with a prize that everyone wants.
2 February 2010
At the last weigh-in, Migdalia was voted off campus. The campus is not only down one contestant but two as one is sent to hospital temporarily on a medical issue. But two others ultimately return to campus as the at home challenge given to Victoria and Cherita and Sunshine and O'Neal, which the on-campus contestants did not know about, comes to an end and the four return to campus to weigh-in. Before doing so, they go through what Bob calls the Biggest Loser rite of passage: a last chance workout. The returning team is told that they will receive immunity for the week, but that they are also given ultimate power: the only vote at the week's all contestant weigh-in. During the week, Bob and Jillian each focus in on a few contestants to get to the bottom of their weight issues. The reward challenge is a Super Bowl week football related challenge, with the winning team receiving immunity at the week's weigh-in, the losing team getting a two-pound penalty.
9 February 2010
Having the lowest percentage of weight loss as a team and being a single member team, John, without deliberation, was sent home after the latest weigh-in. Koli is having doubts about himself being on campus, especially as John, who he feels is more deserving, is no longer there. The contestants learn that for this week, they will now be weighing in as individuals as opposed to teams, two contestants will be sent home (the one with the lowest percentage of weight loss, plus one of the next two who will be voted home), and in the spirit of the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympics that they will be training at the US Olympic Training Center much like Olympic athletes do. As a pop challenge, the contestants are required to 500 slides on a slide board (mimicking a speed skating maneuver), with a gold, silver and bronze medal awarded to the top three finishers. Those three get an advantage at the reward challenge, which is styled along the lines of a biathlon. The winner of the reward challenge gets immunity at this week's weigh-in. Because of the travel to and from the Olympic Center and the higher fat food available there, the contestants are all concerned about this week's weigh-in. Following the weigh-in, the two contestants below the yellow line receive a surprise.
2 March 2010
After the latest weigh-in, Melissa leaves the campus as the person who fell below the red line. Cheryl and Darrell, the two contestants who fell below the yellow line, complete their one-on-one challenge to see who goes home and who stays. Following, the remaining contestants, who were only last week told they were playing now as individuals, now learn that they will now be placed on teams, however not their original couple partnership, but a blue team trained by Bob, and a black team trained by Jillian. The winner of a temptation challenge has the power to select those teams, as well as select one undesignated person (which may be him/herself) to receive immunity for the week. The person with immunity will ultimately be on the team which loses a player at this week's weigh-in. Without knowing what the temptation challenge is, each contestant has to decide if they want to participate. After making the decision to play, those players have some regrets in that the temptations (consumption of high calorie foods) are not choices but necessary penalties of the game. The choices made by the winner of the challenge bother many of the other contestants, as well as Bob and Jillian. This week's reward challenge is one of strength and working together as a team. The winning team's rewards are letters from home. Before this week's weigh-in, the contestants have a reassessment by Dr. Huizenga.
9 March 2010
After the latest weigh-in, Miggy was voted off campus. O'Neal, replacing Miggy on the blue team, was afraid that SunShine was the contestant voted off. Starting from last week, the teams continue their David vs. Goliath mentality, the black team being David, the blue team being Michael-stacked Goliath which nonetheless lost the previous weigh-in. The contestants immediately learn their reward challenge for the week: pulling a 33,000 pound semi-trailer truck and putting together a puzzle at the finish line. The reward challenge is quickly dispensed of as, for the week, the contestants are moving back to something resembling real life. They will commute by bus to and from a job - volunteering for Feeding America at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank - working an eight hour shift each day. In addition, like real life, they must think about what they will eat during their work day, and the gym will only be open for certain hours, meaning that they only have a limited amount of time to work out before and/or after their job.
16 March 2010
This week, the blue team squares off against the black team in a food trivia pop challenge that will send the winning team via limo to a day of pampering and luxury while the losing team has to stay behind and clean up the kitchen and the gym! Then popular chef Curtis Stone stops by to help host Alison Sweeney judge a food cook-off challenge. Each team has 30 minutes to make an appetizer, entrée and dessert using only 12 ingredients, and the team who wins the taste test gets a big advantage at this week's weigh in. Then an emotional elimination round sends another player home.
