This week’s episode of “The Biggest Loser” has a theme: cutting the junk. The blue team, who comes in last in a childhood obesity trivia bowl is forced to spend 4 1/2 hours per day — the amount of time the average American child spends watching TV — trapped in a room full of junk food and video games.
Trainer Bob Harper is thrilled to find his team didn’t give in to the junk, but is disappointed to see they didn’t come up with a way to burn calories inside the room. So for their last chance workout, Bob puts the team through a cross-training regime full of squats and burpees inside the junk room.
At the weigh-in, we find out for the first time this season, there is no red line elimination. That means the team with the lowest percentage of weight loss will be forced to vote off a member of their team.
Pam is worried when she learns the white team will be weighed last, as she feels she might be on the chopping block. Since the white team only has two contestants remaining, the person with the lowest percentage of weight loss on their team, should they lose, would be automatically eliminated.
The weigh-in is intense, as usual, but the blue team kills it — with Michael, who started out the season at 444 pounds, finally dropping below 400 and landing at 396.
The red team has a devastating time at the scale, with three of its members losing only two pounds each. With such a disappointing turn out, the white team will only have to lose seven pounds to be safe. Jenni steps up to the scale and we find she’s lost six pounds. Now it’s all up to Pam. With one contestant losing zero pounds last week, it’s certainly not out of the question that Pam might not make the cut. Particularly since she and trainer Jillian Michaels butted heads so hard during the workouts.
In the most GIF-worthy moment in “Biggest Loser” history, Pam learns she lost nine pounds and decides to do a little dance — wait, a big dance. She gyrates and sings, and gyrates some more, pumping her pelvis in her sports bra and spandex, and singing, “How ya like me now,” to Jillian. “I did it, I did it … I lost nine pounds. Nine pounds, nine pounds.”
Gillian tells Pam she no longer wants to hear her give excuses because she’s seen now what she can do. Bam!
This means the red team is the losing team, and its members must choose someone to send home from the ranch. Joe is safe because he lost the highest percentage of weight at nine pounds. Cate and Jackson are both devastated, knowing they couldn’t help their team overcome, and may be going home.
Cate can’t bear to vote any of her team members off, and so she chooses with her eye closed. But alas, her teammates have no problem voting her off, as they believe she, most of all, is capable of accomplishing her goals at home.
“Being here for these three weeks has taught me that being healthy isn’t a chore; its a gift,” Cate says. “And I don’t think that I can do this at home, I know that I can.”
And boy, has she. Cate started the show at 237 pounds, and we see by visiting her at home she’s dropped down to 196. She’s now training for a marathon, and trainer Dolvett Quince has promised to meet her at the finish line. Teammate Lisa also makes this promise to Cate, even though hers was the deciding vote to send Cate packing.
Cate has kept up her positive spirit at home too. She’s particularly proud of having eliminated “Fat Tuesdays” from her routine. She used to pick up fast food after her workout every Tuesday. “Fat Tuesdays have turned into fit tuesdays,” says Cate. “So that means goodbye drive-thru, and hello protein shake and apple.”
Next week on “The Biggest Loser,” one of the child participants will have an intense confrontation with family members, and three contestants will be sent home. Uh oh …