'The Biggest Loser' recap: The Five Percent Solution

biggest-loser-sami-dolvett-bob.jpgWe enter post-elimination, where Sami calls both the Black and Red Teams together to drop some knowledge. People are going home! For a whopping 18 days! They can now face all of the well-documented excuses for fattening it up and triumph or perish accordingly. Speaking of excuses, I have one to add to the list: "It's Girl Scout Cookie season!" I am eating Samoas right now, no lie. In any case, people seem generally excited, though the 18-day bit is certainly a surprise. But wait, there's more! There will be a weigh-in when the contestants return to campus, and everyone has a chance to earn immunity. All they have to do is lose 5% of their body weight. If a person hits that target, he or she is safe even if his or her team loses the challenge. The targets for each contestant to stay safe are as follows:


Jeremy: 16 pounds
Mark: 12 pounds
Chris: 10 pounds
Kim: 10 pounds
Emily: 11 pounds
Megan: 11 pounds
Kimmy: 9 pounds
Cassandra: 10 pounds
Conda: 13 pounds
Chism: 15 pounds
Buddy: 16 pounds Furthermore, if all contestants on a team reach their 5% goal, there will be no elimination. It's a bit of a daunting task, but the contestants seem up to the challenge.

Little planes take off on an animated map, and soon enough we're with the contestants in their various midwestern and southern homes (Seriously! All of them! Maybe Fall 2012 can be an all Mississippi season?) Various parties await them, and some meaningful-sounding music plays prominently in the background. Plenty of happy tears are shed, and hugs abound. There is pride and joy and reuniting and it feels so good. These are people who need people, and they are in fact the luckiest people in the world. Etcetera. The contestants announce just how many pounds they've lost since starting on the show, to wild familial applause. Kimmy gets to announce that she's no longer a type II diabetic, which is greeted with much excitement.

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