23 March 2010
After the previous weigh-in, Sherry was voted off campus. The remaining contestants learn that Sherry is not the only one going home - all the contestants are going home for one week. Michael in particular is relishing this opportunity to visit with his ill grandmother. Waiting for each contestant at home are two boxes and a DVD on which Alison explains what they are to do with the boxes' contents. They involve in combination a reward challenge and a temptation. Beyond the challenge, the pressures of real life weigh-in on the minds of some more than others. Will those stresses translate into this week's weigh-in?
30 March 2010
With Lance voted off the last weigh-in, he is sent home. Or is he? All the contestants who have previously been voted off campus, with the exception of Migdalia who is dealing with a personal issue at home, are back, one of whom will be invited back on campus, that person to be chosen purely by vote of the on-campus contestants. The only rule is that one cannot vote for their own family member. After the invited player is named, Alison announces one last challenge for one of the off campus contestants to get back on campus. The challenge opens up old wounds between various players. Both returning players receive immunity for the week. All the contestants also learn that they are no longer in teams, but are now competing as individuals. The two returning players and being back to singles brings up issues in the contestants' minds.
6 April 2010
The competition heats up when the players learn that whoever loses 2% of their body weight first this week gets immunity. The catch is that only one person gets immunity and they only get one shot to weigh in whenever they think they've reached that goal. Later, the players head to the pool for a swimming challenge involving weights. After each contestant finishes the race, they are allowed to go back and help others finish, which proves very revealing about who the players want to stay in the game -- and who they don't.
13 April 2010
Melissa was voted off campus at the latest weigh-in. The remaining contestants learn this week about the value of money in relation to their weight. They have a pop challenge of balancing quarters on a tray, the last contestant standing to receive forty times the amount of money on their tray. The winner and runner-up of the challenge later learn of a bonus. The contestants are then visited by financial guru Suze Orman
, who teaches them about the connection between physical health and financial health. She also makes a prediction on who this year's winner will be based on financial information they provide her. Season eight winner, Danny Cahill
, provides a real life example to which the contestants can relate. The reward challenge for the week has the contestants racing to find one of the two keys among one hundred twenty keys that will start a brand new car. This challenge is made all the more difficult by mother nature. But the weather also provides an opportunity for an interesting workout. The trainers place much of their focus this week on Vicky, the relative newcomer who still has not figured out the reasons for her weight problems.
20 April 2010
Andrea was voted off campus at the last weigh-in. The power of the vote this week may fall to one person. In a temptation challenge, the contestants are forced to eat all their meals alone for one day in a room filled with both healthy foods, and unhealthy foods. The person who eats the most calories will have the only vote at this week's weigh-in, except if that person falls below the yellow line. In that case, the vote will occur as usual. Many contestants resist temptation, some fall to temptation without a thought of playing the game, while two in combination decide to play the game. The temptation challenge ends up being a motivator at the workouts for many. The reward challenge has each contestant building a vertical structure out of blocks, strong and sturdy enough to climb up on to reach a flag. The first person to get their flag wins a one pound advantage at the weigh-in, the last place finisher receiving a one pound disadvantage. This challenge brings up a fear of heights among some, and one has a more difficult obstacle to overcome by the end of the challenge. Before the weigh-in, the contestants receive a visit by Dr. Rob Huizenga
who provides them with an individual update, and they in turn take a visit to a fun place with a special guest who will take them through a different type of workout. Beyond the contest, one family receives devastating news from home.
27 April 2010
After Vicky is voted off campus following the latest weigh-in, the remaining contestants learn that they will be traveling to Dallas, Texas, one of the unhealthiest cities in the United States, to help the legions of unfit there start on the path to good health. They act as motivators for those participating in a five kilometer walk/run starting and ending at the Cotton Bowl. The contestants participate in a reward challenge apropos to being in Texas, the winner to receive immunity for the week. This challenge brings out the alliances that are forming between the remaining seven. Jillian helps out a former contestant in inspiring a group of teenagers. The last chance workout is less two contestants who head home to deal with a family issue, but they return to Dallas in time for the weigh-in at the American Airlines Center.
