Episode PremiereFebruary 10, 2009
Show Period2004 - now
Production Company25/7 Productions
Mike and Ron realized how lucky they were for the second week in a row after falling below the yellow line and watching Joelle and Carla go home. Both men wanted a sit down with Bob to figure out what they were doing wrong.
The teams met Alison outside for a "pop-challenge." Each player got up on a block and had to balance on one foot. The last person left balancing would win a 24-hour visit with a loved one. This was a challenge all the players desperately wanted to win.
Mandi desperately wanted a visit from her husband on the ranch. The other players could see her determination and Aubrey, Blaine, and Filipe all volunteered to eliminate themselves so Mandi would win. Mandy was incredibly thankful for the generosity.
Bob took a moment to talk to Mike and Ron about their weigh-ins. Bob already knew the Brown team was doing their workouts, but he also knew they weren't eating enough calories to make up for what they were expending.
Mandi was excited to tell Jillian about her husband's visit, but was surprised by her trainer's reaction. Jillian thought Mandi would lose focus on the game or start feeling guilty about being away from her family if her husband came to visit. Especially since her husband wasn't the most supportive when she first joined The Biggest Loser.
This week's challenge involved the teams and endurance. Each player and their partner had to hold a bar in the air. The winning team in the challenge would be granted immunity. Each team had their own strategy on how they would win.
After one hour of holding the bar, Alison made the challenge tougher by saying each player could only hold the bar with one arm. Filipe and Sione were the first to lose focus, dropping their bar. The players were also dealing with freezing weather.
The male teams were the first ones to drop their bars and be eliminated from the challenge. The women all found it amusing that they were proving to be the strongest sex when it came to endurance. At the two-hour mark, Alison instructed all the teams to use both arms to keep their bars up.
Kristin and Cathy won the challenge and they couldn't have been prouder. Shanon and Helen rushed to the Purple team to give them giant celebration hugs for their accomplishment.
Mandi was a bit nervous about what her husband's reaction would be to seeing her life on the ranch. As soon as she walked into her room, he greeted her with a big embrace. She described seeing him as a "dream come true." Rusty was able to understand why she was living on the ranch and was shocked by how great she looked.
Mandi loved being with her husband but was also missing her two boys. Just then, there was a knock on the door and when Mandi answered it, she found her two boys there. She was moved to tears by having her whole family on the ranch.
Mandi couldn't wait to show her family the hard part about living on the ranch. She introduced them to a healthy breakfast and then they hit the gym. After the workout, Rusty agreed that Mandi's time on the ranch must be super hard. The entire experience made Rusty appreciate how much work she was doing.
Bob concentrated hard on Mike during the last-chance workout. He pushed Mike to tears because he wanted to drive the importance of Ron staying on the ranch into his head. This was Ron's last-ditch effort in getting healthy and now the pressure was in Mike's hands to make sure that both men stayed on the ranch for another week.
Blaine and Dane fell below the yellow line and the teams had to decide which player they were going to send home. Blaine talked to the players and pleaded with them to send him home and keep Dane on the ranch, pointing out that he could be more successful from home than Dane. The teams were divided down the middle on who they should vote for.
In the end, the teams respected Blaine's wishes and voted him off the ranch. He told the players that he knew he was going to succeed at home because he was driven now to be better to his family and to himself. Dane was moved to tears at the thought of saying goodbye to his teammate.