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Biggest Loser Families Recap: Tears and Even More Tears

After watching a politically charged reality show, aka the second presidential debate, I was pleasantly surprised to see that Biggest Loser Families would run 60 minutes instead of two hours. After watching Jillian make almost every member on her team cry in the course of the hour, I was sorely disappointed to learn that the weigh-in will take place during a second "special" episode that airs tonight. The show is really mixing things up — keeping us on our toes or rather our couches, and I am not quite sure how I feel about that.

In this episode a couple of teams "cashed" in their prizes from the hill-climb challenge from the first episode. The red team, Amy and Philip, flew to South Carolina for a 24-hour visit with their three children. It was a heartwarming and tearful reunion. The entire family went on a hike to reinforce the lessons these parents have learned on the ranch.

Amy and Shellay, the mother-daughter purple team, decided to use their prize of 24 hours with their trainer Jillian. Instead of pampering the contestants, Jillian took the purple team to the gym for a workout, and was more than disappointed with mother Shellay's attitude and laziness. Their strength-training session ended in tears.

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The challenge involved a slowly draining large tank of water, a trapeze to stand on, and a handle to hold. The last contestant standing would win a care package from home, as well as a VIP three-day package for a vacation to Universal Studios in Hollywood. After talking with Bob about how to burn a lot of calories without running, Vicky from the brown team held on the longest and won the challenge even with her injured knees. She was able to pick another family to receive a care package from home and she chose the purple team, which came in second place. Watching the winners read letters from home and crying reminded me to drop my own mother a line.

Leading up to the last-chance workout, we were treated to Jillian trying to motivate her team to do their cardio homework. This motivational session ended in tears.

The weigh-in is tonight and I have no idea who will be going home, do you? Will you watch? How do you feel about the split episode? I found the show ending with no conclusion rather unsatisfying. I wanted some closure, not a cliffhanger. Share your thoughts in the comments section below.


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missyd missyd 8 years
GAWD I love Jillian. I just want her to scream at me and rip me to shreds! Make me angry! Then I'll work hard and thank her for it later LOL Is that wierd?
chocolatine chocolatine 8 years
That was classic Jillian! I can't believe these women didn't do their homework. Losing weight is their only focus while at the ranch, it's not like they have jobs to do or families to take care of. Jillian's outburst was the highlight of this (so far) dull season.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I'm with Renees3...I don't work well when people yell at me to "motivate" me. It just makes me bitchy and want to slack off, lol.
pixelhaze pixelhaze 8 years
Personally I think I would need to get yelled at, otherwise I would find any way to get out of it!!
kwikwit kwikwit 8 years
This season isn't good at all. I yelled, "Amen, sister!" when Jillian told the contestants she was ready for the next season to start.
bethiesny bethiesny 8 years
I thought it was pretty silly that Shellay and Amy ever assumed that "24 hours with your trainer" meant anything other than workout-related attention. I hope it was staged by the show, and they weren't really daft enough to think they'd be getting manis and pedis with Jill. Right now I'm routing for Colleen from the Yellow team to hang in there. I don't think there are many people that I feel like routing for so far this season.
javsmav javsmav 8 years
For some reason this show just makes me want to eat pizza and cookies. I don't find it motivating at all.
mtiger mtiger 8 years
I bought Jillian's workout DVD's and she's not too bad on them. I quit doing them though, because I can't hear her say the same things over and over, day after day.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
I could never handle someone like Jillian training me. I'm SO not motivated by being yelled at. That puts me in the wrong mood and I end up like "eff this". But even still, I could see why she's disapointed in her team not doing their homework. I mean that's why they're there. They need to put in the effort!
billypei billypei 8 years
I wasn't really aware Biggest Loser had started back up. I was really into the show. I need to start watching again. I'm not really going to read this full article in fear of spoilers. :) Billy
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