4 May 2010
SunShine is still adjusting to the fact of O'Neal no longer being on campus, he who was voted off after the latest weigh-in. That leaves Sam and Koli as the only remaining couple among the six contestants still on campus. Those six have made it to makeover week. Each is given $1,000 to shop for clothing. They get to share their new made-over self with some special people. With their special people, the six are treated to a private concert to cap off their makeover. They get back to the reality of campus when they compete in a reward challenge. They must climb a Jacobs Ladder suspended over a swimming pool. The first person into the pool will have a one pound penalty at the weigh-in, the last person remaining with a one pound advantage at the weigh-in. The second place finisher questions his/her motivations for giving up the challenge. The results of the challenge affect how Bob and Jillian conduct the last chance workout.
11 May 2010
With Sam being voted off campus at the latest weigh-in, he who is the first contestant ever to reach his goal weight while on campus, there are no original couples within the remaining five contestants. Koli and SunShine did not understand why Ashley and Daris voted for Sam. Koli and SunShine however were and are unaware that Ashley, Daris and Michael have an alliance. The contestants learn that an alliance this week will not matter as there is no yellow line, only a red line, the contestant who falls below that line going home this week. This reality adds a noticeable air of tension on campus. The reality of the process also profoundly affects one of the contestants. To relieve the stress, Bob takes the contestants on a field trip for them to meet a friend who ends up inspiring them. Two previous biggest losers, who have had different post-contest paths, return to campus to provide guidance to the remaining five. Based on an on-line vote, a shedding weight challenge from a previous season is resurrected. It is a cathartic experience for some of the competitors. The winner has a choice of one of two rewards. Before the weigh-in, each contestant reflects on his/her on-campus journey thus far.
18 May 2010
Sunshine, who fell below the red line at the last weigh-in, is not the only contestant going home this week. The final four contestants are all going home for thirty days before returning to campus to weigh-in to see which three will make it to the finale. While at home, each contestant weighs in in front of friends and family to show how much weight they have lost to date on campus. Some find being at home a challenge in and of itself, but some also find a few cathartic moments. The contestants quickly learn that they will have much work to do in those thirty days as they will be running a marathon at the end of their thirty days. Each finisher of the marathon will be given $10,000 to be donated to the charity of their choice. Two, who find the task daunting, decide to run the race together and finish together. During the race, each contestant is given some inspirational support. The contestants also learn that the two who fall below the yellow line will not have their fate resting in their competitors' hands, but rather that of home voters. Those two plead their case before voting begins.
25 May 2010
Daris and Koli, who fell below the yellow line at the last weigh-in, learn who America voted for to join Ashley and Michael in the final three. Three winners from previous seasons watch on from the audience. Another former contestant, Shaye, returns to complete her Subway challenge which started at last season's finale. After weighing-in, Shaye learns that her challenge is not yet complete. Jillian promotes her new show, "Losing It with Jillian"
(2010), on which she tries to complete in a week with home viewers what she has weeks to do on The Biggest Loser. Alison provides an update of the Pound for Pound Challenge. The contestants who did not make the final three are presented and weigh-in to see who will win the $100,000 at home challenge. The final three are then presented and weigh-in to see who will be named the winner of the grand prize $250,000 and this season's title of The Biggest Loser.
21 September 2010
Season 10 kicks off with a new theme of "paying it forward" and 21 contestant hopefuls vying for a spot at the ranch. With obesity now one of the leading causes of preventable death in the United States, "The Biggest Loser" wanted to broaden their reach this season, pay it forward and motivate communities - not just contestants - to get healthy. Trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels and host Alison Sweeney travel to seven cities in the premiere episode, with each trainer leading community fitness challenges like a one-mile race or a 500 step-up competition. In each of the seven cities - Detroit, Los Angeles, Portland, Atlanta, Phoenix, Oklahoma City and Boston - there will also be three contestant hopefuls competing in the challenges. The two candidates who complete their fitness challenge first win a spot at the ranch. Those who don't make it will get a chance to vie for a spot on the show in a later episode.
