The Biggest Loser – Old Dogs vs Young Pups
Fallout from Selena’s vote kicks the episode off with Hamish saying his goodbyes to Michelle. Shannan and Tiffiny are shocked to find out that Selena voted for Hamish. As Shannan leaves, he interviews “I’ve had enough, it’s game over, I’m out of here” as though he had a choice. Dude, you had no team left! Anyway, that’s been a tortuous opening segment – my recorder is at the 18 minute mark before we get into Hayley’s “welcome to a new week”.
Hayley has a couple of cute labradors with her as she welcomes the contestants – an “old dog” and a “young pup”. Teams are divided according to age:
- Alex, Lisa, Simon, Graham, Lydia
- Selena, Michelle, Kasey, Margie
Given that the teams are unevenly divided, surely it would have been fairer to put Lydia on the young pups team – they need somebody to offset the drag that is Selena. Michelle is excited to have Margie on board. Hayley advises “just like these dogs, you’re going to have to stay hardworking…” to the footage of the older lab lolling in the grass.
Commando and Michelle will train the old dogs and Simon anticipates a world of pain. Michelle thinks the added maturity will help them defeat the youngsters, who are surely additionally handicapped by having Selena on the group. Tiffiny assigns Margie to Selena as she recognises Margie’s work ethic. While they’re off running stairs, Tiffiny debriefs with Michelle and Kasey regarding Selena’s decision. The group comes back together and Selena, predictably, storms off once she’s had enough. Blah, blah, Selena-coddling ensues.
Contest – Brains, Endurance, Skill
Kasey takes on Lisa in the brains challenge for “the calorie is right”. Just like The Price is Right but ordering food by calorie-value. Given that the chosen team-member is allowed to confer with their team-mates, it’s hardly necessary to have chosen a representative at all. It’s difficult – nay, impossible – to make this challenge at all interesting, but what with ad breaks we are with it for what seems like ages. Eventually the Old Dogs win it.
For the endurance round, Michelle takes on Lydia. Who can do 100 sit-ups fastest? For some reason, the Old Dogs’ win in the previous round means they start off, which seems to be a disadvantage rather than a reward. Lydia gets through her 100 sit-ups in 2’42”. It’s impressive, but it’s not exactly riveting television. This contest was never going to three challenges – we should have been tipped off to that by all the unnecessary follow-up of Hamish’s elimination. Michelle completes the challenge in 4’05” and breaks down in tears.
Simon takes the walk for the Old Dogs. Margie interviews that she’s never trusted Simon and hopes that it won’t be too negative for her. What will happen? Who knows.