The Biggest Loser – Bunker Revealed
You know it’s going to be a dramatic episode when the programme guide promises “one of the contestants discovers the Trainer’s Bunker and gets to see some of the CCTV footage of what’s been going on in the kitchen”. Right? Right? “Sometimes I feel like saying Lord, I just don’t care…”
Simon’s choices this week are food, power and THE SECRET. Simon is stunned – this Secret thing is new! At all previous Walks it’s been the Mystery. Help me out here… those two things are essentially the same in this context, aren’t they? Anyway, he’s going to choose secret and will not so much discover the Trainers’ Bunker as be led straight to it, right? At least, somebody will. The card reads: “Choose one contestant to learn The Secret.”
We cut to team discussion and Lydia doesn’t want Simon to have the information. So was there a clause that said that The Secret had to be kept? This would be handy for the viewer to know right about now… Alex and Graham are confident Simon can handle the information. Lydia admits to wanting it for an advantage in the game, and tries to psych Simon out by hinting that it might make a win in the game seem less honourable. She and Simon fight it out the tried and tested way – via rock/paper/scissors – and Lydia wins.
Lydia meets with Hayley and acknowledges that Simon told her about power, responsibility and other stuff that we as viewers did not see. Shock! It’s the Bunker! Didn’t see that coming, did we? Lydia’s Bunker privileges will be revoked, along with consequences SO MASSIVE that Hayley can’t even articulate them, if she tells anyone about it. When she returns to her fellow-contestants it becomes clear that none of the others have a firm grasp on what the word “secret” actually means.
The trainers arrive and they are not wearing trackies today. Lydia says that she feels underdressed, which is weird, as Michelle is wearing a red tank top and ripped jeans. There will be a surprise cook-off. At least, it’s a surprise for the contestants – we saw it advertised yesterday. Kasey is disheartened as she doesn’t cook. The Old Dogs will face off against the Young Pups over a tasty three course meal of 1000 calories or fewer, prepared in 60 minutes.
Lydia is head chef for the Old Dogs and her team gets behind her ideas. She immediately segues into TV Chef mode, describing everything – everything – as “beautiful”. Michelle takes the lead for the Young Pups. Both teams feel that they have come in well under the 1000 calorie mark.
The judges like their meal from the Old Dogs, raving about the dessert in particular. Commando lets Michelle eat the oysters from the Young Pups and seems to check with her that it’s alright before he tucks in. Unsurprisingly, Commando likes muscles. Sorry, MUSSELS. Despite this, the Old Dogs win.
Contestants are asked to dress up and arrive at a food-free temptation. To even teams up, an Old Dog is asked to sit out and Lydia takes this option. The remaining contestants have to enter a sort of speed-dating competition where they need to demonstrate their confidence and charm to four strangers in 90 second interactions. The ring-ins then vote for their favourite. The team with the most votes gets a night out at the Bathers Pavilion and the individual with the highest score gets immunity. Alex interviews that he suspects Michelle will win, Kasey nominates Alex and Lisa stands by her man. Awww.
Michelle seems to do well for the Young Pups, and Graham is the only Old Dog who really seems uncomfortable. The Young Pups take out the win with 13 votes to the Old Dogs’ 11, which surprised me. The winner of immunity will be revealed… tomorrow. Along with a “surprise” Michelle-Hamish reunion.