28 September 2010
The fourteen contestants learn that they will be joined on the ranch by two of the seven eliminated contestants, those two being "saved", one each by Bob and Jillian. They also learn that despite wearing a same colored t-shirt as the other contestant that made it through from their city, each of the sixteen contestants is competing as an individual. The sixteen go through their first workout with Bob and Jillian, and have their first assessment by Dr. Huizenga. Both processes are eye opening experiences, and not in good ways for most. Bob and Jillian also take the contestants into the kitchen to discuss their diet, past and future. Aaron, Brendan and Mark receive presents from home based on the discussions in the kitchen. Alison drops two bombshells on the contestants regarding their first weigh-in on the ranch: it will done earlier than they expected, and the yellow line will not be above the bottom two contestants but rather the bottom half of all the contestants. Although most contestants end up posting big weight loss numbers, the euphoria quickly turns to dismay for some as one by one a contestant falls below the yellow line. After the weigh-in, Alison tells those below the yellow line that six will be safe, one by decision, the other five in a race for their on-ranch life.
5 October 2010
With Allie being voted off the ranch at the last weigh-in, there are fifteen contestants remaining at the ranch. At that last weigh-in, seven of the eight women were below the yellow line, and as such Jillian feels the women have to get out of what she calls their "kum-ba-yah" mentality. That overwhelming atmosphere of bonding and friendship amongst all sixteen contestants has now disappeared with the first elimination, which makes them all truly realize that they are in a competition, however a competition in which two of the remaining fifteen express not wanting to participate, which raises the ire in the remaining thirteen and in Bob. Because of the twists demonstrated in the past week, the trainers are now treating every workout as a last chance workout as no one is aware when the weigh-in will happen. One of those workouts is provided by tennis player Anna Kournikova
. The contestants participate in an immunity reward challenge inspired by Anna's visit. That challenge piques the interest of most as it seems as if an alliance of three has formed. When the weigh-in does occur, the fourteen non-immune contestants learn that once again half, or seven in total, will fall below the yellow line, the biggest loser of the week will save one of the those seven, with the remaining six fighting for four spots via an elimination challenge where they must literally grab for the brass ring.
12 October 2010
With Tina voted off the ranch after the last weigh-in, there are fourteen remaining contestants, who learn that there will be two lines this week, a half group yellow line, and a one person red line, that person being the contestant with the lowest percentage of weight loss and who will immediately be leaving the ranch. These two lines mean that two people will be going home this week. This news makes the reward temptation challenge all the more important for those that either feel the need for the reward based on low percentage of weight loss in previous weeks, or want the perceived power. The reward is a one pound advantage coupon that grows by one pound each week that it is not used. As the temptation was cupcakes, chef Curtis Stone
teaches the contestants how to make low calorie cupcakes. The contestants are once again surprised by a mid-week weigh-in. After the weigh-in, Jillian takes aside one contestant who hasn't yet felt an emotional breakthrough despite having consistently good weight loss at the ranch. And Bob takes the below the yellow line contestants on a special outing, before four or five of the six of them compete in the elimination challenge (with one saved and one excluded for a medical issue, those two who could be the same person), where they have to roll out the carpet. Alison has one more surprise for the remaining twelve contestants after the vote.
19 October 2010
With Sophie being below the red line and Burgandy the person voted off of those below the yellow line after the last weigh-in, there are twelve contestants left on campus... or so those twelve believe. However, the five contestants who never made it onto the ranch arrive, with the one of those five with the highest percentage of weight loss coming onto campus to compete with the twelve. That person learns that he/she will wield much power as that person will also determine the newly formed teams: six on the black team who will train with Jillian, and six on the blue team who will train with Bob, with the final person, who will have immunity for the week, being allocated to the team who loses a contestant this week. That person makes a surprise decision which may be their downfall if the plotting on the ranch works the way those contestants determine. The game playing irks Bob and Jillian, who get wind of the plot. Beyond their first workout, their first team task is a reward challenge, where, as a team, they must race through downtown Los Angeles the fastest, with a different team member answering a food related question at each of six stops, with wrong answers resulting in that team member needing to complete a workout time penalty. The challenge ends with surprising and selfless results. This week's weigh-in ends up being an emotional one based on the thoughts of game play.
