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Biggest Loser Families Recap: Alliances Prevail

There is always a point in the Biggest Loser where you are reminded repeatedly that this is a game with prize money involved. The show starts to seem like a character study to see what the possibility of winning $250,000 does to people rather than a weight-loss show. I know editing has a lot to do with it, but how many times did Vicky smirk right into the camera after brokering deals, stirring up tensions, and judging prizes not worth her effort.

Even while the gaming is on, both teams were treated to unorthodox workouts: a challenging ropes course for the black team and circus arts mixed with a dose of self-defense for the blue. This show really hammers home the power of physical metaphors, and watching Michelle and Renee, the last remaining parent/child team meet in the competition, meet each other halfway while balancing high above the ground was rather sweet.

The challenge, with the prize of a video from home was upgraded to a live video chat — almost as if to spite Vicky's lackluster attitude toward the reward, involved stability and concentration. "Take it one step at a time" was the mantra as the team walked circular balance beams placed over water that challenged balance as well as focus. Renee rose to the challenge finishing the last nine laps solo after Phil fell into the water. Before competing in the challenge, all the contestants were treated to a midpoint checkup with Dr. Huizenga and everyone was quite pleased with their results — all the contestants are considerably healthier after six weeks of lifestyle change.

To hear about the drama of the last workout, the weigh-in, and the player eliminated, just


Jillian seemed hellbent on making a black team member vomit. "If you are not throwing up you're not working hard enough" might just be my favorite quote of this episode, and of course this sentiment was uttered by Jillian, with a smile on her face! Bob was determined to load the leg-press machine with the maximum challenge for his team members. This left Phil to comment that he hadn't noises like that come out of his wife since childbirth, as Amy P. pressed 450 pounds with her legs. Unfortunately, Amy P.'s positive attitude and hard work did not pay off. After only losing two pounds, the alliance of Heba, Vicky, and Brady joined forces to vote Amy off the show. Aside from personal grudges, their theory is that with Amy P. gone, her husband on the black team would lose focus, making him vulnerable for elimination.

After all the subterfuge, I still have no idea who will win the game, but I do know now who I hope loses. To see how Amy P. is looking these days, check out this video.

Are you rooting for a player? If yes, tell me in the comments section below.

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hepsmom hepsmom 8 years
Heba is a total MAROON, as Bugs Bunny would say. I was cracking up the week that her husband had gone. She was such a maniupulative bi$@h during the food challenge. Colleen, Phil, and Amy are at the top of my list. Vicky is a sad little whiner.
jennybop jennybop 8 years
i too can't stand heba and vicky. i wish they were voted off together, next week.
anns anns 8 years
Vicky and Heba are too smug for their own good. Neither of them would be able to be the "at home winner" they don't work hard enough. I really hope they are out soon. I thought that Brady probably drank a lot of water before the weigh in too.
marygrace marygrace 8 years
I agree with you on this, Spectra. People watching at home who are trying to lose weight shouldn't think that you need to put yourself through (what appears to be) straight up pain and suffering in order to get healthy. But then again, this is a TV show. It wouldn't be very interesting if we watched the contestants walk for 30 minutes a day, nor would they be able to lose the (unhealthy) amount of weight so quickly.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Why is Jillian always so hell-bent on getting people to barf? Seriously, you can get a decent workout without throwing up. I can't remember a single time that I've vomited after a workout and I work out pretty hard. I think she just enjoys watching people suffer.
Jewels2080 Jewels2080 8 years
I can't stand Vicky. She was being soooo smug in the last episode.
sandy82 sandy82 8 years
You guys have to google for Vicky's myspace page. She blogged that she's getting hate mail from fans.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
i only caught the last hour last night, but what i did see annoyed the heck out of me wth Heba and Vicky. They have to be 2 of the most smug manipulative women i have seen on the show. they disgust me with their attitudes. Go black team!!
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
Vicky and Heba are disgusting people. Vicky is conniving, lazy, and manipulative. She is sick. Heba is very holier then thou and kind of stupid. Hello! Next week they are going to vote for you, idiot!
tuliprush tuliprush 8 years
I am definitely rooting for Colleen, Amy C. or Phil to win this game. The mother/daughter team winning (Renee/Michelle) wouldn't bother me either. But if Heba, Vicky or Brady win this game....then I will just cry. haha I shouldn't give this show as much power as I do, but I cannot stand those 3. Their actions are deplorable. Since the first episode, my sister and I both swore that the orange and brown team were the WORST, and we couldn't wait to see them go... Based on the preview for next week, I'm sure Brady will lose like 20 pounds, and will put the black team in the elimination room, and they will probably get rid of Phil...which makes me sad. Brady, Vicky and Heba all need to go.
EkaterinaBallerina EkaterinaBallerina 8 years
Another thing, if they are indeed manipulating the game, they need to be careful.'s TV Watch said that Bob might be catching on to it. He's already not happy with Vicky about how she acted regarding the challenge. I want to see him unleash some real anger on these two. And yes, water-loading is how you can throw weigh-ins. Neil did it two seasons ago and got caught (although his team was stupid enough to keep him around--he outlasted them until the black team got their retribution and sent him packing). Believe me, the trainers are not with them 24 hrs a day. There are ways work around them.
bethiesny bethiesny 8 years
They can throw the weigh-ins by water loading. I think a contestant does it at least once a season!
sandy82 sandy82 8 years
Just wondering how Brady could have thrown the weigh in. Does he have a choice to not work out? The trainers always seem to be breathing down their necks. Vicky pissed me off when she didn't care for the reward from the challenge. She didn't want to see her kids?
bethiesny bethiesny 8 years
I think that Brady definitely threw the weigh-in. The preview for next week said something about how one player loses more than the entire other team. Brady and Heba are the heaviest (I think? - maybe Phil, too), and the way Vicki was BEAMING when Brady got weighed in just screams manipulation and game play. I also found it hilarious that Vicky thinks she has a chance of being the at-home winner. She is the laziest person on the ranch, seems to give little effort compared to most of the other contestants, and has been whining since day one!
Astres Astres 8 years
Actually, it was the black team who did the ropes course and the blue team that did the circus and self-defense workouts.
EkaterinaBallerina EkaterinaBallerina 8 years
Heba is a moron for not voting out Brady or Vicky. What is she going to do next week if they are in elimination again and Amy C is gone? She'll be up agains the two of them! I was horrified that she fell for their stunt with the claims about Phil (so obviously a lie, if Phil had pleaded with Brady like that, the cameras would have caught it and it would have been aired). Someone at noticed that Vicky smirked the entire episode, even when Brady lost only 2 lbs. It lead them to believe that Brady had purposely thrown the weigh-in to solidify their power over the black team. After thinking about it, it's not that far-fetched. These people should not be rewarded for how they act. But what actually bothers me most about Vicky and Brady, and has been since the very first episode, is that they have a child fighting obesity. It's obvious they are only there to win the money--they don't seem to really care about getting healthy. Yet they have a child at home who is at risk for some serious health issues. What lessons are they teaching her by acting like this? Last night only solidified my belief that they might be the two most disgusting and dirty players to have been on this show.
sandy82 sandy82 8 years
I can't stand Heba and Vicky! It sucks that Amy always felt left out because of their alliance. If they wanted her out, they should have said it was because she wasn't losing much weight, not because of Phil. Heba is so catty! Who cares what Phil said? I hope she's out next.
ep24 ep24 8 years
amy should have reminded vicky & brady that w/ heba, they have only one vote going their way --- if they formed an alliance w/ her, they would have had her vote too once the teams "merge"...
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