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The Biggest Loser

Episode 13.13 : Episode 13

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TV Info


Episode Premiere

March 27, 2012

Distributor

NBC

Genre

Reality

Show Period

2004 - now

Production Company

25/7 Productions

Cast and Crew



Main Cast

  • Alison Sweeney as Herself - Host
  • Bob Harper
  • Jillian Michaels as Herself - Trainer
  • Dolvett Quince
  • Kelly Fields
  • Mark Kruger
  • Roger Shultz
  • Hollie Self
  • Jay Kruger
  • J.D. Roth

Synopsis


After their amazing Hawaiian vacation, the contestants return to the ranch to find Alison standing in a field, surrounded by trucks and thousands of boxes of Newman's Own products. She explains that one in six Americans struggle with hunger and over 16 million kids don't have enough to eat. So The Biggest Loser has teamed up with Newman's Own and Feed America to do something about it. Alison reminds everyone that Newman's Own gives all its profits to charity, so today, the contestants are going to help. Each of them will load 150 boxes of food onto their truck. Half of the boxes weigh 15 pounds, and the other half weigh 20. The contestant who finishes first will win 30,749 pounds of food donated by Newman's Own to their local Feed America food bank. That's a pound of food for every pound ever lost on The Biggest Loser! Sometimes the best way to help yourself is to help others - and there's also a one-pound advantage at stake as well.

Since he can't do any weight-bearing exercise with the stress fracture in his right knee, Buddy sits out of the challenge with Alison. It's not long before the contestants are off and running, stacking one box at a time in their trucks. Kim and Megan quickly pull into the lead. Mark's in third place, but his strategy is to load the heavy boxes first at a steady pace, while Kim runs with her light boxes. Eventually, Mark overtakes Kim to win the challenge and a whole mess of free food for Magnolia, Texas. But there's one last surprise. If the contestants all finish loading their trucks, Newman's Own will donate a truckload of food to everyone's hometown Feed America. Mark asks if he can help, and everyone starts working together to finish loading the trucks.

The next day, Bob sits down with Megan to ask how she's feeling about her mom going home. Megan explains that she's feeling more focused. Now she doesn't have to worry about or answer to her mom; it's just "me, myself and I." Bob lays down a hard line: he doesn't buy it. Megan is 22 years old, and she has the lowest weight-loss percentage of anyone on the ranch. What's she doing when he's not around? Can't be much. Megan tearfully admits that when someone pushes her, she goes, but she knows she has a problem with self-motivation. She started gaining weight at 12 years old and knew what she was doing was unhealthy, but basically said to herself, "Why try?" She knows she's at bottom and always has been, and she knows she has to do something about her self-image. Having heard Megan keeps a video diary, Bob tells her he needs to see it. It's time for Megan to step up, do the hard work and realize she's worth it. She's got to fight for her life this week.

The excuse this week is "Exercise is boring," which Bob can't understand. He promises his three girls he's got a fun workout planned, and they're heading off the ranch. Later, Kim, Jeremy, Buddy and Mark are excited to meet Dolvett in Hollywood for a Zumba workout. They head into a room filled with people jumping up and down. Although everyone's feeling a little intimidated, and there are no instructions, it's not long before they get into it. Buddy resolves to Zumba "from the depths of his soul." Pretty soon, Buddy whips off his glasses and climbs up on stage with the instructor, and Jeremy almost kills himself laughing. At the end of the session, Dolvett asks for everyone's attention, calling out the contestants' starting weights and what they weigh now. It's cheers and applause all around. What an uplifting workout!

Bob decides to take Chris, Conda and Megan on the road for a bicycle-riding workout. He advises them to find something they like to do in life and turn it into a fitness routine. Cassandra takes a firm position in the rear and kvetches the whole time, cracking Bob up. Bob tells Megan that her mom is going to watch this episode and understand why she fell on her sword for her daughter last week. Megan admits that if this activity - riding a bike uphill fast - came up before the show, she would have turned around and walked back down the hill. Megan realizes this experience is a metaphor for taking on her own motivation. At the top of the hill, Bob takes a minute to appreciate how far the three women have come in three months.

Bob decides to take Chris, Conda and Megan on the road for a bicycle-riding workout. He advises them to find something they like to do in life and turn it into a fitness routine. Cassandra takes a firm position in the rear and kvetches the whole time, cracking Bob up. Bob tells Megan that her mom is going to watch this episode and understand why she fell on her sword for her daughter last week. Megan admits that if this activity - riding a bike uphill fast - came up before the show, she would have turned around and walked back down the hill. Megan realizes this experience is a metaphor for taking on her own motivation. At the top of the hill, Bob takes a minute to appreciate how far the three women have come in three months.

Later, the contestants are in the kitchen when they're surprised by a visit from Jared Fogle, the Subway Guy. Not only has Jared brought lunch and his famous giant pants, but he's got the tale of his weight-loss journey, for which he owes thanks to Subway. Afterwards, Alison gathers everyone in a grocery store to present this week's challenge. There's more than one excuse being tested this week, and now it's time to focus on "Eating right is boring." For today's cooking challenge, the contestants are going to have to come up with a recipe and find all the ingredients in just seven minutes. Then they'll have 20 minutes back at the ranch to prepare their dish. They'll be evaluated on taste, creativity and nutritional value by three surprise judges. The winner gets $1,000 for every pound lost on the scale this week. For Jeremy, who's not much of a cook, this challenge sucks, but Conda's planning on taking the money home.