26 October 2010
Immediately following the latest weigh-in when Rick was voted off campus, Alison tells the remaining twelve contestants that at the next weigh-in, only one person's weight will count from each team, that person to be chosen by the opposing team at the weigh-in. This scenario places extra pressure on every single person as the potential one from their team whose weight will count. As such, both Bob and Jillian work their respective team harder than usual, with neither tolerating fits of "drama" as some contestants are apt to do when they don't want to work hard. Their pop challenge involves cooking with chefs Curtis Stone
and Lorena Garcia
, where three from each team will, with the assistance of one of the chefs, prepare a dish apiece for the remaining six to judge, with the team with the highest overall judged dishes winning a mysterious advantage at the upcoming team challenge. The catches are that the others won't know who cooked what, and neither Chef Curtis or Chef Lorena are allowed to touch the food during its preparation. When the teams learn of the team challenge, they understand the importance of the mysterious "10 second advantage" that Alison mentioned as the pop challenge reward, and learn the importance of the reward with relation to the week's weigh-in. Each team realizes that the obvious choices for the weigh-in are Elizabeth and Jessica based on historically being near the bottom of every weigh-in thus far. Will either team surprise by choosing someone else?
2 November 2010
Immediately following the latest weigh-in when Adam was voted off the ranch, the remaining eleven contestants learn that they will immediately leave for their new training site to work with their new trainers for the week: Camp Pendleton with the US Marine Corps. Upon arrival at camp, some are buoyed by the discipline they feel they require to achieve their weight loss goal, while others feel they can't handle the boot camp style of training. They learn that everything they do, part of the marine code, is to work as a team and never to leave one of their team behind. Their first task is to hike with full gear to their barracks. Their team challenge for the week is to complete an obstacle course as a team, each member having a thirty pound pack on their back, which they can redistribute amongst their team members as the team sees fit. The winning and losing team are only as strong as their weakest team member. The winning team's reward is telephone calls from home. Bob and Jillian resume their training roles for the last chance workout, but are concerned about what has happened during the week when they were not present. At the weigh-in, the last contestant to weigh in has an unusual prediction.
9 November 2010
After Anna is voted off the ranch at the latest weigh-in, the trainers are dismayed that it was collectively the worst weigh-in in the show's history with three of the contestants gaining weight. The remaining ten contestants learn that for the next week they will no longer be in two teams, but rather five teams of two, each pair who will weigh-in together. Two teams will fall below the yellow line, with one team being voted off the ranch. One of those ten will make the decision as to the pairings based on a temptation challenge where on a set menu, each contestant will secretly order an appetizer, a main course and a dessert apiece, with the person consuming the most calories winning the challenge. For the food to count toward the calorie count, the entire plate of food must be consumed. When the appetizers arrive, it becomes obvious who is playing the game. What may be more troubling is the one person not playing the game that decides to eat a decadent dessert just for the want of it. The winner of the challenge has an obvious game plan, which ends up creating two factions on the ranch. Because sugar plays such a big part in obesity, the contestants compete in a reward challenge to build a sugar cube tower five feet tall, transporting the sugar cubes from a pile to the construction site one cube at a time. The result of the temptation challenge brings out many emotions both amongst the contestants and the trainers. Bob and Jillian feel they have to address issues specifically with Aaron, Ada and Lisa. The trainers also focus much of the training regimen based on the pairings. The weigh-in continues to bring out those emotions, with Bob and Jillian contributing to the free for all argument. The vote is equally as emotional, especially between one of the contestants voted off and one of the people who voted for that team. In a post episode live segment, Bob visits the eliminated contestants at one of their homes to see how they are doing months after that emotional elimination.
16 November 2010
Bob vents his frustration out on those who voted Aaron and Jesse off campus after the latest weigh-in. The eight remaining contestants, now competing as individuals, are provided support in the form of video messages from home. One contestant, however, receives no such traditional support, but does receive one from a non-traditional source. Both Bob and Jillian focus much of their attention on Elizabeth, who they feel has not yet been able to stand on her own two feet at the ranch. Jillian gets her to complete a yet as of unfinished task. But they want all the contestants to step their training up a notch as their on-ranch journey gets closer to ending. The reward challenge for the week is a one foot balancing one while perched precariously over a pool of water, the winner to receive a one pound advantage at the weigh-in. The one pound becomes all the more important when the contestants learn what will be happening the following week if they remain on the ranch.
23 November 2010
With Jessica voted off the ranch after the latest weigh-in, the remaining seven contestants learn they are going into makeover week, which excites them not only because of the makeovers themselves, but because the week represents a milestone in the game. They also learn that their made over selves will be featured in People Magazine, and they will be walking the catwalk in support of Ford Warriors in Pink in fight of breast cancer. Their most exciting moment may be revealing their new selves to their family and friends. Ada continues to deal with the issue of lack of support from her family. Back to the game, the contestants' reward challenge for the week is to ascend the 300 foot long Angel's Flight funicular either by the train, which is worth one point, or by foot, which is worth five points. The first contestant to 100 points wins the challenge and a new car. The challenge has a surprise ending, and one contestant feels let down by not completing the race. Bob offers that contestant a symbolic completion of the challenge during the last chance workout. Leading into the weigh-in, the Brendan/Frado/Patrick alliance feels confident about their chances of making it to the finals.
30 November 2010
With Lisa voted off the ranch after the latest weigh-in, six contestants remain on the ranch in the running for this season's biggest loser, those six which include the alliance of Brendan, Frado and Patrick who see their collective chances of making final four good to excellent. Regardless, all will go home after this week, but two will be going home as non-finalists as Alison informs them there will be a red line and a yellow line at this week's weigh-in. This week's pop challenge, introduced by Alison and American Olympic gold medal gymnast Nastia Liukin
, is a progressive elimination one using five different pieces of exercise equipment, the winner to receive $10,000. In preparation to go home, Dr. Huizenga gives Frado a medical re-examination, he who was dealing with type II diabetes upon arrival at the ranch 3 months earlier. And Bob and Jillian speak to all the contestants collectively to gage their mindset. Ada seems to have the most issues in returning to a non-supportive home environment. The week's reward challenge is the traditional shedding the weight challenge, the winner's reward being a one pound advantage at the week's weigh-in and a $25,000 home gym. The emotional challenge of remembering what it was like to shed the weight may be as draining as the physical challenge. The results of the weigh-in and the vote between the two contestants below the yellow line end up being highly emotional affairs especially for the two eliminated.
7 December 2010
The final four contestants leave the ranch and transition back to life at home, showing off their new slimmer selves to family and friends and facing the temptations and challenges of everyday life. Six weeks later, they return to the ranch to run 26.2 miles, cheered on by loved ones. The winner breaks a "Biggest Loser" marathon record. Then a final weigh-in determines who the two definite finalists will be - and which two contestants fall below the dreaded yellow line, leaving America to vote which one will be the third finalist to compete for the grand prize of $250,000.
14 December 2010
In the live finale, all of the contestants from this season return for a special reunion and a chance to weigh in one last time - and show viewers how much weight they've all lost since beginning their weight-loss journeys. America has voted on the two that fell below the yellow line in last week's episode to choose who will be the third finalist in the game. After America's vote is revealed and the third finalist is announced, the eliminated player will then weigh in with the other 18 eliminated contestants to compete for the $100,000 "at home" prize. Then it's the moment viewers have been waiting for, when one of the three finalists will be named this season's "Biggest Loser."
4 January 2011
The contestants will compete in a challenge and then get to make a game-changing decision in the order in which they finished. Host Alison Sweeney will offer the eleven family and friend teams of two the unprecedented opportunity to choose whether to work out with trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels at the ranch - or work out at a secret location with two unknown trainers, whose identities will initially remain a mystery. If the contestants choose the new trainers, whom they know nothing about, they'll receive four weeks of immunity. If they choose to stay at the ranch and be trained by Bob and Jillian, they're at risk of going home after just one week.