Back at the ranch, Alison tells everyone they have 20 minutes to prepare their dishes. Kim, who's not much of a cook either, is preparing teriyaki beef on a Portobello mushroom. Jeremy's screwed. His plan was to make French toast, but he forgot the eggs! After the 20 minutes are up, Alison introduces Antone, Becky and Vinny from Season 12, the judges for the challenge. One by one, the contestants enter the dining room to present their dishes. Jeremy's up first with his Banana Surprise, which features pink stuff: strawberry jam mixed with low-fat cream cheese. He claims his mission in this challenge was not to embarrass himself - and he knows he totally failed. Megan's up next with pan-seared tilapia with mixed vegetables. Antone is thrilled to see a dish filled with lean and green, and Becky likes it too. After she leaves the room, Vinny points out that Megan's dish contains 854 milligrams of sodium.

Conda presents her cabbage stew, which everyone likes. Now she's confident the win is hers. Chris is embarrassed because her Broccoli-Stuffed Chicken Breast is undercooked. Of course, this is the first thing Antone notices. Chris acknowledges that she took a risk trying to cook the chicken in such a short period of time, but since The Biggest Loser isn't a cooking show, they should have given the contestants more cooking time. Antone hears this as an excuse. Mark presents his marinated grilled chicken dish to which he's added feta cheese, which none of the judges think is necessary. Buddy knew he was taking a risk using a teaspoon of real mayo in his dish, but he did it for the sake of flavor. Antone's not having it. Kim's up last with her low-sodium teriyaki filet on a Portobello mushroom. Lucky for her, she's used low-fat cheese.

Finally, the judges are ready to reveal the winner of the cooking challenge. Conda's feeling confident, but Becky announces first place is going to Kim. After it's all over, Alison declares that it's time to make fun of Jeremy, and then the judges move on to talk about the other contestants' dishes. Chris gets called out for offering an excuse by Antone, who wonders if making excuses extends to other areas of her journey on the ranch. Afterwards, Chris says Antone is off-base; she's embarrassed and very angry. Feeling attacked and anti-social after the challenge, Chris decides to go to the gym to workout, which is where Antone finds her. He's not sure what he's done, but he knows he offended her and wants to apologize.

Antone explains why he said what he said - he thought he might be cheating Chris if he noticed something amiss and didn't say anything. Feeling psychoanalyzed, Chris reminds Antone that he doesn't know her, and what he said set her back. Hearing another excuse, Antone explains that his intention was to help Chris see things from a different perspective. Feeling vulnerable, Chris wants to know what it is that people who just meet her are noticing about her. Antone reminds her that she's still on the ranch, and there's still plenty of time to get to the bottom of the situation. Dejected, Chris is convinced that not only are her days on the ranch numbered, but she's back to square one.

The next day, Bob dons his striped referee T-shirt to work out with Chris, Conda and Megan - but first, he wants to see Megan's video diary. Finally, Bob is convinced that this week, Megan is stepping up and doing the work. Dolvett meets Mark, Kim, Jeremy and Buddy in the gym, where he's set up a challenging obstacle course race for time. The youngest, Jeremy thinks he has it all sewn up - but did he forget how competitive Kim is? Kim wins by a mile. Afterwards, the remainder of her Last-Chance Workout is motivated by money. Meanwhile, Bob sounds like Dolvett usually does, screaming at his three women during their workout. He even threatens to cut off Megan's hair and kill her.

Bob pulls Chris aside to talk about what happened with Antone last night, and she breaks into tears. Bob knows Chris always used to live on the sidelines, and she's scared to death to return to that way of life. She tells him she's scared to go home, so he reminds her of everything she's done since she started on the show. Bob has given her an arsenal of tools, so when she's challenged in real life, she's going to win those challenges. She's going to do this, and there's no more being afraid.

Finally, it's time for the weigh-in. Since Kim has big money at stake, she's first on the scale - and she's $7,000 richer! Mark's up next, and he's not feeling confident, and is further shocked to lose absolutely nothing. Luckily, he has a one-pound advantage from his challenge win. Buddy needs to lose more than 11 pounds to stay above the yellow line, but he's only lost six, maybe because of having to pull back on his workouts because of his knee injury. Up next, Conda loses seven at which keeps her above the yellow line and on the ranch for another week. Jeremy needs to lose more than five pounds, and he squeaks by with six at Chris is safe with a four-pound loss, pushing Mark below the yellow line. She tells Alison she's going to use her remaining time to work on self-doubt. Megan needs to lose more than four pounds to stay safe, but four is what she's lost. Now Mark and Megan are below the yellow line.

Bob knows this four-pound loss is feeding the devil in Megan's head, telling her she's not good enough. But Megan now knows she can power through these situations - this is just the start, and she's got a lot of work to do; but she's going to get there. Kim is the week's Biggest Loser, so she's immune. Later, the final seven meet Alison in the elimination room. Jeremy is first to cast his vote for Megan; maybe she found her strength just a little too late. Conda cries while explaining how she cast her vote, and she's voted for Megan too. Telling Megan that she's like a daughter, Chris too votes for Megan, who says she's not going home with a heavy heart. She's ready to turn her life around!

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