11 January 2011
After the first elimination weigh-in, when Ana was eventually voted off the ranch, the remaining eleven contestants on the ranch learn that the ten contestants training off the ranch lost more weight by far with two fewer people, despite the fact that those ten had immunity and have immunity for another three weeks and thus mentally did not have to work as hard to remain in the game. As an incentive for this week, Alison tells the on-ranch contestants that if they lose more weight by percentage than their off-ranch compatriots, they will all have immunity for the week. Both groups have further incentive in that the group who wins the weigh-in will receive $10,000. The off-ranch contestants send their on-ranch colleagues a temptation challenge and more personal messages of their own. As Bob and Jillian train the on-ranch contestants, they dig deeper into the psyches of a few to uncover the reasons for their weight problems. Dr. Huizenga provides each of the contestants with a health and medical evaluation, which are among the worst he has ever seen of those people on the show. The team reward challenge has each group building a floating bridge over which all team members must cross, the winning team, that which crosses the fastest, being awarded a three pound advantage at the weigh-in. The on-ranch contestants face a minor setback when Jillian takes ill, leaving Bob to do double duty during the last chance workout. By the end of the week, Bob uses the David vs. Goliath analogy to compare the on-ranch to off-ranch contestants, but hopes for the same end result as the story.
18 January 2011
The "unknown trainers" are finally revealed, and both will share their personal stories that led them to "The Biggest Loser." Their contestants, "the unknowns," confront one player they feel isn't working hard enough, and later, "the unknowns" and the ranch contestants square off for a pop challenge. The winning player from each group will get a delicious healthy dinner prepared by Chef Curtis Stone, and compete for a coveted 2 lb. advantage at this week's weigh-in. Later, Dr. Huizenga gives "the unknowns" startling news about their health, and one player is surprised to learn they have the highest percentage of body fat in the group. Meanwhile, trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels single out a few of their contestants to find out what really led to their weight gain, and then the ranch contestants meet host Alison Sweeney for a water-carrying challenge that will give the winner the sole vote at this week's elimination. Later, a surprising weigh-in -- which results in shocking numbers for one team -- disappoints the trainers in a big way, leading to the elimination of one player they feel isn't ready to go home.
25 January 2011
There is much discussion among all on the ranch after the last weigh-in when both Dan and Don gained nine pounds, and Dan was eventually voted off the ranch. Although Don denies that he and Dan threw the weigh-in as a sign of "giving up", Bob and Jillian are certain he and Dan did. The on-ranch contestants participate in the ultimate temptation challenge in facing the specific foods that are their individual weaknesses. The winner of the challenge gets to choose the team that will train with Cara and Brett for the week off the ranch. That team finds the off campus training has some good and not so good elements. That team returns to the ranch for a reward challenge, which combines knowledge of their weakness foods once again and a test of strength. The rewards end up having an emotional effect on the winners.
1 February 2011
After four long weeks, the "unknowns" move to the ranch and are reunited with the other contestants, who get to meet the new trainers for the first time. Host Alison Sweeney explains that the ranch contestants will be safe this week if they collectively lose more than 48 pounds, but for the "unknowns," they will be facing their first elimination all season. And both teams only get to see their trainers once this week. The "unknowns" experience some surprises while settling into their new home, and a secret is revealed about how one contestant has lost so much weight. A challenge involving weights shows which team stacks up to be the best, and later, everyone weighs in and finds out whether one or two players will be going home.
8 February 2011
After the latest two weigh-ins, when Don (by choice by throwing the weigh-in) and Larialmy are voted off the ranch, the remaining contestants learn that they are officially split into two teams: the red team who have and will be trained by Cara and Brett, and the black team who have and will be trained by Bob and Jillian. However, those teams may have a few changes based on a Valentine's Day related chocolate temptation challenge. The winner of the challenge has the opportunity to trade up to two members from each team, with the winner even remaining anonymous. However, the ultimate winner of the challenge does decide to reveal him/herself and the reason for the decision made, which results in much discussion on both sides and among the trainers. The two teams also compete in a reward challenge, with six different phases of the challenge to be completed by different contestants chosen based on the theme of that phase. However, they are thrown a loop when those themes end up not being quite what they envisioned. The winning team receives video messages from home. At the post weigh-in vote, the decision becomes one of loyalty versus commitment.
15 February 2011
The two teams of contestants are all tied up this week - literally - in a rope challenge in which teamwork will determine which group of players will get to use the gym this week, and which team will have to be creative and find other places at the ranch to work out. One trainer moves into the house to try and get a contestant to open up, and later, one team wins the chance to block someone's weight on the scale at a wild physical and mental challenge that finds them pushing a train 800 feet while answering food fact questions along the way. Then one player reaches a milestone at the weigh-in before another contestant is eliminated and sent home.
22 February 2011
After the latest weigh-in, when Jay was voted off the ranch, Alison brings together all the contestants to tell them that for the next weigh-in, they will still weigh-in as teams where one person will be voted off, but that they will also weigh-in as individuals with the person with the lowest percentage of weight loss automatically leaving the ranch. That means that two people are leaving after the next weigh-in. As such, the trainers work the contestants especially hard this week. The black team ultimately discuss strategy to protect who they consider their most vulnerable team member, Arthur. The discussion ends up being a heated one. On the flip side, Brett and Cara focus their attention on Kaylee, the lightest person on the red team who is closest to reaching her goal weight and thus susceptible to lower percentage of weight loss. Brett and Cara take the red team off campus to work at a mixed-martial arts studio, where Rulon meets an old friend. The team challenge is a volleyball styled one, where the teams are hampered both by the size of the balls and the gear the team members must wear on their hands. The winning team gets a three pound advantage as a team at the weigh-in. At the weigh-in, obvious strategy comes into play which brings about tears from some, relief from others and cheers all around.
1 March 2011
The contestants are excited to hear from host Alison Sweeney that they will all be going home for two weeks. Each player returns home to emotional reunions with friends and family, after which they navigate the challenges of being back in their real lives, facing the same temptations that brought them to the ranch and realizing all of the things they are capable of doing now that they couldn't do before. When they come back to the ranch, they'll compete in a 5K challenge on a treadmill just as they did in the first episode of the season, but this time, they're going to run the 5K all by themselves. And just as before, each will pick who they want to train them - Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels or Cara Castronuova and Brett Hoebel-in the order in which they finish the challenge. Then a few contestants reach milestones at the weigh-in, after which another player is sent packing.
8 March 2011
Each team has to pick a team captain, who will have many responsibilities during the week, and only two players from each team can work out with a trainer. The teams first square off in a pop challenge involving 13 tiered cakes, and later, the contestants meet host Alison Sweeney at a mud pit where they have to make their way across the pit while balancing on a step - without touching the mud. Several contestants have heart-to-heart talks with their trainers, opening up more about the individual personal struggles they had before coming to the ranch, and later, another player is sent home following a weigh-in with some surprising weight loss numbers.
15 March 2011
Host Alison Sweeney tells the remaining 12 contestants that they will all be on one team this week - the blue team - and they will all have immunity if they beat their weight loss from the previous week. But first, there's a pop challenge in which they have to prepare delicious, healthy, low-calorie meals in under 30 minutes. Chefs Curtis Stone and Lorena Garcia will decide who prepares the best dish, with the winner getting a coveted prize. Later the blue team meets at a rock quarry where they'll have to uncover a buried rope attached to signs with trivia questions. If they answer the questions incorrectly, they will be led in the wrong direction, something all the players want to avoid since the winners get a huge advantage at this week's weigh-in. Later, Dr. Huizenga drops by with impressive medical updates, including the news that one contestant has already reached their goal weight. Then it's time for the weigh-in, when players found out if they all get to stay at the ranch another week - or if they'll be sending one contestant home.
22 March 2011
At the last weigh-in, the contestants in combination didn't meet the weight-loss target, meaning that they had to vote one contestant off the ranch, that being Marci. The remaining contestants learn that they will be split into four teams, each team under a different trainer: Bob's blue team, Jillian's black team, Cara's green team and Brett's red team. The teams are chosen by lot. With eleven contestants, there will be three contestants per team with one team consisting of only two players, or... The two contestant team learn that they will have the opportunity to choose any eliminated contestant to bring back to fill that team's complement of three. For their first workout, Bob takes the blue to his spin class at Crunch Gym. Jillian takes the black team to her Malibu beach house to work out on the beach. Brett takes the red team on a mountaintop hike to get them back to a zen mentality about their journey. And Cara takes the green team to the Trinity Boxing Club. The team challenge has each team holding onto the amount of weight they have lost for as long as possible, with the winning team receiving video chats with loved ones. The contestants learn that the members of the team losing the weigh-in will not vote to send one of their team members home, but rather members of the other teams will vote which of the two contestants up for elimination will be leaving the ranch. The weigh-in and vote are emotional, especially as one contestant's plan did not come to fruition.